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841  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 21, 2012, 10:44:02 AM
Anyways...
$2 for a +2 to Chain Capacity. -- Pretty good, but whatever
$2 for a +1 to Chain Capacity. -- Why this when you can get the 2CC? I buy one I kinda want the 2nd one half off...
$3 for +5 levels. (and there's 3 of these!) -- Fuck no, levels are easy enough to get
$2 for +1000 HP. -- Not bad actually
$2 for 25% dualizing discounts. -- Dualizing is cheap enough. 25% isn't much
$2 for +500 Eleth. -- Def not worth it.  Filling up at Turtlez happens often enough
$2 for double SP. -- That is really good, but potentially game destroying...
$2 for double item drop rate. -- I think that's pretty snazzy, I hate item hunting, it's time wasting
$2 for a set of 6 spell books that, according to the advert, reduce the damage you take by 50%. -- Game breaking, but a pretty good offer?  If it's spell books, likely cost a fucking TON of eleth though....

One of the Chain Capacities is likely a minimum and one is a maximum.  I have Maximums out of the ass, but Minimums are harder to come by.  If that's 2 to a minimum, that's amazing.

The Reduce damage 50% book isn't broken, because it eats your Eleth really, really fast. I can see it maybe saving you in harder modes, but I wouldn't bother outside of bosses.

Almost every single one of those is available in-game or via the Grade Shop. I'm sure there's a comment about laziness I can make here, but I'm not going to bother.

Anyway, I beat the Future Arc today.
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I enjoyed it more than the main game, to some extent.  The female "enemy" was mostly filler, I think they
could have done without her.  Still, it's hard to make an antagonist out of something like a planet - who has worthy
and understandable goals. I really enjoyed how the situation was basically reversed from the main game and you're
the "villain" in a sense.

Asbel also became awesome.  No comments as to why in case someone scrolls over this and hasn't beaten the
game yet. Pascal finally matured a bit - even if the lack of shower bit is disgusting - and Hubert became adorable.
Richard and Malik are amusing together, always poking fun at people and teasing them.  It was definitely a good
conclusion, and I enjoyed the major themes.
842  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 20, 2012, 01:53:09 AM
So, it's pretty much just a cash-in/Test of the possible Vita market?
843  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 19, 2012, 11:18:24 PM
I'm not sure if there's evidence, but given that the director said it was unfinished, I wouldn't be surprised if there was. If you find anything, let me know.  I admit, I like Tales of, but many Tales of fans are a bit too much for me; I'd rather not wade through the posts on GameFAQs.

Is Innocence a decent game, at least?
844  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 19, 2012, 11:01:37 PM
I'd rather we get Xillia later rather than sooner; no doubt there's going to be the director's cut.  The next game on the drawing board should be Innocence R for Vita, but given it only seemed to sell around 75,000 copies in Japan, well, we'll see. That's only ~10,000 less than ToTA 3DS.
845  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Rock Shooter: The Game on: March 19, 2012, 10:07:19 PM
I'd say if NISA doesn't mention it at their press event, it's been cancelled.  I don't think we should judge until then.

I heard the event is early this year. Any exact date on it?
846  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 19, 2012, 06:57:11 PM
Honestly, Pascal is the only one who doesn't work well into the group chemistry for me.  She has some cute moments early on, but she ruins far more of them, especially later, where her entire character starts to feel out of place.  I think she needed to calm down at least a tiny bit after a certain point if they wanted her to fit in. The writers pushed too hard, methinks.
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But she and Hubert do work nicely together.  She lightens him up, and he will make her a bit more serious.

That said, Team Destiny did use a story element I'm quite fond of, despite almost every other plot twist being seen from a mile away.
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The true antagonist dies well before the game ends, but you don't realize it at the time. And everything you happened to
learn about the one that at first "appears" to be the true antagonist happened to be a lie.  Yet you can't do anything about it; lie
or not, Sophie is still programmed to kill him and he is a threat to the world.

