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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 01:29:55 PM
I reeeeally don't want to restart Star Ocean 4 after getting so far, but you guys are tempting me to get the PS3 version just so I don't have to deal with the disk swapping.

Your're not the only one.
For years now I've debated about getting the PS3 version and replaying it while this time ignoring the story completely.
Maybe I could make peace with this game by doing so... but I don't because I don't want to pay any more money for it.

Oh but SO4 has handled their shitty cutscenes THE BEST.
A skip option followed by a one paragraph summary of what you "missed".
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: Today at 12:37:10 PM
That trailer had me excited.

Everything that has come up after the trailer has me disappointed.

If the road trip is the entire game, then they haven't learned their lesson from XIII about making RPG's too linear. In fact, at least XIII didn't really *feel* linear in terms of settings and story, but if 90% of FFXV is a story of"Get from point A to point B," then I really don't have much interest in it.

Yeah, I'm kinda worried the game might have a small scope in order to feed into a FF15-2.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 12:24:39 PM
One thing though, SO4 on 360 is even more awful than the PS4 version (I'm assuming it is since talking of Vesperia). That's one thing to consider.
The constant CD swapping when you get to the end really sucks.

Oh dear lord, I forgot about that (*Has PS4 Ver.*).
It was something stupid too, wasn't it?  Like not even a certain event that has the disk cut-off, it's between the overworld fields right?
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 12:15:21 PM
In the meantime, been trying to decide which to start first: Tales of Vesperia, or SO: The Last Hope. I've had both in my possession for years, but never got around to playing either one. Haven't played a JRPG in quite some time, actually.

Hmm.

Vesperia: Probably one of the best casts in the Tales-series made by their excellent chemistry and hundreds of skits.  Graphically, I'd argue it's the most impressive of the released Tales games to date (Zesteria finally looking better than Graces and Xillia, in my opinion).  The world map is almost perfect to walk around; it looks gorgeous and has a lot of corners worth exploring.  Sadly, the story isn't very strong and suffers a strange third act of silly plot twists, unnecessary bad guys, and an unfortunately abrupt ending (ToV2 one day????? :D).  The battle system starts pretty stiff; but once you start opening up more battle skills and battle mechanics it becomes a ton of fun.  The game easily clocks 60 hours with the amount of side content (some you might need a guide for or risk losing some rewards).  The music is typical Tales, some nice tracks, some very forgettable.  The game has a lovely atmosphere and is regarded as a favourite among many fans (hence the clamouring for the slightly improved PS3 version).

Star Ocean: A garbage plot and barely enjoyable cast of walking anime tropes; if a character isn't "okay", then someone else is absolutely stupid and groan-worthy to listen to (even Matt Mercer, the VA for Edge, thought it was hammy).  The music is slightly better than Vesperia's (though Motoi Sakuraba's non-Tales work largely tends to be better), and the graphics are very nice (the overworld areas are especially)....but sometimes off-putting (the common complaint being "doll-like").  However, if it shines *anywhere* it's within its battle system which is very, very fun.  It's also one of those nice titles that requires you to use the game mechanics than just simply grind your way through.  Customizing becomes very important for late-game and end-game and the title, like many Star Oceans, becomes fun to break when you can get to that point.

Safer Recommendation: Vesperia
Better Title: Vesperia (better balance)

I still wouldn't discount SO4 though for the battle system alone.  I actually go a little crazy when people completely *ignore* the gameplay when talking about Star Ocean in order to solely talk about its [admittedly awful] plot and cast.  I know RPG people love a good story, but I honestly think the gameplay should be worth something here.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: Today at 11:28:31 AM
FFXV will indeed have a male-only cast; and the road trip aspect will be a big part of it.



I still don't mind (if it's important for story purposes, let it be; this certainly and fairly contrasts FFX-2's all-female cast), but I doubt I'm the only one who likes running around as a female character than a fella sometimes.....especially when the main cast looks like and is dressed like a JPOP band (probably the last lingering thing thats bugged me about this game, and I would be all over costume DLC).

The game is also apparently about 50-60% complete! I don't now why I'm surprised by that, but I was a bit.  ...yay!
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: Today at 02:35:02 AM
I've seen some players recommend you play it on Vita. It supposedly eliminates the loading times and slowdown, and the game will play just like a regular PSP game.

Let's see if I can find a (user) review of some sort... Here you go

That's interesting.  I've got a Vita, maybe I should give that a shot...

