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1  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: Today at 09:29:34 PM
I enjoyed the first MML well enough, but the second was a 'rent and beat in one sitting' type of affair for me and like 99.999999999999% of the world's population, I never got a chance to play Misadventures of Tron Bonne.

To me, MML was effectively what N64's Metroid game would've been like had such a thing ever existed (just with more caves/dungeons and less hospital donations, fishing through trash cans for weapon parts and kicking cans over bakery counters). So this is kind of a just 'whatever' sort of thing for me at this point.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 09:20:49 PM
Yeah, they totally went for quantity over quality, and the occasional change of pace tended to be annoying rather than refreshing, IIRC, though I forget why.

EDIT: Goddamnit, now I want to play an SRPG, especially after seeing the trailer for Summon Night 5....now the question is: Do I play Fire Emblem and start Eliwood's path, or do I put in some effort and try out one of the many SRPGs that are sitting in my room untouched, because there's only 5 SRPGs that aren't Super Robot Taisen that I've ever actually touched...

The only times FFTA changed up its mission structure, was for the Crystal Bosses (and maybe the extra bonus missions that you unlock after completing all of the standard 300), and those guys were still largely kill em all but with a gimmick that you couldn't just safely ignore. That game was the game and probably the single worst SRPG I've ever played.


As for your SRPG question, which SRPGs to you have access to?
3  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: Today at 04:12:45 PM
http://gematsu.com/2015/07/comcept-studio-4c-teases-red-ash-reveal-coming-july-4

In a similar vein to Mighty No. 9, Re-Dash Red Ash is looking Mega Legendary, man.

Featuring the many adventures of an Earth Mover named Super Guy Walnut, his adopted sister/team mechanic Tumble, and their uncle Fillet Mignonne as they explore the ruins of a world coated by limitless H2O, while competing/battling against a family of Air Privateers and saving the day from the ancient forces of the Slayerdroids and trying to find the fabled Fathercashe.

Hopefully their adventures won't abruptly end when Super Guy Walnut gets stuck on a planetary satellite fort while waiting for Tumble and Air Privateer's Team Mechanic/Resident Girl Genius/Tsundere Love Interest Turkey Mignonne try to work out a way to get their Brother/Love Interest down from the Planetary Satellite so that he can deal with the impending Slayerdroid uprising.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: Today at 04:39:48 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2015/07/02/tales-of-symphonia-hd-announced-for-pc/

Hopefully the Symphonia port will get unlocked sooner rather than later since it'd be nice to get a free copy of Zesty with my upgrade to Symphonia HD.
5  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: AGE interested in bringing the highly acclaimed Muv Luv series to English market on: Today at 04:32:45 AM
http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb480/Yumekichi11/Picture%2033/h443tgv_zpseff8348a.gif
(NSFW Warning: Gore)

No thank you. Total Eclipse was one of the few Mecha anime I outright dropped after a couple episodes, I'd rather not see more of that shlock...
Total Eclipse is a side story spinoff set inside the  setting of Muv luv Alternative . It is frankly not very good, and has nothing to do with the main series.

And this is on top of the fact that the anime itself was just plain bad.

But the Muv Luv series does illustrate one of my bigger problems with VNs being called 'well-written' and not 'well-written for a VN'. You could have the most fantastic setting, or the most tragically violent, but no matter what, you're not escaping the male power-fantasy nature of it (well, aside from Otomones which are Yaoi fan-bait). The entire genre can barely operate outside of the Harem genre and their scope almost never extends past the male protagonist's immediate circle of associate + concubines save for his own personal antagonist(s), and it colors the hell out of the narrative.

That said, I'm always up for something that has the US nuke the living hell out of Canada just because we baka-gaijins are always looking for an excuse to let the ultimate evil/unforgivable sins/nukes fly and proceed to sit back and happily munch down on our Freedom Fries and Apple Pies while we watch the rest of the world fucking burn. #FuckEngland #HappyFourth #BakaGaijin #CanadaDay
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: July 01, 2015, 08:03:31 PM
Looking for a recommendation again! Right now, there are two things going on for me:
1. Heat wave, which means I want to stay indoors and play games on a console. (Handhelds get uncomfortably warm in summer and my laptop isn't much better.)
2. I'm (sorta) playing Oreshika on my Vita and that has unusual/unfamiliar systems. I don't feel like playing another game that makes me learn new things. It's way too hot to learn new things.

