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3796  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: October 17, 2013, 01:19:40 AM
Poor you if you forgot that today's Cherche's Birthday.

Anyways, Cherche's probably one of the most interesting playable female gen 1 characters in the game role-wise in that she has the highest Strength and second highest Defense of any 1st gen female in the game (outside of The Avatar) but despite that most of her classes ignore these stats or do not play well with them. In a mechanical sense, the game implies that Cherche was meant to become a staff bot or magic user like most of the other females in the game but wound up taming a dragon wyvern instead. On the plus side, Cherche can learn the Valkyrie's Dual Support+ skill to enhance her pair up ability to support others (along with Deliverer), and I guess she can become one of the more viable Bolt Axe/Shock Stick users in the game. On the other hand, most of her skills don't do squat for her. Tomefaire is useless to her outside of the Sage and Valkyrie classes (not even Bride helps with this) let alone needing to max Sage just to get Tomefaire in the first place, and Rallies Magic, Luck, and Resistance are all kinda mediocre (especially Rally Luck) and there are far better Rally Bots than her. Demoiselle is kinda okay and Miracle could be useful in a pinch if she's got nothing else to take. Ultimately though Healtouch, Renewal, and Dual Support+ are the only skills that really interest Cherche when she's not riding Minerva (or Minerva in a funny looking Griffin costume), and she's probably the best character in the game to fork over that Iote's Shield DLC skill scroll to due to lack of useful skills her desire to stay in the air.

Fortunately this isn't as much of a problem with Cherche's son Gerome as it is with her since he will inherit the Barbarian class tree instead of Troubadour/Valkyrie. Unfortunately, Gerome could use some extra help in the class department plus Cherche's stat modifiers outside of Strength and Defense are kinda bad with a hit in everything but Magic and Luck and an overall modifier total of +1. Stahl is actually a fairly solid choice for her as he compliments her strengths with his own in addition to having a high stat modifier total to offset her penalties, plus he offers Gerome a solid set of classes to support his stats with the Cavalier and Myrmidon class trees (and Bow Knight for Bowbreaker I guess). Alternatively, The Vaike wouldn't do much for Charome but he could lead to a Morgan with the highest DPT (damage per turn) potential in the game (and he could inherit two female exclusive class skills if The Avatar, Cherche, and Charome play their cards right) but he might also have the worst Resistance in the game. Beyond that, you might as well play up Cherche's magic heavy portfolio by pairing her up with either Ricken or Henry.

Gameplay-wise, she's alright so long as she stays in her base class tree or swings over to War Cleric since that's the only class that plays well with her initial build. She comes into a chapter practically tailored made for her and her Hammer, but she's also the second to last breedible 1st gen character making her pretty late to the party (and competing with two other fliers), and the Valmese Vacation is going to be packing Wyrmslayers, Beastkillers, Bow Knights, and magic users out the wazoo making it hard to justify using Cherche over an easier to use character.

Ultimately, Cherche tries to be interesting with her skill set and stat cap distribution but it more or less backfires on her, forcing you to either keep her in her starting classes or going to great lengths to fix her problems. Her midgame join time, the upcoming rough waters for fliers and other units with major vulnerabilities, and poor payout makes it really hard to keep her off the bench. Also her personality gimmick is kinda mediocre and doesn't help matters at all.
3797  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 16, 2013, 12:23:17 AM
100%ed Mighty Switch Force 1. What? That's it. Is there something else you want me to say? Fine. I beat my old Solitaire high score recently with a score of nearly 17000 points. You happy now!?
3798  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: HELP ME! 3DS OR PSVITA OR PS3! on: October 16, 2013, 12:20:24 AM
It helps that most of us are expecting the thing to turn into an RPG device the same way the PSP did. Digital distribution and the lack of region locking go a long way of making it an actual investment rather than the "No export for you" nature of the PSP's library.

Erm, PSP was also region-free.  Maybe you meant to say 3DS?

