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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 15, 2015, 06:34:30 AM
How long is it? My final Xenoblade Chronicles savefile ended up being about 150 hours.
It's been a bloody good 8 years probably since I played it, but I recall it really stretching on, especially if you do all the extra stuff and the postgame dungeon.I recall weeks of playing it, easily accruing 100+ hours on my game file.

One of the few games where I actually had to grind a bit for some bosses.

If you know what you're doing and you stick to making what you need with the Alchemy Pot it'll take about 40~50 hours.

Unfortunately, the game does take a while due to having to run around a lot with the Pot since it runs on a timer for almost the entire game (the ability to make things with it instantaneously doesn't come until your first victory over the Bonus Boss at the earliest). Also, battle animations are a thing that eats playtime, hopefully there will be an option to address this.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 14, 2015, 10:59:07 PM
Yeah, not missing any sidequests while playing without a guide is pretty difficult unless you literally talk to everyone in the region after every plot event. (and even then that event at the Amberl Tower is easy to miss: mild spoiler: you run into Professor Alba again, you save his butt from some monsters, he accompanies you to the bottom of the tower and then thanks you, walking off and leaving some money and BP at the guild for you to pick up)

On the plus side, at least missing one of that asshole's quests doesn't lock you out of the others involving him in this game or the next.
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 14, 2015, 12:53:49 PM
Well, at least Estelle had a funny moment acquiring said boots. :P

BTW, progress report: finished Chapter 1, doing some shopping and cleaning up loose ends before moving on from Bose (ie, climbing the Anberl Tower, checking out the towns one last time, eating delicious food and learning recipes, etc).  This game is awesome.

Hate to break this to you but if you're only climbing the tower for the first time now, then you've already missed a sidequest.

(Seriously, fuck that guy and his sidequests...)
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 14, 2015, 05:19:01 AM
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Also OG Citan was more of a family man than a bro and his wife was probably the character that got canned (especially since it sounded like she got offscreened during Shevat's fall or the Wels-ageddon; which sucks because it was also implied that between the two of them, she was the superior fighter).

I meant literally canned. O, wait, I think I'm remembering Perfect Works again. Wasn't there's some disease that decimated the lower level population?

(His current family is cool, though, despite them getting so little screentime.)

What are the odds that the siblings were in can that Fei and Elly ate? I could totally see Citan engineering it entirely so that he could feed his siblings to his charge + girlfriend.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: May 14, 2015, 04:34:47 AM
Btw, another tangent to the previous game. Can someone please explain to me how they were just able to make a replica Monado? I thought the whole point was that it was this magic sword?

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Anyone can apparently form their own Monado. Shulk's just further along in his ability to do so since he got a ton of training on Zanza's, and what's-her-tits (thanks cutscene camera) merely reverse engineered the physical part of the blade while letting Shulk do the rest. It mostly rested on the fact that original Shulk died, Zanza revived him due to physical similarities, then put a piece of himself inside while using Shulk's personality as a facade until the point where Shulk came into contact with Zanza's current host where he fully transmigrated into Shulk and waited until Meyna showed up with her host/Monados where he finally hijacked Shulk's body and claimed both Monados as his own. It just so happened that Shulk's original personality reformed based upon Zanza's facade and Shulk's memories prior to the incident which implied that he was his own person and was even able to defy Zanza's false god powers/design, which is the basis on which he forms his own Monado.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 14, 2015, 04:17:05 AM
I'm quite glad I don't give a flying fuck about what costume my character's wearing.
Curently playing Xenoblade 3D. I mostly just see them as an inconvenience.

Naked Dunban on Valak mountains, yo. And everywhere else.

Yeah, but Dundan isn't affected by the cold. He dodges it.

HAH!  Yes, I think Dunban is noble enough to slip passed the gusts and he floats on top of snow.

My liking for Dunban makes me..a little angry that Fiora is his sister, because man she's awful,

I'd argue your comment towards Fiora but that way lies XBC spoilers. That said, I will say that if Dunban can dodge the wind, Fiora can murder the hell out of it (as long as the wind doesn't have Spike Defense, otherwise she just explodes at the mere sight of it without significant investments into Spike Defense). Then again, Dunban can topple and bleed the wind to death and isn't reliant on Shulk to maximize his murder.

At least both siblings share the trait of becoming more powerful when they wear less.


My liking for Dunban makes me..a little angry that Fiora is his sister, because man she's awful,

To be fair, as far as siblings go, this 'Citan' is probably the luckiest. Anything is a step up from Shion (you're too good for her, Allen!), and original Citan's siblings were probably canned before the game starts.

And yes, Dunban is definitely the best Citan archetype thus far (no idea what XBCX's is like), as he doesn't bail on you during the moments you'd want him most for and isn't getting shown up by a magical girl/glass cannon/tactical nuke.

Also OG Citan was more of a family man than a bro and his wife was probably the character that got canned (especially since it sounded like she got offscreened during Shevat's fall or the Wels-ageddon; which sucks because it was also implied that between the two of them, she was the superior fighter).
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 14, 2015, 01:46:22 AM
Pretty sure VII had the changing camera angles, too. IX definitely did, plus it had on screen field enemies.

VII was originally FPP only, though the 3DS remake did give you third person party shots.

