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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2015, 09:22:00 PM
Been playing a lot of Far Cry 3 since the weekend.  Some of the open world stuff is AWESOME (stealth/shooting segments to take over camps, hunting animals to craft new equipment, smart use of first-person perspective), and some of it is NOT AWESOME (an overabundance of Assassin's Creed-style collectibles and seizing territory, same-y nature of most of the story missions and sidequests). 

Character stuff is pretty interesting, with Jason's rescued friends acting (mostly) like real people, Dennis being an appealing mentor character, and Vaas, Citra, Buck, and Hoyt being delightfully over-the-top crazy.  So far I dig it.  If the "progress" menu is any indication, I'm right around the halfway point in terms of story missions, towers captured, and enemy bases cleared. 
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: September 22, 2015, 09:16:07 PM
(thief name speculation)
I think Anne's Persona is referring to the opera of the same name, and I *think* that character is a dancer and not a thief.  Could be wrong; haven't actually seen the opera. 
48  Media / General Games / Re: Street Fighter V on: September 21, 2015, 11:30:47 PM
There's a leak from mid-August that's been accurate since the Vega reveal.  I won't share it here, but you can look around the internet if you're curious.  But really, this is just the starting 16.  There's hope within a few years for basically everyone in the 44-character roster (!) of Street Fighter IV.  My SF4 mains are Honda, Adon, and Sagat, so I'd love for any of those three to show up in the first year or two of added characters. 

I was really impressed with the Rashid trailer.  His moveset reminds me of Goenitz from King of Fighters '95, and his agile air stuff looks pretty neat.  Really, almost every character seems to have air shenanigans, which will make SF V feel a lot different from SF IV.  Interested in trying Rashid out.  Necalli doesn't look as interesting to me.  But I'm a Street Fighter mark, so I'll watch every trailer bouncing in my seat like an excited child. 
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: September 20, 2015, 08:37:18 AM
We got some names! Not sure if it counts as spoilers or not, but I'll use tags just in case. Fox mask guy and Persona names forthcoming:
Code:
fox mask guy: Yusuke Kitagawa
Protagonist's Persona: Arsène
Anne's Persona: Carmen
Ryuji's Persona: Captain Kidd
Morgana's Persona: Zorro
Yusuke's Persona: Goemon

They're all famous thieves!
50  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***. 
51  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. 
52  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.
53  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. 
54  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. 
55  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. 
56  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. 
57  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. 
58  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. 
59  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 :)
60  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. 
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