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136  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: October 04, 2014, 07:38:35 AM
Whee I'm in mid to late Phase 3 right now. I have completed everything in Genomtrics except for one last song and I'm on the verge of completing all of the item synthesis. And based off of all of that, I feel comfortable now saying that I love the game. I think Ar Tonelico 1 is still going to be my favorite of the meta-series, but this game is great and is a contender for the number 2 slot.

After having gone deep into the dives, I have to say that I really do love the way they handled the friend dives. I think the way they handled Interdimend was brilliant. Battle system is hit and miss for me because I like the concept of blowing up waves of enemies with a single attack, but I feel like sometimes the battles drag on (oddly it is the ten wave battles with lots of strong enemies that have this feeling the most).

Honestly the aspect of the game that I disliked the most was the Earthes/Ion relationship. Whenever I'm at one of those scenes I can't help but feel awkward. I mean it just feels like wish fulfillment for neets. I love the game, but that relationship is the one thing where I feel like it might have gone too far. I have to wonder if it is possible to make it less awkward with different selections but my instinct is no. It does help though when I consider the 7th dimensional being a character in the game rather than as a player proxy (although that does sort of weaken the brilliance of Interdimend). Incidentally I am praying that there is no one alive who has Ion's true name, as if there is I imagine their lives became quite.....interesting after the release of the game. x_x

Oh well back to the game! Currently in the middle of trying to max out O and S on my best spells that didn't come from the main heroines so that I can easily adjust their personalities for max offensive benefits but I seem to be stuck. I'm beginning to worry that each option in a dive only has a personality impact once which might make completely maxing them out impossible at this point. >.>
137  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 03, 2014, 06:52:48 AM
I don't know what was discussed about it in this thread already, so forgive me if I'm echoing some exhausted topic here, but was anyone else disturbed by the Xillia 2 bad ending? Not so much by the content but the fact that it was in a Tales game? That was not what I was expecting out of any ending (good or bad) for a Tales title.

NOTE: I have been dodging ending discussion because I had not beaten it yet. I still have not beaten it in any other manner, so if coded spoiler-tastic replies ensue (talking about other endings and whatnot) please forgive my lack of response.
Eh, it was basically just a repeat of events that occurred

in Victor's dimension (well with some differences).

So I didn't find it out of place, and nothing was really shown, only implied, so it didn't bug me. I might have laughed hard because of the tonal shift, but I think that was about the extent of my reaction to it.
138  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Live-Action Sci-Fi Tetris Movie on: October 01, 2014, 06:07:18 AM
The sad part about this story to me is that this means that somewhere out there exists multiple people whole thought this was a good idea and were willing to put money towards making it happen. I am having a hard time comprehending that.
139  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 29, 2014, 07:02:29 AM
Finished Defiance season 2 yesterday. I almost wish that they had failed in stopping the end of the world. I really can't say that I care about anyone in Defiance except for Nolan, who would have survived the end of the world somehow. Apparently there is going to be a season 3, so I guess I'll stick around for that. Maybe?
140  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 28, 2014, 07:45:09 AM
So I just hit Phase 2 yesterday. Finally I am getting 6k dive points per fight now (and S rank). Now I need to go and finish up Ion's currently available dives, remake all of Nay's items with Ion's side, and then off to making all of the new items with that Sharl shopkeeper! Then I can progress with the story!

Because that's what many of those options to. The one dirty reward I remember is on Cass' side. Basically you can ask the Dere (or was it Tsun?) Queen to have some dirty times right there and then. It's 5000 DP, I think.
Yeah, I know that is what the options do. I was just expressing confusion over raisel saying that there were no rewards to high dive point options other than CGs when the highest dive point cost option I have taken has given me a decent crystal.
141  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 27, 2014, 05:59:43 AM
And that's a terrible idea that will leave you massively disappointed, as these extremely DP-expensive options only unlock fanservice CGs, but give no rewards. Remember this operates on the same principle as Ar tonelico: high DP costs doesn't mean the event or choices are important, it just means that it's extremely embarrassing for the person you're Diving into that you see that.

O.o Then why did the most expensive option I have gotten yet (10k) give me a good crystal (I think it was Atk and Def up)?
142  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 26, 2014, 06:29:23 AM
So got to Sarly's cosmosphere thing (really should learn the name of these things). I like the fact that we are getting to explore the minds of multiple characters, although I think I am going to be sad that I won't get to go through eight levels for any of them. Oh well maybe this means that there won't be a level....6 I think. The level where you nearly crap your pants because of how psychotic the divee has become. >.>

Kind of annoyed that there are such expensive choices on level 1 (seriously 7000?), but whatever

Don't worry about it, you can revisit all the old genometrics at any time.  It's not like Ar Tonelico where you can't go back to old levels after advancing.  Completionists have nothing to fear.
Oh heck no, I'm grinding and taking the most expensive option. :p I may be extremely overleveled, but that crystal from the 10k option!
143  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 26, 2014, 06:24:15 AM
Danganronpa 2

Really liking it so far. The trials are a bit more complex than the first game. They don't really shove the identity of the culprit in your face like the first one did. I think I preferred the setting and atmosphere of the first game but so far I probably prefer the second game more. The Zero Escape games have made me come up with theories about the game that might be slightly out there.

