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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: December 09, 2014, 09:57:00 PM
Any SE collector's edition that doesn't make it to the US is no loss whatsoever.

Square Enix refuses to sell their CE's in retail stores for whatever bullshit reason and their own store is absolute garbage to deal with.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 08, 2014, 11:55:34 AM
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth is basically telling me at this point "You WILL have Blanc in your party during boss fights or you WILL die horribly!" I like that the game went out of it's way to make each party member uniquely useful, but Blanc isn't so much a good tank as much as she is the only party member able to take a hit from the late-game bosses. So the next question becomes do you keep a healer in the party and plink away at the boss' massive hp pool with your one damage dealer, or do you risk two damage dealers and having to spend a turn swapping in a healer when necessary?

Also, I'm currently level 50 struggling with the bosses and then a new party member comes in at level 38 and it's just like, "Am I playing the game wrong? What gives?" I hate it when games do that. Just give me new party members at my party level average and don't make me question how I'm playing the game.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: December 08, 2014, 09:30:31 AM
The island in the bottom right clearly has the super-secret 100-floor battle arena.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most horseshit battles you've suffered through, an RPG retrospective on: December 07, 2014, 10:16:04 PM
I can't think of any specific battles off the top of my head, but generally this: Any programmed battle you can't win but given the impression you can.

Use all your items to stay alive > Die anyway > Game Continues > Lose your shit (figuratively and literally)

Only two that come to mind right now are that Wolf boss from Tales of Vesperia and the Organization XIII member you fight at the second visit to Beast's Castle in KH2.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 09:13:46 PM
The gifs won't go to waste: Yakuza 5 is being localised. Guess Sega finally figured out people actually want to buy games that aren't Sonic.

I'm not sure that's actually true.  It sounds like it's actually Sony who's localizing it.

If that's the case, I'd love it if somebody told Sony about a little game called Phantasy Star Online 2....
36  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 06, 2014, 03:08:09 PM
= Honest to god I can't help but roll my eyes a little when Organization 13 stuff happens.  For one, because it's so out of line with ANYTHING Disney whatsoever.  But also... I mean... It's literally a bunch of 'nobodies' designed to look/act cool with little story relevance because the main players are doing their thing (like all 8 versions of Ansem).  Certainly their matching attire doesn't help making players play "who's who" in the meanwhile.  For a series with a needlessly complicated plot, throwing an "organization" of 13 members is just the beginning of that clusterfuck. 
tl;dr: Org 13 is a pretentious idea.

I hate that Organization 13's most interesting members are the ones with the littlest plot relevance. I'm playing Re: Chain of Memories for the first time (just for Re:, played the original GBA title though) and any time Larxene is in a cutscene I can't help but smile. Her VA did an amazing job giving her a personality and it made me wish there was more of her.

= I need to 'freshen up' on KH "lore".  And to explain what happens with Terra, I went to the Wiki and saw the most complicated sentence that explains how bad things are with the KH universe:
Xehanort was an apprentice of Ansem the Wise and the original persona of Ansem and Xemnas. He was originally "born" as Terra-Xehanort when Master Xehanort forced his heart into the body of Terra then he became simply "Xehanort" when he seemingly lost his memories.
WHAAAAAT.  I needed to read that 5 times then link to the other names to really understand 'what the hell'; I love the ideas in the KH series, but it's truly over-complicated itself to a now humourous degree.  And I'm sorry a bit too since I know there are people who adore the story... I just think it's terribly told.  This point was kind of hit home when I read about Vanitas and how he was added because Tetsuya Nomura got 'carried away'.. ;/

I'm one of the folks who enjoys the plot. I understood that sentence just fine, but I guess I can see where it could get confusing.

The thing that DOES bother me about the story is that Nomura, or whoever is in charge of that particular aspect. CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF THEM DECIDE WHAT KINGDOM HEARTS *IS* The X-Blade lore in BBS is completely different from the whole "Door to the Darkness/Light" from KH1 and collection of hearts from KH2. I haven't played 3D yet, but I hope at some point they connect all that bullshit.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: December 06, 2014, 09:28:28 AM
"It's like Skyrim with Ocarinas" - GameTrailers

Sorry, couldn't help it.

