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3871  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Devil Survivor 2 Anime? on: December 07, 2012, 01:23:24 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/07/devil-survivor-2-getting-anime-adaptation-in-april/

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/07/devil-survivor-2-anime-teaser-gives-a-glimpse-of-the-upcoming-show/

Figured it deserved it's own thread given that Persona 4's anime needed one.
3872  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: December 07, 2012, 01:20:47 PM
So who's ready for some Melon Stuffed Shirts: The Anime?

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/07/devil-survivor-2-getting-anime-adaptation-in-april/

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/07/devil-survivor-2-anime-teaser-gives-a-glimpse-of-the-upcoming-show/

As well as some other Devil Survivor 2 stuffs:

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/07/wait-a-second-atlus-is-teasing-another-devil-survivor-2-project/
3873  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: December 07, 2012, 09:25:36 AM
At least this time we'll be able to pick and choose our battles instead of risking overleveling past the region's level ceiling and not having the remaining battles count towards leveling classes. But yeah, not looking forward to chasing down Bolt Rats and Dumbira hearts for Esterk/PlatKing shenanigans again (although I could feasibly bypass the Dumbira heart and, by extension, the Slime and Lizardman hearts by Lucky Paneling up their evolved counterparts instead).

Also, I too enjoyed the town who's future refused to change. Especially in contrast to just how many regions don't wind up with happy endings when all's said and done.
3874  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: December 07, 2012, 12:38:44 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/06/dragon-quest-viis-3ds-remake-has-visible-encounters-instead-of-random-battles/

More screenshots and misinformation about new monsters as those are no monsters but boss fights encountered at various points throughout the game (and that DQVIII and the DS ports/remake feature random encounters).

Also the Time Master description is the fuckin' understatement of the year.
3875  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 06, 2012, 07:44:30 PM
I'm still scratching my head as to why they insist on pushing more and more games in this world, given that direct sequels in FF seemed to have always done worse than the original, and FFXIII had a relatively mixed reception. Was this the plan all along or something?

Cheaper to make the game due to reusing things, I'm guessing.

That, and supposedly they had quite a number of things left over from XIII-1 that they didn't want to go to waste.
3876  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Going back and reading old reviews, some great quotes on: December 06, 2012, 02:13:18 AM
I also think people's appreciation for things evolves over time. The things I love about certain games now are things I didn't necessarily appreciate when I was younger. It's why I love FF9 more now than I did as a kid. It's the same thing with movies, music, and literature too.

Same here. At first I didn't like the ridged progression that the game's plot moved in, but now that I'm older and can better appreciate the technical limitations and design choices made at the time, as well as being able to see both those same things in FFVI and the contrast better gameplay balance makes in FFV, along with my since greatly expanded gaming pallet, I can see how much more daring and unique the experience is in comparison to titles released in both the contemporary and modern time frame.

Additionally, the only thing that bothered me about the character designs was the lack of a permanently playable Beatrix (and Garnet/Dagger's silly haircut, which I still think to be weak, namely because I hate that cliche).
3877  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ninokuni (Ghibli + Level 5 RPG) going PS3 on: December 06, 2012, 01:52:17 AM
If you're banking on the strength of the story and the characters in a Level 5 game to make up for middling gameplay then you're making a sucker's bet. Honestly, I'll be genuinely surprised if this game doesn't feel like it was written by a 12-year old who's mother abandonment issues and lack of any sort of sex education dominate the choices used to fill out his disjointed narrative cobbled together from a mad-lib of random plot points.

Why you always gotta be so negative?

Tis the season, I suppose.

But seriously, have you SEEN their track record? Gundam AGE alone should be reason enough never to trust them again or even trust that even the amounts of executive meddling that companies like Sunrise tend to indulge in can reign in their awful writing.

To me they're right in between Squeenix and Crapcom in terms of the quality of treatment it demonstrates between themselves, their franchises, and their fan bases (in Japan; otherwise folks like Zynga, EA, and Actiblizzvision would be mixed in there among others).
3878  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ninokuni (Ghibli + Level 5 RPG) going PS3 on: December 05, 2012, 01:51:01 PM
Well, if the exploration and story, as well as character development, work out as well as the demo showed it should, the battle system will be only a small kick in the pants. It's not terribly implemented, just seems very elaborate for what basically equates to FFXII battle gameplay with random running and nabbing power ups. Game does reward you for actually defending, though, which is a rarity.

