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4096  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Feelings towards FAQ's and guides on: February 18, 2013, 12:58:32 AM
while playing Final Fantasy XII in order to enter this certain city I had to summon belias and it opened the door. There were no clues at all for that.

There was a poem kinda thing talking about a giant to open the door as I recall actually.

I think the best FAQs/guides are the non-spoiler ones that just give out the solutions to moments like the one you pointed where people get stuck. It's really not fun when you missed something (or the game is just being unclear) and you end up stuck.

Plus, I recall there being markings on the all of two doors that pretty clearly indicated the need to use Velius Belias to open them.

Besides, those are, by far and away, the least Guide Dammit moments in the game that was chock full of them.
4097  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 18, 2013, 12:50:22 AM
For the sake of avoiding spoiling the game I'm going to wrap the rest of this post in code tags.

To me, the Jugdral games were the best story wise (where one game has you on the losing team for the majority of the game plus the capture mechanic made for more unique situations than other game in the series; Radiant Dawn also tries to have this but bails too quickly on them to focus on the peeps from the last game), although the Emblem Saga games were probably even better provided they ever get finished (which will probably never happen considering the clusterfuck the Emblem Saga games were).

I was hoping that my initial impressions with the plot were more due to the finer points getting lost in translation rather than the actual strength of the plot but I was wrong. The game did have some points I wasn't able to pick up on like Plegia's aggression stemming from Chrom's father's shenanigans, but like many other things with the plot, the game only told and did not show. And yes, the game has a decidedly more 'anime' (for lack of a better term) plot than with other games (well, closer to 6 and 8's plot compared to the others) but the game's power of friendship theme was just as disappointing as I feared. I think though the two biggest problems with this game's plot stems from a) the lack of a decent support cast (discounting the major antagonists i.e. Gangrel, Walhart, Validar, Aversa as well as peeps like Emelina, Flavia, and Basilio, who do you have left? A Ferox border guard? A captain of the local Pegasus Knight wing? Walhart's goons? Say'ri and her brother? Tiki? Virion even?), and b) the fact that, while the game has a broad scope (two whole continents instead of one or part of one), it was seriously lacking in the details (only four nations, which is less than even Magvel had in Sacred Stones).

As for the supports, my problem with them stems from the fact that they're mostly there for the lovers/breeding/eugenics purposes with very few options for those who aren't looking to get into somebody else's (fugly) pants. And while some of them are pretty good a number of them are just "Here's my quirk!" "Why that quirk doesn't really sit well with my quirk." "But when I put my quirk together with your quirk, we make for a quirky pair." "That's so quirky I might just make our quirky pairing permanent. Marry me!".

Now granted, there's more to come from the DLC, but just with the base game's plot and characters, there's quite a bit left to be desired. And this is unfortunate since it means that you have to effectively pay double to get the full monty. But at least the core gameplay is solid enough to make the base game feel like a complete game.
4098  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 17, 2013, 01:59:30 PM
The only benefit I see rings bringing is by not letting the player actually read the conversation piece they're responding with until the player has made their choice. That way, they'll spend less time reading through all the possible dialogue before making their decision (since all they see are the choice that grants good guy points, the choice that grants bad guy points, and the comedy option; i.e. the only choice), and the delivery will have a more sudden impact since they didn't read through it themselves a minute ago while they were reading through their options.

Anyways, Awakening. I'm out of things to do right now, aside from grinding more gen1 characters up to prepare their children for acquisition and grinding my Avatar's support to Yarne to S rank for a Taguel Morgan with the highest possible skill stat cap in the game. Also, Yarne has some hilarious battle quotes.

Probably should start a Lunatic run so that I can access Lunatic+.
4099  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 15, 2013, 11:36:59 PM
Tetsujin 28-gao

Hell yeah!

5-minute shorts

Fuck no!

Also why do all the giant robot animes sound like Gundam wannabes? (don't answer this; its rhetorical). I guess they need to use the familiar set ups as the springboard for their own interpretations (with the inevitable failure to evolve from said source, or worse, devolve into a nonsensical clusterfuck that wastes everybody's time).

Also also, lol more Destiny SeeD remasters. How many more deaths will be retconned into idiots running themselves onto Kira's beamsword or into his Jesus Beams?

And speaking of Jesus, Saint*Onii-san movie, hell yeah.

Yamato, Advance of the Giants, more A Certain Lecherous Teleporter, and possibly the SMT anime are the highlights this season, with more Katanagatari and Mushibugyou being worth a look at least.
4100  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 15, 2013, 09:22:18 PM
I don't really get the whole four of February thing.  Do people really play through four games in a month?  I mean, any month...even at my best I don't think I've done more than two.  These days a single game can can me several months...

