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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: Today at 03:47:44 PM
Finished rewatching Gundam Wing over the weekend. Was better than I was dreading it was going to be. Weird thing, the Mobile Doll plot line is a lot more relevant now than it was back in the 90s. The series does have some problems though, such as overusing the plot point of a group within a group plotting a rebellion. But I am glad that I rewatched it finally.

I actually found the biggest problems with Wing to be the characters and some inconsistancies that I don't specifically remember at the moment. The characters were pretty much all crazy, to put it bluntly. Even a lot of the side characters. I mean, Duo was the sanest character in the entire series, and even he had is moments where he laughs in the face of logic...

All I remember of Wing was that Leos were walking coffins, anytime Heero Yuu declared that he was going to kill someone meant that said person was being given enough plot armor to make them effectively immortal, and conversely anytime someone shouted "Its A GUNDAM!" meant that said shouter was not long for this world, that Noin was essentially the show's top pilot given that she could keep up with the Wing Boys in a fucking Taurus (and whatever grunt suit she got saddled with before that) and Wei-fu's Dragon Gundam was stupid due to completely forgetting about space being a goddamn vacuum (and that he was obsessed with both his dead wife and being a massive tool).
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: Today at 11:43:35 AM

We've seen from screenshots or gameplay footage that the bow is now weak to the sword, so it is the second interpretation.

How can you tell that from gameplay footage? Could've just been a very overpowered character against a weak one, no?

http://serenesforest.net/wp-content/gallery/january-2015-nintendo-direct/Jan_006.jpg

From the first trailer. Note the arrows in the corner of the weapon icons at the top of the battle forecast panel.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 07:56:10 AM
How about that new Breath of Fire cellphone game huh?

Guys?

...

Hello?

...
..
.

Anyone?
Stop reminding me that that is a thing. >.>

http://gematsu.com/2015/05/bokosuka-wars-2-announced-ps4

Well there's a game I never expected to get a sequel.
O.o I do not understand the thought process that resulted in the decision to make that sequel.

I'm guessing its along the same line that led some Hollywood producer to decide to remake Jem & the Holograms into the most generic teen drama chick flick possible.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: Today at 07:44:42 AM
Is the show good?

I won't lie I might have to buy a figure of MC even if it isn't... I'd love a fig of girl a musical horn. :D

For another perspective I was completely bored by the first ep and never gave it a second.  Even KyoAni couldn't save this one for me.  But then I kind of hate yuri so...

And yet you like Kancollie?

But then, I can't entirely blame you for that perspective either. After all, most of the time I see Yuri come up in an anime/manga/video game, its typically handled pretty badly (maybe not Yaoi levels of bad, but when FFXIII-1 is considered a high water mark and crap like Sakura Trick exists; yeah).
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: May 26, 2015, 10:47:09 PM
http://gematsu.com/2015/05/star-ocean-5-character-designer-suggests-e3-appearance#DKC911yc39pYV5LZ.99

URL says it all, and my implication of it being at E3, a Stateside release is expected.
I wonder if they'll SO4 and give us a new UI. :P

Also saw this floating around:


http://gematsu.com/2015/05/star-ocean-5-subtitle-integrity-faithlessness-trademarked-europe

And Europe's getting its trademarks ready.

I suspect an eventful E3 this year.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: May 26, 2015, 08:50:39 PM
Anyways: http://serenesforest.net/2015/05/25/fire-emblem-famitsu-full-interview/#more-26657

Hey, whaddyaknow. Some actual in depth information. Indicating a larger cast than Awakening, the continuing adventures of range weapon nerfs, several new class names (including Samurai, Pegasus Warrior and Strategist), a glimpse at how reclassing will work in this game (including maintaining the current level), some more deets on the game setting (giving even more credence towards the game's apparent theme of a Western Shithole wanting to defile Glorious Nippon) and even a forewarning of the types of mission objectives we might see later (like a time sensitive arrive objective).
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 26, 2015, 03:45:44 PM
http://gematsu.com/2015/05/bokosuka-wars-2-announced-ps4

Well there's a game I never expected to get a sequel.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: May 26, 2015, 03:51:53 AM
Anyone else think the revised weapon triangle is good?  Anyone?

I am having trouble seeing if it is good news or horribly, horribly bad news for bows.

The good news for bows is that it makes them more effective against the more traditionally durable classes of the series (like Cavaliers and Knights). The bad news is that this game is placing far less emphasis on traditional classes than something like the GBA era or Awakening.

Either way though, Peg Knights are even more fucked when caught in the sights of a bow.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 25, 2015, 02:57:09 PM
Didn't get through the game like I wanted over the weekend, but I did manage to clear the semi finals in chapter 4. The next team looks pretty tough, so I wonder if I may have to grind out a few levels (which I haven't done to this point in the game).

The end is near, I can feel it.

If you manage your resources correctly, you shouldn't need to grind (Joshua and Estelle should be up to or near your other party members' levels by the end of the Tourney), but it can come down to chance if the enemy AI doesn't play ball. That said, you could always cheeze it by sticking a Deathblow 2 Quartz on Joshua and have him drop one of his second Craft Breaks on their collective asses.

Also for reasons that I don't want to divulge, you'll want to make sure that anything of value on your Tourney Arc team is either in storage or on Estelle. Heck, you can even stand to give her Haze since Cloak is coming up and you'll never need to fight a random encounter again (in this game).
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 25, 2015, 08:09:02 AM
I felt like Wind Waker had weird difficulty spikes? Like that stealth bit at the start of the game seemed WAY harder than anything that followed for awhile.

