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976  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: No e-mail notifications anymore? on: December 11, 2013, 06:29:11 PM
After waiting to see if anyone else replied, it is clear to me now this problem is exclusive to me which is a good thing I suppose. I suuuuure wish I could fix it though....
977  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 11, 2013, 06:18:09 PM
I miss sushi... I haven't eaten it in (give or take) 7 years.... I make pseudo-sushi almost every night with various vegetables stir fried in hot sauce and cumin then wrap em up in seaweed. That has been dinner every night since august/september for me-LoL
978  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 11, 2013, 06:14:44 PM

That being said, looking back I actually enjoyed XIII and XIII-2. But you do have to work for it. Read all of the datalog entries, etc... You should be fine after watching a YouTube synopsis in my opinion.

Yea!! This is exactly what I was saying summed up in a far more concise manner. Why the hell am I always so longwinded....
979  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 11, 2013, 06:08:06 PM
That is shitty to hear.

I'm in the world with the districts now. I'm running around trying to find Donald and Goofy and all I'm doing is getting constantly attacked by those stupid black shadows. That's one of my biggest pet peeves. If I'm trying to do something or find the next place to go, *don't* interrupt me with constant random battles that prevent me from doing what I want to. It's incredibly irksome. This game is checking all my negative boxes all at once.

Edit - I gave up after three hours. I just couldn't take any more.

At least instead of saying I refuse to play KH because I hate Disney, I can at least honestly say I tried KH and it was just a shitty game.

That was my experience too... my compulsive nature bested me eventually and I got back to it. By the end of the game I actually really became addicted. While some may argue the experience does not drastically improve much, I found it to be quite the opposite. Once I acquired various battle skills that amended the gameplay somewhat, the game become far more enjoyable for me. I will say that the camera did perpetually piss me off from beginning to end.

The real problem I had with KH was how much it made me wish they continued the Mana series with something along these lines as opposed to creating the Disney/Square mash-up franchise. I freakin' hate disney. I'm actually amazed I got past that aversion to play through KH.

In my personal gaming realm I've been doing BIG things.

Wind Waker HD/ BEAT!!! Take that Son-Ganon-Samurai of hyrule!

Chrono Trigger/ BEAT!!! Good god playing through this was nostalgia at its finest. I forgot how epic the final, seizure inducing, boss fight could be.

And thus, in the wake of completing those two last week, this week I decided to sample a few before settling on what was next.

Ar Tonelico 3/ I will NOT shake my controller.... To expand on that point.. I WILL NOT SHAKE MY CONTROLLER TO MAKE A CARTOON STRIP. I had this LE on the shelf since release and was really stoked to get to it. Disappointment does not apropriately sum up my feeling for this title. I don't care if I played the first 2 and loved em. The gameplay here felt inexcusable to me.

FFXIII-2/ Played the beginning, very enticing. Unlike XIII I am going into this without any "Final Fantasy expectations". I tend to think it will make for a more enjoyable experience if I pretend the game is called something else entirely...

However I will not be immediately getting to XIII-2 because for this holiday season I am treating myself to...

Suikoden 2/ I only played through this one once when it was first released. I essentially remembered nothing of it aside from the MC's weapons and outfit color. I'm only 4-5 hours in and I can safely say I'm pretty in love with it. Flik was one of my favorites from Suikoden 1 so seeing him amongst so many others within the first few hours of the game grabbed me immediately. There is also something really odd about the setting and "mood" of Suikoden 1 and 2 that is absent from 3 and beyond to me... I feel like if J.R.R Tolkien was a japanese game designer he would have made something of a similar tone or "feel" to it. That is a GOOD thing to me BTW.

Lastly, I am REALLY aiming for 108 stars but will not indulge spoilers... does anyone have any spoiler free tips on achieving this? I'm too afraid to look at any faqs or anything.
980  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 11, 2013, 03:34:34 PM
I think the watch is pretty cool, provided it doesn't break right away.

It could be semi-useful I guess.

That would be my fear with the watch if I were interested. See it turn out to be a 7 dollar ebay cosplay-quality accessory watch coupled with a "color instruction booklet" quality art book.

But in truth I'm being a negative nancy  about it in jest, I have a personal issue with watches and all manner of time-tracking devices. In all honesty I do think that if Square is attaching a 90 buck tag the contents will be quality items.

OK question,
I hated ff13's story and gameplay never finshed, ff13-2's changes didn't interest me enough to try, this one seems different.
Would I understand it if I haven't played the first two?  Are the changes worth looking into?

I was in the same boat as you not too long ago, though I did manage to force my way through all of XIII-1.

I have actually totally changed my stance on whole plot/story of XIII-1 after reviewing some synopsis and re-watching all the XIII FMV compiled as a movie. Truth be told, I missed out on a GREAT deal  somehow.... I think I was just too turned off at the time due to my own unreasonable expectations of the title.

I am actually pumped to get to XIII-2 now (once I finish a Suikoden 2 playthrough) and am totally on board for XIII-3.

Whether or not becoming invested in the franchise is worth it to you is a subjective matter though. If you are curious, there is more then enough youtube material for you to review before making an informed decision on the matter. I say start there. Thats what I did and now I'm a convert!

981  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 11, 2013, 03:26:32 PM
I think in the not so distant future we will see a resurgence of "old school" RPG elements such as turn-based combat, more over world maps, et cetera... Why?... My reasoning, quite simply, is that it has not been a popular trend in home console RPGs for awhile now and sure to be exploited more than it has been eventually. I can really see some of the lesser respected low budget companies moving in this direction as they evolve simply because they already cater to niche markets and they have to know by now enough people want to see it.

