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3661  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 21, 2013, 04:48:37 PM
VP2: Got to the end of Chapter 5's forest and beat the boss.


I remember that game being really hard because I played it very wrong.......

4 mage team. Whatever could go wrong?

Wait. You can swap out Alicia?

Either way though the dungeon was cake, even with my 3 man team (gee game, why should I send up all my einhejiar before Seraphic Gate again?). Either way though, Alicia is stupidly overleveled for this point of the game and armed with the top super loot from the end of chapter 3 so she can chew through over half of the boss's health in one attack all by herself (of course in cutsceneland after the fight she's pretty much falling over herself due to being a female in a Tri-Ace JRPG; also, goddammit, this game used to look good back when it first came out and now it looks kinda janky, WTF!?).
3662  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 21, 2013, 12:34:14 AM
VP2: Got to the end of Chapter 5's forest and beat the boss.

SMTIV: Did some random stuff, including collecting one part of Japan's Three Treasures. I should probably stop dicking around and get back to exploring Ikebukaro for more plot.

Ys Origin: Beat two more bosses and am now facing down Vava (or whatever the evil sorceress chick's name was).
3663  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 21, 2013, 12:28:10 AM


And I thought the smelled bad on the outside.













This is so perfectly in season right now.
3664  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 19, 2013, 11:26:26 PM
I'd wait a week. I won't be anywhere near a computer tomorrow.
3665  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: October 19, 2013, 05:48:11 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/10/19/zelda-link-worlds-will-unlock-higher-difficulty-first-playthrough/

Doesn't specify if this is just another Hero Mode or if it's a legitimate Second Quest.
3666  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 19, 2013, 05:39:18 PM
So.

Whatever happened to that quiz?
3667  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1994 EGM preview of SFC Dragon Quest VI - It got me interested in the DQ series on: October 19, 2013, 02:47:19 AM
Obviously those screenshots are from an early beta since the sprites in the final SFC version look much better and more detailed.

The original DW got me interested in the Dragon Quest series being my first console RPG, though it would ironically be over a decade before I played another game in the franchise.

And by the looks of it Dragon Quest is headed towards a new dark age in North America since we're a ton of games behind Japan.

DQ has been in that dark age since IX had to be released out here by Nintendo. I'm still (kinda) bitter over NoA's localization teams having to choose DQVI over FEDS2 (though to be fair, I'm not that bitter as DQVI was ultimately the better remake; also, I'm even less bitter over NoA's localization teams choosing Bravely Default over DQVII).
3668  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's Top 20 PSP Games on: October 19, 2013, 02:31:48 AM
Hey guys where's The 3rd Birthday on that list?

...yeah yeah I know. People is still salty over that, sorry(?).

On that note, why didn't Astonisha Stories or the other Legend of Heroes games make the list?

/sarcasm


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Does Dissidia even count as an RPG?

(Also, I thought Dissidia was a pretty terrible game but that's a discussion for another day...)

I always considered it a fighting game.

Fighting/Action RPG hybrid to be precise. Though, SQEX calls Dissidia's genre as "dramatic progressive action".

I've always wanted to try Dissidia since is kinda (but not really) like the FF that I imagined once I slowly started to get into the series.

There are a lot of things Squeenix likes to call a lot of their crap by pretentious names rather the things they should be calling it.

Also does this mean that Theaterhythm doesn't count either?
3669  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 19, 2013, 02:18:58 AM
Kill la Kill ep3: If this show wasn't already a sure bet for me, it sure as hell passed the 3 episode test, because this is what I'm talking about. Some technobabble explanations that could easily be found in a giant robot series, the teacher continuing to be hilariously creepy, and a half-an-episode long showdown between the two main characters set to some rockin' music and both of them netting an upgrade. And really, with all the allegories and references (don't think you've escaped my notice Ideon Gauge), this series could definitely fit into an SRW game.

Majestic Prince eps 3 & 4: It's amusing how this series is nowhere near as raunchy as KlaK yet is far more willing to go for crap like overly endowed females and T&A shots, also the sameface is really off-putting. Anyways, we've got our first idiot commander of the show, the first hints of 'this is obviously an emissary from the aliens character who's been sent to negotiate by lounging around by the Blitzball pool arena with her secret man service butlerguard', and the first set of world building flashbacks (usually the most disregardable due to the amount of useless fakeout information stuffed therein that'll get contradicted over the course of the show). Still, the need for a classic giant robot series is enough for me to stick with this one past the 3 episode test.

