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3661  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: December 31, 2013, 01:28:38 AM

Puzzles in areas with a high enemy encounter rate, let me think for a minute dammit...


The worst case for me was Beyond the Beyond. In Lufia 2 it was pretty cool, we could stun the enemies.

That, and that you had onscreen encounters while in dungeons/puzzle rooms, so you were never really under a threat of a random encounter breaking up the room unless you either got careless and/or lazy about clearing it ahead of time.

And actually, BtB had exactly one dungeon where random encounters were turned off while dealing with the dungeon's gimmick (dragging moai heads around with you through a maze, in the dark, with no way to boost vision range; even Dragon Quest 1 had something to boost vision range in the dark), which is only a small mercy since you were a) two dungeons in from the last town/heal, b) on your way to the game's first legitimate boss fight, c) in one of the most obnoxious dungeons outside of the game's attempt at replicating Dragon Quest 2's infamous Road to Rhone, and d) still hauling Samson's useless fucking ass around since he was still cursed (even though he's probably at the level he was at originally before he got cursed by the plot by this point). The one legitimate mercy is that by this point in the game certain swift for the region enemies were sporting spells that could one shot your entire party at this point and were usually coming in groups of two to five among other assholes.
3662  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: December 29, 2013, 07:13:51 PM
What if you had armor that was nothing but nipples or a game where literally everything was nipples even the menu.

Then I'd say that you got nippled and dimed. Dohohoh!


But getting back on track a bit, one thing I can't stand is inventory limits (unless its specifically limiting the amount of healing you can fall back on in battle like the earlier Ys games). I don't want to have to keep shuffling equipment and key items around to make room for the latest stuffs.
3663  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: December 29, 2013, 06:22:30 PM
Gentlemen. Don't forget that the most important aspect of boob armor are the nipple spikes.
3664  Media / General Games / Re: Xseed localizing Senran Kagura Burst on: December 28, 2013, 09:00:32 AM
It's not a fighting game...

Well, I guess there is a multiplayer versus mode, but that isn't really the main point.  It's just a name.

Wikipedia said it was a 3D Fighting game. :/

It's more like the Something Something Warriors series or like Drakengard where you're given a named character and are sent to topple wave after wave of nameless/faceless mooks before fighting the commander (aka another named character).
3665  Media / General Games / Re: Xseed localizing Senran Kagura Burst on: December 27, 2013, 11:57:05 PM
At first I thought the silhouette belonged to Estelle Bright but I will admit the Senran Kagura Versus one is a dead ringer.

Still not going to hold my breath until they actually announce it properly (and even then....*cough*SMTXFE*cough*).
3666  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: December 27, 2013, 11:46:51 PM
So, I went to GameFAQs, and asked the nice people over there about 2ndOG for the PS3. See, I'm interested in the game, but I wasn't sure if I should play those before playing this one. I'd like to just play this one, but I just wasn't sure. Unfortunately, I didn't get much of an answer. At the least, they just said, 'If don't want to play the previous games, then don't play them', to... well, the point is, I asked there to get some real advice on just what to do in this situation, and I wasn't getting it, so I'm asking it here. Should I play the previous OG games, or is it alright to just start with this one? I'm just sure if it's designed for both oldtimers, and people new to the OG subseries. That's what's got me.

It depends. As mentioned before, if you don't mind missing out on earlier plot developments then just skip to OG2nd. That said, the one advantage to playing OG 1 and OG 2 is that they're available in English which makes getting used to the general structure and controls of the games and the series much easier. That said, if you're looking towards playing OG2nd then I might suggest OGS instead since its OG1 and OG2 in one game but with more modern mechanics and much better graphics, and you'll either make due without the plot since its in Japanese or you'll be able to read up on it from the same source. Another alternative is to play one of the other translated SRW games to get a feel for the main series mechanics instead like Alpha Gaiden or J (I would highly recommend avoiding SRW3 or anything earlier as those games are highly antiquated).
3667  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 27, 2013, 05:37:10 PM
I found out that a certain someone finally finished translating Ys V, so I went and played that for an hour or so. So far it's eeeeeeeeh, okay. It's not the worst Ys game - that title goes to Ys 3 - but it's slower than the rest of the series, and while having an attack button, a block button, and jump button are nice, the combat is still pretty one-note so far, and probably will be until I get more magic. Unless I'm wrong, all you every use for your basic attack is your sword, and magic is the only bit of complexity you get. In the end it feels like Secret of Mana or Zelda, minus the variety. It's still fun, but I doubt it'll win me over anytime soon.

