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661  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 12, 2014, 03:58:29 PM
@ Mesh. I totally hear ya on the autumn thing sir. I picked Dragon's Crown up again not too long ago for that very reason. Something about Sword and Sorcery, D&D and beat em ups remind me of the fall. To expand, the Ninja Tutles, D-Gray Man, and loads of halloween specials also "fit" this time of year for me.

However, as of late I've nothing to report aside from being Xillia 2 obsessed. Grinding for money to buy chips to buy costumes today a bit because poker is useless. And on that note Ludger's gambler costume is freaking ugly.

I am certain now the optional content has effectively rendered this game damn near broken on moderate. I may have to creep it up to "hard".
662  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 12, 2014, 03:38:37 PM
I find it somewhat dubious that the "New 3DS" will fly off the shelves.

Majora's Mask remake exclusive for the New 3DS could be a start.

If they really wanted the system to sell, they'd make the new Ruby&Sapphire remakes exclusive to it.

If they really really wanted to sell systems they would make it so I could hook it up to my tv. How cool would the new model be with audio video out and a little button to change display from screen to screen on the fly?

Ohkay ok, I'll take it without the display switch function. Just let me play Dragon Quest 4-6 on my TV already dammit!

Lets be honest though, if Nintendo's aim was strictly sales and to increase profits there are a TON of logical ways they could increase fan-base and interest. I do have a certain respect for any company that shoots themselves in the foot economically to make a product the way they want but in Nintendo's case it seems to yield products that are less appealing to fans which is what really baffles me. Between ports that could be available, functionality, new designs for hardware, 3rd party support, ad infinitum... Nintendo could really "fan the flames" in terms of sales and interest if they wanted. 

NOTE: Yes, I sound like a broken record about this functionality (the TV out thing) and have been wishing for it (vocally within these forums) for years. And no, I will not stop.

Seriously though, at this point, methods for playing DS and 3DS titles IS NOT far fetched.
663  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 11, 2014, 01:33:21 PM
I came here to talk about the gorgeous looking 3ds model that has me reeling with jealousy toward those, unlike I, who can enjoy a handheld. Seriously, that has to be the coolest LE model system I've yet to see. The drawback is obviously no game which is such a joke. I mean who the hell is gonna shell out 200 for that and NOT buy the game? I call shenanigans.

What I am leaving with? An itch to play Lufia 2... (thanks Aeolus!) LoL
664  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 11, 2014, 01:24:38 PM
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I hate that.  As much as I like Ludger, he's clearly the poster child of any party you'd make.  I remember loving Graces because just about *any* party member was a blast to play as.  But if fusions are powerful and Sore-eh is OP for it....well, shucks.

That's why I already miss Xillia: being able to switch members mid-battle made the whole team important. Turns out you're going to need more healing items in a tough boss battle? Just switch in Leia. Plus, I liked many of the battle styles.

I think I prefer Tales games with small parties. Six people and a (playable) mascot is perfect. It ensures there's enough time for everyone to interact with everyone. When there's 8-9 members, like in Symphonia and Xillia 2, interaction is spread too thin.

I LOVED playing Hubert in Graces F. Richard however was one of my favorite cast members and his gameplay felt pretty stiff in comparison to most.

As far as Xillia 1 is concerned, it was really refreshing switching between Jude, Alvin and Milla for me. That being said I will still take the Xillia 2 gameplay over 1. Just "feels" better to me in 2 (tighter, faster).

What I don't like about 2? Well, I am pretty surprised at how easily you can sort of pull off cop-out strategies here. Trouble at a boss? Out of items??? NO PROBLEM! Free Run your ass off, MORPHIN' TIME, rinse repeat and you'll be fine in a lot of cases. The difficulty in this game seems damn-near perfect to me without the transformation mechanic. That is really my only gripe.

^^ This bias is probably influenced by the fact that I think Ludger morphing using a pocket watch is just TOO "typical shonen stupid" for my taste.
I know this is off-topic, but why are you guys down on Shining Resonance?

I love the way the art direction looks for that game. I'd deem it the most appealing looking thing I can think of that will probably never get localized. Then again, I am really not "in the know" in terms of its chances. I mean it DOES stand the "late in a systems life cycle" chance of making it to the west right?
665  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why would I buy a ps4? on: September 07, 2014, 04:36:58 PM
I have PS+ and I never play all these free games I get.  I could see it being a really great deal for some folks, but for the most part the free games either don't mesh well with my tastes or they're games I already bought.  I think I may discontinue my subscription when it lapses...

The thing is, PS+ free games broaden my horizans in a manner of speaking. I try and often enjoy a great deal I would overlook simply because they are available and free.

That's all well and good, but I can't even find time to play many games I've paid full retail price for.  I simply do not have the hours in the day to play a bunch of free-ish games that I'm only marginally interested in at best.

Believing I will someday have the time to get through every retail purchase I have and "catch up" is a total fallacy and forces me to take gaming too seriously. I actually catch myself planning out what I'm gonna play long before I finish what I've got going. I don't like this. The random and sporadic nature of a freebie that I know nothing about helps make those retail purchases fun choices to get to and not feel like obligatory chores to me.

