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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 01, 2014, 07:34:09 PM
I tend to think that in general most 16 bit RPGs and ARPGs are well suited for young teens and beginners, with the exception of a few for obvious reasons. Simplistic mechanics and easy to follow plots with the violence mostly "suggested" by way of the animations and not so much "illustrated" as it is today.

I also vote Lunar SSSC, Lunar EB, Alundra, and even Shining Wisdom and Albert Odyssey (if one has access to a Sega Saturn) simply because when I was 12 or 13 nothing was as satisfying as a working designs offering.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks to RPGFan on: August 01, 2014, 04:43:46 AM
RPGFan, gee golly. Where to begin??

Well for one the community has taught me to manage my typographical verbage with far less ellipses. Remember a few years back? My posts where riddled with them! *tee hee*

In truth I still over-use the "...." but I am MUCH better thanks to RPGFan.

Thanks to RPGFan I have friends!! Its true!!!! In my lonely existence these little forum correspondences enable me to feel somewhat social outside the realm of my career which proves a wee bit more demanding of me at times than I really care for.

But now to the nitty griity. THE GAMES. Dice currently has me sold on Breath of Fire IV, 40 hours in and loving it. Dincrest is the very reason I picked up Persona 2 which stands as one of the most memorable experiences I've had as an adult gamer in terms of a narrative. Agent D introduced me Skyping and facilitated my first venture into online gaming. If it were not for Aeolus, I would have never got 108 stars in suikoden 2 without using a faq. Kevadu brow beat me into being able to finally put down a game I hate and not finish it without freaking out. And the list goes on.

I'm certain if thought more about it I could make this post exceptionally longwinded. The nuts and bolts of the situation is as follows. I like it here. I like it here a lot. In fact I may someday tattoo the RPGFan logo on my arm. The end.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 31, 2014, 05:55:03 AM
Ok, I'll join the party!!

Here goes...



If Shadow in FF6 was the first character that exponentially increased my appreciation of a game for no other reason than their being it, Dias was undoubtedly my second.

It was growing up with characters like him that shaped me to really measure my games but how much I cared about the cast. To a 13 year old boy who just didn't feel like "Cloud Strife" Dias was a certain brand of awesome that really attracted me. In fact, post Star Ocean 2 I don't think I cut my hair til I was like 17. Yep, I am indeed a weirdo.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 30, 2014, 08:06:46 PM


Decided to give Kingdom Hearts another chance last night.

Got past the first world and into Alice In Wonderland world....but the game is just not grabbing me.

The music is really good but playing the game just.....makes me cringe.

And I can see why people hate the Gummi ship, although it's not quite as bad as I expected.



KH was such a mixed bag for me. I found the gameplay in some areas horribly addicting, while others were completely grueling. Honestly the music was what shined the most to me as well.

The aesthetic of KH was another plus and while typically great music plus a lovely atmosphere is enough to resonate with me, it just never quite did. I liked it enough to see it through and finish it but I find myself hard pressed to even consider coming back for the sequel, even if it is vastly improved. The cast really sealed the deal for me I think. There just simply wasn't a single character I cared about. Couple that with the fact that I hate cross universe stuff, and am not a disney fan and the good just does not outweigh the bad for me.

Had I got into KH back in the day when it was first released I could REALLY have seen me loving it. But to only experience it now with other offerings on the table... well it just is not quite as tempting.

Been playing Star Ocean 2 on my PS1 since my newer systems were stolen. I really like this game.


Now if I were aiming for a dose of nostalgia, this ^^^^ is precisely where I'd go! In truth I've had a Star Ocean itch for quite some time I may need to scratch in the not so distant future! LoL

Star Ocean 2 stands in my mind as one of the best titles from my childhood that I have a poor recollection of. That makes for an awesome re-experience of a title for me.

Now in my realm...

I just couldn't help myself with the editor in Mod Nation racer. Say hello to Shadow in HD!!




Yea there were some other "Shadows" for download, but they just weren't spot on in my book. Not that mine is spot on either, but AT LEAST it is my own. I know I'm gonna have to make some Secret of Mana characters before I retire as a Modnation creator.

