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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which "Tales of" games have you played more than once? on: August 28, 2015, 09:10:23 PM
So far, none of them. And in all honesty, I probably won't change my stance on the matter (hell, I don't even know how I managed to persevere through Phantasia the first time through; these games are just way too long winded for their own good, especially given how much of a wet fart their plots tend to be).
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommend me some RPG Maker games! on: August 28, 2015, 09:06:21 PM
This thread and everyone in it should be Chaos Dunked for not mentioning Barkley's Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden for two whole pages.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you tell me about Suikoden II? on: August 28, 2015, 08:45:41 PM
Do the Fire Emblem battles ever get more tactical? I can see once I get more characters, I'll have some customization options, but even the more recent war battles are just so out of my hands.

Ehh, not really. Mostly because of A) the numbers are almost totally irrelevant which makes predicting outcomes a total crapshoot, B) the fact that most of the Strategy Battles are meant to be lost anyways, and C) there's exactly one battle in the game where the above doesn't apply as it isn't designed to be a total curbstomp going one way or the other (you're only playing against stacked odds) and has an outcome that actually matters (sort of).

As long as Riou is out of danger, you can pretty much rest assured that the fight's outcome will come up sooner or later (unless someone permadies or something, because that's something that can happen in Strategy Battles and is meant to screw you out of getting the 108 Stars ending), so that's pretty much the only real strategy involved.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 27, 2015, 07:06:38 PM
FFX was like my favorite Square battle system ever and then they never used it again.

Although this is the unpopular opinions thread so I guess I should be saying that I'm glad they never used it again???

They just need to give back row characters at least some AP so that every battle doesn't devolve into a constant struggle between keeping every character rotated into and out of battle and "Sorry Kimari, Lulu, Wakka and Tidus; you're all off the team.".
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 27, 2015, 05:57:40 PM
Anyways, I'm watching the 2003 anime, I got half way through it before I stopped and always wanted to finish it. 

I stopped halfway through, too, though I've seen bits of later episodes on Adult Swim. I never did finish my rewatch...

I'd say its worth watching just for the Archinator. Just stop before you get to the movie. That thing was aggressively terrible.
21  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 27, 2015, 01:34:55 AM
But IIRC, all of the girls wore something to that effect as Berserkers, it was a kind of badly designed class outfit wise.

Not...really, actually, Yuna's got massive cleave, but...



In all fairness, I didn't exactly have a reference image to lustfully gaze upon at my disposal when I made that statement. I stand corrected.


To be honest, I didn't even know about his instant fatality attack. I started firing at him, managed to kill him before he escaped. I started to snipe the guards when I was hit by something which threw me into the previous area but I survived. I just presumed some of the guards had fired upon me.

Metal Gear Solid 3 : Snake Eater HD [PSVita] - Since I am completely hyped up for MGSV Phantom Pain I decided that playing Boss's story would be fitting before buying MGSV.
And man, MGS3 is so damn good! This is the first time I have played it with the improved camera controls which makes the game infinitely better. The old camera system was so bad it crippled the experience since you were incapable of seeing more then a couple of meters ahead of you.

Also, the camouflage system is shockingly good for the enemies. It's happened to me multiple times that I am sneaking through an area only to realize I am lying NEXT TO a guard. They sometimes blend too perfectly into the environment .

I just killed the Pain and am now on my way to the facility where Sokolov is being held. Also I managed to shoot and kill The End before actually fighting him!
I had read it was possible but this was the first time I was capable of doing it.

Awesome.

I'm assuming you dodged the instantly fatal homing rocket wheelchair counter then.

The first time I pulled off the trick, I went "What the hell is that?" at the trail of smoke rocketing up from the location where my sniper bullet caused The End to explode, then it hit me and I died. The second time I pulled off the trick, I decided to move to cover before I get nailed by whatever got me the first time, then I got a look at that wheelchair of doom as it proceeded to end me a second time. It took me three attempts to pull off that trick as I finally took the old school approach of 'leave the fucking screen before whatever horror you just casually stepped in front of ends you and hope to god it doesn't persist'.

