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6526  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: February 20, 2013, 01:21:26 AM
As a thought exercise, I often like to compare Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX. Every time I come away thinking IX should be considered the best out of the three, but I always run into a problem with this: I just don't like playing FFIX. It is boring. I have always found it boring. As dated as the graphics are on VII and as contrived as the story in VIII, I have played through each multiple times, and I still have urges to play them every now and then (particularly VII within the past year). I just don't get it.
Could it be the more futuristic or modernized look of the games, perhaps? I've noticed that I have a greater appreciation for more olden looks myself, but some people just appreciate the look of average day society.

I think a "modernization" of the game could really help FF9.  It's got a LOT going for it, but the battles can be a real drag... a lot of PSX RPGs were though.  The fact that half of them take their sweet time to pan around the battle field before you fight really adds up.
I also hated the turn order of FF9.  Someone is low in HP, and you hope your heal spell kicks in before the enemy knocks them on their ass.  Then you use a Phoenix Down, but you can't heal them in time again because they only recovered 10 HP with the damned Phoenix feather.

I've sad it before, but I think Digi Devil Saga and FF10 handled this best (FF10 especially for showing the turn order and showing how "haste" actually works in your favor BEFORE you select the spell).  They were turn-based random battles, but they moved really quick.  DDS essentially had a fast forward button.
6527  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 20, 2013, 01:15:32 AM
Why aren't we talking more here about the soundtrack??  It's, like, awesome.
6528  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 19, 2013, 11:44:41 PM
Finished Final Fantasy IX last night.  That game was pretty lighthearted and fun.

I thought FFIX was the darkest FF game :(

I absolutely loved your analysis on FF8's plot, so I'm curious why you think FF9 was dark.  I don't disagree, I think I can see a lot of what you mean (Black Mages, Terra-ians, Kuja himself maybe, certainly his reign of destruction before Kuja's own death sentence was given).
6529  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 19, 2013, 11:42:47 PM
Random Thoughts in Dice's Squishy Life:

~ I went shopping with my mum today.  Two places I like were going out of business.  They don't sell clothes.  This has been a trend.  Basically, my mall is 90% clothing stores by this point, this excludes food and drink places, but includes hair and other accessory shops.  HMV is singing it's last song, EB games is doing fine enough, and I guess that one book store is doing ok because it's attached to a bigger chain of book stores.

~ I bought a black bamboo tray from a Japanese shop whose owner was closing up and going online (rent was too high, niche was too small).  They were selling it at 75% of it's original price tag; I actually think I heard their heart break when they were selling it, it's rare and pricey, and going for a steal.

~ When eating alfredo sauce, you shouldn't add many other dairy products like cheese or milk to thicken/loosen the sauce when re=heating it for the next day... you're gonna have a bad time.

~ I had a magical connection with a random person the other day while I was waiting for take out at Swiss Chalet.  It was one of those where you wonder where five minutes more would have got you, and then that moment where you part ways probably to never meet again.  It makes me happy to know it's "not me", since I'm dogshit with keeping friends, especially with my semester, work load, and general whack schedule.  If I'm not in school for long hours or reading till late at night on weekdays, then I work on weekends!! :D

~ I get crushes on "weird" looking guys.  I think John H Benjamin is a great looking guy.  And Edward Norton was my high school crush.  Being a giant tomboy, I have trouble talking with women, I tend to get somewhat flustered when a conversation goes so well.  I think I need an equally tomboy friend.

~ I actually get upset thinking about the tricky place SC for Trails in the Sky is in.  How weird an HD RPG developed with Studio Ghibli's help and fancy pants Nintendo-war game sequel can't make me feel the same "gaming-happy" that a budget JRPG did with a ton of text.  I think I'm joining Neal on finding more "out there" titles, the big stuff isn't as impressive these days as something unique or different.

~ One of my weird dreams is to pen and draw a kid's story book.  I think they're amazing

~ I watched Boondock Saints again the other night.  I think it is one of few titles that is *safe* to say it IS in my Top 5.  And given the amount of [awesome] movies I've watched in my life, I think it's big when you or anyone can admit a movie into your top 5.
6530  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 19, 2013, 11:18:09 PM
Finished Mushi-shi, and I loved it from start to finish (so much so I bought it the next day!), such a "relaxing" show,lol. Decided to try Toradora and so far I am very happy with the choice and Little Lady and I are watching Honey and Clover as our bedtime show, so far it's pretty enjoyable.

