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4156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: September 16, 2013, 07:48:51 PM
Now that I think about it, don't the Ys series and the Zelda series kinda go with the 'parting is such sweet sorrow' endings?

Or at least they go with "There's romantic feelings in the air tonight, but adventure is my first and true mistress.".
4157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC Announced for Steam/PSP on: September 16, 2013, 07:42:47 PM
It seems that the tl;dr is that I need to find a better video game news outlet.

And maybe to exercise a bit more restraint in posting anything that looks kinda vapid. Not everyday can be a busy news day. :C
4158  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 16, 2013, 01:55:18 PM
So I finally got around to checking out Logan's Run the other day, and holy hell, I knew Squeenix borrowed liberally from this movie for FFXIII-1 but I didn't realize just how much of the movie's plot structure they swiped almost wholesale (like to the point where the changes only really involve concessions to allow videogame mechanics and anime logic in place of 70s Sci-Fi tropes and stuff like bombed out Statues of Liberty and what have you).

Anyways, outside of the hokeyness of being a 70s Sci-Fi (the lead actor's performance, several of the set pieces looking like they belong in a shopping mall (who the hell here remembers those?), and the futuristic city kinda failing at not looking like a tabletop model not helping matters), the subject matter was interesting at least (although they could've done more in regards to the effects of bottling up a society and the stagnation that typically results) and they handled the internal workings and day-to-day life stuff fairly well (even if most explanations basically boiled down to "This somehow runs off of so&so but I don't think anybody really remembers the specifics anymore."). The ending was complete shast though.
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The central main motherbrain computing CPU unit blows up at the first wrong assumption getting proven taking the whole city with it and then you wonder why anyone would consider hiding out in what is effectively a ticking time bomb (even if it was the trope to blow up supercomputers by throwing a curve-ball at it was rather prevalent back in the day).
4159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC Announced for Steam/PSP on: September 16, 2013, 01:00:48 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/09/16/xseed-looking-into-ps3-version-of-trails-in-the-sky-sc/

So does anyone know what the PS3 version of the game has over the other versions? I remember the move including better graphics and whatnot but I don't recall if there's any exclusive content involved.
4160  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 16, 2013, 12:54:09 AM
Xenoblade:

About to head to Eryth Sea.

Question about Riki:

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Is it just me, or was Dunga trying to send someone who's pretty clearly a high-functioning autist on a suicide mission just so he didn't have to deal with him anymore?

That's kind of messed up, yo :(

Especially since it's implied that he does that every year.

Aside from the fact that Riki isn't autistic at all, I'd say that the situation is less about wanting to off him and more about trying to get him out the door so that he can start earning his (and his massive family's) keep. Riki is basically the Nopon equivalent of a middle aged worker who somehow wound up with Hero as a day job


I really need to stop going for the Battle Masteries in Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation. They make the game way too hard. Especially when it sets the game to hard mode. I'm on Mission 18 and I could not figure out how to sink the Kurogane in less than 7 turns. Maybe I should upgrade my pilots...I don't think I've done that even once yet...

It's a little late to say this but if you're having trouble you might want to invest in fully upgrading an M95 Machine Gun or two. After that I'd suggest focusing on building up finishers and attacks used frequently as well as the usual suit upgrades (although I'd hold off on getting too wild with them early on due to eventual mid-season upgrades).

If you're looking for pilot upgrades, I'd highly recommend giving Irm/Katrina (depending on which route you took) the Attacker skill ASAP along with Ryusei/Kyosuke and Rai/Excellen (if you're at chapter 18 you probably can't afford more than that). It's debatable to say whether investing PP into Infight/Gunfight over stats is the more preferable option, as stats yield higher damage boosts for less but Infight/Gunfight provides an extra space of move/an extra square of weapon range at levels 4 and 7 respectfully (I'd say, bother only if they don't already have the skill and only up to level 4/7). All support pilots (i.e. Garnet/Russel, the battleship pilots, Aya/Radha, etc) should aim for SP Regen, Concentrate, and/or SP Up.

It's kinda hard to really recommend what to do beyond that since I don't even recall which route you're on nor the pilots at your disposal. Generally speaking though, your best option is to go all out with Accel, avoid using as much SP as possible early on in the stage, make sure to ice as many grunts as possible by the end of turn four to build as much Will as possible, then send everybody to dogpile the boss.
4161  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 15, 2013, 12:04:10 AM
SMTIV:
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Just took back the Seat of the Government over in Shinjuku. Decided to stick it to the Ashura-kai clowns by attacking them instead of the demon I was supposed to slay. Now I'm off to Ikebukuro and to make nice with the Ring of Gaea clowns.
4162  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: September 14, 2013, 10:01:01 PM
Totally different, those are antagonistic characters forcing woman to marry against their wishes. I'm talking about formerly romantic involvements that slowly drift apart. I've NEVER seen that in a game... But it happens a lot in reality.

FFVI with Terra and Locke? Granted they don't really get together before Locke finds his Rachel expy in Celes but it does come up once or twice before Terra moves on to crushing on the ill-fated General Leo.
4163  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: September 14, 2013, 09:56:26 PM
And today's
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Zombie Lobster Batou's B-Day. Him and Spotpass's Minerva can ride Tachgriffins together taking down armored Great Knights and Generals while solving the case of the Laughing King (provided you do the spotpass chapter for Walhart before Gangrel's). :v

Anyways, Walhart. On the up side he's got his own class with it's own skill and everything, plus he has the best 1st Gen Strenght and Defense modifiers (with only the Avatar being able to tie him in but one of those stats). On top of that the Knight and Wyvern Knight class trees play well with his Conquerer class and stats. Also he gets his own personal weapon which is more or less on par with a legendary like Helswath (trading the Def boost for 15 extra Hit and 10 more uses).