Admittedly, its one of the few things in the game where you can't just dodge counter and forget it. Also admittedly, WW's best fights had the decency to shut down dodge counters since it otherwise trivialized even the fiercest encounters (which is something Metroid: Other M didn't do when it implemented dodge counters and was one of the reasons why the gameplay in that game was so disappointing).
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: May 25, 2015, 07:29:52 AM
But, yeah, Legend of Dragoon is a game I would love to see get some kind of remake.  HD graphics, smoother dialogue, better voice acting, and a gameplay tweak to make timing on Additions more forgiving.   

Such an underrated game. 

Oh, and it had the best commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sua_zPsomXs



The fact that it didn't even get acknowledged in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal was a goddamn travesty (admittedly, the weak cast list of that game was probably one of the game's lesser problems).
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 25, 2015, 12:37:40 AM
I can't really argue with that, I'm just curious how they were different.
No royce or xenobia in the original,  and ghaleon was much more eviler.

But Xenobia was in the original (after all, someone had to impersonate Mia's mother); only Royce was added for SSSC and beyond. And yeah, more evil stuff was done like enslaving the residents of Burg to work at the Talon Mine (including Alex's parents).

They also substituted one kind of filler with another (i.e. hunting for worms for material for your airship versus having Kyle solo fight statue Hell Mel), and took out all the free plot Exp the game handed you in TSS.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 25, 2015, 12:13:40 AM
The PS2 version was one of the best selling Dragon Quests, IIRC, at least overseas, thanks in part to the Final Fantasy XII demo it came with. Also, plenty of people can get it for $20 on their mobile phones and Tablets (albeit with severe framerate problems that I'm not aware if they fixed) for $20, and many more people have those devices than 3DS games. "Missing out" is not the excuse here. If you "missed out" it's readily available. You could even still get the game new on amazon for $10 as late as 2012, and while the price has been steadily going up, it's not super expensive yet, and there are still plenty of PS2 consoles...that's not the concern here. Unless they put in some more new content (and quite frankly, they probably shouldn't, the game was pretty much perfect when it was released, and "new content" by Square-Enix terms almost always means "unfairly tedious and hard bonus dungeons with B-list excuses for a bonus plot"), I think it would be fair to call the new game milking it. S-E just following tradition. Personally, I'd be tempted to just skip it (I haven't actually finished the PS2 version, anyways, and at the rate I progress through DQ games, the game probably will be remade again by the time I finish it), and wait for DQ9's remake, which I think could use a revamp, at least for some in-game adjustments and online/streetpass stuff.

If you want it for the 3DS and don't mind the graphical downgrade, fine (unless you have a readily available PS2, in which case, what is wrong with you?!). But seriously, the original was very impressive to look at, and even Dragon Quest IX couldn't surpass it in scope. I mean, it had plenty of pop-in already, but it just felt like a big world that was fully explorable, and for a series that pretty much established the "grand adventure" that JRPGs always sold themselves as, I think that's a pretty important aspect. I wouldn't downplay that change, even if you haven't played it before.

Exactly. This version hasn't sold itself as one that's worth getting over the PS2 version yet, and right now, its seeming more like its making a case against it. Especially since you already have two different versions that are available and one of those is on a console flush with RPGs of pretty much every walk of genre.

And all of this is moot anyways if this version doesn't get localized to begin with (which would be fucking sad because not only is DQ Heroes 1 getting localized (which shares a few of the main VAs from the original localization), but the translation work has already been done and just needs to be reinserted and then distributed/marketed (and if distributed digitally, that's even less of a reason why it wouldn't come over)).

Also, yeah. The bonus stuff that the various DQ remakes have gotten over the years have varied somewhere between gamebreaking (having a fourth party member slot in DQV) to pointless (DQIV's 'Sixth' Chapter). Its kind of a crapshoot.

Also also, DQIX doesn't need a revamp so much as it needs a full on remake. It had so many issues that even making the DLC stuff available/less bullshit, you still have that pitifully short main quest (DQIII is probably a longer game) and the grindtacular 'post game' content.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 24, 2015, 11:12:43 AM
It is a pretty noticable difference, though. I don't care much for graphics, but the PS2 version looked practically HD compared to the 3DS version, and it's a freakin' PS2 game...it's gonna take a lot of positive gameplay changes to keep my interest, honestly.

Lol well the PS2 output at nearly twice the resolution as the 3DS. So it should look practically HD in comparison. That's a completely separate issue to how many trees there are! (I assume there are the same number of trees, just a shorter tree draw distance) I'm guessing they've shortened that because they want to get good 3D working. Which I assume is quite hard with an "open-world" game (xenoblade didn't even bother trying)

First off, I don't think anyone really appreciates your condescending tone, and aside from diminishing what was probably Level 5's single most important contribution to the original game, Dragon Quest VIII was probably the first JRPG to do an explorable 3D Overworld well (games like FFVII, SO2 and ToS had the 'giant-on-the-map' style, FFX had corridors, OoT's was tiny and bland, MM's was a hodgepodge (and still small) and everyone else was entirely menus or box canyons). It's on the magnitude of something like not being able to see the Mechonis from various points in XBC because of 'lol draw distance'. So yeah, its kind of a big deal that whomever Squeenix farmed the port to has taken such a large bite out of the game. Hell, this version isn't even offering portability since the Android version exists. The only thing it currently has going for it is the new content and possibly some under-the-hood style improvements (which doesn't seem very likely given how much of a hit the world map took).
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 23, 2015, 02:44:35 PM
Cor' Blimy! A double post!

http://gematsu.com/2015/05/dragon-quest-viii-3ds-poster-shows-new-characters

Hey they did make Red playable. Neat.

Also, holy fuck did they nerf the graphics. Something tells me that the PS2 version is still the superior experience.
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