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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2016, 08:11:36 PM
Oh god this yes, and the only other game that's really hit the same /mood/ for me is Nanatsu Kaze.

Speaking of which, I spent about an hour today trying to get that to work until I remembered your posts a while back. Or at least, that made me think about how the file itself may have just been crap, which it was, and there are no other decent online sorces for whatever reason, and I may have to buy the actual disc from eBay, all because I thought you encountered a similar situation last year.

So yeah, I probably would've spent all day trying to get it to work otherwise......
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2016, 03:23:26 PM
@glassjawsh

Have you gotten through the lighthouse section yet? I still can't figure out what you're even supposed to do in that mini game...
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 06, 2016, 08:30:18 AM
Mickey- eating one meal a day is one of the worst things you can do.

Yeah, that I know, especially since I usually eat 4 or 5 small meals a day...plus I kinda did that for a much longer time in 2010, except then I was...kind of morbidly depressed, so the starvation was more of a, uh...purposeful attempt to harm myself. A very slow one, mind, but I probably wouldn't be here if not for an act that I can only describe as divine intervention.

...Hey, wait, didn't a lot of religious prophets fast/starve themselves for long periods of time?

EDIT: Oh yeah, this time it was only over the Holiday weekend...and mostly because I kept losing track of time, since everyone was busy celebrating while I was busy hiding in my cave hoping everything goes back to normal soon...
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix' best surprise EVER!! (Adv. of Mana) on: July 05, 2016, 06:46:56 PM
Speaking of which: I Am Setsuna is Digital-Only? That's...kind of a relief, actually. I think I should only get two games this month, and Monster Hunter Generations already has one slot booked up...and there's a Gundam game coming out next week. I don't need anything else standing between me and my sweet, sweet Mobile Suits...

Doesn't stop it from having a special edition though.

At this point, I don't think anything will stop them from having special editions of games that cost more than $20...
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grand Kingdom announced for the West on: July 05, 2016, 05:47:04 PM
This one's still high on my list (that wishlist I mentioned has been whittled down to 5, maybe 6 by now, though), and I got the demo to try at my leisure, but it'll be a while before I get gaps to actually give it the time of day...
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 05, 2016, 04:21:06 PM
On a diet, since my body slowly started giving subtle signs of giving up on me. While not obese by any means, I was starting to get a little too chubby for my own good, and my joints and other body parts made sure to let me know (not to mention getting a phone call from a doctor after doing some routine tests, asking if I'm being treated for diabetes and that I should really look into it, set of some major alarm bells).
Sucks to have to say goodbye to eating most of the stuff I like, but on the flip side I've been at it for a few weeks now and feel pretty good in comparison to when I started.

Oh hey, I'm on a diet, too. I guess. I don't remember when or why I started, but I've been eating one meal a day for a while now...that said, I think I might go grab some supper tonight...I'm starting to feel really...whoozee while I type this...
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix' best surprise EVER!! (Adv. of Mana) on: July 05, 2016, 04:11:54 PM
Speaking of which: I Am Setsuna is Digital-Only? That's...kind of a relief, actually. I think I should only get two games this month, and Monster Hunter Generations already has one slot booked up...and there's a Gundam game coming out next week. I don't need anything else standing between me and my sweet, sweet Mobile Suits...
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 04, 2016, 09:41:57 PM
^Yeah, the recent movie trilogy was that bad, too. It's like the entire thing was made on a PS4, but then half the time the characters are completely 2D, which makes them blend in less sometimes...
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: July 04, 2016, 09:34:07 PM
See also: RPGMaker games that rip art from other games that, by themselves, have excellent artwork, but when you end up mixing them together it looks really goofy.

...I've encountered that exact example way more than I'd like to admit...
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix' best surprise EVER!! (Adv. of Mana) on: July 04, 2016, 01:06:32 PM
Honestly, I always liked Final Fantasy Adventure more than Secret of Mana. It's faily simple, but at this point, I'll take "simple" over trying to do to juggle too much at once and dropping stuff all over the place.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokyo Xanadu Headed West Via XSEED for PS Vita & PC on: July 04, 2016, 09:32:56 AM
So, another Falcom A-RPG is apparently headed west, via XSEED. Unfortunately, they announced this in the wake of the enhanced PS4 version, which they're currently playing "wait 'n' see" about, but at least there's a physical copy for the PS Vita version.

Source


Aksys, not XSEED, is handling localization for this one. Which is a surprise to me.  I'm definitely glad we're getting it; I really liked everything I saw from trailers, gameplay videos, and music from Tokyo Xanadu. I even imported the soundtrack last year.

