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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: October 11, 2016, 07:39:54 PM
So does anybody know why the hell I can't turn in any more Enclosure Plans and upgrade my Monster Meadows (I turned in the first one and I haven't gotten anything from the curator outside of either repeating either his introductory message or the 'now that I have these plans we can expand' statement with nothing happening)?

I ask as someone who's already beaten Orgodemir the first time and didn't get Nottagen permanently blown up.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Paper Mario Color Splash on: October 11, 2016, 02:36:05 PM
We got our review copy on release day, so I'm not ready for a review yet, but I've got a hands-on preview coming in a couple of days based on what I've played so far.  A preview of my preview: "It's not EXACTLY Sticker Star.  That's not necessarily a good thing."

Yeah. Between the ongoing coverage at Siliconera and my finally getting around to playing Thousand Year Door, my enthusiasm for this game has been on a steady decline.

Then again, Mario RPGs on both sides have been wearing thin for me recently. I haven't gotten around to playing Paper Jam yet, and I skipped Dream Team altogether.
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 11, 2016, 06:11:58 AM
DQVII: Busted up Orgodemir in the past and cleared what used to be Disk 1. Hopefully, I'll be able to start cashing in my Enclosure Plans now since I haven't been able to do so yet.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: October 10, 2016, 02:29:41 PM

And now for the EUs

Though IIRCXC, this only puts it up to around $120~130 American Funbux, which is still a better deal in spite of being short a couple of cheap feelies.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 09, 2016, 10:52:05 AM
For those 20/20 bastards who don't know what the world is like for those who need glasses.  It's like this...but blurrier.

I'm one of those lucky bastards who uses glasses, but to correct for vision that's not even half as blurry as that gif.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: October 09, 2016, 10:32:49 AM
A bit miffed that the damn thing sold out before I'd even heard they announced the release date. I got the special editions for Symphonia Chronicles and Zestiria, so I would have pre-ordered this one too. 10,000? Really? Didn't the other two have more?

Welcome to Bandai's business model of catering to otaku with money.

And again, the preorder bonuses suck harder than the other two. No statues of any characters this time (just two Nedos, one of those Atlus CDs with like 5 tracks on it, an early game strategy guide similar to the one that was packed in with Secret of Mana's Instruction Manual way back when, a super short 4koma manga, a couple of 8-bit keychains (when has Tales of ever been 8-bit?), a set of 'trading' cards, and a fancier case).

Not worth $100 bux, let alone $150.
37  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: October 09, 2016, 10:22:50 AM
And the funny thing is, I've played JRPG's that were more heavy handed about it than A New Beginning. Looking at you, Tales.

Wait, no, there's something funnier. A New Beginning is set in the early 80s, less than a decade after people got to notice for themselves that having alternatives to oil could be a very good idea. Or maybe that's an European thing again. Were we hit harder by the oil crisis of the 70s?

Eidt: Oh, and number 10 is LISA. I was wondering when someone was going to pick that one.

You guys probably got the worse of it because something something, American imperialism, something something, buddies with Saudi Arabia, something. But also alternatives to oil were being proposed even before that period as well (and getting swept under the rug by lobbyists and their pocketed politicians). The Aughts era of oil overinflation was what brought the issue back front and center (the running debate on whether the Greenhouse Effect was real or not helped; but really, it was the $4 a gallon for gas that got everyones' attention).
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 08, 2016, 06:39:01 PM
DQVII: Yep, I needed to do Aisha's event to get Gigastis Greater Leveler. Also clobbered Cumulus Vex so I'm practically done with Aeolus Vale (I may have overdone it on preparations as I had MC, Ruff, Mervyn and Aisha as a Paladin, Well Wisher, Monster Masher and Jawtoise respectfully; my next goal is to get Aisha some goddamn healing (although she did pick up Song of Salvation right after being Cumulus Vex....-_-;)).

Coastal Edit: Spending all my tokens for late/endgame bullshit at the casino.
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: October 08, 2016, 06:22:53 PM
We briefly mentioned Quest 64 in a recent episode of Random Encounter, then almost immediately afterward pledged never to bring it up again.  And yeah I remember just using water healing spells and the Avalanche spell for the entire last third of the game.  Felt like a chump for investing in fire at all. 

I think Fire has Power Staff which isn't 'bad' (for random encounters, because all bosses have built-in dispel in both their damage attack and their unlimited range attack which made buffing anything worthless), but Avalanche puts everything else to shame damagewise and Healing is utterly quintessential, nevermind all of the fast travel spells that Water brings.

