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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 04:20:57 PM
http://gematsu.com/2014/12/legend-heroes-trails-sky-evolution-announced-ps-vita

Turns out that its just TitS 1 again, this time for PSVita. Welp!
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: Today at 12:09:11 AM
I'm in the middle of the S.S. Zelbess part.  I met Miki, lost at roulette with Fargo, got turned into a cat, got the handle from the cheating device, and that's where I left off.  

And I still am not sold on Irenes having a German accent.  German is a very guttural language and since mermaids are supposed to sing sweetly and smoothly, it reads more harsh to me.  Then again, Chrono Cross has been throwing the rule book out the window in many regards, so it's all good.  

Welcome. I see that you've already met the PAG (Procedural Accent Generator). Enjoy your stay.

Also, at least you can finally take a break from the bullshit now that you have your boat back. Now you have to do the other half of the segment and track down the Demi-human Elder.

Also also, Irenes. Her big thing is being a solid magic user that you can bring into the Dead Sea since you've been picking up primarily physical dudes at this point and you'll want a good magic user to keep Lynx on his toes for the final boss of that area. Also she's Blue Innate with a healing Tech so she can summon Frog Prince or healbot without having to worry about the Dead Sea's boss one-shotting her due to elemental weaknesses (he'll happily wreck her's and everyone else's collective shit from all his other tricks but at least she won't be horribly murdered like Harle will be if you try bringing her into that fight).

Dumb Ratings Edit: Referring again to that awful tier list that you posted earlier, Irenes is way underrated. Yes, her accent is obnoxious, but being a good pick for the Dead Sea boss fight on the first run is on par with being able to steal elemental plates from dragons good and being a solid, non-Black Innate magic user for this point is another solid point in her favor. Her biggest drawbacks beyond her outrageous accent is her poor weapon choice (you might get some mileage out of Nikki's old Pick, especially on NG+; but this is assuming you went with Nikki the first time around, otherwise she doesn't even get that) and the fact that there are simply better healers/magic users later on regardless of how much you put into her so she loses her niche fast. You can also screw her over a bit by screwing up the Black Dragon quest. She's roughly upper mid/lower top material.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: Today at 12:05:02 AM
Neclord's plot in 2 is mostly built upon the fact that he's basically going after the people who thwarted him last time (that and you hijack his hijacked castle from him so that you can turn it into your base for the game), and that just doing what you did last time won't work because it didn't last time despite more or less working last time.

Basically, bashing Dracula's face in with the Vampire Killer wasn't enough. Now you have to collect all of his assorted body parts and set them on fire, before you can bash Dracula's face in with a flaming Vampire Killer again.

The only thing I recall Suikogaiden 1 adding was how Neclord ended up with his bargain bin Pale Moon rune in the first place (which involved a completely different guy conning Serria out of her true Blue Moon rune and then eventually handing off a Pale Moon rune to Neclord).

Also, the real point behind Neclord was because "C'mon! Its 90s era Konami dude. They had to shoehorn a Castlevania reference in there somehow.".
4  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dragon Warriors on: December 21, 2014, 02:01:42 PM
^Have you not like seen even one trailer yet? She was the first retro character to show up in the bloody announcement trailer back during Sony's not-TGS pre-TGS TGS, not to mention all the other trailers and screenshots she's popped up in.


Psaro is stupidly popular in Japan, I'm not really surprised he's in. I'm more surprised that he wasn't announced already, actually.

(Of IV's villains, I actually preferred  Estark.  That battle felt much more grand-epic-final-battle-y to me. Also, better boss theme).

I liked Psaro better when he was a seven formed/phased boss fight instead of DWs Odo Nobunaga. Unlike the DQV's remakes' Waifu retcon changing a loaded choice into a legitimate one, DQIV's remakes' Chapter VI retcon was largely stupid and useless and I've never liked it. Estark was definitely good, but he's also just kind of a monster in the ground plotwise (thankfully, the series has been reusing him ever since).
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 21, 2014, 01:48:21 PM
Also surprising is that while I normally favor strong female characters in my RPG party, none in CC have really gripped me.  My party favorites have generally been the guys.  I like Kid's spunk, but she's hardly been around.  Otherwise, the unconventional women seem most interesting, but get overshadowed once they've served their "guest PC" usefulness.  Macha swimming from Termina to Guldove when I recruited Glenn was triathlete-level cool, but I've hardly used her except on a whim.  Sprigg seems really interesting (I like her juxtaposition as wise old woman who wants to party- I refer to her as hot rod granny) and would like to have more backstory on her, but she was quickly abandoned for a better character.  

