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4111  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 30, 2010, 07:21:22 AM
^They have been mentioning that for a while, and knowing Square Enix it must be true.

In other news...

The 3rd Birthday: Club Sacrifice / The latest character and scenario details, plus a few gameplay bits.
A Lovely In-Game Aya Brea Pic / Plus, Kitase and Tabata hype up The 3rd Birthday and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded

Also, Valkyria Chronicles 2 is looking pretty good. :)

Oh look. Amnesia's back.

All that we're missing now is some overwrought drama-mance between the two main characters that completely overshadows everything and everyone else and we'll have a full fledged Noruma game.
4112  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 29, 2010, 10:20:56 AM
Is that the spiderbitch with the heaving chest?

That skeletal spiderbitch with the heaving chest.

Too bad he didn't fight the dragon/wizard boss with Velvet.

Now that will get you to wish the game didn't suffer from as much slowdown as it does.
4113  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 29, 2010, 10:13:13 AM
Also consider the PSP's lineup. The 3rd Birthday really is one of the bigger games it's getting.

In response to this I was trying to remember what system this game is getting ported from.

Then I remembered that it was originally planned to be a cellphone release alongside the third FFXIII game.
4114  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: August 29, 2010, 09:21:47 AM
Beat Dragon Quest VIII.  Then I did the optional dungeon and beat it again for the true ending.  Good stuff, the Dragons you fight post-game were an awesome challenge.  I decided to see how many I could beat starting at level 40.  I ended up beating all of them, in the process leveling up to 42.  Got all the extra rewards and super items I cared for, pretty much 100% completed the game aside from ridiculous stuff like making all the alchemy items.  I attempted to beat the last fight vs all 7 dragons in succession but it was no go, I ended up dying to the 3rd or 4th dragon.  I'm pretty sure I could accomplish this feat at my current level of 42, but it would require more time/luck/patience then I care to give it.  Pretty satisfied beating them all at 42, since most do it at 65.  Alas, awesome game.  Easily a 9/10 and one of the top 5 RPG's for the PS2.  I love Level 5.

How many Timbres of Tension and Sage's Stones do you have?


It's blocky...but not hideous.

Dammit D-Rider, every time someone complains about a game I want to replay it and see it again for myself, and I've like six games on the go as it is! :(

Oh shit! SO3 big plot twist finally makes sense!

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It's all a parody playing off of the game's tutorial. The entire game is a big fucking troll.


Anyways...

DQIX: Q Harder.

LoZ:MM: Goddammit the camera sucks in Goron Ball mode. The MP games have me so spoiled right now. On my third cycle in minimalist mode. The N64 controller is the worst controller ever designed by Nintendo.
4115  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Favourite Television Character! on: August 29, 2010, 09:03:04 AM
For those of you who keep listing The Doctor.

Please specify which one.


The same goes for Adama.
4116  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc Rise Fantasia on: August 29, 2010, 08:56:56 AM
Not so much missing as ignoring. :) You raise a good point, but I'm focusing on the voice acting itself, which is, as I've stated, the worst I've ever heard.

So have you ever heard of a PS2 game called Chaos Wars?
4117  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ridiculous plot wanking... on: August 29, 2010, 08:53:13 AM
"Most Cliche RPG Evar" thread

 a 13-year-old's masturbation fantasy.

Pretty much sums up that thread perfectly.

I would be very incredibly surprised if a 'let's make a real effort story thread' didn't turn out almost exactly like that one did.


(Also CC is more about saving a girl than it is about saving the world, anyway).

Also sorting out time paradox clusterfucks.


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Actually, that raises another good point. I DON'T honestly believe that the goofy plot twists in XG or SO3 existed to prove a point or make a statement or whatever. They were just there to be fun and interesting (whether they succeeded or not isn't really relevant, here) and a lot of the false importance placed on them is probably the fault of the players reading too far into it.

I do sorta agree with this given how many homages to super robot shows were in XG. Plus all the religious symbolism that existed in XG did so for the same reason that all the religious symbolism existed Eva. Because it was cool (and it may have been another homage in disguise).

Also SO3's entire plot could be summed up as 'training a virtual character in a virtual JRPG simulator'. Hell the game's tutorial literally takes place in a virtual JRPG simulator within another JRPG simulator within yet another JRPG simulator. It's just that, like the rest of the game, the execution was handled with less care than a bull in a china shoppe.


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I want to believe people play Guitar Hero for fun, but who the hell knows, maybe they really DO get some sort of fulfillment from it.

Wait, people still play Guitar Hero? I thought it was Rock Band that was the one everybody played. Either way though, it seems that most people play it for the social aspect of assembling a faux band and jamming with friends (although I have been wrong in the past regarding people taking not shit WAY too fucking far).
4118  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 27, 2010, 08:36:12 AM
Odin Sphere is like River City Ransom remade by a bunch of 16-year-old AP English students that don't know how to make games or program engines that actually function on the hardware they're intended for.

Being able to actually see shit is more important than your seven layers of fucking parallax bullshit and sprites that take up half the screen and fancy lighting affects you unrestrained twats.

I can at least give credit to Odin Sphere for trying at least. I've played too many games now where there just isn't any effort put in at all. What they needed to do was either be less stupid with the resources of the hardware they're working with or have access to more powerful hardware.

At least they learned something between OS and Muramasa (in that they made they've simplified combat to holding down one button and directing with the control stick to make things bleed and die).
4119  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc Rise Fantasia on: August 27, 2010, 08:02:12 AM
And yeah, I honestly haven't played a more traditional JRPG like this in years, last one probably being Vesperia and before that, I can't remember. Finally got a world map to explore instead of the new trends of (a) story-to-story maps, (b) central hubs or (c) point and click destinations. No disrespect to those styles, but an overworld is a lost art in RPGs and so are turn-based battles. ARF's battles system is basically Skies of Arcadia refined which is a great thing.