I actually have you to thank for nudging me toward trying new things Kevadu. Busting me about "keeping gaming fun" has proven very healthy advice I took to heart. To those ends, I thank you good sir :)
The thing is, PS+ free games broaden my horizans in a manner of speaking. I try and often enjoy a great deal I would overlook simply because they are available and free.

Just feel like bringing up that I kinda know what he's talking about, in that I went through a period where playing free/rental games helped me try new genres and whatnot that I never would've gotten into otherwise, including RPGs.

However, I hit that phase years ago, and now I'm to the point where I'm content with my tastes and simply don't want to spend time with games I'm not already interested in.

I feel that phase will never end for me!! LoL

It is simply a matter of always wonderring whats out there in terms of games and then I come running back to the JRPG. After many moons of this, I appreciate the cycle to be honest.
 
The other thing I can't ignore is the dual PS3/PS4 releases. I just won't play an even slightly inferrior version of something I want to enjoy if I know the experience COULD be better. If its on both platforms, I would rather wait til I have the PS4 to indulge.

I am not, nor will I ever be this kind of person.  I sat through too many hours of listening to my roommates bitch about pixels and framerate when I was in college to care now.  FFX was awesome on the PS2 and it's still awesome now that there is a remaster.


and I'm still not sold on a PS4 or PSN+

I wasn't trying to come off as a gaming snob. Sorry if it appeared that way, but in truth I suppose in a sense I am so I can't argue. It would sicken you the amount of time and effort I have spent painstickenly configuring the optimum way to enjoy my retro-gaming.  

There are two facets of my life I truly enjoy, my career as an artist and my gaming hobby, and I won't swallow any less than the best in either case.
666  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 07, 2014, 04:17:32 PM
I"m not a Geas fan but those costumes would kick ass!! Any costume suggestions? Favorites?? I want me a new costume tonite but none are enticing me. I only have the the Lugder school one thus far.
667  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why would I buy a ps4? on: September 06, 2014, 03:30:35 PM
I have PS+ and I never play all these free games I get.  I could see it being a really great deal for some folks, but for the most part the free games either don't mesh well with my tastes or they're games I already bought.  I think I may discontinue my subscription when it lapses...

The thing is, PS+ free games broaden my horizans in a manner of speaking. I try and often enjoy a great deal I would overlook simply because they are available and free. Most recent example was borderlands 2 which I got on ps+ forever ago and finally got to. It is fun to browse my download list when I am at a loss for what to play after a few years of collecting the free-offerrings and trying something I would never think to go out and buy.

In truth though, the REAL benefit of ps+ for me is the security blanket (and convenience) of backing up my save files. Having lost far too many crucial saves to faulty memory cards back in the ps1 era, I feel "cozy and safe" with more back-ups. LoL.

Now as for PS4, the last week of gaming news gave me more than enough reason to get on-board way sooner then I expected. I could easily occupy myself with leftovers from last gen for a long time, but some of those announcements just pushed me over the edge.

The other thing I can't ignore is the dual PS3/PS4 releases. I just won't play an even slightly inferrior version of something I want to enjoy if I know the experience COULD be better. If its on both platforms, I would rather wait til I have the PS4 to indulge.
668  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 06, 2014, 03:16:23 PM
The amount of optional Riesze Maxia areas to explore in chapter 9 of Xillia 2 here is massive. I put in quite a few hours over the last two days and am just polishing it off now. I feel like the pacing of this game is severely compromised by how long it lures me into exploring and finding kitties at this point.

While whining a bit here, I will also note I am retarded-addicted to the title.  This is damn near illicit substance level obsession at this point.

NOTE: I love Ludgers school uniform with accompanying music. I hope they get some more costumes out for DLC before I finish the game up.
669  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 05, 2014, 03:17:44 PM


Can't say mine are all in place either. Sometimes I need someone to tell me not to worry about it. That it's okay to blame others once in a while (especially when it's their damn fault). Else it's just going round and round my head.

Agreed. Ultimately confirmation from another that I am in fact NOT solely responsible for every calamity I bear witness to is generally the only thing that clears me up as well.

To expand: I need confirmation from other human beings in all sorts of respects to be at peace. I wouldn't say I doubt myself so much as I question my capability of exercising objectivity in many instances. And thus the beauty of an internet forum with wonderful folk such as yourself to help tighten the screws I have yet to lose. This community has done wonders in terms of maintaining my sanity :)

670  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 05, 2014, 12:56:25 PM
Thanks for the sleep tips guys! I actually gave sleeping in my alternate game room a shot by making it as comfy as possible as per your suggestions. The only problem is I only had a futon for the room which is not exactly comfy per se'. The environment however, was perfect and I wasn't really using this room for much anymore as gaming/living is conducted in my (much larger) living room/primary game room.

^^ Yes you read that right. Instead of a bedroom and living room set-up, I decided to have game room A and B in my house. Why? Because I am an adult forever stuck in my teenage years that I missed out on because I was too busy being a jerk. And as an adult child, two game rooms are MUCH cooler than having a living room and bedroom.

