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3511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: March 01, 2014, 02:24:13 PM
Alright I'm in need of assistance because I'm getting pissed off at this game. Does anyone know how long the side quest to get the Vampire asterisk lasts? I get one shotted by all of the dragons to my entire party and I'm level 60. Not in the mood to grind out for hours when the story finally did something. I tried to progress the story and they said there is no going back after this point so I cancelled that and am in a bind. I don't want to miss out on the vampire asterisk, but if it is available later I would like to progress the story.

The Six Dragons have a very distinct pattern and only use physical based attacks. The Ninja's Utsusemi/Transience combo will get you through all six of them entirely on its own, but the Templar's Rampart, Spiritmaster's Spirit Ward, Swordmaster's Nothing Ventured, and some of the Salve-Maker's Compounding abilities will make your life much easier in the long run.

You "can" put it off until Chapter 5 or later, but I'd rather recommend doing it post-haste since enemy mobs the world over will change up starting with Chapter 5.
3512  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 01, 2014, 09:36:30 AM
Symphonia's battle system can be 3D, but as far as the player is concerned, its strictly 2D (which, when I think about it, annoyed the crap out of me back when I played through it).
3513  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rise of Mana (w 3 audio samples) on: March 01, 2014, 09:28:52 AM
You know what's really annoying about the Mana series? The later games could have been much better, if they had just put a bit more effort into them. Dawn of Mana needed to get the camera and level-up system fixed, Heroes needed to deal with the path-finding issue and Children...admittedly that one was just kind of mediocre. It wasn't bad though. Fun for what it was.

Heroes had a pretty good plot, and it set up SD3 pretty well, but the gameplay was clearly a tech-demo for FFXII: Revenant Wings, and Dawn had some good ideas but awful execution. Again, Children of Mana seemed to be exactly what they were aiming for, they just didn't aim very high.

Square Enix just kept phoning them in.

That's what compilations are though, a bunch of low effort games developed all at once, and the World of Mana compilation was bad, even by compilation standards.

Also, the series seems to be deathly afraid of getting near Secret in terms of goings ons (either clinging to FFA or SD3). Its like the Zelda II of the series.
3514  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rise of Mana (w 3 audio samples) on: February 28, 2014, 10:01:17 PM
Here's what's possibly going to be considered a heretical statement:

I enjoyed Secret of Evermore just a little bit more than Secret of Mana. My biggest problem with the SD games are that each of them seem to have the exact same simple plot presented each time in a different overly convoluted way.

There's nothing wrong with this statement. Evermore reuses Secret's game engine and has its own solid soundtrack, plus it has a lot more humor and personality in its writing (even if the humor consists mostly of dated references). Kinda wish it was a little better balanced rather than being as breakable as it is (Hard Fist and the basic healing alchemy spells are pretty much the only ones ever worth using aside from the Defense and Strength boosting ones being usable in causing integer overflow for MASSIVE STRENGTH without the leveling).
3515  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 28, 2014, 08:08:25 PM
^I'll have to check this one out.

Ironically enough, Live and Let Die is one of my least favorite installments in the series. Actually, it might be my least favorite now that I think about it.

At least it has one of the best openings in the franchise.
3516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rise of Mana (w 3 audio samples) on: February 28, 2014, 08:04:57 PM
First game was a Zelda clone with Final Fantasy trappings and a Green Aesop plot/ending. It's also one of the best games on the Original GameBoy.

Second game was Secret which was a great looking (at the time) ARPG with a great soundtrack and multiplayer, which at the time, was an impressive feat. Nowadays, you can easily find games that do the above and more.

Third game was SD3 which has no proper western Mana designation yet and Squeenix continues to refuse to bring this over officially. Otherwise, its the game that really set the tone for the series and is generally an improvement over Secret (although I don't think they fully replicated the multiplayer aspect, only allowing for two players instead of three; the environments/dungeons are generally less inspired (not that they were that much better in Secret); and the soundtrack isn't quite as good).

Fourth game was basically a SaGa game if SaGa games were sidescrolling beat-em-ups with the usual Mana trappings. It does some things really well, but the game has some serious balance issues and kinda feels half-baked in spots. Still a solid game though.

