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1066  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 6, Breath of Fire 6, and Wild Arms 6... on: October 19, 2012, 09:02:42 PM
Since this thread was revived by RPGseeker, I just want to take the opportunity to point out a strange little synchronicity.... If anyone checks out gameinformer mag, the most recent issue actually has an article about this which talks about the prospect of ever seeing a future to these IP's....

see how cool we are...? RPGfan is ahead of the curve... were freakin' trendsetters in the realm of gaming publications here-LoL....



Wait. Publications!? What are those?

Ancient documents of the past... see before the golden era of google,  there was a time when news of particular varieties was circulated on strange low grade parchment they called "paper".... many many sheets of this "paper" was put togeather on a regularly scheduled basis, sometimes weekly or monthly, and circulated.... the ancients referred to these documents as "publications" or sometimes "magazines".... rumor has it that many of these documents still exist today..... I'm not lying, just google it you'll see I'm telling the truth!!
1067  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 6, Breath of Fire 6, and Wild Arms 6... on: October 19, 2012, 06:04:31 PM
Since this thread was revived by RPGseeker, I just want to take the opportunity to point out a strange little synchronicity.... If anyone checks out gameinformer mag, the most recent issue actually has an article about this which talks about the prospect of ever seeing a future to these IP's....

see how cool we are...? RPGfan is ahead of the curve... were freakin' trendsetters in the realm of gaming publications here-LoL....

1068  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Import Friendly Japanese Games on: October 19, 2012, 05:59:05 PM
Ok... well I was just about to defend the currently under-fire aesthetic of Criminal Girls for not being THAT awful..... then I looked up some more images.... then I proceeded to read (in disbelief) about this title.... I am no longer going to defend anything about this game....

http://www.gamesradar.com/criminal-girls-new-screens-are-naughty-rubbing-and-spanking-unveiled/
http://kotaku.com/5605158/in-this-game-you-spank-girls

I understand now, with crap like this is around, why decent titles like Agarest 2 get such bad publicity for a very tame mini-game and LE bonus material (which BTW was not racey or provocative in the least bit....)......

Even with my extremely high tolerance for some of the "discomforting" trends in today's JRPGs (I loved hyperdimension Neptunia MK2, still playing it in fact), I would really question what the freakin' appeal of this is to someone.... particularly someone going through all the trouble to play untranslated in a language with which they are unfamiliar... then again there has been an audience for hentai for ages which is something else I never understood... to each their own I suppose....
1069  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: A Christmas Story 2 on: October 17, 2012, 06:04:28 PM
Hilariously enough, there was already a sequel called A Summer Story.

Filmmakers are so reliant on sequels nowadays that they can forget that some have already been made.

I actually thought that was the focus of this post.... now that I realized otherwise... I am disturbed..... certain things should be left untouched and as-is.... no remake nor sequel.... Christmas Story is one of those things..... 

Speaking of.... I wonder when this whole western film trend of "lets keep making remakes and sequels instead of anything new" will die down.... It doesn't seem to be losing steam... and what has happened and is happening to some of my favorite 80's horror heroes is just not acceptable.... At least that whole ninja turtles thing didn't come to fruition....
1070  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 17, 2012, 05:58:05 PM
I have a really affinity for halloween specials... well I never knew it existed, but I just watched "Halloween is Grinch Night" from 1977.... yes the Grinch, as in the Christmas Grinch....  in a halloween special.... Maybe this was common knowledge to everyone, but I was shocked at the discovery of this short little musical....I absolutely suggest it if you appreciate either Dr. Seus or old cartoons.....

