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3706  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: October 09, 2013, 07:24:11 PM

Vanilla gets a headdress and the ability to see Bruce Willis and Lightning's just a cape, a tophat, and a mask away from becoming Tuxedo Mask.
3707  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: October 09, 2013, 07:20:50 PM
My memory is terrible, but what are the other super-exciting games coming out 2014?

Dark Souls II, Bravely Default, Lightning Returns, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, inFamous: Second Son, The Evil Within and a bunch of others I don't remember or don't know anything about.

Possibly SMTXFE (although it would probably be late in the year at this rate), TitS SC, maybe a new Persona game, among other things.

I will admit that I have my eye on Natural Doctrine even though there's currently no measure for its quality yet (or even its localization, although I am hoping that being an early/launch PS4 title will improve its chances out here).

Additionally some of the more promising kickstarters will hopefully bear fruit next year as well.
3708  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI enhanced remake coming to IOS/Android this Winter on: October 09, 2013, 07:19:03 PM

Posting for good measure.  I hope Squeenix just hates FFV and will do better with VI.

I'll admit it. This was the first thing I thought when I saw this.



This was the second.
3709  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: October 09, 2013, 02:02:51 PM
http://gematsu.com/2013/10/stop-time-attack-bravely-default-for-the-sequel

A new mechanic for the version of the game we're getting. This sounds like something that's either going to be massively gamebreaking or like FFVIII's Eden summon in that it takes too long and doesn't nearly justifies the length of time it takes with the damage it does.
3710  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 09, 2013, 01:54:31 PM

Too bad he's been fur-loughed.




She didn't need those front teeth.
3711  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: October 09, 2013, 01:48:38 PM
I'm also getting tired of this "midas touch'd" boxart...  If they coloured the actual box or the cart again, then that's cool.  Ah well, nuance.

Worst part is that a lot of people like their Zelda stuff covered in gold... for me the only thing they are doing with that is ruining perfectly good art with golden BS because the cartridge of Zelda on NES had that color.

In the end really is all about NOA selling dat nostalgia like they always do.

To be fair, they for the most part stopped with Majora's Mask's release (excepting Wind Waker's, Skyward Sword's, and now A Link Between Worlds' releases).

But yeah, none of the games in Japan ever had plain gold colored boxarts.
3712  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: October 09, 2013, 01:09:04 PM
My memory is terrible, but what are the other super-exciting games coming out 2014?

Dark Souls II, Bravely Default, Lightning Returns, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, inFamous: Second Son, The Evil Within and a bunch of others I don't remember or don't know anything about.

Possibly SMTXFE (although it would probably be late in the year at this rate), TitS SC, maybe a new Persona game, among other things.

I will admit that I have my eye on Natural Doctrine even though there's currently no measure for its quality yet (or even its localization, although I am hoping that being an early/launch PS4 title will improve its chances out here).
3713  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 09, 2013, 01:20:10 AM
I sort of found nothing appealing about the original Lufia 2 tbh :S

Well as long as you like ARPGs then you're probably alright. It's an okay game if you ignore the original version entirely. Nothing amazing, nothing really new or different, and nothing worth paying full price for on release day but its kinda okay.


Well, everyone is entitled to be wrong, Meshy.

I see it as one of those games where I only like that particular *one* in the series.  (I can't remember the first game for the life of me though).

I loved the art for the DS remake.... but why did it become an action RPG?  Strange/interesting[?] choice.

The first game is kinda really derivative of the JRPG formula being cranked out during that era but it did enough differently to kinda stand out for its day (it especially helped matters that it got released in the west since it really wasn't that far above the rest of the pack in terms of what Japan was getting back in that day). The soundtrack, the opening, and the ending helped quite a bit as well. Too bad the rest was mostly fetch quest filler bullshit that was endemic of the day.

Basically, I'd say Lufia 1 is to Lufia 2 as Phantasy Star 1 is to Phantasy Star 4, Lufia 1 tried some things that hadn't been done before but time has not treated it well, while Lufia 2 could be considered playable even by today's standards and is worth the effort if its up your alley. Unfortunately, Lufia 3 was an incredibly boring dungeon crawler and Ruins of Lore sucks donkey nuts. The DS remake could've given the series the kick in the balls it so desperately needed to be relevant again but it was pretty cheaply done and didn't do nearly enough to justify standing out from the rest of the pack.
3714  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 08, 2013, 10:15:59 PM
Hey, DS lufia game worth 23 bucks?

