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466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 26, 2014, 03:06:46 PM
I need to find a job so I can get ToS:C
The more everyone talks about it, the more I'm interested in the game.

I am starting to feel like my post yesterday was stupid... I'm becoming more and more tempted to grab this myself. Ugh... temptation... torn.... dag nabbit.
467  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 25, 2014, 10:17:29 PM
For great grand and wonderful crossover Nintendo could have Samus pick Link up for a space adventure. They could contract Toriyama to write and help direct a script that retcons a Hyrule on planet Zebes. Hell, they can make it multi-player coach co-op Mana style and have Samus, Ganon and Link team up to rescue Zelda from mother brain.

I'd play for sure!!
468  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 25, 2014, 07:15:39 PM
And just finished disc 1 of Lost Odyssey, fun game, still reminds me of a cross between Enchanted Arms and Nier, and that's an OK thing by me

I feel like you somehow know what game I plan on playing next- LoL... you started Vesperia about a month before I intended on doing so and I totally planned on either jumping into Lost Odyssey or Blue Dragon after I do FF IV the After Years.

And on that note, I put in a few more hours in on the after years since yesterday and can safely say I like it. I may love it in fact. The interlude nearly scared me away but thankfully TAY writing seems waaaaaaay better thus far.
469  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 25, 2014, 07:03:50 PM


Man, so many games to play in the upcoming months....it's ridiculous.

THIS!!!

Picking and choosing due to the fact that one just can't play everything has been difficult for me.

All the new releases coupled with the stuff on my shelf that has been burning a hole in my soul has made for some tough choices. I finally realized if I were to try and keep up with all the new releases I would NEVER get to some of the gems from recent years I missed.

As such I elected to play Vesperia, which was entirely new to me, and skip out on Symphonia. I just finished Vesperia and was still considering running out and compulsively buying Symphonia today but with Xilia 2 also coming out later this year I'm just saying NO!! LoL

I love Tales. Truly I do. But too much of a good thing is.... well... bad for me.

Symphonia is actually the easiest "Tales" for me to turn a blind eye to. I played it during a bad period in my life that I don't care to remember, so despite it being a great game I just can't enjoy it like I could something new or from a different point in my life < < < Is that WiErD?? Maybe I'm overtly sensitive... I'm dodging FF X for the same reason. I played both back to back during the same time in my life.

EDIT: When I ask if my inclination to avoid these 2 titles is strange and I say it is due to having played them during a bad period in my life, mind you, by bad I truly mean an absolutely utterly horrific leg of my existence I have all but erased from my concious recollection... just to clarify...
470  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 24, 2014, 07:01:56 PM


The game wasn't bad (not at all), just some cosmospheres felt like they went on foreeevvveer.

2 was a far worse offender in this respect than 1. I actually love Ar Ton 1. Now as for Quoga... I can't speak on that. I tried it... and while it seemed like I could have learned to love it shaking the controller amongst other things rendered that one literally "unplayable" by my standards. Or at the very least, unenjoyable.


After finishing off Tales of Vesperia and last month Mario 3d World, I have moved on now to some PSP titles I was dying to get to. Why? Well see my "ULTIMATE PSP EXPERIENCE THREAD!!" to witness the splender...

Anyhow, I've finally got around to FFIV the After Years (complete collection) . Gee golly, I love the spritework in this game. I finished the complete collection variety of FFIV last year and already forgot how cool the reimagined 16-bit era title is graphically. I wish more games got re-releases with this type of quality.

I'm not far enough into the After Years to speak on it yet, but I sure hope its more enjoyable than the "Interlude". The interlude, while not bad, certainly wasn't exactly "good" either....
471  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: the ULTIMATE PSP EXPERIENCE!! on: February 24, 2014, 06:49:29 PM


I'm even more upset about the lack of a western release for the Vita TV.

Breaks my heart as well... I tend to think however, given the technology exists, we will see something in the vein of a "Vita TV" in the west eventually. God knows when, but I tend to think something like that is inevitable albeit far-off.
472  The Rest / General Discussions / the ULTIMATE PSP EXPERIENCE!! on: February 24, 2014, 05:54:07 PM
I've mentioned, more then once, that I LOVE the PSP for its ability to be played via "the big screen". However, I feel I have now maximized the potential of the PSP's AV-out capability and wanted to share it with you fine folk for whomever else shares my passion to play some of these classic RPG's in full screen HD glory.

First off, I chose the PSP GO model for one primary reason and that is PS3 Dualshock syncing. That is, you can play using the dualshock 3 controller instead of having to ever tough the PSP with a mess of wires.



Pictured is how I have it set up. You'll notice I use a cradle to hold and charge the PSPGO whilst gaming. This is important because it allows me to charge the system constantly while playing, thus battery life is a non issue. 

FYI the cradle is only 3 dollars used at gamestop right now if you can find one.

