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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: Today at 08:00:20 AM
He's usually one of those characters that's nearly killed to show things are getting serious (and we should totally root for this other character that just stepped in to save the day).

This is what's commonly referred to as 'The Worf Effect' or getting Worf'd. A common element of Star Trek: The Next Generation was when an alien pops up to menace the crew/away team, Worf, the combat minded Klingon, would always be the first to jump in to try to subdue the individual with the common result of his getting effortlessly pwn'd to show that martial strength was no longer an option on the table (unless they threw Data at the problem since he's a robot and thus on a higher powerlevel).

The big difference here is that Chad is in no way a 'Worf' outside of build, which is completely meaningless in Shonen anyways, and getting effortlessly pwn'd at the drop of a hat.

(It took me a while to even remember who the hell Uryu even was. Then I recalled that he was the first in Bleach's long congaline of former villains turned into allies useless/irrelevant hanger-onners.)
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 24, 2016, 08:07:59 PM
I guess Chad's problem is that all he could ever do is punch stuff (and launch Rukia like a rocket). It's difficult to build a good fight around that without giving him constant power-ups. ... And even that wouldn't have been great, as the constant power-up thing is what Ichigo does and him hoarding powers got boring pretty fast. (That's why I like Uryu, his fights are more varied. He's not allergic to thinking and coming up with plans to take down his opponents. Okay, Kubo rarely lets him actually win, but still...)

Its not like we were missing anything anyways since almost every fight boiled down to one of A) Who uses their most recent powerup last? B) Who can press their sword against the other person's sword harder? and/or C) Who can outflank their opponent the most number of times in a single clash?
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI -hiatus on: August 23, 2016, 10:14:01 PM
also, Shadow already died and I'm not going back for him.

Lol.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 23, 2016, 12:00:57 AM
Maybe just in the wrong mood to be playing VI? Haha

I do dislike parties being split up/having to use party members other than my usual team. Maybe that's contributing here! Though IV has a bit of that too.

FFIV will always give you Cecil which can help (since he's kinda rocking the JRPG Protagonist class of All-Rounder, though not as hard as certain other JRPG protagonists *cough*BoF3'sRyu*cough*), but more importantly is the fact that FFs I and IV are tougher and require slightly more thought/planning than VI, since VI gives you a bunch of game breaking Tools right out of the box and it only gets more ridiculous from there (I mean for crying out loud, SwdTech would actually be considered hella good/gamebreaking in many JRPGs, it just happened to land in one of the very few games where its kinda ehh).
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 22, 2016, 08:45:06 PM
@RANADIEL - Your Marius incarnation will join soon as the "right" class presents itself my friend. If you wanna look em up and pick one yourself I'd be happy to oblige.
Hmm my first choice would probably be Crusader assuming that works for you.

He's already got one....and on that note, "WE HAVE NO NEED FOR EARTHLY TRINKETS!!! WE WALK WITH THE BLESSINGS OF THE LORD!!!!".
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 22, 2016, 07:46:15 PM
For extra bonus fun I think I found some Water Margin porn games while I was shunting down Falcom stuff last week.

... Actually no this needs to be a real game nevermind. I mean Suikoden with simcity-ish fortress building and a strategic meta, not the boobs. Anyway.

Damnit Mesh, stop looking at my browser history!

...but seriously, was it Koihime Musou? I was just looking at that Yesterday. I remembered it because there was a crappy ecchi anime that used to line the bottom of Crunchyroll's anime list (when sorted by popularity), and I was always shocked that it had 3 seasons. Seriously, 39 episodes (when including the OVS) of this shit?!

...the games look pretty cool, though. The first one's in English, too. The anime apparently didn't follow the story of the games whatsoever, so maybe there's hope in the story department on top of the gameplay? There's already more male characters...as in there's 1. Which is more than the anime had.

Unfortunately, Koihime Musou is RoTK, not Suikoden. Also, the anime didn't bother following the games' plot because the games' plot had an incredibly useless male power fantasy self-insert to fully complete its 'generic harem anime' bingo card. Its still really dumb, but not nearly as bad as the games are (fighting game notwithstanding as that's a different kind of dumb).

Also the first season of the anime had 4 male characters (three were Team Rocket, and the fourth tried to expy the games' protagonist only to get shoved into a locker after it became apparent that he was an albatross around the show's neck (i.e. at the earliest convenience)). No idea where the other seasons went because it wasn't worth the effort to look up (and there's like a million and one different versions of RoTK to view versus this dreck).

