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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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721  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 28, 2013, 04:42:03 PM

"Demon Fusion and conversation, etc. rewards the player with experience points."

I like the sound of that little tweak, minor as it may in fact be. I've totally felt demon convo shouldn't have to be at the expense of Xp.
722  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 28, 2013, 01:58:58 PM

You should be fine, it doesn't hurt that the game is easy as balls. P2 EP is also on the ps1 classics as well, so you can download that to play after.

I second this suggestion! That is what I just did (I'm currently 12 hours in on EP) and what a freakin' awesome way to experience the plot!! I am so wrapped up in the Persona 2-realm of the SMT-verse that I want to quit life and just play EP til if I finish it. I said it a few pages ago, but I really have not been this drawn into a narrative since playing games as a kid. I would go so far as to say, the p2 IS/EP experience has redefined what it is to me to enjoy a good JRPG story and play (in spite of gameplay fault or frustration fostered there of) purely to see it unravel.
723  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Earthbound to be released this year on WiiU's virtual console. on: April 28, 2013, 01:51:08 PM
I honestly think most people look at Earthbound through rose-colored nostalgia glasses. The combat is reminiscent of early Dragon Quest games, and the story and direction just kind of gets lost after the first half of the game. The final battle was a truly unique experience, as was the rest of the game, it's just it wasn't really as good as people make it out to be.

I enjoyed it enough last year and I am 27. Nostalgia wasn't a factor for me, as all I recall from my childhood was a grim memory of not being able to get past the boss in the arcade of the first town-LoL

Playing it again later in life, I sort of went into it half hearted.... I was expecting anything incredible but was pleasantly surprised. It is the mood of the game, not so much the quality I applaud. Its fun and quirky enough with its own weirdness to enter a almost playful realm of disturbing at times.  It reminded of playing an adult cartoon made by some real creeps and censored for younger audiences. I can't really say I can think of any other game that has ever left me feeling similarly.

The music had a great deal to do with the aformentioned mood/atmosphere. I left my system on all day so as I did crap around my house I heard it going in the background. 

Combat drove me out of my mind (reeeeal dated gameplay that became as brutally unfair as I remembered from the brief blockbuster rental in my youth) but I sort of expected that. I think so long as people go into Earthbound without expecting to play Xenoblade Chronicles or Mass Effect they will find it pretty easy to digest despite its age and be happy with the experience.

Regardless, I think its in the same league as chrono trigger, ff4 and few other titans of yesteryear that have certainly become far more accessible than earthbound has. In that respect alone I'm happy to hear it having the potential to reach new audiences even if it doesn't really matter much to me at this point.
724  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 28, 2013, 01:33:17 PM
I have a feeling that this will end in disappointment and tedium, but then again, what JRPG doesn't?).

I personally am a tales fan because some tales entries have proven an exception to that rule for me. Graces F being one of them.... truth be told, twas a barrel o' monkeys for me right to end. I clocked triple digit play-time and not once thought much about anything else on my shelf I wanted to get to. When I finished the game I went right into post game content without even considering a break.

Part of the tales magic to me is the uncanny ability ( without an uber-compelling narrative or cast IMO) to "stay well" if you will. As in, the titles rarely get stale to me mid way through. Even despite the numerous hours I clock, I still percieve them as short (oddly enough).

In contrast however, I must agree with your statement. Even some of my favorite games inherently contain segments or stretches that are a test of will and patience.

And don't feel bad Aeolus.... they got me for 2 of the CE's just based on that figure! LoL
725  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mario & Luigi 4: Dream Team on: April 25, 2013, 07:56:14 PM
Both of them are awesome. Superstar Saga is shorter.

Bowser's Inside Story uses the stylus for minigames, if I recall, but not much else.
Mario is one of the best RPG series of all time.  I say this without irony.  SMRPG, the three PM games (four if you count SPM, but that's basically a platformer), and the three M&L games.  All excellent.  No duds in the bunch except... maybe Sticker Star?  But even then I'm not sure. 

But anyhow, Klyde, Thousand-Year Door is on the meaty side (~30 hours) and Superstar Saga is a little lighter (~20 hours).  Both are excellent, but I would say that TTYD is heavier in dialog and world-building while SSS is heavier on crazy platforming trickiness.  Both games are excellent in their own right, so I guess in the long run I'd recommend them both. 

BTW, when I plan out what games I want to play and would like to know how long or short a game is, this is a pretty good resource: http://www.howlongtobeat.com/.  I'm weird and I plan out my backlog in advance.  HLTB helps. 

Thanks for the quick and helpful responses guys! I really needed something to break up the SMT grind I've been having and based I your responses I know mario is the right move and it sounds as though SSS is exactly what I'm looking for!... I have plenty o' backlogs to tend to but they are all "heavy" in their own rights and mario seems a good "light-hearted" fit right now.

As for howlongtobeat.... that site LIES!! LoL* Thanks for the tip none-the-less though.
726  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mario & Luigi 4: Dream Team on: April 25, 2013, 03:56:45 PM
I haven't played a mario game since MarioRPG on the snes. However, given my last few months of pure SMT-play i need something to brighten the mood... I think mario fits the bill quite nicely...

I have both Paper Mario: The Thousand year old door and Super Star Saga both on the shelf. Which of the two is shorter/less of a time sink or would you guys suggest to break up the ever-so-serious nature of playing nothing but shin megami tensei related crap for quite awhile now?

