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886  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea: Makai Collection announced on: September 25, 2012, 06:28:52 PM
if i wanted to play card games i'd play magic the gathering. i'm surprised it isn't just a port of the first disgaea it's on practically every other handheld.

Magic the Gathering (the actual card game) rocked when I was a kid.... it was to me what table-top RPG's were to others I imagine...

That is neither here nor there though.....

What matters is that this is growing list of IOS exclusive franchise titles is really beginning to get under my skin.... I want to play the franchises I fell in love with on consoles..... STILL ON CONSOLES!!!! These freakin' phone games ruined my chances at updated Secret of Mana, Vay, a new old-school Final Fantasy, and now a Disgaea installment (albeit a weak one from the sounds of it....)...

Does anyone know if it is possible to hook an IOS device to a television to play on the "big screen" (sort of like with the PSP cables)??
887  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which RPG Should I Play? on: September 21, 2012, 05:58:49 PM
That is so weird... I had nearly the exact same "classic gaming to get to" list myself a little over a year ago..... mine looked something like this....

-Lunar Silver Star Story and Eternal Blue for the PS (though I already played through the sega cd version of both silver star and eternal blue)
-Breath of Fire 3
-Secret of Mana 3 (seiken densetsu 3/ super famicom)
-Wild Arms Series (never played, so the first was on the agenda)
- The first Star Ocean
- Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
-Dot Hack (like wild arms, never played so the first of the quadrilogy was on deck)

Of my list, thus far I got to or through all but Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, with my current playthrough being Breath of Fire 3.

I'll cut to the chase.... of everything on my list (and yours) I have been enjoying Breath of Fire 3 the most. I didn't jump right to it, because honestly I didn't expect I'd love it this much.... All my current gen playthroughs have been totally put on hold... I can't help it, I'm addicted.... And before this I was really enjoying Agarest 2, Growlanser WoT and Hyperdimension MK2....

With that said, I want to touch upon a few things....

Breath of Fire 3- Just cause I like it this much, it isn't my suggestion for you.... why??? Its freakin' reeeeal hard for an RPG of its type. I love it for it... its flaws however make me think that you may enjoy something else from your list a bit more.... I needn't say more since youve been reading the Daily Gaming Journal

Lunar- I liked both the PS remakes more so then the Sega CD originals... To be honest I can't really see how anyone (save for the sake of nostalgia) could argue the Sega CD titles are superior in any way. Of course that is a subjective matter...

Wild Arms- Being anal about missing out on "the best way to play", I tried the first five hours or so of both Alter Code F and the Orginal... In contrast to popular opinion I enjoyed Alter Code F more and continued with it.... However my enjoyment of wild arms waned mid game... and it is looooooong let me tell you..... Not a bad game by any means... but I do feel you'd enjoy other stuff on your list alot more

Legend of Heroes- Totally one of my favorites on the PSP, but it doesn't beat Lunar or Breath of Fire in my eyes.... I did enjoy it way more than wild arms though......

Final Fantasy VI:  While it is my favorite final fantasy..... it is a final fantasy.... you know what to expect.... I wouldn't go this avenue if I were you because you already sampled it and it didn't beckon to you bad enough to get back to it yet. If I try one RPG and I'm still thinking about playing others, typically I enjoy one the "others" more...

Tales of Symphonia: Great freakin' tales installment here. But once again, it is a tales game. You know exactly what to expect.... especially since you already said you played through a bit of it... the long and the short of it though IMO is it can't hold a candle to Lunar, Breath of Fire 3 or FF6....

So ultimately I say go Lunar.... I don't think you can go wrong there....
888  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 15, 2012, 07:45:34 PM
Ugh, I have so many great games in my backlog, but almost all of my systems are currently in storage(along with most of my games) ten states away. x_x Cannot wait till I can get things out of storage.

Till then I am stuck playing Leged of Heroes III as my last game with me that I have not beaten. I think this is my current record holder for the longest time between buying a game and actually playing it. Five and a half years. I really can't say that I am regretting not playing this game because I'm not interested in the story and the battle system is fairly bland. Oh well I guess it is marginally more interesting than replaying a game I have already beaten.