Also:

XCOM: Enemy Within - Still doing tutorials after a couple of hours, I kinda need it, though, this is a very complicated game.

Oh yeah, I knew I was forgetting to mention something....


Anyways, picked up Devil Survivor 1 Overclocked and Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door today, so I'll probably start in on those.
3668  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 27, 2013, 09:33:34 AM
Mechonis area spoilz
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I've loved the hell out of this plot so far.  I'm at the Hidden Village, and I've loved how the game plays with us, changing expectations of who friend and foe is; the game spends more than half of its plot telling you to fight machines only to find a village of "good machines".  Simple, but effective.  Good job, plot!

...Also Fiora totally got a boob job in her new mechonis body.  I feel like the camera in cutscenes shows it off for fun too.  
Anybody else think about what must have gone under "behind the scenes" to her?  Biologically, she's just a head now.  What the hell happened to the rest of her body and how was it "switched out"??? :S   EWwwwwwwww

Not helping matters is the fact that her best equipment increases the effect. Unfortunately, if you're really hell bent on avoiding the glorified swimsuit look, then you'll have to settle for the Speed IV torso piece instead of the Speed V. Also get cracking on mastering her first hidden skill set so that you can turn Seven into a walking flurry of death and destruction (and don't forget the Spike Defense and Dunban's Spike Damage reduction skill so she doesn't explode the moment she touches a Spiked enemy).
3669  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 26, 2013, 11:03:15 PM
If you read the books, are you more impressed by the movies because...y'know, they're fitting like every detail from the book? 

Aside from the fact that they haven't, I will say that I am because its still damn near close, but only kinda because again, they seem to be putting a little too much information in (and rewriting bits like making Thorin look a lot younger than he is in the story; he's seriously the second oldest member of the company (not including Gandalf) being beaten out by the one Dwarf in the movie that's sporting white hair, that's why he confides in him so much, they're the only members of the party old enough to have lived through Smaug's attack on the Dwarven Kingdom way back when and are thus the two most personally invested in the quest).
3670  Media / General Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: December 26, 2013, 10:39:41 PM
While I wouldn't consider TP Zelda to be her best design, I'm glad they went with that over SS's Zelda in either variant.

And as of her announcement, SSB4 will have at least as many playable female characters as either Melee and Brawl had (if you include Nana and assume that one of the Pokemon is female).
3671  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 26, 2013, 06:40:47 PM
And for those of us not familiar with the book?  (I actually chose not to re-read it because so much stuff had been added in.  Seemed like it'd only cause confusion.)

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The Battle of the Five Armies and the fact that up until that point in the story everybody but the Orcs had the same goal of seeing Smaug disposed of once and for all (even the Woodland Elves as the king did offer to assist Thorin on his quest in exchange for a share of the wealth), whereas the Battle is motivated by the same greed and self-interest that led to Smaug's arrival and the tragedy that followed. The company of 14 who made it through the quest relatively intact through the general cooperation of the peoples of the region are all but destroyed in the ensuing battle for the prize of the quest, including Thorin who, having repeated his grandfather's mistake, is on his deathbed by the time Bilbo regains consciousness.
I thought you were only going to talk about what happened up to this point in the movies. Thanks for the ending spoilers. Beware John.
I read the book a LONG time ago, and don't remember a single thing about it. Probably for the best.
To me, what you say there really doesn't excuse a dwarf or tgwo getting sliced in half by a random Orc. I honestly don't really care, though, as I'm not liking these movies enough TO care.


There's a reason why I employed the 'code' tags.

Anyways, there's like twenty minutes of story left bookwise from where the second movie left off, and its pretty obvious where this story's going. I'm not kidding when I said that the first movie ended at the book's halfway mark.

And yeah, with the waters so muddied at this point, I doubt the impetus for, and the aesop of, the Battle of the Five Armies will remain the same from the book.

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The Orcs only got involved in the Battle of the Five Armies due to the fact that all the civilized folk were at each others' throats and they figured they could swoop in and wipe them all out now that they were both weakened and in one place. With the movie, it seems like they may change the meaning of the battle to one of inevitability in order to stop the greater evil of Sauron instead.
3672  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: December 26, 2013, 06:22:08 PM
You're gonna need to add Zelda to that pic in your sig ACC. Anyways, hope you brought an apple today for its Teach's birthday.

