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3871  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's Top 20 PSP Games on: October 18, 2013, 11:10:33 AM
It also doesn't help that a lot of the games that could've been on this list ended up stranded in Japan. *cough*Valkyria Chronicles 3*cough*
3872  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1994 EGM preview of SFC Dragon Quest VI - It got me interested in the DQ series on: October 18, 2013, 10:26:50 AM
You know, for all the times the series was mentioned in Nintendo Power back in the day, I never really got into or interested in the series until after playing VIII. Then again, I think that was because of the fact that we didn't get a DQ/DW after the hard to come by DW4 until DWVII on the PSX and that definitely wasn't the best entry to the series (especially when coupled with a volatile 3rd party memory card and a PoS PSX).

It always amuses me that the same thing also happened with the Fire Emblem series in that whatever mentions it got in NP or whatever interest I might have shown back in the day, I never really cared about the series until I finally got my hands on it in 2003 and was like "Holy shit! This is like FFT except even more brutal." and then I've been a fan of the SRPG genre ever since.

And to round it off, the Phantasy Star series was an oddball encounter for me due to the crash course I got on it with the GBA ports of 1-3. After managing to slog through the entirety of that, I managed to hunt down PSIV for the Genesis and gained a solid respekt for the series.
3873  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 17, 2013, 10:37:05 PM

First Ep. of TWD was decent, so at least I have that.

I have been trying to figure it out and I am sure when you say it I will be all "duh" but what the fuck is TWD?


Really?! TWD = The Walking Dead. Duh, Dag. ; - )

To be fair, it took me a while to recall that as well. TWD doesn't really go along with much.


That said, I also just recalled what The Crazy Ones is trying to be (a combination of 30 Rock and The Office), and it's pretty much failing at it.
3874  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 17, 2013, 10:32:05 PM
Even if it isn't canon I'll probably opt for the female MC. The anime would only be supplemental. I just don't have the time to do 2 play throughs (self inflicted) as I want to make my way through my backlog of games.

Actually come to think of it, I rarely ever play an RPG twice once I've beaten it. It's a strange habit of mine.

It's not that strange when you consider how much linearity & filler are in most RPGs versus the time commitment each one demands.
3875  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: October 17, 2013, 10:28:57 PM
There's really no need to correct ACC every single time he posts a character's birthday and it looks to you like he's a day off just because of time zone differences. The time zone differences just mean you're both right. Or wrong. Or something.

In any case, ACC always posts before you when it comes to characters, so you don't seem to be waiting 364/5 days. :P

That's because I typically don't pay attention to it that much (and 72.8 days is a rather arbitrary number to begin with :v). I guess posting character synopses doesn't require a birthday, but I'd rather not post it all at once since I doubt that would fit two or even three concurrent posts, and I wouldn't even try even if it weren't against the rules since there's 49 characters to cover and a hell of a lot of gameplay info and factoids to remember/recall about each one.

Also it takes me a couple of hours to write one of these so I might end up missing the date even if I was aware ahead of time.

Well either way, my tl;dr is that I don't mean to sound like I'm snapping at anybody, especially since I'm in no position to do so.
3876  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: October 17, 2013, 04:48:54 PM
Get a god damn room you two.

The sexual tension in here is suffocating.

Unfortunately, our support rank isn't high enough yet. I think we're still working on C rank. :v

And to be fair ACC, if I post on the day of, you only have to wait a day for your update. If I wait to find out from you though, I'll end up waiting 364/5 days for the update.
3877  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys (IV) Memories of Celceta on: October 17, 2013, 04:22:07 PM
http://gematsu.com/2013/10/ys-memories-of-celceta-first-english-screenshots

Have some English screenshots.
3878  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: October 17, 2013, 01:19:40 AM
Poor you if you forgot that today's Cherche's Birthday.

