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5956  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: September 04, 2007, 04:46:15 PM
Ever have a band you liked when you were a teen, disliked in your 20s because you thought they were stupid or lame, then in your late 20s/early 30s you think back to that band and realize once again that they were actually pretty good; perhaps even brilliant in some respects.  

It could be nostalgia clouding my mind.  It could be maturity making me rethink my musical snobbery regarding what is good vs. lame.  It could be my wanting a familiar sound from my youth because "music isn't as good these days."  

Anyway, I was thinking about the band Love/Hate in this context.  They were a hard partying, woefully underrated, hard rock band in the early 1990s that had some surprisingly interesting songwriting in their repertoire, courtesy of bassist Skid.  

So my songs of the moment are some of my favorite Love/Hate songs because they rock:  She's An Angel, Spit, Cream, Don't Be Afraid, The Boozer, and Wrong Side of the Grape.  Those are definitely my favorite songs by the band.
5957  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 03, 2007, 09:08:32 PM
Persona 3:

In Tartarus, I'm at the barrier at the end of block 2, so I can't go any further.  

In the plot, I just
rescued Fuuka.

With agi, bufu, zio, magaru, mamudo, auto-tarukaja, evil touch, and something else, Shikome is still my go-to Persona.  She's level 14 with nothing more left to learn.  Although I'm mostly using Valkyrie now since I need a bufu equipped one to balance out the elements on my other party members' personas.  My main is level 18, but there are some level 21 personas I have my eye on.  

Shikome is like Death: Hel in Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment.  Multiple elemental spells plus dark spells.  Sweet.
5958  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 03, 2007, 07:16:48 AM
Persona 3- I just completed midterms and killed the flaming tables guardian in the 2nd block of Tartarus.  I wasn't head of the class but I got a "pretty high score" so I'm happy.  

My go to persona right now is Hermit: Yomotsu Shikome.  Thanks to a good fusion, she has zio, agi, and bufu so I have multiple elements covered.  

Junpei's voice actor must have had so much fun with that role.  He absolutely nailed the character and delivers every line flawlessly.
5959  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: September 03, 2007, 07:06:31 AM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"
Wait, yeah, how did persona making in P2 work? Did you just have to get X number of cards and take them to the velvet room?

I think I liked it better in Persona 1 where you just got two cards and went all Mickey Rooney on that bollocks.

Yeah, that's how Persona making in Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment worked.  

I like how it works in Persona 3.  Instead of talking to demons, I'm talking to people and forging social relationships to bolster my personae.  

I just started the game a couple of days ago and I'm enjoying it a lot.  The story is more subtle and less meaty than prior Persona games (so far at least; I just finished midterms in the game) but I'm liking the school aspects of it.
5960  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 02, 2007, 10:13:11 AM
Sketch, opening with something like Cerberus' Wall of Wind or other Wall spells that nullify earth, wind, or water attacks on your party will definitely help.  Then just hit 'em one at a time with their opposing element.  Plus, make sure each character has multiple personae with varied elemental offenses and defenses so you can keep switching them up, since the boss(es) here have multiple elemental properties.  

EDIT:  If you can get a persona with Wall of Earth, that will save your ass in that battle, because one of the boss attacks is a combo earth/charm.  

I would recommend getting rid of Eikichi first because of his instant death attacks.  Some 3-way fire combos will burn him up good.  

I would then work on getting rid of Lisa because of her charm attacks.  3 way wind combos do massive damage on her.    

Then get rid of Jun.  3 way earth combos do massive damage on him.

That's probably one of the toughest battles in the game.  It took me about 4 or 5 tries to beat it.  

In gaming, I started Persona 3 last night.  This game just oozes style.  I'm about 3 hours in.
5961  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 07:55:18 PM
Thanks for the trailer link Lyonaz.  I'm happy; I saw my Beckham bends and Pele backflips.  

But what are the chances of a US localization?  Soccer isn't exactly popular over here, and the people who'd buy soccer video games may probably buy FIFA Soccer over this.  

I want to see this in English, but I'm doubtful.
5962  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 05:40:13 PM
I'm the opposite.  I loved Chrono Trigger's and Xenogears' music, but Chrono Cross' didn't really do much for me (the music was good, but there was a lot that I didn't like), I thought Xenosaga I's soundtrack was lackluster (I much preferred Kajiura's and Hosoe's music in subsequent Xenosaga games), I hated the music for Tsugunai.

But opinions are like assholes and all that.  I respect Mitsuda's talent as a composer, but his stuff is very hit or miss for me and from what I've heard it's been more miss than hit.    

You know, at least the composer for this soccer RPG isn't Motoi Sakuraba so I'm thankful for that.  

As long as the RPG mechanics and soccer mechanics work well and the game is fun, I'm interested.
5963  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 03:37:28 PM
...and he also did the music for Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Xenosaga I, some pieces for Shadow Hearts, Tsugunai: Atonement, and a whole lot more.

I'm not the biggest Mitsuda fan in the world (I think his music is overrated), but his name does pique interest among RPG and RPG music aficionados.
5964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: August 31, 2007, 11:40:49 AM
Yo-Jin-Bo, Hotel Dusk, Piece of Wonder, Memories Off: Complete (which includes Memories Off: Pure), Memories Off 2nd, Suigetsu Mayoi Gokoro, Xenosaga, Xenosaga II, Xenosaga III, Chrono Trigger a few times, Xenosaga DS and a prerelease DS game RPGfan assigned to me.  

