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61  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 05, 2014, 11:00:49 PM
So speaking of milked to death franchises. Gundam.

Specifically, when I was poking around on Crunchyroll's news feed I spotted an update on that latest Tomino series. The update mostly consisted of character art and a few random screen caps. Also Char's Counter Attack. Specifically, Bandai temporarily put the movie up on the interwebs for the sake of generating interest in the upcoming series. So I spent roughly two hours this afternoon polishing off the last of the Core UC Gundam trifecta. Now I have the full story on pretty much every main UC Gundam inclusion in SRW (although I still need to do ZZ and Victory) and why everybody hates on Quess (the movie just isn't long enough to justify her decent into complete insanity, though I guess you can always blame it on Newtype bullshit).

Also I finished Madoka Magica. Shit's overrated yo. My heart was not warmed as much as it was suggested it would be. Though I won't say that I regret watching it.

Started Slayers Try in lieu of Gun X Sword since Hulu wants your Facebook account before letting you watch it.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 05, 2014, 06:32:55 PM
Played a lot of Trails in the Sky today. Right before I stopped the game pulled what I hate the most.
It removed 2 of my party member and didn't give me any leeway at all to unequip them or remove their quartz.
Thank god I didn't put Eagle Eye or Information on either of them =/

I think they automatically give you their equips as they leave anyways. At least that was my experience with the PSP version.

I can 1000% confirm that this was not the case on the PC version.
That or I just ran into the weirdest bug.

If I recall correctly (it's been a while) it only happens sometimes.  Like when they're going to be gone for a while.  I think even in the PSP version there were times when they would take the equipment with them, but that usually meant they wouldn't be away from the party for very long.

Yeah. Oliver and Scherazard wont stray too far from the party until the end of Chapter 2 at which point you won't see the Sliver Streaker until near the end of the game (Oliver shows up a bit sooner during Chapter 5's Tournament Arc but its still a long ways away). In that instance, he should've gotten his Quartz back at the very least (the gear doesn't really matter since it'll be outdated crap by the start of Chapter 3 anyways) the Accessories are the only real thing you should've known better than to leave on departing party members (due to their debatable worth for most of the game).


Edit: Fuck; Beaten.
63  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 05, 2014, 02:06:14 PM
Four actually. A trilogy and one extra.

I make no secret of the time I've spent browsing GameFUQs catalog of games.


Isn't X-Change the title of some eroge about a guy who transforms into a girl? 

64  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: August 05, 2014, 09:21:26 AM
So highlights from the ND last night.

Zant and Ghiraham are playable (no surprise).
Zant flips around like a mad man (and can grow huge).
Ghiraham uses a Storm of Swords to draw enemies in for finishers (and can whip out his Ultimate Shield form for super mode).
Lu Ganondorf Bu is also in + DLC costumes in case you do not care for green skinned ginger Lu Bu (do not pursue Lu Ganondorf Bu).
Lu Bu Ganondorf fights by dual wielding Great Swords and blowing shit up and is basically Lu Bu (Lu Ganondorf Bu has become enraged).
Weapons can have different appearances (Knight Sword into White Sword, Gauntlets into Chain Chomp, etc.).
Weapons can also be upgraded by rubbing skills into available slots (you use up the weapon in the process but you'll get a ton of them anyway).
Adventure Mode is basically Free Mission mode (but you get to walk about Zelda 1's overworld).
Lens of Truth spotted (and its fucking huge and goofy looking).
Lana's second weapon was called Spear (but its effectively a Deku Stick used as a spear).
Anju/Cucco's Lady now confirmed as not appearing in this game (instead Lana's third weapon(?) is a cross gate for more reference shenanigans).
Cuccos. How do they fuckin' work (outside of either Lana's third weapon/finisher) (release the Cuccos!)?
The Hookshot is used as a weapon by spamming MM Moon Drops (Australia setting confirmed).
Darunia Dance confirmed (but activation details are unknown).

