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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 17, 2016, 06:25:06 PM

We need another FFIX style change-of-pace to refresh the series.


This.

The thing that REALLY still irks me, is there is no escaping the fact that the whole enchilada is bore out of the XIII universe no matter what roman numeral they attatch. I don't know enough to know what that means and I will try to be fair about this game but I guess it's difficult for me not expect some form of disapointment which is terribly pessimistic of me.

And...


It probably won't be awful, but I'm not willing to sink 4050 hours in a 'meh' JRPG when I already have trouble finishing the good ones.

This ^^ pretty much surmises my feelings entirely. I used to feel some form of obligation to experience everything this franchise had to offer but they lost that loyalty (with me) somewhere around/after X and X2.

That being said, I appreciate the "Mature" motif of the character models and all that. It looks very much like something I can visually appreciate which is sort of what scares me. That is EXACTLY how I felt looking at every entry in the franchise before determining I didn't care for them.

Then you have something like Lost Odyssey which looked visually like something terribly alien to me but felt and sounded more FF than anything in recent history.

Something a little less XIII, a little more Lost Odyssey, with some of the gameplay and production value we see here and a greater emphasis on the "Fantasy" end of things is where I'd love to see the series eventually move. Pipe dream? Maybe.

17  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: August 17, 2016, 05:34:10 PM
I think everyone had a crush on Shadow once upon a time.


Ahhhh! **BLUSH**

Truth be told, I'm not as dashing now that I'm getting to be an old man. Plus I guess optional's such as myself are a dime a dozen nowa' days.

I wanna point out something critical you guys may NOT have realized. You should all now be aware where Relm's mad art skillz came from!!!
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Ok enough horsing around.

@ Glass -- A somewhat unreliable but effective help considering your self-imposed handicaps might be Edgar's noiseblaster and chainsaw. If memory serves, noiseblaster with Edgar had the potential to seriously take the "oomph" out of some enemy parties on the FC and chainsaw (unreliably) instant-killed something I hated (possibly behemoth?). At the very least, his chainsaw is a safer gamble than setzer ^_^

I think I'd be going with Mog (dancing/healing)/Edgar(noiseblasting)/Terra and Shadow (focusing on one enemy at a time with edgar post his noiseblasting) and running from any encounters that weren't worth the effort. No matter what way you look at it though, its an "RNG type" difficulty on the FC. That is, you can have a quick painless effort with no hiccups or 4 game-overs in a row especially considering how you are playing.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2016, 07:12:01 PM
After researching it a bit I think when I do eventually try my hand at CRPG's (totally new experience to me) and Baldur's Gate is on the table, I'm going to start with 2.
Excellent choice! I think the game covers BG1 events pretty well in the intro, but if you get confused feel free to ask.

THANK YOU! I felt like I was gonna get hammered with a "you are better off starting with 1" which goes back to our talks of "commitment" **chuckle**

I've been playing Darkest Dungeon thanks to Klydes playthrough.

Though I won't be naming them after any of you, since I play totally different to Klyde and I kick the explorers to the curb pretty much for any slight inconvenience.

In truth you are playing correctly by my measure. I know my attachment to my characters, because they are based on the folks here on da'Fan , is totally foolish. Waaaaaaay better to use em and loose em.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 16, 2016, 07:07:00 PM
What Klyde said.  Don't overlook the Persona or the SMT games cause of one bad experience.  Don't know which Persona you played but the differences between Persona 1/2:EP/2:IS and Persona 3/4 make them pretty different games. Most of them are fantastic games and are better than most JRPGS out there.  P5 from what we know has the chance to be one of the best JRPGs.

As for the delay, eh I don't mind but I better not get charged in Sept. for the ultimate edition for a game that comes out in Nov.

Then of course lets not forget P3/4's expansion into rythym games, dungeon crawlers and fighting games.

We are talking "the delay" though so I'm straying heavily off topic. Apologies.

The only aspect of the delay that I find rather unforgivable is how they promoted the game up til now. Pre-order incentives and brick and mortar store ornaments really shoved this in your face. That aside, I also have always felt september was the appropriate month to localize Final Fantasy due to the childhood association with FF7's release *shrug*
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 16, 2016, 04:53:25 PM
@Arvis -- Without even knowing which persona title you tried and can't stand I must interject with an obligatory "Don't think that it is indicative of the rest of the series, much less the SMT universe"

I am a huge SMT fan and can honestly say I count some among my all time favorite games and narratives while others I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole.

SMT/ Persona is akin to FF in the sense that there is HUGE differential in the titles that comprise the franchise and eventually crosses the border of genres altogether.

