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5596  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 29, 2007, 06:02:09 PM
Quote from: "Kstar17"
Has anyone else had a difficult time with the student council treasurer?  My friendship with her is always getting reversed for no good reason.  

I'm reversed with her too, but I pretty much gave up on her long ago.  She's a total piece of work, more trouble than she's worth, and I pretty much ditched her in favor of Yuko who's more normal and actually sane.
5597  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 29, 2007, 01:44:31 PM
I finished Persona 3, well sort of.  I got the bad ending. Oh, and I maxed out the Yuko S-link.  Booyaka!  I didn't overwrite my save, so I'll go back to it for the good/true ending.  

I started a New Game Plus, but was disappointed that
regardless of what sport you pick, it's always Kazushi and Yuko.  I was hoping that different sports had different characters, arcana and S-links.

If Atlus makes a Persona 4, I hope that they add more depth to the school-sim parts, create a more user friendly menu interface (equipping characters is more cumbersome than it needs to be), make a variety of fixed dungeons instead of a single  mammoth Rogue-like randomized tower, and allow me full control of all my party members in true turn-based RPG fashion.  The computer AI in Persona 3 was fairly competent and I learned to memorize their action patterns to best go through battles, but battles would have been smoother if I had complete control.  

Darkrider- may I assume that it was Mitsuru's AI that failed you in that final battle?  I think Mitsuru's AI isn't very good.  She wastes her SP using mind charge and tentarafoo (which NEVER works) when she could be attacking or party-healing.

In other games, I've been playing Elite Beat Agents a lot too.
5598  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 27, 2007, 07:49:53 AM
"Highway Star" is easily my favorite segment in Elite Beat Agents.  I've finished the first 8 and am on to the rest.  The one with "September" by Earth Wind & Fire gave me some trouble.  

In Persona 3, I hit some plot.  
The Junpei-Chidori subplot was resolved.
5599  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 26, 2007, 06:34:36 PM
I got my copy of Soul Nomad today.  I tried it for about 45 minutes.  It's a fun game.  The mechanics aren't too difficult to grasp, but explaining them is a pain.  Plain truth: Gig rules, Danette drools.  Is she really so fucking stupid that she doesn't even realize how fucking stupid she is?  

I also snagged a cheapo copy of Elite Beat Agents.  I'm sure the Japanese version has MUCH better music.  Still, the game is really fun.  

But my main thing is Persona 3 right now.
5600  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 26, 2007, 08:25:03 AM
Oh yeah!  I fused me a 5 star Persona!  Trumpeter!  This one has hamaon, mudoon, agidyne, garudyne, ziodyne and is slated to learn mabufudyne.  He's weak against fire, though, so I'll need an accessory to compensate for that.  

I'd say my 5-star personae so far have been 1) Yomotsu Shikome with agi, garu, bufu, zio, and mudo and 2) Kikuri-Hime with maragion, mazionga, magarula, bufudyne, and some other cool skills.  And that was my second Kikuri-Hime.  My first one had a nice variety too.  And, of course, my Trumpeter.

As for plot, everyone
just got back from the Kyoto class trip.  The boys got caught by the girls in the hot spring.  I'd have gotten away with it too were it not for one dude (probably Ryoji) not going into the hidey-hole.  Is it me, or does Ryoji look and talk like an older version of Pharos?

I'm still around floor 214 of Tartarus and 70+ hours in.  Like previous Persona games, it doesn't feel like I've been playing that long.  50 hours barely feels like 50 minutes.  Persona 3 is hands down my RPG of the year for 2007.  And that's not faint praise since a lot of good RPGs have come out this year.
5601  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Innocence TGS trailer on: September 25, 2007, 05:21:53 PM
Me likey.  The red-haired girl wielding dual pistols John Woo style tickles my "girls with guns" fancy.  What can I say?  I love girls-with-guns anime/manga like Gunsmith Cats and Noir.  

And I think there's a good chance it will see the light stateside.  The Tales series has become extremely prolific in recent years and US gamers are getting a fair amount of series installments.
5602  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean 4 on: September 25, 2007, 03:14:45 PM
Those links are for screens of the PSP Star Ocean 1 remake.  I used right-click and copy-pasted the URLs into my browser.  

Supposedly, they're using a version of SO2's battle engine for it.  The sprites look fine to me; like the character art on the OST box.  But the anime art looks a lot like Galaxy Express 999 art; not bad, but rather bland.  

If this comes out in the US, it'll be an "it's about time!" because fans have been clamoring for the first Star Ocean installment in the US.  I'm sure it'll be localized better than the half-assed Tales of Phantasia GBA port we got back a year or few ago.
5603  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 24, 2007, 11:02:14 PM
Quote from: "Ryos"

Odin Sphere - Finally beat Valkyrie's scenario...and put the game aside when I found out the next character starts in the most annoying area so far.  Still a fun game, but it almost seems like Vanillaware revels in a cruel game design.

