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3916  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: xmas thread:2012 on: December 25, 2012, 09:06:45 PM
My haul for the year consisted of money, mo' money, a gift card full of fun money (for GameStop), and my Gamecube + games back (and a few extras) from my brother to whom I lent them in the first place (mostly because he got an Xbox 360 for himself). Too bad, I won't be seeing my DSlite back until my Birthday rolls around.
3917  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 25, 2012, 08:51:01 PM
Does [C]- Control, The Money and Sould of Possibility count as an anime that no one has seen? Because that is the most obscure thing I can think of that I have watched(almost every other anime I've seen having ben on Cartoon Network/Adult Swim or based on a popular manga). I'm really not sure how popular [C] was overall. I did like it quite a bit though....could have used a few more fights though.

I heard it was pretty bad and thus doesn't count. Gatch/Zatch Bell was a better entry into the 'gotta' catch/beat them all' genre if, for no other reason, than because the main character's not-Pokémon's final attack was shooting a dragon made of dragons made of lightning.
3918  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 25, 2012, 08:40:31 PM
Lé Misé: Probably the only time I've seen a movie in public that ended with an ovation from the audience. This movie's going to kick ass on the Academy Awards in February.
3919  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 25, 2012, 02:34:48 AM
The rasp/osmose method does take a while, but it's safest and assures you'll win. Yeah, that mp draining will take a very long while (my rasps would do about 400 per cast, osmose would refill all my mp which was in the 5-600 area, and if I recall correctly he's got about 55,000 mp), but you can't really die from it. There are better methods, my favorite was using the esper that made everyone jump and see who killed him (and thus ate the ultima), but they all have possibilities of getting you dead. I threw this method out for people who had trouble with him, that's all.

Also, the thing with espers and stat bonuses...yeah, they're about as needed as a 4 man group of ultima casters. By the end of the game, all you really need is one of the 4 people who can use the Atma Weapon and give them hp boosting gear, an offering, and either a genji glove and ragnarok or excalibur, or an economizer and the quick spell. If you can't kill a boss in 2 rounds you're doing it wrong. Hell, I started going through games specifically not giving people espers because I didn't want spells for my trips to the coliseum. Nothing like using terra and watching her blow 5 minutes of her morph ability standing there casting something silly like merton and wrecking herself. I keep kicking myself for giving my copy of ffvi for the gba to my buddy. I was at the end, going through the secret dungeon...5/8 dragons killed.

There's safety, and then there's walking away from the game for a full night while those Dragon Den Ice Dragons sit there spamming stop and freeze moves/spells while your unkillable dancing Mog waits for literally hours to have the opportunity to do something. Rasp/Osmosing Magimaster may not be on the same level of killing time as the above example but its still less efficient than climbing the tower, getting killed by the Ultima finisher, climbing the tower a second time and beating him using literally any other method (and I'm talking about not needing the Moogle Charm or Charm Bangle for either trip).

Also, the Esper bonuses don't really change that much since most calculations weigh level more than either Vigor or Magic Power. Meanwhile, rocking an Ultima slinging Terra for most of the WoB is a bit more overkill than a four man group of Ultima spammers (since it takes most of the game to actually access Ultima legitimately let alone learning it for a full party of four). Also, where are you getting four Atma Weapons without abusing the item duplication trick or swiping extras from one of the components of Kefka's tower during the final boss fight, let alone four Offerings/Ragnaroks/Excaliburs/Illuminas?
3920  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 24, 2012, 02:07:32 PM
I used to abuse the easy level up trick you could do with bannon early in the game. Just set the commands to memory, edgar auto xbow, bannon health, and terra and sabin fight. Get to the raft part before you fight the octopus, and using a turbo controller, just tape down the confirm buttom. You keep circling around one junction point, and enemies will keep attacking you. A few hours later and you're generally so overpowered the rest of the game is cake. I always giggle hitting the stupid octupus with fire dance and fire 3 at the start of the game.

As for the Tower of Fanatics, bring wall rings and have berserk and rasp/osmose for the last battle. Equip everyone with wall rings and your invincible for 99% of the area. At the boss, hit him with berserk, negating all his spell casting cuz it will heal him on occasion, then just rasp and osmose him til he's out of mp. He'll attempt ultima, but flop cuz he's got no mp, and you win. Also a possibility, learn life 3, which revives you after death, and cast it on someone, then tear him apart, though you'll still want berserk on cuz his physical damage is garbage. His ultima will generally kill anyone under max hp even with shell on. Could also try golem I guess, never did though, cuz rasp/osmose is just so easy.

Fuck no. Rasp/Osmose take forever to bleed away Magimaster's MP (Magimaster has about the same amount of MP as he does HP but MP damage is limited by the MP total cap of just 999, and that's if you can even hit that given that all you have is Rasp (though Osmose can do it if you actually have 999MP but you then need to bleed that all away since it will only drain back what you are missing and it's just slow and tedious no matter which way you do it)). Just use the Berserk trick, nuke his sorry ass, and eat the Ultima with someone/everyone having Life 3 applied.

