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526  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 01, 2014, 10:55:17 PM
The game is pretty easy and multiplayer is hop in hop out.

Agent D and I started new characters on Expert difficulty and we didn't have any trouble after playing for a few hours. He said it gets harder though later.

I'm pretty sure you can change the difficulty on the fly
Difficulties are more based on your gear than a linear progression. If you're finding things too hard, you can bump it down. If they're too easy, bump it up. The higher difficulties offer more XP, gold, and better loot, so you always want to play on the highest you can manage. I'd say at least start on hard, because it isn't really very :)

I'd recommend beating the story mode once, and then switching to adventure mode (unlocked at completion), which is where the real awesomeness is at, post-storyline.

Thanks for the advice guys.

I love getting to switch difficulty as it suits me and not being "locked" to one selection at the start of a title.

527  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 01, 2014, 08:22:25 PM
I was trying to express that I believe Tales of Symphonia is an okay RPG that was REALLY overrated because of the GameCube's situation in 2004 and because of how dedicated the system's fans were.  The fact that I didn't play it until 2006 and it wasn't my first Tales game probably had something to do with my disdain for it.  I frequented the GameFAQs forums around that time, and I was shocked and annoyed at how widely worshipped that game was on the site.  Basically I'm a bitter Tales hipster and probably should avoid talking about Symphonia in general. 

I was really biting my tongue on this one but I can't help it now.

You have summed up my feelings in regard to how overrated Symphonia is too well, to not express my agreement. I loved the PS1 Tales as a kid. I played symphonia back on the gamecube upon release or soon thereafter and while it was fun to play multi-player with my girlfriend at the time, I really didn't find it memorable at all. Fast forward to my next experience with it, Symphonia Chronicles re-release this last year and all I can say is I find it to be one of those games from the "AwKwARRRRD" era of gaming.

The "AwkWaaaRRd" era being that uncomfortable point when dev's starting screwing around with 3d next gen stuff but couldn't quite nail it. I actually find it FAR easier to go back and play a 16 bit classic than to try some of these early-3d offerings. Symphonia, for all it does right, cannot escape this for me. Everything about it feels now/felt then to be a step backwards to me.

I'm not saying it is a bad game. Far from it. I am however saying I have a far stronger affinity for most other entries in the franchise and will surely replay Eternia, Destiny and Phantasia long before I consider touching Symphonia again.

In other news...

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AND LOSING/ I have prepared my PS4, now loaded with titles for play. I really don't think I can stick to my "not gonna play it before finishing something else" rule. My interest in borderlands has totally fallen flat ATM and I'm really considering swapping it out of my gaming agenda for the time being to hop into Diablo 3.

LOST ODYSSEY/ this is the real reason I haven't played the PS4 yet. I have spent 15 hours in the last 3 days doing optional stuff on Disc 4 and am obsessed. This is turning out to be one of those games that I truly enjoy everything about, including the end game stuff that typically demands quite a bit of patience/discipline.
528  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 01, 2014, 08:08:52 PM
So I got Diablo 3 for the black friday sale and am on the precipice of finishing Lost Odyssey, at which point I will be popping D3 in as my FIRST PS4 OFFERING!!! Really excited here (so much so I don't know if I can/should wait to finish LO to be honest).

I expressed elsewhere on the board in the past the my experience with multiplayer anything is null. Is there anything I should know in regard to that here as a multiplayer newbie??

Additionally, how should I approach the games difficulty starting out? Should I start on the easiest and continue to move through each difficulty in a successive fashion or is it fine/suggested to start on a higher difficulty?

Essentially I am just posing the obligatory question of "about to start soon, anything I should know beforehand?" coupled with an additional dumb "I don't know jack about multiplayer, any advice?".

529  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 30, 2014, 07:48:39 PM

I think the Fairy Fencer F may be a step closer to that.  It's reportedly darker than FFF (which had a darker undertone than most Compile Heart games), and considering that FFF had less frequent and more toned-down fanservice than other Compile Heart games... Klyde, the people may think we're crazy, but I believe with you... on the wings of an eagle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRXxjDT53rg

You can already see it happening with each title they release. One need only look as far as the Vita incarnations of the Hyperdimension series to see the CH/IF potential. All they really need to do at this point is approach a game tonally and in terms of art direction from different/darker angles and they'll nail it. This is SURE to happen on the PS4 in my mind.