So, what I want is a console game I can get into with an absolute minimum amount of adjusting. Looking at my 'to play' shelf, I figure these are my options:
Grandia Xtreme
Star Ocean 4
Sakura Wars ~So Long, My Love~
Blue Dragon
Enchanted Arms

Oh, and I'm just looking for reasons to play one of these games, they don't have to be good reasons. "Play Blue Dragon, because you need a reminder that Mistwalker never had much potential anyway" is good enough for me. 

Sakura Wars is good if you want to get all hot and steamy with your designated harem (also steampunk robot SRPG).

Enchanted Arms has a Metal Wolf Chaos cameo, that's about it.

Grandia Xtreme is the 'at least its a Grandia game' of the Grandia series.

Blue Dragon is the 'at least its a JRPG' of the 360's library.

Star Ocean 4: <this space intentionally left blank>
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses) on: July 01, 2015, 07:53:39 PM
Nice graphs, but perhaps adding in some kind of elongated dashes to denote the changing months or something might help the first one's readability.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 01, 2015, 03:15:16 PM
I still liked how you could break a lot of things late game. It felt rewarding for the grind.

As for Marche, I highly recommend leveling him mostly as a ninja for the stats (speed) and then at the end make him a Paladin + Battle Techs + Counter + Double Swords + whatever combo

Excalibur2 + Nagrarok
Peytral
Angel Ring
Fairy Shoes

Solo any mission easily.

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Random stuff: Making Ritz a white mage is pretty cruel =(

It would've been entertaining if the game weren't so massively boring. Even if you do break it, you still have to slog through fight after fight, and enemies fall off a cliff in competence after a while (the second Crystal Boss fight is probably the hardest the game ever really gets).
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 01, 2015, 01:37:07 PM
I also do find Zelda Triforce Heroes starring not ONE, but THREE Links is so creatively bereft it's annoying.  Literally I'm guess they had a blue print for this game... then a red print, then a green print, and called it a day.  The series has had so many unique characters and species, but you can instead play as three physically identical characters (oh! but at least you can cross-dress as Zelda!)...

Triforce Heroes is literally Four Swords 3 (which itself was guilty of having Links of four different colors). The only reason why they didn't include Purple Link was due to the stacking ability not playing well with the 3D.

I really wished they had actually talked about or shown the story mode beyond "There are a bunch of heroes, you are one of them." since a story mode was what made the difference between FS and FSA.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 01, 2015, 01:28:28 PM
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - I've been playing this on and off for about a year, and finally decided to get it over with.  I threw the last shreds of my completionist tendencies to the wind, focused on the storyline battles, and pushed through to the third stage of the end boss.

And my party was annihilated by her first attack.

Looks like I'm going to have to level-grind before I can finish this.  So much for skipping the sidequests. Bleagh.


Sadly, both FFTA games are massive grindfests with TA1 being the bigger slog through the bore bog, especially if you want to 100% it.

Don't you need to trade something with another player to 100% FFTA ?

Only if you want all the equipment/abilities, you only need to complete every mission (all 300 of them) at least once to access the final set.


Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - I've been playing this on and off for about a year, and finally decided to get it over with.  I threw the last shreds of my completionist tendencies to the wind, focused on the storyline battles, and pushed through to the third stage of the end boss.

And my party was annihilated by her first attack.

Looks like I'm going to have to level-grind before I can finish this.  So much for skipping the sidequests. Bleagh.


Sadly, both FFTA games are massive grindfests with TA1 being the bigger slog through the bore bog, especially if you want to 100% it.

Yeah, I was having fun until I got to the point where I was mostly grindinging...especially since it's obvious the game was designed with the grinding in mind. Most missions were still pretty damn hard despite doing all the bonus missions and a lot of clan fights...it didn'rt help that you couldn't always bring good equipment because of the ability stuff...

