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826  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: August 12, 2010, 01:59:06 AM
I did ALL the quests. Yup, I really did. Though there were a couple of end-game ones I haven't found all the items for yet. Most of them you might as well check on because more than half the items you need for them you'll naturally pick up. Also, completing all quests for a shop gets you a discount. Doesn't matter much early on, but some stuff is REALLY expensive late-game.

I never switched to Reimi for bonus board purposes. I pretty much just played Edge the whole way through. After some practise, you'll be able to dodge most of the time anyway. I just swapped between characters for Battle Trophies.

Edit: Also, if you want to see all the endings you need to make sure you talk to everyone in your ship after you land on a new planet. Also, room Faize and Lym together ASAP! If you really want to see them all in one playthrough (which is possible--I managed it), you'll pretty much need to follow a Private Actions walkthrough.
827  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Let's design the most cliche RPG story ever on: August 11, 2010, 09:48:37 AM
Our heroes then set out on a quest for revenge against said gnomes. But to get the power they need, them must find the seven, different coloured, almightily-powerful handkerchiefs spread out across the world.
828  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: August 11, 2010, 09:19:34 AM
Anyone who has played the game has any tips?

Abuse the bonus board as much as you can in battles. That's one of the biggest tips. Try to run up as many in EXP as you can early on (unless you're after something else specific) and do the best you can not to have the board break. For most of the game I generally attempted to have 50-75% of the board with exp bonuses and making sure I always had 1 or 2 health/mana recovery ones.

Item creation can be really useful, but the game's easily manageable without it. I didn't mess around with it much until the end simply because I had more characters with more skills to choose from.

Oh, here's something else important... DON'T SELL ANYTHING. EVER! Excuse the caps. But it's important! Almost everything is used in one Item Creation formula or another and there are many items in the game that are unique.

Also, without ruining anything, I suggest you do shop requests and other quests as soon as you see them. There's a couple of places you won't get the opportunity to return to. Assuming you care about the quests, of course.

Last point, and most importantly: Hands of Reimi! She's mine! ;)

I fee like playing it again now... man, I loved it.
829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NIS Taint Doing So Well on: August 10, 2010, 09:32:44 AM
Despite Makai Kingdom and Phantom Brave running off of the "gridless" system, you have to admit they're eerily similar in every other possible way to the Disgaea games.

I never enjoyed the gridless system much. I applaud them for being original, but it just didn't work for me.
830  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fable 3, Gothic 4, Two Worlds 2 on: August 10, 2010, 04:31:09 AM
Fable 3 will probably be solid, but not amazing. Like the first two, really. They do some really cool stuff, but there's always a few small things here and there that are a bit of a let-down.

I'm praying Gothic 4 is going to be good. I loved the concept and story behind #1, but it really wasn't executed that well. #2 was better, but still lacking and #3 was a bit of an Elder Scrolls try-hard (and failure).

As long as Two Worlds 2 is better than Two Worlds 1, I'll be happy. But then, that really wouldn't be very hard.
831  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NIS Taint Doing So Well on: August 10, 2010, 04:26:13 AM
They've really lost their marbles now.  Criminal Girls?  Seriously?  Hoo boy...  And watch this, if this actually comes to US shores and it comes time to decide amongst the staff the lucky reviewer who gets this gem, everyone's going to say "NOT IT!" and I'll end up having to take this one for the team.  And to think, not too long ago they apologized for Last Rebellion and some of the subpar games they published.  Oh well...


Neal! I would TOTALLY put my hand up for reviewing.
832  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The video game commercials thread on: August 09, 2010, 09:10:32 AM
We almost never get ads on TV for games down here. I can't remember the last time I saw one... oh, no, wait. Super Mario Galaxy 2 has had one. But it's not really that bad.


I feel embarrassed just watching that one. Ritz has been ruined for me forever.
833  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ugh Infinite Space had so much potential on: August 09, 2010, 08:50:14 AM
I did laugh, but I think you're trying too hard! :)
834  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NIS Taint Doing So Well on: August 09, 2010, 05:38:26 AM
I've had mixed feeling about NIS recently. I can't say I'd be crying if they went under. They've released a number of sub-standard games and then decided to just fall back and rehash Disgaea.... again. I like Disgaea and all, but they barely change anything between each one. Something that has particularly bothered me about Disgaea 3 is graphical quality. I have no issue with them using 2D sprites, but they just reused the same ones from PS2. They look appalling nowadays. You think they could have at least made them look a little sharper. I mean, I have 2D DS games that look better than Disgaea 3.
835  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: August 08, 2010, 11:14:53 PM
That looks like a pretty big difference to me, Hathen! Nice work!
836  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Flight-Plan close shop - sad day for SRPGs on: August 07, 2010, 01:03:20 AM
Putting aside amateur translations why doesn't any company at leas try and get rights to the good stuff? Fate/Stay Night, Chaos;Head (though with JAST partnering Nitro+ things are looking good.), Kara no Shoujo, Air, Kanon, Clannad, Little Busters!, ef- a fairy tale of the two, Eden*, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, etc etc. I could go on and on. Though mind you, most of them HAVE had amateur patches done, so not all hope is lost.

So was there anything not completely godawful about Chaos;Head, or was it just the anime that was an unsalvageable trainwreck?

Oh, if you've only seen the anime you're missing out. The anime was pretty rubbish. The game is fantastic.
837  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ugh Infinite Space had so much potential on: August 06, 2010, 10:11:03 PM
I still, to this day, have never found it in a store.

It's the kind of game you need to pre-order if you want it from retail.

I personally didn't like it. The ship battles were way to slow. Ruined everything else for me.
838  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Flight-Plan close shop - sad day for SRPGs on: August 06, 2010, 07:49:13 PM
Yeah, MangaGamer also has a couple non-adult releases, if you guys haven't checked them out already. Both are high profile: 07th Expansion's Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Overdrive's Kira Kira (All-Ages version).

Kira Kira features some outstanding character writing, IMO.

I'm not a big fan of MangaGamer. I'm glad they're doing what they're doing, but they're a bit overpriced and their translations aren't always the best. Especially considering they're download only (which also puts me off). Kira Kira is very good and Higurashi is pretty good too. The rest of their games are the usual crap though. Except for Da Capo and at least they did Shuffle! (which is still a bit meh really).

Putting aside amateur translations why doesn't any company at leas try and get rights to the good stuff? Fate/Stay Night, Chaos;Head (though with JAST partnering Nitro+ things are looking good.), Kara no Shoujo, Air, Kanon, Clannad, Little Busters!, ef- a fairy tale of the two, Eden*, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, etc etc. I could go on and on. Though mind you, most of them HAVE had amateur patches done, so not all hope is lost.
839  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 05, 2010, 07:43:33 PM
Maybe it's because you went in with low expectations, Neal?

I think that's why I liked it.
840  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Two Amazing Short Films... on: August 05, 2010, 06:49:14 PM
...and it has a katamari so it wins.

Haha! I didn't think about that as I watched it, but you're so right! I <3 Katamari.
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