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1411  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 13, 2011, 03:44:36 PM
Not to rewind the nature of the discussion here but I gotta say something about the difficulty.... This game is FREAKIN' HARD! By far the most challenging main plot of the disgaea series. I just had my ass handed to me at the end of the 3rd chapter... INCREDIBLE!!! I have to say though that by no means is this a bad thing. Disgaea is one of the few games were grinding is enjoyable for me and I felt one of the greatest flaws of the first 3 was how quickly you could zip through the main stories only to be dwarfed upon entering post game optional maps.....

I do have one additional gripe though.... whoever thought it was a good idea to handicap the shoe makers by way of only allowing them to walk straight lines is purely sadistic..... quite honestly one of the most annoying handicaps I've ever dealt with.....
1412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 07, 2011, 11:45:22 AM
Sorry to hear about all the code troubles, but Fallen Angel Flonne or not you should give this a shot. She does start at lv.1 but just drop a few on some exp. potions and dedicate a Exp +100% map or two to her and she'll catch up before your microwave dinner cools down!

 I marathon-gamed as much as I could yesterday and I absolutely adore this title!! I had really high expectations too so I'm quite surprised...... Anyone who has been reading my poorly worded posts over the last few months of me joining this lovely community may realize I'm REALLY nit-picky.... Bottom line for me this game delivers in all the respects Disgaea should, or any JSRPG in my oppinion.

Despite the claims, I haven't found the use of geo puzzles over-bearing at all, though obviously I have to reserve that judgement until I am finished with my first playthrough.

Also in regard to the humor we were oh so concerned about being too "Disgaea 2" for our tastes.... I have to completely disagree that there is any similarity.... Maybe a paralell could be drawn between the motivations of the characters to some degree, that is the M.C's both work from angles that could seem morally sound for humans as opposed to anti-logic of demons demonstrated by Laharl and company (the "bad" is "good" stuff), but other than that I've actually found the humor of this title MORE appealing than 3 to me.... certainly more than 2..... with a somehow vague feeling of the first game to me.... Long story short, I love the writing.... nuf' said.

To be honest, if I had to really wrack my brain for a complaint in any respect, it would only be the greater emphasis placed on monster type characters for battle.... which really isnt all that "great" just more advantagous than in previous titles.... The design of the base you do your thing at in between battles.......

I reserve expressing anymore oppinions about it til I play further, but for now I just want to report to those (like myself) with super high hopes coupled with extreme skepticism this is the first title I've played in a LONG time that honestly has not really let me down in some game-experience-retarding-fashion.....

1413  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 06, 2011, 10:42:43 AM
Well guys, this is it.... I sit drinking my morning coffee on THE day..... What day? Well the single most important day on this year for me of course, the release of Disgaea 4!!!!..... A little background...... I got sober the year Disgaea 3 came out, and when I say sober I mean I put down some very heavy chemicals that were near and dear to me for a LONG TIME, rendering me for months (literally) quite worthless..... Not only did I put down chemicals, I moved, got a new job and really hit "reset" so to speak.... Disgaea 3 was played through all those agonizing hours and then more so as the pastures became a bit greener as time went on..... Disgaea became more than a game I loved, but rather a symbol for me of sorts that I draw strength and inspiration from.... Now what does this have to do with anything? Why am I sharing this, and who might care? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND PROBABLY NO ONE!!!! BUT I AM TOO FREAKIN' EXCITED TO CONTAIN MYSELF!! I simply needed to express that.....

But in all seriousness, I'm going to pick up my copy now.. I worked double-time yesterday to dedicate the full day to this event and I fully intend to marathon this title today..... I well be reporting back this evening with my impressions.... Surely someone will be far more interested in that rather than my sobriety...HAHAHA!

