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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 05, 2015, 07:25:45 PM

Yeah these are probably a guy and a girl. 

And P5 looks sexy as hell.  I was hype before, now it's only stronger.  I'd like to see maybe what the Personas of those four characters look like, but not much else.  Gonna try and mostly stay in the dark for my first playthrough of the game.  Kinda weird that they're fighting SMT demons and not shadows, and that they transform into their Personas Digital Devil Saga-style, but I might be making an incorrect assumption there.  I'm interested in playing it, however they do it. 

Random thought on that tracklist trailer for Persona 4: Dancing All Night that Yggdrasil linked: they're remixing "Now I Know?" That's the ending song to Persona 4 Arena, and I had no idea there was any demand for it at all.  weird. 
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGs where picking your active party was hard on: February 03, 2015, 06:23:08 PM
I'm well aware of the Falcon Knife earrings.  I just didn't like leveling her up and not seeing stats increase.  At least Ragnar can wear good armor and sees speed increases basically forever.  I used Alena for the whole game when I played on the NES, but when SPOILER joins you in the DS version I switched her out.  SPOILER is a pretty cool (if broken) addition, and I guess I liked the idea of a party of four swordsmen. 

Bonus answer:

Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4

Mr. Beaks, Philosophly, Goomez, and Vendorr.  Mr. Beaks and Phil are two of the first monsters you get, but I used them basically all the time.  Beaks is a strong attacker that can set up a lot of buffs and DOT stuff (which I love) and Phil has is a healthy mix of healing, boosts, high speed, and high magic that really works.  I had Phil use Necromaster spells most of the time, as he doesn't have a ton of high-level offense in his basic moveset.  Goomez is another good backup healer with lots of speed and status magic, plus some decent offensive options.  He's not as good of an interrupt character as Dust Bunny, Brodent, or some of the other speed characters, but I love his workable magic offense and bonuses from poisoning foes.  Vendorr is maybe the best character in the game, making items more than triple-effective after some buffs, spending MP to use items for free, and having massive HP, defense, and survivability.  Plus he is a giant, silent vending machine.  Love it.  Later in the game I subbed in some of the secret monsters (Coral Golem, Nigiri-chu, Cthulhu) out for Goomez or Mr. Beaks, but only occasionally. 
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGs where picking your active party was hard on: February 02, 2015, 10:12:29 AM
I'll do a couple of my favorites that spring to mind.  


The largest cast in a main-series Final Fantasy game (I'm pretty sure?) with some pretty cool variety to the cast.  I don't like using Strago or Cyan (even though I like them in the story) because they're slow and don't have great offense that justifies using them.  My favorite party is probably Terra, Relm, Mog, and Gau, but Celes and Shadow almost made that list.  So did Edgar and Sabin.  And I guess Locke.  It's a good game with a lot of characters, okay?


Alena is my favorite character in the game, but she gets less useful towards the end because her Strength and Agility max out faster than anyone else, and she gets stagnant while the rest of your party keeps getting stronger.  In the DS version of the game (where Cristo/Kiryl isn't limited by his AI) my favorite party is The Hero, Ragnar, Cristo, and the secret character.  Yeah, I switch out Alena for the secret character once you meet him.  I'm always scared to use too much magic in a Dragon Quest game, since MP healing is always so limited.  


I... don't like using Magus.  I like Dual Techs and Triple Techs too much.  I used basically everyone, but my favorite party is Crono, Robo, and Ayla.  


My favorite party for boss battles was Akihiko, Aigis, and Mitsuru (stat-downs, stat-ups, and Mitsuru's magic offense), but for most of the game I used a lot of different characters.  


This cast is really quite balanced in combat; as long you have Yukiko or Teddie present for healing, the rest of your party can be pretty effective.  Naoto is the best character in dungeons, natch, and Kanji is better against bosses than against mobs (Matarukaja, baby).  The first time I beat the final boss, I used Kanji, Chie, and Yukiko, but I used all six companion characters roughly equally for the final few dungeons.  


