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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 25, 2016, 04:25:47 AM
I played through Birthright and am almost done with Conquest, and now I have Revelation to look forward to. Aparently it's a shipping extravaganza extraordinaire, so I was wondering... any recommendations? I'm mostly looking for cute/sane pairings that don't screw up the kids too badly.

You'll probably want to do a lot of grinding since you're going to have almost everybody available to you and there really aren't enough stages in the story chapters to pair them all. Moreover a number of characters (mostly Conquest characters) are going to get screwed over due to really late/awful join times and being horribly underleveled. Beyond that, the same general rules apply. Mages want Mages (i.e. Orochi wants Hayato, Nyx wants Leo or Odin, Elise wants Odin or Hayato), and the others can mix and match however you want, but if you're running a Male Corrin, you'll need to pair off with either Flora, Reina, Anna or one of the female Kids otherwise there won't be enough females to go around for all the kids and no same gendered S-ranks or no Kana/Kana+Nina.

Specifically, I don't have a lot of recommendations since children characters get less from their parents than usual (only the two skills from their parents, a third Class based upon either the Father's Secondary Class (assuming the Mother has a separate/inheritable Class), their Mother's Secondary Class (assuming either both parents have the same Primary Class, the Child already has his/her Mother's Primary Class instead of his/her Father's or one of the Primary Classes is uninheritable), or an Alternate Class (which is kinda insane and overly complicated and only really comes up with Buddy/Partner Seals), and their Growth Rates modified by their Mother's Growth Rates). Gameplaywise, most of your choices will consist of what to do with your Royals since you're probably only going to be using them and Korrin's Krew for the most part due to limited deployment space, and the fact that you get all 8 fucking Royals + Avatar, Azura (protip: don't bench Azura, she's sort of Revelations' secondary Lord, except without any of the perks) and whatever Servant you get in relation to your gender. Your next best options are Mozu, Kaze, Rinkah, Hayato, Orochi, Kaden, Keaton, Silas, the Retainer Pairs' belonging to Sakura, Takumi, Ryoma and Camilla and the other Corrin Servant.

Effie, Arthur, Benny, Charlotte, Nyx, Azama, Setsuna, Laslow, Peri, Odin and Niles all join really late and at the same (or very similar) levels that they joined in their original route while enemies are generally promoted as well as your main team (Hinoka also joins really late and is the most marginal of the Royals in Revelations, but her Personal Skill is still fantastic and another flier will definitely be handy while traipsing around Zeal; its definitely the player's call on using her).
62  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 25, 2016, 01:59:43 AM
I seriously wish FD had kept the original art :SSS SO1 was a very, very pretty game.

Anyway I tried playing Final Fantasy IV but:

1. I only have the PSX version.
2. I can't get it working consistently on my actual PS2.
3.                                
4. The GBA version's the only other option for mostly not-!@#%ed-with hardtype.
5. Although apparently the stuff they took out of hardtype was sort of pointless anyway? But the translation's really jank?
6. i have no idea what the definitive version would be and this is an endless morass that i don't have the mental real-estate for it.

So, maybe Wonder Project J or Baten Kaitos ska enter rotationer, but until then back to Mother 3. Speaking of which!

Code:
Back to Tazmily from the island. Tazmily is now largely empty (though I should check if anyone's still in the east bit).

The NPC quote "I'm now a stray dog with a home. But I have no owner." seems to, uh, succinctly convey the game's theme. or a lot in general, really

The PSP's version is currently the one with the fewest drawbacks for FFIV (the biggest one being that its on the PSP).

Not that Easytype was much easier than Hardtype to begin with since the only things they really changed was cutting a bunch of extraneous items (only good to come of this was condensing all the status healing items into an all-purpose Heal item), the Dark Wave and Pray commands (probably for same draconian localization practices that plagued the rest of the game, not that it justified the removal of an actually somewhat useful for a good chunk of the game command) and the Final Boss's sprite for some reason.

