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46  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 26, 2016, 10:54:00 PM
I predict that the show has maybe one or two more seasons left to it and its going to end with Castle's death as a mirror to Derek Storm's death at the beginning of the series.

That would SUCK

Word on the street is that
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Stana Katic is leaving the show after this season. It would make sense given the character development episodes what's-her-face has been receiving lately, but the circumstances are still up in the air AFAIK.

I may not have been too far off the mark on this after all.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 26, 2016, 10:31:56 PM
In Earthbound's defense, that game would have been entirely broken without the strict inventory restriction. Not that it was all that "balanced" anyhow. I actually really appreciate the early game challenge/tension of only having the item-space of one or two characters.

Meanwhile I kinda felt that it was archaic and dumb. Especially the part where you lose almost half of your capacity (because at this point Jeff should be racking up gadgets beyond Bombs and Bottle Rockets), or the part where you lose a third of it again (Poo you piece of Poo).

That said, I'm far more in favor of Secret of Mana's style of inventory limitation. You can hold every type of consumable in the game, but only up to four copies of any given one. No one-of-a-kind item is disposable, nor would disposing of it help increase capacity elsewhere. It also helped that the spread of items was fairly good for the most part (3 different types of HP restores, 1 Revive + HP restore, 1 MP restore, 1 Status restore and 1 'Get out of jail free' item; the other 4 items were all reusable one-of-a-kind items that provided Instant dungeon escape, Transportation, and two limited types of Status restore that took some of the burden off of the other type).
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 26, 2016, 08:50:34 PM
Wow, that makes it really surprising the Nohr kids actually look like eachother. Guy must have had a thing for blondes.

Its why they refer to the events prior to the game as the Concubine Wars (no, seriously).

That sounds a lot more interesting than the stuff that goes on in Fates. Like, warring houses, lots of backstabbing and intrigue.

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But yeah, the only thing I was having difficulty recalling was whether or not Sumeragi had only two wives or three. I know that Mikoto ends up as your wingman (from beyond the grave) for pursuing Takumi's S-rank, but I forget if that's because she's not his mother or because the Avatar is only his half sibling and considered that to be enough of a technicality.

I checked.
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The Notnippon siblings het a free Marmalade Boy-style pass. Now the only thing that could screw up Kiragi genetically is the fact that my avatar is kinda mage-like.


At least he'll have access to a Shining Bow.

And Revelations' plot isn't as bad as Conquest's. Intsys had to settle for the lesser known writer of the Senran Kagura games over the Kindaichi Case Files guy, so you know it can't be as bad (and I even think I've heard people say that Corrin does something approaching not-idiotic on that route).
49  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 26, 2016, 12:37:58 PM
^ hmmmm I liked the first Resident Evil. 

also lol this ---> http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/sonic-hedgehog-movie-works-at-710867

I thought it was Silent Hill that was the first videogame movie to not suck in a non-narm way?

Also, Sonic has nothing on that impending GitS live action movie.
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 26, 2016, 12:30:14 PM
Wow, that makes it really surprising the Nohr kids actually look like eachother. Guy must have had a thing for blondes.

Its why they refer to the events prior to the game as the Concubine Wars (no, seriously).

But yeah, the only thing I was having difficulty recalling was whether or not Sumeragi had only two wives or three. I know that Mikoto ends up as your wingman (from beyond the grave) for pursuing Takumi's S-rank, but I forget if that's because she's not his mother or because the Avatar is only his half sibling and considered that to be enough of a technicality.

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Its going to come out that Mikoto and Azura's Mom are honest-to-god sisters during Revelations, hence why all this parading around the issue of incest winds up being fairly meaningless in the end. First cousins are apparently a-okay.

Still, none of this is as fucked up as Odin's, Lazlow's or Selena's situations can be.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 26, 2016, 01:32:31 AM


So you mean to say that the second image wasn't you trying to subtly imply that you're secretly a middle aged Japanese man that was secretly involved with Beyonce's latest project who was secretly going behind her back to forewarn us of its impending release because you're secretly a heroin addict living in a small town in bumfuck Ohio who's facing several trumped up charges because the prosecutor snuck in some heroin into your coffee and is currently throwing the entire goddamn bookcase at you because he's secretly in the pocket of big incarceration that's secretly trying to convert all of Ohio into a prison state so that they can secede from the United States because the government wants to secretly establish a second gitmo so that they can secretly transfer all of the people that nobody really knows about out of gitmo so that they can continue to secretly detain them indefinitely while our soon to be elected President Trump can publicly shut down the previous gitmo for mucho accolades?

