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61  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: February 23, 2016, 06:11:25 AM
Agent Carter has been amazing as well, if anyone is watching that.  Probably the best show Marvel has ever put out.  Every single episode is a treat.
Wait season 2 has started? Fudge, I need catch up then.
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: February 21, 2016, 06:16:55 AM
My Progress thus far:

And now I'm going to run Invasion 1 instead of Chapter 14 (because I want to recruit the boss and I'm fresh out of DVs for a Prison).
My plan continues.
You know you can just visit castles to gain DVs. I don't know the exact conversion rate because I sort of zone out while doing it, but it is like 4 or 5 unique visits per DV.

Sounds like you are currently one chapter ahead of me as I am about to go through chapter 13. I'm really starting to notice that about half of my units just are not getting enough exp resulting in them falling further and further behind. Oh just occurred to me that I am probably about the right level for the amiibo battles. Time to go recruit me some new units!
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: February 20, 2016, 08:45:08 AM
In case anyone cares, my castle address is:
05716-36726
89066-76229

Current castle has peaches and quartz.
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 20, 2016, 05:20:04 AM
See now, I was always under the impression that XS2 was the major misstep and 3 was a step up from it.
That's because 2 was a massive shitfest in terms of gameplay. The battle system was so fucking terrible in every regard that any fondness I had for the game (mind you I LOVED 1 and 3, big fan of the entirety of xenosaga) will always be plagued by it. Also, the change in shion's VA was kind of shit. Otherwise, 2's story was still fairly xeno-esque...guess that's a positive.
Yeah this sounds about right to what I remember from XS2. Additionally I was not a fan of the Shion redesign in XS2.

XS3 is on my List, since I got a copy (and a PS2!) gifted to me.  I'm wondering what kind of experience I can expect from it...
Assuming you have not played XS1 or XS2, I think the most accurate description of what your experience will be is confused. I don't recall how much of a recap there is at the beginning of XS3, but I have a hard time believing it is possible to do a recap that covers everything and isn't ridiculously long and/or confusing.
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is your favorite RPG in one of the first five you tried? on: February 16, 2016, 06:54:36 AM
No. My favorite RPG is Ar Tonelico, which I 'm pretty sure was somewhere in the 40s or later in terms of play order.

At this point I really don't remember my first 5 RPGs. My first was Breath of Fire, which was probably followed by Breath of Fire 2. Not sure where I went from there.
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 13, 2016, 06:40:39 AM
That would be great, and goodness knows I have the cash.  But I have no level 30 characters.
Well you can still pre-emptively buy one...not really a point in doing so since you have to go back to the barracks after hitting level 30 to assign it to someone. Oh well at least your path is clear now. Level grind to level 30! :p
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 12, 2016, 06:39:33 AM
Finished Danganronpa. Or at least as far as I know I've finished Danganronpa, not sure if there's some kind of secret ending or not.

I liked it. In fact, I liked it a lot. The characters were all fantastic, and the plot, while not quite the mind-fuck that is the Zero Escape lore, was interesting enough to keep me hooked. In fact, it's going to be difficult to finish up some other games before jumping into Danganronpa 2.
The only "secret" endings are if you choose a specific wrong option in the second to last chapter (which gives you a CG and movie for your gallery and then boots you back to the choice) and a non-canon video you get in the gallery if you get a specific item from the vending machine.
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 12, 2016, 06:34:50 AM
Got my first Skell!  Already wrecked it once, in an epic battle against a Tyrant wherein he destroyed my Skell, I ejected, and proceeded to kill him on foot, with my fallen comrades laying around me.

Of course, I couldn't enjoy the victory, because some level 45 random monster nearby had aggroed me, so I just died right after.

I'm really scared to take my Skell into another dangerous battle like that.  I notice I only have 3 more "insurance", so... blah.  Let me tell you, though, that extra mobility is NICE.
As a side note, you should try and buy a level 30 Skell as soon as you can because the free one is a level 20 and the level 30s all outclass it.
69  Media / General Games / Re: Games so good you got sad when it was over on: February 10, 2016, 07:00:38 AM
A recent example for me was Trails of Cold Steel. Perhaps that is less the "game was good" and more "I need to know what happens next!" Damn cliffhanger ending. I need 2 to come out!