I remembered Breath of Fire 3 rocking.... I knew I loved it.... but these memories were all crafted and stocked up in me nah-gun upon the titles release many moons ago... But wow... I had no idea NO RECALL of just how much this rocked... talk about classic-gaming-greatness... between this and the .hack series right now I don't even care to check siliconera daily ATM-LoL
Weird, I recall finding Breath of Fire 3 to be my least liked of the four "proper" Breath of Fire games. It has been a while since I played it, so I don't really recall why I disliked it. So I'm curious, what exactly is it that you enjoy about the game?

Even though everyone else already more then satisfied a reply to this, I feel it would be rude of me not to acknowledge the question anyhow.....

I love BOF3 for a number of reasons that were already expressed... and, actually for a number of reasons that it is disliked it seems.... For one the cast and art style are my favorite amongst the franchise. I love Teepo... I've been itching for a new tattoo and its a toss up right now between something from the BOF franchise or the Madoka Magica anime series and if I go the BOF avnenue Teepo is totally in the running...

Moving on, the dungeon designs, mini games and difficulty all gel well enough to keep me never really feeling as though things are getting longwinded. I almost always feel at points in games that things become "routine" and/or patterned in such a way where I'm just going through the motions of predictable gameplay to see more narrative. I just don't feel that way here. Somehow they keep the experience feeling and looking nice and "fresh" for me.... This is also one of the few soundtracks I would call "charming" as well..... not incredible... but completely appropriate for the mood of the visual and narrative..... As you can tell thus far presentation means A LOT to me in games... and it is just all right on the money here for me.

I love the Master system as well... I can't believe this hasn't been ripped off more by other titles... So many play-mechanics get re-done and tweaked over and over again... and not that the master system is the most original in the world, but it is far easier to digest and more rewarding, IMO, than some of the micro-management of grids and numbers in more current gen RPGs.

And I gotta give credit to BOF3 for being unique in a very un-original sense.... now here me out before you write this off as non-sense. It evolved RPG's beyond the days of Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo by, IMO, evolving what had been working and what fans loved about the predecessors... In other words, you had titles like FF7 (I'm not saying FF7 was bad BTW....) taking RPG's into somewhat uncharted territories in an effort to mainstream and commercialize things as much as humanely possible and move things in new and exciting directions... Then you had games like BOF3, which to me, stand as examples more of what became of the evolved 16-bit days, staying true to form as much as possible whilst making the transition to new hardware.... Despite some other stellar titles that did this (wild arms, suikoden, et cetera....) we clearly see today who won the battle in the long run..... JRPG's are not what they used to be and BOF3 marks one of the finest and final games of those major 16 bit franchises to stay true to form. It didn't do anything flashy but it sure satisfied the BOF itch for fans such as myself.

So ultimately my reasons for loving this are really very subjective... that is, I am not gonna sit and argue that this game does anything "better" than any others... because in all honesty it doesn't.... but it does the BOF series, and fans, complete justice.

And just to touch upon something else.... I totally loved the fact that Blue was a hidden character in BOF2. In fact, I love a great deal about breath of fire 2.... However, on the note of blue, she was not only a really freakin' cool throwback to the first title but, if I recall, she made the last leg of that game much easier.
889  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Wii U to be ~350$ and controllers ~175$ (to be confirmed soon) on: September 13, 2012, 11:00:54 PM
Screw you Nintendo!!! You sucked quite a few bills out of me this year in handheld-crap!! If I don't see some primo-3rd party support for this console its gonna be a loooooong time before a bid adieu to my Wii and upgrade..... And those controllers are ugly as sin BTW.....
890  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2012, 10:57:05 PM
I just have no idea how to relate or talk with Americans. Sorry, I just don't.

Don't feel bad.... I have lived in America all 27 years of my natural born life and I feel the same way... I'm so mal-adjusted I don't go out until well after most things close, I work at night (doing tattoos I have the advantage of crafting my own schedule) and the only interaction I have with people is either with my clients or on this message board... So you got a leg up on me socially :)

"Why so isolated Klyde...?" You may be asking yourself.... well I've discovered I can avoid 90% of what frustrates me about society and remain blissfully ignorant operating when most others sleep... the trade off is the cost of a social life.... a cost I'm willing pay ATM....

891  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2012, 10:40:17 PM
Yay, another convert. Madoka Magica is good.

