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3826  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: January 12, 2013, 03:48:43 AM

There's enough Persona now to form an entire studio around. In retrospect this was pretty obvious.
3827  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 11, 2013, 01:57:04 PM
I thought Inuyasha: The Final Act in 2009 was supposed to finish the series?

It was. The final act was literally the last couple of chapters of the manga. They ended up skipping at least an arc or two in the process but its Inuyasha and nothing of value was lost. Also I did read at least one chapter of the manga, the final one, to see if the Internets' vitriol was as warranted as it seemed. It was.

Bleach's problem was that it came up with this plotline involving things like Hollows and the hunting of them down and then the Soul Society arc happened which should've been a derail but ended up being so popular that basically every arc since tried to replicate that instead leading to, among other things, battles that consisted of "Now it is I who is behind you!" shenanigans and power levels that were completely arbitrary beyond the measurement of who could press their sword against another person's sword harder.

And Naruto's problem was that at first it started by focusing on the titular character's growth from being a dipshit loser to fulfilling his dream, but he was too much of a dipshit loser so the series wisely dispersed the focus onto his peers from his class as well making battles and events a team effort but then they also wanted to make angsty emo Sasuke into the main character despite being nothing more than a dipshit loser so they basically had him single-handedly hijack the plot and turn it into crap about asian wizards demanding your shottingguns.
3828  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2013, 07:55:22 PM
The tl;dr of Inuyasha is that it starts as an entertaining shonen style collectithon then by the second season that all but ditches that to become a full time romantic comedy for the remainder of the decade.

Even the bait and switch wouldn't have been so terrible if the plot wasn't put into suspended animation for the better part of a decade or if the show itself didn't devolve into that one early commercial from Adult Swim that consisted of nothing but the two leads shouting each others' names at each other with the occasional sword upgrade for Inuyasha thrown in to continue the pretense (seriously, whenever Inuyasha went "Oh shit! A new barrier!" it was time for a new story arc (or for Kagome/Kikiyo to save the day), but whenever Miroku went "Oh shit! Bees!" it was time to ignore him for the rest of the episode which was usually about two seconds into the episode's fight, and then there's Sango and Shippo, although at least the former did well enough with her stupidly huge boomerang and flying, flaming, murdercatfoxthingy).

Yeah. Guess who fell into that trap! This guy! I didn't even bother watching the ending because I already knew by that point that it was just going to consist of wrapping up every goddamn plot thread the space of one season and ending with both Inuyasha and Miroku getting their respective girls.

And then the author immediately started a new series that was exactly the same thing except more ghosts instead of demons.

Which, by the way, don't bother with Rin-ne or whatever its called. Its guaranteed to be garbage.
3829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 10, 2013, 07:22:09 PM
Skipping DLC and grinding seems like a good combo when going with the no perma death mode, might actually make battles a bit more thrilling to ONLY worry about scraping through, rather than keeping everyone alive.

Anyways, there's ad scans drifting around that indicate the US at least will get the blue FE 3DS that Japan got. 3DS XL upgrade might've been nice, but it's still great to see that come over, it's one of the LE ones I would've actually wanted.

EDIT: For reference, the blue 3DS.

If so then Hell Yeah! The conservative investor profits once again...*ohm nom nom*...My sandwich!? I'M RUINED!!!

In addition to avoiding DLC and grinding, you'll also need to refrain from using the Nosferatu tome and certain class/skill combinations.

If you haven't tried FE12 please do so, I think it's a better game in terms of classic FE mechanics, difficulty, and balance. It also has casual mode.

Or the better Nosferatu tome for that matter.

But then again getting said class/skill combinations is probably going to take you all main game to accumulate on even the one person who has nothing better to do than to get all of those (aside from getting together with someone like Kellam so that her daughter has those options as well as a bunch of other options that she'll probably never need).
3830  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 10, 2013, 04:07:43 PM

Got to go on a squeaking mission.
3831  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 4 DS quick question regarding items in the game on: January 10, 2013, 02:42:13 PM
...but damn are the battles slow and boring and it takes so long to gain a level. Really getting frustrated with this

Not going to lie, that was the main reason why I hated Dragon Quest for a while.

Haven't played the DS version so I don't know what level you need to be for the post game stuff but I did my best grinding on the island that has the entrance to the underworld in the NES version. Nothing like sicking Alena on any unfortunate Metal King Slimes foolish enough to draw near and watching the ensuing mess of critical hits flatten them.

Also, and I don't know why you wouldn't have done this already, but if you haven't cleaned out the casino for Metal King Shields for everybody who can equip them then you should. Remember, its a game. There's a save point nearby. Buy maybe 10 tokens, save whenever you end up in the black, and set a reset threshold once you have more than enough tokens to play for a five minute long losing streak so you don't actually have to play for more than five minutes before you realize you need to give up and try again.
3832  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: January 10, 2013, 01:51:09 PM
I have the playstation original and haven't touched it yet probably not interested in this version

Your call, but the original is so massive and clunky that I can't imagine this not being the definitive version.

(Although that could just be my lack of faith in OG Playstation hardware due to failures which caused me to not finish the PSX version of the game when one of my memory cards got reformatted to make room for an Inuyasha fighting game save file. I had an endgame save that was a grind away from beating the final boss on that memory card among other things. Also PSXes suck and overheat causing them to freeze at the drop of the hat. And the ingame CGs of the PSX version were ugly as hell.)

