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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFX/X-2 HD-2 (i.e. PS4 ver) on: Today at 04:48:45 AM
FFX/X-2 HD-2 "Well, looks like we're going to have to listen to his story once more. *sigh*"
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: Today at 01:14:26 AM
Nono? She's the lead character from Diebuster.

Feels like a lot of people forgot about that show after it aired.

Great to see the Laevateinn in action since we'll probably never get an actual anime. If we do we'll be like in our 80s when it happens.

I know about Diebuster. I just figure that since it's, well, a mecha show, everyone would be in a mecha. Especially the lead character. I mean, taking on mechs bare-handed is cool and all; it just wasn't what I was expecting.

Diebuster Spoilers:
She is a mecha.

Besides, we've had Master Asia, that one guy from Giant Robo (Alberto IIRC), most of Tekkaman Blade's cast, Iczer-1 from Iczer (though to be fair on that one, Iczer-1 can turn into a giant, Ultraman style), Gurren Lagann's Yoko and other oddities like J9's Space Car from Braiger.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: Today at 01:04:58 AM
Considering that those are usually the abilities that Blue Mages want most (and that IIRC Mighty Guard isn't quite as good in this game as in others), I'm not terribly surprised. Also, it's hard to say whether the devs meant it as a means to substitute your party's sudden lack of a solid healer when Garnet/Eiko decide to take off due to plot, or if its meant to be sort of a "And here's the not hard-mode way of doing this section." way. I'm going with the former since the next best healer is Armant who won't show up for at least another half of a disk.

On that note and the previous: THe word needs more male healers. :P
White Wind really sucks turkey in this game too, or I'm not sure what it's basing the healing digits on.  Mighty Guard is excellent still: But it costs 64 MP (at low levels it means you're ONLY casting Big Guard and need an Ether right after), and I think it lasts significantly shorter.  I kinda factor that into the FF9 battle system being pretty wonky anyways and definitely one of the farthest selling points for the game for me. 

Male Healer deficiency isn't actually that big of a problem though. Not only are they closer to the uncommon side of appearances instead of rare, but generally speaking, male healers in RPGs are better at being healers than female ones are. Namely because they generally trade healing power or MP totals for better durability and a Strength score that isn't a total dump stat (if there's any competition for the role at all, because otherwise they get all of it). It doesn't help matters that generally speaking, males outnumber females 2 to 1 in RPGs (or that when females do outnumber the males, its almost entirely because you're building a Harem).

It really doesn't help that you just lost your main healer and tank and are only getting a slightly less heavy and highly less trained hitter and a sudo mage (who is both optional and also completely untrained at this point) to cart around with your thief(ish) MC and other mage (who's still fragile as all hell).

Freya is surprisingly not the damage dealer you'd hope she would be.  Quina easily (but only sometimes) topping Freya's best.  I mean, I get Freya is a dragon killer, but... I mean, it's not like FF9 is crawling with them to begin with.

Zidane is so good that they make him useless during boss battles because he's busy for half an hour trying to steal shit that he actually WON'T attack while your party does soft hits till the 3rd item is stolen.
I love Zidane as a character, but a big FUCK YOU to him as a thief.  I'm not sure whether his shitty steal rate balances the game or makes it annoying to deal with. 

Also doesn't help that the FF9 boss theme is pretty lame.
Eh. =/
Works, but it's definitely not something I wanna listen to for as long as you sometimes have to.

Yeah, Freya has Jump and Dragon's Crest and that's it. The rest of her abilities fall into messing around with allies HP and MP through her own supply which A) can be done just as easily with Potions and Ethers and B) all cost some of Freya's mediocre MP to actually use, diminishing anything she might be able to dish out. Some days I feel that players should've been given the choice between keeping her and recruiting Beatrix.

At least stealing gives Zidane something to do while your Thief works to pick the boss clean.

Also, I agree with the sentiment in regards to the boss theme. Its okay in short bursts but given how loaded bosses are in this game (loot-wise), it doesn't really work in the context of the game.

You know, it would be nice to get a female Golbez archetype one of these days. I mean, unless you count X-2's LeBlanc (Edea was close too but she kinda shares her role with both Seifer and Ultimacia, but I guess when you stop to think about it she does count doesn't she? nevermind).

No, a female Golbez would be phenomenal.  It'd be different too because she would hopefully be less sexualized (something about being a Final Fantasy bad guy makes females into "bad girls" heh x).

