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3601  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2013 on: June 10, 2013, 12:29:47 PM
It begins.

With this and Rare's new Kinect Wii Sports Rivalz.
3602  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 10, 2013, 11:30:52 AM
I started up a new game of FFXII today and just made it back into Rabanastre after running that long ass dungeon after getting Basch. I never did finish this game but I'm going to try to stick with it this time. I forgot how stingy this game is with Gil:(

This was one of the more annoying aspects of the game since you can't even compensate with treasure found in chests since they almost all suck or base their payout on random chance, but there's an accessory that can improve the contents of chests, except for the good ones which will screw you over 100% of the time while said accessory is equipped, and the game doesn't tell you which are which, and that's if they even spawn to begin with otherwise you'll have to march back out of whatever 100 floor dungeon you were crawling from, hit a save point, and then save and reload and hope for the best next time.

And then there are enemy drops.....:ugh:

Also you have the Bazaar. You just need to find a chart that tells you what ingredients are needed for which item you want and which ones are trying to get you to sink your super rare material that one boss drops early on and the next piece is a super rare drop from a stupidly powerful enemy that only rarely spawns in the middle of nowhere and will wreck your shit even at endgame levels.

At least you have marks. Pretty much your only source of character advancement beyond the license board and levels.
3603  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Make 3 completely wild E3 predictions on: June 10, 2013, 11:00:12 AM
And 3 more for the road.

1) The Nivida Shield will flop because it wants to turn highly mobile smartphones into massive, bulky, cumbersome handhelds and does nothing else.
2) The Ouya will have a demonstration in a pushcart across the street from the E3 pavilion. The Ouya 2 will also be announced.
3) Kenji Ito will rise from his grave to present D3. It will be set in purgatory.
3604  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQUARE ENIX Presents, Live Broadcast E3 Showcase on: June 10, 2013, 09:05:10 AM
I doubt even S-E knows what they're doing with the FNC series.  They wanted to make three games with a common mythos, fine, but one of them was already renamed (yet retained the mythos) and the other got a bunch of previously unplanned sequels.  It's a mess.

Anyway, my point is that the mythos has nothing to do with the number 13.  S-E can call Versus whatever they want.

And this is precisely why Squeenix should never be trusted with Compilations.

Besides, Squeenix proved how loathed they can be to discard pre-rendered cutscenes when they inserted that goofy ass scene at the end of the Casino Night Zone in FFXIII-1 let alone even having "Set Color Code to Blackwatch Plaid!" Jhil Naboopalin (or whatever) around given that I just described the sum total of her contributions to the events of the game in this very sentence before getting disposed of like a Red Shirt on Star Trek. And then there's Fang's gender getting stuck in Female because somebody did up a pre-rendered cutscene before Squeenix realized they could ignore Lightning's agency in the story to turn Fang/Vanille into the stealth main couple ala Vaan and Penelo in FFXII (and this is also the reason why there are cutscenes on Namek Australia Pulse).

Type-0 got away with the conversion because there was hardly anything there to begin with (and the cellphone idea was ludicrously unrealistic to begin with).

But despite all the jokes to the contrary, there have been pre-rendered stuff put on the table over the years (including ties to FFXIII-1). Its just a matter of how awkwardly they're going to shoehorn those scenes into the final game, XVersus or not.
3605  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQUARE ENIX Presents, Live Broadcast E3 Showcase on: June 09, 2013, 10:14:34 PM
Knowing Squeenix though, they're going to try to preserve as much prebuild material as possible. So expect Falcie/Lcie nonsense, Etro bullshit, and that picture of Lightning in that art gallery regardless of the game becoming XVersus or not.
3606  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2013 on: June 09, 2013, 10:50:56 AM
I think a Darkstalkers 4 done in SFIV style would sell.

In that case they might as well do Street Fighter V instead of bothering with Darkstalkers 4.

