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5641  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 14, 2007, 11:41:56 AM
I played some Persona 3 last night (between work and my studies, I'm surprised I actually had some time to play.)  I'm at the whole
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part of the storyline, after
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Shinjiro rejoins SEES.
 I'm on the 122nd floor of Tartarus.  My main is level 42, but I'm itching to get to level 45 so I can get the Lachesis persona.  I gained a soft spot for the Moirae Sisters in SMT: Nocturne (Atropos was my MVP in many boss battles) so I want all three.
5642  The Rest / General Discussions / The Greatest Scientific Study Ever on: September 13, 2007, 05:45:07 PM
Eh, research on breasts would only interest me if it took place in the Masters and Johnson sex research lab.  

Hi I'm Dr. Masters/Dr. Johnson, professor of orgasm research.
5643  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 12, 2007, 07:48:05 AM
Persona 3- summer vacation's over and it's back to school.  I'm not digging the new school music as I was the prior one.  And it seems
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Junpei might find himself embroiled with Strega, him kinda obsessing over Chidori and all.  And Chidori was not present when SEES beat the Chariot/Justice shadow in the underground bunker.  Oh yeah, and Ken the elementary school kid just joined SEES.  He overheard a conversation between Akihiko and Shinjiro regarding Miki.
5644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean 4 on: September 11, 2007, 01:53:00 PM
Everything else aside, it is clear to me that the Star Ocean series needs a shot in the arm.  Whether or not you liked or disliked the series or aspects of it, there is room for improvement.  I think the fact we're having such lengthy and somewhat heated discussion about the series says to me that it is an important one to the RPG community.  

Again, I hope Star Ocean 4 won't renege on those promises in the news article.  More space travel, potential ship battles, and a wider variety of planets both rural and futuristic are pretty sweet promises for a series that could really benefit from these elements.  

Lard, as you mentioned in what you'd like to see in a new Star Ocean game, I too am curious who'll compose the music.  I'm not a big fan of Motoi Sakuraba's work (if he did less, his stuff would be of a much higher quality).  

So if the ideal Star Ocean for many of us is 1) a more balanced ratio of sci-fi with the fantasy 2) better AI for the computer controlled characters in battle and 3) a different composer than Sakuraba, would that necessarily a bad thing?  Would series "purists" cry foul if that happened?

I still think Star Ocean is a series with a plethora of potential.  I do not think this series has peaked yet.  There's still so much more than can be done with it.  Even if the plot twist in SO4 wrote the overarching plot into a corner, the universe and ocean of stars out there is so vast that other adventurers on other worlds on the other sides of galaxies could have been on adventures during any Star Ocean era be it the Ratix era, Claude era, or Fayt era.  Or in between the Claude and Fayt era.
5645  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: September 09, 2007, 04:35:44 PM
Eus- Not only did I think that negotiating with demons/ dealing with devils was part of the charm of Megami Tensei, I liked the idea of being able to talk my way out of battles if I didn't want to fight.

But a big reason why I like Persona 3 is that the school ties stuff is almost like a visual novel and those storylines are, to me, more interesting than the shadows and Tartarus storyline.  Choosing what S-Link relationships to pursue is deeper and more interesting than just choosing which girl to go after.  The S-Links encompass friendships, dating, mentor-student, grandparent-grandchild, etc.  

And when it comes to stories, schools are always my favorite settings.  School is such an important, eventful part of one's life and culture.  Even on days when "nothing" happens, a lot still is.  Previous Persona games had a lot of school ties stuff, but this one takes the school ties stuff to a whole 'nother level.  

I'd say the only thing I don't like about Persona 3 is that SP doesn't regenerate as you walk around and SP recovery items like chewing souls are difficult to come by or obtain.
5646  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 09, 2007, 10:01:07 AM
More Persona 3.  Finals are over (did well) and it's summer vacation.  I took 2nd place in the kendo tournament and made friends with the rival kid.  
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The Yakashima beach segment was hysterical.  I loved the part where the guys kept unsuccessfully hitting on beach babes, then started hitting on the WMD that the girls were told to subdue.  

