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1  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dragon Warriors on: Today at 01:26:14 AM
>Mick Threw Money at Dragon Warriors
>Lost $60.00

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That's what I get from bringing a Jester along...

>Aeolus selected Purchase.
>Aeolus cannot use that Command for s/he hath no Console to play it on.
>Aeolus ran away.

Better luck in two years when Koei Temco makes the inevitable Wii U and/or Steam port.


And speaking of which....http://gematsu.com/2015/02/first-dragon-quest-heroes-dlc-announced

First DLC (if I hadn't noticed it earlier today, I would've been rather confused by the offer of giving Alena her DQIV outfit, since her default outfit for the game is more or less that sans her Spanks; at least Alena can finally have that match with Psaro).

I still feel slightly disappointed by the rather small cast for a ______ Warriors game. Out of 40+ non-Generics, non-Hero characters from the main series (not including DQX for MMO reasons), they're only using 9 characters from 4 games (technically 5 if you count Terry for both DQVI and DQ:Monsters 1). Granted, there aren't that many characters that really stand out beyond the ones already included, but unless the DLC is Hyrule Warriors levels of good, I think I'm going to hold off until Dragon Warriors 2.

(Because seriously; not ONE character from DQVII?, WTF!?)

Zelda DLC and Me:
2  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Final Symphony Discussion on: Today at 01:06:56 AM
I was about to buy the whole thing but the ton of piano tracks kinda set me off from it...I'm sure I"m the only person who feels that way though (sorry, just sometimes long piano tracks don't jive with the energy I'm feeling or need to feel).  I've also got what feels like a ton of these non-OST music CDs.  That said, they're ALWAYS so good it's hard not to take the dive. 

...Next friday....payday.  Fuckit.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: February 27, 2015, 11:40:20 PM
^ I was thinking the same too, to be honest.  He was a great and unique choice for a villain, and starring alongside Mark Hamill was a small nerdy pleasure.

But yeah, Nemoy was a good guy and I was blue to hear he'd passed.  And a little surprised Shatner pulled ahead, tbh...

God rest, he lived long, prospered, and hopefully is on a new adventure in some fantastic cosmos (or whatever wonder happens after we die).


4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: February 27, 2015, 06:22:42 PM
http://xseedgames.tumblr.com/post/112257788515/the-legend-of-heroes-trails-in-the-sky-second

Four years of work later and we have some [beta] screenshots for SC.
God, cosmos, mytholigical and divine figures...Bless XSeed for the work they do.  It is appreciated even if it's niche.  But I hope the hard work will pay off.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2015, 05:43:29 PM
I get to go to work frustrated today thanks to Birth by Sleep's Ice Cream Beat mini-game, the worst rhythm game known to man as far as I'm concerned. Worst part is while I had a bit of trouble with Terra, I had no trouble at all with Ventus, but now I can barely even get past the beginner level of Destiny Islands with Aqua.

I hate that stage so much. The slow speed combined with the weird timing for correct button presses makes rapid sequences almost impossible to time correctly. Either that or the game just sometimes decides not to register a button press or two during those parts, which I'm partially convinced of.

Honestly, besides the adorable aesthetic, everything about Disney World (or whatever it's called in-game) is awful.  I'm pretty sure Mario Kart for the SNES was more intuitive than that hack racing game in there.  The rhythm game is about as responsive as your thumb turning into a full concrete brick and trying to time it right.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: February 27, 2015, 04:38:09 PM
New Concept Art:
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=153898688&postcount=1

I always thought FF8's Esther was cool and tragically underexplored.  This FF15 place reminds me of it, looks fantastic, and hopefully promises some sights worth seeing
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 27, 2015, 09:37:21 AM
I must be the only one glad that tri-Ace is done. I hated most of their games that I played except for Radiata Stories.

Schadenfreude!
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 26, 2015, 10:27:38 PM
I moved in with my girlfriend and her son. I am not sure how to deal with a 12 year old when he is moody. I am trying to be hands off with the "parenting"  stuff and just build rapport for now. It is an interesting experience.
Pretty sure you were 12 once too, dagger. Just remember, if he's raging, give him space, if he's depressed prod him til he gives in.


