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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 08, 2014, 08:37:51 AM
Taken some time off from my magical journey through the corridors of FFXIII to indulge in some Borderlands 2. Steam says I've clocked over 50 hours already and I still haven't seen the credits roll. Course, the fact I restarted the game once or twice, try to explore every nook and cranny of the maps and go out of my way to do every side quest I find probably contributed to that number. Still, I love how big the game is and how many areas seem to be there just for the sake of being explored. I'll know for sure once I finish the main campaign, but I'm almost certain that some (rather large) areas are completely optional.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: October 06, 2014, 06:09:42 AM
Btw a tip on how upgrading works:

-Organic materials raise the experience x
-Mechanic materials give you tons of experience but don't raise the x as muc

So basically you do organic materials until you get 3x(or is the max 2x I don't remember) and then you dump a bunch of high hitter mechanic materials at once to get a huge amount of exp x3 or whatever the maximum of x is.

Also, it's highly recommended that you don't upgrade too much or at all until the later chapters of the game because you want to save those materials up for your ideal equip setting and it will make your life a whole lot easier for those harder later chapters.

Yeah, the mechanic materials actually decrease your multiplier so the idea is to raise it with organics and then use a big stack of the best suited mech resource to maximise the bonus.
Its probably best to keep the rest for late game though, so I'll just be hoarding it all until I hit a point where vanilla equipment just doesn't cut it any more.
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: October 06, 2014, 05:40:47 AM
I have now made my way to chapter seven. Hope is on his way from emo to psychotic knife wielding maniac while Lighting is making her way from psychotic knife wielding maniac to emo. Balance folks, there has to be balance.
Meanwhile, after hopping and skipping their way through the Disco Forest and battling mutated tomatoes and dancing frogs, Perky Aussie and Danny Glover get ready to board a boat for Vegas. At this point Vanilles happy go lucky exterior is starting to show some cracks, while Danny is  having thoughts ranging from "I'm getting too old for this shit" through "she's too young for me" all the way south to "maybe I should blow my brains out and take my pals with me" territory.

At this point the game is foreshadowing my predicted plot twist in a way that's about as subtle as a hungry dog eyeing a juicy steak. I only have two out of potential six transformers, so I would assume I'm about a third of the way through the game. The story is picking up, the visuals are fantastic and the battle system is getting a little less annoying as more options open up. I still think it's a weak entry in the Final Fantasy franchise due to the amount of content that was stripped for the sake of storytelling. As its own thing though, its not half bad.

Speaking of the battle system, I finally decided on a fine blend of autobattle and carefully hand picked commands. This does seem to be working out fairly well so far. At one point the game told me that there are some enemy types that I probably should avoid. Naturally, the first thing I did when I saw one was to run head first into it's ass, attack and proceeded to lay a five star smack down on said ass. In the end, I decided that while I can beat it, the time required was simply not worth the rewards.

I now face the terrifying prospect of a frustrating stealth section, though I may simply opt to just go the balls to the wall guns blazing path and beat the snot out of everyone that gets in my way, especially since lightning is now sporting a level 20 forgotitsname sword that I probably shouldn't have upgraded so much in the first place.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do You Ever Look Through Your Old Posts? on: October 03, 2014, 06:35:18 PM
I've been around for a LONG time,
...
It would be interesting to look back that far. 15 or 16 years, or whatever it was.

Looking back, I find it hard to believe that I've been posting in the RPGFan community since October 1999 (15 years) and have been on staff since November 2004 (almost 10 years).  I was a fresh-faced 21 year-old when I first posted at the 'Fan and *I* was one of the old guys so I was more self-conscious about being a mature adult.  And now, most of us are all in the same nebulous age bracket. 

Let me put it in perspective for you.
The kids born the same year you guys joined these forums are now almost old enough to drive.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do You Ever Look Through Your Old Posts? on: October 03, 2014, 04:49:58 AM
There was actually a time (many, many years ago) when RPGfan was set as my browsers home page.
Then, some time later I decided to drop by the forums a few times, I can't remember what the hell it was that I saw here but I ended up changing my homepage as a result.
Obviously, I still visited the site but avoided the forums like the plague.
So, time passed and eventually I had a look at the forums again. Whatever it was that had me so upset was apparently gone and eventually l even signed up. More time passed and now its probably the only forum I still make semi regular posts on. Funny how some thing work out.