(Lightning Round: Season 1's lead ended up in Queen's Gate along with a bunch of other 'popular at the time anime/videogame female animes'.)
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI -hiatus on: August 22, 2016, 12:10:11 PM
Some life stuff came up and I won't be able to get to this as much as I'd like to for a while.  I'll come back to it as soon as I can though.  It's great that so many people have participated!

Waiting for Shadow it is then.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 22, 2016, 12:09:32 PM
Really want to finish FFVI, but struggling to stay motivated. I'm currently in the World of Ruin and recovered about half my party, but i'm kinda of... bored, honestly. Tired of the random battles and figuring out where to go - though a walkthrough has solved the latter. I want to see it through, but... eh.

If anyone has a cheat-y/eploit-y way to blaze through the last section of the game, I'm all ears. Playing PSOne Classic version on my Vita.

You could just get it over with and kick down Kefka's door. Yeah, the dungeon is full of insta-death crap and require you to divide your team something fierce, but you can get some swank loot right away to help alleviate getting your face mauled by Behemoth Kings.

Also, Moogle Charm (and if you got it, Charm Bangle) should make some of the encounters go away.


Suikoden - Got stuck on Tai Ho's dumb dice game. Eventually got past that. Liberated the castle. Picked up some dudes. Did the Lepant thing. Murdered Kraze inadvertantly but oh welpers. Found a damp elf. Recruited Juffo's niece. Fed Gremio a speed crystal.

Also imagining a Suikoden LP but instead of doing the world map and recruitment bits, bounce over to Bandit Kings of Ancient China instead, and then drop in Tendou for the fortress stuff. For extra bonus fun I think I found some Water Margin porn games while I was shunting down Falcom stuff last week.

... Actually no this needs to be a real game nevermind. I mean Suikoden with simcity-ish fortress building and a strategic meta, not the boobs. Anyway.

How the hell does Water Margin have (straight male oriented) porn material (he says fully aware that China's fourth great novel is basically this)? Aside from a couple of incidental sisters/wives, there's only three bandits of the 108 that are female, and only one of them did anything beyond run an inn (and she was already married to boot). Though I suppose if RoTKs and Warring States can have gender flipped harem games/animes, than I shouldn't really be all that surprised with this.

Also, you've wasted a Speed Crystal.


"Demanding" is not the word you're looking for, guys. Dark Souls is very demanding. It demands your patience. It demands your memory. And it very much demands your hand/eye coordination skills. Ultimately, it demands your attention. Perhaps "taxing" would be a better term here?

My point was sort of just echoing Artim' in the sense that if you play the games with proper attention, they are NOT in fact "hard' nor terribly long. More specifically in terms of "demand" though, I really appreciate how Souls engage my memory. That is, typically I'm struggling in a title to remember some shard of narrative I barely care about and all that takes a back seat in terms of environmental recall with the FROMSOFT games. <--- This "demand" on my cognition is one of the reasons I love metroid-vania games so much. My mind just has a far easier time with visual recollection than it does a script or narration.

I think it is in this very way that the Souls experience feels far more akin to playing an NES game than most contemporary big budget titles regardless of their polish, graphics or complexity.

None of this however, by my measure, necessarily translates to being nearly as "difficult" as fanbase/review/discussion would lead you to believe.

Now as for what I do find to be genuinely difficult.

DARKEST DUNGEON/ DINCREST was leading a mondo-successful venture into the cove with CHROMA, TOMARA and RANADIEL until TOMARA placed a torch on some rather forboding lookin' pedestal thing in hopes of disarming what the group thought was a trap. This triggered all hell breaking loose (literally) with an impromptu battle with a positively horrorfic adversary.

The Demon seemed to know RANADIEL was my healer and offed him immediately. TOMARA lasted a few rounds and blighted the beast before his two henchman teamed up and brought her life to an end. With only DINCREST and CHROMA left, retreat was the only hope of survival however, much to my dismay, I could not escape this fight.  CHROMA transformed into his beast form and stressed out DINCREST but the two proved resilient enough to kill the Demon whilst on death's door. With two henchman now left to finish the fight and get out of dodge, DINCREST suffered a heart attack and the two lesser-baddies knocked off CHROMA.

