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511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: November 11, 2013, 04:50:57 PM
Most of the plot in FFXIII felt pretty irrelevant in FFXIII-2 though. Only thing that seemed important was the epilogue.

We can go for hours if you want talking about this.

Long story short though is that XIII wasn't a trilogy at first but then XIV 1.0 and other shenanigans happened at SQEX and the story was expanded. Was that bad? No. Should people be all nitpicky about it? Yeah why not, but you know how opinions work in the Internet.

Point is that the story was expanded in a nice way and the connection of the three games goes as far as it need to go to leave every game to be its own thing in the process.

Didn't mean it in a bad way. Just saying that Klyde will not be missing much if he goes into FFXIII-2 without having a great memory of the first game.

This is all very reassuring, thank you!

I'm going to need to find a good synopsis of the plot of XIII before I jump into XIII-2 though...

Go to the "Beginner's Primer" in the main menu. I also recommend reading the novels, they do help to get a better understanding or "sense" of the narrative.

...and seriously the story is not difficult to get, but it can be hard to follow at first.

Where do I find the novels?

Most of them are fan translated. So you can find them online; Oh and there are also Drama CDs of the novel of XIII, but I don't know if the parts uploaded back then are on YouTube anymore.

Also just in case, there is an easy mode in XIII-2.
I had no idea there were novels... that info is golden my friend. I will totally be checking those out.

I don't know why it seems that I have utterly and completely eradicated my recall of XIII. I just didn't enjoy it and I can't even come up with a decent argument as to why. It just really WAS NOT my cup of tea I suppose. I remember clearly how grindy the last chapter felt. I also remember how relieved I was to see the credits roll, but thats about it.
512  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: November 10, 2013, 07:39:49 PM
I just realized how quickly this game is approaching and I have yet to get to XIII-2. Looks like it will be time to pop that in soon... I know this is not the right thread to be bringing up XIII-2 but how much of a departure from XIII can I be looking forward to? Also I heard really mixed things about how long the game is. If I get started on XIII-2 by mid december (gotta finish what I am playing now) will that be long enough to comfortably get through it in prep for lightning returns?

I cannot speak on the length as I have yet to complete it. What I can say  is that it feels much more like a FF game. I'm in the same position,  as I am trying to complete it before the next one is released. I've enjoyed what little I've played though. It's like they sat down and made a list of things that the lack of made XIII unlike a FF game, (moogles, Chocobos, non-linear dungeons, etc.) and then made sure to include them in this one. It is definitely light on story, and I hope you like time-travel.,,

If you enjoyed the battle system from XIII, don't mind some "cutsie" overtones, and can deal with the lack of plot, then you'll probably have a pretty good time with it.

That actually sounds pretty alright to me. I'm going to need to find a good synopsis of the plot of XIII before I jump into XIII-2 though... I can hardly recall the nuts and bolts of it. To be honest I didn't quite gather what the hell was going on even while I played it.

"Cutsie" is also fine by me. Hyperdimension fan here *raises hand*

513  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: November 09, 2013, 07:45:47 PM
Odd. I wasn't that strong and I only had minimal trouble with the final boss. Were you trying to dive bomb him with multiple characters by any chance?

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You can't do that. His Evility allows him to steal stats, per character, for every step you walk in his AoE range.
So basically unless you're utilizing range or 1v1-ing (with a healer outside of stealing range) you're giving him huge
surges of power per turn. If you avoid proc'ing his Evility then he's rather soft for a final boss.

Yes I quite aware of all that... I tried various strategies, including being cheap and lifting him each turn and still got dwarfed. My new strategy is reincarnate, re-grind my characters in the item world and eventually out-cheap-ify the bastard. If you can't beat the game, break the game right? LoL
514  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Seller Review thread on: November 09, 2013, 05:17:07 PM


Also, they were delivered in a lovingly packed PINK box.



I was hoping you would appreciate my extra special packaging for you! LoL

I like the mopar box it came in too. What was in it?

I can't remember what came in that box to be honest. But I can safely say it was probably a figurine or some gaming merch of some sort.
515  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: November 09, 2013, 05:13:36 PM
I just realized how quickly this game is approaching and I have yet to get to XIII-2. Looks like it will be time to pop that in soon... I know this is not the right thread to be bringing up XIII-2 but how much of a departure from XIII can I be looking forward to? Also I heard really mixed things about how long the game is. If I get started on XIII-2 by mid december (gotta finish what I am playing now) will that be long enough to comfortably get through it in prep for lightning returns?
516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: November 09, 2013, 05:09:40 PM
Ok, all I gotta say without becoming spoiler-ific is the final boss is FREAKIN' CHEAP!!

