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3856  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: November 03, 2013, 05:23:27 PM
And now it's
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Aversa's
B-day.

Out of all the post game characters she is by far the best of the lot. Her greatest advantage is Shadowgift, one of the best skills in the game, and outside of DLC is exclusive to her and her daughter (which actually makes her an attractive mate for a Male Avatar). And while that alone is worth more than anything any of the other post game characters bring to the table, she also sports an impressive set of classes and skills, including her default class and it's level 15 skill Galeforce (additional desirable skills include: Lancefaire, Vengeance, Deliverer, Tomebreaker, Axebreaker, Quick Start, Slow Start, and Lifetaker). Her only drawback is that she doesn't have access to the Sage class to make full use of her magical capabilities (or really any magic using classes outside of Dark Mage/Sorcerer and Dark Knight/Flier; also the lack of access to Bowbreaker for having both airborne class trees, but then she's like the only other character in the game to want Iote's Shield if you got it from the DLC (Say'ri being the other one)). She also has a good spread of stat cap modifiers for a first genner, even if none of them are really worth writing home about aside from the +3 magic (basically, she takes a hit to strength and luck for a minor boost to skill and speed for an overall +2 modifier which is average for a 1st genner and post game character).

The tl;dr is if there is anyone you might want to consider pairing a Male Avatar up with, it would be her as Morgan will be an amazing magic user. She's also not too shabby herself (especially for when she can use magic).
3857  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: If you could invent/discover one thing on: November 03, 2013, 03:16:13 PM
A means of completely rebuilding a still living human body without the need of major surgery or looking like Frankenstein's Monster.

As in, you've lost an arm or a leg, we'll build you a new one just as it used to be. Lost an eye or your hearing, we can go in a fix/replace them at the same quality or better. Need a new liver, kidney, heart, etc? Take a dozen if it suits you. Or maybe you've always wanted wings, gills, or a tail. Sure thing mate. Don't like your height, your build, the color of your eyes/skin, your gender, the shape of your head, or any particular mental condition/physical aliment? You can change them. Want to stay in your teens or twenties? Then yes you can.

Basically, I'm looking for something like Wolverine's healing factor, but with the ability to also modify your body if there's something you don't like about it.
3858  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anyone collect strategy guides for RPG's on: November 02, 2013, 06:54:46 PM
Addendum to my previous post: I, by principal, will not acquire any strategy guide that spends most of its pages telling me to check out the company's website, regardless of the quality of the art therein.
3859  Media / General Games / Re: Favorite Game Genre BESIDES RPGs on: November 02, 2013, 06:52:23 PM
What, no farm simulators?

Well I'll admit that I do enjoy the occasional game of Agricola, but I didn't think board games counted.

Or are you referring to Squeenix or MMO games in general?
3860  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 02, 2013, 05:52:30 PM
Holy shit! Dice smoked us all.

Congrats Dice.
3861  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 02, 2013, 03:58:04 PM
I find that hard to believe. There's so much obscure world-building in FFIX.

I'll try to be there, hopefully dinner doesn't get in the way with it being an hour later for us North Americans than usual and all.

Granted that FFIX blows pretty much every other FF game out of the water in terms of world building, it's still not nearly as bad as "What was written on Fayt's Shirt?" or "Name the one organization one of your party members hails from in a game where everything has an organization name and they're all generic sounding." or the 'hope that you were a fan of that one particular exclusively optional character that you can bump into at the start of the game and then completely ignore for far better characters because a third of the questions are about her' that SO3 was (and that's not even coming near the million different things about Item Creation, Battle Skills, Unrewarding Sidequests, or junk items that the game could easily inundate you on).
3862  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 02, 2013, 10:26:44 AM
Yeah, we wont have to worry about Daylight Saving Time until tomorrow (for those of us who have to deal with that).
3863  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 02, 2013, 08:34:19 AM
I mostly played Soldier Blade and Radiant Silvergun tonight. Got up to the level 3 boss in SB but died. SB's infinite continues + Wii's save states are nice though. This has me interested in chiptune music now.

Radiant Silvergun I'm not really feeling. The slowness and the mazey level designs aren't doing much for me. The maze-like nature of the levels is... tedious and reminds me of R-Type's worst moments. And it feels like there's only one way to beat each section and the game is just a matter of figuring that out, but it's less solving something and more... feels like they developer is being all "look how clever I am!" Decision making is meaningless when there's only one correct choice.

idk I think I might pass on Ikaruga whenever it gets a steam release. Apparently it's really similar.

It's funny 'cause RSG and Ikaruga are both widely regarded as being best-in-genre games, and I kind of hate RSG. This seems to be a recurring theme with me, though -- cough Lufia 2 cough.
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RSG, Ikaruga, and other Treasure games tend to be hailed as the best by people who only have passing knowledge of the genre they're picking the reigning champion in. They're a lot like various Cave games in that they pretty much require you to memorize a single optimal route instead of letting you get by on twitch dodging/twitch+memorization alone.

Likewise, the original version of Lufia 2 also has it's own set of problems that keep it from being the best of the genre on the system (while it has aged fairly well, it doesn't change the fact that the problems it had to begin with still remain as well). Still, it did a lot better than the BoF games did.


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I feel like I should go back to Xenoblade at some point but I felt like the quality really dropped in Alcamoth*, and I have to admit it kind of killed my interest. Does it pick up again after that?

