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151  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 22, 2016, 06:50:40 AM
http://gematsu.com/2016/01/wild-arms-creator-teases-20th-anniversary-meeting
Happy upcoming 20th Anni Wild Arms!!

...Here's hoping for a birthday surprise present to fans!
...has there been any Wild Arms since Wild Arms 5 (which I recall was a big 10th anniversary special)?
152  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: January 21, 2016, 06:54:22 AM
Whelp for anyone who wanted the Fates New 3DS XL...sold out on Gamestop.com yesterday in like 8 min. I was able to reserve my copy in store, but this is looking to be as rare as the Special Edition...which must mean that when I combine them, I shall have the power of a god!...or maybe just fancy swag. One or the other.

Edit2: Correction, it did not sell out in 8 min, as it was back up later apparently...not sure if it is still up as of this edit, but it was yesterday afternoon.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/41814/fire-emblem-fates-removes-controversial-support-conversation-in-western-regions
Probably a good thing, the original was just straight-up weird.  At the very least get rid of the "magic potion" stuff.


....Oh Japan, you can be so disturbing at times when you aren't even meaning to. O.O

Edit: I look forward to seeing all the posts of censorship in the Gamefaqs boards later today when I go there for a quick mental refresher during work later today. It is going to be Xenoblade Chronicles X all over again! :(
153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: January 20, 2016, 06:49:29 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2016/01/19/fire-emblem-fates-edition-new-nintendo-xl-announced-north-america/

And here's the consolation prize for those who've missed the SE. Any who are interested might want to get on this....now.
Is there any place that actually has it up for preorder yet? I'd jump on it now, but I can't seem to find any place I can get it.
154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad on: January 16, 2016, 08:17:11 AM

I didn't play 1, 2 or 3.
To me, they just tossed me an annoying loli and a dorky robot with no story at all and only slightly better elemental resists than the other characters which I grew to like over the entire game.
To use them, you even have to bench someone from the main team. Well, screw them, they can keep the bench warm, I'm keeping the main team.
Wait, if you haven't played three then that means my joke about Diekbeck failed miserably. :(

Ok, history lesson! *pulls out a chalkboard and keep repeatedly hitting it with a stick while talking*

Alright, so Choko is a character who has appeared in every single Arc the Lad game (and may be the only one as I can't remember if Arc and his love interest both appeared in 3 and Twilight). So in Arc the Lad 1, there was a party member who had this magic vase that was used for summoning monsters. Choko was one of the monsters that could be summoned, but to summon her you had to clear a 50 level dungeon and then escape the dungeon by going through all 50 levels again (you could rush the stairs both ways). She was the most overpowered thing in 1...not that you really needed her if you could clear the dungeon.

In Arc the Lad 2, the summoning character was changed to just being a support character and all of his summons were made into just regular characters that you could put into your party. Choko had a sidequest in 2 where her backstory is explored which has some...interesting moments to it. At the end of the sidequest she gains the ability to switch between her "fake" form (the form she was in in Twilight) which focused on physical and her "true" form (which is an teenage or 20-something looking winged woman with horms) which focuses on magical attacks. In the Arc the Lad 3, she is just there for a useless minigame or something. Then in Twilight she appears to still living in the vase the summoner used and no longer has access to her true, but apparently remembers details relating to her backstory as explored in 2. *rages*

As Diekbeck, he first appeared in 2...I don't actually remember what his deal was other than he was a robot made with ancient technology. Also he is apparently destroyed or something either during the ending of 2 or between 2 and 3 because his emergency memory escape unit is used by the party in 3 to help them jump over lava (or something) so that they can get a material necessary for  something that they have to make at one point. Then he gets rebuilt sometime between 3 and 4.
155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad on: January 15, 2016, 05:39:27 PM
(Diekbeck & Choco can burn in a fire... probably the biggest disappointment in JRPG as far as secret characters go)
You take that back! Choco is awesome!...well maybe not in Twilight (I barely remember her in Twilight), but she is awesome in 1 and 2! Although it is a real shame that in Twilight they basically ignored her sidequest from 2 and just left her de-aged...and another reason for me to hate Twilight even if I barely remember it.

As for Diekbeck...he was useful...in 3.
156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 anyone? on: January 15, 2016, 06:57:52 AM
tl;dr

The best ending to ME3 is Refuse as it is the only one that allowed my Shepard to be a consistent character with every single other decision he made throughout the series...actually the best ending is uninstall, but that isn't normally included in the ending discussions.
157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad on: January 15, 2016, 06:54:12 AM
I loved that I hated the main girl, her stupid short bangs, her holier than thou attitude, and extremely long arms and awful hair and fashion
I don't think you were supposed to hate her, considering that the two main chars end up agreeing with her (or something)....and then proceed to ignore their declarations of peace by fighting the final boss. *begins cursing for an hour* ....so I'm not sure why you love the fact that you hate her since that was a failure of the writing or something.
158  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: January 15, 2016, 06:51:23 AM
So glad I pulled my pledge from this project before it ended. I still occasionally check the page just to see how the backers are reacting.

Hope it's not done for as it does look promising. A reminder to myself though of why I won't back any projects anymore though.
I strongly suspect that it is never going to get finished. One of their past updates gave me the impression that they had some financial issues as a company over the summer, and the fact that they are going into turtle mode again leads me to believe that the financial troubles are ongoing or have reappeared. Further there is apparently another project out there where Playdek was handling the coding for the conversion of a board game to a mobile game (their bread and butter) and I have seen people mention that the game company that had hired Playdek has been having issues getting any response from Playdek. So yeah, not looking good.

