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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 23, 2015, 08:22:08 PM
Admittedly I'm guilty of not playing the original two. I had the FF Origins disk in High School but really just couldn't get into either. Maybe I should at least give the first one a go someday. I hear 2's just pretty much abusing the stat system for an hour then making cake of the rest of the experience.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 23, 2015, 07:25:04 PM
*checks thread, sees FF12 hate, is overjoyed* All I can really add at this point is that as far as I am concerned, it is the worst FF game. Damn single player MMO.

Being in the middle of a recent playthrough I'd actually argue FF6 - US SNES Version is a better contender. Typos everywhere, horrid localization (which translates to terribly laughable character moments), rancid monster design (starting from about the Esper Cave onwards every enemy has some sort of 'gimmick' that makes them far harder than they need to be to kill), the FLOATING ISLAND ZONE HOLY HELL, Esper Magic grinding is worse than even FF8's drawing, I don't even want to imagine leveling up in this game without 'Fast Forward' mode (spent 3+ real time hours with mostly fast forward down getting 5 party members into the 70's; and because of Kefka's tower I need at least 12)...ect, ect.

FF12 put me to sleep. FF6 is stealing my kidneys after drugging me.

Honestly I believe anyone who speaks highly of 'this' version hasn't played it since they were a kid. >.<

As a side note, funnily enough Terra is just as bad as Vaan in the 'contributes nothing to the main plot' yet no one ever mentions this. The Returners would be doing their thing without her and eventually Locke would've run into Celes, giving movement to the rest of the plot. Literally the only thing Terra contributes that any other party member wouldn't have done is open the Esper Door. But according to the plot they were 'just sitting there waiting' anyway. So as soon as something opened the door the empire razing flame fest was going to happen regardless. Delete Terra, give Celes most of her role; plot goes unchanged.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 22, 2015, 08:25:57 AM
Anyone else have balls for luck with the Auction house in III/VI? Was playing yesterday for a friend and I had a devil of a time getting the Magicites...

Don't watch this one in full, it's just proof of what happened before hand.

In summary I kept getting chocobo after chocobo after chocobo...and allllll those Cure Rings. Which, by the way, ARE ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE A 6.5% CHANCE SPAWN! ~////~;

So after getting irritated and looking up % generation rates I decided to abuse the fast forward feature and plug in some Youtube music.

Guess how long it still took?
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 16, 2015, 04:50:30 PM
You know normally I ignore other people's profanity in open conversation just because I adopt the 'You do what you do, I do what I do' policy in most cases...

But why of all things in the world is '****boy' becoming a thing?

It just sounds...irritating. One of those expletives that really just shouldn't be used because it makes you sound like a dip. Like people who use '****' as a substitute for vagina.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2015, 08:50:14 PM
I've always though the perception on that whole DNA thing is completely backwards.

99.x% similarity does not imply a relationship between humans and monkeys. 99.x% similarity means you probably shouldn't go mucking around with DNA too much because all it takes is a mere 0.X% shift to create an entirely different species.

I think we'll start seeing signs of it when DNA-tech improves enough that people start trying to correct 'flaws' in humanity's design. It'll probably lead to some rather interesting, if not horrific mutations of the human form (and whatever animals get tested first) initially. Might even become the next form of biological warfare too (Imagine dropping a DNA bomb in an enemy country's ecosystem that creates a 1.0+% DNA change; morphing the domestic stock into a natural disaster of who knows what.) But probably not for at least another 50+ years since that department of science has only just moved on from 'Infancy' to 'Childhood'.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2015, 06:35:49 AM
That's...not really a new thing. As far as I've been alive that's standard Two-Faced American social behavior. XP (Not trying to be too broad with that stroke but since I haven't knowledge of any other cultures I can only slap my own label on it. And it really is that common.)

Never really understood why that type of sycophantic behavior is so prevalent outside of corporate ladder climbing. People seem to think that's the default method for friendship interactions. Then again...I honestly think society has no idea what the word means.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: April 04, 2015, 06:32:11 PM
What is a good game to start with the Atelier series?

