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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 19, 2014, 06:21:22 PM
Bytor, you can get Tales of Eternia on PSP from Europe for like 30 dollars. Tales of Eternia = Tales of Destiny 2
True story: when I visited the UK three years ago I picked up Tales of Eternia, Breath of Fire III, and a "Mega Drive" Collection on PSP.  PSPs are region-free.  Good times. 
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 19, 2014, 04:55:27 PM
Best Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance a little while ago.  Epilogue and credits were like 40 minutes.  Damn.  Anyhow, I thought this FE game was 100% solid.  Normal mode was much less challenging than that of FE6 or FE7, as characters seemed really powerful on average, with a few real monsters in there.  Not quite as exploitable as Sacred Stones (FE8), which is probably a good thing.  My best characters were ABSURDLY strong, but even then I had to be a little careful during the final battle.  Really smart difficulty curve.  I might revisit it in Hard Mode later, but I sorta doubt it.  I have too many other games to play.  Probably my second-favorite overall, after FE7. 

Examining the battle data at the credits revealed that I had a VERY clear-cut top nine characters: Ike, Soren, Oscar, Kieran, Astrid, Jill, Nephenee, Volke, and Tormod.  Each of those had at least 41 kills, with Ike topping it at 122.  Nobody else had more than 25.  By the endgame Mist was one of my best characters (maybe better than Astrid or Tormod), but I put a TON of BEXP and specific work into her.  Similar situation for Astrid and Tormod, but not quite as dramatic.  Those ten were the core of my team.   I also used Nasir for the last two chapters (of course) and I also used Titania, Stefan, Calill, and Geoffery for significant stretches.  Really enjoyed the cast of this Fire Emblem game. 

Glad you enjoyed it. I consider it the second best in the series behind FE5 since it brought back a lot of the gameplay features/mechanics that couldn't make it into the GBA era (without going overboard (Awakening) or in a weird way (Radiant Dawn). The reason why I don't consider it to be the top is that the Laguz and the mechanics surrounding them weren't the most well thought out and that Magic was kinda crappy in this game (and though FE10 fixes the Laguz for the most part, it decided that Magic wasn't nerfed enough and also nerfed Horse riders while buffing Wyvern Riders and Bow users to ridiculous levels) making a good chunk of your playable cast kinda really suck.

As for FE7, I felt that its kinda in the middle of the road or a bit lower than that for me, since you really never get toys to play around with until the very end of the game when its too late to bother with them for the most part (and they also kinda suck, especially the Sol Katti, that thing was a travesty, the Regal Blade is honestly the better weapon for Lyn to use and all it has going for it is its high Mt).
I dunno if I'll ever get to FE10.  It seems to have my least favorite parts of the FE series (ultra-specific character and sidequest availability, extremely limited character customization) while FE9 was rock-solid in many respects.  Regarding FE7, I agree that it sucks not to get the S-ranked weapons until the final chapter (and as enemy rewards, no less), but I mostly like it because of the characters, writing, and maps.  Its stages (the too-long prologue notwithstanding) scale in difficulty beautifully; I love the trio of Lords, the Black Fang, and Nergal's cronies; and I love how it ties into FE6's story.  FE6 has a more straightforward plot and gives you more toys to play around with (re: units and high-level weapons), but it has its own suite of problems in the balance department. 

Look, I've only played FE4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11, and never got very far in 11.  I've really enjoyed those five that I've finished.  I might try FE5 (although I'm wary of its legendary difficulty) and FE13 (don't own a 3DS) eventually, but not soon.  Whatever. 

In other news, my on-again-off-again FeMC playthrough of Persona 3 is right near the end.  I'll probably finish that one tonight or tomorrow night.  I'm going to bring my GBA, my DSi, and my PSP on the plane when I leave on Wednesday, so it's time to give my backlog and possible replays a long, hard look. 
63  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Monsoon Market - GBA, DS, PS2, and GameCube for sale on: May 18, 2014, 10:58:49 PM
I prefer PayPal, but I can take a personal check.  The transaction would need to be soon, because I'll be out of the country in a few days. 

