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346  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 10, 2013, 06:49:54 AM
3DS e-shop still won't connect for me. Hopefully it is just server load rather than any real issue.

Mii verse is weird, not really sure what to think of it.
347  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 09, 2013, 08:13:43 PM
the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Not even going to try to explain my feelings on this. I can't even say for sure if I enjoyed it or not. Leaning more on liking it.

I can see some people hating it but I found it interesting. I haven't felt this way about a movie since Oldboy. Not that they are similar movies or anything, just that they left me with that similar feel at the end.

348  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: December 09, 2013, 06:37:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiIZYHYoQpA

Looks like I wandered to that side of youtube again.
349  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: December 09, 2013, 06:25:46 PM
Robot Unicorn Attack - Main Theme

The song is "Always" by Erasure for anyone wondering.
350  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 09, 2013, 05:23:58 PM
I feel there's a ton of weirdo parallels between Kingdom Hearts and Star Wars, so I just kinda ride it out.
I wouldn't be surprised if Sora's dad comes out with spikier hair and as the final villain.

So Sora's dad = Ansem? I suppose we can change it around a bit and call him Mesna or Soransem.
351  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 09, 2013, 04:29:40 PM
Atelier Totori
At what appears to be the last boss with about a year and a half left.

Started up Mana Khemia
I caught up to the ruins where I had previously left off years ago. Muppy, where have you been all my life ~ <3

I love how the game makes you interested in NPCs. They have their own little stories rather than their entire life being centred around you.
Nemu + Riggs 4eva
352  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 09, 2013, 02:56:06 PM
I dunno, I'm enjoying FF13.... but does that story deserve 3 fucking games or is square just trying to break even on all the development they did on that universe and engine... ?

FFXIII is pretty much a standalone story and ties up most loose ends. FFXIII-2 is similar to Virtues Last Reward in that it tries to continue a pretty much finished story. VLR does handle it a bit better though.

VLR
Code:
Except for All Ice.


I want lightning returns to die in a fire. XIII was a terrible game, XIII-2 had some decent gameplay but was overall a shitty game, and I'm tired of SE thinking that we want more of this style and world. I genuinely am not excited for this at all, and will do everything I can to give SE no money to support this crappy title.

I had fun with them :(
I like that SE tried to do some new things with the original FFXIII. A lot of them didn't really work out but FFXIII-2 showed the gameplay aspects in a more polished light. Course, three games is a lot of attention to be paying to one world. FFXIII-2 kind of reminds me of FFX-2 in that I enjoyed the gameplay but the story didn't match the first game.
353  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 08, 2013, 08:33:39 PM
The whole Returners sub-plot kinda bums me out these days seeing as how they kinda go "missing" in the second stretch of the game.

I always thought that the empire offed Banon and the rest during the Flying Continent scenario. Gives me more resolution than everyone just died during the WoB transformation into the WoR.

But then again, I am the guy who thought Gestahl was a dog until I saw his picture in FFVI Advance.
354  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 08, 2013, 02:09:08 PM
My left earphone has suddenly stopped working. It is a sad day for Darilon :(

My own fault for buying cheap ones but I get them caught in door handles(bane of my existance) often enough that I prefer playing safe and buying cheap. I hate that you can slowly feel them die on you. First stage has you twisting the wire slightly until you can hear from both. Stage two leaves you with only one side working and stage three leaves you with the horror of silence.
355  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 05, 2013, 09:42:10 PM
I was going to ask if Totori was worth playing for someone who hated Rorona, but I ended up just oing on a huge rant about every little thing I didn't like about a game I only managed to play 5 hours of before giving up entirely, and besides I'm pretty sure the answer is pretty well documented thanks to other users asking similar questions at other points in time.

