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76  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: February 05, 2016, 06:34:06 AM
Looking forward to how Gamefaqs explodes over this revelation today!
77  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 03, 2016, 06:36:15 AM
Nope, got all the AP you mentioned there, including the Aurochs Fort quest. I'll look through the quests again and see if maybe I just forgot to turn something in.
I did forget to mention the 1 point from completing the objective from the practical exam, but I don't think 1 point should be enough to lose S rank on. I guess not turning in a quest would be the most likely suspect then.

For reference, the max AP for Chapter 2 is 55.

Edit: A couple of other places that you can hypothetically miss an AP just for a complete listing: academic question at the beginning of the chapter and explaining how Crow did his trick during the last chapter both get you a point.

Oh crap, they have Mission Ranking in Trails of Cold Steel...my achillies heel...guess I don't have to rush through TiTS then...
O.o It is exactly the same thing as Bracer Rank in Trails in the Sky just they call the points Academic Points rather than Bracer Points and they give you totals at the end of chapters. If you are fine with Trails in the Sky then you will be fine with Trails of Cold Steel.
78  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 02, 2016, 06:34:28 AM
I just finished Chapter 2 here, and I'm kind of pissed because I got an A grade instead of an S grade and I know exactly where I could have missed an AP. I didn't realize until Day 2 of the field study that the tailor shop in Bareahard has 2 floors.
Looking through the quests in Chapter 2, and I am not seeing any that start there. I'm betting you missed out on the Anton quest on day 2 as it starts in Auroch's Fort which you have no reason to visit. Although you might have missed something else also as I don't know the margin of error on getting S rank. Other missable points in the chapter would be the 2 points for getting all the answers right when tutoring and the hidden quest in the evening that starts in the art room.
79  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 01, 2016, 06:25:00 AM
Been playing Trails of Cold Steel for the past couple of weeks. Gotta say I do love this game. I really love the characters in this game. Currently am at the point where I am repeating the events from the prologue....this is a day which shall forever be known as shit day by everyone in universe.

There is one thing that is confusing me at the moment though.

Code:
So the events of Trails in the Sky 2 implied that a bigshot in Erobonia had connections with the Organization. Unless I am remembering wrong the person being blamed was the Chancellor. However, while the Chancellor is still being portrayed as probably a villain, he is also being targeted by terrorists who are pretty much confirmed as having an Organization connection due to their resources. So has the Organization turned against him then? Or am I just remembering something wrong?
80  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 30, 2016, 06:31:31 AM
Aren't Collectibles automatically sold every time you pick them up once you reach 99?
They are.
81  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: January 27, 2016, 06:16:55 AM
My bet is that the changes to the Corrin route are going to be incredibly minor, and essentially consist of a. having Kamui get her permission first rather than secretly spiking her drink, and b. changing it so that Corrin says she liked Kamui before the whole support thing occurred just to eliminate any possible interpretation that the magic powder converted her.
82  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 25, 2016, 06:17:44 PM