I always avoided them so far because I didn't like the time management, but I didn't find it that bad in Type-0, so I might give this series a try! Are the time mechanics similar to those in Type-0?

Should I just get the released game for PS3 and go from there? I believe there are some games that are sequels to another but not all of them, right?

If you want to go pre-time management, PS2 Atelier Iris games (1 and 2, not so much Grand Phantasm) are great.

If you're okay with Time Management ... yeah, start with Rorona and go forward.

Actually considering the weirdness the Plus versions have pulled; start with Totori Plus, go to Meruru Plus, THEN go to Rorona Plus. (I suppose you could swap these last two, but I'll get into that in a sec.) Otherwise the extras in Rorona probably will make zero sense. (Also, assuming they haven't rebalanced Rorona much in the Plus version, the time/money restraints in Rorona were MUCH bigger of a pain in the rear than Totori's.)

That and back on the PS3 versions I so happened to start with Totori myself (because I couldn't find any copies of Rorona for a while). It actually makes for a much better presentation when you don't know anything about Rorona. Granted there will be some character confusion in Meruru with that order but...eh...Meruru is so slice of life heavy (in a bad way) that even if you know every character you're probably skipping past 80+% of the dialog since it's just recycled character cliches by that point.
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 29, 2015, 04:25:38 PM
Including this?

Never seen any problem with that one. The game never explicitly states that Angelo's a 100% flesh and blood animal. Between the setting and Rinoa's character there's two very easy 'outs'.

A) Angelo's an advanced android-style dog from the Esthar city-state.

B) Angelo's a homunculus/familiar; comprised mostly of magical energies.

Angelo's background never goes further than "Was adopted by Rinoa as a puppy from the Timber pet shop". You know how pet shops are. They'll take product from anywhere. Recovered enemy shipments from bio labs... Strays that ran away from Sorceric laboratories...

Let's not forget the dog's 'actual' name.

Sant' Angelo di Roma (Translation: Saint Angel of Rome)

...you don't get that sort of hokery name in a Final Fantasy game if there's not something special about you. XD
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: March 20, 2015, 05:29:17 PM
Forgive the double post, but I wanted to share that even though it's relevant to the plot, the names for Class Zero still really bug me. Mostly Seven, Eight and Nine--because it's lazy (they couldn't have made Nine female and named her Nona?)--as well as Jack, Queen and King because they're associated with the wrong numbers.

*glances at the list of names, without looking at any spoilers and still one day away from buying the game*

My first thought was "Oh, they're all using proper playing card names." Which is why you don't see Nona, you see Nine. If you remember old poker terminology twos are deuces and threes are treys. It's not lazy, it's themed.

Secondly, why do you think they're the wrong numbers? I'd assumed it means either 10 is dead or in training. When you see 'set names' like that they usually don't leave an empty hole as such without reason.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Breath of Fire 6 announced on: March 20, 2015, 05:21:58 PM

-The main character is created (so again, like an MMO), so there's no actual blue-haired Ryu-equivalent in this game

So, this isn't a Breath of Fire game then. ;-P
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: March 04, 2015, 12:25:16 PM
So the alternate-dimension canon ... they ARE or ARE NOT remakes? That's what I'm trying to figure out...

They are remakes in the mechanical sense but not in the literal.

According to the non-CPU characters you recruit, they recognize Neptune and co. because they've crossed over from a future alternate reality. So the original Neptune games plot is still cannon and separate from the Rebirth canon.

Think of it like the DBZ Cell Saga. Original Neptunia games are the future with the super power andriods, Rebirth Nepunia is weaker versions with Cell cropping up. They're both 'main plot' but now exist as different continuities you can jump between without one effecting the other.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 02, 2015, 03:21:38 PM
So FINALLY got my Vita enough memory storage.

8GB Original - Save Data & DLC only.
8GB #2 - Full, Random PSP & PSOne titles.
16 GB - Full, Almost all the Final Fantasies and Personas.
64 GB - ...already using nearly 20GB...why Atelier...why...