4 seriously critical character deaths. I am totally bummed about this as all 4 were extremely helpful party members. Since certain forum members get "two lives/characters" (thanks to my talks with Star a page of two back) I think it is only fair to extend the "2nd life" opportunity to all participants. Thus if Dincrest, Ranadiel and Tomara read this, feel free to respond with whatever you would like your second incarnations to be named.

I will however institute the arbitrary "rule" that we all get only two lives. If we all croak I'll start bringing in non-RPG-FAN cast members to die fill the ranks. This likely means my character is screwed because "Klyde" is a bounty hunter and seems relatively weak by comparison to other party members.

Lastly, fresh recruits from the stagecoach, GLASS the Man at Arms and ARTIM the Plague Doctor join the party!

Way to go Torama. Now Klyde's down two of his allotted characters. Anymore and he won't be able to participate in this Lettuce Play anymore.

Also, we now have our first batch of coleslaw.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 22, 2016, 11:37:56 AM
Gotta say, I'm surprised so many of you still follow Bleach despite ragging on it so much.  Like many I enjoyed it at first (really, the soul society story arc is still decent even today if you can consider it without all the baggage that followed...), but I haven't touched it in at least 8 years...

My guess is that everyone was just waiting for catgirl to come out and get with her closeted lesbian lover.

From the general noise level of the finale's response, I'm guessing that this did not come to pass.


Hm, have you guys seen Mirai Nikki? It looks kind of interesting despite the deranged kind of subject matter...

It was alright until the time loop kicked in, then it went straight off a cliff (which is actually kind of amazing in of its own right, given how pre-established that twist was yet the execution just fubar'd the whole shebang).
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 21, 2016, 10:11:31 AM
Decided to power through Zero Mission again a couple of days ago, but this time at 9% for the 30th anniversary. Pretty much blazed through until Ridley who rumbled my ass until I looked up how you're supposed to fight him in a low percent run (his AI has a very stupid exploit that makes him almost as easy as his NES version; I consider it fair game though because he's way too big (and has some rather deceptively large hitboxes) and has only one opportunity to restock which is normally rare and really annoying to wait for). After that of course was headaches with Mother Brain (Zebbites each need at least 7~8 missiles to bring down, which sucks when your total capacity is 5; MB herself is more about figuring out how to freeze Rinkas without getting knocked into other projectiles/lava/MB's fuck off beam). Now trudging through the Ruins.

Rune Factory 4: FINALLY expanded my farm to maximum size. Now I should be able to gather enough resources to expand the other features of the farm. Also crafted a full set of top tier Tools with Magnifying Lenses on them so that I'll never need to whip out a particular tool to see what's going on with crops anymore. Still no Memories and I still need a Golden Turnip to complete my Golden Veggie set for the last couple of Quest Requests.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone 2: Electric Bugaloo on: August 21, 2016, 09:52:09 AM
Considering I didn't even play Project X zone that makes me pure thread scrub #1, however!

I am thinking of trying this series out finally, possibly starting with 2.

Don't let the fact that you haven't played the previous game stop you from playing this one, as none of us have had the opportunity to play EVERY proceeding game (hell, this series alone encapsulates Namco X Capcom, the SRW OGSaga games (and by extension the SRW OG games (which by extension also includes A.C.E. series and other SRW spinoffs)) nevermind the all the other series covered by these games).


I'm still disappointed that we didn't get access to that built-in Legend of Valkyrie (Arcade) port (though not surprised as Bandaico's gonna Bandaico).
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 20, 2016, 12:20:36 PM
@ Klyde: Suikoden 1's autopilot is definitely not something I /like/ and it's more that I'm just okay with it because S1's atmosphere/je ne sais quois appeals to me a lot. Suikoden 3 isn't a hard game by any means, but the controversial changes/quirks to its battle system appealed to me entirely FOR that reason. There's still a degree of autopilot there but the setup's got a lot more going on.

Meanwhile there's still that part of me that wants a physical copy of Suikoden 2. I have enough money to easily afford it, but I'm old enough to recognize that that's a pretty frivolous usage of my money, but them I'm ALSO in touch enough with the transient, ephemeral nature of all things that it's like, in the long run it doesn't matter either way and it's not like I'm saving up to pay for the college tuitions of all the children I'm never going to have to grow up to silently resent me for every mistake I made, out of love, without realizing it.

Anyway so I guess suika's the Japanese word for watermelon so now I'm thinking like, Suikaden, and Gremio's a horrible watermelon creature.

"Tir," he says, in a deep, gurgling voice, black seeds spilling out from the moist red interior of the fissure of a mouth carved into his uneven, green visage. "Tir. Stop. Tickling. Me."

