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3946  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 10, 2013, 04:07:43 PM

Got to go on a squeaking mission.
3947  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 4 DS quick question regarding items in the game on: January 10, 2013, 02:42:13 PM
...but damn are the battles slow and boring and it takes so long to gain a level. Really getting frustrated with this

Not going to lie, that was the main reason why I hated Dragon Quest for a while.

Haven't played the DS version so I don't know what level you need to be for the post game stuff but I did my best grinding on the island that has the entrance to the underworld in the NES version. Nothing like sicking Alena on any unfortunate Metal King Slimes foolish enough to draw near and watching the ensuing mess of critical hits flatten them.

Also, and I don't know why you wouldn't have done this already, but if you haven't cleaned out the casino for Metal King Shields for everybody who can equip them then you should. Remember, its a game. There's a save point nearby. Buy maybe 10 tokens, save whenever you end up in the black, and set a reset threshold once you have more than enough tokens to play for a five minute long losing streak so you don't actually have to play for more than five minutes before you realize you need to give up and try again.
3948  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: January 10, 2013, 01:51:09 PM
I have the playstation original and haven't touched it yet probably not interested in this version

Your call, but the original is so massive and clunky that I can't imagine this not being the definitive version.

(Although that could just be my lack of faith in OG Playstation hardware due to failures which caused me to not finish the PSX version of the game when one of my memory cards got reformatted to make room for an Inuyasha fighting game save file. I had an endgame save that was a grind away from beating the final boss on that memory card among other things. Also PSXes suck and overheat causing them to freeze at the drop of the hat. And the ingame CGs of the PSX version were ugly as hell.)

The tl;dr is that the PSX did not age well at all.
3949  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 10, 2013, 01:39:59 PM

And speaking of DLC, looks like the first one's going to be free for a while just like in Japan.

Also pics.
3950  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2012 Discussion Thread on: January 09, 2013, 09:38:56 PM
out of all the western developed, testosterone fueled, blatantly misogynistic, male gamers' power fantasies on display last year
What are you talking about?

The 2012 VGAs (I think I died a little watching that thing and then reading the trip reports of the online coverage).
3951  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 09, 2013, 09:30:26 PM
I tried to list things that weren't Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Fairy Tail or some other well known big name.

I also didn't list those tournament fighters because most of them aren't really anything special.
Who here wants to watch Beyblade?

I guess there's Shaman King that's a tournament shonen fighter, right? I never watched it myself... so can't say.

There's Shaman King, Blue Exorsist, Soul Eater (which I swear he said he saw some of), JoJo's, Hitman Reborn (which you listed. I blanked on it earlier), Hunter X Hunter (2011), Dragon Ball (not Z. A lot of people never saw the original, which is way different from Z), Gintama (more of a comedy I guess, but it still sorta counts), Beelzebud, Fist of the North Star, Rurouni Kenshin, and Yu Yu Hakusho. All of Which I enjoyed much more than Naruto, Bleach, Inuyasha, and Fairy Tail. Those four are bottom of the barrel in my opinion. Not Better than One Piece, though. That show is the shiz, man (I dunno if Klyde would be into it, since it tends to be very silly a lot of the time, though).

Wait. Why do you consider Fairy Tale to be bottom of the barrel material? I thought that it was basically Rave Master with a better cast?

Also I'd like to add Bobobo to the list of unwatchables. Trying to watch that is like locking yourself in a closet with a truckload of cigarettes and chain smoking each and every one until you're ready to swear off of them forever, except replace the cigarettes with Japanese humor.

And Fushigi Yuugi is about as Shonen as Seikerei except genderswap everything (including the genre) and make the premise less retarded. Or to put it directly, it's a pure blooded Shojo series (modern day girl falls in magical sudo history and into the waiting laps of her harem of pretty bishonen) that borrows a few Shonen elements to give the pretty bishonens something to do while the MC tries to figure out which of her lovely harem she wants to motion towards first base with without just giving in and taking the Tenchii solution.
3952  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 09, 2013, 09:07:17 AM
The whole making mistake=getting your weaker characters instakilled is pretty much why I gotta quicksave often in SRW and Fire Emblem games, just in case. Quick reset is your best friend. I really hope the bonus exp system from the wii one is in this game, it made it so easy to max stats. Not sure how the support mechanic will turn out.

