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3796  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: December 29, 2012, 01:24:56 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/28/finding-shards-in-dragon-quest-vii-should-be-easier-you-have-radar-now/

Pardon the triple post but anybody who's played the game on the PSX should appreciate this update. A Dragon Shard Radar should make scouring the land less necessary to progress (although its still worth it just for all the potential loot to be found even if most of it is just pennies and dung).
3797  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 27, 2012, 10:05:29 PM
Maybe he thinks the end of the game comes at the end of the

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floating continent.
3798  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 27, 2012, 10:03:57 PM
I was not judging you for watching LPs nor I asked for a reason of why you do it.

I apologize for my mistake. I thought that your criticism was directed at me specifically by the way your post was written.


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I was just mentioning the fixation that people have on complaining about XIII and its sequels. There are very good reasons for this negativity to be a thing, but after all this years this same negativity has been exaggerated IMO.

I think that a large amount of flack that Squeenix has been receiving has stemmed from the fact that, at one time, the Final Fantasy series was one of the leading franchises of JRPGs and that for the last decade now they've basically let the franchise go. FFXII and XIII-1 were development clusterfucks that took years to make apiece and failed to live up to their own hype while XIV needed scraping to be rebuilt from scratch and Versus has turned into the next Duke Nukem Forever. For one of the leading franchises from one of the largest Japanese developers there were great expectations riding on these games and all that's come of it has been nothing short of a catastrophic series of events that would've shutdown a lesser developer. Even the few good games to have come out of Squeenix as of late have been confined to Japan only despite any sort of clamoring from this side of the Pacific.

But lets face facts that gamers are the absolute, most self-entitled, self-centered, small minded, racist, sexist, laziest, cadré of assholes on the face of the earth. So of course, we're going to bitch when things don't go our way.
3799  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 27, 2012, 01:16:36 PM
I sat through an LP and a half, and that half LP was awful for reasons beyond the actual game (mostly due to the LPers being so burnt out on spending two years LP FFXIII-1 that they spent about 6 episodes putting around New Buttom 003AF trying to get over the fact that they weren't getting railroaded as hard as before).

Because we all know that experiencing an RPG through an LP is the best way to form an opinon about a game

And I don't to sound like a asshole here but if you don't care about the game enough to play it then why bother to rant about it? Is a waste of time, and is not like people who enjoy XIII and its sequels don't know about the overblown criticism these games have with people talking about it everyday for 3 or 4 years already.

IMHO, it depends on the LP, the LPers, how comprehensive the LP is, and how familiar you are with the material. In the full LP I watched, it was a VLP (Video Let's Play) that I felt sufficiently covered the content of the game (even including all of the DLC) without cutting out too much grinding that occurred or speeding up things like battles and/or repetitious bullshit even when said things could've been sped up. Moreover, I am familiar enough with Squeenix's brand of grinding for bullshit rewards to know what it was that I was missing out on and it's not like FFXIII-2 reinvented the RPG wheel here either.

But beside the point, the reason why I watch LPs in the first place is because I either don't have the time or the opportunity to play these games myself. In the case of XIIIs 1 & 2 I don't own either PS360 and without going out and burning $300+[the cost of the game]+DLC dollars just to play a mediocre JRPG and a tech demo of said JRPG, LPs are the only other legal way to see what the games offer.

As for my ranting, why does the internet exist for if not to sperg and rant? Yes I rag on the FFXIII games a bit much, but what else am I supposed to do with my communication skills in regards to video gaming? Hope I just happen to know somebody who actually plays video games and isn't some kind of antisocial sperglord that only ever wants to talk about the stuff he plays while never letting the conversation last long enough to let you get in a word edgewise? Besides, I most rant for cathartic reasons, just like anybody else would.

Also that edit I made earlier wasn't just aimed at FFXIIIs 1 & 2 but also crappy fiction like Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey which are turning into multimillion dollar franchises that make me feel like I wasted my time on trying to make video games or having a meaningful career and should've become a sell out novelist who can turn dreck into dosh with a wave of his magic pen instead. (The current state of the video game industry has also played a part in my current disgust with it "Video gaming! Its not for women or any civilized/productive individual for that matter." (I may have watched the most recent VGA recently).)

Edit: Also this.
3800  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 27, 2012, 12:18:06 PM
I got the FMA manga.  I loved the anime (again, didn't finish), but -- as usual -- I hear the manga is better.  Drawn by a female....that kinda surprised me given the content (and honestly, I hate the shoujo manga style sometimes -- their eyes are like half of their fucking skull and with swollen lips.

Oh something I can actually comment on!

