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2686  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 03, 2012, 02:00:20 PM
Yeah, I'm noticing that it's less effective to upgrade and more effective to use new monsters and infuse old ones. I just got to archlytte plains and most monsters are annoyingly slow to kill. I'm using a gremlin from bresha ruins that has like 220 magic stat and is level 23ish. He dies in 3 hits. Meanwhile my new monsters get huge stat bonuses per lvl and generally trump him easily withing 10 or 15 lvls. Just wish chocolina qould atart selling tier 2 monster items. Fucking lazy bitch needs to update her stocks. Oh and just for my own reasoning, why the hell are noel and sarah level 50 in com and rav respectively, and only have MAYBE 1000 hp each? What the gell is with the lacl of hp ups per level? Guess I gotta start ranking up sentinel now. Fuckin lame.
2687  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Xseed hacked? on: February 03, 2012, 01:30:34 PM
What the hell, why hack xseed? They make great translations. See:Legend of heroes T.i.t.s.
2688  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: February 03, 2012, 09:40:58 AM
The problem here is that Kinect was never meant to replace the traditional control scheme of the 360 (nor was Move supposed to replace the PS3 control scheme), whereas the Wii remote WAS - and correct me if I'm wrong, but as I recall, Nintendo promised 1:1 motion support from day one, and what we got was pretty sad (see: Red Steel), then later on said "Oh yeah, NOW it's 1:1! Buy our shit!"

Now that I don't recall anyone ever saying. I knew long before the Wii's launch that it wasn't 1:1 control, and I don't remember them ever outwardly lieing about the control. I think the technology was new enough, though, that they weren't even quite aware of it's shortcomings, which is why they tried to make Red Steel in the first place. I don't think they would have even attempted that game if they realized how badly the control would suck, but by the time it became obvious, they were committed.

To their credit, the Wii was the first motion controller with games on the market, so of course the devices to come later would be superior. I'm not convinced that anyone got less than what was advertised, at least on the technology side. Now... in grade A games, yes... us Wii owners got BURNED.
Yeah...bout that first motion controller...sega wants a word with you.

http://www.revrob.com/sci-a-tech-topmenu-52/146-sega-activator-full-body-motion-controller
2689  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The rise of Squaresoft localization (1UP article) on: February 03, 2012, 09:37:41 AM
In retrospect, it's fucking amazing how badly RPGs were handled prior to Squaresoft figuring out that you can't just hand a guy a script and tell them they have a month or so to make it English and work it into the game. It's too bad that it took them til Xenogears to figure this out (although FFT's rereleases have readdressed the issue at least).
Shut up I love the original translation of FFT. Fucking priceless moments in that game from the most americanly spoken lines ever. Plus, hokuten vs nanten was so fist of the north star like that one of my dozen playthroughs revolved around naming everyone after fotns characters. Thunder God Toki ftw.
2690  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 03, 2012, 09:32:24 AM
Wild Arms games definitely don't pose much of a challenge.

Wild Arms XF begs to differ. XD

Strategy spin-offs are almost always the exception, I swear. FFT was probably the hardest post-SNES (probably post-NES) FF title, and you could still break the game wide open and make it a joke eventually.

Execution scene battle.... D:
And that stupid flood gate one.
Percents were bullshit....

Don't forget about walking into any Weigraf battle blind.
Also Elmdor. Fuck Elmdor (and the hoops you need to leap through to strip him bare).
Once you learned how to abuse bravery ( and hopefully picked up and trained beowulf some), robbing elmdor was actually pretty easy. Low brave made nabbing his equipment a cinch, and if you played the psp port and got the good sir Balthier then yeah...cake. Hell between him and Cid, they turned easy mode on. Course a good str monk with dual wield and squire subjob skills was a broken player as well. High str made monks capable of 999 hits WAY before anyone else could pull that off normally. Hell even Cid needed some proper training before he was capping damage.

Anyways on topic, fell asleep when I got home last night. LONG day at the office and all, starting yaschas massif now. Wheee!
2691  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 02, 2012, 10:37:58 PM
I'm sorry if I insult anyone with this, but I can safely say that FF games are to rpgs as super mario is to platformers. They are each hand in hand responsible for their genre respectively, but lets face it....even a five year old can beat mario games. FF titles are not hard. Cheap at times, sure, but difficulty should be something that isn't easily swatted away by power leveling. Alot of atlus rpgs presented difficulty by giving you encounters with enemies who had strengths and weaknesses that could really throw your basic A/X button mashing out the window. DDS was a great example of this, with those assholes who would cast status effect spells like confusion and instant death or critical hp, adding to that the high and low solar energy thing that made you half devil and made you really easy to kill. Those were difficult times, but god help me they were fun( especially 2). Any FF game can be eaaily picked up and learned within one sitting, and generally the enemies are never so painstackingly hard that simply dedicating the old 2:1 attacker healer ratio wouldn't work to solve problems. Hell I'm pretty sure if you dedicated one person to casting white wind and had the other 2 attack only, you could probably beat emerald weapon in vii with relative ease (assuming you still prepped final attack-revive/pheonix or knew about and prepped for aire tam storm). Don't get me wrong on all this, I still liked most of the ff games, easily 94% of em. Just can't say I wouldn't giggle at someone saying that any final fantasy game was too hard.


