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1066  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: March 29, 2013, 12:55:49 PM
Kylde, does upgraded armor take over the usual stuff equipped or does it count as a backpack item?

New armor takes over originally equipped armor. The only exception that takes a backpack item spot (that I recall) is the vest that is available very early on. The vest sucks but you can stack the defense bonus from using the vest WITH the armor.... If memory serves the vest only adds like +4 health or something which isn't too helpful later, but earlier on in conjuction with the first armor upgrades it can be pretty useful.

If there was an upgrade to the vest that takes a backpack spot I never got it.
1067  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: March 28, 2013, 04:58:34 PM
Upgraded armor (to whatever you can manage) two assaults with run and gun (plasma weaponry), 2 snipers (plasma weaponry also), a heavy weapons user and freakin' hero of a medic was my recipe for success in the first base mission.... actually that was pretty much my recipe for success for every mission... i can't stress enough the upgraded armor thing though... as soon as you can get decent/improved armor on your troops do so!!

Actually on that note, I prioritized my research early on as such.
1st priority: Armor
2nd priority: Weaponry (for troops only, I didn't even bother with the mobile weapon platform unit types until my troops were all decently equipped)
3rd priority: anything that had to do with craft technology

This allowed me to keep my troops alive, advancing in rank well enough to make latter missions far more manageable.

Another important strategy I found helped me sail through without too much trouble was making an excess of satelites long before actually seeing a need for them. First time through I didn't do this  and, believe me, there will be instances were you WILL need them without enough time to produce and launch them..... next thing you know missions pop up around the globe and you find yourself essentially gritting your teeth deciding which country you don't want to withdraw from the council... 
1068  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record announced for 3DS on: March 28, 2013, 12:42:18 PM

You can choose the new scenario right from the start. Also, its length matches that of a "full length RPG".

Wow... at this rate I could fill up the rest of 2013 with pure SMT if I wanted... how the hell am I gonna get through the rest of innocent sin, eternal punishment and DS1 in prep for this before tales of xilia comes out!?? gee golly...
1069  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 28, 2013, 01:29:10 AM
I qualify as disabled (legally deaf) so I am getting some taxes back. That will pay for for 1/3 of my hearing aids that need replacing next month.

On the subject of health, not feeling so great these days. I've been having random attacks of severe vomiting, and my doctor can't figure out why. I have been on a waiting list to see a specialist since October (Canada - where everyone gets health care if you don't mind waiting for it). Starting to feel a bit alarmed since I am now passing blood in addition to the vomiting. Still have another month to go. 

On the plus side, everyone thinks I look great for all the weight I've lost!  <_<  (I haven't really told anyone IRL).

I feel your pain my friend... My health is pitiful and I too appear to be a medical mystery of sorts. I feel like a 60 year old most days more than I do anywhere near 27 years of age. Scratch that... I think most guys can still get it up at 60... maybe I'm closer to 75?

And being a recovered addict of opiates, most people who see all the weight I've lost over the last few years (bad gut issues) think I just relapsed. The sad fact of it is that while I was addicted I actually weighed about 50 pounds more then I do now.

The long and short of it is bad health can be pure hell. Something you can't even wrap your mind around until your experiencing it.  I wouldn't wish my gut issues on my worst enemy and as such I truly sympathize with your situation.
1070  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 28, 2013, 12:03:09 AM
hell, I am so caught up with SMT I am going to play P4:Arena the moment I finish innocent sin and I can't stand fighting games.....
Don't worry about P4: Arena.  If you just want to play Story Mode, the difficulty is low enough that you can beat every enemy by using the auto-combo.  Mashing the square button doles out an automatic light-hard-special or light-hard-super combo, depending on if you have enough SP to use the super or not.  Play the tutorial, get used to running/jumping/dashing, and then rely on that auto.  Good to go. 

And honestly, if it weren't for all this milking and intense promotion, I never would have gotten into Persona games.  Now I own multiple versions of them and have played through 3 and 4 twice each.  Gonna try out Nocturne or Innocent Sin in a few weeks once I get un-burned-out. 

Thanks for the tip my friend!

As for your next endeavor, I totally vote Innocent Sin. I haven't been able to put it down since I started it. I'm damn near power-playing through it without even trying. I am simply that hooked!

Nocturne on the other hand is one of the very few titles I actually didn't care to complete. Maybe I didn't give it enough time... I think I only clocked about 12 hours and gave up on it for Tales of Graces F last year. As shallow as it sounds, the MC's appearance was a MAJOR turn off for me. I may someday entertain it again but not before Digital Devel Saga and Devil Summoner. Odd as it sounds, and much to my own surprise, Nocturne is last on my list of PS2 SMT titles....
1071  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 27, 2013, 04:30:14 PM
I think I got 2000 back in taxes. Or 1600. I don't remember. I don't even know when that's coming. Or if it already has.

Gee golly I miss getting something back on taxes! As a self-employed tattoo artist, tax time means I pay out as opposed to collect. Luckily tax time also means frivalous spending in large amounts for most folk which translates to more tattoos. So all in all it balances out in the end.

