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886  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Animal Crossing New Leaf Tomorrow... Anyone? on: June 08, 2013, 05:32:14 PM
I don't really know which forum board this belonged on so I posted it here...

Will anyone be investing in animal crossing new leaf? I am on the fence about it personally. I have no experience with any of the other animal crossing games and the fact that the title lacks a plot or goal (aside from building up your town) doesn't seem terribly enthralling to me.

On the other hand, if a few other members of the RPGFan community were playing too I can see this being fairly occupying.

So what is the story guys? Anyone going to be playing this or have opinions in favor of or against that they care to share?

Also, for the record, I LOVE to see Dice's town-LoL

EDIT: By the way (to the powers that be here on the boards)... If I have erroneously started this thread in the wrong section please move it. I wasn't really sure what "type" of game this actually qualified as (in spite of the fact that you do assume the "role" of mayor) so I figured miscellaneous was the safest bet.
887  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 06, 2013, 07:17:32 PM
Dincrest, what makes you have a soft spot for P2 over this game? I know you praise the P2 games very highly, and those are 90's games prone to the same problems as Soul Hackers, so I'm just curious what the difference is in this case for you.

I liked the characters a LOT better.  They are far more extensively developed and all the flashbacks from when they were kids hit a LOT of emotional notes for me.  In addition, I prefer P2's battle system.  I still think it's a great battle system and I've always preferred the Persona system to the devil summoning system.  Demon contacts make more sense in Persona whereas in SMT and Soul Hackers, they're too stream-of-consciousness and don't always make sense.  I also liked P2's soundtrack more.  As far as settings go, P2's more realistic; I went to high school in the 1990s so it feels less anachronistic.  Soul Hackers suffers a bit from "1990s sci-fi" syndrome.  It's good, but not quite timeless. 

It's hard for me to say objectively why I like one more than the other.  P2 just does "it" for me.  Kinda like two girls who are hot in their own unique ways.  One does "it" for me whereas the other doesn't.  But, yeah, P2 did "it" for me back then and still does "it" for me now. 

Man it is STILL doing "it" for me after playing nothing but P2 straight since march/april-LOL

I'm almost sad to see it end. In fact, I have been milking all the optional content at the end of P2 EP for the last two weeks or so.

The real purpose for my reply, however, was to comment on the battle system. While I found it a wee-bit rough around the edges in IS, EP nails it! I LOVE the battle system in EP and can't say I can think of anything like it. The way you must rely on turn order for character combos combined with the fact that you are constantly changing what said characters can do ensures your always crafting new and progressive strategies throughout the course of the game. The system effectively kept battles out of the realm of monotony for me the entire 100+ hours I've invested in it. IS could have had the same appeal if not for the underwhelming difficulty which left me feeling as though strategy was pointless in the wake of spamming a single combo spell of whatever my choosing.
888  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2013 on: June 06, 2013, 05:08:55 PM
I'm calling it right now... I truly believe capcom's "big surprise" is going to be about megaman somehow. The end.

889  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 06, 2013, 04:03:12 PM
I fractured my foot falling backwards over a curb. I have a temp cast on now, and will get the real thing tomorrow afternoon. 4-6 weeks. Plus crutches. I'm trying to stay positive, but this certainly happened at a bad time. My garden is in full swing, and now I can barely even move through it. My son will help with the smaller tasks, but the rest will just have to wait. Oh, well. Shit happens, right?

Man, injury is no joke... I screwed up my back real bad back in april. I actually came on here to post about it a few weeks after the incident.... I just started posting again within the last week because of the freakin' BLACK depression the whole ordeal slung me into. I mean pain is one thing... but when pain impacts your quality of life by barring you from engaging in both what you care to do AND what you need to do life can become seemingly unbearable in time....

I have sympathy for you and your garden, friend.
890  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 06, 2013, 12:32:50 PM
Soul Hackers... I'm glad I'm getting to play it, especially since I was clamoring for it back in the Revelations: Persona for PS1 days, but it really hasn't aged that well.  It's good and all (especially the music and voice acting), but definitely stuck in the 1990s to the point where it feels a little more anachronistic than timeless.  It's good, but I'm often more compelled to play something else whenever I have the downtime. 

I'm still getting my sorry butt kicked by Snappy.  

I hope you realize his trick. You aren't supposed to do damage to him. There's another way.

Yea, don't be a fool and spam 5-30 damage for 45 minutes to beat him like i did-LoL
891  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most aesthetic armor you've seen on: June 05, 2013, 02:53:20 PM
"i don't think he is really particular"

that's a pretty interesting quality to have when the appearance of your body is about to be changed forever.

Klyde, how much you charge for a big job like this?