Definitly, Agent D is on the money.  I'm sure it's gonna be a bit awkward for both of you.
Just be supportive, give him space, ask "I want icecream, you want some too?" every so often because icecream is awesome.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 26, 2015, 02:52:49 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2015/02/26/xenoblade-chronicles-x-weather-changes-affect-battles/

More deets on some of the other PCs. Also weather, the night and day cycles will have an influence on the battle system, at least the Aurora looks nice.

omg that illustration at the bottom too...
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: February 26, 2015, 12:50:23 PM
^ Aeo, yeah, you pretty much took the words out of my mouth, so thanks.  I actually have some good thoughts about Eiko as well coming up.
Being honest though, even if I am fitting into my girlie stereotyping, I love a good shopping trip and I especially like a good love story (you'll see me pulling a stupid little smile whens something sweet happens).  The FF series has always been pretty good at separating romance with goals, but I agree things get simplified (for the worst) when love becomes the sole purpose or a strong character completely defrosts into a sap as soon as she's bit by a love bug. 
Still, Freya is a pretty interesting case.  She left her Kingdom to go find Sir Fratley (I love saying his name) and she's like a Shakespearean-devotee to him ("All that was left of you were rumours of your death; but I will search the world if I must to prove it wrong"!), but I honestly don't see her much weaker for it and she's still this sort-of "retired knight" who's willing to come back in times of need.  Lenneth (Valkyrie Profile) was similarly not a character made "weak" by her love; if anything it gave her that extra mileage to an otherwise stoic character.  Both of these were "tough girls" too.  I find it funny that FF13's Lightning didn't have a love interest, but really no plot especially to make her very interesting.... besides her sort of soliloquy-ing her way through the games to appear deep.  I'm not saying she needed a love interesting, but I still find her a soldier-character done poorly because she wasn't interesting to begin with (and the plot zig-zagging about didn't help define her either).  Samus was great but she's still hurting from Other M's plot wounding her. :P

http://youtu.be/SFyKLnOgOk0
Here's that FMV cutscene on Pulse with Lightning and Snow.... maybe this shouldn't have been a full CG scene, nothing really happens that a normal cutscene couldn't have done and FMV's might have more constraints than a normal in-game moment.  This pretty emotional event is packed into 2 minutes, Lightning gets angry for some reason and pulls a sword, and the usual hodgepodge of Japanese "we will meet again" dialogue is said for about a minute but without contributing anything interesting or different and basically serves to make you look at the pretty graphics.  If Lightning is fighting for her sister, it's barely convincing.  And not knowing her past through JP-only novels doesn't help either.

Continuing on...




^ *clicky!* ^

Part III: Of Mice and Men and of Character of Dubious Genders

= Old Man NPC: "Go away!  I'm trying to remember what I have to do".  That'd probably be me as an old man too.

= I love Zidane and Freya's first meeting due to the implied history that they know each other somehow and from some place; again it plays well to Zidane's being a "man about town" style.  It's also great they meet while Zidane is flirting with a waitress at a bar.  I'll bring this scene up again later though.

= Seeing Steiner think he was also under the sleeping potion that got the rest of the party's food makes me think he'd get "drunk" from non-alcoholic beer.  I'm sorry to keep making points about the guy, but I honestly think he's one of the best comic reliefs ever.


= Well Zidane won the Tournament.  I would have rather gotten Freya's prize (iirc it's useful against the twelve bouts with Beatrice coming up). but Zidane missed his first attack (and he deals about 600 HP against a foe with 1500 HP) which kinda fucked up the timing of all of it. :(  Freya's "Jump" is surprisingly underwhelming too.
I'd reload an old save, butt fuck it.

= I really love when Zidane goes to meet Garnet on the palace balcony.  And it's not for their interaction (though the telescope sight-seeing was cute and very first-date-ish).  What I love is when the game looks at what everyone else is up to while Garnet sings: 
  • Cid can't make airships because his Oglop mind just "isn't the same"
  • Vivi watches kids playing with dolls and ponders about the other Black Mages he met and whether or not they're something alike
  • Steiner finally second-guesses what his Kingdom is doing behind the scenes (while looking at a "spiffy" piece of armor)
  • Freya is worried about her long-lost beau.
I love that this game remember's its characters and doesn't leave it up to THE MAIN HERO to go visit everyone individually.  Sometimes people need time to be alone, to think things through, and sometimes you need that private time and let your mind consider matters you just can't open up about (yet).  Most of these "thoughts" characters have get revisited later too and gives them a lot of depth in the meanwhile (or, y'know, gives you something to laugh at).
The scene (if you were wondering... or completely forgot about it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ5qk48kRyE&list=PLB94DFCB60C828F29#t=1238
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(sorry, I searched for 15 minutes for an FF9 LP that DOESN'T have commentary, this guy was the least obnoxious)



= Garnet and Zidane, for reasons I'll totally get into later, DO make a really cute couple.  Besides the beautiful and tear-jerking finale of FFX, I'd go so far to say one scene of Garnet and Zidane demonstrate way better chemistry than most of Tidus and Yuna's interaction (*throws up the flame shield*)

= Fer real though, we need a Princess character that has a shitty singing voice and her song make the birds poop on her instead of flock to her.  It's a really, reaaallly tiresome trope. 
BUT, I do respect that at least Garnet isn't the typical "I WANT TO BE FREE" Princess, rather she wants to go home and wants to do good for her people.