And is it me, or did I detect a hint of jealousy in Yukari's voice when she found Aigis in Main's room?  I did agree with Yukari that even though Aigis is a guardian robot, to the outside world she's a teenage girl and as such should follow dorm regulations so as not to arouse suspicion.  In other words, Aigis can't stay in Main's room.  

Koromaru's at the vet and the elementary school kid Ken's trying to be grown up like everyone else.  I love how Junpei says the kid's more mature than he is.  


And I must admit, I'm more sympathetic to Mitsuru now, though she does tend to do things in a shady way.  But her dad was awesome.  Despite being scary looking, he was a totally cool guy.  
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He was perfectly willing to give Mitsuru and everyone else the truth and was disappointed that she sneaks around to find stuff instead of coming out to ask him directly.  Heh, he's willing to be straightforward with her, but she's still shady.


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Koromaru's joined the party and the Strega have come out to play.
 Now this makes me wonder about Junpei.  
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The Strega define who they are by the powers granted them during Dark Hour and for the Dark Hour and Tartarus to be destroyed would be to destroy their self-images and identities.  I get the feeling Junpei might have become a Strega had he not joined SEES, because he himself even says that Dark Hour and Tartarus actually make him feel useful, important, and not like an idiot slacker nobody.
 In terms of speculative foreshadowing,
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I wonder if at one point Junpei will betray the party and perhaps sympathize and/or join the Strega so he can continue to feel a sense of worth, because who he is during the Dark Hour is more appealing to him than who he is during normal time.
5647  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean 4 on: September 09, 2007, 09:46:00 AM
Man, I almost forgot about battle AI.  In Star Oceans 2 and 3, the character AI during battles was brain dead.  

Hopefully Star Ocean 4 will resolve that as well.
5648  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 08, 2007, 08:39:13 AM
Bern, If you're looking to get the most frustrating ones out of the way first, then start with Xenosaga II.  And Gameshark that puppy.  Even gamers who frown upon cheat devices can't deny that Xenosaga II justifies Gameshark use.  

When I Gamesharked it, I beat it in about 25 hours and actually enjoyed it.  I tried it without Gameshark and the game was mean, rotten, vicious, nasty, and low down.  How some of you beat the game without a cheat device is beyond me.  That game had some seriously broken gameplay.
5649  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Searching OST RPG for PC on: September 08, 2007, 08:27:48 AM
It's not that hentai games are "bad" per se.  It's that we have younger people who view the site and the boards or people who browse the site and boards at work, so knowing that Peach Princess is a hentai games site is fair warning that it isn't safe to view whilst at work or in the presence of kids.  

Generally, links to porn and pornographic pictures are frowned upon as part of board rules/etiquette.  

As I said, there are some hentai games that are good.  Crescendo for example is a gorgeous game with a really good storyline, but its the exception rather than the rule as most H games do have content where the women are humiliated, degraded, raped, and that's not cool.

Plus, play a hentai game and ignore the "spicy" scenes?  I'm sorry, but that's like trying to ignore the bright, glowing red nose on Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer.  Sure he has all the other reindeer qualities like the antlers and thick fur, but no matter what, you'll be fixated on his nose.  

As mentioned earlier, Anachronox and Septerra Core are good bets for what the original poster is looking for if you can find them.  I haven't played Anachronox so I can't judge, but I have played Septerra Core.  If you can handle somewhat slow battles and lengthy dungeons, you'll be fine.
5650  The Rest / General Discussions / Kaz says the Playstation is just a game machine on: September 07, 2007, 10:47:31 PM
No!  The PS3 is that creepy doll baby's mama!  That's that, end of story!
5651  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean 4 on: September 07, 2007, 10:40:06 PM
Either way, I'm with most of you that the Star Ocean series needs a serious shot in the arm, and hopefully the promised stuff for SO4 will be reality.  Hopefully we WILL get spaceship battles and a more even blend of fantasy and sci-fi elements.  

