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4606  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Half Minute Hero Second and Shining Hearts Announced on: August 04, 2010, 12:28:46 PM
Sega's New Shining Game (added 10:48)
Sega's Shining series is coming to PSP through the all new Shining Hearts.

Revealed in this week's Famitsu, Hearts is a traditional RPG where you attempt to open the door to someone's heart via a heartful lifestyle. I don't know what that means either, but apparently you'll be helping out a girl who's lost both her heart and memory

The magazine introduces main character Rikku along with three sisters, Neris, Airy and Amaru. These character live a peaceful life on an island before heading off on a big adventure.

Shining Hearts looks to be along the lines of Shining Tears and Winds in that it features character designs from Tony. Speaking of Tony, check out Sega's Shining Wind pillow cases.

Oh goodie. More yoinking swords out of the chests of JRPG Princesses.
4607  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Futurama on: August 04, 2010, 01:51:56 AM
One of my fave cartoons, ever. The last episode with the time travelling plot was one of the best eps in the shows' history.

Now THAT was the kind of episode that I've been waiting to see from this new season.

Makes good use of the setting, loaded with references both easily identifiable and sorta obscure, humorously skews the literary work the plot is based on, and makes it back in time to a breakfast of smoked kipper.
4608  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: August 04, 2010, 12:13:38 AM
DQIX: Trashed the Trauminator. Got some really swank shoes and a level 50 treasure map out of the deal. Still stuck on Lleviathan mk II though.
4609  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: August 03, 2010, 11:33:06 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDY7F6EUhVI

Out of all the things this game did wrong, this was its worst crime.
4610  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 03, 2010, 10:23:06 AM
Also MMBN3 (doesn't matter which version).
4611  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tales of vesperia makes me sleepy on: August 03, 2010, 10:20:38 AM
Fixed as the total final fight cutscene time was about 2 hours.

Not fixed, I wouldn't show two hours of cutscenes for one amazingly bad line.

Only one line? Can you remind me of which one in particular because no one line really stood out to me through that cutscene sea of agony?
4612  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Rockman Online on: August 01, 2010, 11:02:38 AM
Zero WAS Wily's final creation.  This was confirmed in several of the games.

I only was referring to the reference in X2. I am well aware of it being spelled out as clear as day in the PSX games.
4613  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tales of vesperia makes me sleepy on: August 01, 2010, 10:27:30 AM
I dunno, I took "mildly amusing" as "so stupid it's funny". I'll have to dig up the videos of the cutscene before the final fight to show one of the best examples of that, but you can also search "Star Ocean 4 Everything" and probably get another awful scene.

Fixed as the total final fight cutscene time was about 2 hours.

Also case in point, anything having to do with Lymie (and Welch, and Serah, and the token Cat-grrl, and you know what, anything with a vagina automatically sucked in that game (also to be noted that Faze is included in this as he is a walking leaky pussy (also Edge when he was angsting))).

On second thought, I'd just be easier if I called everyone involved in that game painfully godawful anime trash, just like SOs 2 & 3.
4614  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: most unappreciated RPGs? on: August 01, 2010, 10:14:24 AM
Goddammit golden sun was awful. It was a handheld port of Beyond the Beyond with some goofy puzzles and a GF system added on. That is all >:C

That's what I was saying in the DQIX thread (more or less). :(

Although BtB also had its fair share of goofy puzzles (except only two or three dungeons had them and the rest were stolen from better games such as DQII's Road to Rhone) and it had the SaGa series's health system instead of GF wannabes.

Now that I think about it, I wonder what GSDS will both steal and mutilate this time around? (It's got your favorite gameplay systems from your favorite games except implemented horribly. Oh and you have to fuck around in sidequest land for at least a full third of the game on shit that should only take a dungeon or two at the most.)
4615  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 01, 2010, 10:00:54 AM
Majora's Mask, or failing that, DQVIII.
4616  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: July 30, 2010, 06:35:44 AM
I found DQ9's whole 'grinding to fight bosses' thing tiresome and it was one of the reasons I hated the DQ series to start with.

Post game bosses aside I don't really get this. Maybe I ground more than I thought I did, but unless I was bringing a new character/new class up to speed I didn't go out of my way to grind until after the final boss, and most of the boss fights were pretty easy. I did do stuff like using Double Up, a fource, and Falcon Slash to really max out damage though, and I did my fair share of quests, but I think that's the point here anyway, leisurely playing through rather than barreling through the main questline.

Thirded. Right now I still haven't finished the game yet due to all the doofing around I've been doing gathering alchemy ingredients and checking out grottos. My party's almost level 50 now, and if I can just commit to a run on the final boss I could easily beat this game, but I've done no real grinding for Exp. Its all been for ingredients such as Gold Bars, Depressing Shoes, Evencloths, Brightrocks, Magic Armours and Shields, Iron Spears, Drill Claws, Leather Whips, Terrible Tattoos, Iron Broadswords, Tint-tastic Tutus, Saint's Ashes, Gold Rings, and so on...

And while time consuming, I get to skip out on so many other forms of grinding like for cash since not only do I get money from defeating enemies, I save a shitload of cash on actually buying these items in a shop (since you need 4 different magic shields and 4 different suits of magic armour for all the different alchemy recipes that require them and they're 4000g and 5800g apiece), and any excess items or materials I get from stealing can be sold for even more cash (like the 50 or so Dragon Scales I've acquired during my attempts at stealing the right item from enemies), plus I can save on vital/expensive ingredients as well by stealing material like Gold Bars that is found in only one treasure chest in the game, through alchemy, and on so far one enemy and is needed for many high level recipes such as Meteorite Bracers, Storm Spears, Golden Axes, and so on (the total list of alchemy ingredients necessary for a single Gold Bar includes the following...

