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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: Today at 02:59:37 AM
We took almost a whole month off due to scheduling conflicts, E3, and multiple illnesses, but Retro Encounter is going to try and do weekly episodes like we promised.  A special Persona 4 episode went up earlier today, and next week you get the second half of our Majora's Mask discussion. 
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 28, 2016, 06:56:18 AM
No I haven't.  I haven't watched anime in a long time.  I don't get much time to watch TV and its variants.  5pb is behind the game, right?  They've become a super strong player in the VN game.  And isn't NISA localizing it?  The quality of that company's localizations has been up and down throughout its existence. 

I think it's 5PB and Nitro+ together, just like Steins;Gate. I may be wrong though. NISA do have their ups and downs, but they did a masterful job on the DanganRonpa games. I'm hopeful!
I used to adore NIS  but I think their catalog has been very weak recently. Disgaea 4 was great, but Disgaea D2 was pretty bad  and there PS3 output is it quite weak compared to their PS2 output. Their localization group, NISA, does a lot of good work, but Danganronpa isn't developed by NIS. It's a Spike Chunsoft game (Spike on PSP, Spike Chunsoft after the merger). That makes Danganronpa and the Zero Escape trilogy... cousins? That's kinda neat.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 24, 2016, 08:36:32 PM
My favorite game companies.  A timeline. 

20 years ago: Square, Capcom, Nintendo

15 years ago: Square, Capcom, Blizzard

10 years ago: Square Enix, Capcom, Namco

5 years ago: Capcom, Nintendo, Atlus

Today: Atlus, Blizzard, Falcom

...I put a surprising amount of thought into this.  It's weird how much I loved Blizzard during my Diablo II / WC3 days, then became indifferent for many years, then resurgent in my Blizzard love with Diablo III and HotS.  And Capcom, my former favorite game company, woof. 
4  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 15, 2016, 09:49:09 AM
All I want are release dates for DQ 7 and Etrian Odyssey 5
I think it's extremely likely we get that DQ VII release date announcement this week. There was a rumor that retailers are already clearing shelf space for it over the weekend, and I think they're still claiming a Q3 date for it. I was kinda expecting / hoping we'd get a date at their press conference yesterday, but alas no.

Etrian V I have no idea.  Altus has a pretty big E3 booth and I didn't see Etrian V stuff anywhere. Maybe they'll show it today or tomorrow?
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 26, 2016, 10:17:00 PM
Two things! Our second majora's mask recording is this weekend, so if you want to ask a question or have something specific brought up, now is the time to mention it.

Also, we published an episode all about our favorite SNES RPGs.  Somehow we spent the most time on Lufia II.  I'm a little salty that we didn't talk about Secret of Mana enough. Whatever, them's the breaks.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: May 22, 2016, 01:35:34 PM
Necronomicon appears to have battle stats. That looks like she may have a slightly more active role in combat? Even if she's viewing remotely.
Lucia/Juno and Himiko/Kanzeon also had battle stats.  I think Futaba is the navigator and not a typical party member, but will have a more active role than Fuuka or Rise.  That's what I'm assuming at least. 
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 13, 2016, 03:33:11 PM
The Retro Encounter panel is playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask this month, and the first recording is this weekend. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for that discussion, post them here! Or alternatively, send an email to retro@rpgfan.com.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 12, 2016, 01:07:01 PM
Part 1 of our The World Ends a With You podcast is up

 Starting with this episode, we're going to post one episode every week, probably releasing Wednesdays or Thursdays.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 05, 2016, 12:31:16 PM
I liquidated my Chompcraft assets for about 850,000 pg after getting the airship. Mo' money, fewer problems.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 26, 2016, 05:00:28 PM
The Sopranos, Oz, and Deadwood

Also shows I can't watch. :)

But as you say, also shows that are widely accepted as high-quality productions.

Same.  They're shows about horrible people doing horrible things.  Not my speed.