Edit: Forgot about the Multiplayer mode and the Remote Play (or whatever that feature is called). Also EU folks can get the scarf (but none of the other swag; at least they're doing better than NA right now which is getting N/A as usual).
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 05, 2014, 08:24:16 AM
Played a lot of Trails in the Sky today. Right before I stopped the game pulled what I hate the most.
It removed 2 of my party member and didn't give me any leeway at all to unequip them or remove their quartz.
Thank god I didn't put Eagle Eye or Information on either of them =/

I think they automatically give you their equips as they leave anyways. At least that was my experience with the PSP version.


Anyways, TO:LUCT. Still in Chapter 1 though in the latter half now. Still haven't been able to find a good reference to the location of the buried treasures in the chapter's optional battle.

Also fucked about in my Suikoden 3 file from way back and fixed some of my youthful derps. Went around bashing treasure bosses for their chests and booty, did some trading, bought a second set of Windspun Armor, and gave Futch + Bright some levels so that I can bring him into the final battle for 'reasons'.
66  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 05, 2014, 07:48:24 AM

A Sunrise Mecha anime with a female protagonist!?!?! UNPOSSIBLE!!!!!

Of course it will indeed be fanservicey and sexist as all hell, but still, I never thought it even possible.


Edit: What am I saying? This is Sunrise we're talking about. They'd never make an anime without the good olde' committee at the helm. Watch it turn out that the person in the image is either just the girlfriend to the real protagonist or an incredibly girly looking guy.
That is an impressive set of boobs on a guy if it turns out to an incredibly girly looking guy.

Hmm, upon revisiting that link, I noticed that there's more information there now than before and seeing the rest of the cast does rule out the crossdresser theory. That said, I couldn't help but notice something about the tit-le. "Cross Ange" sounds suspiciously similar to "Cross Change" and given that Japan commonly uses the letter "X" as shorthand for "Change" and you'd get "X Change". That's right, my new theory is that we're seeing some good old Rule 63 in play here. And with the rest of these designs, they're probably going full Kämpfer on this shit. If there's a silver lining to any of this, its the possibility of them copying Kämpfer's ending as well because that was by far the best part of that trainwreck.

Edit: Spelling.
67  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 03, 2014, 10:06:40 PM

Looking at the pilots' suit... yeah...
That's a fanservice anime with a side of mech.

A Sunrise Mecha anime with a female protagonist!?!?! UNPOSSIBLE!!!!!

Of course it will indeed be fanservicey and sexist as all hell, but still, I never thought it even possible.


Edit: What am I saying? This is Sunrise we're talking about. They'd never make an anime without the good olde' committee at the helm. Watch it turn out that the person in the image is either just the girlfriend to the real protagonist or an incredibly girly looking guy.
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 02, 2014, 10:55:18 PM
I think the last printed strategy guide I used was for Final Fantasy VII...

Do people really still buy those things?

I get 'em for the artwork mostly (and the occasional freebie for renewing my subscription to Nintendo Power back in the day). Fortunately for me, Tales of Games have terrible character designs more often than not so its no big loss for me to skip out.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: August 02, 2014, 10:52:34 PM
Forgive the derail, but I severely disagree with the FFVIII example.  If anything, it's one of the first FF that actually did bother with world building. The issue is that it isn't presented to you up front - it's all in the little Library log, which is essentially a "lore" tab.  It's actually some pretty interesting reading.  I wish I had known about it my first playthrough.

I never stated that FFVIII had no world building at all, just that it was not the primary concern of the writers/developers.

Also FFT. FFVIII came out after that game and that had fantastic (albeit rather dry) world building. FFVI also had some decent world building given that the narrative achieved great effect in painting up the differences between the World of Balance and the World of Ruin.


I do wanna say, as a romance-loving femme fatale[?], I remember being kinda 'eh' about the romance....  I think a large part of that might be because Rinoa is unconscious about a quarter of the game... And how unattractive Squall is:


I blame the Video Kompression on that one.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks to RPGFan on: August 02, 2014, 12:19:44 AM
Thanks to RPGFan I got a free copy of Ys Origins.

I miss the RPGFan Quiz... ;_;
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: August 02, 2014, 12:15:11 AM
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Basically, the reason why this board is so on board with the game/series is because the game treats you less like world saviors/the only competent people in the world and more like stupidly lucky kids that just happened to be at the right place at the right time and who know the right people and aren't the only show in town (though it does feel like they are at times), and the gameworld itself is a far more realized place compared to something like FFVIII's world where you have super advanced technofuture country either being total isolationists or getting into running wars with the other country and its mostly modern day level at best tech and everything in between is either a Japanese Fantasy Military Highschool or some random backwater town/podunk village/a dungeon.

