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2311  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 29, 2008, 06:44:19 PM
Yeah, I really didn't like Grandia 3 that much either even though I actually did finish it.  Even though I try to focus on the positive things about games (I bought it to enjoy, not to bitch about), there are certain games where the creators make it difficult.  This was definitely one of those games.  Overall I'd probably call it on par with most western RPGs, save Kotor (which was awesome).
2312  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Monk in FFXII? on: May 29, 2008, 12:47:06 AM
You can try getting a cat ear's hood from the hunter ranking vendor.  That boosted the dagger damage up a lot and I can assume it would do the same with bare fists.  Other than that, this is a question that would get a better answer at gamefaqs.
2313  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Who watch Bleach? on: May 27, 2008, 08:24:59 PM
Quote from: "Serene Prophet"
Ive watched tidbits here and there on AS.  My main problem with these types of shows is that they go on FOREVER.  I mean im not even against filler episodes, but when you have so many plus story episodes that you end up getting into the 200s of episode numbers, it just starts to drive me nuts.  Just to many episodes and it just gets to damn obnoxious.

That's why I liked Flame of Recca a lot.  As far as I can remember, there is only one "villian", Kurenai.

There definitely are some shows out there that could have been better series if they weren't milked so long.
2314  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: May 27, 2008, 08:09:17 PM
Unless you've been farming BT for awhile but just stuck on Illidan, chances are your guild as a whole won't have the gear required for Sunwell yet.  My friends guild on my server was in the same position and Sunwell was like a brick wall. Good luck though seriously.

Anyone still play on Shadowsong anymore?  I've been leveling an alt with a real life friend on that server and was curious if anyone was still on there.
2315  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / PS3 or Xbox 360? on: May 27, 2008, 07:54:17 PM
Quote from: "KeeperX"
Quote from: "DM Kyle E. Miller"
I'd say Xbox for sure. There are already numerous RPGs both Western and Eastern for the system, and there are plenty more to come. The PS3 might be getting some in the future, but then maybe you'll have enough money to afford one (once they lower the ridiculous price).

the 40GB PS3 is $50 more than the Xbox 360 Pro; for that cost, the consumer gets:

Wireless internet built in ($100 extra on Xbox 360)
Rechargable batteries built-in to the controller ($20/controller for Xbox 360)
Blu-ray (Equivalent before death of HD-DVD, $180 on Xbox 360)
Free Online Service ($8/mo or $50/yr on Xbox 360)

I will say that there are a couple of things that you get with the 360 bundle that are not included with the PS3, most notably:

Component Cables ($25 extra on PS3)
Wired Headset ($20-30 extra on PS3)

Are you seriously saying that the $50 difference in hardware is outrageous in comparison to the amount of addons for the Xbox 360?  

Considering you can get a HDMI cable for 6 dollars and HDMI>Component, I don't know if that's really a plus for the 360.  The inclusion of wireless adapter is a huge plus to me, considering at the moment, getting my 360 online without a wireless adapter means running wires across the room (which right now, is not an option).  It's an inclusion that's something to think about.  Not to mention, you could buy the cheapest PS3 and switch out the hard drive yourself (very easy and doesn't void any warranties).  Yeah, you lose backward compatibility, but that's a small price to pay (for me).

It's also worth keeping in mind that the 360 has sold substantially more consoles in the US which means that a higher percentage of the JRPGs for the system are likely to get released in the US. We can already see this in the fact that Atlus has 3 Strategy/RPGs scheduled to be released in the US for the 360 this year and zero titles for the PS3 at the moment.

Isn't Atlus releasing Nippon Ichi's Disgaea 3 for ps3?

Not to mention, Spectral Force 3 for the 360 looks like shit overall. Nothing more than a generic anime SRPG.  Even if Disgaea 3 is not included, the other two RPGs being released don't look that promising.
2316  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia on: May 27, 2008, 07:43:34 PM
Quote from: "ShadowLaguna"
Well first off, I already have a PS3 so i'm all good with getting a port for ToV (and of course, Eternal Sonata). Second off, I'm learning Japanese so odds are i'll be able to understand most of it (it's that fucking Kanji I just don't get), i'm decent with Katakana and I'd say i'm mediocre at Hiragana. So therefore, importing Jap games for the PS3 (or the DS for that matter) will not be much of a problem for me. And third off? I love Tales!!

