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Subject: Persona 3: FES
Prize: $20 eShop, PSN or Steam code
Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Legacy on: September 23, 2014, 10:36:22 PM
That title has me sold.

Its almost as good as The Legend of Legendary Heroes.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 23, 2014, 10:32:36 PM
Honestly, I remember when FFX was the "game to hate" for a while. It seems like every FF game has had plenty of backlash over the years. I actually quite like how mixed the opinions are for Final Fantasy, actually. Makes you realize how diverse the world is when hardly anyone can agree on more than a few games in the series.

Actually, I don't think I even really dislike a mainline entry in the Final Fantasy series that I've played except FF6, which, btw, I'm no longer sure what it is that I dislike about it, since most of my complaints can be levelled at other FF games. I think the problem at first was just backlash since I was told it didn't have the problems other FF games have, but it really does, and then some. But I've gotten over a lot of those problems by now. I guess the problem is just that it feels confused to me - I don't know what the focus is supposed to be, and I keep getting the feeling that the designers didn't know either...

...anyways, I won't say that the series is perfect, but I like a series that has a decent track record with me, so knowing that I've been entertained 13 out of 14 times (barring side games and direct sequels) makes me glad I got into the series, and I hope I continue to enjoy it.

.......wow, that was a serious tangent. ^_^;  

Anyways, I beat more dungeons in Zelda 3DS and I'm about to get the improved Sword...as soon as I last 100 seconds in the Cuckoo dodge mini-game. Crap this is hard...

That's because each FF game has gotten progressively worse (Edit: excluding ARR and Bravely Default). We're pining for the days when FFX-2 was the bottom of the barrel.

Also the only things you get from the Cucco Dodge minigame are rupees, a Piece of Heart and a Large Cucco, and the latter is totally not worth the insanity of clocking 999 seconds.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: September 23, 2014, 10:27:41 PM
Your Academics need to be at least "Genius" to win this quiz.

Unfortunately, I spent my time chasing skirts instead of raising my Academics which means I haven't even established an S-Link with P3Z so I'm gonna have to sit this one out.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Legacy on: September 23, 2014, 10:21:49 PM
Not a fan of the director's cred, but its always great to see more of the SaGa's character designer's work.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 23, 2014, 08:36:11 PM
maybe (hopefully?), at some point, we'll have turned every thread on this board into an argument about XIII.  bringing it up is like unleashing geostigma from Advent Children on everyone, RUN!! IT INFECTS EVERYTHING IT TOUCHES!!

Ah yes, Advent Children. Its like if Squeenix wanted to make a DBZ movie but didn't have the rights to it, so they made a close approximation, randomly slapped FFVII on the front, and called it 'good enough'.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 23, 2014, 02:31:28 PM
To be fair, this is the slums we're talking about and, given what's above them, I really don't want to know the contents of that "waterfall."

Also, on the FFXIII front I just wanted to give my 2 cents and say I thought Lightning Returns was actually the WORST of the three games.

I won't argue that it didn't do dumb things (why the fuck would anyone make such a useful gameplay function like move crafting only to lock it away behind a Dragon Quarter style NG+?) but generally speaking, the idea of having a one woman party wasn't half bad, especially since they kinda Paper Mario it up and gave various actions timed hits style buffs. In fact, a lot of LR could be described as taking cool and interesting elements from various, better games and mixing in the usual FF brand of stupidity and somehow coming up with a half decent recipe that Squeenix will forever ignore due to the game's poor performance, saleswise.

That said, the game's plot is most definitely the most retarded of the three, no question. The only redeeming bits are when Lightning goes full on sarcastic asshat who's straight up done with this shit during some of the sidequests.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 23, 2014, 12:10:42 PM
I think the time has finally come... Time to dust off my PS3 and tackle FFXIII. Wish me luck.

tell us how you really feel...
I really feel like any money put into XIII will give squeenix the idea that we want another sequel....no one wants that.

Don't worry, Lightning Returns bombed hard enough that they're never gonna give anything done in that game a second shake (despite being the best thing to come of that ridiculous trilogy/compilation).
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: TGS 2014 General Discussion on: September 22, 2014, 09:49:35 PM
Did Nintendo do anything this year? Like, a quick glimpse at previous posts and nothing nintendo related stood out at all. Were they there? You would think they'd at least show a little more of Zelda 2015 or something.

They don't do TGS. Full stop.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2014, 03:08:51 PM
I reeeeally don't want to restart Star Ocean 4 after getting so far, but you guys are tempting me to get the PS3 version just so I don't have to deal with the disk swapping.

Your're not the only one.
For years now I've debated about getting the PS3 version and replaying it while this time ignoring the story completely.
Maybe I could make peace with this game by doing so... but I don't because I don't want to pay any more money for it.

Oh but SO4 has handled their shitty cutscenes THE BEST.
A skip option followed by a one paragraph summary of what you "missed".

Aren't half of SO4's cutscenes watching one of the crewmembers do something incredibly creepy, and the other 50% involving something stupid like a bunch of idiots blowing up Not-Roswell Era Earth or Edge giving his "Dammit Dammit Dammit!!!" speech?

