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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 28, 2014, 11:43:01 PM
Drellin is a weird place.  Great addition to the game... The only real addition.  HMM.

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= Tales series is good with comedic relief in its female cast.  Muzét is a lot of fun, and a great addition to gaming otherwise being....pretty bare with funny-females.  I like that her character chapters (so far) have been pretty goofy. x)
Also, am I crazy or does she cast faster than the usual Tales magicians?  I feel like spell casting has finally been sped up with the Xillia series.

= TOOK FOREVER TO GET A SEPHIRA (1.5x gald from battles).  Hint to all people: When you go back to the "training centre", defeat ALL ENEMIES.

= To those annoyed by it, later on in the game, the debt stays but the reminders will go away.  So yay.

= Pretty bold choice to show Canaan as...
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a fetus.  Did not see that coming.  I feel I'd be more disturbed by it, but Drakengard has already desensitized me to most creepy use of babies in gaming. Cuz wow.

= Argh.  I hate trying to bring a party along that works well for linking all of Ludger's weapons

= Where is the casino???  I keep hearing stuff about chips and poker. D:
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 28, 2014, 04:28:45 AM
If comedy isn't your jam, check out True Detective. I just started it and it's my bag.

On that note, I recommend Fargo.  Both comedy and drama. :D
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 28, 2014, 04:23:41 AM
So, good to see you again Ashton.  Don't be a stranger
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 28, 2014, 12:05:03 AM
IIRC the first page of the Neogaf post was most people not knowing who the hell she is.

Also, having Neogaf stated as a feminist site is not entirely accurate.

If it were, I'm sure topics about it wouldn't span an average of 20 pages. :S
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 28, 2014, 12:01:12 AM
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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Fractured Dimension
? 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.

That said, I will not be passing up any opportunities to open up Milla's Chest. :V



(jk I did gigg' a lil')

It's weird, I'm completionist-y enough to do every goddamn quest, but not enough for the unique Alt Dimension chests.  I got worried about that too, Agent, but after realizing the spoils were about the same as anywhere (and only very rarely, where 9/10 times because I need the Cats to get something, I already have MORE than enough spoils for any item requesting job).
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 27, 2014, 12:14:44 PM
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What I'm struggling to forgive is that ToX 2 recycles its own content.

Not to mention they go for a brown & bloom look as if it's some FPS from 2006.

I honestly think most games should use bloom to make up for graphical short-comings.  It might make some scenes in Xillia look slightly less washed out and more vibrant in general.

The dimension effect is..... eh.  I don't love it, but I don't hate it.  I like that blue sparkle it has and I do think it was a good idea to include it to separate the two spaces you're in.

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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Fractured Dimension
? Mildly infuriating.

I don't think I've ever fought an enemy in the Other Dimensions unless I really had to (or ran into it accidentally with the sprinting thing).  I hate that there's no quick jumping; it's not like the game doesn't already have you walking around the world like crazy to complete jobs.  :(

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The version of Elympios where there's more flora and fauna was a *beautiful* touch and probably one of the only times I was more melancholy to destroy a world.

I figured out the job thing right away, but what bugs me is that the section doesn't actually tell you your progress on the job.

And I really, really want to find the SFX guy for this game and play the Allium Orb sound effect in his ear over and over and over again.

*SCHWEEEE* *SCHWEEEE* *SCHWEEEE* *SCHWEEEE*

Turn down those SFX.  I did.  No more talk of MUTTON either.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: August 27, 2014, 11:57:34 AM
I had fireworks going off in my head when I read that.

Seriously, if "X" is even half the game Xenoblade was, I'll still love it a LOT.
23  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: August 27, 2014, 11:55:39 AM


Anyways, I already got like five characters I want to main.... of the newest fighters.  I'm super excited for this.  I am worried about the 3DS networking to play online though.  It's good, but hardly pefect.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 27, 2014, 02:53:40 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.

I really wish it was a duplicate of the actual board.  Ah well (and yeah, I'm surprised cats get their own thing but jobs don't...DAMMIT JAPAN).

More Progress:

= Up to Ch 13.  
Or: Haven't I Done These Missions Before?

= I don't like Elle much, but poor Elle.

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= Yeah I say "Daddy's true identity" MIIILES away.  I saw it coming within seconds of the anime cutscene we see "Daddy".  Shit, Family Feud would have had him as the top answer.
Tales isn't really too subtle with its spoilers though.

= Unless the game starts paying off 50k per job, I have no idea how the full 20 mill can get paid without putting in some MAD hours into the game.

= So many emotional fights where victory and level up poses are inappropriate.  >:/

= So...Alt. Aska.
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A gay and flamboyant summon spirit?

= Anime: Where the older you are the less anime you look (I usually get a giggle out of, say, Elle or Elize's soft and tiny noses compared to Rowen's very defined one).  Milla's unreal body proportions will both baffle and fascinate me for the foreseeable future, however.

= *Pay Debt*
http://youtu.be/krNcy4MFqOg

= I'm happy this game is slightly more inclined to give you free outfits.  Yeah, some recycled.  But still, it's a nice treat for players who never buy DLC (either out of principle or lack of funds).  Ludger has a ton anyways.

= Skits have been fun.  They usually are in Tales games, a testament to why the games are so enjoyable on one level is that the motley crew cast can practically write for themselves.
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: August 26, 2014, 02:49:59 PM
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I liked Matt Smith's version of the Doctor (unfortunately coming off Tennant he felt kind of similar in some ways and tamer in others...but I did like the excitement he had!).  I loved Amy (as you say, she was 'firey', and I liked how she played with the 'weird' that's thrown at them).  I even liked Rory a bit as a sort-of good-hearted punching bag.

