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31  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: April 09, 2014, 11:03:51 AM
Megaman has all the Megamans (no BBA, Zero, or Model X)

you forgot to mention xover

jerk

That's no Megaman boy. No Megaman.

Now Beck on the other hand, that oversight I am ashamed of.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 09, 2014, 05:44:06 AM
I remember hating Double Dash lol Must have been the reliance on a partner. I like doing everything myself :P

Yeah, you do kinda need a partner who's good at driving to really get the most out of the system.

That said, the best way to play is to find 4 TVs, 4 Gamecubes, 16 Gamecube Controllers, and enough cables to assemble the unholy beast, and enough people you wont mind despising you when its all said and done.
33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 09, 2014, 01:15:35 AM
Watched an episode of Agents of Shield recently (the train one) because I just learned from this thread that there were new episodes. I'm 3-4 episodes behind now....and I really don't care enough to try and catch up. The show just is not grabbing me. I may try and catch some more of the new episodes, but I dunno.

To be fair,
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the most boring character on the show just turned traitor (and the episode even featured a triple cross for what its worth). Not that I couldn't see the outcome coming from a mile away (and I definitely know that there's at least one more traitor running around at this point, but I suspect that they wont cash in that revelation until the next major confrontation since he's probably gonna take over the roster slot for the other traitor until he turns back as he's a 'double agent' all along while Mr. Replacement suddenly reveals that he was a double agent too),
but at least the show is trying to go somewhere with this.

Of course the real reason why shit's going down is because there's a movie to tie into now (and not as halfassedly as Thor 2).
34  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: April 08, 2014, 10:21:24 PM


Latest Nintendo Direct was entirely Smash Bros. based. Shitload of new details.

Release Date Windows: WiiU Winter 2014, 3DS Summer 2014.

Confirmed additions: Zero Suit Samus, Shiek, Yoshi, Charizard, Greninja.

Confirmed New Final Smashes: Kirby now has Ultra Sword, Pit has 3 Scared Treasures, Samus still has Zero Shot but will no longer lose her clothes armor when using it, Rosalina has a big ass starman that shoots smaller stars all over the place, Little Mac hulks out into Big Mac Giga Mac, AC Villager has Tom Nook build a house on top of an opponent, Megaman has all the Megamans (no BBA, Zero, or Model X),

Confirmed decommissions: Pokemon Trainer, Squirtle, possibly Ivysaur.

Confirmed still not playable guys: Yellow Devil, Ridley.

Confirmed stages: (3DS) Battlefield(SB), 3D Land(MB), Rainbow Road (MK), Arena Ferox (FE), Living Room (ND), Reset Bomb Forest (KI), Balloon Fight(BF), Spirit Train (LZ), Gerudo Valley (LZ), Tortimer Island (AC), Prism Tower (PK), Find Mii (Mii), Jungle Japes (DK) (WiiU) Skyloft(LZ), Mario Galaxy (MB), Pyrosphere (MT), Town and City (AC), Boxing Ring (PO), Pilot Wings (PW), Windy Hill (SO), Garden of Hope (PM), Wii Fit Studio (WF), Palutena's Temple (KI), Halberd (KB), Wily Fortress (MM).

Deets on character changes: ZSS now has special footwear for kicks and better jumps. Zelda has Spirit Tracks Armor in place of transformation move, Shiek has bombs and a Izuna Kick. Kirby's Hammer move has been modified. Megaevolutions for Charizard and Lucario. Olimar can only have 3 Pikmin out at a time but they now come out in order, saving move now flying Pikmin. Pit lost his glide but his general performance have been improved, and his recovery move is basically an air dash. Yoshi has a new pose. King Dedede now only tosses Gordos, but now are weaker.

Deets on new characters: Rosalina is basically Ice Climbers if Popo could toss Nana into battle/harms way; other abilities include a minor projectile, a mid-long range recovery move, and an Item Vacuum/shot deflector. Little Mac looks to be insane on the ground and nigh useless in the air (everybody's gonna be using him in the FD multiplayer mode); other moves include a Straight Jab that upgrades to a KO Uppercut upon filling his power gauge, a crappy uppercut/saving jump, an arcing jump attack, and a counter guard; he also has a wireframe alt costume. Villager has a grab near anything and use it yourself move, a long range projectile/dash attack, a long range recovery move, and a grow-it-yourself tree. Megaman is going to have a shitload of Robot Master weapons has his moves; Metal Blade will be B neutral, Crash Bombs will be B forward, Leaf Shield is B Down, and Rush Coil is B up/recovery move. Wii Fit Trainer has a self powerup move and the ability to call upon the powers of the Sun; WFT has Male WFT as an alt, there is no mechanical difference between the two.

