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46  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
I'd argue for Gundam 00 S1 and Code Geass S1 even if their second seasons went off the fucking deep end, and the original Eureka Seven totally came out during 2005 and thus totally counts, and there's Gurren Lagann, Gundam Build Fighters, and a couple of others.

There's always going to be trash but if you know where to look, you should be able to find a couple of standouts along the way.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 09, 2014, 11:23:04 PM
She's lovely, though.  I do wish she was a hero. Tales tends to lack in elegant playable female character designs.

Tell me about it. I swear that since Eternia, the series has just been trying to top itself in terms of awful PC designs.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 09, 2014, 10:56:27 PM
What about Ys Chronicles on the easiest mode possible?

He'd still have to deal with Dark Fact.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 09, 2014, 07:54:23 AM
http://gematsu.com/2014/07/tales-zestiria-introduces-new-character-martran

A Zesty new challenger approaches. Given her title and design though (and that whole 'merge for elements' thing), I'm betting this one's gonna be a villain at some point (or maybe just a temp PC).
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 09, 2014, 12:42:31 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/08/tales-phantasia-removed-ios-devices/

And so Bandai has decided its time to go home and took their ball with them.

Apple Shenanigans may also be afoot.
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POKéMON OMEGA RUBY & ALPHA SAPPHIRE on: July 09, 2014, 12:34:52 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/08/secret-bases-back-pokmon-omega-ruby-pokmon-alpha-sapphire/

So the secret bases are back, and this time you can actually do shit with them.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 08, 2014, 08:35:39 PM
Any numbered Final Fantasy game.
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2014, 08:33:52 PM
I was in the mood for an old school rpg on the weekend so I started playing Phantasy Star IV.

Having never played any of them before, I was (and am) pretty impressed with it.

I find it interesting the way they switch out characters continuously through the game, although it doesn't give a lot of room for development other than Chaz.

Why doesn't
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Alys' death
get talked about like Aeris' though?

At the tower now in Dezolis, about to fight the darkness.

To be fair, Alys was fulfilling the role of the party's Obi Wan and does so to the letter, whereas Aeris was one big walking subversion of the female love interest archtype and it wasn't quite as obvious about what was going to go down (and they keep playing with your expectations until the very end of that sequence). Besides,
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Alys wasn't the first time the PS series pulled a stunt like that, just ask anybody who's ever played PS2 and didn't quit due to the game's fugly maze dungeons or horribly grindy encounter rate (and both characters also telegraph their fate due to the way they level, i.e. twice as fast for less than half the gains).

One thing I would like to add is that I couldn't help but get a similar vibe to Alys from that Elma character during the Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer/gameplay segments shown off during this year's E3 (although, given both the lineage and the fact that Tri-Ace is doing it, I can't help but feel that the Dark Haired chick in that upcoming Phantasy Star Nova game is probably the safer bet over Elma, especially since Elma could always end up pulling a Seven off instead).
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Nomura" promises great things for E3 on: July 08, 2014, 07:55:19 AM
I just hope that Final Fantasy Versus XIIIXV is actually a game and not one giant quicktime event.

I wouldn't worry too much about that. I suspect it'll play a lot like a Kingdom Hearts game given that the primary team in charge of the game is the same one that does the KH games. It and the whole FFXIII debacle are the reasons why there hasn't been a KHIII yet. Though the smart money's on the plot being as impenetrably incomprehensible as the KH series's metaplot is.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: July 08, 2014, 07:48:15 AM
This thread is 70 pages long now... Says a lot about how starved oldschool gamers are for something, well, oldschool. I'm kind of curious, is this game really THAT good, or is it just a decent reminder of a forgotten genre that clicked with everyone that still wears their nostalgia glasses. Heck, I'm tempted to buy a 3DS just to play it.

The latter mostly, though there are a ton of quality of life improvements that make getting through the game a hell of a lot easier and the first half of the game is quite solid. It's really the second half of the game that keeps this from being really THAT good. Namely, without getting too much into spoilers, the first half of the game is a lot like FFV's first world where your party is generally running around, collecting jobs and gaining levels, and doing what all good little JRPG heroes do, then the third fourth of the game is basically nothing but you retreading old ground and fighting rehashed boss fights, and the final quarter is the super extreme challenge bonus boss fights mode.


Alternatively....