But I agree, I think the plots during the Matt Smith era were a bit heavy and it got kind of annoying.  It never really sat right with me.

I am looking forward to Capaldi if for nothing more than a fresh slate.  Daresay, it's kind of nice he's a little less of a pretty boy too (not that it's ever a bad thing, but just to change things up).
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: August 26, 2014, 12:30:37 AM
I didn't care much for the start (where he's sort of bumbling about), but there was clear "Doctor"-material in there by the end.

Looking forward to the rest of it. :)
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 25, 2014, 11:34:30 AM
I see the hate for Ludger to be long lasting within the Tales communities and discussions therein for ages to come. That being said, I always tip my hat to Tales for their bold moves because they always make em work by my measure and Ludger is no exception for me.

...*Ahem*.
http://www.abyssalchronicles.com/?fn_mode=comments&fn_id=1258
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I think this, actually, states the differences between a Japanese and English audiences.... well, Yuri and Leon's popularity aside (who are SO popular they've been taken out of the official runnings for "Most Popular Character"... A really bizarre move, IMO.  I'm more suprised it's TWELVE spots before a girl even makes it.... beating complete drips like Emil and Asbel

I think my only problem with Ludger is that it's harder to write him as an interesting character since he doesn't say much at all.  Every choice is at the whim of the player, but the game only has 5 endings (1 is a joke ending, 2 are "hot spring endings", and only 2 real ones that are determined by a last second action. This is Mass Effect 3's ending all over again, basically.).  I DO like how character affinity during side chapters actually makes for relevant bonus scenes in-game.  But Ludger is an effective blank slate... but he's made to follow a plot anyways so YMMV.

I don't mind it (I actually like how this is the most control I've had over a Silent Protag. ever); I just don't like how it pushes him and Elle has BFFFFs when I don't feel it.... or see it.

Anyways.

= I love the clear difference between Alt. Milla and Milla Maxwell.  Voice, attitude, outfit, etc. 
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And while unfortunately Elle and Alt Milla's relationship felt somewhat 'last minute' (again), I do like the implications between 'her Milla' and the party's thoughts on the matter. That's a tough reality in there where, sadly, the alternate was never a replacement for the real one, and it really showed as the party had trouble warming up to her.

= The character clipping in this game drives me nuts.  Battles aside, it feels like this game was poorly programmed.  Usually, 9/10 times, I'm back in town for the Job Board but you have to wait for him to 'pop in'.

= 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.

= And if you skipped that bit of dialogue (like me): You gotta find a cat in an area you wanna send a cat search party to.

= I like that I actually care more about the plot in this game than Xillia.  Sadly it took a full play of Tales of Xillia to get this game and to know the "Xilliaverse" to appreciate this one.

= I keep noticing Rollo's paws now ever since Tomara's brought up their peculiar colouring.

= Song 4 U (Xill2 op, and with a title like that, a reason for us to be happy Ayumi Hamasaki never made an English version of the song) sounds like 10 other anime openings smushed together.  So it's catchy and hard to hate, but sounds super derivative.  And while I'm not a fan of UFOTable's art style BY GOD is that opening pretty to look at.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 24, 2014, 12:32:24 PM
But can a British royal kick ass with a katana and take down crime syndicates as some sort of side job?

Anyway, some more stuff, Dice style:

-Promise hat? That's so adorable! D: Part of me wanted to tell the truth, but that's a parent's job. Besides, it would be awful to ruin something so sweet in harsh times...

Kind of a silly comment, but I feel like it's a trope to make the 'missing parent' this PERFECT person.  That is the only impression we get of "daddy". POOR SHINJI IKARI HAS SUFFERED FOR YEARS WITH THE LOCKED-HANDED ASSWEED NERV DICKHEAD (WHO'S KINDA COOL).

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-I want characters to say funny things after battle, but this game seems to be low on victory skits.
I noticed that too, or I'm just not assembling the right party.  Jude, Leia, and Alvin tend to deliver the most, so it's nice using them for mission-ing around.

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-My hatred for box canyons is growing. Being able to visit nearly every location from the last game is nice, but there's almost nothing to do there. The game's structure is similar to that of Xenosaga, but that game really made me want to explore for the sake of exploring. In Xillia I'm just running to through box canyons to catch cats.

I get flummoxed with how that direction was *EVER* a good idea.  I am grateful with the new areas still which I do find offer a view --- but it's waaaay too little, waaay too late.  Graces was similar in its pretty limited World Travel as well, but at least the view changed periodically.  Zesteria looks *really* inspired by Xenoblade, but still hardly as unique (and, unfortuantely, somehow less detailed as well despite the hardware differences).  I do like the "elemental angle" they're adding to it though (where you can break rocks [I assume] when you get that Earth Sprit Character)

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-I like those optional bosses, but there's one I can't seem to find. The one in Bermia Gorde, where is it?

Second area (North Eastern Section?) at the BOTTOM of the gorge (you gotta descend to it than ascend).
29  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: August 24, 2014, 12:21:47 PM
Just saw the new episode.

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Does anyone else think those lesbians are married? I dunno, it's very subtle.

I'm still trying to decide whether it was fanservice or to annoy old-fogey British types with 'liberal' thinking (...I say British, but I think it'd apply any Western country)

EDIT: And BAM!, some upset afterall.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 23, 2014, 12:51:44 AM
No, it's untop of a hellmouth and the bunnies are the minions of satan.

WHAT IS YOUR DAMAGE SIR.  FIRST OPAL. NOW LIL' FLUFFY BUNNY-WUNNIES.
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