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6211  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 29, 2013, 01:30:26 AM
Ni no Kuni

*sniff sniff*.  Smell that?  I smell Dragon Quest all over it!  BLEGH. 
It's a good game (betterthandragonquests), but some parts feel really stiff and compromised of a few poor game design decisions. 

For one, the monsters are a bit of a pain, micromanaging (and slow eating animations for very minor stats boosts), equipping them, and then evolving metamorphisizing them back to level 1 makes the grind of the game worse (made worse when trying to "power up" before a boss still stuck with underleveled yet freshly evolved monsters or toughing it out with a high leveled but weaker monster).  The micromanaging can make it a pain whether to gauge getting a new monster or keeping with the ones you have.  The low capture rate is irritating as well, making a few quests a lot of trouble (or at least time consuming) than it should.

The episodic nature of the storyline is just downright silly and the result of uninspired writers or something.  I'm not finding much drive in a plot that has me doing fetch quests so, literally, story-relevant NPCs can "feel good" again because they lost whatever virtue.  The inconsistent voice acting to cutscene ratio really breaks the flow of the dramatic parts as well.  Made worse because there aren't too many of the cutscenes that are really entertaining either.

The saving grace has to be the overall addictive quality of the gameplay, even in spite of its flaws.

This is probably something I'll enjoy but trade in if the value is good enough.  That and given the time I have free these days, it's not really the type of game I can see myself pouring into the bonus content with.
6212  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: January 28, 2013, 11:28:51 PM
There's a fantastic guide on GameFAQS for how to grab all the missables AND get Excalibur II in time. I've done it twice, and I can attest to its efficacy.

Also having Excalibur II means you can show off to all of your friends what an FFIX boss you are.

If my time wasn't so tight, I'd love to take that challenge (wait, that's silly, obviously going for a speed run implies it'll be quick so nothingshouldreallystopmeindoingthat....).  But then I'd miss the charm of the storyline.  I'm so sad ATE's haven't come back, they really fleshed out the game better than a lot of the others in the series and didn't need voice acting to do it.  You compared it to Tales skits, but these one showed a whole scene (well; there's only 75 ATEs and they unfortunately end abrubtly after the last town in the game a credit to Tales where they do between 200-400 per title...I'm just wondering which style is better though).

Fuck I'd kill for an HD version of this game
6213  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: January 28, 2013, 10:58:18 PM
News not update:  RIP, Young Justice.
6214  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Brony Documentary on: January 28, 2013, 08:39:13 PM
Heck, I wish I was them. At least one thing in life would give me blissful pleasure.
Not that I don't enjoy anything... but clearly not as much as they do.

Normally I'd agree, and while I'm sure the one fella was a minority, I have very, very little respect to a guy who says "Before MLP, I had nothing".  That's the aspect of any fanatics I hate, any of the peeps who take their hobbies to an 11.
6215  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 28, 2013, 07:08:34 PM
-Respawn rate =\

-Monster catch rates are stupid low
6216  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 28, 2013, 05:00:23 PM
^awesome art

It's a good theme


Smoke broc'li ev'ree day.


I wonder.


The audience...


Womp woomp.
6217  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 28, 2013, 04:11:23 PM
http://youtu.be/9XPBJXzZgkQ

Apparently if you rap at a Wendy's drive thru, you get food free!!  Brilliant!
6218  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: January 28, 2013, 03:37:49 PM
Sometimes, actually a lot of times, you'll find yourself without a healer as people join and leave as part of the story so be sure you're stocked with potions.

I always kept a healer.  wtf, why isn't there anything better than a Hi Potion
6219  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 28, 2013, 12:50:26 PM
I'd hit it.

I wouldn't hit that... with my car.
6220  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: January 28, 2013, 12:25:59 PM
Oh.  One other thing.  Blind or not, be sure to steal at least three things from all bosses!!! DO IT.
6221  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: January 28, 2013, 11:57:06 AM
The best I've seen the series do consistently is (1) z-target to a toggle on/off button or holding it, and (2)....stereo/mono.
6222  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: January 28, 2013, 11:56:04 AM
There are a TON of missables in this game, not to sure how thorough you are ( a lot of these are superfluous "key items" though that don't do shit).

Best advice?  Buy extra weapons and max out skills before you move on to a new [stronger] weapon.  And do Choco-Hot-Cold.  Don't ask, just do it.
6223  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: January 28, 2013, 03:40:25 AM
That reminds me... I hate to hell there aren't more "Options and Settings" in Nintendo games....
6224  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: January 28, 2013, 02:44:36 AM
Is still too soon to say anything really.

It did catch my attention though how so many people mentioned that the game now looks like a Pixar film. I almost got the exact reaction after seeing the screenshots, that said, I have no complaints about this personally.

Now that you mention it, I can't unsee it.

And anyways so long as they tweak it before release or give us an option to switch between the looks it'll be fine.

Unless I missed the press announcing there *will* be an on/off toggle, I'd find that an odd option for a game to have; it sort of undermines the graphical reworking they did to make the game for the WiiU and express its fancy graphical capabilities..

In regards to there being "many groups", haha yeah I know.  I just can't help but find how beggars can be choosers to some extent, or at least how hard it is to satisfy people.  It annoys me, but it was more of a comment I just threw out into the cosmos.... or something.
6225  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: January 28, 2013, 01:49:06 AM
A lot of comments 'round the internet about how the original style has lost its appeal with the flashy upgrade. 

...I can't help but think of the irony with all the bitching about a "cartoon Link" when the first trailer was out over a decade ago.  FUCK YOU INTERNET, MIYAMOTO WAS RIGHT, you don't know what you want and I quit!!!
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