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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 07:57:03 PM
I don't even care since looking at DoA5 Last Round tells me DoAX3 is going to be nothing more than a platform to sell $4000 worth of DLC

I got the 360 version of the original release of DoA5 a few years back. That's $25 I'll never see again.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 01:10:47 PM
Back to some stuff:

Final Fantasy III: Still not feeling the jobs are actually any good at all and am regretting not making everyone a red mage.

Are you playing the Original Famicom version or one of the jank remakes?

Either way you'll want one White Wizard/Mage at all times outside of maybe the Garuda fight, until you unlock a Devout in which case you upgrade to that (and then Sage if you're playing the Famicom version, otherwise Devout is going to be your best healer since they didn't get nearly as horribly nerfed as every other non Knight/Dark Knight job in the game), and one Two Shield Knight once its available for full time Cover-age. The rest should change based upon what the dungeon of the hour calls for (be it Black Wizards/Mages, Red Wizards/Mages, a Karateka or a Scholar). Don't be afraid to double or triple up if you need to. As for Red Mages/Wizards, they fall off really fast in that game, since they're always behind in casts per level and cap out at Level 5 Magic.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: Today at 09:46:31 AM
Recent talk about Lightning Returns has reminded me to whip the following out.

lol amazing. xD

Better drop that gold back into the Rhine before your 'buddies' stab you in the back. :V
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: Today at 09:40:26 AM
Hunger Games: Mocking Jay: Part2: Electric Bogaloo: The Second.

Oy vey.
I admire it went a much more dark route, indeed, I wouldn't have suspected it for a YA novel adaptation.  I'm sad that it sort of pushes aside a lot of livelier supporting cast members to do so, basically it's just 2 hours of grief.  I think Jennifer Lawrence is a tremendous talent, but not even she can make her chemistry work with Pita Hutcherson (and oh dear god that ending, Katniss looked like she's had postpartum depression for the last 5 years while she's lived in exile[?] with her PTSD boyfriend).  The action is adequate...

I think Hunger Games would make a great RPG because all the heroes choose bows, and crossbows, and a mace even though guns exist.... meanwhile The Capitol is sending super demi-humans because those exist...along with giant black danger goo-water.

Donald Sutherland was the best character.

I don't think I'd like spending half the game running through a goddamn Sewer Level though (which was my exact thought on the matter of party running through the sewers).

That said, the movie was adequate. Not amazing or really all that good, but it handled itself better than it could have. And yes, Sutherland was the best character throughout these movies, along with what's-his-face who only showed up for like one scene to commentate on one of the party's bad ends.

Also lol @
the black guy being the first of the suicide squad to die, the twins double suiciding, the older subcommander lady getting the first gatcha gibs 'Swarm of Morlocks' death and the 'just married' guy going kamikaze. Were there any common movie death tropes this movie didn't invoke?
Also also lol @
the furry pandering.

Actually, I think my biggest issue with this series is just how heavily it plays up the main character as a Tragic Heroine. It seems like with every movie they just kept trying to find new and interesting ways to go "Just look at how tragic this Tragic Heroine is! See how bad shit just keeps happening to her in spite of the fact that she has enough plot armor to survive the coming apocalypse! Sure she gets roughed up every so often, but doesn't that just make you want to protect her fragile, tragic smile even more (even in spite of the fact that this series is packing some god damn magic medicine that practically heals anything short of dismemberment and flaming hot death or an arrow to the chest within the space of a week at most)?", but you really can't get too invested because almost nothing ever really sticks, and it all just feels so incredibly artificial and forced anyways.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: Today at 09:11:31 AM
So I've decided to buy a second copy of the game primarily to give a middle finger to the whole censorship boycott movement. Hurray for being financially secure! :p

Being spiteful of spite doesn't really help anyone.

Except the company you're buying a game from twice. Although in this case, this isn't nearly as humorously ironic as that one guy who just had to buy up all the Rosalina Amiibos.

Also, what a lovely 1111th post to make.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 24, 2015, 11:14:42 PM
Recent talk about Lightning Returns has reminded me to whip the following out.

7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria: Azure Revolution on: November 24, 2015, 01:43:32 PM

Well, at least one thing is coming back from Valkyria Chronicles.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 24, 2015, 05:58:51 AM
Got bored with bashing my head against KI:U's Treasure Hunt again so this time I decided to revisit an oldie that I unfortunately benched 6-ish years ago. Of course, I'm referring to VP:CotP on the DS, and to keep this post short, I've finally beaten the game and got an ending (A ending specifically). Now to start up on B ending.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: LR:FFXIII to Steam -- the trilogy is here on: November 24, 2015, 05:54:12 AM
Say what you will about XIII-1, at least it was heavily (and definitely too) engineered to make you use the combat system

Yeah, it had a great combat system ... when using three characters. In two-player mode it was painful and annoying. And, oh, that's what you're stuck with for like, 10 of the 13 chapters.

XIII-2 and LR:XIII ape the above combat system with their own changes (Serah and Noel fill slot 3 with a monster, Lightning is essentially 3 characters in one).

Also, why make a new thread? I didn't see any topics in the first list of pages, and there was a news article on the front page ... it'd been a long time coming for LR to get a Steam release, I thought it was worth posting about.

True dat. But at least its better than ending a random encounter that drops a monster that essentially removes any sort of challenge for the next two areas, and then you do it again in the next area, and again, and again.... No matter how many characters you field after that, the game never really puts up much of a fight outside of the optional crap.

Basically, none of these games are good, but LR is the 'best' of the three, followed by XIII-1 and finally XIII-2.

