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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 01:41:48 AM
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"TitS 2 handheld or not TitS 2 handheld? That is the question." talk

Missed this earlier, but weighing in a bit here, I'd rather they'd do this instead of worrying about console or handheld releases for a single game.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: Today at 01:36:45 AM
Who are these people. I remember none of this.

Me too, man.  There's like maybe 2 or 3 names on that whole page I even recognize...

Did you guys live through the same 2000s I did?

I recognize 7-8..lol wtf. I remember zero of these occasions though. What is this? WHATY ISSSSSSSSSSS THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS

I know why though. I was never one to care about celebrities and pop culture in general.

Man, look at all those fashionistas before they all got old/high/dead/forgotten.

Also, I did not know that douche Shia Lebouf (or whatever) got his start on Even Stevens. That explains so much.

As for why you didn't recall any of that, you probably did not choose to waste your time watching MTV, Entertainment Tonight, The Disney Channel, or Nickelodeon during the afternoon.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 01:10:19 AM
and I'm now taking Lymsleia to East Palace.

Wait, you're a drug dealer in S5?

Worse. He's a Salt Dealer!
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: Today at 01:07:05 AM
Are the DLC packages worth it in this game for the added stories/maps/chars? $6.50 seems a little steep for me (after recently purchasing Pokemon X&Y) so I'm playing conservative with my gaming budget at this point. I'm currently somewhere between ch. 20 & 21 so I know I don't have too many chapters left.

Depends on what you're looking for. The packs are separated into two series. For series one, each pack comes with three maps with their own soundtracks (albeit the early ones tend to reuse the same map with different enemy layouts and rewards for completion; mostly because these maps are based on maps from older games; though the music is different for each one (albeit there seems to be a bug that causes the default skirmish music to play instead)). The rewards for these early ones are Spotpass characters (i.e. Avatar reskins) with redone artwork (that's unfortunately rather hit and miss) and some extra rewards like bonus skills and classes (All Stats+2, Paragon, Iote's Shield, and Liimit Breaker, and Dread Fighter and Bride). There's also some stages designed to help you grind up money, lagging characters, or rare weapons. The second series though features largely new content, including challenge maps, extra conversation maps, an extra to the storyline (including its own ending), and Apotheosis which is what all the grinding options are for.

The tl;dr is:
First Series:
First Pack: Based on FE1/DS1's Chapter 1, you'll fight against (and chat with) the main characters of the series of either gender with allies of the opposite gender and the finale being against both genders.
Champions of Yore 1: DLC Marth (Lodestar Class; Level 8)
Champions of Yore 2: DLC Roy (Mercenary Class; Level 11)
Champions of Yore 3: DLC Micaiah (Dark Mage Class; Level 12) + All Stats +2 Scroll (+2 to all stats sans HP)

Second Pack: Based on the second half of FE4's Prologue, you'll fight against (and chat with) variants of the characters featured in the Spotpass for FEs 1 - 5.
Lost Bloodlines 1: DLC Leif (Trickster Class; Level 1)
Lost Bloodlines 2: DLC Alm (Dread Fighter Class; Level 21) + Dread Scroll (equips Swords, Axes, Tomes, learns Resistance +10 and Aggressor (+10 to attack during user's turn))
Lost Bloodlines 3: DLC Seliph (Swordmaster Class; Level 2) + Paragon Scroll (doubles Exp gains, can stack with Veteran)

Third Pack: Based on the first half of FE7's Final Chapter, you'll fight against (and chat with) variants of the characters featured in the Spotpass for FEs 6 - 10.
Smash Brethren 1: DLC Elincia (Falcon Knight Class; Level 6)
Smash Brethren 2: DLC Eirika (Bride Class; Level 23) + Wedding Bouquet (equips Lances, Bows, Staffs, learns Rally Heart (Rally that provides +2 to all stats sans HP and +1 to Move) and Bond (heals 10 HP to all within 3 tile radius of user at start of turn)
Smash Brethren 3: DLC Lyn (Swordmaster Class; Level 8) + Iote's Shield Scroll (negates Flying weakness)

Fourth Pack: Based on FE9's Chapter 8, you'll fight against (and chat with) variants of everybody featured within Spotpass.
Rogues and Redeemers 1: DLC Ephraim (Great Knight Class; Level 20)
Rogues and Redeemers 2: DLC Celica (Sage Class; Level 20)
Rogues and Redeemers 3: DLC Ike (Hero Class; Level 20) + Limit Breaker Scroll (character's stat caps sans HP are increased by 10)

