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6076  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser PSP - Website Open on: February 08, 2009, 11:18:29 AM
6077  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lost Odyssey XBox 360....... on: February 08, 2009, 11:14:54 AM
slightly increasing bare handed damage

You know, this one really pissed me off.  One of the reasons I played FFXII as long as I did was that I heard that you could get this skill and make a Monk character; and Vaan's design taking after FFT monks was one of the reasons I got so excited for FFXII in the first place(I figured he'd be an epic awesome Monk like Sabin or Yang).

And then I got it and the skill was utterly pointless and shit.

I stopped immediately and sold the game.  The game was boring, the story was dull, the gameplay was terrible, and I couldn't even have a monk to make up for it.  FFFFFFFFFFFF

I found it ironic that at one point early in the game you're forced to run through a dungeon bare-handed and yet there's no chance for anybody to acquire that license by then. DQ VIII at least gave the best attack and ability modifiers to the fisticuffs skill option as well as offering a few skills on the side.
6078  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: February 07, 2009, 03:50:58 AM
Beat Bio-Haz and thus the Great Greed. Viewed the ending four times and for my brides I picked the youngest princess (age 11), the second oldest princess (was in love with somebody else, but not anymore), da' king (King ME!), and finally the queen (the King is in tears!) in that order before I got bored going through the same sequence for two different lines of dialog. Despite it's age the game has it's moments (too bad the music ranges from forgettable to sucks).

Started up Wario Land II and made it up to the third area (but I miss the island map). Also the game's super easy so far compared to the first.

Got through just one more battle in EP today. I'm now facing Ignus with Olifen's party. I've also given up on Vivian since I can't grind both her and Nena to a high enough level before the Third Stratum (though I still need one more level before Nena stops sucking). The only other Merc I'm currently using is Irena to help with healing and combos.

While I've put some more time in Riviera but progress in still negligible.

Also purchased Yggra Union yesterday for $13 (and cart only ;_;) then immediately lent it out in exchange for Xenosaga I.

I found a copy of Golden Sun The Lost Age today for $12. :D

Ironically I got GS:TLA too back in mid January for $6.47 with the box and instructions. (Used game stores having massive sales ftw!) It was one of the 30+ games I got that month (and all the while trying to just find a copy Xenosaga III too).
6079  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: White Knight Chronicles thread desu on: February 07, 2009, 03:06:14 AM
You're all wrong! The DS is this generation's SRPG Machine. XP

And it even offers a fair spread of non-SRPG-RPGs too.
6080  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Demon's Souls on: February 07, 2009, 02:47:58 AM
That one trailer that was passed around back in December rocked IMO. I've since been quite interested in this game (trying to fighting off hoards of demons as a disposable grunt is ftw).
6081  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lost Odyssey XBox 360....... on: February 07, 2009, 02:38:17 AM
Don't forget, if you take too long in ATB the enemy that you were ahead of will take it's turn. And you didn't have to use that character at that particular time if you didn't want too (just take one good look at CT's combo system for an excellent example).

Back to the subject of FF X's Sphere Grid vs XII's License Board. Both systems in my opinion were flawed, but if I had to choose one it would be the LB. Now, to explain a bit since I actually liked using the SG more, I felt that the SG was too vast and too difficult to navigate in the way you wanted without screwing over your characters, whereas the LB was simpler in design and you had much more free reign over which way you could go. The problem with the actual LB in XII was the fact that it was littered with useless Licenses for things like Equipment and Accessories since it was extremely difficult to afford upgrades to your equipment all the time and that they hardly existed outside of shops. There were also a lot more weapon types than was needed thanks to the fact that only a handful of types were clearly superior to the other types. Your characters being able to equip anything didn't help matters but all of these options needed spaces on the LB as well. All in all only an eighth of the LB was actually used for things that actually improved your characters abilities (and some of these were crap like improving the healing power of Remedy, improving your proficiency with a shield, or slightly increasing bare handed damage) with another quarter being used for skills and spells.

