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3616  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 04, 2013, 09:49:27 PM
Twilight Princess was my favorite 3D Zelda, although I never played Majora's Mask. I'm well aware of TP's flaws -- it's a lot more linear compared to some of the older Zeldas, the combat is really easy, it can get a bit handholdy at times, a lot of items have limited uses, and there are bugs... But something about it just grabbed me? I loved OoT, but... I don't know.

Don't forget about the plot that suddenly changes gears going from a new take on an old setting to "And heeeerrree's Ganon!".
3617  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 04, 2013, 09:37:46 PM
Didn't it have some crazy engrishy subtitle or nickname like the Deathly Cyclone or the Cyclone of Death (or Destruction)?

Also its based off of goddamn Shakespeare. Of course it was going to end up as a miserable little pile of secrets.
3618  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 04, 2013, 09:34:17 PM
To be fair to FFVI, FFIV's melodrama loses a lot of its kick when you know that everybody's just going to get better anyway (aside from Tellah who was an old man who got progressively worse as you leveled him and had a terrible gimmick ability).

Oh man, I can't recall... did he actually lose stats?

ANd yeah, the melodrama is pretty thick in those games.  I think the lack of dialogue may actually be a plus on its end.

Might as well put this now.

Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology -- Source: Final Fantasy Wiki

Shame it took three games to get that bit out.... though it'll probably be coming back when/if Versus comes out.

And a shame we only get "the Ghost of Etro" in 13-2....good grief.

Yeah, he and Cecil both end up losing stats as the game progresses (although Cecil only loses them through his later Dark Swords and it stops being an issues when he job changes).

And I don't mind some thorough world building every now and again so long as its used for more than "Oh, and by the way, everything broke again." or "Here, have another random (robo)god who wants to commit assisted suicide for some vaguely explained reason.".

Also: http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/04/rebels-want-lightning-dead-in-lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii/

For those of you who didn't get enough Chocolina out of XIII-2, you now have something to look forward to. There's also a "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" joke in there somewhere.
3619  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 4 DS quick question regarding items in the game on: January 04, 2013, 08:27:31 PM
Word I actually beat the game a while ago but stopped playing at the extra chapter. I really think the game ended great at chapter 5 and that extra one was not neccessary but it doesn't seem to be that long so what the heck mind as well give it a try. I don't remember being able to buy those items in shops though and another question yggdrasil dew that item comes in handy also but is their any way to get more of those or nah thanks

You can get more at Zenitha Castle but they will only give you one if you don't already have one.

And yeah, I wasn't too big on the bonus chapter either given that it kinda hand waves a lot of Saro's actions. Really, the only thing I thought was interesting enough to get the game again was the party chat feature and welp.
3620  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: January 04, 2013, 05:24:09 PM
Fav female is gonna be an interesting one.  Usually demonstrates what Japan likes in women compared to NA a bit (in saying that, I think Yuna might rank quite high).

You think Yuna wouldn't rank high in NA?


The X-2 version might.
3621  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What hooks you to a story? on: January 04, 2013, 01:53:23 PM
I can't imagine there being any story hook to Eternal Sonata that'll last past the moment somebody starts to die (and given that that's the entire point of the game, well I rest my case).

Meanwhile the things that tend to hook me is if I see set ups that are either well done or unusual. Not everything needs to start out with a murder mystery starring a goon living in a shipping crate in desperate need of psychological care to get my interest, but it doesn't hurt so long as the story doesn't try explaining everything by saying "A technowizard did it!" (granted that's not to say I would get hooked to a story where you're some chump found standing unconscious over a murdered body who can't retain a line of consciousness over five minutes because no matter how hard the game pretends like this guy did it we all know he didn't because some technowizard did it and the whole goddamn mess goes completely insane trying to untie the Gordian's Knot of its own plot and fails spectacularly at it; sorry where was I? oh right, the body).
3622  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: January 04, 2013, 01:18:15 PM
So whatever happened to Japan's ranking of favorite female FF characters? I've been looking forward to mocking that list for half a month now.
3623  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 03, 2013, 10:46:47 PM
So who else is ready to see Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters?

