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856  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 27, 2013, 02:47:49 PM
Klyde- when I think about it that way, yeah, I relate to so many of the P2 characters.  Maya, Eikichi, Katsuya... 

And, not gonna lie, I did have a bit of a "grown-up pixel crush" on Yukino in IS back when I played the import.  <3 her! 

Nothing to be ashamed of there good sir! Hell, I figure if things don't work between me and Rei Ayanami,  I'll probably just go after Ulala myself..... Good to know I've finally found some "options" in life...
857  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs where you don't save the world? on: May 26, 2013, 05:38:39 PM
This is tough... I just went down a little mental checklist of my library and I feel like every game I can come up with disqualifies itself for one reason or another.
858  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 26, 2013, 02:42:29 PM
Klyde- I'm with you in that P2: IS and EP are my favorite Persona games.  For me, I could relate to Maya.  I share a lot of her personality traits and when EP first came out, I worked in publishing (proofreading for a publishing company was my first job out of college) so I felt like I "got" her.  And with IS, I ADORED the masked kid flashbacks.  I felt sorry for Eikichi when
he never got a chance to pick the activity, because he always brought his crayons because he wanted everyone to draw pictures of stuff they liked.

And I thought the Playstation Persona games had exquisite soundtracks.  Okay, Aoba Park in IS was kinda lame, but Mt. Katatsumuri was fantastic.  On the other hand, Aoba Park was better in EP and Katatsumuri was meh. 

You hit the nail on the head as to why P2 IS and EP have proven to draw me in. I am a complete sucker for a compelling cast I can relate too... Typically I am hard pressed to find one character in a game that has me go "wow, I know just how they feel"... yet with P2 its quite the opposite as I found myself relating a bit to everyone (some more so then others).

I am terrible with analysis and am not going to pretend to know jack about good writing or how to flesh out a fictional character until they damn near have a pulse but that is precisely what they pulled off here. Particularly in EP with the exception of ellen and nate, whom I imagine I would tend to "connect" with a bit better had i play P1.

As for the personal chords that the cast strucK with me... Ironically Eikichi proves very relatable for me as well
having been a little fat shy kid (as I was) and growing to become a skinny little wannabe rockstar (which I did toward the end of my teen years)
. Then Tatsuya for
being the seemingly typical emo hero-type the dude has layers of self-loathing/self-punishing themes floating about him that I make his character very relatable for anyone who has dealt with guilt and sadness (and who hasn't) but far more so for anyone who has dealt with true self-destructive mental issues. In other words, while he maybe the emo-hero of sorts, he becomes something more in EP when you begin to gather that the guy is truly troubled and not just sad or self-hating to fit the role.
And if I was a combo of Ekichi and Tatsuya in my teens I certainly grew to become a little bit of Baofu, Katsuya and Maya in my adulthood. I have a terrible sense of style (with long hair and outdated clothes) and smoke like a chimney (Baofu) coupled with Katsuya's insecurity about getting older (while not a major leg of his character traits, it is revealed numerous times) and Maya's overt-positivity.

859  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 25, 2013, 05:27:06 PM
Haha, do you plan on playing Persona 3 and 4, Klyde? I highly recommend them.

My summer of 2008 was nothing but persona 3 fes. I'll never forget it because I was on probation and had a curfew at the time so I was home early each night with nothing to do but play the beee-jesus out of it! I loved it. (still totally an akihiko fanboy to this day...)

Persona 4 I finally got to in fall of 2010. I remember it was then clearly because (ironically enough) I was playing it when I finally got off probation-LoL

Is it odd that I seem to recall periods of my life concurrently with the RPG I was hung up on at the time?? Anyhow...

While I enjoyed P3 a wee bit more purely  for the cast, the gameplay and "tone" of 4 had me from the door. Both were fantastic games though, and probably the only 2 in my library of the last 10 years I really feel like giving a re-play. Partially because the stress of probation  impacted my enjoyment of any leisure activity I tried to enjoy at the time and partially because I missed so much on my first and only play-throughs.

I also have to say that, hands down, they have the best soundtracks of any JRPG I played in the last decade IMO (a tall statement, I know)... the opening theme to p3fes still gets stuck in my skull from time to time.

On the note of p3 fes though... screw "the answer".... drove me nuts. I never did complete that extra leg of the journey and if/when I do replay it I want to go the psp route next time around.

And the last thing I have to say about it... in spite of all my praise of the two titles, I have to rank p2IS and EP to be my favorite amongst the three (I can't help but view IS and EP as one long game). As I have expressed already pages ago, I haven't been this wrapped in a game in all my adult life. I had actually gotten to the point where I really believed I simply could not enjoy games to same extent or degree I did when I was a kid until I played Persona 2. Now I know better... I just wasn't playing the right games :)
860  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 25, 2013, 12:56:19 PM
Pretty sure the fastest way to rack up the coins is bingo.

