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31  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: July 14, 2014, 11:36:15 AM
Actually, after rewatching that video, it looks like Lucina is going to be Marth clone much like Pichu, Dr. Mario, and Falco were (and Chrom may be to Ike if he's an actual separate character instead of being a part of The Avatar's final smash). The Avatar looks to be the only wholly new character announced.

Still that's a hell of a deal (and explains the Arena Ferox 3DS stage), especially since The Avatar looks like s/he might be fun to play as (though hopefully his/her calling out spell names won't be too grating or can be turned off; plus I am disappoint that s/he isn't whipping out any of the Legendary spells like Excalibur, Forseti, Valflame, Mjolnir, Goetia, or Book of Naga).


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There's one thing that's been bothering me since the official site first went up, and has finally become relevant, was that prior to today's update, at the bottom of any given character's page was a bar that scrolled horizontally and provided direct links to the respective character's page represented by said character's portrait. What I had noticed about this bar was that the number of available panels never changed and always maintained a fixed number of available slots as it were. And with today's announcement, that bar is now completely full. If I'm correct, then there will be no Antony/Issac/Ghirahim/etc. showing up down the road and any other returning characters will be hidden unlockables (like Ganondorf, Falco, Ness, and so on). That is not to say that there aren't any new hidden characters, but I don't think it will be possible to know prior to the 3DS version's release.
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32  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: July 14, 2014, 10:07:47 AM
So apparently, the new character was Captain Falcon.

Code:
Also Lucina, and both versions of the The Avatar made it in as well, VAs and all (and Chrom kinda).


Edit: http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/14/lucina-robin-fire-emblem-awakening-join-super-smash-bros/

Now with links.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 14, 2014, 07:51:14 AM





The future has arrived (......three and a half months too late).

Link for context.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 14, 2014, 12:07:06 AM
I know Dragon Quest does the same with revival magic failing and it generally being difficult and expensive to revive deceased characters. Pretty much creates artificial difficulty, which I really don't like.

The important thing about Zing is that its more of a time/money saver versus having to drop everything and go back to a Church in case of somebody eating an unfortunate crit or Whack spell. It's not really an actual in combat revive spell (though if you're willing to roll the dice and the RNG isn't out for your blood today, it might work out) but considering how much more difficult getting the alternatives are.


That said, outside of the base healing spell, magic in PS3 is indeed pretty shitty. It's also needlessly obtuse since you need to pump more spell ranks into a field to make it useful as the game goes on (and you only get those ranks when you level), which means that you can't have magic users generalize at all. Fortunately, (and unlike the DQ example above) revival and healing items are cheap and easy enough to come by that one should never need to rely on magic in the first place.

Also @Annubis, did you try the Escape Pipe trick during the prologue? It's a neat little sequence break that isn't too hard or time consuming to pull off.

Yeah, PS3 had a lot of interesting ideas, even if many of those ideas worked better on paper than in practice.


Anyways, I'm finally more or less finished with The 3rd Birthday. I've suffered through Chapters 5 and 6 on Insane and now I have both the Titanium Bunny Suit and post Insane OverEnergy/Weapons/Level/Weapon Ranks. A lot of fights during the endgame simply came down to sheer dumb luck (or AI abuse) since you basically have to rely on the AI's RNG to pick the right attacks for you to act on (like Mudflaps not spamming that shitty NPC to enemy conversion attack, or the Reaper not spamming its grab and suck into the nether space insta kill attack when you actually fight it). Ironically, some of the mechanics made Insane easier than its Deadly counterparts at some spots since you can keep your lemming-like NPC allies from dying too quickly by diving into them after they take damage and healing them up (instead of watching them let their health bars erode away like in every other difficulty mode, thus depriving you of health, resources, and score through no fault of your own).

That said, I still need to collect one more costume and play through the game enough times to unlock their entries in the model viewer, but outside of grinding the last Weapon Ranks (I wound up maxing out everything but Handguns and Shotguns) and obtaining a couple of feats, I never have to deal with anything above Hard again.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 12, 2014, 12:45:36 AM
You should play FFVII

cause when you get to the part where Aerith's in the drainpipe with the hobo and is all "This guy are sick!"

You can be all

"you and me both buddy."

Or play FFIX and get your entire party loaded down with the Virus status effect.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: July 11, 2014, 09:28:34 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/11/nis-america-publish-ar-nosurge-limited-edition-north-america/

Limited Edition Get!!
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 11, 2014, 07:26:42 AM
So a Nintendo Direct went down in Japan and nothing of value was mentioned (unless you care about JP release dates).


Geno Edit: On no guys.... Now what are to do with our XBones?
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 11, 2014, 12:29:36 AM
boyz in robutts

Early trailers had shown a girl pilot and people thought that it would be the first main cast female gundam pilot.
I still remember the giant wave of deception that spanned the fandom when they presented the all boy main cast (as in, status quo).

Technically speaking, one of them was a girl (if he wanted to be, which he never did but had to for that one time in S2). Also there was totally that other girl who also rode in a Gundam (shaped backpack) who's name I can't quite recall (maybe if somebody did nothing but shout her name at any given opportunity, I'd might have remembered better).

The keyword is main cast. In 00 there was indeed Nena and Louise, but they weren't part of the main cast. Heck, both are pretty much treated as villains. There's also Soma who switches teams later on, but that's much farther than season 1.

