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481  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays? - 2013 Edition on: December 26, 2013, 06:05:17 PM
You guys made out like bandits!!

I'm not even going to make a list..... I love givings gifts personally. I give them to damn near everyone I know. Hell, even the guy I like down at convenient got gifts from me. Others don't seem to share the sentiment.... and I don't have any close family, friends or relatives so while I looooove to give, the return for me leaves a bit to be desired.

Don't misread me though. I am not bitching. I give myself gifts and the week off from work. That is plenty-good-enough for this Klyde.

I did however get a nice plaque with my name on it and some clock parts for my sculptures. Both made me exceedingly happy :)

482  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 26, 2013, 05:55:48 PM
Klyde! That is ingenious! I spent a lovely Christmas day in bed with a 101 fever, feel a little better today but still pretty yucky. On the flip side Little Lady got me a 3DS XL and SMT Devil Summoner so hopefully today I shall christen it!

Thanks Bytor! Appreciate your compliments on that note... I really was proud for having come up with that. I was excited on a "still a kid" level tearing that crap open yesterday. I will make that a yearly tradition for myself I think.

Congrats on the 3ds!

In other news, I took celebrating too far... For the first time since august/september I decided to try and eat something other than fish and organic spinach. I opted to make, what I considered to be, "safe" (for my gut) christmas cookies with minimal ingredients (used only almonds, peanuts and coconut)..... BIG MISTAKE... they tasted awesome but I'm really paying for it today. Back to flounder and greens for me.

483  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 25, 2013, 03:12:34 PM
Getting to visit the Toran Republic from Suikoden 1 in part 2 is soooooo cool! It added a layer of nostalgia to an already nostalgic experience for me.

On a whim I chose Kasumi over Valeria to join me. Valeria is one of my favorite sword-weilding-chick-ee's ever, but I made an impulse decision based on character portrait aesthetics... I hope I made a good call.

I was gonna play me some Mario 3d World for christmas, amongst sampling some other games I've been meaning to try but I highly doubt I will be able to turn off Suikoden at this point.

Make sure to visit the hidden Ninja village on the way out. It's Kasumi's biggest perk over Valeria (her other perk involves a scene involving the protagonist of the first game).

Dammit.... I missed that hidden village apparently. Can I go back and find it?

Yep. Just go back down the path to the Toren Republic but after you climb back up the ladders make sure to hug the southern edge of the forest until you start walking into trees (make sure to have Kasumi in your party as well).

Found it!! Thank god you told me about that Aeolus.... If I do manage 108 it is thanks to you because I blew right by that hidden path. That would have effectively proven two missed stars. That was an awesome christmas gift Aeolus, thank you :)
484  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2013, 03:09:24 PM
Where do you guys find restaurants that are open for Christmas? There's NOTHING opened around here except for maybe, like, 7/11.

In other news, compiling huge projects is grinding my computer to a halt. Whee.

I think 24 hr pharmacies are the only thing that is open on christmas... I found a walgreens open for cigarettes I needed and some almonds... I was happy...

Merry Christmas folks!

And now for HOW KLYDE DOES CHRISTMAS otherwise known as "how to do christmas when there is no one in your life and you must buy yourself presents..."

Through a clever auto-bid/auto-pay system I set up (ok so it isn't terribly clever, but I was proud to have figured it out) I bought myself a bunch of junk without knowing what it is through ebay. I only know generally would these packages could contain.... and now I shall go open all my "presents"

Best part of all, I didn't have to wrap a thing for myself!!!
485  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 25, 2013, 02:51:54 PM
I recall in EP (and I think in IS) you could turn off battle animations to speed things along.  I kept the animations on, because I felt like without the animations, the mojo was missing from the battles. 

Then again, I played those games long ago (IS on import) so I don't know how the remake handled things.

Man, I can't ever turn off animations.... Even in disgaea, when I watch a terra summon/spell for the zillion-th time and want to tear my hair out over it the animations stay on. Mojo is most certainly lost sir, you are indeed correct. I would like all "skip animation" options to be replaced by "fast forward".
486  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 24, 2013, 07:51:42 PM
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We may disagree about breath of fire Mesh

Debuffs and status attacks don't work on bosses in BoF1 or 2, and neither do the undead-targetting spells. This isn't a matter of opinion and it's not something debatable -- this is how the games are programmed. Your only options in boss fights are attacking, using element-appropriate attack magic, or healing. BoF1 has I think four buffs. BoF2 has three, but one of these doesn't work due to a glitch.

I can't see any way that you could approach these games strategically -- you don't have the tools for it.

