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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 31, 2016, 07:39:22 AM
Milestone check-in.  

About 2 years ago, I stopped drinking alcohol.  Best decision I ever made.  
About a year and a half ago, I gave up the touring/gigging musician lifestyle.  Best decision I ever made.  
About 6 months ago, I became a vegetarian.  Best decision I ever made.  
They can't all be the best decision you ever made. :P  There can only be one!

In any case, congratulations on all three milestones.  I don't think I can ever give up eating meat, but I do respect those individuals who do give it up.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Square Enix New "Dramatic RPG" on: July 31, 2016, 07:36:44 AM
So Square Enix, according to this article is coming out with a new dramatic RPG (whatever the fuck that means).  They haven't announced any platform for it, however.  My guess is that it's for mobile platforms.  Anyone else want to take a guess?
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: July 23, 2016, 03:56:08 AM
I find it interesting that while you have games like the Tales series that retain their anime style look, the Final Fantasy series has gone the opposite direction and sought out as realistic as possible character designs.  The woman in that image could be an actual human being.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: July 22, 2016, 10:38:52 PM

More side-characters/sidequests.

Also, nice pallet swap/haircut Lailah (I bet you dyed your hair that color to enable you to move 3 times faster).

Also also, I think I know who gave Velvet Demon-Arm-pies.
This is Velvet, correct:

Here's the thing, based on the screenshots of the game I have seen, it looks like she's a melee character.  All of her alternate costumes, additionally show even more skin than this get up.  What the fuck?  I like fan service as much as the next guy, but her outfit really annoys me.  She should be wearing something far more practical for combat.  If she was, the alternate costumes wouldn't bother me as much.

Seriously, she can be dressed sexy and practically at the same time if that's the developer's goal.  This costume isn't it.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I am Setsuna (or whatever name you changed it to) on: July 22, 2016, 10:25:51 PM


(I can't link from imageshack on my phone)
Looks like you were saved at the last moment.  I am looking forward to getting this game.  Looks like it'll have to be on my Playstation 4 considering the saving but on the version available on Steam.  It annoys me that proper quality testing wasn't done to ensure full functionality for the PC version.  Damn lazy Square-Enix.  Shame on you.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix' best surprise EVER!! (Adv. of Mana) on: July 22, 2016, 10:21:54 PM
I would suggest asking that question on GameFAQ's community.  Someone should probably have the answer there.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Twitch Channel on: July 22, 2016, 10:00:24 PM
Why do you guys not have a Friday or Saturday night stream?  Just curious.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Twitch Channel on: July 10, 2016, 05:51:22 PM
Personally, considering the primitive nature of 3D graphics at the time, the game would've been better served if they took the approach that Suikoden did for the battle screens.  Use 3D battle fields with 2D sprites.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Twitch Channel on: July 10, 2016, 02:33:31 PM
Lunar 2 is now finished and you can catch the whole thing on youtube.  Thanks for watching!


Not sure what to stream next.  It's either going to be BoF4, WA2, Star Ocean 2 or Trails in the Sky(which I have never played).
I still think you should've done the Brave Labyrinth.  It would've made the latter dungeons go quicker.  Seriously.  Especially when you consider how powerful Jean's Blue Dragon techniques are.  With her strength boosted, she can take out entire armies.

I am definitely looking forward to the Breath of Fire 4 stream.  I passed on most of the Grandia II stream since I am actively playing through the game and it's my first play through.

I am currently playing Wild Arms 2 myself.  I have to say that the 3D battle graphics look positively primitive.  A part of me can't help but consider the visuals the 3D equivalent of the Atari 2600 hundred era's 2D graphics.  They look that bad.  Well, maybe closer to the 8 Bit era, than the Atari era. 

As much as I hate to say it, compared to today's game's Wild Arms 2's battle screen graphics look like unwashed anus.  The town and and dungeon maps aren't as bad, though.  I think part of it is because it's mostly from an overhead perspective while the developers were going for something more cinematic for their battle engine.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: July 10, 2016, 02:24:56 PM
A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV pre-order exclusive game revealed -- Nova Crystallis

It's a side-scrolling beat-em-up and it kinda came out of nowhere.