At least once Atelier Escha & Logy and Shallie + come out that poor thing can rest assured I won't try to cram too much more into it...sans the two Trails games when SC comes out and I can finally play them both...

And here I thought handhelds were supposed to be cheaper with less work than a console. XP
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: March 02, 2015, 09:47:06 AM
A look at Metacritic says 45 for the original and 71 for Re:Birth1. That is a huge leap in quality. You are entitled to your oppinion but doesn't seem like many agree looking at the score.

I cannot say since I never played the first game.
Playing the original would greatly help you there. ;-P

Re;birth only is getting praise because:

1) Massive graphical update; in that the original had virtually no graphics to begin with. For example, anything that wasn't a party member or primary antagonist used a greyed out silhouette. No 2D art, no 3D models, for the ENTIRE game.

2) Streamlined combat. Not good combat. Streamlined. Old Neptunia had most people thumbing through menus for days.

Because of that of course the meta scores are going to be substantially higher. Even if the core 'bad' elements of the two games still factually exist. (Some of which having devolved significantly. But you'll never see, in this time period, a moe-blob RPG downvoted in the mainstream sites for horrible story/characters because Japan is 'Mai waifus!!' and America is 'Criticism = Censorship! ...also, mai waifus!'.)
59  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Xenoverse, DBZ game or something more? on: February 26, 2015, 10:03:06 PM
Can confirm, the Dev has banned using the PS4 to stream pretty much anything not multiplayer.

...why is this touted as a system feature again? It does nothing.

Am enjoying the hell out of this game though. Wife talked me into starting as a Frieza clan member. Nice bone grey exoskeleton...light pink gems, teal facial outers, very sandy tail and midriff skin, and a salmon colored main body skin. He's actually quite beautiful.

We also named him Salmanerra.

60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: February 26, 2015, 03:45:00 PM
Not a flow chart persay but really if you want to know what anything is your best bet these days are the various 'sub-Wikis' out there.


Reserved Edit: (Done.)

List of Neptunia Games; Organized by Cannon & Chronology

Original Cannon
Hyperdimension Neptunia
Hyperdimension Nepunia mk 2
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory

Spin Off Miku Hatsune Clone
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection

Alternate Dimension Cannon
Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth1
~ Rebirth 2
~ Rebirth 3

The next two I believe go between Rebirth 2 & 3.

(Terrible) Spin Off Dynasty Warriors Clone

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed

SRPG Spin Off Game
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart

??? Cannon (No one knows yet if this is the original cannon or the Rebirth cannon)
Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII


Also, whoever said the series has gotten better has liiiiied. XP I just traded in Re;Birth 1&2 after barely touching the second. I couldn't quite put my finger on what the biggest drain was until just yesterday and my wife agreed with the sentiment.

Neptunia's plot has effectively deleted all character conflict because it gets in the way of them being 'perfect waifus'.

Just compare the original Neptunia to Re;Birth1 in this one element for example. In that one all the CPUs were relatively hostile to Neptune at first and that tension slowly wore down over the course of the entire game. Re;Birth1? You get many...5 second of wariness. Then it's gone. For no reason then just to rug-sweep it. To add to the problems...

Dungeons are just as bland, samey, and recycled as the original.

Grinding is still nightmarish, and good luck unlocking gear without a guide for which monsters to farm for drops because that crap gets convoluted quickly.

Dialog is still extremely hit or miss in the humor department.

Pandering fanservice has gotten 'worse' in that it utterly annihilates characterization. (I.E: IF used to be the 'straight man' of the group to counter balance the nonsensical humor vibe in the original. Now as soon as you meet Vert she devolves into "...booooooobs...*drools*" as her only trait for the rest of the entire game.)

Combat is still 'mash Square to win, tactics aren't needed.', despite using a completely revamped system.

Transformations have actually gotten WORSE because there's no longer any fun 'Sailor Moon' esque scene where you get to see your different parts snap on. Just a flash of light and 'done'.

Literally the only improvement over the original is the music. :-\

As for Re;Birth2? Exact, same, issues. ~_~
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