And I secretly admit that this Lemonade joke kinda got a bit outta hand.
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 25, 2016, 05:50:25 PM

The PSP's version is currently the one with the fewest drawbacks for FFIV (the biggest one being that its on the PSP).


ok..so..you DON'T mind playing games on a tiny non native-to-games mobile phone but you DO mind playing them on the well designed PSP?

is this accurate?

I was operating on the assumption that he did not have a PSP (his post did not indicate otherwise).

Its also getting more and more difficult to track down any worthwhile software for the thing (also the nub and d-pad hurt my thumb).


IIRC correctly, 2 or 3 characters can steal

Kid, Fargo, and Mel.  Mel and Kid have a Double Tech where they both Steal, but... I'm not actually sure what that accomplishes.

Not much since the best stuff is only available during the point where you only have Fargo, since Kid can't stop being incapacitated for some dumb reason and getting Mel means siding with Diaper Baby.
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: April 25, 2016, 05:33:31 PM
You guys have been making me feel bad for deciding to not bother with BS.
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 25, 2016, 05:31:48 PM
Since this is a Tri-Ace thread, I thought I'd make sure everyone saw this story from our front page today:
http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/4703.html

Well, at least we're getting 'a' new VP game in the near future.

Some much appreciated good news after this came down the pipes today.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 25, 2016, 05:28:14 PM
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As for Azura and Takumi, you could always pair them together, Kiragi will appreciate the extra Strength and Speed Growths (and if you wait long enough Azura could pass down Foreign Princess which would be ridiculous on somebody other than her, assuming you buy it off of an earlier Azura since she'll be hard pressed to pick it up before the main campaign is done).

Erh, what's Azura's fate in Revelation? I mean, I want a nice wife for Takumi because of the bullshit he went through in the other paths. (I have a soft spot for tsundere archers, so what?) 'Here, cheer up, have a lovely wife that'll soon be gone!' doesn't seem quite right.

Nor is the fact that they're cousins (assuming I'm remembering correctly and that Mikoto was actually Takumi's and Sakura's biological mother, otherwise nevermind), but for the purposes of eugenics, Kiragi would greatly appreciate Azura's genes and Shigure will appreciate Spear Fighter access.

I forget the specifics in regards to Azura's fate though. She either needs you to clear the Final Chapters quickly, or needs to S-rank Male Corrin. My original plan (or what's left of it) was to go through Revelations with a Fe Corrin and see what happens to Azura if you only marry her to some other schlep (like Takumi).
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 25, 2016, 12:49:41 PM
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but if you're running a Male Corrin

Female, so I'm good.

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you get all 8 fucking Royals

Yes, 'fucking' is the right word. That's exactly what they'll be doing.

Elise and Hayato... hadn't thought of that one. I'll give that one a shot. Though I'll feel bad for making her the mother of that... Not to mention, making her a blonde seems kind of weird. And wait, how old is Elise anyway? I like to imagine she's atleast 16 but just really childish as heart, but I assume the truth is (a lot) worse...

Who should I pair Takumi with? I feel kind of bad for him (the plot of both Birthright and Conquest hates his guts, and after visiting Serenes Forest for like 5 minutes, it's already obvious he is everyone's favourite meme subject, so yeah, I feel bad for him), and I want to make sure he gets a nice wife. I paired him with Oboro in Birthright. Are there better options?

O, and any recommendations for Azura, since I shouldn't bench her? I gave her Niles last time, which worked out surprisingly well. Their support convos are sweet, and Nina sorta benefitted from Azura's stupidly high strength growth. However, if he's late to the party in Revelation, I may want to pick someone else, right?

... Thinking about it, I kinda thoroughly fucked up the royal families in last games. Princes and princesses were marrying servants left and right, and a few hooked up with rather shady characters. Maybe I should have atleast some of them act like royalty, like, make them start working on lasting ties between the two countries. Maybe... Leo and Sakura?

You don't have to worry about the Elise x Hayato pairing, according to SF, they can't get hitched anyways (I forgot about the very limited cross path supports issue and that all the Royals only want anything to do with their alternate counterparts of the opposite gender, so Elise is only interested in Takumi or Ryoma for possible Birthright marriage candidates).

As for Azura and Takumi, you could always pair them together, Kiragi will appreciate the extra Strength and Speed Growths (and if you wait long enough Azura could pass down Foreign Princess which would be ridiculous on somebody other than her, assuming you buy it off of an earlier Azura since she'll be hard pressed to pick it up before the main campaign is done).
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 25, 2016, 04:29:50 AM
[In regards to all the talk about Final Fantasy XIII]

That reminds me, I might get back to it... if I can do something about that hover-bike enemy that wipes out my party with its Gatling Gun. I rage-quit because of that.

