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736  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Member's Game of the Year - 2013 Edition! on: December 14, 2013, 04:25:50 PM
GOTY2013/ Ni No Kuni

Yea, so I may be jumping on a bandwagon here... Ni No was not downright AMAZING, but the competition for GOTY this year just is not that fierce IMO. I played the game with a hard copy of the spell book which really added a neat immersive angle to my whole experience. The big fail here was the fact that the spell book should have been included with the game and NOT a under-produced and consequently over-priced collectors edition.  

2013 was interesting in that a great deal of great games came out. None proved exceptionally stellar to me though.

CLOSE BUT NO SEEEEEEGAR (as they say)/ Zelda Wind Waker HD and Mario 3d World

I came into 2013 neither a Zelda nor a Mario fan.... I am entering 2014, having been proven totally wrong in my assumption that neither franchise could do anything that excites me. These 2 games, coupled with the Wii U hardware itself, got me back on board with Nintendo. In all honesty, it is the happiest I have been with the big "N" since super nintendo.


Ok. I love disgaea. And this title did a lot of things right for me. It, unfortunately, did just as many things wrong. Seeing Laharl, Etna and Flonne take center stage again was awesome.... but that truly is where the awesomeness of the narrative ends. While Flonne and Etna see a wee bit of humorous development, Laharl is about as singular and static as a character can get. My other narrative gripe is the lack of cameo's. If you are going to do a direct sequel to Disgaea, I want to see the defender of earth dammit.

Gameplay took too many sharp turns and fell pray to the problem I have had in the last 3 disgaea games. By the end of the game I was able to wipe out full story maps with one caster. Yet, in D2, couldn't even touch the final boss. I feel like a fool for arguing the game felt more balanced to me that other disgaea's because by the last chapter I was CLEARLY mistaken.


 Just replayed this and it really is one of those games that lives up to all the praise it receives. From comforting and cute Toriyama visuals to the greatest soundtrack I ever experienced in my youth, Chrono has it all for me.


Some may argue the gameplay and mechanics took a step down from the first SNES SoM (Secret of Mana 2) but I personally felt the class system (I am sucker for palette swaps) ability to select an MC and companions and difficulty make it an overall improvement. Once again (like Chrono Trigger) a spendid soundtrack and graphical masterpiece (from its era) makes this title drip with a bit more Mana magic for me than its predecessor. The biggest flaw???? A padded second half of the game that demands you revisit and run through all the dungeons again with zero plot development was a real drag...


Xilia was not bad. What Xilia was, was VERY dull in contrast to my expectations of a Tales game. A bitter sweet experience considering I loved the cast. All in all I would take Xilia over quite a few other games but it was weak in nearly every respect that other tales games shine.

737  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 14, 2013, 01:57:23 AM

Wait. I think I remember what you're talking about now. As long as you didn't complete their quest, Futch and Humphrey will still be waiting for you at the foot of the mountain (this is of course, the reason why I told you to not worry about collecting the 108 SoD until after you hit N.Window). Although, if you did complete their quest before getting your headquarters then that's beyond what I did in my two runs of the game.

Yes sir you hit the nail on head. That was exactly what I was talking about. I really wasn't trying to not heed your advice... my tendency toward exploration just bested me really... the world Suikoden 2 is soooo vast in contrast to 1. I simply couldn't help myself. Next thing I knew I was indeed involved in the Humphrey/Futch quest and getting my ass handed to me. Enemy level aside, NPC dialogue lead me to believe I had screwed up the proper "order or operation".

And no sir. I did not complete their quest. In spite of all of Humphrey's import-data-might I failed.

When I checked to see if I could leave and return to the quest later when I was supposed to, or if I indeed needed to reload an earlier save (i always play it safe) was when the dreaded spoiler was glimpsed.

As for major plottage, oh hell yeah. This is a numbered Suikoden game after all, even with 108 recruitable characters there's still plenty of death and destruction to go around. The one big thing that you can change (aside from the description you gave) depends on whether you run from Tinto or not, and if you decide to, then how far you run to.

And if you're really worried about Christmas, don't be. If Fox News' War on Christmas can't ruin the season, I highly doubt you'll be able to do anything to it on your own (and if something does happen, just remember: There's always X-mas).

THANK YOU!! That was exactly what I needed to hear to keep me motivated and not feel as though I was embarking on a chore of a play-through for my "holiday game".

I'll never forget going to gamestop and having everything about Richard spoiled on me for Tales of Graces F.... It seems to have left me with PTSS (post traumatic spoiler syndrome)... unfortunately there was NOT any other major plottage in that game and that spoiler really did dull my enjoyment of the title considerably.
738  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 13, 2013, 06:46:52 PM
It isn't my first run. I played through each upon release. The first and second just happened to come out so long ago that I have vague recollections of them. I chose to aim for 108 for all the data import goodies from 1-3.

Reading that sure jogged my memory though...

So come on Aeolus.... tell me there is more major-plottage worth seeing aside from what I have just effectively spoiled...


And this is why you don't go playing for all 108 stars on your first run.