Will SO4 be the shot in the arm the series needs?  Will the series be rebooted as DR says and SO4 be the start of a whole new saga?  I mean, the first 3 Dragon Quest games were the Erdrick saga then DQ4 started a whole new saga.  

I still think that Star Ocean is a series with tons of potential that was not as highly realized as it could have been in past games.
5652  The Rest / General Discussions / "Sorry ma'am, you're too sexy for this flight." on: September 07, 2007, 01:41:20 PM
Right Said Fred says: "I'm too sexy for this flight, too sexy for this flight..."

Kyla's mom: My daughter is young, tall, blond and beautiful, and she... dresses provocatively, as do 99 percent of 23-year-old girls who can.

Kyla: Mom, you're not helping.
5653  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Searching OST RPG for PC on: September 07, 2007, 12:19:04 PM
I believe Anachronox is difficult to find these days, but is reportedly very good.  Septerra Core has a great setting and an interesting story, but the pacing can be on the slow side.  However, for the 5 bucks or so you can get it for, it's worth it.  Septerra Core has a battle system similar to Chrono Trigger's.  

I believe someone mentioned Hirameki and Peach Princess.  The games Hirameki localizes are 99% visual novels, although Piece of Wonder has some SRPG battles.  I'd ignore the Peach Princess site since that company/store/whatever deals 95% in hentai games.  I can admit that about 2% of hentai games are actually worthwhile, but the other 98% are degenerate filth crap.  

If you go to http://www.amaranthia.com Amaranth Games are an indie developer and they're responsible for Aveyond.  I gave Aveyond a positive review.  It's a 16-bit style turn-based RPG that's really good; easily worth the 20 bucks.  http://rpgfan.com/reviews/aveyond/index.html  It's prequel Ahriman's Prophecy is a Ys style action-RPG that is easily the best free RPG I've ever played.
5654  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 07, 2007, 08:38:08 AM
Persona 3-
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I defeated the Hierophant and Lovers shadows in that love hotel and am now getting ready for finals.


I'm still looking for the next 5-star persona.  If my Yomotsu Shikome didn't have level 1 agi, garu, bufu, zio, and mudo spells I'd still be using her.  Heck, I probably still should use her since the book monsters in the Tartarus 3rd block spam mamudo like there's no tomorrow and she's strong against dark.  

For now, I have all my elements covered between my Loa and Mithra.
5655  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean 4 on: September 06, 2007, 10:30:35 PM
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From RPGfan's front page: Meanwhile, work on the game's story is already finished. Yamagishi was unwilling to give away any details regarding the era, in which the game takes place, saying only this bit of information would be revealed in a surprising fashion at Tokyo Game Show. Kojima, however, assured fans that characters and races from previous installments would appear in Star Ocean 4 and the world would be the same as well. He went on to explain that previous installments did not really have a "star ocean" feel to them, but in Star Ocean 4 it would be possible to travel through space in one's own spaceship. There will also be events centering around spaceship battles. tri-Ace is promising a huge world, as there will be a lot of planets, not just two or three. That being said, the game will not be entirely science fiction-oriented, but also offer a fair share of fantasy elements.


This part of the front page article says to me that there's a promise of better balance between trad fantasy, sci-fi, and a chance to actually travel to other planets in a spaceship and engage in spaceship battles.

Let us hope that Star Ocean 4 in its promises takes cues from the wonderful feeling of exploration in Skies of Arcadia and avoids all the mistakes that Rogue Galaxy made.  That was a game that had potential but wound up being rather dull.  

I'm with many of you in that Star Ocean always had potential to be a really cool space sci-fi series, but I was always stuck on a backwater podunk planet for the whole game.  If Star Ocean 4 can deliver on those promises, then it's finally a step in the right direction.
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