Maybe I am just "positive thinking" a bit here because I have believed compile hearts and idea factory was going to start doing "big" things eventually after Agarest 2 (which may have missed the mark so to speak, but sure came A LOT closer than some of their other efforts).

Ultimately though, whether it becomes a "thing" or not, turn based will never die. It can't be THAT difficult in terms of programming to achieve and there will always be an audience.

982  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 11, 2013, 02:41:56 PM
I wish the watch was a wallet... I need a new wallet...

I am typically a sucker for these things but for nearly 100 bucks I AT LEAST want a figurine. They should of dropped the watch and included the sexy new XIII-3 Lighting Kai Play-arts-whatever figure. That would have been far more tempting.
983  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 09, 2013, 04:33:36 PM
Ohhhhhhh boy its finally happened!

I see what you did there.

I can also see Chroma tattooing himself slitting his momma's throat for a nickel.

Funny you say that... I have had the inclination to tattoo Shadow on myself for years but ran out of easily accessible spots to do him. I may eventually make him a backdrop to the moogle I tattooed on my left calf someday.

EDIT: An interesting Chroma fact for you guys... From when I was about 9 or 10 until I was 23 I had a dog named Interceptor. I was on my own around 17 and that dog was with me through thick and thin, residency to residency and by my side for the "drug addled maniac years" of my late teens and early twenties. I freakin' loved that dog. Haven't had another pet since. Not even a goldfish.
984  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 09, 2013, 04:26:17 PM
Well after pouring over all the literature I could get my grubby mits on, watching an 8 hour youtube movie and reviewing multiple more condensed synopsis I feel pretty freakin' "caught up" on all that I missed or had blocked out from my recollection of XIII. I feel comfy moving on to XIII-2.

Why I put such effort into getting back into a franchise that turned me off so bad in the first place is beyond me. Call it a combo of curiosity and lightning appeal I suppose.

What I will say is this. When I am wrong I am wrong, and I have been a XIII nay-sayer since I played through it. But I am changing my stance. I actually feel pretty engaged by the narrative after having viewing/reviewed it in the manner I have. The story contains so much I just didn't get before... mainly because I feel a lot of thematic and meaning goes unsaid or at the very least is open for interpretation. Regardless I can honestly say I am, at the very least, intrigued.

So ultimately I think the problem with XIII (for me personally) boils down to execution and delivery. In other words, it is not so much the content that turned me off (as I initially thought) but more of how it is experienced. So much of what has the potential to be a pretty brilliant and original setting and plot is left to be interpreted as opposed to played.

One thing is for certain. FF13, IMO, is not for the lazy-gamer. And while I don't believe you should really need to "work" to enjoy your games, that is certainly the case here. And it is one instance where I feel as though the effort is worth it.

To summarize my babble... I think I may be a XIII convert at this point. I may actually really like this. If nothing else, I certainly have a greater appreciation for it.
985  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 08, 2013, 07:52:55 PM
Oh boy its getting gooooood!!! I've got a funny feeling a new avatar for me will be crafted in the not so distant future :)

On the Ash note, let us not forget my favorite...

986  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / No e-mail notifications anymore? on: December 07, 2013, 05:19:52 PM
So for some reason I stopped receiving e-mail notification of posts and replies and whatnot. All the boxes are still checked but I am just not getting any e-mails... anyone know why or how to fix this? It is so much easier to stay connected to this lovely community via my iphone with those notifications... I miss em...
987  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 07, 2013, 02:27:12 PM

988  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 07, 2013, 02:24:58 PM
This could be in the running TOTY (thread of the year) in my book.

Of course Dice's pony thread is tough competition.... that was this year right?
989  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI announced for iOS/Android on: December 06, 2013, 04:41:30 PM
"Tarmo" even my nicknames are getting nicknames. :P You guys gotta post about your playthroughs for laughs.

You can count on it!

Guess it's time to shop my head on Sabin.

Alrighty!! Sabin is now officially going to either be be "Agent" or "Dee" for me.... Do you have a preference good sir?
990  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI announced for iOS/Android on: December 06, 2013, 04:12:44 PM
Crap, now I kinda want to play FF6 again and name characters of forumers here.

THIS!! A thousand times, THIS!!!

Edgar - Ashton
Sabin - AgentD
Umaro - Kevadu
Gau - Sagacious-T
Relm - Dice
Mog - Starmongoose
Gogo - MeshGearFox
Shadow - Klyde

Hmmm who else for the rest...

That is a stellar list. I want to steal it for my playthrough but I can't/don't feel right about it without the given forum members input. I think I'm going to have to run over to "the haps" and "daily game" and start petitioning for forum members to call characters....

and here I cast you as Relm because of the whole painting thing.


I thought Dice made sense for the gambler.  Also Klyde was super enough to give me a Setzer keychain.

Better yet: Name me how your heart tells you.  I believe in you!

Relm totally makes logical sense for you Dice and your name is befitting of Setzer however, as we have all come to see in the latter FF's, "logic" and "sense" have no role in the FF universe. Additionally something about relm being a child and useless in contrast to other characters disqualifies her as a "Dice" to me.

So by process of elimination, for me you MUST be Terra or Celes. Neither has any defining characteristics that seal the deal for me and so I will  make the call, as any artist might, by measure of aesthetics. Thus you are Terra!!

So far my list is as follows.

Terra/ Dice
Shadow/ Chroma
Locke/ Klutz
Mog/ Starmongoose (will be shortened to either "Tarmo" or "Goose")

EDIT: Now come on people, start calling your favorites for me already so I can flesh this list out! Golly is this exciting for me....

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