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256  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: TGS 2014 General Discussion on: September 01, 2014, 04:51:54 PM
Well I suppose today provides ample reason for me to start saving for a PS4. These announcements were just too much for me to deny even if there is still well over a years worth of PS3/Xbox360/PSP games I want to get to. Maybe I can take advantage of some black friday hunt later this year and catch a deal.
You say an episode of Scooby Doo.  I say a murder mystery that evolves into a struggle to prevent the entire world from being drowned in nihilism, using fog as a metaphor for illusion vs. truth.  Whatever.  Potayto Potahto. 

I always get consoles years late, so I won't be getting a PS4 for at least two years.  But damn these announcements make a PS4 much more attractive to me.  At least I'll be able to play P5 in the next two years on a system that I already own. 
257  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 01, 2014, 04:46:41 PM
Narche from FFVI
It's spelled "Narshe."  I would know.  Signature.  

Back on topic, Inaba from Persona 4.  Really richly detailed for being a "small" town, it's easy to get caught up in all the little things in it.  Granted, 95% of the game takes place in that town, but it still counts for the topic.  

I'll also give a small shoutout to Tristram from the first Diablo.  It's not the most richly detailed town in an RPG, but it had a good amount of character to it for a 1996 computer game AND gives you a great feeling of safety, as most of the time you're seconds from death when you're anywhere else.  Really memorable.  
258  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 01, 2014, 02:05:03 PM
From the trailer it seems to have a darker vibe to it than P4 was. All that red and the breaking chains symbolism. But then again the next trailer could completely change all that.

I dunno. I dig it though.

P4 was hardly 'dark' game. As far as I remember it never reached some of the most dense moments P3 had.
Yup.  One of the reasons why P4 is so much better than P3. 

I'm really intrigued by what the Persona team does with a dense cityscape as opposed to a country village.  Hopefully it actually "feels" dense and crowded as you travel through it. 

And... I hope that I can stay spoiler-free on this one.  I really do.  I usually don't care about being spoiled by things, but I want to play Persona 5 early on mostly in the dark.  I'd like to hear some additional news about Persona 5's basic social and combat systems, and maybe blurbs and pics of the early cast.  Like, the P5 versions of MC, Junpei/Yosuke, and Yukari/Chie.  Three characters, three Personae, and some info on basic systems.  Then I'll try to black out any other P5 info I come across. 
259  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 01, 2014, 11:23:22 AM
Instead of going back to XenoBlade Chronicles or Persona 2: Innocent Sin I'm playing dumb card games on my phone.  I may have a problem. 
260  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: September 01, 2014, 10:47:29 AM
Snarky question:  Why are you so inconsistent with the "if we don't cover it we can't talk about it" rule?  Why is it okay to talk about horror games for 20+ minutes and not to talk about a fighting game that's part of an RPG series and features an RPG mode?  But of course I'd feel that way, because i don't give two ****s about horror games and I love fighting games in general and P4A in particular. 

Actual question for the next episode: a few RPG series have different games in their series with HUGE differences in gameplay.  Ys, for example, has a few single-character hipster-Zelda games and two (soon to be three!) multiple-character hipster-Secret of Mana games.  What other RPG series would you like to see have a MAJOR overhaul in gameplay for its next sequel? 

My answer for that second question is definitely Dragon Quest, because, well, that series is kinda mired in traditionalism, and not necessarily for the best.  The new Dragon Quest action game doesn't really count, as it's definitely not a main-series game and probably doesn't even count as an RPG. 
261  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 01, 2014, 10:40:17 AM
I think he looks like the P4 protagonist and Naoto had a kid, and the kid took his dad's glasses. 

Whatever.  I dig it.  I'm buying it day one. 
262  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: TGS 2014 General Discussion on: September 01, 2014, 10:35:09 AM
WAY hyped for Persona 5 and Ys 8.  Kind of interested in Dragon Quest Musou.  It is an official Musou game, right?  Or is it just a Squenix-made clone using Dragon Quest characters?  Medium amounts of hype for Disgaea 5.  I love Disgaea, but I Found Dimensions a little disappointing.  Hopefully this is the Disgaea I wanted that to be. 
263  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: August 29, 2014, 09:30:46 PM
I just bought a 3DS, and I'm in the middle of playing the Wii version of Xenoblade for the first time.  Don't need a new one of either.  I'll be just fine. 
264  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finishing What is Left Undone on: August 26, 2014, 09:54:41 PM
This sort of happened to me in late 2010 or early 2011.  That's when I started writing down lists of games I finished on the year - first in my university's gaming club's forums, and eventually on my own blog.  I started the Completion List 2013 and 2014 threads here as a companion to that more personal thing.  My backlog is worse than yours (but maybe not as bad as some of the others alluded to here), but setting goals and making lists has done very well for me. 

...but I still buy games.  It's my hobby and my obsession.  No way I'm quitting game-buying, with Dragon Age III and Persona 5 on the horizon. 
265  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 23, 2014, 04:22:05 PM
Only have Propeller Knight and Tinker Knight left to go in Shovel Knight before I (presumably) can enter the tower.  This game is so good; definitely looking forward to Yacht Club Games' next joint. 
266  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2014, 04:48:23 PM
Welp, the big tournament in Kuroko is over.  Now do they end on this note even when they could go further forward (Slam Dunk method), or do they make a team of all-stars and take on AMERICA!? (Eyeshield 21 method)
267  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 19, 2014, 12:06:04 AM
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team - I just had Dreamy Luigi summon a tornado of other Luigis to turn into a giant Luigi, then defeat a giant drill robot by slam dunking normal-sized Mario riding a Starman into the giant robot's heart.  Dreamy Luigi is the same as regular Luigi, except much handsomer and a product of the real Luigi's imagination.  Video games, man. 

Persona 2: Innocent Sin - I think I just turned a normal building into a demon casino with my mind. 
268  Media / General Games / Re: WiLD on: August 18, 2014, 12:01:15 AM
I don't totally get what that game will be "about" exactly.  It looks like there will be quests in some form, since there were interactions in specific ways that make it seem like different humans and animals have different tasks and goals to accomplish.  But it looks gorgeous, could be something really cool, and I definitely want to hear more about it. 
269  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: August 15, 2014, 11:42:03 PM
Yggdrasil.  How dare you put up a bunch of SF4 tracks up on the last page and neglect the best one? 

Africa - Small Airfield


Born to be Bone (Gitaroo Man) - the stage I could get past on Master Play....
270  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 14, 2014, 05:33:03 PM
FINALLY beat Bravely Default.  Had to fight the final boss three or four times, because my higher-risk quick-kill strategy (two Ninjas, one Thief, one Performer, Hasten World) was getting annihilated by the final form.  Eventually decided **** it and went for 3 dual-shield Knights with Blood Shields and Super Charge backed by a Spiritmaster.  Ultimate defense.  Man, that was a fun game once you get through the, uh, more repetitive parts. 
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