Anyways, Cherche's probably one of the most interesting playable female gen 1 characters in the game role-wise in that she has the highest Strength and second highest Defense of any 1st gen female in the game (outside of The Avatar) but despite that most of her classes ignore these stats or do not play well with them. In a mechanical sense, the game implies that Cherche was meant to become a staff bot or magic user like most of the other females in the game but wound up taming a dragon wyvern instead. On the plus side, Cherche can learn the Valkyrie's Dual Support+ skill to enhance her pair up ability to support others (along with Deliverer), and I guess she can become one of the more viable Bolt Axe/Shock Stick users in the game. On the other hand, most of her skills don't do squat for her. Tomefaire is useless to her outside of the Sage and Valkyrie classes (not even Bride helps with this) let alone needing to max Sage just to get Tomefaire in the first place, and Rallies Magic, Luck, and Resistance are all kinda mediocre (especially Rally Luck) and there are far better Rally Bots than her. Demoiselle is kinda okay and Miracle could be useful in a pinch if she's got nothing else to take. Ultimately though Healtouch, Renewal, and Dual Support+ are the only skills that really interest Cherche when she's not riding Minerva (or Minerva in a funny looking Griffin costume), and she's probably the best character in the game to fork over that Iote's Shield DLC skill scroll to due to lack of useful skills her desire to stay in the air.

Fortunately this isn't as much of a problem with Cherche's son Gerome as it is with her since he will inherit the Barbarian class tree instead of Troubadour/Valkyrie. Unfortunately, Gerome could use some extra help in the class department plus Cherche's stat modifiers outside of Strength and Defense are kinda bad with a hit in everything but Magic and Luck and an overall modifier total of +1. Stahl is actually a fairly solid choice for her as he compliments her strengths with his own in addition to having a high stat modifier total to offset her penalties, plus he offers Gerome a solid set of classes to support his stats with the Cavalier and Myrmidon class trees (and Bow Knight for Bowbreaker I guess). Alternatively, The Vaike wouldn't do much for Charome but he could lead to a Morgan with the highest DPT (damage per turn) potential in the game (and he could inherit two female exclusive class skills if The Avatar, Cherche, and Charome play their cards right) but he might also have the worst Resistance in the game. Beyond that, you might as well play up Cherche's magic heavy portfolio by pairing her up with either Ricken or Henry.

Gameplay-wise, she's alright so long as she stays in her base class tree or swings over to War Cleric since that's the only class that plays well with her initial build. She comes into a chapter practically tailored made for her and her Hammer, but she's also the second to last breedible 1st gen character making her pretty late to the party (and competing with two other fliers), and the Valmese Vacation is going to be packing Wyrmslayers, Beastkillers, Bow Knights, and magic users out the wazoo making it hard to justify using Cherche over an easier to use character.

Ultimately, Cherche tries to be interesting with her skill set and stat cap distribution but it more or less backfires on her, forcing you to either keep her in her starting classes or going to great lengths to fix her problems. Her midgame join time, the upcoming rough waters for fliers and other units with major vulnerabilities, and poor payout makes it really hard to keep her off the bench. Also her personality gimmick is kinda mediocre and doesn't help matters at all.
3879  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 16, 2013, 12:23:17 AM
100%ed Mighty Switch Force 1. What? That's it. Is there something else you want me to say? Fine. I beat my old Solitaire high score recently with a score of nearly 17000 points. You happy now!?
3880  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: HELP ME! 3DS OR PSVITA OR PS3! on: October 16, 2013, 12:20:24 AM
It helps that most of us are expecting the thing to turn into an RPG device the same way the PSP did. Digital distribution and the lack of region locking go a long way of making it an actual investment rather than the "No export for you" nature of the PSP's library.

Erm, PSP was also region-free.  Maybe you meant to say 3DS?

