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451  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPG (or otherwise interesting) shirts on: November 13, 2012, 06:46:59 AM
I own this shirt and this shirt, both of which I bought from a vendor at a con.  I wear the Tiger Uppercut one quite often, the second one less often.  Brothers and sisters, I am a nerd. 
452  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 13, 2012, 06:41:29 AM
Okami is fantastic.  Embarrassed not to have played it sooner.  Wrapping up things in Taka Pass (wanted list, hidden treasure) before I head back to Kamiki Village for the festival.
453  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: If Namco wants my money... on: November 07, 2012, 06:40:43 PM
I played Tales of Innocence on the DS using the Absolute Zero patch in the first half of 2011 - http://a0t.co/.  I thought it was pretty good, but the dungeons were really dragging and the mandatory grind got a little rough.  I really liked how all the characters played, with the possible exception of Hermana (crappy magic selection, paper-thin defenses, and only redeeming value in combat was speedy combos). 

What I want from Namco we won't ever get - English-language versions of the PSP/PS2 Tales of Destiny Director's Cut and the PSP Full Voice edition of Tales of Phantasia.  I would buy Tales of Hearts R in a hot second, but I'm less certain of Innocence R. 
454  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 06, 2012, 01:59:29 PM
Finished Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana Sunday night.  Final boss was surprisingly tricky, 85% because of his instant-kill attack that I never seemed to break.  Took me my third try to take him down.  Otherwise, I thought this was a so-so RPG that thrived on cuteness, familiarity, and item synthesis without being transcendentally good in any of those fields.  Its dungeons and overall playtime were mercifully short (good thing in general, but bad in that I consider it such a strength) and the English-language version had a lot of nice production value, but I don't think I need to delve deeper into the Atelier series.  

Up next, Okami HD!  Definitely pumped for this one.  Gonna go to an election party for most of tonight, but I'll fire up The Legend of Zelda: Gorgeous Painted Wolf Goddess Edition either late tonight or tomorrow afternoon.  
455  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Backlog Thread on: November 05, 2012, 11:22:05 AM
Brand new update + threadcromancy

Current Backlog
Radiant Historia
Mass Effect
Grandia II
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Red Dead Redemption
Star Ocean: Second Evolution
Persona 3 FES
Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue
Final Fantasy XII
Super Mario Galaxy
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi
Rogue Galaxy
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

Valkyria Chronicles
Okami (HD)

I liked Rogue Galaxy well enough, but Atelier Iris had fewer strengths and seemed pretty by-the-numbers.  Okami is technically a backlogged game (I own it on PS2), but I bought the HD version for looks, no disc, wireless controller, and trophies.  That and Valkyria will probably close out my 2012. 
456  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 03, 2012, 12:49:03 PM
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana has the most awkward plot arrangement I've seen in years.  It is literally people telling you "hey we should go here next" in succession, without any organic sort of flow.  Add the rampant backtracking and I'm starting to get quite annoyed.  The combat is fine and the multiple types of item synthesis are quite nice, but I'm starting to doubt that this game is worth 30 hours of my time. 
457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zeboyd's made it big: Penny Arcade Episode 3 on: November 02, 2012, 07:56:42 PM
I apologize for updating such an old topic, but I feel it's justified.  Call me a tool if I'm wrong. 

First, of all, Rain-Slick 3 was recently made available on iOS, Mac, and Android platforms.  Coinciding with that mini-launch was a new wave of DLC Source here

Secondly, that free DLC brings up Rain-Slick's total suite of post-launch content to three optional costume palette swaps (furry, gender-swapped, and undead) and a new post-game dungeon called Lair of the Seamstress.  I thought the LofS was kind of easy, mostly because the tricky enemies leading up to the boss are easily wiped out with item attacks.  The boss battle was fun and the class you get is pretty dope, though. 

Thirdly, Rain-Slick 4 is coming out "early next year" according to one of Robert Boyd's tweets.  There has been talk of world maps, refinements to the class system, and the usual sequel adjustments.  Here's the pretty bitchin' battle theme for Rain-Slick 4, revealed earlier today.  Zeboyd is my favorite indie developer, so I'm feeling some hype! 
458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" for PS3, 2013 on: November 01, 2012, 11:15:32 PM
Quote from: News Article
You can see her silhouette in the screens linked below and apparently she refers to Laharl as 'big brother.'

...*facepalm* Did I seriously call this?
You motherfucking sorcerer.
459  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Okami HD on: November 01, 2012, 12:30:53 AM
Not sure if this was mentioned yet, but the game is out on PSN right now.  $19.99.  Downloading now. 
460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: October 30, 2012, 11:44:00 PM
DQ VII is the only main-series DQ game I haven't beaten (other than X, I suppose), and I've never gotten past the 6th or 7th hour of the game.  It's a shame, too, because I count DQ IV, V, and VIII among my all-time favorite games.  Maybe this is when I give DQ VII a second chance?  It totally happened with VI on the DS. 
461  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 30, 2012, 03:57:50 PM
Living in Virginia, we saw a lot of heavy rains and winds going up to around 45 mph, but nothing quite so bad as New Jersey or parts of New York and Delaware.  Remarkably, my place hasn't lost power or had water come in the basement. 
462  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 30, 2012, 03:56:23 PM
Atelier Iris is ... okay so far.  No beef with the old-school combat or the wide variety of field actions (whack everything with your staff!), but the basic plot, characters, and dialog are a little weak at best.  Synthesizing mana items, weapon crystals, shop items, and special healing for Lita is pretty dope.  I'll definitely see this one through to the end, especially if it's under 30 hours like I heard. 
463  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 28, 2012, 08:53:51 PM
Yeah, it is. Local store had a copy of SSS though; might have to go back and get it.

Reviews made Partners in Time sound considerably less interesting.

Not sure why I went on a Mario kick lately, but it's paid off.
Partners in Time is the weakest of the three; slightly unusual, because "the dark middle chapter" is more often than not the best part of any given trilogy.  It's far from bad, though, just not as good as the 1st or 3rd.  Best part is every time Mario yells "Bayyyybies!"
464  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 28, 2012, 07:57:45 PM
Is BIS the first Mario & Luigi game you've played?  Because Superstar Saga made me into such a Luigi fan that it's a little bit ridiculous. 
465  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 27, 2012, 08:24:51 PM
Beat Rogue Galaxy earlier. Final set of bosses was... interesting, and kinda out of left field.  Still all kinds of silly plot holes and zero details about the lore in-game.  They refer to your whole party as "humans" quite often when it's five humans, a robot, a blue thing, and an anthropomorphic heavily-muscled Boxer dog.  I won't defend its plot or characters (although I think the designs themselves are appealing in general), but the combat was above-average, the skill, equipment, and loot implementation was excellent, and the variety and depth of sidequests is also excellent.  Not sure if I'm going to continue with optional crap, but it's a possibility.  Fun game, no regrets in playing it. 

Up next, not sure.  Valkyria Chronicles, Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, Persona 4.  Those three rose to the top of my head first.  If none of my friends are up to anything by 9:30 or so, I'll spend my Saturday night starting up one of those.
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