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721  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Round 2: Disgaea Hour of Darkness vs. Final Fantasy Tactics on: February 18, 2013, 01:55:52 PM
They're pretty different beasts (despite both being strategy RPGs).  FFT has a good, serious story.  Disgaea is good for completely different reasons.  The story is just silly, but it's genuinely funny and has endearing characters.

In terms of gameplay I honestly prefer Disgaea (and no, not because of the optional mega grinding, I never do that crap and you don't actually have to). Admittedly it's far from a perfect system, but mechanically FFT is a broken mess.  Yes, it pioneered the SRPG genre and is important historically, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a broken mess.  There are so many ways to completely abuse the system and the game has some major difficulty spikes that will punish you if you're not abusing things.

So I guess I'm going to have to disagree with the majority here and say it depends on what kind of mood you're in, but I would honestly lean towards Disgaea.

(Also don't touch FFT unless it's the PSP version because the story is the major appeal of the game and the original translation was abysmal.  Actually I think there's a smartphone/tablet version of the game that also uses the PSP translation, but I haven't played it so I can't comment.)

Don't worry Kev, you my friend are not alone.... while my arguments may be weak, and I can objectively see in many senses where Tactics is the superior title.... my vote still goes for Disgaea.... However, my reasons for this are mainly subjective (Disgaea caters to my personal taste way more...) and as such I haven't got much of a leg to stand on here....

The main appeal of Disgaea over Tactics to me is the vast amount of content and control over your team. It has been ages since I played tactics mind you, but I don't recall having a dire need to create and beef up custom troops in Tactics.... In fact if I recall correctly, I found myself hard pressed to have little reason to even worry about custom troops by the end of the title..... On the other hand story characters felt completely essential to victory, save a few of the custom classes that were just ungodly powerful by virtue of their mechanic or skill. Disgaea is the completely opposite end of the spectrum in this regard..... you can virtually make any class a force to be reckoned with and if you are at all concerned with post game content and optional stuff you'd best do just that.

Now, I'm no grinder by any means.... I like to play a game, enjoy the content and move on for the most part..... I usually could care less about maxing out this or that.... However with the Disgaea titles, becoming super-leveled always had a pay off that proved worth it to me.... first of all, I always found the item worlds to be addictive as all hell (I am certain I logged more hours in the item world of each disgaea title vs what I logged totally with all of tactics).... secondly it wasn't just large impressive numbers I was after.... those large impressive numbers enabled me to take on new maps and see new content....... Those two factors alone kept me on-board for more disgaea well beyond the credits which is something I rarely find myself doing.... usually when I finish a game, I am eager to move on to the next....

Lastly, disgaea pioneered the over-the-top niche anime styled RPG we've all come to know (and hate-Lol).... I just happen to eat this style up.... for as re-hashed and recycled as it has become in the present gen, at the time of disgaea this was a VERY original flavor to savor.
722  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 17, 2013, 07:13:34 PM

I made Esthers tactic to just provide backup and removed all of Drongo's tricks so all Esther is really doing, when grinding, is to provide health when needed, and Drongo was just doing physical attacks...mp usage wasn't bad at all.


^^This.....^^

To elaborate.....

I too have found that through careful use of the tactics function you can pretty much evade all the pitfalls of the terrible AI..... additionally I've also managed to keep the game challenging by not grinding post familiar metamorph, and cycling when I morph each familiar (thus I constantly have weaker links in the group which I usually have to keep localized to the character I control).... The problem is one really shouldn't have to be mindful to such a measure in the interest of keeping the gameplay fun and not frustrating.... None the less, 45 hours in and I am still enjoying the hell out of this... flawed or not this is in my top 5 for this generation for sure... I feel comfortable saying that without even having finished it at this point...
723  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 01:17:54 AM
Yipeeee!!!! And its Klyde for the win folks! Case, Manual and game in very good condition for 47 bucks!! (plus 4 shipping) I feel good about that....
724  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 12:05:45 AM
If you stopped and played Skies of Arcadia, Klyde, you'd be quite pleased. The game was incredibly well done.

Get Legends, btw, as it's got far more content to offer.

ok between taelus and now D as well... i'm totally sold.... that auction is mine!!
725  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 14, 2013, 11:59:02 PM
there is one going off on ebay for roughly 50.... maybe i should jump on it...
726  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 14, 2013, 11:58:00 PM
Don't worry, it's not missable.  I only used that term because I wanted to reference a certain something without spoilers.  You'll understand when you get there.

I will say what is missable, however - no spoilers:

After every major event, go back to the Deep Dark Woods and speak to the NPC there.  You'll get new dialogue and an item.  The dialogue is missable, but, fortunately, you can get the items elsewhere.  It is a bit of a pain to walk back, though, and arguably not worth it.  This doesn't have anything to do with the ending and doesn't influence the story, it's just a nice bonus to those who remember the promise from the beginning (ie, coming to visit).  I think the most important item you can get from him is a ring that increases your attack speed by one-star.  You can make it later, but it's nice early on.

I am sorry I didn't get to giving you a proper "thank you" for your prompt response to my inquery... so here it is.... "thank you!"... LoL

In truth I got some terrible news and was too depressed to even come and visit RPGfan for a few days... ok so I visited, but I was too sad to post.....