Confirmed Items: Beam Sword, Bumper, Smart Bomb, Motion Sensor Bomb, POW Block, Beetle, Fire Bar, Back Shield, Bombchu, Fairy Bottle, Ore Club, X Bomb, Hocotate Bomb, Rocket Belt, Steel Diver, Assist Trophies, Pokeball, Masterball.

Confirmed Smash Trophies: Samurai Goroh, Andross, Devil, Saki Amamiya, Waluigi, Lyn, Nintendog, Mother Brain, Knuckle Joe, Dr. Write, Skull Kid, Midna, Elec Man, Ashley, Chain Chomp, Dark Samus, Isabelle, Color TV-Game 15 MOTHERFUCKING PONG.

Confirmed Pokeball Pokemon: Palkia, Arceus, Meowth, Electrode, Eevee, Staryu, Metagross, Fennekin, Meloetta, Gogoat, Entei, Deoxys, Kyurem, Victini, Keldeo, Xerneas.

Confirmed Adventure Mode Enemies: Bullet Bills (MB), Goomba (MB), Stalfos (LZ), Tac (KB), Kihunter (MT), Reaper (KI), Mettaur (MM), Poppant (SB), Tiki Buzz (DK), Roturret (SB), Bulborb (PM), Chandelure (PK), Mimicutie (KI).

New modes: Two for online multiplayer. One has everything but Final Destination, the other is No Items/Final Destination only. 3DS Multiplayer has a sudo Adventure mode pre-fight to power up your characters as well as customizable movesets.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 08, 2014, 01:20:08 AM
I actually gave in and moved on from FFIV:TAY back to Trails in the Sky. I have a question for those who have played it: How's the difficulty curve? I get the feeling it's going to be one of those RPG's where the monsters get stronger at a much slower pace than your characters.

I'd say you're wrong about that.  I thought the final dungeon was probably the most challenging part of the game.

I'd say that the three toughest spots in the game are the First Tower, the Limestone Cave, and the Final Dungeon. The first dungeon is tough because you really don't have your Orbments maxed out yet, your Quartz isn't enough to anything more than the most basic Arts, you don't have any of the good skills yet, and you've got at least two mission critical NPCs to watch over to boot (although most of it really is the fact that treasure bosses are annoying to deal with at first). The Limestone Cave can be tough if you get to it at your first opportunity as enemies there are sacks of HP and carry a variety of annoying skills and status effects (its not nearly as bad when you're supposed to go there since you'll have a full party complement). And the Final Dungeon is just full of treasure bosses (which are just basic dungeon enemies, but Final Dungeon enemies are roughly as tough as several bosses from the previous chapter), and this is the point where Arts, your Quartz, and even your Recipes aren't really the game changers they used to be (of course this is also the point where the game starts handing out proper healing items like candy, so you're really expected to just snap up end game equipment, level up in the process, and power on through to the end).


= Trio of 9999 is the coolest fucking Mix ever (for this point of the game).  I love that a small whack from Yuna's useless rod is hitting with the same mad gravity as Jupiter has!

That's pretty much the strategy for a No Sphere Grid run. The game is easy enough without those pissant early stat boosts and filler abilities to go through Luca like you'd normally would. And once you get to Luca that's where you start prepping for the NSG run by buying the Stunning Steel sword for Tidus (even if early Slow is only good for bosses). Mi'ihen is where your lack of leveling starts to catch up to you but freshly recruited Auron, Wakka's Blind Pass, and Yuna's summons shouldn't make things too difficult since she has just enough MP to get you from save point to save point. Mushroom Rock isn't that much different either but its where you'll start finding the most important weapons for this stage of the game (getting Wakka's T.K.O. from O'aka is worth whatever you end up paying for it since early Stonetouch is hilarious, especially during Moonflow and jobbing those fucking Ochus; I also netted a Katana with Sleeptouch on it for extra hilarity since Basilisk aren't immune to Sleep).

