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1576  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 12, 2012, 02:41:55 PM
Part of the point of the first half of the game is to show that Asbel going to the Knight Academy made him physically stronger, but did not develop him in other areas. Meanwhile, every other character developed physically as well as emotional strength.

I don't agree. I was obviously a lot more mature after seven years at the academy. He no longer overestimated himself and accepted advice from his elders. Optimism and idealism are not bad traits and I think it's admirable he kept them. Did he continue failing at protecting everyone? Well, sure, but I think we call all agree the odds were against him.
1577  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 12, 2012, 08:43:09 AM
The more I think about it, the more unfair it seems that Hubert was the one that was sent away. If it had been me, I'd have sent Asbel to the Knight Academy (and maybe let him come home for the holidays) and raised Hubert to be the next lord. I mean sure, normally it's the eldest son that takes over, but this would have made both sons happy and it would have had political advantages as well. Having a high ranking knight in your family (who also happens to be BFFs with the future king) is not a bad thing.

Oh well, you can't be a RPG hero if you aren't a brat with shitty/dead parents!
1578  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 11, 2012, 04:05:24 AM
Natalia stayed away from the battlefield almost the entire game (anyone actually use her?).

She's popular with the people playing a Tales game for the first time over at Ngamer.nl. They use her for shoot and run tactics when fighting tough (but kinda slow) story bosses.
1579  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 10, 2012, 02:58:11 AM
Rita was a fucking terrible character. Her entire spiel consisted of whining about Blastia and being disproportionately violent towards other people.

I dunno, I was kinda like that at her age, just a lot less brilliant (though my PS2 fixing skills were much appreciated). The whole teenage genius thing is a cliché, but I don't think she was a bad character.

I thought Raven could have been handled better as well.  He was good, but could have been milked for a few chuckles more (loved the skit that shows his reaction to Judith in a bathing suit).

I'm actually glad they didn't go too far with the whole token pervert thing. He's a nice guy... which is probably why he doesn't have much experience (according to Judith).

The Biggest flaw?
Anyone remember what the point of Duke or the Adaphagos was?
Yeah... me neither.

It felt like the writers took a break to binge play Lunar Silver Star Story before they got to the final third of the game, and then just... well... that happened.

Any Symphonia love out there? Lloyd was too adorkable to hate, though Colette was too Mary Sueish. Though I think  that was kind of the point - she was a deconstruction of the trope.

I've never been a fan of Colette, but that may be because of when and how I played the game. I played the game entirely with my boyfriend. He played Lloyd and the original plan was for me to play Colette. I gave up after three battles and switched to Genis. Not long after finishing the game I came to the awkward realisation we were more like friends than a couple.

Anyway, there's another reason I'm not a big fan of the Symphonia cast. Many of them have personality that's a simply too much. Characters in later games are more rounded.
1580  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 09, 2012, 08:01:25 AM
I honestly can't see what Jade and Farah have in common...

The Vesperia cast is one of my favourites. I like games with a smaller group of playable characters (yeah, I prefer the less fancy version without the loli pirate, sue me) and the pet not being annoying was a plus as well. Out of all the Tales characters, these were the ones I wouldn't mind hanging out with in real life. Probably because they don't have that many issues. I mean, sure, some of them do, but still... Well, atleast he looks good in uniform.
1581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 09, 2012, 06:31:54 AM
I'm seriously wondering of the guy over at EGM played the same game as us.

THE UGLY: Why do RPG developers insist on placing the least-interesting 15 hours of the experience at the beginning of the game?

I just don't... I mean... 15 hours doesn't mean anything in Xenoblade. 15 hours is enough to pass through the first three areas. Lots of stuff happens during that time. You can also spend it wandering around the first area and not run out of stuff to do.
1582  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 09, 2012, 04:30:44 AM

"I can't believe you're trying to undress a soldier in his thirties! How could you?!" is something I find myself saying a lot to myself while playing games lately.

1583  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 09, 2012, 04:21:55 AM
No not, really. There's a few missable sidequests, but the game will always warn you before the area they're in is closed off. This happens twice in the game.

As for items, if it's rare or marked as needed for a sidequest, hang on to it. If you need a certain common item, you usually only need a few minutes to aquire it once you've found the right monster.
1584  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 08, 2012, 04:03:56 AM
I would've preferred a mini-sountrack or something.

It's not much of a collectible, but NoE let people download the soundtrack ( no DRM!) for free from their website if they registered their game. Maybe NoA will do something similar?
1585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 07, 2012, 02:01:34 PM
I heard Cheria scream "WHORE!" at something. I also thought I heard Pascal summon the Lord of Burgers, but that sounded like a Pascal kind of thing to summon.

No, it's not just you. I was glad when it ended, too. Both Asbel AND his dad were total dicks.

I felt really sorry for Hubert. He didn't have an ounce of luck. Like, was it really necessary to show us he peed his pants in that skit? Poor Hubert...
1586  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: April 04, 2012, 03:31:20 PM
Annie did that.  She only became an Alchemist because she was, literally, dragged from her house and forced into it.  And even then she only became one so she could marry the Prince.  Not because she loved the Prince, but because he was rich and would make her set for life with his money.   She was lazy and did not particularly care about the art until later.

I liked Annie, but she's still one of those young (frail) girls. It's not that I dislike them or anything, but I wouldn't mind something different. Having a young man as a main character again could be fun. Or maybe a woman in her twenties. Someone a bit more mature, like you'd see in the early Atelier games. But I guess that doesn't appeal to the avarage otaku...
1587  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: April 04, 2012, 07:02:37 AM
It would be nice to see a different type of main character though. Maybe someone older, like an adventurer making a career switch.
1588  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 31, 2012, 06:55:44 AM
Great, some asshole (I bet it was crazy neighbour) threw a mirror at the pavement and now the path to the bicycle sheds and gardens are blocked. Crazy neighbour locked himself up in his house, disabled the doorbell, and blocked every window with curtains and whatever he could find. Yeah, not suspicious at all, asshole. Had to clean everything up myself. Took some pictures before I started though. There is no such thing as too much evidence.
1589  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 30, 2012, 10:03:50 AM
Aside from the mailman, I haven't spoken to a human being in nearly three days. Oops. Going through Sunday's schedule and it looks I need to stop time here and there if I want to get everything done. I think I'm going to be sick on Monday... But I can't, because there's more work to be done. Important lesson learned: having two employers and doing some other stuff on the side isn't always a good idea... Though I do feel sorta important right now and that's kinda cool.

In other news, the final volume of Twin Spica made me cry like a little girl.

Edit: it's getting worse. I'm all right with the schedule. I mean, I can skip lunch, lunch isn't important, but now it looks like I can't even be there on time because some stuff was moved forward at the last moment. I can't be there on time, but people need me to be there. This sucks. I hate, hate, hate being late. I know I can't help it, but it still feels like it's my fault.
1590  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: March 27, 2012, 04:35:22 PM
I prefer the classic controller, but yeah, it's fully playable with the wiimote + nunchuck. It's always good to have a classic controller around though and this is a good opportunity to get one.
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