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4096  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 01, 2012, 06:24:16 PM
Grandia 1 has a brief jungle area right after the wall but nothing substantial there and Grandia 2 only has Mareg's village. Haven't played Grandia 3 or Extreme but I can't imagine them having anything more than one room stuffed with trees for their 'jungle'.
4097  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars original generations 2 for ps3 on: December 01, 2012, 08:42:10 AM
Impressions I've been hearing thus far include....
- 61 chapters long.
- 2 route splits.
- Secret weapons for the Masoukishin crew.
- Roar and Axel are mutually exclusive.
- Which likely means that Afimi is only going to show up with Axel around.
- And this supposedly means that Roar gets Banchobot in compensation.
- This is like watching the OG Enterprise light up the night sky in Star Trek III (spoilers obviously).
- Also I like how they handled some of the 'chieveos.

As for some of the new gameplay mechanics....
- It seems that I called it in regards to those equipable skills that require having three of a kind to get their effect requiring a high level of sperg to manage on more than one person.
- The twin twins attack (or whatever the hell its called) has a mess of requirements including the leading attacker having the Leadership skill (unbuyable), requires at least 140 will for every participant, costs 10 will to each participant to use, and can only use attacks with an F symbol next to it, which obviously means that everybody needs at least one attack with an F symbol.
4098  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 01, 2012, 08:29:29 AM
Skies of Arcadia had the most basic representation of all that was Indian/Egyptian in a floating continent.

Which reminds me; I heard a HD port of that game was planned....

If I recall correctly, Egypt's on the wrong side of both the Silk Road and Alexander the Great's empire from Angkor Wat (well okay, the Silk Road goes past India and into China, but details).

As for the Angkor Wat inspired areas in JRPGs I can only think of jungle ruins like those in Pedan Jungle in SD3 and Rossitti's Lair in LoM (and obviously IoG which has an Angkor Wat (although Terrengima doesn't)). There just aren't that many jungle ruins stages that aren't inspired by Mayan culture or made indistinguishable between the two.
4099  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: December 01, 2012, 08:06:21 AM
I stopped playing for some unknown reason and I can't get motivated to start back up.

It's fun, yet the quests can be tedious. I'm thinking that's the reason I stopped playing? hmmmm

The quests stop being so bad after you get past the Frontier Village/Alcamoth combo where the game stops dumping hundreds of quests onto your lap. Also you basically have literally nothing to worry about in terms of timing out quests for Alcamoth until like the final quarter of the game.
4100  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: November 30, 2012, 07:52:53 AM
Dragon Quest VII....oh wait.

Maybe FE4 or 5; even if nobody really liked the style of the DS remakes.
4101  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 30, 2012, 07:47:49 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/11/30/shin-megami-tensei-ivs-battle-system-detailed-new-screens-of-ruined-tokyo/

Time travel? Alternate reality? A hyper advanced Tokyo situated in a 1492 not-Japan? Or perhaps it's the other way around?
4102  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 29, 2012, 04:30:35 PM
Still meandering my way through backlogs.... how I'm being disciplined enough to still not indulge X-Com or Mugen Souls is beyond me..... but I'm running with the fortitude I'm exercising lately and trying to polish off Breath of Fire 3 with Alice Return to Madness as an aside..... Absolutely loving Alice BTW... I guess I can enjoy something that is not a JRPG or an SRPG.....

In regard to Breath of Fire 3..... All I have to say is the Desert was the most "un-fun" thing I think I've ever had to do in an RPG..... It wouldn't have been too bad actually, however upon exiting and speaking with some folks at the oasis I learn there is (of course) some treasure to be had for venturing back in.... that is when the true torture began.... you can't even call it a mini-game or puzzle.... just quite simply monotony at its most excruciating..... I have one more treasure to go, but I think another trek through that desert would cause my "fortitude" to crumble....

Best advice for the desert is to find a GameFAQ and follow it since the instructions the game gives you to make it through the desert were mistranslated. Also most of the treasure isn't really worth it either since you can get both the Royal Sword and the Life Armor from the fishing minigame.

