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16  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 25, 2016, 10:01:52 AM
I didn't get much time to play Conquest over the weekend. But I had an extra long commute today and that helped me motor through chapter 22. I'm now about midway through chapter 23. Just starting my units up the walls.

I have to admit I'm finding the game much more tolerable now that my units are promoted. I have greater flexibility in who attacks what, and with my overall strategy. The earlier chapters made this game feel like an SRPG on rails, which just isn't fun.

No insane RNG-ness. Knock on wood.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: April 25, 2016, 09:54:30 AM
Game's been out for almost 2 weeks in the US and no one has said anything...I'm kinda sad...

Once I'm finished with Fire Emblem Fates, I'll be getting to Bravely Second.

Gonna take a while though...
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 21, 2016, 02:54:20 PM
Alright, I'm motoring right along in Conquest. I've finished chapters 21 and 22 over the past day. Both of which were fun, and I didn't struggle really with either of them. No crazy RNG-ness happening either outside of the usual hit rate 20% = you're going to take damage. Most of my core team is at or slightly over level 30. I have a couple of stragglers, namely Mozu, Nina, Peri and Soleil, but they're getting close as well.

I just started chapter 23 when my lunch break ended. Looks interesting.

Ideally I'll finish up Conquest over the weekend and move on to Birthright.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 20, 2016, 02:33:48 PM
Poor Silas. I found him useful until I started facing promoted enemies. Even as a Paladin, he's just too fragile and doesn't have enough strength to be much more than fodder for anything that comes his way. Had the same issue with Sophie, who was slightly better. I guess I could swap them over to Great Knight to see if that works, but I'm already pretty happy with Peri as a Great Knight.
Yep, Silas got taken out in my game just a few battles ago.  I'm playing on Casual (for my sanity), but any time a unit "dies" in battle, I move them to the bottom of a list I'm keeping.  I then use that list to determine who I use in battle, starting at the top.  Silas was a perfectly average contributor to my A-Team until just recently.  I think once I unlock Aegis, though, he should be more effective in battle.

I'd unlocked Aegis for both he and Sophie and it made very little difference sadly. The Paladin class just isn't able to compete with the promoted enemy units in this game.

I played through Chapter 19 on my lunch break and those poor foxes didn't know what hit them. I did have one close call when I mistakenly left Peri in range of two enemies with the Beast Killer skill. The first knocked her down to 4 HP, and I thought she was screwed when the second attacked, but I decided to let it play out since the enemy had a 70% hit rate. For once the RNG was in my favor and the enemy missed. I finished wiping the floor with the foxes on my next turn and that was that.

Also, I just have to say that the Illusion ability the foxes had was cheap as hell. I'm sure if I get a fox character in Birthright I'll enjoy having that advantage, but for now much dislike.
20  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 20, 2016, 12:21:33 PM
Poor Silas. I found him useful until I started facing promoted enemies. Even as a Paladin, he's just too fragile and doesn't have enough strength to be much more than fodder for anything that comes his way. Had the same issue with Sophie, who was slightly better. I guess I could swap them over to Great Knight to see if that works, but I'm already pretty happy with Peri as a Great Knight.
21  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 20, 2016, 10:40:00 AM
Alright, I got the last three children and I was just about to wrap up the second castle invasion when I got to work. I'll wrap that up and then I'll get back to chapter 19.

I have my army pretty well figured out. There are a few units that I'm not sure if I'll keep around or not, but time will tell.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 19, 2016, 05:11:29 PM
Double post, yah!

So along a similar vein as Scar Jo, the first image of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in the Power Rangers movie reboot has been posted. Can we call Power Rangers "whitewashing?" I don't know, but whatever it is you call it, they've been doing it since 1993.

http://www.people.com/article/elizabeth-banks-power-rangers-movie-rita-repulsa-first-look?xid=socialflow_facebook_peoplemag

The design is very, very different from that of the original show. Maybe to make ties to the Green Ranger more discernible?
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 19, 2016, 04:03:12 PM
I'm surprised. I didn't have any troubles getting enough Master Seals for my team. Granted I bought several, but I still seem to have plenty of G.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 19, 2016, 12:37:20 PM
Wait Togusa's supposed to be 27 in SAC? wtfffffffffffffff

That mullet ages him up like 20 years.

I think the main problem is that many people likely already know the franchise. They can't just Anglicize the names easily like they did in Edge of Tomorrow since All You Need Is Kill was relatively unknown to all but otakus outside of Japan. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Ghost in the Shell has been making waves in the U.S. since the 90s and Kusanagi is much loved and iconic. Thus the filmmakers likely felt stuck in a limbo where they couldn't Anglicize her name because they don't want to alienate fans of the manga/anime, which they've already done anyway. But could you imagine the uproar if they were to Anglicize that name? Michelle Kendal? Mary Kelly? Woof. Yet also, I think that Ghost in the Shell, while well known to lots of Americans, probably isn't well known to most. Of my current cadre of friends, there's only one who is familiar with anime. So you take a somewhat unknown franchise, you use a lesser known Asian actress as the lead, and most Americans won't care. You give that franchise some star power with a well known actress and suddenly you have a potential blockbuster on your hands since most Americans probably, while not familiar with the franchise, may find it interesting and will take notice because of Scar Jo.

I'm not condoning it by any means. I think it is just the sad reality of both Hollywood executives' poor decisions, as well as the expectations of American viewers.

