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856  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 19, 2013, 04:20:09 PM
The squeal that Mite does when you feed him chocolate is adorable.  I want him to be real so I can hug him and feed him chocolate.

thats how I feel about the purloiner/ pirate kitty class thing.... i got 2 in my party.... named em both after my dead cats....

You will be very happy you did this.

You can say that again! I just did my third tier morph with one of the little guys 2 nights ago... as of last night he finally reached a formidable level and was totally my saving grace in the glitterring grotto..... I sort of went in a wee bit unprepared.... the little guy was invaluable against those turban-wearing-blazzard-casting "dastards!!" (to steal some fire emblem verbage-LoL)
857  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 19, 2013, 03:48:58 PM
Yeah, I think I'm done with this game. Chapter 6, the story is absolute ridiculous nonsense. The dialogue sucks and is full of incredibly awkward jokes that I can only assume are the fault of the translator, and the character interactions are incredibly shallow and meaningless. "ARE YOU SHOCKED BY MY BEAUTY?" "NO BUT YOUR SHIRT IS WRINKLED PLEASE FIX IT". Everyone is an anime trope, and not even a well-done anime trope (TALES OF THE ABYSS WOULD LIKE A WORD WITH YOU, INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS). I can't give a shit about the combat because I don't give a crap about any of the fifty million characters the game keeps throwing at me. Pretty cutscenes, though.

I'm having a difficult time with it holding my interest as well, but I was placing the blame on Ni No Kuni-LoL

Oddly enough, I typically eat up cliche anime stuff.... but the "lather rinse repeat" gameplay here is sort of getting to me.... that and I feel very "disconnected" from the mechanics here.... I still don't really grasp a lot of stuff having not ever played a fire emblem.... class advancing, pairing selection et cetera...... I just don't get it (though I imagine as I delve a little deeper it will make more sense or become more thoroughly explained.... I hope). Gotta say though, I love the permadeath! It does force me to pay closer attention and care A LOT more than I would typically... in fact I could easily see me giving up out of boredom if not for classic mode. Additionally I imagine I would be fostering a great deal more enjoyment out of the DLC maps and summoning all these other units to my map if I actually had played other FE's.... I'm grateful none-the-less though... thanks to street pass and these FE historical units my team seems to be trumping the chapter battles without much difficulty or frustration (currently on chapter 8, my avatar is level 21.... group with stahl in battle = untouchable unit!)

In truth, I don't find this to be a bad title by any means.... but I'm certainly not finding it to be as stellar as I expected given the hype.... I still have to reserve judgement until I really see how all this "pairing up" and "having kids" stuff pans out....

.... and yes, cut scenes are ridiculously aesthetic.....
858  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 19, 2013, 01:20:05 AM
man.... you know you care a wee too much for your games when a doctor says to you "Look, your in deep s**t.... You may need a new kidney in as little as 6 months..." and the very first thing to come to your mind is "oh no.... I'll never finish tales of xilia!!"

NOTE: Depressing as this news may sound, don't anyone get alarmed.... doctors have been telling me I'm gonna die for years.... I still run between 8-12 miles a day, smoke 2-3 packs of cigarettes and feel like a million bucks :)........ but I wish they would stop giving me such grim reports... really bums me out for a moment
859  The Rest / The Bazaar / Ni No German Edition, going cheap! on: February 19, 2013, 01:07:10 AM
So I got the german wizards edition even though I am currently playing an american standard copy of the game.... in other words, I have an extra german copy of the game.... before I throw it on ebay for retail I thought I would offer it up here to you guys for a wee bit cheaper in case someone who is interested in the game wants a crack at it for less the 60 bucks..... i feel like everyone should play this game! LoL

Sooooo... lets say 40 buck for you guys (shipping included).... game is still sealed so NO ONE CAN COMPLAIN THAT ANYTHING SMELLS LIKE CIGARETTES EXCEPT FOR THE PLASTIC WRAPPER-LoL!!!!

 remember, it is german (even though ps3 is not region locked) so any DLC has to be the german dlc.... payment via paypal puh-lease :)
860  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 19, 2013, 01:00:24 AM
The squeal that Mite does when you feed him chocolate is adorable.  I want him to be real so I can hug him and feed him chocolate.

thats how I feel about the purloiner/ pirate kitty class thing.... i got 2 in my party.... named em both after my dead cats....
861  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2013, 02:56:15 PM
... and yet I remain drug free and never drunk =/
I'm not even interested in trying.

Thats the way to be if you ask me!

Oddly enough, after spending 6 years completely drug addled.... ending on a lovely note of felony charges, health problems and major addiction issues.... I sit here now completely sober... I have been for a little over half a decade now.... in truth, you couldn't pay me enough to put anything mind altering in my body at this point.... I spent a very long time trying to chemically induce happiness when it turns out all I had to do was tattoo and play video games-LoL
862  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Feelings towards FAQ's and guides on: February 18, 2013, 02:48:11 PM
Faq's you say...??? Hmmmm..... No sir, I don't like em!!....... Until I'm stuck.....
863  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Round 2: Disgaea Hour of Darkness vs. Final Fantasy Tactics on: February 18, 2013, 02:46:27 PM

Also also, the music in FFT alone is worth more than the entire Disgaea series has put out altogether.

Touche' Aeolus!!!.... My vote still goes to Disgaea but yea.... soundtrack in Tactics wins feeeeeeerrrrrrrrrr sure!!!!!!!
864  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.
865  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.


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...
866  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....
867  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!!
868  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...
869  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...
870  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....
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