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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 14, 2015, 12:02:43 AM
Get in line. 

(FF Tactics is my favorite Final Fantasy game, and my second-favorite Square-Enix game, heh)

It's my Favorite Video Game OF ALL TIME!!  So nah!  :P[/quote]
Uh, I was mostly referring to actually being on staff and not which of us likes Final Fantasy Tactics better, dood.  But that was just me giving you the business; this month's crew did a really solid job with the first episode and I'm psyched to hear more.  They don't need any outside help :)

And while I'm here I guess I'll post some favorite builds of mine.  Nothing terribly earth-shattering, just stuff that I go back to, uh, a lot.  Using PS1 nomenclature, because it's what I've played more.  Except I'm calling Wizards Black Mages because, c'mon. 

Black Mage

Equipment for boosting MA as much as possible, incl. Genji Glove, Wizard Rod.  Robe of Lords might be better than a Wizard Robe because of HP and other bonuses.  Similar choice between Thief Hat and Flash Hat. 

Draw Out / Iaido
MP Switch
Magic Attack Up
Move MP Up

Pretty simple concept - use the Draw Out for offense, defense, and support, backed up by the famous MP Switch / Move MP Up combo.  You'll never take HP damage as long as your MP remains above zero.  Draw Out doesn't rely on Faith calculation, has pretty high multipliers, has a casting time of zero, AND distinguishes between allies and enemies (so no enemy heals or friendly fire).  Holy crap.  Draw Out is a contender for the best non-Math Skill moveset in the game, but it's wasted on a physical class.  Give it to a Chapter 4 Ramza, a Black Mage, or a Summoner?  Monstrous.  Also great for Oracles, who are good melee-mages thanks to Rods. 

If you don't like the MP Switch / Move MP Up combo you can replace it with something safe like Blade Grasp / Move +2.  Having low movement really sucks, but I love having such a high MP buffer, especially since Wizards have large MP and I probably won't be using black magic.  Only bummer is the range of Draw Out skills (other than Kikuichimoji), but them's the breaks. 

Ninja nonsense

Equipment for boosting Speed and PA as much as possible, but mostly Speed.  Thief Hat is a must.  Rubber Suit probably isn't; just use whatever your best Clothes are.  Chantage or Setiemson for a lady ninja, probably a Feather Mantle for guys. 

...I won't list skills here, but only recommend Move +2 and either Blade Grasp or Sunken State.  A team of two ninjas with Blade Grasp and some combination of Punch Art / Martial Arts, Thief Skill / whatever, or Battle Skill / Attack Up will do incredible damage.  Throw is a very boring, safe skill that's nice to use at range, but combining the dual-wielding ninja with Battle Skill or Martial Arts is incredible, especially since the Thief has such higher speed and movement than a Monk or Knight.  Very easy to use class that's extremely versatile for different builds and useful through to the endgame. 

...so yeah basically every time I play FF Tactics I end up using Samurai and Ninja a lot, the former to give their skills to magic classes and the latter for using the skills of other classes.  I really like putting Ramza in that Samurai build class because his Squire class has ridiculously good MA (I think on average only 1 or 2 less than a Wizard?) plus great HP, the ability to equip any male armor and accessory, any shield, and a Rune Bladeg?  Total monster.  And Scream is the perfect skill to use when you don't need to use a support katana and aren't in range of the enemy.  Whatever.  Final Fantasy Tactics is the best.  It's a shame that its sequels pale in comparison. 
47  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 12, 2015, 11:13:21 PM
I'd recommend Diabolical Box and Unwound Future before Miracle Mask, but this one is at least on par with the original three.  Last Specter is the worst game in the series and is only useful as an introduction to Emmy and Descole (and I suppose Luke, since it's chronologically the first game).  Miracle Mask is good, though. 
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 12, 2015, 11:52:13 AM
Got my Persona 4 Golden platinum trophy! 

Currently playing Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.  Taught a bunny rabbit how to break dance and jump kick.  The town seems nice and fleshed-out this time, and the animation and voice work is great.  So far it feels MUCH better than The Last Spectre, and roughly on par with the first three Layton games, which I hold in very high esteem.  If the story payoffs are well-executed (...my guess is that we're getting a Jason Todd moment for the villain's true identity) then it'll be a very satisfying puzzle game indeed. 
49  Media / The Soundroom / Re: The Music Video Topic on: July 12, 2015, 10:57:43 AM
You know what's a cool gimmick for music videos?  Filming them in reverse. 

"Drop" by The Pharcyde.  Video directed by Spike Jonze in 1995, when the concept was pretty damn original
"Typical" by Mute Math
"From Your Mouth" by God Lives Underwater
50  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 09, 2015, 05:39:34 PM
Do you guys need.... you know... an objective 4th chair or anything? *cough*  I'll be REALLY objective.  Really.
Get in line. 

