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4096  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 22, 2013, 04:45:11 AM

That's what she said.
4097  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 22, 2013, 04:43:01 AM
So I finally decided to break down and read (re:marathoned) Attack on Titan.

4098  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: August 22, 2013, 02:10:38 AM
@Eusis: Whatever happens a good chunk of people is always gonna find a thousand reasons to not like LR and make other people fall into their line of reasoning and what not.

Is alright if anyone feel the need to do that, but there's a line between being annoyed by something they don't like and having personal problems with it as I've seen over the years.

I think it's at least partially an echo chamber effect really. Granted people with issues with whatever seeing others with the same issues tends to make them stick out more and more in people's heads, but I think a good chunk of the time there IS a root problem there: ME3's ending really was pretty lousy for example, though the reaction went completely overboard. Though I haven't followed much of what Aeolus said in the past there, partially because I tend not to want to follow every little detail, especially with some of these details out of context anyway.

If there's a root reason I'm upset (and I'm not really that upset anyways, just really fucking bored due to SA's monthly pay wall being up for the past month and will likely remain so for the remainder of this month; Edit: also because there's been a dry spell of news lately, so any reprieve is appreciated), its because I used to actually like Square and Enix and their games, but nowadays they just seem to be out to make the literary version of the Tower of Babel when it comes to writing their flagship titles (or spamming GREE-ware). And it's not just the FF series but other clusterfucks as well. It honestly feels like they're trying to challenge the Star Wars Expanded Universe for the title biggest literary clusterfuck.
4099  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: August 21, 2013, 06:58:48 PM
That's because neither Metal Gear nor Resident Evil take themselves nearly as seriously as Final Fantasy does.

To a certain extent that's bullshit.

To a certain extent, yes.

But to a certain extent, we're trying to compare a video game series that tells the tale of an alternate history where dumb action movies are real things that actually happened and have shaped human history/progress, and a video game series that tells the tale of an alternate history where zombie apocalypses happen every month or so, to a video game series about this fantastic world created by a bunch of gods and goddesses that ultimately left the world like a bubble resting on the point of a needle, where any idiot with access to a chest containing a goddess's heart can end the world simply by letting a sharp, pointy-thingy get pulled into said chest during a cutscene.

And yes, Metal Gear does try to be melodramatic when recently defeated bosses spill their life's story faster than their guts spill their lifeblood over the next 5 minutes, just like Resident Evil tries to be insightful anytime when Albert Wesker starts talking or the word 'evolution' pops up. And just like those games Final Fantasy tries to be funny with "Choco-boco-lina!" or "This is the Yuel who died while watching Friends, and this is the Yuel who died from choking on a CrackerJack, and this is the Yuel who died while giving herself a bad perm, and so on....".
4100  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: August 21, 2013, 05:01:58 PM
They seem to want us to care about this trilogy, yet they just keep retconning everything.

*sigh* How many times I've responded to you about this same shit already? I'm not gonna bother now because fuck it, if you don't care and you are gonna keep acting like others salty fans have been for a long time now then why should I care. I mean, at this point is just a waste of a time really.

What's dumb is that stuff like Metal Gear or Resident Evil are expanded and retconned all the time but I don't see anyone being all hot and bothered about that, but (some) FF fans freak out when that happens like is anything new in the series.

That's because neither Metal Gear nor Resident Evil take themselves nearly as seriously as Final Fantasy does. Metal Gear is not above having a boss drop dead on you from old age or having you play hide and seek with him across Central America. When has an FF boss done that? Or are you suggesting that the FFXIII trilogy is a parody of overly ambitious trilogies written by people who's literary experiences both start and end with Fanfiction.net? Because I can honestly believe that at this point.

Either way, my intention was not to reopen that old war wound of your Yggdra.
4101  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 21, 2013, 04:40:43 PM
Finished Project Cross Zone.

So did you enjoy it? I'm very seriously considering picking this up before I go back overseas.

My thoughts are that if you really enjoy, and are a big fan of, the series being represented in the game, it might be worth getting. If you're not a fan of the included series or don't care enough about them then you might want to give it a pass.

The gameplay is solid enough but the game definitely suffers from the same problem its predecessor Namco x Capcom did in that the late to end game turns into a slog. For reference, I had like 38 hours on the clock when I finished chapter 30, but I ended up with 76 hours when I finished the game at chapter 41. Its not even that the game is difficult, but it is demanding since you can't just skip battle animations like you can in a normal SRPG. Plus you have to have timing and keep a rhythm for battles to keep some measure of efficiency, have to be able to react to when things happen that you don't plan for, and later chapters become marathons that can take upwards to 4 hours to complete apiece. Fortunately, outside of exactly one stage (the one where you have to defeat four golden goblins), you are never in any real rush to complete a stage, even the ones with hard time limits tend to give you way more than enough time to complete whatever task you are trying to do. Unfortunately, pretty much every chapter after a certain point ditches the various win conditions for routes with maybe an added objective or two (fortunately, the final stage ditches the need to keep mission critical units alive otherwise Kogoro/Mii would be absolutely worthless during the stage for fear of getting dogpiled/two-shotted and having the player restart the entire stage again).