And speaking of... I'll be eager for the inevitable localization news once I pick up DQVII's 3DS port DQVII's 3DS port hits store shelves in the west they announce a release date for the localized DQVII 3DS port they show screenshots of DQVII's impending localization somebody announces that they have any intention of localizing DQVII.

Although, to be fair, localizing DQVIII would have to be much simpler than DQVII given how much of a monster DQVII's total script is, and they'd have to redo it from scratch to bring it in line with the current localization standard of the series, versus DQVIII which started the current standard (and isn't the beast of a game that DQVII is).

Also, why the female thief? You already have a male thief in Yangus and I don't think a female thief would fare much better against some of the ghastly drop rates that the game pulls (being a game made by both Squeenix and Level 5 no less). Plus, why not Red?

At least, I for one am stoked to get Morrie's Monstrous Pit on our side in battle.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 13, 2015, 12:54:48 PM
Is their CEO dude still missing?

He's either taken the money and ran, or got turned into construction material. Either way nobody knows.


In lighter news: http://gematsu.com/2015/05/nintendo-announces-e3-2015-plans

Nintendo World Championships? Now there's a blast from the past. Radical!
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 13, 2015, 12:13:42 PM
Technically, the Holey Boots confer +3 Move, and I totally put them on Olivier!

Most boots confer at least +1, including the immediately available pair, so they only really confer +2 Move at the cost of any sort of defense from them. Though admittedly, you really don't see +2 boots until Chapter 3 at the earliest, but by then you really shouldn't be tanking your Def for a Move boost at that stage of the game (especially since the Move 2 Quartz should be available by then).

And really, the only character who wants more move for a long goddamn time is Estelle to make the most of her Hurricane Craft (and she'd rather have the Def to survive the counter lynching if she fails to One-shot or clean up the mob she just leap into, or more Atk to make her Hurricane better able to eliminate said mob in the first place). Oliver departs shortly after the Holey Boots first become available and the next character to want more mobility shows up around the same time the +2 Boots start showing up.
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 13, 2015, 10:47:13 AM
Unfortunately this game is full of missables. I don't really care too much and won't be carrying over any save data anyway (at least now my own), so whatever. Also the gear in this game is super linear and classic to the point of boredom, probably the game could pretty much drop the entire system in favor of level gains/orbment and I wouldn't notice.

Really, the only reason to bother with the Carnelia Chapters is to read them Chapter by Chapter rather than having to sit through them all at once.

There's also exactly two pieces of equipment that aren't straight upgrades to what you already have (the Laundry Pole and the Holey Boots, but neither are worth using since the difference in Att/Def is usually much greater than the gain of +1 Range/Move they confer respectfully).
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 13, 2015, 02:18:57 AM
ok there are a ton of comic shows and i haven't seen a one.

what one should i watch?



Adventures of Batman and Robin. :v

Honestly, I've been sticking with Marvel since AoS started slowly and they seem to be brining their A-Game to this (and even then I haven't really bothered with Daredevil yet, maybe now that everything's off for the Summer). I do know not to bother with Smallville though (it apparently took 10 years for a guy whom everyone knew could fly, to learn how to fly).
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: May 13, 2015, 02:12:52 AM
So.....has anybody heard any impressions of the story so far? It's probably the only thing I'm worried about at this point.

I've heard things. Random, varied and conflicting things. Conflicting things like...

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the game ending with a sequel hook, which may or may not be an attempt by Takashi to staple XBCX onto the Gears pre-history (Xenogears was originally billed as the fifth game in a series that ultimately never came to be; glimpses of what could've been were shown in a single flashback during Gears itself and the Ultimania guide; Chronicles X seems to imply that its game 1 of this series, but I've heard nothing concrete either way (mostly because I'm sticking to as much of an information blackout as I can)). Either way though, outside of a few callbacks, XBCX has nothing to do with XBC verse/sequel-wise.

Basically, I know as much about this game as you do.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 13, 2015, 01:42:05 AM
I got to hand it to Agents of Shield. That's one hell of a way to cut off for the Summer. I'd give that episode a five out of five fingers. It had me with sweaty palms for the whole 2 hours. Let's give a round of applause for a solid season of Shield, and a pat on the back for Agent Carter. May they return in Fall/Winter with fists of fury.

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44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 13, 2015, 01:00:29 AM

Gust announcing something soon.  "ShojoxGust" and we'll know presumably in 4 days. 

Here's the pretty music for it:
http://social.gust.co.jp/newproject/bgm/bgm01.mp3

http://gematsu.com/2015/05/gust-announces-yoru-no-nai-kuni-ps4-ps3-ps-viita

Well that didn't take long.


Anyways, http://gematsu.com/2015/05/imageepoch-files-bankruptcy this happened today.

I wonder what could've happened to cause their finances to tank like that within two years? Especially in light of all the waifu management simulators they kept cranking out.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 12, 2015, 04:05:05 PM
Silly naming scheme aside (though, I always liked how "Tales of the Abyss" suck out for having no "-ia" at the end actually featuring the word "the").

You're right, Tales of the Abyss did suck ;)

Plot-wise that game was a complete success (IMO). Any replays are for the sheer depth of it alone and seriously unreplicated by any other Tales title

Why are you arguing with yourself? All Annubis was doing was pointing out how much your comment suck out at him.

Maybe the next Tales of game should be called, Tales of Suckia (and stars Mr. T; "I pity the fool who don't play this sucka!").
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