I don't like controlling Shulk, so for most of the game I would use either Dunban or Melia in the 1st-player role.  If I was using Dunban, I would back him up with Riki and either Shulk or the seventh party member, and if I was using Melia I would back her up with Sharla and either Dunban or Reyn to draw aggro away from Melia.  Yeah, I kind of had a platoon system going on.  My favorite party (which I also used for the final boss) was Dunban, Shulk, and Riki, which is amusingly also the party that Shulk uses for his Final Smash, heh.  


This barely counts as a game with characters that you can switch out, because you have three mandatory party members and you can only choose between multiple 4th characters for the last 10% of the game.  Still, I could never decide who the best 4th option was; Drachma has the best defense and SP bonuses, Gilder has the best physical attacks, and Enrique has the best magic and probably the best super move in Justice Shield.  When I was doing late-game side quests I changed party members constantly.  


I've only beaten SO2 once, picked Rena's path, and I recruited Opera but missed out on Ernest (I know, I know...).  I used Claude, Rena, Opera, and Dias for most of the game. 
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 31, 2015, 05:05:29 PM
Little Paper Mario, little Fire Emblem: Awakening, and a little Super Mario World.  Yup. 

I never owned a ton of SNES games (unlike my terrifying PS1 and PS2 collections), topping out at maybe 8 or 9 games over the years, before selling all of it after getting a PlayStation.  I rented games quite often, though, and as a result I played a lot of SNES games 70% of the way through and then had to return them.  Mario World and Super Metroid were two of those games; I've invested some time into both of those, but never beaten either one.  Yes, I know, I should be ashamed of myself.  That's why I impulse-bought some Wii points and now I have both of those on the Wii.  I want to try and beat both in the first half of 2015. 
20  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 4 on: January 31, 2015, 05:01:25 PM
I dunno.  I'm into videogames, but I sure bitch/talk about them more than I seem to play them these days. 
Yeah, I'm with you.  I'm writing about video games as much as or more than I'm actually playing them nowadays.  Not sure I like it. 

Anyhow, Uncharted 4, right.  I liked the first three Uncharted games, but the firefights are maybe my least favorite parts of them.  The characters and dialog were pretty good, and Uncharted 2 had one of the better love triangles of last generation (really).  I liked the environments and Prince of Persia-esque climbing segments a LOT, and would probably prefer more of that and less shooting out of cover in Uncharted 4, but I'm probably not getting it. 

Whatever.  I'll eventually have a PS4, and Uncharted 4 will eventually be fairly inexpensive.  After both of those things happen, I will totally play UC4 for two weeks and then never revisit it ever again. 
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: January 23, 2015, 12:55:57 AM
1. Ys Seven
2. Rayman Origins
3. Assassin's Creed II
4. Dust: An Elysian Tail
5. The Walking Dead (season one)
6. Frog Fractions
7. Mortal Kombat (2011)
8. Digital Devil Saga
9. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
10. Persona 3: Portable (FeMC)
11. Sonny
12. Sonny 2
13. Dragon Age: Origins
14. Dragon Age: Origins: Awakening
15. Retro Game Challenge
16. Batman: Arkham City
17. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
18. Bravely Default
19. Persona 2: Innocent Sin
20. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
21. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
22. Dragon Age: Inquisition

I got too busy at the end of the year to do much else, so Inquisition was my game for most of December and I got right to the end of XenoBlade and Persona Q, but didn't beat either of them before January 1st.  XenoBlade's done, and Persona Q is near done.  They should be two of the first games on my 2015 list. 
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: January 21, 2015, 06:39:11 AM
Yeah, that music video is pretty boring compared to the song.  It sounds like a J-rock'd up version of a Black Keys song or something.  I dig it. 
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 20, 2015, 05:54:27 PM
More Fire Emblem: Awakening.  Just finished Chapter 16, but I'm taking a break to raise my kids.  I'm using SpotPass battles to completely nuke the balance of this game and create super-powerful children characters.  So far I've recruited Lucina, Cynthia, Kjelle, Severa, Gerome, and Laurent, and they're six of my eight best characters.  Other two are Donnel (who has nearly every stat maxed as a Hero) and Chrom (who is a Paladin with almost every stat above 30).  Hell, Chrom might be the weakest of those eight.  Currently developing supports for my MC (who is probably going to marry either Lucina or Olivia) and Tharja (who's gonna marry Gaius).  
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 18, 2015, 07:39:17 PM
I just finished Chapter 15 in Fire Emblem: Awakening.  Using SpotPass to grind and **** around with leveling and pairing up my units.  So far Chrom's married to Sumia and Kellam's married to Sully, but I can't access the quest to meet Sumia's daughter and I want to have Kellam and Sully learn more skills before I do the paralogue for their daughter.  Heh, this game doesn't exactly nail the intense, strategic side of Fire Emblem, thanks to this wrecked level curve, but it does a fine job of team-building and I love the changes to the Support system, even if the writing doesn't seem quite as strong.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: January 18, 2015, 07:33:09 PM
I just hope it actually changes in how terrain is being handled instead of all of the environments to be just a flat surface. Similar to how Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre does terrain.
Doesn't look like it, man.  There was plenty of gameplay in that initial trailer, and the environments looked quite nice, but also quite flat. 