Hm, I guess I accidentally edited out the price for FFTA.  Price is $8 plus shipping.
64  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Monsoon Market - GBA, DS, PS2, and GameCube for sale on: May 18, 2014, 07:54:27 PM
It plays all discs perfectly.  Slightly dinged up from use and long periods of storage.  I don't own any of the RE games for 'Cube, sorry.  I'd post them here if I did. 
65  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 18, 2014, 12:00:00 PM
Actually, I have a question for everyone. Anyone know of a case of an author of a long publication making two very different publications back to back ?The AMG-sama thing had me think that most long publication author tend to do a manga that's really similar to the last one.
I'm just wondering if there's a mold breaker out there.
Not sure exactly what you're asking about, but Takehiko Inoue (my favorite mangaka of all time, FWIW) is currently writing Vagabond (1998 to present day) and REAL (2001 to present day).  He also wrote Slam Dunk (1990 to 1996).  So he went from a high school basketball story, to samurai epic, to writing about basketball and samurai at the same time.  Dude loves basketball and samurai.  My kind of dude. 
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 18, 2014, 11:50:03 AM
Best Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance a little while ago.  Epilogue and credits were like 40 minutes.  Damn.  Anyhow, I thought this FE game was 100% solid.  Normal mode was much less challenging than that of FE6 or FE7, as characters seemed really powerful on average, with a few real monsters in there.  Not quite as exploitable as Sacred Stones (FE8), which is probably a good thing.  My best characters were ABSURDLY strong, but even then I had to be a little careful during the final battle.  Really smart difficulty curve.  I might revisit it in Hard Mode later, but I sorta doubt it.  I have too many other games to play.  Probably my second-favorite overall, after FE7. 

Examining the battle data at the credits revealed that I had a VERY clear-cut top nine characters: Ike, Soren, Oscar, Kieran, Astrid, Jill, Nephenee, Volke, and Tormod.  Each of those had at least 41 kills, with Ike topping it at 122.  Nobody else had more than 25.  By the endgame Mist was one of my best characters (maybe better than Astrid or Tormod), but I put a TON of BEXP and specific work into her.  Similar situation for Astrid and Tormod, but not quite as dramatic.  Those ten were the core of my team.   I also used Nasir for the last two chapters (of course) and I also used Titania, Stefan, Calill, and Geoffery for significant stretches.  Really enjoyed the cast of this Fire Emblem game. 

So that's that.  Very soon I have an 8-hours-plus flight ahead of me, so I'm going to prep up my handhelds for the trip.  I'm definitely bringing Persona 2: Innocent Sin along and probably also Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together.  Other than that I'm not sure.  I might try and replay one of the Mario & Luigi games or the first Phoenix Wright game (!).  Weirdly enough, even though I adore Mario & Luigi and Ace Attorney, I've only beaten each of those games once.  All (mental count) eight of them, not counting the 3DS titles. 

**** me I need a 3DS.  Too bad I have those pesky "adult responsibilities" getting in my way. 
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 17, 2014, 10:57:35 PM
BLACK KNIGHT DOWN! BLACK KNIGHT DOWN!

'twas easy.  All it took was an Ike with four maxed stats and near-max HP and an incredibly over-prepared Mist.  He only used Luna once (I was at max, thank goodness) and Ike finished him off with the only Aether skill of the mission.  Great stuff.  

One shameful thing: both Ike and Mist gained a level in this fight.  Both levels had zero stat gains.  Ike has four maxed stats and Mist has two maxed stats, but I'm still a little bummed....
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 17, 2014, 07:45:17 PM
I'm 99% sure Ultra's the end.  Most of the new characters have their models imported from other games (Sfexty, mostly) and the game has been out in various versions for six years.  I think there were six versions?  Arcade - console - Super - AE - AE2012 - Ultra.  Not counting the mobile or 3DS versions.  Really the only one of those updates that I consider significant was going from original console version to Super.  Ten characters, new modes, better online functionality and netcode; that was a good update.  The rest are only if you're hardcore into it.  I might pick up the $15 Ultra patch version eventually, since I do have AE-2012 currently, but it's not a high priority. 
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 16, 2014, 05:17:12 PM
Anyways, what's your Ike and Mist looking like right now?

Ike's a beast.  Level 19/13.  STR, Skill, and Speed are maxed.  HP's at 48, and Def is at 23.  Luck and Res are both 14.  I feel very confident about this Ike, and (checks a wiki) I'm pretty sure he can grab another level or two for an extra point of Def. 