Look at how few people cared to pay attention to the first Persona on PS1 because it was a mechanically jarring and messy experience. I'm not saying CH/IF is gonna pump out the next Persona or be the next Atlus. However, I do see them coming into their own and standing toe to toe with such "titans" with their own IP in time.

So let the masses think we are 1 or 2 short of a six pack Din. Worst case scenario is we remained stoked about the future while the nay sayers keep whining about bad games! LoL

Even if I'm wrong, I like having things to look forward to :)
530  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 30, 2014, 07:34:55 PM

You and I HAVE to collaborate one day.
Maybe next game that completely hooks you I'll doodle something for ya. ;P

This is a 3 day late response. I apologize for not being on top of my forum conduct here. Better late than never as they say.

Ya know, EVERY time I get waaaay into a game a daydream about doing some killer fan art. Then the reality of whatever I need to spend hours drawing for work sets in!! Today I want to re-render all the Lost Odyssey cast as anime-awesome versions of themselves in the vein of what I think they would look like if Nippon Ichi made the title. I've had this desire for weeks to be honest.

But the truth of the matter is I have to tattoo car parts on a mechanic and then draw jenny mccarthy as a leprachaun tonight. By the end of that, I don't feel inspired to do anything but play Lost Odyssey. LoL

I do tend to passion projects occasionally to blow of some creative steam but rarely do they end up involving pens and pencils. Yesterday I made this poster via sliced up old Nintendo power mags. F-U-N

531  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 30, 2014, 07:22:44 PM
Gaming heaven.

Thats exactly how I feel right now.

LOST ODYSSEY/ Optional bosses on Disc 4 are tricks-eee beasts let me tell ya. Just off'ed a Blue Dragon that cost me 2 goddess medicine. I like saving my uber-items for final bosses but this game is demanding some more liberal use.

I love how they provide you skills that would be typically or historically gamebreaking in most turn based systems only to whack you with off the wall unfair battles that make you exploit every  "trick" you've got. Simply exploiting weaknesses or relying on buffs/debuffs will not prove enough to win some of these battles. If your not thinking a move or two ahead game over is a REAL possibility.
532  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 29, 2014, 06:52:08 PM
Yeah, I'm not big on Abyss as a whole but he's really fantastic.  If there's only one Tales fig that should be owned, it's Luke, in my opinion.

He really needed that re-release, he was going for like $200+ unopened.

That is why I love those crazy expensive import toys. The are like instant money-back if you need it and keep them in good condition sealed. Possibly one of the safest purchases in terms of a quick resale I can think of. In fact, I think my toy collecting habit successfully funded most of my gaming purchasing compulsions over the course of the last year. Want a jump into the next gen with a PS4? Take two or three figures from the shelf and turn them into a piece of sexy new technology easy.
533  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 29, 2014, 06:43:42 PM

I want an option to favorite posts, because you, sir, have got the right idea. :)

That made me very happy to read. In truth, I sort of suffer from an odd insecurity that all my posts terribly distort my points and come across wrong. That is why I tend to get too wordy. On that note, thank you friend! You made me smile.

Now as to the topic on the table...

MINIGAMES!! The true stars of the final fantasy universe.

Blitzball, Triple Triad, Snowboarding, Chocobo Racing and the list goes on. It would be interesting if they made a cross-universe mash up title of just the FF mini games, complete with character selection from across the FF universe. I want to snowboard as Shadow with a DLC costume to render me as a pink extreme-sports-ninja. Then I want to ride a motorcycle as Strago and race a chocobo ridden my Umaro and name it Ex-Death the 2nd.
534  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 29, 2014, 06:32:12 PM
Yuri, Rita, Estelle and Repede were my favored party the whole game, occasionally swapping Estelle for Raven.