Converted indeed... "Good" is putting it mildly... I'm like totally inspired... I wanna do a Madoka tattoo right now!! LoL.... the chances of me ever finding someone to wear that one are like slim to none though... hell it took me about 4 years to find someone willing to wear a sizable Chrono piece...
Okay watched episode 47 of Gundam AGE.....and thankfully there are only 49 episodes according to wikipedia. Just two more to suffer through. Almost done.

You could always talk about anime you like, I guess, since you're new and all.
Okay that sounds like a good idea. Three anime come to mind immediatly.

First one to come to mind is Gundam Wing because it was the anime that got me into anime. I don't think I'll ever be able to really guage its quality properly because I'll always be looking at it through the eyes of nostalgia where I'm a preteen who is seeing giant mecha fight for the first time and it is amazing. I really should rewatch it to see how it compares in my mind now to more recent mecha shows I have enjoyed such as Gundam Seed or the next show...

Code Geass! I'd probably consider this to be my favorite anime at the moment. I really love just about everything about this show from the characters, to the fights, to the mecha design, etc. I think it is a very well put together show, and I love it for that......honestly can't think of anything else to say on it.

The third anime that came to mind is a more recent one, [C] Control(I forget the rest of the title). It was an enjoyable little show from last year where people fought pretty much by using money as a weapon. It is a really interesting concept and I enjoyed the scope of the series where the characters were effectively betting their futures in battles to get ahead. OveraI can only think of three real complaints about the show. The first is that it is too short, it could have easily been twice the length and still just as interesting. The second is that the battles could of used a bit of an extension as some of them don't even occur on screen. The last one is that......I would have liked more explanation for the ending. The ending is fine, but the scale of the impact of the main character's final action is unclear. Still a good series. Looking forward to rewatching it once it gets an official US release in a few months.

I really wish I could get into some Mecha stuff.... I mean there is soooo much of it, I'm sure boat loads of it would really do it for me but all the ones I have seen I can't stand.... Code Geas and Gundam both fall into that category (though admitingly I've only seen a pinch of Gundam)... I loved Evangelion though... do you have any suggestions in that respect (meaning, more psychological and story driven and less "tech-ee" stuff)??
892  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2012, 05:47:22 PM
So I figured I would give Madoka Magica another shot, after Kevadu's last post about it, real quick before moving onto Kiba and Gokudo in the search for some satisfying fantasy.....

Kevadu, your two for two with me my man... Madoka Magica is freakin' brilliant... I can't believe I only watched the first two eps of this before and wrote it off.... how foolish of me.... I'm hoppin on the bandwagon with this one.... Madoka Magica is, without a doubt IMO, a cut above other Magical Girl stuff for precisely the reasons you expressed... I still don't like the wonky-pop-art scenes though...
893  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2012, 05:37:50 PM
Ah school. Kind of glad I'm not taking any classes this semester, yet on the other hand wish I was taking classes this semester.

Back in June, I took the ASVAB, the test to get into the military. Since then, I have been waiting to get medical clearance to go to MEPS. I got medically disqualified for having a fixed retainer, but my recruiter told me that's being appealed. So, I had planned to be going to basic training sometime this fall, yet I still haven't gone to MEPS. That's the reason why I wish I had taken classes. The reason I'm glad that I'm not taking classes is because school sucks.

Ahh the ASVAB..... quite a while back I took that test and scored very very high (I am not all that intelligent but have always had a knack for testing well...) anyhow the recruiters came a'knockin and I was all about joining for a brief moment... that was until they looked at my medical records and said I was PDQed for my mental history... I'll never forget the recruiter telling me, given my record, I would have to draft a convincing appeal to even being considered safe to hold a swiss army knife-LoL..... the icing on the cake? apparently (for reasons I can't remember) my ears were also cause for PDQ from certain branches of the military!! That is, the holes in em were/are too large.... who'd have thunk it?

Anyhow in other news..... I just want to take this chance to spread the word about something that doesn't have anything to do with matters being discussed ATM because quite frankly this knowledge must reach those who may take interest..... For those who brew their own coffee at home.... GODIVA WHITE CHOCOLATE COCONUT COFFEE IS LIKE FREAKIN' DESSERT FIRST THING IN THE MORNING!!!! and I drink my coffee pretty freakin' black BTW..... word on the street is Godiva coffee is also the best follow-up to a threesome with Yoda, Dice or Mongoose involved.... just saying....
894  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 13, 2012, 05:19:33 PM
Is PSP region free?

Yes.  I have a ton of import PSP games.