The difficulty curve is downright stupid in this game since its mostly contingent on what Laws (probably the single most awful mechanic in a series fraught with awful mechanics, especially since enemies can blatantly cheat and ignore them for almost the entire game) are in play and whether or not you get bored enough to field a Morpher, Sage, Alchemist, Illusionist, Hunter, Red Mage/Summoner, Assassin, Gunner and/or a Trickster as they are all fucking gamebreaking in their own right (though none nearly as gamebreaking as bum rushing Negotiation up to Rank 30 for a Cinqueda and its ability then using said ability on Missions 27 or 76). Because seriously, screw having to slowly grind up one ability at a time with nothing but fielding a Thief with the Steal: Ability ability, a Hume with Dual Wield or a particularly rare late game mission item being your only means of speeding things up (because sticking 90% of the dozens of redundant abilities on a single equipment type was just fucking retarded and yet another hallmark of Aughts era Squeenix's game 'design').
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: July 01, 2015, 12:51:18 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2015/07/01/this-week-in-sales-fire-emblem-fates-begins-its-conquest/

So it seems that Japan's liking this game/these games given that its/they've done better than Awakening did on its first week.

From what I've seen in the various streams and leaks thus far, I'm not surprised. For me, this is quickly escalating into becoming one of my favorite games in the series.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 01, 2015, 11:30:42 AM
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - I've been playing this on and off for about a year, and finally decided to get it over with.  I threw the last shreds of my completionist tendencies to the wind, focused on the storyline battles, and pushed through to the third stage of the end boss.

And my party was annihilated by her first attack.

Looks like I'm going to have to level-grind before I can finish this.  So much for skipping the sidequests. Bleagh.


Sadly, both FFTA games are massive grindfests with TA1 being the bigger slog through the bore bog, especially if you want to 100% it.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 01, 2015, 04:30:14 AM
^I'm pretty sure there's at least a few Japanese tales involving older women in at least some capacity. And hell, if they're still hard up for tropes, they could always try looking for some fables outside of Jap-ahahaha. Sorry, but I really can't finish that statement.


Does every game need to have the option of a female character? I don't look at Horizon Zero Dawn and go: "Why can't I be male?" I appreciate that the industry (and protagonists) are male dominated and there should be more options... but this seems a bit over the top.

No, I kinda just shrugged it off myself when the game was announced as 'expected' and unsurprising.  But the PR response just leaves a bad taste in my mouth; particular the part I highlighted which really answers nothing and comes off poorly worded and borderline misogynistic (where "heroes" = male).  And I dunno, I guess it kinda sucks that we have to "ask" about women while having lead males just sort of goes "unquestioned" and "naturally ok" by comparison -- so yeah, excuse my bias. 

Plus, HZD's heroine only came after some big "focus testing" to see if it was 'okay to pursue'.

Its also a case of Nintendo trying to have their cake and eat it too, as they've gone on record in the past about Link's design's origins as he's meant for players to project onto with things like the silent protagonism and the fact that his very name was in part to suggest the player 'link' with the character, yet they've also baked on specific character traits over the years like the preference for green clothes and being left-handed (though that one's been going away lately) or even being implied to be vaguely superstitious during the 2D era (as a handwave for mirroring his sideways facing sprite). Unfortunately, this seems like one of those cases where they're hewing towards the latter end of the spectrum.

That said, there's a non-zero chance for a Linkle to show up in Hyrule Warriors 3DS (though that's not much of a concession given what Musou games are prone to).
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: June 30, 2015, 01:39:07 PM
According to the game's producer, there will be no dlc or expansion packs for the game.

I gotta say, in this day and age it's not only unexpected, but a real pleasant surprise.

http://ca.ign.com/articles/2015/06/25/star-ocean-5-wont-have-dlc-expansions?%20hub%20page&utm_content=13

Though will there be patches if the game needs them?
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 30, 2015, 01:50:00 AM
I want a Jurassic Park movie where its like what if dinosaurs aren't dead but were always skeletons and are just /waiting/

I want a Jurassic Park movie where nobody tries to build a goddamn Jurassic Park, or returns to any currently existing Jurassic Park, but where we follow some young dinosaurs struggling to survive an extinction event due to the fact that the very facility is an ecological anomaly and Mother Nature is in the process of correcting said anomaly, inhabitants be dammed.
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