Maybe.... You like ARPGs with a heavily abridged and somewhat goofier version (like making Lexis a Doc Brown expy to serve as a foil to Maxim McFly) of Lufia 2's plot? You might like it if you can get by the crappier character designs all around (it's debatable, but Selena's could be considered an improvement, the rest are generally for the worse though), almost none of the puzzles that made Lufia 2 stand out to begin with (Ancient Cave's a pure dungeon crawler now), and an extra ending that pretty much retcons the entire series out of existence (except for Ruins of Lore, but I guess you can't get rid of that kind of tumor that easily; not sure about Energy Breaker but its probably safe since it was only tenuously tied to the series at best).

Still, it's a kinda serviceable game, and you'd still get the soundtrack (although less opportunities to hear the good parts) at least, but you'd probably be better off playing OG Lufia 2 instead.
3715  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 08, 2013, 09:52:27 PM
Especially where USA hands out ice cream. That's the truest part

Not going to lie...

I thought that was America eating two ice cream cones while watching.

And Canada was still happy.

Also, for a moment there, I thought that USA was wearing two eyepatches, one over each eye.
3716  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 08, 2013, 09:45:35 PM
AoS: Hey, they have two potential antagonists now. One evil industrial type, and one classic super-science gone wrong supervillain type. More importantly was the better use of themes regarding SHIELD's murky nature and the aforementioned setup for a classic supervillain type. The most important thing though was that I didn't feel like I was watching Firefly's Earth based, modern day, brother.

Also nice to see The Hobbit part 2 getting all the way up to Smaug. Pretty much means that episode 3 will be almost entirely about the Battle of the Five Armies.
3717  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: October 08, 2013, 06:01:57 PM

Yeah, no.

Maybe an Ahaghim expy but that's definitely not Ganon(dorf).
3718  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 08, 2013, 04:33:36 PM
I'm not an expert in history but that 1st panel seems unlikely. Cute though



If I recall correctly, it was initially the French and the Native Americans that made up the population of the northern and western frontiers, then Brittan kicked their collective asses out of the Ohio river valley, then they pissed off their own colonists who then, with the help of the French, kicked them out of New England and went on to form the US of A, then Napoleon decided he'd rather have Russia rather than N. America (since the continental bonus is bigger) so he sold off France's claim to anything on the continent to the US, then Brittan said "fuck you" tried to come back and take over and got their asses kicked a second time, and those who didn't want to go crawling back to their king decided to hang out past the 49th parallel with the French and the Native Americans and formed Canada.

So yeah, everything but the first panel is pretty much correct.
3719  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 08, 2013, 01:52:03 AM
I never felt it was as much of a problem with Strange Journey.

At this point, I feel like Strange Journey really is SMT IV and SMT IV is more of a spin-off like DDS, because of the completely different feel.


The minimap kinda sorta helps in telling you where you've been versus haven't been to yet, but that only really works on your first visit. There's also certain quests that require you to hang out on a very specific spot on the map until a particular demon shows up or something and your only indication as to whether you're in the right spot or not is the name of the location on top of the minimap.

I haven't seen any names on the minimap. Am I completely blind?

On the top of the mini map screen (aka the bottom screen), the name of the area you are in is displayed (this is separate from the region you are in (i.e. Ueno, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Roppongi, ect); I don't recall the game displaying a name for that). Of course, the minimap won't display where the areas' boundaries are but they're easy enough to figure out when you see the name change. This also applies to dungeon maps which can help with quests like the one where you need to take a picture of the Bar in Shibuya's Golden Gai's district.


Edit: Meanwhile, I've finally hit chapter 5 in Valkyrie Profile 2. Christ! Does Dylan's departure items have to suck that much? 2 attacks and no added benefits on top of the fact that there's nobody left to use them for all of 200 Attack over Agharim's best departure item. At least Lezard's netted me a Homunculus' Seed (which is pretty damn useful for a straight 20% damage reduction on all elemental attack types). At least it doesn't look like I need to do any more powerleveling for now (and perhaps the rest of the game).
3720  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 08, 2013, 01:43:21 AM
DwtS: Modern Family. You can take her back.

Castle: Welp! That didn't take long. Who wants to bet that the CIA guy is going to end up either dead or on a suspect list by the end of this season?
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