I'd almost agree with you on the SO1 artstyle shift, but those character designs were pretty butt ugly.
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: April 23, 2016, 09:55:37 AM

I for one, can't wait for it to be revealed that she's in your party for all of one dungeon before she goes all Flynn on Velvet's Yuri.

Double entendre?

I figured there was a dirty joke in there somewhere, but no. Not intentional.

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Or was it....? //8-}
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: April 23, 2016, 02:20:03 AM
^ Definitely why I play I think.  It's cozy, like an old slipper.  That said, I still think Zesteria was an awful game to play.  I keep turning back to Graces though.

Anyways, early 2017[!] date (POLISH THAT SHIT UP, BANCO)
And a new producer is in, perfect if you think Baba was the reason for the recent slump[?] the series was in.
I just noticed the choir boy (I don't know his name and at this point I'm too lazy to look it up) has WHITE colouring at the end tips of his hair.... spoiler? I'm guessing it's a non-subtle seraphim thing or whatever i dunno.

http://blog.talesofgame.com/en/the-battle-system-gets-a-new-feature-in-tales-of-berseria-and-check-out-eizens-and-eleanors-battle-styles/
Cool screens and art and battle deets here.

Eleanor is looking pretty posh.

I for one, can't wait for it to be revealed that she's in your party for all of one dungeon before she goes all Flynn on Velvet's Yuri.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: April 22, 2016, 09:25:59 PM
Well while the Vita had the early lead I'm honestly leaning towards PS4/Mobile phone which is rather unexpected.

Simple facts being, PS4 has games I'm pretty sure I want to play and are exclusive, ditto for iOS.

So does Vita, but perhaps not as many.

Backwards compatibility situation I'm kind of just thinking used PSPs or new model PS2s/PS3s and other things can take care of a lot, it's kind of annoying but whelps.



This is why I can't give up any of my gaming systems. I still have a PS2, and PS3 the 60 gig version, so it plays PS1-PS3. I still own a GameBoy color, Nintendo DS Lite, 3DS, PS4 (really its my bf's but I buy more games than he does for it), a VITA TV. I probably will buy the PS4 Neo. Also I have a Retron 5 to play my really old games.

I feel like I need to go to one of those AA meetings and admit I have a problem lol.

Nope not your problem just how it is, still have an up and running GBA etc and all that, I even played by SNES like 3-4 years ago that was... something.

You two missed my posts in the Game Journal thread about my recent playthrough of Super Mario World. That was on original hardware and not even the oldest thing I own (that would be a Colecovision, and I used to have a striped down version of a Mangavox Odyssey^2, that may yet still be around somewhere).

Oh we must certainly did miss it Master Aeolus, for we could never compare!

Although in my defense I did play a Coleco-Vision at Anime Expo last year, that was fun, um, I think, to be honest, I don't know what was happening the whole time.



Man. You guys are taking all the fun out collecting vintage videogame consoles. I mean, what's the point if you can't brag about it? :(
66  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 22, 2016, 05:51:31 PM
who's his mother? If it's Orochi, you've done fucked up.

This also seems to be a good Reusable Post.

And his mom is Oboro, who's hardly a speedster but I don't seem to have too much trouble doubling most enemies with her.  Really, she's one of my best/favorite units.

Looking at the numbers directly, you kinda hit upon a suboptimal pairing for Shiro's Speed. Oboro is tied with Felicia and Sakura for the second worst base Speed growth out of all the marriageable mothers in Birthright (barring a Speed Flawed Avatar), and Shiro himself has the worst base Speed growth out of all the Hoshidan Children (though Dwyr's worse and Shigure and Midori tie Shiro). Basically, the only way Shiro's Speed could've turned out worse is if Ryoma had married either Orochi or some kind of Speed Deficit Corrin (assuming you picked a Female Corrin and decided to nuke her Speed for some ungodly reason).