Anyhow, I present to you "Game Room B/Slumber Room"



I am happy to report a solid 4 hours sleep last night!! That doesn't sound like much I didn't sleep at all really since last sunday. It was at the point where I kept falling into brief "micro-sleeps" for moments or minutes throughout the day.

So @ both Tomara and Dice I send a BIG thanks.

And additionally @ Tomara. I know EXACTLY what you are describing by saying you feel responsible for others errors knowing you could have done something to prevent a problem. This has been a BIG issue with me teaching other people to tattoo. The responsibility of their errors being on my shoulders (and permanent on someone elses body) weigh heavily on me. Thing is, we DO have to trust people to be capable and know, ourselves, where to draw the moral line between what our role and job is vs. their accountability. The distinction is not easy for me to make, and while I love teaching I make a lousy boss (too lenient).

Ultimately I ending feeling responsible to some extent for everything that goes wrong around me no matter how illogical it may seem because I've got screws loose.
671  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 03, 2014, 11:25:18 AM
There is something strange about insomnia. I don't want to admit I haven't slept for more than an hour or two at a time for days because I feel it will somehow condemn my chances of finally passing out.

I

AM

MISERABLY

FREAKIN'

TIRED.
672  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: TGS 2014 General Discussion on: September 01, 2014, 04:36:37 PM
Well I suppose today provides ample reason for me to start saving for a PS4. These announcements were just too much for me to deny even if there is still well over a years worth of PS3/Xbox360/PSP games I want to get to. Maybe I can take advantage of some black friday hunt later this year and catch a deal.

673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 31, 2014, 10:29:36 AM


Eh personally I just put whichever extractors get the character the most points on them, leave them on till they star an element, try to finish off any other elements if it was a multi element extractor, and then repeat. Has worked great for me so far. By the time I recruited Gaius (chapter 9 I think?), I had multiple characters on the verge of maxing out their orbs. Then again I am grinding like a mad man, so what do I know?


I tend to think your strategy is as good as any. That is the thing that sort of bugs me. I can't see any real advantage/disadvantage to things with the allium orb system. So long as you keep switching it up a bit here and there its more straight-forward than it leads you to believe by giving you so many damn extractor options.

On an unrelated note I just checked the DLC costumes forgetting that it would totally spoil for me any characters that have not yet joined. So now, but one post after proclaiming my intellect and stating that I am not in fact the dumbest Klyde around these parts I must now make a new proclamation. I AM IN FACT AN IDIOT!!

Thank you, carry on.
674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 31, 2014, 05:55:17 AM
Uh, Klyde,

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Her voice actress is the same, they haven't changed anything.

Reason being:

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She's using a "new" inflection because Alt Milla is an entirely different character than Milla Maxwell in personality.
There's no reason for them to speak exactly the same way.

LoL.

Ok surely I am not the most intelligent community member, but you didn't really think I wasn't aware of that right? If so I feel... bummed out. I mean that was a whole plot segment. This ninja may not be sharp as a shuriken but I'm not that ignorant!

I know what they were doing with the voice, I just don't like it. It is not jarring in the same sense as say, Linca from the Ateliera E&L mind you. My complaint may even be more of an audio nuance. The voice sounds horribly nasal in contrast to the old voice to me. Like the character in question caught a cold.

Sort of reminds me of when I was a kid and there was a drastic audio shift on a cartoon I would regularly watch rendering a characters voice the same yet absurdly different from what I had grown accustomed to.

However, on the point that you brought up.

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I really did like the old Milla more. Including how she was voiced. She was the prime reason I liked the last Xillia. This new Milla (at least upon first impression) comes across as far weaker in terms of her strong independent nature which I'm hoping is just a plot mechanic to allow some room for character development. In short, I'm with Jude. I miss prime dimension Milla at the moment :(
675  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 30, 2014, 10:29:13 AM
Needs more box canyons.

Precisely my sentiments. I mean it is a hallmark of groundbreaking contemporary JRPG dungeon design in regards to field exploration. Just enough freedom to look "open world" til you take 10 steps and smack into the wall of your cage.

Ok, while that was sarcasm, I do have to say I am starting to feel Xillia 2 at least made them functional with other mechanics in some respects. In conjunction with early game on foot travels and jobs, the box fields actually worked well enough to conceal their hideous monotony. Then you get to sprint and fast travel at which point the fields turned more into quasi-open world cat hunts. Point being, Xillia 2 did waaaay better than 1 in terms of making the best of a bad (lazy) design.

With that said, I need to ask you guys who are leagues ahead of me. With what logic do you guys develop your characters using the Allium Orb system??

What I mean to say is, no decision seems better than any other in terms of which extractors/elements are used most or maxed. Thus far I have been working via point priority with the goal of keeping a well rounded balance for each element so as not to miss artes and skills. My second priority then becomes focusing on element corresponding with the skills I want strongest. Is this a solid strategy or am I missing something?

^^ It has got me to Chapter 8 on Moderate setting so it can't be too bad. I just get the distinct notion I could better taking advantage of it (the whole allium orb system) better.

Some other personal notes.

-I HATE
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Millas new
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