^ *clicky!* ^
Track: Quina's Theme

​= Quina the "s/he".​  ...Not even your Master knows.  I kinda prefer it as a 'she', because it would certainly be a first for a female to appear to.... strange (and relating to what Aeo and I just mentioned about how females are otherwise typical drawn; but I'm assuming they might be asexual or reproduce ...like worms...or I'm over-thinking Qu sex... yikes.).  Getting off-topic, I'm surprised how infrequently my textbooks used "s/he" and stuck to "he/she"; I won't lie going with the former (thanks to FF9) helped me to lower my page count for several University essays. :P

= Oh Quina.  You so fine, but so simple.
I love Quina, I really do.  S/he isn't a complicated character, and the small details are really all that are needed (probably my favourite character theme too, which is surprisngly not-silly sounding at ALL and uses some cool 8-bit-like sounds).  I do like that you can borrow him/her for a "trial period" for Disc 1 before the mandatory join in Disc 2 (the area around Qu's marsh having a ton of enemies with "Eatable" skills); and being without a proper white mage right now, it's super helpful to get at least some blue magic (anyone else think getting White Wind AND Big Guard so early was intentional?).

= ^With that in mind, I really wish "Potions" were less useless in FF games.  "Tales of" games have apple gels (healing a percent than an amount) are way more useful long-term.  But healing 100-150 when characters are hitting WAY above that as a max HP just stinks.

= Another fantastic iteration of Cid joins us at...quite an interesting cost.  I love that he's an Oglop, and I love the 'shameful' circumstances that got him where he is.  It's somewhat surprising for what's usually a noble character that he'd cheat on his wife.  He still is noble, but I do like this moment of weakness for an important NPC, and in general, infidelity isn't often brought up in games.

= I love Choco-Hot/Cold.  It's fun, addictive, and a great Chcoobo-related minigame.  I love that it's one part mini-game (to a a GREAT tune), one part exploration, and it actually develops into exploring land, then sea, then sky. 
I DON'T like that you get a TON of the best equipment through it (half of the party getting their best weapons through it, the other half in Memoria).  I like when character equipment is from all corners of the planet (oh wait....I mean, TECHNICALLY the minigame DOES take you to all corners of the map, but you get my drift).  FFX, as shitty as the minigames were, at least offered a ton of variety.

= I hate this part of the game.  The enemies hit hard but die fast.  Vivi's magic sucks doing the same or a LESS than Zidane is with a normal (non-MP-consuming) attack and eagerly NEEDING a "-ga" level spell, and Freya's stuck with her first weapon while the party has no adequate way of healing itself.  Quina is so either/or dealing either Mage damage or Melee damage (she sometimes hits for 50, then sometimes hits for 500...)



= I really like the South Gate scenario with Garnet and Steiner.  Again, it's played up well as a nice little break from the fighting.  I don't like that Steiner can "check up on the other side" of Garnet getting changed in order to keep 'securing the perimeter'; but I DO like that it's a choice only offered for a short second before it disappears (giving you barely enough time to decide) and even if when he DOES pass her getting changed, he's a man of honour and runs right passed her without looking or flinching in order to, indeed, secure the perimeter.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbRUXIPtBNU#t=379 If you want to see for yourself


= Damn Burmecia is lovely looking.  I love the "former glory" look, the rain, and the music is so powerful and sorrowful.  It's also one of those tragic gaming places you will ONLY see in ruins and I love that the grandiose statues within the place are all of the most epic looking rat people.


