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4111  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 17, 2012, 09:46:57 AM
It'd be nice, but the Langrisser team is long gone sadly.


IV is truly a great game, and it'll be worth the wait. I just hope people give it the attention it deserves.

I've already got it on preorder. Now if only Grows 1 & 6 could make it as well.

Also what ever happened to that Langrisser MMO?
4112  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 17, 2012, 06:30:00 AM
You know what else needs some bolstered rep?

Langrisser.
4113  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 17, 2012, 06:25:36 AM
Sounds like Xenoblade to me.


One word of advice on the subject of getting everything in FFXII. DON'T.

Seriously. Its ridiculously easy to screw yourself over due to all the arbitrary bullshit the game pulls. The Zodiac Spear may be the most blatant act of easily missable loot but it's not the worst. During the game you'll come across an accessory called the Diamond Armlet that supposedly boosts the value of the treasure in a chest, but after a while it'll start doing the opposite, making it impossible to get the true reward in a chest. This is especially true in regards to rare, one-time only chests found in the penultimate dungeon. And then there's the loot that can be gotten during one-time only fights.

Here is a bit of perspective for the sake of anyone who didn't play it:

- In the Secret area of a dungeon resides the best summon and possibly the best gear in the game.
- The chests containing the best gear can only drop said gear upon their first opening (after that it's random crap)
- The odds of said chest to give you the item you want (and not something like... an elixir) is somewhere around 0.12%
- As Moonson said, the item to increase the odds of good items in chest makes the best items impossible to drop (and the game does not mention this anywhere)

Now, the chests themselves are usually quite far into the dungeon, which is pretty hard (as in can't rush there, gotta travel slowly killing monsters) and there are no save points at all. As such, loading and going back to the chest is about a 10-minute job.

FFXII really missed the mark with the ultimate gear.
Those % would be fine in an MMO if and only if the content could be attempted over and over; not a single-player game with only one attempt.

Don't forget that a number of those chests only have a low chance to spawn per dungeon visit as well.

The lighthouse is the worst offender in terms of this bullshit since it has 100 floors plus a basement and sub-basement filled with post game enemies with these chests scattered throughout.

And then there's the bullshit involving that one dagger....


Just don't play FFXII with a collect-100%-of-everything mentality and you'll be fine.  It's not like you actually need any of that crap.

It's worth doing hunts though, because not only are they fun but there's some story that goes along with the later ones.

I remember at some rank you get access to some sort of accessory you can buy from the guild hunt shop (or w/e) that can basically inflict every status ailment in the game at once (as long as they aren't immune to that ailment) on an enemy with a remedy.  It's crazy good.

Most of the hunts, some of the esper fights, and some of the environments are the best parts of the game. You'll want to do the hunts mostly due to being the only reliable way to acquiring decent gear throughout the game.
4114  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Playstation 1 RPGs on: July 16, 2012, 07:33:42 AM
So I finally got to go home to open up a few of the games I ordered, and I popped a few in to make sure they worked and I was greeted by the opening cinematic to these two games..

Alundra- I thought I was watching thundercats or something, uhg that animation was terrible. I guess I am just really not a fan of that art style. And it was done by working designs, I much prefer something like Lunars opening cinematic

Vargrant Story- It was kind of hilarious how serious it was trying to be with the fire breathing Dragon and then random shots of some dancing girl every second. Love those old goofy Square CGI character models.

We have come a long way since then.

Working Designs wasn't a production company (although it did fancy itself as such at times) but a localization team.

Also, I wouldn't say that VS has goofy character models since I thought they were on par with MGS's. Not that improvements haven't come along since then but the stuff in this game was probably the best that could be done with 3D models on the PSX.
4115  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 16, 2012, 06:43:50 AM
Things moving along quite well in Final Fantasy XII.  I'm ~10 hours in with six party members, I've done a bunch of marks, and I'm about to cross the desert into the tomb of an ancient king.  License Board isn't my favorite thing ever, but the combat is better than I expected and I like the guild framework they use for sidequests (it's totally ubiquitous now, but it still works).  I doubt I'll see this thing through to get every weapon and summon and bounty, but I'll get some decent mileage out of it before the credits roll.

One word of advice on the subject of getting everything in FFXII. DON'T.

Seriously. Its ridiculously easy to screw yourself over due to all the arbitrary bullshit the game pulls. The Zodiac Spear may be the most blatant act of easily missable loot but it's not the worst. During the game you'll come across an accessory called the Diamond Armlet that supposedly boosts the value of the treasure in a chest, but after a while it'll start doing the opposite, making it impossible to get the true reward in a chest. This is especially true in regards to rare, one-time only chests found in the penultimate dungeon. And then there's the loot that can be gotten during one-time only fights.

FFXII was way too literal in its borrowing from MMORPGs.
4116  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games you've basically "Memorized" on: July 16, 2012, 06:29:58 AM
When I was a youngun I had Wizards and Warriors down pat and could beat it w/out dying. Now? Can't clear level 1 without cursing my maker.

I feel so ashamed when I "level down" in gaming skill, especially a particular title.  I wonder wtf I did right then.