For what its worth, my best advice is to remember what happens when you do collect all 108 SoDs in other Suikoden games.

I see where you are going with that.... I think... Say no more.

EDIT: Most importantly tell me I didn't ruin christmas!!!
739  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 13, 2013, 05:40:04 PM
Well I've done it now....

I screwed up and my ceaseless efforts for 108 stars in suikoden 2 caused me to trigger some sort of "glitch". I broke sequence and started something could not finish by apparently activating a quest I could not complete.

So I was forced to check a guide to see if the damage I did damned my chances at 108, forcing me to load from an earlier save..... and that is when IT happened.

Of all the terrible things my wandering eyes could have seen... I saw THIS!!!!

Nanami "dies"

That was all I saw. I did not read more. Someone please, for the love of God, tell me I didn't completely ruin this game on myself. That is, someone tell me there is more twists and turns and plot splendor to enjoy because I feel like I just TOTALLY ruined it.

On the bright side, I did need to re-load from an earlier save. If I had not looked that up I would have totally screwed my chances at 108.

But that is it, no more screwing around. Whether I do it or not (achieve 108), I'm playing through the rest of this thing without looking at ANYTHING save Aeolus lovely spoiler-free-spurts of wisdom.

EDIT: I feel like I've unwittingly done something on the scale of "spoiling christmas" or something like that.... someone fix my shattered existence and say it ain't so.... please

*tells myself over and over that ninjas don't cry... ninjas don't cry*.... *sob* *sob*
740  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 13, 2013, 03:43:31 PM
That sounds like a fucking disaster.

Also.... 700 bux? What the hell did you get?

Static Arts LE statues of Sephiroth and Cloud. For the first few years after I sobered up and started tattooing full time I was just stupid when it came to spending and money. At that point anything I saw I wanted I just bought, justified with the mentality of "well its better than chemicals".

Then I got a house and bills and whatnot... greater responsibility with cash became a necessity at that point and while I have gotten better with it over the years I still "slip up" with gaming merchandise. I find easier to go without food than collectors edition copies of games... As soon as I eat I am satiated... but I am still pissed I missed out on the Hyperdimension MK2 Nisa exclusive CE.
741  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 12, 2013, 05:50:01 PM
Ugh, man, I hate SE's site.  I ordered Drakengard 3 from there because it was the only chance for a physical copy, but why does their store have no account option?  Then I tried to look at my orders through my Email and my password, but it only shows one (LR). You need to put in the exact order number, because only the most recent purchase shows up if you go by EMail.

It's ridiculous and outdated.

The worst shipping experience I ever had was the result of ordering through SE's site/store. Almost 700 dollars worth of merchandise got stuck in customs and then lost altogeather.... took over five months to finally get delivered. The kicker? The packages ended up in a college apartment complex which was closed and locked up for the summer. I actually had to contact the owner of the complex to come and punch in a security code for me to get my packages.
742  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 12, 2013, 05:45:28 PM
I feel like, although it is one of my favorite franchises, I will NEVER catch up on all the tales I wish to experience.

I have yet to touch Phantasia, Eternia or Vesperia (even though I have them all on the shelf)

With Symphonia Chronicles, Xilia 2 and now this new one I imagine I play Tales games exclusively for a heck of a long time if I were so enclined.

743  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 12, 2013, 05:38:41 PM
Upgraded to 2 widescreen monitors at work. Yay~

I have a funny preoccupation with constantly thinking about/wanting larger monitors, TV's, screens et cetera.... Movin on up sir, good job.
744  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 12, 2013, 05:34:52 PM

Additionally, try to run from every odd battle between your first trip to Muse and reaching Radat, and trade Crystal Balls from elsewhere to the Kobold village and then buy up any Ancient Texts from those guys (if available) and make sure to take them to the Trading Town in the Greenhill region plus any Celadon Urns you come across can be useful for trading for potch as well.

More priceless nuggets of wisdom... I am taking notes my friend, thank you.

Additionally I remember you mentioning ages ago in a post about finding multiple squirels. As of now I only have Mukomo...errr.. whomever. Are these other squirels missable or just difficult to find?
745  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: No e-mail notifications anymore? on: December 12, 2013, 03:50:16 PM
The emails are being blocked by your host.  I set the boards' emails to go from my personal account for a little bit and got a bounceback error.

Thank you for your help John! I got your e-mail and am taking measure to figure out how to fix things on my end... errr microsoft lives end?? regardless, I appreciate your help on the matter
746  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 11, 2013, 08:14:42 PM
The real problem I had with KH was how much it made me wish they continued the Mana series with something along these lines as opposed to creating the Disney/Square mash-up franchise. I freakin' hate disney. I'm actually amazed I got past that aversion to play through KH.

They did. It was called Dawn of Mana and it sucked due to Unreal Engine shenanigans and a rather stupid progression system (if you can even call it that). The camera being ass and the added emphasis on platforming in a near fully destructible environment was even more insane.

Lastly, I am REALLY aiming for 108 stars but will not indulge spoilers... does anyone have any spoiler free tips on achieving this? I'm too afraid to look at any faqs or anything.