The downside is that Conquerer is more or less just a glorified Great Knight and has no real skills of its own (Conquest could've just have been a personal skill like Aversa's Shadowgift) plus it is uninheritable (although Conquest can be inherited) and moreover the skill Conquest isn't nearly as good on a PC as it is on an enemy as enemies cannot really their offenses around effective weaponry. Add in the fact that a third generation Morgan can reach a higher personal stat cap in both Strength and Defense if he's sired by either Frederick!Gerome, Stahl!Gerome, or Kellam!Gerome than he could by Walhart alone and Walhart really doesn't have anything outstanding in terms of eugenics.

Overall, impressive as a boss, but unlikely to be able to wrest a spot on the team from any of the kids or more well raised 1st genners by the time you get him.
4164  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Robocop reboot 2014! on: September 14, 2013, 01:40:03 PM
This reboot is going to be terrible,lol.  I'm a huge fan of the original Robocop.  Murphy being blown up by a car bomb?  Also, the new suit looks like something from the Chritopher Nolan Batman movies.  The only redeeming factor is Michael Keaton, but I don't think that will amount to anything.  I bet this won't even have an epic ED209 fight.

Given Robocop's track record, I don't think it has to worry about being terrible compared to Robocop 3. As long as it has violence, action, explosions, and ludicrous gibs, and maybe a little something about transhumanism it'll be fine.
4165  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: September 14, 2013, 01:32:16 PM
I worked on this a good bit and I've got 10 questions.
I just don't like half of them.

Also trying to find how I could do a visual and audio question.
The music of SO3 is pretty well known because of the OSTs... or is it just me?

So, is this happening today?
4166  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Thread of people Dancing Mad on: September 13, 2013, 11:13:52 AM
Kinda surprised Noctis wasn't added in.  It'd be a good promo, I think.

For the next update/sequel? Sure. Right now though is too soon for that.

Maybe DLC, but I doubt there'll be another sequel given the whole purpose of the 'Curtain Call'. Nah, who am I kidding, even if the whole thing was so tightly wrapped up in a pretty little bow, Squeenix could always find a way to append something else to the end.
4167  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 12, 2013, 12:40:17 PM
And Futurama is done. That's it. No more.
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Not unless the writers take the out they left themselves in the episode.

Anyways, it was a very final episode-ish final episode with the usual 'revisit the start' and 'main couple ties the knot and lives happily ever after' ending. An interesting note is that after a certain point in the episode, only Fry and Leila's VAs were left doing their roles.

Honestly, good riddance...

Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love the first four seasons. The following four "movies", and the first season of their return to TV were OK. After that, it just seemed like the writing became incredibly lazy and witless. No plot depth; awful pacing; thoughtless gags/jokes... I tried to watch an episode that was recently added to Netflix, and had to turn it off after a few minutes. Terribly unfunny, and not really entertaining at all. Much like the last 7 or so seasons of The Simpsons. When shows get to that point, it just seems like they are thoughtlessly churning out episodes just to get TV ratings.
Just my opinion, of course.

This season was pretty terrible.  The only episode I really liked was Fry "living" at home one more day (but still told through an odd plot of a really loud noise/car alarm thing...the hell?).  At the very least, the record was spotty at best for the last few seasons in terms of what really stuck out.

Nevertheless, this was a great episode and a great conclusion to a pretty damn fine series (and working off Simpsons' reputation [was] certainly no easy task at the time).

Hopefully we'll see a glorious Gandalf the White return for yet another encore.
The team building exercise was freaking hilarious in my opinion, especially that scene where Leela ate the "exotic lunch." I was rolling.

I liked the Friender and Lamey bits better but yeah, probably the best episode of the season (although the 2D Space and Fry's Memories episodes are the best runner-ups).
4168  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 11, 2013, 08:27:44 PM


Okay, I lol'd at that one. That's just perfect.
4169  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star Nova (developed by Tri-Ace) on: September 11, 2013, 07:19:50 PM
At least you'll be able to play as classic Phantasy Star characters.

Once you clear at least 50 floors in the bonus dungeon

You also need to beat the Iseria Queen five times. And each time she gets harder. Also you need to beat the final boss with the Limiter Off.

Um, inapplicable?
No game Tri-Ace game requires this and the only time a bonus character was offered was in Radiata Story, in an easy bonus dungeon, and to get Lenneth from VP.
Also, god forbid a game that offers new challenges from the main content and different difficulties. :P

Didn't Freya only join in the Gate in VP2?

But either way, yes I did go overboard there for a bit. I forgot that Tri-Ace aren't the ones who get somewhat sadistic with bonus dungeons/content (they're the ones who sadistically offer powerleveling and min/maxing options for spergs that require far more effort to utilize than they're worth).
4170  Media / General Games / Re: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on: September 11, 2013, 07:12:20 PM
@Aeolus: I never tried to justify Kojima's convoluted theatrical reasons since I only said "the general idea is", meaning that not even the actual games take that stuff as seriously as the main narrative outside of giving them a small amount of context and relevance to them.

And again, you're missing the point; which is, that I wanted to do a play on the word Ration and make a World's of Power reference for all the cool kids who'd get it.

Nothing more. I'm not trying to criticize you, nor am I saying you're wrong, and neither am I trying to attack this series, or its writing, or its logic.

And at any rate, this joke is dead, it is no more, it has ceased to be.
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