Just for lulz btw, friend of mine who didn't really understand rpgs too well was running through VII maybe ten years ago. We were bsing about it, and after a few jokes at his expense he told me where he was, which was nibelheim mountain, fighting the boss there. Sadly, one of the few enemies whose name I can not remember off hand, but he's the first who casts trine on you. I sat him down and had him show me how he fought the boss. Mind you, it's all in all his first rpg experience so he doesn't really appreciate turn based combat and gets antsy, mashing circle for instant attacks. I stopped him and said try using some status enhancements. He tosses around barrier and all of a sudden, he doesn't die as hard. Then, I show him hyper status, and he gets more limit breaks. Before he knows it, asshole's dead, and he is on his way to meet good ole mr highwind.
2692  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 02, 2012, 08:56:35 PM
Um no, that would be a numbrr of other ff titles, including 2, 4, and 5. Hell the original was also harder than 13. If you thought 13 was even remotely difficult, you should stop playing rpgs.
Grinding is not a skill.
No grinding isn't a skill, but the patience to grind to game breaking stats is. Unlike every other FF game, over powering your characters wasn't necessary, but proved helpful when trying to just enjoy story. XIII, however, only was fun during battles. Capping was...well, a matter of time.  I mean shit, fighting a boss in an area of ffxiii usually raised you up an entire crystarium level anyway. To call xiii difficult because you couldn't grind is silly. Xiii wasn't hard. Even its special fights were just a matter of figuring out abusive paradigm strategies. The only fights I ever lost were the first orphan fight cuz he poisoned lightning and then hit me with the 1 remaining hp move, and 3 of the eidolons, and that's because vanille's eidolon was a bitch before I started using fang correctly, while the other ones were sazh's and fang's because I just plain wasn't paying attention. In all honesty, no ff title was remotely hard, outside of tactics for psx, and only because 1v1 wiegraf was a test in math skills ( knowing movement areas, ct setups, and speed abuse), while elmdor was only hard if you chose not to steal his genji gear (or just the sword and glove). Hard rpgs are readily available, just don't look to ff series for em.

Regarding FFxii being hard...it wasn't. The difficulty came from the fact that auto battle could easily be your doom if you weren't paying attention. Once you learned how to actually look while you did nothing, xii was once again simple. Xiii's one big pat on the back was taking the gambit system of xii and making it more automatic while being more interactive. I like the idea and all, but at the end of the day, I react better than a.i. ever will. However selecting 6 moves from a clunky menu will still be faster via an auto battle command. Xii I GUESS could be considered hard due to the nuance of auto fighting for those unaquainted with mmos. It is a slight....very slight learning curve.
2693  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 02, 2012, 07:52:13 PM
The problem with that thought line is Final Fantasy, since FF VII (although arguably at around V), the Final Fantasy IP is pretty much 'a new IP with every game'.
Going to have to disagree there. Older FFs, despite shuffling the combat mechanics around, were still RPGs at their core. FF XIII messed around with genre conventions beyond combat such as linearity and grinding/scoring systems/growth caps/combat balance, which is mainly what set fans off against the game.

My sentiments exactly, pretty much. It felt like the breath of fresh air the series badly needed.
Nooo you're supposed to disagree with me and hate me, I'm the bad guy, etc. etc.

As sad as it sounds, FFXIII is the most difficult single player FF (not counting the MMOs).
Um no, that would be a numbrr of other ff titles, including 2, 4, and 5. Hell the original was also harder than 13. If you thought 13 was even remotely difficult, you should stop playing rpgs. The only hard part of 13 was enduring the story to the end. Now THAT  was hard.
2694  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: February 02, 2012, 07:09:48 PM
As antio-motion controller as I am, I admit that sony has the best set up regarding it. Move works well....but motion controls still suck. If I want to press the A button, mercilessly swinging my left hand up and down doesn't fit the scheme. If I want to throw a frisbee or shoot a bow and arrow or throw a basketball or go bowling, I will go out and do such things with friends. Video games are video games, activities are activities. Stop trying to combine them, then assault us with modern warfare for the wii.
2695  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chrono Cross first impressions on: February 02, 2012, 01:54:28 PM
Resurfacing machines essentially buff your cd. It's basically like a chemical peel for discs, works good once or twice, probably fucks the whole thing up after that. Small scratches get buffed out pretty well, though deep scratches don't really benefit well from it. Any major game retailer or distributor has one available, though expect to spend at least 10 bucks on it.