Bravely necrobumping to post the following: http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/07/new-bravely-default-demo-lets-players-adventure-chapter-four/

So for roughly $20bux more, you can purchase a bunch of rehashed boss fights, voice acted cutscenes, two new jobs, a whole new tier of magic and gear, and a second ending. Depending on the version, that might not be such a bad deal. Of course this is for Japan only right now.

Ignore the link and the comment about the $20bux and the VA'd cutscenes, and you have an accurate description of the second half of the game.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8: Steamy Gameshark Edition on: July 08, 2014, 07:32:03 AM
Friend of mine claims he picked this up and beat it at lvl 13 by mostly ignoring random encounters. Its been a while, but I don't remember it being that easy.

Totes doable if you Card random encounters till you get Diabalo and unlock his Enc-None support ability. Then you just need to Card high AP guys for the rest of the Refine Skills.

The big things to remember are that enemies levels and stats scale to your level, that junctioning better spells to your stats are what make your stats get big, that levels do not make your stats get big, that certain easy-to-get items can be refined into better spells, and that refining cards will get you all the other items you'll need for big power.

Yep, that's more or less how he described it. Was it always like this or did they do some tinkering for the steam re-release?

It was always like this. The game is probably the most breakable FF game in the series, and the one that punishes you the hardest for playing it the way the game intends you to play it.

Basically, GFs are only good in battle early on when you don't have the tools to break the game over your knee. Once you start collecting Fish Fins on the beach near Balmb Garden, you can convert them into mid-tier Water spells as soon as you unlock the Ice Mag Ref GF ability (learned by Shiva) which you junction to Squall's Str using Ifrit, then later you can start buying Tents and use Life Mag Ref (learned by Siren) and make shitloads of Curaga spells which you then junction to Squall's HP, get him into critical health, then spam his Limit Break for the rest of the game (and FYI, all of this and Diabalos can be acquired within the first half of the first disk, easily). For best results, do roughly similar things to Zell and get Quistis to learn Degenerator, upgrade spells as necessary, and don't forget to pump up somebody's Mag so that they can maximize their Draw capability, break to your liking and enjoy.

One thing to note is that you will have to play the card game quite a bit to get some of the items you'll need for better equipment and spells, and some of the best items come from Refining your one of a kind cards, so you'll have to keep an eye on the card game rules.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8: Steamy Gameshark Edition on: July 08, 2014, 06:31:11 AM
Friend of mine claims he picked this up and beat it at lvl 13 by mostly ignoring random encounters. Its been a while, but I don't remember it being that easy.

Totes doable if you Card random encounters till you get Diabalo and unlock his Enc-None support ability. Then you just need to Card high AP guys for the rest of the Refine Skills.

The big things to remember are that enemies levels and stats scale to your level, that junctioning better spells to your stats are what make your stats get big, that levels do not make your stats get big, that certain easy-to-get items can be refined into better spells, and that refining cards will get you all the other items you'll need for big power.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Nomura" promises great things for E3 on: July 08, 2014, 06:20:28 AM
Soooooo, how did these "great things" pan out.

Last tweet from nomura...

I know I say this a lot but I really mean it this time.
PLEASE BE EXCITED FOR E3TGS!!! Your patience will be rewarded.


As I recall, I don't recall anything of note mentioned by SE except for more Tomb Raider (where Laura Croft tackles her greatest adventure yet, therapy) and Type-0's official localization announcement (just in time to illegitimatize all the work that went into the hot-off-the-presses fanslation).
59  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: July 08, 2014, 06:10:42 AM
"98% probability" that the new fighter may be Fi.
https://twitter.com/zelda_musou/statuses/485977504713150464


Closer to 100% probability.

In addition to Fi, it looks like Link is also sporting TP's Ball and Chain, Zelda's sporting what looks like WW's Windwaker Baton (though its kinda hard to make out in the screenshot given the terrible pic), and both will have their SS appearances as part of the game's DLC.


Edit: A link to the better scans.

Now you can actually see that Ghiraham and the Imprisoned are in as well.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: BEST game you bought on a WHIM and LOVED <3 on: July 07, 2014, 05:07:56 PM
I didn't buy it on a whim so much as rent it on a whim at first but FFT will always be my SRPG gateway drug.

Most of my other purchases were either like the above, well informed decisions on my or my parents' part, or mediocre games that I didn't care enough for to list here.
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