Oh well, at least it wasn't made by the chucklefucks of Level 5, so it has that going in its favor.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 22, 2014, 02:45:08 PM
FFXV will indeed have a male-only cast; and the road trip aspect will be a big part of it.

I still don't mind (if it's important for story purposes, let it be; this certainly and fairly contrasts FFX-2's all-female cast), but I doubt I'm the only one who likes running around as a female character than a fella sometimes.....especially when the main cast looks like and is dressed like a JPOP band (probably the last lingering thing thats bugged me about this game, and I would be all over costume DLC).

The game is also apparently about 50-60% complete! I don't now why I'm surprised by that, but I was a bit.  ...yay!

Meh. After the New Adventures of a J-Pop Girl Band that was FFX-2, the idea of going on the Many Adventures of a J-Pop Boy Band doesn't bother me that much. My only issue is if they're truly going to embrace the Road Trip, do something silly like going Road Warrior, or do what they usually do which is nothing but awful, disjointed, melodramatic meandering.

I think the key difference is the dynamic between a 'D&D style sausagefest' is inherently different from the dynamic a 'frat on springbreak' has, and to be fair, the latter is incredibly rare by videogame standards (the AssCreed games are probably the closest non-FPS), let alone the JRPG genre (especially in this era of Idols Galore).
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: September 22, 2014, 12:53:58 AM
I should hope we do, but you never know with Sega...I certainly hope we do, it really does look nice.

If its Sega, I'd have more faith in a proper Suikoden 6 being made before I'd expect Sega to release a non-licensed/Sonic game to the west.

That said, I did like the cosplay.

Also that I just noticed that out of all the playable characters, only the Pincess and the chick with white hair and black armor were wearing anything resembling armor (even if they were breastplates and breastplates with boob windows) which I find kind of amusing. Then again, I think this isn't the first Tony Taka Shining game to have a female tank.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2014, 12:40:26 AM
Giving the player access to more-or-less all the key items from the get-go was a change I really liked and a change I'd like to see get sucked up into more Zeldatroids, because the "get the key item to get the OTHER key item!" pattern is getting stale (especially in the indie scene grrrrrrrr).

Anyway I found out that Tong Nou works fine on Windows 7 if you play it in Windows 3.1 piped through Dosbox.

I think there were a couple of Indie Zeldatroids that provided you all the important tools at the start/early on, but off the top of my head, there were other issues that held those back.

But yeah, making almost every dungeon item available from the start was probably the best thing to happen to the series in a long time (although both the fact that it's the first good by Zelda standards 2D Zelda since either the Oracles or LA, and the fact that the game's central gimmick mechanic was genuinely excellent really helped make the game's case as well).

I think the reason why items in dungeons stopped being good was because A) when the early games did it there weren't as many 'standby' tools so dungeons could surprise players with weird items like the Moon Pearl, the Cane of Somaria, the Giant's Mask as well as items that would eventually become standbys like the Hookshot, the Roc's Feather, the Whatever Hammer and so on, B) players themselves weren't as accustom to what to expect from Zelda games until around OoT, C) later games made it quite obvious what the item was going to be based upon the dungeon's layout and 'puzzles', D) items lost a lot of the variety that earlier games had due to functions of separate items being merged with one another, and E) that when non-standard items in later games appeared, most of their relevancy was focused on the dungeon they were acquired in and little else.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: TGS 2014 General Discussion on: September 22, 2014, 12:11:01 AM

So here's what Gematsu pulled from this year's TGS.

The PSIV seems to have gotten the most attention from the show, even counting repeated coverage (though this still probably isn't covering everything that made an appearance during the show). Meanwhile, FFXV probably got the most attention due to making definite signs of things happening behind the scenes like the announcement of a demo and Nourma's removal from the project.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 21, 2014, 11:52:11 AM
Tales of Zesteria Surprise Anime DLC isssss........


Looks cool.....Yeeep. 


...I'll keep my expectations in check considering the licensing stuffs that make it unlikely we'll see it here. :(

Why the fuck is Alicia (or whatever her name is) cosplaying as Mari of all characters?

Also they should've had the rest of the male cast get an EVA alt just so I can see if the Water Elemental dude cosplays as Kaworu or not (it'd make his fuse-shion-ha! with Sorji all the more hilarious/ironic).
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 20, 2014, 01:17:39 PM
Turns out you hold a button to auto attack and you hold a button for a defensive stance and dodge everything in sight.. I'm sure there is more to the combat system but I do not like the sound of this.. I was hoping it would be KH style, seems like they changed it. This info was given at the tech demo shown yesterday by Tabata.
Might be similar to XII's combat system in some ways, or perhaps it takes some cues from LR.. who knows..

Tech Demo in question : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGYHpvvRHUA
The FFXV demonstration starts at 22:45

First of all, the hold down a button comment was for defense only, not attack.  I don't see any sign of an auto attack there.  There's a lot more going on there than you're giving credit for.  For one things the prompts are constantly changing between ぼうぎょ (defense) and こうげき (attack), seemingly corresponding to different targets.  It also changes into a fire spell at some point.  I have no idea what causes these prompts to change, it seems like a pretty important part of how the system works.  He said he would explain it in more detail at a later date.

Can't we just get Platinum to make it at this point? It worked for MGR:Revengeance.

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