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3601  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 17, 2013, 02:09:52 PM
I hope we get an old guy, or really shake things up with a woman older than 30 joining the party (which otherwise seems like taboo to involve). 

It's hard enough to get males over 30 in these games (and those that do are always considered to be old geezers; middle-age in a JRPG runs from 20 to 26) let alone females. And again, Tales of Game. It took them nearly a decade just to have a game not star a plucky if somewhat daft sword fighting kid from down town The Sticks (I refer to Legendia where the kid in question fights with his feests! instead). After that, the only exceptions were Vesperia (due to the main character not being a kid) and Xillia (where there were two main characters! And the male one fights with his feests!! HOLY SHEET!!!).

Then again, they could easily have a female over 30 joining the party. Just look at Fire Emblem: Awakening's Nowi. She's not only over 30, she's over a thousand (and looks and acts like she's 12, and you can have somebody both marry and have a child with her, including your own in-game expy no less). :v
3602  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 17, 2013, 01:35:15 PM
Played a lot of Xenoblade today!

I have no idea what I'm doing.

How far are you?

I'm working my way to the back of Bionis' leg.

I love Dickson for looking like a 70s pornstar rockstar.  I like sort of "practical" or real-ish designs like that coming out of a JRPG.


I'm getting the hang of things, but I'm too scared to get rid of Sharla since she's the only one really capable of healing a decent sum (even if it shitty intervals).  Also a surprising thing from "Good Guy Gamefaqs" for code-naming the "spoiler character" as simply "Seven".  Way to go guys!  I haven't lost faith in you!

Aside from the fact that you can't switch out Sharla yet, she's also probably the worst character in the game mechanically speaking since she's poor at chain attacking (her talent art is unusable during a chain attack which costs you a combo wild card at the very least) and her damage output sucks. Yeah, she'll heal you for a shit-tonne for those long, drawn out fights but once you get everyone to link to the skills that allows you to heal during chain attacks as well as the skills that boost your chain attack gauge, you'll find that other team configurations can survive just as long as configurations that include her but without the caveat of grinding chain attacks to a halt or drawing out fights.

And with that said, every team combination in this game is perfectly usable throughout the game (certain UMs, early game Mechon fights, and 'that one fight' not withstanding), so if you prefer Sharla's slow jiggly butt over the other options, then go right ahead.

Also also, I suggest equipping Quick Gems onto your party leader for pretty much all times. The extra *1.25 to your running speed will really add up in this game.
3603  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 17, 2013, 01:12:53 PM
Princess knight? Maybe that's her masculine look and she's failing miserably?

The sane thing would be her having half a dozen older siblings, making her more expendable than the avarage prince(ss), giving her the freedom to do heroic shit. ... But I guess she's once again an only child with no interest in the throne, or something.

Now while the former would make the most sense, its far more likely to either be the latter or the case where she did have an older brother who disappeared on an expedition and to solve the mystery of his disappearance she must confront the evil empire's masked Black Knight who's fighting style is suspiciously identical to that of her missing brother's but she won't notice this until the end (or at least won't reveal that she noticed it until the end).

Basically, what I'm trying to say is that it isn't a Tales Of plot point unless its a done to death cliché.
3604  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 17, 2013, 11:10:20 AM

Some character details. Pretty much confirms that the male is the game's main character. Also, how does a Princess Knight even work? Is she her own knight in shining armor, or is she the princess of one country and the knight of a princess of a second country?
3605  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: December 17, 2013, 04:16:40 AM
Alright. You guys talked me into it. I've signed up, so drop me a line when you feel up to playing a game.
3606  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 16, 2013, 08:57:20 AM
And here I thought you were being facetious.
3607  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 16, 2013, 04:58:52 AM
Looking at that list, I'd say its going to be Space Dandy (although I have a feeling that its going to wind up like Kill la Kill in that a lot of people aren't going to be able to look past the raunchy fanservice) and Silver Spoon R2, with Nobunagun (only one of two battle series featuring historical figures), Robot Girls Z (could wind up as a second Girls und Panzer or as Super Robot K-on), and either Sekai Sefuku (could be the first show in a while to feature a villainous organization as inept and ridiculous as ACROSS) or Wizard Barristers (Magical Girls: Ace Attorney) having the potential to be good despite their descriptions (also possibly Sailor Moon if it ever comes out).