In other news i discovered something pretty freakin' cool!! Well cool to me that is....

Amongst the myriad of digestion problems I have, sugars (oddly enough) rank as some of the least tolerable substances I can put in my gut. As such, for years I have been practically drinking liquid sweet n' low (only artificial sugar my gut seemed to handle). Well, last week I was musing over how poor my health has been and it occurred to me "gee klyde... you sure have aaaaa-lot of sweet n low... and aaaa-lot of people say its bad.... wonder what coal tar-based sweetener is doing to ya..."

Well guys I gotta say, with only a little under a week off the sweet n' low, cognition is substantially improved! I really was a non-believer in the whole "artificial sweeteners are the devil" stuff I occasionally ran into via health blogs and whatnot  but wow.... when I'm wrong, I'm wrong... I was WAY wrong on that one!

Truly, I feel so much better in my head without the sweet n' low its actually alarming. Really makes me wonder just how bad that stuff truly is or to what extent it is actually toxic.

Scary stuff I tell ya.... scary stuff.... and on that note....

Well....I AM an ego enhancement consultant....I can give you a run down of my current rates if you want ;)

Well bytor ol' pal I would have taken you up on that. But it seems the sweet n low was the cause of my self loathing (yea, I was keeping it under the radar but I was pretty disgusted with myself and life for a little while now). In just under a week I'm totally stoked about being my disordered, obsessive-compulsive, neurotic self again!

Yes sir, between kicking the sweet n' low and Persona Innocent Sin this is shaping up to be a lovely week :)

1072  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Should I replay FFX or wait for the remake? on: March 27, 2013, 02:49:21 PM
I would wait for the HD release without a doubt! Knowing me, even if I did replay X now cause I had an itch, I would be kicking myself in the ass for not waiting once the new release came out. Even if  the only "new" content is a few bosses or whatnot.

I still feel the need to re-play chrono trigger on the DS just for the lousy extra dungeon! And I already played through that enough times to have literally memorized dungeon layouts!!! I hate not having played the most "definitive" or "full" version of a game I appreciate....

1073  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 27, 2013, 02:40:17 PM

So apparently there isn't enough Persona 3 in the world, so now there's a couple of movies in the works.

They owe the world something from the p3-verse to make up for the abomination that is trinity soul!

I am currently watching trinity soul and let me tell you what.... I've indulged (and even enjoyed bad anime) with plots that were not exactly well told/executed but trinity takes the cake! I'm not through it entirely yet so I guess it is unfair to sound off immediately on the series but that doesn't change the fact that for 3/4 of it I have been questioning whether or not I am having complete memory lapses or if the story is just just THAT disjointed and poorly explained.... Thankfully I confirmed after re-watching, with determination to understand what the hell was going in, that it was not in fact my short term memory that was completely broken... it is this freakin' show.

 I didn't think I could be let down with anything persona-related at this point given how enthralled I am with P2 IS and how much I enjoyed P4 the Animation a few weeks ago..... hell, I am so caught up with SMT I am going to play P4:Arena the moment I finish innocent sin and I can't stand fighting games..... but Trinity Souls is just bad however you slice it.

Sorry BTW.... I know most of that rant belonged over in the anime section but this news prompted me to express my disdain preemptively here.
1074  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 26, 2013, 04:36:48 PM
Well sorry to double post folks but I needed to express something here...

I put  a good 5-6 hours in on innocent sin today and feel truly in awe of plot in this game. (I just got past mt. iwa.... er... something or other... anyhow, just past the big reveal about main casts past without getting into any spoilers for those who have yet to play)

The story in this game reminds of something I had forgotten. And that "something" is the whole reason I played JRPGs in the first place! It had nothing to do with good gameplay and very little to do with things looking pretty (albeit both were lovely bonus). No... I played (and fell in love with JRPG's) for stories and casts like this!

It has been so long since I've played something with a tale of this caliber, stringing me through insanely long and tedious segments of gameplay, with genuine plot-point payoffs I'd forgotten just how satisfying that is. Now I'm not saying the gameplay is horrendous (although it is pretty freakin' dated) but what I'm getting at is with a story and cast like this it is a complete afterthought and almost lends to the reward factor of reaching further in the plot.

I can't say enough good about this game at this point. In fact, I would go so far as to say this is the best thing I missed in my youth.

Although I was a casual SMT fan before, this game has officially propelled me into SMT obsession.

I thank everyone here who, either, passively expressed their appreciation for this game or passionately announced on the boards how much they loved it. You have all contributed to edging me toward experiencing a game the way I remember gaming from when I was a kid... that is, an all consuming love affair with fiction and media that makes  returning to real life all the more interesting and rosier (because you know at the end of the day you get to come home and play again!!)...

1075  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS Plus is awesome on: March 26, 2013, 01:43:59 PM
How easy is it to sign onto the PSN store and see deals exclusive for PS+? I may sign up for dis

Ultra-easy to use.... even I don't have a problem with it :P

I absolutely love ps plus! If you like downloading anything off the network or doing anything online with your games it is a money saver. And I don't even think about whether or not I want a game when its free, I just buy it so its on my download list for the future just in case (this way it doesn't take up disc space and it is available for what seems to be freakin' forever).

