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526  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem entry on: August 22, 2012, 09:24:00 PM
MU can pair with something like 9-10 characters (heterosexual relationships only, so something like 5 for each sex) and can give birth / father a child.  

EDIT: oh wow I'm totally wrong.  After doing some research, apparently My Unit can marry ANY CHARACTER in the game, including the Lord.  Basically, MU is a second main character that can marry / support anyone.  Heterosexual only.  I shouldn't go running my mouth like that. 

...Honestly, I'd be more interested in Kakusei if it was on something besides the 3DS, but I'm a 3DS disdainer so there ya go.  I'm currently (finally) starting Shadow Dragon and will probably fire up Path of Radiance later this year.  It's been too long since I've had a Fire Emblem kick.  
527  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 22, 2012, 07:34:56 AM
Still working on Twilight Princess, but also messing around with Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon in my spare time.  I restarted my game when Frey got a level up with no stats in one of the prologue chapters....
528  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anime Style RPG on: August 21, 2012, 01:35:36 PM
It might be a little slow-moving and doesn't take place at a school or similar, but for my money the most gorgeous cel-shaded anime-art game of all time is Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.  I love simply walking around the world map in that game. 
529  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 20, 2012, 02:36:22 PM
I"m still only at the third dungeon in Twilight Princess, but I've spent upwards of 3 hours messing around in the overworld, collecting bugs, fish, bomb bags, and pieces of heart.  The rapids minigame is fabulous - I did it a few extra times after getting the 25 required for the prize. 
530  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem entry on: August 19, 2012, 01:42:46 AM
Alisha: ...the specific differences between male and female units totally turned you off from an entire game?  That's... damn, I dunno what to say.  You weren't okay with a female mage sans Aircalibur or something like a myrmidon or a mounted unit?  Whatever, I suppose it's your loss. 

mjrpgfan: I guess I'm pretty serious, but Thracia 776 was too much for me.  I was able to beat Hector Hard, but it was a struggle at times to say the least, I consulted a guide more often than I would normally prefer, and I had a few units die (incl. one of my fave regulars....).  The only reason I even tried it is because FE7 is my favorite in the series; I'm okay with missing out on a Mania difficulty on FE9.  And I might try out Shadow Dragon instead of Path of Radiance, I dunno what my next game to play is quite yet. 

But I should mention: I wasn't really aware of the missed DS game until reading this thread, so the one time I was really annoyed about missing out on some Japan-only FE stuff was when the Super Trainees were nerfed in FE8.  That's three interesting, powerful optional builds for three characters that they nerf hideously for NO REASON.  Whatever, Berserker + Shaman + AmeliaIsGoodAtEverything is the way to go for those three, I guess.
531  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem entry on: August 18, 2012, 11:32:32 PM
I'll reiterate what everyone else said: FE7 is a good place to start.  I think that FE8 is a little too easy/forgiving; the only Fire Emblem games I've played to completion are 4, 6, 7, and 8, and 8 was my least favorite of the four.  

Bu...but but 8 has awesome implied twincest! We can't ignore that!
Hey, if I wanted to have some Fire Emblem incest, I'd just have Aira marry her cousin in FE4.  For whatever reason, Aira/Holyn is one of the most powerful combinations in the game and incest is really useful in general in FE4.  I think I need to go cry in the shower....

I'm a little weird when it comes to the FE GBA games - I've played each of them multiple times and (no joke) some of my first gaming forum escapades were arguing about FE characters and strategies.  I was Fire Emblem-obsessed from around 2004 to 2007.  And of the four that I've actually finished, Sacred Stones is my least favorite.  

I'll elaborate.  FE8 lets you level-grind on random maps (making it WAY easier and less risky than every other FE game ever); FE8 has 10-20 fewer units than FE6 or FE7, which is lame, but allows branching promotions, which are kinda cool sometimes; FE8's units are by far the strongest in any FE game I've ever even tried, which means all of 1-10 other than 2 and 3 (easier and less risky than every other FE game ever).  I like Fire Emblem games because of their huge casts of characters (good replayability), huge potential for different strategies and team setups, and their great balance of challenge.  FE8 was too easy, its cast was too small, and its characters are all RNG-proof powerhouses.  If you compare characters of the same classes in FE6-7-8, different archetypes clearly have higher bases and averages with each game, with a few weird exceptions like FE6's Karel or FE7's Oswin.  FE7 is my favorite balance of character variety and power - FE6 has too many useless characters and FE8's cast is too small and strong.  