Grinding Pack: Custom Stages, amusing banter.
The Golden Gaffe: A fuck ton of Gold (on the order of 70000+ if you can collect it all)
EXPonential Growth: Exp piñatas (not that great for maxing out characters but very useful for catching up stragglers and getting around Lunatic's anti grinding features)
Infinite Regalia: Three Random Legendaries + Eldigan (Paladin Class; Level 14) + Silver Card (halves shop prices)

Second Series:
Scramble Pack: Custom Stages, extra conversations between characters who lacked conversations between each other + a fuck load of Event Tiles per stage for extra items, exp, weapon exp, or support points.
Harvest Scramble: Conversations (between characters of the same genders) + a Master Seal + Lissa in a Party Hat
Summer Scramble: Conversations (between first gen characters) + 3 Seeds of Trust + Chrom, Gaius, Cordelia, Tharja, and Sorcerers in swimwear
Hot-Springs Scramble: Conversations (between second gen characters) + 3 Seeds of Trust + Lucina, Severa, Owain, Inigo, and Swordmasters in those Japanese festival robes

Challenge Pack: Custom Stages with enemies harder than the final chapter's, plus an extra reward for fulfilling certain criteria.
Death's Embrace: Dungeon with Spiked Terrain and Healing Tiles (everyone standing on the spikes will have their HP reduced to 1 at the start of the next turn, likewise heal tiles will fully restore anyone standing on them at the same time) + DLC Est (Pegasus Knight Class; Level 5)
Five-Anna Firefight: Five immobile NPC Annas are stuck on a island in the midst of a lava field while a shitload of flying enemies will try to swarm them + DLC Catria (Dark Flier Class; Level 20)
Roster Rescue: Seven Giant Risen are trying to flee, beat them for a Small Bullion each + DLC Palla (Falcon Knight Class; Level 20)

Future Past Pack: Custom Stages that explores a doomed timeline and basically gives the 2nd genners their own little plot arc.
The Future Past 1: Rescue Kjelle, Nah, Cynthia, and Noire + Conversations between them and their parents/alternate selves
The Future Past 2: Rescue Inigo, Brady, Yarne, and Owain + Conversations between them and their parents/alternate selves
The Future Past 3: Help Lucina, Severa, Laurent, Gerome defeat a more powerful Grima + Converations between them and their parents/alternate selves + alternate ending

Apotheosis: Gauntlet against super charged enemies, the game's toughest challenge + a secret route if your team is strong/fast enough + either DLC Katarina (Grandmaster Class; Level 20) or a Supreme Emblem (sells for maxed money). Shit's so ridiculous that enemies will typically sport stats from the 40's to the 80's (for comparison, the highest possible non HP stat cap a PC can sport is 61) and such skills like Dragonskin, Aegis+, Pavise+ and other shitwrecker tier shit. This is pretty much what all that ridiculous crap you've been collecting or eugenicizing is for.


The tl;dr of that tl;dr is that I'd recommend getting the Future Past pack, the Challenge Pack, and Apotheosis for sure, Rogues and Redeemers for Limit Breaker (even though Apotheosis is doable without Limit Breaker, it's practically required for the secret route), Lost Bloodlines for Paragon and Dread Fighter, Smash Brethren 2 for Bride, and maybe Champions of Yore 3 for All Stats +2 and possibly Infinite Regalia for the Silver Card (though you might as well just go for The Golden Gaffe instead since who cares about halving money when you have infinite money). Your mileage will definitely vary on the rest. Iote's Shield and the EXPonential Growth are not worth it, and only Champions of Yore 1 is really worth it for the DLC character since Marth has Good Growths and the stage is easy enough).
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 23, 2014, 02:31:57 PM
I saw Amazing Spider-Man 2 tonight. I won't post spoilers.

It felt.......disjointed. That's the best word I can think of.

There is far too much focus on the love plot between Peter and Gwen. It felt like a soap opera.

The villains felt really rushed, particularly Electro. Overall, it was disappointing - which sucks because Spider-Man is my favourite comic character.

Go see Captain America 2 instead, it's a much better movie.

Welp. That's what they get for dumping half a dozen villains into a single movie. The law of comic book villainy conservation strikes again.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: VG Art Topic on: April 23, 2014, 01:51:55 PM
Suiko definitely has lovely art.  I wonder if they work in teams on that one?  Not just because of the quantity of characters, but I find it hard to think one artist has such a diverse imagination for so many unique characters....

I saw the Demon Gaze review on the site.  Got annoyed.  Looks like the same artist who was responsible for this ridiculous ensemble on Saber:




PANTSUUUUUU. >___>

I actually get less annoyed by more deliberately revealing outfits.  THis is just impractical and silly looking.  HERE'S UNDERWEAR is all I get from it.

