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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: Majora's Mask 3DS released!) on: February 23, 2015, 01:04:40 AM
You can now only freeze small areas of water that sparkle. Enemies can still be frozen though.

Honoestly, as "easy mode" that is, I think it's helpful when the game is set to a clock and half of the dungeon is underwater.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 22, 2015, 01:59:10 PM
I didn't mind the plottwist (it actually explained some stuff like convenient teleportation gates in the first two games), but the way they handled it was rather silly. Fun game, though.

Presentation wasn't the games strong suit in general.  The Ameena arc actually made me groan way more....such a waste of time.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 22, 2015, 12:49:49 PM
I'm going to say something incredibly blasphemous:

I enjoyed the plot of Star Ocean 3. Does it get ridiculous? Yeah, but since when does that automatically make a story bad? Honestly the only reason I don't watch more anime is because I feel like too many take themselves way too seriously. Like, the creators are thinking "This could totally be a live action drama! I mean, disregarding the giant robots and cat girls, of course!" It's why when I do find an anime I like, it's something along the lines of Lucky Star; ridiculous nonsense that embraces itself as ridiculous nonsense.

Anyway, getting off topic, I think the story in Star Ocean 3 is wonderful cheese that manages to drape itself in some rather exciting moments, like the first encounter with a Proclaimer, or the first part of the ending (vastly helped by this).

There's a fun irony to the entire big SO3 plot twist
that people are so upset they're playing "a game"....HMMMmmmm.
Kind of like you're saying, perhaps we take these plots too seriously, and whether conscious about it or not, the spoiler feels like a big "take that" and incredibly self-referential moment to videogaming itself. 

But honestly, while most people SLAM the spoiler, I think it could potentially make for good discussion of what's real or not... Certainly the value of life is an idea people struggle with that's even debated when humans talk about other humans let alone if we talked about "sentient players" (though the game does go the extra mile, IIRC, when you talk to NPCs to assure that Eternal Sphere people are indeed alive and sentient, it's just Luther being the big asshole about it).

The game has an curious beginning and "tutorial" as well.  We see Fayt play in a Virtual Reality simulator.  #inception #dreamwithinadream

Anyways, I'm not really trying to defend it, but I'm definitely way more indifferent to people who make it sound like they wanna rub their butts against the copy of their game.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: Majora's Mask 3DS released!) on: February 22, 2015, 11:50:01 AM
btw what are the New 3DS exclusive features? I've tried googling it and I don't get productive results.

Camera control with the extra analog. :P
(remember, I think, the Oracle Games gave you an extra shop for playing the GBC game on the GBA?  THAT was really kinda cool)

(I've heard bad things about Great Bay though, and Stone Tower is pretty 'infamous' as far as Zelda Dungeons go).

From what I've heard, it isn't the Temple itself that's the problem, its what they've done to the Zora Mask.

As in, it now functions more like the Goron Mask in terms of transportation, except the speed you're used to in previous versions is now the dash (that now burns meter). I can only imagine it making certain stretches really annoying since you're not going any faster but you're now under added pressure to get there faster (though I suppose it might help with the Pirate's Den stealth sequence, not that said sequence really needs the help, players can easily navigate it just by taking their time).

Just did most of this section today. The Zora mask definitely feels weird; I found it a bit unwieldy most of the time. Running out of magic is a pain too, because it renders you basically useless if you're trying to do a lot of swimming, especially because of those damn respawning skeleton fish. Unlike the Goron Mask which, sure, if you run out of mana you're reduced to slow walking, but you still pack a punch and can also take off your mask and be regular Link, a convenience that isn't available to you underwater.

Still feeling the jumble, too. Great Bay is back and forth and back and forth and back and forth, made worse by no fast way to get across the beach unless you can be bothered calling Epona. I tended to unmask and put on Bunny Ears.