Anyone else have any halloween specials they love?
1071  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Star Ocean: Till the End of Time and Suikoden I + II + III on: October 16, 2012, 06:39:37 PM
What an awesome auction! I'd be all over that if I didn't already pay an arm and a leg for all these titles..... good luck, friend!
1072  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Persona 4 anime? on: October 15, 2012, 12:12:42 AM
The impressions you are all expressing are indeed disheartening...... more so due to the fact that I already picked it up and just have not got around to watching it yet....maybe I'll be alright.... I typically have a high tolerance for bad dubs-LoL
1073  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 15, 2012, 12:08:52 AM
This time last year when I was feeling a little "halloweenie" I picked up the "Soul Eater" series.... a few eps in I gave up..... At the suggestion of a client of mine I decided to give it another go.... Now 24 episodes in I feel so obligated to finish yet I gotta say... This series is really bugging me.... I've found a few characters to have some real personality which is a plus (I really get a kick out of Kid's symetry obsession as I suffer a similar complex with my artwork-LoL) but not redeeming enough for me to give this one a thumbs up.... maybe something cool will happen in the 2nd half of the series...? Like, the characters possibly stop narrating their battle strategies in between cheesy one-liners and special-move-battle-cries.... That would be freakin' awesome....

On the other hand I'm also watching Requiem from the Darkness. I usually don't dig the episodic stuff as much, but some of these are pretty twisted!! I really don't like the art direction though-big drawback for me.....

Last, and certainly least, I checked out Ghost Stories in my search for more seasonally appropriate viewing..... This was so bad I don't even know what to say...From what I understand there was a re-release called Ghost School (or something like that) with a far better dub.... As for Ghost Stories, I have nothing at all good to say about it.... period.
1074  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Klyde's Anime and DvD's *Latest Update: July 23rd* on: October 14, 2012, 08:21:32 PM
Fei you have been messaged my friend!

I'm going to do a limited time offer and see if anyone bites......

For the next 7 days I'm going to offer the whole Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Collection, The DBZ starter Collection and the Ghost in the Shell Collection I have listed for....... are you ready for this...... 100 US dollars plus 10 for shipping. That is 110 dollars total for a freakin' lot of anime at roughly 40-50% off the low price I was already asking.

I am offering this special from today the 14th until next sunday, the 21st.

EDIT: Please refrain from reminding me/stating what I payed total for all those new..... that could make me sad.... rejoice in the spendid offer and snatch it up before I do the math!!
1075  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: October 05, 2012, 06:04:55 PM
The first X-com was a freakin' staple of my early days as a gamer.... this is coolest thing happening in the western gaming realm this year for me :)
1076  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Classic single player RPG questions....? on: September 26, 2012, 06:10:37 PM
In any event my kick-off-classic-question is this... how long should I train with masters in Breath of Fire 3 before switching the character in question to a new master... is there an indication as to when I've reaped all the available benefits? Any additional "master system" guidance (spoiler free) would be appreciated actually..... I was going to simply check a faq out but I quickly realized dancing around any spoilers there is a fools errand with this title.... at least on gamefaqs.... so forgive me if this "master system" stuff is common knowledge, but I've been playing for quite a while now and just realized masters don't teach the same skill twice... so before I waste any more time/levels erroneously I figured it best to discern the "meat and potatos" of the situation, so to speak.

I don't think there's anyway to look at the master list without spoiling things, so I definitely wouldn't do that.  Here are some quick tips from Kixer's guide at gamefaqs:

-Check the Master List in the tent. If the Master has a star by his/her name, your character has learned all the skills that they have to teach.
-If you run out of room on any character's Skill list, just use a Skill Ink to unload some useless skills. You can get a Skill Ink from any of the Fishing Spot Manillos.
-If you are using a Master just to learn the skills, DO NOT stop training as this will cancel any levels you have built up under them and you'll have to start over.
-If you have any really low level characters, use them to learn the skills. Then all you have to do is Skill Ink them to the character you want to have the skill. You'll find it's much quicker than leveling up a level 50 Ryu.  Or use Monopolize (a master skill) to steal XP from mobs.

Thank you so much for extracting that info for me and thus sparing my eyes the peril of what I may have glanced.... seeing specific characters names listed in various categories via stategy guides and faqs have led to the worst spoilers of my gaming career..... good to know it was wise to evade the guides and this one... thanks again :)
1077  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Classic single player RPG questions....? on: September 25, 2012, 06:45:59 PM
So I thought about it.... and we are all well versed in classic titles... and we all (especially as of late) seem to have a lot of classic play-throughs going on... so I figured rather than un-earth an old Breath of Fire 3 thread, why not just have one nice, neat and orderly thread for us to toss around questions regarding whatever our current nostalgic flavor may be.... that is, let us use this thread to pose questions for any past generation titles we may currently be playing (not just breath of fire)

If the powers that be think this idea foolish, by all means let it just be a new Breath of Fire thread or remove it entirely....If it catches on though... maybe it could become a.... *gasp* sticky??? Time will tell I suppose....