The one thing that I hated most about White Knight Chronicles (aside from getting my hopes up and dashing them expertly) is the fact that they almost do this, but pull a 180 right at the finish line and punch it up to Warp 9 to end up crossing the starting line at least twice (because god forbid that Level 5 ever makes a female character with agency). The fact that they tried to pull the same stunt again in the second game (with twice the deceit and none of the impact) was just stupid. But then the two words that describe the WKC duology best are 'aggravatingly stupid'. I still can't believe that Sony wanted those turds as one of their headlining franchises for the PS3.

Yans have Elixirs. Otherwise, nope. Bosses only.

Then again, I sort of recall Zidane having an ability that improves with the number of successful Steals he preforms, so you might have to either way.

IIRC Master Thief ignores "empty" slots you've cleaned out.  But I forgot the specifics.  Still I sometimes sit there a while. with Bandit equipped.

I meant that he has an ability that grows stronger with every Steal he performs called Thievery.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: March 03, 2015, 04:41:09 AM
And now I know what people see in goddamn Wrestling. It's like watching a live-action Saturday Morning Cartoon.

I'm still not going to watch it ever again, but at least now I can say why I have zero interest in wrestling.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 03, 2015, 04:38:21 AM
It's made by the same people who make the Disgaea games, so yes. Yes it is.

More Wild ARMs 2. Went from recruiting Tim to making it back to the town in Brad's starting scenario yesterday. I'm still pretty overleveled at this point though.

Tim's design confuses me.  It might be because I think poncho's are pretty hideous and I'm still questioning the revisiting of that trend in the mid-2000s.

Poncho's aren't that terrible considering the fact that they're distinctly Western, which is nothing but terrible (outside of Cowboy Boots and Hats).

Tim's biggest problem is that he really looks like a girl at first glance which his ribbon tied ponytail and shota anime face. That and I can already see him falling behind now that I'm closing in on Lilika's tier 2 spells (he has the stats to surpass her but his spells are stuck at tier 1 single targeting and tier 1 field targeting, at least First Aid is a hell of a spell for now).
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFX/X-2 HD-2 (i.e. PS4 ver) on: March 03, 2015, 04:29:21 AM
2 remakes of FFX
2 sequels to FFXIII
A sequel to FFXII (kind of)
2 indirect sequels to FFTactics.
A remake of Tactics Ogre.
I've lost count of the remakes/re-releases of FFIV
Remakes of FFV and FFVI for IOS (and android now).
FFXIV failed and was hit with a phoenix down (Fenix Down if you're really bored), now being quite the great MMO.

For fucks sake how many more fucking games need to be redone before we get FFXV?

There's also the various FFs I-II releases (Origins, the WSC ones, Dawn of Souls, the Mobile ports, Anniversary Edition, the iOS and Android ports), the FF III DS remake and subsequent releases (DS, PSP, iOS and Android), FFIV has the Japanese original, the FFII USA Easy Type, the Chronicles port, the WSC one that the GBA one was ported from (ATB bug and all), the full-on DS remake, the PSP remaster, every Mobile/iOS/Android platform under the rising sun, and more. Also FFIV sequels Interlude and The Wonder After Years and the latters various ports from Mobile to WiiWare to being part of the PSP remaster. FFs V & VI have their Anthology and GBA ports as well as the iOS/Android demakes (also V has that silly Legend of the Crystal anime sequel). FFVII's PC port is now on Steam. Also the entire FFVII compilation including like 5 versions of Advent Children, that Before Crisis mobile phone game nobody remembers, the ehh-ness that is the PSP's Crisis Core and the disasterriffic Dirge of Cerberus. FFVIII has its PC port on Steam too (I think; I don't actually recall since I hardly use Steam since that requires money I'd rather spend on games I could be playing 15 years from now). On top of FFX's International Version, it also has X-2 and its International Version, plus now two different HD versions (and also the utterly bizarre thing that is FFX-2.5). FFT has it's own War of the Lions remake and the 2 TA games that have almost nothing to do with FFT, plus FFXII which has its own IZJS is also loosely tied to FFT but also has Reverent Wings for a sequel. The FFXIII trilogy also has Type-0 (because unfortunately Type-0's plot ties into the XIII trilogy in the most bizarre and hamstrung way possible), which is getting its HD version. FFXI is still getting expansions despite being somewhat redundant now that FFXIV is a thing (this time). And then there's all the Crystal Chronicles bullshit, starting with the GameCube game, followed by the two DS games and two Wii games (one of both of these were the exact same game with cross console play which meant that the Wii version looked like ass for no goddamn reason), along with the two WiiWare minigames (and nothing else since). Also Mystic Quest (or whatever PAL land called it), the two (and soon to be three) Dissida games, and literally all the rest.