As for not making redundant threads, you have the General FF thread for FF related subjects that aren't worth an entire thread for. There's also the Misc. Gaming News thread in General Discussion for your catch all, and here's the last FFXIII trilogy is on PC thread (granted its on Page 4 of this board, but these pages are pretty short anyways and there tends to be a thread for almost everything even remotely RPG related (and a few that really aren't like Virtue's Last Reward 3 or an SD3 Fan Movie)).
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: November 23, 2015, 02:07:11 PM
^ Unfortunately, 2015 was the good 'save up' year given how barren/dour the Spring + Summer were.

I really, really dug the first one, but I understand the frustration with the recycled environments, bosses, and story segments.  I feel that it was mitigated a bit by the ability to turn encounters on and off, but... yeah I'm not going to try and defend Bravely Default's, uh, repetitive elements.  I'm really pumped for Bravely Second and when I preorded like five ****ing games over the weekend (Fire Emblem Fates special edition, Mario & Luigi Paper Jam, Dragon Quest VII 3DS, Bravely Second, and Trails of Cold Steel).  Jayzus, 2016 is going to be expensive....

What!? You didn't preorder Odin's Sphere? And you call yourself an RPGFan. You're more like an RPGamer....

Also, the important thing to remember about Bravely Default is that outside of the Job system, the other well-designed game elements only came about for the For the Sequel build. The original version of BD had a really neat Job System and little else going for it, until the second half where it completely fell apart, instead of only mostly fell apart.

Allegedly the "Tomahawk Class" of....crossbow-wielding.... Native-inspired warriors has been altered for overseas audience:

EDIT: Huge image, scroll to the right if it ain't showing up.

I guess I kinda get it since most of the people donning the "Native job" are very white. x)
For the most part, this literally looks like some name changes and adding a new hat.

Lets hope that they've also changed up the appearance and the dialogue of the Asterisk Holder as well, or this is gonna get morbidly funny/ironic.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 23, 2015, 02:04:17 PM

Be careful what you wish for, the Playstation port of Snatcher is no picnic. They mosaic'ed over the gore, replaced the intro with some ill-advised CG and changed the music to sound like a goth kid's Geocities website.

SCD version would be great though!

And here I thought they were going to use the PC-88 port.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 23, 2015, 10:17:17 AM
I've said it before but proper Sega-backed SegaCD, Saturn, and DC emulation would be great if they like, actually did it well. Existing emulation for those system is notably finicky and existing hardware for those systems is uh


Although the Saturn emulation in the PC version of Nights has weird issues with missing triangles so.

Beyond that I think there's plenty of Saturn games that would be viable if they showed up on Steam. Like I was saying in the game journal thread, STHA feels a lot more modern to me, low resolution aside, than most of the actual modern dungeon crawlers I've played, the Panzer Dragoon games are pretty timeless, at least in part because they used the limitations of the hardware to have really distinctive art, SF3 and Dragonforce feel a lot more polished/consistent/better designed than, uh, a lot of strategy RPGs to me, really

Man now I'm imagining a joint venture between Sega and Degica that ends with Garegga getting a Steam release.

Honestly kind of surprised Radiant Silvergun never hit Steam. RSG had a 360 version so bringing that over wouldn't be too bad.

If DoDonPachi or Snatcher or ~GASP~ Panzer Dragoon Saga end up on PSN they won't be able to take my money fast enough.

also, in regards to PS2 on Vita: uhhh... If the Vita can handle FFX in HD then why couldn't it handle FFX regular type?

Snatcher won't happen until Konami pulls out of its death spiral, which is pretty much not happening either.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: November 22, 2015, 05:08:56 PM
Code:Triple Post! http://gematsu.com/2015/11/star-ocean-5-details-screenshots-lilia-private-actions

Some deets on the party's resident pack mule and this game's PA system.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: November 22, 2015, 04:04:22 AM
Jessica Jones is easily getting a ton of credit from me for being so willing to show 'ugly things'.  It's pretty committed to showing and talking about things that aren't always easy to show and talk about.

In addition to that, holy fuck, some of the deaths on the show are absolutely brutal.  Easily the worst (or best?) I can think of in any Marvel-related show/film.

Also, David Tennant is a really cool villain. :)

Well he was a cool villain (well comparatively speaking) in Harry Potter IV (for all of the ten minutes of screentime he got in that), so I'm not terribly surprised by this.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 22, 2015, 04:00:40 AM
Popped back in to Xenoblade Chronicles OG and finished the Ether Mines.


Seriously, the awesome little developments/twists during all those cutscenes at the end of the Ether Mines has really revitalized my interest in the game. Probably would've saved myself some money and held off on Fallout 4 if I had given this game a chance to develop a bit more.

Still find the battle system a little boring.

Yeah, the Mines itself are a slog to get through (and besides the exploration aspect, which your extremely limited because of high-level baddies, the Bionis Leg is fun to look at but lame story-wise). But the cutscenes by the end should perk you up.  Plus you're getting one of the best characters soon.

Aren't you thinking of Tephra Cave? The Ether Mines doesn't really have anything super dangerous outside of a UM or two, and those are pretty outdated once you're finished with the Mines/mid way into the Swamp Ass.

But yeah, finishing the Mines nets you your Fourth party member and he's one of the best (actually, Four through Seven are all really nifty and cool in their own right, its just the first three, Shulk, Reyn and Sharla who are the boring ones gameplay-wise).

This all really comes back to the words of wisdom of "Don't waste too much time on Side Quests early on!". Do what you need to do to keep yourself up to a comfortable level, but the longer you linger, the more bored you'll get by the time the game starts to get real.
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