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Subject: Persona 3: FES
Prize: $20 eShop, PSN or Steam code
Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: September 05, 2014, 08:51:06 PM
Are you going to update the Newsbox with the poll?
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: kotaku article on what FFXV means to the future of JRPGs... on: September 05, 2014, 08:49:41 PM
The tl;dr of Japan's gaming industry is that everybody's moving towards mobile because everybody has mobile at this point. Consoles take up valuable floor space, you can't take them with you, and the games are longer and more expensive than what most mobile games provide.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: September 05, 2014, 07:49:10 PM
Yeah, I can believe that the pipsqueak would be the only playable one. It'd have been awkward for either Tiz or Magnolia to get the bench after being confirmed as playable for so long.

That said, perhaps the other two might tag along as temps or guests.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 05, 2014, 07:44:44 PM
- USG: I used to have a link to a bunch of Youtube tutorials on how to actually play the game, but I seem to have misplaced it. It might be in the Youtube thread but I'm too lazy to bother checking.

Just give everyone axes until you spark reverse delta and then use reverse delta on everything, basically. Magic and unarmed are useful if you want to go that route. And make sure all your armor has Life Protection (it usually grows this if you have it equipped for awhile).

wrt SGF1 just try to kill the bosses as quickly as possible, however possible. They tend to have really bad attacks that trigger after a few turns, so don't go for drawn out slogs.

Also what's the missable plot item in the Deja Tribe dungeon thing?

One of the Land Shards. There's one in the dungeon and I've heard reports of people missing it and screwing themselves over since the dungeon gets resealed immediately after completion. I don't recall if the shard can show up on the lake shore or not if you missed it, but in any case its better to get it while you're still inside the dungeon (if I recall correctly, its pretty hard to actually miss inside the dungeon since its in a Chest along the way through but it can still be ignored or forgotten).
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: September 05, 2014, 07:24:09 PM
There's earlier posts in the thread.

For instance:

See, Agent D. gets it.

Okay baby, next quiz 19th on October.


Granted, there's so much data about that particular game that we could easily pull off a second one.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: TGS 2014 General Discussion on: September 05, 2014, 07:14:48 PM

Here. Have a bunch of TGS lineups.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: September 05, 2014, 02:20:40 AM
So is this going to happen ever again?  Over 5 months since the last post.  We gonna stop it at six quizzes (I think?)? 

I think we've had more than 6. But obviously, we still haven't had enough.

Also, which game should the next quiz be about? I'd be down for a Suikoden 3 or an FE:Awakening quiz.
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 05, 2014, 02:18:11 AM
Almost done with Ark of Napishtim (waaaaaay shorter than I expected for a home console title, but I guess hoping for anything longer than 15-20 hours out of Ys is being unrealistic).  So after I'm done I'm not sure where to move on to next... I'll either play Dragon Warrior VII and Dragon Quest VIII or grind my way through SaGa Frontier 1 and 2 and then Romancing SaGa and Unlimited SaGa.  All 6 have been sitting around gathering dust for 6 or 7 years at least and I'd like to knock out an entire series worth of titles at a time if I could.  I'm a complete noob to both,   and I have no issues with slogging my way through a dreadful game, any suggestions on which route I should take?

Those are probably the most extreme opposites of the JRPG spectrum you just listed.

Dragon Quest games are known for being incredibly straight forward with its mechanics and encourages grinding when a problem comes along, whereas the SaGa series in general is known for being obtuse for the sake of being obtuse and grinding is the most effective way to screw your self over.

Things to know about these games:
- DQVII: Don't bother with Monster Classes and make sure your MC and a kid named Gabo are set on the path to Godhand (or if you're feeling ambitious, set Gabo up as a Sage or Teen Idol). To get Godhand, you have to start with the mastery of the Warrior, Fighter and Cleric classes for the Dragoon and Paladin classes which you then need to master in order to become a Godhand; and coincidentally once you're finished with that class you can go straight into the Hero class. This should take either of them approximately 130 + 160 + 180 + 200 + 240 + 240 + 200 (tl;dr 1350) battles to complete which should roughly be the number of encounters between Dharma Temple (at the game's 1/3rd mark) to the final dungeon. Also watch out for the area involving a group known as the Deja Tribe as their region is home to a dungeon that can only be traversed through once and a missable but plot important item is located in that dungeon (their region is the one right before Dharma Temple's region).
- DQVIII: Don't bother with Fisticuffs. The MC should spend his skill points on Swords and Courage skill sets and enough into Lances to at least get the Thunder (or preferably Lightning) Thrust. Yangus should focus entirely on either the Axes or Scythes skills, don't ever bother with Clubs; if he goes for Scythes make sure he gets Hatchet Man from Axes (though Executioner is better) and Humanitarian is at least worth a couple of points for Healmore and possibly Sacrifice. Jessica should only ever focus on her Whips and Staffs skills, Knives are garbage and Sex Appeal is overrated; note if you take Whips as the priority and bother with the second Casino, Jessica will wind up having the highest damage output of the party, however, maxing out Staffs is necessary for her to learn the Kazing spell which is probably the best spell in the game. Angelo can either buff his Swords skill for better damage output, Bows for sticking an MP battery on your team healer (this is amazing by the way), Staffs for more spells, or Charisma for other things but he should only focus on one of them.
- SaGa in general: Seriously, don't grind. In fact, I'd go straight to GameFUQs before anything else. Also don't be afraid to play through them multiple times, its pretty much the only way to enjoy them.
- SGF 2: Not covering 1 due to not having a spare memory card on hand to play through it with. I'd either suggest playing two to three Wil Knights scenarios to every Gustav scenario since Wil's story takes longer than Gustav's or play chronologically since Gustav's plot has a much greater focus on the game's political landscape.
- USG: I used to have a link to a bunch of Youtube tutorials on how to actually play the game, but I seem to have misplaced it. It might be in the Youtube thread but I'm too lazy to bother checking.
54  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 04, 2014, 03:23:27 AM

