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3811  Media / General Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: November 08, 2013, 03:28:15 PM
I kinda hope not.  I ddn't really like the idea of alts in Smash Bros Mellee, I thought it cheapened the game a bit (it's cool on that one hand where you like a character's style but wish they played just a wee-bit differently, but I don't know if it's enough or just a quick way to make a bigger roster).

The impression I got from it was that the alts are not separate characters but straight up alts like how Daisy was one for Peach (except in this case they look to be making different character models but maintaining the same fighting mechanics and roster slot; or in short, I would guess that the Male Wii Fit Trainer will fight exactly like Female Wii Fit Trainer despite any visual differences).

Edit: Mario Galaxy based stage confirmed. I wonder how it'll work?
3812  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 08, 2013, 03:15:22 PM
Suikoden's gameplay/battle systems leave something to be desired, pretty basic stuff (I remember just auto-battling all through Suikoden 5 because there was no need for any strategy at all, way too easy). Building your castle/army though and watching it develop from nothing to something huge is where the fun is at.

As for what I'm playing, Disgaea PSP. I think I'm at the final battle... the boss is like LV 90 and all my peeps are under LV65... guess I should grind? I feel like I'm not playing this game how it should be played though (finding ways to level up fast, and I haven't even touched transmigration). I'm gonna mess around more with the Item World, I didn't do much of that throughout the game. Whatevs.

I don't even know what transmigration is, but Item worlds are fairly important. It's helpful for grinding, they improve your weapons, and they're pretty fun on their own.

Transmigration takes one of your generic team members and lets them start all over again. They get to keep their stats, but the rest you get to pick again fresh from the generic character generator (what this actually means is that this is how you reclass your generics into better versions of their previous class, or into an entirely different class if one so desires, but either way, they're going back to level 1).
3813  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 08, 2013, 03:06:10 PM
I'm sorry, but the Lion Beard should've been a mane.
3814  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: November 08, 2013, 03:04:15 PM
I cancelled my order. The recent purchase of a Wii U and a Vita plus a mountain of games means.... I'll take my time and put the money towards some apartment furniture or something

Yeah, this season is looking to be absolutely flooded with software, and now that the Vita's about to get Ys Celetica, I think I'm going to go for that instead.
3815  Media / General Games / Re: Super Mario: 3D World on: November 07, 2013, 02:04:15 PM
^It was only a dumb joke.

Anyways. Game looks great and a lot of fun, and even though I never had the chance to play Galaxy 1 and/or 2 I'm getting the same vibe out of what has been shown of 3D World.

Does the new Zelda for 3DS comes around the same time as 3D World by the way?

I think they'll both be out on the 22, same day as X-Box One's release.

But more importantly, the same day as the most anticipated game: Mario Party: Island Tour. :p

And the week after that Ys 4 mk3 will drop.
3816  Media / General Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: November 07, 2013, 02:02:26 PM

So unless one of his alts is sporting a mask, we're only getting OG Marth (and from the pics, he looks to be just as OP'd as in Brawl).

Aww, but Roy's my boy.

Love the fuck out of Marth, he and Cartoon Link were fun to play as (not normal Link for whatever reason). 

I'll definitely be getting this.... anyone else feel the hype just isn't there like it was for Brawl?  Maybe when we get more unique and the new challengers it will...

I wouldn't say we're not getting Roy, Ike, or somebody else from Fire Emblem. And having thought about it, Lucina might actually still be in this as well, given the fact that the Male WiiFit Trainer is also somehow in (maybe like alts that are actual alts instead of pallet swaps). My previous post was more about my theory of Marth getting replaced by Marth!? (aka Lucina) getting shot critted to hell (though it does make sense since the DS remakes happened between Brawl and now, which was basically a collective remake of FE3 (too bad we didn't get the other half of that)).

As for the hype, I think it's because unlike Brawl, we're not getting an update about some mechanical feature or function like Assist Trophies or stages or other items on a daily basis (we're only getting screenshots this time around which means that they're not really going to tell us anything really different, and the odds of a major update dropping tomorrow or even within a month is highly unlikely versus the every day there's at least something worth checking out Brawl's website for).

@Yggdra: That screenshot is so fake it hurts. Wind Waker has not been confirmed to have a playable stage (it's Spirit Tracks that's representing Toon Link's home field), and the characters are way too small in that screenshot compared to the background (and there's like barely anything happening in said background as well). Nice effort on Lucy's feet though.
3817  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQEX's indie usable IPs; Gex, Fear Effect, and Anachronox on: November 07, 2013, 01:41:04 PM
While I highly doubt it, here's hoping somebody makes good use of the Fear Effect IP.

Meanwhile Gex can continue to go die in a fire for being almost the epitome of the worst of the 90s.
3818  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 07, 2013, 05:12:32 AM
Suikoden 3 was my first introduction to the series and still remains my favorite among the ones I have played (4,5).  What is this Tri-Ace Suikoden?