In any event my kick-off-classic-question is this... how long should I train with masters in Breath of Fire 3 before switching the character in question to a new master... is there an indication as to when I've reaped all the available benefits? Any additional "master system" guidance (spoiler free) would be appreciated actually..... I was going to simply check a faq out but I quickly realized dancing around any spoilers there is a fools errand with this title.... at least on gamefaqs.... so forgive me if this "master system" stuff is common knowledge, but I've been playing for quite a while now and just realized masters don't teach the same skill twice... so before I waste any more time/levels erroneously I figured it best to discern the "meat and potatos" of the situation, so to speak.
1078  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea: Makai Collection announced on: September 25, 2012, 06:28:52 PM
if i wanted to play card games i'd play magic the gathering. i'm surprised it isn't just a port of the first disgaea it's on practically every other handheld.

Magic the Gathering (the actual card game) rocked when I was a kid.... it was to me what table-top RPG's were to others I imagine...

That is neither here nor there though.....

What matters is that this is growing list of IOS exclusive franchise titles is really beginning to get under my skin.... I want to play the franchises I fell in love with on consoles..... STILL ON CONSOLES!!!! These freakin' phone games ruined my chances at updated Secret of Mana, Vay, a new old-school Final Fantasy, and now a Disgaea installment (albeit a weak one from the sounds of it....)...

Does anyone know if it is possible to hook an IOS device to a television to play on the "big screen" (sort of like with the PSP cables)??
1079  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which RPG Should I Play? on: September 21, 2012, 05:58:49 PM
That is so weird... I had nearly the exact same "classic gaming to get to" list myself a little over a year ago..... mine looked something like this....

-Lunar Silver Star Story and Eternal Blue for the PS (though I already played through the sega cd version of both silver star and eternal blue)
-Breath of Fire 3
-Secret of Mana 3 (seiken densetsu 3/ super famicom)
-Wild Arms Series (never played, so the first was on the agenda)
-Earthbound
- The first Star Ocean
- Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
-Dot Hack (like wild arms, never played so the first of the quadrilogy was on deck)

Of my list, thus far I got to or through all but Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, with my current playthrough being Breath of Fire 3.

I'll cut to the chase.... of everything on my list (and yours) I have been enjoying Breath of Fire 3 the most. I didn't jump right to it, because honestly I didn't expect I'd love it this much.... All my current gen playthroughs have been totally put on hold... I can't help it, I'm addicted.... And before this I was really enjoying Agarest 2, Growlanser WoT and Hyperdimension MK2....

With that said, I want to touch upon a few things....

Breath of Fire 3- Just cause I like it this much, it isn't my suggestion for you.... why??? Its freakin' reeeeal hard for an RPG of its type. I love it for it... its flaws however make me think that you may enjoy something else from your list a bit more.... I needn't say more since youve been reading the Daily Gaming Journal

Lunar- I liked both the PS remakes more so then the Sega CD originals... To be honest I can't really see how anyone (save for the sake of nostalgia) could argue the Sega CD titles are superior in any way. Of course that is a subjective matter...

Wild Arms- Being anal about missing out on "the best way to play", I tried the first five hours or so of both Alter Code F and the Orginal... In contrast to popular opinion I enjoyed Alter Code F more and continued with it.... However my enjoyment of wild arms waned mid game... and it is looooooong let me tell you..... Not a bad game by any means... but I do feel you'd enjoy other stuff on your list alot more

Legend of Heroes- Totally one of my favorites on the PSP, but it doesn't beat Lunar or Breath of Fire in my eyes.... I did enjoy it way more than wild arms though......

Final Fantasy VI:  While it is my favorite final fantasy..... it is a final fantasy.... you know what to expect.... I wouldn't go this avenue if I were you because you already sampled it and it didn't beckon to you bad enough to get back to it yet. If I try one RPG and I'm still thinking about playing others, typically I enjoy one the "others" more...