The Slayers Next: Yep, trying this again. I'm not going to episodically or bi-episodically post updates on my progress through the show since there's probably enough people who've seen this already, as well as people who mean to watch this and don't need me spoilering it for them.

Pacific Rim: Yeah, it could fit in the movie thread but it also can fit in here and I wound up watching KlaK and all the rest right afterwards. It's too bad the movie bombed at the box office since there's definitely room for a sequel. Also, I was practically counting the Super Robot tropes going on in the movie with everything from
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the bright idea to building a giant wall, and the International House of Robots (kinda saddened at how badly the Chinese and the Russians got jobbed), to the commander dying and getting succeeded by the Aussie father. Ultimately though, I thought there was a little too much team building/drama and needed at least one scrub fight for at least the Chinese to do well against (hell, even Getter Robo's Texas Mac did better than that).
3670  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's Top 20 PSP Games on: October 18, 2013, 06:09:58 PM
Gungir (which was the only Dept. Heaven game to not be ported over from another system).

Well, there were two spin-offs of Yggdra Union (Blaze Union and Gloria Union) that were PSP exclusives.  But they never made it out of Japan...

Hence why I didn't bring them up. :P

Also they weren't technically Dept. Heaven games (in much of the same sense that FFIV: The Wonder Years, and FFX-2 aren't considered mainline FF titles). Not like being a Dept. Heaven game really means all that much (really its just shoehorning Hector in to scheme off in a corner somewhere).
3671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's Top 20 PSP Games on: October 18, 2013, 05:27:00 PM
But really, Riviera?
Going to have to agree with you there.

Same here actually. It's not a bad game, but it's not a great one either.
Although maybe the PSP version is that much better than the GBA one? That what I played.

I had the same thought. But then, I also had similar thoughts in regards to Lunar and FFIVCC, as even the "Classic"-ness of it doesn't really change the fact that they're mediocre JRPGs that haven't really aged all that well (or crappy JRPGs in the case of the After Years/Intermission). But yeah, the only thing Riviera had going for it was the unusual inventory/level up mechanic (and the Dating Sim aspect), whereas the system also had Yggdra Union, Knights in the Nightmare, and Gungir (which was the only Dept. Heaven game to not be ported over from another system).

Also, the TO spoiler doesn't even count. It's like saying that you die in a bad end in a CYOA game/book/whatever. It's something that only happens when you, the player, done fucked up.
3672  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's Top 20 PSP Games on: October 18, 2013, 11:10:33 AM
It also doesn't help that a lot of the games that could've been on this list ended up stranded in Japan. *cough*Valkyria Chronicles 3*cough*
3673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1994 EGM preview of SFC Dragon Quest VI - It got me interested in the DQ series on: October 18, 2013, 10:26:50 AM
You know, for all the times the series was mentioned in Nintendo Power back in the day, I never really got into or interested in the series until after playing VIII. Then again, I think that was because of the fact that we didn't get a DQ/DW after the hard to come by DW4 until DWVII on the PSX and that definitely wasn't the best entry to the series (especially when coupled with a volatile 3rd party memory card and a PoS PSX).

It always amuses me that the same thing also happened with the Fire Emblem series in that whatever mentions it got in NP or whatever interest I might have shown back in the day, I never really cared about the series until I finally got my hands on it in 2003 and was like "Holy shit! This is like FFT except even more brutal." and then I've been a fan of the SRPG genre ever since.

And to round it off, the Phantasy Star series was an oddball encounter for me due to the crash course I got on it with the GBA ports of 1-3. After managing to slog through the entirety of that, I managed to hunt down PSIV for the Genesis and gained a solid respekt for the series.
3674  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 17, 2013, 10:37:05 PM

First Ep. of TWD was decent, so at least I have that.

I have been trying to figure it out and I am sure when you say it I will be all "duh" but what the fuck is TWD?


Really?! TWD = The Walking Dead. Duh, Dag. ; - )

To be fair, it took me a while to recall that as well. TWD doesn't really go along with much.


That said, I also just recalled what The Crazy Ones is trying to be (a combination of 30 Rock and The Office), and it's pretty much failing at it.
3675  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 17, 2013, 10:32:05 PM
Even if it isn't canon I'll probably opt for the female MC. The anime would only be supplemental. I just don't have the time to do 2 play throughs (self inflicted) as I want to make my way through my backlog of games.

Actually come to think of it, I rarely ever play an RPG twice once I've beaten it. It's a strange habit of mine.

It's not that strange when you consider how much linearity & filler are in most RPGs versus the time commitment each one demands.
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