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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The best decade for cartoons on: July 26, 2015, 07:01:47 PM
I hate looking strictly decade-by-decade.  But anyways.  I can forego the rose-tinted glasses and say that we are honestly in a great time right now for Western cartoons.  Avatar, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Futurama, Rick and Morty, Archer, etc. etc.
I DO think the 90s were a time to shine for anime though.  More gems there then the decades after (it's a generalization though, that's not to say the 00's and 10's have nothing).
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RpgDatabase.net on: July 26, 2015, 11:35:23 AM
Woah!  Great job Jahmis!  This is a great idea and I wish more games were listed like this, it'd be way easier to find titles to scratch a particular itch.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 26, 2015, 10:38:10 AM
Started up Resonance of Fate. I'm now part of the way through chapter 1. Just got done at Lucia.

The characters are stereotypes, and the story is non-existent (at least as of yet). That aside, I am having a great time with it. I appreciate its uniqueness in traversing the world map and exploring dungeons. The battle system has a bit of a learning curve, but is fun as hell once you get used to it. The whole gun customization thing adds a nice little layer to the game. I'm looking forward to spending time on this one.

The story kinda stays that way, it delivers really small bits and pieces and you still sorta need to connect the dots for some parts of it by the end.  I don't mind, I kinda like that personally, as I hate spoon-fed plots (coincidentally, Kohei Tanaka would go on to provide another beautiful OST for 'Gravity Rush', which similarly has that 'less is a LOT more' storytelling style :P).  

Anyways, to get a lot more from the plot, stick around the for the introduction, and not JUST the one when you hit 'New Game'.  There are *two* 'wait at the title screen' videos, one takes places with Vashyron and Zephyr (a 'how they met' story) and another featuring two Chandelier people.   Another thing, *every*chapter* talk to as many NPCs as you can.  Their messages are short and brief, but often help add a LOT to the world building that is Basel and the world (and as repetitive as elements of it are, I still get floor by the graphics in the game, something Tri-Ace has always been a pretty strong player with despite their other shortcomings).

Then finally if you understood absolutely nothing from the plot: http://punctualdork.com/post/64482718702/resonance-of-fate-explained I think this guy does a decent job summing it all up. :P
It's not an easy game, but hope you enjoy some parts of it!:D

If the game is giving you trouble, keep an eye out for a quest with the 'travelling merchant' girl, there's a buy/sell exploit that'll net you unlimited money.

Also, holy crap, Jessica DiCoco nailed that young/adorable voice for Leanne.

No.  Get rid of story-related party members.  Not to spoil things, but not all are 'reliably permanent'.  The best ones are Dylan (good late-game) and Rufus (who is probably the best Archer in the game) amongst the story characters (and a certain spoiler character in the post-game dungeon).

Honestly, it's worth checking GameFaqs about it:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/931102-valkyrie-profile-2-silmeria/66009363
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/931102-valkyrie-profile-2-silmeria/54693447
(and do other searches, I gotta go to work haha)
Eijerhar are the better team in this game, but unfortunately can be tricky to get (relying on a 'chance' acquistion).

And yes it's a beautiful game, but oh my lord the difficulty spikes later are rough.  There is a pretty easy way to make the 'main game' super easy by levelling certain story characters though.  I can get into that if you want/care.


Alternatively, say nuts to that, and double down on the story characters not named Rufus. You'll gain some neat swag and squeeze out maximum Liam O'Brian from the game. Just be sure to do this before you fight the boss of a dungeon called The Palace of the Venerated Dragon. The requirements for the swag is to have Leona and Arngrim reach level 40 by the end of Chapter 3 (i.e. the aforementioned dungeon) while Dylan and Lezard need to reach level 45 by the end of Chapter 4 (in spite of the requirement's description, that's basically no time at all since Chapter 4 is super short; as in the only new content consists of an optional area four screens long and a boss rush, full stop).

As for the Einherjar, don't send them until you're like waist deep into the postgame's bonus dungeon. Granted there's some that give you additional rewards for an early release (Kraad being the biggest example since he'll give you a solid Greatsword for the midgame if you release him before or during Chapter 3 then talk to him; its a good alternative for your Greatsword Fighter if you don't bother with the bullshit grinding/loot), but generally speaking, most of the crap that the Einherjars give you either gets outdated way too quickly or is just a wad of cash which you don't need in this game since there's almost nothing to buy post Chapter 3 until Chapter 6.