...Damn.  Now I want to replay FE7 or get off my ass and try FE9.  I didn't own a Gamecube or Wii until around 2 years ago, and I never got around to play more than an hour of Path of Radiance (which seemed pretty good).  Maybe I'll give it a shot once I'm done with some other Nintendo stuff.  
532  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Story - Out in North America on: August 17, 2012, 05:01:09 PM
I bought it, even though I probably won't play it until next year.  Related: I might have a buying problem.
533  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite "Tales of" Game and why? on: August 17, 2012, 04:07:31 PM
Most of the Tales Of traditions have to do with character archetypes and in-game traditions, but that doesn't really answer your question, so...

Tales Of games often have subplots about racism or xenophobia, and at least one character either suffering from it or overcoming it. Half-elves in Phantasia and Symphonia, Celestians in Eternia, Lycanth in Tempest, probably others I haven't played.
534  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: August 16, 2012, 02:14:38 PM
On P4A - I guarantee that ASW will come out with an expansion in the next two years.  Probably closer to eighteen months.  It fits ASW's business model, and P4A has been such a huge success that they might even rush a new version. 

On P5 - I 100% hope / believe that there will be a new cast, with several references and cameos.  You know, just like how Persona 2, 3, and 4 worked.  It's worked for them before, and I'm sure everyone's eager for some new blood in the series.  Although if Mitsuru features semi-prominently I won't complain....

On Social Links - I'm not opposed to having them changed.  I really liked how there was a parallel story-oriented system that boosted specific Arcana, but I didn't like how it was basically dialog grinding.  If they managed to tie it in better with the main narrative, like make each Arcana boost through a specific sidequest chain that had specific characters and optional events associated with it, then I wouldn't miss Social Links at all.  Bottom line - I like what S.Links accomplished on the gameplay side of things and I sometimes really liked them, but I would rather something that blended combat, dialog, and choices more like a traditional RPG sidequest. 
535  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: New Devil May Cry, bitches. on: August 15, 2012, 06:03:43 PM
I love DMC1 and DMC3 dearly.  Hated DMC2 like everyone.  Haven't played DMC4, mostly out of fear that it'll ruin my memories of 1 and 3. 

I actually like Ninja Theory's first two games.  Heavenly Sword and Enslaved are near-perfect rentals: pretty to look at, some stylish action, under 8 hours of playtime.  Like a vapid popcorn flick, they're fun once and then mostly forgettable.  Can DmC be good and fit that description?  Yes.  Am I interested in the game and want to play it?  Will I buy it right when it comes out? No. 

...does Vergil looks like he belongs in the Hitler Youth?  Yes.  He puts the SS in SSStylish. 
536  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 15, 2012, 05:33:23 PM
HEY - soccer moms eventually produced the likes of Alex Morgan and Hope Solo.  There are a few lookers in that group somewhere. 

And I'm not saying I love the one-dimensional NPCs of old Zelda.  I just... don't want or need all this dialogue.  If they had cut the number of villagers by 75% or so but kept Zelda and Midna's parts the same then I wouldn't be complaining. 

...game's still pretty good.  Forest Temple and Goron Mines weren't exactly transcendent, but they were better than adequate for the first two dungeons.
537  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: August 15, 2012, 12:48:18 PM
They'll find a way, whether they incorporate new characters into the current story or make a The Answer-esque epilogue starring the new additions, because A) P4A has done outrageously well both in sales and in Japanese arcades and B) ASW and Atlus care far more about potential sales than they do about the integrity of P4A's narrative.
538  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: August 15, 2012, 09:04:49 AM
Look, not sure if you guys understand how ASW operates - ASW subscribes to the 1990s Capcom school of fighting game re-releases.  Guilty Gear has only had 3 true sequels - X, XX, and Isuka.  XX alone has had six VERSIONS come out (vanilla, #reload, slash, accent core, accent core plus, accent core plus R), with each one introducing new characters, new story details, gameplay wrinkles, and balance changes.  BlazBlue just had its third version announced and they do similar things.  ASW might not make P4A2, but they will totally make P4A!@#$%^&* or something.  
539  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 14, 2012, 11:40:02 PM
Is it just me, or does Twilight Princess have too many characters?  Seriously, I've only beaten the second big dungeon, and we already have almost two dozen NPCs with names and personalities, including some children that Link's had to rescue three or four times.  I... kinda don't like this.  I would prefer to be thrown into the action with less prompting and dialog.  I want Zelda to be... more like Dark Souls and less like Dragon Age.  
540  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite "Tales of" Game and why? on: August 13, 2012, 02:55:28 PM
The most powerful character in the series is Cless, by about eight longshots.  When another character can perform teleportation combos and equip three types of heavy weapons, then it's up for discussion again. 

I'm surprised at all the Abyss love.  I guess I wasn't as enchanted by the cast as much as the rest of you guys.  I do think it's better than Symphonia, but not as good as Phantasia PS1, Destiny PS2, or Vesperia. 
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