However I don't think you should use this as a reason to not back anything via Kickstarter. There are plenty of projects out there that do deliver exactly what they promise. Just never believe delivery date promises because those are almost always 100% wrong. And if you are concerned about a project not being delivered, don't back big.
159  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 15, 2016, 06:40:48 AM
Hope, everything.  Takes you right back to the "make a character" screen from the start, no gimmicks or issues.

HA-HAH!  I FINALLY KNOW SOMETHING YOU didn't... :(
Technically not everything, as you can not change your name. :p
160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad on: January 14, 2016, 06:54:43 AM
I loved Arc the Lad 1 and 2. 3 was alright. It is a shame that the series ended with 3. I'm sure they could have done something amazing with it...*puts his fingers in his ears*

(In case it isn't clear, I hate 4. I especially hate peace girl. 5 was...an improvement from 4, but still nothing amazing.)
161  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 13, 2016, 06:56:55 AM
So since my last post here, I have decided not to go trophy hunting in Tales of Zesty (which is really weird since I even went for platinum in Dawn of the New World which I actively hated). I'm uncertain as to whether I will eventually get back to it or not. In the meantime, I played through Steins;Gate on the Vita for trophies.

I'm now playing Trails in the Sky SC. My memory on the first game is kind of hit or miss at this point. Like I'm pretty sure I remember most of the details regarding the party members, but then the prologue started and I was just like "who the F is this girl in my party?" I have since checked the wiki to remind myself on some details. >.>
162  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 13, 2016, 06:44:15 AM
You all are mean. :(

I need like a Youtube link and a time stamp for this...  I just seem melted metal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3Z9Od7o36Y Around 1:58
163  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 12, 2016, 06:37:53 AM

I'm so so sorry...  I thought I forgot someone...  My apologies.  YES thank you Ranadiel, you very much did help me. :) I'll blame the indecipherable avatar for somehow being responsible?! :P
You are forgiven. I was going to suggest hugs, but then I became sad that you can't make out Roxas in my avatar. :(
164  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 11, 2016, 06:43:43 AM
PS Thanks Aeolus and Tenchi for answering me question! :)

No love for me? *cries in the corner* :p

I get that aliens shouldn't all be bipedal 5 finger 2 hand humanoids, but I mean...the nopon are funny and cute, the ma-non look like walking reptiles, the the ganglion look interesting thus far...but as of this post, the prone look like the stuff of nightmares. I feel like the males are going to bearhug you and suck your innards out of your mouth through that gaping facehole of theirs and the women seduce you and alien succubus you the same way with similar results. If I weren't a 30 year old man with a slightly macho-ego, I'd be terrified of them.

Meanwhile that Suzzy dude has had the coolest tribal dialogue thus far...I'm so torn.
If you think Prone are the stuff of nightmares, then there is one quest that is really going to squick you out.

Code:
Namely the one where there is an interracial couple between a human and a prone...
165  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 10, 2016, 08:19:12 AM
Anyone know what a good Skell is for later?  I keep hearing about the Joker, Ares 60/90 and other ones good for colect-a-thons later on,.... I'm super confused about the whole thing.
Ok, so here is the deal with end game skells. First off some corrections, Joker is a tyrant and the "weak" Ares is the Ares 70 (not important, but it bugged me).

Now then, the reason you have heard of Joker a lot is that he is a high level tryant that is relatively easy to kill quickly. For quick farming of him, you'll want to use a level 50 heavy skell (as I recall the store heavy armor boosts thermal) with an intergalactic level 50 phoenix equipped. Maximum number of insect slayers XX helps, although you get the materials for those from killing Joker and his posse, so you don't need those at first. Go to the giant flower in the center of the northern part of Noctilum and Joker and a bunch of high level Blatta will just be chilling there. Unleash the Phoenix follow up with a G-Buster (or other weapons if you want to try and save fuel) and Joker should die fairly quickly. Exit your skell, use the menu command to return to skell (and respawn the enemies) and repeat. Extremely good source for exp, job exp, and blatta parts and it is also a decent source of level 60 weapons.

Now when you beat the game, you gain the ability to make a bunch of level 60 skells. These fall into two categories, the "custom" models of the skells you have been using so far (e.g., the formula zero) and the Ares models. The custom models can equip the level 60 superweapons that you can get blueprints for throughout the game. The Ares models come with default equipment that cannot be changed (except for augments). The Ares models are stronger out of the box. The custom models can be made stronger than the ares, but you have to do a lot more grinding. So the "conventional" wisdom is to build an Ares 90 (do not waste resources on the 70 as it mostly uses the same ones as the Ares 90) and then use it to grind the materials you need for everything else as the Ares 90 is ridiculously strong out of the box and therefore makes the grind a lot faster. In order to get the resources for the Ares 90, you'll probably have to ticket farm off of the world boss as your ground game immediately after beating the game is likely not strong enough to make grinding the time attacks efficient enough.

I think they only repeat when you've completed a huge amount of quests between chapters. That happened before I started Chapter 3.

Also I've just finished Chapter 4 and I'm way over 20 hours. I just cannot stop exploring. And there are so many party members. Affinity is kind of a pain to raise unless you're Elma/Lin...
Post game, you unlock a repeatable support mission which gives you party affinity. Takes just 30ish runs (at about 2 min per run) to go from 0 hearts to full 5.


Hold on. I thought Telethia Plume was still standing at 500+k RP. Or are you referring to the ingame Telethia?
Video is of a fight with the Endbringer aka level 90 superboss.
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