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1501  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Story - Out in North America on: August 18, 2012, 03:13:49 AM
Just picked it up. Really nice limited edition packaging,Love the color scheme. Also came with a brief soundtrack not included in the actual packaging. The battle system looks like a lot of fun. I am just worried with how generic the story sounds. Multi player sounds interesting.

Yeah, the story isn't all that great, but the game scores higher in the character department. They don't get a lot of development, but the banter between the mercenaries is frequent and entertaining. The battle system is easily the best part of the game. Which is good, because you'll be fighting A LOT.

The game is also only 20-30 hours long and doesn't overstay its welcome.

Quote from: Dice
I have no problem with hearing good things here then picking it up.  But between school, work, other games, and a skill I want to improve that isn't thumb twiddling on controllers... I guess I only have time for so much.  As is, Xenoblade is collecting mad dust as much as I want to play it.

If you're going to play a Wii RPG, play Xenoblade. The Last Story is a nice game, but everything it does, Xenoblade does better.
1502  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite "Tales of" Game and why? on: August 18, 2012, 02:57:28 AM
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Tales Of games often have subplots about racism or xenophobia, and at least one character either suffering from it or overcoming it. Half-elves in Phantasia and Symphonia, Celestians in Eternia, Lycanth in Tempest, probably others I haven't played.

Some games also try to send an environmental message. Elements being out of balance (due to things humans did) is pretty common.

Oh, but let one thing be clear: 'subtility' is not in the Tales dictionary. More often than not writers prefer the sledgehammer approach. But we always forgive them, because Tales games are about the characters. The Tales games are, despite their love for archetypes, full of likable characters that get plenty of development.
1503  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite "Tales of" Game and why? on: August 17, 2012, 02:47:46 AM
Yep, they made them too easy to hate. Flynn does confront Yuri though, but it feels empty after having watched The First Strike...

In any case, the murders would have been shoved on the carpet as well if they did go the moral ambiguity route. Yuri's best buddies with a princess and other high ranking figures. I bet most of the world likes him too, because of the whole not having to die thing. Plus, who cares about the deaths of people who were on the wrong/losing side? If Yuri did go to trial, he'd walk out a free man anyway.
1504  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 15, 2012, 02:15:57 PM


Reminds me of a Gene Wolfe short story, "Unrequited Love". :) It's really good.

Here's a link if  you want to read it.

http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/summer_2007/fiction_unrequited_love_by_gene_wolfe/  

Summary: A man suggests a human girl and a robot girl swap pets for the week.

Thanks, that was a good read.

For some reason it was hard to imagine a somewhat realistic looking robodog. In my mind every robotdog looks like the one from Secret of Evermore.
1505  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 14, 2012, 11:48:20 AM
I talked to god recently

Hey, that's pretty fun! God and I talked about whether robots have pets or not. God wants a black cat as long is it's not too expensive.
1506  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade or Final Fantasy 12.. what's your preference? on: August 14, 2012, 04:48:29 AM
Yep, and doing quests just feels so natural in Xenoblade. Some encourage you to explore and others are completed nearly automatically while you explore.

And I personally don't think there was too much stuff. It's not like you have to throw anything away. Give your leftovers to party members as presents or trade them for items you do need.
1507  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite "Tales of" Game and why? on: August 14, 2012, 03:08:08 AM

Yuri destroying everyone in the game without breaking a sweat:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBO7BjPegoA

I can't believe I had forgotten how handsome Captain Schwann is <3

1508  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite "Tales of" Game and why? on: August 13, 2012, 02:54:59 AM
Once again, I'd love to hear your explanation of why Vesperia's battle system is broken. 

Me too, man. I played the game front to back with almost zero problems, and the only problems I did have were due to the AI that I didn't know how to change at the time.

Yuri's one of the most powerful protagonists in the series, if not the most powerful, but that's all I can think of... Oh and you can do this crazy chain thing with Rita, but it doesn't work very well when it really counts (though boss battles). Most Tales games have one or two tricks you can exploit, but those never really destroyed the battle system.