Cornelius' scenario has some of the most unbalanced-difficulty moments of the game.  

As for my game journal, I maxed out the music club s-link and am around floor 220 or so in Tartarus.  

Chihiro social link is now arcana-reversed and the picture of her looks supremely pissed.  Oh well, I'm after Yuko anyway.
5604  The Rest / General Discussions / The swag with games discussion on: September 23, 2007, 12:28:28 PM
But what *is* it that attracts gamers to extra goodies?  Is it the goodies themselves?  Is it the mere pleasure of possession?  Why is it that some people like me could care less about the extra goodies whereas others may preorder or buy a special edition game almost for the goodies?  

When I preordered Tales of Symphonia, for some reason I didn't get the artbook.  It didn't bother me.  I could care less about the artbook.  I just wanted the game.  However, someone else would call me completely crazy for that attitude.
5605  The Rest / General Discussions / The swag with games discussion on: September 23, 2007, 10:03:52 AM
It's no secret that many games in Japan come packaged with various kinds of swag like artbooks, little toys, maps, maybe plushies, and all that stuff.  Back when Working Designs was around, they released games with tons of swag; like the Lunar PSone remakes with cloth maps, artbooks, hand puppets, and the like.  Some other publishers/developers include one or two extras in the US releases of games.

But to what extent do folks like or want these extras?  What is it about these extras that appeal or don't appeal to you?  Is there enviousness that "Japan got K extra with L game, so why can't we?"  Is there something else that I'm completely missing?  

For me, I don't.  I just want the game.  I don't want little toys and a whole bunch of things that will just take up room in my desk or closet.  All I want is the game and manual in a case/box.  I'm not a fan of clutter or of paying extra for a bunch of crap I don't want.  

However, I know many folks who love these extras because it feels like the publisher/developer is going the extra mile for the fans.  

I know the compromise is the regular edition for regular price and the special edition with swag for a higher price.  I'll take the regular edition over the special any day of the week.
5606  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 23, 2007, 09:44:01 AM
I'm on that casino-on-crack block of Tartarus too.  Plot twist preceding it was kinda lame, but everyone's reactions to it were done well.
5607  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 22, 2007, 09:43:28 AM
Persona 3- my social link with Keisuke in music club is at 9 and my social link with Yuko is at 8.  
Yeah, dog!  Main made it into Yuko's bedroom!
 I like music club and everything, but Keisuke's story isn't all that interesting.  Still, it's no surprise what his s-link arcana is.  I'm pretty much blowing off the French kid, because though he's a nice kid and all, he's clingy and annoying; his s-link arcana does yield some really good personas, though.  The game made me join his fashion club out of pity way back when.  I want to pursue the Kenji s-link further because
I'm flabbergasted that this idiot slacker dude managed to bag a teacher.

Otherwise, I'm still spending my October Tartarusing for the next boss on November 3.  I think I have all my bases covered with various personae.  And just for the hell of it, I fused another Kikuri-Hime, but this time with four elements: maragion, magarula, bufudyne, and mazionga.
5608  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 21, 2007, 08:33:04 AM
Quote from: "Masamune"

Also, it takes forever to max out S. Links with the girls.  I've seen Yukari like 6 times in a row without gaining any S. Link levels.  She needs to give it up already.

Well, it's no surprise that Yukari isn't as "easy" as, say, Chihiro or Yuko.  

I'm currently just building levels and S-links in Persona 3.  Everyone in my party is around level 50-52 with Fuuka and I around level 55-57.  

Once my Loki learns Null Fire, he'll have overcome his one and only weakness.  He has bufu, zio, and garu spells so he's got multiple elements covered.  Throne has my light covered and Succubus can handle fire and dark.  I have a few others in there too, but those'll be my go-to's.  

But nothing's been able to top my Yomotsu Shikome so far.  She had agi, bufu, zio, garu, and mudo skills.
5609  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Squeenix's Last Remnant a (pseudo) Xenogears remake? on: September 21, 2007, 08:21:53 AM
Quote from: "macirex"
Well I just donīt see them to be very alike... maybe in the super secret plot... I hope it comes to the states...

S-E is actually aiming to have a simultaneous US/JP release date according to the game's official site.
5610  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Squeenix's Last Remnant a (pseudo) Xenogears remake? on: September 20, 2007, 01:09:37 PM
Yeah, the guy at 1:45 looks so much like Bart it's not even funny.  But I think it's an original title with no connection to Xeno... although how original is "ancient powerful relics from a bygone civilization far more advanced than ours."   It's been done in countless RPGs.  

Either way, the game looks freaking cool.  The music on the US site for the game is really good. Go Tsuyoshi Sekito!  

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