Long story short, the forum has changed, and it's probably for the better. Course, there's always the odd chance I ran into some joke posts that went over my head.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: October 03, 2014, 03:15:59 AM
So, its a full blown action RPG now.

Now?  It was always supposed to be an action RPG, even back when it was called Versus.

Also, you guys should read this interview.

I meat the direction series took rather than the game itself, though I haven't really been following XV related news very much either.

I agree that the series meat took an unfortunate direction towards the ground. If they hurry, they may still make it to the meat before the 10 year rule is up. But even then, I know where that meat's been, so I don't mean to offend, but I must contend, that whatever brushing efforts they make to amend, nor whatever else to the menu they append, I do not plan to partake in the end (unless I get it from a friend).

Wanted to echo Dice but since you can't quote images any more I had to improvise and borrow her gif.
Mostly because I'm too lazy to look for the sad Picard picture.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: October 02, 2014, 05:42:52 PM
So, its a full blown action RPG now.

Now?  It was always supposed to be an action RPG, even back when it was called Versus.

Also, you guys should read this interview.

I meat the direction series took rather than the game itself, though I haven't really been following XV related news very much either.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: October 02, 2014, 10:09:27 AM
So, its a full blown action RPG now. Why not, since I pretty much gave up any hope of FF going back to its turn based roots, I find it much easier to accept this game as it's own thing. I just hope that its got enough RPG elements (like towns and some openness to its world) and NO FREAKING CO-OP. The whole boyband bromance theme is giving me this bad feeling that they'll try and stuff some multiplayer BS in there. I love multiplayer games, but there are some games I want to play on my own, and I want those game to be designed around the idea of being played as a single player title.
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: October 01, 2014, 09:57:56 AM
Dude, Sazh doesn't look like Danny Glover! Ahahaha!

No, but he's getting too old for this shit.
Its a line that Glover was famous for from the Lethal weapon series.
40  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Destiny on: October 01, 2014, 04:14:09 AM
I hear the game is a bit of a disaster story and content wise. To be honest, form what I've seen its pretty much borderlands with more players and less stuff to do.
Not to say its a bad game, as I can't judge until I actually play it, but I it seems people are rather disappointed.
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 01, 2014, 04:11:03 AM
Still making my way through FFXIII with occasional games of Natural Selection II in between. My Borderlads II itch has been getting more intensive lately so I  think It's time to give in and complete a few quests.
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: October 01, 2014, 03:55:32 AM
I tried doing the manual input thing, and it was a disaster. I'll probably stick to it for the sake of science but my battle efficiency will be taking a dive until I memorize where all the skills are.
Updates ware sparse over the last few days because I had a lot less time for gaming. Hopefully I'll squeeze in some FFXIII today.
Progress wise, I'm more or less where I was when I abandoned my previous playthrough.
Lightning just got her manhorsenordicgod digimon while Danny Glover and Vanille are making their way through junk heap city where they just showed up without much explanation (assumption being that they just happened upon it while making their way through the area).
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do You Ever Look Through Your Old Posts? on: October 01, 2014, 03:51:48 AM
I just did, thanks to your post. Apparently, I haven't changed much.
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: September 29, 2014, 03:53:09 PM
Snow and Lightning just got their transformers. Hopeless is finally starting to show some of those emotions the datalog keeps talking about and Sazh (who from this point on I shall refer to as "Danny Glover" as I keep forgetting how to spell his name) is quickly becoming my favorite character. His voice actor is one of the few that doesn't go over the top with his anime delivery and actually comes across as believable.

At this point the game has already given me two potential hints about Vanille so I'll allow myself to make a little prediction
which I would appreciate no confirms or denies just yet:
-Each character starts off with two ability slots on the ATB bar then gets an additional slot after getting Lassiefied and another when they pokeball their very own transformer. Vanille starts out with three.
Prediction: Vanille was a L'cie from the start of the game and her focus is different to everyone else. PLOT TWIST!
-More Australians showed up which leads me to believe that the accent is actually intentional and servers the same purpose as the British accent in FFXII.
Prediction: Pulse is actually Australia!Vanille and Fang come from Pulse.
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: September 28, 2014, 09:32:58 AM
Oh my, I may have started a trend :) Have fun!
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