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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 17, 2015, 12:06:21 AM
...a few for the key to the box we keep our craft club's change and earnings in (what do you call those things in English?)

Er... "Cash Box"

Not joking. Unless you're talking about one secured at a bank, then it's a safety deposit box.

Really? I always called it a safe...

Wouldn't it be called a Cache Box?
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: February 17, 2015, 12:04:06 AM
And yeah, the Swamp is probably the most boring section of the game, though its not nearly as tedious as gathering the Zora Eggs, or obnoxious as climbing the Stone Tower (hopefully they streamlined the hell out of this), or as tricky as trying to roll up into Snowhead Temple without ramping off the side of a cliff.

The Swamp wasn't too bad for me.  The zig-zagging between three different screens as a Goron got on my nerves a bit more.

As for changes, all I've noticed (due to where I am) is Woodfall stray fairy locations changed up a bit (oh, and they're in full 3D!  But still look weird...).

Changes to boss fights as well.  Stone Tower I hear is almost completely different, and (Again, from where I'm at) Odolwa changed from hack n' slash to something with the "Zelda process" (ie, where you're tasked with exposing the weakpoint, then hacking at it 3 separate times).

The swamp is not 'bad', its just boring since you find the witch, take the ride, buy some beans, redux the Castle Break-in sequence from OoT, then platform a bit more until the Swamp Temple which is mostly large empty rooms with a Stray Fairy or two a piece, a mid-boss, a block pushing 'puzzle', some platforming action and Odolwa (whom I actually appreciated not having the 'Zelda Boss Process' to a certain extent; it made the dungeon feel more like Level 1 in Zelda 1). Then again, its probably the fact that the only things you unlock in the swamp from clearing the dungeon is another archery minigame, the Butler Race and the ability to travel through said swamp without taking the tour or hopping on lily pads. That, or its the fact that the game only has 4 dungeons in it which is why such a 'starter dungeon' feels more wasteful than it should.

Snowhead Mountain's biggest problem is the fact that everything's frozen over, which meant having to dick around with Hot Spring Water until you could get some Fire Arrows. Events-wise, you had invisible platforms, the Forge, Powder Kegs (which unlocked Romani Ranch, Epona and the Bunny Hood), ghosts, Goron Racing, Goht, the Razor Sword and so on. There's a shitload of stuff to do and get at Snowhead.

Btw Dice, if the Happy Mask Salesman gives you the Bomber Notebook after you regain your body, what do the Bombers give you instead?

Anyways, http://gematsu.com/2015/02/hyrule-warriors-ganon-pack-dlc-due-japan-next-week

Ganon mode!? FUCK YEAH!!!
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 16, 2015, 09:56:33 PM
I hate silent protagonists personally.  Especially in games today where everyone else is actually talking, but the game neglects to get a voice actor for their lead.

I love Virtue's Last Reward, but going from "We need to escape" to MC's *BLIPBLIPBLIP*.  Bah.
I also never really found it works to put my in the player's shoes.  Customizeable MCs tend to do that for me more, actually.

Customizable MC's for the win. I prefer being able to create an engaging and interesting main character who I can relate to, but is not necessarily me, then have an empty vessel that is supposed to represent me. Being able to create the kind of character I like to see in games is more important to me than feeling as if I am the hero.

In regards to Persona, P4 definitely had a protag with a personality.

I'm all for customizable MCs as long as the game's character interactions don't all feel like they were written solely for the Male choice (I'm looking at you Summon Night: Swordcraft Stories 1 & 2), or at least give me a fixed gender dammit.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: February 16, 2015, 09:50:33 PM
The only Zelda map that really comes close to the scale of the one shown during the TLAs was this one.


Linked for size.

re: The bit in the lower left corner is where Zelda 1 took place. That huge graveyard peninsula is the size of all of Zelda 1.

Anyway I kind of want this but I have no real desire to do the swamp stuff again, also I can't comfortably hold a 3DS like LA is really awkward feeling to me even.

Actually, the Graveyard is larger than the Zelda 1 area. Moreover, the Island Continent where the Fourth Temple is located is roughly 3x the size of the Zelda 1's region.

