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10561  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: July 22, 2006, 03:43:46 AM
Quote from: "Miho"
Unless I'm blind, and it does show you that somewhere.

Yup, it shows. Notice your character stats on the top right? When you go to equip something and highlight the weapon/armor, it'll show in the top right the stats in a second column and how they're effected. If you want to see the  raw item stats, press Triangle then Square if they're not showing. If you mean something else entirely... Well, I can't help you.

Quote from: "Miho"
Another gripe are the lack of enemies in dungeons--while there are quite a few spread out amongst the place, I would have liked for them to re-appear when you left a certain area.

If you do only what's required (which I wouldn't recommand - it's good to head to the towns of where you get characters to find things of their's you can take),  you only use up half of your periods in a chapter - giving you plenty of time to revisit and clear dungeons again. Nevertheless, outside of a few late game dungeons, you're still highly limited, and it requires tediously going through an entire dungeon over and over. However, it can get tough later on when you're underleveled, so best to take every oppurtunity you can, and at least give them or two extra run throughs.

Another note: Look on GameFaqs and read their 'best ending' faq for the PSX version. The names are the japanese versions, but they're close to the english ones, so it shouldn't be too hard to figure it out. And there's a translation differences faq if any are baffling. I'd recommand looking ASAP unless you truly intend to replay right afterwards - hell, look if you're on the fence, there's some things that you may do casually that'll screw your chances for the best ending, like I did the first time.
10562  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) on: July 22, 2006, 12:09:13 AM
I want original RPGs for the PSP too - but by original, I don't mean groundbreakingly innovative, but rather RPGs that have never been on any of the other systems. Turn based or close enough preferred, though.

Admittedly, LoH counts under this for the US market, and I still want to get it - but I'm afraid VP will have spoilt me, despite being just a port.
10563  The Rest / General Discussions / Introducing... Fish N Flush!! on: July 21, 2006, 02:19:41 PM
Must be hell for the fishes... For those that remember past 5 seconds anyway.
10564  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) on: July 21, 2006, 02:16:50 PM
Since it wasn't in the new story, look here. Has a trailer of the game, and uhh... I don't think this is going to be historically accurate by /any/ stretch of the imagination. :P
10565  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / UMDs Shelved for Good on: July 21, 2006, 02:07:21 PM
Gamespot story of Sony planning to make UMDs sell again.
10566  The Rest / General Discussions / Israel to world: Fuck off on: July 21, 2006, 02:14:36 AM
Quote from: "flik"
im from israel so before you say some thing think an action that is very recomnded by doctoers acros the globe

You may not be good with english... But, did you just /threaten/ him?
10567  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: July 20, 2006, 10:37:37 PM
CDs aren't VHS tapes - there's no reason to not simply play the original game, and just make damn sure it gets back in whatever you're using to store it in when you're through.

But, if you still don't want to take it out, and really want to play VP, yeah. Probably worth it.
10568  The Rest / General Discussions / FUCK YOU JAPAN on: July 20, 2006, 07:47:18 PM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
So, no. :P This is every bit as improper as Batman.

You're right, Batman needed more rainbow.
10569  The Rest / General Discussions / FUCK YOU JAPAN on: July 20, 2006, 07:18:40 PM
Unless there's some 1960's japanese Batman show, that, as far as I could recall, at least tried to be accurate to the source material.

This... This is so fucking stupid, it's possibly awesome.
10570  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: July 20, 2006, 06:37:27 PM
Ok, I've seen one way where the loading/performance issues can in fact harm gameplay - spell loading. Sometimes I'll cast a spell, and start off the other attacks as normal, but then it'll come late because it was loading the effects, thus screwing up my attack. Of course, it's best to fire off a spell first, so it's probably just best to wait until you see it start, then have everyone attack.

And man, I'm an idiot - I ignored the topic that already existed.
10571  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: July 20, 2006, 04:15:41 PM
Playing more and having reached chapter 2, it's honestly not that great of a port. Random slow down (either sloopy programming, or the PSP sucks at 2D parallax), the aforementioned loading (not just loading menus, but character portraits/voices during cutscenes, and even when /traps/ are triggered), the sprites being overly fuzzy when zoomed in (maybe it's preferred to being just pixalated, but I think I'd prefer that), which seems to be tied into some of the random slow down mentioned before...

Still though, most loads are only a second or two and none of the new problems make the game unplayable, and A. it's still better than getting the game off eBay, and B. in many ways is better than I had expected. It doesn't bug me as much as FFVI/CT's loading, even though those were more consistant, probably because this was originally a disc based game that needed loading anyway. I'd say anyone whose never played it and wants to, or needs to replace their copy should buy it ASAP. But if you have a fully functional copy of the original, the only real reasons to get this are to support SE, make sure this doesn't become obscenely rare and sell for over a hundred like the original release, and to see the new movies on your PSP. Those movies are the only new addition, and outside of the movies there's no new dubbing/translation, and it seems some of the american additions to the original release are gone from this release - characters HAVE to be in your party if you want to change equipment/spend skill points. And if you only care about the movies, you can probably find them easily elsewhere.
10572  The Rest / General Discussions / Valve's Portal on: July 20, 2006, 04:08:58 AM
This was a pretty neat idea when Prey used it, but it only amounted to being a neat looking trick - I've only played to the end of the demo though, so that can change. But the reviews lead me to believe it won't.

Damn though, I hope that style gets used more. I can see that being awesome as hell for multiplayer.
10573  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: July 19, 2006, 11:03:35 PM
Anyone else pick this up for whatever reason? I already have VP, but my first disc has a bit of damage on the label side, and I'm worried I'd eventually reach a point where I can't progress further - the bonus dungeons won't load up at all, and it occassionally tries to load up the voices indefinitely, effectively locking up.

Liking it so far, unsurprisingly. But a bunch of little issues bug me, but at the same time some that I was worried about, ala the sprites looking like crap and the loading, aren't as bad as I thought - the sprites look great as long as it's not zoomed in. And the CGI movies look great, though I'm disappointed that the original opening seems to be missing, or at least needs to be unlocked. But honestly, the style of the artwork translates better to CGI than traditional animation - I can't imagine it being half as detailed as the in-game artwork.
10574  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) on: July 19, 2006, 10:48:11 PM
Quote from: "MonCapitan2002"
Quote from: "Mana Knight"
Quote from: "Dice"
I love Level 5...but in terms of portable, the DS still seems the better way to go.  We'll see how this goes, but.... =/
I disagree, because I feel the PSP is great for portability too.  But since this is a Level 5 game, it shouldn't be a surprise their game is ending up on a Playstation platform.

Isn't Level 5 owned by Sony?

I don't think so. But they probably have some agreements with them and whatnot, or are funded by them.
10575  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) on: July 19, 2006, 04:09:57 PM
Damn, that was fairly close. Anyways... meh. I'll wait and see. If I was a bigger fan of strat RPGs, this would have shot up high on my 'to buy' list. As is, it's just moderately interesting. It IS one of the only new SRPGs I can think of to be released as of late that's from a firmly established developer who /hasn't/ made strategy RPGs before.

By the way, can /anyone/ explain where the Simulation in the Simulation RPG label comes from? To me, that'd mean Harvest Moon, an djust siulation would be any of the Sims games, or the Civ series... Not Shining Force or Final Fantasy Tactics.
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