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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 17, 2016, 01:31:38 PM

Spear chick looks like Lightning 2.0 while the Lady in Black is stylin' it hard (and will probably show up in a single cutscene or two before getting unceremoniously offed like every other antagonist-aligned female this side of FFIX).
17  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 16, 2016, 10:34:00 PM
I played Mario Kart 8 at a bowling alley for 4 bucks....1 race.

WHAT!?

Arvis' response made me lol.  Yeah, I gotta say, there's a lot to "what" in what Agent said.
It was times square, new york city, and it was a fancier bowling alley type place, Bowlmor Lanes. But yeah, 4 dollars per play.

Not surprised. Up-to-date Arcade Cabinets back in 2008 were where I was seeing it range upwards to $2+ a continue/play (I think it was Tekken V). Nowadays, it could easily run up to $4~5 bux a continue/play.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2016, 10:30:04 PM
Re previous tales talk, the original PC versions of LoH 3-5 look a whole hell of a lot better than the PSP versions that came out here >:T

Also re previous Tales talk, exploring some of those Dragon Slayer-related things I got from one of the myriad weird porn stores that sells Falcom stuff.

Sorcerian - Played the first scenario of this. On the one hand, it's like a jankier Ys 3. On the other hand it's jankier in a way that actually makes it really fun because it captures that early Ys feeling of /you never stop moving/ that Ys 3 didn't. Also your dudes are strong and don't implode from gingerly touching a bird for three seconds.

Monarch Monarch - Stage 3 - Tried to make make a powerful stack and rush the green team's king. This failed because they repair their castle walls if they have enough income I guess? Anyway, while doing that, the white team took out the blue team, green collapsed later, and then I lost to the white team. Building a bridge into blue's territory early on seems like a bad idea.

Also briefly experimented with Lord Monarch Original, which is very much not the freeware English LM game that's been floating around for years, and Lord Monarch First seems to be something else too.

Man. I remember playing Trails in the Symphonia back in 2004 and outside of the multiplayer function it was surprisingly meandering and weaksauce.

But yeah, the PSP LoH port jobs were notoriously awful and jank and its a shame that those are the only versions of that are officially available outside of Japan.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: August 16, 2016, 07:57:40 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/08/legend-heroes-trails-cold-steel-ii-launches-september-6-north-america

And now for the specific date (pardon the thread necro/double post).
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: August 16, 2016, 07:55:18 PM
Decide what I should play next.

1. Demon Gaze
2. Steins;Gate
3. Finally finish Hakuoki on 3DS
4. Trails of Cold Steel
5. Professor Layton 5
6. Final Fantasy Type 0 HD
7. More Sakura Wars 5 (it's been a while)
8. A Random Game from my Steam Backlog (pick a number between 1 and 20)
9. Solatorobo
10. Demikids: Light Version

http://gematsu.com/2016/08/legend-heroes-trails-cold-steel-ii-launches-september-6-north-america

Here's my vote...get your spoilers ready!
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 15, 2016, 06:49:23 PM
Its probably more of a move to launch around Black Friday/Cyber Monday than anything to do with Persona 5.
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: August 14, 2016, 06:11:39 PM
I feel that General Leo's shtick is that he's the guy in charge of military (ala a Light Brigade commander or somesuch), while Cid and other "Scientists" are running supra sekret science projects in the pursuit of forging some kind of doomsday weapon that'll end up going wild and killing everybody or something (ala artillery cannons), and now the old fashioned commander is looking at said guns and going "What the hell are these even good for? You can't strap them onto a horse!" and proceeds to let the other side walk right off with them, who then proceed to turn them on said brigade and turns the whole lot of them into mulch.