= ....  :(


= Kuja appears!!!  She is still the hottest male villain ever.  Being honest, I hate that "beautiful male" stereotype in Japan, where roses pop out of nowhere, and they do the fabulous hair flip, and get angry at being less beautiful because of a small injury *groan*.  The Suikoden tends to have one of these per game, Ghibli's version of Howl suffers from this affliction, and every otome game gets one too...  It's gotta be a cultural thing, but it doesn't do a thing for me.  Anyways,  I love his "Millennium" theme adding the "We Will Rock You" beat to a pretty awesome party KO that finishes the first disc.
http://youtu.be/XMLiqEqMQyQ Queen
http://youtu.be/9xiWBn26cUQ Kuja

= So...do you guys know better than me?  Is it EVER worth Stealing from normal enemies or is basically saved (unfortunately) for bosses?


^ *clicky!* ^
Track: Hunter's Chance (Distant Worlds ver.) -- For Dincrest!



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11  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: A few words about RPGFan's new design! on: February 25, 2015, 04:15:13 PM
It's not easy being green

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

(I'm surprised no one's posted that song yet.  It's always a staple in threads like this.)

Actually, every time you post it I let her run.

THis is also important: http://youtu.be/KTc3PsW5ghQ
12  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Resident Evil Revelations 2: AKA Barry MOTHER F***ING BURTON IS BACK on: February 25, 2015, 03:06:24 AM
AARRGH.  Do want. 

Not sure if I wanna get it now, or wait a month for more episodes, or wait for a 'gold edition' with all the bells and whistles.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: February 25, 2015, 01:37:45 AM
Mother 4 Trailer
http://youtu.be/-qtQWUF6-Co

WAIT.  IT IS FANMADE.  And a bold damn move.  But honest to god this looks amazing and one of the best 'love letters' I've seen to a series.  It looks, feels, smells, and gives off that Earthbound-vibe.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 25, 2015, 01:12:08 AM
I decided to put down Persona after finding Kidori again. Now I'm playing Skyward Sword.

I beat the first dungeon, and I still can't figure out what I didn't like about it before. I mean, I always figured most of the problems were small, but I...didn't have much of a problem with anything this time around. Only minor quible was the eye things, where Fi, who will constantly bug you about every other little obvious thing, never gives any hint as to actually solve that part. But I remembered it, so it wasn't a problem this time. Navigating wasn't a problem this time. Controls weren't a problem this time. Puzzles were challenging, but never daunting. I always figured them out without even having to resort to Fi. I'm honestly having a good time, and I think I'll continue with this for a while.

I HATED that.  I remember that few times I actually needed a tip, Fi's answers were exceptionally vague or unfulfilling or not helpful at all.  But she'll sure as fuck remind me my battery is "low" for 8 hours.

SS has its good parts, but honestly, you're just at the first dungeon.  If things don't feel at least a little repetitive by the end then congrats, you're on the one side of a very, very divided fanbase that seems to love or hate this game.  :/

Playing FF9.  This part of the game annoys me...

Beat Majora's Mask, and I'm so sad it's over, but I'm glad I grew up and gave it a go again.  I was definitely part of the younger players when the game was first out that was a little too intimidated for it.
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: February 25, 2015, 01:07:10 AM
Parks and Recreation

That's all folks.

Damn.  After what was truly a terrible, shitty, not-funny first season, the show completely changed gears season 2 and on to deliver some of the great jokes, running gags, quirks, reoccurring guests and normal citizens, and still managed to occasionally be an important and heartfelt show.

The final episode was great.  Really I would have never predicted how to end the series, but I was so happy the show chronicled the lives out the team (and even some of its smaller notables) by jumping ahead into their futures.  I loved all the little details, the good, the bad, the reunions (made better because it just felt like another episode than an actual 'reunion').  My grandfather once said that if he could tell his younger self something, it would be to "not worry as much", and I like that Leslie's "goodbye blues" really aren't founded: She, and everyone, lives a good life.  I love that Garry has the happiest ending and Gale didn't age at all (to Ben's still enduring fascination with her).  I love that Leslie is disappointed to have a building named in her honour because of the building it is.  It was a perfect love letter to fans. 

But, being honest, the show did have a shitty first season, I definitely will admit that a lot of the 6th season fell flat for me as well.  It was entertaining, but the feeling wasn't there as much.  So I thought it was smart and a great final 'hurrah' to end on the 7th season (saying that sounds like a lot, but 3 of the 7 seasons were super short), the ideas stayed fresh.  And I also like that this final season was more of one long build up; the show knows its characters are likeable and passionate, so there was enough material to devote itself to just that.

Still, the show is super great, and super fun, and if you haven't watched it, please do.  It was a great comedy.

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(and...was that a subtle hint for Leslie/Ben's career having some sort of Secret Service fella there?  Schur said it's his "Soprano's 'fade to black')
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