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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 21, 2015, 01:39:59 AM
Started: Heavy Metal L-Gaim.

Oh this going to be fun...

Don't hold your breath, I'm takin this one slow.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: May 20, 2015, 07:53:15 PM
Sadly, the Great Butler class was not meant to be (this time, as I somehow suspect that a Great Butler in-series joke will spawn from this and then in about 5 years, FE16 will have an actual Great Butler class).

We still have our regular Butler and Maid classes though. After all, what's the point of having all these Princes/Princesses running around if they don't have any staff to serve them? Do they carry their weapons and golfballs around with them like goddamn commoners, or do they have their loyal caddies do it for them (also am disappoint at lack of Caddy class)?
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 19, 2015, 05:12:20 PM
So was the plan to have a midgame progress update during the middle of the month?

I ask because a friend of mine thinks that doing a midmonth progress episode would get thoughts of the game thus far (since endings have a tendency to swing one way or another) and bring the non-participants on to the same page as the rest of the crew.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 19, 2015, 05:08:22 PM
Depends on which version you're playing.

In the original, yeah. You're going to have to check it all out manually.

In the remake, you can switch pages which enable you to see what that piece of equipment is providing numerically. You can then compare just by scrolling up and down like you'd normally do.

Either way though, outside of rare cases like Baldur, you're generally wearing the best you've got (or can equip in the remake since equipment have level requirements to them).
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 19, 2015, 04:43:18 PM
That said, my top 10 for the OP's site would be:

Time and Eternity
From the Abyss
White Knight Chronicles (1 & 2)
Beyond the Beyond
The Granstream Saga
Criminal Girls
Lunar: Dragon Song
Lufia: Ruins of Lore
and two Idea Factory/Compile Heart games of your choice.

Fine picks, but come on... no Quest 64, Unlimited SaGa, Last Rebellion or Lord of the Rings (SNES)?

I only had ten spaces to work with.

Though yes, I totally forgot about Last Rebellion. I could probably swap out Granstream Saga for it.

As for Quest 64, that game, while ultimately really grindy and bland, has its moments and the growth system behind it was actually pretty good (if horribly unbalanced in favor of Water and Earth elements). As for the others, I haven't played them yet.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 19, 2015, 09:31:17 AM
Hey, Criminal Girls may be a bit creepy (Even creepier after they censored it, go figure) but the battle system is legit. I've been having fun playing it now and then.

Yeah, but its pretty damn skeevy. Honestly though, you could throw any Imageepoch game in that slot and achieve the same effect.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: May 19, 2015, 08:44:46 AM
Raijinoh, Nadesico, Dunbine and Gaogaigar are old favorites of mine. Hell I won't really mind seeing AGE in a game either, if nothing else that show had a few cool mech designs and a handful of decent characters I'd like to play with.

Of course, I still can't get excited for it since 3DSs are region locked (Thanks Nintendo).

I'm actually curious to see how they'll handle AGE myself as well due to the generational thing (and the Level 5 writing). I won't be surprised if Gorg's lead is going to get all buddy buddy on whichever AGE lead they run with.

Edit: http://gematsu.com/2015/05/first-look-super-robot-wars-bx

Of fucking course they're running AGE-3. I really hope the masteries take a solid dump on Kio's lame ass (hell, I may just want to Map his sad ass back into the garage/bench for the hell of it). I guess this also means we're getting Crazy Grandpa Filt, but he wasn't worth Kio then and he probably won't be worth it now.

The rest of the series look amazing (I completely forgot that Raijin-oh was the name of the Kindergarten operated robot), but dammit AGE (also Mazinkaizer SKL and A Wakening of the Trailblazer, you guys are lame too).
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: May 19, 2015, 08:41:05 AM
Again with the paired up posts but I didn't want to add this to the wall of text above: http://gematsu.com/2015/05/fire-emblem-if-changes-up-the-weapon-triangle

It was pretty obvious that something was changing when it looked like Bows were going to be strong against Lances and weak against Swords. Now we have some concrete deets on the matter.

Also there's some examples of the weapon mechanics I was blindly stabbing at in aforementioned wall of text above.

Also some character and class names are also present to round off the information.
24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 19, 2015, 07:08:02 AM
I've heard there's something of a "fad" right now centered around people getting stuck in video games, but I don't really see that given that the only two recent ones I know of are this show and Sword Art Online (which I have not watched, but probably will at some point). Two shows isn't really a fad.

That's because most of them are light novels (SAO was one too initially). There's a toooooooooooooooooooooon of them and slowly but surely they are getting mangas and anime.
The anime Overlord in the summer season is one of those. Same with Gate.

And if you include web novels...oh god.  I swear it's harder to find a Japanese web novel that isn't about getting stuck in some sort of video game world these days...

And Korea's been getting in on it too with stuff like The Gamer (although that one in particular is more about taking video game rules out of an MMO and into RL).

Anyways, while I'm here:

Finished: Nichijou. I'm going to miss this one. Some of the bits were downright hilarious and it didn't overstay its welcome (like Bobobo) or was hamstrung by having exactly one joke to tell endlessly (again, like Bobobo). The bit with the Shrine falling apart was probably my favorite.

