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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2014, 01:36:06 PM
XenoBlade - More Valak Mountain stuff.  Still enjoying this game.  Still doing do much sidequest content, which is overwhelming in breadth and depth.  If this game continues being good to the end, it'll be my favorite Wii game, period. 

Torchlight II - why not?  Messing around with my old level 80 glaive/summons Outlander.  Gonna try and get her up to level 100 with some friends.  Goddamn I love me some TL2. 
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation TV (formerly known as Vita TV) on: October 16, 2014, 04:47:41 PM
I'm definitely curious about it, but... I'm probably more interested in a Vita.  I like portable systems, and one of my top reasons for buying a Vita, Ys: Memories of Celceta, isn't on the compatibility list.  If that game gets added in the next 6 months... then we can talk. 
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 15, 2014, 05:34:53 PM
We getting a new straw poll soon?  I've sobered up since the weekend and I'm curious to see what's up next. 
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 15, 2014, 05:21:18 PM
Nah, that party's too good to be the worst.  Black Curse and Lise's stat downs are redundant, but you have Carlie's MT Heal Light and mediocre offense from Hawk and Lise.  Wanderer has some okay trucks, but (obviously) not as many good ones as Rogue.  I'd say that replacing Carlie with Duran as a Lord or Duelist would be worse.  

And anyway... got back into Xenoblade over the past few days.  Exploring Valak Mountain and trying to build up affinity in the four big cities.  HOLY **** there is a lot of optional mindless content in this game.  It's great.  
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 11, 2014, 10:55:42 AM
If you think that a strategy RPG in the vein of FF Tactics is going to change how people think of JRPGs, well, yeah.  Good luck. 

And the best way to gain attention and attract potential teammates for making a game?  Make a game.  Then make a better game.  Then make a game better than that one.  That's a much better venue for attracting "like-minded people" than rambling on forums in incomplete sentences.  Show others you mean business by actually putting in the work. 
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 10, 2014, 10:47:08 PM
I DONT CSRE WHST QUIZ IMMA FUCK YALL UP sorry beers.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 08, 2014, 08:06:18 AM
Best Sports Anime
Baby Steps
Ugly character designs, low (and occasionally abysmal) production values, and yet it's one of the most in-depth and engaging sports animes I've ever seen.  This isn't just my favorite of the season, I think it might be my favorite of all time.  Part of what makes it so strong is the uncompromising realism.  This couldn't be further from that other tennis anime.  Here is a show where even the training sequences are fun to watch because they're based on solid principles and have actual thought put into them.  It's not just yelling and powering up.  It pays attention to mental condition and psychological discipline in addition to physical training.  It has a main character who (as these things often go) possesses some talent for the sport but gets into it late and has to work incredibly hard to catch up.  But so much detail is put into that 'working hard' aspect and he doesn't instantly become super powered up (it's called Baby Steps for a reason) that his rise actually feels plausible.  Seriously, if you like sports anime at all then watch this show.
The Baby Steps manga is pretty good, but it's at a major breakpoint in the story.  Really not sure where it's going after Ei-chan's match in the semis against Kanda. 
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 08, 2014, 07:35:58 AM
Finished Persona 2.  HELL of an ending.  Really great story payoff on all of the major characters.  Makes me want to go and read up on additional lore.  And play Eternal Punishment immediately; good thing I've owned it for something like ten years, heh (without playing it). 
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 05, 2014, 12:01:06 PM
Weirdly I own the original Valkyrie Profile AND the PSP Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth... but have played neither one.  I might have a problem.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2014, 05:42:12 PM
I picked up Ultimax, too. It's a fun game, but damn, the boss in Arcade mode was nuts. I mean, that's par for the course in Fighting games, but Arc System Works tends to be better in making the bosses at least kinda fair. Even in GGXX, the boss on normal was only cheap with a single (albeit devestating) move that 2/3rds of the time is avoidable once you learn its pattern. Maybe I'm just too new, but it was next to impossible for me to beat that boss until I was so frustrated I started mashing the buttons like a madman...and that was the only way I could figure out how to win - give it no space whatsoever. If it gets in even a few hits, you could easily wind up in a string of difficult/possibly impossible to counter combos that can can take out a good chunk of your life. I feel like I'm fighting a KOF boss...and there's a reason I just shut the game off every time I hit a boss in KOF without even trying anymore. :/
I'm... not sure which arcade boss you mean.  There are 3 or 4 possible final bosses in Arcade mode.  And yeah, they're tricky, but ABSOLUTELY NOT King of Fighters hard.  Much easier than Score Attack from P4A.  Even at the highest setting Tsukiyomi Sho is nowhere near the level of old school Rugal or Goenitz.  Not even the same ballpark. 
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2014, 02:43:53 PM
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax - still haven't tried Golden Arena mode, but I finished the P4 story mode and started the Episode of Adachi.  I think the story mode's basic structure was WAY better in Ultimax, but I liked the story mode in P4A a little more.  HOWEVER, I haven't done the P3 route yet, so I might be judging too early.  But hey, this game is awesome.  It's exactly what I wanted.  I'm going to be playing the **** out of it on occasional weekends for at least six months. 