Figures! I spread the rumor at the beginning for blackjack to payout big. I did so on account of just enjoying the blackjack game.... after seeing that blackjack does NOT in fact pay out big (not by my definition at least) I had a funny feeling i botched that decision.

If it was in the game I would probably think the game was balanced around that being in mind, so I would use it.

Since it's DLC I know it's not necessary and thus I won't use it.

I'll end up using it because these SMT games kick my ass!! My recent runs of P2EP and Soul Hackers have proven to be the most challenging gaming experiences I have had in recent history to be honest.... Well ok, Agarest war 2 on hard was more difficult but in a completely different "frustrating and unfair" sort of way... anyhow, point being I will exploit any edge I can get in SMT IV even if it costs me a couple bucks as I now suffer from PTSMTS (post-traumatic-shin-megami-tensei-syndrone)
861  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQUARE ENIX Presents, Live Broadcast E3 Showcase on: May 24, 2013, 09:54:55 PM
interviews where Nomura seemed really excited to talk more about the game but he couldn't do it because there was still business going on at the company with Versus and a bunch of other stuff.

^^ This is the very reason I am sure versus will come in time. Be it sooner or later, it will come... No matter how disappointing the news of a project not happening may prove, they have no qualms about saying pretty bluntly "Don't hold your breath" or "There are no plans for said project right now". I am confidant if versus was in fact a complete pipe dream we would know it by this point.
862  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 24, 2013, 06:32:28 PM
I...used a walkthrough.

The shame.

There is no shame in that my friend. In all honesty, I think anyone who says they figured that out in 600 seconds without a faq is a freakin' LIAR!

On the subject of faqs and mu continent (because I have a terrible fear of checking guides) does anyone have any advice on which persona are worth spending the time to acquire/unlock via the gambling prizes? I have gambled my way on blackjack up to 20,000 coins and  DO NOT have the patience to do so much more so I want the most "persona bang" for my coinage so to speak.
863  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 24, 2013, 04:32:37 PM
Tying up some loose ends in p2EP before moving on to what I presume to be the last dungeon (although I could be wrong) I came across the second Mu Continent 10-minute race-dungeon. Now I LOVE this game. I love it so much I feel like I'm feakin' 14 playing FF7 again for the first time... I haven't a bad word to say about it really... but I will say THIS (with caps and extra ellipses for effect of course) !!! HOW THE HELL DID THEY EXPECT YOU FIGURE OUT THAT PASSWORD IN 10-MINUTES!!! RIDICULOUS I SAY!!!!

I used estoma... I got the hints... but damn man... the was cruel... I will say no more on the matter to avoid ruining the lovely brain teaser for those who have yet to experience it.

Sorry folks, I just needed to express that.
864  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 23, 2013, 05:38:43 PM

That is almost a frightening concept.... As I read I had visions of families forcing their children to wear tinfoil hats and hide under blankets for movie night to reduce the cost of rentals-LoL
865  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 joins Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget line in Japan on: May 22, 2013, 08:06:48 PM
FFVI on the I-phone= Final Failure in my book....

seriously. if/when that happens you won't hear me speak a good word about squeenix for a looooooong time.

What is so inherently offensive about FFVI being on iOS anyway? Is not like that release would be a big deal enough to consider it important in the case is announced one of these days.

Is a non-issue however you want to see the situation.

The idea of Type-0 on iOS on the other hand doesn't make any sense with all the info that is out there. But hey I guess I have to hate SQEX because everybody and their mother is doing it...  yeah, whatever.

The FF VI ios port would offend me purely on the basis that it is, and has been, the ONLY port or remake I've actually been waiting for. It is simply a subjective matter. In all honestly I will be disgusted with a 3ds or vita port as well... I just want to play it on the big screen damnit! LoL

And I was just kidding about the "Type-Lite" thing... A (bad) joke was all.

My comment about disliking/hating/not supporting square enix is in light of the fact that despite all blunders in recent years I do still support them (hell I even bought the tomb raider LE box and I'm not even really a fan...) and believe good things are yet to come. All I meant was the IOS FF VI would compromise my still somewhat positive attitude on account of how much that particular move would bum me out.

Sorry if there was any confusion.
866  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 joins Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget line in Japan on: May 22, 2013, 05:37:27 PM
FFVI on the I-phone= Final Failure in my book....

seriously. if/when that happens you won't hear me speak a good word about squeenix for a looooooong time. Sadly I am aware this is a reality I may very well have to deal with...
867  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 joins Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget line in Japan on: May 22, 2013, 03:08:50 PM
Square Enix is simply waiting to give the west the new and improved "Final Fantasy Type-Lite"....... Just like Type-0 but for the IOS :)
868  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 22, 2013, 01:42:51 AM
As far as SMT artwork is concerned I am far more enticed by the Soejima side of the coin, as opposed to the Kaneko. While I feel Kaneko's work stylistically offers a great deal more "character" than Soejima's, I am just a sucker for the lush color anime work Soejima has cranked out in recent years. However I certainly am not turned off by either artist and I will totally give credit where credit is due.... Kaneko is responsible for the visual direction of my absolute (new) favorite protag. ever- Tatsuya from Persona 2.