Is it better than Witch Hunter Robin?


That lego lotr game is getting good reviews

You read game reviews?
3624  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 03, 2013, 10:44:43 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/03/lightning-is-on-a-mission-for-god-in-lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii/

She's got 13 days left to save the world, a full ass cape, a third of a party, it's night out, and she's got her shades on. Let's roll!
3625  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 4 DS quick question regarding items in the game on: January 03, 2013, 05:37:28 PM
Elven Elixirs are the principal MP restoration items you're looking for. Magic Rings and Magic Water will restore a small amount of MP but they're too inefficient to rely upon in battle unless you absolutely need the extra handful of MP (you are better off using a Magic Ring or two to top off your MP before entering the boss fight since the Water restores a tiny bit more in my experience).
3626  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs Where You Play as a Necromancer/Summoner/etc.? on: January 03, 2013, 03:13:22 PM
Additionally most Metroidvania Castlevanias have at least some kind of familiar or similar summon function and some of them even let you play as Son of/Dracula.
3627  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: January 03, 2013, 03:11:10 PM
Yes.  And they'd have to keep it in, unless they thoroughly change the entire game, as
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reviving God is one of the main plotlines for the first 2/3 of the game.  This isn't really a spoiler, considering you're told
this on your first trip to Lefa, but hey, better safe than sorry.

It was the first trip to the Deja tribe's camp where you first got to ask 'What does God need with a Dance?' and was the first dick move in a series of dick moves that culminated in class changing. The Lefa section came much later and involved bird people, the lack of bird people, and mazes filled with mazes with mazes coming out the ass. Hopefully they wont be so similarly named should it get localized again.
3628  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: January 03, 2013, 07:59:15 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/02/dragon-quest-vii-brings-its-streetpass-stone-trading-feature-online/

I really hope that this ends up as a feature for every version of Immigrant Town because if its only featured in Grand Slum....hrrrgggh!!!

Addendum: It's nice to see the dancing scene not look like complete ass like it did in the PSX version.
3629  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 03, 2013, 07:54:41 AM
To be fair to FFVI, FFIV's melodrama loses a lot of its kick when you know that everybody's just going to get better anyway (aside from Tellah who was an old man who got progressively worse as you leveled him and had a terrible gimmick ability).
3630  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 02, 2013, 07:05:44 PM
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But seriously though, WRPGs are not inherently superior to JRPGs. Both have their strengths and weaknesses and both have their excesses of phoned-in cash-grabs.


Agreed. I don't know why S-E can't look to full cast games like FF6 and FF9 for more inspiration, I felt that those had the best progressions of any games in the series. They had an ideal BALANCE of linear vs. branching. Everyone seems to be about extremes these days. It just kills me that I find large problems with FFXII and FFXIII but for opposite reasons. If S-E would just simmer down and create games with a nice balance of their existing traits, they'd be much better off.

To be fair to FFXIII-1, it also tried to have everyone in your party do their own thing, but it wound up conflicting with the battle system and ended up making players feel like they were in some sort of massive tutorial due to the overall lack of characters or options. Even FFIX gave you members of Zidane's bandit troupe or other stand-ins like Beatrix so you weren't constantly missing a full third of your options for the majority of the game.

And it really didn't help matters by making the entire party split business be completely overwrought with drama with such thrilling conclusions like "WE'RE ALL PETS!!!" :byodame:, "I'm no hero, because a real hero doesn't go round shouting "I'm a hero", which I won't do anymore because I'm a hero!" :downs:, "Operation Kill Snow: aborted" :saddowns:, or "You turned my son into a hideous lawn ornament I'll kill you!" :suicide:. But then neither did the complete lack of direction, goal, or plot structure help things.
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