A wise philosopher once said "Sentinel. It's a good thing!".

Also, Timing. It helps.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 25, 2016, 04:25:47 AM
I played through Birthright and am almost done with Conquest, and now I have Revelation to look forward to. Aparently it's a shipping extravaganza extraordinaire, so I was wondering... any recommendations? I'm mostly looking for cute/sane pairings that don't screw up the kids too badly.

You'll probably want to do a lot of grinding since you're going to have almost everybody available to you and there really aren't enough stages in the story chapters to pair them all. Moreover a number of characters (mostly Conquest characters) are going to get screwed over due to really late/awful join times and being horribly underleveled. Beyond that, the same general rules apply. Mages want Mages (i.e. Orochi wants Hayato, Nyx wants Leo or Odin, Elise wants Odin or Hayato), and the others can mix and match however you want, but if you're running a Male Corrin, you'll need to pair off with either Flora, Reina, Anna or one of the female Kids otherwise there won't be enough females to go around for all the kids and no same gendered S-ranks or no Kana/Kana+Nina.

Specifically, I don't have a lot of recommendations since children characters get less from their parents than usual (only the two skills from their parents, a third Class based upon either the Father's Secondary Class (assuming the Mother has a separate/inheritable Class), their Mother's Secondary Class (assuming either both parents have the same Primary Class, the Child already has his/her Mother's Primary Class instead of his/her Father's or one of the Primary Classes is uninheritable), or an Alternate Class (which is kinda insane and overly complicated and only really comes up with Buddy/Partner Seals), and their Growth Rates modified by their Mother's Growth Rates). Gameplaywise, most of your choices will consist of what to do with your Royals since you're probably only going to be using them and Korrin's Krew for the most part due to limited deployment space, and the fact that you get all 8 fucking Royals + Avatar, Azura (protip: don't bench Azura, she's sort of Revelations' secondary Lord, except without any of the perks) and whatever Servant you get in relation to your gender. Your next best options are Mozu, Kaze, Rinkah, Hayato, Orochi, Kaden, Keaton, Silas, the Retainer Pairs' belonging to Sakura, Takumi, Ryoma and Camilla and the other Corrin Servant.

Effie, Arthur, Benny, Charlotte, Nyx, Azama, Setsuna, Laslow, Peri, Odin and Niles all join really late and at the same (or very similar) levels that they joined in their original route while enemies are generally promoted as well as your main team (Hinoka also joins really late and is the most marginal of the Royals in Revelations, but her Personal Skill is still fantastic and another flier will definitely be handy while traipsing around Zeal; its definitely the player's call on using her).
59  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 25, 2016, 01:59:43 AM
I seriously wish FD had kept the original art :SSS SO1 was a very, very pretty game.

Anyway I tried playing Final Fantasy IV but:

1. I only have the PSX version.
2. I can't get it working consistently on my actual PS2.
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4. The GBA version's the only other option for mostly not-!@#%ed-with hardtype.
5. Although apparently the stuff they took out of hardtype was sort of pointless anyway? But the translation's really jank?
6. i have no idea what the definitive version would be and this is an endless morass that i don't have the mental real-estate for it.

So, maybe Wonder Project J or Baten Kaitos ska enter rotationer, but until then back to Mother 3. Speaking of which!

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Back to Tazmily from the island. Tazmily is now largely empty (though I should check if anyone's still in the east bit).

The NPC quote "I'm now a stray dog with a home. But I have no owner." seems to, uh, succinctly convey the game's theme. or a lot in general, really

The PSP's version is currently the one with the fewest drawbacks for FFIV (the biggest one being that its on the PSP).

Not that Easytype was much easier than Hardtype to begin with since the only things they really changed was cutting a bunch of extraneous items (only good to come of this was condensing all the status healing items into an all-purpose Heal item), the Dark Wave and Pray commands (probably for same draconian localization practices that plagued the rest of the game, not that it justified the removal of an actually somewhat useful for a good chunk of the game command) and the Final Boss's sprite for some reason.

I'd almost agree with you on the SO1 artstyle shift, but those character designs were pretty butt ugly.
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: April 23, 2016, 09:55:37 AM

I for one, can't wait for it to be revealed that she's in your party for all of one dungeon before she goes all Flynn on Velvet's Yuri.

Double entendre?

I figured there was a dirty joke in there somewhere, but no. Not intentional.

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