I am of the firm opinion that the manga is the best version of FMA that exists. The second best being the FMA: Brotherhood anime. That opinion isn't universal though as there are people who prefer the original anime over the manga. I just find the big bad in the manga to be superior to Dante. Also I find the explanation for the seven deadly sins in the anime to not work within the world as it is established. The way to kill them being the worst part of the original anime's treatment of them. Also Hoenheim is awesome in the manga(don't recall him doing anything interesting in the anime).

He shows up at his wife's grave to pay his respects, gets punched out by Ed, he shows up at Dante's place to tell her as her former accomplice/lover the jig is up, gets tossed into a parallel dimension (WW1 Brittan), he plot dumps to Ed when he gets tossed into a parallel dimension including mentioning that Envy is his son and the Brothers' half brother, then he moves to Germany to join a cult, and finally dies like a chump in the movie by getting fed to Dragon Envy before both gets sacrificed to open a gateway to another dimension.

That said, the Manga is definitely worth reading since even FMA:B abridged a few things here and there, especially during the earlier chapters.
3801  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: December 26, 2012, 01:12:42 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/26/shin-megami-tensei-iv-has-a-samurai-dressed-in-strange-journeys-demonica-suit/

Meanwhile "THE BLACK SAMURAI ALWAYS TRIUMPHS!!! Have at you!".
3802  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 26, 2012, 05:15:42 AM
How many people here finished XIII-2?

I sat through an LP and a half, and that half LP was awful for reasons beyond the actual game (mostly due to the LPers being so burnt out on spending two years LP FFXIII-1 that they spent about 6 episodes putting around New Buttom 003AF trying to get over the fact that they weren't getting railroaded as hard as before).


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In this title, one day is 24 hours. In Final Fantasy XIII it was 26 hours, but when time stopped 2 hours were lost.

They're retconning their own world building, of which they wasted, well not 4~5 years given that most of that went into the engine, but definitely years worth of development on?

Screw game making! I should get into writing. All I'll need is a thesaurus, a link to Wikipedia, and literally nothing better to do. In fact I could probably write up a female lead right now....

Fountaina: A 16 year old strong-willed female magical girl healer type knight who fights the evil 'thirstsas' using nothing but her wits and her magical blade of water. But when the evil 'thristsa leader' attacked her home village one day she went on a journey to rescue her pet camel who is secretly a youthful handsome legendary hero prince that was fed the accursed 'bad dates' and can only be turned back by true love. Along the way she encounters a powerful ice scarecrow named king who was also a young handsome king cursed into his current form that also needs true love to be restored. She also meets a young and handsome boy who is secretly a time traveler from the 18th dimension and is also hunting the pure evil 'thristsa leader', armed with his super scientific soaker armory, and is secretly over 9000 years old to save his kingdom from being turned into a desert. And finally Fountaina is kidnapped by falling for the trap of the two thirstsa wet and whistle and the three handsome prince/kings dodge their trap and heroically save the day by beating the absolutely pure evil 'thrista leader'. But just as they are about the land the finishing blow the poor misguided 'thirstsa leader' establishes that 'she' was at one time a beautiful princess named Parched who suffered painfully from a thirst of love and that their powers have quenched her thirst for love and the four of them live happily ever after. The End.

There you go Squeenix. Job please!
3803  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: December 26, 2012, 01:22:32 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX0Ak9fmX8w

Asia Kong bitches.
3804  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 25, 2012, 09:16:15 PM
I actually heard [C] was pretty good...just really heavy on the implied shounen-ai. But yeah, I don't think it quite counts since quite a few people watched it, and to be honest, any anime released in the last 3 or 4 years is gonna be hard to call obscure since there's now giant pictures of every show released per season floating around the internet for everyone to see...

Maybe I was thinking of [K]. So many god damn shows been coming out lately that have been titled [Letter]: The _____ of _____!
3805  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 25, 2012, 09:11:34 PM
Jade Empire:

Still no Silk Fox but at least I've cleaned house of the dead. Can't progress in the Arena until I advance the plot. Made a second, somewhat less useful Configuration (ups spell effectiveness for all the enemies that are immune to magical damage (not really)).

Also Catan and Angry Birds. The latter is virtually unplayable due to the game pieces having the aerodynamics of a waffle.
3806  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: xmas thread:2012 on: December 25, 2012, 09:06:45 PM
My haul for the year consisted of money, mo' money, a gift card full of fun money (for GameStop), and my Gamecube + games back (and a few extras) from my brother to whom I lent them in the first place (mostly because he got an Xbox 360 for himself). Too bad, I won't be seeing my DSlite back until my Birthday rolls around.
3807  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 25, 2012, 08:51:01 PM
Does [C]- Control, The Money and Sould of Possibility count as an anime that no one has seen? Because that is the most obscure thing I can think of that I have watched(almost every other anime I've seen having ben on Cartoon Network/Adult Swim or based on a popular manga). I'm really not sure how popular [C] was overall. I did like it quite a bit though....could have used a few more fights though.