BREATH OF FIRE 4: Making my way to the empire. Secured a the path down the river via a pottery/info exchance so I didn't have to lose my Mutant gene. And lastly, in tried and true Breath of Fire fashion, I love this game but HATE HATE HATE fishing. That is all. Carry on.
65  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 25, 2014, 08:11:55 PM

I've only read the manga of that. Let me just say that, assuming the anime follows the manga completely, that series is going to get messed up...well that implies it was at some point not messed up. It will get more messed up in the future.

Sir, you were NOT lying. This series gets more twisted the further it goes for sure. I'm only 14 eps in but I sure hope it keeps up this pace. AWESOME series thus far.
All I am going to say is look forward to episode 24 (just skimmed through the episode list) that is when the most iconic scene of the series should occur. Also do not watch the OVA, it has the last chapter of the series in it, but the series works fine without that.

Not quite sure what you mean since every episode seems to have a scene/bend/twist that blows my mind, but if you are in fact referring to the return of my FAVORITE participant in "the game" then yea your right...... that was totally freakin' awesome :)
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 25, 2014, 08:04:20 PM
Decided to try Modnation Racers on account of the fact that I NEVER play cart racer games. I honestly think the last I played was the first Mario Kart.

Oh God....

I don't even really know what to say other than someone could lose their life to the creation station. I think I'm gonna put this away on account of the fact that I will probably waste glorious amounts of time making characters from RPG's, complex cart stickers, and NEVER actually racing. The customization could be a game in and of itself. I am too OCD for editors such as this.

I see two paths in life... gaming and enjoying it or spending an eternity creating a secret of mana inspired racing course- LoL



EDIT: I did manage to meticulously craft a "Klyde" character and my RPG-Mobile. I am done. I could care less about cart racing to be honest. I feel frustrated....
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 23, 2014, 07:36:58 PM
Thanks for the info Dice!

The graphics deal makes this a tempting replay for me.
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 23, 2014, 05:54:10 PM
I freakin' LOVED the PSP version of this. I'm unclear as to whether the PSP version was "enhanced" and this is a port of that, or is this PC version an enhanced port of what we got a few years ago on the PSP???

In other words, is there new/additional/improved content beyond what I already experienced with my PSP play-through?

69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 23, 2014, 05:42:21 PM
Hey does anyone know how many unique skills I can equip per character in Breath of Fire 4? I don't want to max my list and screw myself out of the ability to learn more so I'm only keeping 4 or 5 on each character to be safe but I know the limit stated at the beginning was higher....

Already tried doing a search for the info and realized pretty quick I was gonna run into spoilers so I WILL NOT check boards/faqs for this info.

Thanks a bunch (ahead of time) for anyone who digs up the info for me!

I've seen no mention of any skill limit in this game, so I suspect that you are good to go (unless it works like in BoF3 and you can only ever have one copy of any given skill learned).

I figured it out. There is a limit, and the limit is 9 skills. Additionally, you are correct about the "one copy" so far as I could tell. Unless I am completely missing something, you only get one of each added to the list of skills available to equip to characters.

Just discovered last night I could learn skills with Fou (during his segments) that are available to Ryu once the game switches you back to your main party. I don't know if you are supposed to do this or not but gee golly did I end up with 2 pretty powerful skills (Ebonfire and Blitz).

While I'm talking BoFIV I would like to throw out some random thoughts.

-I LOVE the Fou man! Great character thus far. Unless they completely botch it, the way they have written him in up to the 20 hour mark for me has made him very sympathetic while still being damn near "Sephiroth-type" of cool and badass.

-I caught a "beat all" line come out of Cray last night. Cray is NOT Rei. Cray will never be Rei. There be only one feline in the BoF universe who can and should ever say "beat all" effectively, though I take it more as the writers clever reference to Rei's use of the verbage than anything else.

-There is an "hdmi black" setting on my TV that, once turned off, drastically improves the visual quality of PS1 games it seems..... I wish I discovered this earler.

-Lastly, who signed off on these dragons!!!??? Dragons huh...Really...????? The text says dragon, the sprites/dragon models say something completely different if you ask me. They should have run strictly with the term "Endless" IMO. The narrative DOES make appropriate their visual distinction from typical Dragons but the term proves jarring to me none-the-less.