Ahahahaha....Er, ahem. My best advice is to not worry about recruiting anybody until you hit North Window which is like a quarter of the way into the game (except for a particular squirrel hanging out behind the main characters' house at the start of the game, because your next opportunity to get him will be at the very end of the game). Also, make sure to use one of the Listening Crystals on the Griffin (or is he a Hippogriff?) since you cannot recruit all 108 stars without him. Also also, make sure you throughly explore Muse early on and get the package from a woman in a white cape, if you don't do even this much of Clive's sidequest, then you wont trigger his appearance later on and cannot recruit him. Also also also, by the third strategy battle there will be an odd unit lead by a guy with a portrait, fight but do not defeat him and he will join afterwards (if I am wrong or the method didn't take, reload and try again).

That's all I've got for now.

Dawn of Mana was NOT nearly as Mana feeling as KH to me in terms of gameplay. And yes, I agree that it was terribly flawed but I cannot comment further seeing as how all I recall was trying and failing to throw around objects until I eventually rage quit. That title is on my "someday" list...

As for the Suikoden info, that is GOLDEN!! Thanks a bunch! Luckily I found the squirrel. Oddly enough I remembered to look for him because of an old post of yours like 2 years ago when I was playing Suikoden 1! LoL
747  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: No e-mail notifications anymore? on: December 11, 2013, 06:29:11 PM
After waiting to see if anyone else replied, it is clear to me now this problem is exclusive to me which is a good thing I suppose. I suuuuure wish I could fix it though....
748  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 11, 2013, 06:18:09 PM
I miss sushi... I haven't eaten it in (give or take) 7 years.... I make pseudo-sushi almost every night with various vegetables stir fried in hot sauce and cumin then wrap em up in seaweed. That has been dinner every night since august/september for me-LoL
749  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 11, 2013, 06:14:44 PM

That being said, looking back I actually enjoyed XIII and XIII-2. But you do have to work for it. Read all of the datalog entries, etc... You should be fine after watching a YouTube synopsis in my opinion.

Yea!! This is exactly what I was saying summed up in a far more concise manner. Why the hell am I always so longwinded....
750  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 11, 2013, 06:08:06 PM
That is shitty to hear.

I'm in the world with the districts now. I'm running around trying to find Donald and Goofy and all I'm doing is getting constantly attacked by those stupid black shadows. That's one of my biggest pet peeves. If I'm trying to do something or find the next place to go, *don't* interrupt me with constant random battles that prevent me from doing what I want to. It's incredibly irksome. This game is checking all my negative boxes all at once.

Edit - I gave up after three hours. I just couldn't take any more.

At least instead of saying I refuse to play KH because I hate Disney, I can at least honestly say I tried KH and it was just a shitty game.

That was my experience too... my compulsive nature bested me eventually and I got back to it. By the end of the game I actually really became addicted. While some may argue the experience does not drastically improve much, I found it to be quite the opposite. Once I acquired various battle skills that amended the gameplay somewhat, the game become far more enjoyable for me. I will say that the camera did perpetually piss me off from beginning to end.

The real problem I had with KH was how much it made me wish they continued the Mana series with something along these lines as opposed to creating the Disney/Square mash-up franchise. I freakin' hate disney. I'm actually amazed I got past that aversion to play through KH.

In my personal gaming realm I've been doing BIG things.

Wind Waker HD/ BEAT!!! Take that Son-Ganon-Samurai of hyrule!

Chrono Trigger/ BEAT!!! Good god playing through this was nostalgia at its finest. I forgot how epic the final, seizure inducing, boss fight could be.

And thus, in the wake of completing those two last week, this week I decided to sample a few before settling on what was next.

Ar Tonelico 3/ I will NOT shake my controller.... To expand on that point.. I WILL NOT SHAKE MY CONTROLLER TO MAKE A CARTOON STRIP. I had this LE on the shelf since release and was really stoked to get to it. Disappointment does not apropriately sum up my feeling for this title. I don't care if I played the first 2 and loved em. The gameplay here felt inexcusable to me.

FFXIII-2/ Played the beginning, very enticing. Unlike XIII I am going into this without any "Final Fantasy expectations". I tend to think it will make for a more enjoyable experience if I pretend the game is called something else entirely...

However I will not be immediately getting to XIII-2 because for this holiday season I am treating myself to...

Suikoden 2/ I only played through this one once when it was first released. I essentially remembered nothing of it aside from the MC's weapons and outfit color. I'm only 4-5 hours in and I can safely say I'm pretty in love with it. Flik was one of my favorites from Suikoden 1 so seeing him amongst so many others within the first few hours of the game grabbed me immediately. There is also something really odd about the setting and "mood" of Suikoden 1 and 2 that is absent from 3 and beyond to me... I feel like if J.R.R Tolkien was a japanese game designer he would have made something of a similar tone or "feel" to it. That is a GOOD thing to me BTW.

Lastly, I am REALLY aiming for 108 stars but will not indulge spoilers... does anyone have any spoiler free tips on achieving this? I'm too afraid to look at any faqs or anything.
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