Best way to play Tales of Destiny 2 and Breath of Fire 3 (which I just decided to start 2 days ago)!! PAL imports btw... thus no translation necessary.. and on that note....

I remembered Breath of Fire 3 rocking.... I knew I loved it.... but these memories were all crafted and stocked up in me nah-gun upon the titles release many moons ago... But wow... I had no idea NO RECALL of just how much this rocked... talk about classic-gaming-greatness... between this and the .hack series right now I don't even care to check siliconera daily ATM-LoL

Also just want to extend a quick thanks to Dice for sharing her experience with BOF3 a month of two ago and inspiring the decision to move onto this play-through... And additionally, to Aeolus for the his ultra-in-depth answer to my ZX question.

Now if I can just discover the 8th day of the week to find some time for my current gen titles (some of which are officially about to be labelled backlogged in the interest of these classic gems...) I would be set....if I can't have the 8th day I'd settle for the 25th hour I suppose....
895  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGless at the moment... on: September 12, 2012, 04:33:19 PM
This thread has totally reminded me of titles that slipped by me recently (or not so recently in some cases...) that I too need allocate some time to... I still have not got to

-Radiant Historia
-Skies of Arcadia
-Any of the DS Megaten titles

So let me direct a kind thanks to the OP for keeping these swimming around in my head.....
896  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: .Hack on: September 12, 2012, 04:27:25 PM
I know this is pretty late, but apparently fragment (collection of first 4 games) is very cheap on amazon
And link is supposedly a condensed rehash of all 7 games

If you don't mind to, or are able to, play import titles this is usually a much more cost effective way to hunt down some of the waaay over-priced gems of yesteryear. Check out what some of the old PS1 imports go for on e-bay... way cheaper than the covetted  NTSC counter-part releases we pay an arm and a leg for....

this always blows my mind because as a kid I remember paying insane amounts of money for import famicom games then hunted down translation guides and whatnot... my how the times have changed....
Ok I officially am loving the hell out of this series.... I even decided to indulge the .hack//sign anime and get some prequel backstory (although I got to admit the anime is absolutely TERRIBLE.... its still cool to see if your really into it as I am ATM).... Even the gameplay has totally grown on me at this point.... hopping into menus 101 times per battle, while hindering the "action" or "real time" aspect of things, totally reminds me of how single player boss battles felt in secret of mana as kid when the only other neighborhood RPG geek couldn't make it over for couch co-op.

This is really surprising me, my feelings went from "this is really cool narrative but these dungeons and gameplay are gonna get to me..." to "I wonder how many hours of sleep I can cut from my schedule to play more of this".....  If G.U is as big an improvement over the first quadrilogy as the majority here has led me to believe I think I'm in for a real treat :)
Hurray another .hack fan has been born!

And I would definatly say that G.U. is an improvement over the original series in just about every aspect. The gameplay is faster, the visuals are better, and I prefer the G.U. storyline a little bit. Only complaints I have about G.U. are that the party member class balance is really bad(I think you get something like 10 single blade users and zero two handed blade users as an example) and I missed some of the completely random stories you occasioanlly got in the "news" for the original game. Those stories really made it feel like you were on the Internet even if they did serve absolutely no in game purpose.

Born I have been.... onto mutation I go.... I just finished infection.... And what started out as a "I'm gonna blow through this game" variety of a play-through, turned out quite different... I took the time to do quite a bit of the optional stuff actually. I timed it appropriately enough to where I finished watching //sign right as I finsihed infection as well.... The anime wasn't the worst thing in the world but the ending sure was... I don't know whether the last few episodes (the  OVA's) are just non-sense extra content to feature the characters in the quadrilogy or legitimate spoilers... and I'm glad I don't know, because if I did it may ruin things for me.... as such I would HIGHLY SUGGEST NOT WATCHING THE OVA's OF //SIGN until....well... I don't really know exactly... but certainly not as early as I have...
897  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 09, 2012, 04:51:11 PM
I still have the first ZX sitting on the shelf un-started. I wanted to get to it bad but the Zero collection kicked my ass something fierce and I got discouraged-lol.... I really wanted to move into ZX after finishing the Zero titles, but i just suck waaaay to much at platformers to stand a shot with those titles..... Would I be completely lost in ZX without having finished the Zero's?