I worded that poorly. I meant that the bulk of the PSP's library more or less got stranded in Japan without importing it yourself. With digital distribution, even if something gets a NG on the localization front, chances are that you can still get the game without having to pay a small ransom in shipping fees for it (if you don't mind playing it in Japanese).
3881  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 16, 2013, 12:14:48 AM
Dude, I'm a nuclear physicist.  I think I know what radiation is.

I did not foresee that....

Anyways, it doesn't matter because there is a difference between "We've made you resistant to radiation to perform rescue missions in contaminated areas." versus "We've made you resistant/immune to radiation so now go wallow in a radioactive zone in nothing but school girl uniforms.".

As for whether this sucker is nuclear or not, it might have been fixed up a bit in the anime but in the manga it's pretty clearly implied to be radiation as the world made Tokyo into a dumping ground for radioactive material for the sake of the world because they have no place to put it and Japan sold itself out for a quick buck plus some conspiracy BS that hasn't been revealed yet (but we all know is coming). It also specifically refers to it as radiation.
3882  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 15, 2013, 11:54:44 PM
http://gematsu.com/2013/10/tales-of-link-bibliotheca-debut-trailers

For completionist's sake here's a pair of trailers for Tales of titles.
3883  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: HELP ME! 3DS OR PSVITA OR PS3! on: October 15, 2013, 09:56:27 PM
I'm kinda surprised/happy to see all the PSV love.  It's been slow to warm up if I saw it any way, but good to see the warm reception here (I'm still waiting for that "one title" to make me fork over the cash).  All this reminds me too: I gotta get into indie games more

It helps that most of us are expecting the thing to turn into an RPG device the same way the PSP did. Digital distribution and the lack of region locking go a long way of making it an actual investment rather than the "No export for you" nature of the PSP's library.
3884  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 15, 2013, 09:46:37 PM
I still can't get over the fact that they're wearing school uniforms...

OK, they're genetically engineered to be resistant to the whatever (do they ever actually say it's radiation?) so they don't need hazmat suits.  I don't know how plausible that is, really, but I can suspend my disbelief there.

The tl;dr on radioactivity immunity is that its complete bullshit. Every living thing has background radiation impacting it at all times, you eat it, you drink it, you sleep in it, you piss it, you shit it, and so on. The tl;dr on radiation is that its a form of energy and the only things that really impact it are distance and density. And unless you're applying a gratuitous amount of videogame logic to whatever you're writing, chances are the phrase "Immune or resistant to radiation." is complete and total bullshit.

Actually, this sucker's reminding me of the Syfy original movie Atomic Twister in the "Didn't do the research." sort of way. I can't believe it took 3-4 years for Syfy to top that with Sharknado.

Syfy! If you are reading this. I am trademarking Dinocane and I demand $100 dollars for use of the license.
3885  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 15, 2013, 06:21:13 PM
Yeah, the trailer for Coppelion made it look like it was just trying to be over-the-top action, so I went into it expecting it to not take itself seriously. Now that I've seen that it's actually trying to be serious, I'm more than a little put-off by it. Granted, just because it takes itself seriously doesn't mean I have to, so I may still get some joy out of it, but it's no longer a priority.

There's also not a lot of action. It's mostly crap like "This pile of bones is super nukeular.", and "We better find this old guy quick before he can off himself by hiding in a super nukeular zone and waiting out his anti-nukeular nicotine patch's time limit to expire.", or "Look out! A stealth bomber flying through the air at the speed of a crop duster is trying to shoot out our jeep for reasons.". I am fully serious when I say that I will be disappointed with this series if there isn't even one person who doesn't at least try to hide from the nukeular radiation by ducking into a lead lined refrigerator.

Ninja Edit: Oh and yeah, expect plenty more angst in regards to the girl's artificial-ness, the "What has science wrought?" factor, and of course, the classic "How could anybody treat Tokyo so disrespectfully?" environmental message. Also, conspiracies, since you know nobody would actively shit on Tokyo without some ludicrously circuitous ponzie-scheme for the :moreevil:.
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