The tl;dr on the game is that monsters happen, time travel occurs, and the game is loaded down with useless or circuitous mechanics (like having three separate bases for each time period, being staffed by completely different people, the majority of which constitute the majority of the 108 recruits of the game (your battle party consists of like 18 people by the end)).
3819  Media / General Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: November 07, 2013, 04:49:45 AM

So unless one of his alts is sporting a mask, we're only getting OG Marth (and from the pics, he looks to be just as OP'd as in Brawl).
3820  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 07, 2013, 02:03:22 AM
Dragon Quest IX is kinda okay, the plot's a wash and the game lacks in the vinaigrette department, but the gameplay is pretty solid until the post game where it all falls apart into a bunch of random sidequests and the Squeenix brand patented grindfest.

In terms of Suikoden games' quality, I'd rate it 1>2>3=5>Tactics>>>>>>>>>>>>>4>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Tierkries>>>>>>....
*somewhere in another zipcode*....>>>>>That Tri-Ace one.
The reason I say this is because:
Suki1: Decent mid 90's era JRPG with a unique gimmick and a serviceable if not solid plot (except for Neclord who's always the fifth wheel and more of a reference to Konami in general).
Suki2: Would be the best if it could ever get a half decent remake as the original version is so bug ridden, it feels like a Squaresoft game on a bad day.
Suki3: Had some great ideas, but also had some bad ones, and the game feels like one of those early PS2 era games where the devs were out of their comfort zone.
Suki4: Sucked.
Tactics: The half of Suki 4 that explains what Suki 4 was actually about (and lol goat fuckers).
Suki5: Need to play it sometime. Supposedly a very technically competent game but not as relevant to the plot of the first three games as it needed to be.
Tierkreis: Looks and feels like a GameArts game like Grandia or something. Probably has the same quality of characters and plot too but almost assuredly without the Grandia gameplay that makes their games tolerable.
That Tri-Ace one: Is a Tri-Ace game. Nuff said.

I will second that the series overall needed more polish.

And the problem with Luminous Arc 2 is that its an ImageEpoch game. Better than the first game, but that's not exactly a feat given how crappy the first game was. Besides, it's not like ImageEpoch has really done anything worth a damn in the first place (and even if they did, you can be safe in the knowledge that it'll never leave Japan).

@Mickeymac92: Play Xenoblade anyways. Like 60% of the game is 'Go to the next region' (the other 40% is sidequests). The plot kinda goes onto autopilot for awhile until you hit the end of the Bird People region so if you're before that you shouldn't have to remember too much. Otherwise go with Skies. Muramasa's okay and I suppose that Ni no Kuni is too (in spite of being a Level 5 game).
3821  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 07, 2013, 12:56:45 AM
There's a fan translation of Madan no Ou to Vanadis, Mickeymac.  Probably not supposed to link to that sort of thing here but if you just google the title I'm sure you can find it.  In fact I think it's the first hit...

Hah, it's even the site that guy uses all the time. Maybe he's already heard of it? Anyways, thanks. And thanks for giving us the heads up on the anime version, I don't recall hearing about it from my usual sources.

EDIT: Wow, he apparently posted about it just yesterday. XD He loves it, even the fanservice scenes. In fact, he said they're some of his favorite fanservice scenes, referencing the bath scenes specifically. :P Just thought I'd mention that. Guess its got two solid recommendations now, so now I'm really looking forward to it.

Wait. This is worth something? WTF!?!
3822  Media / General Games / Re: Super Mario: 3D World on: November 07, 2013, 12:38:01 AM
It'll be out in two more weeks.
3823  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 06, 2013, 08:14:05 PM
It's been awhile since I played a rpg and I am going through withdrawal.  After the psp feature,  I really want to buy a psp but I need to finish/try the last of the ds RPGs.  I've got Suikoden Tierkreis, Radiant Historia, Dragon Quest 9, and Luminous Arc 2 on my list.

Also has anyone tried Hometown Story?  That's been on my radar for a while.

Finish Radiant Historia. The rest are either mediocre or crap (and that apparently includes Hometown Story as it sounds like it turned out to be really tedious).

And speaking of which, when is that Best of DS feature going to drop?
3824  Media / General Games / Re: Super Mario: 3D World on: November 05, 2013, 01:07:00 PM
But I liked playing as the Yellow Toad... ;_;

/fake sentiment

Either way though, it looks like Super Mario 64 meets Super Mario Bros. 2 and I'm totally down with that.
3825  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: November 05, 2013, 01:04:39 PM
Assuming I'm not twisting things, the game will allow you to do dungeons in any order through "item rentals". I'm not sure how I feel about this. I like the idea of non linear dungeons but the whole "rent items to beat a dungeon" seems a bit iffy to me. Te me, one of the more "magical" parts of any Zelda game was opening up the big chest and getting that new piece of kit. Having it all laid out for me in a rental takes a lot of that away, even if you do end up picking the item up eventually in its respective dungeon. Its kind of like the D3 Auction house, getting rare drops just isn't the same when you can just as easily pick them up off the store shelf.

My biggest concern is having all the items in the rental shop. One of the best things about LttP was getting items just from looking around a bit every so often. These days, inventory items are only found in dungeons and are primarily used in getting through the second half of that dungeon instead of augmenting your abilities and being the primary tool needed to open something else up or making you more powerful.

That said, I do like what they did with the Ice Rod to make it something other than a slower/less powerful Fire Rod.
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