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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 02, 2016, 06:53:42 AM
Been playing Clannad while I wait for Odin Sphere to come out. I can kind of see how this game became a legend. The writing is extremely well done. So far I have gotten the Fuko, Ryou, and Kyou endings. I will admit, I cried a lot during the Fuko ending. Significantly less tears on the other two endings, but I like the MC x Kyou pairing and I certainly got some gut punches to the feels during that ending.

MC x Kyou is OTP
Certainly a contender for being my OTP for the game. Although I've just met Tomoyo in my current path, and she seems like a strong challenger for the position from what I have of her so far. I got Misae's path yesterday, which was...certainly among the weaker paths. I was fine with the arc overall, but the ending is well not an ending. I mean it goes *dream flashback explaining past* "Oh so that's what happened, and you want me to tell her the truth." *credits roll*
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Should a game ever have auto battles? on: June 02, 2016, 06:46:57 AM
Most recent Fire Emblems have had auto battle options. Tactics aren't great, but I have used it when grinding kills or support. So I like having the option to save time when doing mindless grinding. I know I wish had had an auto battle option while playing Valkyria Chronicles and was grinding for 300+ kills for my last decoration. >.>
33  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 02, 2016, 06:42:33 AM
http://gematsu.com/2016/06/rumor-nintendo-nx-mass-production-postponed-early-2017-add-vr-functionality

Not stated was the true reason for the postponing which was that Iwata, who's still secretly alive and recovering from his ailment in a secret underground bunker along with Michael Jackson, Elvis, Amelia Earhart, Sasquatch and the Lindberg Baby, gave the order as punishment to consumers for not liking the Wii U. The name will also be finalized as the Fuq U.
Ugh VR, that is a good way to make me dread the system. Will probably still get it, especially if it gets Xenoblade Chronicles X2, but I'm not onboard the VR hype train.

And naming it the Fuq U would probably increase sales amongst college students (while killing sales amongst younger demographics due to parents).
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: June 01, 2016, 06:52:33 AM
ps4 releases:

10.6. friday Atelier Sophie
17.6. friday Grand Kingdom
24.6. friday Odin Sphere
24.6. friday Fairy Fencer F
1.7. yep, friday Star Ocean

Coincidence?

I'm assuming those are the European release dates? Because in the U.S. games (with the exception of Nintendo games and occasionally big games with simultaneous releases) are released on Tuesday and in Europe they are released on Fridays (generally with the U.S. getting it a few days early). It has been that way for years. So not really a coincidence, but also not that big of a deal?

Recently the US has been switching to Fridays. For video games, at least.
Eh, are you thinking of big name games that are getting simul releases in multiple territories? Because I know That Odin Sphere and Atelier Sophie are both getting released this Tuesday without having to check. Looking through my Amazon preorders I see 5 other games getting Tuesday releases and 1 (FFXV, which is getting a simul release in Japan, US, and EU) listed as a Friday release.
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 01, 2016, 06:47:10 AM
Been playing Clannad while I wait for Odin Sphere to come out. I can kind of see how this game became a legend. The writing is extremely well done. So far I have gotten the Fuko, Ryou, and Kyou endings. I will admit, I cried a lot during the Fuko ending. Significantly less tears on the other two endings, but I like the MC x Kyou pairing and I certainly got some gut punches to the feels during that ending.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: May 31, 2016, 07:03:47 AM
ps4 releases:

10.6. friday Atelier Sophie
17.6. friday Grand Kingdom
24.6. friday Odin Sphere
24.6. friday Fairy Fencer F
1.7. yep, friday Star Ocean

Coincidence?

I'm assuming those are the European release dates? Because in the U.S. games (with the exception of Nintendo games and occasionally big games with simultaneous releases) are released on Tuesday and in Europe they are released on Fridays (generally with the U.S. getting it a few days early). It has been that way for years. So not really a coincidence, but also not that big of a deal?
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The "what was your first anime?" Thread on: May 30, 2016, 07:12:54 AM
I was coming in here to say Gundam Wing, but as I was typing my response I realized that those dates didn't work. As that got premiered in the U.S. two years after the Pokémon anime which I watched religiously for a while. So yeah, that would seem to be the first one I know I watched. I think I saw some snippets of Speed Racer before that, but I am uncertain I ever saw a full episode.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: May 28, 2016, 07:22:40 AM
Looks like there's publisher woes in the EU. Amazon cancelled my preorder this week citing "copyright issues" and have now removed the game from sale. Beware, fellow Europe-dwellers!

I've ordered a copy from Canadian site Videogamesplus, so there are options, though.
I seem to recall hearing that there is going to be only digital release in Europe for...reasons. So I believe the 3DS is region locked, meaning you'll have to go digital if that is your system of choice. You could probably go import physical on Vita, but then you won't get trophies associated with your account (if you care at all).
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 28, 2016, 07:15:42 AM
Nearly done with Valkyria Chronicles. Just have one last decoration to meet the requirements for by killing a total of 1000 enemies. Currently at...671. Ugh, stupid last trophy. >.> Not sure what I'll be moving to next.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: May 24, 2016, 07:07:34 AM
The Batman Arkham series or Enslaved are two that come to mind. I'm too tired and in pain to think of any more at the moment, but basically anything that doesn't fit neatly into an existing genre is labeled as "Action-Adventure"
Well Action is just a modifier that refers to the game be in real-time or something close. Adventure I would argue refers to a specific style of game that is nearly dead outside of Zelda where you have to use specific items to solve puzzles to advance. A non-action adventure game example would be Shadowgate. Although I suppose there might be some action games that have somewhat similar ideas, even if not exactly items, like Infamous.