The lady reppage in this game is indeed more miss than hit. There are a few like Steena and Leah who are cool dudettes, but for the most part they're either casters or gimmicky characters (it also doesn't help that all the child size and female only armor suck in this game and only three gals get exclusive weapons for their own; Kid's Knives, Janice's Carrots, and Razzly's Floral Rod).

Basically, from top to bottom, I'd rate them along the lines of:
Sprigg (NG+)
Riddel
Razzly
Irenes
Steena
Leah
Orlha
Poshul
Macha
Luccia
Leena
Marcy
Kid
Janice
Miki
Sprigg (R1)
Neoflo
Harle
Mel


Dincrest likes the rock & roll guitarist / singer...
I can't say it's much of a surprise =P

I would have loved for Sneff to be top tier, just because people would have to gauge if they really want his power which comes with his dreadful allure.

My issue with Sneff is that his gimmick is more detrimental than not. Sure, he could suddenly inflate his current HP to a level beyond that of what even the Golden Earring can do for anybody, but more often than not, he's going to be shooting himself in the foot. Also he's got a poor Yellow Innate, neither he nor his weapon type come with any cool freebies and he's part of the reason why SS Zebless is such a pain in the ass (it takes being a cool Blue Innate that looks like Freddie Mercury who can Pillage from Dragons, use Swords and snag an earlyish Level 7 Tech to redeem oneself for being involved in that god awful Zebless segment (and that was just Fargo's alterego who PC Fargo calls out on his bullshit)).
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 21, 2014, 12:00:19 PM
^Now that guy's just showing off. 3 guide books AND two figures? Pshaw...

I want that hat.

Which picture are you looking at?

I see a guy who owns five figures, five guide books, five games, a soundtrack, a poster, a wall scroll and a massive plushie (and what looks like two trophies of some kind).

He's got a figure of Suki 1's and 4's Heroes, Suki 3's Hugo and Geddoe and a fifth figure that's poorly positioned behind one of his watch award thingies and hard to actually make out.

Though what makes him a scrublord is the fact that his Suki 1 game has a used game price sticker still on it. For shame


True Rune Edit: Looks like this post was under the influence of the Beast Rune. Too bad it seems to be gone now.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS Vita worth it for JRPGs? on: December 21, 2014, 11:47:26 AM
I hope they will keep the Vita around for several years. It was surpassed in power by tablets not long after it came out but in terms of gameplay there's no comparison, the Vita is much better than anything on tablets. The resolution may seem low today when a phone has 1920x1080 pixels but it is exactly twice that of the PSP so PSP games scale really well to the Vita screen. I just wish FF7 Crisis Core was playable on Vita, but that game was only ever released on UMD not a digital download.

I too would like to see one of Sony's handhelds actually get the support necessary to succeed outside of Japan, but we all know just how weak willed and susceptible to pressure they are.
8  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dragon Warriors on: December 21, 2014, 03:14:07 AM
We've already got 3 out of the 87 non-Hero playable character from DQIV, the two brides of DQV, Terry from DQVI and 2 of the 3 playable non-Hero characters from DQVIII. I imagine Omega Force will choose to hold back on dumping the full cast list until at least Dragon Warriors 2 like they always do, but we could still get folks like Taloon, Sancho, Pankaraz, Perry, Debora and Ashlynn.

http://gematsu.com/2014/12/psaro-announced-playable-character-dragon-quest-heroes

Or Psaro. We could always get Psaro.

I suppose we needed a character that you do not pursue.