Perhaps I'll just ask two very specific questions:

1) How is the pacing in Totori? Is the story introduced in a timely manner? Is there a proportionate sense of urgency compared to what you're required to do? In the time spent with Rorona, I couldn't even recite a single plotpoint other than "Rorona has to fulfill a quota or she has to find a new job", which felt almost almost inconsequential because of the general lack of any sense of urgency within the story itself. Only through gameplay did it become apparent that you really did have a strict time limit.

2) Did they fix the strange time allotments? There was nothing quite as baffling as going out to the woods right outside town, like right outside the door, and losing over an entire week going there and back, despite the entire adventure lasting under a half an hour. I think that alone turned me off the game the hardest. I'm only given a certain amount of time to do a job, yet the time it takes to collect the ingredients and make the stuff you're requested just doesn't feel correctly proportioned to what you're trying to do. After an in-game month, I was barely able to raise the collection meter one star. What the hell?

If anybody would like to answer those questions, I'd much appreciate it. I already own all 3 games, in fact I practically bought the PS3 just to play them, and I've been incredibly tempted to just sell them off, seeing as they're half the PS3 RPGs I still own and it would make my PS3 backlog a lot quicker to get through without those looming over my head.

There is no real sense of urgency in Totori. You have three years to earn enough adventure points by doing random things like synthesizing 25 items or beating 15 puni monsters. Then you have another two years to beat the games primary goal. They are really generous with the time so I don't see it being a problem. You can also fight bosses but I think that only the final boss is mandatory. The rest seem to be optional although they give loads of adventure points. The time chunks will probably be worse for you though. It now takes time to gather items in the wild and to battle enemies. That said, Roroma is by far the strictest of the three when it comes to time management.

It might be best just trying Totori as you already own it. Meruru is also an option but the gameplay kind of makes it harder to get into Totori due to the improvements. It also really spoils Totori's plot.
356  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI announced for iOS/Android on: December 05, 2013, 08:02:20 PM


I wouldn't mind if they added something like the bonus dungeon in FFIV for GBA. Most character trials were the average kind but I loved Kain's murder mystery one and Cecils was also pretty cool.

They did in the GBA port of FFVI. It sucked.

I didn't try it but wasn't that just a regular dungeon rather than being more original like Kain and Cecil's trials were? I know the rest of the FFIV trials were really average though. Shame the FFVI dungeon sucks though. I enjoyed the one in FFV although I do prefer the gameplay in V over IV and VI.
357  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 05, 2013, 07:57:46 PM
Got Atelier Totori a few days ago. The game is great so far. The gameplay is better than Rorona but nowhere near Meruru. I also prefer the characters in Totori over Meruru but Rorona had my favourite out of the Arland trilogy. Mainly for introducing Hagel in all his splendor.

Only real complaints with it are things like weapon synthesis not teling you the required items and they really drag out the Sterk looks scary and your father lacks presence scenes. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of fan service compared to Meruru too. I also prefer Totori's design over Meruru's look. The game is a lot more free with its time too. There is still a time limit but it is nowhere near as strict as Rorona was. Definitely going to try Ayesha after I am done with Totori.



Don't like Gino at all
358  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI announced for iOS/Android on: December 05, 2013, 06:37:10 PM
I wouldn't mind if they added something like the bonus dungeon in FFIV for GBA. Most character trials were the average kind but I loved Kain's murder mystery one and Cecils was also pretty cool.
359  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: December 05, 2013, 01:38:49 PM
South Park

Really enjoyed the last three episodes. The episode was probably my least favourite of the three but still great. Also, loved the closing moments of this episode.
360  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 04, 2013, 08:59:04 AM
How the fuck do you beat the bombs in FF13? They blow up and kill me in like 10s.

What classes are you using?

I find just going all out attack works well. Something like Com/Com/Rav worked well for me. Worst comes to worst, you can go Sen/Med/Med and try to survive through it.

If it is just Sazh and Vanille Com/Rav should work. If you get a preemptive attack use something like Blitz to stagger them. Then let Vanille murder them all.
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