I never thought of it this way and I love you [again] for it.  Though I feel making fun off FF8 ludicrous plot is a super easy target. x)

I went with [FFVIII] due to the fact that its a very well known example of a game that doesn't even bother with its [world building]. I mean, I could've easily have named anything [Level 5] has ever done and achieved the same [results], but how many people have actually [sat] through Dark Cloud 2 or White Knight Chronicles[?]
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: August 01, 2014, 11:29:45 PM
I guess whosoever is bad enough to kidnap not-Yuna would probably have to be final boss tier. That or my Monk/Ranger/Valkyrie/Ninja/Dark Knight Anges was apparently not canon. At least we also know that the Rose Legion's deaths were also not canon either (must be due to Girl Power).
73  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: August 01, 2014, 04:02:09 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/08/01/super-smash-bros-director-reveals-new-mini-game-3ds-version/

Introducing Super Smash Bros. Angry Birds edition.
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: August 01, 2014, 11:03:55 AM
I'm a software tester. My job has nothing to do with food. The best part is it pays well enough that I could afford to eat /really well/, I'm just stuck at work all day so my options are like, Panera and PF Changs.

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Well, you said you weren't talking to every NPC, but that's where the attention to detail is.

I'm talking to them multiple times on occasion It's more that they tend to be long-winded and not terribly more interesting than any other JRPG townie NPC. Saying different things over the course of the game and having enough of a personality that I CARE what they're saying are not the same thing.

At the mines now. Did whatever bracer quests were open prior to this.

Anyway, Asuka has a proper damage dealing Craft now so the combat's opening up a little bit more.

I still think I like the game it's just... I feel like I'm spending most of my time staring at the minimap and only responding to the game when I really NEED to. Subconsciously I definitely feel really compelled to play it though? Battle system is... basically similar to what Lunar and Suikoden 3, and I liked those battle systems.

idk Vesperia wrecked my ability to consciously process RPGs.

I think when this thread refers to NPCs having lots of depth, they mean the fact that most NPCs will show up multiple times throughout the game. Like there's a couple you meet in the first region that just got together, and as you advance through the game you can continue to bump into that couple in each major region. And the same could be said of a lot of other named NPCs who will make persistent appearances throughout the game with varying degrees of frequency.

The game itself is a lot like FFIV where you're on an adventure, but you the player have no significant influence over how that adventure plays out. Your party will be fixed until the final dungeon, your choice in gear in each region consists entirely of A) the cheap new gear in shops which is better than whatever you got from the previous region, B) the better, more expensive new gear in shops and C) the best gear for that region as treasure from a dungeon; the same can be said of your Orbment Quartz, and your S-Crafts come to you based on your level.

It says a lot about the game that about half way through you can get a Quartz that lets you not take aggro from enemy mobs which makes bypassing random encounters far easier than before, because you really don't need to fight that many random encounters (until the end as you'll probably enter the final region at about level 28 or so and you'll need to be about level 38+ to beat the game) since Exp scales with your level and most regions' level requirements aren't that much higher than what you started with (again excluding the final region because of the final dungeon). There's also a Quartz that lets you ignore random encounters entirely, but that doesn't show up until near the end of the game.

Basically, the reason why this board is so on board with the game/series is because the game treats you less like world saviors/the only competent people in the world and more like stupidly lucky kids that just happened to be at the right place at the right time and who know the right people and aren't the only show in town (though it does feel like they are at times), and the gameworld itself is a far more realized place compared to something like FFVIII's world where you have super advanced technofuture country either being total isolationists or getting into running wars with the other country and its mostly modern day level at best tech and everything in between is either a Japanese Fantasy Military Highschool or some random backwater town/podunk village/a dungeon.
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: August 01, 2014, 10:10:22 AM
That and you know that they're just going to put it 'on sale' from a month after launch till forever.

So yeah, wait a month or two and pay $30 instead.
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