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151  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: January 23, 2015, 06:40:21 AM
I love how the character art changes in the party select screen. I'm not sure how many looks there are for each character but some of them are really badass.
I believe that all companions have at least three cards. Some have four, and I can't recall anyone with five.
152  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: January 21, 2015, 07:10:33 AM
random dumbshit question time...


are schematics one time use? I got a tier 3 masterwork staff schematic and I want to know if I can just make one staff from it.


I haven't crafted shit yet because I've been waiting for tier 3 stuff
Can make as many as you want. Considering how difficult it can be to find some tier 3 stuff, it would suck if they were one use only. Don't think I ever found any of the top tier 3 staff schematics myself.
153  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 19, 2015, 07:10:10 AM
Unlocked my last missing stage in Smash yesterday. Was going to try and start unlocking all the character trophies from classic (which is not classic at all O.o) and All-Star Mode. But I got frustrated on my third char in All-Star Mode (Mii Swordfighter) as I just was not having any luck for some reason. My third attempt resulted in me getting to the final round, getting knocked off the edge, recovering underneath the central platform, up bing through the platform, and then falling through said platform because something like three pixels of my feet didn't make it through. >.>

So I started playing through Omega Ruby instead. I liked the way they did the intro. I can't figure out how the network connection is supposed to work for this game (might not have unlocked it yet I guess). I am probably going to miss O powers though (unless those are brought back?)
154  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 17, 2015, 07:23:54 AM
I think it's one of the better PS2 RPGs actually. Good pace and remarkably functional battle/job system. I like battle themes too and I wish the streamlined alchemy system was in Escha & Logy. One of the finest examples of a game series refining systems and then just not doing it again as good for some reason. Certainly had more fun with it than something like FF X-2 or XII.
Ehhhh, I can think of five better PS2 RPGs and that is just among PS2 RPGs made by Gust.

I still haven't played a single Dynasty Warriors game nor have I got a platinum trophy. I should/want to tend to both of those things in the not so distant future.

I commend your efforts with Escha and Logy though. Seriously, the problems I was able to identify (or more accurately, was unable to ignore) actually left me completely un-pumped for the 3rd installment of the trilogy. That game, for as much as liked Ayesha, was a TOTAL chore to play through. The writing was so boring for me, I actually found myself skipping dialogue. Thank goodness it was pretty with an awesome battle system because save those aspects and the alchemy it sure as hell was not wowing me with much else.

MURAMASA Rebirth/ Momohime's chapter in hell was awesome. Kudus to vanillaware for untilizing all the colors of the rainbow on the pallet for hell without making it look like a cave of fiery skittles. Not like the art direction in a vanillaware game being amazing is a surprise, but i found hell to be a cut above here even for them. 
I would not recommend trying to get your first platinum when playing your first Warriors game. Those platinums tend to be grindy. :p Speaking of which I need to get back to grinding for the Samurai Warriors 4 platinum. x_x

And if you thought Hell was beautiful, wait till you get to heaven (which I think is the next dungeon). I absolutely adore the way the they chose to represent heaven. Especially the last part of the path to heaven.
155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: January 16, 2015, 07:00:05 AM
True, but going too heavy into strategy can also lead the game becoming more of a puzzle game rather than a strategy game. Look at some of the Advance Wars Advanced Campaigns and how some of them basically require figuring out the one play that the devs intended players use to get through it. It's a danger that all SRPGs face.


Meanwhile, in other news: http://www.siliconera.com/2015/01/15/fire-emblem-also-gets-new-card-game-manga-japan/

So FE gets a manga and card game in Japan (again).
I would totally buy those cards just for the artwork if it got a U.S. release.
156  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 16, 2015, 06:57:02 AM
And the best thing about Grand Phantasm is the first 15 seconds of the opening song.  Gets me pumped up enough to wanna headbutt a buffalo[?].
A shame everything after the song is sort of downhill. >.>
157  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 13, 2015, 07:01:12 AM
50 hrs into Inquisition, and I am overwhelmed at the amount of things to do. It really has gotten ridiculous. I understand the main story things are under Inquisitors path, and the inner circle, but I want to do a lot of the other stuff, too. Do any of the important quests time out?
I have yet to fight a dragon. My main dude is lvl 11.
Only things that "time out" are some minor quests in one area that you lose access to as a result of plot advancement (not saying which one because spoilers) and all Inner Circle quests once you beat the game. There is one other minor sidequest which you will fail if you exit Stormcoast (the area it takes place in), after getting it at base, without completing it, but that one is hard to trigger in the first place (just don't bring Iron Bull with you....as that could create a conflict). I think that is the entire list of missable things that don't occur in plot zones that you can't return to.
158  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 11, 2015, 09:14:45 AM
Personal tastes: how do they work.
There is only one proper one and anyone who disagrees with it must be thrown into the UNHOLY HELL HOLE OF 4CHAN to suffer for all eternity! :p

People consider Dark Soul fair because player skill is the top 'stat'.
You can kill the last boss with the starting dagger at starting level technically since (almost) every attack in the game can be avoided and backstab allows for good damage no matter what.
Perhaps people hold Dark Soul sacred because very few RPG allow you to beat the numbers with skill.
Megaman and all those that you said are good examples too, but they don't come from a genre where generally, the numbers were king and you had to submit to them.
So.....if that is the reason, why doesn't Kingdom Hearts get the same kind of love? My understanding is that level 1 challenges are a thing there (never tried it myself) so that means you can beat the numbers in it with skill.

