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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 01:22:30 AM
Finally got everyone through Smash Run with a victory and cleared both the 200 KO challenge for Endless Smash and the 4 KO challenge of Cruel; thanks Luma and Shulk (you helped too Rosalina). Now for the serious grind of completing Classic/All-Star/10-Man Smash/100-Man Smash/Custom Move Sets with everybody and fucking around with Smash/StreetSmash (this one is going to suck).
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 24, 2014, 10:59:04 PM
Heck even the Original Zelda had auto maps for the dungeons.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 24, 2014, 06:12:14 PM

Noruma's at it again. This time with the Joker and Harley Quinn, the latter of whom looks like Optimus Prime's sister and as for the former...da fuck!?

Edit Fantasy VIII: The best FFVIII fan theory.

Ultimacia's final form.

Perhaps Squall was Ultimacia all along?

Suddenly Tidus.

FFs VIII and X now confirmed to also be part of the Fabulous Nova Crystal Meth.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 24, 2014, 01:34:58 AM
Maybe he's referring to that bonus dungeon in the GBA version? Its as awful as every other GBA era bonus dungeon. Compared to that, there are only like two or three dungeons in FFVI that are comparatively bad (Magitek Reseach Facililty, the Burning House and Gogo's Lair), and none of those suck nearly as hard as that bonus dungeon does.

I'd add Cian's mind dungeon thing.

Wasn't even worth the character himself since there's like 7 other powerhouses.

Esper. You get the Esper Alexander (and Cyan's SwdTech maxed out automatically), and by extension Pearl (re: Holy). You also concluded Cyan's character arc for the most part.

That said, while I hate Wrexsoul enough to X-zone his ass in spite of the loss of rewards (of course I think Doom could take him just as easily), due to the fact that he was my final brickwall back during the days when I was still reliant on renting the game from Blockbuster (once I got Anthology, the first thing I did was get back up to him and X-zone'd his ass, but that was half a decade later). But still, I can't really hate on the level itself due to being the last hurrah for the Magitek Armor (though it does mandate bringing in Terra so that I can play around in her custom M-Tek Armor). But yeah, if not for that it would definitely suck due to being stuck there until you completed the scenario (and yeah, Wrexsoul is really annoying when you don't properly understand his gimmick).

FFVI's dungeons had the same proclivity towards being mazey and switch-pushy that a lot of other 16-bit RPGs had :T

It did, but the encounter rate wasn't that insane unlike certain other games of that era I could name (*cough*BoF2*cough*), the dungeons were shorter than the average JRPGs' on the whole (like Narshe's Mines is probably the largest World of Balance dungeon with the Sealed Cave, the Magitek Research Facility and Zozo as the next three; and the World of Ruin isn't that much worse outside of major dungeons like the Phoenix Cave, Hidon's Cave, Inside Zone Eater and especially the final dungeon) and generally speaking, there was usually something going on in that dungeon that helped it stand out compared to the rest (Fanatic's Tower sealing everything but Magic and Item, Owser's House having weird trap doors and floating chests giving a haunted feeling, Zozo itself being a lie (not a town but a dungeon) filled with liars and building hopping, Mt. Kolts mystery shadow and gimmick boss fight (which like the aforementioned Wrexsoul was another brickwall for me back in the day; mostly due to not knowing a damn thing about Sabin or Fighting Games at the time, nor having a manual to explain his Blitz either), the chests treasures improving in the Cave to South Figaro and so on).