E:f;b.
4103  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 29, 2012, 10:37:27 AM
So anyways, on my gaming front I went a snagged a cheap copy of both Jade Empire and Panzer Dragoon Orta for my otherwise barren XBox library.

I'll finally have something to talk about in this thread beyond other peoples' games.
4104  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 28, 2012, 10:40:10 PM
I liked using Aht, mostly because of her absurdly high Speed, good healing, and fun traps. Speed hat a lot to do with it, as Marco's lack of Speed was crippling. Marco and Rosch were the two character I used the least. I probably used Aht the most in the game other than Stocke.

Okami had a really neat final boss encounter and endgame, but oh man my final results were embarrassing. Zero deaths, lots of yen and enemies killed (all cherry tree rankings). Praise was a green tree ranking, but Demon Fangs was only a sapling :(. Might replay for trophies one day down the line; Okami was a great time.

Also Marco's healing spells suck by late game onwards, as he becomes a buff bot instead. Also his equipment choices limit him to Stocke's leftovers (although Aht also wants that poncho Stocke is wearing, even if she can't have it since its his endgame armor and exclusive to him).

Meanwhile Roche is interesting in that early on he's a decent pusher/puller for the short period you have him, later on when you've caught him up from his long outing he becomes the physical counterpart to all the magical AoE attacks that Aht and Eruca will be getting and can zone pretty much anyone from anywhere, and then Gafka finally picks up his most ridiculous move and becomes JRPG Scorpion ("GET OVER HERE!!!") while Roche is pretty much stuck with the only physical attack buff skills in the game saving him from almost total redundancy.
4105  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: November 28, 2012, 06:32:02 PM
http://gematsu.com/2012/11/dragon-quest-vii-warriors-of-eden-screenshots

A bunch of new pics featuring a bunch of "OH GOD! Not this again!" shots, and what is apparently the function of that purple/green bug guy (as some sort of Lithograph Shard collector which means "OH GOD! Even more Lithograph Shards to track down! Leave no barrel unsmashed, no pot untossed, and no sack unsacked!").
4106  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 28, 2012, 10:20:13 AM
Skyfall -   I don't understand the orgasm train this flick is riding on, but I'll blame reviewers for what seems like them circle-jerking to it and saying hows it's "the best Bond" or "remaking the franchise".
But nevertheless, a great movie.  I was happy to see a film more focused on M; Judi Dench deserves the love.  Bond Girl #2 had way too much eye makeup half the time, but Bond Girl #1 was wonderful (name slipping, in a rush as I write this).  Good movie, and I loved Bardem while Craig was in top form.
What!? This flick was so mediocre. I'll give credit to Naomie Harris (the first bond lady), and Judi Dench is always a good sell. Even Lord Voldemort was quite interesting in the movie, but the plot was so stale. Reminded me of Die Hard 4, which was bleh too. I liked the characters, especially the villian and that little...scene with bond when they first met. But the story never picked up, and Skyfall itself was a letdown (the term used itself I mean). Craig wins, but the writers should be fired.

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The "revenge on M" plot was fantastic -- but i guess it wasn't really played up more than beyond that.... it was a murder/suicide he was going for, even despite the fancy gadgets Bardem had, the big blow up of HQ, the outstanding hacking, the publicly released videos of MI6 agents.  There was a lot of powerful material that was sort of dropped or never given that final UMPH that, by comparison, Batman Dark Knight Rises took to an 11.  And again, despite the fancy plotting, it all came down to a murder/suicide attempt...  Granted, the Cyanide bit was pretty frightening.

I found Adele's song pretty average too.  I don't get why all the reviewers are raving for it, it IS good... but short of "amazing" despite having all the ingredients for it.