I never said I was going to play through four games this month, I only intend to beat four games (by finishing ones I've left for greener pastures in the past like Tales of Symphonia, Ultima 3, or Dead or Alive 5).

Then again, I could always try to blaze through something like The Last Story or possibly something quick like Sin&Punishment Wii (although half the month's already gone).
4101  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars original generations 2 for ps3 on: February 15, 2013, 08:01:51 PM

Trailer out. Thoughts:

Hatsumi Miku made me facepalm.
Goddamn did that cut-in for Dancouga suck.
In fact, there are an awful lot of cut-ins.
The Gundams suck.
Apparently AWotTB isn't the only 00Gundam thing they're throwing into this (that or they were the Origi....goddammit Branpresto's B-Team).
It's a travesty that this is Heroman's first and probably only outing.



Details on the systems being used for this.
4102  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 15, 2013, 07:37:44 PM
Oh wow, Golden Gaffe is insane. Got 30kish gold for completing it which is quite a bit more gold than I had prior to running the map. Back to grinding support without fear of running out of weapons!

I counted 57000 for collecting everything for one run. Granted, due to where I'm at in the game right now, I ended up pissing that away on Second Seals, Master Seals, and the occasional Brave Weapon.

Also, much more efficient than just handing Donnel a Lief's Blade and letting him loose (you may have hit your low ceiling early but you'll always have your farming, gold farming that is).
4103  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 15, 2013, 07:28:48 PM
Chapter 25 of FE:Awakening went down in a complete clusterfuck. Things started out fine until around turn 4 when I started down the right side of the map when I started getting bogged down in asshat reinforcements. Worse still was that I had sent Severa (whom I had just recently recruited from her Paralogue chapter) along with my Avatar to scrub out the Trickster and Siege Tome asshats when the reinforcements started pouring in from the sides of the map while more continued popping up back in the rear and the bottom corners. At this point I noticed that Severa wasn't going to be able to handle more than the initial Trickster and if I lose her (playing on Casual) my Avatar would be left exposed and dead (my Avatar got horribly screwed over, especially in Speed despite the fact that I took Luck as my Flaw, oh and she's a Dark Flyer since my plan involved passing Galeforce on down to Morgan, so she's weak and slow as hell for this point of the game as well as carting around weaknesses to practically everything (only Griffin Riders have it worse (unless its a Manakete riding a Griffin Rider))). As a last ditch effort, I send Donnel and Panne into the eastern fray to provide a distraction for Severa to make a break southwest then northwest to the rest of the party; who are in a world of hurt of their own as the reinforcement numbers keep piling on and even my beefiest characters (Chrom, Stahl, and Lucina) are getting completely overwhelmed by the deluge of reinforcements, let alone my weaker characters like Virion, Maribelle, Gaius, Ricken, and Cherche (whom I reclassed into a Valkyrie; don't ask) having to manage without getting gibed.

The next two turns involved the craziest amount of dodging from Virion and Ricken as well as a few rather inspired moves on my part involving having one person trade with Virion so that he was equipped with his Underdog Bow instead of his Killer Bow as well as having Lissa and Cherche run for the hills. Meanwhile Donnel was getting his ass handed to him out in the eastern front and Panne was a) already pretty beat up, and b) a Griffin Rider which meant that even a second out on the field would end with her getting turned into Rabbit Burgers. By the end of his second turn out covering my Avatar's ass, he was down to about 10 HP, two uses of Orsin's Hatchet left (his 30 odd luck only allowing a use to be burned once every three attacks)....and just hit level 10 Fighter (see, with my playthrough scheme, I had demoted Donnel from Hero down to Fighter for a number of reasons 1) to lower his ILC(internal level counter), 2) to pick up the Fighter's skill set sooner rather than later (for more options you see), 3) to build his Axe rank, and 4) to not have to deal with prepromoted class caps any longer than I had to (since prepromoted class caps are comparable with those used in earlier games, i.e. 20s-30s, they suck here when everything has 20s-30s at least)), but then the seal had been broken and he had his old Hero stats (adjusted for the Warrior's base stats) plus some extra Res. :getin:

Meanwhile, the western front was eventually joined by Severa who also took to the hills while Chrom took to the fort since his lack of enemy phase was a more tempting beacon for the opportunist AI (and also because Lucina had just vacated it due to a failure to dodge), Henry needed cover so he transferred Gaius from Chrom (where my long running game plan finally started coming to fruition as my former Trickster was now rocking Warrior strength and was able to dodgetank like a pro as well as sporting enough strength to blow suckers away, even with only Bronze weapons. Ricken was left alone in a forest early on and had a few good dodges during one turn but like all good things he too came to an end (until the next match). And up on the hill Lissa had a few good dodges during the previous turn but a choice to heal Severa instead of her cost her the match (also, apparently when you proc a Support Defend against an Astra proc you block the whole thing (unless you don't in which case; HOLY HELL STAHL!!!)). After that though things stabilized rather nicely (aside from my lack of attentiveness to the non reinforcement enemies which included a forged Rexcalibur wielding Dark Flier hovering the near the place I finally decided to let Donnel have a rest and to bring on the Panne; seconds later the Panne was felt and then I moved on) and the siege tome asshats and the boss were all that was left.

