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886  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / BYTOR NEEDS HELP!! on: March 06, 2014, 03:13:59 PM
I recieved an e-mail from our good buddy Bytor here on RPGFan. Seems he had HDD failure and is having trouble procuring his password to sign in because he now no longer has access to the e-mail tied to his account here.

Although my word doesn't mean much (seeing as how I am just another Ninja in the crowd) I can confirm the e-mail address he used to contact me, and is now attempting to use here, is in fact his own. He has used this same e-mail address to correspond with me to buy sculpts and goodies now for a long time(as such I know its him).

Anyhow, this is clearly a matter to be handled by the powers that be here on RPGFan (admins). The e-mail address he need be contacted through is [REMOVED]

Now hopefully someone sees this and Bytor doesn't get mad I posted his e-mail address.... LoL

887  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 05, 2014, 05:39:28 PM
Having a strangely mixed experience with FF IV The After Years.

Started out strong. Great (difficult) and engaging gameplay. Ceodores chapter got me into things FAST.

Then Rydia's chapter.... Tough as nails. Loved it. Great cliffhanger at the end.

Yangs Chapter.... I was pretty excited to get to Yang. I appreciate his character, albeit simple and one dimensional. He is fleshed out nicely as both father and Monk Monarch, but that is about all the good I can say about his chapter.... I don't think I did an ounce of thinking the whole time. Spammed attack for 4 hours and muddled my way through an uninspiring new dungeon at the end. Utterly boring.

Now, halfway through Paloms chapter I feel like the difficulty is non-existent....

I know this has to get harder again, and I really can't wait. The last few hours have been a SNORE FEST in contrast to the strong start.
888  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 04, 2014, 07:25:37 PM
I loved Xenosaga 1 when I finally played it 2 years ago but have yet to get to episode II because last year I played Xenoblade and this year my Xeno fix looks like its coming by way of the WII U "X" title.... don't want to "Xeno" myself out (a distinct possibility)

The amount of hate generated by episode 2 sort of has me intrigued to be honest... I am sort of ready for a longwinded experience that tries my patience a bit based on episode 1. While I know ep II is a far cry from its predecessor, episode 1 certainly has some aspects that demanded a wee bit more time and effort than most titles. I distinctly remember dungeons being quite long and involving.... In fact I feared I was gonna be stuck in a mall inside a Gnosis FOREVER!!! LoL

Truly though, I feel like EVERY Xeno game comes with something to test the gamers resolve in spite of its awesomeness. That is, each game has the inclusion of some form of gaming brutality that makes each a bitter sweet accomplishment.

I am also gonna throw out there, since we are ATM completely off the Tales topic, that Xeno  and Star Ocean are my token sci-fi (albeit the latter is far more sci-fantasy for those who care to be accurate in categorizing...). Something about those games captivates me even though I normally have an aversion to all things futuristic and spacey.
889  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: March 04, 2014, 03:42:44 PM
Well they got me because I'm a freak about alternate outfit DLC... guess I got a month left to pre-order now...


890  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: South Park: The RPG on: March 04, 2014, 03:33:49 PM
The reviews I read say the game is fun despite being very short (10 hours) and being another buggy Obsidian game. I'll most likely wait for a price drop.

A 10-20 hour RPG being purchased by a vast fanbase consisting of a ton of people who probably never play RPGs and trade in all their games at gamestop..... I predict 35.99 within months.

Maybe I'm being optimistic...?

Regardless I would have this bought today because it is tempting and then I realized Atelier comes out next week (already!!). Atelier is day 1 for me, on account of having loved Ayesha/Dusk. South Park can wait.
891  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 03, 2014, 02:00:52 PM
Good God this thread, in the last few days, has left me wanting to play Star Ocean 2 (again), Star Ocean 4 (for the first time), Rogue Galaxy, Shadow Hearts, Tales of Eternia, Tales of Xilia and Arc the Lad.... I feel like I have gaming-ADD now.

892  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 02, 2014, 05:21:53 PM
Let me just make a brief statement in case anyone mis-read me. I have no argument against Symphonia (or Lloyd). My bias in this case is purely a matter of subjective and personal taste. After giving it a shot, I can't even say it aged THAT badly. It just doesn't change the fact Symphonia is not my preferred Tales flavor.

Ironically though, it was Destiny that was part of my teens and high school career, introducing me to the series. And now that a few of you have brought up that Symphonia was "the one" for all of you, it makes me wonder how much of an impact that has on my/our experience of the titles in question.

One thing is for certain the nostalgia factor runs DEEP within us perceptually. I see that more clearly than ever in the last year having replayed Chrono Trigger, FFIV, Secret of Mana, Breath of Fire 3 and Seiken Densetsu 3. Aged or not, those games grant an unrivaled experience for me. Eternia/Destiny can  (and soon will) be added to the list. If that is Symphonia for other Tales' fans than I have no question as from where the "love" stems.

The moral of the story is this, Nostalgia+Great Game=Gaming Bliss. The end.

893  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 01, 2014, 06:28:22 PM
Good!  It'd be awful if you had to deal with it.  It's not a big deal, just stinky.

I still love Symphonia, but I played it in the height of my high school life and get those "those were the days" feels.  It's definitely aged badly though.  The glitz I remembered isn't there or it's more of a...dull...glisten?  Anyways.

I think I'm gonna attack Tales of Graces again this Summer.  That game is everything I'd want from a gameplay-oriented title. 