I've been told to work on Mist since before starting this game (by Aeolus and a few others), so she's been my number one recipient of BEXP.  Some amount of soft resetting / manipulation there.  Her MAG is at 24, Skill is 20, Speed and Luck are both 25, Def is 11, and Res is 22.  A-rank in staff, with a fresh, unused Physic on top of the one she has equipped now.  I don't know exactly how powerful the BK is in this upcoming duel, but I think these two are prepared. 
70  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Monsoon Market - GBA, DS, PS2, and GameCube for sale on: May 16, 2014, 05:12:58 PM
I have the composite cables that came with the cube, and a set of 3rd-party component cables that I use for both the GC and Wii.  If you want I can throw in one of my spare 3rd-party composites for an extra few bucks (no more than $5, but I'd have to check replacement value first). 
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 16, 2014, 02:52:42 PM
I'm leaving for Vienna, Austria in four days.  Got my plane tickets, hotels, train tickets, and friend visits all set up.  After attending the wedding of one of my closest friends in Vienna on the 24th, I'm going to spend about a week in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.  I'm incredibly hyped, but also a littler nervous.  Going to be a hell of a time. 

Oh, and I'm selling off a bunch of games to help pay for the trip / not go broke.  Check my topic in the Bazaar if you're interested. 
72  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Monsoon Market - GBA, DS, PS2, and GameCube for sale on: May 16, 2014, 02:48:32 PM
Big update on the first post!  Added a large number of my PS2 games up for sale.  Sorry, I'm holding on to most of my RPGs.  I have several of those PS2 games on PS3 (or alternatively, II can get a few of them on PS3 later if my money's better), which is a big reason why I'm willing to unload them.  It's also why they're going so cheaply. 

I'm also selling off my GameCube and three of its games that I don't play anymore!  Those three games are a little on the rare/popular side, so they're going to be more expensive than my PS2 offerings.  If you buy some of the GameCube stuff in a package deal, I'll probably be willing to discount.  So negotiate away!  Hit me via PM. 
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 16, 2014, 02:30:59 PM
More Fire Emblem stuff
Yeah, I forgot those two.  Whoops.  I haven't really been using Laguz at all for several chapters; I used Lethe a bit at the beginning but right now she's level 7 and going nowhere.  I've been using Stefan sporadically since his starting stats are insane, but I dunno if I'll continue using him; his dodge % isn't great thanks to his low Luck, but hopefully me bringing his Soren support up to B will help. 

Anyhow, the chapter I'm at right now lets me use something like 18-20 characters, so I might have to throw Silver equipment on those pre-promotes and see what happens.  I think I'm probably near-ish to the end of the game.  I imagine I'll beat it this weekend. 
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 15, 2014, 11:05:05 PM
More Path of Radiance.  A few new pre-promotes joined, but I don't think I need to use any of them.  Geoffery is probably the best of them (Tauroneo, Bastian, Lucia, Geoffery, and Largo).  For awhile I was struggling keeping Reyson alive during the map where Lucia and Bastian join, but then I had an epiphany: skip using Reyson for this chapter.  Worked like a charm. 
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 13, 2014, 02:12:34 PM
A pretty interesting Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones character discussion / playthrough recap

I'm a little surprised that Lute didn't work out, because I consider her one of the most RNG-proof characters.  In my two playthroughs she and Ewan were definitely the two best magic users. 

I'm less surprised that you didn't use any of the trainee characters, because, well, Hard Mode.  I think that Amelia and Ewan are two of the best non-Lords in FE8, but I imagine that raising an Est character in a Hard Mode run isn't worth it. 

And I'm jealous of your good Garcia.  In both of my runs Garcia couldn't get Speed or Skill at all.  FE8 isn't the best game for axe users in general - you either need to put hard time into Ross, make Gerik a Hero, use Dozla or Duessel, or promote one of your cavs into a Great Knight.  Sheesh, Gerik might be the best option. 

Anyhow, after reading all that I'm going to go hard back into Fire Emblem.  I took a few days off of Path of Radiance, but I'll crash back into it tonight.  Just recruited Tauroneo and used my Occult scrolls on Ike, Volke, and Oscar.  i.e. my three best units that don't already have a good skill built in (not counting Jill, because Stun doesn't seem very useful at all).  I might even finally try Hector Hard in FE7.  That's less likely, though.  FE7's my favorite, but I don't want it stressing me out. 
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