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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 27, 2016, 06:23:42 AM
and Spoilers (sorry I don't know how you do spoilers here):


The tag we use here most frequently is [ code] (remove the space at the beginning).
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 23, 2016, 06:10:40 PM
Well I think part of the reason I'm frustrated is because the annual holiday game drop is almost here and this game is really starting to feel never ending. Combine that with very little time to play due to school and work, and I'm really getting anxious to finish this one. I'm at the very end of Chapter 5, though, so I'm getting closer. Hoping to finish it by the end of the first week in October.
To give you an idea of how much is left, there are 7 chapters total and the seventh chapter doesn't have a field study portion. I don't know how much time you have to play games, but it should be doable.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shin Megami Tensei 4 FINAL on: September 22, 2016, 06:29:38 AM
re: the news story that just went up about some unlocalized content...

*facepalm*

I mean, I've seen worse (Ar tonelico 2...). But this news alone helped me prioritize my game purchases for the latter half of the year. Steins;Gate 0 just won out over this, at least for now. I can hope to get a used copy for $25 someday.

Y'see, while they claim they'll "fix it," with 3DS, they'll be fixing it ONLY if you purchased it digitally. Nintendo developed absolutely no way to add "patch" content to a game you're playing from the physical 3DS cart. If you don't believe me, do some google searches regarding the game-breaking "PEC Room" save glitch in Virtue's Last Reward.
...if there is no way to patch physical 3DS carts, why do I know for a fact that there is a patch for Pokémon X/Y to fix the game breaking bug from saving in a specific location?
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2016, 05:44:16 PM
Wow, Legram has such a beautifully relaxing atmosphere, both in visuals and background music. Might have to make a separate save file just to come back whenever I want. It makes for quite the "calm before the storm" setting, given the obvious foreshadowing of events to come.
Chapter 5's field study is great. Probably one of the two best chapters in the game. Not only do you get to go to two locations (both of which are great), but you get introduced to Toval! And I really want to give a (minor?) spoiler relating to him, but I'll save that for when you beat the game (if I remember).
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 20, 2016, 06:56:30 PM
Whelp at this rate I'm never finishing Trails of Cold Steel since every time I sit down to play it I end up hitting a brick wall.

This time it's the boss at the end of Floor 5 in the old schoolhouse. The one that nothing I throw at it causes any kind of significant damage and that can one shot a party member whenever it feels like.

I'm really starting to get a very different opinion about this game than I initially had.
Wish I could give better advice but I don't remember much about that boss. Looked up a little and some recommendations I found are:

1. Equip freeze resistant accessories
2. Save your S-breaks for when criticals show up
3. Make sure you are spreading your characters out as one of his major attacks is a line
4. Elliot gives really useful buffs for the fight
5. Remember you can swap in your backup for additional S-break attacks

I hope these are useful to you. This is the best I can provide at the moment.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 19, 2016, 06:33:15 AM
Mesh sounds to me like you might have stumbled onto an illuminati secret facility. The bathroom door didn't have the all-seeing eye instead of a gender indicator did it?
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2016, 06:11:15 PM
Trails of Cold Steel really gets under my skin sometimes. Love the story, love the characters, love the combat... but as a completionist the structure just pisses me off. Spent hours in chapter 4--up to 68 in total for the game--making absolutely sure I talked to everyone and visited everywhere between every single event and I still wound up missing something and getting an A instead of an S. Since this already happened to me once before in Chapter 2, I'm not too shook up over it, but it still is just a reminder to how irritating the game's structure truly is.

Well here is a list of possible missables (assuming you do all optional quests you are given) in case you are curious.