Probably had the same reaction to Trails in the SKy, but that was years ago, so I barely remember at this point.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: February 10, 2016, 06:58:54 AM
On the topic of localization decisions, I have been hearing rumblings that the localization has been trying to make the paths a bit more equal. For example Corrin is apparently a bit more confident and a bit less guilt trippy on the Nohr route than he was in the Japanese version.
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 10, 2016, 06:54:42 AM
Kickstart investors get nothing back, aside from the finished product

This might be semantics, but this is because Kickstarter "investors" are not investors at all.  They're donators.
See that's where I get annoyed, as you're right, it's all donations. But that's an issue here, this isn't going to a non-profit organization or something like that, this is to help a company make a product they fully intend to make money off of. If it were to release the game for free or for good cause or something, I could be more forgiving, but they were denied at the real investors who would have received their investment back in full upon completion or failure. For a kickstarter, I get that if it doesn't go well the donators will be stiffed, but why should they not benefit from the success? It baffles me that this works as a practice now, it all sounds like a massive scheme.
If you think that is bad, you should check out this video about Fig, the Kickstarter alternative that allows for investments. Short version, horrible deal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFX0f_YUn1I

With Kickstarter you at least know what you are getting.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 09, 2016, 07:00:28 AM
Well there goes $50 buck-a-roos. I read the memo on Kickstarter. It seems like such a weird reason to put a game on indefinite hold because they're obligated to finish a previous video game title. Which, I'm confused I thought Unsung Story was going to be Playdek's first game? In any case, with key staffers leaving and trying to get an influx of new staffers after this other title is finished to return to Unsung Story sounds like a weak cop-out to me. I wasn't really timid about backing titles on Kickstarter because Shovel Knight and Shadowgate were completed and delivered to me, but unless I see more game development in the pitch rather than big names and concept art, I'll have to think more carefully about committing to a project without more to show for.
It isn't that they are "obliged" to finish another game, it is that they are financially in a bad position at the moment and need an injection of capital from a completed project asap. They have other projects they have been working on which are closer to completion so they are going for the low hanging fruit so that they can pay their staff and/or not go bankrupt. It is a good decision from their perspective in the short term, but it very well may just postpone their inevitable end. And either way it is destroying their reputation.

As for this beign their first game, not true. They have produced several games before this. The majority of which were board game ports.

I know this is a very naive PoV of kickstarters in general, but I'm trying to grasp it and after reading this failure of a kickstarter story, I'm just gonna say it...

Kickstarters are for getting money for developing something in many cases...but in the situation of having an investor back you, the investor or investors get their investment back and then some. Kickstart investors get nothing back, aside from the finished product, meanwhile the company who created said product now reap the benefits of the sales of the product along with the money invested into the product. Now a situation like Unsung Story happens and all these people who have put their hard earned money into this product are being left high and dry and with a flimsy "we'll get it done one day" promise...

Excuse the rudimentary undertanding of this, but explain to me how people find this an acceptable practice? Almost all of the risk lays on the investors now, and unlike big investment companies and banks, we as average people don't have gold lined pockets filled with diamonds and precious jewels (other people's money basically) to haphazardly through at a possible lucrative idea. If a bank won't give you a business loan or an investment company won't back you....maybe you oughta consider the fact that you're offering something that won't make much money or at return an investment.?
I find Kickstarter to be an acceptable practice because I just view it as preordering (with the exception of the occasional platinum tier backing which I could otherwise never get). I have backed 85 projects to date, and I have been "burned" by maybe less than 5 (and fully expect to get every one of those eventually).

Sometimes banks and developers can be wrong regarding what will or will not make money. Heck sometimes Kickstarter has been used just to prove that there is an interest in a product (e.g., Kingdom Come: Deliverance). I mean backers should be careful on what they back, but some good products have come out of it that otherwise would not have existed.
73  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 07, 2016, 07:46:40 AM
Oh wait, except for that >1 minute period in an eroge that by all logic I should never be anywhere near*, where in only a few short bits of dialogue, I learned about all kinds of horrible things people can and do to other human beings. All of which the protagonist was openly rewarded for, in ways that would make even Adolf Hitler go "WTF?!"

Now excuse me while I go sit in a corner, mulling over where my life went wrong...
Your life went wrong when you decided to play whatever this eroge is instead of Trails of Cold Steel! Go and fix your life mistake now! Play Trails of Cold Steel and seal the memory of whatever game traumatized you away!

I'd ask for the title before you seal your memory away out of morbid curiosity, but I'm afraid that googling it would probably put me on some kind of watch list based on you reaction. >.>
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 07, 2016, 07:40:59 AM
Saw this in the Misc. Game News thread, and figured it should be posted here.

Unsung Story on Indefinite Hold

Sounds like what I was thinking was happening behind the scenes was happening. So glad I pulled my pledge at this point. My sympathies for those who did pledge. Considering they mention financial strength of the company, refunds are unlikely to happened until they get sued by a state's attorney general at which point the company is probably going to have to file for bankruptcy as it likely does not have that kind of cash on hand.
75  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 06, 2016, 08:46:11 AM
O.O Whelp, I just finished Trails of Cold Steel. That ending. I...huh. When is the sequel coming out? Tomorrow? No? Then it is too far away!

The game is something of a slow burn at the start, but oh my god they put freaking rocket fuel into the tank for the last few hours. That was amazing. This game easily makes my top 5 (and probably top 3) games of 2015. I'm really not sure what else to say here other than go play it if you haven't yet because it is a great game.
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