Anyways, the game's plot is largely an excuse plot.
The game's originals' villains' plan basically amounts to "The macguffin created the bad guys to essentially steal itself so that it can build power and merge worlds, all for the sake of reasons...", and this only comes out at the start of the game's last chapter. The game so doesn't take itself seriously that outside of one specific case, any drama the game has is immediately resolved within a minute or two of getting brought up. The overall plot starts with the 4 random prologues, then about 20 chapters of getting the band together, then spending 10 chapters stuck in dotHack's "The World" trying to fix it by finding a bunch of Auras and rubbing them together, then spending the remainder of the game tracking down the various villains who kept showing up and foiling their various plots. Honestly, the most sinister thing the original villains do in the game was eating the deluxe flan from Mii's fridge. As for representations go, I think the Sakura Taisen dude/ettes got the most mileage out of their game's plots, X and Zero weirdly enough got the most specific effort by including a fully voiced Iris for all of two scenes, dotHack got the most mileage out of their setting by spending a quarter of the game in cyberspace looking for Aura, Darkstalkers got the most persistence/visible villains, the fighting game characters are the most amalgamated, while guys like Frank West, Tron Bonne, and the Resident Evil folks got the least attention.

The cast interaction is pretty good though, probably the best aspect of the game and the real reason to get it. In fact that's the only reason why you shouldn't just optimize Solo unit pairings (outside of the gang splitting up again), since the some of the Solo character's reactions to whom they're paired with and vice versa can be pretty amusing (especially the former villains like Juri or evil aligned characters like Princess Devolette De Satan).
4102  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: August 21, 2013, 04:02:52 AM

To swipe Yggra's Lightning, a bunch of details have come out about the game.

Of note is that this Sazh is a completely different Sazh from the previous game despite the fact that he, along with Sora Noel and Hope were the only ones left after the world came to a screeching halt. Although I suspect that we should accept no substitutes in this case given his sad sack description.

Meanwhile Mog is a completely the same fucking Mog from the previous game who's been around for hundreds of years, made a village, and made it to the end of the checkers board despite the fact that he ended 13-2 like a puppet with its strings cut. They seem to want us to care about this trilogy, yet they just keep retconning everything.

They're calling the latest Lightning fashion Heartstealer instead of Locke's Clothes. And judging from the screen shots, I bet they're a little tight, but the price is right.

Also Lightning will apparently acquire an epic mount at some point. Though judging from the description, it sounds like we'll be raising Chocobos yet again.


Also also, a trailer.
4103  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Dumb Laws (the site that never fails to amuse me) on: August 20, 2013, 10:29:02 PM
Actually, most of these laws make at least some sense when you think about it. Its just that most of these laws have either been taken out of context, worded badly, or written before the Civil War.

Unless you're an idiot who's trying to vote.

Or trying to go whale fishing in a landlocked state.

Or trying to make love in any other way aside from Missionary.

Or meeting another train at an intersection, in which case neither shall proceed until the other has.

Or trying to bring your horse to the Fountain Inn without first making it don pants.
4104  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 20, 2013, 06:49:27 PM
Finished Project Cross Zone. The good news is that no stage after chapter 31 has as many enemies thrown at you as that one did. The bad news is that I'd rather have 100 grunts rather than 30+ boss class enemies. Chapter 40 consisted of nothing but boss class enemies and chapter 41 has a few grunts but wave after wave of boss class enemies, and that's on top of the final boss himself who can almost one shot a unit from full health or MAP over half of the health of the four targets away while sticking nearly every status effect in the game on them. The final boss strategy pretty much comes down to only let those who have Cancel Enemy Counter skills/items attack the boss since it's way too costly to have to patch somebody up again from next to nothing, or worse, have them get targeted by one of the dozen or so boss class enemies kicking around. Thankfully, the time limit for the final stage lets up after you drop the barrier so you don't have to try to game your way through every encounter just to make it through the boss in time.

