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3601  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: February 25, 2014, 09:50:19 AM

Guys, now you too can finally strap Moogles onto your Lightning Doll's crotch.
3602  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 25, 2014, 04:18:12 AM
Got The 3rd Birthday in the mail today and am about to start playing.  I loved Parasite Eve back in the day.  I don't recall playing the sequel though.  On a kinda random note, I've always loved Aya's  haircut. 

Massive disappointment inbound in 3....
3603  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 24, 2014, 06:40:37 PM
Ar Tonelico is also not even near a visual novel, so I guess that means you have never played one. :P

VN ~= eroge
eroge ~= ecchi
ecchi ~= Ar Tonelico
VN ~~~= Ar Tonelico

Hurray for maths!

Can't argue with maths! :D

Given the amount of [boring] dialogue I'd say it qualifies.

Boring the dialog may or may not be, but the talking heads do the series no favors.
3604  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 24, 2014, 01:32:11 PM
At the start of chapter 3 and trying to get all my new gear and spells. Not cool, BD. Not cool. Went in with 40k, didn't have enough to get everything. I've been grinding with More Money equipped and over 2 levels I've gotten less than 20k and still need to get the upgraded spells and a few Norende accessories.

Don't worry about getting everything on your first visit to the shops. Ideally you'll want to prioritize Spells, then Weapons, then Armor, and pretty much ignore Items and Accessories unless you're really hurting on items.

Another way to cut down on costs is to steal from bosses. They may have some new fangled gear that you wont see for anywhere from an hour to another chapter down the road. Your first encounter with Victor/ia will net you some phat loot that'll quickly become useful and you wont see in store shelves for a long goddamn while.

Plus, you do know that you're going to be hanging around this region for a while, right? You can get by on previous chapter stuffs adequately enough for the first two or three tasks within the new chapter while wading through the more flushed mobs. You shouldn't worry about buying one of everything until near the end of the chapter anyways.
3605  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 24, 2014, 12:44:54 PM
Just in case anyone missed it, even though they didn't hit his stretch goal, Sakimoto is going to be on the team.

Edit: Or I'm an idiot and it was mentioned two pages ago.  I even did a Control-F!

Oh well.

That is fantastic news. I was hoping they'd still get some of those extras even without the preliminary funding, and the music is much more important than the "flavor text." 
Hopefully they can still get a decent localization, but if it turns out as yet another Babelfish job, I'll just play the Japanese version.   
It is being developed by an American studio, so I assume that the "original" language will be English as I don't believe that Matsuno is writing the script.

On the other hand there was talk of localization and two Japanese to English translators Alex Smith and Joseph Reeder are their first stretch goal.  I'd think if all dialogue and story was going to written by Playdek there'd be no need for them... Unless they're actually helping with the localization of the Japanese version, but then that wouldn't make much sense as a stretch goal :)

I think in this case, its just a matter of wanting them for their ye olde faux Shakespearian dialog rather than any actual localization work. Especially since they're regulars on Matsuno directed games and having them would help to 'complete the package' so to speak.
3606  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 24, 2014, 04:37:25 AM
I just want to add, I don't want to replay the game anymore because of that fucking horse monster that chases you in DDS2.  God he gave me the willies.  MAKE MY NIGHTMARES REAL WILL YA.

I find it funny that even though I got Brave Default about 4 days early and ToS HD early as well; people have beaten BD (while I'm on Ch4) and I barely made it to the desert in ToS.  This privilege is wasted on me.

You mean Baldo and Sunder? Wait. Wrong game....

And you don't have to worry about being behind either. I'm still in chapter 4 of BD as well (although my excuse is that I have been sick as a dog for the last week).

And on that note, finished chapter 17 in Sacred Stones. Made sure to load up on Nosteratus since its the only place you can buy them in the game. Unfortunately, I couldn't get Lyon to fork over his Fenir tome. And my god, is my current Ephraim the most pathetic thing going. Level 19, and he STILL only has 11 Strength. For comparison my level 20/6 Ephraim from my previous playthrough has CAPPED Strength (without boosters). And of course he's been dumping it all into Luck of all things as he now has nigh unto 20 Luck, which wouldn't be so bad if he had any Speed to go with it (14).

TitS: Finished the Tournament. And now, a dinner party.
3607  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Sakaguchi RPG teased for Xbox One on: February 23, 2014, 10:23:08 PM
Lost Odyssey was good.

Even if it was a remake of FFIV.
3608  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Sakaguchi RPG teased for Xbox One on: February 23, 2014, 11:14:52 AM
Not surprising given how they tried to court Japan's RPG devs into making their games 360 exclusive (for at least a little while), and got horribly (and justifiably) burned in the process.

For RPGfans, it was the day their dreams where crushed, for Phil Spencer it was Tuesday...

I wouldn't say crushed, because now no one is worried about having to get an Xbone to play a Mistwalker game.