In other news, I got an itch to pop Dragon's Crown back in (haven't played it since release at which point I beat "normal" mode with an elf) and start a Wizard. Man, he is much harder to use than my Elf was... that is all I have to say about that.

70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 23, 2014, 12:19:37 AM
Hey does anyone know how many unique skills I can equip per character in Breath of Fire 4? I don't want to max my list and screw myself out of the ability to learn more so I'm only keeping 4 or 5 on each character to be safe but I know the limit stated at the beginning was higher....

Already tried doing a search for the info and realized pretty quick I was gonna run into spoilers so I WILL NOT check boards/faqs for this info.

Thanks a bunch (ahead of time) for anyone who digs up the info for me!
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 21, 2014, 06:53:27 PM
Gee golly, Dagger. When it rains it pours as they say. June/July proved sort of soggy for me as well, but nothing near as severe as what you are enduring. My thoughts go out to you.

One of my biggest unfounded fears is someone breaking into my place and stealing my gaming crap. I know I would never get half of the merchandise I've collected back. On that point, I think it takes a for real scum-bag to steal someones personal  goods. There are a great many moral lows man can reach, but stealing another mans personal belongings is something I REALLY detest and can't understand. There are a number of other immoral, illegal ways to go out and make money that does not directly hurt and violate another innocent human being. People can really suck alright.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2014, 06:37:41 PM
SPECIAL NOTE: I bitched about the glitchiness erroneously. I played the last two chapters on my alternate PS3 and it ran smooth as can be. Ok, so it wasn't quite smooth... But it totally was NOT AT ALL as bad as it was on my first system. This strikes me as really odd seeing as how they are both the same model (60gb) PS3's.

Just out of curiosity, why would you have two identical PS3's?
Might be a difference in firmware depending on weather or not you do regular updates on both systems or just your main one.

Basically I have 2 seperate areas for games. Initially I got a second PS3 because I happened across a stellar deal on a new unit and I was going to resell it and make a quick 200 (at least that is what I told myself to justify it!!). I reconsidered and kept it to have a PS3 in both areas. My other gaming hardware doesn't get near as much use as the ps3 it seems. The vast majority of what I want to play falls between the PS1-PS3 era and a 60bg unit is the best way I have found to experience that on newer televisions.

Both are routinely used and updated to the same firmware.



Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (iOS) - I'm an hour into Rydia's story, and I'm somewhat struggling due to a lack of healing magic, although two of the characters can randomly heal when they use their Band, and I have a few other helpful Bands as well that I've been leveling alongside my character's experience levels.


I played through the PSP version. However if they are ANYTHING alike, don't like the struggle get you down. The vast majority of everything beyond Rydia right up until end-game is marginally easier..... so much so it proved extremely disappointing to me.
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2014, 07:54:41 AM
Upon careful assessment of my life, I realized it is quite possible to allow for longer gaming sessions. This has led to me gaming like a kid again and loving it. I actually want to start a thread about some things, but that is irrelevant (is it strange that I daydream of threads I want to find the time to start? I swear they would be EPIC!!)

Anyways...

DRAKENGARD 3/ Beat branch A. While it will be some time before I return to Branch B this title has already proved worth every penny. The ending, while very clearly setting you up for more was so appropriate in its own right. I have to beg to disagree with all the complaints I heard about it being so inconclusive. I thought it rocked. Thematically it fit nicely, had a VERY intriguing twist and totally satisfied me all while providing more than ample incentive to play the game again. I couldn't ask for more out of an ending to be honest.

SPECIAL NOTE: I bitched about the glitchiness erroneously. I played the last two chapters on my alternate PS3 and it ran smooth as can be. Ok, so it wasn't quite smooth... But it totally was NOT AT ALL as bad as it was on my first system. This strikes me as really odd seeing as how they are both the same model (60gb) PS3's. Any thoughts? I actually experienced the reverse with Disgaea (glitchy on the system which proved smooth for Drakengard).

^^ This has screwed with me and made me wonder whether of not I should try every game on both now the second I start to experience problems.