Yeah. Suikoden's gameplay isn't really a 'detriment' despite its general pisseasy-ness, in much the same way that FFVI's gameplay isn't really a 'detriment'. Instead, it feels like it serves as a means to occasionally lend weight to certain points of the narrative like when you're kicking in the teeth of some established shitwrecker (or in case of Suki 3, getting your teeth kicked in by shitwreckers), and the fact that there's other things for the gameplay to offer you beyond the empty battles (i.e. castlebuilding) helps its case as well. I think it'd be more accurate to refer to Suki's combat as more of a 'limiting factor' than a 'detriment' since your mountains of options all blend into each other for a lack of necessity (and lack of narrative relevance; how many generic forests/mountains/caves with some larger random monster sitting at the end of it must a man walk down?).

And one of these days, I'm gonna take a file straight through to Suki 5.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: August 20, 2016, 10:18:45 AM
I was looking at some of the more recent Dissidia images when I noticed something.  In the image depicting Terra Branford from FF VI, she is depicted with green hair.  She's supposed to be a blonde.  When did they change this?

They recently released new skins for almost everybody. Kain gets his TAY Holy Dragoon on, WoL gets his Fighter appearance, OK gets his boxart duds, Bartz gets reclassed into his Freelancer sprite, Ramza gets his Mercenary duds, Squall gets his SeeD dress uniform, Terra gets her football shoulder pads and green hair, and so on....

http://gematsu.com/2016/08/dissidia-final-fantasy-arcade-adds-2nd-forms-porta-decumana-stage-final-fantasy-xiv-august-18 - for more information.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: August 18, 2016, 10:48:34 AM
Wasted my evening working towards catching up on Fringe before watching the final season I never saw. I say wasted because I'm still on season 1 and I just read that Netflix is dropping the show on Sept. 11, and I can't possibly enjoy the show while watching as many episodes a day as I'd need to watch to finish in time.

Honestly, I don't even know why I'm still subscribed to the service with the rate it's been losing shows to Hulu. None of the original shows really appeal to me, anyway. Well, except Kimmy Schmidt.

And there's the other shoe. I figured it was only a matter of time before streamers/cable monopolies finally figured out just how good of a thing they had going and how best to slash and burn those services away.

This is why physical media is the best. Once its in your possession, its yours until you lose it/break it/get it damaged/stolen.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 17, 2016, 07:40:05 PM
Kevadu, I don't wanna sound like a dick when I say this so I'm trying to keep it curse free just for you...

It just seems fishy that right before the actual release, noticing how many people are looking at this and how big a production this has all been, that they'd decide right before they put their material on discs and available on the servers for download to push the whole thing back 2 months, right in the realm of the absolute busiest shopping seasons in the U.S. and many parts of the world. In a purely business sense, it always made more sense to release for the holiday season, and I'm pretty sure at this point SE is dying to make some money back on this titanic production of (ok one curse) MOTHER FUCKING ALMOST 11 YEARS!!!

You probably are right, but even if you weren't, it's almost guaranteed that no one will ever know otherwise.

I don't mean to belabor the point but, here's the problem I have with that line of thought: Why wouldn't they have just scheduled it for a November release in the first place then?  It's not like anything you're saying is news, so why the last minute decision?

Which is more likely?
1. They suddenly realized there's an issue with the game and had to push it back.
2. They suddenly realized facts about video game marketing that have been true for about as long as video games have existed and decide to push it back for more sales.

The third option.

3. There's issues going on with the localization and rather than stress out about it, they're giving themselves a little more time and why not also try to rebound some extra costs by launching on a more prominent retail window.

Remember, the longer that a videogame remains in production, the more money it loses. And far more importantly, most video games have short shelf lives no matter what kind of production values were poured into it. Might as well make it count.


We need another FFIX style change-of-pace to refresh the series.

This.

The thing that REALLY still irks me, is there is no escaping the fact that the whole enchilada is bore out of the XIII universe no matter what roman numeral they attatch. I don't know enough to know what that means and I will try to be fair about this game but I guess it's difficult for me not expect some form of disapointment which is terribly pessimistic of me.

The problem with this though is that the FF series has been spun off of so much by now that there's nowhere left for the core series to go. If they do to FFXVI what they did with FFIX, people will bemoan the series for going with this Celda kiddy crap and whine how it should've been a WoFF or BD style spinoff.
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