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3841  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: January 28, 2013, 01:46:29 PM
Final Fantasy IX, the only game where having a thief in your party is consistently worth it.

Ps. Keep us updated in the game journal.

Not like you have any choice given that the main character is a thief.

As for missables, the game is very good at letting you know when you're standing over something by throwing up a balloon over your head with either a question mark or an exclamation mark in it (even though it may not always be important). Although generally speaking most missables aren't really that important to anything (although a few are like the Stellazaro coins).

Also for this style of playthrough I highly recommend against gunning for Excalibur II. You either have to speed run the hell out of the game or you have to wait forever and a day for the in game clock to wrap all the way around to less than 10 hours in the white time font.
3842  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 28, 2013, 11:16:38 AM
3843  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 28, 2013, 07:53:51 AM

I'm jealous.... I always wanted to make my way through WK to get WK2.... looked very appealing to me... but alas, it still sits on my shelf untouched... I made the mistake of buying that the same time I bought Xenoblade.... popped in Xeno first... you can imagine what happened...

Honestly you aren't missing much. >.> I was anticipating White KNight Chronicles from the moment I saw the first trailer.....and the series really has been a diappointment the entire time. The original trailers and such implied a world with giant scope and fast paced action. The world you get is still giant in scope, but the game play is so miserable. And considering the scope of the world, the actual storyline feels....small. I don't know how it feels small considering it is about a war engulfing the entire world, but somehow it does. For 2 this is probably because the entire game is basically just repeating the areas from 1, but I don't remember why things seemed small in 1. There really was only one time in both games where I really felt the scope that the trailers gave me was in one of the final battles of 2 where you have all five knights fighting and somehow it actually felt dynamic and epic to me despite it just being another fight.

That's because the scope was filled in with the blandest, lifeless, most cliched version of the monomyth imaginable. The custom character and the sentai knights would've been an interesting fold to an otherwise bland JRPG, but like everything else in those games, they were handled terribly, and the rest of the game was built around grinding for the MMO portion (which required an insane amount of grinding to accomplish anything worthwhile). I'm not kidding when I said that those games were what ended my faith in Level 5.
3844  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Abrams set to direct Star Wars VII on: January 28, 2013, 07:43:51 AM
My hope is that they just don't use classic trilogy characters and recast them.

That'd ruin it for sure.

Honestly, just make one in the future with a new plot and cast but in the same universe (which is a weird phrase to say when referencing a sci-fi space series).  Maybe bring back an old Han Solo or Leia for quick cameos, but I'd rather a fresh take to the series (truthfully, I thought old Spock was a pretty cool plot point in 2009 J.J. Star Trek).

The series has a wonderful concept and lore, I'd rather something newer that expands on that and less on the previous saga.... it's been done.

The problem though is that the old saga isn't done yet. For instance, the New Republic hasn't been established yet. Additionally, despite their losses during the battle of the second Death Star, neither the Empire or the remaining Sith been cleared out yet (and one of their plans is to bring back the Emperor via, not one, but two clones of him). And then there's what the main characters do during all of this, which I'll abstain from posting due to possible spoiler reasons.

But yeah, if the second trilogy had dealt with episodes 7-9 instead of 1-3 it wouldn't have been so bad but at this point the original actors are all too old at this point unless they make it like 30 years into the future and change some of the plotted details around.
3845  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 28, 2013, 06:47:47 AM

Well at least the evading mechanic sounds nice on paper, but there are a couple of easy ways I anticipate Squeenix screwing that up (such as keeping it locked for most of the game, making the dodge all but completely useless by only letting it work during the dodge tutorial and maybe a gimmick fight or two, making it completely useless, making it gamebreaking, making it so gamebreakingly useful that you can't even get to the end of the game without complete mastery over the mechanic as endgame enemies will spam instadeath attacks all over the place, ect...).

Also, Lightning's wardrobe continues to grow more impractical and ridiculous, and the last thing we needed was mandating the use of the more fuck ugly ones.
3846  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: January 28, 2013, 06:34:58 AM
I know that Fire Emblem games have them, otherwise they'd be nearly unplayable due to having to sit through every attack animation (not like I have a leg to stand on about what's unplayable given I'm looking towards Project X Zone which is just insane in the unskipable attack animation department).
3847  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: January 28, 2013, 06:28:50 AM
Throw the Granstream Saga in there because it was intended to be the spiritual successor to the series. Of spiritual successors.