And to add one thing to Dice's post: You'll always get a fixed number of Einherjar per playthrough, but the 'who' you'll get is random. Generally speaking though, the differences barely matter at all, and only if you're releasing them over the course of the game which you really shouldn't do to begin with.

Well you explained it better than I could have.  Thanks Aeo! :)

Actually, while I'm here.  I've fired up FFX-2.... is there any benefit to levelling job classes for all girls or is it better to, say, stick Paine with attack-based jobs, and Yuna with magic ones, and Rikku with... I dunno, whatever she excels in (speed?).
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 26, 2015, 12:21:36 AM
^ I've heard so much buzz about the game I should really look it up too at some point.  So yay!

AND...WONFESSSSSSS



Also Non-gaming Anna (Frozen), Captain American, and Joker (TDK) nendos
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 25, 2015, 11:02:23 PM
You might think a link from the Wall Street Journal is a pretty weird thing to post here, but I'm posting it for the random, amazing picture they included with the article.  At front left is RPGFan's own Derek Heemsbergen.  Next to him is Liz Maas.  And across from Derek, at front right, is Mike Salbato (whose name is on less things, but on whom we may depend more than anyone).

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/07/24/new-dragon-quest-title-coming-next-week-square-enix-says/

And it's also random because it's about Dragon Quest, and they're probably playing FF XIV.

What a happy coincidence.  THE RPG-NESS WAS GLOWING OFF OF YOU AND THEY SNAPPED IT UP or something..

Here is a woman that's lost 800 lbs.  EIGHT. HUNDRED.
http://imgur.com/gallery/OS0GZ

When YouTube Commentary is Golden:















I'm stealing that line


Hubert fucking Applebaum












21  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 25, 2015, 02:35:41 PM
Meh, can't get into the pace of Persona 3. I guess it is time for me to accept that it is a more realistic thought that I'll some day finish Chrono Cross more likely than this one.

Instead I fired up Valkyrie Profile 2. I still have no idea what is going on in this game, but I decided to not care since it is absolutely gorgeous and overall I'm progressing rather nicely. Already made it to Villnore in one sitting. It shows though, the enemies are not being complete pushovers since this time over I haven't grinded like a madman. The one problem I still have is that I already have 10 characters 5 hours in and I'm not really sure who to use. I'm more particular to plot characters, but some of the einherjar are just too good.

No.  Get rid of story-related party members.  Not to spoil things, but not all are 'reliably permanent'.  The best ones are Dylan (good late-game) and Rufus (who is probably the best Archer in the game) amongst the story characters (and a certain spoiler character in the post-game dungeon).

Honestly, it's worth checking GameFaqs about it:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/931102-valkyrie-profile-2-silmeria/66009363
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/931102-valkyrie-profile-2-silmeria/54693447
(and do other searches, I gotta go to work haha)
Eijerhar are the better team in this game, but unfortunately can be tricky to get (relying on a 'chance' acquistion).

And yes it's a beautiful game, but oh my lord the difficulty spikes later are rough.  There is a pretty easy way to make the 'main game' super easy by levelling certain story characters though.  I can get into that if you want/care.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 25, 2015, 02:29:27 PM
I am now adding jog/run intervals to my cardio while working out.

Fat guys do not run well at all. I apologize to all the scared people below me who were wondering who let the whale on the treadmills.

Even now that I'm thinner I don't run. :P I loath it. I'd rather walk for an hour than run for half an hour. I can watch Let's Plays that I like at that pace. My cardio is like 30 minutes fairly intense on the elliptical and then an hour walking, every other day I do weights.

