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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2014, 06:38:05 PM
LoH:TitS

I just hit something called final chapter and yet I feel like I just finished the prologue.

Probably because only one of the previous four chapters had anything to do with the game's plot beyond "Something strange is going on here.", and FC's plot is more about setting up SC's plot than anything else. Basically, FC is like playing only the Light World part of a Link to the Past (except that you don't even rescue the Princess till the final chapter or even hear about the Master Sword or Agahnim/Ganondorf/Ganon/whatever until the last five minutes of the game).


Amidst moving, I still managed to defeat the Terror of Death once again.

It has always saddened me that Morganna is an absentee-villain in the .Hack games. It would really tie the games into the .Hack canon a lot better if Morganna had a line or two and let her presence be known more than she does.

I'm still amazed that the .//Hack series is as coherent as it is (as in, at all), given how much of a clusterfuck it turned into. Still, one quarter of one overpriced game and a few animes/mangas was enough for me.


That said, I finished Chapter 25 on my Classic Lunatic run in FE:Awakening yesterday, so today I finally completed my Chrom + Subs only Lunatic Classic run (after about a year plus a few months). Took a few tries to beat Grima, with my winning run consisting of Chrom paired with Tiki, Est paired with Elincia, Florina paired with Seliph, and Raquesis paired with Finn and the rest were benched since there were too many enemies around and too many weapons needed forging to keep up (and too much worrying over characters who'd be dead or not gaining anything to matter). Chrom was there to actually fight Grima since no one could do shit to him. I paired Tiki with him in hopes that her Wyrm's Bane skill would accomplish something (plus FE tradition as Tiki and Marth are the best characters to fight Mediuth (or however his name winds up getting translated this time around)), but she couldn't hit the broad side of a barn and provided only stat boosts to the proceedings. Est's job was to Galeforce enemies and be a secondary target to draw some fire for Chrom (since Aether's activation rate is far too low for him to keep himself alive with and he needs to be fighting Grima before anything else as the whole battle is a massive damage race), she also had Rally Spectrum which made the difference during my winning run (Chrom was stuck taking Raquesis with him since Tiki didn't have enough a Spd pair up bonus to enable Chrom to double Grima but Chrom also needs a solid Def boost so that he could last longer; Rally Spectrum solved both problems easily). Elincia was there for the Dual Support+ skill and a high Mag pair up buff since that gives valuable bonuses that I wasn't getting otherwise and Est appreciated the extra Mag. Florina/Seliph's job was to rush around the map and pick off any asshat with a Physic staff since they could potentially heal Grima with them, they could do this because Florina had the Deliverer skill giving her 11 move and both of them had Galeforce. Raquesis was there in case Chrom needed an emergency heal or Rally Love him otherwise (extra Move to get to melee range of Grima on turn 2 and the others appreciated the boost). And Finn ironically enough ended up as Raquesis' Armored Pack (boosts to Def and Move). I ended up losing Florina and Raquesis on turn 2 enemy phase due to getting swarmed and that their Def was kinda bad (and I had no means to restoring their health during or after the EP), which led to the even more ironic Finn/Seliph pairing for the final turn. My previous runs kept ending in failure since Chrom would take too much damage, or fail to do enough damage, or Grima would get healed (or the one time I forgot to stack Stat Boosters on him due to his recent reclassing to Dread Fighter uping his caps in multiple stats, but more importantly due to his being stuck at E ranked weapons aside from Swords, by the time I topped his stats off, he died).
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 15, 2014, 09:23:22 PM
Finally over the headcold I've had since like last Sunday. Since I can now look at moving pictures without my eyes violently revolting against me, I'mma binge on Eschatos.

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I take it that you're past the Highschool Cultural Festival episode then? Congrats, you've almost made it to the start of the game's plot.

Now, I was about to start that but then I got a flood of more job postings I don't care about. I think I'm just going to go read an LP or something.

Also wrt Suikotactics, it's actually pretty cheap on Amazon, unlike Suiko 5 which is... not cheap but not really SUPER expensive but it's more than what I want to pay for it considering how hit-or-miss the Suik series has been for me.

Oh well, both the school and the cultural festival are also ladened with sidequests so if you hadn't burnt out now, you probably would've burnt out then.


Also, I got bored Monday and fired up a new game of ALBW. Finished it this morning. Still a rock solid game.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 15, 2014, 12:17:09 AM
LoHTITS:

In Manoria, just after /the incident/ where things went all Trabia. Calling the plot for the next few hours:

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[quote]Mayor Dalbert killed Joseph because he wanted Mother Theresa for himself. He had Steward Gilbard set the orphanage on fire to A) get Theresa to shack up at his shack and B) have a false-flag attack to wipe out the Ravens, who are secretly the good guys.[/quote]

I take it that you're past the Highschool Cultural Festival episode then? Congrats, you've almost made it to the start of the game's plot.


FINALLY beat Bravely Default.  Had to fight the final boss three or four times, because my higher-risk quick-kill strategy (two Ninjas, one Thief, one Performer, Hasten World) was getting annihilated by the final form.  Eventually decided **** it and went for 3 dual-shield Knights with Blood Shields and Super Charge backed by a Spiritmaster.  Ultimate defense.  Man, that was a fun game once you get through the, uh, more repetitive parts. 