And lastly, Bowsers inside story... how much do I need to use the stylus? can i relax and play this thing kicking back in the evening or is it one of those "touch screen" heavy titles I gotta sit up for?
727  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 24, 2013, 03:09:14 PM
How easy is it in Soul Hackers to screw yourself over with stat gains?

The main character gets no magic correct, so should everything go into Str, Agi, En?

That is what I have been doing... if Ma and Int are of importance to the MC's growth I'm screwed. 18 hours in I have not put one point toward magic for em'.
728  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 23, 2013, 02:32:07 PM
My first post pages ago about SH (the night soul hackers came out) was about a lack of tutorials.... a newb, such as I am, can certainly feel intimidated!

Anyhow, all I have to say about the title right now is that, while not greatest, it is very refreshing to play something that is actually challenging like this is. Seriously twice now this game thoroughly kicked my ass and I had to spend a good hour grinding, fusing and re-attempting to move forward. That hasn't happened to me in a new RPG in a loooooong time (not that this is really "new" per se). They did a real good job of keeping resources tight as well. I can't remember the last game that really forced me to be so mindful of how I use currency.

One thing I don't like is that demons randomly waltz off and leave the party. Has me compulsively saving my game like crazy. That and the palette they used throughout the course of this game (too dark, always night time...) are my only real complaints.

EDIT: One other thing I have to note I don't like.... although you don't see him in game much at all, I hate the way the MC looks for some reason. I have the arranged soundtrack proudly on display on my SMT Shelf/Shrine and every time I see him he strikes me as a real jerk-LoL

As you can see my gripes are minor. While this one isn't exactly winning any awards in my book, it is a great title in the scheme of things. Not holding a candle to my recently enjoyed P2 IS or current run of P2 EP though.
729  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 21, 2013, 03:02:19 PM
It was actually the Ds library that sold me on a 3ds really. I figured with the few 3ds titles I wanted now plus the bunch that would be coming out in the future I would be kicking myself in the ass had I just cheaped out and went with the ds. I'm happy I made the move I did. I am slowly (particularly with soul hackers) breaking my aversion to hand-helds. 2 decades of gaming and I could NEVER stomach playing on a hand-held console until the 3ds XL.

I'm really looking forward to completely getting comfortable with the hand-held experience and diving into some Dragon Quest and Radiant Historia down the road.

And I am certainly amongst the many who are looking forward to Bravely Default.
730  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 17, 2013, 04:38:35 PM
Just watched the first 2 eps of karneval and red data girl... why the hell does so much new anime make me feel like I'm being dropped into the middle of something I should understand but don't...?

All I can say at present is that both are beautifully done. And I could probably appreciate both series a great deal more if I had read some manga first. Either way I'll keep tuning in out of pure curiosity now.
731  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 17, 2013, 03:27:36 PM
Real men just hack off the limb, Agent D.
Dude, if I lose an arm or my eyesight, I'm killing myself. I refuse to live without the ability to use both hands or see what I'm doing.

So you 'dual wield' it, huh?

Man, I remember the good ol' days when I could dual wield.... then I broke my sword :(
732  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 17, 2013, 02:05:58 PM
Augh. Sort of debating picking up another PS2 to have on hand in case mine dies, since they quit making them.

(Unlike LINK398, I actually have money to buy this stuff. I'm just deliriously cheap for things that aren't food).

Anyway, currently rewriting my design docs for that game engine I wrote when I was a senior in college. I want to translate it into Common Lisp and focus on end-user functionality. This might mean removing some of my arbitrary limits, like maps having to be 32 x 32 tiles with no scrolling.

Agent D, that sounds like a pinched or enflamed nerve. I think if you had circulation problems you'd be getting pain or cold spots.

On the ps2 note, that actually is not a bad idea. I think I should do the same given the size of my library...

However my purpose for posting mesh, is actually because while I was going for my daily jog with my 3ds to amass play-coins I thought of you! Given how much you walk, if you get one of these and keep it on you whilst traveling you'll be rolling in the coins my friend! Just something I thought of cause you mentioned toying with idea of getting one in the SMT thread.

In other news, Siliconera had enough awesome announcements as of late to officially make me feel over-loaded today. This is seriously shaping up to be the best year for RPGs in quite some time by my estimate.

733  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: April 17, 2013, 01:54:15 PM
Peeeeerrrrrty cool stuff right here!!


Looks like Europe gets er' first and it is being published by Nintendo.
734  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 17, 2013, 01:50:09 PM
You can summon outside of combat. The only time I've found a need to summon more whilst battling is during boss fights. And to be honest, lack of magnetite has been a complete non-issue for me thus far. Granted I'm not too far into the title yet though... I seem to burn through yen way quicker than magnetite as a result of healing costs.
735  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Earthbound to be released this year on WiiU's virtual console. on: April 17, 2013, 01:45:57 PM
I would be more excited if I hadn't JUST replayed this whole game last fall. I cannot imagine going through it again for some. While it is easily one of my favorite RPG's of all time, even I must admit, some parts were just excruciating to get through. Great game and although the mechanics did not age well at all, I feel like earthbound is in the realm of genre classics all gamers should experience (or at least have the chance too for less than 200 bucks).

It also sports one of my favorite soundtracks of all time with some of the best fan remix tracks to be made following the title EVER in my opinion.

Now get us Mother 3 outside of japan and you'll really see me start opening my wallet...
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