As for how you managed to survive the hit, I haven't a clue. My best guess is that you either had Rations equipped and they tanked the hit for you, or the fact that the impact sent you back one screen before whatever damage triggers could fully resolve or some other weird arcane programming wizardry (it could also be a feature of being a different version since the one I'm familiar with was the OG PS2 version, not Sustenance, 3D nor any of the Collectors' Edition collections; they may have changed it to make the trick more doable or something).
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 26, 2015, 07:30:20 PM
I'm just going to go ahead and ignore everyone who is commenting on games they've never played.

Hey man, I've suffered enough by having to go through Grandia 2 PS2 edition. Cut me some slack.


Isn't Grandia 1 being the more fondly remembered title over Grandia 2 the more popular opinion though?

In Japan, maybe.  Here, Grandia was released among the PSX era glut of JRPGs and did not exactly have the best localization and voice acting.  The battle system was great, though.  On the other hand, Grandia II is the more lauded title, because it had an excellent localization, excellent voice acting, better music, and Ryudo's a more appealing protagonist to US tastes than Justin.  

You ask anyone, at least at RPGFan, and the majority will say that Grandia II was the best Grandia.  I will agree with that.  Grandia was alright, Grandia II was fantastic, Grandia Xtreme had the most refined version of the battle system but a throwaway plot, and Grandia 3 had great gameplay but its story was an exercise in wasted potential.  I've given my two cents about Grandia III several times.  

I suspect what you're really trying to say here is that Grandia 2 was on the Dreamcast, and that automatically made it the best by default. Fortunately, this is not an untrue statement.


It's clear that I enjoy visual novels.  Some of my favorites are Ever17...
Ever17 is good enough for anyone who likes sci-fi to enjoy.  The problem is that it's... well, just too wordy, and the barrier of entry is quite high.  You have to be determined when going into it; the casuals will get bored easily before getting to the true meat of it all.  but if you get to that meat.... mmmm, it's the best meat.

Except that most of Ever17's 'wordy' nature can be ascribed to anime vernacular where it spends half its run time dropping all of these random terms that it doesn't bother explaining until the other half of its run time so as to solve the 'mystery', which usually turns out to be powerlevels, super sayin transformations, bigger wave motion guns, time travel or literal magic. Kinda like Chaos;Head and Xenosaga in that respect.

Really though, most of Ever17's run time is spent running around kicking cans, taking gondola rides, eating out of a hotdog stand and playing hide and seek with the anime waifu hologram. The worst of the anime vernacular is in referencing shit that happened in the previous game Never7, where the anime super virus and subsequent immortality got explained (they do explain it in Ever17 as well since its a way to fill time, it just takes longer for you to get the solution to the 'mystery' than the people who've played the first game and immediately recalled the importance of that one specific namedropped term that showed up earlier).
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 26, 2015, 05:53:57 PM
Yeah... wth happened to Rikku between FFX and FFX-2?
Did she start taking hard drugs and raving all night or something?

It's weird I like her X-2 outfit because it's as goofy as she tends to be.  Other than that, making sense of ribbon arms and winter-wonder scarf with summer-fun bikini just hurts my hair to think about.  Some of her outfits are really ridiculous too, the Berserker one literally giving patches of loose cloth over her tits and some underwear.

While I still wrap my head around how spiral irises would work in real life, I did always admire them giving her dimples in her smile, and often unseen physical trait in fictional characters; she actually looked pretty realistic ...especially as far as FF-characters go. 



I keep playing FFX-2...why am I finding this game so fun?  Most of the minigames are migraine-inducing.

Also realistic, missing teeth.

But IIRC, all of the girls wore something to that effect as Berserkers, it was a kind of badly designed class outfit wise.

Though I suppose that it was just an extension of the direction Rikku was heading in during FFX (don't forget that she started in a full body diving suit before switching to that leather tunic and shorts, she just ended up trading her tunic for sleeves for X-2).
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 26, 2015, 10:33:44 AM
piss easy game

Objection! There was one hard boss. He was optional.
Although, he was only hard if you tried it when you were there the first time instead of waiting for when you can come back near endgame.
(Talking about the one in the desert)

In my defense I never played Grandia 3.

Because, I somehow couldn't justify spending $50+ bux on a lousy game (and I haven't gone back and hunted for it at a cheaper price since I could just as easily spend that money elsewhere (and JRPGs are notoriously pricey in the secondhand market, so whelp)).
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 26, 2015, 09:23:40 AM
Actual non-ironic post (well okay I maintain that Garegga's a euroshmup) for a change but I liked Grandia 1 way more than Grandia 2 and imma let Grandia 1 finish but Beyonce was one of the best Game Arts games of all time.