That said, checked out Summer Wars yesterday. It was a cute movie, with a feel good message, and a conflict that could definitely be a real thing (although not nearly as Hollywood logic about it). Next Week: FMA: Conquerer of Shambal-no, fuck that shit. Next week I catch up on some more Manga.
3608  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: December 16, 2013, 04:32:35 AM

Some localization information. I suppose this means I mustn't let Ringabel run away from any battles. :v
3609  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Classic Christmas Episodes on: December 16, 2013, 12:54:28 AM
inb4 How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Not to be confused with that lame live action The Grinch movie.

And a shame on all of you for not mentioning the classic Garfield Christmas Special.

Plus how can I post in a thread about Christmas specials and not mention the Star Wars Christmas Special?
3610  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 16, 2013, 12:49:30 AM
Having a REAL hard time pulling myself away from Suikoden 2.

The weekend is almost over, and while I intended to keep suikoden 2 my weekend game and start FF 13-2 as my weekday agenda, I am beginning to think that is not a smart move...

The story is Suiko 2 just grabs you and doesn't let go. Even in spite of the horrible spoiler I ran across (ruined a major ending event on myself) it is clear to me now there is GRAND amounts of plot to enjoy here. That single spoiler was minor in grand scheme of the narrative content (thank you to Aeolus again for reassuring me of that fact).

So how about some advice folks? I really want to start 13-2 so I could finish it by the time 13-3 comes out. Do I divide my efforts or focus on Suikoden 2? Normally dividing my attention between 2 games is easy... but in this case I find it hard to not think about Suikoden 2.... while I am driving, working, sleeping and eating at this point.... I feel like this is one particular case of a tale that is meant to be digested in a game-a-thon type fashion of 3-5 hour play periods without interruption but I don't want to burn myself out.

Focus on Suki 2.

As long as you know that time crashes at the end of XIII-2, you'll be up to speed for XIII-3. Besides, Suki 2 is definitely the better game (even in spite of all the bugs).
3611  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: December 14, 2013, 10:54:15 PM
I wanna smush Airy. She is such a bitch.

Now remove the FF from the game's subtitle...
3612  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 14, 2013, 10:51:15 PM
I was almost in a scene there.


You know, given that he's playing the GBA version, we might not be seeing Starmoggoose until well into the WoR.

Hope you enjoy your fall.
3613  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Member's Game of the Year - 2013 Edition! on: December 14, 2013, 10:46:58 PM
My GotY so far would either be FE:Awakening or LoZ:aLBW.

Runner up would be the other one.

Not-'013 GotY would be Ys Origin (since I finally got around to playing that this year).

Biggest Disappointment would be Time and Eternity by a country mile. Never before have I seen such great talent, wasted so badly.

But in all honesty, I don't play enough of the latest and greatest to really give a fair opinion on what came out this year. These are just the standouts.
3614  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 14, 2013, 03:03:48 PM
I guess a good way as any to handle the boring filler that is getting Banon the rest of the way to Narshe.
3615  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 14, 2013, 06:59:35 AM

Wait. I think I remember what you're talking about now. As long as you didn't complete their quest, Futch and Humphrey will still be waiting for you at the foot of the mountain (this is of course, the reason why I told you to not worry about collecting the 108 SoD until after you hit N.Window). Although, if you did complete their quest before getting your headquarters then that's beyond what I did in my two runs of the game.

Yes sir you hit the nail on head. That was exactly what I was talking about. I really wasn't trying to not heed your advice... my tendency toward exploration just bested me really... the world Suikoden 2 is soooo vast in contrast to 1. I simply couldn't help myself. Next thing I knew I was indeed involved in the Humphrey/Futch quest and getting my ass handed to me. Enemy level aside, NPC dialogue lead me to believe I had screwed up the proper "order or operation".

And no sir. I did not complete their quest. In spite of all of Humphrey's import-data-might I failed.

When I checked to see if I could leave and return to the quest later when I was supposed to, or if I indeed needed to reload an earlier save (i always play it safe) was when the dreaded spoiler was glimpsed.

Actually, that sequence break is well known as a notorious power leveling trick that makes the majority of the game a cakewalk (not that the game is that hard to begin with; tactical battles aside), and makes actually completing Clive's sidequest a hell of a lot easier since getting a gameover allows you to keep your levels and experience and nothing else (especially the time elapsed from the point you died at to your last save).
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