Not trying to convince you to "take another look" at persona, mind you. Just simply saying that to believe 1 entry is indicative of what the whole franchise has to offer is erroneous (and I only am saying it cause I overlooked the series for years myself for that very same reason).
21  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2016, 04:40:57 PM
After researching it a bit I think when I do eventually try my hand at CRPG's (totally new experience to me) and Baldur's Gate is on the table, I'm going to start with 2.

In other computer-game-research news I'm sorely disgusted that Gothic 2 via steam supposedly doesn't run on WIN10 machines.

As an aside, screw Bundle Stars for making me look into all this now with their fancy summer sale. I'm all summer-saled out but I just can't help looking!!

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I wanted to play more Darkest Dungeon but I finally discovered how to rid myself of the BRAND OF SACRIFICE Dark Sigils and cure my hollowing in BERSERK 3 DS3. And thus, today is all about grinding for nearly 100K worth of souls. **sad**

KLYDE CHROMATIC TRIVIA/FACT : I loved berserk so much that, many years ago, I turned the "brand of sacrifice" into a cover-up-tattoo piece that I did on myself. I had a poem on my leg that I hated and now sport the brand from knee to ankle (very very big tattoo, there was a lot of poem to cover)
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 15, 2016, 06:41:25 PM


Oh and I just started my third playthrough of Cold Steel today. Figured I would refresh my memory before Cold Steel 2 comes out.

I'm terrible at this ^^. It is precisely why I don't always move onto sequels to things I like. That is, by the time a sequel roles around I feel the need to "brush up" and VERY rarely am I willing to re-play a game.

I am not saying I never replay games, but the distance between play-throughs is typically pretty considerable for me (years, if not MANY years). To go full circle, it brings me back to my conundrum with Trails which is quite simply I am unwilling/ready to play TiTS Part 1 again just to get ready for 2 even though I enjoyed the heck out of it. Thanks again for all the info though, as now I know where to begin when I am ready to dive back in!

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So today I feel like an idiot. This is not an uncommon happening.

2 discoveries.

The first, Baldurs Gate for PS2 is not the same Baldurs Gate game that exists on PC **mindblown**. I seriously thought for years now I "played" Baldurs Gate and it appears I did not.

Second discovery, I AM STILL HOLLOW IN BERSERK Dark Souls 3! This is somewhat appropriate in it's irony because of how much I value the appearance of my character (I am shallow) and the fact that I sort of see myself as rather ugly on the inside (for lack of a better way of putting it). But ya know what? TO HELL WITH THAT! I will cure this blight because I know its possible (I think...)!!!!

NOTE: If anyone else who has played Dark Souls 3 is reading this and looking at me funny for being confused on the "hollow" thing please understand I refuse to look up ANYTHING about this game or any other I am playing through for that matter. In short, forgive me if I am stumbling over something that is common knowledge.
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: August 14, 2016, 06:28:19 PM
That was a great post in its entirety, Aeolus. Particular props for drawing a parallel between Doma/Leo and Balrog/Gandalf ^_^

but he's not nearly the big deal people tend to make him out to be in the long run since he's practically an optional character through and through (ala BoF's Deis, DQVI's Terry/Lizzy, FFVII's Yuffie and Vincent and Xenogear's Esmeralda, among others).

This is super interesting point I based on the fact that I never really noticed my affinity for characters in this role. Recruiting Deis in BOF2 was one of the most amazing discoveries of my childhood after playing BOF1, Yuffie and Vincent were my favorites in VII and the optional characters in the Star Ocean series all go down in the hall of fame for me.

You inadvertently pointed out something to me about my sensibility here. I think Shadow paved the way for my tastes in characterization more so then I realized. I feel like... I need to re-think a bunch of stuff now.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 14, 2016, 04:21:33 PM

No no no, playing the second gently suggests playing the third (not yet released in English), which gently suggests playing Zero (not yet announced for English release), which strongly suggests playing Ao (again not yet announced for English release), which suggests you play Cold Steel, which strongly suggests you play Cold Steel 2, which suggests you play Cold Steel 3 (which I believe does not yet have a JP release date yet), and there is likely at least one more arc in this universe that will span 3-4 games based on comments that I have read. :p



I appreciate you informing me of all this. Seriously. Now I know I won't be jumping in anytime soon. Likewise, as stated, I know the series is something I wanna experience someday. In the land of RPG's the lesson of "too much of a good thing" is taught with brutality and utter disregard for my time or other games! LoL
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: August 14, 2016, 04:11:40 PM
@ aeolus -- On the Shadow note. I'm not going to argue his efficacy in battle because, while I could make a case for the Ninja, he pales in comparison to other cast members. For the hell of it, I will throw it out that should you invest time in his magic the skeans are a suitable and cheap stand in for magic making throw somewhat useful until level 3 spells. Spend your time having him learn buffs and healing and you have unique and versatile character. Genji+death dagger+evade for quick level grinding in certain areas also worked well for me.

