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3511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: October 30, 2012, 11:31:51 AM
Oh hell yes!

Here's hoping they do the sensible thing and reduce the amount of grinding it takes to learn abilities (and give Melvin and Aria a better skill set load out when they join you instead of just giving Aria mastery over the quickest and easiest class to master in the game and five levels in the fairly quick to master category and jack squat to Melvin).

Edit: Also make it so you can't permanently screw yourself out of lithograph shards by missing a treasure chest in a cave you only get to visit once during the first disk or something to that effect.

Double Edit: And here's hoping they speed up the opening sequence so that it doesn't take an hour before you have the opportunity to get into your first fight.

Triple Edit: And maybe making Dharma Shrine/Alltrades Abbey accessible a little bit earlier than a full third of the way through the game.

Final Edit, I Swear: And let the unfortunate sap(s? looks like they're adding another party member to this which would help in the awkwardness of only having five teammates in a four man battle party) stuck on the bench get at least some job experience rather than forcing me to abandon Maribel because Aria caught up in class levels and either my MC or Gabo have surpassed her in the magic department thus making her entirely redundant.
3512  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: It's Bob Ross' birthday, motherfuckers. on: October 29, 2012, 04:16:48 PM
As somebody with no art talent he amazed me by being able to make things looks so good by doing so little. 'You just did 4 quick brush strokes, WHY IS THAT A BEAUTIFUL TREE?!' and why is it so happy?

 And I can't believe the guy who made Mr Rogers look stressed and angry was a drill sergeant.

Which is even more incredible once you knew that Mr. Rogers was a former sniper.
3513  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Chrono Trigger on Android on: October 29, 2012, 12:04:30 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/10/28/its-about-time-for-chrono-trigger-to-arrive-on-android/

For the two people left who have yet to take the dive.
3514  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: October 29, 2012, 11:48:23 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/10/29/bravely-default-pc-game-unlocks-3ds-costume/

So yes, Blondie (and so far only Blondie) gets a costume out of this.

Also if this game is supposed to be on PCs then where's the porn? It's basically a rule at this point in Japan's Gaming Industry to only ever release pornographic and indie games (which tend to have pornographic elements to them anyways) on PCs.
3515  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars original generations 2 for ps3 on: October 29, 2012, 11:33:59 AM
On the other hand it could mean a Cybuster/Valsione upgrade (or at least open up the Prana option for them).

Of course you can't really have The Lord of Elemental without Shu and last I checked he kind of died during OG1 (not like this ever stopped alternate versions from taking over the bad guy spot).
3516  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 29, 2012, 03:55:37 AM
One complaint I heard about Partner's in Time was with the writing. Without having played it, I do wonder if there might've been translation issues.

With regards to Legend of Mana -- in my own life, it's an interesting thing to notice, the way my perception of reality and time gets more fluid as I lose track of the personal effects and artifacts I'd hung my memories around (and vice versa).

Unfortunately, it's not translation issues. PIT was built around the idea of having two sets of Mario Bros. which, while goofy, didn't really lend itself to a strong characterization or gameplay diversity. Moreover PIT's plot was mostly a rehash of the first M&L game's but with more focus on alien invasion tropes rather than on particular characters like Fawful or Bowser.
3517  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 27, 2012, 11:34:49 PM
So I happened to catch the New The Munsters last night and it was pretty ehh. Not that having the sitcom version of the Addams Family is all that hard to do but it'd help if all the actors weren't so milquetoast. And with the overly gratuitous use of the special effects it felt more like some kind of re-imagining like Battlestar Glactica was, and so for the remainder of what I watched I kept expecting the family to shamble off to solve a crime or something.

I'll be surprised if this makes it through an entire season before getting the can or getting passed off to a better network.

That one episode cost $10 million.  And they decided not to do a series.  What a waste.

Wait. Really? Goddamn they REALLY went overboard on the special defects.

Also looks like I finally have something that can join The Incredible Crash Dummies on my 'one episode pilots failing to make it to series status that I've actually managed to catch in broadcast' list.
3518  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 27, 2012, 02:29:57 PM
Took a break from modding Phantasy Star 2 to actually play games. Bowser's Inside Story is very charming.

So are you designing dungeons for it that don't completely suck or are you just lowering the encounter rate to more sane levels?
3519  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 27, 2012, 02:08:54 PM
So I happened to catch the New The Munsters last night and it was pretty ehh. Not that having the sitcom version of the Addams Family is all that hard to do but it'd help if all the actors weren't so milquetoast. And with the overly gratuitous use of the special effects it felt more like some kind of re-imagining like Battlestar Glactica was, and so for the remainder of what I watched I kept expecting the family to shamble off to solve a crime or something.

