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3631  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 02, 2013, 08:34:19 AM
I mostly played Soldier Blade and Radiant Silvergun tonight. Got up to the level 3 boss in SB but died. SB's infinite continues + Wii's save states are nice though. This has me interested in chiptune music now.

Radiant Silvergun I'm not really feeling. The slowness and the mazey level designs aren't doing much for me. The maze-like nature of the levels is... tedious and reminds me of R-Type's worst moments. And it feels like there's only one way to beat each section and the game is just a matter of figuring that out, but it's less solving something and more... feels like they developer is being all "look how clever I am!" Decision making is meaningless when there's only one correct choice.

idk I think I might pass on Ikaruga whenever it gets a steam release. Apparently it's really similar.

It's funny 'cause RSG and Ikaruga are both widely regarded as being best-in-genre games, and I kind of hate RSG. This seems to be a recurring theme with me, though -- cough Lufia 2 cough.
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RSG, Ikaruga, and other Treasure games tend to be hailed as the best by people who only have passing knowledge of the genre they're picking the reigning champion in. They're a lot like various Cave games in that they pretty much require you to memorize a single optimal route instead of letting you get by on twitch dodging/twitch+memorization alone.

Likewise, the original version of Lufia 2 also has it's own set of problems that keep it from being the best of the genre on the system (while it has aged fairly well, it doesn't change the fact that the problems it had to begin with still remain as well). Still, it did a lot better than the BoF games did.


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I feel like I should go back to Xenoblade at some point but I felt like the quality really dropped in Alcamoth*, and I have to admit it kind of killed my interest. Does it pick up again after that?

* Alcamoth is huge but really empty, and like half of the NPCs are just talking about game systems I'm already familiar with.
* The tomb had a lot of basically unavoidable encounters. Eeeeer.
* Eryth Sea's annoying to get around.

This is why I tried to suggest getting through the Alcamoth section before trying to do all the quests there earlier, it's most definitely the low point of the game. You're like a brief dungeon away from the plot taking off (unless you've already done Prison Island in which case the plot should already be beginning to rev up again, starting with Shulk getting his mid-season upgrade), and the area after that is when the gameplay should begin to pick up again (if not there then in the area after two rather straightforward areas after the first aforementioned area).

Also, the tomb shouldn't be too much trouble to navigate on subsequent visits should you find yourself returning there (there are a couple of spots that are still a pain, but the place does hold a few secrets; even if a few of them require end/postgame levels).


Anyways, SMTIV: The Ring of Gaea (or The Ring of Time to you PALers). I'm now running through a haunted mansion and meeting everybody's favorite dungeon crawler gimmick, Teleporter Mazes. I also have all three of the Japan Treasures so if &| when I bump into the quest that demands turning them in, it should go quickly.
3632  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 01, 2013, 03:38:58 PM
Well, I don't know what All Saints Day is, so i'm exempt.

 All Saints' Day is the New Year's Day to Halloween's New Year's Eve.



Wut.

I meant that in reference to temporal positioning. Halloween is the Eve to which All Saints' is the Day.

Of course, modern culture has caused the Eve to almost totally eclipse the Day. Unlike Christmas Day which still holds enough meaning to be recognized as the main event over Christmas Eve, but very much like New Year's Eve which is (admittedly, kinda nebulous as it's the transition between the days in particular that society celebrates rather than any particular day) the day that people go out and celebrate over New Year's Day (since they'll be too drunk on that day to do more than sleep off their hangovers).

Of course this is all Catholic/Christian/Western Society/etc. nonsense and mostly just an excuse to get out and party.
3633  Media / General Games / Re: Favorite Game Genre BESIDES RPGs on: November 01, 2013, 03:20:35 PM
Side-scrolling Platformers. Bonus points if they are a Metroidvania, a sudo-Shmup, or a side-scrolling brawler with some RPG-like elements therein.

Alternatively, 3D rail-shooters (i.e. Star Fox, Panzer Dragoon, Sin & Punishment, etc.).

Top-down games are also solid, even if they tend towards ARPG.

And it depends on the game in particular but RTSes have been a great way for me to waste time on (especially Age of Empires).
3634  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 01, 2013, 03:11:10 PM
Overall, it's pretty fast, clean, and mostly functional. I've certainly used worse. I think I might continue using it, at least for Space Brothers and Fairy Tail. Speaking of which:
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Did they just kill off Grey while he was distracted by Julia's idiocy? I mean, I can't imagine that they'd kill one of their best characters in such an embarassing way, but he did kinda get turned into swiss cheese...so if he lives, it's bullcrap. Kinda stuck in a bind there, Mr. writer...