Good to see RPGFan Forums 2015 is starting off full of love...

Responding to snark with more snark just results in a deluge of snark.

Oddly enough, Deluge of Snark is my [insert band name here] cover band.
As a Master of the Ancient Art of Snarkiness, I approve of a deluge of snark.
159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: January 08, 2015, 05:08:03 AM
I blame that on the packaging obscuring most of the figure. It'd be really nice if it were an Amiibo though (and would be completely sold out everywhere by hoarders/scalpers).


Too Little, Too Late Edit: http://www.siliconera.com/2015/01/07/a-closer-look-at-the-majoras-mask-3d-skull-kid-figurine/

Here's a better look at something that's gone, gone with the wind.
Nah, I saw it out of packaging in the RPGFan article on it. It looks like it is made of cheap plastic to me.
160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: January 07, 2015, 07:11:22 AM
http://gematsu.com/2015/01/legend-zelda-majoras-mask-3d-limited-edition-announced

Double postin' for special editionness that nobody's posted about yet.

My two problems with this is that I don't particularly care about the Skull Kid that much (Majora's Mask or no), and that $50 is a little steep for a game that I both own and have played through inside and out.

Also, I'm still a little bummed out on the Amiibo bullshit and I don't feel like grabbing even more Nintendo crap.

My problem with it is that it doesn't look that good. Amiibos at least look decent for the most part.
161  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 07, 2015, 07:09:25 AM
Finished Terra's story last night. I was completely taken by surprise how short it was. It only took 12 hours. I was really enjoying it and then it just ended. I don't know who to use next. I guess Ventus? I'm really intrigued to see their side of the story.
As others have said, save Aqua for last. That way you are more used to playing as her when you unlock the Final episode. Also in terms of chronology the episodes end in the order of Terra, Ven, and then Aqua.

^ Me too, but I was happy there was an option to skip it the second go around. :P

What's not to like about Graces?  Well, the dungeons, maybe.  But the battle system and peripheral adjuncts are an absolute blast, there's a ton of side content, and the cast and plot (even if not terribly amazing) are harmless. 
Cheria and Asbel. I've gone over this several times before, but those two completely suck any joy I might have been able to get from the story of Graces. I can think of maybe one Tales of game that I like less than Graces thanks to them. >.>
162  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 06, 2015, 07:09:33 AM
So been watching the World Trigger anime finally (although I am playing Samurai Warriors 4 at the same time, which I consider semi-impressive since both are subbed). Not as bad as I have been lead to believe. I actually like some of the minor changes they have made such as introducing some characters a bit earlier during scenes that they naturally would have been there for. I have however laughed out loud at some of the scenes where there is just a complete pause in dialogue, also feel like they are over using flashbacks a bit. Not a complete ruining of the series.

Speaking of which, there was no chapter this week, I am thus bummed out. Also the One Piece chapter was meh. Food Wars was decent. Nothing else in Jump worth expecting anything from. >.> Although this week did advance my theory that Ywach in Bleach is actually Jesus (or at least in-universe equivalent. So yay?
163  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 03, 2015, 08:52:51 AM
It should be noted that Chris-Chan was a very popular target of trolling back in the mid to late 2000s. He's a high functioning autistic, and lead a very pampered life because of his disability, which coupled with a large dose of internet idiocy and the amazing 4chan community (/sarcasm) lead to his current state of problematic behavior and tendencies.

Long story short, I feel bad for him because he is a victim of the internet. Doesn't excuse his actions but it definitely gives a source to look at when therapists need reasons for why he is as fucked up as he is. Though I don't recommend reading further into it, you can google his name and get entire websites dedicated to him, as well as fucking with him.
I disagree, I just read the know your meme article on him, and while what happened to him was horrible and I feel bad for anyone having suffered through that, I do not think this activity has anything to do with the cyber bullying he has suffered. Unless it turns out that there is an email chain where someone told him this was a good idea, this is entirely on him. If there is such an email chain (which oddly enough does not seem impossible) then he is still at least partially to blame. Regardless, I hope he gets the help he needs, and I think part of that help is going to be him staying off the Internet for good.

P.S. Turns out I have actually heard of him before (or more accurately Sonichu).
164  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: January 03, 2015, 08:24:16 AM
wtf did blackwall leave my party?

after the ballroom scene i talked to him and he went on about a dead dog. now i can't pick him in missions and he's not at skyhold
He has an....enlightening event scene in the Orlesian capitol (which I cannot remember the name of atm). Go there, and look for the crowd of people. And then prepare to be shocked....unless you have been bringing him with you everywhere. Then it should make more than a few things make sense.
165  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: January 02, 2015, 08:19:12 AM
what's the point of no return for the wicked eyes and wicked hearts quest? i
i fought the venituri in the garden and the game wants me to talk to the duke or whatever but i want to clean up the doodads and mcguffins

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I can't remember exactly what the point of no return is, but you are almost there. You should have a dance with the Duke's sister  and after that you'll be instructed to go to the other side of the building for....some reason? Somewhere in the middle of the exploring that wing you'll end up in another fight and the door you enter in will be locked behind you. After that you can only move forward and when you re-enter the Ballroom plot events happen. After which I was no longer able to explore the place (although if you get a different result, it might be possible that you can explore for a little longer....not actually sure on that).
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