I mean, compare to Secret of Mana where after you leave the Lower Land, most regions/dungeons consist of A) smashing rocks, B) jumping across chasms with a whip, C) using the occasional spell on an orb, D) stepping on or hitting a switch, E) fighting a boss and F) occasionally finding the odd treasure chest. The most interesting dungeons in that game were Pure Land (for ambiance), the Mana Fortress (hell of a final dungeon), Moon Palace (for about a half-dozen reasons, mostly involving actually trying to get up to the bloody thing since you kept landing in the desert, the fact that Karen (lol Charon) was constantly on a lunch break, and actually trying to navigate the Palace itself (in spite of the fact that it consisted of all of two rooms and the Seed Chamber)), the Lofty Mountains (fuck you Jerk), the Sunken Continent/Great Palace (mostly for the former and its subway system and the fact that its by far the largest dungeon in the game), the first visit to the Desert (namely due to the Sand Ship), the Crystal Forest (again for ambiance), any of the Ruins (yet again with the ambiance, although Thanos being involved usually meant plot and one of those obnoxious brick wall bosses) and the Upper Land (for the whole Four Seasons thing; also Moogles), the rest were some kind of variation of the above sentence (especially if they involved a goddamn cave).
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 23, 2014, 09:19:28 PM
the dungeon designs weren't very good.


I feel like you're telling me that up is down.  FFVI had the best dungeons in the entire series, bar none.  By a mile.

Maybe he's referring to that bonus dungeon in the GBA version? Its as awful as every other GBA era bonus dungeon. Compared to that, there are only like two or three dungeons in FFVI that are comparatively bad (Magitek Reseach Facililty, the Burning House and Gogo's Lair), and none of those suck nearly as hard as that bonus dungeon does.
6  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: October 23, 2014, 08:24:05 PM
So the Nintendo Direct has come and gone with its 50 54? 55? 50-ish things about Smash Bros For. and HOLY FUCK is that a goddamn mess of stuffs.

So roughly speaking you have
- ANNOUNCEMENTS! being made by ANNOUNCER GUY!! ANNOUNCING!!! ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!!, which will be posted once this post has been completed. ANNOUNCERIFFIC!!!!!
- Up to 8-player matches (though you are limited on which stages you can choose for the obvious reason of being too fucking small).
- Kirby Super Star's Great Cave Offensive is now a stage.
- DK's Jungle Hijinx have multiple planes to fight on (i.e. there are platforms in the background that you can launch yourself between using barrels).
- There's a Wrecking Crew stage and a Miiverse stage.
- Palutena's Temple has taken up the "series NPCs comment on current fighters when series representative does a down taunt" mantle from Solid Snake's Brawl Stage.
- Gaur Plain in the Wii U version has more platforms around the bottom edges and Metal Face shows up during the night as a stage hazard.
- Ridley is about as close to a playable character as possible since he's an NPC like the Flying Men in Ness's 3DS stage Magicant that can be recruited to aid a player (only you have to beat him up a bit first). He can also be turned into Meta Ridley or defeated for a KO point (even by the player that recruits him).
- Coin and Stamina Battles are back.
- So is having to collect all those damn Music CDs again (at least stages have multiple tracks per stage again). -_-;
- Challenges are roughly the same as before but there are a couple more than before.
- Classic Mode has you fighting through a stack of characters repeatedly under certain conditions. It's probably very close to what's already in the 3DS version but NPC rivals and events can happen and you can play with a second player to speed up getting Trophies.
- All Star is in reverse order.
- Event Mode is back baby. Hellyeah!
- Smash Run is replaced by Smash Tour, which basically involves playing a board game with your MiiFighters and collecting powerups, items, trophies, loot, and fighters to use in battle.
- Stadium Events finally have multiplayer support. It should make stuff like Cruel Smash easier.
- Special Orders consist of Master Orders and Crazy Orders. Master Orders give you a single chance to clear a challenge for a reward, while Crazy Orders offer increasing rewards for completing a series of challenges ala All Star, but to cash in you have to battle Crazy Hand at the end.
- Master Core has a fifth form called Master Fortress (the others are called Master Shadow, Master Edges, Master Beast and Master Giant).
- Custom Characters can be transfered to the Wii U.
- You can do a lot more with Trophies.
- Masterpieces are back. Earthbound included this time.
- Amiibos can be fed extra equipment for extra stats. Blah blah.
- Tournies are back, local and online. (Or will be once its finished.)
- You can edit photos with the Wii U gamepad. Expect lots of dongs and tits.
- There's a limited chat feature but only pre and post battle.
- Stage Builder is back. Expect lots of stages shaped like dongs and tits.
- Online sharing, blah blah blah.
- Bowser Jr. announced. Also announcement videos for the new characters can be viewed in game. Also also Koopa Kids unofficially announced. Also also first DLC character Mewtwo announced (which you can get for free if you get both games; under construction).
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 23, 2014, 05:18:28 PM
God I played Xenoblade so wrong!