And if Fighting Fantasy GameBooks count, I dusted off and completed Rebel Planet, which is a personal favorite gamebook.

I think I need to undergo a 12 step program from my little Xenosaga addiction.
5965  The Rest / General Discussions / Train cancelled after conductor succumbs to diarrhea on: August 31, 2007, 08:41:08 AM
Shit happens.  

Man, railway lines have really gone to shit these days.  

Talk about having a shitty day.  

It really stinks to be that guy.  

There's no way his bosses are going to take that shit from him.  

All aboard the No. 2 Express!

I know people have more of these, and more clever ones too.  I'm also reminded of that episode of South Park where Kenny has explosive diarrhea.

Poor guy and everything, but this is just too easy to make fun of.

And anyone who saw the movie "The Parenthood" has to be familiar with the diarrhea song.  Not the exact words, but still hysterical http://diarrheasong.blogspot.com/
5966  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 08:25:04 AM
I'm curious about the "death blows."  There'd better be a deathblow where a player bends it like Beckham.  Even better would be a Pele or Ronaldinho style backflip.  

It's clutch time.  Instead of the hail-mary, it's the Portugese take-a-dive!  (If anyone remembers the last World Cup, team Portugal was taking dives like it was going out of style.)

I'll be honest, despite any skepticism I may have expressed I am intrigued by this title.  I mean, combing my favorite sport with my favorite video game genre... but I don't want to get too hyped if it turns out like strawberries and hot sauce rather than strawberries and cream.
5967  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 29, 2007, 09:08:08 PM
There's no bashing going on here.  Just discussion.  No developer is perfect and every developer has games that some may deem subpar.  Even with the Level 5 games people aren't fond of, there's no denying they have skill and talent, particularly with visuals.  

I still have some doubts regarding a soccer RPG.  RPG fans aren't always the biggest sports or sports game fans, and some RPGs that have tried to incorporate sports haven't always been successful.  Blitzball in FFX was not fun at all.  It had potential and could have been awesome, but it was clunky.  I never got to play Dark Cloud 2, but I recall opinions on Spheda were mixed.  Some loved it and some didn't.  

Admittedly, I still think car racing is one sport that can lend itself well to an RPG.  Final Lap Twin for TurboGrafx 16 is an underrated RPG, I dug Car Battler Joe, I never got to play Racing Lagoon though.
5968  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 29, 2007, 07:49:54 PM
I like soccer (it's my favorite sport.)  I like RPGs.  I'm not too sure how well a soccer RPG will go, but I trust Level 5.  In a similar vein, the Bioware Sonic RPG for DS was a "huh?!?!?!" moment, but I have faith in Bioware.  

I can see how some sports can lend themselves decently to RPGs.  I heard that Racing Lagoon, an RPG based on underground Japanese street racing, has a fairly complex storyline.  

For soccer?  I can see a good storyline using the RPG dynamic of "poor kid from a ramshackle farm/neighborhood with nothing goes on a quest and trains hard to become a great hero/soccer star" but in playing as the manager?  It seems too much like a traditional sports game then to me.  

I'm iffy, but I have some faith in Level 5.
5969  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 28, 2007, 07:24:00 PM
When I saw that ending in ToS, the first thing that came to my mind was the end of the movie Titan A.E. where Cale decides to
name the planet "Bob."
So that's what I envisioned Lloyd doing with the

But in looking at Knights of Ratatoskr, the use of nomenclature from Norse mythology is interesting.  Ratatosk is a squirrel demon in Norse mythology.  Is Norse mythology becoming a trend in JRPGs nowadays?  Valkyrie Profile is obvious, but we saw that in Megami Tensei, mildly in Odin Sphere, and also mildly in Xenogears among others.
5970  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 3 most difficult RPG's on: August 28, 2007, 07:00:00 PM
Most difficult RPG for me had to be Phantasy Star 2.  That game had some of the most brutally labyrinthine dungeons I've seen in a console RPG.  

I think any console RPG seems easy compared to Phantasy Star 2.  The game only had three boss battles and all three were really freaking hard.  Even heavy level grinding only did *so* much.  

That game is even difficult with a walkthrough.  

But Phantasy Star 2 still holds a special place in my heart since that's the Japanese console RPG I first cut my teeth on.  Some people would say that RPGs haven't gotten easier over time, that we've just gotten better because we've played more over the years, but if I were to replay Phantasy Star 2 now, it would be a brutally hard game.  

If we're talking new school, then Odin Sphere is one that comes to mind.  Even easy mode is brutally difficult and it can sometimes be cheap and unbalanced.  The game has a lot going for it, but it can also be frustrating and repetitive.  Note to Vanillaware: Easy mode is supposed to be easy and not kick my candy ass.  

Another one that comes to mind is Xenosaga II.  Is it even possible to win battles in that game without using a cheat device?  Not only were bosses in that game merciless, but the normal encounters were merciless too.  The only consolation for that game was that the story & music were good and that the dungeons were pretty linear.  I personally think you'd have to be a sadist to complete Xenosaga II without a cheat device.  

I do agree that the Shin Megami Tensei games are difficult.  But I never found them stupidly so.  I was actually able to complete Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne without walkthroughs or cheat devices.  Same with Shin Megami Tensei I (although for that one I did use an English translation.)  Those are games that are more challenging-difficult.  Some of the others I mentioned were more cheap-difficult.
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