I heard it was pretty bad and thus doesn't count. Gatch/Zatch Bell was a better entry into the 'gotta' catch/beat them all' genre if, for no other reason, than because the main character's not-Pokémon's final attack was shooting a dragon made of dragons made of lightning.
3808  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 25, 2012, 08:40:31 PM
Lé Misé: Probably the only time I've seen a movie in public that ended with an ovation from the audience. This movie's going to kick ass on the Academy Awards in February.
3809  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 25, 2012, 02:34:48 AM
@Aeolus
The rasp/osmose method does take a while, but it's safest and assures you'll win. Yeah, that mp draining will take a very long while (my rasps would do about 400 per cast, osmose would refill all my mp which was in the 5-600 area, and if I recall correctly he's got about 55,000 mp), but you can't really die from it. There are better methods, my favorite was using the esper that made everyone jump and see who killed him (and thus ate the ultima), but they all have possibilities of getting you dead. I threw this method out for people who had trouble with him, that's all.

Also, the thing with espers and stat bonuses...yeah, they're about as needed as a 4 man group of ultima casters. By the end of the game, all you really need is one of the 4 people who can use the Atma Weapon and give them hp boosting gear, an offering, and either a genji glove and ragnarok or excalibur, or an economizer and the quick spell. If you can't kill a boss in 2 rounds you're doing it wrong. Hell, I started going through games specifically not giving people espers because I didn't want spells for my trips to the coliseum. Nothing like using terra and watching her blow 5 minutes of her morph ability standing there casting something silly like merton and wrecking herself. I keep kicking myself for giving my copy of ffvi for the gba to my buddy. I was at the end, going through the secret dungeon...5/8 dragons killed.

There's safety, and then there's walking away from the game for a full night while those Dragon Den Ice Dragons sit there spamming stop and freeze moves/spells while your unkillable dancing Mog waits for literally hours to have the opportunity to do something. Rasp/Osmosing Magimaster may not be on the same level of killing time as the above example but its still less efficient than climbing the tower, getting killed by the Ultima finisher, climbing the tower a second time and beating him using literally any other method (and I'm talking about not needing the Moogle Charm or Charm Bangle for either trip).

Also, the Esper bonuses don't really change that much since most calculations weigh level more than either Vigor or Magic Power. Meanwhile, rocking an Ultima slinging Terra for most of the WoB is a bit more overkill than a four man group of Ultima spammers (since it takes most of the game to actually access Ultima legitimately let alone learning it for a full party of four). Also, where are you getting four Atma Weapons without abusing the item duplication trick or swiping extras from one of the components of Kefka's tower during the final boss fight, let alone four Offerings/Ragnaroks/Excaliburs/Illuminas?
3810  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 24, 2012, 02:07:32 PM
I used to abuse the easy level up trick you could do with bannon early in the game. Just set the commands to memory, edgar auto xbow, bannon health, and terra and sabin fight. Get to the raft part before you fight the octopus, and using a turbo controller, just tape down the confirm buttom. You keep circling around one junction point, and enemies will keep attacking you. A few hours later and you're generally so overpowered the rest of the game is cake. I always giggle hitting the stupid octupus with fire dance and fire 3 at the start of the game.

As for the Tower of Fanatics, bring wall rings and have berserk and rasp/osmose for the last battle. Equip everyone with wall rings and your invincible for 99% of the area. At the boss, hit him with berserk, negating all his spell casting cuz it will heal him on occasion, then just rasp and osmose him til he's out of mp. He'll attempt ultima, but flop cuz he's got no mp, and you win. Also a possibility, learn life 3, which revives you after death, and cast it on someone, then tear him apart, though you'll still want berserk on cuz his physical damage is garbage. His ultima will generally kill anyone under max hp even with shell on. Could also try golem I guess, never did though, cuz rasp/osmose is just so easy.

Fuck no. Rasp/Osmose take forever to bleed away Magimaster's MP (Magimaster has about the same amount of MP as he does HP but MP damage is limited by the MP total cap of just 999, and that's if you can even hit that given that all you have is Rasp (though Osmose can do it if you actually have 999MP but you then need to bleed that all away since it will only drain back what you are missing and it's just slow and tedious no matter which way you do it)). Just use the Berserk trick, nuke his sorry ass, and eat the Ultima with someone/everyone having Life 3 applied.

Also the auto leveling trick is a pretty bad idea as well due to not having Espers and their level up bonuses.
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