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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: Today at 12:44:53 AM
You get access to the Casino after doing one of the board quests.  I think it's the Tengu mask guy?  It's in the bar where Ludger wakes up to his debt.  It's a pretty bare-bones casino, though.

And yes, I absolutely love Drellin.  What a great atmosphere.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 28, 2014, 11:24:07 PM
I'm trying to say this as vaguely as possible, but make sure you check those weird standing rectangles with blue front sides.  The game won't give you a prompt to do so, but if you press X by them, something neat happens. A different something neat happens on each one.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 28, 2014, 03:20:23 PM
Yeah, I believe the set of 4 weapons you find in the Chapter 10 story dungeon is really the only important ones with unique items.  Otherwise, I don't feel I've missed anything by skipping the chests in the character episodes.

The weapons are all in the same room, but they're a bit out of the way.

Edit: To be fair, though, the Chapter 10 dungeon is one of those non-reused areas and it's amazing.  You'll probably want to explore it in its entirety anyway.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 27, 2014, 02:15:12 PM
I can forgive the recycled areas from ToX 1. I mean, it does sort of make sense, even if it's a bit annoying.

What I'm struggling to forgive is that ToX 2 recycles its own content. Fully explore an area and then have to do it again in a
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? Mildly infuriating.

I agree.  I mean, for example, in Gaius' episodes alone you go through the Mon Highlands twice, not to mention needing to go through them to get to Kanbalar initially.  So that's a minimum of 3 times going through the same pointless region.

That being said, once I realized that there was nothing particularly good or unique in the chests in the character episodes (eg, no extractors), I just started running through and ignoring everything.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 27, 2014, 12:29:47 AM
= If you didn't know, you can check active jobs in the Library> Event sections.  Took me about 5 hours before I tried searching for it myself.

This took me forever to figure out.  I kept having to go back to the Job Board.  It does seem a bit strange, I would have expected a devoted tab on the menu, at least.

On the subject of those popularity polls, I'm surprised Julius is so high.  I like him, I just didn't expect Japan to.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 24, 2014, 11:29:02 PM
I don't agree about Ludger. At all.  Totally blows my mind.
And Guns are great!  They're quite nice for their natural evasive skills that not only keep you at a distance but actively evade mid-attack.  Now, the Hammer on the other hand, I just can't get behind.  I've never worked well with the big, slow weapons in Tales games.

Ludger's strength is that he's a one-man army.  He can exploit every weakness and, in that, makes him not only versatile, but can work with any party combination.  But you really, really, really need to learn to abuse the weapon swapping mechanic, especially in link chains and whatnot.  I'd argue that he has a pretty steep learning curve for end-game play, in that.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why would I buy a ps4? on: August 23, 2014, 07:22:05 PM
I would have bought the "I'm too old to be walking around with a handheld" argument 10 years ago, but with everyone playing games on smartphones or tablets now, rocking a Vita or 3DS is no big deal.  You're just playing a game on a portable electronic device like everyone else. 

Agreed.  I don't really buy the "too old to walk around with a handheld" argument anyone for the same reasons you said.  It also doesn't help that the average age of a gamer is 30+.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 22, 2014, 04:19:43 PM
Yeah, I don't like her new outfit either.  I think they overdid it with the puffballs and those pink heart-shaped accessories (pen/button/whatever).

I actually liked her old outfit, too, 70s boots and all.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 22, 2014, 03:05:34 AM
Maybe I'm hearing it wrong, but it sounds like atleast several characters do say 'Looger'.  I can't find a 'd' in there anywhere. While it's not exactly the same, if you were writing rhyming dialogue for some charming little RPG, you could get away with it.

Nono, that's not what I'm saying at all!  I'm really just teasing, and there's definitely not a "d" sound, but, er, here in NorCal we don't pronounce Booger (as in, the filth from the nose) with the "u" sound that is used in "Ludger" in game.  It might be entirely accents, though. Now I'm kinda curious.
Ludger pronounced in-game has a u-sound like "Lute" or "Loom."
Booger has a sound like "Look."
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 21, 2014, 10:57:04 PM
I can't get used to the pronunciation of Ludger. I went to a school with the same name and that one sure as heel didn't rhyme with booger!

Maybe it has to do with your accent, but Ludger as pronounced in-game definitely doesn't rhyme with booger.  We pronounced booger with the same sound as "book."

That being said, yeah, it threw me off.  I was expecting a "dg" closer to "jh" a la "bridge."
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 21, 2014, 06:37:46 AM
I absolutely didn't like that first scene with her where she frames you for pedophilia, but I did find myself growing fond of her wittiness.  I suppose the brattiness is charming, since it isn't turned on 100% of the time.

I find her conversations with Rowen to be the most fun.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 21, 2014, 05:55:03 AM
Oh my, Xillia 2 is pretty heavy in the female-fanservice department. As in, more than the average Tales game.

I mean, you can run around in Ludger's pajamas, which is basically a tight shirt to show off his muscles, not to mention Ludger being rather attractive in the first place.  Alvin is looking classy and far less slimy. Gaius, enough said.  I suppose Jude, too, but I'd say give him another 3 or 4 years.  Still even Jude's aged rather nicely in the year between games.

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Victor and Julius too.  Especially Victor, but yeah, pretty obvious, that one.

I'm certainly not complaining, mind you.  It's just very different, male character design-wise, compared to the upcoming Zestiria.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 20, 2014, 01:08:45 AM
I can't say I'm the biggest Madoka fan, but yeah, that Mami outfit is amazing.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 19, 2014, 03:43:08 PM
Er, how does a suit and tie look weird for a character that lives in a psuedo-modern world? Especially considering the entire male playable cast sans maybe Jude, wears them.
15  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: P.T. on: August 14, 2014, 07:22:51 PM
It's short for Playable Teaser.
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