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1621  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How one man stopped Square-Enix from letting gamers kill Yahweh on: April 14, 2012, 05:25:55 AM
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I dunno... it's kinda hard NOT to offend some niche audience somewhere.

It is. I've met someone who didn't want me to blog about Devil Survivor 2 on Sundays.

So... does that mean that it's okay to kill God on any other day of the week?
1622  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 14, 2012, 04:52:22 AM
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Wasn't sure how I felt about the game, but my feelings are turning around.  Is there any disadvantage to picking up every quest you find to see if you have the items or not?  Is there a quest cap limit?

Nope, just quest away!
1623  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 13, 2012, 05:20:09 AM
Best post-win battle phrase in Xenoblade as said by Shulk "Man, what a buncha jokers!" This wouldn't be nearly as effective if said in an American accent.

I've been bothering coworkers with that. x)

Isn't it Reyn who says that? Reyn says a lot of strangely quotable things.

1624  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2012, 03:55:10 AM
I found a new reason to stay the hell away from Facebook. Thirty years ago, my mom's brother Hubert (not kidding) broke all ties with the family and left the country. A while ago, my mom found his two children through Facebook. They both wanted to keep in touch, but the son's idea of keeping in touch was quite a bit different from my mom's. Yesterday he asked her if she wanted to have sex with him. My mom tried to explain to him that's not something you should want with your aunt, so he moved on to one of his other long lost aunts and hit on her.

So,' creepy long lost relatives' has been added to my long, long 'why I'll never use Facebook' list.

Oh, and I'll never be able to look at Tales of Graces the same way again. Thanks, creepy relatives!
1625  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 13, 2012, 03:41:41 AM
Nah, they're much the same in Europe. Namco Bandai, I mean. A while ago, back when Tales of the Abyss was still painfully out of print, I inquired if there was a reprint scheduled. I made sure to mention my connections and introduce myself as a gamejournalist, but also mentioned that I was a big fan of the series. Zero response.
1626  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 12, 2012, 02:41:55 PM
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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.
1627  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!
1628  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 11, 2012, 04:05:24 AM
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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.
1629  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.

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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).

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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.

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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.
1630  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.
1631  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.

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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.
1632  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 09, 2012, 04:30:44 AM
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"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.

1633  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.
1634  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?
1635  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.

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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...
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