P4:AU is like the Smash Bros. of Persona. Amirite?
If Nintendo has a Smash single-player where Peach, Rosalina, and Zelda all engage in girl talk and how they're such big fans of one another after defeating one of their evil clones, I'm all for it.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 04, 2014, 02:11:35 PM
What is this? Is no tradition sacred? Friday quizzes, strawpolls. What's next? New quiz takers, no more countdown clock?

This is Madness!
I think this was Glassjawsh's first quiz, so you're halfway to your madness hypothesis. 

And I would play the **** out of basically any quiz, but Persona 3+4 are specific to my skillset.  I would probably get annihilated if the quiz was for Breath of Fire or Star Ocean, even though I have played a few games in those series. 

And thanks for the congrats, everybody!  My prize is going straight to the PSN, where it shall stay until I can use it to buy and download Legend of Heroes:  Trails in the Sky Second Chapter.  Let's do this again!  I'm probably not winning anything ever again until we get to a Skies of Arcadia or Dragon Quest VIII quiz. 
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2014, 02:03:53 PM
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax - still haven't tried Golden Arena mode, but I finished the P4 story mode and started the Episode of Adachi.  I think the story mode's basic structure was WAY better in Ultimax, but I liked the story mode in P4A a little more.  HOWEVER, I haven't done the P3 route yet, so I might be judging too early.  But hey, this game is awesome.  It's exactly what I wanted.  I'm going to be playing the **** out of it on occasional weekends for at least six months. 

Persona 2: Innocent Sin - Almost done!  Finished the first part of Xibalba, and now I'm debating doing extra content (with the help of a guide) or just powering to the end of the game.  I've been using Grand Cross on every boss since the final Temple, and I might just keep doing that.  Not 100% sure of the plan yet.  This game gets REALLY easy if you do a little bit of card-hunting and Persona-fusion.  I've enjoyed it for the most part, but I'm not sure I want to have this game hanging over me for much longer. 
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 02, 2014, 11:42:07 AM
I should be able to make this, but I'm not 100% sure. I live on the east coast of the U.S., so the quiz is 4PM tomorrow for me. I'm normally at work until 5PM, but I think I can leave a bit early tomorrow. Not sure about other Americans who are still at work or school, though.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 01, 2014, 01:55:51 PM
Have you played Persona 4 Arena? There are some pretty robust training modes and combo challenges already in place, plus regular-old Arcade and online modes. The fighting is way more accessible than any other ASW game and probably every Capcom and SNK fighter ever - almost every skill is either a quarter-circle motion or a simultaneous button press. Way easier than the weird, arcane commands in most 2D fighters. No half-diagonal circles or 720 motions like Super Street Fighter II.

...but even with that elegant combat system and good training modes in place, it was too much for some fans. I tried prodding a few RPGFan peeps into playing P4A in this very forum, but at least one or two balked at mashing through a fighting game. A lot of RPG players love the characters and stories in Atlus RPGs and want nothing to do with playing an Arc System Works fighter. Automatic Mode is for playing through the story (which has 5x more reading dialogue than fighting Shadows) when you're that exact type of fan. And hey, if 2% of those fans try more of the game after seeing the AIs play in Automatic, then maybe it was worth it.
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