Yeah, I'm usually very symapthetic to the issue of white washing, but I kinda feel like they were stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one and I think you illustrated very well why that is.  There was hardly this kind of uproar for Day After Tomorrow (that I recall), and they're also being yanked by the fact this has been sort of a hot-button issue this year (the "oscars so white" hashtag got popular, numerous stars and advocacy groups speaking out against it, etc etc).   I don't want to put the heat *exclusively* on the producers and film makers here, really this is pretty intersectional of wrong time, wrong place, and completely the wrong context going in.

Again I'd like to add that the surrounding cast is still pretty impressive.  The main ladies aside, a lot of the minority actors in this aren't exactly big A-listers, some barely even B-listers.  I do think they were explicitly trying for a diverse supporting cast since the starring is decidedly white.

I actually have always liked the supporting cast of Ghost in the Shell more than Kusanagi. Don't get me wrong, she's a great character, but I honestly don't feel that she develops as well as the others. Her character seems kind of stagnant since it seems like most of her growth as a character happened prior to what is seen in the series/movie(s). I haven't ever read the manga, so I can't comment on that. 
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 19, 2016, 12:29:06 PM
I finished the paralogues for both Soleil and Forrest. Color me surprised. I remember hearing that there were going to LGBT characters in this game, but it still came as a surprise. Granted, they aren't the best portrayals, but I found the interaction between Leo and Forrest at the end of that particular paralogue to be pretty well done. Now I just need to get Benny, Xander and Jakob's children, then I'll be done with the paralogues and will be back to the main story. I'm liking the characters more now that I'm further into the game. At first I found them uninteresting and lacking in personality, but the support conversations have helped significantly as they usually do.

No RNG disasters the past few paralogues, thankfully.
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 18, 2016, 11:28:52 AM
I ground out a few more S-rank supports in Conquest and started paralogue 20 to get Odin's daughter Ophelia. I also unlocked paralogue 21 for Laslow's child. I opted to not support Kaze since I'll have access to him again when I start Birthright. So now I only have to unlock the paralogues for Benny, Leo, Xander, and Jakob's children. Once that's done I may grind supports for some of the children characters (though I won't get them up to S), and I'm going to compare stats to see who I'd like to drop out of my main team and who I'd like to keep. I've already opted to drop Silas and Keaton as both of their children appear to have slightly better stats.

I'm currently working on paralogue 20. Then paralogue 21. Then back to the grind.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 18, 2016, 10:45:21 AM
I think the main problem is that many people likely already know the franchise. They can't just Anglicize the names easily like they did in Edge of Tomorrow since All You Need Is Kill was relatively unknown to all but otakus outside of Japan. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Ghost in the Shell has been making waves in the U.S. since the 90s and Kusanagi is much loved and iconic. Thus the filmmakers likely felt stuck in a limbo where they couldn't Anglicize her name because they don't want to alienate fans of the manga/anime, which they've already done anyway. But could you imagine the uproar if they were to Anglicize that name? Michelle Kendal? Mary Kelly? Woof. Yet also, I think that Ghost in the Shell, while well known to lots of Americans, probably isn't well known to most. Of my current cadre of friends, there's only one who is familiar with anime. So you take a somewhat unknown franchise, you use a lesser known Asian actress as the lead, and most Americans won't care. You give that franchise some star power with a well known actress and suddenly you have a potential blockbuster on your hands since most Americans probably, while not familiar with the franchise, may find it interesting and will take notice because of Scar Jo.

I'm not condoning it by any means. I think it is just the sad reality of both Hollywood executives' poor decisions, as well as the expectations of American viewers.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: April 15, 2016, 03:32:40 PM
Besides, if I give here, then it gives me the chance of one day playing an officially localized version of Bahamut Lagoon, and is that not worth caving for?

Wait. What? Is this happening? If so, I need it. Now.

Anyway, I just bought a PS4 today myself thanks to a bonus I got at work (yay!!!). I'd love to have classic PS1 games portable. That is definitely enticing. However, I just don't see there being enough support any longer for it to continue being relevant as a system. I never even hear about new games for it any longer, and even when I did it was seldom.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 15, 2016, 03:03:33 PM
I don't worry, I've made sure I'm getting Geitz. lol Who said prepromotes suck. I'm probably going to use Geitz over leveling my fighters (fighters suck compared to Hector). Still debating if I should use Dart or sell his ocean seal for a ton of money. I guess it will depend on how he levels up.

Oh and I used a gameshark saved state with everything unlocked so I just started on Lyn Hard Mode. Lyn is probably getting replaced by Karel when I get him. Kind of funny that it seems like I won't be using any snipers. Archers suck to level up and why bother when some promoted units have access to bows anyway. Yes, I'll have to level up their weapon rank but thats a lot easier to do than level up the horrible archer units. Putting in an archer is like takinig one less character into a chapter. Maybe I'll use Pents wife just because shes his wife but not sure.

Granted, Geitz isn't that bad for a pre-promoted unit. Harken and Karel are actually quite decent and Karel at least will likely be better than Guy (stupid Guy). But Geitz will be vastly inferior to Bartre and Dart who both promote into murderous nutcases.
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 15, 2016, 12:04:43 PM
What image?

Something tells me you posted a Photobucket image, didn't you.

You are correct.
Here, I imgured it for you:



Thanks.

Is this image from the run where Kana ate the hot death or was this from a recreation? Looks like there might be something going on with where Jimmy's Kana is positioned (i.e. the red square). Then again, if that were the case then the game should've listed something. Too bad that War on Dragons site no longer exists, as that might have had some information on that particular stage's gimmick.

That was a recreation after it happened. There weren't any additional damage or gimmick tiles in that stage to my knowledge.
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