Hell, we might even get Rival Schools 3 before Darkstalkers 4.
3607  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 09, 2013, 10:42:56 AM
Allard and Bach both left Microsoft at the same time back in 2010.  It pretty much screamed "uh oh" and that the bean counters had taken over.  The end result is... well... pretty much what we have now.  Xbox Live, instead of innovating online gaming and staying ahead of the competition, has been surpassed by Sony's PS+ because Microsoft stopped working on new features.  Xbone was debuted with a focus on people that watch sports programming.  The platform doesn't have mature development tools.  The hardware isn't particularly impressive.

So yeah, Microsoft doesn't give the impression that they're interested in gaming anymore.  But they definitely used to be.

This explains so much.

Like why the last 2 years of MS E3 conferences have been the exact same affair (just with an extra or larger integer following some titles than last year). Also explains the shoe commercial in the middle of the goddamn conference that ran for entirely too long last year as well.

Yeah, the XBone is XBoned.
3608  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 08, 2013, 09:14:12 PM
Started playing Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. Skipping all the dialogue because it's generic and I want to get straight to the action. I don't want any of my units to die! That's the worst part. Someone dies *reset*

Been playing this myself recently as well. I'm currently on the desert chapter in Ephraim's route on Hard Mode (and I've done no grinding save for some arena abuse with characters that immediately saw the bench and haven't left since (I wanted the cash)).

Jazz is hot for an anime name.  Half of the allure is probably his name.

I don't know why I keep playing this game.  It's got some terrible design choices, but it's addictive.

Yes, it is addictive! Also, while I do agree that Jazz has an very cool name, I prefer his Trusty Bell name instead: Jitterbug. ;)

I'd probably love the name more if it wasn't for "Wake me up, before you Go-Go". x)
Buh dun dun Jitterbug....

Naw, I'm kidding, it gets the trophy for longest fucking death speech ever though.  Seriously, she was laying there dying for 10 minutes and recounting the previous five minutes before.

I need a game that explains the difference between a powerful-emotional stab that will kill a character in one hit, and explain why bosses take like 30 turns to take out.

Don't worry. She'll be back.

For the bonus dungeon.

At the exact same level and with the exact same equipment and skills she had when she left.
3609  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 08, 2013, 11:18:48 AM
-The Xbox One has competition. It's called the PS4. People (including myself) have stated we'll buy the PS4 over the XB1 so long as Sony doesn't pull the same shit. Hell, at this point the Wii U would offer up healthy competition.

Hell, even Nintendo is letting people transfer their old Wii VC wares onto the WiiU even if there's a nominal fee attached to the process (and given the discount given out for transferring, your sum total over the two consoles comes out to be even to the marked price of the exact software). And its not like the fee is for nothing either given the interface and performance upgrades.

So yes, even Nintendo are beginning to get their act together in regard to online services. This is no time for Microsoft to rest on their laurels like they have been by taking such regressive steps.
3610  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Make 3 completely wild E3 predictions on: June 08, 2013, 11:00:26 AM
2. Everyone is completely disappointed by the PS4 and XBox One conferences. Nintendo actually puts on a pretty good show, but it gets no media coverage for some reason.
Nintendo isn't having an E3 press conference.  They will have a space and show off some stuff, but they're going to stick to their Nintendo Direct events for things like reveals and major details.  There is a rumor that we're getting some kind of Smash thing at E3, though, so... I'm mostly useless.