Fifth game is Sword. It tries to be all four of the previous game, but the fact that the balance is awful and that its a remake of the first game that doesn't really add anything to it really drags it down. And being on the GBA really doesn't do its soundtrack any favors.

The rest are hot garbage (but have good soundtracks at least).
3517  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 28, 2014, 05:52:53 PM
*Yawn* Today's apparently Tiki's Birthday.

Anyways, Tiki, out of all of the non breeding 1st genners, she's probably the most flexible with up to six support partners (even though all of them ladies outside of a Male Avatar). Anyways compared to Nowi, she trades off Strength and massive Defense for Skill, not garbage Speed, and Luck modifiers and ties for a total +5 to her stat cap modifier sum total. Outside of this, the aforementioned support list with only one possible S-rank match, no child of her own, a much later join time, and slightly different growth rates, she's literally identical to Nowi (which is kinda disappointing for the last born member of the Divine Dragon tribe).

Her class access is Manakete, the Wyvern Rider class tree, and the Mage class tree, with the Wyvern Rider tree having some useful abilities like Deliverer, Quick Burn, Sword/Lancebreaker, and Strength +2. You might as well keep her as a Manakete since she'll have 1-2 range, Dragon effectiveness, and gains experience like an unpromoted unit.

The tl;dr is that if you want a Manakete Morgan with not terrible Speed (or for this other reason), go with Tiki. Otherwise, Nowi's the more interesting choice (statistically speaking).
3518  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 28, 2014, 05:15:21 PM
Ugh that maze is annoying and Qada is the boss I have had the most trouble with so far (0 game overs so far, but I came close with him). I agree with you, the towns looks amazing, but the dungeons look the same for the most part throughout.

Don't fight this guy with anyone sporting Damage Dispersion. Not unless you want to get your party one-shotted.
3519  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 28, 2014, 05:11:50 PM
I've only seen the 3 Craig ones, and maybe a couple of the Brosnan movies. I might have seen some others, but they are long forgotten.
I was tired when I wrote my Skyfall "review" which is why it's so short. I would normally explain myself better.
I was confused for a while as to why they were acting like Bond is a geezer now when it's only been a few years since he started. Or so I thought. They never really explain how much time passes between each movie, so I assumed they were pretty much back-to-back adventures.
The character Javier Bardem play, while amusing, just felt like something out of a sketch comedy show. I just wasn't buying it.
Then we have the eye rolling "He planned this all from the start!" which drives me bonkers. yes, he knew that everything would happen exactly the way it does so his ridiculous plan would work. Riiiiiight. And he somehow doesn't end up shot up while in the courtroom. And, of course, his guys are always there to pick him up at the exact moment he needs them. It all drives me nuts.
And what is with all these presumably smart women disrobing the second they meet Bond? I thought the female agent lady might be an exception, but no. I swear he got busy with three women in the span of 3 days. Eww.
Thing is, I still liked it, and that was mostly due to the relationship between Bond and M. Judi Dench is awesome.

Yeah, the problem with using the same actor is that it makes Skyfall look like a sequel to the others, but it has nothing to do with them considering Casino Royale was the start of Bond and this is far later. This was kind of Bond's origin story told when he is past his prime. It does kind of link them to the other films because the male "M" gets introduced after having Judi Dench play it for 20 years. The original "M" was a male in the older Bond films. All of these films have been standalones except for Quantum, which was the very first (and probably last) true sequel in the series. People always try to make a timeline linking the films with certain events that happen, but it is just dumb. There's no point. Anyway, as a tribute to past Bonds and a way to push things forward, they could not have done much better in my opinion. Hopefully Craig lasts another couple of films because he is definitely the best since Connery hands down.

Edit: Relevant link that ironically was posted today about the next installment after Skyfall.

There was a timeline back when the series still followed the books with SPECTRE and all that, but then Live and Let Die put an end to that and just had Bond running around foiling the generic Bond Villain's plot of the year until Craig and Casino Royale (since there really wasn't a good version of Royale by that point).

