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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Explorers - 3DS on: June 11, 2014, 10:40:33 PM
well, if the combat is precise and intense, the BS surrounding the combat is convoluted and probably unnecessary, and the game looks gorgeous, then yes.  It is kinda like Monster Hunter.  I'll keep my eye on this. 
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda for the Wii U on: June 10, 2014, 05:39:08 PM
Looks gorgeous.  Will totally get a Wii U once it has some games in 2015. 
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 10, 2014, 01:49:22 PM
Beat the first two games in Retro Game Challenge (Cosmic Gate and Robot Ninja Haggle Man).  Totally dig the vibe of this game collection, and I can't wait to get to the RPG segment.  Unfortunately, before that happens I need to get through these racing game challenges, and it's a struggle.  Not a fan of these drift controls. 
64  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Aurian relents: PS3 games? on: June 08, 2014, 03:11:33 PM
If you're into open world stuff (which I totally understand if you aren't) the inFamous games are pretty fun.  GTA with electricity superpowers and a *very* binary karma system, and stories that are so-so for most of the way, but with spectacular finishes.  I like them a lot (more than Uncharted) but I get that they're not for everyone.  They're my second- and third-favorite open world games behind Red Dead Redemption (which you should also play if you haven't on the 360 already). 

Of the two Tales Of games on PS3, I think that Graces has more deliberate, strategic combat and Xillia has faster, more traditional Tales combat with fancier combos.  Both games are pretty good, and Xillia 2 is coming out in English-speaking territories later this year.  I didn't finish either game, but I liked Xillia a little more than Graces. 

Second the recommendation for Valkyria Chronicles.  That game rules.  I wish that it had PSN Trophy support, but there's a built-in achievement system that is basically the same. 

Now I have no idea if you like platformers or not, but if you do then you absolutely should play Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and R&CF: A Crack in Time.  Crack is better than Tools (heh...), but they're both great jumpy-shooty-explody games.  The download-only interim game, R&CF: Quest for Booty, isn't very good.  But I love almost the whole series; R&C has basically been my Mega Man replacement since 2003. 

And hey, if you didn't play them on PS2, get the Ico / Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection.  Hell of a double feature. 
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2014 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: June 04, 2014, 03:25:42 PM
ME3 DLC half-off and Kingdoms of Amalur for $5.  Welp.  They got me. 
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: [Fallout 1] Retrospective on: June 02, 2014, 05:42:27 PM
If I'm in the vicinity of Charlottesville, VA then my sandwich shop of choice is Little John's.  Two locations, open 24 hours, and the prices are pretty good.  I don't even want to think of how many times I was studying in the library until 2AM+, then hustled over to LJ's for a Wild Turkey combo.  Freshman 15? Try Freshman 25. 
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: [Fallout 1] Retrospective on: June 02, 2014, 03:50:34 PM
I like a good pulled pork sandwich on a kaiser roll with pepperjack cheese, light slaw and a pickle, but I'm strange like that.
68  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: DIVEKICK on: June 01, 2014, 11:56:18 PM
New character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is.... Ken and Koromaru, fighting as a duo.  Pretty cool.  I think this is a good compromise.  P4U seems like a worthy sequel/expansion. 
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: [Fallout 1] Retrospective on: June 01, 2014, 11:10:15 PM
corned beef and pastrami plz
Fixed.
70  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Monsoon Market - GBA, DS, PS2, and GameCube for sale on: June 01, 2014, 01:03:28 PM
I'm back from my vacation, so if anyone is interested in what I have for sale then just send a PM.  I'll be putting up a few more things later this week. 
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 30, 2014, 06:39:54 PM
I had roughly 18 hours of plane rides and 16 hours of train rides in my trip to Europe, and I brought Persona 2 and TWEWY, intending to give both of them second chances. 

...I ended up putting almost all of my game time into Persona 3: Portable. I've now beaten that game three times in two years. 
72  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Monsoon Market - GBA, DS, PS2, and GameCube for sale on: May 20, 2014, 05:22:22 PM
I'm going to ask to hold off any purchases until June, since I'll be out of the country and with uncertain net access.  If you are interested, go ahead and send a message, but I probably won't respond until after I get back from my trip overseas. 
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 19, 2014, 07:12:40 PM
Yet another legend on the PSN.  It's awesome to be able to play Nocturne and DDS since I missed out before.  Well, I managed to find a hard copy of Nocturne, but DDS is damn near impossible to find nowadays.
DDS is super-easy to find now.  Atlus released a bunch more copies in late 2012 or early 2013 (possibly old stored copies, possibly a new printing), so it's typically available for $20 or less on Amazon.  I bought both games last year for $18 each, and I feel a little silly now for doing so. 

Well, not really.  I played DDS for the first time earlier this month and it was excellent.  Going to hit up DDS2 soonish, hopefully. 
74  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. 
75  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. 
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