For optimal growth rates, Shiro would most appreciate either Hana or Kagero for a mother. Hana would give Shiro one of her Swordmaster Skills to him while Ryoma could pass on the second and Shiro wouldn't need to touch Swordmaster, just Offspring Seal his ass up through Master of Arms then immediately reclass him into one of his other Classes. While Kagero would pass on Ninja Master and Puppetmaster for shenanigans involving Poison Strike and Replicate (and Ninja Master would let Shiro train up with Sword rank while in an off-class).
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 22, 2016, 03:48:46 PM
Attack/Guard Stance are Fates versions of Awakening's Dual Strike/Guard.

OHHHHHH, so I just wasn't up on the terminology.  So:
Paired Up = Guard Stance
Adjacent = Attack Stance

Is that right?

I actually could stand to be better about switching between the two situationally.  I tend to default to Guard Stance, without really considering if Attack Stance would be better for the situation.  I could probably get through maps more efficiently if I gave this more thought before ending turns.

EDIT:
In actual Game Journaling...
I recruited Ryoma's son, Shiro.  He's slow as frickin' molasses.  I Rescue Staff-ed him away from all the overpowered baddies surrounding him, recruited him, moved him to the back, healed him up, and then Offspring Sealed him into a promoted unit.  He then fought and contributed (barely) to the battle before taking a Killer Axe critical to the face against the boss unit, after every other unit had gone down.  Not a Shiro fan, here.  I wish there were some way for me to unlock the General class in Birthright, because he desperately needs the "Wary Fighter" skill.

Basically.

As for Shiro, who's his mother? If it's Orochi, you've done fucked up.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: April 22, 2016, 02:16:55 PM
Well while the Vita had the early lead I'm honestly leaning towards PS4/Mobile phone which is rather unexpected.

Simple facts being, PS4 has games I'm pretty sure I want to play and are exclusive, ditto for iOS.

So does Vita, but perhaps not as many.

Backwards compatibility situation I'm kind of just thinking used PSPs or new model PS2s/PS3s and other things can take care of a lot, it's kind of annoying but whelps.



This is why I can't give up any of my gaming systems. I still have a PS2, and PS3 the 60 gig version, so it plays PS1-PS3. I still own a GameBoy color, Nintendo DS Lite, 3DS, PS4 (really its my bf's but I buy more games than he does for it), a VITA TV. I probably will buy the PS4 Neo. Also I have a Retron 5 to play my really old games.

I feel like I need to go to one of those AA meetings and admit I have a problem lol.

Nope not your problem just how it is, still have an up and running GBA etc and all that, I even played by SNES like 3-4 years ago that was... something.

You two missed my posts in the Game Journal thread about my recent playthrough of Super Mario World. That was on original hardware and not even the oldest thing I own (that would be a Colecovision, and I used to have a striped down version of a Mangavox Odyssey^2, that may yet still be around somewhere).
69  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 22, 2016, 02:08:49 PM
Attack Stance

I've been hearing about these Stances, is this a Conquest-only thing?  And, if so..... why?

Attack/Guard Stance are Fates versions of Awakening's Dual Strike/Guard. The key difference between the two is that Awakening's Dual Strike/Guard are based upon a flat percentile activation rate (mostly determined by the rank of Support shared by the Pair Up'd pair), while Fates' Stances are triggered under the specific conditions of either standing adjacent to another ally while not Paired Up or having a full Guard Meter while Paired Up.

Or in short, Awakening's Pair Up mechanic was grossly overpowered but unreliable since Pairing Up gave huge stat boosts, especially when the pair Pairing Up have a high Support Rank together. While all three Fates games' Pair Up mechanic have lessened the overall power of Pair Up but have made the new versions of Dual Strike/Guard far more reliable, even without any Support ranks between the two participants.

The other key difference is that enemies can now use Stances since they're far less dependent on having a Support Rank between the two participants, and that they can pull Attack Stances off at the AI's discretion (Guard Stances still need to be preset though).


