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3796  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 16, 2013, 12:49:30 AM
Having a REAL hard time pulling myself away from Suikoden 2.

The weekend is almost over, and while I intended to keep suikoden 2 my weekend game and start FF 13-2 as my weekday agenda, I am beginning to think that is not a smart move...

The story is Suiko 2 just grabs you and doesn't let go. Even in spite of the horrible spoiler I ran across (ruined a major ending event on myself) it is clear to me now there is GRAND amounts of plot to enjoy here. That single spoiler was minor in grand scheme of the narrative content (thank you to Aeolus again for reassuring me of that fact).

So how about some advice folks? I really want to start 13-2 so I could finish it by the time 13-3 comes out. Do I divide my efforts or focus on Suikoden 2? Normally dividing my attention between 2 games is easy... but in this case I find it hard to not think about Suikoden 2.... while I am driving, working, sleeping and eating at this point.... I feel like this is one particular case of a tale that is meant to be digested in a game-a-thon type fashion of 3-5 hour play periods without interruption but I don't want to burn myself out.

Focus on Suki 2.

As long as you know that time crashes at the end of XIII-2, you'll be up to speed for XIII-3. Besides, Suki 2 is definitely the better game (even in spite of all the bugs).
3797  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: December 14, 2013, 10:54:15 PM
I wanna smush Airy. She is such a bitch.

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Now remove the FF from the game's subtitle...
3798  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 14, 2013, 10:51:15 PM
I was almost in a scene there.

Almost.

You know, given that he's playing the GBA version, we might not be seeing Starmoggoose until well into the WoR.

Hope you enjoy your fall.
3799  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Member's Game of the Year - 2013 Edition! on: December 14, 2013, 10:46:58 PM
My GotY so far would either be FE:Awakening or LoZ:aLBW.

Runner up would be the other one.

Not-'013 GotY would be Ys Origin (since I finally got around to playing that this year).

Biggest Disappointment would be Time and Eternity by a country mile. Never before have I seen such great talent, wasted so badly.

But in all honesty, I don't play enough of the latest and greatest to really give a fair opinion on what came out this year. These are just the standouts.
3800  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 14, 2013, 03:03:48 PM
I guess a good way as any to handle the boring filler that is getting Banon the rest of the way to Narshe.
3801  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 14, 2013, 06:59:35 AM


Wait. I think I remember what you're talking about now. As long as you didn't complete their quest, Futch and Humphrey will still be waiting for you at the foot of the mountain (this is of course, the reason why I told you to not worry about collecting the 108 SoD until after you hit N.Window). Although, if you did complete their quest before getting your headquarters then that's beyond what I did in my two runs of the game.



Yes sir you hit the nail on head. That was exactly what I was talking about. I really wasn't trying to not heed your advice... my tendency toward exploration just bested me really... the world Suikoden 2 is soooo vast in contrast to 1. I simply couldn't help myself. Next thing I knew I was indeed involved in the Humphrey/Futch quest and getting my ass handed to me. Enemy level aside, NPC dialogue lead me to believe I had screwed up the proper "order or operation".

And no sir. I did not complete their quest. In spite of all of Humphrey's import-data-might I failed.

When I checked to see if I could leave and return to the quest later when I was supposed to, or if I indeed needed to reload an earlier save (i always play it safe) was when the dreaded spoiler was glimpsed.

Actually, that sequence break is well known as a notorious power leveling trick that makes the majority of the game a cakewalk (not that the game is that hard to begin with; tactical battles aside), and makes actually completing Clive's sidequest a hell of a lot easier since getting a gameover allows you to keep your levels and experience and nothing else (especially the time elapsed from the point you died at to your last save).
3802  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Mega Man Game!.....Well Board Game on: December 14, 2013, 06:49:25 AM
Aside from the whole 'we don't yet have the actual license from Capcom to actually make this yet' part, this looks to be yet another indication that fans are actually better at this whole 'making Megaman games' than Capcom is.