There are a good number of supporting/secondary women in Gundam, but never has one been a Gundam pilot and part of the main cast.
(exception: quatra lololol)

If Emma isn't considered part of Zeta Gundam's main cast, then I don't know what to tell you. -_-

Also Allenby was totally a part of the Shuffle Alliance (though yes she was totally sideliner material at best, but she still had her own Gundam, even if it was literally giant robot Sailor Scout).
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 10, 2014, 09:01:16 PM
boyz in robutts

Early trailers had shown a girl pilot and people thought that it would be the first main cast female gundam pilot.
I still remember the giant wave of deception that spanned the fandom when they presented the all boy main cast (as in, status quo).

Technically speaking, one of them was a girl (if he wanted to be, which he never did but had to for that one time in S2). Also there was totally that other girl who also rode in a Gundam (shaped backpack) who's name I can't quite recall (maybe if somebody did nothing but shout her name at any given opportunity, I'd might have remembered better).

That said, there were a few female Gundam pilots in the past like Sayla from the original series (for all of one episode, and she was really awful at it despite being an otherwise good pilot; then she got regulated to support bot duties for the remainder of the series), or Emma from Zeta (she not only got Kamille's hand-me-down Mk.II Custom but was able to combine that machine with Katz's backpack to form the Super Gundam; which she almost used to take down Yazan during the finale but Katz decided to fly face first into an asteroid instead which also ended up getting her killed and the Radish carrier sunk in the process).
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 10, 2014, 09:43:10 AM
I'd argue for Gundam 00 S1 and Code Geass S1 even if their second seasons went off the fucking deep end, and the original Eureka Seven totally came out during 2005 and thus totally counts, and there's Gurren Lagann, Gundam Build Fighters, and a couple of others.

There's always going to be trash but if you know where to look, you should be able to find a couple of standouts along the way.

I've been looking harder than most, tbh. I hated Eureka Seven (despite doing a lot of things I normally praise with Mecha, it doesn't do them in a way I enjoy and does a lot of other things I don't like, too), and had a lot of problems with Code Geass and Gundam 00 as they're pretty much the poster boys for everything wrong with the genre right now. Gurren Lagann is full-on Super Robot and doesn't count towards what I'm talking about. Gundam Build Fighters is a myth.

Only ones I got left to check that might be promising are Macross Frontier and Overman King Gainer, but I've heard a lot of complaints about them, so I can't say I'm in any rush to watch them.

I'll be the first to accept not wanting to watch E7 due to the sheer obnoxiousness of that godawful trio of shit eating brats (they're so awful they make the various Gundam shit eating brats trios look manageable by comparison) and the amount of bullshit that gets dumped on Renton, but seriously the show gets much better around the halfway mark and all the weird world building and stuff pays off towards the end and is totally worth watching for that and Renton's character development arc (and then a second time once you have a grasp of all the terminology and vernacular being tossed around early on as it makes all the early boring shit much more interesting once you know what the hell everybody's going on about).

And I can understand not liking any of the school bits to Code Greatass but that show had some amazing urban combat with its Knightmare Frames. Its seriously one of the big reasons why R2 sucked so much since everybody went airborne and started pumping out 50 million different upgrades a week.

As for 00, sure it has its issues, but the concept of a Real Robot show with protagonists starting off with units that just completely trash everybody's stuff for most of the season isn't a bad one and it has a couple of good moments with that. Though with that said, I can understand not liking the show since its still pretty boyz in robutts and a bunch of stuff it tries to set up for end up going to waste.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: July 10, 2014, 05:55:42 AM
I'm still somewhere in the middle of Chapter 5. I just couldn't stomach the boredom, and the knowledge that there's two more chapters of that is not helping motivate me to finish.
Chapter 6 is where things starts to get truly interesting. Chapter 5 is just a way for you to wonder, "What the hell happened?"

The only things of note that happen in Chapter 6 are the Chest Key finally dropping at the very beginning and the Conjurer Job fight at the very end. Chapter 7 is where the fights are actually changed up and the game drops the "Didn't we fight these chucklefucks before?" narrative for character based idiosyncrasy ("You have no Girl Power. We must fight."), and Chapter 8 is all about Supra-charged Team Fights that are more like post game fights like Omega Weapon/Shinryu were in FFV.
42  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
I'd argue for Gundam 00 S1 and Code Geass S1 even if their second seasons went off the fucking deep end, and the original Eureka Seven totally came out during 2005 and thus totally counts, and there's Gurren Lagann, Gundam Build Fighters, and a couple of others.

There's always going to be trash but if you know where to look, you should be able to find a couple of standouts along the way.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 09, 2014, 11:23:04 PM
She's lovely, though.  I do wish she was a hero. Tales tends to lack in elegant playable female character designs.

Tell me about it. I swear that since Eternia, the series has just been trying to top itself in terms of awful PC designs.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 09, 2014, 10:56:27 PM
What about Ys Chronicles on the easiest mode possible?

He'd still have to deal with Dark Fact.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 09, 2014, 07:54:23 AM
http://gematsu.com/2014/07/tales-zestiria-introduces-new-character-martran

A Zesty new challenger approaches. Given her title and design though (and that whole 'merge for elements' thing), I'm betting this one's gonna be a villain at some point (or maybe just a temp PC).
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