If you're mediocre at hiragana I'm gonna take a wild guess that you won't be able to understand 99% of what is said in the game.  If you want to know what's going on, you're going to be breaking out the dictionary every second to see what x word means.  That won't be fun.

Quote from: "Eusis"
Then again, neither is getting a $300-ish console for one game.

Come this August (hopefully), I have no qualms with buying a PS3 solely for Disgaea 3 because I love it that much.  Of course, the Ratchet and Clank game has been out for awhile and there is bound to be others... but still.
2317  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: May 23, 2008, 02:03:38 PM
Quote from: "Lard"
I tried looking up on gamefaqs how to mix some Personas, as I was looking for specific ones, but some of the mixtures didn't give me the results I wanted! Have they changed some of the combinations between P3 and P3 Fes?

Did you do all the fusion quests from Elizabeth?  Often you need to do certain quests with her before you can fuse certain persona.
2318  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 23, 2008, 02:01:14 PM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
I'm almost done with Persona 3.  In fact, the only thing I really have left to do is beat the Reaper to get access to Monad (a horrible change from the original game :P), and I'm waiting on him to spawn as we speak.

Hm.  Interesting change.  Probably to try and force you to beat him legitimately instead of cheesing him with Armageddon fusion spell.

Anyways.  Been playing GTA4.  I love that game.  After playing it a lot, I don't think it deserved the 10's it got.. maybe 9.5.  Fucking great regardless.  And I love Brucie.
2319  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Infinite Undiscovery Coming September 2 on: May 22, 2008, 12:34:50 PM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
And I hope the new 360 model is less prone to red ring, which is one of the reasons why I haven't gotten a 360 yet.

I don't think you will have to worry about that.  I don't see the point of releasing a new model of the system if they had no intention of fixing that.
2320  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / LCD vs. Plasma on: May 22, 2008, 11:09:10 AM
Also the size you're looking for plays a big part in which you should go for.  If it's 35 inches or smaller, LCD is probably the way to go. 37" is debatable.

Personally I wanted a bed in my TV room, if you catch my drift.

While not helping you with your plasma or LCD decision, This site can show you the mathematical statistics of your old TV vs your new, prospective TV size wise.
2321  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 22, 2008, 10:43:28 AM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
Also did a little grinding in Grandia 3, which is quite difficult in disc 2. This game reminds me of Tales of Legendia so much: normal first half, frustrating second half. Money's hard to get too, so trying to get the best equipment I can before I go into Vejas Jungle is going to be a pain in the ass.

If you wish, look on Gamefaq's for the Mana Egg fusion guide.  That will make things much simpler because some of the spells you won't get without fusing (and they are worth getting because they hit for a fuckton more).
2322  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / LCD vs. Plasma on: May 22, 2008, 10:32:07 AM
Actually, I can answer this quite well.

Firstly, Tooker you have that backwards.  LCD's blur.  Plasmas do not and will never blur.  Also plasmas are around the same price as LCDs.

I just bought a plasma for gaming (Panasonic's TH42PX80U for $850 -- but I was lucky to get a good deal.  You normally should pay around $1k.) and it's a fan-fucking-tastic plasma for gaming.  The Panasonic models are great for gaming.  The 2008 LG models I hear are pretty good (2007 are trash).  Samsung isn't too shabby either.  Pioneer has the best models, but you're going to pay a lot of money for one of those, so Pioneer probably isn't your best bet if you want the best bang for your buck (if you do, I'd consider buying what I bought).

The new plasmas coming out are great, the problem is, there is a lot of misinformation going around about them.  Some of the myths going around, used to be true, but are not anymore (like burn-in).

Myth:  Plasmas have a limited life span.
Fact:  Current plasmas last pretty much as long as LCD's do.  You could watch a plasma 4 hours a day, every day, and most would last for 40 years.

Myth:  Plasmas suck up a lot of energy.
Fact:  Many plasmas are now energy star compliant, and do not use all that much more energy compared to LCDs.