And that I think everybody knew it was going to be a bust anyways. If nothing else, it probably would've turned out to be some kind of surfing card rhythm game featuring the bouncy animes that you could just as easily get on the iTunes store.
3609  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 23, 2014, 03:30:34 AM
I've been slowly going through a trippy anime called Trapeze (Kuuchuu Buranko). It's really out there. Also watching Kill la Kill, Kanon (2006), Hidamari Sketchx365, Nisekoi, Seitokai no Ichizon, and Tonari no Seki-kun.

Kill la Kill is mindless fun (Trigger is not saving anime), but Nisekoi is freaking hilarious (Shaft always does great shows imo)

Kill la Kill, IMO, would be infinitely better if they actually toned it down a bit.  I think 'clever action' could score them way more points that over-the-top action.  But yeah, it's been fun.  The animation always gives you something to look at.

I liked Nisekoi (the manga) till it felt kinda repetitive. I'm gonna wait on it for a bit to get some more chapters.

I think Kill la Kill's issue is that it's tone is getting in its own way. Gurren Lagann pulled off over the top with a silly story and maintained a silly tone throughout while Kill la Kill carries a more serious tone with its insane story. Last show to do that I saw, I ended up nearly dropping (Shingeki no Kyojin).

As for Nisekoi, I've heard that complaint with the manga a lot. Honestly, if Shaft adapts it fully, filler and all, I'll be very very happy. Shaft animation is always fun to watch and Nisekoi is the perfect fit for a long running adaption for them.

I figured the issue with Kill la Kill was that it really doesn't have the budget to pull off the level of action a show like it calls for, falling back on the tried and true ways of cutting corners and costs like reusing animation clips, recap episodes, talking heads, still shots of location exteriors, action that occurs just off screen, etc., but because there's so much going on that it can be hard to notice if you're not really looking for it (seriously, this show moves three times faster than a regular anime; and to the fifth power compared to a shonen). Of course its also a big ass love letter to anime and other pop culture references (hell the current ending is one to Urusei Yatsura, never mind all the sight gags).

As for Kyojin, the manga's janky artstyle really helped it out a lot.

And on that note: Kill la Kill episode 19: HULU!!!! "Hey guys, we've just developed this awesome new weapon that can defeat a cover and safely extract the human in one sho-oh wait, the main character is back. Nevermind."

Log Horizon episodes 13/14: Damn you Hulu!!!! Taking a break from the MMOEconomics to start giving out explanations (and a penalty to defeats outside of "Go back to Start").

Martian Successor Nadesico: What the hell is going on with you Hulu!? Two might as well be filler episodes. At least I got to the cyberspace one. After that though, I think only one more episode made it into SRWW.

Space Dandy: Lol, dat fridge. Also, dat doggie.

Blue Exorcist: Decided to give this the three episode test, just to make sure I'm not judging a book by its cover. So far this is all I have to write about because I can't seem to recall any of it other than a feeling of thorough mediocrity and boredom.

Edit: Hulu still works in Firefox, carry on. (Not-quite Double Edit: Kinda....)
3610  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Sakaguchi RPG teased for Xbox One on: February 23, 2014, 02:37:49 AM
3611  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 22, 2014, 02:41:51 PM
And the proceeding page is why I waste my time on LPs instead.
3612  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 22, 2014, 02:29:52 PM
Libra x Maribelle.

Not going to laugh. There really aren't a lot of good choices for Libra to pick. Mostly due to the abundant number of magic heavy mothers and the fact that the most magically inclined children are sons who have only four or five magic using classes at most to pick from (Mage, Dark Mage, Priest, Trickster, Tactician, and Dread Fighter). He can fill in a gap or two for most sons, but he can only provide his full seven classes (he cannot pass on the full nine due to class overlap between Mage and Dark Mage's Dark Knight, and Priest and Mage's Sage; and when you think about it, the only thing Mage is really doing in a situation like that is providing the Mage's class skills, Magic+2 and Focus, neither of which are that good) to Yarne (has Thief access), Inigo, and Kjelle (have no magic based classes at all).
3613  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 22, 2014, 06:18:06 AM
Man, i bet if I told you guys who I paired up with who you would have meltdowns over how inefficient the children are.

It's not as big of a deal I tend to write it out to be. Mostly because the kids will always end up better than their parents in the long run due to how inheritance works, and partly because stuffs like stat cap modifiers don't really change a hell of a lot in this game in particular due to how absurdly high stat caps of promoted classes are (if this were a GBA era game or worse, a pre Gamecube era console game, then the impact of stat cap modifiers would mean a hell of a lot more where a high stat would cap out at 30 (or 20 in FEs 1, 3, and 5) instead of 50 (before Limit Breaker which can push a stat up to 60 before cap mods)). At the very best, you can swing a stat cap up to +11 of a class's natural cap or down to -7 (and there's anywhere from 11 to 20 points between the class with the highest cap in a stat and the class with the lowest; not counting the Great Knight's Magic or either the Dancer or Villager).