Thanks for the correction. I don't know if the Gematsu page was wrong, or if I just assumed it was XSEED, since they had an announcement two articles above it (not to mention they supposedly had an agreement with Nihon Falcom). Either way, I'm genuinely surprised about this, but that also explains why we're getting the Vita version + PC port (likely of the Vita version) when a PS4 version is well into development.

Because Aksys is crazy. Crazy-lucky, and we wouldn't have as many weird-but-cool games if they weren't, but they're still freakin' nuts. Expect the unexpected, as they say...
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tokyo Xanadu Headed West Via Aksys(!?) for PS Vita & PC on: July 03, 2016, 07:01:40 PM
So, a Falcom Action-RPG is apparently headed west, via XSEED Aksys?* Really? Unfortunately, they announced this in the wake of the enhanced PS4 version, which they're currently playing "wait 'n' see" about, but at least there's a physical copy for the PS Vita version.

Source

*Thank you for the correction, Monsoon.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 02, 2016, 12:37:11 PM
So, hum, yeah...
ReLIFE has a different schedule... as in all 13 episodes are out now.

You can just binge the whole season already.

EDIT: oh yeah, episode 1 is not very good but it gets much better already at 2.

Huh. Well, I guess it can't hurt to try it, then...

BTW, I have a Guest Pass or two on Crunchy if anybody wants it. I never do anything with them (I can't use them myself, obviously, and I don't actually have friends to give them to), and they're only 2 days, but hey...
44  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: July 02, 2016, 11:24:34 AM
"Over my Head" - The Fray

...okay, I don't remember when I talked about this last, but I think the reason it clicked with me was a lot simpler than I realized. My mom and her boyfriend had been in a shakey relationship that went bust last August, which ended up being really messy in the end...not sure why I didn't put that together at first, but oh well. It's kind of the same thing about this next song:

Simple Plan -- "Perfect"

Another "tug at the hearts strings using teenage angst and daddy issues" song. I don't listen to this as often it...probably looks, judging from my posts in this thread, but this one...it always chokes me up, but...not in the way I expected to. Like, whenever it gets to the chorus, I always get the urge to break down and yell "I never asked you to be perfect!," like I'm the dad or something.

I could probably write up some introspective bibble-babble, but it's probably just my imagination. The song is written like a teenage boy yelling at his dad, and since I can't relate to the boy (I never had a dad to fight with), so obviously as a listener, I kind of take it like as if I was the dad being told this by his son. I mean, It's not like I haven't seen enough teenage-oriented stuff to know how this usually goes down...I guess empathy's really weird like that sometimes.

I kind of thought for a bit that there'd be more to it, but I doubt it. That's the same with a lot of things, now that I think about. I overthink things way too much, and try to look for bigger meanings and deeper connections than is probably reasonable considering the general lack of life experience I have. It ain't healthy, to say the least. Ah well, I guess I can start breaking that habit by sitting back and listening to some more songs - no thoughts on them, no critiques, not introspective, no complicated fantasia-like mental plays...just let the song be as it is. That's what a lot of music seems to be for, after all...
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: June 29, 2016, 11:12:03 AM
MickeyMac- Final Fantasy XII.  I love the Gambit system in that game, because it allows me to tailor and fine tune my party members' AI in a detailed manner to complement myriad situations and my own play style.  Now, I prefer turn-based combat because I'm a more patient gamer like that and like having full control over my party's actions, but FFXII's Gambit system is how it should be done.  It gives me that measure of control.

That's...I'm not even gonna call it an outlier, I think FFXII is really in a different genre from a game like Star Ocean. It's a turn-based/action hybrid that draws a lot of inspiration from Final Fantasy Tactics, while also utilizing the ATB system from Pre-FFX, as well as MMOs like FFXI (which themselves can trace back their inspirations to far more tactical games). The point is, it's a much more strategic game at its base, made apparent by the fact that everything works on a set of action-bars that refill at a predictable rate.

Not to say I wouldn't enjoy more games with a Gambit-like system, I just don't think FFXII is a fair comparison to a more action-heavy experience like Star Ocean.

That said, you did remind me that Tales of Symphonia had a lot of AI restrictions you could set in the strategy menu. You need to save most of your TP for the upcoming boss fight? Set everyone to "use Arts until 60% TP" (I think there's a higher restriction, too), and you're go to go! Tired of your healer not not doing anything until it's too late? Set it so he targets characters with >70% HP and enjoy the constant healing. He's using too much TP now? Let him use items when his TP is below 50%. Using too many restoratives? Maybe knock that down to >20% TP. There's a ton more options than just that, too. I recall every character having multiple drop-downs with more than a dozen options in each.

Honestly, not even the Tales games seem to do that anymore, and I really miss it...
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