(FF Tactics is my favorite Final Fantasy game, and my second-favorite Square-Enix game, heh)
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 06, 2015, 03:16:49 PM
I've played (and loved) 999 but never played VLR. This news was too much. VLR is in the mail.
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 05, 2015, 03:09:05 PM
Persona 4 Golden: my 4th run of Persona 4 in 3 years, 2nd on Vita.  Two more tasks until I have the Platinum trophy: complete the full compendium, which will happen once I grind to level 93 and fuse Lucifer (currently level 91); and defeat Margaret, which I will attempt as soon as I get Lucifer.  Probably will take care of that this week. 

Paper Mario: been playing this off and on since January or February, but I'm not too far from the end. I have six of the seven Star Spirits and I'm doing some Super Block hunting before I start up the quest for the seventh.  I want to finish this one by the end of July, which is quite doable. 

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time & Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask: I'll be housesitting for some friends in mid-July and I won't be dragging along game consoles (since I'll also be working full-time and taking care of their dogs), but I figure I'll have my handhelds to play with.  Very, very early into both of those two, but I want to put some hard time into them throughout July, after I finish P4G. 
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: TV shows axed too soon on: July 05, 2015, 12:13:52 AM
My Mount Rushmore for shows like this are Firefly, Veronica Mars, Crime Story, and Pirates of Dark Water. They last one frustrated me to no end when I was 7 or 8 years old.  They canceled the cartoon when the heroes had I only found seven of the 13 treasures!
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 03, 2015, 01:20:42 PM
I'm grinding for the last few Godly Robes I can get in Persona 4 Golden, and it's a pain in the ass.  I also tend to lose count of how many times I've run a floor of the dungeon and screw up generating the Reaper.  Whatever.  Wish it was a little less tedious. 

But at least I'm still on the road to Platinum!  New Game Plus run, and my only trophies before plat are max S.Links (have all but rank 9 on Hunger), max Compendium (currently at 97%), fuse the secret World Persona, and defeat the superboss in the epilogue.  Very doable in the next week or two.  Will only be my second platinum! 
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 26, 2015, 07:25:33 AM

I would say so, especially since it's at a low price point.  It's a cool mystery and a really unique way of experiencing it.  I stumbled on to one of the game's twists early on by using a pretty innocuous search term, got super surprised, and ended up experiencing the rest of the game looking for clues and evidence leading to the twist.  It's crazy.  I would play ten murder mystery games in this format. 
56  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 25, 2015, 04:11:37 AM
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2015 Topic of Potentially High Hype and Crushed Dreams for that Game You Want on: June 16, 2015, 03:08:48 AM
Yeah, holy shit, Sony dropped some bombs.  I would have been impressed by one out of three of those.  And Ratchet, Uncharted, and Horizon Zero Dawn all look really good!  

Lost in the shuffle of yesterday's announcements, Capcom announced two returning Street Fighter V characters with a pretty dope trailer: Cammy (who looks awesome, natch) and FUCKING BIRDIE!?  Birdie was one of the SF1 characters that returned for Alpha (alongside Adon and Gen) but hasn't been in a non-remake since 1997 or 1998.  What the fuck.  And now he has more chain techs and can breathe fire!?  Dammit Capcom, you're making me actually want to buy one of your games again.  

Here's the trailer.  Whatever.  I'm intimidated by how highly technical the new V-System stuff works.  
58  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 15, 2015, 01:51:39 AM
Jupiter Sigil appeared as a prize in Blitzball!  It was a league prize, so I have to play a full 10-game season to get it; I just did a few, so now it's 7 more games but holy shit it's almost 2 AM.  After I get that, I'll have fully-powered weapons for four characters (Wakka, Auron, Yuna, and Rikku) and start messing around in the Arena more.  I've been using guides, but MAN Final Fantasy X opens up in some interesting ways once you get to the endgame.  I just wish that this content was accessible earlier, easier to find, and a little more transparently advertised.  I'll chat plenty about it at the next Retro Encounter recording.  


Forwards: Tidus, Datto
Midfielder: Kiyuri
Defenders: Naida, Ropp
Goalkeeper: Nimrook
Bench: Brother, Zalitz
Players I had earlier and eventually dropped: all the Aurochs except Datto, Zev Ronso, Wedge, Linna, Miyu
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Earthbound! EDIT: First game on VC on: June 14, 2015, 06:08:01 PM
Earthbound is a great game.  Mother 3 is a great game.  Mother 1 is actually kinda bad.  A few of the mid-game and endgame dungeons are broke.  It's a game with a few neat story ideas that ultimately isn't very good.  Reading a wiki synopsis is more fun than actually playing the game. 
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2015 Topic of Potentially High Hype and Crushed Dreams for that Game You Want on: June 14, 2015, 01:59:35 PM
I'll take anything from Atlus and Falcom regarding release dates on their RPGs, plus some more gameplay from that SEXY Ratchet & Clank reboot.  I'm such a R&C fanboy it's kinda hilarious.  I might have to get a PS4 for more Ratchet (and for Bloodbourne and RPG stuff, natch). 
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