Also FFIX which has yet to see anything at all beyond its original PSX release (which is likely a blessing).
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: March 03, 2015, 04:02:55 AM

Hey, Gunbuster now has its other pilot. Also the hope for a Final Inazuna Kick Special still burns bright. Also also, finally! A look at Sousuke's final mech in motion (and it only took 15 years). Also also also, Gundam Double X finally has its other pilot (after 4 other games of not having her). Also also also also, Zambot 3 finally has its Ideon Zambot Gun (oh shit). Also also also also also, Final Mugen Punch Special.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: Majora's Mask 3DS released!) on: March 02, 2015, 03:02:46 PM
I am! Well... was. Just went through again... but got stuck after getting the boss key and ran out of time. ...So, third time's the charm, I guess? :/

Definitely doesn't help that while they upped the 'cool' of the bossfight, it takes a lot longer now.

Oh, just a warning.  You know how Zelda games tend to have one infuriating element to them?  The moon dungeon rooms for Zora and Goron suck a lot of butt.

Wait. Does the slowed down Zora Mask making going through the Zora section of the Moon easier (not that it was that hard to begin with since its literally a question of making three binary choices for a prize/completion, and the only hard part is finding the Piece of Heart)?

I have played MM on N64 back in the day, but I don't remember the moon very well. I'll keep that in mind and prepare myself!

In all honesty, getting the Piece of Heart out of the Goron Room is the only part of the Moon that actively sucks. Ricocheting off of pre-opened chests and over narrow ledges and precarious jumps should be all anyone who's ever played through that section needs to hear to remember the horrors of that room.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 02, 2015, 03:31:21 AM
More Wild ARMs 2. Went from recruiting Tim to making it back to the town in Brad's starting scenario yesterday. I'm still pretty overleveled at this point though.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: March 02, 2015, 02:35:26 AM
Another moment I recall feeling proud of was getting through Ocelot's Interrogation sequence on my first (and so far only) playthrough of MGS1 without having to settle for the bad end or using a Turbo Controller to do it.

Also, I don't recall if I listed it or not yet, but fighting and bringing down the two Star Destroyers in Star Wars: Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2 after dispatching a fucking shitload of TIE Fighters, Interceptors and the occasional Bomber. I was amazed as to how much they tried to pull the sequence right out of the movie, especially after Rogue Squadron 1's final boss fight being a lame ass dog fight versus a shuttle craft (which could be straight up demolished before its entrance sequence could conclude with either the X-Wing or the Nabooian Starfighter with Upgraded Photon Torpedoes).
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Code name S.T.E.A.M. for 3ds on: February 28, 2015, 02:17:24 PM
I really wish I could figure out why the gameplay did nothing for me. I mean it really does have the feel of Valkyria Chronicles, which I really do love. But there is something.....missing I guess which I just can't put my finger on.

How different is this from Valkyria Chronicles then? I've been thinking of trying that at some point but I really wasn't reeled in by the STEAM demo. Found it just very slow and methodical with not a huge amount of strategy being necessary.

More strategic than A ranking any given mission in VC with its Scout Rush supremacy.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2015, 11:25:07 PM
Want an even more soul crushing one?

I played a mahjong game and got a Thirteen Orphans !!! (rarest hand ever - some people never see one in their life) and when I declared my win... the game crashed.
I can only assume that the winning on that weird hand wasn't coded properly and also never tested due to probably never coming up in the development.

It still hurts...

Okay. You win.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2015, 09:22:11 PM
So now I know what happens when you tie in a Kill 'em All Smash Run battle in SSB4.

You crash the fucking game. -_-;
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 27, 2015, 03:05:51 PM

Adding this while I'm here.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 27, 2015, 02:01:31 PM
It's not the color of the dress that matters but how well it will burn in a fire get filthy, ripped and tattered when the lady wearing it gets into a mud wrestling match with another dress wearing woman Dynasty style.

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