Of course, I fucked up and failed to get Stunning Steel for Tidus for the Extractor boss fight in the Moonflow. Now I have to rely upon burning through Potions and Hi-Potions until my Overdrives charge up enough to take down the boss and hope I don't fuck up the timing again (I would get Wakka's Attack Reels but you don't get the good goalie until after you cross the Moonflow, and I'd rather start training up my almost all female team of star players once I actually have a full team of females). And after that its 'Rikku Get!' and scrounging up enough resources to Mix whatever you need to beat upcoming bosses until you really start to start spamming Trio of 9999s and either Tidus's Slice & Dice/Blitz Ace, Wakka's Attack Reels, or Lulu's Fury.

Note: I'm not actually going for a NSG run because that's almost as boring as just following your basic routes. I'm just trying to see how far I can get on base stats and equipment alone, before I start dropping lines all over the place.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 07, 2014, 06:56:40 AM
Started Fire Emblem Awakening last night. First hour impressions: very good. Never have been big into the SRPG genre so we'll see how this goes.

It is the most accessible Fire Emblem game since the series came stateside. The mechanics have always been simple to grasp, and Awakening threw in some nice surprises with the pairing system and the ability to customize unit classes. The previous games in the series tended to be very rigid in that regard.

I finished Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I was glad to find the final boss was at least somewhat challenging considering the lack of difficulty throughout the rest of the game. The climax was kind of abrupt, and of course there is the hint of a sequel. That kind of made the ending feel a little less than satisfying as there was no real closure to many of the plot threads introduced at the beginning of the game. Hopefully something new will be coming before long.

I don't think I'm going to do any of the post-game content at this time. Maybe when/if news of the next game comes around then I'll revisit it, but I'm done for now.

Next up will either be Xenoblade Chronicles, or Chrono Trigger DS. Just need to catch up on some reading before I start those though.

FE:Awakening is very much the most accessible game in the series on both sides of the Pacific. Optional Permadeath, Grinding, a Player Insert character, and Reclassing for skills and such, not to mention Waifu Wars, a Ridiculously Easy Normal Mode, and Modern Character Designs (even if they generally suck) really opened the doors compared to earlier games in the series.

I hate to say it, but if you remove the Dark Dawn part of your Golden Sun review, you could easily use it for the original game wholesale.

And my two suggestions for Xenoblade is to not worry about going out of your way to complete sidequests since you'll have plenty of time to do them over the course of the game, and to make sure to talk to NPCs twice whenever you see them.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: April 07, 2014, 05:45:43 AM
I am not an apologist. I like what I like and I am not afraid to defend what I like regardless of the status quo. I don't love things blindly I might add, I am no fanboy either. This applies to anything, XIII is just an example.
And I think you overrate how much I like FF XIII xD. 999/VLR are FARRRRRRRRRRRRRR superior(it's a completely different tier of experience). And for clarification my FF rankings would be as follows 7 > 10 > 9=8 > 6 = 13-2(though I tend to give 6 the edge) > LR = 4 > 12=5=13 > 2 > 1.
I don't dislike any of them and even with 1 at the bottom I like it quite a bit and as you see the 13 games are not that high. I just can't relate to the hyperbolic negativity, that's all, I enjoy many aspects of the XIII games even if they are not perfect but I tend to look for reasons to enjoy something and not the other way around.

Apologies man. The way you worded your previous post sounded like you were calling anyone who didn't like the XIII's trilogy's plot stupid.


That said, my thoughts on the XIII's trilogy's plot is that its about on par with the entire Megaman X series. Sure its generally an entertaining overall experience, but there are some really stupid parts to them as well that drag said experience down (of course, the biggest difference is that generally speaking, you can excuse some of the lamer parts due the nature of the series being broken up into smaller and far more numerous installments, some of which were clearly phoned in (unfortunately, some of the dumb can't be excused due to being contained within some of the more pivotal entries; made worse when those entries are also badly made (I'm looking at you MMX5)), but with the XIII trilogy, you've got dumb at some point in all three games and you can't really turn a blind eye to any of them without essentially discarding a huge chunk of plot). Anyways, that's the reason why I'm not all that willing to give the XIII trilogy a shot; I've been down that rabbit hole before and I'm not looking to repeat that mistake.