Also, the Asbel costume with his hair parted to the side is so, so, so much better than his normal look.
847  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Crimson Shroud - Matsuno's Newest Game on: March 19, 2012, 07:39:37 AM
http://andriasang.com/con0c2/guild01_crimson_shroud/

New screens.  Very, very interesting. It's like he took Wizardry one step further.
848  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: March 18, 2012, 05:44:31 AM
Since I'm not sure there's enough information to warrant the creation of a new thread, Gust has leaked a few tidbits about Project Atelier 14. Meruru is A13.
http://andriasang.com/con0bq/project_a14_detailed/
849  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 18, 2012, 04:18:29 AM
A feeling I had about this game from the get go was finally proved undeniably true today. The 'T' rating is hurting the narrative badly.

This story is all but visibly bulging through the restraint cracks the 'T' places on it. The scene in question which pretty much solidified this in my mind is

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It's less the T rating, but CERO's rating system.  CERO is not nearly as lenient on certain regards (blood, violence) as the ESRB is, just a small bit of blood can make the rating go higher.  It's cultural, as expected.  Tales usually gets pretty low CERO ratings so they have the wider audience. Bamco likely wanted to avoid it.

Absolutely agreed about that scene in particular though, it really hurt the impact and made it almost comical.  Even just a splash or a few droplets would have fixed it.

And yes, the anime is absolutely horrible.  I'm amazed that with the Tales of budget they can't afford better quality.  Even Gust games have better animation.  Ar tonelico 2's looks lovely.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2rTviWliuQ
850  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why does BioWare hate blondes? on: March 17, 2012, 12:17:15 AM
They changed her hair color because it looked better with the Cerberus uniform they settled on and dark hair better suited her "femme fatale" persona.  That's the story I heard.

The prior default was a red head, or at least auburn. Going with red was the most fitting to maintain consistency between games, nevermind that most people preferred it. If she was blond from the start I'd have no problem, but I'd h ate to have a completely different looking Shepard suddenly made the default for the last chapter, even though it seems they kind of did that anyway face-wise.

He was talking about Miranda, not FemShep, I think.  The early designs do show Miranda as blonde.
851  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why does BioWare hate blondes? on: March 16, 2012, 06:46:27 PM
Did you see the backlash that happened when Bioware attempted to make the "default" Shepard blonde?  Apparently, being blonde makes you shallow and look too much like a model.

The whole situation was ridiculous.
852  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: March 16, 2012, 01:02:13 AM
I don't really wear that style of shirt casually anyway; maybe I'm just too formal. I always planned to use it as a nightgown.  I use my Catherine one as a nightie, too.
853  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: March 15, 2012, 11:19:18 PM
Thanks for the notification that the Pre-Order is up, I guess they didn't send out the Prinny Bomb yet.

I'll definitely be getting the SE (like I always do with Gust titles).
854  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 15, 2012, 05:18:59 AM
Is the voice acting for this game as bad as it seems in all the trailers?  Honestly I'm starting to think I should have just imported it...


Kate Higgins (Pascal) did a brilliant job for the role she was given. She really gives life to the character, despite some of the obnoxious lines.  I don't like the character or her writing, but I can fully admit Higgins did beautifully with her. Cheria is played by Laura Bailey, and Laura is always good.

Asbel took me a while to become used to and he's nowhere near Troy Baker (Yuri) level.  Richard's actor is weak at first, but comes off better later in the story after a few events.

On an amusing note, some of the generic guards are played by Wes Johnson (Imperial Male from Morrowind/Oblivion/Skyrim). I was laughing hard; he's a great actor, but I couldn't stop hearing "Stop right there, Criminal Scum!"
855  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Journey - thatgamecompany's new title on: March 15, 2012, 04:45:57 AM
Thanks.  I'll be getting this when I have the time, then, too many games for me at the moment.  I love Thatgamecompany.
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