Anyway, my favourite is Abyss. Really liked the characters. Luke may be an annoying/depressed idiot, but it's hard not the sympathise with him. Second favourite is Vesperia, I think. For similar reasons. And it reminds me of Lunar, which is a good thing, because I love Lunar.
1509  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 08, 2012, 03:06:32 PM
I don't drink coffee, but I'd buy something there just to pay them back for having the guts to make a joke that most of the public won't get. :)
Including me. Care to explain it?
Someone doesn't get the laws of equivalent exchange, hurr hurr.

Edit: I just came up with another one.
I wonder if that coffee has been passed down for generations in the Armstrong Family?

Oh, and never ever order a tall latte there!
1510  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 03, 2012, 05:59:06 AM
I got... Ryohei Kato, a gymnast.

A guy. Of course. Always a guy...

I'm a reverse Dincrest.
1511  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So, Job-wise... on: July 18, 2012, 06:51:25 AM
I'd rather have a job I truly enjoy and make less money than make a ton of money doing a job that crushes my soul.  I can't put a price tag on my happiness and sanity. 
First. That's pretty much my situation and I wouldn't want it any other way. Besides, I can stretch those peanuts I get paid pretty far. Combine that with not having many wants or needs and life is quite comfortable.

On the other hand, I guess getting decent pay for a job I don't have and having enough spare time to enjoy it would be nice, too...

Hi people without kids. </asshat>

All in all, safe job for me. I had my dream job and it didn't pay enough. Now I have a depressing job, but I can afford to keep my family off the streets. Fair trade.

Heh, it's not like my parents had much more to spend and the five of us (two adults, three kids) had it good too. We were considered poor by many standards, but bills were paid on time, there was enough food, we had the clothes we needed, our home was nice and clean, and we could afford small luxuries if we saved up. I even had my own laptop. Sure, it was used and outdated, but with some creativity I was able to use it for years. The experience of getting that thing to do what I wanted it to do made me happier than a new laptop could have made me.
1512  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So, Job-wise... on: July 17, 2012, 11:54:09 AM
First. That's pretty much my situation and I wouldn't want it any other way. Besides, I can stretch those peanuts I get paid pretty far. Combine that with not having many wants or needs and life is quite comfortable.

On the other hand, I guess getting decent pay for a job I don't have and having enough spare time to enjoy it would be nice, too...
1513  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Gungnir on: July 11, 2012, 08:11:56 AM
I'm playing it, but my PSP is on its last legs and it's suprisingly difficult to find a replacement. So now the game freezes every 15-20 minutes and I'm playing without music half the time. The game is pretty enjoyable though.
1514  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 09, 2012, 02:27:43 PM
Ah, the blind deaf maid from outer space who's suffering from dementia, right?

Nah, I just wear glasses and sweatervests.

1515  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 09, 2012, 11:39:11 AM
I think I might be moe.

I went to give blood today. I'm pretty good at bleeding, so I walked in without a worry. I had forgotten about the nurses. 98% of all the nurses I've ever met have had this 'aw, look at her being adorkable, I must protect her!' reaction to me. The other 2% is my mom and she's a 99 pound badass, so she doesn't give a shit as long as I'm not chopped in two. Which can be kind of nice, because having people worry about you is annoying.

Anyway, first the doctor wanted to double check a bunch of stuff. Apparently all the healthy looking stats on my digital chart didn't fit my (adorable, weak) appearance. She made me drink a bottle of water, despite me being perfectly hydrated (and wanting a bathroom break really badly). The nurse who hooked me up was nice, but afterwards she made me stay in the chair and drink my tea there. I wasn't allowed to leave the chair until she gave the okay. I was feeling fine by the way. After waiting for a while and getting bored, I sighed. Another nurse noticed this, and quickly dropped the chair back, because I obviously wasn't feeling well despite my protests. Two nurses and a doctor later, I was finally allowed out of the chair, but the nurse wouldn't let me walk away unsupervised or even unsupported. She told yet another nurse not to let me leave and to check up on me every now and then. Everyone kept offering me something to drink, but since they already made me drink over a litre in less than an hour, the only thing I really, really wanted was to go to the bathroom (again).  

In the end I was able to flee when the current overprotective nurse turned her back to me to make some more tea. Then I walked to the other side of town and got some awesome ice cream (to make up for the really shitty cookies they made me eat).

Edit: ugh, they made me drink too much and now I have a headache...
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