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3601  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: May 05, 2013, 10:25:59 PM
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Play Arts Kai images -- Source: Nova Crystallis

"Both figures are due out later this year, having seen their initial reveals back at Tokyo Game Show 2012. As part of the Play Arts KAI line, both Rufus and Yuffie will come with an assortment of accessories. Rufus sports an alternate head and chest, Jenova head case and his signature shotgun while Yuffie comes equipped with a shuriken, materia and different hand styles."

Does the Rufus figure come with an alternate head and chest that say "I died like a chump at the end of FFVII proper. Why the fuck am I in this silly DBZ knockoff?", Diamond Weapon firing its frikken lazor beams, and his signature Shinra HQ with kungfu grip and tactical getting the blown the fuck up action?
3602  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: May 05, 2013, 10:11:12 PM
Nah. There's no chance in hell that Squeenix would be cool enough to make Snow and Serah-chan's excellent adventure paradox ending feature as anything more than a doofy/useless key item/collectable essential to 100% completion and nothing else.

Also, yay, more puzzle fights that you have to meta powergame/guide dammit to have a chance at solving within 2 minutes/tries then slogging through for the next 2 hours to get the sword of infinity +1 needed for 100% completion and nothing else.
3603  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: May 05, 2013, 10:01:59 PM
And today's Morgan's birthday! Discuss about the only child (or grandchild) with the hugest potential to become the best unit in the game.

Female Morgan has so many more options than Male Morgan for best results.

Female Morgan can be sired by a Male Avatar and either Nowi, Nah, or Tiki to produce a Manakete Morgan, Panne to produce a Taguel Morgan, Aversa to produce a Morgan with Shadowgift, Lucina to produce a Morgan with Aether, Olivia to produce a Morgan with Luck +4, Donnel for Aptitude, a Ricken sired Noire to produce a Female Morgan with the highest Mag cap possible, either a Lon`qu sired Kjelle or Severa to produce a Female Morgan with the highest Skill cap possible, a Kellam sired Nah to produce a Morgan with the highest Def cap possible, a Libera sired Nah to produce a Female Morgan with the highest Res cap possible.

Whereas a Male Morgan only has Chrom for Rightful King, Walhart for Conquest, Yarne for a Taguel Morgan, Donnel for a Villager Morgan, a Vaike sired Gerome to produce a Morgan with the highest Str cap possible, a Ricken sired Laurent to produce a Male Morgan with the highest Mag cap possible, a Lon`qu sired Yarne to produce either a Male Morgan with the highest Skill cap possible or the Morgan with the highest Spd cap possible, a Donnel sired Brady to produce a Morgan with the highest Luck cap possible, or a Libera sired Brady to produce a Male Morgan with the highest Res cap possible.

Moreover a Female Morgan has to choose to inherit either HP +5, Zeal, Rally Strength, Counter, Despoil, Gamble, Wrath, or Axefaire of which Axefaire, Wrath, Gamble, Zeal, and Rally Strength are of any real interest to a given daughter.

Whereas a Male Morgan has to choose to inherit either Speed +2, Refresh, Rally Speed, Rally Movement, Lancefaire, Galeforce, Resistance +2, Demoiselle, Rally Resistance, or Dual Support+ of which Galeforce is by far and away the best inheritance between both genders with Lancefaire and Dual Support+ being fairly decent in their own right.

And then there's the special class/character skills to inherit such as Aether, Rightful King, Aptitude, Underdog, Luck +4, Special Dance, Even Rhythm, Beastbane, Odd Rhythm, Wyrmsbane, Conquest, Shadowgift.

Or to list in a general order of desire:

Galeforce: Lets you take an extra turn upon killing an enemy during Player Phase.
Rightful King: Straight up adds 10% to other percentage based skill procs.
Shadowgift: Dark Magic is supremely broken in this game and having access to it from 9 classes instead of 2 is hilarious.
Aether: Sol and Luna in one delicious attack.
Dual Support+: Effectively adds +10 to Hit, Evade, Crit, and Crit Evade upon pairing with anyone.
Lance/Axefaire: Adds +5 to your Strength with the appropriate weapon type equipped no matter the strength of the weapon (almost like using a free forged weapon).
Wrath: +20 to Crit at half health or less (situational but there are other skills that play well with this one).
Gamble: +10 to Crit for -5 to Hit (5 hit is the most expendable thing in this game and there's a hojillion ways to make the loss up).
Rally Strength: +4 to Strength and can stack with both Rally Spectrum and Heart for +10; the only male exclusive Rally skill (not as useful on its own but its a higher priority for daughters looking to become full time Rally bots).
Rally Movement: +1 to Move and can stack with Rally Heart for +2.
Zeal: +5 to Crit.
Aptitude: Ram those stat caps even harder; only really useful early on in the child's career (even less so if you actually used Donnel prior to recruiting said child/children).
Counter: Deals damage taken at 1 Range back onto the attacker; only really useful in Double Duel battles since anything felled by it will not relinquish its spoils.
Conquest: Negates effective damage bonuses; much like Counter, its far more useful in the hands of the enemy rather than your own.
Rally Speed: +4 to Speed and can stack with both Rally Spectrum and Heart for +10.
Despoil: Mo' Money.
Demoiselle: Situational; but more avoid is never a bad thing and more than one person can potentially benefit from it.
Odd Rhythm: Really situational; but again, more avoid is never a bad thing.
Even Rhythm: See above (addendum: only slightly less useful given that the fur will typically fly on the first turn rather than the second).
Underdog: The +15 Hit/Avoid doesn't really make up for the condition of being horribly underleveled/not taking Aptitude.
Speed +2: Its more speed.
Luck +4: Its more luck (potentially more Miracle and Armsthrift at least).
HP +5: The only way to bypass the 60/80 HP cap and there's almost no reason to ever bother or care.
Beast/Wyrmsbane: Effective damage but only while as Taguel/Manakete is stupidly situational, especially if you're not sticking to the class.
Resistance +2/Refresh: Who gives a fuck; males/Battle Priests+Clerics straight up get a superior version of said skills.
Special Dance: What is this? I don't even....