I worded that poorly. I meant that the bulk of the PSP's library more or less got stranded in Japan without importing it yourself. With digital distribution, even if something gets a NG on the localization front, chances are that you can still get the game without having to pay a small ransom in shipping fees for it (if you don't mind playing it in Japanese).
3799  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 16, 2013, 12:14:48 AM
Dude, I'm a nuclear physicist.  I think I know what radiation is.

I did not foresee that....

Anyways, it doesn't matter because there is a difference between "We've made you resistant to radiation to perform rescue missions in contaminated areas." versus "We've made you resistant/immune to radiation so now go wallow in a radioactive zone in nothing but school girl uniforms.".

As for whether this sucker is nuclear or not, it might have been fixed up a bit in the anime but in the manga it's pretty clearly implied to be radiation as the world made Tokyo into a dumping ground for radioactive material for the sake of the world because they have no place to put it and Japan sold itself out for a quick buck plus some conspiracy BS that hasn't been revealed yet (but we all know is coming). It also specifically refers to it as radiation.
3800  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 15, 2013, 11:54:44 PM

For completionist's sake here's a pair of trailers for Tales of titles.
3801  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: HELP ME! 3DS OR PSVITA OR PS3! on: October 15, 2013, 09:56:27 PM
I'm kinda surprised/happy to see all the PSV love.  It's been slow to warm up if I saw it any way, but good to see the warm reception here (I'm still waiting for that "one title" to make me fork over the cash).  All this reminds me too: I gotta get into indie games more

It helps that most of us are expecting the thing to turn into an RPG device the same way the PSP did. Digital distribution and the lack of region locking go a long way of making it an actual investment rather than the "No export for you" nature of the PSP's library.
3802  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 15, 2013, 09:46:37 PM
I still can't get over the fact that they're wearing school uniforms...

OK, they're genetically engineered to be resistant to the whatever (do they ever actually say it's radiation?) so they don't need hazmat suits.  I don't know how plausible that is, really, but I can suspend my disbelief there.

The tl;dr on radioactivity immunity is that its complete bullshit. Every living thing has background radiation impacting it at all times, you eat it, you drink it, you sleep in it, you piss it, you shit it, and so on. The tl;dr on radiation is that its a form of energy and the only things that really impact it are distance and density. And unless you're applying a gratuitous amount of videogame logic to whatever you're writing, chances are the phrase "Immune or resistant to radiation." is complete and total bullshit.

Actually, this sucker's reminding me of the Syfy original movie Atomic Twister in the "Didn't do the research." sort of way. I can't believe it took 3-4 years for Syfy to top that with Sharknado.

Syfy! If you are reading this. I am trademarking Dinocane and I demand $100 dollars for use of the license.
3803  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 15, 2013, 06:21:13 PM
Yeah, the trailer for Coppelion made it look like it was just trying to be over-the-top action, so I went into it expecting it to not take itself seriously. Now that I've seen that it's actually trying to be serious, I'm more than a little put-off by it. Granted, just because it takes itself seriously doesn't mean I have to, so I may still get some joy out of it, but it's no longer a priority.

There's also not a lot of action. It's mostly crap like "This pile of bones is super nukeular.", and "We better find this old guy quick before he can off himself by hiding in a super nukeular zone and waiting out his anti-nukeular nicotine patch's time limit to expire.", or "Look out! A stealth bomber flying through the air at the speed of a crop duster is trying to shoot out our jeep for reasons.". I am fully serious when I say that I will be disappointed with this series if there isn't even one person who doesn't at least try to hide from the nukeular radiation by ducking into a lead lined refrigerator.

Ninja Edit: Oh and yeah, expect plenty more angst in regards to the girl's artificial-ness, the "What has science wrought?" factor, and of course, the classic "How could anybody treat Tokyo so disrespectfully?" environmental message. Also, conspiracies, since you know nobody would actively shit on Tokyo without some ludicrously circuitous ponzie-scheme for the :moreevil:.
3804  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 15, 2013, 10:45:54 AM
You have a wife?

He has a waifu. Subtle difference.

