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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 02, 2016, 06:38:33 PM


The real issues.
47  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 02, 2016, 04:16:40 PM
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=194016278&postcount=1

Black Rose Valkyrie for PS4.

By Compile Heart------WAIT, I know what you're thinking, but the designs aren't moeblobs, and they actually got Kosuke Fujishima of Ah Megami-Sama/Tales of fame.  So there's that.


Not bad!
(well, the part where you play as a "lead male with five heroines" sort of dipping back into Compile Heart roots, but definitely looks different than the usual :P )

So, is this just a mash up of Valkyria Chronicles and Lost Dimension?  Because that's what it looks like, at least.  Not that that would be a bad thing.

No. More like its going to be a mash up of Lost Dimension and any other given generic Compile Factory RPG (and considering just how generic and barebones LD was beyond the traitor gimmick, this is already not looking like anything people are going to remember having played). On the other hand, at least with Compile Factory's track record, they've been slowly inching their way towards making a playable RPG.

The 'Valkyrie' in the case is the same as most post-Aughts usage in that it refers to the non-JPop Idol Magical Girl (the classical Magical Girl no longer exists in Japan; its all Idols, Valkyries or "Subversive" Mahous from here) variant instead of anything Norse or Valkyrie Profile inspired.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: February 02, 2016, 04:02:50 PM
If anything, I suspect that Anna is going to secretly be beard guy's Second-in-Command on board the Starship Enterfries (or whatever), much like the blonde chick from SO1 or Mirage from SO3.

It doesn't help that she reminds me of WA2's Kanon.
49  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 02, 2016, 02:11:19 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/02/7th-dragon-iii-code-vfd-coming-americas-this-summer

Wait what!?

I suppose that this is the benefit of having Atlus within Sega's wheelhouse.
50  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 01, 2016, 05:21:07 PM
And in other ne-SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKERS!!! http://www.siliconera.com/2016/02/01/adventures-mana-release-north-america-europe-japan-february-4/

Out Thursday. Be there, or be Squeenix.

What a flop of a joke...

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE ENIX

51  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 01, 2016, 05:17:36 PM
Snapple juice. I reached max BLADE level of 10 in Xenoblade Chronicles X and forgot to read the memo about making sure to level up Mechanical to 5 by BLADE level 10, so it looks like I may miss a few probes. Whoops. Lol. Good news is I got my main char to level 50 and bought the best skell in new LA so now I can take most purple and blue colored enemies down quickly. Aeolus had it right, if you can isolate a purple colored enemy from his homies, it's a lot easier.

I read some rumor on a Gamefaq thread that there is a mission that can allow you to max out remaining perks (mechanical, biological or archaeological). If it's true and I get that mission great, if not the game goes on.

Tyrants are still intimidating, but if I play my cards right I can tackle one or two. Mira is starting to build up a little better as well, so I think I finally got past the "wall" in game progression.

Your BLADE level only unlocks Field Skills up to Level 4. Once they've hit that level, you can't take that option with Eleanora anymore. For getting a Field Skill up to Level 5, you have to find a quest on the Mission Board called Off the Record (if they don't show up, back out and try again). There are three of them total, each one being tied to a specific Field Skill, and all of them have the distinction of being in riddles and denying you Navigation Markers (aka, those yellow arrows on the minimap that points to what the hell you need to do). If you're BLADE Level 10, then presumably, you have access to the Flight Pack and at least Level 50 Frames. Biological is naturally the easiest since it only requires you to trash some random mobs and collect a few items, with Archaeological and Mechanical vying for most bullshit as Archaeological requires taking down a level 60~ish Tyrant whereas Mechanical has you hunt down a stupidly rare Tyrant while only offering the clues that its somewhere in a White Place and appears only during the Early Morning hours (maybe...).

Or in short, you're fine. Just do the Off the Record missions (with a guide if you have to) and you should have them mopped up after a while.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 01, 2016, 04:59:35 PM
I was wondering why that heart-to-heart wasn't activating, but then I noticed it said that about Pets.  I love this game.