I have had suspicions about the main character and Nagito since the first trial and gotten stronger with each flashback. Random theory time where I can look back on this and realise how crazy/correct I was. I think Nagito is actually Hajime with his memories altered and the MC is someone else. Looking at Nagito's full name, it seems to be an anagram for Naegi Makota. I seriously hope this is a red herring like the trials are fans of since it just seems really lame. I wouldn't mind Nagito being a tranformed Ultimate Despair Naegi  rather than the MC discovering they are the ultimate hope Naegi at the last trial. As long as I don't get another Ultimate Hope ending I will be happy. It really lowered my overall opinion of the first game.

No comments on your theory. However I will mention that the overarching theme of the entire series is hope vs. despair, so while I won't comment on the nature of the final trial, I will say that the theme will be present in some form or another.
144  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 25, 2014, 05:54:37 AM
So Tsun Empire versus Dere Kingdom....yup this is a Cosmosphere. Oh god it feels great to be playing a Ar Tonelico game once again. Kind of annoyed that there are such expensive choices on level 1 (seriously 7000?), but whatever. Battle system is...an interesting choice. I can't tell if I like it or not. It is certainly unique though.

Synthesis in this game is some of the weirdest I've ever seen. Did you see the pained 'I don't want to be here...' expression on Delta's face? XD

It is great.
145  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 24, 2014, 07:14:25 AM
X-2 is the worst of the entire series.

And you seem to have lost some perspective.  Have the FF titles really gotten worse over time? Or have other contemporary titles just caught up to them?  Both?

I must respectfully disagree. FFXII is by far the worst FF game. I don't know if I would say that FFs have been getting worse over time, but the last really good one was FF9. Although I personally don't really hate FFXIII. I consider it to be a flawed game, not a bad one.
146  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 23, 2014, 07:16:08 AM
So read a summary of Ciel Nosurge to prep for Ar Nosurge coming out (probably getting it tomorrow). I'm torn, on one hand I would like for it come out because the world set up is really interesting. On the other hand reading summaries of each chapter still took me several days to get through, I can only imagine how much text is actually in the game, so I doubt there is any chance of that ever happening, even with the rerelease of the offline edition. >.>
147  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 23, 2014, 07:11:56 AM
So recently watched some of the recent episodes of Defiance. Loved how the last episode that I watched started.

*girl gets murdered*
*opening credits play*
*former mayor comes to inform Nolan of the murder*
"Don't have time for your drama of the week, world's about to end. Gotta save my daughter. Feel free to make yourself deputy though. Later."
*Nolan leaves with a small armory of weapons*

I love Nolan, and hate just about everything else about the show. >.>
148  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: September 22, 2014, 06:50:25 AM
Agreed.  Thanks a million for this Tomara!
I want to know of Muppy the Great!!

Muppy the Great is nothing before the King of Justice, Flay!
149  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: September 21, 2014, 08:39:36 AM
Iris is nothing like the PS3 titles.  It's much more of a conventional JRPG with crafting elements on the side.  There are no time limits of any sort.

That said, though the hardcore Atelier fans were upset by the drastic changes a lot of people seemed to enjoy Iris.  It doesn't really feel much like an Atelier game, though.

Good golly how I've wished for years they would return to the Iris formula for an installment or two. I'm probably amidst the minority of Atelier fans when I say it, but I REALLY felt "Iris" was a great direction for the series. In fact, I would go so far as to say it did wonders for fostering a larger fanbase for the franchise as a whole.

I personally would not regard the Atelier name as highly as I do if it were not for Iris.

Additionally, I can credit the first Iris game as the title that made me realize crafting items and inventory could truly be F-U-N.

Frankly I'd settle for a new Mana Khemia game as it basically was the spiritual successor to Atelier Iris. Although yeah, the Atelier Iris trilogy is what got me interested in Gust and is the reason why I have bought every single one of their games that have been localized.
150  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2014, 08:36:50 AM
Got all of the individual arena score trophies in Infamous First Light. Now I just need to grind out 3 million more points in the arena to get a trophy and the last skill point for the other trophy that is left, and platinum number 49 will be mine. Thus Ar Nosurge platinum number 50! Hmm need to figure out what I'll be doing while I wait on that game...
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