Thanks for putting up with my non-sense here, I haven't been this excited since I was a kid..... Come to think of it, the only release that could hold a candle to this for me would be if Yoshitoshi Abe got on board with original staff to release another season of Lain or something.... Lain and Disgaea = the best things that have ever happened in entertainment for me :)
1414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 05, 2011, 04:30:19 PM

Hate to say it, but this game isn't about the characters; the game explains their 'reasons' and whatnot by the end, but you don't really get to know them that well. And that's the idea; the game's story's purpose is to keep you emotionally detached so that you can stay objective, and really think about what's going on without making an emotional investment, which becomes more important as the the game continues, and things keep getting more and more out of control. I'd have to say that while it's not my favorite kind of approach, (I too, like a strong cast,) it certainly works when done right, as it is here.

Things get even more out of control!? As if they weren't so already..... But that "left in the dark" about much of what is actually happening I appreciate... It lends to the overall macabre nature of things..... And I tend to agree with you on the point of how aspects of this game that I typically would hate are well executed and actually work well with this title.... There are some things though I just cannot accept due to my own personal affinites and distastes, no matter how well done... Dante being any part of this game and the M.C looking more like a raver than a demon being two examples of things I simply have a hard time looking past.... Again, admittingly stupid gripes but everyone has their own respective "RPG" values I suppose.
1415  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Berskerk, Lodoss and other fantastical-anime on: September 05, 2011, 01:14:27 PM
Reading this makes me miss 90's anime.  That was a good era, too much moe bullshit is big now.

Precisely how I feel.... I'm watching like 4 or 5 current series now and none of em really got a hold on me.... Much like games nowadays, the anime I like the best is the good stuff that slipped under my radar in the past...
1416  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 05, 2011, 12:36:36 PM
Well now I've commit a good chunk of time to Nocturne and I must say.... while the game has a wicked soundtrack and very intriguing plot, decent gameplay and a nice dark and brooding atmosphere... it just feels lacking to me in some respect.... It may have something to do with the fact that I'm a real sucker for a strong main cast I can get attached to and watch develop, but I just feel sort of unmotivated to press on in this one.... I will however continue because it is a really decent game, just not of the caliber I expected.....  and I REALLY hate how the MC looks.... I know thats a stupid reason to be turned off by a title, but as I said I'm a sucker for characters..... Heck, I hate Agarest Wars and still play that just for the aesthics....
1417  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 01, 2011, 04:57:13 AM
Thank you everyone for the advice.... I think I'm going with Nocturne first....  I picked up Nocturne, DDS, DDS2, Devil Summoner, and DS2 all at once...... with Disgaea 4 coming out next week it looks to me as though its going to be a Shin Megami/Prinny filled fall for Klyde...... now hopefully I can polish off Star Ocean by this upcoming tueaday or I may suffer RPG overload.....

....One last question though... do I need to play through Nocturne and DDS before the Devil Summoners? From what I discerned thus far, the DS games were standalone that didn't require, or draw from, the plots of the others to grasp fully and after watching gameplay videos of the battle system I'm super excited to try it out.

By the way, thanks again for the input. You guys rock on this board! All the suggestions (even over in the anime section) have proven to be very valuable guidance for me in the last few months since arriving here :)
1418  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: August 30, 2011, 10:25:07 PM
I'm more concerned about the story/humor than the gameplay.  Disgaea 2 fell really flat with me in that category, partly cause the main characters didn't have funny personalities

It fell a bit flat for me too..... the humor just didn't do it for me like D1 or D3.. or Makai Kingdom for that matter.....

On a different note, I just went to gamestop and yes they do have it.... they let me hold it... drool over it.... and then denied me an early purchase after I proposed slipping them a 100 bucks, hahaha!...... The sad part is I was truly trying to bribe them into letting me get my copy although it came across in jest....
1419  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: August 30, 2011, 10:19:12 PM
Please don't hollar at me for hopping back to topic of the older Megami Tensei titles but I am still at bit confused as to where to start.... I'm torn between starting with Nocturne or Digital Devil Saga 1..... I can't believe these games passed me by, being that I was Persona fan since it first came out ages ago on the PS1. Thanks for the advice in advance :)
1420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: August 30, 2011, 11:15:52 AM
Actually it already did hit our shores.... they shipped early and Gamestop already has it, they just can't realease it until the street date of Spet. 6th.... so if your lucky enough to find a store that doesn't care about such formalities it can be yours already....