Really sad Felix wasn't in this one too. :(

Checked this one out on Turkeyday and I generally agree with Dice except that I appreciated that they kept the overall plot within the scope they did. Because, let's be honest here, the average Bond plot tends to get way too goofy (just look at almost any given Moore/Brosman era film) and this definitely felt more centered on a more sudo-espionage level of conflict (much like an early Connery era film).

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I will say, the final siege at Skyfall was fantastic... poor Aston Martin.  But I also liked Kingcade.  I was sort of confused by Bond's pretty emotional reaction to the Psychiatrists mention of "Skyfall" when he was later pretty nonchalant about it, even saying he "hates [that] place".  Anyways, I think the important thing I took from that whole thing was how much I want a secret passageway.

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You know, it's unusual as hell to see Bond on the defensive like that. Especially since there hasn't been a defend the fort sequence in any of the 23 prior movies.
4107  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 27, 2012, 10:00:16 PM
The Radiant Historia playthrough goes smoothly now.  I do find the combat system a bit tedious in certain battles, but I suppose that applies to most turn-based RPGs.

I find turn based *extermely* tedious; I respect Radiant and stuff like the Persona series that try to add a spin to it.

One thing I greatly appreciate is when a turn-based RPG includes an auto-battle option so you can plough through the average goons more easily.  I'm very glad that Radiant Historia adds that option (in addition to the more obviously nice grid system).


It also gets much easier once you get access to traps as they are "I Win" buttons for pretty much every non 3x3 sized enemy in the game (and even then Aht can still deal with those rear ends in top hats thanks to a skill that hits like a dozen times physically and single non-elemental attack spell on top of being one of the best healers in the game).
4108  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 27, 2012, 03:26:53 AM
I promise, it's nothing dirty, it's not a prank.  I just thought it was cool.



Didn't even need to to know that that's
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a Pikachu.
4109  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Black Friday.. or "almost black" thursday? Game deals.... on: November 26, 2012, 02:23:50 PM
http://gematsu.com/2012/11/rumor-3ds-price-to-drop-to-140

Boy, if this proves true then I'm glad I got ignored held off on making a purchase on Friday.
4110  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 26, 2012, 05:11:07 AM
Skyfall -   I don't understand the orgasm train this flick is riding on, but I'll blame reviewers for what seems like them circle-jerking to it and saying hows it's "the best Bond" or "remaking the franchise".
But nevertheless, a great movie.  I was happy to see a film more focused on M; Judi Dench deserves the love.  Bond Girl #2 had way too much eye makeup half the time, but Bond Girl #1 was wonderful (name slipping, in a rush as I write this).  Good movie, and I loved Bardem while Craig was in top form.
What!? This flick was so mediocre. I'll give credit to Naomie Harris (the first bond lady), and Judi Dench is always a good sell. Even Lord Voldemort was quite interesting in the movie, but the plot was so stale. Reminded me of Die Hard 4, which was bleh too. I liked the characters, especially the villian and that little...scene with bond when they first met. But the story never picked up, and Skyfall itself was a letdown (the term used itself I mean). Craig wins, but the writers should be fired.

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The "revenge on M" plot was fantastic -- but i guess it wasn't really played up more than beyond that.... it was a murder/suicide he was going for, even despite the fancy gadgets Bardem had, the big blow up of HQ, the outstanding hacking, the publicly released videos of MI6 agents.  There was a lot of powerful material that was sort of dropped or never given that final UMPH that, by comparison, Batman Dark Knight Rises took to an 11.  And again, despite the fancy plotting, it all came down to a murder/suicide attempt...  Granted, the Cyanide bit was pretty frightening.

I found Adele's song pretty average too.  I don't get why all the reviewers are raving for it, it IS good... but short of "amazing" despite having all the ingredients for it.

Really sad Felix wasn't in this one too. :(

Checked this one out on Turkeyday and I generally agree with Dice except that I appreciated that they kept the overall plot within the scope they did. Because, let's be honest here, the average Bond plot tends to get way too goofy (just look at almost any given Moore/Brosman era film) and this definitely felt more centered on a more sudo-espionage level of conflict (much like an early Connery era film).
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