Code:
-Points for winning the swimming race
-Points for fulfilling conditions during the fight with Alan against the Skell
-Points for optional swimming practice during day free time (additional point for winning)
-Hidden quest to return a brush during the evening free time
-Practical exam bonus points
-Hidden quest during second day of field study to return a briefcase
-Bonus points for entering the park using the secret passage during second day of field study (thereby showing security a weakness in their defenses)
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2016, 08:17:38 AM
So I just gave myself my first self done haircut...I think it turned out alright? I won't know till tomorrow when I actually have human contact, but I don't feel any hairs that are too long. It will certainly be nice if I don't have to pay 10 dollars for a buzz cut from now on. >.>

On the topic of going to sleep, I have always had to have a nice cold glass of milk before I go to sleep...and with every meal. >.>
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2016, 08:12:12 AM
But now you've thrown me a curve ball. How can I deny a brazen request to fill the parodied shoes of Tommy the Green Ranger? You've illustrated bravery in your willingness to volunteer good sir and that goes a distance with this ninja.

Only time will tell as the seasons roll on following halloween (we need to resume our regular scheduled program of Darkest Dungeon soon). This COULD of course all prove a mute point altogether considering I don't actually know there even will be a sixth ranger as I am not keen on spoilers. AND IF ANYONE KNOWS DON'T SPOIL IT
Hurray! For the record, green is my favorite color. :p

I would be shocked if a game parodying this genre doesn't have a sixth ranger at some point. The mid series extra ranger has been part of the genre since before mechs if I'm not mistaken.

P.S. Minor thing, but I believe you meant moot not mute. As I have clearly demonstrated that I am not being silent on the topic. :p
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 17, 2016, 06:20:02 PM
Klyde, if you happen to get any additional ranger slots later on in the game, I'd like to put my name into the running for sixth ranger. :p
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (now Trails of Cold Steel) on: September 15, 2016, 08:02:33 PM
Whelp beat the last "main story" boss. Now onto the epilogues! Some interesting revelations at the end of the finale. I knew most of them already, but there was one which caught me completely off guard.
12  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 13, 2016, 11:10:45 PM
I have no expectation this is a good idea, yet I feel compelled to buy it if it gets a US release. O.o
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2016, 06:32:12 AM
Fall 2016
http://anichart.net/fall

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2
This is also gonna be good.

No it ain't. I've yet to see Sunrise not totally blow it on a Gundam's second season.
To be fair, they blew it at the end of the first season as well. :p
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 10, 2016, 06:38:00 AM
On the topic of atmosphere of Persona 3 versus Persona 4, I personally greatly prefer Persona 4. I originally was not interested in getting Persona 3 because the impression I had of it (although I don't remember why) was that it was too dark for my tastes. My best friend convinced me to try it though when I was really bored one day. Upon playing it, I found that it wasn't really dark so much as "cartoony dark" (coffins of blood!, rivers of blood!) and thus it was entirely playable because it was impossible to take its atmosphere seriously. Hell the most disturbing aspect (evokers being guns you point at yourself) loses all impact an hour in because you see it so much. Persona 4 on the other hand didn't try too hard on that front which I felt worked better for me. A case of less is more I guess.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (now Trails of Cold Steel) on: September 08, 2016, 11:44:58 PM
I honestly don't think the first Cold Steel's story was that great, I got flashbacks of Final Fantasy VIII and Persona 3 & 4, and don't remember much of the characters or the plot itself. It really dropped the ball when they referenced the "War of the Lions" and had a character named "Miner Dick." If a character's name sounds penile, it's probably a good idea to change it to something less suggestive. And would it kill to have realistic battle dialogue? The battle system was for me the saving grace, though it would have been nice if one could just turn off animations instead of making the player constantly mash the Start button.
...I must have missed the parts of FF8, P3, and P4 that were about changes in society brought about by rapidly changing technology and the conflicts brought about by those who seek to cling to the past and those who seek to throw away the past with no middle ground allowed by either side.

Since the only common ground I can think of between those four games is the school setting, you might be happy to know that Cold Steel 2 is not set in the school (for reasons unspecified since there is at least one person in the thread who has not beaten the game).
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