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4021  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: October 10, 2013, 02:23:47 PM
wrt microtransactions: fuck everything :(

So I read the siliconera article and I'm confused.

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/10/09/bravely-default-sequel-completion-time-lowered-70-30-hours/

Has the game streamlined itself, do you need these micro transactions to complete the game more quickly or is it both?
It mostly has to do with the fact that you can reduce the encounter rate of the game and how faster it can be played. You know, just so you don't get to a needless grindfest.

I imagine it would be like FFVIII if you cut out all of the ridiculous camera panning and canned animations of characters getting up and down, running back and forth, and punching and kicking in the enemy's general direction, and make it so that character stats grow at a reasonable rate so you don't need to lean on the junction system so much, plus doing something like auto max boosting summons once Boost is learned so you can skip the lengthy animations instead of having to sit there for a minute or six waiting for your attack to resolve.

Basically, they probably cut a lot of the flashy showboating in favor of streamlining the gameplay.
4022  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 10, 2013, 03:34:09 AM
The mayor of Toronto is actually a cartoon character.



A cartoon character that hangs out with drug dealers and has people killed! (allegedly!)

But he's getting shit done, I guess?

I dunno... as much as any mayor I guess.  I like him sticking it to reporters when they're digging their dirty hands into "MAYOR ISSUES" by telling them there's more important stuff to get scoops on, but he's definitely a giant goof.... That gif is probably a good way to size him up.








She's 16, faced an attempted assassination, and nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.  
I'm 25, studying half nude and un-showered, and discussing Avatar: The Last Airbender on Facebook.

The saddest part is that we are slowly losing our education as well in our continuing efforts to industrialize education and child development. That picture on the top of the previous page is what I consider to be a pretty good illustration of the effect general education has on people.
4023  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 10, 2013, 03:15:09 AM
I also didn't see what was so great about Daisy.  She seemed selfish and Gatsby seemed delusional. 

That was, quite literally, the point. Gatsby spends pretty much the entire story bending over backwards for this dame who even after all that he's done can barely give him the time of day because she has absolutely no concept of value and he's too madly in love with her to realize that she really wasn't worth it or that he was reaching too far into the lion's maw in his pursuit of her.

It's a lot like Aladdin (the Arabian Nights version, not the Disney version) except for the part where the protagonist gets his wish granting Genie back, gets the girl, or gets to live.


Anyways, I've finally gotten around to watching This is Spinal Tap. It's funny because its true-ish. (Well not really, but you can see a lot of the parallels in their story versus real ones.)
4024  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 10, 2013, 02:47:03 AM
Nadia, Secret of Blue Water is....OK I guess, just hasn't "wowed" me, although Little Lady likes it a lot so OK. Really found my self hooked on Big Wind-Up! Big Time, lol

I really enjoyed Nadia more than I probably should've. :P And I keep hearing Big Wind-Up is great, and though I'm not much of a baseball fan, I'm tempted to watch it someday. That and, like, 5 other baseball anime...

That said, fuck the island.
4025  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: October 10, 2013, 02:46:11 AM
The big problem is that once you start adding 'optional' features like this there's suddenly a huge incentive to S-E to balance the game in such a way that it doesn't feel so optional (at least not unless you want to waste a huge amount of RL time grinding...).  And I don't trust S-E enough to believe they'll practice self-restraint in that respect.

Now that might not be the case here since it's a new version of an old game and they're not necessarily going to go in and rebalance everything.  It's just something I would worry about if this sort of thing starts becoming more common...

I can't say I've ever encountered a game where that happens.  If there are, then my foot goes in my mouth.
I know Tales games have the Gald and level boosters, but Tales games aren't terribly difficult and have a difficulty option to even the odds when shit gets shitty.

A lot of free-to-play games do that -- for instance, in SMT Imagine, you had to pay to teleport, and you'd want to teleport because walking was REALLY slow -- and it's sort of justified in those cases, because there's no other revenue occurring for those games.

The issue is when you get a single player game you actually paid money for, and now it's balanced to force the player to pay for microtransactions.

And that hasn't happened yet but what's there to stop anyone from doing it? Especially if it becomes the new normal?

Then its time to bring back the arcades because I ain't playin' that shit without being able to show everybody my high score. Bow before the mighty ASS.

Actually, even arcades were never that bad since you could avoid paying out if you had skill/practice (of course you still had to pay up to get that skill/practice), whereas this seems more like "You need a pickax to proceed to the next area; which you can have for the low low price of $1.99 (plus tax).".
4026  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: October 09, 2013, 08:49:47 PM
The big problem is that once you start adding 'optional' features like this there's suddenly a huge incentive to S-E to balance the game in such a way that it doesn't feel so optional (at least not unless you want to waste a huge amount of RL time grinding...).  And I don't trust S-E enough to believe they'll practice self-restraint in that respect.

Now that might not be the case here since it's a new version of an old game and they're not necessarily going to go in and rebalance everything.  It's just something I would worry about if this sort of thing starts becoming more common...

I can't say I've ever encountered a game where that happens.  If there are, then my foot goes in my mouth.

See also; Final Fantasy: All The Bravest.