Because Vic Ireland is worse than some of the ROM hackers from the Emulation era.

I laughed at this because it's true. He George Lucassed the shit out of those games. Still, I'd be lying if I said I didn't appreciate him helping to bring them over to the states... regardless of the douchebaggery involved.

Same. Even if some of his choices were out of left field (Class of Heroes 2? Seriously!?), there were plenty of games that never even had a chance back in the day without him.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 22, 2016, 01:51:35 PM
VP looks to be going the way of BoF.

Joy

Its not that bad yet.

I'd wait for more details before throwing any stones.

It was just my take on this formula:

1) find/buy/dust off IP for cult classic series
2) create new entry!
2a) for iOS...
3) profit weep

The solution is simple: stop buying iOS games.  And destroy the phones of those who do.  Simple.

I will never surrender a device that would allow me to play Romancing SaGa 2 in English, nevermind legally.
71  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 22, 2016, 02:22:55 AM
Whelp. My opinion on Charlotte has just gone up now that she's Promoted, up against actual female enemies and is holding a Killer Axe. Quick! Give me as many people to have her Attack Stance with so that she can proceed to rip and tear this Falcon Knight wing apart. No, I don't care that I could use Keaton's Beast Killer attribute instead, he doesn't do enough damage and I want to one-shot these bitches in probably one of the only times I can do so in this game. I mean, its too bad that Hayato is right there to one round Odin (fucking Luna; though getting doubled didn't help either), but who cares when I finally get to use Charlotte to maximum effect. Its like rigging Selena's crappy personal skill to go off by having an unpromoted Arthur pull a crit against a General without the use of a Hammer but with the use of an Armorslayer, hopelessly impractical, but utterly hilarious to pull off.

And yeah, out of all the Gen 1 characters in the game, Selena's personal skill is the worst one. Even ignoring the sheer amount of engineering to create a situation where said skill actually does something, her own Strength growth is way too low to really matter.
72  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 21, 2016, 10:36:13 PM
-- edit --

oh god so I checked the LP of Eternal Blue I've been crossreferencing and they changed the line so Lucia doesn't call the bird a dog anymore. It's entirely possible I misread it or that the LPs wrong but afaict, original is:

<Lucia> Oh my! What a big dog!
<Ruby> Lu... Lucia. That's a bird. Bird.

WD's version:
<Lucia> I don't think I've ever seen anything like this before. What is it?
<Ruby> Uh, hello Lucia? It's a bird. Just a dumb old bird. Sheesh!

Why would they change that :<

Because it wasn't a joke that would become dated within a month.
Because it was too anime/Japanese for US kids of the 90s.
Because Lucia was Vic Ireland's waifu at the time.
Because Vic Ireland thought that the joke was too easy for US kids of the 90s and inflated the word count to compensate.
Because Vic Ireland is worse than some of the ROM hackers from the Emulation era.

Pick your poison here.


As for games as colorful as CC, I can only think of the Baten Kaitos games. Don't know how much of an option that is for you though.
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 21, 2016, 08:45:13 PM
I think she looks kind of awesome to be honest.

Even though in general I prefer VP1 to VP2 and well just early Tri-Ace to later Tri-Ace in general.

Edit: Ok so yes there is a dainty flair to it but IMO that was kind of in the earlier ones as well.





With the exception of Freya perhaps



That's because Freya was smokin' (also learn 2 Imgur; Photobucket sux).

That said, they definitely got a new artist for the series (which makes sense since it's coming up on VP's 20th anniversary; just 3 more years people).
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 21, 2016, 07:06:15 PM
Isn't that the wrong hand?

Isn't that up to personal preference?

Not when you're calling it Migi....
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 21, 2016, 07:03:09 PM
VP looks to be going the way of BoF.

Joy

Its not that bad yet.

I'd wait for more details before throwing any stones.
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