And yes, I am aware there is an "easy" mode... however they erroneously made easy mode so freakin easy it plays itself practically.... your Zero comes pre-upgraded and all... talk about boring....

On a completely different note I finally finished earthbound about a month ago (gee golly its been awhile since I posted in here....) WHAT A FREAKIN' CREEPY END GAME DUNGEON/BOSS/SOUNDTRACK!!!! And after losing to the final baddy some odd dozen times or so, I almost decided to make myself a trophy in photoshop to put up on facebook when I finally figured out that
using the prayer command of paula's was the only way to win
.... What a maserpiece of a game though.... completing this one really brought some closure....

In other news I tried dot hack infection and totally fell in love.... backlogged Growlanser 4, the last leg of Hyperdimension Neptunia and Agarest 2 to give some time to .hack..... totally loving it....

Lastly, I got myself a DS XL and couldnt resist trying out FF Theatrerythym (yea, I spelled that wrong... I'm sorry).. you guys who were going on about how addictive this title was (a few weeks ago) were totally on the money... I hate rythym games, but this is a FF fans nostalgic wet dream.

898  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Guilty Pleasure Movies on: September 04, 2012, 06:10:47 PM
My number one guilty pleasure flick is Empire Records.... gee golly I loved the 90's....

Clueless and Bedazzled. I've seen them more times than I care to remember.

I loved clueless too-LoL

Hmmm. I really don't do the "guilty" thing. If I like it, I like it. I'd say the closest thing to a guilty pleasure would be all the bad horror movies my wife and I watch. It's all in fun, though. We KNOW they're bad.
I still have a soft spot for 80's fantasy movies like The Dark Crystal, Legend, Labyrinth, Willow, The Never Ending Story, etc. That's pretty much pure nostalgia, and I am not guilty in the least.
Heck, I still unreservedly love the Transformers Movie. It's a heck of a lot better than anything Bay has put out.
I can't think of any more recent movie that would count. Maybe Priest? It was pretty crappy, but I still kinda liked it. Or the goofy ass Crank movie with Jason Statham. Totally nuts.

You are absolutely right about there not being any reason to feel guilty about appreciating under-budget horror or 80's fantasy..... In fact, those two sub-genres encompass the most entertaining american film I've ever bore witness to....

I had the pleasure of doing a Sir Dydymus illustration recently for a client and am now in the process of tattooing it on her (1 session in, 2 more to go)
899  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 04, 2012, 06:00:54 PM
I only indulged the first 4 or 5 eps of Modaka Magica and was turned off by the art direction (surprisingly as I heard so much praise for it.... but it just wasn't my cup of tea...).... Sounds as though its worth seeing more though....

Anyhow, I've been absent from the A/M Journal thread here for a moment and just needed to pop up quick and thank kevadu for the suggestion of Moribito..... Holy heck man, that was abso-freakin'-lutely satisfying. I typically hate samurai-esque  stuff... while I really dig fantasy, of which Moribito is sporting a great deal, I usually can't overlook the samurai/feudal japan anything.... I know, its odd right?.... Anyways, NOT the case here... Moribito's stunning, enthralling right from the door, with NO down time.... action wasn't over the top and the fighting that was present was really well animated.

Just as a quick aside as to what else I've been watching.....

Slayers last 2 seasons has just proved to be the most disapointing thing to happen to a series I loved, ever....... After watching nearly every single of the 70 some odd english dubbed eps of Lupin the Third and a great deal of Case Closed I've discovered I can love outside the realm of the fantasy, horror, and psychological genres....... Panty Stocking and Garterbelt is like the powerpuff girls meets south park minus political relevance or satire, on crack...... .hack//sign, for as terrible as I must admit it is, is very satisfying whilst playing the first leg of the quadrilogy and has an absolutely great soundtrack.... Oh, and the Tales of Vesperia flick was pretty satisfying for an evening but really made me want to play the game (only installment of the tales series I missed)....

On deck now I've got Gokudo, Kiba and Shiki.
900  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 04, 2012, 05:39:58 PM
This is freakin' awesome news! The only thing better than this will be the announcement that we are actually getting it... I knew there was a good reason to keep my save file around. LoH Trails in the Sky was, hands down, my favorite thing to happen on the PSP... still have the soundtrack on my "Jogging Playlist" which I run to everyday... and the soundtrack didn't even particularly move me, I just dug the game enough to keep listening-LoL
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