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3496  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 20, 2014, 03:46:06 AM
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MGS3 - This is fun as hell. The prospect of a lot of cutscenes if offputting, but...

How's the gameplay to movie ratio in MGS1? 2 seems very uh-uh to me.

About 60/40 respectfully. But most of that either comes from Codec calls or overly longwinded death speeches. Of course this is going off of what I remember of the original PSX version (which I played all of once, for only one day), they probably padded it out for the GCN version.


FE Sacred Stones: Finally realized what an idiot I was being for trying to nab the game's sole Berserk Staff when it occurred to me that I'd be better off trying to do so in a run that isn't a no-grinding run. Was well rewarded for my decision with fairly good levels across the board (Ephraim and Colm did get the short end of the stick but they were pretty screwed to begin with; you're almost ready to promote Ephraim, why in Naga's name are your stats outside of Skill, HP, and Luck 11 or less? I think Roy would generally have better stats than those at level 16).

TLoH:TitS:FC: Round one of the game's tournament arc is complete (this game just wouldn't be complete without a tournament arc to go with the beach episode, the school festival arc, the hotsprings episode, and whatever the hell you're supposed to call the 'visiting the farm' episode). Now to spend some quality time in the game's second sewer dungeon to training montage in preparation for round two.

Braev Lee Dee Falt: Took down Eternia's Central Command with the ridiculous Kairai/Know Thine Enemy combo. Now to collect seven Dragon Balls six Golden Coins key stones (or failing that, shleping over to the Earth Crystal to get this show boat back on the road).
3497  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 19, 2014, 05:51:26 AM
Tiz is more of a  self-insert character, really.  I don't think he's supposed to have a lot of personality.

bleh worst type of characters.

Down with silent protagonists for this same reason.

Compared to the other characters, by the mid point of Chapter 4, Tiz has only 7 pages in the Journal compared to Agnés, Ringabel, and Edea who have 11, 13, and 12 pages respectfully, and most of those are about stuffs that went down in the Caldis region way back in the Prologue.

In other words, yeah, he's pretty much kinda just there.
3498  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help me get caught up on the last 13 years. on: February 18, 2014, 08:46:39 PM
FFXII tried to do a lot but ended up falling short more often than not due to several factors, and at this point Xenoblade Chronicles is what FFXII was trying to go for but better.

FFXIII is really hit or miss depending on whether you were a bigger fan of FFIV or FFV/VI. Its extremely linear and really doesn't allow for any deviation from its set trajectory, but if you like a more action oriented FF, then you might enjoy it. FFXIII-2 though is the much better game, but its also got a pants on head stupid plot (not X-2 levels of stupid, but more like FFIV: The After Years level of stupid). No comment yet on FFXIII-3.
3499  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 18, 2014, 09:21:56 AM
Surprise, Inazuma Eleven dropped this past weekend for 3DS so I decided to blow some funds in my Nintendo eShop account on it.  I've dabbled a little bit, but so far the game's pretty fun.  

Anyone else playing Inazuma Eleven?
I really like the Inazuma series. Plan on getting the third eventually. The games are really fun but can be kind of repetitive. My only issue with the first is that instead of allowing female players, they make extremely feminine guy characters and give them names that would make you think they are girls.



Did any Inazuma game allow for female players at all (outside of a token low tier all grrl team)? I ask because this is a Level 5 series we're talking about.
3500  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 18, 2014, 12:17:30 AM
Gallery of Disney princesses as Final Fantasy classes.

http://imgur.com/gallery/G6B7N

Why Paladin for Cinderella?

Also no Esmeralda or Pocahontas? Seriously, Dancer and Hunter are wide open.
3501  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 18, 2014, 12:12:24 AM
Meanwhile, I'm trying to avoid using all the major game breakage techniques, and just play the game like I played FFV.

As for Hard Mode, I didn't feel like it was worth it after the demo since it only really makes you grind a few extra levels early on and then every so often to stay ahead of the difficulty curve.

Anyways, after clearing out all three passageways to Castle Greyskull, I've finally rumbled Victor/ia.
3502  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 17, 2014, 11:47:11 AM
Shit, I just checked the lineup and you're right,soul eater got shoved forward to the 2am slot, and SAO got pulled. They just finished it saturday, I kind of expected a repeat of the series at least, considering FMA is now on what, a third repeat of the series, as is Ghost in the Shell. Fucking weak, Soul Eater sucks so much.

At least its short compared to the other shonen stuff they've been showing. (Seriously!? Did we really need TWO Naruto shows running concurrently?) And as throughly uninteresting as Blue Exorcist appears to be, at least its something new for AS.
3503  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 17, 2014, 08:43:32 AM
Actually Aeolus, if you're talking about Adult Swim's lineup, I think blue exorcist is replacing Soul Eater.