I totally understand that "those were the days" type of feelings. Actually that is precisely what I feel when I play older ps1 and SNES titles. Eternia drips with that type of nostalgia in my case. Symphonia on the other hand was post high school for me during a period of time when I was trying to escape the realities of adulthood through screwing off and ingesting chemicals while doing a bunch of other unsavory things. I learned A LOT of lessons and had a great deal of good times post high school/pre-adult-hood but it is NOT a time I care to revisit emotionally or in any other sense.

Now as for Graces F, I couldn't agree more. I might be so bold as to say it was the most enjoyable battle system of the last gen that I have yet to experience. Gameplay aside I adored the cast. Pascal, Hubert and Richard in particular. I would like to give it another run-through sometime in the distant future but summer tales for me will  probably be a Jude play-through of Xilia prior to Xilia 2 if I find the time since I only did Milla.

Its funny how when I play a Tales game that I like as much as I did Vesperia or Graces I almost "forget" that other franchises and games exist that I also want to get to eventually.
894  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: the ULTIMATE PSP EXPERIENCE!! on: March 01, 2014, 05:31:24 PM
Can the Dualshock 3 sync allow the right stick to be used as a replacement for the PSP's D-Pad? If so, I REALLY might consider this.

I've never played any game that replaces the D-Pad with the right stick. The left stick seems to work in place of the D Pad on everything I play. For some odd reason though it doesn't work on the main PSP menu, only the games, when I use my gold dualshock (pictured). Yet when I sync my other Dualshock (black) the analog function seems to work both in game AND on the main menu.... I have no freakin' clue as to why this is.
895  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 01, 2014, 04:23:51 PM
Well I landed myself a CE of Symphonia and curiosity bested me... Had to give both Symphonia and Eternia a test run to decide which I wanted to play next (after Dice's kind help in narrowing down to the two).

Now the entire matter is silly on my end given the fact that I'm not ready to start either yet, but it was something I needed to lay to rest for my own peace of mind.

Anyhow, Eternia is the winner for me by a long shot.

As I mentioned, I played Symphonia through almost a decade ago and I claimed to have all but forgotten it. Well a few hours of gameplay was plenty to jog my memory... Not that I think its bad, nor do I hate it or anything but its just an uncomfortable bridge between the old tales that I loved as a kid (2d hand drawn) and the newer tales (ps3/xbox). In particular (being the shallow fool that I am) the character models really bother me. If this were say the only Tales game available, I'd probably be really into it. However, with other options on the table I am going to heed Dice's advice and just keep this one in my back pocket for a future re-play-through someday.

Ultimately, Tales games really come down to the casts for me. And I suppose I'm gonna be the odd man out when I say I just didn't care for the cast in Symphonia. Lloyd in particular I remember bugging me the whole game.

My reasoning is silly and superficial I know.... But none-the-less, all it took with Eternia was a brief beginning hour and a "volt glitch check" to see plain as day that I will utterly LOVE this game. And for the record (Dice), I am happy to report that I am indeed VOLT GLITCH FREE!! LoL

Thank you again Dice for leading me to a solid decision on the matter.
896  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Ys Seven LE, Persona LE and Star Ocean Play Arts on: March 01, 2014, 04:02:58 PM
These listings are off the table folks! The end
897  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Deja Xenoblade on: March 01, 2014, 03:48:51 PM
listing over!

this copy of Xeno is no longer up for grabs. Keep your eyes peeled for another in the future as I seem to compulsively buy and re-sell this game... LoL
898  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Ys Seven LE, Persona LE and Star Ocean Play Arts on: February 28, 2014, 07:56:48 PM

There ya go Holy! I hope those pics suffice.

I Pm'ed you about shipping arrangements... we can talk further about that.

Lastly I want to make sure you know EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE GETTING!!!! so let me make a few points perfectly clear at the risk of sabatoging a sale here in the interest of honesty...

A.In case you still can't tell, the box IS NOT in good condition. It is acceptable but banged up (not destroyed).
B. I am a HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY smoker. If the scent of smoke bothers you do not purchase my items.
C. All contents of the collectors edition have seen wear and tear due to shelf display. While nothing is in poor condition. It is by no means perfect and is repackaged.

Long story short this is not a pristine copy. If that is a concern DO NOT BUY. It is however a good deal with the extras, so if content outweighs item quality for you then it is something to consider.

899  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2014, 07:28:02 PM
You're making me want to hurry up and get through the Interlude, Klyde. Luckily none of it seems all that difficult aside from initially being underlevelled.

I actually died quite a few times during the interlude..... those damned demon doors... *shudder*... totally unfair

That unexpected and sharp 16-bit era difficult spike in battles is part of what I like though. Makes you really feel as though you'd best be prepared by way of your inventory because an any point you can encounter a monster-in-a-box that can and will simultaneously petrify, poison, silence and cast doom on all of your party members. No cure-all type items??? GAME OVER KID!!! LoL
900  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2014, 06:27:27 PM
Yeah, that's what I've been doing to.

Also trying to decide to go with Tactics Ogre, The 3rd Birthday, Persona 1, or Growlanser IV on my PSP next (I kinda want to save TO for pallet cleaning purposes but it IS a really good game; and I do have the PSX version to play through as well).

I was really loving Growlanser IV when it came out. I put it down because I was trying to juggle too many games and totally need to give that some proper attention (someday).

Soooooo is anyone here familiar with FF4 The After Years? In particular, chapter progression... finish Ceodore and now I have the option of quite a few characters. Is there a "correct" or "best" order? Does it matter....?

Also just an aside... FF IV TaY officially wins "the best FF character portrait pics ever" award by my standards, as well as 2-d spritework in an FF game. Lovely, just lovely. I will most likely express this multiple times in this journal as I update my progress until someone points it out as annoying.
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