Leo in particular, was too busy going "Just give me a sword and an army of men and I'll take whatever village/town/castle you want. I don't need any of that hocus pocus that those weird witches are flinging around." to really notice or care about Celes, Terra or Kefka (at least until Kefka's destructive tendencies start getting out of hand, while Terra breaks loose and Celes gets locked up while she flounders about with allegiances, but by then its too late). Cid meanwhile literally doesn't know or care about the implications of what he's doing until your party points out that his way was completely pointless and stupid, and even then only Kefka really takes notes. Even with Celes he's basically more of the opinion that doing science to her in order to make her a living weapon was more of a good thing than bad or evil, plus he finally got it right with her. He really doesn't turn it around until after he has to care for her for a full year and is basically on his potential death bed. He's basically just shy of FFVIII's Robin Williams Cid in terms of sheer incompetence.


Also, going back to the Celestina thing, here again is more evidence that the whole Thamasa arc was meant to be much earlier before getting retooled for where it is. Its back to Terra and Locke (a party that hasn't been a thing since Figaro Castle), Shadow, Leo and Celes are on board the Love Boat where Locke and Celes are trying to hash out their relationship over the revelation that Celes is still apparently a member of the Empire, while Terra and Leo are trying to hash out what Terra should do with her 'emotions' and her recent break with the Empire. While sometimes you can run across storylines that have parallel themes, characters or even scenarios; here, it feels far more like the writers came up with two different scenarios in mind, and rather than having to make the hard call and pick only one, they made two characters instead. And then Leo's death scene feels like something that might have had more weight earlier on when Terra was still fledgling through her memory loss instead of well after accepting her Esper side and it would've made more sense rather than Leo getting jobbed by Kefka, who follows up by immediately jobbing Gestahl and your party before Celes turns yet again and Shadow pops in to hold him off somehow.

As for Leo's strategy versus Doma, that's Sieging 101. He did his best Gandalf and told Doma "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!" and formed a line around Doma with the intent of cutting them off from the rest of the world, while occasionally sending out a bunch of mooks to try to pry open the doors in the hopes that everybody inside are too tired/hungry/depleted of morale to put up a serious fight (and then Cyan promptly waltzes out and walks all over them). His means aren't all that humane, but that's war. His goal though was to subjugate the people and lands of Doma and put down any organized resistance. Kefka's goal was to end the conflict to his schedule yesterday and cause as much damage as he could while doing it, and he accomplished this by fowling up Doma's entire water table and causing the entire region to be rendered uninhabitable along with killing anyone who wasn't lucky enough to spot what had just happened, regardless of their allegiance. Any value that Doma's property might have had to the Empire, or anybody for that matter, went right down the drain.

As for the Serpent's Trench. Its not that bad after Sabin's initial trek since every point of interest on his route short of Baron Falls, Gau's hiding place, the Old Guy's house and Nike are all gone/non essential. The big reason to run it prior to getting Mog is to get Gau some of the Rages from the enemies encountered in the Trench since the Aspik Rage has a Bolt 2 equivalent spell (or just Bolt 2) that paired with the General Rage gives Gau some serious elemental coverage for pretty much the remainder of WoB (makes him a solid choice for Zozo, Magitek Factory and Sealed Cave). You do realize that the landslide that prevented Sabin from just waltzing on over to Le Femme Nikita is gone by the time you actually end up in Nekoah? You can just straight up walk from Nemah to Baron Falls without ever touching the Returners' Base or Lethe River (and the scene that pops up when taking the South Figaro boat to Nihm and back is pretty amusing as well).

And yeah, the big reason to bother running that route at all is to get Mog Water Rondo as its the only time he has an opportunity to battle underwater in the SuperNES and PSX versions. In the GBA and Mobile versions, there's a fight with Leviathan in WoR that can serve as an auxiliary opportunity to learn all of Mog's Dances without having to recruit him in WoB (regardless as to whether you rescue Mog from Lone Wolf or choose the Gold Hairipin, you'll still be able to recruit him in the WoR).