Basically, Haken and Kaguya (needs less than 50% HP), Toma and Cyrille, Frank and Hsien-ko (needs less than 50% HP), Chris and Jill (needs over 50% XP), Zephyr and Leanne, X and Zero, Bahn, Juri, and the accessory Sandra's Soul have a way to bypass enemy counters and thus are the best units/characters/item in the game. Bonus points for Haken/Kaguya, Frank/Hsien-ko, and X/Zero for also having the Atk+15% skill in some form. Extra credit for Haken/Kaguya for having said Atk+15% skill be part of a multi-skill skill, X/Zero for having ridiculous passives in either auto All Stats+10% when over 120% XP and reduced skill costs when under 100% XP, and Bahn for passing the +1 counter passive.

Anyways, time to continue on one of the many other games I've got running currently.
4105  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: August 20, 2013, 05:10:35 PM
There wasn't a general PS3 price drop.  The price of the 12GB was cut in Europe (where it had been around for a while) and the system was introduced in North America for $199.  But other PS3s have stayed the same price.

Still, the 12GB makes a lot more sense than similar offerings from MS, mainly because Sony uses standard HDs.  That means a HD replacement for the PS3 is much cheaper and available in pretty much whatever size you want.

Oh right, my bad.

Anyways, http://www.siliconera.com/2013/08/20/playstation-vitas-new-memory-card-prices-revealed/

We've got Vita Memory Card prices. 4GB is still cost inefficient but now at least the 32GB is no longer the most cost efficient.
4106  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: August 20, 2013, 02:42:42 PM
Yay Vita price cut (and supposedly a memory card price cut, but they didn't say exactly what other than 'significant')! Also, Borderlands 2 for Vita.


Also a PS3 price drop.
4107  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: August 20, 2013, 11:29:35 AM

Here's a list of what Microsoft's claiming to be their launch titles for the XBoneighty.


And here's where they talk about their new and improved Indie Dev program.
4108  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: August 20, 2013, 06:49:20 AM
"I DIDN'T WANT TO DO THIS!!!", but today (or yesterday) is/was Olivia's B-Day. It's a. Nice day for a. White wedding.

Anyways, Olivia. As mentioned in Inigo's B-Day post a page back, she has terrible stat modifiers, as in the worst of any playable female in the game. As for classes, she has Dancer. That's it. Good day. What more do you need? Fine, I'll cover her reclass options.

As is she'll probably remain like your typical Dancer archetype with massive Speed and Luck, maybe Res, and not much else. Should you decide to reclass her, she's pretty well off with both the Myrmidon and Pegasus Knight class lines as she's ridiculously dodgy and her Strength will have a better opportunity to fix itself. As ultimately you'll want her to be a dancer, her skill preference is actually weighted towards Sword Master over either of the Peg Knight promotions since the Myrm's Avoid +10 skill is really good to bolster her high Speed and Luck (better for avoid than Luck +4, Speed +2, and All Stats +2 combined) and both Astra and Swordfaire do well in furthering her offense, far more than Lethality or Lancefaire can (especially since Dancers are sword locked in this game), and Galeforce would only be situationally useful to her. She's probably one of the first people to consider handing a Bride's Bouquet to since she might like Bonds to turn her into a sudo-Heron from FE9/10 (plus she can get some mileage out of Lancefaire and staff ranks outside of Falcon Knight).

Outside of this, her unique Dancer skills are crap to pass down since Luck +4 is the least useful of the whatever stat +boost skills in the game and Special Dance can only be used by her to begin with. That leaves Galeforce and unh.... Galeforce is really the only thing she should bother passing down to her son if she can help it. Although she might as well pass down Luck +4 to Lucina since there's really not much of a chance of her picking up another skill before she arrives (like not even Special Dance), plus its the only skill she has that Lucina can't get that isn't totally useless. She'll also appreciate the Peg Knight access and the least crappy physical modifiers of all her mother potentials outside of the Avatar (as in +0 Strength and -1 Defense rather than -1 Str and Def for Sully, -2 Str and Def for Sumia, and -3 Str and Def for Maribelle (for reference, Chrom only provides +1 Str and -1 Def)).

The tl;dr is that, she's the game's Dancer and she's one of Chrom's potential wives for his shotgun wedding. What more do you want?
4109  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: August 20, 2013, 05:51:49 AM
^You are just waiting for new info to make a long post about how LR is a bad game in the future don't you? :P

More like not wanting to post in the Xillia thread or either of the EOIV or DA3 threads.

I have no comments and I must post. D:

Edit: I wonder if there's an FE:Awakening B-Day somewhere around here. I could stand to make another character dissection post.

Double Edit: Why yes Olivia, you'll do nicely.
4110  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: August 20, 2013, 12:04:28 AM
Hey its Sazh. Hi Sazh.

Does this mean that Chocolina or the Trollz Doll in the Cabbage Patch Kid's Body are confirmed?

Also Locke Lightning, which is neither new nor interesting.
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