Next.....

 

That handy device is a GODSEND. It upscales the tiny sketchy psp screen that is normally displayed on the TV to smooth 720p WITHOUT slowdown, audio hiccups or ANY percievable degradation in gameplay/experience. I was real skeptical about this piece of equipment until I used it

Finally the result.



See (a bad picture) of FFIV The After Years being played in HD, filling my WHOLE SCREEN WITHOUT A ZOOM FUNCTION!!

What you are essentially getting here is a set-up that turns your PSP into a fully functional home console. I know this may not excite some, but for me this set-up is pretty freakin' glorious.
473  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Ys Seven LE, Persona LE and Star Ocean Play Arts on: February 23, 2014, 06:02:44 PM


Sorry if the phrasing on this comes out weird: BUt I'd love to search your house, I'm sure it's just a treasure trove of cool and weird trinkets and things.

My basement is like that.  My mum being a packrat makes the basement a nostalgia haven.

Long ago I fancied myself a treasure hunter... Locke reference unintended... and managed to collect A LOT of crap. After moving around quite a bit I lost track of all the neat junk I found so it always proves fun to dig through old boxes and whatnot.

I actually made my living for a long time, and continue to supplement my income to this day, with simply finding and re-selling what other people are being rid of. Treasure hunting is one of my favorite things to do to be honest.

As far as gaming and anime stuff is concerned... well I just compulsively collected WAY more than I need (or have room to display). I sort of feel guilty about the abundance of unnecessary items I have. Me thinks I could have better invested my funds... LoL

But back to business.

Here is the bonus for the SO figures. If it suck, let me know and I'll come up with a different bonus- LoL

474  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Ys Seven LE, Persona LE and Star Ocean Play Arts on: February 23, 2014, 03:01:20 PM
hmmmm... I can't reduce the price really because I'm basing that on my own financial goals... but I can dig around this afternoon/evening and find something else to throw on the SO figure bundle to increase the value. let me look around and see what forgotten treasures I could include to make the offer more tempting.

475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 22, 2014, 07:21:24 PM
Finally finished Vesperia.

That was a supremely satisfying experience for me. My only problem is that there is no Tales of Vesperia Part 2. I didn't want it to end.

476  The Rest / The Bazaar / Ys Seven LE, Persona LE and Star Ocean Play Arts on: February 22, 2014, 07:11:11 PM
More of my crap for sale at sub-e-bay prices folks!!

First up I have not one but 2 PSP limited editions up for grabs. I am selling them together but basically this a buy Ys and get Persona for free type of deal. My reasoning behind this is the Ys set is actually worth some bucks while the persona set is just more or less incentive to buy because it hasn't really gone up in value.



Ys Seven LE includes art book, soundtrack, game (UMD), original box and map. In other words, everything is here. LE is complete.

Ys condition is used but pretty good. UMD is perfect, the rest of content has mild display aging. The art book is great with the exception that you can tell its been looked through (due to unavoidable "book opening" creasing and bend). The box itself suffers from one corner being a bit bent up.  I will tape it down for you if you'd like :)



Persona 1 LE is like new. I opened the outside box simply to listen to the soundtrack. UMD game case is still sealed in shrink wrap. Box is fine. All is on the up and up.



Ys Seven LE (Very good condition) with bonus Persona 1 LE (like new, UMD sealed) for 65 US dollars. Shipping  Included.

Next up we have a set of two Square Enix Play Arts figurines!!

Both of from Star Ocean 4.

Both figures saw shelf display but are in excellent condition.

You can tell the boxes have been opened and repackaged but are in very good/displayable condition.


40 US Dollars plus 10 for shipping, thus 50 US dollars for both figures!!

EDIT: My last post for Xenoblade is still alive and well. If someone were interested in that along with something here I will reduce the total price a few bucks....... Ohhhhhhhh the temptations!!!! Muahahahahaha! :)
477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Sakaguchi RPG teased for Xbox One on: February 22, 2014, 03:56:47 PM
I have finally begun to dig into the 360 RPG's of the last gen and Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon are on my "soon to play list". I kept very current with PS3 releases but didn't even venture into the Microsoft realm until very recently with Vesperia.

Geeeee golly I feel behind! LoL.... Nothing like hype for a sequel brewing when you have yet to even get to the first.
478  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help me get caught up on the last 13 years. on: February 20, 2014, 09:04:03 PM


You don't really even go out of your way to do most of the sidequests in Xenoblade. They're mostly there to give you experience since a lot of the combat is optional I guess?

Agreed. Going out of your way to tend to all the side-stuff is a total mistake that hampers gameplay (one I made).  If you just move through the game, you will naturally accomplish the same amount of crap in WAY less time. I know I could have accomplished and seen just as much content in roughly 100 hours as I did in 140 if I played more effectively.
479  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help me get caught up on the last 13 years. on: February 19, 2014, 02:56:40 PM
What an AWESOME thread!!