My original post (days ago) was actually in reference to Breath of Fire 3 (being the most fresh in my mind). Strategic use of formations, character selection and Masters enabled me to breeze through without grinding once.

My recollection of BoF1 and 2 is far too dated to debate anything about those titles. I haven't played either in 10 -15 years or so.

That is why I did not debate your reply to my post in the first place... my fault for not putting a "3" after breath of fire in my original post as I was listing the games I felt illustrated clever mechanics that made gameplay a wee bit more interesting when approached strategically.

Let me also add, I WAS TRYING TO PAY YOU COMPLIMENT (in my last post) MESH!! LoL

Again, that's why I love Megami Tensei games, because buffs, debuffs, status effects, and defending are useful and necessary aspects of battles. 


Having just played persona 2 IS and EP this last year I couldn't agree more. Both titles sport grueling turn-based gameplay that can REALLY be a grind if you don't play methodically. Conversely, exploiting what the game offers in terms of that which can aid you in combat can be really fun. I loved how many options you had as far as battles were concerned and the various ways you could built a killer team via the persona equipped (particularly in EP). Best of all was the demon negotiation which added a whole new layer to the experience with completely different risks and incentives (once again, waaaay better in EP) allowing a player burnt out on combat to progress a bit via an entirely different avenue of gameplay.

The problem with IS and EP to me was that, in spite of the wonderful versatility in combat, things were still very longwinded and "slow" feeling. Not to mention the encounter rate was a wee bit on the high side...
487  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 24, 2013, 05:33:27 PM

Here's the thing -- I don't think you need human-like AI to have an interesting game. You need an opponent that's difficult enough to make you /fully exploit the game mechanics available to you/ in order to win.


The greatest truth expressed yet in this thread (or at least out of what I have read).

That really IS the long and the short of what makes battles enjoyable in an RPG for me.

We may disagree about breath of fire Mesh, but I couldn't agree more on this point. Well put, sir.
488  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 24, 2013, 05:20:33 PM
Getting to visit the Toran Republic from Suikoden 1 in part 2 is soooooo cool! It added a layer of nostalgia to an already nostalgic experience for me.

On a whim I chose Kasumi over Valeria to join me. Valeria is one of my favorite sword-weilding-chick-ee's ever, but I made an impulse decision based on character portrait aesthetics... I hope I made a good call.

I was gonna play me some Mario 3d World for christmas, amongst sampling some other games I've been meaning to try but I highly doubt I will be able to turn off Suikoden at this point.

Make sure to visit the hidden Ninja village on the way out. It's Kasumi's biggest perk over Valeria (her other perk involves a scene involving the protagonist of the first game).

Dammit.... I missed that hidden village apparently. Can I go back and find it?
489  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 24, 2013, 04:14:16 PM
Getting to visit the Toran Republic from Suikoden 1 in part 2 is soooooo cool! It added a layer of nostalgia to an already nostalgic experience for me.

On a whim I chose Kasumi over Valeria to join me. Valeria is one of my favorite sword-weilding-chick-ee's ever, but I made an impulse decision based on character portrait aesthetics... I hope I made a good call.

I was gonna play me some Mario 3d World for christmas, amongst sampling some other games I've been meaning to try but I highly doubt I will be able to turn off Suikoden at this point.
490  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 24, 2013, 03:44:46 PM
I'm more bummed about working the day after xmas because that means I have to turn in early for work instead of getting drunk w/ my family

That is a bummer man.. I purposely made sure my schedule is clear for the 26th and 27th to ensure I can actually enjoy actively relaxing on christmas. I may not have getting drunk on the agenda, but working directly following a holiday certainly proves stifling in regard to the "fun-factor".

Now if it were half a decade ago, getting drunk would be on the agenda, and the scenario you described would REALLY suck IMO.

You have my sympathy. Have a few extra tonite.. and then a few extra more for me!-LoL

In my realm....



Last tattoo done before christmas!! woo-hoo!!! I will not being touching a pen, pencil, tattoo tube, ink bottle, paint brush or anything other than a game controller (if I can help it...) for a few days.

EDIT: I never really got the whole koi fish craze....
491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: December 22, 2013, 06:21:24 PM
It is a completely personal gripe, as there are plenty of quality titles that utilize the mechanic, but I can't stand when I don't get to move around in real-time. The more movement is restricted to a menu-select-style the more quickly I become bored.

Most of my major gripes have already been covered here though.

In particular and most recently...

I finally thought of something that irks me:  not being able to see if there is a + or - change when purchasing equipment.  Thank god most games do this and have it color coded to help you.  But for the ones that didn't I remember having to exit the store and check to see the stats on what I had already.  Freaking annoying.


