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706  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 24, 2014, 10:20:20 PM
On chapter 5 now, since I'm playing a bunch of other games at the same time now and am slow at gaming in general (thanks for the mild spoiler regarding Milla, btw Agent >_<)

I'm still not really sure what to feel about the character roster as a whole. The game certainly suffers from that lazy-sequel syndrome where all the characters just happen to run into each other again simply via coincidence. It doesn't help that Ludger feels like the silent magnet that draws them all together. It's really jarring how much Ludger feels like a 7th (8th? 9th?) wheel to the original cast. It reminds me of a game like White Knight Chronicles where the main character is just being dragged along for the ride, except that's DESPITE the fact that he's a major part of the plot.

I'm loving the dynamic between Elle/Rollo and Elize/Teepo

As with most Tales games, the combat is a little over my head and even on Normal, some of the bosses are giving me a really hard time.
707  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 24, 2014, 10:13:40 AM
Christ, what have I started?

Some kind of RPGFan .Hack fest, that's what.
708  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 23, 2014, 04:46:43 PM
You have to have found at least one cat in a location for it to be added to the list, maybe that has something to do with it?
709  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 23, 2014, 08:47:24 AM
So the motherf***ing KING of Rieze Maxia wants your help, but won't bother to help with even a little bit of your debt? Gaius is still a dick, I guess.

I mean, if they're going to put that much effort into integrating the debt and travel restrictions into the plot....
710  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks to RPGFan on: August 22, 2014, 09:59:37 PM
Thanks to RPGFan, last night I was able to decide between getting Mugen Souls Z and Guided Fate Paradox. Was at work and didn't have a lot of time, so I decided to just go with whichever one got a higher score on the site. (I think... I may have changed my mind after reading the pros/cons. Went with Guided Fate)
711  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 22, 2014, 02:42:56 PM
I can't stand Leia's new outfit, and yet if it weren't for her stupid elbow pom-poms, I'd really like her new outfit.
712  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: FPS for newbie and Borderlands question on: August 21, 2014, 12:50:22 PM
The scaling in Borderlands 2 sucks, though.

Playing single-player can get super frustrating at certain points, but playing multiplayer ends up being a cakewalk most of the time.
713  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 21, 2014, 12:44:50 PM
Stuck between chapters 3 and 4 because I'm a completionist and my kitties are disappointing me.

Damn you kitties! Find me stuff!!
714  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 20, 2014, 08:11:44 PM
Tales of Xillia 2: Fresher Mutton
715  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 20, 2014, 08:14:06 AM

Like I said though, I think it would have been much more awkward to make Ludger 100% silent, especially seeing how chatty Tales characters are....  Still can't help but wonder what inspired it.  Even weirder is that his NG+ voice costs 0 grade...like Producer-san was saying "fuck, yeah, just give it to them".

"B-b-but without two story arcs, how will we get players to play through the game more than once!?"

That being said, I'm happy to hear that you can easily get all 5 endings in a single* playthrough.

* - as long as you're careful about save files of course
716  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 19, 2014, 08:55:16 PM
Yeah, that's a very confusing statement considering Xillia/Xillia 2/Graces

Anyway, had a chance to play through chapter 1 so far. Ludger as a silent protagonist does kind of baffle me, considering how much dialogue he technically has. And the fact that you can give him a voice for NG+ makes it an even stranger decision.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, there's Elle... Oh my God Elle. I normally don't mind the overly screechy JRPG females, but there's something about Elle's voice that just makes me want *her* to be the silent protagonist.

Skimming the OSG and playing through chapter 1 has me confident that I'll be enjoying this more than Xillia 1 (Yay, to no more shop upgrade system). I like that the orb system reminds me a bit less of a poor man's Sphere Grid and a tad more like FF9's system (which I love for it's simplicity and strategy).

I also have to say that as much as I can't stand her voice, I love Elle's character already. The circumstances of her and Ludger's meeting was absolutely brilliant. As far as the plot so far goes, I feel like that first dungeon is a little heavy-handed with the WTF moments.

EDIT: I should probably start using quotes around "dungeon" when talking about Project Xillia.
717  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 18, 2014, 10:59:28 AM
Yeah, this is one of the few games I pre-ordered that I'm not ripping my hair out in excited anticipation for. This is more a case of "Okay, Namco, I'm giving you one more chance so don't let me down." It's bad enough that the costumes I enjoyed collecting so much in Abyss and Vesperia are held back for extra cash, but the lazy design of Xillia 1 just left a bad taste in my mouth that will take a lot to get rid of.

On the other hand, Xillia 2's release means only 4 more weeks to Theatrhythm.
718  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 16, 2014, 05:56:10 PM
Successfully moved into a new apartment. Exhausted beyond belief, but I'm extremely happy with the results. Much more room and I was able to set up my bedroom so that I can watch TV while at my computer. This will make it much easier to set time aside for writing. I threw away my dresser and ordered a new one, so I have nowhere to put clothes until Wednesday but I think I'll survive. The other thing I'm worried about is that the way I have my furniture arranged allows my cat easy access to the display shelf I usually put my fragile stuff on. I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to address that.
719  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 15, 2014, 09:45:12 PM
Amidst moving, I still managed to defeat the Terror of Death once again.

It has always saddened me that Morganna is an absentee-villain in the .Hack games. It would really tie the games into the .Hack canon a lot better if Morganna had a line or two and let her presence be known more than she does.
720  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2014 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: August 14, 2014, 09:27:47 AM
Couldn't resist Tales of Symphonia Chronicles for $7.50, so I bought it. May not even ever play it, but it was too good a deal to pass up.
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