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706  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 08, 2014, 07:17:23 PM
I'm terribly sorry to hear about the unfortunate news Din. Health problems, particularly any chronic and/or degenerative conditions are not something I would ever wish on anyone. Its bad enough that generally any serious detriment to your health status makes you feel lousy, but the psychological impact of knowing you will constantly be contending with feeling a greater or lesser degree of "bad" really sucks.

Thoughts, prayers and well wishing go out to you and Momma-Crest this day buddy. Take care.
707  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 08, 2014, 09:43:56 AM
Beat FF4: The After Years iOS this morning. Don't regret my purchase.

Your a better fan than I my friend. I was pretty sore over the whole experience. Particularly the final dungeon boss fest followed by an ending that just... didn't bode well with me.

Congrats all the same though. Having just gone through that one myself I really feel that final stretch to be a test of patience worth a gold star, or at the very least a pat on the back.

In my neck of the woods, I beat Breath of Fire IV!!!

The final boss battle was absolutely freakin' EPIC!!!! This was because, if for no other reason than being completely under-leveled, it lasted like 2 hours. I really like how the final fight cleverly strips away the sustained effectiveness of Dragon usage forcing you to rely more heavily on other party members/strategies.

It was nice to see a far more satisfying ending to BF4 after how pitiful the BF3 conclusion was. I was expecting another anime still followed by credits and instead I actually got some dialogue and (some) narrative closure!

My final impression of the game is that of pleasant satisfaction. My only complaints, in reviewing my experience in its entirety, stem from how "small" or "contained" the world felt and how underwhelming the battle difficulty proved (most the game). They did a decent job of providing a sense of variety despite the small-esque scale of everything but I couldn't help but feel very claustrophobic the whole way through.

BF4 sure doesn't get everything right, but its distinct style really gives the franchise its own identity in this installment. The title carried with it a unique "magic" in the way all the art direction gelled that left me really feeling attached to the atmosphere, cast and experience. 

Great suggestion Dice. Thank you for the nudge to dive in on this one before Xillia 2. I don't regret it in the least.
708  Media / General Games / Re: FPS for newbie and Borderlands question on: August 08, 2014, 09:38:33 AM
came back to the thread to report, after starting over as Mechromancer, tooker was right (again). It is like a totally different game. She is waaaay more durable than the assassin ZerO and far more enjoyable for me to play as.

In fact, I am hooked!!

I can't believed I'd ever say I was totally addicted to a FPS but its got hold of me, GOOD!!!

I'll report more in the coming days over in the journal but I felt I owed the thread some closure after the communities ever so swift and helpful advice.

709  Media / General Games / Re: FPS for newbie and Borderlands question on: August 03, 2014, 09:44:17 AM
You can definitely jump right into the second Borderlands, and I would actually recommend that you do so.  The mechanics were refined in some important ways that make it more fun and less frustrating. :)

I think a newbie can handle it, but you will want to consider the class you choose carefully.  I might go with the turret dude (Axton, I think his name is), because it takes a little of the aiming pressure off of you.  If you get the Vita version (which I'm not sure I'd recommend for you because of the control issues), go with the Mechromancer.  (She's a DLC character on consoles.) The game gives you story quests and side quests like any RPG, but it does a pretty good job of pointing you toward your objectives and telling you what they are, so if you put it down for a while, you won't be super lost when you come back to it.

Borderlands is probably a good fit for you if you like to customize, because you level up and have skill trees, and you get loot in the form of guns and grenades and shields and things with special effects.  Like some guns have a chance to set enemies on fire or electrocute them.  Some shields will release an elemental blast when they get depleted.

Thanks for the advice Took!

Totally heeded your words last night and gave it a shot. I'm not sure if first person style gameplay is a thing I can get into yet. I really don't like how it feels coming off a strict diet of JRPGs with the occasional action platformer in the mix. I figured after enjoying some time with Modnation racer, anything was possible! LoL

But what I can say, is that you were certainly correct about feeling right at home in borderlands 2 without having any knowledge of the first. There is clearly a great deal I could love here if the gameplay does in fact grow on me. Right off the bat I really could appreciate the art direction and atmosphere.

I gotta tell on myself though! I did not listen to your character suggestion. There was an assassin. I HAD to pick him man! Re-named Shadow, it just seemed right.

And thank you all for the other suggestions. Much appreciated as always. Doom=Testosterone and tough guy+demons in my mind. I just can't get into that (un-deserved and jaded bias on my part). Destiny looks a wee bit too "military" for me, or at least far more so than borderlands. I've yet to look into Heretic or Bioshock.

While we are on the subject, though totally unrelated, there is only ONE game in which Klyde will assume the role of military soldier happily. That game is X-Com. Why? Quite simply it is a damn near perfect strategy game with Aliens incorporated to successfully lend a damn-near survival horror quality suspense. In a word (or two). The game is about is good as it gets for me without having "Tales" or "Mana" in the title.
710  Media / General Games / Re: FPS for newbie and Borderlands question on: August 02, 2014, 09:12:13 PM
C. I HATE military settings and I know there are a ton of military based FPS games. I clearly want to avoid these types, but does anyone have any suggestions of other FPS games that may be a better fit for me than borderlands?

I haven't actually played Borderlands so I won't comment on that (though from my understanding it's pretty much just a loot/grinding game like Diablo in FPS form), but if you're interested in something more narrative driven then try the original Bioshock.

No, I am looking for LESS narrative. I just want something to pick up and play to accompany/compliment my JRPGs really. I was simply stating that I really can't stand army stuff. In other words, no Call of Duty for Klyde!!

I've actually been thinking about trying Borderlands as well Klyde so you are killing 2 birds here since I had some of these same questions.

Great minds as they say Blace! :)
711  Media / General Games / FPS for newbie and Borderlands question on: August 02, 2014, 07:22:05 PM
So I've recently discovered that other games exist aside from RPGs. Though not nearly as enjoyable or rewarding (for me), they are fun for me to try out.

Now, I haven't played a FPS since the days of 32x-DOOM and Goldeneye 64 but the visual styling of Borderlands has me intrigued.

The million dollar questions are as follows:

A. Should I play the first or hop in on the second? Heard the sequel is better and I'm really just looking for a pick up and play experience here.

B. Is borderlands even suitable for a newbie who wants a pick up play experience such as myself?

C. I HATE military settings and I know there are a ton of military based FPS games. I clearly want to avoid these types, but does anyone have any suggestions of other FPS games that may be a better fit for me than borderlands?

NOTE: I like character creation. I like character creation ALOT.

Thanks (ahead) for the suggestions folks!
712  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.
713  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.
714  Media / Game Journals / 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.
715  Media / Game Journals / 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.
716  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 :)
717  Media / Game Journals / 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....
718  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.
719  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?

720  Media / Game Journals / 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.

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