Myth:  Plasmas will burn in.  That beautiful radar in the bottom of the screen will permanently etch into your screen!
Fact:  While there is some merit to this myth, it's pretty exaggerated.  Current plasmas are quite resilient to burn in.  Most plasmas have an anti-image retention mode which will ever-so-slightly shift pixels that haven't moved too much in the past few minutes to help ease burn-in.  Burn in, on my Panasonic set, is said to occur around 10+ hours of a static image on the screen.  So, if you like to leave CNN/ESPN/MSNBC on for long periods of time (10+ hours) or you play games where there is a single image (like a radar) that is on the screen for many hours, then going LCD is a better choice.  Though, in normal playing and viewing circumstances, this is not an issue.

What could be an issue is something called Image Retention (or IR for short).  IR is when you play a game with like a radar or something for awhile and when you turn it off or go to switch back to regular TV, you might see the faint image of the radar still on your screen.  This is usually only seen on a completely blank input (black screen), dark room, and your face 1 foot away from the screen.  This is completely normal, 100% reversible, and may not even happen much anymore after you break your TV in.  IR generally cannot even be seen once you switch back to a TV station or put in a new game.  On a normal, resilient screen, that image would be washed away pretty fast.  If it doesn't, it's probably a faulty panel which is covered under warranty anyway.  When you first buy a Plasma, there is something called a break-in period.  Which means, the first 100-200 hours of viewing the TV, you want the brightness and contrast (contrast  is called picture on a panasonic set) a little bit lower than normal (40%-ish) if you're playing something with a static image (generally on RPGs, there's not much to worry about since the transitions between battles, towns, etc would be enough to vary the content up for a bit).  If you're playing a game without any static images, like NHL08 without the scoreboard on, I doubt it matters what settings you use.  If you're truly that concerned about it, whenever you get up to get a drink or take a piss, flip on a tv show with a full screen image until you get back.  That would be enough to undue 90% of whatever IR you may or may not have accumulated.  I was worried about it at first but I've had Zero problems with IR and I'm not even done with the break-in period.  After that, feel free to crank up the settings (as long as it's not in torch mode aka 90% brightness/contrast, you'll be fine).

Honestly I personally will always buy plasma over lcd until the next generation of hdtv's come out (oled or whatever).  Most (aware, knowledgeable) plasma owners would say the same thing.

Hope this was useful.

edit:  Just to clarify, if you're playing a game without any static images, like NHL08 without the scoreboard on or most RPGs, I doubt it matters what settings you use even if you haven't broken in the TV very much.
2323  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Infinite Undiscovery Coming September 2 on: May 22, 2008, 09:56:43 AM
Between Infinite Undiscovery, Tales of Vesperia, Disgaea 3, and DQ4... I'm going to be busy for a long time gaming wise.  I haven't had a lot to play lately, so this will be a welcome change.

I'm kind of iffy on the battle system though.  Kind of reminds me of Star Ocean (which I like) and Valkyrie Profile (which I do not like).  Hopefully it's good though.

PS:  I love the retardedness in GT's message boards.  "OMG it looks worse than FFXIII it's so gay!".  God, that's one of the worst forums I've seen.
2324  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 17, 2008, 12:58:11 PM
Quote from: "Jet16"

Yeah actually there's a whole explanation about their world in a sidequest. Apparently their world is devoid of all feeling and it was being destabilized by the feelings in the human world but they didn't know it was feelings that did it. They were sent to the human world to see if they could stop their world from falling apart and they grew to love the feelings they had and that's why they view going back as a 'death sentence' because they would lose all of their feelings. It says a lot more like how Gongora became engulfed by the darker feelings and various other reasons they came.

I actually enjoyed the ending somewhat.

Thanks.  It sorta blows my mind that all of that is explained in a sidequest and not in the main story.  Do you happen to remember which sidequest it was?

I probably would have enjoyed it more if I knew that.  Towards the end of the game my playtime was getting choppy so I wasn't sure if I just forgot the events that explained it or if they were just unexplained.
2325  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia on: May 17, 2008, 12:46:08 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Going by this Neogaf thread ToV's confirmed for the PS3. I was just going to make a new thread, but after the bitchfest this got I'm bumping this up. But remember that being multiplatform in Japan doesn't guarantee anything in America!

I'm skeptical that it's going to come to the US, but I'll hope for it.  If this game is anywhere as good as I'm hoping it will be, gotta spread the ToV love.  The 360 one is the native version so I'll probably stick to that version though.  Good news though if true since it seems like they are putting a lot of hard work to make this a special game.
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