Unless Soul Eater finished two days ago, I doubt it, since Blue Exorcist is lined up to premier next week. Actually, I believe it will be Black Lagoon (heavily edited) that's going to be replacing Soul Eater in a month from now.
3504  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 17, 2014, 01:02:10 AM
I read the first volume of the Sword Art Online manga, and it was pretty good!

I have now started watching the anime. MISTAKE. First episode was fine, but the second episode... I felt embarrassed watching it. I don't know which is more accurate to the original novels, but it was nothing even remotely like the manga. In the anime, Asuna is some nobody with a bit of skill, which is very different from the manga, and Kirito is, uh, odd.

But, what bothered me most of all, was it takes the same approach other MMO-animes have done: the MMO aspects make no sense. Obviously I'm approaching this as someone who, like lots of you guys, have played many MMOs. Many of the mechanics described in SAO just make zero sense. It's frustrating.

If any of that changes, feel free to let me know, but otherwise, I think I'll stop watching.

It gets worse. The big thing I came away with out of SAO: the Anime was watching Kirito and Asuna's relationship develop into a full on family unit. After the first half though, the rest of the show is a massive train wreck that briefly turns into a bad hentai at the end.

I don't know how it compares to the manga/light novel, but for the anime, I'd rate it just (and I mean 'just') above Blood+ in terms of watch-ability.


That said, Kill la Kill ep 18. RAGYO WINS! FATALITY! (Also: Welp.)

SAO. Okay. Now this is over. Not that we really needed an episode of Kirito vanquishing the villain a second time, his singlehandedly saving the MMO industry, or seeing what the rest of his pals/harem are up to. Up next will be....Blue Exorcist? Really!? I think I will straight up skip this, especially if the preview was anything to go by.

Nothing else I'm currently watching is new or post worthy.
3505  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 17, 2014, 12:44:19 AM
Finally!



Yamato acquired.  Been trying to get her ever since they made her buildable in an update towards the end of 2013...

No, I'm not addicted to this stupid game...

Great. Now waifu her.
3506  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 17, 2014, 12:40:59 AM


Those faces look photoshopped on.
3507  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 16, 2014, 01:05:42 AM
Yeah, they really are. The last one is positively fucked up.

I'd like to note even further, once you hit Chapter 3, the rabbit hole goes even deeper for the Red Mage!

Code:
The last page of his Notes mentions Qada and his poison!  He wanted to release it on the city.

Code:
Its also implied that the women he's been seducing are being used to incubate a key component to Qada's toxin and that he was getting the funding from Khamer and Profiteur for the endeavor. Of course, the whole lot of them were apparently plotting behind Prince Adam's back for control over Eternia, which again, is why you don't hire ecoterrorists to do your dirty work.
3508  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 15, 2014, 08:03:36 AM
I really like salve maker and how it's competent beyond ffvs 'mix is OP, but I hope you have a spreadsheet handy'(Potion + phoenix down is pretty sweet though).

Chemist and Chemist-like jobs have, with exception to FFT (debatable since Auto-Potion is a fairly useful reaction ability for a good while through the game) and the TA games, been gamebreaking to some degree.

In FFV, Chemist abuse can lead to things like one-shotting the final boss.
In FFX, Riku starts with it (but its probably at its least broken given how most of the useful combinations require items that needed elsewhere).
In FFX-2, pair an Alchemist up with two Dark Knights and you're set for life.
In 4HoL, Salve-maker made your items free, let alone boosting their effectiveness, allowing you to multi-target, and reverse their effects. Don't know what Alchemist does in this game since I never got that far.

That said, one neat thing is that when you're running through your options, is that you can see the name of what you're going to mix before you mix it thus making trial-and-error less annoying than it would otherwise be. Also the game provides a D's Journal sub-sub-section dedicated to listing every used mix result and a list of all possible item combinations needed to achieve it.
3509  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 15, 2014, 02:08:13 AM
Sora no Kiseki the 3rd: I'm making preparations to take on the final dungeon. I need to fully outfit all 16 characters first, and I want to finish the optional dungeon, open all of the memory doors, and finish the harder arenas as well, since there's no coming back once I start the final dungeon.

I also need to decide how to split up my party... It's hard! I want to use everyone! This is one of the few RPGs I've played where every character is both well-developed and useful in battle.

Meanwhile I've been moonlighting the first game in between bouts of Bravely Default. Currently, also screwing around with the arena. At least the final party is laid out for you.
3510  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 14, 2014, 10:21:34 PM
Just got salve-maker. I found the best strategy was default for 3 rounds with almost everyone, only using dispel from white mage if he uses the refresh ability. By that point he should have used Dark Matter to no effect. You can then whittle him down, raising people as needed and braving if necessary.

Oh and for the love of god, don't put the Black Mage's Damage Dispersion ability on anyone for that battle. He all but one shotted my entire party from full with Default and defense buffs up due to a badly timed/placed Dark Breath.
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