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1231  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: December 17, 2013, 04:44:20 PM

I went back to GameFAQs for the first time in years, having thought that was the actual title, and had renewed faith that maybe, just maybe, the community had gotten better (or at least became self-aware of their own stupidity).

Needless to say, my faith was crushed. =P

But really, The reasons for boycotting just keep getting dumber, to the point where I feel like there are just tons of people clamouring for a reason to not buy this game, despite all the hype and good word behind it, and I don't know why.
1232  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 17, 2013, 09:31:30 AM
So One Piece 731:

Wow that was amazing. Oda is the master of the slow build. I'm not going to say that this development is a shock to me as I have been expecting Sabo to be the one to "inherit Ace's will" since Whitebeard's speech about how the will of D has been passed on through the generations. At least at one point I was expecting him to get the Falme-Flame fruit after we saw it as the prize, but I was expecting him to steal it when I was considering that possibility. Having him become Lucy was a great decision. I now look forward to him winning the tournament and proudly proclaiming as he is about to eat the fruit that he is Sabo D. Portgas, announcing that he has inherited Ace's will.

Sadly I don't really expect anyone to read that since very few people here keep up with the manga as far as I can tell.

I read the spoiler for 730 and it was something I honestly expected to happen at some point.

I should not have read that spoiler, though. Holy crap! Worst part is, that's too awesome for me to forget. :P
1233  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 15, 2013, 08:18:16 PM
Space Dandy is the show I'm most looking forward to, yet even then I'm not expecting much more than a fun ride...much like the last few really good shows (The Unlimited, AoT, Kill La Kill). Not that I mind a good thrill-ride, of course...

Then there's Houzuki no Reitetsu, which is the first time in a while that I actually anticipated a comedy.

Then I'm looking forward to Sailor Moon and the new Precure...which I probably won't watch much of right away.

And Lastly I'm looking forward to the new Wooser shorts, which will probably be the only anime I consistantly follow...

I'll be keeping an eye on: Nobunaga the Fool, Nobunagun, Magical Warfare, Hamataro, Buddy Complex, and Taoru Hikuushi e no Koiuta - to see if any of them are any good, but I won't start them until I hear good things or see a good trailer...but I'm banking more on the former than the latter...


EDIT: So I never mentioned here that I was watching Magi. I'm halfway through the first season, and I really like it. It's good stuff. Got some problems here and there, but otherwise I can't complain. Granted, I haven't read the manga yet, but hopefully that'll make this easier to enjoy.
1234  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: December 15, 2013, 10:19:08 AM
There is a middle ground between casual and Hardcore, though. As Eusis said, that's usually referred to as the "mainstream" gamer.

Anyways, I'm tempted to go play a bunch of Ys games since this topic popped up. I'm kinda lost in the first game, though...
1235  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Member's Game of the Year - 2013 Edition! on: December 14, 2013, 04:14:23 PM
It was a pretty dry year for me (well, not in terms of releases, but in terms of games I actually played). I'll probably change my GOTY once Christmas comes and I play Ys Vita and LOZ:ALBW.


Etrian Odyssey IV - Never before have I seen a game so vastly improved that it pretty much made the rest of the series irrelevent. It helps that I played quite a bit of Etrian Odyssey I-III before playing IV, so I something fresh to compare.


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate/Pokemon X (Tie) - These were the games I spent the bulk of my game time with this year, with 50 and 100+ hours chocked up respectively. While they're both really good games, I finished neither of them and I doubt I'll be going back to them anytime soon.

Non-2013 GOTY:

Tales of Graces f - ...because it was the only game this year I had the urge to beat. It was actually kind of disappointing, but I don't have anything else to list here.

Biggest Surprise of the Year:

Demon's Souls/Secret of Mana - I'm not sure if the latter was this year, so this one is either/or, not a tie. Besically I used to hate these games before. Now I find them kinda fun. It's always a nice surprise when you come to like a game you didn't before, you know?

Honorable Mention:

Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction - I technically only finished it off this year, I think, so it only gets an honorable mention, but otherwise it was pretty fun.

Biggest Disappointment of the Year:

Tales of Xillia/SMT4/Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (Triple Tie) - I had sooo much hype for these games, then I got them and barely played them at all. The latter one might edge out the other two, since it was sooo boring and the Clank puzzles sucked...These were series I really liked, but I guess I set the bar too high.

That said, I've had far worse disappointments than this. If that's the worst I could do, then I'm doing alright.

Game I definitely need to play more of:

Ni no Kuni - It's Xenoblade/Okami/Gravity Rush/A Bazillion Others all over again! It's so good, I'm afraid to play it, because then I'll have less greatness to play later! D=

Actually...why do I do that? It's not like they stopped making games or anything. <_<

Brb, I gotta go play some games.
1236  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys (IV) Memories of Celceta on: December 13, 2013, 11:19:32 PM
Did not know that. That is very interesting. I was going to say it felt "Inspired" earlier, but I had no way of proving that. Nice. =D
1237  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys (IV) Memories of Celceta on: December 13, 2013, 03:26:06 PM
Oh god also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4udktU6rgMA even if I'm more familiar with the song from Jim Powers that ripped that off :3

Wait, Jim Power the Wrestler or Jim Power the game? Nevermind, the game....and honestly I can hear the similarities, but at the same time, it seems like it changed enough to be a completely different song.