Agreed.  Thanks a million for this Tomara!
I want to know of Muppy the Great!!
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2014, 10:35:44 PM
Zelda 3DS - It took me forever to figure out which dungeon I should start with. I guess it really was the Swamp Palace, but I honestly thought I'd have, you know, choices. I didn't. The Swamp palace was the only one I could access without the Power Gloves (Giant's Gloves?). Which wouldn't be so bad, except I guess the Power/Giants? Gloves are in Death Mountain. Getting there was hell enough, but the place seems way too hard for me right now. Guess I'll try Thieve's Hideout next...I think I just need a password but I'm not too sure what that entails...

You do.

You can start with just about any dungeon though (IIRC).  It's about where you merge and the items you have rather than "what comes first".  The Eastern Palace is a good choice to start and so is the Swamp Palace (for the exclusive-item in that dungeon) and I think it's only one of few dungeons that require what you do there to open a future dungeon.

http://www.thonky.com/zelda-link-between-worlds/explore-lorule/#thieves-hideout
This is probably the most CONCISE guide for how to get to each dungeon --- they just need some Ravio items.

The Thieves Hideout requires a password, some residents in town "sing" parts of it. 
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: September 21, 2014, 07:35:16 PM
I think I've heard that if you get the PSP version digitally (not on a UMD) it runs a lot better.  If was not properly optimized to work with the slow read speed of UMDs.

If anyone can confirm that I'd buy the game right the f*ck now.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: September 21, 2014, 05:04:17 PM
Yeah you're not kidding about the "Tales of Shining" going on --- and it probably doesn't help that I really like what I saw.

But man.... Any chance we'll even see it?
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 21, 2014, 02:34:42 AM
Tales of Zesteria Surprise Anime DLC isssss........

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Evangelion~!??
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByCMcpSCUAEKqd2.jpg

Looks cool.....Yeeep. 

Yesiree.

...I'll keep my expectations in check considering the licensing stuffs that make it unlikely we'll see it here. :(
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 20, 2014, 08:46:30 PM
That video is not applicable to the current version of RE6. Capcom did this to QTEs after taking feedback. Because, you now, as a company they care about their product and stuff.

You can check other changes made to RE6 in the same page.*



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Thanks for the tip, but it's still a funny song.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 20, 2014, 08:28:14 PM
Agreed that it was great ending even if it was for shock-value....

Very much so. I bought it, too. I really believe that, if it came down to it, Ludger would

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kill the others to protect Julius. I liked the blood; you're right, it did make it personal. It would have been even better if, when they zoom out, we saw the party's bodies lying around. That would have really brought it home for me.

Wo-woah!  Hold your horses there.  As is, I think this is the first Tales game to *ever* be so liberal in showing blood, let alone corpses.  We'll see where Zesty goes from here, but I did like the series was less afraid of being mature with Xill 2

Remember this boring bullshit?  God it's so awkward...
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 20, 2014, 07:53:46 PM
I played RE6 co-op with Dice and loved every minute.

The game is stupid but fun.

Good dumb fun.  Agreed.  Generally I think there is a lack of good co-op out there in general, so I'm super happy with the RE's as of late.  I agree that the QTEs can get pretty bad, but I really recommend just enjoying the game with a co-op partner, then, worst case, you have someone to complain about it with or just act like a goofball with (certainly overusing the "shout out" is one way).

Can't wait for the new RE: Revelations title.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 20, 2014, 01:34:51 AM
DID SOMEBODY SAY FF1-3 MUSIC????

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os0MDvg0BJA

o/` DEEP IN THE FOREST, FUCK IT o/`

Sudoken - I FOUND A DOG. I FOUND GUYWITHSWORD. I UPGRODE WEAPERS. CRAB POT



Love the liberties you took with spelling 'suikoden' there.  I hope you find all them pups!!!
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 20, 2014, 01:31:41 AM
Just (intentionally) got the bad end in Xillia 2. So awesome!

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Not that I've seen the good/normal endings yet, but I kind of wish the Bad end was the true one. So atypical for a JRPG and I loved the emotion of having to kill characters I've spent two games with.

I might change my mind when I see the other endings. We'll see!

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It's was so strange, but cool, yet tragic to say I was both astonished and almost a little "offended" that you see the Xillia's cast, or rather their BLOOD on Ludger.  It kind of felt personal, y'know?  Well, I mean, as far as game characters can inspire that (and admittedly, Xillia's cast isn't really close to being my favourite).

Agreed that it was great ending even if it was for shock-value....
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