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5821  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 19, 2007, 08:49:31 AM
Persona 3: I'm on floor 160 in Tartarus.  Outside of Tartarus, I'm studying for exams.  

I'm disappointed that nothing cool seemed to happen when I had all three Moirae sisters.  I couldn't fuse them into something cool.  I decided Clotho and Lachesis were wasting space so I dismissed them.  I can always buy them back later if I discover something cool does happen.  I have Atropos and she's got some powerful attacks.  I'll probably hang onto her.  

However, the A-rank personas in my current arsenal are probably Titania and Kikuri-Hime; I switch to Suzaku when I need lightning.
5822  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: September 18, 2007, 04:51:46 PM
"Skeletons at the Feast" by Spock's Beard.  A friend of mine recommended this band to me and I was blown away by the samples on their website.  I only heard three from their 2006 self-titled album and they were so good.  There was some nice shredding, instrumentation (stuff sounded like it could come from video games; a plus for me)... damn good band.
5823  Media / Single-Player RPGs / TGS is around the corner... what do you look forward to? on: September 18, 2007, 01:41:55 PM
As with most everyone else, anything Atlus has to say about Megami Tensei would pique my interest.  Given what/how much I've said in the Star Ocean 4 thread, I want to know more about that.  Anything on the Final Fantasy XIII trio would be something I'd want to know more about as well.  

If any graphic adventures, visual novels, and RPGs are coming out for the DS, color me interested as well.

EDIT: And Level 5's soccer RPG.
5824  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 17, 2007, 09:35:25 AM
Persona 3
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I beat the Strength and Fortune shadows
and then
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Shinjiro was killed.
 That was a dark and weird scene.
5825  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 16, 2007, 09:45:58 AM
Persona 3: 139th floor of Tartarus.  That Sleeping Table boss on floor 135 that kept kicking my ass decided not to use Megidola today and since I had a hama-proof persona and a decent party, we were able to get in a couple of all-outs on him.  Guess this was one boss where you needed some luck to beat him.  

I have my Lachesis.  She's not a fantastic persona by any means, but she's a Moirae sister, so I'm happy.  I would hope that fusing all three Moirae sisters would do something awesome.  It's cool that the Moirae sisters are supposed to be ugly hags, but Kaneko made them attractive.  

I think it's interesting that SMT: Nocturne and Persona 3 use the Moirae Sisters (Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos) rather than the Norns (Urd, Skuld, Verdandi) who are more well-known to me and do the same thing: spin the life thread, apportion the life thread, and cut the life thread.  I remember the Norns being on cartoons like The Real Ghostbusters.  In all my Greek mythology classes in high school, I never learned about the Moirae sisters.
5826  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 15, 2007, 09:54:31 AM
Persona 3... the boss on the 135th floor of Tartarus is repeatedly handing my ass to me.  "Sleeping Table" I think its called.  How am I supposed to defend against Megidola AND a Mahama attack that has an annoyingly high success rate?  

Man, it was all smooth sailing until I met this guy.  No matter.  I'll just keep grinding till I hit level 45 and can invoke Lachesis, just so I can have all three Moirae Sisters.
5827  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean 4 on: September 14, 2007, 07:36:18 PM
Tynave was the boy.  Farleen was the girl with the horrible voice. It was not just a helium voice... it was a helium voice on crack.
5828  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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Junpei/Chidori
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.
5829  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.
5830  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.
5831  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.
5832  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.
5833  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.
5834  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.
5835  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.
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