The endgame meanwhile merely involved punching a hole into the wall of meat surrounding Grima followed by sending Chrom and Cynthia to bash the badguy with some legendaries while everyone else kept them and Avatar covered (since she continued to be useless).

And with that, FE:Awakening has now joined my Four for February list (now to quickly finish three other games).
4104  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 15, 2013, 02:24:11 AM

I'm not entirely sure a large pepperoni pizza can in fact feed a family of four anymore.

If it keeps them from starving, then they're fed.
4105  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 15, 2013, 02:22:58 AM
Also, it seems that only that, what I can only presume to be a battleship or a boat with a guy launching three fireworks simultaneously, is attacking the giant enemy crab's weak spot for massive damage.
4106  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 15, 2013, 02:17:40 AM
Working on the SpotPass characters in Awakening. I'm trying to recruit them all by fighting them, and so far I have Matthew, Nino, Florina and Serra. Jaffar and Lyn's teams scare me though.

Also MGS4. Act 4 is a huge revisit of MGS1. So much nostalgia, but fuck Gekkos.

Check the DLC as well if you're into that. The last of the Champions of Yore and the first of the grinding DLCs are up.

Also promoted Chrom's Falchion into its Exalted Falchion class. Also working on recruiting my third child Servera. Cynthia, meanwhile, is kicking ridiculous amounts of ass. She's already a Paladin working towards Defender and Aegis and is already on par with Donnel back before I demoted him to Fighter for the skills (since I'm sure as hell not getting any more stats barring the stray point of Mag or Res as he's well past the prepromoted caps for everything else) and unlike Donnel, she has Galeforce and Aether.
4107  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 15, 2013, 02:04:52 AM
I love the obnoxious use of voice samples.

Maribelle: My flower died, can you talk to it Henry? [voice: Aww]
Henry: Nope, only living things [voice: SO LONG SUCKER].

Tharja: So [voice: Pretty much]
Gaius: What? [voice: Yuup]

Avatar: ... [voice: Hey].

I think it would have been better to voice it all (especially major cutscenes), or just do the classic "Zelda-style grunts".

I'm also trying to finally level up Donnel, the simple'tard.  The only way I found it possible was when I forged his bronze spear like crazy, then he finally became somewhat effective.  I hear he's a tank later on though.

The best way to raise Donnel I found was to glue him to one of your stronger units, preferably one who can support with him (since supports help increase the stat increase gained from pairing up as well as increasing the frequency of support attacks) as well as one that gives him a generous enough Str boost to actually harm enemies, then keep him on support duty until an opportunity for an easy kill becomes available (and even if it doesn't it wont be a major issue since as long as he's pitching in on support attacks he's gaining, at least, weapon experience which means that even if he misses WEXP will still be accrued which will get him out of the pit of E ranked weaponry).
4108  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 01:22:41 AM
Definitely SoA. No question.

Its like Wind Waker except as a full on RPG and the game I wished Skyward Sword was more like.

Rouge (fuck it, I'm not spelling it correctly) Galaxy meanwhile, was ultimately Level 5's take of the obligatory JRPG Star Wars knockoff and little else. Nice idea, poor execution.
4109  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 14, 2013, 02:00:02 PM
Figures lightning wouldn't strike twice in a row.

Still, a new Mario & Luigi game. Those are always, well decent, but that was just the second game and the third one was much much better.
4110  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 13, 2013, 02:47:56 PM
Don't let him get to you Taelus. Its just his way of playing, and besides, the kind of run he's talking about involves a lot of rescue skipping, save scumming for good sparkle title drops and lucky boss killing crits, DLC hires/shops, Streetpassing an old Avatar into a new game (highly likely in fact), abusing renown bonuses, and heavy leaning on Nosfertanking/S ranked supports/Galeforce shenanigans at the very least.

In fact, the run in that pic most likely involved using a Streetpassed maxed out Avatar by purchasing her (has to be a her since the Avatar cannot get Galeforce any other way) with the funds that the Ultimate Emblem gives you (the maximum amount you can hold) to solo the game while carting Chrom along for seizes and other miscellanies.
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