I myself got back into gaming about 5 years ago after quite a long hiatus.

Same situation.. Grew up playing and loving 90's RPG's (and anime). Got back into it around the age of 23 and was highly intimidated with all the cooooolness I missed.

A word of advice though, don't inundate yourself with playing catch up. It will never happen. Too many games my friend... What is really cool about your (our) scenario though is being able to draw from a slew of titles that harken back to an age of RPG's that just don't exist anymore, and its NEW in our eyes.

For a long time I tried to stay current with my RPG gaming  and with day 1 releases and whatnot. Now I'm finding a far greater thrill in diving into forgotten gems of yesteryear and being a wee bit more choosey about the new stuff I indulge. It is a luxury we have for having Not kept up (or so that is how I like to see it).

Anyhow... My suggestions (from my extremely narrow and particular tastes)

My Favorites:

Xenoblade WII/WIIU
Xenosaga (though I've yet to complete it) PS2
Suikoden 1-2-3 (didn't do 4-5 yet) PSX/PS2
Final Fantasy VI The complete collection (I didn't hit the after years yet, but the remake of VI was like a nostalgic wet dream) PSP
Anything with "Tales" in front of it MULTI-PLATFORM (Graces F, Vesperia and Xilia if you want to be "current")
Persona 2 Innocent Sin and Persona 2 Eternal Punishment PSP/PSX (respectively)
Persona 3 (portable or FES) PS2 or PSP
Persona 4 PS2 or VITA
Disgaea 1 PS2/PSP
Disgaea 3 PS3/PSP
Disgaea 4 PS3/ VITA (soon?)
Growlanser Heritage of War PS2
Growlanser Generations PS2
Ni No Kuni (people will say what they will, but I LOVED IT!!! one of my top 3 from the last generation and possibly my favorite PS3 title)PS3
Corpse Party (totally not mentioned or talked about enough, visually nostalgic with some very orginal, although not groundbreaking, gameplay)PSP
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (PSP)
Star Ocean Remakes (1 and 2) (PSP)
Ys titles PSP/PC
Atelier Iris series PS2
Breath of Fire 3 PSX
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles GAMECUBE (yep, everyone can laugh at me for this one, I had fun with it)
Hyperdimension MK2 (keeping laughing....) PS3
Lunar Silver Star Story Complete PSX (must play)
Lunar Eternal Blue PSX (must play)
Jeane D'Arc PSP
Final Fantasy Tactics PSX (WotL psp remake has terrible slowdown that drives me nuts but more content, its a trade off)
Atelier Ayesha PS3

Other I can't suggest, but can't wait to get to myself:

Nier PS3
Skies of Arcadia Legends GAMECUBE
Shadow Hearts Series PS2
Digital Devil Saga PS2
Mhana Khemia 1 and 2 PS2
Dark Cloud 2 PS2
Growlanser Wayfarer of Time PSP (played through half of it, rage-quit and didn't pick it back up... but I WILL!!)
Devil Summoner PS2
Star Ocean 4 PS3
Rune Factory PS3
Lost Odyssey XBOX360
Blue Dragon XBOX 360
Last Story WII
Corpse Party Book of Shadows PSP
Final Fantasy 1 and 2 Anniversary PSP
Eternal Sonata PS3


And on that note... while we are on the subject of, can anyone with Devil Summoner experience tell me if I can/should skip right to 2? I have heard/read that 2 was a waaaay better experience but I don't know if I NEED to play 1 first.

Once again, kudos for the awesome thread. I think I should print this out and tack it to my wall... LoL

Damn. Nobody has mentioned Demon's Souls yet?

What's wrong with you guys. ;_;



I cannot justify suggesting Demon's Souls... albeit great, the degree of frustration I felt with it out-weighed the "fun". It all ended for me on a bad note when I saved my game in a relatively impossible scenario to survive (do to my own idiocy).
480  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: South Park: The RPG on: February 18, 2014, 03:40:20 PM
It seems surprisingly neat.  I'll have to second everyone saying it looks very good for a licensed game.  It's coming out in March, though, and I'm spending way too much in March.

I'm torn between hopping on board with this to try something different and getting to something thats been forever backlogged.

I can't explain why this looks appealing to me since I don't know anything about South Park/ don't watch the show. Likewise, I don't really like any media that qualifies as abundantly comedic... Yet for some reason this game looks like barrels of fun.

Regardless, Marches end is all about Atelier for this guy. So chances are, I will be passing on this as a "day 1". Too many things in my psp library have been bugging me lately that I can get to before Escha and Dodgey (Sp?). But the fact remains that the clever writing of this game along with the idea of character creation and fake social networking via fake facebook really has peaked my interest.

In particular, the character creation and facebook thing... can't wait to see how those two elements work.
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