* Alcamoth is huge but really empty, and like half of the NPCs are just talking about game systems I'm already familiar with.
* The tomb had a lot of basically unavoidable encounters. Eeeeer.
* Eryth Sea's annoying to get around.

This is why I tried to suggest getting through the Alcamoth section before trying to do all the quests there earlier, it's most definitely the low point of the game. You're like a brief dungeon away from the plot taking off (unless you've already done Prison Island in which case the plot should already be beginning to rev up again, starting with Shulk getting his mid-season upgrade), and the area after that is when the gameplay should begin to pick up again (if not there then in the area after two rather straightforward areas after the first aforementioned area).

Also, the tomb shouldn't be too much trouble to navigate on subsequent visits should you find yourself returning there (there are a couple of spots that are still a pain, but the place does hold a few secrets; even if a few of them require end/postgame levels).


Anyways, SMTIV: The Ring of Gaea (or The Ring of Time to you PALers). I'm now running through a haunted mansion and meeting everybody's favorite dungeon crawler gimmick, Teleporter Mazes. I also have all three of the Japan Treasures so if &| when I bump into the quest that demands turning them in, it should go quickly.
3864  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 01, 2013, 03:38:58 PM
Well, I don't know what All Saints Day is, so i'm exempt.

 All Saints' Day is the New Year's Day to Halloween's New Year's Eve.



Wut.

I meant that in reference to temporal positioning. Halloween is the Eve to which All Saints' is the Day.

Of course, modern culture has caused the Eve to almost totally eclipse the Day. Unlike Christmas Day which still holds enough meaning to be recognized as the main event over Christmas Eve, but very much like New Year's Eve which is (admittedly, kinda nebulous as it's the transition between the days in particular that society celebrates rather than any particular day) the day that people go out and celebrate over New Year's Day (since they'll be too drunk on that day to do more than sleep off their hangovers).

Of course this is all Catholic/Christian/Western Society/etc. nonsense and mostly just an excuse to get out and party.
3865  Media / General Games / Re: Favorite Game Genre BESIDES RPGs on: November 01, 2013, 03:20:35 PM
Side-scrolling Platformers. Bonus points if they are a Metroidvania, a sudo-Shmup, or a side-scrolling brawler with some RPG-like elements therein.

Alternatively, 3D rail-shooters (i.e. Star Fox, Panzer Dragoon, Sin & Punishment, etc.).

Top-down games are also solid, even if they tend towards ARPG.

And it depends on the game in particular but RTSes have been a great way for me to waste time on (especially Age of Empires).
3866  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 01, 2013, 03:11:10 PM
Overall, it's pretty fast, clean, and mostly functional. I've certainly used worse. I think I might continue using it, at least for Space Brothers and Fairy Tail. Speaking of which:
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Did they just kill off Grey while he was distracted by Julia's idiocy? I mean, I can't imagine that they'd kill one of their best characters in such an embarassing way, but he did kinda get turned into swiss cheese...so if he lives, it's bullcrap. Kinda stuck in a bind there, Mr. writer...

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Grey's watch says it's Organ-less-O-Clock.

They'll probably do what Gundam AGE did have the next episode lead off with the character in question showing up only almost being impaled despite the new scene not really looking all that similar to the previous one.

*After Reading Chapter* Even Better:
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A character sacraficed herself to turn back time...and only managed to turn it back one minute. But everyone gets to keep their memories, so Grey and 3 other people managed to save themselves from death...because they all died within the same minute apparently. (These must be some very coordinated Dragons...or maybe everyone's idiocy was just in sync =P)

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Did the character that activated the Omega 13 also get a mulligan?
3867  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 01, 2013, 03:06:36 PM
Well, I don't know what All Saints Day is, so i'm exempt.

All Saints' Day is the reason why we have an All Hallows' Eve (better known as Halloween). There's a whole genealogy behind these two days dating back to ancient druid tribes, but sufficed to say, All Saints' Day is the New Year's Day to Halloween's New Year's Eve.

In short, today is that day. And here is my promised post.
3868  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 01, 2013, 04:02:16 AM

BC Bud and Maple Syrup.  COME TO CANADA

I was thinking about replying to this with a Bandit Keith joke, but then I remembered that he only really says "In Canada" in a one-off joke.

So to not make my trip to KYM completely pointless...



...have a picture of Captain Piccard trying to outdo Matt Lauer's Gaywatch.
3869  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 31, 2013, 10:17:08 PM
Overall, it's pretty fast, clean, and mostly functional. I've certainly used worse. I think I might continue using it, at least for Space Brothers and Fairy Tail. Speaking of which:
Code:
Did they just kill off Grey while he was distracted by Julia's idiocy? I mean, I can't imagine that they'd kill one of their best characters in such an embarassing way, but he did kinda get turned into swiss cheese...so if he lives, it's bullcrap. Kinda stuck in a bind there, Mr. writer...

Code:
Grey's watch says it's Organ-less-O-Clock.

They'll probably do what Gundam AGE did have the next episode lead off with the character in question showing up only almost being impaled despite the new scene not really looking all that similar to the previous one.
3870  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: October 31, 2013, 07:45:27 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/10/31/zelda-pikmin-cartoon-shorts-coming-nintendo-3ds/

For lack of a better place for this.
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