You don't actually have to worry about missing the ability to haz teh petz either since the aforementioned Affinity Mission is plot required anyways.
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 01, 2016, 11:42:58 AM
Just lots and lots of Xenoblade.  Really starting to get the hang of all the various mechanics and how to make proper character builds.  The game is still insulting me, though: Hey fella, look, I've highlighted this monster in purple. Purple is the easiest level of monster difficulty!  You should have no problem at all! *proceeds to get destroyed*

Blue is supposed to be easy as well, just not as easy as purple.  If my experience is anything to go by, any color NOT purple basically just means "don't even bother, especially if there is more than one".

Unfortunately, the Color Challenge Rating in this game is all kinds of fucked. You're better off paying attention to three things A) Level, B) Size and C) Enemy Type (as in "Do I usually have trouble with this type of enemy?").
54  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 01, 2016, 11:37:44 AM
And in other ne-SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKERS!!! http://www.siliconera.com/2016/02/01/adventures-mana-release-north-america-europe-japan-february-4/

Out Thursday. Be there, or be Squeenix.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: February 01, 2016, 09:09:13 AM
like a yiff level 10 wolfsona and conlangs and connections to shady people on the west coast who were probably all ZZTers.

I don't know what a single one of those terms means...

I know enough to know that all my sympathy for Mesh just went out the window.
56  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 01, 2016, 12:22:09 AM
Aerithbound: Squelched the Belch, downed some Coffee that filled me with Determination (and LSD) and cleaned the mean streets of Threedwood, now onward to a desert with no name. Also dammit Jeff, you and your item based abilities are eating up precious item capacity, now I have to take a trip back to Ness's house to sort through my inventory instead of playing Delivery Express with Tracy.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: January 31, 2016, 11:15:39 PM
Well at least Madam Dragoon survived the transition to XV (even if, between her helmet and hairstyle, she looks like she's rocking a gray beard).

Meanwhile the General looks like an oldskool FF villain ala Golbez and Exdeath, even though Harken Browning with purple hair (wait...does this make Dragoon chick Kagura?) is more likely to be closer to the actual big bad (he's at least in charge of the Evil Empire).
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2015 - Unofficial Thread on: January 31, 2016, 02:02:30 PM
http://www.rpgamer.com/awards/2015/index.html

And RPLamer put out their '2015 Best of' awards and its nice to see that they still rightfully wear that dragon humped logo of theirs. Either put the Trails of games above TW3 or swap out one of the Trails games for XBCX guys, it should not have been that hard.
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 31, 2016, 01:48:45 PM
And like I said earlier, I think Kuja is one of the most underrated FF characters and a fantastic villain.  I'd say he's one of the top 5 villains of the series.

The more I think about it, the more you're definitely right, which probably feeds the fact he is underrepresented since I had to think about it.
I think the bigger problem os FFIX is just an underrated game overall. In the rpg fanboy/girl circles it's popular enough, but in more generlized circles many people didn't bother with it, unlike VII, VIII, X, XII and all the overly advertised ones. Hell I don't even recall IX gettin a proper commercial...

You must have been a Pepsi drinker then....

The real reason why its underrated is because the PCs are superdeformed with animal/monster-ish traits which is unacceptable to the fans of the increasingly realistic human form depictions that the later FFs segued into.

(That, and it was really hard to go back to for the longest time since everything took forever and you needed a working PSX or PS2 to run. Of course this will soon be a totally moot point thanks to its PC release.)
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 30, 2016, 03:59:40 PM
Kuja's too sexy for this thread, too sexy for this thread... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P5mtclwloEQ

And like I said earlier, I think Kuja is one of the most underrated FF characters and a fantastic villain.  I'd say he's one of the top 5 villains of the series.

Anyway, I never found Amano's extreme heroin-chic art style pretty at all.  Everyone looked sickly and emaciated.

I find his work to be somewhat hit or miss. Namely because he can do buff and swole dudes and really good monster designs, but everything else is waifs and bizarre accessories and color patterns all the way down. That said, the fact that he has a unique and distinctive style in of itself matters a lot to me because that is really fucking hard to do well.
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