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Marle having a bow that makes her not useless in the endgame on the DS version is nice though.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by MonCapitan2002 on January 15, 2018, 08:06:41 PM »
I hope Scott never reads your post. :P
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Andrew on January 15, 2018, 06:13:46 PM »
Tomara, was that you posting archery on the FEH Subreddit? :)
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Rook on January 15, 2018, 06:13:21 PM »
@Rook

Re: FPS Games - I think it's fairer to say that the EA's, Activision's, and Ubisoft's combined greed have swelled into a supermassive blackhole inside the industry. It's not just FPS games that have been hurt by recent lootbox and Pay2Win shinanegans, after all.

Plus, there's still good FPS games that have come out in the last 4 years or so, with the latest being Wolfenstein II.

RE: RPG talk - What?

Yea its swelling into other games, thankfully it hasn't been the ones I've been playing....yet. As far as FPSs go I'm sure there are still good ones out there if that's your cup of tea. The ones that are more single player oriented haven't been hit hard with hardcore loot boxing. 

My point about RPG games is that right now especially in JPRGs the recent slate has been excellent. On sites like neogaf etal people constantly complain that JRPGs aren't what they used to be and yes for much of the PS3 era it was lousy, no one denies this.  However since then they've come roaring back and the scene is arguably as great as its ever been if they just give the new games a chance.
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on January 15, 2018, 05:05:26 PM »
@Rook

Re: FPS Games - I think it's fairer to say that the EA's, Activision's, and Ubisoft's combined greed have swelled into a supermassive blackhole inside the industry. It's not just FPS games that have been hurt by recent lootbox and Pay2Win shinanegans, after all.

Plus, there's still good FPS games that have come out in the last 4 years or so, with the latest being Wolfenstein II.

RE: RPG talk - What?
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General Discussions / RPGFan Official Discord
« Last post by ScottC on January 15, 2018, 05:04:08 PM »
Another monthly bump for more visibility for anyone that has missed this.
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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Dincrest on January 15, 2018, 04:53:08 PM »
I finished reading The Two Towers and will start Return of the King before bed tonight. 

The chapter after the Shelob confrontation where Sam
Spoiler: show
is trying to define himself without Frodo or anything familiar about him and steeling his resolve to do what's good and right
was terrific and it ended at a really tense cliffhanger.  That Sam chapter was the most un-put-down-able chapter in the book.  WOW!  This cements why he's awesome.  What is up with Sams having such amazing integrity?  That's why I love Samwise Gamgee in LOTR and Samwell Tarly in ASOIAF/GoT. 

For all the griping I do about Lord of the Rings, I cannot deny that it is a really damn good book.  I can totally see why it's such an enduring cultural phenomenon.  It's like The Beatles.  I don't like all their music, but I see why they are an enduring cultural phenomenon to this day, and the Beatles songs I do like never fail to make me stand up and shout.  (My favorite Beatles song is Helter Skelter.) 
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The extra dungeon and boss fight aren't anything to write home about though (if you have any experience with Squeenix's FF 1, 2, 4-6 GBA era ports, then you'll have an idea of what to expect; if not, then expect a long, grindy ass, megadungeon that adds nothing to the core experience, but is instead pure fluff stapled onto the side for those at the postgame looking for a way to level grind up to Level 99 or to make their capped numbers even huger; hell CT has hard stat caps that you don't need super dungeons/equipment to hit, and the ultradungeon utterly defeats the idea behind CT as a light and airy SuperNES era JRPG).

The SuperNES or the Wii VC versions are currently the most definitive experience, with the DS version on equal footing if you completely ignore the added content, followed by the DS version in its entirety, and lastly the PSX FF Chronicles version with its long load times and the PSN port of that version because it was already there.


Like the GBA version of FFVI changed things up so that you have a chance to get the Gold Hairpin from Lone Wolf in Narshe (or a last chance to learn Water Rondo in WoR) as well as infinite Ragnaroks/Illuminas(Lightbringers) later on (all it takes is to farm the motherfucking final boss). The Gigadungeon Dragons' Den was loaded with gimmicky 'even for an FF game' boss fights, trash mobs with capped HP totals and jacked up stats, ultimate weapons for every party member that were still weaker than Ragnarok/Illumina(Lightbringer), armor and accessories that weren't any more impressive than the stuff you could abuse the Colosseum for, and the Diabolo Esper for beating the final boss of the dungeon which teaches Quarter and Meteor or someshit. And then there was the Soul Shrine which was a 100 Floor Gauntlet which you ran in the hopes of gambling against the RNG for items you could take to the Colosseum to turn into Gem Boxes(Triple Stars) because having one super mage wasn't good enough (and by like Floor 60, they were diving into the monster pool from the Gorgeous Deluxe Collectors Edition Ultimate Dungeon Alpha 2 Turbo of the Seven Stars; and yes, it operated on "No Items!, Fox Only!, Final Destination!" rules).


TL;DR: SuperNES/Wii VC/DS (minus the extras) > DS (plus the extras) >>>>>> PSX/PSN.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Isjaki on January 15, 2018, 04:04:24 PM »
I found a decent way to farm Gold Chips as well as get legendary and rare core crystals at the same time.

The sidequest Titan Scholar (I think that is what it is called) is required to open up this area, which that quest appears in the earlier chapters.

There is a rare monster called Vampire Bride Marion which is found in the Dragon's Stomach in the Head of the Kingdom of Uraya. If you are able to do a full driver combo (Break-Topple-Launch-Smash) there is a chance of it dropping gold chips, legendary cores, and rare cores. The monster is level 65 and I was taking it on at slightly under that with very little trouble. I was getting 3-4 gold chips, 5+ rare cores, and 1-3 legendary cores per battle which only takes maybe 3-4 minutes if you can driver combo it over and over. Also, just staying at a Stage 2 Blade combo helps up the damage you due per driver combo. The normal enemies around it also drop Silver Chips which are better for ATK blades and increase Gold drops. This is a pretty dope place to grind in the lower to mid 60's.

I am down to my last two RNG rare blades. I was able to get:
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KOS-MOS!!!
last night, which I was stoked on.

I've been just doing this while I grind out Merc Missions for one of my other rare blades.

There is just something special about this game. I can't stop playing it!!!

EDIT: GOT MY LAST TWO BLADES. Within like 10 minutes after posting this from the last 4 legendary cores I had on me. It feels great to be done with that part of the RNG.
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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Last post by Arvis on January 15, 2018, 03:44:45 PM »
There's a link to the Discord in my signature, if you so care to join.

cheers guys, i shall join

Incidentally, I too joined these forums because of the podcasts (specifically, the now-dead Rhythm Encounter podcast, which was my favorite podcast ever).
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