Isn't Grandia 1 being the more fondly remembered title over Grandia 2 the more popular opinion though?

Regardless, I maintain the opinion that Grandia 2 had the better game/story/whatever than Grandia 1 had. Granted Grandia 3 had the actual best gameplay of the series, but that was wasted in a piss easy game marred in dreck that made the writing in any given Grandia before it look competent by comparison.


Another unpopular opinion: I find Illusion of Gaia's plot to be superior to Terranigma's.
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 26, 2015, 06:49:20 AM
Well the good news is that I'm down to Fighter and Ninja in Kirby Fighters. The bad news is that I'm still 60+ Keychains away from actually 100%ing this beast (I'd burn the Play Coins to clear this if I knew that I could guarantee that the Keychains I'd get were new since they're 5 PCs a pop; as is though, I'm not burning 5 whole PCs for a mere single roll of the dice).
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 25, 2015, 09:27:11 PM
Using him in any game will activate the water walking and unlimited fish and loaves of bread cheats, also all carried water in your inventory is now wine, and if you die in the game, your character will respawn 3 days later, you'll also gain access to the hidden Heaven stage and the 'absolved of sin' achievement.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 25, 2015, 09:19:23 PM
It's clear that I enjoy visual novels.  Some of my favorites are Ever17, Hourglass of Summer, and Crescendo.  They remind me of Choose Your Own Adventure books I enjoyed as a kid.  They certainly weren't paragons of literature and several were pretty lousy, but as a whole they were fun and some of the books were surprisingly good (e.g. Mystery of Chimney Rock- that book was rather creepy and frightening when I was a kid).  

You can argue that VN stories are often retreads, but many JRPG stories are retreads too and we still enjoy those.  I can live with cliched stories and tropey characters, as long as the storytelling is solid.  Hourglass of Summer and Crescendo don't break new ground as far as love-adventures go, but I enjoyed them tremendously.  

...and I already said my pieces about the parts of Memories Off and Memories Off: 2nd that many gamers felt one way about but I felt the opposite.

You know, they actually have CYOA games out there, that are honest to god CYOAs (with real choices and consequences that usually lead to death because you thought it would be a grand idea to chug that mysterious vial of liquid you found on the floor of a dungeon instead investigating further or didn't drink that potion of giant strength when you had the chance and now the ceiling is going to crush you, or something something shiny red button something), instead of VNs and their useless talking heads and the mostly inconsequential choices regarding which completely inconsequential activity to do during the game's requisite Beach/Hot Springs/School Festival episodes in order to get slightly closer to your anime waifu of choice, even though its never meant to be because she is secretly dying to anime cancer (or is secretly a time traveling space ghost or something even though she looks like a catgirl dressed as a maid and says Nyou at the end of every other word).
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 25, 2015, 08:43:30 PM
Metal Gear Solid 3 : Snake Eater HD [PSVita] - Since I am completely hyped up for MGSV Phantom Pain I decided that playing Boss's story would be fitting before buying MGSV.
And man, MGS3 is so damn good! This is the first time I have played it with the improved camera controls which makes the game infinitely better. The old camera system was so bad it crippled the experience since you were incapable of seeing more then a couple of meters ahead of you.

Also, the camouflage system is shockingly good for the enemies. It's happened to me multiple times that I am sneaking through an area only to realize I am lying NEXT TO a guard. They sometimes blend too perfectly into the environment .

I just killed the Pain and am now on my way to the facility where Sokolov is being held. Also I managed to shoot and kill The End before actually fighting him!
I had read it was possible but this was the first time I was capable of doing it.

Awesome.

I'm assuming you dodged the instantly fatal homing rocket wheelchair counter then.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 25, 2015, 07:07:50 AM
O_o I thought Xenoblade X's release date had been confirmed to be Dec. 4th a while ago?

It was, but schedule slippage is a thing that can happen at a moment's notice, and you're never safe from it until the moment its in peoples' hands. Its just nice to know that we don't have to wait until 2016 for it like everything else of significance...yet.
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