If you're banking on the strength of the story and the characters in a Level 5 game to make up for middling gameplay then you're making a sucker's bet. Honestly, I'll be genuinely surprised if this game doesn't feel like it was written by a 12-year old who's mother abandonment issues and lack of any sort of sex education dominate the choices used to fill out his disjointed narrative cobbled together from a mad-lib of random plot points.
3879  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: December 05, 2012, 01:32:39 PM
I put on my cloak and wizard hat and go double-necro-bamp....

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/05/fire-emblem-awakening-awakens-in-u-s-this-february/

....with US release date of Feb 4th and a EU release of sometime in April plus DLC being confirmed.
3880  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 05, 2012, 01:56:58 AM
So anyways, on my gaming front I went a snagged a cheap copy of both Jade Empire and Panzer Dragoon Orta for my otherwise barren XBox library.

I'll finally have something to talk about in this thread beyond other peoples' games.

Both are great games.  I'd like to know what you think of Jade Empire.  I think it's Bioware's forgotten classic.

So far all I've managed to do was barely make it to level 2. At least I picked up the two perks prior to the first real fight.


Additionally I went back and picked up Einhander.
3881  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 04, 2012, 03:04:14 PM
Peco, again, I hear is a tank... I just don't know if it's ever really worth going through the effort (my general theory being: if you can beat Mikba, you can beat anyone -- even the last boss with ease).
Most seem to boil down to Ryu, Rei, Garr, and Momo.  Momo, as cute and wonderful as she is, made it painful to just *hope* her attack connects sometimes. >_o

Played some Radiant Historia.  I left the DS in my purse and then at some point I guess I reached for something inside and accidentally popped the cartridge out of the system...lost some progress. :(

I wonder what I should play over Winter holiday. :D

Peco's big thing is being able to control his growth more than any other party member since he joins at level 1 and isn't really forced into your party at any given point (barring one or two dungeons). Alternatively, you can just use him as a skill bank due to how quickly he'll gain levels, just stick a master with either really annoying skills to learn or one that nobody wants on him and he'll be in and out in no time. Additionally his biggest issue can be alleviated by giving him inoculations against fire damage or fire absorbing equipment.

Meanwhile Garr's big problem is how his best weapon isn't really all that great and hurts him to use it, while his second best weapon takes forever to show up and even then you're stuck with having to lean on Garr's stats to make up the difference for its marginal attack power.

Momo does indeed have accuracy issues which is why you pretty much glue an Artemis' Cap onto her accessory slot.
3882  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 04, 2012, 02:27:42 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/03/lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii-has-a-world-that-changes-in-real-time/

Good to see them put more effort into planning this out than they did with FFXIII-1. Still doesn't change the fact that the 13 days time limit sounds more like an obnoxious gimmick than anything else.
3883  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Going back and reading old reviews, some great quotes on: December 04, 2012, 02:23:29 PM
Which reminds me... what the fuck is Tri-Ace even up to these days?? :S

This.

And possibly another one of these.
3884  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Going back and reading old reviews, some great quotes on: December 03, 2012, 10:55:44 PM
SO3 is like Xenogear...  it falls apart the moment you swap discs.

I recall it falling apart around the point you reach the first planet and going "Prime Directive? We don't need no stinkin' 'Prime Directive'!" and then it was swords and sorcery all the way until the big fight that happens right after not-Sophtia buys the farm which itself gets interrupted by aliens and Fayt's Jesus Beams.
3885  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 03, 2012, 10:37:37 PM
In all honesty both are kinda 'ehh'. You're better off either getting NSMBWii, NSMBU, or one of the Galaxy games.

I have NSMB Wii and Galaxy 1.  I asked for a 3DS for Christmas so was looking for a game to play on it.  If anyone has any suggestions for 3DS games that are already out, feel free.

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Unfortunately, at this point you're better off sticking with your party now than trying to change things but know that Nina sucks in this game. You'd been better off with Momo or either of the other two in a Speed Formation with Rei in the lead, but then again no BoF game had a particularly well balanced character selection (save Dragon Quarter by virtue of only having 3 party members).

Nina isn't too bad if you level her correctly.  Ger her an +int master asap and keep her on it until you can master with Emitai.  Then keep with Emitai until you learn his spells and get your Int and MP pumped up, then pass her off to Deis to learn badass magic.  If you give her the Mind Sword ability, for 2MP she can do great damage pretty easily.  Of course, at this point she's a glass cannon so boosting her up with +Defense seeds helps a ton.

If you enjoyed the Paper Mario games and the writing but don't care about having a major overarching plot then there's Sticker Star.

And you're absolutely right in regards to Nina, unless you're focused and determined to bring her into the endgame it's just not worth using her over Momo or even Peco. I guess I'd take her over Garr but that's not saying much.
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