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1  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 05:31:28 AM
https://youtu.be/lN9rms-QOYA
Berserk Musou trailer!  You see a bit of gameplay which is standard Musou...but so much blood.
Meh, never got into Berserk, so I'll be skipping this one. Probably means there will be a large break till my next Warriors game...which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Oh and on the topic of Warriors games, the Link's Awakening pack for HWL has a June 30th release date in Japan (and everywhere else?). Marin's weapon is a bell, and Linkle's new weapons are boots.

Damn. I pegged Linkle's new weapon to be a Boomerang and that Ravio would end up with Boots.

Also, only the Sea Lily Bell (et all)? Couldn't work in the Organ of Evening Calm or the Coral Triangle?
Just found a trailer released by NoE, and doesn't look like Marin has any of the other instruments. She does summon the wind fish (who is smaller than I would expect) with some attacks though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9nGBVhOGWI
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 anyone? on: June 24, 2016, 05:58:15 AM
This time I tried it with the merge ending, which I never really hear about. To my surprise, it's the "happy ending" I think everyone wanted, and makes the most amount of sense. I hear people complain that "Shepard would never allow humanity to merge with synthetics", but I just don't buy that at all. The entire series has been about bringing civilizations together, both organic and synthetic. When faced with this "ultimate problem" that organics and synthetics will always annihilate each other (as ridiculous as that sounds), in their game universe, if you really face that as the reality, the merge option makes a lot of sense.
Biggest problem with synthesis ending is that Shepard rejected the idea back in ME1. Well or maybe the biggest problem is that Shepard is just unilaterally deciding what's best for everyone in the galaxy. That random primitive tribe that has never even thought of technology beyond a bow and arrow on some undiscovered planet? They now have to live with techno organic parts. Although I know for other people the problem is the whole space magic aspect of it. Also for synthesis to make any sense, you have to accept Starbrat's claims that he is right. If you believe him to be full of hot air then synthesis is the solution to a non-existent problem. >.>
3  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 24, 2016, 05:51:45 AM
https://youtu.be/lN9rms-QOYA
Berserk Musou trailer!  You see a bit of gameplay which is standard Musou...but so much blood.
Meh, never got into Berserk, so I'll be skipping this one. Probably means there will be a large break till my next Warriors game...which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Oh and on the topic of Warriors games, the Link's Awakening pack for HWL has a June 30th release date in Japan (and everywhere else?). Marin's weapon is a bell, and Linkle's new weapons are boots.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 24, 2016, 05:49:08 AM
My top five are:
-Gust
-Monolithsoft
-Atlus
-Spike Chunsoft
-Vanillaware

5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2016, 06:12:38 AM
Been playing Persona 4 Golden for a few days just finished Rise's dungeon. Really do love the characters in the game. Most recent thing to happen was me losing five days due to me not realizing that using the capsule machine would use a time slot (despite it not giving you anything but a trophy). Oh well at least I had a post Rise dungeon save. I would cry if I had to refarm all the materials from her dungeon again. >.>
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Starting a business on: June 21, 2016, 06:09:21 AM
If you plan on doing this seriously, you should make sure to do a trademark search on Natures Gift to see if it is in use by someone selling the same type of products (my gut without looking says yes).
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: June 21, 2016, 06:04:21 AM
The quality's not super great, but you can see one in action here.
Yeah there really doesn't seem to be much "negotitation" this time. Looked like the player chose two options (with the second being to get a persona). I can't tell if the first options worked. However the important part is that even if there is a random chance of failure there does not appear to be the random stupid stuff such as demons asking you questions with random results. Instead it seems to be demanding items, money (?), or themselves.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 20, 2016, 06:43:22 AM
Did they include the DVD in the US as well? I thought it was exclusive to the European version, because Xenosaga 2 was the only one of those games that was released over here.