The tl;dr of inheritance is that kids will pick up access to classes and skills based upon their parents' available classes and skills (give or take gender exclusive stuffs), plus one skill from both parents for free (leading to silliness like Brady inheriting Secluded Lady), in addition to the sum of their stat caps modifiers plus 1 to every stat (although a third gen Morgan does not benefit from this a second time), and the average of their parents' and their own preset growth rates (which is why growth rates are a non-factor for breeding purposes).

And the tl;dr of the above tl;dr is that unless you're planning to doof around with the challenge DLC (and maybe the highest levels of Double Duel), none of this matters at all due to the ease of the game in general.

Assassin Edit: Alternatively; try me...
3614  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 22, 2014, 04:49:13 AM
Before Game:

After game:


Next game will be for Rob Ford.
3615  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 22, 2014, 04:47:50 AM
♪He can cry if he wants to, cry if he wants to, cry if he wants to, be~cause its Brady's Birthday.♪

Anyways, if there's any child character that can be classified as a pure magic user type out of all the 2nd genners (which is no small feat given how many mothers are magically inclined), it would have to be Brady. For starters, his mother Maribelle is tied in having the best Luck and Resistance stat cap modifiers of any gen 1er not referred to as The Avatar and a solid Magic cap as well, but pays for it dearly with the worst possible modifiers for any 1st genner (including The Avatar) in both Strength and Defense. The problem stems from the fact that there really isn't a way to completely fix such massive negatives in such crucial stats with any 1st genner outside of either Stahl (+ inheritance will bring his physical stat cap mods up to 0) or The Avatar with an emphasis on either Strength or Defense and a penalty on either Magic, Speed, or Resistance (one stat will have a +2 in it and the other will be unmodified). Now if Brady had been female, this wouldn't necessarily have been a problem since the female exclusive classes are either magic based or a hybrid, thus expanding his choices, but he's a male and limited to the classes that can be used by either gender. As it is though, his only choices for magic using classes are the Mage, Dark Mage, Priest, Thief (Tricksters can use Staffs), Tactician class trees (and maybe the Myrmidon class tree since it and Swordmaster have higher than average Magic caps, although Brady will probably run off of Levin Swords only which are hard to come by until the end of the postgame chapters) and Dread Fighter (if DLC is an option). And unless Brady is The Avatar's son, the Tactician option is immediately out (and same with Dread Fighter if DLC isn't an option either). On top of that he already defaults in the Priest class and has access to the Mage and Cavalier class trees so the only class trees he's interested in inheriting at all are the Dark Mage and Thief lines. That means that Brady's highest priority for a father will be someone who can pass on those two classes, and it just so happens that Henry is perfect for the job (especially since Henry also sports the second highest 1st genner, non-The Avatar, Magic stat cap modifier, behind Ricken). Seriously, even moreso than Gaius is tailored to Noire, or Donnel is tailored to Kjelle, Henry is the one father who's perfect for Brady. Hell, the only class overlap Henry will have with Brady is in Dark Knight. His alternative options would be Donnel (to maximize his Luck cap modifier for an Armsthrift that needs no Limit Breaker to run perfectly and a Morgan with the single highest chance to activate Miracle in the game, outside of a Chrom sired Morgan with Rightful King), Gaius (for Thief/Myrmidon access and possibly Counter since his damage output is going to suck anyways), and Ricken (to maximize his Magic cap modifier for a Morgan with the absolute highest possible Magic based damage output in the game; and possibly the lowest possible Strength cap modifier if The Avatar takes Strength as her penalty). He can also help you sire a Morgan with the highest possible Resistance cap modifier in the game if Brady's father is Libra (and Brady will at least get Dark Mage out of the deal, so it won't be a total wash), as well as the lowest Defense cap modifier in the game if Brady is sired by either Virion or Lon'qu.

As for skill set up, Brady will hopefully be mothered into the Galeforce, he's guaranteed Tomefaire, Luna, and Aegis, and he can get the all important Aggressor from Dread Fighter (again provided that DLC is an option). With Henry as a father, Brady will have access to Gamble (higher crit rates), Tomebreaker (not particularly useful since fellow magic users will likely have high Resistance), Lucky Seven (for added survivability), Movement +1 (always nice), and Vengeance (stack with Wrath, Miracle, and either Anathema or possibly Counter for comeback hilarity; although the lack of Vantage will make this a one shot wonder).

Basically, Brady IS your goto magic guy for the second gen outside of a Morgan specifically specced to emphasize magic. Of course, this comes with all the usual drawbacks of being a pure mage in the form of being a glass cannon (although the Sorcerer class is no slouch in the Defense department and his growth rate in Defense is higher than his mother's) and being fairly useless against magic users and other high Resistance classes (although Luna will help a lot), but his lopsided nature also makes him a necessary step for building many of the specialized Morgans.
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