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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 25, 2015, 12:57:16 PM
Crais isn't even good in combat.  No matter what, he misses more often than he hits.
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 25, 2015, 09:01:19 AM
And worst male characters?

Originally we wanted to put in a hall of shame, but we'd spent so much time debating how to run this feature that we opted not to do a hall of shame, because it would probably have taken far longer.  The list of lousy guys is ridiculous.  That being said, my choice for worst male protagonist is Crais from Mimana Iyar Chronicle.  Most unlikeable jerkoff I've encountered in an RPG.  He's a douchenozzle who's an asshole to everyone, verbally abusive to every girl he meets, yet every girl in the game throws herself at him.  They certainly are the worst possible Darwin-award representations of the most insufferable anime archetypes you see in these kinds of harem type games. 

I nominated the entire ensemble cast of that game for worst females, because ensemble cast.  But when presented with the case of Star Ocean 4 for worst ensemble cast, we gave it the nod since it's a far more recognizable entity.  Regarding Mimana, Who cares about a shitty obscure game that no sane person's played or should want to play? 

And LOL at the news story subheading of Fidel Camus being a Cuban dictator and a French literary genius. 

63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 24, 2015, 12:26:23 PM
I'm debating deleting School Idol Festival from my iPad.  It's a great game, but I think I'm getting too addicted to it.  Like to the point where my brain is saying,"you're addicted and it's depressing like a nicotine habit."  The only way I've been able to successfully conquer my addictions, no matter how minor or major, is to just cut that junk out cold turkey and never look back. 

And Klutz- Fairy Fencer F's balance issues will hit you later on.  With it, Mugen Souls Z, and Agarest 2, I got through the early portions pretty smoothly then before the halfway mark they pulled an about-face and started getting sadistic. 

I wouldn't NEVER look back. In fact, looking back after some time is how you tell whether you were addicted to the game or not. For instance, last year I quit Valkyrie Crusade cold turkey, and I was just thinking about it recently and realized I wasn't actually having that much fun with it anymore when I quit. If you realize you WERE enjoying yourself, then you weren't necessarily addicted, just really enjoying a game.

The game is good, but I feel like I log in daily out of obligation and just go through the motions.  I'll try not playing it over the weekend.  I've had addictions before and it kinda gut-feels like it's going there.
64  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 23, 2015, 09:00:05 PM
I'm debating deleting School Idol Festival from my iPad.  It's a great game, but I think I'm getting too addicted to it.  Like to the point where my brain is saying,"you're addicted and it's depressing like a nicotine habit."  The only way I've been able to successfully conquer my addictions, no matter how minor or major, is to just cut that junk out cold turkey and never look back. 

And Klutz- Fairy Fencer F's balance issues will hit you later on.  With it, Mugen Souls Z, and Agarest 2, I got through the early portions pretty smoothly then before the halfway mark they pulled an about-face and started getting sadistic. 
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 23, 2015, 04:17:57 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/features/Best_Male_RPG_Characters/index.html

And I must admit, this was surprisingly difficult to do. 
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 23, 2015, 05:27:50 AM
What happened to Miki between the drawing board and the screens?  I think she and her outfit look good on the drawing board.  Lilia and Fidel somehow translated better from the drawing board.  I'm now curious what Checkers looks like on the drawing board.
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 22, 2015, 07:03:03 PM
In our "Female Protagonists" feature, the entire ensemble cast of Star Ocean 4 was banished to our hall of shame.    http://www.rpgfan.com/features/Best_Female_RPG_Characters/hall_of_shame.html
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 22, 2015, 06:15:00 PM
May 2nd (the day of the fight) is free comic book day, so I'll be gallivanting to a bunch of comic book stores then reading tons of comics.  FCBD is close enough to my birthday that I often celebrate my birthday on FCBD. 
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 21, 2015, 06:12:28 PM
I said "we" as in a collective "we" not singling anyone out.  Because in looking at the FF15 thread, anyone knocking the character designs are doing them for what, to me, seem like the opposite reasons many folks here are knocking SO5's character designs.  I know it's not necessarily an apples to apples thing, just thought it was an interesting observation.  

I also kinda wonder if it's one of those cases where things look better in motion than in stills. 
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 21, 2015, 05:11:00 PM
And it all stemmed from the character design.  Love it or hate it, I must say that it is a smashing success because everyone's getting so heated about it and talking about it.  Whether it's Miki's odd face or Checkers' pom-pom wrists, or whatnot.  

No such thing as bad controversy or bad publicity, right?  Better to be hated than be forgotten?

I'm not sold on the character designs either.  Maybe they'll grow on me.  But I'd rather these kinds of choices that get people talking than mundane "play it safe" character designs that we'll forget by tomorrow.  

EDIT: And it's interesting how we're decrying SO5's and FF15's character design choices for damn near opposite reasons. 
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 19, 2015, 07:31:00 PM
Someone send that to Tr-Ace.  That's a vast improvement. 
72  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: April 19, 2015, 05:25:20 PM
In Terra Tower I beat the red blob, met Belthasar, beat the green blob, went up the elevator and saved at that save point. 

Oh, and I forgot to mention that before I went to Terra Tower, en route to getting Starky, I did take Steena to get the Chrono Cross. 
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is brand loyalty "worth it?" on: April 19, 2015, 04:49:18 PM
Timmy- Anecdotal.  I've met a LOT of people who abandoned FF because they felt that FF7 deviated too far from FF6 and the good ol' 2D ones.  They were the ones decrying that the people who jumped on the FF7 bandwagon weren't "true" FF fans, that they were playing Mario when the "true" fans were playing FF4 or whatnot...

And if you want to take that elsewhere, FF is one of those series that has lost clientele as they've deviated, innovated, etc. drastically. 

All I'm saying is that brand loyalty is less important to RPG fans because we're more of a "risk taking" group and despite some oldheads saying that their favorite series is deviating from its roots, there are plenty of fans (old and new) who embrace the change.  Just like with bands- maybe your favorite band made an experimental album that's not their bread 'n butter, but they're being creative and not rehashing the same shit over and over.  Last thing we want is stale. 

But you can't change around Madden games too much.  Those people just want to be able to grab a controller, a couple of friends, and just play.  We as RPGFans aren't shy about learning new gameplay systems and stuff. 
74  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: April 18, 2015, 07:21:00 PM
So once again, Celestian Tales: Old North looks like it will best appease SaGa fans: http://www.ekuatorgames.com/

I played the demo and it is good.

As for Chrono Cross I went roundabouts through Terra Tower, knocked down the pillars in that first room, then saved at the entrance. 
75  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: April 18, 2015, 04:07:57 PM
So it's kinda like Topo's rave party in Brave Fencer Musashi?  That was a fun boss encounter. 
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