The store thing was just a joke, btw. No harm intended. Also, I asked about the system because if you were playing on an 11 year old ps2 or a 15 year old psx, that could be part of the problem. The reader could be on its way out if it isn't already, or other moving parts could be flawed now, creating grief. Based on what you said though, probably the disc is shot. Try the resurfacing machine, or if you're desperate, you can go to some appliance type stores and find a disc soctor or other buffer type device that does the same thing at a much cheaper way.
2696  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: February 02, 2012, 03:42:59 AM
I'll level with you, I owned every nintendo console over the last 20 years. Snes was awesome, no one will ever argue that, but every other one of the consoles was nothing I have superiorly fo d memories of. N64 and gamecube were meh, gameboy advance was meh, ds had some moments where I felt like I was on my old snes kick, but after an hour of awkward positioned gameplay I lost the feel. I can't blame nintendo for trying to basically be the stepping stone for video games, the first step, but as I got older, they never had a grasp on me like they did when I was 7 years old. To this day, they still haven't realized that you can actually make less kid oriented games using their motion technology, family friendly characters, and laat generation hardware with fresh paint. Why can't we get more super mario RPG titles out there, that game was fucking amazing. Why not make a metroid rpg? Why not make a zelda action game ( more actiony I mean, devil may cry does pretty well). Nintendo is the one company who can afford to take risks with new ideas, but instead they just add features that nobody really cares for. Honestly, if the wii were made without motion control, do you think its sales would have suffered? 5 years after it came out and its biggest selling games are all not motion controlled priority, like brawl, mario kart, new super mario brothers. I'm generalizing a bit here, but I'm not far off. Nintendo really did a disservice to many of its fans in my humble opinion.

Yeah, its off topic really, but I wanted to vent....cuz I can't sleep right now anyway.
2697  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: PS3 Lag Issues on: February 02, 2012, 03:15:29 AM
See and thats the thing, the day Skyrim came out, I was downloading Mass Effect 2 via PSN, came home with skyrim, found my PS3 had auto shut off, and must have done so during install or something cause my HDD was corrupted and that was only solved with a format.  Since then ive only played a few games, ive deleted all game data from games im not using, demos, saves from games I dont care about, etc.  I have read it could potentially be a poor install of the 4.0 firmware so I picked up a USB and am going to throw the firmware on there and reinstall from the USB, since that seems to have helped a few poeple.  I will say I got FFXIII-2 today in the mail from gamefly, and its run fine, but it doesnt run off the HDD..so I am thinking thats the issue...
Heh, I actually am having some graphical issues with ffxiii-2 now, which I made a thread about here a while ago. Few people said it could be my gpu, which as of now is my likely culprit. If you're really hurting for help, contact sony and ask some questions. They actually are SLIGHTLY helpful over the phone.
2698  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: February 02, 2012, 03:12:15 AM
Just hold on to the game for Wii U or something, regardless of the stance on emulators most DVD drives simply won't recognize Wii discs.
I'll pretend I didn't read that....even though I have quoted it now....yeah >_>

I HIGHLY doubt I'd geta wii u, I have enough trouble wanting to use my wii as is. I have bought no games for it for my own use as of yet. The biggest thing I've done with it is play skies of arcadia on it about 4 years ago.
2699  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: February 02, 2012, 02:51:02 AM
Got my hair cut today, but took this yesterday for lulz while working downtown. Will put cut hair version up whenever I fucking feel like it SO BACK OFF.

Heh heh, I has bad skin.
2700  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chrono Cross first impressions on: February 02, 2012, 02:48:59 AM
Either all the Greatest Hits of Playstation are in pretty bad condition or I have bad luck. The second new Chrono Cross I got ALSO has a strange circular pattern on the first disc (like the one I got before) which makes it unable to read.
Um, just because I have to ask this now, you did check it before you played the disc right? Only asking cuz maybe the issue is from your system, like a misaligned disc tray or something. Also, you should stop buying from that store if my first point is not the case. Lastly, you could always try resurfacing the disc. It works sometimes...

Are you playing it on psx or on a ps2 or ps3?
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