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4036  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQEX's indie usable IPs; Gex, Fear Effect, and Anachronox on: November 07, 2013, 01:41:04 PM
While I highly doubt it, here's hoping somebody makes good use of the Fear Effect IP.

Meanwhile Gex can continue to go die in a fire for being almost the epitome of the worst of the 90s.
4037  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 07, 2013, 05:12:32 AM
Suikoden 3 was my first introduction to the series and still remains my favorite among the ones I have played (4,5).  What is this Tri-Ace Suikoden?


The tl;dr on the game is that monsters happen, time travel occurs, and the game is loaded down with useless or circuitous mechanics (like having three separate bases for each time period, being staffed by completely different people, the majority of which constitute the majority of the 108 recruits of the game (your battle party consists of like 18 people by the end)).
4038  Media / General Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: November 07, 2013, 04:49:45 AM

So unless one of his alts is sporting a mask, we're only getting OG Marth (and from the pics, he looks to be just as OP'd as in Brawl).
4039  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 07, 2013, 02:03:22 AM
Dragon Quest IX is kinda okay, the plot's a wash and the game lacks in the vinaigrette department, but the gameplay is pretty solid until the post game where it all falls apart into a bunch of random sidequests and the Squeenix brand patented grindfest.

In terms of Suikoden games' quality, I'd rate it 1>2>3=5>Tactics>>>>>>>>>>>>>4>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Tierkries>>>>>>....
*somewhere in another zipcode*....>>>>>That Tri-Ace one.
The reason I say this is because:
Suki1: Decent mid 90's era JRPG with a unique gimmick and a serviceable if not solid plot (except for Neclord who's always the fifth wheel and more of a reference to Konami in general).
Suki2: Would be the best if it could ever get a half decent remake as the original version is so bug ridden, it feels like a Squaresoft game on a bad day.
Suki3: Had some great ideas, but also had some bad ones, and the game feels like one of those early PS2 era games where the devs were out of their comfort zone.
Suki4: Sucked.
Tactics: The half of Suki 4 that explains what Suki 4 was actually about (and lol goat fuckers).
Suki5: Need to play it sometime. Supposedly a very technically competent game but not as relevant to the plot of the first three games as it needed to be.
Tierkreis: Looks and feels like a GameArts game like Grandia or something. Probably has the same quality of characters and plot too but almost assuredly without the Grandia gameplay that makes their games tolerable.
That Tri-Ace one: Is a Tri-Ace game. Nuff said.

I will second that the series overall needed more polish.

And the problem with Luminous Arc 2 is that its an ImageEpoch game. Better than the first game, but that's not exactly a feat given how crappy the first game was. Besides, it's not like ImageEpoch has really done anything worth a damn in the first place (and even if they did, you can be safe in the knowledge that it'll never leave Japan).

@Mickeymac92: Play Xenoblade anyways. Like 60% of the game is 'Go to the next region' (the other 40% is sidequests). The plot kinda goes onto autopilot for awhile until you hit the end of the Bird People region so if you're before that you shouldn't have to remember too much. Otherwise go with Skies. Muramasa's okay and I suppose that Ni no Kuni is too (in spite of being a Level 5 game).
4040  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 07, 2013, 12:56:45 AM
There's a fan translation of Madan no Ou to Vanadis, Mickeymac.  Probably not supposed to link to that sort of thing here but if you just google the title I'm sure you can find it.  In fact I think it's the first hit...

Hah, it's even the site that guy uses all the time. Maybe he's already heard of it? Anyways, thanks. And thanks for giving us the heads up on the anime version, I don't recall hearing about it from my usual sources.

EDIT: Wow, he apparently posted about it just yesterday. XD He loves it, even the fanservice scenes. In fact, he said they're some of his favorite fanservice scenes, referencing the bath scenes specifically. :P Just thought I'd mention that. Guess its got two solid recommendations now, so now I'm really looking forward to it.

Wait. This is worth something? WTF!?!
4041  Media / General Games / Re: Super Mario: 3D World on: November 07, 2013, 12:38:01 AM
It'll be out in two more weeks.
4042  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 06, 2013, 08:14:05 PM
It's been awhile since I played a rpg and I am going through withdrawal.  After the psp feature,  I really want to buy a psp but I need to finish/try the last of the ds RPGs.  I've got Suikoden Tierkreis, Radiant Historia, Dragon Quest 9, and Luminous Arc 2 on my list.

Also has anyone tried Hometown Story?  That's been on my radar for a while.