So until I see somebody employ a Sphere Board or a License Grid more effectively I'm going to prefer other growth systems over either of them.
6082  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Sigil. on: February 06, 2009, 12:49:59 AM
I think I'm more hyped about an actual release date than the game itself. The way they tout the length of the game and other useless trivia as selling points doesn't instill a lot of confidence into me. Still...I won't know until I try.
6083  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lost Odyssey XBox 360....... on: February 05, 2009, 05:31:47 AM
it's a good concept but with horribly flawed execution since you don't gain the ability to freely explore the grid til the very end of the game

That's actually the only part of the Sphere Grid system I liked.  I hate characters who can do everything; restricting a character to certain skillsets gives them more of a personality.

Still didn't help FFX much, but it's the thought that counts.

I still think I should've been able to turn Yuna into Auron and Tidus into Yuna from the very start of the game, and that maxing just one sector is far more than enough to beat the game with nevermind trying to multiclass.

If you teach Yuna black magic she actually becomes way more powerful than Lulu.

Not even fucking close.  Maybe in the early game, since Yuna's grid has more MAG+ spheres, but mid-game to end game Yuna becomes totally obsolete.  Yuna's -max- possible damage is 199,998 damage from a Doublecasted Ultima or Flare(Yeah, she can do more by summoning Magus Sisters and using Passado, but the other two sisters are worthless and ultimately cut your total damage output to nothing).  Lulu can use her Overdrive to multi-cast Flare or Ultima and deal over a million every three turns.  It's not even a contest.

In fact, after the late-midgame, the only characters even worth using are Tidus, Wakka, and Lulu because they're the only characters that can deal over 199,998 damage(I think Riku can too but it requires items to do, which is stupid).

Btw, this is EXACTLY why I hate the FF series. Yuna being able to do 199,998 HPs worth of damage a turn is way more than enough to anally rape everything in FF X without breaking a sweat. The fact that there's an even more obscenely overpowered options is pointless. Nothing in FF X is going to stand up to that kind of punishment for long at the most. At this point, you're just arguing about which goddess is the more 'lol broken'.
6084  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: a pet peve of mine in srpg's on: February 05, 2009, 05:03:52 AM
6085  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: February 04, 2009, 09:54:57 AM
Finished the second stratum for Thage (overkilled Arihage with three Malusspheres and called it a day), and I'm now in the first part of the two part fight for the second boss in the second stratum on the right path. Unfortunately it's come to my attention that Olifen's party lacks good healers since both Levi and Irena have only limited uses of Prayer I (I also shouldn't have spammed so many combos). It's also come to my attention that I should not call Olifen a creampuff lest I desire his trousers dropped then and there (though I've really got to send either Ashley or Thage up that path during my next playthru).

Ignoring both GG and Riveira right now.
6086  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest V on: February 04, 2009, 08:53:53 AM
This one I'm definitely looking forward to (especially since they've stated that they're going to bring the party talk over for this one).

Too bad the new bride doesn't do anything for me.
6087  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona port for PSP? on: February 04, 2009, 08:47:35 AM
This news owns hard!
6088  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lost Odyssey XBox 360....... on: February 04, 2009, 08:43:37 AM
The problem with Blitzball is the fact that the most difficult BB game in FF X is the one where you're first introduced to it (especially since the only way you could win was by learning and abusing the hell out of the Jeckt Shot). In fact, all of the sidequests in FF X sucked balls from the Al-Behd primer collecting, to the Arena, all the way to the ultimate weapons. As for the Sphere Grid, it's a good concept but with horribly flawed execution since you don't gain the ability to freely explore the grid til the very end of the game, and to add insult to injury you've pretty much reached 'God Mode' once you've filled but one sector (unless you're Kimahri in which case you'll need a second sector).

In fact, this is my biggest problem with the series past IV. It's way too easy to reach 'God Mode'! (Especially if you're a perfectionist and want to get everything.)
6089  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: a pet peve of mine in srpg's on: February 04, 2009, 08:07:31 AM
6090  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: White Knight Chronicles thread desu on: February 04, 2009, 07:35:07 AM
I remember back in mid '07 defending the PS3 by citing Valkyria Chronicles and White Knight Story as games that aren't FF XIII and MGS IV that were worth waiting for. Apparently I was half right. :(
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