@ aeolus -- On the Shadow note. I'm not going to argue his efficacy in battle because, while I could make a case for the Ninja, he pales in comparison to other cast members. For the hell of it, I will throw it out that should you invest time in his magic the skeans are a suitable and cheap stand in for magic making throw somewhat useful until level 3 spells. Spend your time having him learn buffs and healing and you have unique and versatile character. Genji+death dagger+evade for quick level grinding in certain areas also worked well for me.

Nope. He is a weak link who just happens to be hella- useful in brief specialized circumstances.

The Shadow appeal is his implementation in the script. Think back on RPG's of the early 90's. How many had a character that were optional/quasi-hidden with narrative impact? Not too many I can think of that made it stateside. Furthermore, your decisions directly impact his survival with plot-relevance. These are the points that make Shadow memorable. In short, Shadow is a mechanic within the game for making the player feel as though their decisions have meaning and weight. This is of course common, if not pre-requisite stuff, for more modern RPG's but that type of material was rare in the days of FF6.

But I obviously have a bias here based on fandom and namesake so maybe I'm just over-stating an opinion?

@Glassjawsh -- Since we are talking Shadow I wanna state that the "Shadow save" at the Thamasa incident is a particular favorite instance of mine as well. It makes it all the more interesting when you begin to unravel his identity. Once you "figure it out" and think on his connection to Relm and what is going on its such an "Ah- ha!" moment.


I'm happy you expressed distaste for Leo's status screen pic too. I am firmly in disagreement with whomever thought that avatar for him was suitable.

The problem with Shadow's Genji Glove+Death Dagger+Evade build is when its Genji Glove+Assassin+No Evade due to the Evade glitch. Shadow is naturally better in the GBA/Mobile versions as he has access to Den of Dragons and the items therein, including a brand new ultimate weapon for him (and one that isn't aggressively mediocre), but then so is almost everybody else since that dungeon has items for everybody. That said, he could dual wield Man Eater + Thief Knife for a 20% M.Evade boost, but Thief Knife is kinda weak by the point you obtain Man Eater, and Man Eater isn't all that great either. Also, Genji Shield alone provides a 20% M.Evade boost, let alone the additional 20% Evade in the GBA/Mobile versions.

And Skeans are actually not that efficient past Zozo. Namely because you get Shiva during Magitek Factory who teaches Osmose at a fairly decent rate (and Zoneseek is even more efficient) and that's all you really need to perpetually cast Magic (and an enemy you know you can reliably drain MP from).

That said, I've nothing against Shadow personally. This is just me giving you a hard time since I've only ever really considered Shadow to be okay but a bit too try-hard. His Floating Continent shenanigans are the highlight of his career while the secret sleep scenes and Sabin's scenario are other high points, but he's not nearly the big deal people tend to make him out to be in the long run since he's practically an optional character through and through (ala BoF's Deis, DQVI's Terry/Lizzy, FFVII's Yuffie and Vincent and Xenogear's Esmeralda, among others).
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: August 13, 2016, 06:22:09 PM
@ aeolus -- I feel like your only partially kidding. YOU JUMPED WHEN YA PLAYED DIDN'T YA!!!????

TRUE STORY: Very first time I played when the title came out (I was 7 or 8 years old) my nerves couldn't take it and I jumped. When I found out the impact of my hasty decision I cried and carried on so bad my parents didn't want to let me rent the game again ^__^

THE RESULT: I "lost" the game *ahem* and an even angrier set up parents had to cough up 60 bucks to the video store. I played that until the battery back-up died and saving on more then one slot caused them all to erase.

Only because the SuperNES version didn't come with built in Sprint Shoes function (on the one hand, that was a stupid thing to have as an optional upgrade; on the other, some sequences were clearly not designed around having them built-in 24-7).