Hmm..  I need a new boyfriend.
6531  Media / General Games / Re: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: February 19, 2013, 12:52:04 PM
I'll wait for it to be $20 in the bargain bin me thinks.
6532  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: February 19, 2013, 01:19:19 AM
Based off trailer??  GotY in the werks.
6533  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 19, 2013, 01:02:40 AM
Aeolus' summary on romantic quirks was perfect.
6534  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 18, 2013, 11:56:29 PM
Other than the stupid dream demons (give me party members!), I thought KH3DS had great combat. The world design and plot were god awful though, among the worst in the series: worlds were basically skinned boxes for you to jump around on with really half-ass Disney 'stories.' It was like 20 hours of filler and then a two hour cutscene that only further obfuscated things. I miss Donald and Goofy as party members, too.

Agee with Dark Dawn basically being a retread; I hope it gets a sequel, though.

Wait... there was a KH game with non-shallow-Disney-replica worlds?  I loved KH BBS, but their idea of Neverland ruined Neverland for me.
6535  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2013, 10:40:16 PM
If you have any kind of willpower drugs are fun.Smoke a doob, eat some shrooms, but stay away from needles and powders. Fuck that.

Even though I think Yoda is wrong 98% of the time, the other 2% when he talks of food, I do agree with this.
6536  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 18, 2013, 01:07:40 PM

Bought Golden Sun Dark Dawn for $10 brand new.  Woo!!

Makes me wonder why Camelot has been damned to making shitty Mario spin offs and not Golden Sun 4 and finish the story.

Burned out on Fire Emblem, hooking people up takes a lot of work.  Henry is awesome for chats.
I have to say....you overpaid for Dark Dawn. Maybe I am just being harsh, but I really did not like that game. I found it to be incredibly boring and was not interested in the plot(which I have already completely forgotten other than you control children) in the slightest. I now dread the possibility of ever replaying Golden Sun 1 or 2 in fear that they may have been just as bad and my high school self was just unable to properly judge quality. >.>

You'll get used to KH3Ds controls, I actually thought that by the end, it was one of the stronger titles in the series... but I think I'm alone there.

I'm pretty cool with Dark Dawn though, I find it a pretty good successor in that it's really nothing more than a 3D version of the GBA games (really, little has changed).  The Lost Age is still the tits of the series.

If anything, I hate the emotional response things... You can't talk, but you can "be" happy/ecstatic/gloomy/angry.  The responses are as vague and ambiguous as the reaction are to them, so I'm just responding *really* happy to everything people say -- I'm a real go-getter.
6537  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2013, 12:42:24 PM
I've never even smoked a cigarette in my life, getting stoned is one of those things I'd love to experience but probably never will.

If its anything like being drunk I'd probably just fall asleep.

Come to Canada, my friend.  We'll go into the woods, smoke up, then make friends with the deer and beavers and squirrels, then headbutt some coyote.
6538  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 18, 2013, 01:09:11 AM
Bought Golden Sun Dark Dawn for $10 brand new.  Woo!!

Makes me wonder why Camelot has been damned to making shitty Mario spin offs and not Golden Sun 4 and finish the story.

Burned out on Fire Emblem, hooking people up takes a lot of work.  Henry is awesome for chats.
6539  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Feelings towards FAQ's and guides on: February 18, 2013, 01:06:10 AM
I got a lot to fit into my life these days, games are a "backseat priority" (meaning, I gotta focus on school, work, and hobbies, and while gaming is completely unnecessary to those, I *love* gaming -- so I make time for it).  I don't have time to be stuck on puzzles for like a half hour, ain't nobody got TIME for that, so I use a FAQ when things aren't obvious or really random sidequests or if a game doesn't really explain what to do next very well.

Or if I just don't care.  If the game is average but I wanna get through it (i.e., Ni no Kuni), then I'll use a FAQ because the game is boring me and I just wanna know how to move on.
6540  Media / General Games / Re: Aksys is localizing more otome: Sweet Fuse: At Your Side on: February 17, 2013, 11:14:59 PM
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