And now I want to play Ys III. I don't even like Ys III, but damn do I like its music. Maybe I'll try the SNES version this time.
1238  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 13, 2013, 11:35:23 AM
Wait...I thought the 15th birthday of Tales was 3 years ago. =| Maybe by the time we get it, it'll be on the 20th anniversary...
1239  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Tearaway on: December 11, 2013, 06:53:29 PM
I'm sure greatness takes time. I know I could use all the reviews I can get, since I'm still a little skeptical of the game, yet I'd very much would like a new 3D Platformer.
1240  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: December 11, 2013, 12:45:54 PM
Wow...I'll admit I was a bit sceptical, but so far it looks great. Lets hope it plays as great as it looks. I'm intrigued by the story, too, which is rare for me when it comes to Western RPGs.
1241  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 10, 2013, 10:22:19 PM
Honestly I think BoF 3 and 4 had the best turn based systems. If only 4 utilized 3's EX turn system, it'd be perfect.

What EX Turn? I got halfway through BoF3 and do not remember that system.

If your character was fast enough they'd get a second action within the same turn. That's why people always recommend Rei, Ryu, and Momo in that order for the Line formation (or was it speed formation) even if it makes the team into a walking glass cannon.

Oh, I forgot about that! Yeah that was...something, certainly made you think a little.
1242  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 10, 2013, 10:12:46 PM
Honestly I think BoF 3 and 4 had the best turn based systems. If only 4 utilized 3's EX turn system, it'd be perfect.

What EX Turn? I got halfway through BoF3 and do not remember that system.
1243  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 08, 2013, 05:39:04 PM

2) Did they fix the strange time allotments? There was nothing quite as baffling as going out to the woods right outside town, like right outside the door, and losing over an entire week going there and back, despite the entire adventure lasting under a half an hour. I think that alone turned me off the game the hardest. I'm only given a certain amount of time to do a job, yet the time it takes to collect the ingredients and make the stuff you're requested just doesn't feel correctly proportioned to what you're trying to do. After an in-game month, I was barely able to raise the collection meter one star. What the hell?

If anybody would like to answer those questions, I'd much appreciate it. I already own all 3 games, in fact I practically bought the PS3 just to play them, and I've been incredibly tempted to just sell them off, seeing as they're half the PS3 RPGs I still own and it would make my PS3 backlog a lot quicker to get through without those looming over my head.

People have already answered your questions pretty well, but I figured I'd add my two cents. Neither Totori nor Meruru have a strong sense of urgency or a tight connection between the dead-lines and their story-justifications, so I would think that might still bother you.
I recently started playing Ayesha, though, and I think that has made massive improvements in that regard. There is a closer connection between the places you are exploring and the main plot and the story pacing seems to be a lot better handled, making it feel like you are making clear progress when you have finished exploring an area. It feels a bit more organic than the make 10 barrels (or whatever) before x-date that the previous games used a lot. One of my problems with Totori is that though it has the strongest main story arch of the arland-trilogy, you basically just mess around for the first half of the game, and the story barely progresses at all until you "get informed" of the main-quest you need to complete. In Ayesha, by contrast, they have been pretty good about keeping that carrot in front of your face from the start.
The adventure points that other people mentioned also make it feel less like you are wasting time in the post-rorona games. You get rewarded (with stat bonuses etc.) for clearing out all the enemies/gathering an entire area, so it doesn't feel like you are wasting time when you are exploring, even though it still takes up a good chunk of days.

so to conclude, I would say: if you dabble with Totori and the issues still bother you, then I don't think you are going to like meruru any more (the dead-line aspect feels pretty arbitrary in that story-line), but if you already own ayesha, I'd suggest that you should give it a shot, as it does seem like it might allieviate some of your concerns.

Thank you. The story feeling like a waste of time was actually a big part of my rant before I scrapped it. I'll have to keep my eye out for Ayesha, then. As for Totori, I guess I'll leave it on my list to give a shot someday. It can't hurt, because even if they're bad that just means I get to sell them.

Anyways, I've been playing Demon's Souls, and I just beat the first level (1-1). I can't seem to figure out which one to go to next, though...they all sound brutal judging from the descriptions...I did try World 2-1, but I didn't make it far because of some fat official guy who spits fire...anybody have any recommendations on which level order a Knight should proceed through?
1244  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys (IV) Memories of Celceta on: December 08, 2013, 05:33:56 PM
Ys will probably get enough mentions during the end of the year awards anyways, at least if its top stuff. I wouldn't worry about it.
1245  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 07, 2013, 11:16:16 PM
BTW, I started Space Brothers, just to try it. I was heavily moved by just the first episode, and it wasn't even really trying. I guess it's mostly because I can easily relate to the Main character on a waaay too deep to be a coincidence level, but still, I have a very good feeling I'll be in for one helluva show...once I finally decide to spend more with it. Until then, I'll be watching more Yamato 2199.
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