Also the auto leveling trick is a pretty bad idea as well due to not having Espers and their level up bonuses.
3921  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 24, 2012, 01:56:14 PM
^Not obscure enough I'm afraid. Anybody who's played that Aquaplazza fighting game will at least recognize the dog eared chick with the sword. Plus I've seen part of its successor "Tears to Tiara" and if its anything like that then it was probably thoroughly mediocre too.

Now, I want to say "Legend of the Galactic Heroes" just because those who even know that it exists probably haven't watched it yet due to it being a 110 episode Goliath. But that's both too uncertain and cheating so I'd have to go with "Rideback" instead. Mostly because you'd think it'd devolve into some kind of bullshit revolution or something but it doesn't.
3922  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 24, 2012, 01:39:31 PM
Dat pic makes lighting have a derp face. How Dare YOU! Shame. :P

What!? Can't you see her blushing? She so tsun~.
3923  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 24, 2012, 01:36:33 PM
Easy or not, I still hate the Floating Continent until a few level ups (there's no where else worth levelling by that point), and The Fanatics Tower (?).  Opera House timed segment sucks beans too.

But the Floating Continent is the only legitimately challenging part of the game, filled with level appropriate enemies that actually have challenging move sets instead of some useless variation on hit/critical/weak base-level spell/spell too expensive to cast.
3924  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 23, 2012, 03:51:41 PM
I'm waiting for A Land Before Time XXIV: The Big Meteor.

Ah well, hopefully the series can help at least *a few* kids learn Roman numerals... Honestly love when a kid goes, "Can I get Grand Theft Auto Eye-Vee?"

Sadly, I don't think they're using roman numerals anymore. But that was when I last checked back when LBT 12 hit store shelves.
3925  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 23, 2012, 03:47:58 PM
It's one way to make Lightning look less ridiculous.
3926  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 23, 2012, 04:53:33 AM

Haha cool kit. x)

And....oh dear god, no.

I know....a wii and an old school TV? Horrifiying.

Nah man. It's the fact that there's yet another Land Before Time movie (I think we're up to 20 now). And just like before there's all of one LBT movie that's not a terrible cash-in sequel.
3927  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 23, 2012, 04:39:47 AM
The Hobbit looked like it was playing in fast forward in 48 fps and the storyline had no resolution for anything. I mean, even in Fellowship of the Ring there was a resolution for the fellowship, and Boromir. For the Hobbit, it really shows that it's one book split into three movies.
I thought it was 2 movies?

Cha-Ching.  3 movies.

Meanwhile we're only getting one Lé Misé which is based off of one of the longest tales ever committed to paper (it puts War and Peace to shame), and compared to a trilogy based off a book shorter than any of the three books in its succeeding trilogy it's downright silly.

And let it be said that I will not be surprised if somehow, and for some reason, the Tom Babadil/Old Willow segment from the Fellowship of the Ring will make it into the next Hobbit movie purely for the sake of padding out the movie (hell, they're already padding it out with a D&D quest to slay the Necromancer, which I also wouldn't be surprised to find it based off the Barrow Downs segment also missing from the Fellowship movie). It's not like Jackson's writing fanfiction....just, rearranging the order of events that already existed (in a different set of works) slightly to compensate for only having half an already short book's worth of material to film left not covering it the first time when it would've been more appropriate.
3928  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 23, 2012, 04:18:17 AM

I love the chick to the right.

I want to say that the booth on the left end of the picture is the Final Fantasy XIII equivalent of the TARDIS and thus that guy between Lightning and the TARDIS is actually the FFXIII equivalent of The Doctor, but then I remember that this game was written by the same guys who took three games to realize that the best way to foist your shallow one dimensional character onto your fanbase is to not let anybody else in to show her up or become the surprise protagonist (wutup Fang).

Still, it would be a far greater explanation as to how Lightning is getting back to the Dawn of the First Day 72hrs remaining then whatever bullshit they're probably going to end up shitting out of their uncreative rectums (probably something involving Caius since he's still not Marty Stu enough yet).
3929  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The world is ending. Last thoughts? on: December 22, 2012, 08:02:07 PM
I suppose that the aliens are gone now, for their planet needed them.

Too bad they died on the way there.

Good for us though.
3930  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 22, 2012, 04:49:01 PM
I started playing Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones the other day. I'm on Chapter 8, and so far I haven't had too much trouble with the difficulty, although I did choose Normal instead of hard. Anyone who has played FE:SS, would you recommend doing Eirika or Ephraim's routes? Also, are the trainee characters worth raising? I made Ross into a pirate, but I dunno if I wanna do the same for the other two trainees when I get them.

I liked Amelia better than the other trainees. She can promote into a General eventually, and she has really good speed growth so you'll have a General with high DEF and high SPD as well as good damage. Plus you know, female General.

Fun fact: Amelia was going to have a unique class in the beta build, which is like pre-Pegasus Knight

The only really notable difference between Eirika's and Ephraim's routes is a couple of maps during the middle portion of the game, of which Ephraim's contains the more difficult maps (fuck that boat). Beyond that you'll still get the same characters at roughly similar levels when they meet up again during the desert stage.

As for the yet unmentioned trainee Ewan, he's kinda terrible to start with but can eventually into your best Druid while Knoll takes the Summoner class. Otherwise he can just be yet another Sage or your best candidate for becoming a Mage Knight.

And one more note about Amelia is that she also receives a unique sprite as a Cavalier.
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