If you like world maps so much why aren't you playing DQIX or Glory of Heracles right now? (Well Ok maybe not GoH since that game's world map has only the most superficial functions of a world map much like Grandia 2's.)

That said, I still can't find a single reason to care about this game. I just keep assuming its like a Tales-ified version of Luminous Arc (aka, Effort? What's effort? Something you put into games? But if everybody else puts this 'effort' in their games then our game's gimmick will be no effort. Brilliant!, or something to that effect).

The tl;dr is that I regret putting any time into LA since it seemed to be more time than the developers put into it, and I have a feeling that this game is the same way.
4120  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: August 26, 2010, 03:09:05 AM
DQIX: Rebirth

Two more to go before I can start collecting the top maps.
4121  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: August 24, 2010, 09:27:21 AM
DQIX finally came out here a few days ago. I've played around 15 hours so far and, honestly, it's not grabbing me that much. The gameplay is decent, but I'm struggling to keep motivated with the boring story and lack of plot-related characters. The open-endendess of "go grab whichever fygg you want first" is not a bad idea in principal, but it hasn't been executed all that well.

That and status ailments are a joke in battle. Do they EVER work?

War Cry was awesome for me up until the end game. But then again, I spent most of my time stealing shit so that I wouldn't have to spend any money on anything other than resurrection and resting expenses.

Sap and Sap like effects are still worth it but know that its effectiveness is based around your caster's Magical Might stat and the target's resistances.

One thing to remember though is that status effects aren't that important during the main quest. During the Grottoes, on the other hand, are a completely different story.

Also also the main plot is pretty much focused on whatever immediate threat to the world is present. There are, however, a number of additional plot threads that are touched upon during the main quest but will only be explored during the post game DLC like the mystery of Brigadoom's fall or the nameless king in the Quarantomb and so on.


I almost gave up on DQ9 but then I followed Cyril's advice and I am a good way into the game.

...................but I have hit a brick wall and need help.

I have collected 6 Fygg's but I now fine I need 7 to advance.

I know the 7 places to go to get the fygg's because I have been to all of them. If I use a Chimaera Wing all 7 places are on the menu, so I can go to any of them.

Is there any way I can tell which  Fygg I did'nt collect without having to play through the areas again?                

The location of the Seven Fyggs are as follows...

Swinedimples Academy
Batsureg
Gleebra
Bloomingdale
Zere Rocks
Tywll Cave
Tower of Trades

Stella's pretty good at telling you where you need to go to next. Also pressing Y will bring up a world map and a short blurb about your most recent plot accomplishment.


What about port llaffin?  (The name is pretty fuzzy to me but it is the place south of All Treades abbey.

You need to go through Port Llaffan to get to the third continent so he's probably already gotten that one. The only one's he could've missed thus far are Alltrades Abbey (if he has access to class changing then he has this one already), Zere Rocks (it'd take you like ten seconds to check if you've gotten this one or not just by exploring the place), Gleebra (go to the throne room and check if the Lizard is there or not), Batsureg (most likely since its a pretty involved quest line, check if the chief has steppe down yet), and Swinedimples (check for the weapon masters since they won't appear if the dungeon is not yet complete).

If all of these are done, then head back up to The Observatory or wherever Stella tells you to go to next (check battle records or press SELECT).
4122  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2010, 05:21:11 AM
Yeah, it does have some high school comedy in it  but after 13 The anime just ditches the story and goes totally just for that. Its sorta justified seeing what happened at the end of episode 12, but that doesn't mean it sucks any less. Going to watch 16-20 later and hopefully it gets back on track again.


A month late but the premise of the show did involve a whole lot of sucking so you should've known wha tit was going to come down to in the beginning.
4123  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Futurama on: August 21, 2010, 05:15:44 AM
So far it looks like they're keeping

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Fry and Leela's relationship

and not gone back and retcon'd it or something. Not sure if that's a spoiler, but just wanted to be safe.

I wouldn't consider that a spoiler. One thing I'm wondering about this season though, did they air the episodes out of order? Because in some episodes it seems they're just friends, whereas in this week's episode they were obviously still a couple (for what it's worth, I thought it was excellent).

I highly suspect that their current romantic relationship level is somewhere around coworkers making it past first base. Before their relationship levels where at Fry desperately trying to go out on a date with Leela and Leela making silly excuses like having sweaty boot rash or something.

Either way their S-Link levels are nowhere near the levels of the common JRPG/anime main character relationship to girl next door/JRPG princess (at least in the sap/drama/inability to perform departments), so don't expect them to stay devoted to each other all the time or have an argument free relationship now that they've confirmed.

At the very least they're making progress (now if only Fry can forget that he's in any meaningful relationship with anybody while Leela acts like a stuck up tusndere even though she's blatantly pining for him then take forever to dick around with this bullshit while Amy and uhn...Fry's old girlfriend, the newscaster lady, or Mom or something try to ineffectually slip into Fry's pants through the use of gratuitous panty shots and bathing/shower scenes, also everyone else needs to fade into the background as they are unimportant/not walking T&A).

Coincidentally I might not enjoy a Futurama: The Anime.


On a serious note this episode was hilarious.
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4124  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The video game commercials thread on: August 21, 2010, 04:46:56 AM
Double Posting in honour of Metroid: Other M coming out.

http://kotaku.com/5618076/nintendo-may-be-getting-better-at-live+action-metroid-commercials

Comes with ads from Super, Fusion, and Primes 1 & 2.

Great Metroid Live Action Ad or the Greatest?
4125  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 21, 2010, 04:07:15 AM
From the Abyss.

GotD.
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