Ah, back when we had nothing better to do with ourselves but play one of the handful of games we had as a kid. No need to worry about generations, backward compatibility, or needing to replace parts, batteries, controllers, or whatever. And the biggest questions involved whether you did well enough in school to get to rent a game that you might one day hope to finish, and whether you'd get invited over to that kid with the Genesis console or not.
4117  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: possible ogre battle remake? on: July 16, 2012, 06:14:36 AM
Yea... like I'll ever get to see that localized....

I know what you mean, in the same period of time that Sega was releasing their classics for PS2 they did a remake of Phantasy Star 1 and 2. I've read before that there were plans to bring both games and part of the text was already translated, but it never came out for some reason.

Makes me wonder how they have the balls to release Phantasy Star Universe but not two remakes of one of their most iconic franchises.

The weird thing about that was that I even saw the first PS remake listed in a local Shopko flier but nothing ever came of that.

Also fuck Sega for not bringing out VC3 to the west.
4118  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 14, 2012, 09:14:35 AM


His contribution to science must have been revolutionary.

I suppose that's one way to get ahead in life.
4119  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 14, 2012, 09:11:19 AM
This is the kind of thing that could completely derail the thread. If you care enough to post about that find an appropriate thread or start one.

I still don't get why so many people get so stressed talking about this topic, but either way I'm not going to start anything. I was just saying.

That's because of two things. A) The matter has been prevalent throughout all of human history and we're no closer to addressing the issue than we were back when we were living in caves and B) Because humans are incredible assholes by nature.

The fact of the matter is that humans simply love to draw lines between things no matter how arbitrary the differences between those two things are. And there are differences between males and females, even today there's no way to get around this (especially since modern medicine is little better than the stuff we had back when we were bleeding people out to purge them of evil spirits). And no matter what a person's intention's might be in drawing that line, we're still drawing that line with the idea that those on the side I'm on should get or have gotten the better deal and the other side 'needs our help'/'can die in a fire'.

Basically the matter of equality can only be resolved when we cease to be human.

Anyways, there was a thread made not too long ago that tackled this issue and the matter really should be moved there for future reference.
4120  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 13, 2012, 11:43:25 AM


So where does his role as Shark Bait from Deep Blue Sea land?

He didn't even get off even one speech before 'suddenly gibed by scientifically modified shark'.
Wrong black guy sir, that was Samuel L. Jackson. Though in keeping with the questioning, where in the hierarchy is his wanted role? The man played god...unlike in Bruce and Evan Almighty where he actually played God.

Really? Fuck! I really need to rewatch that movie again. That was a hilarious movie.

That said, I will argue that his role of Narrator in March of the Penguins should be put between God and the US President.
4121  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 13, 2012, 03:30:48 AM


So where does his role as Shark Bait from Deep Blue Sea land?

He didn't even get off even one speech before 'suddenly gibed by scientifically modified shark'.
4122  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Seven years later, School Days is localized on: July 13, 2012, 03:22:18 AM
School Days is mostly just famous for its numerous violent bad ends.  Otherwise it's pretty unremarkable.

Still, there have actually been more and more VNs being localized lately.  Not just from Jast, but MangaGamer has been doing a lot.  All on the PC, of course, which means a lot (but not all) of them are eroge.  I'm actually pretty psyched about Ef getting localized.

Of course a lot of high-profile companies like 5pb have yet to get on board with English VN releases...

It's not so much the bad ends as it is the effect of having people randomly come up to the series thinking its just another boring ass VN and then "HOLY SHIT! WTF!?! WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING THAT YOU STUPID PIECE OF SHIT PROTAGONIST!?!?! DON'T YOU SEE THAT THIS WILL ONLY END BADLY!!!!! *nice boat* FUUUUUUUU---".

But otherwise its basically just another generic VN that actually manages to reach the harem genre's logical conclusion for once.
4123  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Seven years later, School Days is localized on: July 13, 2012, 12:14:30 AM
I wonder what the sales will be like.

Probably enough to afford a 'nice boat'.
4124  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: .Hack on: July 12, 2012, 11:48:06 PM
.hack games were generally boring as shit, because they took the narrative for one game and spread it out among three or four, with pointless padding and inane gameplay.

Quoted for truth. The sites you had to unlock with Virus Cores definitely qualified as needless padding.

In addition to that, you're not even introduced to the big bad for the original quadilogy until literally moments before the credits roll on the first game (and I mean you just see the guy just before he pwns your ass and you have to make an emergency bail, then the credits roll and its on to the next $30 for a used copy game). Its like playing through FFVII right up until president Shinra's death and then bam, credits and a message to go pay $30~50 for disk two.
4125  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 12, 2012, 12:59:10 PM
I remember when I first watched the last part of the Tenchi movie and being utterly confused as to what was going on in this cartoon(?) on late night SciFi. The important thing to note was that this predated Toonami or any other convenient source for cable anime (that wasn't horribly mangled in order to hide the Japanese serial numbers at least).

It didn't help things by the movie taking itself as seriously as it did since I knew of the series's humor.

Also fuck Tenchi Muyo for popularizing the harem genre, which led to the arms race of promiscuity which has since resulted in the creation of moe.
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