Also boxart.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 21, 2014, 03:05:18 AM
Grim summed up pretty much how I feel. I really liked AUJ myself. It wasn't great, but I liked it.
I didn't like DoS very much but it had a few cool scenes. Smaug being a video game boss was probably the worst part.
I just sat there bored for most of BotFA which was interrupted by several cringe-inducing scenes. The worst ones are undeniably the ones involving original-elf-character-do-not-steal and Legolas, who is only in these movies because he was popular. Instead of wasting time with those two yahoos and a useless Grima Wormtongue expy maybe they should've developed more than 3 of the dwarves, apparently they never cared about being especially faithful to the book anyway, so there's no need to stick with the "Dwarves are all in the background" aspect of it. Comparing how much I cared about them vs the 9 fellowship members is like night and day.

I should note I never expected these to be on the level of LotR, that's just way too hard of an act to follow. IMO the LotR films are probably the best fantasy movies that have ever been made and we're not going to have anything that good again for decades, if ever. Even with that, I felt pretty disappointed with how The Hobbit series turned out.

The first movie did its part as the set up and the first half of the adventure. It stuck closest to the book and was better off for it.

The second movie started throwing in useless sideplots like the Elf couple and drew out a number of scenes for longer than they needed to (like the whitewater barreling and the entirely useless Smaug boss fight) really dragged it down. But I will give credit to the Necromancer side-quest for letting Gandalf show off for once instead of being the party's Jeigan.

Also, the Dwarves weren't completely ignored development-wise. It's just that since everything and their brother got a boat load of development apiece, the Dwarves just felt underdone by comparison since they almost never got any extra development beyond the scope of the original story (although I do recall them skipping the sleeping bog event from the later half of the adventure so some of them were losing bits of screen time). Also the Dwarves got their development during the first two movies and really only existed at this point to get mostly killed off. There was nothing left for them at this point (which is why it was so dumb to break it up into three movies).

And yeah, the LotR movies aren't going to be matched for at least a generation since they were a cinematic milestone in scope and capability. The Hobbit on the other hand was Peter Jackson going "I wanna make Lord of the Rings again." and Hollywood going "Holy shit! Peter Jackson wants to make LotR again. Quick! Hand him a blank check so that he can make infinite money again." and then Jackson looking at the check goes "Oh hey! They're letting me do whatever the fuck I want. Cool. Lets find the biggest Tolkien sperglord we can and shove everything the guy says into these movies.", and then he did.
10  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dragon Warriors on: December 21, 2014, 02:02:22 AM
If they include a lot of characters from 3-5 and 8, I'll be happy...

We've already got 3 out of the 87 non-Hero playable character from DQIV, the two brides of DQV, Terry from DQVI and 2 of the 3 playable non-Hero characters from DQVIII. I imagine Omega Force will choose to hold back on dumping the full cast list until at least Dragon Warriors 2 like they always do, but we could still get folks like Taloon, Sancho, Pankaraz, Perry, Debora and Ashlynn.


I'd personally like a few from VII. Maribel, Keifer, and/or Aira would all be fun.  Particularly Maribel would have absolutely hilarious battle quotes.

Aira and that Martial Artist chick from that Legend of Hero Abel anime are the only ones I'm still holding out for (also optimistically hoping for Dragon Quest Sword's Fluerette but that's as crack of a pick as they get for this series). My initial big pick was Alena and she got in on day 1.


NOTHING BUT MARIBEL AND YANGUS.

THAT IS ALL.

We're already halfway there.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 20, 2014, 11:48:16 PM
In Termina, I recruited Van and Zappa.  Got through the Viper Manor stuff and recruited Norris.  I immediately swapped Harle out for him because I didn't need two black innates and Norris is a yellow, and yellow gets no love.  The only other yellow I had was Poshul.  

Selectable entourage right now is Lynx, Sprigg, Harle, Radius, Van, Zappa, Norris.  My party right now is Lynx, Radius, and Norris.  I've docked at Marbule.  