Anyhoo, I AM SOOOOO SUPER STOKED FOR THIS GAME YOU HAVE NO IDEA!! Disgaea became my favorite franchise running right now and I am actually planning to take off work for this..... I purposely did not take a vacation day in a very long time in preperation.... Additionally I will be dropping my other playthroughs at the moment of Breath of Fire 2, Star Ocean First Departure, Catherine and Final Fantasy IV Complete to focus solely on Disgaea.....

I have played the other Disgaea titles cumulatively for over 350 hours altogeather...... Now if that is not a sad amount of life to waste on a franchise I don't know what is... but in all honestly many of those 350 hours trumped good sex for me (truly, I don't have much of a labido...)

Just wanted to let you know, your not the only one waiting with bated breathe for this title.
1421  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: August 29, 2011, 12:32:34 PM
When Leo in Lunar 2 Eternal Blue yells "Sample my goods!"

Hearing him yell that with every other special attack and item cracks me up... Such a serious dude for such a silly line...
1422  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rune Factory Oceans announced for the PS3/Wii on: August 29, 2011, 12:10:56 PM
In the last decade and a half I can honestly say that not too many JRPGs, that I've had an interest in,has slipped by me... Harvest Moon/Rune Factory has however....... That being said, this game looks pretty freakin' cool to me :)

So my question is should I just jump right in here when it comes out or play some priors in the series first? That is, are they standalone titles? If so whats worth my time and what is not? Anyone who could provide me some insight would be much appreciated :) Thanks
1423  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSN, Wii Virtual System, and old gems I (we) may have missed.... on: August 18, 2011, 11:45:47 AM
In light of a few posts recently, I realize that a few "oldies but goodies" have slipped by me throughout the years.... Sooooo quick and to the point, lets get down to business! What lesser known RPGs hail from the days of PS1 and before that often get overlooked? To expand upon, or maybe make this topic a bit easier, may I suggest lists of your favorite downloadable titles via the PSN and Wii??......... I was browsing last night on both systems and noticed a handful I was unfamiliar with and couldn't decide were to begin.... Hopefully with enough lists and feedback we can all come across a treasure or two we were not aware of, or haven't given the time yet.

NOTE: I don't think its necessary for any of us to list any Final Fantasies.... or Chrono Trigger for that matter.... Quite certain we all know they exist.... hehehe..... also, while I have the floor.... WHY IS EARTHBOUND NOT AVAILABLE!!! How disturbing...... Anyhoo thanks ahead for the suggestions, and I hope we can all foster something worth playing out of this!
1424  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Berskerk, Lodoss and other fantastical-anime on: August 17, 2011, 12:32:25 PM
After you get through digesting some that list I'd also recommend Scrapped Princess.   

Gotta thank you! I just got through the first 8 episodes of Scrapped Princess and it rocks!! I am really really digging this one man, appreciate it :)
1425  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anyone watching blue exorcist? on: August 17, 2011, 12:30:47 PM
Oooooo... I wonder what the banninated poster above me said.... unsolved mysteries I suppose....

.... In any event, I thought I would throw out my impression of Blue Exorcist for anyone interested now that I've seen all the released/subbed episodes available stateside.... And the bottom line in my humble oppinion is, while the series sports some beautiful qualities, you need to make it through ALOT of filler to get to the meat and potatos of the plot.... That normally isn't a bad thing per se, it can keep things paced nicely in fact, but in this series the humor and levity really undermines the plot a bit up until about episode 12-13 (somewhere around there).

But I suppose that is all a matter of taste and oppinion... I am hyper critical of comedy as I just don't find much of it funny..... On all other accounts, save one, Blue Exorcist has me sold :)

Animation and art style, while nothing we haven't seen, is well done none-the-less. Dialogues are decent and pertinent (when they are not trying to be cute or comical), and as I mentioned the plot is great.

Brief Summary (as found on Crunchyroll)
Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but having possessed all material substances, the demons are now intruding on the material world. But among the human race, there are those who can exorcise such demons - the Exorcists.

and beyond that......we have the son of satan trying to become one of those said expocists.....

Well, happy watching everyone :)
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