Started: Heavy Metal L-Gaim. One of the more 80s-ish of giant robot animes I've seen so far. Only one episode in thus far but it feels like Xabungle, only less ridiculous (L-Gaim's controls aren't like that of a big rig and we've already got an amputation, which got fix up pretty quickly).
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 19, 2015, 06:40:49 AM
You mean flat and weak like the avarage loli girl? I don't want them to moe up my games even further :(

I'm suddenly getting flashbacks to Time and Eternity's NPCs. Signposts had more personality than those cardboard cutouts.

Also getting flashbacks to From the Abyss where one NPC was literally the best part of that lametastic game (the graphics were nice-ish, but in an RPGMaker XP way).

That said, my top 10 for the OP's site would be:

Time and Eternity
From the Abyss
White Knight Chronicles (1 & 2)
Beyond the Beyond
The Granstream Saga
Criminal Girls
Lunar: Dragon Song
Lufia: Ruins of Lore
and two Idea Factory/Compile Heart games of your choice.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: May 19, 2015, 06:05:35 AM
W-Posting for this: http://gematsu.com/2015/05/new-super-robot-wars-3ds-announced-this-weeks-famitsu

New sidegame on the horizon (and being a sidegame means a higher chance for more oddball series inclusions).

I'll edit this post with more information as it comes (instead of just taking blind stabs at guessing which series the silhouette depicts).

Edit: http://www.siliconera.com/2015/05/19/here-are-some-of-the-mecha-series-participating-in-the-new-super-robot-taisen/

Hey there Nadesico, Dubine and GaoGaiGar...

...and Gundam AGE. lol
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 18, 2015, 04:19:55 PM
Mad Max: Fury Road


This sounds like everything I could've wanted from this movie and more. I'll definitely try to see it in theaters (provided I can either get around or get past Avengers 2, which is still in my query (dammit, one week later and I could've gone to see Age of Ultron instead of that lame Ex Machina, then I wouldn't be so far behind; freaking out-of-town relatives)).
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 17, 2015, 05:49:08 AM
Aeolus...I usually don't call straight up bullshit, but that gauntlet, mid 50s, no heals between fights...I just don't buy it and as soon as I wake up tomorrow I am gonna look it up on youtube.

Admittedly, I only got up to Darksteel (the second to last form before the gauntlet) before my patience with the boss was up, but I did so by somewhere in the upper 40s/around 50 (and this talk is making me want to revisit that and double check). In my defense, I had fucked up that file and put too much priority on Jessica's Whips instead of her Staffs so I didn't have a second Kazinger and wasn't terribly inspired to keep bashing my head against that brickwall without it.

Otherwise, the fights basically boil down to: Acceleratel, Kabuff with Big Boss Shield, Timbrel/Sage Stone until somebody hit Super Sayajin High Tension, Oomph, and then proceeded to whack the crap out of the boss for a couple of thousands of HP of damage (except Darksteel which you have to get extra lucky on since you then have to roll an additional set of dice to do any sort of damage to that sack of BS), healing and reapplying buffs of course when necessary.

The three keys to that boss's forms (other than massive amounts of patience) is that tension also provides significant damage reduction, as well as boosting the effectiveness of more than just attacks (like buffs, healing spells and items), and that Item use does not affect stored Tension (and Sage's Stones are, weaker, but infinite use Multiheals, and you can have two of them and two Timbrels of Tension for speed boosting Tension). After that, the hardest part is keeping your MP up since that's where you'll run out of steam first.

My other reason for saying this is that the difference between levels 40~50 versus 50+ is huge (as in 40~50 >>>>> 50+). Stat growths and especially Skill Point gains fall off a goddamn cliff post level 49 which makes further leveling almost pointless beyond getting those last few Skill Points needed for a skill threshold that you might not have made but there's not even 50 points of Skill left after level 50. The level curve is designed with the thought that you'll be able to beat the main game by level 40 (give or take a few levels) and that you're given a few levels extra to deal with the bonus dungeons. And the only thing left post Level 50 is Dragon Soul which only serves as an alternative method for dealing with Darksteel Dragon's bullshit.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 17, 2015, 03:12:56 AM
That and while cellphones are getting more powerful by the second, their battery clearly isn't following the trend.

Additionally, cellphones aren't just gaming machines and those who want to get one to game on also has to deal with the rest of the baggage that comes with owning a cellphone (paying to keep your phone connected and active, paying for the various features, on top of having to pay for the games themselves (which often times require additional payments just to play).

And between that and the constant upgrades (especially if you go anywhere near an iPhone/Pad/whatever), the price tag adds up quick.
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 15, 2015, 11:52:50 PM
I bought a 2DS on Monday and bought Pokemon Y and Fire Emblem Awakening. I'm playing casual mode on FE:A and I love it. For FE games, I'm always too aggressive and get units killed, or I play way too conservatively and end up having just a few strong units and a lot of scrubs. Casual mode allows me to have more fun and level up the other characters. I kind of abused grinding with the Risen after chapter 7. I was working on getting the majority of my units level 10-12 and then chapters 8 and 9 were really easy.

I should warn you that the promotion item doesn't become available in shops until after Chapter 12 and the reclass item takes till post Chapter 15 at the earliest (it can also show up after clearing some of the more easily accessible gaiden chapters but even the easiest of those have stronger enemies than the ones you'd face at Chapter 15), so don't level up too fast or you'll be wasting Exp.
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