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706  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 17, 2014, 03:40:11 PM
I didn't mind how they linked the stories of XIII and XIII-2. It was basically like two separate seasons of a TV series. Each game presents it's own plot, but together they reveal a much larger plot that links the "incidents" of each game together.
707  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 16, 2014, 10:26:12 PM
Ugh. Between Bravely Default and Lightning Returns, I really need to find a game to add to my rotation that won't completely stress me out. It's terrible too, because I was really looking forward to both these games and while I'm enjoying them both the nature of the games and the general difficulty is just giving me a massive headache.
708  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: February 16, 2014, 10:20:37 PM
I'm either really bad at this game, or the official guide is pants-on-head retarded. The thing suggests the first thing you do on Day 2 is take on the Chocobo Eater in mission 3-1. I neglected to do this, and instead collected the numbers I needed (except The Warren, nothing like telling you to collect the numbers before dark, and then making that literally impossible) Did a few other side quests in Luxerion for stats, then decided to explore the Wildlands. I've tried that damn Chocobo Eater multiple times and have yet to succeed.

It's hilarious, because the guide refers you to the battle strategies in the bestiary, which mention 3 or 4 abilities that you wouldn't actually have if you followed the guide. Stupidest guide ever.

UPDATE: Apparently I'm still adjusting to this new battle system, as I was finally able to beat that Chocobo Eater without doing anything new (I could have done other stuff, I just figured I was there and I'd give it one more try.

The problem with the battle system is it's very deceptive. It's presented in a similar style as the faster-paced battles of the XIII and XIII-2, but the battles here require a lot more patience and precision than the previous games. I love the challenge now that I understand it's nature a bit more, though I still think HP management is a pain in the arse.
709  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: February 16, 2014, 09:46:00 AM
So I felt like I was wasting too much time and started over, but now I have an odd problem. Where the first time I had no problem receiving the quest from Gem the cat, this time the cat is there but the game won't let me interact with it. Anyone know what the problem might be. Made sure the area was clear of enemies and my sword was away.
710  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 15, 2014, 07:44:46 PM
Wow are the sub-scenarios in Chapter 2 DARK. The entire Rose Legion is just positively unsettling. It makes for interesting story telling, I'm just surprised they went for this tone.
711  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 15, 2014, 09:46:18 AM
Finally defeated the summoner, and didn't even need to grind any more. I just really need to get better at taking advantage of Default, since that's what won the battle for me. Defeated the Ranger afterwards without a single problem.
712  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 14, 2014, 08:25:24 PM
I feel like I'm getting stuck in this game every other day and it's not very encouraging.

This time it's that summoner. Did a bunch of grinding and I'm still dead as soon as she starts summoning her allies. The archer takes way too many hits to go down, even spamming Thundara doesn't take her down fast enough. So the Summoner uses her summon, and then whatever the help uses kills off whoever they hit.
713  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: February 14, 2014, 01:00:12 PM
"It's almost 6 AM, you know what that means."
"I just wanted to warn you that 6 AM is approaching."
"Remember at 6 AM you have to return to the Ark no matter what."
"6 AM is coming up fast!"

>_>


Also, I didn't mind Majora's Mask because it was simple enough to reset to the first day, unlike in this game where you start with 6 days and have to extend it into a full 13 days to beat the game.
714  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: February 14, 2014, 08:57:34 AM
So, uh... two things that intimidate me in video games is too much freedom and calendars/clocks. So to say this game is a bit stressful for me is an understatement (and yes, despite what that creator said in that interview I can't remember, the clock *is* pretty intimidating).

I can't say I don't like the game though, the schema system is all kinds of fantastic, and I love exploration. I just really wish the clock ticked a little slower than it does. Especially when that blabbermouth Hope starts talking and I'm trying to pay attention to what he's saying only to waste 40 minutes to hear him wax inane.
715  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Mature RPG (and non-RPG) on: February 13, 2014, 09:17:11 PM
Surprised Shadow Hearts hasn't been mentioned. Joachim and To the New World excluded.
716  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 might never come to fruition, no funding, aka WORST NEWS EVER! on: February 13, 2014, 04:41:14 PM
Whelp, not going to go out of my way to finish VLR now.
717  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: February 13, 2014, 03:30:26 PM

Completely skipping this one. ~_~; Irritating people are even calling it an RPG (even though I know the term is so diluted these days that pretty much anything qualifies). If I want to play KH meets Devil May Cry I'll go play either of those games. If I want an RPG I want something turn based. IP System, Grid-Based, RTB System, heck I'll even take the good-for-not-much Command Synergy Battle System in its infancy from XIII before I'll touch this one. XP

Irritating people are even calling it an RPG (even though I know the term is so diluted these days that pretty much anything qualifies)..... If I want an RPG I want something turn based.

o_O

Implying that only turn-based games can be called RPG's is... kind of archaic, yeah?
718  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 13, 2014, 11:29:28 AM
^ Congrats on the good news!

I've come to the conclusion that I have an unhealthy (hah!) obsession with health bars in video games. There's just something about watching an enemy's hp slowly (or quickly!) dwindle away to nothing. Part of the reason I started to pay attention to Witch and the Hundred Knight is because the first few screenshots I saw showed enemies with little hp bars over their heads.

This is more than likely due to my OCD, which often manifests in a compulsive desire to quantify everything in percentages. I don't care if an enemy has 100hp or 100,000hp, as long as I can tell how close to dead it is.

I was going to start a thread about this, see if anyone else had any love for certain arbitrary RPG elements, but the only title for it that I could think of was "Your RPG 'kink'" and I don't think that would attract the kind of posts I was looking for.
719  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Mature RPG (and non-RPG) on: February 12, 2014, 10:30:45 PM
The Last of Us is definitely an obvious choice. Otherwise I tend to shy away from games that take themselves too seriously, so I don't have a lot else to contribute to this discussion.

Closest thing I've played to a "mature" (by my definition) RPG even remotely recently would be Valkyria Chronicles.
720  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 12, 2014, 06:36:51 PM
I also just arrived in Florem and it's around this time that my desire to see nothing but checkmarks in the tutorial quest log, and my desire to pay as little attention to the "social" elements in the game are starting to clash.
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