My typical rate is $100 per hour but when a job is this big I know people can't realistically finance it through to completion so I cut them breaks. Usually the more hours you buy the cheaper I make it (I require all work be prepaid as I was royally screwed waaaay too many time when I first started doing completely custom work) such as 8  or 10 hours for 400. My rates vary drastically project to project.

And on the other point... you'd be surprised how little some people care when it comes to their tattoo. Most of the time it is a real let down for me as I tend to become far more interested and excited about what my clients will be "wearing" then they themselves are.  Thankfully that is not the case with this gentlemen. He has been great to work with thus far and has been keeping the lines of communication up and open since dropping his deposit. He just is more concerned with the aesthetic of the piece more than anything else I believe.
892  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most aesthetic armor you've seen on: June 05, 2013, 12:33:09 AM
these suggestions are AWESOME!!

Does he want it to be more historic or more fantasy? Watch LoTR!

I don't think he is really particular. And I didn't even think about LoTR references... Great Suggestion.

Dark Souls has a lot in the style you're looking for I think. I've also always liked this one

That, my friend, is as gold as advice can get. Thank you.

Dunno if I'd call it Byzantine, but Gut's armor in Berserk is pretty badass.

I don't think Gut's chaos armor (forget the name) would quite work. But berserk in of itself is loaded with good material for the project! Unfortunately I think this stuff would be better suited for a personal armor design (as it is very akin to my own taste) but a bit further from what my clients aim is.

Gee golly I love berserk... I stopped reading around volume 35... need to get back to that... Griffith is one of my favorite characters of all time.

So I'm guessing he doesn't want a chainmail bikini and boobs drawn on him... right?

One armor that looks badass... but not really what you're looking for.

Only thing Bizantine-ish I can think of is Pantheon from LoL. Can't say I find his armor awesome though =/

I really like how form fitting your example is anubis! that is precisely what I need to achieve to compliment his musculature. I just need to busy it up with some details and make it sectioned off to create elements of depth and whatnot. Something in this "shape"  is definately the direction I need to move though.
893  The Rest / General Discussions / Most aesthetic armor you've seen on: June 04, 2013, 09:01:18 PM
So I'm working on a tattoo for a client of mine. He wants body armor tattooed from the waist up.... no joke.

As such I need some inspiration here. What is some of the coolest looking body armor you guys have come across? Any ideas are welcome as I will using multiple references as "jump off" points to draw visual styling from.

EDIT: I should have noted, this armor is going to be medieval and very "byzantine" in style. So ,while all ideas are welcome, anything along those lines would be most helpful!
894  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 30, 2013, 03:42:11 PM
So now there is an LE in addition to the CE apparently....


If I am reading this right, I am seriously disgusted with this announcement. This means that if I wanted the costumes say, I have to buy a LE in addition to already shelling out 100 for the CE.

I'm a huge fan of special editions in general but seriously... if you have a fan forking over 100 bucks shouldn't they get the same crap they could have for 60 and then some?
895  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Battle Princess Of Arcadias on: May 28, 2013, 11:49:46 PM
If it makes you feel better, Klyde, the Prinny game was known for being brutally hard.  I also did not do very well at it.

That actually does make me feel a bit better. I thought I was as embarrassingly horrible at action/platformers as I am at 3d fighters whilst playing the prinny games... I played Megaman 10 shortly after and self esteem dropped even further...
896  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Battle Princess Of Arcadias on: May 28, 2013, 08:27:46 PM
I know there is not much about this yet (no screens or any concrete info) in circulation but when I read this...
... I couldn't help but become excited over the prospect of a metroid-vania title with a touch of Disgaea. In spite of my disdain for the prinny platformers they did for the psp (ok... so the games were alright, I just SUCKED at them with a capital SUCK... not fun) I am still sort of stoked to see what they pull off with this. The fact that it is for PS3 and not the vita only compounds my enthusiasm.

Odd with a tentative release of late september there isn't more info though...
897  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 28, 2013, 06:17:33 PM
So I've finally picked up Soul Hackers again, but man, this game just doesn't excite me. The Haunted House got a bit annoying so I just put on auto map and easy and rushed through it. The dungeon itself is cool though. I like how your choices affect how difficult that boss fight can be too. I just didn't feel the want to actually try at it though.

Now I'm on the Mayone fight and getting my ass handed to me. If I grind up two levels I can make Byakko with marakaran, where can I grind that will actually give me xp? That optional dungeon doesn't give me very much xp per fight.

Edit: I also picked up Strange Journey. Does anyone know where i can get some cover scans, because mine didn't come with a case.

That is ironic... I put it down at the EXACT same spot a week ago myself... It is really rare for me to abandon a title this far into it but I (like you) just don't seem to have a real itch to continue.

I imagine I will pick it back up once I finally polish off P2 EP, but I am not looking forward to that boss fight... I think I lost like 9 times in a row last I turned it on-LoL

898  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...
899  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.
900  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.

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