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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: Today at 04:08:28 PM
Most new releases are, and I don't see any particular reason why they would go out of their way to make it incompatible.

I'm referring to the fact that the VitaTV was discontinued. Though I suspect that its still good since the game came out in JP-land around the time of the announcement, but you never know.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: Today at 04:02:59 PM
Friend of mine is trying to argue that uncharted 4 has better graphics than XV. I show him these screens..."Cinematics don't count."

I really can't wait to see the full finished game in action.

I don't really think that's an unreasonable argument at all if somebody is comparing pre-rendered cinematics to a game that does everything in-engine.  That wouldn't be a fair comparison at all...and as I understand it Uncharted 4 does everything real-time (though I haven't actually played it yet...).

That said, it's not like the real-time graphics of FFXV are bad at all.  They're pretty amazing too.  But you're not going to prove that with pre-rendered stuff.

To be fair, it really depends on the size and scope of the game. Uncharted is literally running through a string of set pieces and scripted events so most of it is only ever going to do one thing per playthrough, whereas FFXV will have you doing some kind of crouching caveman ape run through vast plains full of monsters and the occasional flying armored personnel carrier airdropping a squad of soldiers to further complicate things and that's when you're not nuking things with huge ass HD Summons.

That said, Kingsglaive is going to blow both out of the water due to being entirely a CGI movie.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: Today at 03:50:43 PM
I think I'm going to replay Zelda 2 actually... I always had a feeling that game was super underrated but I was super young when I played it and never got a good understanding of it.

I feel like they really were driving home the epic feel of Zelda in that game... consequently it's one of the least kind of cheeky and silly ones not that it doesn't have it's own appeal.

Anyway, you don't have to worry about this being a push to make Zelda the RPG that makes all other RPGs irrelevant and therefore Nintendo best everything I like Legend of Dragoon as much as the next person. There's no denying the impact that Zelda has had on a multiplicity of genres, though, and am personally rather glad RPGFan covers it.

Oh and thanks to Dice for allowing a path across the usual WW/MM worship (even though I'm sure most of us like WW just fine) to permit a path into the heart of darkness that is TP and the others =-P

I don't know, having a spell that turns you into a Fairy, a sleeping blob that you have to talk to multiple times to wake up for information, or some of the spell required items literally being a few paces away like fetching some water out of a fountain or finding a Mirror under a table. And that's not even getting into whatever goes down in those Healing/Magic Restoring Houses or gems like "I AM ERROR.".
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: Today at 05:08:40 AM

I'm suddenly beginning to reconsider my stance on the value of mobile devices again....

And don't worry, a couple of months is nothing compared to the 15+ years I've been waiting for the chance to play this in all of its comprehensible glory. And assuming this doesn't pull a Megaman Anniversary Collection GB and vanish into the same aether that swallowed Leisure Suit Larry 4 and the aforementioned, this pretty much cinches the value of purchasing a Vita.

Now only if it were Vita TV compatible.... ;p
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: Today at 05:00:18 AM
I try to support legitimate streaming sites.  Really, I do.  But Funimation's site is so bad I can't stand to watch anything on it...videos don't always load, some of their tabs don't even work, everything is so poorly organized, it takes far more clicks than should be necessary to do anything, every click is accompanied by excruciatingly long load times...

Get your fucking shit together, Funimation.  I may end up just going back to piracy...

Funimation's streaming site is basically Hulu+.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 27, 2016, 09:31:01 PM
I thought the season finale of SHIELD was good to a point but there was absolutely no need for it to be 2 hours long. MAAAYYYBE an hour and a half, but they could have gotten away with a decent hour long finale.

Also Skye/Daisy has officially come full circle, so... whatevs. Kind of hated her character during the second half of the season.

You're right that they might have been able to squeeze it down to 1.5 hours (and give the other half to Castle or something), but there was just too much going on to condense any further than that since they had to A) foil the initial plan, B) have a reasonable final showdown with Apocalypse Hive and his two remaining Horsemen, C) play stupid Death Flag hot potato and D) reference Civil War some more.

I just wish that
when Tremors turned, she decided to don some crazy looking helmet/piece of headgear to go Maximum Magneto with.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 27, 2016, 05:42:09 PM
Fortunately it seems that they'll be getting Agents of SHIELD in exchange, so its not a total loss.

Though it does leave ABC high and dry.

Also, I thought that SHIELD had a good finale this season. Granted, it was predictable, but then, what would you expect from Marvel's off-brand X-Men?
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 27, 2016, 12:41:24 PM
^ Like I said, there's no accounting for taste.  All of those women are plenty pretty, I guess, but they don't really capture my heart.

Especially not Iris.  Yeesh.


Whoops, meant to add to the thread.