Definitely agreed on the repetition towards the end. I myself adopted a strategy against the last few bosses to lower their Magic Attack with the Pirate's special skills since it was mostly magic that got me in the tougher boss fights.

I myself am currently playing Suikoden Tactics (making this my second time). Definitely a good entry level strategy RPG with plenty of anti-frustration features such as the bubbles that appear above enemies indicating if they can move and attack you based on where you want to move one of your characters, and if you can kill an enemy with one blow. I'm actually not bothered by the potential of permadeath by non-story characters since, if you die, you can restart with retained experience, consumed items restored, and permadead characters revived.

Trails in the Sky FC via Steam will likely be my next game, and I'm thinking of going through Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon again with the official player's guide since I was definitely more in need of visual aid in the tougher battles rather than verbal aid, the latter not really helping me during my initial playthrough. Whether I enjoy the game or dislike it as I did before, I'll still likely play the 3DS Fire Emblem since it makes permadeath optional.

Awakening is such a different beast compared to Shadow Dragon or any other FE game its ridiculous. IntSys threw everything, short of the kitchen sink, into that game. You can easily sleepwalk through Causal Normal mode due to all the advantages the player has at their disposal (Pair Up alone makes the game a cake walk, nevermind access to unlimited Exp, Gold, and Supports plus Event Tiles, Online Stuffs, Reclassing shenanigans, the Barracks, Children and so on...).

Shadow Dragon on Normal Mode isn't quite as easy as Awakening on Normal, but its still a cakewalk compared to other games in the series thanks to all the toys it gives you (i.e. boosted Stat Caps, Forges, the Weapon Triangle, Reclassing, Win Spears, those ridiculous Warp Staffs, the Online Shop, Mid-Battle Save Points, extra levels for classes that can't promote, etc...). The hardest part is getting over all the anachronisms, like the lack of Supports and the fuglyish 3D models and bland graphics.

As for Suki Tactics, the two problems I have with it is A) finding the damn thing, and B) having to find and play through Suki IV first.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 13, 2014, 01:08:59 PM
3 Stars of Destiny

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Its an RPGMaker game. What did you expect?
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 13, 2014, 01:07:09 PM
Best description I can give is:

It's a Vita, but you don't pay for the screen and you can't jiggle/rub/poke/etc your 2D waifu's boobies.

Ftfy.

Seriously, Japan is wasting no more time cranking out tit-les with this 'feature'. Stuffs like Bullet Girls, Highschool DxD, Criminal Girls 2, and so on and its probably just the tit of the iceberg.
66  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: August 13, 2014, 12:52:12 PM
my tears of no isaac, they are a-waitin

Waiting for what? He's already in the game. Hell, he's been around since Brawl.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 13, 2014, 12:20:59 PM
http://gematsu.com/2014/08/rise-tomb-raider-xbox-exclusivity-duration-xbox-boss-confirms

We can all shut up about the TR exclusivity deal now.

Just another case of Microsoft throwing money at a problem. Nothing to see here. Move along! Move along!
68  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: August 13, 2014, 12:12:13 PM
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There's one thing that's been bothering me since the official site first went up, and has finally become relevant, was that prior to today's update, at the bottom of any given character's page was a bar that scrolled horizontally and provided direct links to the respective character's page represented by said character's portrait. What I had noticed about this bar was that the number of available panels never changed and always maintained a fixed number of available slots as it were. And with today's announcement, that bar is now completely full. If I'm correct, then there will be no Antony/Issac/Ghirahim/etc. showing up down the road and any other returning characters will be hidden unlockables (like Ganondorf, Falco, Ness, and so on). That is not to say that there aren't any new hidden characters, but I don't think it will be possible to know prior to the 3DS version's release.
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Look at this guy. Look at how wrong he is. This guy is full of shit and doesn't know what he's talking about.

http://gematsu.com/2014/08/meta-knight-joins-new-super-smash-bros

Now here's somebody who knows what's up.


Edit: And you EUs can have a special edition 3DS while the rest of us get to play around with our Classic Modes and Difficulty Sliders.
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 13, 2014, 12:14:43 AM
Eventually even your guys will start pulling airships out of fucking nowhere.


I'm replaying Minish Cap, since I never did finish it the first time round. The dungeons are pretty good, but the kinstones fusion system is incredibly annoying. If you want to collect everything (including all the pieces of heart), you'll spend about half of the game backtracking trying to find the correct NPCs, who are spread out all over the map. And even if you do find an out of the way NPC, they won't necessarily fuse with you until you've progressed to a specific point in the game, which means even more backtracking.

The best way to play is to put everything even remotely sidequesty aside until after the Temple of Droplets (except for the Light Arrows sidequest, though even then you have until you hit Above the Clouds to get that done). Seriously, the game gates you off from so much for so long, it gets really annoying after a while.