Wind was completely worthless though.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: October 08, 2016, 06:12:09 PM
Western release dates have been revealed! January 24 for North America and January 27th for Europe. Along with a limited quantity collector's edition.


Annnddd its gone.

Not that it was worth it with that price tag...

I know Hathen mentioned it when this thread was first opened, but I still can't get over that fucking outfit.

If IF do buy it, I'll be swapping her out into a DLC outfit the minute I get access to the menus. And I almost always save outfits for my second playthrough of any particular RPG.

Better still, switch her to her starting villager outfit which is a hell of a lot better than most anything else available to her, DLC or not.
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: October 08, 2016, 11:04:16 AM
I hope it's either Suikoden II  or Radiant Historia

Too inaccessible.

How about Quest 64?

The game at least had a few cool cities (but a terrible everything else).
I always loved the broken magic system basically pressuring you to pick water/earth elements and ignoring the others.

The idea of it wasn't actually all that bad, but the really high encounter rate, the way that the stat mechanics grew, the utter lack of balance between elements/spells, the tedious way boss battles went down, the slowness of regular battles, the size of some dungeons, most dungeon designs (or complete lack thereof), and the barebones plot really drags the whole thing down.
42  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 07, 2016, 11:08:15 PM
Deadman Wonderland - BRUTAL BRUTAL BRUTAL (through the first 6eps) this one is filled with the kind of carnage that'll make you sort of question your stomach for gore (and, to be honest, the fragility of your own mortality a little) but it still has that god.damned. shonen nonsense that made Attack on Titan slightly less than what it could have been. 

it's shows like this that make me appreciate how brilliant Darker than Black ended up being.  All of the "holy shit thats crazy" moments but with almost none of the 3 minute coming of age soliloquys in the middle of all of the fight scenes.

Doesn't help that the main character is pissweak as fuck and the whole thing is just another cavalcade of meaningless commentary on Japanese society that is almost utterly incapable of being translated elsewhere. The Narm just prevents the whole thing from being able to ever grow into something like the author's better known work, Eureka 7 (Eureka 7 has the same basic setup of a dumb, whinny teen getting yanked from his everyday life into one where he's constantly getting dunked on by everyone and everything before growing a pair and manning up, but unlike E7, DW aggressively violates the viewers' suspension of belief by contriving literally everything against the MC (to the point of making him a complete load) and leaving no breathing room for either the MC or the viewer).
43  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: October 07, 2016, 06:47:48 PM
Even if climax change were a hoax(hint: it's not), what (other than being a greedy prick) could possibly motivate someone to be so hostile about a worldwide shift towards green energy? Unless you own or work for an oil or coal company, it will only benefit you. People are baffling.

There are also plenty of people who firmly believe that anything new or different is a conspiracy designed to undermine their very existence.
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 05, 2016, 10:50:09 PM
Dragon Quest VII: Trouble in the Hubble Part 2: Electric Bugaloo. Beat Providence, RI and promptly lost a bare naked Maribel to the ravages of this game's bass ackwards handling of party members/dick moves, once I finish wasting my time in Providence and Hubble again, I'll finally be ready to move on to whatever they're calling Lefa *uugh* (now there's a scenario that's in desperate need of trimming).

Currently MC = Priest, will promote into Paladin in short order; Ruff = Lips (sadly too far away from mastery to become a Well Wisher by Lefa); Mervyn = Sailor (soon to become a Thief for tactical stopgap filling action); Aisha = Jawtoise (purely for the permanent access to Kabuff and Oomph which will take some casting action off of Ruff and his pitiful MP pool (the very same bottleneck I was trying to grind past in my very first run of the game in order to beat the final boss before my fateful memory card reformatting and subsequent learning how to actually play DQ games)).
45  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 05, 2016, 06:54:59 PM
The Tsubasa OVAs are my fave Clamp shabing.

Awesome OSTs all around as well


Yeah I kind of liked Bee Train Tsubasa...

.hack/sign and Tsubasa are my 2 favorite soundtracks. I keep going back and forth with which is No.1.

I actually like the look of the Bee Train drawn characters over the more Clamp-like 21 centimeter waists that Production IG did. Unfortunately because of Bee Train's policy of spending 99% of their budget on the soundtrack (but goddamn those soundtracks) all the shonen/action scenes were replaced with still frames and stares.

Might want to edit this, as it looks like you forgot to make a post.
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