I FINISHED CASTLE.  It is done.  All 8 seasons are now over.  Did anyone else see the finale?

Yes. A page ago, before this silly The Flesh: Babe Bods derail (I put it in code tags because I actually wanted to talk about that episode and Agents of SHIELD's season finale).

It felt like it needed another half an hour or something, and the final scene felt like it got stapled on post production because of either the Executives or the Nielsen's Rating guys lacking the balls to actually run with what felt like the actual ending (yes, it was a cheap shot, but it would've fit the narrative of the series being a parody/homage to thriller novels better than what we got, which was more of a 'pick your own ending').
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: May 26, 2016, 12:00:49 PM
They actuallt look like FF designs from across the ages. Golbez to Seymour to Type-0 to Squall...all smooshed into angsty teenagers.

Not to mention that you basically have FF2's protagonists (except that Gus is now the Black Knight instead of Leon). I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the 'Maria' is a sister to one of these dudes. Also loling at not-Firionel's Glowy Monado-esque Gunblade and not-Leon's Glowy not-Gunblade counterpart.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: May 26, 2016, 11:51:11 AM
I'm amused by the fact that Kingsglave actually has a token female member (and that she's a Mystical Ninja to boot, because of course she is). Meanwhile Lunalesca continues to bring the stylish.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The State of the Atelier Series (and Stuff) on: May 26, 2016, 11:29:26 AM
I feel that it isn't a huge problem. Atelier has a solid foundation and an almost completely unchallenged niche to work off of so even if a dud comes along every so often, it isn't the end of the world.

At the very least it isn't either Final Fantasy, the Tales of Games or Legend of Zelda series where its either constantly trying to reinvent itself with cosmetic changes while being all too happy to throw out other core elements like throwing a baby out with the bathwater, so deeply rooted in its unchanging foundation that it really can't try anything new, or is just locked in a neverending development cycle that's only barely able to keep up with the changing times, respectfully.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gaming habits and routines? How do you fine folks get it in? on: May 25, 2016, 09:35:34 PM
These days, I play until I'm either satisfied with the amount of hands-on time with the gameplay or until I hit the endgame grind where everything becomes way too long and bloated because escalation is a bitch (the PS2 era in particular was lousy about this). Granted, I do try to come back to a game later on, but only if I really feel like it.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: May 25, 2016, 04:00:34 PM

I couldn't read all of that, but it was pretty fascinating.  I wouldn't mind them hiring Mistwalker to work on an FF spinoff and see what they can do.

Didn't they already do that (save for the 'call it an FF game' part; and by 'it' I mean Lost Odyssey)?
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: May 25, 2016, 08:46:08 AM
I don't think it's that surprising--college-aged people are what, 18-19 now? My first FF was FF2 when I was around 8. They'd be 8 in 2006, around the release of FF12, but the series no longer had the pedigree and cachet it once did. The games came much fewer, far between and divisive after that.

I'm sure if they polled an older gaming audience (which Japanese media is unlikely to do, as they're happy to uphold the narrative that gaming is a stigma) the results would be much different.

Alternatively, RPGs, both J and W, are a niche compared to what the average consumer buys. Remember, things like Angry Bird, Warcraft and Tetris are getting movies (although that could be more easily and correctly attributed to a lack of writing talent in Hollywood). The average tech user will more likely log in time on Solitaire, Fruit Ninja, and something something Saga from King (i.e. Candy Crush), while your more involved gamer will typically aim for stuff like the latest Call of Duty, Battlefield and Sports titles or kidz stuff like Angry Birds Racing, Petz: Horses, one of those Lego Games or Yo-Kai Watch.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 25, 2016, 02:26:07 AM

How come, in the 4 separate times I have started that game (most recent in 2013), I have never been able to keep that process going?

It must be an LoM thing. Truth. I started the game once upon release when I was kid. Lost my saved data (thanks Mad Katz mem card POS). Started again, unmotivated and gave up. Adulthood-- Started game again purchased via PSN. Played hyper dimension neptunia V and it caused my PS3 to overheat. System was under warranty, Mana save was not.

This time is different. Why? I just know its the right time for me to play this game. Its my birthday treat to myself and I have a largescale Secret of Mana tattoo (as mentioned) I will be working on for the better part of the next two years of my life. My motivations are aligned to enjoy the shit out of it and this time back up my saved data!!! (Playing on PSTV, which is lovely compared to the ps3 because it emulates without any lag which I found terribly noticeable in this game).

I hope this tends to your other inquiry about me finishing the game as well. So long as this ninja draws breath the credits will roll on this one. Given how little time I play the question is whether it happens this calendar year or not :-/

Anyways, I've gotten bored of having 2+ hours of gaming wiped because of a string of incredibly bad rolls in FE:Conquest so I've decided to take a break with the Hyrule Warriors.