They're basically phoning it in like Konami's been doing for the last 3 years. The difference between them though is that Nintendo still makes games and thus are worth paying attention to (well this year's been good to Konami but last year's Konami only showed things that got canned, passed down to somebody competent to make, or was soccer and iOS bullshit). Honestly, the Nintendo Direct video thing is probably the better idea, especially given how this year they have shitloads of announcements to potentially make instead the one or three from last year and they don't want a repeat of last year's fiasco where the presenters couldn't get on with it and they ran out of their three conferences to make the one announcement the viewers were actually waiting for (i.e. whether we were going to get FE:Awakening or skipped over again).
3611  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 08, 2013, 09:56:32 AM
I have a fun tale to regale you all with. I've been playing Dynasty Warrior Gundam 3 recently and just like Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 it made me want to watch Zeta Gundam. So I finally decided to get the DVDs.....only to discover the DVDs are extremely expensive. Confused as they were not that old, I checked other Gundam series only to discover that other than 00 they were all expensive. And then after a couple of days of occasional searching, I discovered that Bandai stopped making DVDs so everything they licensed is now out of print. How am I only learning about this now?! >.> So many series to pick up before their prices get even more ridiculous. Luckily I have a few of them all ready. But yeah, I'm going to be having a lot of Bandai licensed anime to watch very soon. Still need to decide if I want G Gundam or the original Gundam series though.

G Gundam. OYW Gundam is only pretty good and you can get the movie compilation instead, plus it doesn't have Master Asia or Windmill Gundam.
3612  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: June 08, 2013, 09:49:48 AM
OK, we can stop panicking.  Both the CE and LE have the DLC costumes and the music CD is the same.  The only differences with the CE are the figure and art book.

As I funk'd. The LE version is for those who missed out on the CE.
3613  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 07, 2013, 06:29:21 PM
There's also the fact that Steam still supports indie games as well as imports that otherwise wouldn't have a chance out on store shelves due to obscurity or not being complete and total shovelware. Take Ys Origins. There's a game that never would've had a chance otherwise. Take the games localized by Carpe Fulgur. They would've never have had a chance either without some form of digital distribution. Even PSN has been doing this to a certain respect with guys like GungHo and MonkeyPaw Games bringing PS1 games that were too obscure even for the late 90's.

Now look at the XBone and tell me that they're going to allow an environment to facilitate such endeavors (especially when you consider they basically said 'fuck you Japan, indies, and start-up localizers' during their announcement back in May).

Also I was able to get back onto Steam recently even though I haven't even touched it since downloading Portal 1 back when it was offered for free in '010 (mostly because the computer I was using back then has no graphics card). When I got back Portal 1 was still there right where I left it but now on a new computer that wasn't all but completely gutted before being resold.
3614  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 07, 2013, 06:01:43 PM
Crimson Shroud: Finished my first run of it. Started my second. Already made it back to Chapter 2. And I've already found an additional room that wasn't available during my first run.

Fire Emblem: "I'm running out of things to call this run." run. Done both Chapter 17 and Lost Bloodlines 1. Lost no characters in either stage. I've finally promoted Amelia into a Great Knight for the extra pair up stat boosts (including +1 Move for the clusterfuck that will be chapter 18), Quan is ready to reclass into something that isn't Paladin (unfortunately Paladin is a pretty baller class and if I send him up Great Knight his ability to gain Speed and Resistance will suffer even more so than before and if I send him up Hero or Berserker his shitty weapon ranks is going to hold him back big time), Est is almost ready to reclass (I want to send her up Mercenary before going for Hero for Armsthrift and Sol shenanigans but I'm already losing Quan's solidness so this will probably hurt me more in the long run), Florina is also getting ready to reclass (which is fine since she still has Deliverer to boost move, she'll get Galeforce to help in hit and run tactics, and she could finally reclass into a class that addresses her Defense deficit), and Chrom now has a shiny new pair of Boots (because who else am I giving these bad boys to?).
3615  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Make 3 completely wild E3 predictions on: June 07, 2013, 12:26:15 PM
Don't we have a thread for this already with the general E3 one?

1)Nintendo announces yet another collaboration game but this time between somebody like Capcom to make a new 2D Zelda or a Starfox game that doesn't suck.
2)CyberConnect2 announces their newly acquired ownership of the Megaman IP by announcing Megaman Legends 3.
3)Koei Temco announces a partnership between themselves and Tri-Ace to bring us Valkyrie Profile 3.

I could go on but I wanted to stay positive on this one.
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