BREATH OF FIRE 4: Got me a wind flute and LOVING this game. In so many ways it is flawed however (as Dice predicted) the charm cannot be denied. My biggest gripe is navigating accurately with the 3/4 perspective and wonky grid based way the sprites move, particularly whilst trying to solve puzzles that demand directional certainty. In the grand scheme though, that is minor complaint for a 15 year old game.

^^I love the little cameo's of other characters in breath of fire games. They somehow feel extra special to me. Just came across Momo in Wyndia and was very amused. To this day I remember how blown away I was as kid to discover a certain hidden Naga Mage Character in BoF2.

74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 17, 2014, 01:21:22 AM

Man, my HP sucks. I've got less HP than a Prinny and on a higher level too. And looking at the rest of my stats in that pic, a stiff breeze will probably ruin my day.

That said, thanks for the gesture Klyde. It's better than what I've got from either of Annubis's RPFFans so far....




Don't be fooled sir. Your utility would have come by way of your high movement capability which is incredibly relevant in the post game grind.

Now I say "Would have" because as stated, I will not be following through with this as originally planned. Dice praise of BoF4 got me curious last night and I can safely say I am choosing to make that my next focus.

I am the saddened that I was not deemed worthy to be in Klyde's team. :(



DAMMIT! There were more additions to come!!!! I SWEAR IT!!

Good thing I chose to move on with Breath of Fire 4 instead. Far "safer" to discuss as I could only re-name Ryu and (as far as I know) I'm the only one here with blue hair! LoL

Now on the Breath of Fire 4 note. I can't imagine why I passed this up when I was 15 and it came out. I only put in 5 hours but there is already quite a bit to appreciate. I DO wish the kept a world map ala BoF3 though. This map (if you can call it that) is pathetic. Which is really sucky/odd considering the time obviously spent on the aesthetic of the environments. A cut corner in design perhaps?

What I can say design wise is that, while it feels far removed from the past Breath of Fire titles in terms of atmosphere, the title has truly come into its own as Capcom-tastically pretty. This is cool for me, as I have really only appreciated this art style at somewhat of a distance in Mega Man titles and Street Fighter (neither of which are really up my alley). I'm actually very excited to simply progress and see more dungeon/town/environments.

One last cool note. I had been jogging to a soundtrack I randomly acquired but never identified for a long time. It got lumped in with a bunch of other J-Rock and gaming tunes that I compliled into a playlist. I now know the origin of that soundtrack!!!! (Breath of Fire 4, if you hadn't pieced it together yet..) So the tunes immediately resonated with me as soon as I turned it on.

CHARACTER LOVE/ I typically hate the "robot" arch type characters but something about Ershin is really cool. The sort of schizo-third-person-gender-specific-sentience elevates her beyond a typical bot in my book. It also helps that I find her a bit easier to navigate with while dashing using the analog.

EDIT: I just admit I'm nearly 30 years old with blue hair. Somehow, this seems pathetic and sad in some sense to me. But truth be told, the fact that I draw pretty pictures on skin for a living keeps me feeling and believing I never really grew up for some reason.


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75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 16, 2014, 03:12:12 AM
I will not delete your post in the SMT thread.

I want everyone to know you dun goofed as retribution for not having me in it. T_T

*cries and eats a gallon of ice cream*

Klyde picks favourites, and we're not it, I suppose....  Well gee whiz.  I'll be your favourite!!!!! >:(

Believe it or not, I never played through Breath of Fire 4..... its another one of those games from my adolescence I always wanted to because I love the franchise but never did.

DRAKENGARD 3= If there was more to it I could just play this. But this hardly qualifies as "JRPG" in my book. Action platformer is more appropriate. Loving it none the less, but it just doesn't fill the void.

The former has an amazing plot and atmosphere; the latter I completely agree.  It's good enough, but it is not filling any gaming void.

That was all I needed to hear. Breath of fresh air, here I come! If anyone has tastes similar to my own, it's u dice so your advice carries weight. Thanks for making this an easy decision for me.

Now that I've properly thanked you... Let me reiterate MONGOOSE was on the first list dammit! Lol. And I made you (dice) twice!!!!  Lol

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