I'll be surprised if this makes it through an entire season before getting the can or getting passed off to a better network.
3520  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 26, 2012, 11:25:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7IckNFt1XA

Time to make my 'magic' escape.
3521  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 26, 2012, 12:59:48 AM
Legend of Mana had materials named after SD3 towns and statues of the SD3 guys in Geo. Those are pretty minor references.

Actually pretty much all of Geo that wasn't related to the Jumi arc or the school was an SD3 reference. But with that said; yeah, I was misremembering on that one. Its far more the case in Sword when both Begiu and Deathjester show up as random NPCs shoehorned into the plot for no meaningful reason beyond trying to force a direct link between SD1 and SD3.
3522  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 25, 2012, 01:52:33 PM
Legend of Mana has the advantage of being an action RPG. Its biggest flaw was that it was too easy, and that's the kind of flaw that's mostly mitigated by bashing the shit out of stuff with a spear being inherently fun.

A turn-based RPG that's way too easy? There's nothing inherently fun about picking options from a menu.

(Same principle also applies to Dogs in Robots 2).

I don't think being too easy was the problem (although it was an element of it, especially with the bosses), but that half the game was obfuscated by SaGa levels of undocumented bullshit and the other half was either boring or worthless.

Sure the game had some great plot arcs but how many people reached the end just by going through the Dragon arc (which is the only major arc that's self contained)? Meanwhile, you could easily make some really gamebreaking weapons just by spending five minutes in the forge (provided that you have the necessary materials on hand and a good recipe online otherwise you'll be spending hours grinding materials and cash and trying to explore at least) but no amount of time spent in the instrument workshop could make magic not completely worthless (since you can't do more than insert coin into wood to make a flute). And even your party members fall under the same circumstances what with NPCs being the most straight forward and the most useless and Pets requiring meats and produce but with a few exceptions are also mostly useless compared to Golems which require your leftover forged/tempered equipment.

Also not helping matters is just how much the Mana series has borrowed and based itself on SD3. I mean, there's a ton of references in LoM but most of them are going to go right over the heads of those who haven't emulated SD3 yet (of course every other game since then has basically treated SD3/LoM as the only Mana games; including Sword of Mana). It's like playing OG Zelda and Zelda II then skipping all the way to WW and wondering what's with all this Hero of Time business because OoT never left Japan.
3523  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 24, 2012, 03:39:57 PM
Excellent! I don't know what's up with these guys telling you to skip the tennant seasons. I got more out of those than this past season. Moffat has made everything so convoluted. I still enjoy it, just not as much as the previous series/seasons.
It took me awhile to get used to the Doctor change as well. It always does. Overall, Tennant is still my favorite.

RTD is good at dialogue but extremely shit at resolving plots. I can't stand his writing style.
I prefer Moffat's by far.
Well, that;s the debate isn't it? There are those who love Moffat, and those who cant stand his style. Same with Davies. They both have made some damn fine episodes, so I'm kind of in the middle. It's just these past 5(6?) episodes did nothing for me. The show wanted me to feel emotions that I wasn't anywhere close to feeling.
The end of the Rose era had me streaming. IMHO, the show has gotten so complicated and convoluted under Moffat. Too many tendrils to keep track of. It's hard to care about what's going on. Do I still enjoy it? Yes. Just not in the same way I enjoyed the earlier seasons.
But I've seen plenty of people who think the Matt Smith era is the best. I see nothing wrong with that. The beauty of opinions.

It's just like the old Doctor Who debates all over again. :v
3524  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: October 24, 2012, 11:08:55 AM
Bravely Default Praying Blade announced:

http://bdashnews.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/s-e-announces-bravely-default-praying-blade/

Sounds like some sort of MMO spin-off rather than a sequel.

http://gematsu.com/2012/10/bravely-default-praying-brage-detailed-in-famitsu

More info including it being called Praying Brage and a few details like battle party size and number of available jobs.
3525  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 23, 2012, 07:20:59 PM
After being a stubborn idiot I'm going to give Dr. Who season 2 a shot. I love the classics (even have an awesome homemade scarf!)

I loved the Eccleston season, but could never get into Tennant. Then again, I never gave him a real go. UNTIL NOW

Excellent! I don't know what's up with these guys telling you to skip the tennant seasons. I got more out of those than this past season. Moffat has made everything so convoluted. I still enjoy it, just not as much as the previous series/seasons.
It took me awhile to get used to the Doctor change as well. It always does. Overall, Tennant is still my favorite.


Don't get me wrong, I also like Tennant, I just didn't like Rose. Once Martha shows up he should be fine for the rest of the 10th's run but that's not till the third season/series.
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