Additional note about the cloud storage and whatnot FYI... even if you let your subscription expire or lapse for awhile, once you sign back up everything is available again.

I have 2 ps3's. One in what I call my "current" gen room and another in what I call my "classic" room which also act as "present playthrough room" and "backlog room" (its better than having a living room and a bedroom, I swear!!). And when the need arises for me to continue a game on the alternate system, cloud storage is a god send. Simply copy save data to the cloud, restore on another system and voila'.... Even works for "copy protected" game data.

I don't even touch online multiplayer stuff at all and ps plus is still enough of a reason for me to be completely dedicated to sony. i would go so far as to say it is one of the few services that I feel I really take advantage of (as opposed to most services that generally take advantage of me for some privelage or product that should either be free or cost a hell of a lot less).
1076  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 26, 2013, 12:35:17 AM
while I'm a bit late to the party here I just want to say a few words....

@ Dice
Don't let the test score get you down! You make fantastic art and are beautiful yourself to boot (yoda just said so!). Top that off with tales of xilia coming out in english in a few months and the fact that you can eat chocolate and from my vantage point... bad test score or not... life still looks good!

Oh yea and I count this as a major leg of my social existence too... and I haven't reached 1000 posts yet....

@ Yoda
I concur... we are an attractive lot here! (i will keep telling myself that statement includes me to boost my self esteem... to those ends Yoda, I thank you)

and lastly....

Dude what if you combined the joy of painting with the joy of sex?

Well at the very least you'd have some damn fine sex-ed material I'd venture to guess....
1077  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 25, 2013, 08:51:38 PM
so I got a quick question for you P2 IS buffs...

I realize rumors are missable, but so long as a spread a rumor is the event itself missable? i am only particularly referring to things like the cursed taxi. I spread the rumor, looked everywhere for the damn thing and gave up after 200,000 bucks worth of random encounters.... Now after moving past that segment of the game (considerably past it, mind you) I am wondering if its even possible to find the freakin' taxi anymore.

any advice would be appreciated as meandering through dungeons in this game is quite demanding on my patience.....

No, I don't think that one is missable. If you spoke to Chikalin and told her you weren't scared of it, it should appear in the Abandoned Factory after you spread the rumour.

yes sir! I said "I ain't scared of no taxi!!" and made my way to agency, spread the rumor, took a skip over to the factory and searched top to bottom..... and nothing..... I didn't mind moving on, but now its sort of bothering me -LoL

you have answered my question though! I just didn't want to waste any more time on a fruitless venture.
1078  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 25, 2013, 05:18:58 PM
so I got a quick question for you P2 IS buffs...

I realize rumors are missable, but so long as a spread a rumor is the event itself missable? i am only particularly referring to things like the cursed taxi. I spread the rumor, looked everywhere for the damn thing and gave up after 200,000 bucks worth of random encounters.... Now after moving past that segment of the game (considerably past it, mind you) I am wondering if its even possible to find the freakin' taxi anymore.

any advice would be appreciated as meandering through dungeons in this game is quite demanding on my patience.....
1079  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 25, 2013, 02:43:47 PM
I don't even see your elipsis-abuse any more, Klyde. :P Got used to you.

I can't comment much on Trinity Soul as I gave up on it pretty early for the reasons you said.

Star, I find that extremely kind and comforting for some reason. I thank you :)

I did 3 more eps of trinity soul yesterday... its a mixed bag of predictable plot points I can see from a mile away (which I typically can stand) and a really/cool spooky tone   (which I like) however the real problem I'm having is this is all overshadowed by the "mysterious whale feather"...... clearly the role and signifigance of the "feather" in question will be revealed (hopefully).... but for the first 10 episodes it just seems like a real lame set-up for a revelation that they keep dragging on. In other words, I've been seeing this "feather" since episode 1 and I still don't know why.... finally an episode last night that looked promising (seemed to really be focusing on characters pasts and the feather) only to end leaving me more lost then when I started....

... the feather trick worked... not so much by intriguing me, but I am now sufficiently bothered enough to follow through with the series to see where the hell they are going with this....

Attack on Titan

Jesus Christ this comic is intense.  Are you reading it?  Why aren't you reading it???
The terribly grotesque nature of the story and plot features what is nothing short of psychologically frail human beings that make the plot and characters of Neon-Gen: Evangelion look like a bunch of pussies

That is a bold and enticing statement! Certainly enough to grab my attention. I will go and look into this "titans" and report back... and I'll do so with even LESS ellipses next time!! progress my friends.... progress...  :)

1080  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 24, 2013, 03:47:59 PM
being that I am super saturating myself with all things SMT at the moment, I thought I would give persona trinity souls a whirl after enjoying P4 the animation...

I actually am really liking TS so far.... although I have to say it really seems to slow down for the worse the further I get... it was off to a strong start in the first few episodes.... now I'm only a little under half-way but it really feels like its been crawling.

i'm still trying very hard to get used to subs though so maybe that is impacting things....

... I'm also trying to post with less ellipses that mirror my speech... I'm failing miserably... LoL
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