I'll repeat myself: for me, awful content invalidates the technical brilliance of a piece of entertainment.  It's just me.  I'm not saying the shows are "bad", just that I won't watch them and would discourage others from doing so if I know they care about content.
I'd challenge the idea that "people doing evil things" doesn't equate to "awful content" but clearly we have a difference in tastes and preferences here.  Nobody's going to change anyone's minds.  Bummer.  I'll just keep enjoying all of this spectacular "awful content."
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 26, 2016, 03:12:09 PM
I'm a little compelled to respond about Breaking Bad, as it's one of my favorite TV shows of the past 15-ish years.  I disagree with the notion that it's "is a show about horrible people doing horrible things, all of the time."  It's a show where a lot of horrible things happen, yes, but it's basically a slow burn about a person's slow descent into evil.  Walter White starts out as a cancer patient who sells drugs out of desperation and opportunity, and then ends up doing worse and worse things over the course of the show, and ends up as a drug lord.  It happens in a slow burn over 5 seasons broadcast over about 6.5 years.  Part of why it's so good is that it's hard to find a single moment where he "breaks bad" and it's hard to say if his circumstances forced him to do some of those things, or if he was a borderline psychopath at the start and descended completely into evil by season 5.  

...so yeah.  There is a lot of evil in Breaking Bad, but it's brilliantly written and produced, and showcases a fascinating character arc.  I think there is more evil shown more gratuitously in The Sopranos, Oz, and Deadwood, which are also good shows full of bad people doing bad things.  
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 23, 2016, 07:52:09 PM
I FINISHED BRAVELY SECOND AND NOW I AM EXPERIENCING AN EXCITED COMPLETION HIGH.  Whew.  Seriously, Bravely Second was great. 
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: April 23, 2016, 07:46:43 PM
I've been playing it obsessively since it came out, and I got the credits rolling an hour or two ago, heh.  Final runtime was 55-ish hours, as opposed to my Bravely Default run that was closer to 90. 

I fuckin' loved Bravely Second.  The class system is improved from Bravely Default (30 classes instead of 24, with 18 returning from Default).  The options and customization are a little better.  Magnolia and Yew are goofy-but-fun characters that I liked more than Agnes or Ringabel.  It doesn't totally abandon the play-multiple-times gimmick of Bravely Default, but it's WAY less obnoxious.  The endgame sequences remind me of Bravely Default's in some ways, but it's very clever and effective.  I'm really, really trying to avoid spoilers here, guys. 

Bravely Second is more Bravely Default, but it's a more streamlined experience.  The characters are adorable, the dialog is silly, the humor doesn't always land but sometimes it's pretty funny.  Jobs and combat are still excellent.  Whew.  It might not create new franchise converts, but I really, really liked this game.  Here's how my final party (for most of the last chapter) shook out:

Yew: Patissier / Performer.  Strictly for debuffing enemy stats and creating elemental weaknesses with cakes, and buffing allies with dances.  Very similar to my Performer build in Bravely Default.  I had him in the Patissier class because its native support skill is really good, while the Performer's isn't great.

Edea: Knight / Templar.  Super Charge build.  Dual shields.  Used the Templar's Brave-building skills to use Super Charge as much as possible.  Had my Patissier make enemies target her with Decoration.  I used a build very, very similar to this for the final boss of Bravely Default.

Magnolia: Hawkeye / Swordmaster. Mostly an auto-attacking build. Eagle Eye + Warhead for powerful attacks with the elemental Warheads matching whatever the Patissier threw at the enemy. Reliable 9999s with every attack and counter. Swordmaster was just for Eye for an Eye, which usually gave me one or two counter attacks per round at least.   

Tiz: Wizard / Bishop. I had Tiz switch between Bishop, Time Mage, and Astrologian skills quite often, but Wizard was my favorite native class for him because Spellcraft is so versatile. Most of the time he's setting up Mist spells to buff and heal the team, but also throws around Dart spells for emergencies.  Spellcraft is an amazing skillset. 
14  Media / General Games / Re: Ratchet and Clank 2016 on: April 14, 2016, 05:35:05 PM
Into the Nexus wasn't *terrible* but it's not at the level of the six main-series Ratchet games.  I adore Ratchet & Clank and even wrote a lengthy diatribe on the different games in the series here on the RPGFan forums.  If I owned a PS4 I would buy this game on day 1.  Ratchet & Clank is a fantastic platform-shooter series.  It was basically my Mega Man replacement in the 2000s and early 2010s. 
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: March 21, 2016, 06:22:20 PM
I can't speak to the "Greatest Ever" question, but it's also worth keeping mind that they're unlikely to choose games that they think suck. :)
...wait for April.
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