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571  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POKéMON OMEGA RUBY & ALPHA SAPPHIRE on: May 30, 2014, 09:54:54 AM
As I recall they also trademarked Water Blue and Grey as appropriate, likely as a way to protect against people making counterfeits and that sort of thing.

If that were the case, why just Delta? Seems the naming scheme could allow really any Greek letter to be put in front of Emerald
572  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Scrying Pool - What's in store for the future? E3 2014 thread on: May 29, 2014, 01:15:39 PM
It's once again been long enough that I'm obliged to hate Nintendo and Camelot a little bit more every year they don't announce a new Golden Sun. At least TLA ended on a cliffhanger that could be somewhat accepted as an ending. Dark Dawn just kind of ended abruptly.

FFXV will definitely get a release window, even if SE completely misses the release window when it comes around. I'm almost willing to bet that they're going to go for a global release.

I'm also expecting a bit of a bigger showing from Sony for the Vita this year. They seem to have something up their sleeve based on a couple of quotes here and there. If the rumors are true and they announce disc-based PS1/2 support for PS4, I will sell all I have to buy one for the fall.
573  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 28, 2014, 05:49:02 PM
On Chapter 3 of Monster Monpiece. I haven't suddenly gotten faster at playing through games, the chapters are just very short. Anyway, initial impressions:

= I originally was interested in the game for the card collecting. I have a soft spot for CCGs, particularly of the monster girl variety such as Valkyrie Crusade and Devil Summoner (intentionally meant to be confused with the SMT game), so I was psyched to hear we were getting one that didn't use the F2P model.
   -  Doesn't seem like I'll be disappointed either, as the numbering system seems to imply there are about, if not more than, 1000 cards to collect. The illustrations aren't as high quality as I feel they could be, but it's still cool that they're all courtesy of various artists.

= I was surprised by how much I enjoy the battle system in the game. On each turn a unit can be summoned unto a 3x3 grid or fused with an existing unit. The unit will then move forward one space per turn until it encounters an enemy unit and then attacks. The goal is to get units across the enemy's grid to attack the enemy base.
  -  It starts out as simple as it sounds, but then slowly introduces more and more strategic elements until you're dealing with unit types, auras, potentials and skills. I haven't gotten to a point where deck building is more than just balancing low cost units with powerful ones, but I have a feeling that point is not far away.

= The story and characters are pretty bland, but not as bland as I thought they might be and certainly not enough to affect my enjoyment since that's not really what the game is about to me.

= Elephant in the room: The rubbing thing is indeed stupid. BUT! It's also enough of a mini-game that you can accept it as another part of the game rather than a creepy feature tacked on for fan service.
574  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 28, 2014, 02:30:51 PM
Completely agree. It only took 3 years for PAX East to get that bad, and so I gave up on that too. If you do score tickets, it's not even that fun to go to. Want to see a panel? I hope you don't want to see any panels for three hours before that one starts.
575  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 28, 2014, 01:27:23 PM
Retail Horror Story from last night related to CluelessWonder's story.


Had a kid come in, somewhere around age 7, without a parent (frustratingly common at our location) and start browsing the store. The first thing he says to us is "I'm sick, I have a runny nose and have been throwing up all day." I then proceed to watch as he continues browsing all over the store coughing open-mouthed everywhere. As a bit of a germophobe, when all was said and done I wanted to flood the store with bleach and then light it on fire.

Anyway, he also constantly asks my coworker and I the most inane questions despite us trying to deal with other customers. Finally, his mother comes in with his brother (who is surprisingly well behaved) and continues to watch this kid ask as inane questions while he tries to convince his mother to buy every M-rated game in the store. She sometimes politely asks him to wait his turn, but never forcefully.

Eventually the mother apologizes to us, but this is her apology: "You'll have to forgive him. He's had an IQ of 116 since he was 4, so his mind races a bit. You'll get used to it."

Fuck you, I'll get used to it! Your kid is just rude, and being "smart" is the lamest excuse I've heard for bad behavior. Be a parent for God's sake!
576  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 25, 2014, 08:42:38 PM
I honestly can't remember an item like that, but I spotted this list on GameFAQs:

Quote
Q. What are the best weapons and armors?

A.  You can save and reload your file to get a weapon of different
rarity, here the location of the best weapons and armors.
-Sword hundred Demon Blade, found while dominating the witch house.
-Torch of Nora bought for free in a shop in Lost Neideca.
-Starry storm in a black chest in Lost Neideca
-Heavy Metak Demon is obtained using 144 anima in chapter 13 with the
bucket list.
-Proof of Royalty is in a black chest in Sealed Prison.
-Hundred Demon Mirror is found in a black chest in Sealed Land.
-Wedding dress, capture a Rose Saqua in Neideca.

Does that help?

Oh, and have you tried beating up normal enemies for grade for a while and boosting stats like defence? That might help. And I think that boss mostly deals magic damage...?