I totally relied on Sharla for healing, controlled Dunban more then half the time because I'm way more a "Dunban" than I am a "Shulk", didn't figure out the finer points of crafting until late game and did damn near every sidequest I could as soon as they opened up. No wonder it took me 150 hours to complete.

EDIT: Looking back, I'm sort of amazed I finished it at all like that to be honest. The last dungeon areas and bosses took me FOREVER!! LoL

As I mentioned in my effort post, even the worst characters are functional enough to do things with. Sharla may be the least efficient member of your crew but she's still really useful in long protracted fights against enemies that do a lot of damage (usually some kind of really high level UM with some nasty gimmick that makes tanking it with your face hard to do). Its just that she can't do Combos all that well and those are unfortunately where the big money lies. At least, she'll be fairly useful until you get to the point where your skills and party affinity are high enough to properly pimp your Combo.

And speaking of Xenoblade, my god Shulk. In a game where every other fighter has a goddamn counter move to wreck faces with, your is absolutely sick nasty. And here I thought that it would be Little Mac that'd clear the 4 KO threshold of Cruel Smash. I'm still chugging along otherwise. Unlocking things along the way. But this is still the most dull and boring part of any Smash Bros. game. 100%-ing it.
8  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Dragon Warriors on: October 23, 2014, 07:56:11 AM
....or Dragon Quest Warriors (or Dragon Warriors Quest).

So during this year's TGS, Sony's pre-TGS spectacular back at the start of September. Squeenix announced a collaboration with Koei Temco and Team Omega Force, in a completely original move and not just done by another long standing franchise or software developer, to celebrate their core franchise, Dragon Quest's, upcoming 11th game announcement/30th anniversary/sweet Dragon Quest style Special Edition PS4/whatever. Now that the game's development is a bit further along, I figured that now might as well be as good of a time as any to post this (and hey, you never know, a localization announcement might not be totally off the table; especially since Musou games have a solid track record of getting out into the west, even in spite of some of their game's source material).


Here's the initial announcement (and a look at that doomed never to leave Japan Special Edition PS4).


Here's the first set of announced returning characters.


Here's the second.


And here's the sorta kinda confirmed at the moment third set.

That said, here's hoping that A) it comes over to the west, and B) that it'll also draw some characters from some of the more obscure entries in the series like the Legend of Hero Abel anime (or whichever one that somehow was shown on Saturday mornings in the west for an incredibly brief amount of time).
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 23, 2014, 12:47:34 AM
Also, I believe he mentioned Fiora's death which is kinda hard to have happen outside of Colony 9.

You might be right.

The only character I found 'less useful' was Sharla, btw.  She'd basically come along if I wanted "less of a pain in the ass", but Riki and Shulk tended to do alright for healing and were better at killing things.

Sharla would be better if she didn't always kill your Combos with her almost solid Blue Arts pallet and can't use her Talent Art since it causes her to shut down for the rest of the Combo (and IIRC, while it doesn't completely shut down the Combo when her turn rolls around again, I think she ceases to contribute to the preservation of said Combo which might as well cause it to shut down anyways).

That said, I think the funniest thing I ended up doing with Sharla at the endgame was stacking pretty much every Damage Reduction skill in the game (since she gets like the biggest and most expensive one for free) along with top tier HP, Muscle & Ether Def Up gems to turn her into an even better tank than Reyn (bonus points for her healing arts drawing more aggro more reliably and consistently than Reyn's Talent Art).