Of course, I full suspect that Capcom will stay quite about this project until it starts turning a profit, then they'll swoop in, buy out the company, and gut it so that they can absorb the carcase and the impending profits.
3803  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: December 14, 2013, 06:31:45 AM
http://hokuto.wikia.com/wiki/Yuda

HOW DID I NOT NOTICE THIS UNTIL LIKE TEN MINUTES AGO.

This feels like a male version of Serah Farron looking like the main chick from Bible Black.

I don't know what's weirder, that comparison or the fact that Dice knew enough about Bible Black to make it.
3804  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sega buying Atlus on: December 13, 2013, 09:52:57 PM
... Also i feel like a 3D remake of Dragon Force for the 3DS would be... rather appropriate and probably a good use of the 3D effects. Give M2 some more work :D

That, I would love to see happen.
3805  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 13, 2013, 09:51:36 PM
It isn't my first run. I played through each upon release. The first and second just happened to come out so long ago that I have vague recollections of them. I chose to aim for 108 for all the data import goodies from 1-3.

Reading that sure jogged my memory though...

So come on Aeolus.... tell me there is more major-plottage worth seeing aside from what I have just effectively spoiled...

Additionally...



And this is why you don't go playing for all 108 stars on your first run.

For what its worth, my best advice is to remember what happens when you do collect all 108 SoDs in other Suikoden games.

I see where you are going with that.... I think... Say no more.

EDIT: Most importantly tell me I didn't ruin christmas!!!

Wait. I think I remember what you're talking about now. As long as you didn't complete their quest, Futch and Humphrey will still be waiting for you at the foot of the mountain (this is of course, the reason why I told you to not worry about collecting the 108 SoD until after you hit N.Window). Although, if you did complete their quest before getting your headquarters then that's beyond what I did in my two runs of the game.

As for major plottage, oh hell yeah. This is a numbered Suikoden game after all, even with 108 recruitable characters there's still plenty of death and destruction to go around. The one big thing that you can change (aside from the description you gave) depends on whether you run from Tinto or not, and if you decide to, then how far you run to.

And if you're really worried about Christmas, don't be. If Fox News' War on Christmas can't ruin the season, I highly doubt you'll be able to do anything to it on your own (and if something does happen, just remember: There's always X-mas).
3806  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 13, 2013, 06:32:05 PM
Well I've done it now....

I screwed up and my ceaseless efforts for 108 stars in suikoden 2 caused me to trigger some sort of "glitch". I broke sequence and started something could not finish by apparently activating a quest I could not complete.

So I was forced to check a guide to see if the damage I did damned my chances at 108, forcing me to load from an earlier save..... and that is when IT happened.

Of all the terrible things my wandering eyes could have seen... I saw THIS!!!!

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Nanami "dies"

That was all I saw. I did not read more. Someone please, for the love of God, tell me I didn't completely ruin this game on myself. That is, someone tell me there is more twists and turns and plot splendor to enjoy because I feel like I just TOTALLY ruined it.

On the bright side, I did need to re-load from an earlier save. If I had not looked that up I would have totally screwed my chances at 108.

But that is it, no more screwing around. Whether I do it or not (achieve 108), I'm playing through the rest of this thing without looking at ANYTHING save Aeolus lovely spoiler-free-spurts of wisdom.

EDIT: I feel like I've unwittingly done something on the scale of "spoiling christmas" or something like that.... someone fix my shattered existence and say it ain't so.... please

*tells myself over and over that ninjas don't cry... ninjas don't cry*.... *sob* *sob*

And this is why you don't go playing for all 108 stars on your first run.

For what its worth, my best advice is to remember what happens when you do collect all 108 SoDs in other Suikoden games.
3807  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 13, 2013, 08:29:15 AM
Not necessarily anime, but somewhat relevant to it:

Live Action Kiki's Delivery Service Trailer!
http://youtu.be/20rhuaIK7jQ



Only quoting you because Hyomin [the girl in the gif] is such a qt3.14.

You realize that quotes don't show images, right?


Anyways, been working on catching up in my manga reading.

Shingeki no Kyojin: Chapters 49-52....