A waifu named John according to the Newsbox. Now who gave Yoda the keys to the Newsbox?
3805  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 15, 2013, 12:49:54 AM
Castle: Status, meet Quo.

DwtS: God DAMMMMMMMMNNNNNN!!!!! It was like watching King of the Nerds all over again.

Tuesday Edit: Agents of Seduce Him. Highlight of that otherwise boring episode. Would very much like you to stick to a plot arc for more than one episode at a time, plz.
3806  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: October 14, 2013, 05:23:28 PM

A neat little pre-order bonus for you NoE folks.

I doubt that we'll get something as awesome as that, but I'd even pre-order over at Gamestop if we did.

Edit: Also, a bundle. Curse your awesomeness NoE!
3807  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: HELP ME! 3DS OR PSVITA OR PS3! on: October 14, 2013, 02:51:15 PM
I don't think you can go wrong with a 3DS.
3808  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The favorite Disney TV cartoons thread on: October 14, 2013, 02:48:29 PM
I liked Recess till recently when I found out the woman who voice Spinelli was a regular on Californication who waxes buttholes and was doing coke and screwing the guy who sang 'Jesse's Girl' (Rick Springfield?).

Grim- I think we ALL had that "weeaboo/wapanese" phase of "everything Japanese is superior/ I wish I was Japanese" and all that nonsense.  I'm glad I grew out of that nonsense. 

While it has it's share of awful tropes and whatnot, I'd say that in terms of animated TV series, Japanese content is superior. Mostly because there's more stuff than just "Saturday morning cartoon". I mean, can you imagine the likes of Death Note or Aoi Bungaku made in US? Hell, even TMNT, while pretty solid, has so much potential wasted because it has to sell it to the kiddies.

I think animation is just viewed down upon for some reason.
If you want to watch shows like Death Note and Aoi Bungaku, then just watch Death Note or Aoi Bungaku (or don't because they're both pretty mediocre).


I don't remember much about the latter series but the only thing DN really had going for it was Light Yagami's over the top "Just as planned" antics (the 'power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely' message might have been better if Kira Yagami didn't go off the deep end almost immediately after getting his hands on his Death Note, or wasn't a borderline sociopath before that). Once L went down, Kira pretty much lost his incentive for his better shenanigans and the show just kinda petered out.

Also, Castlevania Judgment ruined any sort of appreciation I might have held for the character designer.
3809  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 14, 2013, 02:38:09 PM

Symphonia Chronicles CE announced. Don't know if it'll make it to PALand but for $100 (+tax) big ones you'll get a game, an expensive coaster, five figurines, a soundtrack CD, a fix-fic manga, and a nice box.

Unfortunately, the Xillia CE was only just ever so barely worth it to begin with for me, there's no way in hell am I getting this. Symphonia was a good game and all, but a) I already have a copy on the GCN, b) none of the feelies are that worth it (well okay, the soundtrack might be, but Symphonia's character designs were more miss than hit to me, and FtNW's designs can go die in a fire for all I care), and c) I can't imagine them fixing From the New World to the point of becoming worth playing.
3810  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 13, 2013, 09:35:04 PM
Who ever played Sully is fantastic.

Richard McGonagle played as Sully in Uncharted.

I have been playing MGS3 HD on the Vita and it's been fantastic. A brilliant game but looking at it in retrospect it's such a strange game. Specific moments feel just weird. Like when you're climbing that unholy long stairs and the theme song starts playing spouting lines like : "But you're so supreme!" I was rolling my eyes.

I never got any of the criticism of the part when you have to climb the ladder in MGS3. Is just a thing that happens and that's it... I've seen people before going on and on about how that part is this and that. *shrug*

If I recall correctly, its comes right after putting down The Fury and right before you start the final sequence of fighting the Shagolhod (or however it's spelled), running through the burning jungle, taking on The Boss, and finishing up with the escape sequence. It's pretty much also a disguised loading screen for all of that. At least the song is good in that "This could've been a Bond opening theme song." way.
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