I can't imagine more than the one person working on Suki's character designs (for 2 through 5) given how generally unified the overall designs look and how few characters that generally look like fetishized trainwrecks despite the many many opportunities for them. In comparison, FE:Awakening's DLC character designs were all over the place from awesome (DrakenRoy) to awful (Fate/Stay:Boobwindow Micaiah).

Also, how did you not notice Demon Gaze's awful character designs are until now?
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 23, 2014, 01:36:56 PM
It was a PS2 Tales game, I don't remember which one. It was boring.

Legendia?

Symphonia?

The Destiny remake?
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 23, 2014, 01:12:52 AM
I'd say that the characters didn't start becoming silly animu archetypes until Graces,

What are you talking about? Tales of characters have always been walking anime archetypes. Just looking at protagonists, all of them outside of Cless and Yuri have been some degree of Idiot Hero, and then there's the one that's terrible at cooking, there's the flat chested/busty female combo, the older/cooler/almost big brother male, the male rival, the klutz, the boy genius, the kawaii/genki little-girl, the pure-hearted maiden/female lead, etc. And that's not even touching the other clichés the series just loves to embrace like xenophobic ass hat Elves, hidden ninja villages, snowy town romances, and so on.
9  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: April 22, 2014, 10:30:38 PM
Oh, I realized I FINALLY have something to add to the whole "Samus fiasco" about her appearance.

Running (and by extension) action-ing it up in high heels fucking hurts like hell in real life.  So good luck with that, guuuurl.

Well they had to retcon the retcon in regards to her hight/build and athletic abilities somehow. Thanks Other M.

At this point, I just want to see Anthony get in just to see what Sakaurai does with him (either reduce the ridiculous hight disparity between him and Samus or go hog wild and have his trophy state the dude is like a 9 foot tall, 54 inch wide, Gorilla, or something), since there's really not all that much one can do for Samus given how much of a trainwreck character design-wise she's become.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: VG Art Topic on: April 22, 2014, 10:10:02 PM
So I have to wonder, does anyone else remember The Magic Box?

That used to be an image host website, right?


Edit: And because it came up in the Game Journal, I would like to point out that I really like the character designs for the Suikoden series (generally speaking).
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 22, 2014, 03:53:21 PM
It feels so weird that we got 4 Tales games this year (Symphonia HD, Symphonia DotW HD, Xillia 2, Hearts R).

Is this like... Real life?

A Tales-filled year, they said (I'm kinda combining 2013 with '14 here because it still applies).  And it's nice Zesteria was announced the day of as well.

CE announced, it's out late August...apparently it's $129 though.  But it does look fancy:


Once before, never again.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 22, 2014, 03:50:20 PM
@ Suikoden II: Shit, another I don't know if I can/want to put in the time for. I really would love to though, I loved playing it so much... I really wonder if it's aged well after all has been said and done though haha

You could probably blow through the game in under 15 hours if you know what you're doing and don't care about getting 100% (and unless they fix at least some of the egregious bugs, which I highly doubt, the odds of that without spending a solid three months with a couple of guides in your lap are ridiculously low).


so...

.hack ?? is it set up to play like an MMO?

If .//hack were a dating sim, then more or less.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: VG Art Topic on: April 22, 2014, 03:43:16 PM
Hands down, one of my favorite art book purchases with the dual-feature for Seiken Densetsu 4 and Child of Mana.  Mixed results for the actual game aside, the artwork within is some of the most spectacular stuff I've ever seen.
And I do love that a lot of Tree of Mana artwork is ...basically pointillism.  Circles, oblong, ovals, etc.



+1'ing this. Really the first game I encountered with amazing art.

As for BoF, I've always preferred 2's character designs over 3's.


This is probably the one area I've never really seen indie games ever do well in. While the spread varies wildly from pretty good to aggressively terrible, I feel like the indie game average right now sits firmly at barely serviceable.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 22, 2014, 06:41:28 AM
And pardon the double post again, but... http://www.siliconera.com/2014/04/22/looks-like-suikoden-ii-will-re-released-playstation-network/

Well now you don't have to spend $120 bux on this game to play it legally anymore. Too bad I somehow doubt that they'll do anything about any of the bugs or the shoddy localization.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 22, 2014, 12:45:20 AM
Pardon the double post, but http://gematsu.com/2014/04/new-fatal-frame-announced-wii-u

Anyone up for another Fatal Frame?

I think this could be pretty exciting to get actually.

I can see the 'use the gamepad as a not-camera' gimmick already. Have one person move the player via mote while the other takes the pictures with pad, or merge functionalities to ensure the experience of 'going it alone' is preserved.
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