Hyrule Warriors: Finished Legend Mode, now on to Legend Mode Hard Difficulty for the rest of the Gold Skullatas.

Made the mistake of getting my feet wet with "warriors" titles via dynasty warrior's 7 empires. I say mistake because, given the volume of Musou games I'm sure there are some I'd enjoy, but Warriors 7 Empires turned me off to the idea entirely. No real objective reason to be honest, I just found it boring and uninspiring. Probably should have started with Arslan or Dragon Quest.


ETERNAL EDEN/ Man, when the game opens up the environs are GORGEOUS. The game is just pleasing to look at if you are into that SNES-brand of "pretty". Really impressed with how the title really undermines the most grueling aspects of the old turn-based gameplay so nothing feels long-winded or grindy. ---- IN OTHER WORDS (great puzzles > long encounters in dungeons, to the point convo without being long and wordy, different gimmicky mini-games sprinkled throughout non-linear exploration create a strong illusion to obscure gameplay loop)

LEGEND OF MANA/ Yup, it happened. I finally started a playthrough of LoM after having a Mana tattoo I have to do burrow its way deep into my cognition. I will not use any type of guide or reference for location placement which means I will screw things up but THAT IS OK. Why? Well one plays Mana for the MAGIC!!!

FYI, Magic sucks in Legend of Mana....

Also, when you inevitably take a look at the Forge and go "What the fuck is this shit!?!", don't worry about trying to find a guide for that thing, as there aren't any that isn't just for some kind of specifically spergy combination that nobody quite understands how they got to that point, but its an acceptable one, and by god they're running with it.

And one more thing. Always talk to the Cactus whenever you finish a quest. This will save you some headache later on if you care.

The magic in mana does suck. To expand, so does just about every other measurable gameplay element or mechanic. But the MaJiK is revealed in this fact. That is, despite its flawed-to-the-point-of-broken identity the franchise is still alluring and easily one of my favorites.

Thank you for the tips as always Aeolus (couldn't have survived my Suikoden 2 anxiety without ya, and I'll never forget that!! LoL). I actually already started talking with cactus constantly because I vaguely remembered that being relevant.

Always lookin to help. I know I've wasted more than my fair share of time on LoM for one reason or another.

As for the Magic in a Mana game, it really depends on the game. FFA/Adventure of Mana's Cure and Fire magics are really good and Nuke is okay too; the rest ehh. Secret's magic is either gamebreaking or a grindy mess depending on your point of view. SD3's is really ehh since that's when Square started in on trying to over-complicate things for the sake of 'innovation' and kinda really threw too many different schools at the player that all largely did the same thing (the only difference between the Buffs school and the Debuffs school was that you only needed to target one enemy with Debuffs versus having to either recast a Buff 3 times for each character or you had to pay out of the nose in MP for the party wide version); of course the above didn't really matter in the face of a Pressure Point'd Kevin at Night. Legend, as you'll find out, has a hilariously low upgrade threshold for your spellcasting options compared to literally everything else (and still requires MMO levels of grinding to ever reach). Sword when and mixed Healing, Attack, Support, Buffing and Status Effect spells together into one package that A) does not scale well (especially the Healing spell), B) were all just elementally themed versions of whatever effect was being generated by the equipped weapon (Gloves were by far the best spellcasting weapon) and C) constantly stepped on eachother's toes (between some of the Buffs making you 'invisible' to only one kind of enemy AI detection, which in of itself is entirely pointless and not just due to the sheer number of readily available items that do the exact same thing, which also generally left you in some kind of hilariously awful disadvantage like floating helplessly in a Bubble or Self-Moggled, and the Status Effects mostly making the enemy die without leaving anything for your trouble (its like almost every attack spell you have has a chance of also casting Expel or something of similar ilk that removes the enemy from battle, taking its Gold, Exp and Loot with it, for a sum of MP)). Dawn had Seeds which were literally the only non-'Mash Attack' option available and just as poorly thought out as the rest of that game. And who gives a fuck about Children's or Heroes' magics (seriously, Heroes was an RTS and probably treated spells like a fieldwide nuclear option that pinged your post battle evaluation and subsequent reward and I don't even recall Children having any magical option (and I can at least recall what kind of magic From the Abyss used and that game was shovelware)). No idea what Circle of Mana used (and now will never know as it no longer exists), and Secret of Evermore's Alchemy forgot to include elemental effects/weaknesses which made Crush, by far and away, the best spell in the game.

Also, what from SoM are you tattooing onto your hide (or are you saving the reveal for when you post the results in the Random and Amazing Pictures thread)?
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