But my number 1 single biggest problem with some games.... and yes I KNOW this an inappropriate cop out answer to the topic.... but NOTHING bums me out more than when a stellar game I KNOW I will love is a hand-held exclusive. The most recent Y's and Bravely Default immediately come to mind.

492  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 22, 2013, 05:56:34 PM
Suikoden 2 is utterly awesome...

I am so enthralled searching every nook and cranny for more characters.... although it sure does slow down advancing the story.

This weekend has been real productive for my "Noelle Army" of "Eden" castle. Humphrey and Futch have been secured. I FINALLY recruited Stallion (my all time favorite elf by merit of how quickly he lets me zip around) amongst a slew of others.

Wakaba in particular is fun simply for his battle sprite animations which are remarkably "street fighter"-ee.

I clocked 26 hours playtime in a about a week (that is a lot of game-time for me). I am hooked.

Aeolus sir, you were right. Focusing on this game was a GREAT move. I DID not ruin christmas with the spoiler last week... catastophe averted.
493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 22, 2013, 04:46:23 PM
I've always viewed the grinding for levels in RPGs the great equalizer. That is, it allows one to move forward even if they cannot progress with clever strategy alone. I call it an "equalizer" because it enables a less adept gamer to still progress. So yes, most old turn-based RPG's can be played through with a spam of the attack button and few spells without much thought. Additionally you can easily break the difficulty by exploiting items and various mechanics.

The pay-off in not breaking games?... Well, in my mind it has always been the pace. If you can effectively utilize "strategy" to allocate resources and battle effectively you can generally move the story and plot along MUCH faster. So ultimately (for me personally) the whole experience is more enjoyable.

What I am getting at, is this. The turn based RPG's of yesteryear were unique and cool in the sense that you got enjoyment from them proportional to your cognitive efforts. Think your way through a tough game and move through a sweeping narrative swiftly and you feel like you've been engaged in a 20-30 hour chess match and WON! Conversely you can sit back and be lazy, spam a command and spend hours maxing stats and feel as though your moving along at a snails pace doing little more then reading a story book r...e....a...l.....l....y.....s.....l.....o.....w....

Now, of course some games have suffered design flaws or lazy mechanics that cause you to rely on cheap trickery to survive. Plenty of games can be referenced to that end of things... But games like the sega CD versions of Lunar 1 and 2, Breath of Fire, some of the earlier Final Fantasies (to an extent), prove reasonably demanding in terms of focus and decision-making to survive if you don't rely on grinding.

The point here. As I said, the cool part about the RPG's from times now since past is the fact that the experience can be vastly more enjoyable and different depending on your efforts in terms of gameplay. RPG's now require what...? Time sinks to aquire trophies, DLC for the extras, and a FAQ to stand any chance of getting a "real ending".

EDIT: Could you imagine a new home console current gen Suikoden? Imagine how they could milk the DLC for that if they chose... 1.99 a star... .99 cents for castle accessories and whatnot... who knows maybe even 108 .50 cent alternate outfits.... the best ending could end up costing you as much as a console!-LoL
494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 20, 2013, 02:47:25 PM
I call BS. Action and action adventure games were around long before the turn based RPG.

Nope.

That said, I still love turn-based games and don't really consider action RPGs to be a replacement.

That was a neat little tid-bit of RPG history there, Kev. Thanks.

I don't know or care much for why console RPGs had turn based systems to begin with, I'm just glad someone implemented the concept and gameplay mechanic and it caught on.  In truth, to me, it seems like a dull and ineffective gameplay mechanic conceptually that would be experienced more as a chore then a "game" per se'...

... Yet nothing could be further from the truth IMO. I too am of the persuasion that NOTHING could replace the classic style of turn based combat. It scratches a particular "itcH" that only "it" can, for me.

I'm not saying other games are not fun. I am however saying that no other games feel like they fill the need for turn-based IMO.
495  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 20, 2013, 02:31:58 PM


They gave me percocet and ibuprofen. I won't take the former unless absolutely necessary.

Good call man! Let me tell ya what, percs were my first love. Its been well over half a decade since last we met but at a moments notice I can recall their "flavor" like it was yesterday. That is, without a doubt, an uber-effective med for many... Whilst for others such as myself, it is best avoided. Taking opiate based painkillers will result in a consequential "down" once meds are ceased regardless of your tendency toward addiction though. In other words, once chemical dependency begins with regular dosage (doesn't take long) no matter WHO you are, you will be cranky without them for a spell.

Long and the short of it... I salute your decision sir.

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