I'm doing a write up for MM, and yeah, Great Bay is probably the weirdest area and the Zora Mask took a pretty big hit.  I do thing that I'd be grateful for the slowdown if I knew what it was like to ALWAYS be going fast, but the amount of times I'd rather just be going fast outweighs that.  I think the respawning skeletal fish is so stupid too.  THey probably should have got RID of all item buttons and made each mask with unique controls (not like you're going to be using Link's arrows as a Zora, right?) and made one of those the "electric shield" buttons.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 22, 2015, 11:46:36 AM
I don't really get the hate for 4.  Blah blah, the story IS awful, the script is awful (not the VAs, they did the best they could with what they had), etc.  But as far as gameplay goes I thought it was THE JRPG to own for a while.  But you can't talk about SO4 without bringing in what sucks about it, because apparently everyone plays games for the plot and characters and never the gameplay.

Star Ocean 3 was excellent as well, again, ignoring the plot.  I just wish the dungeons weren't so long and unforigiving and I'd probably give it as many repeated playthroughs as SO2.

Nevertheless.  I didn't get specific in my first post here, but with Tri-Ace basically gone from how we knew it, this is awful news.  You can talk shit about their ability to craft a story all they want (Valkyrie Profile being their only real "success" in some ways), but they KNEW how to make a game with interesting combat, and hot to take grinding out of victory by resorting to other means.  This is something that is rarely appreciated with them, and it makes me sad in a way.  Also for a small company, they've always done VERY well with the hardware given, putting out some fine graphics each gaming generation while many other J-developers lagged behind in some ways.  Battles required better tactics, better preparation and equipment, taking advantage of in-game systems, and often brought some of the more unique battle systems to games.  But by all means, lets complain that their ability to craft a story wasn't top-shelf (because most games are, right?) and go back to turn-based, or grindfest games, or Tales games that works best rinsing-and-repeating.

I thought they were great, and I'm really sad they met with such bad fortune lately.  Hopefully we'll still see cool mobile stuff, or maybe a cool co-development with someone else at some point.

I also probably would have given up a boob if they made this tech demo into SO5.

(actually, this news reminds me, what the fuck is Mistwalker up to these days??)

36  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: A few words about RPGFan's new design! on: February 20, 2015, 11:52:12 PM
Too green.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 20, 2015, 11:32:40 PM

38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 20, 2015, 01:44:21 AM

39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 20, 2015, 01:25:30 AM
Story-wise, the game's a mess (to the point where the final boss will seem like he comes out of nowhere, while before that you're just kinda meandering from one plot arc to the next with little rhyme or reason), but then again, what Tales of Game isn't?

What?  The Final Boss out of nowhere?  You meet them a little over half-way through the game and s/he is referenced a bunch of times.  Tales games are usually decent at setting up bosses as well-known plot-related character as, if not the actual final boss, then the second-to-last.

You're on the money about the plot.  It's weird as hell, tries to be smarter about it than it is, and in the end you just kinda stick it out because Zelos or someone will say something funny.  Their party chemistry totally works too.  I also like the sort-of idea of a "fetch quest" Tales games have in mind.  Symphonia making you investigate a random bookshelf to learn how to heal that one dude.

...the idea of "racism" in Smyphonia is kinda funny.  HUMANS.  ELVES.  STOP FUCKING, YOU'RE SCREWING YOUR CHILDREN OVER TO A LIFE OF BEING HATED.  MMKAY?
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 20, 2015, 01:00:05 AM
^ Fun as hell because of it.  Honestly, it could be a drinking game for how often the MCs "amazingly escape death".

GJ: Juggling FF9 and Majora's Mask... I'm fucking loving it.
Sorry Tales of Hearts R.  I'll pick you up again when I'm bored waiting for my mum at her dentist appointment or something.

You're playing like its 2000.

oh yeah....
Fuck, I'm getting old.  THOSE NEW GAMES JUST DON'T CUT IT. 
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: February 20, 2015, 12:59:10 AM
Hi Dice

I've been lurking around the forums for a few months now and I just wanted to say I'm delighted you're doing another FF playthrough. Last years FF7 thread was the highlight of my bi weekly visit to the site. So when you're typing up those epically long posts again be assured you have a grateful, reading fan :D

My own concern is this thread may have hit its high spot far too early, will any comment, on any subject, match the wise words from Dincrest above
Chibi jailbait ass ain't my thang.

I'm actually pretty touched by this.  RPGFan is a nice small group, and not that I want a big-nationwide audience for my ramblings, I do hope they get read by more than the <10 frequent responders that post here.  So it's actually kinda flattering.  Thanks!!  I'll do my best to impress and proofread better.