Yeah, that's what ticked me off. Spent 45 minutes getting both HP and Defense to lvl 10, and while I was never in danger of dying, it was dealing too much damage still to keep my Gcals from running out. Didn't help that it only ever exposed itself to my attacks twice in the 20 minutes I was fighting it. Looked up a video, and the guy was doing everything I was doing. Only difference was that he had a resistance armor called a Hundred Demon Charm

Spent a little bit of time killing a (very) few enemies in Nedeica, but nothing really useful dropped.
577  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 25, 2014, 09:05:46 AM
@Tomara: As someone who's played through Witch and the Hundred Knight, do you have any idea where to pick up a Hundred Demon Charm? This final boss is driving me bonkers!
578  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 23, 2014, 11:18:40 AM
As somebody who played Skylanders (Giants), I have to say that it's actually a fun game.  Greatest game ever?  No way.  But fun.  When you weren't being frustrated trying to get your hands on those last three figures you need for your collection, that is.  (In the end, I got every character that was released in generation 1 or 2 of the game, but just one copy of each guy.)

I think they're running into the same issue that the Guitar Hero/Rock Band genre did.  So much hardware, and every game/generation has to add its own into the mix.  Pokemon Rumble, Disney Infinity, Skylanders 1, 2, 3 (and I've seen trailers for the next entry in that series already)...  There's just not enough room at anyone's house or wallet to hold them all.  I think this is a genre that's going to burn out soon.

That said, one of the things that helped Skylanders succeed was that the figures are high-quality and have designs cool enough that you don't get depressed every time you see them.  Nintendo will, I assume, also succeed in this area.  And they've got one advantage over Skylanders: they'd be building a game with established characters that players love and will want to have.  They'd just better not pull the Disney Infinity crap with the blind grab bags of tokens.  I don't like that game's general design, either, where you can only play with characters in their own world or in the sandbox where you have to build your own game.

So if anyone can make it work, it's Nintendo.  But I won't be buying it, or a Wii U just so I could play it.

And yeah, a Fallout 4 announcement would make my month.

Funny that you post that as it was JUST revealed that Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be the first title to use figurines. How is anyone's guess, which I think is stupid. You can't just say "We're adding figurines to one of our biggest system sellers. more details later" and not expect worst-case-scenario rumor overload.
579  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 23, 2014, 08:52:14 AM
FINALLY made it to chapter 13 in Witch and the Hundred Knight. Felt like a complete moron when I figured out a strategy to use against Gelato and defeated her without using any healing items. Barely even got hit once.
580  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: May 22, 2014, 01:55:34 PM
I didn't mean to be sassy, I just get frustrated with gaming news this time of year, because instead of waiting until E3, most companies do majority of their "reveals" 2-3 weeks ahead of time, and then just show it off a bit at E3. It's been said so much better by so many people, but E3 has really lost it's charm over the years.
581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: May 22, 2014, 12:30:11 PM
I kinda wanna say that's about as subtle as a slap to the face.

HMM.  I'm really putting a lot of hope into E3 this year in general (and I'm hoping it's why there's a sort-of gaming news drought right now).

What in the actual hell are you talking about!?

- Far Cry 4
- Halo 5
- New Pokemon
- Hyrule Warriors updates
- $399 XBox One + Gold changes

All in the last two weeks
582  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: May 22, 2014, 09:03:02 AM
A few new ones to add:

8. Amnesia: The Dark Descent - I really don't have good composure for horror games, but I felt like this one managed to improve it (like training!) I was able to withstand longer and longer sessions without quitting. I loved the lite puzzles in the game, though I did have to peek at a walkthrough twice. Once in the study where you have to break a window, and again when you have to fix that machine by accessing a trap door on the ceiling.

9. Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes - Been avoiding Daedalic stuff for a while, can't remember why. I loved the writing in this one though, and I was happy to see a point and click adventure game with "mini-games"

10. Lego Marvel Super Heroes - I was impressed with myself on this one. I decided I was finished with the game at 60% instead of 100%. The main scenario only accounts for about 15-20% of the game, so I still played around afterward for quite a while. I've realized this has been my downfall over the past few years.

With my PS2 games I would just play through a game normally and finish it, then move on to the next one. When I ran out of things to play, I would play through a game I really liked again to try and get everything. There are still games on the PS2 that I'd love to go back to and get 100%, but I don't consider those part of my backlog.

Meanwhile, I've suddenly become obsessed with finishing everything with absolute completion, and that's a big part of the reason why I have so many games I haven't even touched.
583  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: May 22, 2014, 08:51:31 AM

Speaking of noses; apparently there's supposed to be a few surprise "additions" with respect to playable characters.  Being honest, nothing will surprise me...


Well, this is Nintendo 2.0 we're talking about here, so any secret characters will probably be revealed (by Nintendo itself) two months before the game comes out.
584  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: May 22, 2014, 08:46:57 AM
Nier blows, avoid it.
^

That game fits my definition of "overrated" perfectly. Gets too much credit for being "different"
585  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 18, 2014, 08:51:31 PM
Very VERY slowly playing through the prison level of Amnesia. I've heard it's the scariest part of the game, and I wouldn't doubt it. I really don't like the sanity meter as I'm already in a situation where it doesn't feel like I can get it to recover far enough to counter how quickly it falls at certain points. This is because of another part of the game that I thought was a bit of an oversight... I'm really stingy with tinderboxes not because I feel like I don't have enough but because you can't turn lights back out and I need places to hide.

In other gaming news I found a Legendary Rank XII Spear in Witch and the Hundred Knight and finally beat one of the bosses I was stuck on.
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