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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: September 19, 2015, 01:13:37 PM
I think that once all of the cast members are revealed, the full cut of that opening scene will have all of them skating / dancing whatever on that highway overpass.  Right now the trailer scenes are edited in a way that seems disjointed.  Still looks fresh as f***. 
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: September 19, 2015, 02:41:57 AM
My Persona history's a little weird.  I used to be a hater, then totally flipped.  I rented Revelations: Persona a long-ass time ago, probably 2000 or 2001.  It was a niche favorite of some people on RPGamer and certain Gamefaqs boards.  I thought the game was garbage.  Didn't really get the story stuff, and really hated the dungeon presentation and high encounter rate.  A few years later I'm buying up every PS1 RPG I can, and find a good price on Persona 2: Eternal Punishment and buy it.  I give it a shot, and I think it's definitely better than Persona 1, but don't get very far.  I still have the PS1 discs. 

So fast forward several years and a bunch of people in my college's gaming club are super-into Persona 3.  I pass on it, because I'm really busy with college and I remember hating Persona 1.  Much later, a friend who had been bugging me to play Persona 3+4 for years gives me Persona 3 FES as a birthday present.  I play it in 2012 and I'm absolutely hooked.  Beat it twice in one summer.  Then I buy a PS2 copy of Persona 4 from the marketplace forum of RPGFan (thanks, Dice!) and I like it even more than 3.  To date I've completed Persona 3 three times and Persona 4 four times.  I'm a little bit crazy. 

So since that 2012-2013 Persona obsession began, I've played all the Persona spinoffs, watched a bunch of Persona anime, and even imported a few Japan-only Persona games.  I played Persona 2: Innocent Sin on PSP last year and thought it was really, really solid, but hated card collecting and Persona fusion.  The faster, simpler fusion stuff in Persona 3 and 4 is way better.  I still have that old copy of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment on PS1, so I'm going to try and play that before Persona 5 comes out.  Whew.  Sorry for that. 

TL;DR I think Persona 1's bad, Persona 2IS is old but pretty good, Persona 3 is great, and Persona 4 is one of my all-time favorite games.  I'm going to play Persona 2EP soon. 
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 19, 2015, 12:00:01 AM
Lots of Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm.  When I get to single-player stuff,  it's usually been Far Cry 3.  Deliberately stepping out of my wheelhouse to try that one. So far it's a little bit unremarkable as an open world exploration game, but I'm pretty impressed with some of the things it does. Vaas is a hell of a villain. It doesn't seem like an enormous time-sink, so I think I'll be able to see this one through to the end within a few weeks.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: September 18, 2015, 10:16:27 PM
I know I'm thoroughly impressed thus far. I want to play Persona 2: IS and especially Persona 4 before I get to 5, though, so this delay gives me some time.
I'm in a very similar boat.  I want to play Persona 2EP in the first half of next year.  Plus maybe do another NG+ of Persona Q or Persona 3P. 
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Most rivetting or moving single player experience EVER thread on: September 17, 2015, 07:44:03 AM
ME is the Great Canadian RPG.  Especially if you play as FemShep.
Fixed that for you. ;)

Lufia II's ending did it for me.  Without going into spoilers, it's quite tragic.  It's the first time I remember crying at a video game; I was 15 or 16 when I first played it. 
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project Setsuna (or 'Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna') on: September 15, 2015, 06:41:40 PM
Gat damn this looks pretty.  Filing this under "that looks totally dope" alongside 13 Sentinels. 
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: September 09, 2015, 08:26:19 PM
Shit, I hate preordering shit, but I'mma preorder the SHIT out of this shit. 
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which "Tales of" games have you played more than once? on: August 27, 2015, 09:04:19 PM
I've played Phantasia a bunch of times - twice on SNES emulator, once on GBA, twice on translated PS1 file.  That's the only one I've beaten more than once. 
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 21, 2015, 10:51:23 PM
Hahaha, maybe I'm weird, but I find all this negativity delightful, even when I disagree with peoples' opinions.  When people really feel strongly about something and express it like this, it's a fun window into their personal tastes and preferences.  The keys is not letting it get to you and having fun with it instead of getting your feelings hurt. 