And yeah, the Swamp is probably the most boring section of the game, though its not nearly as tedious as gathering the Zora Eggs, or obnoxious as climbing the Stone Tower (hopefully they streamlined the hell out of this), or as tricky as trying to roll up into Snowhead Temple without ramping off the side of a cliff.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 14, 2015, 10:32:23 PM
Happy Valentine's day

I've been around the anime sphere for the last twenty years and I'm confused.

That tooth brushing does look well animated.  I just had dinner and that brush looks like a swell idea.

Sadly, that's not the full scene (also, they're siblings; because JAPAN!!!). The full scene is much longer and far more suggestive.

(also congrats on your 29th post Dice).

Anyways, my contribution to anime Valentines Day:
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: February 13, 2015, 09:59:31 PM
I wouldn't call Eternal Sonata "stupid," it gets a bit silly, but the gameplay is pretty solid with a diverse and quite large cast of playable characters. And the game doesn't involve a lot of frustration if you grind a bit before each boss fight.

Also, while I adore the first two Paper Mario titles, I still think Super Paper Mario is the best in the series. It's my second favorite game on the Wii and lands somewhere on my extended list of favorite games overall.

I don't know. A 17 minute death scene is pretty goddamn stupid (especially when a good minute or so is spent flashbacking to the start of said sequence, as if the player hadn't just watched it).

As for Super Paper Mario, I feel that the game was a victim of a fanbase that couldn't accept the fact that they weren't playing an RPG anymore. One of these days, I'll rectify my not having played it yet.

Furk infinite undiscovery. Capelle or however you spell his name is the worst human being ever concieved. Also the game is just terrible.

Need some input gais and guils. I'm considering trading in my old link between worlds 3ds for a 100 dollar credit towards a "NEW" 3DS. Is this a good idea or should I not bother cuz reasons?

I would at least wait until Nintendo announces a special edition or new color that really interests you. So... about 2, maybe 3 months from now.

Pretty much ^this. If you like the special edition, then hold off, until you either have more money or until a 4DS comes out (and hope its backwards compatible with Xenoblade Chronicles and Smash Bros 4 3DS). If you don't, might as well trade since I doubt that Nintendo will be able to squeeze any further significant boosts in horsepower out of the 3DS without having to rebuild it from the ground up.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: February 13, 2015, 04:41:48 PM
Last time you guys helped me pick exactly the right game, so please advise me on my next one. I've been playing Darkest Dungeon on the PC and I kind of what the opposite of that: console game, something colourful and Japanese, it's fine if it's a bit stupid (or really stupid, right now I'm too dead inside to care).

Games in my backlog:
Eternal Sonata
Infinity Undiscovery
Star Ocean 4
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love
Threads of Fate
Paper Mario
Grandia Xtreme

Here are my recommendations from most the least:

The only game on this list that I've played was Paper Mario (assuming this is referring to the N64 one and not Thousand Year Door). A short but sweet game, with a bit of charm and humor, and a few neat puzzles involving either platforming or companions. It should take 15 hours to complete at most, but its not a bad way to spend time unwinding.

That said, Sakura Wars is made by the team that went on to make Valkyria Chronicles, and it shows. If you've tried that Code Name STEAM demo on the 3DS then you should have a fairly good idea of what to expect from SW. Just be prepared for Dating Sim action because that is literally half the game.

From what I've read on Grandia Xtreme, it seems like its your typical Grandia game, but without the awful plot. However, I've heard that it is essentially a Dungeon Crawler (which is why it doesn't have a plot). That said, its a fucking Grandia game. Dungeon Crawler or no, that still a hell of a reason to play it.

If you already have Threads of Fate, then you might as well play it. While its the weakest member of Square's 'Summer of Square' compilation, all impressions I've gotten of it over the years is that its a serviceable Action/Adventure RPG, and that's more than any of the 360 JRPGs mentioned below have going for them combined.

Out of Eternal Sonata, Infinite Undiscovery or Star Ocean 4, I'd say don't bother with any of them; then, if you have to, start with SO4, then IU and finally ES. Namely because SO4 is probably the most technically competent out of the three of them (its just tied to a really fucking stupid plot/characters/writing/game), whereas IU was one of Tri-Ace's one off games (and also really fucking stupid everything), and ES is a really early (like near launch early) JRPG and those are never good (and is also really fucking stupid).
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Crazy Good Club Nintendo final hurrah deals on: February 13, 2015, 12:20:12 PM
OK so Nintendo didn't help much and I'm stuck w/ 2 download codes for Super Mario World 2 for Wii U.  That's worth 200 coins.