My thoughts on FFXII was that when it first came out, the game was generally entertaining enough for the main plot given the vast nature of the environment and the sudo-ARPG-ish-like nature of the game kinda reminding me of Secret of Mana and the plot having shades of FFT's plot (and not those fucking FFTA games), but the end/postgame sucks ass and left me feeling a bit bitter by the end. Basically, the game never really comes together at the end, leaving the war/politics on the sidelines for a dungeon crawl through two very annoying environments (Crystal Valley/Pharos Lighthouse) and having two mediocre final bosses (Cid and Vayne; Gabranth is little more than a speed bump when it finally comes time to deal with him); and on top of that, dungeons like the Imperial Research Facility and the Leviathan really take away from the everyman approach to your characters (you're basically mowing down faceless mooks, and even dreaded Judges are little more than speedbumps; whereas in FFT, most of your party for most of the game is made up of equally faceless mooks to all the other faceless mooks in the game, to the point where you can recruit them from opposing teams, and even your main characters are generally speaking, only marginally better (with the exceptions of T.G. Cid, Rafa, and Malak) than the rest).
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 06, 2014, 10:39:15 PM
Xenoblade set my standards pretty high for what the WiiU can do.

I think, of all things, Mario Kart 8 is really delivering what the system is capable of as well, it's *gorgeous*
http://youtu.be/__qp9iPKeNs

I got a hell of a retro kick out of seeing classic stages like Donut Plains 2 rendered in that gorgeous HD, plus Rainbow Road is still an incredible theme.

Also Toad's Turnpike again. Ugh.

Also also, Boomerang, or Boo-merang? What's next, a Hookshot?

IIRC, wasn't one of the updates last night that you can now customize what items are in play??  Thank the lord...

I want an all blue shell match.

But seriously, I hate half of the items, it's why I barely played Mario Kart Wii more than a week.

I agree. Mario Kart has been a blah for a long time now. They lure us all in with the cool stages, new mechanics, and all that when the series' gameplay has just become one big, chaotic item rush.

Series more or less peaked with Double Dash. Having copilots cart extra items and take over to allow mid course driving style changes made driving around a hell of a lot more strategic.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 06, 2014, 10:21:41 PM
Wait, are you saying people think Dragon Quest VII's bad? It's hard, and the pacing is..weird to say the least, but I thought it had a pretty positive reaction.

Admittedly, the level curve is ridiculously steep at the start.

Dragon Quest VII has some really great plot arcs, the problem is the sheer amount of stuff you need to do in the game. There are like almost 20 different regions you have to visit in the past, each with their own plot arc, and each you need to revisit at least once more in the present era to get the keys needed to head to the next region.

And that's just the first disk.

And yeah, there are quite a number of points where you can easily get stuck in and have to grind your way out. Even more than Weigraf, Gracos will always be 'that one boss' to me. It doesn't help matters if you choose your classes poorly since it takes forever to level them up and there are penalties for class changing on top of that.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The official waifu thread on: April 06, 2014, 07:01:01 PM
John is so gonna be my waifu.

Spread the news. Place it in a box.

Seconded.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: April 06, 2014, 06:59:12 PM
When FFVIII came out, I knew Final Fantasy had changed into something I didn't really like.

When FFX came out, I was having a hard time admitting to myself how much I hated it.

When FFXII came out, I started to realize to my great sadness that I've outgrown Final Fantasy and I should let go.

When FFXIII came out, I was upset at myself for buying it, just out of habit.

When Lightning Returns came out, I realized I just don't give a damn anymore. I'm done.

Ok

At least FFIX was omitted! :D

And I kinda agree but not with this same ZEST AND PASSION OF ABSOLUTE ANGER.  And I like FFX (mostly for its pretty world and fun and quick battle system).

LR has my attention since everyone calls to its battle system and customization as being a lot of fun (at the expense of a good story).  As soon as that game is on discount I might pick it up.

People who criticize the story are mostly people who dont know shit about the XIII universe(and it shows with the amount of stupid that comes out of their mouths as far as storyline events go) or didn't like the XIII stories to begin with. If you enjoyed the previous games, LR does a good job at closing the story. I saw some fans being disappointed too but it's uncommon.
If you don't like the characters or story from the previous two games yeah, don't expect anything out of it.

I liked you better before you became an FFXIII apologist.

So would you rate the FFXIII trilogy as being better than 999/VLR, and if so, by how much?
42  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 05, 2014, 11:17:12 PM
Will keep that in mind, and honestly reason i just "discovered " it is I seldom , at least until lately , watch anything simulcast or new at all. I despise having to wait on episodes, I wanna watch it at my pace.