Kaneko seems to work in a very signature palette of sorts. That, coupled with his distinct "style" of drawing, makes his work  recognizable from a mile away.  Having that strong of an "identity" to your art, is what makes a stellar artist in my book.

And that is all I have to say about SMT artwork... now back to my grind through p2EP... I'll be back in a week or two when I'm finished-LoL

EDIT: On the note of Eternal Punishment... I am floored with the amount of optional content in this game. I can't imagine how long it would take if I really wanted to get to most of the optional stuff. With so much other stuff on the shelf calling my name (coupled with the fact that I haven't played ANYTHING other than SMT/Persona stuff for the last 2 months) I am ready to move on but damn I wish I had the time/wherewithal to manage to get some of more rare persona and whatnot.

At 60 hours in, with a tentative 10-15 to go (I imagine) I can easily see how this game could demand 100+ hours and still leave you with a great deal to do if you so desired...  I wish I discovered this when it came out in my childhood/teen years... this could have been a whole summer vacation worth of gaming-LoL
869  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 15, 2013, 01:43:06 AM

Yeah so the TV series was a huge disappointing end, but I thought the 1997(?) anime film was pretty stupendous. 
Hopefully the final Eva movie can uh...be better too.

After just getting through 3.33 you can not re-do I have to say they have there work cut out for them in the final flick... good luck pulling that one together.
870  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 14, 2013, 03:09:35 PM
Story time!

Many years ago, my father left for his vacation with his new sweetheart. My father had a cat that needed taking care of while he was away. Back then, I was still in primary school (not sure which grade). Since it was summer and I had no school, the idea came up that I would basically live there for the week taking care of the cat and house. At this point, I'll point out that I lived with my mother after the divorce and would normally only see my dad one weekend out of two. Since it felt like one of those crazy movie plots, I accepted. As a kid, spending an ENTIRE week free from any adult was just too awesome to pass.

My father left enough food in the fridge and a lot of frozen meal he prepared. He also left me one hundred dollar on the table for an emergency if needed. After everything was taken care off and I had understood what my tasks were for the week, he left.

Back then, I had no idea what animes or mangas were like. In fact, I wasn't even really into RPGs back then either (I like to think I was stupid as a child). On the second day, I'm not too sure how, while surfing the Internet, I landed on images of Neon Genesis Evangelion. I thought these looked pretty cool.

From there I started looking around to see if I could find it. Remarkably, as a child, I somehow found a private website really well hidden on the Internet (actually, it STILL exists even as of today and I'm pretty sure only a handful currently know of its existence) with no login or password; just plain directly downloadable animes. Lucky enough, the episodes hosted there were all fansubbed. I then proceeded to download the first episode.

After hours of downloading, I finally watched it.
It was then that something awoke inside of me.
This thing was incredible!
It was so good!
I could hardly believe something could be this good!

Like a new drug addict, I needed more of this... I wanted to watch the whole thing.

Back then, the Internet was very slow. The videos were about 35 mb (huge), and I had a 3.5 k/s connection and the servers were also very prompt to drop the connection. The very long list of rules on the main page were very strict and the server would kick your IP out if you broke any. I carefully set up a download resumer and created a whole process for the downloads while making sure I would not break any of the downloading rules. As such, I was getting an episode about every 3-4 hours. I would literally stand in front of the computer looking at the progress bar only to watch the episode immediately when it finished downloading. Mornings were the best part because I would have two episodes to watch while eating breakfast (worth mentioning that I would wake up in the middle of the night to start the next one and then go back to sleep).

Henceforth started a crazy cycle of eating, quickly taking care of the cat and house, only to wait and watch. By the last day, I was dead tired and watched the last episode the last night before my dad came back the morning after.

The surge of freedom mixed with the discovery of something I truly became to love made that week one of the best moments of my life.

Now, guess what I'll answer you if you ask me "Do you like Evangelion?"

Evangelion with all its flaws as well as the multiple "bat shit crazy" attempts at trying to have a coherent ending land in the realm of "favorites" for me.

Oddly enough however, there is  no nostalgic value in it for me. I missed Eva as a kid and it was actually this and serial experiments lain that I discovered in 2008 that got me watching anime again as an adult. I liked both series so much, I sport tattoos of both (in fact half of my left arm is dedicated to lain)... the Eva one isn't finished I'm afraid... I'm doing it on myself (or I started it) and it is hard to tattoo yourself... as such I have to finish it-LoL
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