Tales of Symphonia: Great freakin' tales installment here. But once again, it is a tales game. You know exactly what to expect.... especially since you already said you played through a bit of it... the long and the short of it though IMO is it can't hold a candle to Lunar, Breath of Fire 3 or FF6....

So ultimately I say go Lunar.... I don't think you can go wrong there....
1080  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 15, 2012, 07:45:34 PM
Ugh, I have so many great games in my backlog, but almost all of my systems are currently in storage(along with most of my games) ten states away. x_x Cannot wait till I can get things out of storage.

Till then I am stuck playing Leged of Heroes III as my last game with me that I have not beaten. I think this is my current record holder for the longest time between buying a game and actually playing it. Five and a half years. I really can't say that I am regretting not playing this game because I'm not interested in the story and the battle system is fairly bland. Oh well I guess it is marginally more interesting than replaying a game I have already beaten.

I remembered Breath of Fire 3 rocking.... I knew I loved it.... but these memories were all crafted and stocked up in me nah-gun upon the titles release many moons ago... But wow... I had no idea NO RECALL of just how much this rocked... talk about classic-gaming-greatness... between this and the .hack series right now I don't even care to check siliconera daily ATM-LoL
Weird, I recall finding Breath of Fire 3 to be my least liked of the four "proper" Breath of Fire games. It has been a while since I played it, so I don't really recall why I disliked it. So I'm curious, what exactly is it that you enjoy about the game?

Even though everyone else already more then satisfied a reply to this, I feel it would be rude of me not to acknowledge the question anyhow.....

I love BOF3 for a number of reasons that were already expressed... and, actually for a number of reasons that it is disliked it seems.... For one the cast and art style are my favorite amongst the franchise. I love Teepo... I've been itching for a new tattoo and its a toss up right now between something from the BOF franchise or the Madoka Magica anime series and if I go the BOF avnenue Teepo is totally in the running...

Moving on, the dungeon designs, mini games and difficulty all gel well enough to keep me never really feeling as though things are getting longwinded. I almost always feel at points in games that things become "routine" and/or patterned in such a way where I'm just going through the motions of predictable gameplay to see more narrative. I just don't feel that way here. Somehow they keep the experience feeling and looking nice and "fresh" for me.... This is also one of the few soundtracks I would call "charming" as well..... not incredible... but completely appropriate for the mood of the visual and narrative..... As you can tell thus far presentation means A LOT to me in games... and it is just all right on the money here for me.

I love the Master system as well... I can't believe this hasn't been ripped off more by other titles... So many play-mechanics get re-done and tweaked over and over again... and not that the master system is the most original in the world, but it is far easier to digest and more rewarding, IMO, than some of the micro-management of grids and numbers in more current gen RPGs.

And I gotta give credit to BOF3 for being unique in a very un-original sense.... now here me out before you write this off as non-sense. It evolved RPG's beyond the days of Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo by, IMO, evolving what had been working and what fans loved about the predecessors... In other words, you had titles like FF7 (I'm not saying FF7 was bad BTW....) taking RPG's into somewhat uncharted territories in an effort to mainstream and commercialize things as much as humanely possible and move things in new and exciting directions... Then you had games like BOF3, which to me, stand as examples more of what became of the evolved 16-bit days, staying true to form as much as possible whilst making the transition to new hardware.... Despite some other stellar titles that did this (wild arms, suikoden, et cetera....) we clearly see today who won the battle in the long run..... JRPG's are not what they used to be and BOF3 marks one of the finest and final games of those major 16 bit franchises to stay true to form. It didn't do anything flashy but it sure satisfied the BOF itch for fans such as myself.

So ultimately my reasons for loving this are really very subjective... that is, I am not gonna sit and argue that this game does anything "better" than any others... because in all honesty it doesn't.... but it does the BOF series, and fans, complete justice.

And just to touch upon something else.... I totally loved the fact that Blue was a hidden character in BOF2. In fact, I love a great deal about breath of fire 2.... However, on the note of blue, she was not only a really freakin' cool throwback to the first title but, if I recall, she made the last leg of that game much easier.
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