And hey, I'm playing Awakening for the first time right now and enjoying it quite a bit.  Already pretty jazzed about a second Fire Emblem game similar to it. 
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 08, 2015, 12:05:28 AM
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 07, 2015, 09:22:46 PM
Beat XenoBlade Chronicles a few days ago.  ***ing fantastic.  New favorite Wii game.  Sorry, Donkey Kong Country Returns. 

Currently early on in Fire Emblem: Awakening.  I'm only on the fourth chapter, but DAMN the fights are already a little tricky (playing on Classic + Hard).  I sort of hope there are grinding opportunities a little later; does that make me a wimp? 
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 04, 2015, 07:53:05 PM
I think I'm near the end of XenoBlade.  The final boss and his disciples revealed themselves and I have the path in front of me.  Now the question is... how much of this endgame content do I really want to do....
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obligatory 2014 Thread: Your Year on: December 30, 2014, 01:46:32 AM
Favorite game I played this year: XenoBlade Chronicles
Runner-up: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

I fuckin' adore XenoBlade Chronicles.  This is a clear merger of Japanese and western RPG traditions, with great characters, story, and action-packed combat.  By far the most beautiful game on the Wii, in both audio and visuals.  I haven't finished XenoBlade yet (taking a break from playing it right now, actually), but I want to try and beat it in the next few days.  I'm about to fight Egil.  

Favorite 2014 game I played this year: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Runner-up: Bravely Default

Dragon Age: Inquisition seemed too big.  Its environments were vast and richly detailed, and I didn't even step into one of them (the Hissing Wastes), but the ten or eleven I did check out in detail were awesome.  The dialog, scenarios, and character interactions were awesome.  One mid-game plot point still haunts me, and it kinda makes me want to create a new world state and a new Inquisitor just to try going the other way on it.  It's my favorite BioWare game since Mass Effect 2, and maybe my favorite BioWare game ever.  

Most disappointing game I played this year: Batman: Arkham City
Runner-up: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Yeah, I played a lot of checklisty action RPGs and open-world games this year.  Arkham City was really pretty, and sometimes it was really cool, but several basics of gameplay (brawling, checking walls for clues, gliding) didn't really do it for me.  Arkham City didn't wow me with its scale like the environments of XenoBlade or Dragon Age, and the smaller details didn't impress me much either.  When Arkham City is good, it's great (the boss fight in the police station, predator scenarios, scenes with Harley and Joker).  But the game seems small and short compared to its peers, and its highs don't match the highs of Arkham Asylum.  
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 28, 2014, 10:44:28 PM
Beat Dragon Age: Inquisition a short time ago.  The ending was satisfying, but that tease after the credits, wow.  I really don't know what to make of that.  We might have our main villain for Dragon Age IV, or at least a chunk of Dragon Age DLC.  I appreciate how Inquisition made mythology a major focus of the game.  The politics of the Chantry, the unclear nature of the Maker and Andraste, and bringing Elven gods into the story forefront.  Great stuff.  They also bring in some Tevinter / Grey Warden / Blight stuff into the mix without it taking over the entire narrative like it was a second coming of Dragon Age: Origins.  Really interested to see how DLC shakes out for Inquisition - I assume they'll add a new zone or two.  This is probably my game of the year.

Nah, just kidding.  My game of the year is listening to podcasts while playing this: Hi!
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