...for real though, keep to the generic vitriol and don't resort to personal attacks.  That's just bad all-around.  Dunno if that's quite happened here yet, just something to keep in mind. 
25  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: August 21, 2015, 01:56:59 PM
I like summoning a giant bronze ghost bell and for a magical echo :)
26  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: August 21, 2015, 08:15:02 AM
I assume there's some way you can respec later?
There's no need to respec.  You learn every skill in the game via leveling up, and you can equip them or unequip them at will.  Each skill also has five variations (which you also learn via leveling) called "runes."  Each class also learns about 20 passive skills called "talents" via leveling.  Once you level up to 70, any experience you earn goes to your "paragon level" which is an unlimited number that gives you an elective bonus for each level.  The highest paragon level in the game (so far) is somewhere between 2000 and 2500, IIRC. 

Endgame in Diablo III (once you have every skill, rune, and talent at your disposal) is about choosing which six skills, which corresponding runes, and which four talents to equip, obtaining the best equipment possible to best suit your chosen skills and talents, and increasing that Paragon Level.  If you want, you can totally change up your combination of skills, runes, and talents at any time, either to suit your best equipment or your own tastes and preferences. 
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 20, 2015, 06:04:04 PM
I'm not going to say *all* of my unpopular game opinions, because some of them I am 100% sure will get me kicked off staff, hahahaha.  But with that said...

Kingdom Hearts is completely incomprehensible to me.  I've only played parts of the first two, but didn't like either of them.  I really, REALLY hesitate to try any of them since my initial experience with the "good" ones was so wack. 

Metal Gear is the most overrated series of all time.  Metal Gear Solid isn't a good action game or a good stealth game.  The best parts about Metal Gear are when the writers deliberately troll the player (i.e. Raiden in MGS2, Mantis in MGS1), but the gameplay and story are both subpar. 

Tales of Symphonia is an average JRPG that is only beloved because the GameCube is completely devoid of good RPGs other than Skies of Arcadia and Paper Mario (I don't count Zelda as an RPG, for the record).  Symphonia isn't even one of the five best games in its own series. 

The N64 is a weak gaming system with only five or six good titles on it.  The PlayStation's library is so much better that it's practically an embarrassment. 

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an okay Zelda game at best.  Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Link to the Past, Link Between Worlds, Link's Awakening, the two Oracle games, and Skyward Sword are all better than Ocarina.  I haven't played Majora's Mask or Spirit Tracks, so I can't fairly judge those two. 

Ape Escape is a better platformer than Banjo Kazooie, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, or Donkey Kong 64.  The only PS1/N64 platformer that is on par with Ape Escape is Super Mario 64, which is a great game that had a justifiable impact.  I know I come across as anti-N64 sometimes, but I can't hate on Mario 64. 

I love Mega Man, but there hasn't been a good Mega Man game made since 1997. 

Persona 4 is awesome.  Persona 3 is nearly as awesome as Persona 4.  The Persona 2 games are very good, but a little hamstrung by their old, weird negotiation and card collection mechanics; I still enjoyed them.  Persona 1 is a tire fire of an RPG and one of my least-favorite PS1 games.  Don't play Persona 1.  Read some wiki articles or the manga instead. 
28  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: August 11, 2015, 07:36:47 AM
Well, here's my profile, spotlighting the season 3 Monk I started last week: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/Monsoon-1996/hero/64659020

I'm not thrilled about her gear, so I'm running low-level Rifts until I can increase the Torment level I'm comfortable with.  Really want a 2H weapon with either a bonus to fire skills or at least more attack speed than the giant axe I have her wielding.  My current goal is to get 400 seasonal achievement points before the end of season 3 on August 23rd, so I can get the exclusive portrait frame.  Right now I think I'm at 180. 
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 08, 2015, 01:14:04 PM
I beat Digital Devil Saga 2 late yesterday, making this the first SMT I've finished on Hard.  Compared to Meganada, Brahman was practically a pushover. Om Mani Padme Hm.

Overall, this was a really good game.  The plot and characterization were both improved from DDS1, but the star of this game is the battle system, which is right up there with the best of SMT. 

Here, have some battle music.

<PS2 backlog clear>
<Backlog games remaining:
Arguably the best main battle theme in any game ever.


You hear that theme like 10,000 times due to the ridiculous grind and high encounter that game puts you through... and yes I never got sick of it.
I played DDS1 last year and really, really liked it.  I already own DDS2 and want to play it... soonish, after I finish a NG+ of DDS1, heh.  Can't wait to hear that song a zillion times. 
30  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: August 07, 2015, 05:24:36 PM
I've owned Diablo III for about a year, and only bought RoS a month ago.  I haven't touched Seasonal play at all, so I'm thinking about powerleveling a new character to 70 just to get whatever rewards they're setting up. 
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