I prefer to watch at my own pace, too, but for the past few years I've been trying to keep up with shows every season...and failing miserably every time. This time I'm just going to stick to two or three shows and see if I can stick to them (Captain Earth, Broken Blade, and Knights of Sidonia if I can find it). I don't know why I even bother, though, since I'm more of a retro anime fan to begin with. I guess it's just because then there's more to talk about. I know most of the places I go to people will hardly ever talk about anime that's more than 5 years old...even Gurren Lagann is starting to fade from peoples' consciousness now that Kill La Kill exists...

...I do wish I could talk more about old anime, though. Heck, just yesterday I was tempted to start watching Full Metal Panic just because I haven't finished it yet and Aeolus was watching it, so I thought maybe we could start a conversation about it. Then I remembered that I don't even really care for it and I only ever watch it as a pallet clenser (I've made multiple attempts and never get very far before I move on to something else), which I don't need right now, so I crossed it off my list and decided it was finally time to watch Kill La Kill and Log Horizon...only to wind up continuing Legend of the Galactic Heroes since I discovered that I still had the tab open since December (...yeah...). Now I'm up to episode 13 in that. Episode 12 leads into another battle so that should be cool. Didn't seem like episode 11 accomplished much of anything, though.

To be fair, if I hadn't already watched LoGH, I'd probably make that choice too. And yeah, when its not the comedy stylings of Sousuke Sagara, FMP is really mediocre (Tessa is really awful when she's not trolling Sousuke).


Indeed I am, damn, does it really get that bad?

Aside from the fact that Keito is a lame protagonist to begin with, SAO at least has other things to distract you from that like the visuals, Asuna not being lame, or some kind of MMO-ish plot of the day. Unfortunately the second half replaces all of that with Keito inadvertently seducing his cousin and white knighting SAO (and Asuna) from the evil clutches of a serial rapist.


You know, even after seeing it confirmed elsewhere, I STILL cannot believe that Bandai would let Tomino within a country mile of their Gundam franchise. I guess they must be really (and I mean REALLY) desperate to make Gundam anime relevant again after the fiasco that is Gundam AGE.

I haven't seen it yet, but I heard Build Fighters is dumb fun (without the grating pacing G Gundam had a lot of the time). I mean honestly Tomino has always (claimed) to have a hatred of sequels which is why we got lots of clusterfuck in Victory Gundam, so I'm not really sure him being absent from the franchise is a one-sided thing. It's been a long while since a "serious" Gundam TV series though (hard to believe its already been 5 years since 00's TV run ended) so I guess getting Tomino now would be as good a time as any other.

What I've heard about Build Fighters is that it takes the best of the best part of Gundam (i.e. endgame level hot robot on robot action), and dispenses with the usual melodrama/second cour rewrites that usually drags these things down. The fact that they're not actually piloting said Gundams means that the fights can afford to get all knock down and dragged out without having to worry about minor inconsistencies like taking a Beam Saber through the cockpit or something.

Also Ramba "That's no Zaku boy. No Zaku." Ral.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: April 05, 2014, 10:49:33 AM
So after browsing the list of BatmanLightning Returns's costumes on the FFWikia, I see that most of them are variants of the same 6 or 7 initially announced. Now granted, variation of even that amount is an amazing feat for costume options, however, as variations, most do not address the issues I had with said original 6 or 7 (or somehow make them uglier than before).

It's a tad disappointing.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 05, 2014, 03:21:30 AM
I'm ashamed of all games I play because I am ashamed of gaming and being a nerd in general.

Which is why I have no shame when I bring up games like Lightning Warrior Raidy or the PSP Queen's Blade games.

Wait....

...Will I have to delete my history if I google any of those things?

Just checking.

GameFAQs can tell you enough to get the general picture (some days I get bored or lonely and I wind up browsing the JP sub sub sub category of the Adventure sub sub category of the PC games sub category in the list of consoles category; of course most of it is pixelated blobs of game covers because the site is populated by spergs, run by people who are trying to hard to pretend to have standards, and Japan's PC market is a pornographic wasteland).

But yes, I would not recommend Google.
45  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 05, 2014, 03:11:06 AM
Speaking of being a bit late with something, this week's Big Bang Theory actually had a hilarious joke instead of just the usual 'nerd humour/nerd romcom'. The reveal at the end was almost perfectly executed.
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