Yeah, that character rating list is far from perfect since there's a lot of biased "reviewers tilt" in there.  I agree with you that Macha is a wholly underrated characters (she's actually one of the strongest red innates).  As for Kid, I never used her and she's never in the party long enough to even *be* useful.  I do like the Nikki love in that list, though, since everyone seems to think he's crap and I think he's solid both in battle and in the storyline.  He's one of several characters whom I thought would be stupid or pointless but ended up growing on me and being pretty good on my team.  I also agree with some of their choices on who would be better off as NPC rather than PC.  

But that's a whole 'nother discussion for another time since everyone who's played Chrono Cross has something to say about what characters are best and who should stay on the sidelines.  I'm sure there is even a soul out there who likes Korcha.  I'll admit, I like that he has a righteous streak and genuinely wants to help people but he winds up being more of a hindrance than anything else.  EDIT: And for a first time player, Glenn can be conflicting too.  Yes, he's one of the best characters and anyone who's anyone will agree, but he doesn't start out all that good.  In my game, he missed more frequently than he hit.  But with nurturing, he became pretty darn good. 

Norris is your next good character (though Zappa is also good for other reasons) since he's probably your first good Yellow Innate (Leah is probably his only real competition in the game but she takes forever to show up). Of course he's also too high up on that tier list (he's definitely upper mid material; but not top, even with his generous availability and that gun you can get at Holy Dragon Isle).
Van could've been really good for Shiny Material farming if Summons were easier to acquire and you could either control his Wet Paint Tech or not risk his PiggyBank Tech's worth every time you use it. As he is though, he's just another lame Green Innate who's overrated on that dumb tier list. He belongs firmly in the bottom tier above the likes of Korcha, Sneff, and Mel but still under Funguy and Janice.
Zappa's really good for a physical Red Innate at this stage of the game and makes great use of Strengthen, and he'll remain good for the rest of the game if you can get his Master Hammer, but he gets pretty screwed over if you miss his Master Hammer (which is easier than you think given the dodgy nature of the Black Dragon's event flags). He's one of the few characters on that dumb tier list I actually agree with his placement (upper mid tier but below Norris).
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 20, 2014, 11:00:21 PM
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies -

*sighs*
These movies started out slightly above mediocre, and just got worse. This makes me sad, as I really wanted to like them. I love the world, and (some of) the characters. It's just that I didn't care one bit about any of them. It doesn't help that the story is completely devoid of emotion, and any real consequences.
The two best characters, Bilbo and Gandalf, had absolutely nothing to do here, wandering around like lost puppy dogs. It was kind of sad.
The battle, which is basically the entire movie, is way too long, and is filled with too many ridiculous moments, that are meant to stir us, but just left me wondering when it was all going to end.
They really should have just made The Hobbit one long 3 hour movie, or maybe two, with a tad bit more exposition.
These movies just dragged, with too many lengthy scenes that added nothing to the overall story.
My 13 year old son seems to have liked them quite a bit, and maybe I would have too, at his age. It's amazing what years of life and wisdom do to ones perspective and enjoyment of things like movies.

And that's the entire point of the Battle of the Five Armies. These two were the only ones smart enough to know to not get involved with a glorified inheritance claim. Their whole role in the battle was to sit it out and witness the one force more destructive than Smaug or any other element of their adventure while contemplating upon the petty reasons that triggered this bloodbath.

But yeah, if you weren't here to watch the millons of CGI toops have it out against each other in glorious 3D surround sound, then you were going to be disappointed since the only things BotFAs could cover was the battle against Smaug (the one that actually happens in the book), the BotFAs, Bilbo's/Gandalf's commentary on it and the aftermath/epilogue that wraps up Bilbo's adventure. There wasn't much else to the story at the point where movie 2 ended.

My biggest problem with the trilogy was that Thorin Oakshield, while the driving force of the adventure, isn't the main character of There and Back Again/The Hobbit, and the fact that the movies tries to make him into the main character over Bilbo is probably their greatest failing.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: December 20, 2014, 10:13:22 PM
Ferguson's done? That's too bad, I didn't watch regularly, but I'd randomly catch it now and then and he's a pretty entertaining guy.