...or at least from what I could make out of it given the speed translation and the distinct lack of an editor, because holy crap was that barely comprehensible at points.


To Aru Kagaku no Choudenjibou: Chapters 34-65. Finally caught back up with this one, and pretty much one full story arc later too (from the end of the Sisters' arc to the end of the Big Sports Event arc). I hate the fact that Toruma keeps showing up to be the one to do battle in each arc's final battle (especially in this series, where there aren't even any nuns for him to facepunch), at least this time he's got #7 as his partner, who's a straight shonen variant of Toruma (too bad he needs more guts). Plus Koroko's off in a separate duel and #5 is trying to hold up the big bad, so at least the boys aren't the only ones showing up for the showdown.
3808  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: December 13, 2013, 04:15:16 AM
One more day until we hit the week after.

Maybe a quick update of the Newsbox might also help bring in the crowds.
3809  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 13, 2013, 04:12:08 AM
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

In some ways I felt this was better than the first, in some ways I felt it was worse.

Ways it was better:
- Tauriel
- Action sequences were about half as silly as they were in AUJ and twice as badass. The action sequence as they were heading down the river is a particular delight with just the right balance of absurdity and spectacle.
- The soundtrack was leagues better than it was in the first. In the first it was moody Lonely Mountain theme, somber Lonely Mountain theme, ominous Lonely Mountain theme, action-y Lonely Mountain theme and a couple of tracks you might remember from the Lord of the Rings. Desolation of Smaug on the other hand has a slew of brand new tracks, my absolute favorite being the theme of Laketown.
- Tauriel~ <3
- Really nifty effects, it was nice to see Gandalf finally doing wizardy things other than the occasional weaksauce spell. One effect in particular in Don Guldur (you'll know the one) was absolutely fantastic despite just being thrown-in foreshadowing/fanservice.
- All in all, just a better flow with less moments that felt dragged out (though there still are quite a few)
- Did I mention Tauriel? She's pretty awesome. And quite lovely.

Ways it was worse:
- Actually, considering it's almost 4am there was really only one thing I wanted to point out and that was the way it ended, it left me feeling like nothing significant really happened and highlights the silliness of making The Hobbit into a trilogy.
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Even though a trilogy is telling one long story, each entry in the trilogy should be telling it's own story. Anyone can tell you this, and all the good trilogies do it really well. Calling this 'the desolation of Smaug' and ending it before Smaug is properly dealt with just makes the whole movie feel like 3 hours of filler.

Forgive me if you read this before I have time to edit it when I'm not half asleep.

Goddamn. I was worried that they were going to do that (granted I was also wondering how they were going to make an entire movie out of just the Battle of the Five Armies and the epilogue). Basically, they really had no reason or business in making this into a trilogy.
3810  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 12, 2013, 08:58:09 PM


Additionally, try to run from every odd battle between your first trip to Muse and reaching Radat, and trade Crystal Balls from elsewhere to the Kobold village and then buy up any Ancient Texts from those guys (if available) and make sure to take them to the Trading Town in the Greenhill region plus any Celadon Urns you come across can be useful for trading for potch as well.

More priceless nuggets of wisdom... I am taking notes my friend, thank you.

Additionally I remember you mentioning ages ago in a post about finding multiple squirels. As of now I only have Mukomo...errr.. whomever. Are these other squirels missable or just difficult to find?

Stupidly difficult to find. Fortunately, they do not count towards the 108 Stars goal and thus are totally optional (and thank god too since my copy of the game is bugged and recruiting even one of them results in a glitchy mess and crashes my game shortly thereafter), plus they provide you with one of the strongest unites in the game, capable of oneshoting the final boss, provided you have and field all five. That said, there's a video on Youtube (that I unfortunately didn't remember to save the link for) that shows you the precise actions you need to take to find and recruit them, and it is no understatement to say that you will need this video unless you enjoy the thought of having your MC randomly roaming the countryside all by himself (since the squirrels will straight up insert themselves into your active party if you come across them; thus no room==no squirrels).
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