Yeah I mean it's generally tiny bits but I don't know... nonetheless.

I kind of just think it's hard not to see it as one personally... the biggest thing is no hard turn based element, but then that would jeopardize things like KH or other games which people call RPGs.

At a minimum I just think they're all action RPGs, whatever that is, but more importantly I guess I just think aesthetically and such I play Zelda very much like an RPG which like an extremely deliberate kind of slow pace to everything. It took me like 3 weeks to beat Ocarina or something just playing bits at a time questing basically like it was FF.

Like I look forward to Persona and Zelda for being similar kinds of games... IDK maybe Nintendo is just really unique I think it possibly is often misinterpreted..
KH is an Action RPG. The key difference between KH and most Zelda titles is leveling up. I consider that to be the key element to defining something as an RPG. Or more specifically, that the key means of advancing through the game is leveling up (if the game has leveling up for minor unimportant benefits then it just has RPG elements). Leveling up is a specific reference (if you go back to the original RPG video games) to D&D, which is how the name RPG came to be associated with the genre. Primary means of advancement in Zelda is getting better at control (action) and getting new items (adventure). You can kill as many enemies as you want and Link won't start hitting them any harder.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: May 23, 2016, 06:57:48 AM
So the age old debate is Zelda an RPG??


Yes it is.

I mean really would anyone see it otherwise at this point? I think anyone seasoned gamer knows it's basically an RPG... but somehow I wonder... someone could convince me otherwise?

Hmm.. don't know really, I've spent a lot of time playing RPGs and a lot of time playing "Action games" and while most people wouldn't say it I could even say Super Mario qualifies as an RPG at times.. you have an HP bar of 3 hits you have upgrades, power ups, a mount, you collect coins/points and proceed through multiple series of levels I don't know seems like an RPG to me...

That one I don't expect people to agree with but yeah I wanted to throw that out there.
No it isn't. It is an action/adventure game set in a medieval/fantasy setting. You have to expand the definition of RPG  beyond the point of usefulness to fit most Zelda games into it. Heck, check a site that sells games like Gamestop, and see which category they place it under.
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 23, 2016, 06:52:29 AM
Oh wow I forgot how broken Audrey is in Valkyria Chronicles. With Awaken Potential, she basically has unlimited ammo and she now has her fourth class potential which basically makes her take out any tank in two shots. She is nearly Alicia tier in terms of brokenness. That is more than a little impressive.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: May 22, 2016, 07:33:09 AM
Wait wait...Futaba is PLAYABLE? I thought she would've been designated support... Were it not for them ditching the Social Links system this would be best Persona game hands down for that fact alone. The fact that they're so intent on hiding information about the replacement system makes me edgy about that aspect still. XP
Haven't seen anything indicating Futaba is playable. Has there been new info?
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 21, 2016, 06:44:50 AM
So in Valkyria Chronicles I am in chapter 10 and am getting ready to head into the city. Hopefully this goes well, I'm currently not upgrading my equipment as I want to get the "secret" engineer as quickly as possible as I am planning on using him to get the Splintered Horn decoration. Currently at 300k out of a million of whatever the game's currency is.

Wow yeah count me in on the no idea that was in VC camp, despite having beaten the game and started a new game+.

Well you would likely only come across that information if you were trying to go for a complete Personnel tab (for the Wings of Solidarity Decoration). If you use a unit regularly then you'll get their secret potential fairly quickly, you only need to know that info when you are unlocking the potentials of units you don't use regularly.
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 20, 2016, 06:44:17 AM
Got Valkyria Chronicles Remastered yesterday. Hurray! Working on grinding out potentials at the moment. Might try playing through the Behind Her Blue Flame DLC to get the uber gun for the main campaign tonight. Still a great game overall.

So... VC was one of my favorite games ever between 2008 and 2012, but... I have to admit I don't know what "grinding out potentials" is.  Explain?

Characters all have a set of abilities/modifiers called Potentials, and only a few (and generally the worst ones) start unlocked.

I COMPLETELY forgot that a lot of Potentials need to be "unlocked", but yes, now that you mention it, I remember.  You basically just have to fulfill certain conditions in battle, right?
You have to get 5 "points" with the character and then go visit the reporter so that she will interview the character and their final personal potential, which is based off of their interview, will unlock. The points are gotten by deploying a unit (1 point), killing an enemy (2? points), capturing a base (3 points), and evacing a "dead" unit (4 points). So most effective way to grind them is to go to skirmish 1, clear the map and then proceed to murder your own units and have the potential candidates save the units after you kill them (1 for deploying and 4 for evacing).

Man..... I don't remember any of that......
Only part I remembered when I started replaying was that there were secret potentials you had to unlock via the reporter and that they were unlocked along with a portion of their text in the Personnel tab. I forgot entirely about the points, but looked up how to unlock them since I know you have to unlock them to complete the book (which is necessary for multiple trophies). Hell some of the unlocked personal potentials are actually useless to unlock like Welkin Hater or Largo Hater. But then you get some like Lynn's Hard Worker. :D
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