You're slipping Annubis, I don't want to be the new guy to post these every season.

Anyways, a bunch of season 2s have already pertained to my interests, let alone some of the less crappy new stuffs.
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 04, 2014, 01:24:40 AM
It's kinda strange how often the protagonists hometown gets burned or destroyed. It happens in Bartz's hometown FF5, Zanarkand FF10, Norende Bravely Default, Lahan Xenogears, Toltus Tales of Phantasia, Karaya Village Suikoden 3 which was interesting in that it was another protagonist doing the burning and like every Fire Emblem game ever. Sephiroth is so next level he does it to Nibelheim before the game even starts.

I think most FE examples tend to involve mere sacking and/or conquest versus the place getting reduced to rubble. FE 4 can have your starting castle destroyed (and in fact almost every castle and village in the game can be destroyed) but of course, letting any home castle go down in flames is an instant gameover. Bonus points for letting Leonster get totaled as that's FE 5's Lord/Prince Lief's homeland. And I suppose that in addition to Leonster, Fianna, FE 5's starting location, also starts off getting immediately sacked. Other than that FE 8 is pretty much the only game that actually has the MCs' homeland actually totaled (more or less).

And on the subject of Extreme Home Makeovers: JRPG Protagonists' Hometown Edition, the planet Parma getting blown up in PS2 is more or less up there. Granted, not for anybody within PSs 2-4, but Alisa must have been rolling in her grave cryo-tube over that one.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 03, 2014, 09:50:29 PM
Does hanging edge from FFXIII count?  It's where the game begins and technically it used to be a city (before Ragnarok destroyed it)   Don't care what you think about the game as a whole, that place is jaw droppingly beautiful and the music is on point.

Even by FFXIII's standards, that's no town boy, no town. (The first "town" you play through in FFXIII is Bohdum at the start of Chapter 5 and is both contained in a flashback and consists of a single narrow strip of beach; otherwise Chapter 7? Palomporom is the first "town" you actually reach, of the game's four (the others consist of the Gold Saucer wannabe Nautilus, the ruins on Pulse and Eden; and those are as much "towns" as Sonic 1's Star Light Zone, Marble Zone, and Scrap Brain Zone are)).
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 03, 2014, 07:20:14 AM
^Moonside's cheating, don't cha' know.

Arlia from Star Ocean 2 (in good part to the quaintness and lovely music.

Oh yeah, it's almost sad when you have to leave =(

... and dammit... you make me want to play SO2.
The beginning of any Star Ocean when you start exploring the low tech world so much fun.

Sorry but Tales of Phantasia had a better first town than SO2 did, especially if you consider Crawd's first town really isn't his first town (and that both wind up getting blown up during the course of their respective games).
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 02, 2014, 10:32:18 PM
Uh, since Strange Journey, there's been SMT IV and Devil Survivor 2, not counting remakes and sequels.

And SMT IV didn't actually involve a high school (per say).
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 02, 2014, 10:31:01 PM
^The best part about Alexandria is the fact that it somehow wound up being both the designated Amazon Nation and the world conquering Empire which is otherwise a combination that never happens.

yeah the first time you go into the town was really cool with the magitek armors and the frozen esper.  Kakariko village in Link to the Past was interesting in that it was the first town in a game I played with mini-games and I learned that lawn-mowing pays.

I second these, although I liked aLttP's Kakariko more for the fact that between it and the opening sequence, you have pretty much assembled all of your essential adventuring tools (minus the Bow which comes from the first dungeon), and I liked Narshe due to the fact that you revisit it multiple times throughout the game and for completely different reasons each time (compared to FFVII's Midgar wherein once you initially leave it, you don't step foot there again until near the end of the game as the penultimate dungeon; save for a couple of optional sidequest things).

That said, allow me to add Kattleox Island to the list. Sure you spend almost the entire game in that part of the world, but how many games let you both blow up a significant portion of its population center at various points and rebuild/improve it through donations?
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: TGS 2014 General Discussion on: September 02, 2014, 02:47:54 AM
@Aeolus: '_')d Good job on misunderstanding my perspective and twisting my words man.

Drat you Yggdra! You purposefully made this your 6001st post just to spite my efforts

Also congrats on your 6000th post man.
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