While I'm glad VC is getting some love, I wouldn't buy the "Remaster" unless my PS3 bit the bullet. I don't see enough in terms of improvement and new features to merit a purchase. Now, if they included VC2 and VC3 with that in a nice special edition trilogy package I would happily pay $100 for it. Unfortunately I think that is a very, very unlikely scenario.
Personally I'll probably get it, replay it, and platinum it because...trophies. Oh right, and to support the series. That is totally my primary reason, and not trophies. >.>
83  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 24, 2016, 08:43:08 AM
So I started watching the currently running Gundam series on the recommendation of a coworker. So far I am enjoying it. I think it has really well thought out battles that are entertaining. I'm kind of iffy on the Barbatos's design, but we are only about ten episodes away from the 25/26 episode point, so it probably will see one or two more battles before it gets replaced by the mid series upgrade. I think this might be the first time that I am watching a Gundam series as it happens with the normal Gundam tropes in mind. Kind of makes for a different viewing experience (not better or worse just different).
84  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 anyone? on: January 24, 2016, 08:34:34 AM
It just seemed odd and crazy, especially considering the ending didn't really seem out of touch with the most of Bioware games.. but ah well.  Everyone I knew who played Bioware games as far back as Baldur's Gate 1 was fine with the ending, the people who didn't like the ME3 ending were primarily people who had just come into the series recently. In fact, I don't know anyone who played the earlier Bioware games who was dissatisfied by the ending etc.
Bullcrap. I have played every single Bioware RPG since Baldur's Gate 1 except for Jade Empires (including all 8 class stories in SWTOR), and I found ME3's ending to laughably bad. There are so many issues with the ending that if I were to write out a long winded post about everything wrong with the ending, I don't even know which issue I should start with. Should I start with the developers lying about how the ending wasn't going to be a choice of a, b, or c? Should I start with the thematic disconnect with ME1 where it turns out that Saren was right all along? Or should I go with the fact that Shepard is forced to accept a premise for a central conflict that was never a central conflict before, and that when it did come up you were always able to refute the position you are now forced to take? Well unless you take the refuse ending (which was not in the original release) in which case the ending is effectively Mac Walters giving you the middle finger because you don't understand his grand vision.

I'm sure that for some Shepards the ending worked just fine, but if you don't believe in this nonsense that starbrat was pushing the whole thing becomes incredibly unsatisfactory. To end this post, I shall be quoting one of my friends (who does not represent my opinion, but I feel it an appropriate way to end) with what he says whenever the topic of the Bioware or Mass Effect comes up in one of our conversation as a result of this ending, "Fuck Bioware."
85  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 24, 2016, 08:12:48 AM
Ares 90 is broken...

Super Broken....

Like having Knights of Round in FFVII broken.
It is completely broken, you should take it to fight the Endbringer in northern Noctilum to see how broken it is! :p

My time with Xenoblade had racked up like mad bit I still wanna get through a lot of it.... Aeolus, if you have the time at any point in the future, can you post your Skelly set up (augments and all)? It would save so much time from trial and error or hunting to get that.... :(
If you are going for 100% with the minimum amount of effort your final set up is going to be an Ares 90 with an ether reflect canceller XX (forgot the proper names for most augments), 6 ether resistance boosters XXs (gives you 120% resistance allowing for your to maintain 100% even if an enemy drops your resistance), and as many ultrafauna slayer XXs as you are willing to grind. Additionally your ground gear should be skell wear with enough evasion boosting augments to increase the Ares 90's evasion into the 500s or 600s. There are some tyrants this set up won't work against, but none of them are required to get 100% map completion. There are set ups that can kill things faster, but they take significantly more grinding.

However this build is meant solely for post game (since the Ares 90 is post game only) and I have no idea of where you currently are in the game, so this may not be useful info if you haven't beaten the game yet.
86  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 23, 2016, 08:31:41 AM
Nearly finished Trails in the Sky SC. Game has been enjoyable. World building in the FC certainly worked to SC's benefit.

One thing is really bugging me at the moment though, when each of the Enforcers is introduced they are established to be so far beyond the main characters that it is absolutely ridiculous to think about challenging them. I'm pretty sure one of the next things I do in the game is slamming their faces into the ground...and story wise I have no freaking clue why my characters have managed to close that gap in such a short period of time. Mechanically I know it is because of leveling, but...the game did too good of a job at making the Enforcers seem untouchable and now it is bugging me. >.>

That said, XBCX. The Turn X is ridiculous. Its taking some serious willpower not to just immediately slam on the anti-material cannons as even volcano dwelling titans and battleships fall to my new found overpoweredness (though, I've discovered a new flaw with the Ares 90; poor Crowd Control).
As I recall both of its two uber weapons (basically the ether weapons) do area damage. I know that I would always use them to kill off Filaments while Yg Zero grinding by just getting near a filament when attacking Yg Zero with an ether weapon.
87  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)?
88  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! :(
89  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.
90  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.
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