Is anyone interested in swapping codes for a game of like value?
There's a few other 200 coin games I'd like

Shit son! That sucks.

I'm probably not going to be able to afford Earthbound after all thanks to the site eating 100 coins on me. D:
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 13, 2015, 12:13:28 PM
Is there a release date?

April 29th in Japan, and it sounds like its localization is currently underway, so I'd guess somewhere within 2015 for the West (we'll probably find out at E3).

In other words....

Is there a release date?

Does "not soon enough" count as a reasonable release window?

No, I didn't think so either.

Fuck.... :(

New concept art..... fuuuck

I went back through some of the earlier trailers and fuck does the environmental art stand out. I'm constantly impressed by the way this game was designed, even back in Jan '013 when they first announced it, the first continent's environment looks the same (the biggest changes since then and now is to the UI and the PC designs, though I wouldn't be surprised if the different PC look is due to later game equipment or something).

Edit: http://www.siliconera.com/2015/02/19/xenoblade-chronicles-x-details-exploration-system/

More specific deets on the game's in game Map Quest and on that blue guy in that piece of art posted a page ago.

Double Edit: Makin' a new post instead.
55  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: February 13, 2015, 12:20:16 AM
I'll admit that Agent Carter is very comic booky, but its also very comic booky in the way that it handles having a female lead. Like, I don't think there's been a single episode where somebody didn't say something along the lines of "The only ass you can kick lady, is the ass of the caked on grease on all the dishes in the kitchen.", followed by Carter kicking ass (thank god this isn't an actual comic book or she'd be kicking ass in the most sensual and T&A thrusting way possible, which kinda defeats the purpose of having a woman take action), followed by "Well I suppose you can kick a little ass, maybe..., if the guy went easy on you....".

That said, I agree that it stands better on its own versus Agents of SHIELD which tends to feel more like the 'Glue of the Marvel Movie-verse' more often than not.

Does Maggie Q count as asian? I'm pretty sure she's some kind of bizarre mix between Hawaiian, Polish and Vietnamese.


what's the premise of Agent Carter?

The tl;dr is that Howard Stark had one wild night too many and now his super science stash has been cleaned out and Capital Hill is calling for his hide. Thus he ends up calling on an old friend, Capt. America's girlfriend, Peggy Carter, to bail him out. Fortunately, she was and still is (at this point; by Winter Soldier, she's in a retirement home) an excellent field operative. Unfortunately, she hit the glass ceiling twenty floors ago and is stuck on secretary duty at the current Super Secret Service. But she's willing to clear his name anyways even if she has to found SHIELD to do so. And of course, because this involves Howard Stark and somebody close to Steve Rodgers, you know the stakes will involve Super Soldier Serum somewhere down the line (it always eventually comes back to the Super Soldier Serum). There will probably be other references as well (and at least one Stan Lee cameo).
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 12, 2015, 04:02:43 PM
Has anyone seen or read an English translation of the video from last week?  I would like to know what they are describing but I really don't want to sign up for a Japanese class to figure it out. :)

Checked out the JP Direct (or as much as I could with this infernal machine of mine, I needed more than 5 minutes to refresh a goddamn page ): ).

Fuck; Beaten. Edit: http://www.siliconera.com/2015/02/06/xenoblade-chronicles-x-info-exploring-questing-bonding-citizens/

These should cover all the important information conveyed during the Direct. Everything else was probably just banter (especially once Monado Hair Clip girl started getting into her canned animations with the Nopon dude).

And while I'm here, have a character creation video, http://www.siliconera.com/2015/02/12/xenoblade-chronicles-x-shows-off-wide-range-character-customization/

Edit: and a night tour. http://www.siliconera.com/2015/02/12/heres-what-xenoblade-chronicles-xs-new-los-angeles-looks-like-at-night/
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 12, 2015, 03:31:26 AM
Mongoosey, I'm loving the FF8 examinations!!

Hyrule Warriors

Holy fucking fun.