Anyways, The Vaike's biggest asset going for him is the fact that he's one of your first Axe users (outside of Frederick, and assuming no reclassing or promoting to an Axe using class, the next is Libra), and that he's got the highest Strength stat cap modifier of all potential fathers (outside The Avatar). In fact he has so little going for him, its easy to wind up benching him early on since Soldiers go out early and Axe, Sword, and Magic using classes like Barbarians, Wyvern Riders, Mercenaries, and Mages start becoming more prolific. His classes only serve to make him a specialist in brigandage (given that he can swipe treasure chests with Locktouch, gold with Despoil, HP with Sol, and Life with Lethality) as his Fighter class tree is highly complemented by his Barbarian class tree (although it does cannibalize his promoted class selection since they share the Warrior promotion), and, outside of Movement+1 and Lucky Seven, The Vaike has little use for his Thief class tree (especially Trickster which takes valuable Strength and Speed and dumps it into The Vaike's dump stats, Magic and Resistance).

On that note, he also gets an extra stat cap point towards Skill and Speed and a shit load of penalties in Magic (tying for worst with Frederick and a bunch of post game characters), Resistance (tying for worst with Gregor and a bunch of post game characters), and Luck for a +0 total stat cap modifier (a trait shared only by Gaius and Olivia). And while this doesn't bother him too much given his generally physical nature, it does mean that he's only really bringing Strength with him to the breeding table modifier-wise and unless you're gunning for a Morgan with the highest possible Strength cap of +11 and possibly the lowest Resistance cap of -6 (and a Char/Camus clone) or are trying to fix Owain or Brady's Strength issues. In fact only Cherche or Nowi have any real use for The Vaike given the aforementioned massive Strength stat cap modifier (Gerome benefits from the Barbarian class tree and Trickster's Lucky Seven is always useful, but really needs to stay in physically oriented classes), that Nah is the only child to inherit the full 9 classes from The Vaike (since The Vaike's Fighter and Barbarian class trees are exchanged for the Knight and Mercenary class trees for the daughters, most of whom already get one of those classes by default, but not Nah) plus an extra male exclusive skill, and that both acquire the Thief/Griffin Rider class combo for maximum mobility.

Additionally, special note should go towards either The Vaike or Gaius sired Inigo as they are statistically the single worst child in the game (unless they inherit Galeforce from their mother). Either way The Vaike!Inigo is actually slightly better between the two (skills and class access are identical) due to gaining 2 Strength and 1 Defense and Luck in exchange for 1 Magic and Speed and 2 Resistance (and the fact that Gaius passes the Pegasus Knight class tree on down to his kids which is wasted on Inigo).

The tl;dr is that The Vaike basically suffers from his class's common issues of large HP, Strength, and Axe access and not a hell of a lot else. The fact that children are involve just exacerbates the problem.
3673  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 26, 2013, 11:38:47 AM
And for those of us not familiar with the book?  (I actually chose not to re-read it because so much stuff had been added in.  Seemed like it'd only cause confusion.)

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The Battle of the Five Armies and the fact that up until that point in the story everybody but the Orcs had the same goal of seeing Smaug disposed of once and for all (even the Woodland Elves as the king did offer to assist Thorin on his quest in exchange for a share of the wealth), whereas the Battle is motivated by the same greed and self-interest that led to Smaug's arrival and the tragedy that followed. The company of 14 who made it through the quest relatively intact through the general cooperation of the peoples of the region are all but destroyed in the ensuing battle for the prize of the quest, including Thorin who, having repeated his grandfather's mistake, is on his deathbed by the time Bilbo regains consciousness.
3674  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Mega Man Game!.....Well Board Game on: December 26, 2013, 10:06:15 AM
So Christmas present from the game maker.....Dr. Light player piece and game card for Deluxe editions (add-on for others) that is a Kickstarter exclusive. Being able to play as Dr. Light hurts my brain.

Will you be able to dispense weapons and upgrades to other players and tell them to get their weapons ready (and by the fifth expansion, gain the ability to get abducted by Not-Protoman at the start)?
3675  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays? - 2013 Edition on: December 26, 2013, 10:02:25 AM
Food, money, money food, the Knights and Cities expansion to Settlers of Catan, a 16GB SD card, and a shit load of candy.

Still no luck on getting the greatest gift of all (employment/financial independence).
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