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Grey's watch says it's Organ-less-O-Clock.

They'll probably do what Gundam AGE did have the next episode lead off with the character in question showing up only almost being impaled despite the new scene not really looking all that similar to the previous one.

*After Reading Chapter* Even Better:
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A character sacraficed herself to turn back time...and only managed to turn it back one minute. But everyone gets to keep their memories, so Grey and 3 other people managed to save themselves from death...because they all died within the same minute apparently. (These must be some very coordinated Dragons...or maybe everyone's idiocy was just in sync =P)

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Did the character that activated the Omega 13 also get a mulligan?
3635  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 01, 2013, 03:06:36 PM
Well, I don't know what All Saints Day is, so i'm exempt.

All Saints' Day is the reason why we have an All Hallows' Eve (better known as Halloween). There's a whole genealogy behind these two days dating back to ancient druid tribes, but sufficed to say, All Saints' Day is the New Year's Day to Halloween's New Year's Eve.

In short, today is that day. And here is my promised post.
3636  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 01, 2013, 04:02:16 AM

BC Bud and Maple Syrup.  COME TO CANADA

I was thinking about replying to this with a Bandit Keith joke, but then I remembered that he only really says "In Canada" in a one-off joke.

So to not make my trip to KYM completely pointless...



...have a picture of Captain Piccard trying to outdo Matt Lauer's Gaywatch.
3637  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 31, 2013, 10:17:08 PM
Overall, it's pretty fast, clean, and mostly functional. I've certainly used worse. I think I might continue using it, at least for Space Brothers and Fairy Tail. Speaking of which:
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Did they just kill off Grey while he was distracted by Julia's idiocy? I mean, I can't imagine that they'd kill one of their best characters in such an embarassing way, but he did kinda get turned into swiss cheese...so if he lives, it's bullcrap. Kinda stuck in a bind there, Mr. writer...

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Grey's watch says it's Organ-less-O-Clock.

They'll probably do what Gundam AGE did have the next episode lead off with the character in question showing up only almost being impaled despite the new scene not really looking all that similar to the previous one.
3638  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: October 31, 2013, 07:45:27 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/10/31/zelda-pikmin-cartoon-shorts-coming-nintendo-3ds/

For lack of a better place for this.
3639  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 31, 2013, 05:35:00 PM
It's not even All Saints Day yet.

But yes.
3640  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: October 31, 2013, 02:34:24 PM
http://gematsu.com/2013/10/the-legend-of-zelda-a-link-between-worlds-trailers

Also, trailers.

Also also, for all the people out there who kept saying that the badgal being shown in the prerelease artwork was a female Ganon. Apparently, her name is actually Yuga. In other words, caaaaallllleeeddd eeettt! :P
3641  Media / General Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: October 31, 2013, 02:21:31 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/10/31/super-smash-bros-include-male-wii-fit-trainer/

For those who preferred the Male Wii Fit Trainer over the Female one when using one of the Wii Fit games, this update is for you.
3642  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 30, 2013, 12:49:58 AM
SMTIV: The Hunt for Red October Black Samurai. Cleared out Shibuya, and even snagged myself a copy of Sword of Hope (too bad Sword of Hope 2 is both rarer, and the better game). Next up Roppongi and the not-Yakuza.
3643  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: October 29, 2013, 02:26:43 PM
http://gematsu.com/2013/10/the-legend-of-zelda-3ds-bundle-coming-to-north-america

Well, the good news is that we're getting the bundle too. The bad news is that we still haven't heard about any of the other cool/fun stuffs that NoE is getting.
3644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: October 29, 2013, 07:28:19 AM
http://gematsu.com/2013/10/super-heroine-chronicle-japanese-release-date-set

And Not-Queen's Blade gets a release date.

Although, given how long ago this was mentioned and the still-anemic series list it has going into this, who gives a fuck?
3645  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: October 29, 2013, 07:23:14 AM
Though as I commented in that very article, I'm concerned about whether or not they would actually be able to release a quality product by June.  Sen no Kiseki just came out and its release was kind of a mess.  Though I guess a lot of its problems have been patched and they're still working on patching it, suddenly they're going to make the entire next game in less than 9 months?

I suspect that they're probably going to reuse Sen's engine for the next one. Of course, even taking that into consideration, 9 months is still a ridiculous time frame to develop an RPG with.

Then again, it could be something like Nayuta 2 which is only an ARPG, and with a reused engine would only require writing a new plot and designing new levels/bosses/abilities.
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