I will say one thing about Carol though. Setting his healing smash technique (its not called that, but you know what I'm talking about) as a alternatively triggered skill is pretty helpful to spam late game in conjuction with other characters healing techs/spells because of the offensive advantage Carol could potentially offer.

Almost every Tales game, my survival strategy banks on my main character as an offensive tank while all my alt. skill slots are filled with healing spam.

LOST ODYSSEY/ Disk 4 feels like a big departure from the rest. Not entirely in a bad way, but the storytelling and narrative hook DOES take a bit of a nosedive. The game, up to this point, felt VERY focused and coherent in the displaying of event chronology and whatnot. Disk 4 sort of lets you infer a bit more than you actually get to see, coupled with massive gaps in actually viewing any plot progression, which leads to a different feeling than the game maintained thus far. However, what goes happen when it happens is nothing short of freakin' awesome so all is forgivable.

BORDERLANDS 2/ Did the Thanksgiving DLC. The end and last few side quests (if you can call them that) were quite possibly the most agitating 20-30 minutes of this whole game. Halloween DLC rocked and this Gobbler crap was a total fail in comparison.

I am beginning to really wonder if I will ever beat Borderlands 2 to be honest. It feels like there is ALWAYS something to do and moving forward to finish the main plot has to be an active choice to ignore a great deal of what you catch in your peripheral vision along the way.

Final news, in crazy-awesome looting session I ended up using a golden key (acquiring 2 purple shotguns) AND finding 2 "purple" weapons (launcher and sniper rifle) the same night. The current difficulty went from challenging to null in a heartbeat.

THE PLAYSTATION 4/ I finally set up my newly acquired toy and am totally fighting a hardcore desire to dive in and start playing something. I promised myself I would not until I finished one of my current games on deck and just set it up to make sure it worked properly (scarred by horrific instances of new electronics failing straight outta the box) but golly this is taking some discipline.

535  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 27, 2014, 12:46:37 AM
...but I cannot focus on artwork to save my life if I don't play games. This is an alarming reality given the fact that my career/livelihood is entirely based on my capability as an artist but I've been this way for years.

I'm sort of the same.  I'm somewhat useless in the daytime and I use that to play games or do errands.  I love seeing what else is out there too, I think games, film, media, nature, etc. are one of the things I need to constantly expose myself to in order to keep my 'on the ball' and cognitive enough for art.

Daytime is typically my game time to recharge the creative batteries too. I am indeed completely worthless during the day due to various health issues that have left me somewhat sensitive to the sun. I prefer not to tattoo or do much of anything until the sun goes down to be honest.

I fired up the ol' SNES and played some Chrono Trigger.  Still a killer classic.  Bringing Crono's friends home to meet his mom never gets old, especially Frog and Ayla.  Also occasionally playing some Chrono Cross- I'm at Fort Dragonia.  And trying to earn some achievements in School Idol Festival. 

But the game I'm most thinking about is the new round robin on this forum.  It ain't quite the " Taressa" one, but it's still loads of fun.

There is something between the Trigger and the Cross that probably is not kosher for me to speak about openly I have been dying to get to after I replayed Chrono Trigger last year and had an absolute blast.

Of all the retro-tastic titles I've replayed in my adult life, I feel pretty safe in saying Chrono aged far more gracefully than most from his day. I had forgotten how the soundtrack in particular was sooooo moving. I was laced with goosebumps during the Magus encounter at his castle and final boss battle. It is AMAZING how emotionally charged you can become by the right tune at the right time in an RPG. In fact, I credit the OST greatly for making the initial catastrophe at the millenial fair so memorable to me along with the atmosphere of the End of Time.

As a kid I used to leave the TV on at the end of time constantly just have the ambient tune play in the background while I tended to other stuff. Good times.
536  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 27, 2014, 12:22:04 AM
I think I dropped like a grand on a 360 + monitor + games + hotel fees in July.

Yesssssir mesh I hear ya. 4 figures goes way faster then ya think it would. Sort of why I'm telling on myself here.