Oooooooooooooooo, Dice has a fan.

It's probably just you under another username.  You're that nice, aren't you?

Chibi jailbait ass ain't my thang.

Actually, I kinda wanna hark back on this a sec.  It kinda drives me nuts that while most of the party had creative liberties and being "aesthetically beautiful" wasn't always the top priority (unless someone finds the Qu race attractive, or the Hippo-People..Hippos need love too?), there's a bad habbit for these stylized games to always make its main female character a proper beauty by more "common" definition and less stylized.  Garnet looks like almost NONE of the rest of the game's characters besides other females.

This really bugged me more with the Professor Layton series.  Where despite the VERY French-style animation influence, opted to have INCREDIBLY anime-looking main females.  Look at the boys versus the girls here:

FF9 basically does the same thing....  It's not a bad thing (i'm sure boys like looking at pretty girls as much as even girls like looking at other pretty girls), but...eh, a little boring.  Granted, and pun TOTALLY intended, Queen Brahne REALLY takes the cake as far as unique-looking "Queen" characters, and Freya is a badass rat.
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 20, 2015, 12:18:53 AM
^ Fun as hell because of it.  Honestly, it could be a drinking game for how often the MCs "amazingly escape death".

GJ: Juggling FF9 and Majora's Mask... I'm fucking loving it.
Sorry Tales of Hearts R.  I'll pick you up again when I'm bored waiting for my mum at her dentist appointment or something.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: February 20, 2015, 12:17:10 AM

 :P Brilliant haha

I listened to a few Mystery Skulls songs after that. Ironically I feel they have better songs than what they chose for that video (commissioned?). But all-in-all, they're not my style - feel kinda like the 70's music I heard so much of in bad movies (and hear almost every single day at my current job...), especially with the lyrics. Without going on a rant, their lyrics tend to feel shallow and petty, especially in Ghost. Basically, they have a nice tune, but I need to be distracted because the moment I comprehend the lyrics, it just makes me angry. :/ Thankfully the music video did just that.

Of course, different tastes and all that. I still feel they have better tunes. Definitely check them out if you liked that song.

I listened to the album, very rarely does a WHOLE ALBUM captivate and this isn't the exception*, but a few good tracks were definitely there.  And years of following JRPG and anime, numerous friends of various backgrounds, living in a country where English and French are nationwide, and so on have taught me a good melody can outweigh the need for most or good lyrics.

Probably the same reason I can enjoy [some] Kanye West songs.  Them lyrics are dumb as hell, but he makes a good beat.  When a song DOES have good lyrics and a good melody then that's just a bonus. :)  I guess I expect music to have a good tune to be memorable before its lyrics are, or rather, it's easier to find one than the other, anyways.

Aqua's first album.  Yeah, mother-fucking BARBIE GIRL and it's tracks!!!(i'm [mostly] joking)

But yes, different strokes. :)
My BFF and I hardly agree on a damn thing, I think we get along because we just debate the whole time.

Yeah sorry, I'm posting a Simpsons clip from an older episode.  Homer's "Love Letter" is a thing of art though, and the drunken delivery, sloppy writing, and ...stupidity of the message absolutely kill me.
Fact: Old Simpsons in the best Simpsons and the early seasons were total genius.
44  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: I have a complaint on: February 19, 2015, 11:44:15 PM
Nice work on the RPGFan logo. I'm looking forward to further developments with the site design/update this year. Keep up the good work!

Pfft.  Still too green.
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 19, 2015, 11:20:10 AM
Need some more help on Kingdom Hearts 3D!

For some reason, Riku's drop speed is four times faster than Sora's and it's really annoying. I've compared the two characters in any way I can think to and it still doesn't make any sense. I always get the Lvl 3 Drop Decelerator when I drop but Sora's drop speed is still 0.4 while Riku's is 1.6

IIRC there's a certain enemy attack that bumps the de-acceleration speed.  If you use those "awake drops" (or whatever that brings the bar back down), then it should cure the ailment or at least prevent you from dropping so soon.  Either way, stack on those the next time a "SALE" is in the forecast.
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