I don't either, I do the elliptical instead, which works because you're not bouncing around like when you're on the treadmill, a good amount of sweat, and without the added pressure on joints.
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 25, 2015, 01:31:06 PM
I've never replayed it, but god I've watched a lot of people playthrough it blind on Youtube. I may never be able to be surprised by this game again, but I can still get enjoyment via proxy :P

That's...actually a kinda fun idea.  I was kinda fighting myself with whether or not I wanted to replay it again (because yeah a second playthrough kinda loses some of that 'magic'), and this saves me money and lets me play!
(Hmm, I would watch YOU do that Let's Play :P )
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 24, 2015, 09:50:17 PM
I liked 999, and couldn't put down VLR, very excited for the announcement of 3. I'm glad it's being made.

You and me both Kater.  I had a really dumb smile when they announced it. And I'm looking forward to another late night when I beat it and go to sleep all ô_ô
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 24, 2015, 03:24:38 AM
I remembered reading about Steven Universe on some forum* so I started watching it but I'm not really feeling it, though I'm only up through like episode 6 and I'm expecting it to get better, just wondering when it's supposed to pick up.

... Did Gravity Falls ever stop being "Dipper screws up trying to impress Wendy but does the right thing in the end" for every episode?

* spoilers it was this forum

Depends what you like in TV.  Both Steven U and G Falls are pretty popular right now.  I definitely think they've gotten better with time (Steven Universe starts exploring much more complicated themes than feeling very 'episode of the week', while Gravity Falls indeed drops the Wendy infatuation).
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: Starmongoose - Let's Play Fire Emblem Path of Radiance! on: July 23, 2015, 07:32:06 PM
> FURSONA!!!  Cosmos is a great name and great use of 'no-reason' mascot, but I might be bias (please keep in touch if you need/want any other graphics I'm happy to do them for this)

> I love the mileage you're getting with Imogen Heap... even though that's not a good thing (since it's your 'death tune', but makes sing every time xD )

> For a guy who says JRPGs are easy you're sure losing a lot of characters !!! xP

> I definitely think "I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight" should be up there.

> Great use of cuts in general. x)

> Your "luck" with character level ups is unreal.  I'm happy Ike got at least one good one in
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2015, 10:34:26 PM
Making my way through Stein;s Gate...man what a game.

Well written, and really hits you in the feels. Awesome how everything has a consequence and a price to pay. Definitely enjoying this VN!

Really considering getting on the game or the anime at some point with all the rave reviews everywhere....

Watchdogs - Made decent progress. I'm a few missions into Act III at this point. Since I did all of the exploring and stuff early on in the game, I'm * Bought Resonance of Fate for $5 on the weekend PSN sale. I've been wanting to play it. I've got so many damn games I've bought and never touched.... Sad.


Good choice.

...and I still have Danganronpa, Virtue's Last Reward, and Paper Mario to play.  Hopefully I can knock those out and put some time into Diablo before I run out of July. 

Post lots in here about those when you get around to them please.  :D

28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 21, 2015, 10:30:52 PM
A cool post about random 3D simulation.... some of them are so life-like it's creepy.  Other times it's just satisfying (especially if you grew up in the 90s-00s where that stuff barely looked so good).
http://imgur.com/gallery/coMjC
The smoke-boxer is unreal...

http://imgur.com/gallery/JZRaqOF
Amazing Just for Laughs gag
The looks of satisfaction are too friggen great

Mmmm que dices



29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus And Vanillaware Are Working On Odin Sphere For PS4, PS3, And PS Vita on: July 21, 2015, 01:06:34 PM
I remember loving Oswald for that.  You barely had to level him, you just use his super-evil-saiyan mode, use some Psypher boost skills, one that resists fire/freeze damage and you'd basically be in a race for who does more damage (and with the above tactic, Oswald would always win).

Shit, I'm starting to get some faint memories of Cornelius now and deflecting stuff.....yup.

Meanwhile the new skill tree system looks pretty and hopefully expands and fixes the problems.  I hated going to that Pooka Cafe to level up, hopefully this can offset that a bit.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus And Vanillaware Are Working On Odin Sphere For PS4, PS3, And PS Vita on: July 21, 2015, 11:44:13 AM
Slowdown aside, I just hope this redo fixes the balance issues in Cornelius's final quest. 
What was that?

I do have a somewhat fond memory of dreading each character switch but liking each new character more and more.  Mercedes being weird as hell to use but turning out to be my favourite....or kinda broken.
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