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856  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 06, 2012, 06:30:58 PM
I'm going to take a wild guess here, its one of those "turn back time so none of this ever happened" endings, right?
Or wait, maybe its the "it was all a bad dream" ending. That's even worse.

You're wrong on both accounts.
857  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 06, 2012, 05:39:10 PM
Edit: Just caught a Blue Chocobo and have it up to Level 58. So far, compared to Circuitron, it has worse HP and Magic. However it does have a max level ability called 'Aero Blitz' I want to see in action. And I haven't tried its feral link either.

Edit 2: Blue Chocobo's Feral Link is insane. Well worth keeping. I'll just need to infuse him for survivability.

Blue Chocobo is really, really good, the best actually, at level 99.  His growth doesn't actually start to get decent until 60+ so, same with all of the Chocobos.  You'll want to Infuse him with some monsters, too, to get the best from him.  All of the Chocobos are top-tier monsters at 99.  Also, get a Cloudburst, they're Circutron's big brother.  You'll find them in the Steppe.

Some thoughts on the late-game content:
It's nowhere near as demanding as XIII's post-game content - which is probably a good thing for most.  I'm just a bit disappointed; to kill the strongest post-game enemies in XIII efficiently felt almost like a well-practiced art.  So far, I'm not getting that from XIII-2.  Hopefully the strongest enemies in the game prove me wrong.
I love the addition of the Paradox Endings.  Quite clever; too bad you can't get most of them until you've already beaten the game once.
There are too many good COMs - I want to use them all.  Currently running about with my Tonberry.

On an unrelated note, I am very, very sick of the Hands of Time puzzles. I've gotten decent at them, but sometimes one just really annoys me.
858  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 06, 2012, 02:06:09 AM
Hey guys... I'm stuck.

i'm stuck at Future Yaschas after the paradox got rid of the eclipse... I dunno where to go.  I briefly saw Serendipity, but coudn't get in, and the throne that's blocked by a fallen pillar that I should be able to jump over but Squeenix programmers won't allow it.

When you're in the Historia Crux, look under the names of areas.  You should see little yellow/grey symbols.
These symbols represent how many "gates" are in the area, which need opening.  Yellow is already-opened.

And yes, as said above, there are quite a few Massif areas.  Are you in 1X? The other two are optional.
859  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Why do you read Game/Anime soundtrack reviews? on: February 05, 2012, 06:57:52 AM
as a pretty big proponent of music reviewing in general, what I look for in reading another person's review is a perspective on the music that I could not have gleaned naturally on my own.

This, exactly.  While I often do not share the same opinion as the reviewer, it gives me a chance to hear things I might have missed.  In some cases is also allows me to find music of similar styles because the reviewer makes comparisons.
860  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 04, 2012, 08:21:15 PM
If I've ever said anything negative about Noel, I take it all back.  The scene with he and Snow once you finish the Steppe and return to Sunleth - wow.  It's like everything Lightning in XIII wanted to say, but couldn't find the words for, he did.

861  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 04, 2012, 01:22:59 AM
I was desperately saddened when the first scene between Noel and Snow didn't escalate beyond subtle hostility.  There's good subtplot material there and, as mentioned, just add Lightning to the bunch and make it a four-way relationship.  It's a horrible guilty pleasure of mine.  You can throw in Hope too, since he was passively flirting with Serah.
862  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: February 03, 2012, 06:58:40 PM

Tons of new screens were posted.  It seems that it's not going to be turn-based.
863  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 OST on: February 03, 2012, 03:39:02 AM
Funny you mentioned the drumming - the composers loved him as well!  They actually apologized to the drummer because they were very hard on him.

864  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Crimson Shroud - Matsuno's Newest Game on: February 02, 2012, 03:32:14 PM
We've known about this for a while,  but since I didn't see a thread I thought it best to finally make one.
Crimson Shroud is Matsuno's new 3DS game and is pretty much his take on western tabletop RPGs all the way down to physically rolling the dice.
Matsuno has previously worked on games like Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together and Final Fantasy Tactics.

Earlier Information:

New Information:

We also know that Sakimoto is doing the music for the game.
865  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia II is kinda.... on: February 02, 2012, 12:26:07 AM
That is precisely why I love Grandia 1 so much.  Justin comes off as entirely obnoxious and childish at first, but he starts to see different people he becomes more reliable and mature. It might not seem like much just written down in a forum post like this, but the way it's done in-game is beautiful.  Like the scenes where he finally learns to take responsibility for his mistakes with Sue and begins to understand his own limitations as a person.  He starts to think less about "Adventure" and more about "The reasons for my actions."  

In its basest form, Grandia 1 is a tale about growing up.  It's not like someone like Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia, either.  You can directly compare the personalities of Justin from the start and end of the game and see different people.
866  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia II is kinda.... on: January 31, 2012, 09:10:34 PM
G1 is better.

This, this this.
867  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: January 28, 2012, 11:05:21 PM
My issue with the purely instrumental version is that they took out the Ar tonelico-like ambient sounds and mechanical voices, which is why I liked the song.  I'm not a big of the pretentious "poetry" or "lyrics" or "rap" in the first place, but the rest of the song is great.

So perhaps I'm being picky, but I feel like both versions could have been better.  Really though, the distaste for the OST is entirely overblown.  I think most people haven't even listened to it.

868  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: January 28, 2012, 10:14:10 PM
Everyone's making a big deal about tracks like Invisible Invaders and the rock chocobo theme, but what about the lovelier tracks, like Eclipse? That song blew me away.  Yeul's Theme is a very good ballad and I also like some of the vocal backgrounds, Ruined Hometown/New Bodhum/Starting Over/Parallel World and so on.


Actually, I really like the background music and the first ~minute in Invisible Invaders; I'm jealous that the Asian version gets it without the rap.  Without the rap I might be tempted to call it one of my favorite songs in the OST.
869  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: January 28, 2012, 04:46:25 AM
There is no doubt they made some questionable decisions lately (like having anything to do with The Cursed Crusade), but please point to some actual evidence of this widespread anti-Atlus sentiment you're talking about.  Wait, you can't because you completely made it up.

In his defense, there has definitely been Anti-Atlus sentiment more recently, but it seemed to miraculously disappear when they announced Gungnir and Growlanser.  For a while there, you couldn't read news articles without the whining similar to what you'd hear on Bamco Tales articles about how they've "abandoned" their fans. Certainly they did not lose 90% of their fanbase; I would say logically he would be hard-pressed to say they even lost 10%.

That said, words cannot express my joy about Growlanser IV finally getting a localization, it's my favorite in the series.  I hope everyone else enjoys the wonderful game, as well.
870  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: January 27, 2012, 06:38:34 PM
Puzzling review since they claimed it was a better game than FFXIII.

I didn't feel they justified their points well.  What I got from the review was basically "the game has a good battle system, is no longer linear, and its story is terrible. Oh, and shiny graphics."

I would have liked to have seen mention of the FPS - I played both the 360 and PS3 demos and both had some minor FPS drops. Not gamebreaking - just noticable and nowhere near Skyrim/DS level, and was wondering if they were in the full game.  The lack of mention of music at all during the main review other than a blurb irked me, because some of the music is quite brilliant.  I'd have liked to have read some comments about character/enemy balance - which XIII got completely wrong - as well.

Ah well. Maybe I'm just expecting too much, especially if the author is limited in his word count.
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