Korra

Code:
Lesbians out of nowhere, still less forced than Korra and Mako(Who ended up a alright dude when  not in a love triangle). Forget about them though, it's all about Varrick and Zhu li

Show did fail to live up to tla, but it did steadily improve as it went on.

For someone who's basically Stalin, Hitler AND genderswapped Rossiu, Kuvira was pretty damn likable.

If they bothered to spend OOOOONE episode for them two, I would have bought it better (like how Katara and Zuko had 'their episode' together, or Sokka and Zuko did too).  It's nice they tried to build it up with season 3 and on, but it seriously wasn't enough but two friends hanging out.

The Colbert finale had all the pomp and ridiculousness I hoped it would.  He'll be missed, but i look forward to him being a late night host.  I'll miss the character for sure.  I should go track the Ferguson finale one too; I didn't actively watch him, but I liked when I saw it.

I can't believe that all the shippers actually saw it coming. But then again, I could see them being the motivating reason for the crack pairing to begin with. I suppose that once Mako's S-Rank got swiped from Korra, she was forced to shotgun with miss 'joins on the last goddamn chapter' as her next highest support. I guess its better than getting stuck with a random Village Maiden since Korra's time traveling daughter would only be slightly better than her instead of vastly superior (which is pretty crappy for a second third genner).

As for the Ferguson finale, can you confirm that his send off musical number only really contained a bunch of CBS stars and a few noteworthies like Shatner, because that's all that I really saw (and because I missed like half of that segment due to not coming straight from @Midnight that night).
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 20, 2014, 09:47:37 PM
Considering that Afro Samurai is and was always trying to be Grindhouse anime...I'm not sure if he's being sarcastic. At the very least, it's not a terrible comparison even if he was.

Either way, both Afro Samurai and Hellsing whatever are far far better than Deadman Wonderland. I haven't wasted so much time on bad anime since Ch@os;Head. What a complete piece of shit that was.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 20, 2014, 09:42:46 PM
Well, I just completed Fort Dragonia and saw the big plot twist.  Serge and Lynx switch bodies.  O Noes!  And now Lynx is in the temporal vortex, which looks really cool.  Like a really detailed crayon drawing.  I really like how the artist really went crazy in this game, with both the no holds barred character art and the super colorful and uniquely stylish environments.  

And, again, this game is really easy.  I somehow remember that sun boss with the changing faces being more of a nuisance, but I managed to kill it with minimal effort.  Maybe I've just gotten better at RPGs over the years.  Then again, Legend of Dragoon is still challenging to me now, not just due to the finicky timing of additions but because some bosses are merciless (e.g. Grand Jewel.)

Anyway, I just got Sprigg, entered the weird tower, got a lecture by Harle, solved the puzzle, she joined up with us, and we exited the Escher crayon drawing. 

In Home World, we trawled through the hydra marshes, found the Astral Amulet defective at Opassa Beach, and faced some prejudice in Arni (except for the boy who asked if Lynx liked catnip and the girl playing with Poshul who was all like "yay kitty cat!" 

We convinced Serge's mom that Lynx was Serge, Radius challenged us to a fight, and joined the party.  I replaced Sprigg with him because while I get a Yoda vibe from Sprigg, her element grid is pathetic and Radius's is much better so I choose him as my green over Sprigg.

Yeah. Unfortunately, Sprigg is kinda crap during the first playthrough since her Forget-Me-Not Pot takes way too long to show up (and even then, you still can't get her best transformations until NG+). Which is too bad since she's otherwise fantastic with some prepwork, much like FFVI's Gau is.

Harle is of course, totally worthless. Especially since you've already got one Black Innate in your party (at all times no less with Lynx), on top of her endgame shenanigans.

Radius is pretty good though. Even when he starts falling behind to better Green Innates, he'll get his Dual Tech partner by then, at which point Radius will be able to coast off his partner's gimmicks (until you get tired of them and bench both).


Also that tier list you posted earlier is total crap. The Viper Manor guides are all too highly overrated, along with both Kid and Harle, and Macha and ZOAH are way way too underrated (Sneff beating out anybody short of Korcha is complete bullshit, his gimmick is crap and he's an accessory to the worst segment of the game), among other issues.
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