The tl;dr is that your Male Avatar only really needs to choose between Wrath, Axefaire, or Rally Strength to pass on to Female Morgan while he sorts through the available ladies whereas Chrom is almost clearly by far and away the best choice for the Female Avatar and her Galeforce using Rightful King Male Morgan. Especially when you consider that the child bearing gen 1 females' children will also benefit from the massive reclass pool that the Male Avatar has available to him whereas only Lucina can benefit from the class selection alongside Male Morgan.
3604  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 05, 2013, 10:06:05 AM
After two episodes I think I remember why I gave zero fucks about IGPX back when it first came out on CN over a decade ago. There's very little Giant Robot NASCAR that happens in this show that's all about Giant Robot NASCAR and instead I got two episodes of this Takashii being a fuckwit teenager, and I'm sorry Optimus Prime, but you're just not enough to carry this entire show about characters with as much depth and nuance past their cliched archetypes as a single sheet of paper bisected in half horizontally and the occasional Giant Robot NASCAR.
3605  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Shadows of the Eternal (successor to Eternal Darkness) on: May 03, 2013, 03:45:32 PM

Don't know if they'll get the sanity meter intact, but they got Dyack back.
3606  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus announces Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl (Etrian Odyssey 1 remake) on: May 03, 2013, 02:34:11 AM

Nothing ground breaking here but the adjustable difficulty might be nice for newcomers.
3607  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: May 02, 2013, 04:11:44 PM
Damn, I wish there was a secret mod (name Link as ZELDA or something) to give the pink hair crop.

Whether I think it's good that the Dark World is coming back or not I have no idea -- but I realized it doesn't matter because this game was a Day 1 purchase the moment it was announced.

The Dark World was so fucking weird.  The Twilight Realm was the closest we've seen since, but it makes a point to be different and "out there".  I don't know about you, but I loved going from the Dark to Light worlds, you appreciate the green grass and blue water a thousand times more.  The Twilight Realm on Hyrule meant scared and unaware citizens, meanwhile the Dark World meant....warped people and places.


The Twilight Realm's problem was how under utilized it was since it only really exists for the first part of the game before the game takes its huge tonal shift to more OoT and only really comes back for level 8. Although, it didn't help how visually subdued Hyrule was to begin with and either an entire game under Twilight or a majority of the game without a brighter Light World to contrast it with would've been far too monotonous for the game's own good.
3608  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 02, 2013, 07:54:29 AM
Now who wants to bet that the full soundtrack will not be released in America?

I will. And I will bet all of my money against all of your money.
3609  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: May 02, 2013, 07:51:16 AM
I can't tell if I should be happy or bored that this game is following the LTTP DNA so closely.

On the one hand, LttP 1 was an excellent game and still is one of my favorites, so more of the same can't be too bad.

On the other hand, if any of the recent Zelda's have taught me anything, it's to take Aonuma's words with a grain of salt.

But either way, it would've been goofy to leave the Dark World out of this given that it constituted the lion's share of the original game. I can only assume the Pink Bunny will return as well (although given that Link's hair is no longer pink, the bunny's pallet might also be changed).
3610  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 01, 2013, 03:35:23 AM
Nope, Dragon Quest IX. There's a random dungeon generator of sorts in the end-game, and I guess Square Enix expects people to play nothing but random dungeons in Dragon Quest IX for the rest of their lives.

At least they don't make you pay to play DQIX like they did with ATB.

And if nothing else, due to shenanigans involving outdated wireless protocol technology, I got to spend a year taking weekly walks around the neighborhood (at 2 AM).
3611  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: May 01, 2013, 03:29:44 AM
^NES Mega Man box art is awful.

The SMT thread is the one that's currently getting derailed by box art talk.
3612  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 30, 2013, 12:31:02 AM
@Aeolus: I didn't appreciate seeing Gackt in Crisis Core.

I just reached the part where they
retconned him into one of the most important sequences from the original game.

I was looking forward to seeing the Nibelheim story in full, but they ruined it with that terribly lame character Genesis.

And it didn't help that they left out much of the original music, Sephiroth's theme was conspicuously absent - most of the new music is mediocre at best and very ill-fitting. 

And its still better than Cait Sith Solid, the best Dragon Ball GT movie ever made, and whatever the hell was up with Before Crisis.
3613  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: why are publishers allergic to releasing games in mid summer? on: April 29, 2013, 02:17:29 PM
Meanwhile, I for one, welcome my glorious backlog overlords.

Also, I need someway to replenish my coffers after the winter/spring and there isn't a better time to mow a few yards down than during the summer (plus garage/yard sales don't hunt themselves).
3614  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 29, 2013, 07:48:23 AM
Paid DLC for a handheld game?

Fuck it, I'm out.

I do not pay full price for incomplete games - especially for a handheld game that's $10 more expensive to begin with.

Then again, it could be like FE:Awakening's DLC and actually be good (where you had a complete main game, a ton of free DLC, and the paid stuff being either retro tie in/references stuff which included extra maps, characters, skills, classes, and music, an extra story arc detailing what wasn't covered by the main game, maps built to further flesh out your PCs while adding alternate costumes, challenge maps with more extra characters if you complete the challenges, and some maps to expedite grinding on).
3615  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 28, 2013, 06:09:57 AM
^ It's true, the longer you look, the better. x)

Th *real* karate kid

And now I'm suddenly reminded of that one story a few years back of a five year old black belt.
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