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241  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.
242  Media / Game Journals / 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.
243  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 01, 2014, 07:54:26 AM
I have a quick question I hope someone here can answer; I noticed that on PSN you can buy the Story mode of P4A for P4AU. How does that work exactly?
just like it sounds. P4A's entire visual novel, multi-character story mode is playable in P4AU. It shows up as a new tab in the Story menu and it's characters have P4AU moves and balance. Probably not worth it if you already own the first P4A, but could be

Oh, but P4AU does have "automatic" mode where it does the story fights for you if you want. It's for players who want to play through the story but don't like fighting game gameplay. Not sure about this, but you can probably use automatic mode on the P4A DLC if you want.
244  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 01, 2014, 01:01:06 AM
Played a few hours of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax today.  Started story mode.  Didn't touch Score Attack or Golden Arena.  Few hours of Network battles and Vs. with my roommate.  Early reactions:

Story mode is better, because you don't need to run through six separate character stories just to unlock the ending, and THEN beat the game with the other ten or whatever to get 100%.  It's more straightforward now, with a big ol' web of story segments to navigate.  Better than the first game, but I have only done seven or eight dialog segments.  

Junpei - kinda limited.  Victory Cry is great whenever you manage to unlock it, but it can only happen if you get sustained offense, and Junpei can only do good damage with some meter AND getting in close.  His Persona moves are slow and risky, but I'm sure there's good combo potential somewhere.  Mobility is okay, but he gets shut out by GTFO characters worse than usual and it's hard to get the timing right for his bunts.  

Yukari - oh god it's almost like Cable from MvC2.  OK, not really, but damn she has some projectiles.  Yukari's arrows are faster and trickier than Yukiko's fans, but she seems to have fewer tricks that Yukiko, whose fire meter is easier to build up in this game.  But yeah, Yukari is basically PEW PEW PEW and she seems pretty strong.  

Rise - surprisingly fun!  She has some weak projectiles and slow-moving musical notes, which are harmless unless Rise hits them with a B attack, which turns them into instant stuns and combo extenders.  Her analysis move doesn't seem to do much (I think it makes her disc projectile a little better?) but her combos are okay, her shield moves could be all right, and I'm SURE that I'll figure out some music note shenanigans eventually.  Probably my favorite to use of the new characters.  One of her SP Attacks is a throw that turns into a rhythm game for Pursuing Your True Self, because why not?

Ken & Koromaru - I only used him a few times, but his pokes are really good and there is great potential for trickery if you can get Koromaru's skills rolling.  I wasn't able to at all.  But if you hit the woodshed with Training Mode, I bet Ken can have some dastardly setups.  Really interested to try him a little more.  

Sho - I only used Boss Sho (Sun Arcana, no Persona), but wow.  Really good rushdown offense with some projectile tricks.  I bet he's awesome in the hands of an expert, because I was mashing A and B and using his basic QCFs and Furious Action a lot and did really well.  Gonna try out Persona Sho (Moon Arcana, PerShoNa) this week.  

Marie - ugh. Like a lamer version of Teddie, with slow item options, some rudimentary shield skills and a bag-thwack that is kind of like Naoto's kick.  If you can figure out how to use her persistent items she's probably decent, but trying to use her cold was a mistake.  My least favorite of the new characters I tried.  

Adachi - I never used Adachi.  Maybe tomorrow.  It's late.  I have work in the morning.  
245  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: September 28, 2014, 06:28:53 PM
No, I mostly get it.  But what you said was that you were hoping that Borderlands wouldn't affect your enjoyment of more niche games and... I found that a little confusing.  Liking one game doesn't change who you are.  It means you liked a game.  I guess I don't think about that kind of thing too often; for the most part, I know what I like. 
246  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: September 27, 2014, 07:02:37 PM
While I really don't agree with it being coined an RPG at all (though people have made the argument to me and I SEE the point I just don't FEEL it) I find myself a bit ashamed for my new found love of Borderlands 2.

The game is just so far out in left field in terms of what I typically enjoy. The shame factor is a result of foolishly fearing I may start falling in love with AAA titles and not appreciating the niche JRPG as much as I have in the past. I sort of always liked that I like bad games as it has led to some awesome discoveries/treasures I don't think I would have naturally stumbled upon.
I... dunno if I jive with that.  I seek out good games, and I don't care if it's a AAA title or a weird-ass Japan-only RPG or an indie title that got some positive attention over Twitter.  When anyone disdains a certain development class (?) of game for being indie or AAA I think it's just denying one some good experiences. 

...but with that said, I'm kinda ashamed that I'm playing Persona 3 again.  It's my 4th playthrough in about 26 or 27 months.  Why this time?  I made a mistake in my third playthrough and didn't get 100% S.Links.  Now I'm using a guide and beating a New Game +.  Again.  I might have a problem. 
247  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 27, 2014, 06:59:13 PM
SEASONAL GAMING/ Well I am getting my halloween-ee fix in now folks.
My plan: beat Costume Quest and re-beat Castlevania: Symphony of the Night during the month of October.  Should be fun times. 

Anyhow, I think I'm near the end of Persona 2: Innocent Sin (maybe?).  Xibalba just rose, and I finished the Aquarius Temple and got Chronos.  I think I'm basically in the final act of the game, which is a good thing because I'm about ready for this one to finish.  It's been mostly really good, but I have other games I need to play, man. 

After P2 is finished, I want to finally knock out XenoBlade Chronicles.  I think I'm less than 1/2 done on that one....
248  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 27, 2014, 10:40:26 AM
I beat DQ II for the first time on the GBC a few years ago.  The Road to Rhone and the final dungeon are ROUGH.  The only main-series DQ game I haven't beaten is VII, because I was turned off by the first two hours.  Like many hopeful DQ fans, I want to play that 3DS version in English. 
249  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: September 23, 2014, 10:40:14 PM
Sure, I'll play the ***hole heel this time.  Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Monsoon.  I'm good at quiz games.  I've beaten P3 three times in the past 24 months.  I won the P4 quiz last year.  Plus a few others.  Bring it on.  I like my chances
250  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2014, 07:31:21 PM
All of these shounen manga ending in unsatisfying manners only reminds me that One Piece is the best.  Right now they're in an encounter against a villain teased over ten years ago.  When Brook joined they brought up a story payoff that was also about 8-10 old.  There's a story that's had some ****ing PLANNING. 
251  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: September 13, 2014, 04:07:35 PM
Oooh!  Time to start updating my Steam wishlist! 
252  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: September 11, 2014, 08:23:46 AM
To the surprise of absolutely no one, I support additional Persona quizzes :)
253  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 08, 2014, 11:56:34 PM
Minoru is definitely better than HSDK, and it seems to be gaining momentum rather than be stuck in ridiculousness like HSDK was for a few years.  Still, it had been around for 12 years and I read it for about six or seven of those dozen.  I was much more disappointed by Kuroko ending after the national tournament.  I wanted them to take on America. 
254  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 08, 2014, 05:22:52 PM
Well, Kuroko ended (with a probable sequel manga coming up soon), and HSDK ends next week.  There's also a decent chance that Naruto ends soon.  We're facing a shounen mangapocalypse, people. 
255  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 07, 2014, 09:28:10 PM
Well, I find Zelda's dungeons to be the most compelling part of a Zelda title, heh.  I think of each Zelda game in terms of its dungeons.  The last two in the series I played (Twilight Princess in mid-2012 and A Link Between Worlds a month ago) both had really solid dungeons, IMHO. 
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