Nope. He is a weak link who just happens to be hella- useful in brief specialized circumstances.

The Shadow appeal is his implementation in the script. Think back on RPG's of the early 90's. How many had a character that were optional/quasi-hidden with narrative impact? Not too many I can think of that made it stateside. Furthermore, your decisions directly impact his survival with plot-relevance. These are the points that make Shadow memorable. In short, Shadow is a mechanic within the game for making the player feel as though their decisions have meaning and weight. This is of course common, if not pre-requisite stuff, for more modern RPG's but that type of material was rare in the days of FF6.

But I obviously have a bias here based on fandom and namesake so maybe I'm just over-stating an opinion?

@Glassjawsh -- Since we are talking Shadow I wanna state that the "Shadow save" at the Thamasa incident is a particular favorite instance of mine as well. It makes it all the more interesting when you begin to unravel his identity. Once you "figure it out" and think on his connection to Relm and what is going on its such an "Ah- ha!" moment.


I'm happy you expressed distaste for Leo's status screen pic too. I am firmly in disagreement with whomever thought that avatar for him was suitable.


26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Uranium on: August 13, 2016, 04:51:23 PM
Just saw this thread and went to download it for the hell of it. Dowload links removed. That happened fast...
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: August 13, 2016, 04:41:51 PM
@ aeolus -- I feel like your only partially kidding. YOU JUMPED WHEN YA PLAYED DIDN'T YA!!!????

TRUE STORY: Very first time I played when the title came out (I was 7 or 8 years old) my nerves couldn't take it and I jumped. When I found out the impact of my hasty decision I cried and carried on so bad my parents didn't want to let me rent the game again ^__^

THE RESULT: I "lost" the game *ahem* and an even angrier set up parents had to cough up 60 bucks to the video store. I played that until the battery back-up died and saving on more then one slot caused them all to erase.
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 13, 2016, 04:16:12 PM
I finished up the Hero route in inFamous Second Son. It was a fun game even if it didn't hold my attention as much as the original two games. I also was slightly disappointed by the fact that Sucker Punch didn't fix up the "busy work" side missions. All the story missions were great and fun and all, but the side missions just seemed tacked on to increase play time and give players a 100% opportunity. Despite the complaints, I got 100%.

I started again to go the inFamous route. More busy work.

Man I always wanted to get into Infamous for the gameplay but the fact that I am cast instead of getting to edit a character/ avatar, such as in Saints Row, always put me off. Granted I didn't give em a shot and I'm sure that an obvious reason for the design choice exists but it doesn't change the fact that the character's you are cast as just don't appeal to me from the "outside looking in" (could potentially change if I actually gave em a chance).

So No Man's Sky just came out!


There ya go, bringing up some left-field import title no one ever heard of before


 I really need to give Trails in the Sky another shot sometime, for that matter.


Me too. Series like that sometimes intimidate me. Playing the first demands playing the second which gently suggest the COLD STEEL title, et cetera..... That is ALOT of JRPG universe with story continuity. I played through the first, but it was too long ago and I know picking it back up will end in a year long gaming commitment I'm just not anywhere near being ready for (fear of commitment).

That having been stated, when I do find my way back to trails, I think I may go right to the CS title. I enoyed Trails in the Sky enough but by the end I was ready to be done with it.

Now on the Falcom note, Ys is series that is all sorts of appealing for me to get back to.

29  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 12, 2016, 05:42:12 PM
I've been in a Berserk mood lately, playing Berserk the Game 3 Dark Souls 3 and just feeling generally pissed off at life (another topic/story entirely), so I checked the new episodes that seem to be getting absolutely horrendous reception.

Now, it is totally worth noting that I AM a huge Berserk fan to begin with. Love the original series, the movies and read the Manga up to volume 50 something years ago. I don't know whether it is simply a matter of my fandom or not, but I think the new eps are fantastic.

Maybe I am bringing my sensibility into question here but I thought it worth posting about anyhow.

NOTE: I have only watched 1 so far.

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SAILOR MOON/ The mere mention of this show makes me want to watch it. I only ever saw up to in and around episode 50-60 and still think about it. I don't care who the target audience was/is, I adore SM.
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 12, 2016, 05:29:55 PM
Tried out P4 ARENA ULTIMAX today.

I don't know what the hell made me think I'd like this title. It's great and all but I have already established I hate visual novels and fighting games. That aside, I also more or less felt as though I had enough of the P3/P4 universe ages ago. In short, I won't be adding this to my agenda.

Personal and subjective taste aside, it sure does look pretty and has Akahiko in it so there is that. You can apparently auto-fight/watch the entire story mode so maybe one day I'll indulge it. Mind you, that is a very remote "maybe".
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