TitS - Killed some hoarse shoecrabs and went to pay my respects to a building I didn't care about. This game's like that not terribly interesting co-worker you sort-of-know-but-no-really, but you've spend enough time around them that you feel more at peace when they're around than when they're not. I'm still not sure if I like... anything anymore, really.

No, that feeling is definitely intentional. Its playing everything as safely and to the hilt as possible so the game only really has the level of detailed banter going for it at times. You still haven't hit the game's plot yet, btw.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2014, 06:35:54 PM
http://tombraider.tumblr.com/post/94529480860/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-update

They updated their blog with an explanation as to why they went exclusive to the xbone, though they said nothing real about why they chose ms. Obviously microsoft threw them tons of money and they chose money over morales.

lol @morales

The choice is more about whether to cast a wider net for profits or not. Morals will only come into play if they decide to break the contract ahead of time because of the game bombing due to poor availability, or something to that effect.
....been a long day.

But regardless of terrible spelling mistakes, my comment was based on their entire statement about going with the company who had faith in their project and other fabuloys bullshit. Sony's backed them for some...15 years now? Tomb raider has been (poorly) made for playstation for years and always does alright,even as such a sucky title with horrible controls and terrible gameplay. This entire statement they released is bullshit and everyone but them is aware that we know it...including Morales. But yeah, I think if they simply said MS paid us boatloads to make it for xbone only, far fewer people would be offended.

@Dice Furthering my point that this is entirely because they were paid to make it exclusive.

Don't know why you would say this given that the Legends trilogy was entirely multiplatform and even before that Tomb Raider has shown up on stuff like the GBC/GBA (granted in a nigh unrecognizable way), and that the Eidios is owned by Squeenix and not Sony and Squeenix owes no allegiance to any particular platform.

It's like the general response to FFVII not being on the N64 all over again.
71  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: August 12, 2014, 06:21:31 PM
I had heard about it leaking earlier on GameFUQs but the link died before I got to it.

And speaking of GameFUQs, a few spoilers have been dropped about the game already (since the game broke street date in Japan and is out now).

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Characterwise, what we've seen thus far is what we're getting and nobody's sure that we're even getting Cia, [s]Orko[/s] Wizro, that other guy.

Ruto, Agatha, Zant, and Ghriaham are unlocked through Adventure Modo and have almost no presence in Story Modo, Ganondorf unlocks at the end of Story Modo, probably after you beat Ganon.

Lana/Cia pulled a Dragon Ball's Kami/Demon King Piccolo and separated themselves from each other. Much like Dragon Ball, Cia dies at the end and the plot gets Hijacked by Ganon.

The Master Sword is Link's fifth weapon and is unupgradable; nobody seems to know what his fourth weapon is yet; Link, Zelda, Impa and Lana are the only characters who get more than one weapon type/move set.

It looks like you can hold up to 30 heart containers.


Edit: Character Count Confirmed. Link, Zelda, Impa, Shiek, Lana, Midna, Fi, Daruina, Ganondorf, Ruto, Agatha, Zant, and Ghiraham are all we're getting this time. Better luck next time in Hyrule Warriors Xtreme.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2014, 05:14:21 PM
http://tombraider.tumblr.com/post/94529480860/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-update

They updated their blog with an explanation as to why they went exclusive to the xbone, though they said nothing real about why they chose ms. Obviously microsoft threw them tons of money and they chose money over morales.

lol @morales

The choice is more about whether to cast a wider net for profits or not. Morals will only come into play if they decide to break the contract ahead of time because of the game bombing due to poor availability, or something to that effect.
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2014, 12:56:01 PM
I don't really mind...

Exclusivity with Xbox doesn't tend to be something written in stone, all that depends in how definitive the arrangement went. So maybe in the future a rerelease happens.

Though, it seems counterproductive right now not releasing Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC.

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At least there's people having fun with this. :)

He put it better than I could have.

I'm just amused that Microsoft still believes that this strategy isn't a bad idea.
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 12, 2014, 10:17:07 AM
You know what other numbers don't lie? The amount of money his movies make. Kind of sickens me that he's figured out if you make a movie out of a recognizable franchise/brand/name, it won't matter how good or bad it is, people will still go out and see it just out of curiosity.
It isn't the recognizable name that gets his movies the amount of money they get because there are other movies out there with recognizable franchises which don't get as high grossing. It certainly isn't his story telling, and it isn't the action because he managed to make giant robots fighting boring in Transformers 1 (only Transformers movie I have seen). I'd say his formula for success is explosion porn combined with 80s nostalgia. Bright side in all this, latest Transformers seems to have gotten half as much as 2? So maybe people are getting bored of him a little?

That and his target audience seems to be enlisted military dudes. Seriously, as much as I enjoy watching monster movies where the military isn't hopelessly outgunned and/or horribly inept, it gets to be a bit much when they're constantly stealing everybody's spotlight (not that Shia Le Douf needs any to begin with because the dude's a hack and fuck Even Stevens).
75  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 11, 2014, 05:02:12 PM
At this point, I'm just waiting for him to make a Magic 8-ball movie (it'll probably end up like Gantz but with an actually useful military stealing everybody's spotlight).
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