Final Fantasy XV unveils 'Wait Mode' combat style -- Gematsu

"Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata revealed a new "Wait Mode" style of battle for the game during an E3 2016 stage presentation.

Wait Mode can be activated via the Options menu. It slows down time after an action to give players time to think and decide their upon their next move within the limits of a decreasing Wait Gauge. While Tabata says this should make the game easier for some users to play, he adds that it will also bring a bit more strategy into the heavily action-based battle system."

The bit about the bonus being through Gamestop has me more than a bit annoyed.  I ordered the game through Square Enix's online store and there's no mention in the article that this bonus game will be made available to those who ordered from Square Enix directly.  Anuses.  They are fucking anuses.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix' best surprise EVER!! (Adv. of Mana) on: July 10, 2016, 02:14:31 PM
Speaking of which: I Am Setsuna is Digital-Only? That's...kind of a relief, actually. I think I should only get two games this month, and Monster Hunter Generations already has one slot booked up...and there's a Gundam game coming out next week. I don't need anything else standing between me and my sweet, sweet Mobile Suits...
I would've liked to have a physical copy available.  At the very least a limited run would've been appreciated.  In any case, I do intend to purchase this game as it's pushing all my happy buttons.  I might not pre-order it, though, as I think pre-ordering a digital release is very much pointless.
27  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Your Twitch Channel on: June 12, 2016, 01:31:10 PM
I want to thank you guys for setting up the Twitch channel.  I recently started watching your live feeds of your gaming sessions.  The reason I am posting this is that strong feelings of nostalgia were invoked when you started a live feed of your playthrough of  Lunar 2: Eternal Blue.  It got me to finally get off my ass and pull out my own copy for a playthough of my own.  So I offer my thanks.  I have many fond memories of that game.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 19, 2015, 03:38:40 AM
I think Midgar looks absolutely spectacular in that trailer.  It actually looks like a metropolis millions of people live and work in.

As for divergences from the source material being discussed, I think it's pretty clear there will be significant changes.  For instance, the original art style was strongly influenced by manga and anime as none of the characters had realistic designs.  All characters had anime eyes and Cloud had spiky hair that can only exist in a cartoon setting.  Based on the announcement trailer, all of the characters have been redesigned to resemble actual people, so that is one major divergence there.  I think that alone could very well have other knock on effects based on the art design alone.

When I learned that the game was being remade, I fucking squeed.  I can't wait to see what they do with this re-imagined title.  The one depressing fact about this remake, is that this thread made me realize how long ago the original came out.  It's been nearly 20 years since the original's release.  I was a teenager when I played it.  By the remakes comes out, my 40's birthday won't be to far along in coming. ;_;

One thing I would hope for is a greater exploration of Jenova and the Ancients.  Considering how pivotal Aerith and her people were, I think the game should explore them further.  Personally, I would actually prefer the story not be a simple rehash of the original game.  The big thing I am concerned about is the voice acting.  Considering this is a remake and will be coming out now, there is no way they'd be able release this game without voice actors playing the principal characters.  That means the story could very well live and die by the quality of the acting and its voice director.  Moreover, considering the amount of money that is undoubtedly being invested into this game, I don't think they'd be able to get away with subtitles.

On the issue of random battles; I think they should be eliminated in their entirety.  All enemies should be visible on the field map (and hopefully overworld map) and avoidable.  Actually, on second thought, I think there should be varying degrees of aggressiveness on the part of the monsters depending on its type as well as overall party level.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Members: PS3 IDs / 360 Gamertags / Wii Friend Codes / Steam IDs on: December 31, 2014, 05:51:45 PM
I am MonCapitan2002 on Steam.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: December 31, 2014, 05:34:55 PM
The Euro is strong against the US Dollar, so the Euro should be even stronger against the Yen.  I currently takes about 146 yen to purchase one Euro.  How that would affect the price of an imported Playstation 4 is a whole other question as I think most Eurozone countries have an import VAT.  Depending on how it's calculated European games may be better off purchasing domestic Playstation 4 units.
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