"Difficult spike" does not do it justice... I was over-powered to a point that enabled me to literally one hit everything in the final chapter yet could hardly touch the final boss. I like the fact that there is some challenge here but while the rest of the game had me thinking whilst grinding, this scenario has me STRICTLY grinding. I also feel like the final chapter's maps were rushed in contrast to the rest of the game.

All and all I loved D2 to be honest. In spite of its apparent faults, it struck the right chords with me. But I WILL NOT defend the nose dive the final chapter takes. The main campaign is coming to a close that feels very abrupt and "out of place" IMO. Maybe I will feel wee bit different once I actually beat the final boss and see the ending but I doubt it.
517  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Seller Review thread on: November 07, 2013, 05:12:48 PM
I also ordered stuffs from Klyde and was more than satisfied with the stuffs arrival, despite his overzealous use of tape =P

I aim to please! :)

Sorry about the tape.... LoL
518  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Seller Review thread on: November 07, 2013, 03:29:01 PM


Also, they were delivered in a lovingly packed PINK box.



I was hoping you would appreciate my extra special packaging for you! LoL
519  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 06, 2013, 07:41:10 PM
Getting fed up with Disgaea D2. The game freezes up so often that it has become virtually impossible to continue. Right now I'm stuck at 5-1, because the enemy's Giga Fire freezes up my PS3 every single goddamn time! I've played shitty shovelware with bothersome bugs than this...

Man, I've been reading about that and have been lucky I suppose. 9-4 and not one freeze yet. These old launch model ps3's run like magic I tell ya!

What could be the reason that a game could cause bugs on one system and not another I wonder....?
520  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 05, 2013, 05:31:48 PM
Item world-ing in D2 til my eye-balls hurt today. Too obsessed with powering up new character classes when I can create them.... all too compelling. Currently in chapter nine as far as the plot goes. A seemingly sharp difficulty spike prompted my item world grinding and now I can't stop!!

As much as I am enjoying disgaea, it will be exceedingly refreshing to return to Wind Waker once I finish the main plot (taking a breather before tackling post-game).

I'm gonna be bold and say D2 is my favorite disgaea thus far. Although my recall of the original disgaea is hazy, I can safely say I am enjoying this more then 2, 3 or 4. The cast and plot are far weaker than the original but the gameplay just feels so improved. The only ps3 strategy title that hooked me as well as this was x-com.
521  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 04, 2013, 05:14:44 PM
Klyde is mobile again folks!! Thanks to the aid of some of you fine peoples buying my wares, I was able to snag new wheels today. A cute little 99 saturn. Now I just need to hit up decalninja.com and get a 16-bit bumper sticker of Edgar riding a chocobo and I'm set!
522  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Klyde totaled his car... now selling games. on: November 03, 2013, 07:03:56 PM
Sorry to double post, but I have PM'ed everyone who has shown interest and just wanted to remind everyone/anyone else that I will be moving these items to e-bay as early as tomorrow so get in touch quick if you want anything.
523  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 03, 2013, 03:40:09 PM
I always thought that getting all trophies takes a lot of the "fun" from any game.

Completely agree there. That's why I have almost no platinums.
There is always at the very least 1 trophy that is just zero fun at all to get.

I figured by now I'd have found at least one game that naturally compelled me to get a platinum but it just has not happened. I'm very much a completionist by nature but unless your playing specifically to get trophies, it just doesn't happen. I am still without a platinum and will probably remain so.

"Completing" a game and getting all the trophies, seem to be two different goals entirely to me... the latter (trophies) feeling more a chore than anything else IMO.

For my "retro-gaming weekend" agenda I decided to give Chrono Trigger another play. I've played it so many times I feel like I could hand draw most dungeon maps from memory if I had to and yet I still love every minute I spend with the game. Just got through Heckran's (sp?) Cave.

Its funny.... I notice for some odd reason it is way easier to sit down for a multi- hour gaming session when I do these "retro" games on the weekend. I don't know what it is about older 16 bit era titles, but they hold my attention without my mind wandering for longer periods of time it seems.
524  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Klyde totaled his car... now selling games. on: November 03, 2013, 02:14:46 AM
Messaged you back... I think?

Got the message... *tag* your it!! LoL

Also, I had to edit the Suikoden bundle. I don't have the heart to sell 2. Although I know this was the primary draw of the bundle, taking out 2 does reduce the price by over 100 bucks. If anyone REALLY had their heart set on it though, let me know I may reconsider.
525  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 03, 2013, 02:07:39 AM
Klyde - Wow you made those?  They are pretty cool.




A year or two ago I actually had a thread here in general discussion where I posted my creations. They have evolved a bit since then but yes, they are my little monstrosities. I make more of them then a I can stomach (due to demand) to be honest with you... I have routine clients that buy them for the holidays so the volume I turn out always goes up this time of year. I'm grateful people like them but unlike tattooing, which is pretty much all fun for me, these little creatures are TEDIOUS to craft!! LoL
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