That game looks amazing, and so does the world map. I can see it now, though, now you need 8 pieces of heart to make a full one.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: December 05, 2014, 07:55:27 PM
*Observes thread from a safe distance*
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth on: December 04, 2014, 08:21:47 AM
I can see how they might annoy some people, but at this point i feel like a Persona game just wouldn't be a Persona game without them.

Also, as we've made fun of plenty on this site, it's a hell of a lot less annoying than the games that try to remove every shred of referenced Japanese culture for localization.
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 03, 2014, 11:53:06 PM
I've been going back and forth, can't let anyone get a read on me after all :P
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 03, 2014, 10:20:59 PM
Just started The Wolf Among Us, my first experience with the "new style" TellTale adventure games. I should have taken my friend more seriously when she warned me I'd be regretting every decision I make in the game and wanting to play the same scenes multiple times.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Tales of" a discussion on: December 03, 2014, 05:50:29 PM
These answers may be a bit surprising from someone who claims to be a fan of the series, but let's see here...

1A) Malik. Malik was just a wonderful character, and to this day I haven't quite figured him out. He plays himself off as naive and uninformed so well that you sometimes wonder whether or not he really is just playing around with the other characters. He's also really the only character in the Graces cast with an interesting history/arc.

1B) Sorry Annubis, but I also have to say Rita. As my obsession with Metallia would let on, I have a thing for a good temper tantrum, and Rita is the queen of temper tantrums. I like to think of her this way: She's smug and she's an asshole, but she's never a smug asshole.

1C) THE ENTIRE CAST OF XILLIA 1 & 2 -- (disclaimer: I couldn't get more than about halfway through 2) These characters were all awful. Poor Leia would have been my answer to the previous question but her character turned to shit in 2 along with a few others. And any character that seemed good in 2 was only because of how less awful they were than in the first. You can throw all the love you want at Rowen, but the team didn't hit the "cool old guy" nail on the head so much as smack you in the face with the "cool old guy" hammer.

And the team dynamic was even worse, the only two characters that held conversations that didn't sound like they were talking through a glass wall were Jude and Leia, and that was just sickeningly cliche.


3) Vesperia without a doubt. For the exact opposite reason Xillia's cast sucked so bad. All the characters were interesting on their own and then we got to watch them mold themselves into the dysfunctional family that was Brave Vesperia. The only one that didn't really seem to fit was Judith who never really evolved past "She's hot, but she doesn't exactly have all her marbles."

4) I would say Graces because it was so well designed, but to be perfectly honest Abyss was the only system I was ever any good with, so despite being overly simple with nothing too unique going on, I give this to Abyss.

5) Vesperia's battle arena was where you could get Estelle's Magical Girl costume, so that's a no-brainer.

6) None.

I've played Abyss, Vesperia, Graces, Xillia 1, and a bit of Xillia 2 and Symphonia. Every one that I've played through boils down to this: There's something just outside the world's perceptible borders that has somehow remained a secret for hundreds/thousands of years and has also somehow remained not-a-threat until the plot decides it needs to be.

It's a decent enough idea, but when every Tales game seems to use that same premise, it gets old and boring. I've always considered Tales games to be character driven JRPG's and not at all story-driven.

7) I can't answer this without breaking it down:

Overworld: Vesperia
Battles: Abyss
Dungeons: Abyss
Towns: Vesperia
Character Themes: Graces
Opening: Really tough one. Abyss edges it out.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 02, 2014, 10:35:14 PM
Forgive me for being moody, but couldn't you guys have just started a Star Wars VII thread instead of hijacking the Recently Watched thread?
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 02, 2014, 10:32:55 PM
Had to work an extra hour tonight because the company expects one person to handle all the responsibilities of a fully staffed retail store.

Oh wait... except most fully staffed retail stores don't change the prices of half their inventory every other week.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 01, 2014, 09:55:05 PM
for now?

Ezra Miller's (dark hair standing still) face here kills me

And here I am about to go back for graduate work.

Congratulations. Hope something good comes from it for ya
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