Dice's Foot == Dice's Mouth.
4027  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: October 09, 2013, 07:24:11 PM

Vanilla gets a headdress and the ability to see Bruce Willis and Lightning's just a cape, a tophat, and a mask away from becoming Tuxedo Mask.
4028  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: October 09, 2013, 07:20:50 PM
My memory is terrible, but what are the other super-exciting games coming out 2014?

Dark Souls II, Bravely Default, Lightning Returns, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, inFamous: Second Son, The Evil Within and a bunch of others I don't remember or don't know anything about.

Possibly SMTXFE (although it would probably be late in the year at this rate), TitS SC, maybe a new Persona game, among other things.

I will admit that I have my eye on Natural Doctrine even though there's currently no measure for its quality yet (or even its localization, although I am hoping that being an early/launch PS4 title will improve its chances out here).

Additionally some of the more promising kickstarters will hopefully bear fruit next year as well.
4029  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI enhanced remake coming to IOS/Android this Winter on: October 09, 2013, 07:19:03 PM

Posting for good measure.  I hope Squeenix just hates FFV and will do better with VI.

I'll admit it. This was the first thing I thought when I saw this.



This was the second.
4030  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: October 09, 2013, 02:02:51 PM
http://gematsu.com/2013/10/stop-time-attack-bravely-default-for-the-sequel

A new mechanic for the version of the game we're getting. This sounds like something that's either going to be massively gamebreaking or like FFVIII's Eden summon in that it takes too long and doesn't nearly justifies the length of time it takes with the damage it does.
4031  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 09, 2013, 01:54:31 PM

Too bad he's been fur-loughed.




She didn't need those front teeth.
4032  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: October 09, 2013, 01:48:38 PM
I'm also getting tired of this "midas touch'd" boxart...  If they coloured the actual box or the cart again, then that's cool.  Ah well, nuance.

Worst part is that a lot of people like their Zelda stuff covered in gold... for me the only thing they are doing with that is ruining perfectly good art with golden BS because the cartridge of Zelda on NES had that color.

In the end really is all about NOA selling dat nostalgia like they always do.

To be fair, they for the most part stopped with Majora's Mask's release (excepting Wind Waker's, Skyward Sword's, and now A Link Between Worlds' releases).

But yeah, none of the games in Japan ever had plain gold colored boxarts.
4033  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: October 09, 2013, 01:09:04 PM
My memory is terrible, but what are the other super-exciting games coming out 2014?

Dark Souls II, Bravely Default, Lightning Returns, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, inFamous: Second Son, The Evil Within and a bunch of others I don't remember or don't know anything about.

Possibly SMTXFE (although it would probably be late in the year at this rate), TitS SC, maybe a new Persona game, among other things.

I will admit that I have my eye on Natural Doctrine even though there's currently no measure for its quality yet (or even its localization, although I am hoping that being an early/launch PS4 title will improve its chances out here).
4034  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 09, 2013, 01:20:10 AM
I sort of found nothing appealing about the original Lufia 2 tbh :S

Well as long as you like ARPGs then you're probably alright. It's an okay game if you ignore the original version entirely. Nothing amazing, nothing really new or different, and nothing worth paying full price for on release day but its kinda okay.


Well, everyone is entitled to be wrong, Meshy.

I see it as one of those games where I only like that particular *one* in the series.  (I can't remember the first game for the life of me though).

I loved the art for the DS remake.... but why did it become an action RPG?  Strange/interesting[?] choice.

The first game is kinda really derivative of the JRPG formula being cranked out during that era but it did enough differently to kinda stand out for its day (it especially helped matters that it got released in the west since it really wasn't that far above the rest of the pack in terms of what Japan was getting back in that day). The soundtrack, the opening, and the ending helped quite a bit as well. Too bad the rest was mostly fetch quest filler bullshit that was endemic of the day.

Basically, I'd say Lufia 1 is to Lufia 2 as Phantasy Star 1 is to Phantasy Star 4, Lufia 1 tried some things that hadn't been done before but time has not treated it well, while Lufia 2 could be considered playable even by today's standards and is worth the effort if its up your alley. Unfortunately, Lufia 3 was an incredibly boring dungeon crawler and Ruins of Lore sucks donkey nuts. The DS remake could've given the series the kick in the balls it so desperately needed to be relevant again but it was pretty cheaply done and didn't do nearly enough to justify standing out from the rest of the pack.
4035  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 08, 2013, 10:15:59 PM
Hey, DS lufia game worth 23 bucks?

Maybe.... You like ARPGs with a heavily abridged and somewhat goofier version (like making Lexis a Doc Brown expy to serve as a foil to Maxim McFly) of Lufia 2's plot? You might like it if you can get by the crappier character designs all around (it's debatable, but Selena's could be considered an improvement, the rest are generally for the worse though), almost none of the puzzles that made Lufia 2 stand out to begin with (Ancient Cave's a pure dungeon crawler now), and an extra ending that pretty much retcons the entire series out of existence (except for Ruins of Lore, but I guess you can't get rid of that kind of tumor that easily; not sure about Energy Breaker but its probably safe since it was only tenuously tied to the series at best).

Still, it's a kinda serviceable game, and you'd still get the soundtrack (although less opportunities to hear the good parts) at least, but you'd probably be better off playing OG Lufia 2 instead.
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