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6106  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.  
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.  
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.

Koromaru's joined the party and the Strega have come out to play.
 Now this makes me wonder about Junpei.  
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,
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.
6107  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.
6108  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.
6109  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.
6110  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!
6111  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.
6112  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.
6113  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.
6114  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 07, 2007, 08:38:08 AM
Persona 3-
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.
6115  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean 4 on: September 06, 2007, 10:30:35 PM
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.
6116  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sakura Taisen DS "Because there is you" on: September 06, 2007, 01:55:31 PM
Sakura Taisen's a pretty prolific series, and I too would like to see more of Red Company's work localized (i.e. Tengai Makyou, Sakura Taisen).  However, I'm not so sure it can happen because games like Sakura Taisen are extremely Japanese in terms of wordplay, in-game cultural stuff, etc.  

However, if Persona 3 could come along and do such an amazing job with the English localization whilst still retaining the unabashedly Japanese flavor then perhaps it can be done with Sakura Taisen.  

You will have some series fans, including some very vocal ones on these boards, who would bemoan the English "tarnishing" of their beloved series but it is what it is.
6117  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 06, 2007, 08:05:50 AM
Quote from: "Lord Scottish"

@Dincrest: I have a bit of sympathy for Hidetoshi. Sure, he's uptight and judgmental, but more than anything, he comes across to me as a bitter, misguided idealist.

This is what makes the game so fantastic.  You sympathize with Hidetoshi so you choose to spend time with him, whereas he's exactly the kind of person I could never stand being around, so I blow him off.  Unique gaming experience for the both of us.  

I still don't really like Mitsuru, except in battle.  There's just seems to be something shady about her.  I can see that Fuuka
does want to be part of SEES, but I wasn't fond of the way Mitsuru coerced her into joining.  In the same way, I'm not fond of the way Mitsuru coerced me into joining student council.
 Again, yes, I happen to agree with Yukari's suspicions.  She seems the most grounded of everyone in SEES.

I'm mostly using death: Loa and magician: Sati as my main personas now.  I'm building up Sati so I can make a Narcissus with strong elemental spells.  Narcissus has some good resistances that I want.
6118  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 05, 2007, 07:22:51 PM
Persona 3... I'm pretty much killing time till the next full moon with school stuff and Tartarus.  Death: Loa is proving to be a surprisingly good persona.  

it's interesting how the game is really about you and who you are in terms of determining your best persona arcanum compatibilities.  It's like how in the prior Persona games, each person has their own idiosyncratic compatibilities with certain arcana and in this game, I get to map out my own compatibilities from scratch.  I've pretty much decided to forget going for bazillions of social links/arcana and just pursue the ones with activities and people I actually like.  

For example, fuck student council and the Emperor arcanum.  I think the president is an uptight asshole and is not someone I want to be around.  I'm not too fond of Mitsuru either.  She seems like those people who think they're so smart and have it all figured out but are really clueless idiots.  I agree with Yukari that
she has a way of forcibly suckering people into doing things.  She suckered me into doing student council and later on suckered Fuuka into joining SEES.
 She's pretty good in battles, though.  I'll be ditching student council from now on.  

I'd rather be at kendo practice, even though my Chariot s-link there with Kazushi is maxed out.  Kendo's actually fun and Kaz & Yuko are people I actually want to be around.  

I'll be doing more with music club since, well, it's music club.  Go Fortune!

In terms of the ladies, I'll be pursuing the s-link with Yuko rather than Chihiro.  Chihiro's nice and all, but Yuko's more my type.  Sorry Justice.  I guess Strength is more up my alley.  

This game is way too addictive.  This game is a grade-killer for sure.
6119  The Rest / General Discussions / GamesRadar: 7 controversies waiting to happen. on: September 05, 2007, 05:20:43 PM
Persona 2: Innocent Sin also has a teenager who hides a machine gun in a guitar case and the first boss is a high school principal.  Guns in school and principal homicide for the win.  That stuff was way worse than Hitler, whose been used in older games like Wolfenstein 3D.  In Innocent Sin,
Hitler is the penultimate boss who was resurrected by the bad guys- demonic versions of the characters' parents
so it shouldn't be a big deal.  The final boss was the most disturbing final boss I've ever seen.  I mean, an
amalgam of every character's father all wearing bondage gear
is pretty sick.  

In any case, in that list SMT and hentai games in the US were dead giveaways.  I'm still wondering how some hentai games even made it to US shores given how degenerate some of them are.

And even though there was mild eyebrow raising, Xenogears and the Xenosaga games have pretty much stayed under the radar as well.  Methinks low sales had to do with that, and low sales= a nonthreat faith challenger.
6120  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Master P, Seth Green Join Forces for Hip-Hop RPG on: September 05, 2007, 01:51:56 PM
Lemme hear you say uhhhghhhhghhhh!

At least I *think* that was that shit-tastic Master P song that got really popular for no logical or explicable reason.  

I can see how music can be a great theme for storylines and stuff in RPGs.  Eternal Sonata with classical music, Marl Oukoku with its showtunes type stuff, an RPG based on any Bal Sagoth album would be really epic...

I think an RPG with a hip-hop themed storyline could work, but only if it came from the mind of someone like Chuck D of Public Enemy or rappers who do storytelling rap and not the bling bling stuff.
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