In Ni No news, my German Wizards Edition finally came.... only to be flung up against the side of my house by the fed ex dude.... I nearly had the f****r's job on my "to terminate" list.... then I opened up the Wizards Edition and looked at drippy... calmed me down a bit...
727  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 14, 2013, 11:52:01 PM
ahhhhhhhh two freakin' awesome games I have yet to get to.... i haven't come across a good deal on a copy of SoA yet.... how "must play" is this game??.... I mean I've read a great deal about it... but from someone who has played it.... is it good in a timeless (suikoden 2) sort of way.... or is this a case of "ahead of its time but not something you'd care to visit again at present..."??? i've got enough rpg's to keep me busy until 2020 at this point but I've seen this title brought up so many times I can't help but wonder....
728  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 10, 2013, 05:33:39 PM
Gotta say, the more I play Ni no Kuni the less I like it.  Just got the boat and the third party member and I'm really getting tired of melee characters missing because something is in their way and they won't properly rearrange to engage the enemy.  Also, the AI on your other party members is flat out stupid and gets me killed more than anything else.  Either they use too much MP or nothing, and the lack of a solid middle ground is baffling. 

These are honestly my biggest issues with the game. It's not just the AI, which is undoubtedly a problem, but the pathing in general.  With the very large monsters, your Familiars just don't know where and when to attack.  They'll simply run around it, despite being in range.  And, of course as mentioned, Familiars running into each other pointlessly for the entire attack round.

I mentioned another issue a few pages back, but the true ending really, really soured the experience for me as well.

On the other hand, the final post-game quest had, in my opinion, the most emotional moment in the game.  It saddens me that most people probably won't see it.

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But what the hell was Level 5 thinking?  The entire post-game quest series is the literal rehash of every
boss in the game, recolored.  It was horrible.  I get that they wanted to add extra content, but that's not even new content.

Uh-oh.... klyde detects something missable..... i have been crossing my t's and dotting my i's so to speak, whilst playing thus far.... i REALLY don't want to miss the true ending but no way in hell i'm spoiling anything by checking a guide..... this is troublesome
729  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Wizard's edition on: February 07, 2013, 04:01:53 PM
niiiiice!! congrats friend!
730  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 06, 2013, 07:06:14 PM
Game is fun, though I have to say the "comedy" routine during a certain segment in the game was particularly awful.  The game has limited voice acting, and I can't believe they dedicated that much of it to so much unfunny.  You know those moments in movies or TV shows where it cuts in to the tail end of a joke and everyone is laughing and allegedly are having a great time?  It was like that, except you were there for the entire five minute routine from start to finish and everyone in the scene is laughing hysterically, and you, the onlooker for this piece of entertainment media, is left completely bored wondering where the funny is.  There had to be something lost in translation.

Good god, I seriously can't get over how bad that was.  Why.  WHY.

I actually thought the comedy routine scene was a good parody of weird euro-humor.... which I actually like even though I never really find it funny... just weird.... LoL
731  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: February 06, 2013, 05:05:16 PM
I've gotten 6 platforms in the last 6 years, that's too much for me.

not to perpetuate the de-railing of "Witcher 3" talk..... but I hear ya mickey.... sure this gen has been around for awhile.... but I personally could still go another year (easily) without even thinking next gen.... I still haven't even broken into the lovely (albeit small) collection of Xbox RPG's I need to get to.... and lets not even talk handhelds.....  there was A LOT worth playing over the last few years, boy....
732  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV 2.0 - Holy Shit!? on: February 06, 2013, 03:57:04 PM
Their only chance to get me to try this game is to send me a beta code.

DO IT, SQUARE.

you and I both good sir.....
733  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 06, 2013, 12:46:32 AM
Target 30 min away has it and is holding one for me :) Success! Thanks Klyde!

Seeing this made my day!! I'm so happy my obsessive search for day 1 releases worked to someones benefit!! Made me feel less like a freakin' nut then I usually do when I go mad of procuring a game or LE.....

And now back to the game.... gee golly guys... this is my first Fire Emblem.... of course there was NO way I was going the casual route.... but wow... its devastating to me when I lose a member.... to think of what I could be missing out on down the road in my play-through.... brutal I tell ya... brutal.... and I'm loving it! Really makes you care.....

EDIT: And I refuse to restart chapters.... seems to me to defeat the purpose... aside from reduce the fun-factor considerably
734  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Wizard's edition on: February 05, 2013, 07:49:35 PM
I ordered the german wizard's edition myself.... book is in english... and even though I am currently playing an english copy of the game I can't freakin' wait for that book to come..... why????..... I don't know.... because every time I get a "new tale" in the game I want to read it in the hard copy damnit..... the wait on delivery is taking FOREVER!!

if you keep watching like a hawk though I'm certain you can score yourself a German or UK edition somewhere on the net.....

if I see anywhere gets one back in stock for retail I'll be sure to post it here.
735  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 04, 2013, 06:41:42 PM
The picture looks like Pac-Man eating a piece the cake.

holy heck man.... does it ever....
The picture looks like Pac-Man eating a piece the cake.

That's all I can see now. Thanks Ygg XD

If I had the photoshop skills to make it yellow..

I'm working on some art now but later when I'm finished if no one pac-man-ified this yet.....
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