Nope. But you don't need it anyways, what with the infinite grinding and all. Hell, one of the DLC skills does nothing but increase your character's stat caps by 10 points nearly across the board (no luck for HP or Move) and you pretty much need it for the DLC.
3953  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2012 Discussion Thread on: January 09, 2013, 08:37:20 AM
I clicked on each category guessing Mass Effect 3 would inevitably win, and yes including best indie game.

Great. Thanks a lot for reminding me of 2012's VGAs. :argh:

At least the awards ceremony here was more dignified than that trophy conveyer belt (and its debatable to even call those things trophies let alone anything that has to do with video games). Though credit where credit's due, out of all the western developed, testosterone fueled, blatantly misogynistic, male gamers' power fantasies on display last year, it was nice to see The Walking Dead pull out the first worthwhile upset in recent memory in that particular venue.
3954  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG's for the iPad! on: January 08, 2013, 04:05:03 PM
Serious question - aren't IOS rpgs generally considered terrible at this point?

iOS devices don't have do deal with the technical hurdles to handle RPGs like they do with pretty much any sort of game that requires more than directional input and two button presses.

Its browser based RPGs that are rapidly turning to card game central.

3955  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 08, 2013, 03:59:55 PM
my only problem with perma death is that i'm not perfect and i make mistakes. like 1 one time i had a wall setup by some trees and overlooked that a wyvern knight could fly over the tree's and 1 shot my cleric. maybe as an alternative they could introduce a 3 charge staff that can revive.

Or a one charge staff you can repair even if broken (provided you have somebody who can use the darn thing).
3956  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2012 Discussion Thread on: January 08, 2013, 02:59:33 PM
Reader's Choice: The amount of votes Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story got surprised me, but pleased me as well.

None of the awards surprised me, but they all pleased me. I don't agree that Mass Effect 3 is the best RPG released this year, but looking at the staff Picks, it was obvious it would win out. Plus, it was a surprisingly good year for RPG fans, so the competition was fierce, and my personal fave did get runner-up, so it's all good.

I quite enjoyed reading what the staff wrote, and ultimately this was one of the few yearly awards where I didn't have something to complain about. Great work all around. :)

Here too, save for that it seems that being the concluding chapter of a multi-part series is worth more than having a unique setting and actual environments instead of endless corridors and hallways (not calling out ME3 on this but the majority of JRPGs which are by and large dungeon crawlers), which is kind of ironic since Xenoblade was basically the same plot as every other attempt made by the director at telling a multi-part series including Chrono Cross (though not nearly to the same extent) and possibly Sands of Destruction (never played it but every impression I got out of it looks that way).
3957  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 07, 2013, 09:09:58 PM
I suppose you're like that mummy in the lower left hand corner of that screenshot.
3958  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 07, 2013, 12:06:17 PM
I think the La Mulana remake is the first time I felt screwed over by buying a game. The game's awful on its own right, but the new art added in the remake is just kind of stylistically empty and poorly done. The new translation also renders some of the hints even less useful. So, great, I paid for an updated version of a freeware game and the updates make it worse.

Is that the one cobbled together by those flakes at Nicalis and then picked up by some other group when it became painfully apparent that Nicalis couldn't program their way out of a wet paper bag? If so, then yeah, you got boned.
3959  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 06, 2013, 05:34:35 PM
There's a reason for the saying "It's cheaper to be addicted to crack than to anime.".
3960  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 06, 2013, 05:10:39 PM
And you're never going to please all the fans. If I had a dollar for every time someone suggests making the next Zelda Steampunk I'd be able to afford that Brigandine game I posted about (the point of this is that I hate Steampunk; its always this gangly mess of a combination between the most extreme Victorian era styles and the most needlessly convoluted mass of brass and pipes cobbled together, and the majority of these designs comes from nerds who couldn't design a pair of pants to save their life).

Also, I never once said I hated the dungeons or the bosses of TP (except for the first one since that was a very basic forest temple dungeon and nothing really thrilling to write home about). I just wish the rest of the game didn't fall so short on the other fronts (dat Dominion Rod would've been awesome if there was any reason to use it outside of its dungeon beyond opening the occasional doorway; Gale Boomerang was OP'd and either needed a later upgrade to make it into it or make the bow more than slightly better at the range department compared to it, even with bomb arrows; teh Spinner wtf; wolf form moar liek puppy form; Light Sword, I can't tell if its doing more damage to anything other than those sudo wizrobe enemies from the dungeon you get it in).
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