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1216  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 29, 2013, 07:43:12 PM
It was more that I felt like I was always grinding for cards. In P1 it was like, you get a card from a demon, get a card from another demon, fuse them, new persona, done. In P2 they were like a separate currency and you needed a lot of them, iirc.

Also the dungeon designs in P2 weren't much better than, er, P1's, or the SNES SMTs.

While I still hate the demon negotiating and card system of P2, it has been become quite helpful for ending battles in a more timely fashion late game. Getting new persona as a result is simply like a bonus to being able to move through dungeons quicker via this strategy for me.
1217  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 29, 2013, 05:21:03 PM
I while I do agree the gameplay is about as rough as it comes with turn based JRPG's, there are certainly enough ways to exploit the mechanics to make things VERY easy.

I ditched the game.  I couldn't stand the gameplay.  I put it on easy and the high rate of random encounters just drove me up a wall.  I have known for quite awhile how the story goes, so unfortunately that is not a motivator to keep me playing (the story really is awesome.  It's a shame they didn't dial down the encounter rate in the PSP version).

Yea, if I knew the story you'd be hard pressed to get me to play too. For as much as I love it your certainly not going to see me playing through this one again- LoL
1218  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: March 29, 2013, 01:33:54 PM
I meant to post this yesterday but totally forgot!

I just wanted to quickly say I really liked the little editorial about Ni No Kuni that just went up. Very insightful and, dare I say, philosophic musing over the experience of playing Ni No Kuni and getting in touch with what we truly want. The point that really knocked it out the park, in a manner of speaking, for me was summarized in the last leg of the writing...

Admitting that might mean confronting something quite painful about the nature of life, but if we wake up and open our eyes start to see clearly for once and live better we can begin to enjoy what is and not what was.

Brilliantly stated... and I totally agree!

The realization came to me years ago as I initially hated the current gen because of what happened to the JRPG. To make a long story short, once I came to the conclusion that no matter what game they make now it would not rewind the clock to the mid 90's, it all of the sudden became much easier to digest and appreciate some of the weird niche titles I have ended up falling in love with.

Kudos on the writing good sir!
1219  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 29, 2013, 01:19:23 PM

EDIT: BTW, has anyone seen how good the Final Fantasy V remake looks for the iPhone?! Why they would not release that on the PSN or something is beyond me. I hated how FF1 controlled on the iPhone and didn't touch it after like the first dungeon. I'm seriously considering purchasing it despite this, but would much rather have it on a different system. The screenshots are killing me, though.

Man, do I sympathize with that sentiment! As soon as I saw it I thought/felt that same urge to conquer my aversion to IOS titles.

What frightens me however is the thought that, some day, should they ever give FF6 an over-haul it may suffer the same horrible fate!! The would be the eternal, final, GRAND ULTIMATE kick in the scrotum of all my idealistic gaming hopes... I think I would be unreasonable to the point of boycotting square enix products if that happened.
1220  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 29, 2013, 01:07:42 PM
I'm totally thrilled you have that reaction to the game, Klyde.

Innocent Sin was my first SMT and I can understand the feeling of falling in love with a genre over again. The reveal of the casts past is probably one of my favourite reveals in an RPG.

I want to play IS for the story but I didn't really like the gameplay much at all, and unlike, say, Legend of Mana, you can actually DIE in IS, so ignoring the game side of it is hard.

I imagine if you lower the difficulty  in IS you could damn near auto-battle your way through without even trying... well actually, auto battle is pretty useful in this title so that is a bad way of making my point.... but you get the idea...

I have been pouring all points at level up into DX (magic attack) and thus far even on hard I have not had a single game over. (I think I'm nearing the end, though it is rather difficult to tell)

I while I do agree the gameplay is about as rough as it comes with turn based JRPG's, there are certainly enough ways to exploit the mechanics to make things VERY easy.
1221  Media / General 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.
1222  Media / General 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... 
1223  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...
1224  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.
1225  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....
1226  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 :)

1227  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....

1228  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.
1229  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!!)...

1230  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).
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