Unfortunately, shenanigans aside. Sharla's at her highest relevance during the Bionis' Leg/Colony 6 segment since she's not so reliant on Shulk's Monado Enchant Art and you don't have somebody more interesting to replace her with yet. Beyond that, all she has is her healing which makes fights take longer (thus necessitating the extra healing she brings) and her anti-air qualities which aren't that impressive in Satoral Marsh (due to most airborne enemies in that region being huge fuck off level 75-80+ enemies). It doesn't help that she's pretty useless against Ether based enemies as well (not that that ever really comes up). But by the time you're rolling in Mechon again, you'll be up in Eryth Sea with A Certain Magical Railgun on your team who does everything that Sharla does but better (save for healing which is kind of a waste for her). I guess you can at least use her during the segments where Shulk is literally at his worst (and this particular limitation is why I'm baffled by Smash Bros. For's use of the Monado mk1 for Shulk, given many of his opponents and the constraint it should still be operating on).
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 22, 2014, 10:19:32 PM
Also I'm going to assume that glassjawsh spent 18 hours without getting to Colony 9 unless he says otherwise.

That'd be a hell of a feat given that Colony 9 is like 5 goddamn minutes from the starting point of the game and is the single largest and most prominent feature of the region (and can't leave until you advance the plot due to plot reasons). Colony 6 I could believe since that's where the game starts to pick up again, and as I mentioned before, that's where the game stops kidding around with your potential party members and gives you your first good one.

Also, I believe he mentioned Fiora's death which is kinda hard to have happen outside of Colony 9.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 22, 2014, 05:55:55 PM
Who remembers that old animated sitcom The Critic?  I liken Aeolus to Jay Sherman. 

Dammit guys. I just got this avatar (+ associated texts) and now you're making me want to get a Jay Sherman one. At least wait until Smash Bros For WiiU comes out.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 22, 2014, 01:18:38 AM
Okay, I stopped being a OMEGA HONKASAUR and crafted the needed items to get my platinum trophy in Rorona+. I mostly just crafted accessories (Speed Belt and Warrior Mask) and then broke down the gear from Esty to upgrade them a bit. I took down Kaizer with just the gear and an auto-elixir, but had to craft a good bomb for Demon Lord. I knew it wouldn't be exactly hard, but it took some effort to go with homebrewed stuff, given the lack of detailed guides on the subject.

Silly mecha!  

You spelt "fagot" wrong!  

Or did you mean the Italian spelling for the basoon, "fagott"?

I don't get why you'd call yourself such silly things though...!

He probably just fagot about it. :v
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 22, 2014, 01:14:19 AM
This week's Castle: Kindergarten Cop Writer. "IT'S NOT A TOOMER OR A KID!!!"

This week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Steve Carrel! No!!! The Marvelverse is a less funny place.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 21, 2014, 06:12:56 PM
Your mention of how the Wutai side quests involves various damsels who aren't love interests or whatever made me realize something.  As cool as the main ladies in FF7 are (Tifa, Yuffie, Aeris), the side-ladies are pretty cool in their own right as well.  We mentioned Jessie of AVALANCHE and Shera (Cid's wifey) before, but there's also Elena from the Turks.  Yeah, her inexperience is quite prevalent but she does take her job more seriously than Reno and Rude so she has the potential to be a total badass. 

Right up until you remember that she and Tifa got into a bitchslap fight on top of Juon's Massive Cannon as probably her last major contribution to the plot prior to the Raid on Midgar (which is somehow missable). Prior to that is her attempt at punking Cloud over Tsang's "Death" (admittedly it is kinda hard to get her to miss since she kinda fakes you out and you only have one shot at dodging her and its kind of an ambush that makes it even easier to fumble; still worth succeeding at once since its hilarious to watch her go tumbling ass over teakettle down the hill and causing her lackeys to panic).

Right up until I recall that it was Scarlet who gets into the catfight with Tifa as pretty much the only non-background thing she does in the entire game prior to the Raid on Midgar.

I wonder what that scene would look like today if Squeenix ever bothered to remake it (hey, they're totally remaking the Escape from Midgar Mountain Bike Chase minigame for Cloud, why not give Tifa the Return to Juon Cannon Bitchslap Catfight minigame game)?
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 21, 2014, 04:37:58 PM

Not that you need them to break the game anymore than it already is. But Hypers, :420: All day, erry day!
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