I think I'm gonna live off fried seaweed and coffee creamer for awhile to balance my holiday spending. LoL

Wanna know the worst part? I still feel compelled to go out tomorrow night and buy an extra dualshock 4 since their on sale. I'm an idiot. A guilty idiot. A guilty idiot with toys.

I blame it on Link.

Tattooing this ^^^ next week by the way. I made the tunic too bright and need to readjust that a bit. LoL
537  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 26, 2014, 09:39:34 PM
Would it make you feel more fiscally responsible if I admitted to buying both the song and costume season passes for Project Diva F 2nd, bringing the amount of money I've spent on that one game to $140?

In a way, yes. It is always easier to be less frugal in the company of others who don't mind opening their wallet. I appreciate your putting a crack in the piggy bank along with me Klutz!!

Three cheers for spending like fools :)

Thing is, while these expenses may very well be simple and material they really do make me pretty freakin happy!! Live is too short to not play pretty games on pretty televisions with ALL THE DLC DAMMIT!!!
538  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 26, 2014, 09:32:08 PM

I haven't actually played any games in like, two weeks now?

... I think I might grab Re:Volver and Jade Penetrate Black Package from steam to try and shock myself out of my non-interest in gaming. I find that gaming actually DOES improve my mental state, so'p.

Here comes a big Klyde reveal!! Ya ready?? It is NOT something I care to admit to due to some weird internal insecurity but I cannot focus on artwork to save my life if I don't play games. This is an alarming reality given the fact that my career/livelihood is entirely based on my capability as an artist but I've been this way for years.

If I go even so much as a day without playing a few hours of games my capacity and attention span for art is shot. I don't know why this is and have never really been able to draw a correlation.

All I can say is that I know what you mean by the improvement of your mental/emotional state as a result of gaming. RPG's are nothing short of ADHD meds for me.
539  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 26, 2014, 06:47:20 PM
Yep Tifa was awesome, the woman stereotype I hate the most is the princess who is always running around in high heels being protected and never standing up for themselves. Most recent JRPGs are really bad about being sexist which is probably yet another reason why I have less games I enjoy. The Hyperdimension games are really bad a I mean your whole cast is basically women who transform into to their slut suits and run around. I didn't play conception 2 but just the definition made me say wtf it was like bang bunchs of girls and make star babies to fight with you ?!?! wth lol

I think I may be completely alone in this but I totally loved Hyperdimension for feeling like the whole enchilada was more of a sarcastic stab at exploiting Sailor-Slut-Suit-Transformation troupes rather than capitalizing on it. The games are self-aware to a sickening degree that really drove home that sarcasm in my eyes.

In other words, and I know I am probably totally off base here, I really appreciated Hyperdimension for more or less poking fun at sexist archetypes and low brow pervy humor. At face value it seems like just another niche' game with common "lets break the 4th wall" jargon until you realized it is sort of making fun of precisely those things.

The best part of Hyper though for me was some of the enjoyable gameplay elements. Above-average and clever humor coupled with total creative control over the transformation palette had me easily overlooking a lot of the rough edges.

Bare in mind I am huge Sailor Moon fan and probably overtly-enjoy anything that pays homage to the shallow magical girl concept.

On that note I still need to play Victory with Victory 2 on the horizon.

And now I wonder what would an opposite gender FF15 would be like.  Methinks it would be like a fantasy version of Thelma and Louise. 

I sort of wish that was the case now that you bring it up. It most cases, it has historically been the Final Fantasy females that have always proved more memorable to me. With the exception of a ninja or two and maybe a Paladin here or there the FF Chickee's win out in each title hands down for me.

540  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 26, 2014, 06:25:28 PM
Well I officially spoiled myself for the holiday. WAAAAAY more than I planned to or felt comfortable with. I am not even gonna get into what I bought myself this week cause I feel like a fool. I just need to tell on myself here to alleviate some guilt.

In defense of my foolish spending my grand total savings having capitilized on some rather stupid-good deals is roughly 500-550 US bucks altogether. Saving that amount of coin made justifying the new toys a bit easier.

Now I don't want to leave my house for ummmm... ever..??
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