Ironically, the fact that Ghirahim and Zant served Ganondork in their respective titles made their individual character plots very weak, make for a fun run playing AS Ganondorf with them two as underlings.

Lana, Link (in all ver. but his normal one), Fi, and Ganon are my favs to play as off the top of my head.

I barely kept together when I played a little then just threw an extra $20 for DLC.  God help me, I don't even know how much actual mileage I'll play out of this game.

I got totally confused during a bonus mission where you're against another character though.  They killed me really quickly (I needed to level up I guess), but how do I get more allies for those missions (it was like 3am and I scrolled through the instructions way too quik D: )

Also, any recommended potions?  I got way too many rupees, so I figure to just blow on weapon/material boosting ones.

I actually never bothered using the apothecary for potion stats. I saved cash for training low level characters to higher levels. I never needed to use material/weapon boost potions unless I was looking for a certain one to create more badges (materials potion). So if you wanted to use a certain potion type, go with materials.

The only Potion really worth investing in is the Item Boost+ Potion since there are some missions that require some serious stun-locking bullshit and the upgraded Arrows are really good for that. Otherwise, there are far better uses of one's rupees than Potions.

That said, did Fox get nerfed again in SSB4? Because I'm having a bitch of a time getting him through All-Stars Hard. All of his attacks seem super interruptible, including and especially his Fire Fox, and between that and him having absolutely no reach on any of his ground based moves makes it really easy for the AI to simply jab him out of whatever he's doing and then juggle for massive punish. I suppose that his dash attack has been buffed since Brawl (if only on the virtue that players can dash again, instead of tripping all over the goddamn place).

Meanwhile, I 100%'d NES Remix 2 (or at least as much as one can 100% NES Remix 2 without having to spend extra money buying NES Remix 1) about a week ago.
58  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Marvel Super-Thread on: February 11, 2015, 11:44:59 AM
Yeah, I mean not for nothing, isn't he about on par with Captain America strength-wise? They put Hawkeye and Black Widow in and they're both more or less useless after a short while. At least spider man can pick up a fiat....probably.
Hawkeye is an Avenger and that is quite honestly the only thing he is really associated with in comics as far as I can recall. Likewise Black Widow was heavily tied to Avengers to a period in 60s/70s. Looking at the news reports though it seems that with Spiderman he will be making an appearance in Captain America before getting a solo film in 2017.

I can see it now....

59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: February 11, 2015, 07:38:50 AM
After the amount of bullshit the first game put you through, I shouldn't be excited for this.....dammit, I am though...Just a BIT!!

Won't lie, I'm a bit sad Tiz isn't more like how I envisioned him


Your Tiz is here to mash 'A' and chew bubblegum, and he's all out of gum. Unfortunately, it seems like we're all out of crystals too.
60  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 11, 2015, 06:09:40 AM
Wall'o-FFVIII restrictions for fun and profit.

An impressive set of rules you've got there, I do have a few questions on the matter though.

First is why not give Selphie Elem Def instead of Stat Def? White Mages are known to be tough against magic (relatively speaking, since their abysmal HP totals usually doom them to going down at the first sign of trouble regardless as to how stacked their defenses are) and it seems like it would work well for her given that she doesn't have access to any main element outside of Holy. IIRC, even spells not tied to a particular element should still boost some kind of element to a degree which would fit perfectly if you were to assume that she's a White Mage equipped with a Minerva Bustier, as those things typically have some kind of Elemental Defense going on.

Second is why does Squall have the HP +80% ability and not Zell? Unlike in most RPGs where Monks get a variety of stats to offset their lack of equipment, all FF Monks ever get is inflated HP (if that) giving them the durability of a marshmallow (if they even get Speed or Evade%, its usually either completely worthless or gamebreakingly powerful).

Third is which sidequests are you going to be doing? Are you going for all the GFs or are you going to give the Deep Sea Research Center, Cactaur Island, Centra Ruins, etc. a pass?

Fourth is what stance are you taking on weapon upgrades?

Fifth is what roles do Laguna, Kiros and Ward have? Or do you not bother changing them up for those segments?

And finally, are you to try to switch up your playthrough using the methods the game was originally designed for (i.e. GFs. All day, ev'ry day!) in an attempt to directly compare how these rules improve the game (you needn't save your progress or you could keep your progress on a separate file)?
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