Also, I will agree with you on Craig being the best Bond since Connery. Especially given the complete lack of competition.

That said, watched Ender's Game. It did a fairly good job in following the book. I wonder if they'll be able to make a Speaker for the Dead movie before the actor playing Ender gets too old?
3520  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 28, 2014, 02:10:46 PM
MGS3 - Moving through the warehouse in Metal Gear Solid 3. Just past the trap forest area. I really like this game. It's got this very, uh... Ultima/System Shocky vibe to it, with how the items and NPCs work. I'm pretty sure I've already failed to get all of the frogs. Oh welp.

There are some pretty tough frogs to get, which involve stuff like using a sniper rifle... while riding on a sidewagon of a bike (iirc). Definitely not something to worry about on a normal run (nor stamina kills or collecting all animals, possibly eating them too). Not sure if you're interested in that or not, but the games are quite short if you do subsequent playthroughs and just skip all the cutscenes so it doesn't require insane effort or anything. I think the hardest one was to fill the movie gallery in it.

The Stamina kills do make the boss fights a bit more interesting, especially the stealth guy (The Fear, I believe). Also the many ways to kill The End are hilarious (its not a Stamina kill, but sniping him during the bit where they load the scientist guy on a plane is totally worth it if you can pull it off).

The 3rd Birthday -  In the safe rooms where you can buy guns, I always look for a way to buy pants.  I need some new pants ASAP!  Also I am not a fan of the noises she makes while fighting.  The gameplay is run and gun which wasn't what I was looking for.  I also feel bad about jumping into people's bodies and leading them to their doom.  It seems so cruel.  This game will probably go in the attempted but unfinished pile.   

I told you man. I told you bro. I told you about those disappointments.
3521  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 28, 2014, 01:58:16 PM
Don't worry guys, there IS an SMT game coming to A console (albeit not a mainline title and there hasn't been more than a peep since it was announced over a year ago, but still, it has SMT in the title and it might not have had the plug silently pulled within the last 13 months).
3522  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rise of Mana (w 3 audio samples) on: February 27, 2014, 09:04:27 PM
At least with the World of Mana fiasco and Circle of Mana being a iOS CCG, I've pretty much lost all faith in the franchise.

On the plus side, the music is nice.

I just hope that one of these days, Squeenix is going to wake up, smell the coffee, and rip the fuck out of Xenoblade and give it a coat of Mana paint.

Oh well, either way this is much better than what SaGa's getting this year.
3523  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 27, 2014, 08:53:10 PM
Admittedly, I liked the house bit. If only to see Bond take a defensive position for once.
3524  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2014, 07:47:32 PM
Yeah, that's what I've been doing to.

Also trying to decide to go with Tactics Ogre, The 3rd Birthday, Persona 1, or Growlanser IV on my PSP next (I kinda want to save TO for pallet cleaning purposes but it IS a really good game; and I do have the PSX version to play through as well).

I was really loving Growlanser IV when it came out. I put it down because I was trying to juggle too many games and totally need to give that some proper attention (someday).

Soooooo is anyone here familiar with FF4 The After Years? In particular, chapter progression... finish Ceodore and now I have the option of quite a few characters. Is there a "correct" or "best" order? Does it matter....?

Also just an aside... FF IV TaY officially wins "the best FF character portrait pics ever" award by my standards, as well as 2-d spritework in an FF game. Lovely, just lovely. I will most likely express this multiple times in this journal as I update my progress until someone points it out as annoying.

I think they're all independent until the finale.

And speaking of FF Chapters, almost done with Chapter 4 in not-FF, BD:FF. Just one more Genome ability before I get Airy to the Greek Pillar of Light.

Also, I am loving Desperation Sword Beams and the Collect/Salesman combo.
3525  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2014, 05:19:22 PM
Yeah, that's what I've been doing to.

Also trying to decide to go with Tactics Ogre, The 3rd Birthday, Persona 1, or Growlanser IV on my PSP next (I kinda want to save TO for pallet cleaning purposes but it IS a really good game; and I do have the PSX version to play through as well).
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