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61  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).
62  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.
63  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.
64  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.
65  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.
66  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).
67  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.
68  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.
69  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: July 07, 2014, 05:00:27 PM
"98% probability" that the new fighter may be Fi.
https://twitter.com/zelda_musou/statuses/485977504713150464


If that's the case, then the TP combo will be broken. Of course I'd rather have Navi over Fi but I think she's already tied down to acting as Link's voice.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: July 07, 2014, 05:46:15 AM
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.
71  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: July 07, 2014, 01:19:38 AM
http://gematsu.com/2014/07/mighty-9-animated-series-announced

I suspect that they may have put all their excess cash from the first go around into the anime. Regardless as to how much shit I just made up, I'll do what needs to be done in this case (which is nothing at all).
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New "Secret Of Mana" for home consoles on the way on: July 07, 2014, 01:11:17 AM
But Cyan can match Pummel with Dispatch and can pull it off slightly faster too. You might as well dump all your Vigor+ Espers onto him.


I heard that your stats didn't actually do anything in Secret of Mana, most of the stats in SD3 didn't really do anything, and my experience with disassembling LoM's battle engine has lead me to the same conclusion there -- basically LoM and SoM only seem to use weapon power, armor power, and experience level for all damage calculations.

This begs two questions:

1. How many other JRPGs kludge things like this?
2. Is this new Mana game going to have functioning stats?

I think Strength does have an effect in SoM considering that your attack stat was derided from a combination of both Strength and the weapon's might. Other than that though, you're probably right. Poison in SoM only ever does 10HP worth of damage to you and I can't imagine how M.Evade ever comes into play.

That said, I feel like its more like the case of FFVI's Stamina stat where its only use is to determine the amount of HP Seizure/Regen take from/give to you. It's also the reason why I like the FE series so much> All those numbers matter and work in ways that can be calculated off the top of your head, no fuzzy logic or guesswork required.

As for your second question, I suspect the answer will be no. Only the first Mana game ever really had functioning stats and those were still glorified Attack, Defense, Magic, and Speed stats.
73  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 07, 2014, 12:44:49 AM
Space Dandy S2:
Exactly like S1 (which is good). I like the song that plays whenever they are at BooBies.

Probably the best episode in the series thus far. The Michel Jackson Son Goku Dandy was the best and hell, even the Narrator was getting in on the multiverse thing.
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 07, 2014, 12:32:37 AM
Watched the film pilot to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, which I found on par with the other films in the series, then again I don't think any of the Star Wars films are masterpieces, original or prequel trilogy, since I find all the films to be full of plot holes (for instance, in Empire Strikes Back, "We are fleeing into outer space with literally infinite directions to flee, however, we have decided we'll fly directly towards the fleet of Star Destroyers"), and shitty decision-making (like the Empire's refusal to shoot at the supposedly-empty escape pod with Artoo and Threepio in A New Hope, which would have prevented all events in the original trilogy). Lucas has a great imagination but isn't a very good writer, even with the help of people like Lawrence Kasdan.

They wanted those plans so that they knew which hole to patch up, because have you seen the size of that thing? It'd take them countless time and manpower to find the particular photon torpedo access slot that linked directly to the 'detonate in case of emergencies' technobabble thingamajig. Its the same reasoning as to why there are living creatures in the garbage compactors on the detention level, the Empire got cheep and didn't want to hire an exterminator every time something escaped into one of those things.


Anyways, watched Maleficent over the weekend. That sure was a goofy movie. I don't even know where to begin with this. It was like they took the Fox News approach to Sleeping Beauty. Hell, even the guy in my avatar had the decency to turn his original name into a title when he pulled the same stunt as Maleficent. The only bits I liked were the nods to challenges Prince Philip faces in the original movie, King Stefan working the crowd (only because it was ridiculous), Angelina Jolie in a form fitting catsuit, and the almost, sorta, kinda les-yay ending (even if Prince Philip kinda sorta kiboshes it in the only actual thing he does on his own in the movie).
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 04, 2014, 11:42:50 AM
I just want to say out-loud here first that I LOVE dices review format posts here in the journal.

Next I want to say I'm having a mistwalker break-down! LoL

I'm about to finish Shadow Hearts ( I think) so the next title to pluck from the shelf need be considered. I never played either Blue Dragon or Lost Odyssey and while both may be shooting myself in the foot considering Xillia is coming next month, I can't help but be pretty enticed. The alternative option to either is maybe just focusing on polishing off a few non-rpgs I've picked up and possibly (finally) giving Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter a shot. I've been waiting a long time to try a Mistwalker title though, and considering the amount of new stuff coming this fall I think it best I get to either or.

Blue Dragon seems way more tailored to my personal taste in terms of aesthetics but it seems most I've read leads me to believe Lost Odyssey is a way better experience. I know little about either. What I do know...

-I'm in the mood for a traditional epic RPG and both seem to fit the bill.
- I love how bright and vibrant Blue Dragon appears to be but the fact that people say the story sucks scares me.
- I'm enticed by that fact that I've read Lost Odyssey reminds them of Final Fantasy. One quote a quick search turned up within the forum here was "LO reminds me of the FF6 sequel I wanted since FF7 was announced". That is a bold and grand statement that severely pulls me in the Odyssey direction.
- I know Blue Dragon has an overworld map. I like this.
- I know Blue Dragon has a class system. I like this.
- I know nothing else of Lost Odyssey at all.

So if anyone has any words of wisdom they care to offer, I'm all ears.

Blue Dragon is FFV with a Dragon Ball GT plot and this is where Uematsu really started to get into his midlife crisis rock phase.

Lost Odyssey is FFIV but with immortals, even more railroading, and ballin' storybook segments written by some longtime manga writer who's name and work I can't recall off the top of my head.

And The Last Story has been described as Final Gears of Fantasy War and I need to get around to playing through it sometime.
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