Finish Radiant Historia. The rest are either mediocre or crap (and that apparently includes Hometown Story as it sounds like it turned out to be really tedious).

And speaking of which, when is that Best of DS feature going to drop?
4043  Media / General Games / Re: Super Mario: 3D World on: November 05, 2013, 01:07:00 PM
But I liked playing as the Yellow Toad... ;_;

/fake sentiment

Either way though, it looks like Super Mario 64 meets Super Mario Bros. 2 and I'm totally down with that.
4044  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: November 05, 2013, 01:04:39 PM
Assuming I'm not twisting things, the game will allow you to do dungeons in any order through "item rentals". I'm not sure how I feel about this. I like the idea of non linear dungeons but the whole "rent items to beat a dungeon" seems a bit iffy to me. Te me, one of the more "magical" parts of any Zelda game was opening up the big chest and getting that new piece of kit. Having it all laid out for me in a rental takes a lot of that away, even if you do end up picking the item up eventually in its respective dungeon. Its kind of like the D3 Auction house, getting rare drops just isn't the same when you can just as easily pick them up off the store shelf.

My biggest concern is having all the items in the rental shop. One of the best things about LttP was getting items just from looking around a bit every so often. These days, inventory items are only found in dungeons and are primarily used in getting through the second half of that dungeon instead of augmenting your abilities and being the primary tool needed to open something else up or making you more powerful.

That said, I do like what they did with the Ice Rod to make it something other than a slower/less powerful Fire Rod.
4045  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: November 05, 2013, 12:43:33 PM

Since there's no other thread I can think to post this in, I might as well post it here.

Depending on how things go, we may finally be able to use FFVIII's Chocobo and Minimog summons, among other things (like SaGa Frontier 2 had some Pocketstation shenanigans going on as well, even if it was largely peripheral).
4046  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: November 04, 2013, 06:36:01 PM
I'm also digging that and the new Goron look since it looks to finally address the whole matter of whatever happened to the Gorons to make them non-existent in the earlier games.

I read that about 4 times, and I'm still really not following what you mean there.

Maybe something to do with Man-Goron?  His belt might say a lot.

Basically ^this. Unlike Zora's which were around since the first game, Goron's were introduced in Ocarina of Time and have shown up in every game ever since (except for Skyward Sword).

It wasn't a pressing question, but it's nice to see that they aren't just going to suddenly shoehorn in whole new races and civilizations into the game despite it's immediate predecessor having absolutely none of that. I mean, it's pretty bad writing to go running around and causing sizable retcons to your previous works (like altering the final outcome of the story) to allow for more recent contrivances (unless the original work really needed it in which case its still a matter of bad writing, but not in regard to the recent work).
4047  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: November 04, 2013, 02:37:56 PM

And the fandom goes wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiillld

EDIT:  I"m actually really digging the "Zora lady" as a throwback and combination of the more modern Zora and the SNES ones.

I'm also digging that and the new Goron look since it looks to finally address the whole matter of whatever happened to the Gorons to make them non-existent in the earlier games.

Though I'm not digging that question mark looking critter at all.
4048  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: November 04, 2013, 11:54:49 AM

Shadow Link confirmed.
4049  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The character naming thread on: November 03, 2013, 10:08:24 PM
There's also Mystic Quest's Benjamin, Tactics' Ramza, Tactics Advance 1 & 2's Marche and Luso respectfully, Four Heroes of Light's Brandt, Bravely Default's Tiz, Crystal Chronicles: Echo of Time's and The Crystal Bearers' Yuri and Layle respectfully, and Bahamut Lagoon's Byuu (to be fair, this was going to be FFT before Tactics Ogre came out and Square basically said, "fuck it, that's going to be FFT instead"; of course, going by that logic, then I might as well throw in Xenogear's Fei Fong Wong as that game was the where Square was going with FFVIII before VII rocked it like a hurricane).
4050  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The character naming thread on: November 03, 2013, 07:52:04 PM
You know, of all the main characters in a mainline FF game since FFVII, only FFIX's Zidane and FFXII's Vaan are not named after any specific meteorological term/condition (although Ashe could be interpreted as an ash cloud or plume from a volcanic eruption which is as meteorological in nature as a Squall or a bolt of Lightning, it's too bad she's not the main character though).

So far that's Cloud, Squall, Tidus, Lightning, and eventually Noctis (although if I counted the sequels, that'd add Yuna and Noel the latter of whom is kind of a wash since he's only named after Christmas terminology instead).
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