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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: March 22, 2014, 01:25:35 AM
In a bizarre coincidence, I actually bought Ayesha off of Amazon earlier today. o_O

The only one I own is the DS one. Annie? Never cracked it open. Been meaning to someday as I clear my backlog.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 21, 2014, 02:11:52 AM
Beat Xillia tonight. I loved the big twists, though I must say the second "half" of the game felt a bit rushed, as I expected a bit more to explore in the new area. That and the solution to the major problem seemed to come out of nowhere really fast. Not sure how I felt about the identity of the final boss. It's kind of the same situation as Vesperia where you weren't really fighting the person who had been the main antagonistic force in the game. But still a really enjoyable experience. Looking forward to Xillia 2. In the meantime, I started this right after Graces, and I'm a bit burnt out on this series for now.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 17, 2014, 10:51:28 PM
I agree, Dice, wholeheartedly. Jude's just kind of there... mostly because he's just crushing on Milla, though I suspect (hope) he'll find his own reason to fight before long. Milla's kind of humorless barring some skits, and really bland on the whole, and Elize and Teepo are just... eh. I dunno. I know Teepo's supposed to be funny and Elize is supposed to be "awwww, look at the shy little girl character", but they aren't really doing it for me. Rowen is pretty neat though. I actually like seeing a character this old as a party member.

Leia... she gave me shades of Natalia when she hopped on. Sixth character who kind of sneaks into the group, is a childhood friend of the hero with a crush, is kind of out of place compared to the rest of the group. I'm still not sure how I feel about Leia. Out of place is really the only way I can describe her right now.

Also, that freaking mine in Leronde is broken. I mean the side one with the Devils Arms monster in it. I managed to grind twenty levels in that place and even beat that boss. Now I'm steamrolling everything. XD

I also love the lilium orb system far more than the title skill system from Graces, and the shop upgrade system is addicting as fuck. I'd say so far I'm loving everything about this game more than the previous installments except for the story.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 17, 2014, 10:05:51 PM
I'm almost to the end of chapter 2 of Xillia, myself. Trying to get as many sidequests done as I can before I end the chapter. While the cast is growing on me, I have felt like this is the weakest group of characters in any of the games I've played. I dunno... none of them really seem to be standing out so far. I do like what they're doing with Alvin, though. I thought he was going to be the weakest one, yet the way they're handling his arc is really interesting.
35  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: March 17, 2014, 01:13:49 PM
I've actually been hearing people complain about the "sameyness" of Tales Of soundtracks since Abyss. That was the second Tales games I played with him as the composer, and while I do enjoy most of the soundtrack, a few of those tunes did sound like Symphonia tracks with slight note changes here and there. ^_^; I noticed it even more with Vesperia, and I can't even remember what I've heard from Graces and Xillia because at this point, it's all just kind of blurring together music-wise.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 02, 2014, 11:07:48 PM
There have been a few times I've held down the L trigger in battle, expecting to run around as I please. Battling the old way is going to take some reconditioning. At least until I can get to DotNW.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 26, 2014, 11:33:15 PM
You still don't think it warrants a playthrough though?

I suppose if someone really wants to experience every game in the series. I just think there are so many better games in the series to spend one's time on. The negatives really weighed it down for me to the point that I would say just skip it.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 26, 2014, 11:16:11 PM
Oh, for sure I agree with the soundtrack and the characters, Dice and Elegance. My problem with Legendia mostly comes from the main (first?) plot sort of falling apart near the end, the battle system being awful, the random encounters, the horrible dungeon design, and the second half of the game having no voice acting whatsoever. It's like for everything Legendia did right, it did something wrong as well.

But as said before, *most* of the characters are great (I enjoy Jay and Moses' bickering), the soundtrack is arguably the best in the series, the characters get a crapton of development, and the world itself is a really cool concept. The island is a ship, that's awesome! I've actually kind of always wanted a sequel that took place in the mainland, as I was always curious as to what the rest of the Legendia world was like.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 26, 2014, 10:52:27 PM
Bytor, I wouldn't even bother with Legendia. That game felt like such wasted potential it isn't even funny.

It'll be interesting to see how Symphonia holds up. That was my first Tales game, before I knew the series cliches, and it just holds a special place in my video game heart. I also think I like DotNW more than a few of the people here. I'll agree that it doesn't hold a candle to the first game, and Emil can be reaaaallly annoying early on, but I dig it.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 26, 2014, 12:44:35 PM
I just got the CE in the mail. This thing is fan-freaking-tastic! I didn't expect so much swag. I thought it was just going to be an artbook, soundtrack, and figures. But the steelbook, the little novel, and the soundtrack being four discs. Incredible.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 06, 2014, 01:16:52 PM
You know, it's weird, but I got ToS2's perfect ending by complete accident. I thought the game ended on a really nice note, and then I went online and read that there were bad endings, I was genuinely shocked. And then I read what the requirements were, and thought it was stupid. Even if I got the best result, I could have easily messed those parts of the game up without even thinking about it.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: January 16, 2014, 01:08:32 PM
Thanks. I'll have to mess around to look for it, I guess.

EDIT: Yep, that was definitely the problem. Odd though, I don't recall ever using or even knowing about that option the first playthrough, and it seemed to be manual by default then. Wonder why it switched now.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: January 15, 2014, 11:38:04 PM
So I don't know if this is a glitch, but it's starting to piss me off. I'm doing my second run of Graces, and everyone's titles keep changing. I've tried to change Asbel's five times now, but every so often it'll just change back to Nimble Fang Adept. It's enraging me. Richard's just changed back to his first title for no reason too. Am I missing something here?
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: January 15, 2014, 01:16:58 PM
I played about an hour of Xillia a few nights ago. The town you start in looks gorgeous, and that you can actually change the camera angle as you walk around it is pretty cool. The only thing that kind of made me raise an eye is the character models. They don't quite look like the way they're drawn in the official art (they don't look as... anime? I dunno.) and every time Jude talks, he looks like a soulless mannequin with the way his mouth moves. And yeah, I picked Jude. Milla's severe love of the letter S in the intro cutscene was enough to drive me away. XD

So, back to Graces for the moment. I'm going to enjoy my 10x experience, darn it.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: January 13, 2014, 06:50:59 PM
And I don't care. It's still stupid. #3#
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