The box even says something like "Don't worry! X1's Cutscenes on bonus dvd!" But yeah, it's totally incoherent.
I have the DVD on my gaming shelf, and I don't recall importing it. So yes.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: June 20, 2016, 06:39:39 AM
I'm not stoked about the return of demon conversations. I know that's probably sacrilege, but it's been the one part of the series I never really liked, and I was happy when Persona 3 followed in Digital Devil Saga's footsteps by removing it.  I found the shuffle time mechanic just a lot more streamlined and better for my style of play.
I don't think we've seen them in action yet, but my impression from what I've read so far seems to be that the "conversations" might have less of the randomness in them. I mean they are called hold ups and are triggered when you get all enemies knocked down, so I don't think the demons have much of a choice in whether they do what they say or not (but I could be wrong).
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 19, 2016, 06:53:17 AM
Xenosaga I - The movie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvbXiOvWFp0

It seriously feels like it should have been a movie when you look at how little you miss by watching just the cutscenes + (shortened) boss fights.

(Yes there are also movies for II and III, but who would want to watch that?)
 
There actually was a DVD released (as a preorder incentive for Episode 2?) that has all of the cut scenes from episode 1 just strung together. I don't think it has anything between cut scenes though, so it jumps around in a few places.

I still don't understand why but for various reasons, disc 2 of Xenogears never really bothered me!
It didn't bother me when I first played the game. I found it to be an interesting design choice and was enjoying the plot so much that I didn't care (plus see my basic immunity to cut scene length). Now that I am aware of the "reason" behind disc 2, I do lament the loss of what could have been there instead though.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 18, 2016, 06:47:14 AM
Finished the story in Persona 4 Dancing All Night. I suck at rhythm games, so I don't think I am going to force myself to slog through for the platinum. I think I'll go through each song in the free mode one more time to get a few trophies and then move on.

Not sure atm what game I'll be going to next. I was originally planning on doing Codename Steam next. But playing Dancing All Night put me in the mood to finally get my Persona 4 Golden playthrough done, so I might get started on that, although I may have to interrupt that for ZTD when that comes out.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 18, 2016, 06:43:35 AM
Pretty sure I don't have a limit to too many cutscenes. Or if I do, it is do freaking high that it is practically impossible for me to ever reach it.

Remember Xenosaga...

Nevermind Xenosaga. Xenogears burned almost an entire disk on cutscenes (dat Chair). Though, Xenosaga 2 was the worst of the bunch (there's hardly even a game there).
Oh Xenogears disk 2, if only you had been completed so that Esmerelda could have an Omnigear...I mean so that we didn't have to sit through the chair scenes describing what was planned but unfinished.

As for Xenosaga, I recall Episode 1 being the one that was considered extremely cutscene heavy. Admittedly, I barely remember anything about 2 as I have blocked most of those memories away other than the space pope fight happening (because it is funny to say space pope fight). However Episode 1 had fairly long cutscenes even in combat, so that might have worn away at people's tolerances.
13  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 16, 2016, 06:37:13 AM
Wait, you guys were actually serious about Wolf Link?!

*Checks Trailer*

...Dog Meat? Is that you?

Damn, now I sort of regret not getting the amiibo. Hopefully they can include it as DLC eventually...I mean, c'mon...
You can still pick up the amiibo on its own if you really want it. It is over MSRP on Amazon though. Doubt they are going to release it as DLC on its own.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is) on: June 15, 2016, 07:04:31 AM
Say what you will, but Basch, Balthier, Ashe, and Fran are all some of the best FF characters ever.  Even Penelo made my heart all warm and fuzzy and she was relegated to bystander status for no good reason.  XII is 10/10 in the Character department.
Are they that good? I barely remember anything about FF12, but for some reason or another I recall finding the characters boring. I'm not saying I'm right, but that is what I recall.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 15, 2016, 06:53:38 AM
Platinumed Odin Sphere last night. Game is still as amazing as I remembered it. I'm thinking of rewatching all the cutscenes in chronological order (or at least something close to that) before I put the game away. Not sure what game I am going to play next. I need to fill up two weeks or so while waiting on ZTD. Maybe I'll final get around to Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Codename Steam as I believe both of those are short.
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