But, yeah, the Quintet Quartet deserves so much more than it got. And Terranigma really needs a better translation. It just implodes at the end.

More like the Quintet Quintet as Soul Blazer was in of itself, a spiritual successor to Actraiser (which could be in HD as well). Plus they'd have to remake The Granstream Saga into a game that doesn't suck.

And speaking of which, lets see some Lunar and Grandia in HD. Hell, Grandia practically begs it given how the games consist entirely of moving from one set piece to the next, might as well make them jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
3848  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 28, 2013, 06:15:14 AM
It's a rough game to play, but I think a lot of the hate stems from it being "different" rather than bad. There are some genuinely cool and progressive features. The tech balancing system is neat, the combat is generally pretty solid, generation thing gives you some replayability, and the music is great. Unfortunately it often gets a bad rap because if you sit on the command input screen, the combat music won't change and the loop is pretty short-- it's dynamic and shifts depending on how well each round is going.

Srsly though, it has one of the coolest final boss themes in the series.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvtyUmdQamY Final boss theme. Spoilers, if you care or don't already know. It's so dark!

Its also fugly as hell and some of the enemy attack animations are hilariously minimalistic as well. It also has almost nothing to do with the main series until near the end.

But yes, the music is pretty good.
3849  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 27, 2013, 07:08:02 AM

I see what you did there.

But to actually answer the question, no it is not. Much like everything else in the game, the reason is a lot more anime than normal.
3850  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 26, 2013, 09:17:19 PM

The real cabbage patch kid.
3851  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: January 26, 2013, 09:13:15 PM
So after almost seven years since the game was announced, we learn that the protagonist is not cool.  Meanwhile, there is still no game to show.


Muthafuckas EYES change color htough!!!  FKUCING BADASS!!!

Fuck... If my eyes changed color to reflect my emotions, they'd be RED all work long.  No one would buy a warranty unlees I could scare them into it.  ...what color is "love"?  My eyes would change to that color every time this cute dude walks in-- giving it all away.

...my mind's gotten away from me

Somehow I suspect that some intrepid individual on the interwebs will photoshop a gif of Noctis with Dragon Tears from BoF2 for his eyes in the very near future if it hasn't happened already.
3852  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 26, 2013, 09:07:29 PM
The one thing to remember about matchmaking is that only Chrom is mandated by the plot to getting hitched at a certain point (at the end of the chapter where the Dancer joins), and he'll take whomever's closest to him from his S-rank potentials whether you've reached S-rank or not. Alternatively, if you keep him at arms length from all of his potential mates you can avoid having him take anyone from your army (although this is not advisable since his child will be left with Chrom's inheritance only and another child will miss out on Aether/Royal Weapon).
3853  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Abrams set to direct Star Wars VII on: January 26, 2013, 10:45:50 AM
Also I didn't mind the new ship, though I did like the original design better. Nothing's as ugly as the Enterprise D though. Took them like 2 decades to get another Star Trek show on the air and they apparently spent all that time making the ship as ugly as possible.

Now that's just blasphemy.  The Enterprise D is great.

The Enterprise E, on the other hand, I could never care for.  But fortunately it never really got much screen time.

After years you've completely endeared yourself with me. Enterprise D is a work of art. E is a total warship, unlike the things the Federation have built in the past.

The nerdiest thing I own is a deck by deck set of blueprints for the D. I'm proud of that.

Can you point out where the one toilet on the ship was?
3854  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: January 26, 2013, 10:43:04 AM
I only seriously got into II in 2000, but I had enough nostalgia for 80s-ish stuff that it hit me there anyway.

I got into the series with the GBA port. Made the more tedious parts manageable by doing them in bed (except for that one dungeon in PS2 with all the holes and the fact that the game doesn't tell you that you only need 8 of the 9 pieces of Nei equipment to progress the game; at least I got to brush up on my cartographer skills on that one).

Although since the GBA port only went up to three I had to track down a copy of IV, which I managed to find for cheap on the Genesis (and was my only Genesis game for the longest time).
3855  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: January 26, 2013, 03:53:26 AM
Also this:

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