The tl;dr is that the PSX did not age well at all.
3833  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 10, 2013, 01:39:59 PM

And speaking of DLC, looks like the first one's going to be free for a while just like in Japan.

Also pics.
3834  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2012 Discussion Thread on: January 09, 2013, 09:38:56 PM
out of all the western developed, testosterone fueled, blatantly misogynistic, male gamers' power fantasies on display last year
What are you talking about?

The 2012 VGAs (I think I died a little watching that thing and then reading the trip reports of the online coverage).
3835  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 09, 2013, 09:30:26 PM
I tried to list things that weren't Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Fairy Tail or some other well known big name.

I also didn't list those tournament fighters because most of them aren't really anything special.
Who here wants to watch Beyblade?

I guess there's Shaman King that's a tournament shonen fighter, right? I never watched it myself... so can't say.

There's Shaman King, Blue Exorsist, Soul Eater (which I swear he said he saw some of), JoJo's, Hitman Reborn (which you listed. I blanked on it earlier), Hunter X Hunter (2011), Dragon Ball (not Z. A lot of people never saw the original, which is way different from Z), Gintama (more of a comedy I guess, but it still sorta counts), Beelzebud, Fist of the North Star, Rurouni Kenshin, and Yu Yu Hakusho. All of Which I enjoyed much more than Naruto, Bleach, Inuyasha, and Fairy Tail. Those four are bottom of the barrel in my opinion. Not Better than One Piece, though. That show is the shiz, man (I dunno if Klyde would be into it, since it tends to be very silly a lot of the time, though).

Wait. Why do you consider Fairy Tale to be bottom of the barrel material? I thought that it was basically Rave Master with a better cast?

Also I'd like to add Bobobo to the list of unwatchables. Trying to watch that is like locking yourself in a closet with a truckload of cigarettes and chain smoking each and every one until you're ready to swear off of them forever, except replace the cigarettes with Japanese humor.

And Fushigi Yuugi is about as Shonen as Seikerei except genderswap everything (including the genre) and make the premise less retarded. Or to put it directly, it's a pure blooded Shojo series (modern day girl falls in magical sudo history and into the waiting laps of her harem of pretty bishonen) that borrows a few Shonen elements to give the pretty bishonens something to do while the MC tries to figure out which of her lovely harem she wants to motion towards first base with without just giving in and taking the Tenchii solution.
3836  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 09, 2013, 09:07:17 AM
The whole making mistake=getting your weaker characters instakilled is pretty much why I gotta quicksave often in SRW and Fire Emblem games, just in case. Quick reset is your best friend. I really hope the bonus exp system from the wii one is in this game, it made it so easy to max stats. Not sure how the support mechanic will turn out.

Nope. But you don't need it anyways, what with the infinite grinding and all. Hell, one of the DLC skills does nothing but increase your character's stat caps by 10 points nearly across the board (no luck for HP or Move) and you pretty much need it for the DLC.
3837  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2012 Discussion Thread on: January 09, 2013, 08:37:20 AM
I clicked on each category guessing Mass Effect 3 would inevitably win, and yes including best indie game.

Great. Thanks a lot for reminding me of 2012's VGAs. :argh:

At least the awards ceremony here was more dignified than that trophy conveyer belt (and its debatable to even call those things trophies let alone anything that has to do with video games). Though credit where credit's due, out of all the western developed, testosterone fueled, blatantly misogynistic, male gamers' power fantasies on display last year, it was nice to see The Walking Dead pull out the first worthwhile upset in recent memory in that particular venue.
3838  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG's for the iPad! on: January 08, 2013, 04:05:03 PM
Serious question - aren't IOS rpgs generally considered terrible at this point?

iOS devices don't have do deal with the technical hurdles to handle RPGs like they do with pretty much any sort of game that requires more than directional input and two button presses.

Its browser based RPGs that are rapidly turning to card game central.

3839  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 08, 2013, 03:59:55 PM
my only problem with perma death is that i'm not perfect and i make mistakes. like 1 one time i had a wall setup by some trees and overlooked that a wyvern knight could fly over the tree's and 1 shot my cleric. maybe as an alternative they could introduce a 3 charge staff that can revive.

Or a one charge staff you can repair even if broken (provided you have somebody who can use the darn thing).
3840  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2012 Discussion Thread on: January 08, 2013, 02:59:33 PM
Reader's Choice: The amount of votes Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story got surprised me, but pleased me as well.

None of the awards surprised me, but they all pleased me. I don't agree that Mass Effect 3 is the best RPG released this year, but looking at the staff Picks, it was obvious it would win out. Plus, it was a surprisingly good year for RPG fans, so the competition was fierce, and my personal fave did get runner-up, so it's all good.

I quite enjoyed reading what the staff wrote, and ultimately this was one of the few yearly awards where I didn't have something to complain about. Great work all around. :)

Here too, save for that it seems that being the concluding chapter of a multi-part series is worth more than having a unique setting and actual environments instead of endless corridors and hallways (not calling out ME3 on this but the majority of JRPGs which are by and large dungeon crawlers), which is kind of ironic since Xenoblade was basically the same plot as every other attempt made by the director at telling a multi-part series including Chrono Cross (though not nearly to the same extent) and possibly Sands of Destruction (never played it but every impression I got out of it looks that way).
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