Besides, its not like he really brings anything to the table in WoR. He makes getting Relm harder/later, he'll easily perma-lose Interceptor (assuming he just doesn't flat out lose him post time skip), his shitty WoB availability means he's probably only ahead of Relm and Strago in terms of learned Magic (and perhaps not even that unless you beeline right for him since Relm has a more direct re-recruitment method and Strago can be recruited immediately thereafter), Throw is rather subpar in this game (now if he had built-in Genji Glove functionality, he'd actually be half decent), and a number of his late/endgame knives have Instadeath built into them which tends to hurt more than help since most enemies past late WoB are undead or immune to KO (and his final weapons pre-GBA has no stat boosts which makes them even more subpar; only Cyan's Skyrender is even more subpar, and even then at least he has Dispatch to bypass defense with).
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 12, 2016, 09:24:19 PM
Super Mario 3D Land: Cleared all 8 Special Worlds. Now to finish getting those save file stars.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: August 12, 2016, 09:12:25 PM
Sweet! Kain get his "Holy Dragoon" and Bartz looks amazing as a Freelancer!

And Ramza.... just still looks so.... so beautiful.......

Starts scribbling Bartz/Arvis yaoi

But they're not even from the same game....


Ramza needs a butt armor skin.
Ramza needs a Delita or Zalbag (or Orlandu) skin.

I'd rather have an Agrias skin (or Agrias alt).

That or a Chaos side rival/antagonist.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: August 12, 2016, 10:53:10 AM
http://gematsu.com/2016/08/dissidia-final-fantasy-arcade-adds-2nd-forms-porta-decumana-stage-final-fantasy-xiv-august-18

A link to more alts.

Terra's shoulder pads look weird as fuck.
27  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2016, 10:36:02 AM
In actual, Double Post worthy news: http://gematsu.com/2016/08/nordic-games-reincorporates-thq-nordic

So who's looking forward to the return of Drkjdrs?

(Admittedly, my Norwegian joke repartee is rather lacking.)
28  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 12, 2016, 07:42:26 AM
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In the anime, she uses this power to allow Sailors Uranus and Neptune to escape from a helicopter explosion. In each case, she sacrifices herself to unnamed punishments as the keeper of time, but is reinstated later in the series.

This was what I was talking about, apparently. I remember her "sacrifice", but apparently she did come back at some point. Then again, all of us seem to be confused...just out of curiousity, when was the last time anyone watched more than a couple episodes of Sailor Moon? I mainly watched it on Toonami when I was 6 & 7, before DBZ came on...

"You watch Sailor Moon? Eww...That's a girl's show." :V

Nah. While I haven't exactly sat down to watch SM as I wasn't exactly into anime back when it was airing on cable (I got into DBZ by right before the Cell Games where they were still screwing around with Hyperbolic Time Chamber shenanigans and Trunks was getting styled on by Cell) and I never bothered to catch up, I do know from cultural osmosis that there are at least several different renditions of the plot that serve to muddy the waters. You have both the Manga and the Anime which already contains several divergences. Then you have the Live Action stuff, which is also different from the Theater renditions, and there's a good chance of there being Radio Dramas just to add more confusion (I don't think the Video Games ever added much though). And now there's the more recent Crystal stuff which is again, doing its own thing more than trying to unify anything. And that's before anything involving Dubbing/Localization gets involved.
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: August 11, 2016, 06:10:29 PM
Ohhhhhhhh boy, things are getting interesting now!!!
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Nah. I wouldn't do that to you, while my D*2 Paladin's still alive and well.


Sorry folks, I've been in Arkansas for the last week.  LP to resume shortly with:

Thamasa, or The Best Way to Put Out a Fire is by Punching It in the Face

Also Leo is a dick (or a damned idiot) and I'm glad he's dead


Yep. Leo is either Lawful Stupid or puts Honor before Reason. Never saw what Terra saw in him (again this feels like it should've come up a bit sooner).
30  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Akatsuki no Kiseki on: August 11, 2016, 12:57:53 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/08/legend-heroes-akatsuki-no-kiseki-debut-trailer-pre-registration-opened

So did anybody say Record Keeper/Terra Battle? Because those are what this is looking like it'll be.
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