3x Sainted Soma
{
   2x Lucida Shards
   {
      3x Brighten Rocks
      3x Evencloths
   }
   2x Sage's Elixirs
   {
      1x Magic Water
      {
          1x Holy Water
          1x Royal Soil
          1x Nectar
      }
      1x Royal Soils
      3x Nectar
   }
   2x Astral Plumes
   {
      3x Flurry Feathers
      2x Fresh Waters
      1x Angel Bell
   }
}
2x Ethereal Stones
{
   1x Enchanted Stone
   {
      2x Thunder Balls
      2x Ice Crystals
      1x Mystifying Mixture
      {
          1x Belle Cap
          1x Manky Mud
          3x Cowpat
      }
   }
   1x Perfect Panacea
   {
      1x Panacea
      {
          1x Special Medicine
          {
              2x Strong Medicine
              {
                  2x Medicinal Herbs
              }
          }
          1x Superior Medicine
          {
              1x Medicinal Herb
              1x Strong Medicine
              {
                  2x Medicinal Herbs
              }
          }
          1x Moonwort Bulb
      }
      1x Angel Bell
      1x Wakerobin
   }
   2x Narspicious
}
5x Birdsong Nectar
{
   3x Nectar
   1x Fresh Water
   5x Sleeping Hibiscuses
}

By taking the time to steal even one Gold Bar saves me the time of having to farm up...

18x Brighten Rocks (2 spots; 1 per spawn; found in late game pots/barrels; common drop from Goodie Bags)
18x Evencloths (2 spots; 1-3 per spawn; found in mid game pots/barrels; common drops from Ragged Reapers, Dark Skeletons)
6x Holy Waters (1 spot; 3 per spawn; found in early game pots/barrels; buyable in shops for 40g apiece)
12x Royal Soils (2 spots; 8 per spawn; found in mid game pots/barrels)
39x Nectar (3 spots; 3-6 per spawn; found in mid game chests; common drops from Pink Sanguini)
18x Flurry Feathers (2 spots; 3 per spawn; rarely found in mid game pots/barrels; common drop from Weaken Beakon)
17x Fresh Waters (2 spots; 3 per spawn; common drop from Cheeky Tiki)
8x Angel Bells (found in mid game drawers; common drop from Chariot Chappies; buyable in shops for 90g apiece)
4x Thunder Balls (2 spots; 4 per spawn; common drop from Cumulus Rex/Vex)
4x Ice Crystals (2 spots; 5 per spawn; common drop from Firn Fiend, Shivery Shrubbery)
2x Belle Caps (3 spots; 6+ per spawn; common drop from Morphean Mushroom, Mushroom Mages)
2x Manky Muds (3 spots; 1-3 per spawn; common drop from Stenchurion, Walking Corpse, ect)
6x Cowpats (1 spot; 6+ per spawn; all over the goddamn place)
14x Medicinal Herbs (1 spot; 4 per spawn; buyable in shops for 8g apiece; all over the goddamn place)
2x Moonwort Bulbs (early game pots/barrels/chests; buyable in shops for 30g apiece)
2x Wakerobins (3 spots; 5 per spawn; buyable in Bloomingdale for 66g apiece)
4x Narspicious (2 spots; 5 per spawn; common drop from Sculpture Vulture)
25x Sleeping Hibiscuses (3 spots; 5 per spawn; buyable from Bloomingdale for 68g apiece)

All of that can be skipped through stealing one rare drop. And even if you don't get the item you wanted you're still gaining 1800 experience over the whole party, 187 gold, and a dragon scale or two each time you fail. And dragon scales are used en mass for dragon themed alchemy recipes, can be sold for 490g apiece, and can be equipped as an accessory for +5 defense.

The tl;dr is that by grinding only on Metal Slimes, all you are getting is maybe a shitload of experience and little else.

Editor's Note: Pardon the Wall 'o' Text/Spergin' Burger post.
4617  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 29, 2010, 12:09:14 PM
Saw a bit of Fail Safe last night. Enough to now know exactly what Dr. Strangelove was based on.
4618  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: July 29, 2010, 11:57:40 AM
Regardless, the game had better allow players to change the main character's name.  Stok is just plain bad.  Worse than Shulk.  I usually tend to go with default names, but sometimes they need tweaking.  Keris > Dagger. 

But then Lok and Baeral will need new names too.
4619  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: most unappreciated RPGs? on: July 29, 2010, 11:55:38 AM
I want to say that if anything SO3 did get us on the side of the haywire technology rising against its masters for once, but that's if anybody still gave a shit about anybody or anything in that game by that point. It might have been slightly humorous to realize that your main character spent all his time training in a virtual JRPG simulator only to find out that he himself was a character of a virtual JRPG simulator if the entire game's plot didn't feel like it existed entirely to make that one lone joke.

Chrono Cross's only problems were trying to do far too much given the size of the game, and the fact that it had linked itself to Chrono Trigger almost entirely as a means to cash in.

At least we got one of the best videogame soundtracks of all time out of it (save for that awful battle music), which is far more than anything out of SO3.
4620  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: July 29, 2010, 11:38:40 AM
Wow, KillerArmoire's retort involves poorly thought out ad hominem attacks.

I wish I could say I was surprised, but considering the general intelligence he shows...

In all fairness, I made the mistake of thinking that he was the guy who always posting about wanting more games with world maps in all those 'What do you want to see in a JRPG?' threads. Turns out I was thinking of Prime Mover instead, but by the point where I figured it out it was far too late to take back what I said. So I apologize for the ad hominem crap Hathen.

But then again, this particular site tends to bring out the worst in me anyways.
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