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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Indivisble: first combat prototype footage on: October 05, 2015, 08:26:19 PM
Ajna's battle sprite is fly as hell.  Love the movement, love the idle animation, and love how meaty those strikes look.  I am gonna keep an eye on this one, but I dunno if I want to give to the IndieGogo page. 
62  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2015, 10:09:51 PM
Replaying DQ5 in anticipation of DQ Heroes coming soon. I understand anyone who has any qualms with the series, it certainly suffers from clinging to long-abandoned design choices and being particularly grindy, but I love the simplicity and polish the games offer. Bringing a lot of the games to the DS was such a brilliant move, as their the perfect game to play on a commute or before bed.

Anyway, favorite part of DQ5 is how much you can break most of the game with the casino so early on.

Between that and the fact that Slime Knights are just so goo'd, you basically set until the endgame where you can pick up a Golden Dragon and then laugh at the final boss, and you'll never need to bother grinding outside of shaming the bonus boss with a King Cure Slime in tow (unless you for some reason decided to never use Perry and why would you ever do that?).

Though the best part was and will always be the second time skip.
Slime Knights are the bibbity bomb.  I've always recruited a Heal Slime in each run of Dragon Quest V I've played, but their chances are something like 1/32 or 1/64, so they might not be worth it.  Also, Golems are mid-game monsters that have great stats and are super-easy to recruit (like 1/4 or 1/8).  Those three and your Sabrecat are more than enough for backup monsters until the endgame if you really want.  Great Dragons are one of the best monsters in the game, and I'm IRRATIONALLY ANGRY that DQ V is the only game they appear in (other than the DQ Monsters subseries).  I really wanted one for my team in Dragon Quest VIII!!! 

The only reason why I can accept the fact that they didn't include a Great Dragon in that game was because you only had enough space for two teams, which essentially meant that you could only afford one team because the other was busy forming Golem Voltron (and if there had been Great Dragons, you could bet the farm on there being a team of S-ranked assholes carting three of them around, and welp).

Also, I can't believe that DQVIII is a decade old now.
If they add a Great Dragon to the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VIII it will be much more easier for me to justify the purchase.  V and VIII are my two favorite DQ games, but I've only beaten VIII once.  It's a given that they'll add more monsters to recruit and more features to the Monster Arena, right?  Morrie joins your team after you beat him, right? 
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2015, 12:04:25 AM
Replaying DQ5 in anticipation of DQ Heroes coming soon. I understand anyone who has any qualms with the series, it certainly suffers from clinging to long-abandoned design choices and being particularly grindy, but I love the simplicity and polish the games offer. Bringing a lot of the games to the DS was such a brilliant move, as their the perfect game to play on a commute or before bed.

Anyway, favorite part of DQ5 is how much you can break most of the game with the casino so early on.

Between that and the fact that Slime Knights are just so goo'd, you basically set until the endgame where you can pick up a Golden Dragon and then laugh at the final boss, and you'll never need to bother grinding outside of shaming the bonus boss with a King Cure Slime in tow (unless you for some reason decided to never use Perry and why would you ever do that?).

Though the best part was and will always be the second time skip.
Slime Knights are the bibbity bomb.  I've always recruited a Heal Slime in each run of Dragon Quest V I've played, but their chances are something like 1/32 or 1/64, so they might not be worth it.  Also, Golems are mid-game monsters that have great stats and are super-easy to recruit (like 1/4 or 1/8).  Those three and your Sabrecat are more than enough for backup monsters until the endgame if you really want.  Great Dragons are one of the best monsters in the game, and I'm IRRATIONALLY ANGRY that DQ V is the only game they appear in (other than the DQ Monsters subseries).  I really wanted one for my team in Dragon Quest VIII!!! 
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: October 03, 2015, 04:32:01 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2015/10/02/persona-5-introduces-some-personas-with-captain-kidd-carmen-zorro-and-goemon/

Welp. So much for that idea. Why do I keep bothering to expect anything out of these clowns (especially when you have stuff like SMTIV's "Female Protagonist? We can't do that! That would break with tradition.", and anything to do with Performa Emblem)?

I uh...don't really see what the problem is here....
I think Aeolus was hoping that Anne's Persona was a reference to Carmen Sandiego instead of the opera Carmen.  Also, he's kinda disillusioned with Persona in general because it's not more like SMT proper and he doesn't like the look of SMTxFE ("Performa Emblem").  Sorry for being a dime store psychologist, but... yeah. 
65  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 03, 2015, 10:46:12 AM
Tales of Phantasia - I recently realized that I own Tales of: Phantasia, Destiny, Eternia (in Destiny II form), Symphonia, Legendia, The Abyss, Vesperia, Graces f and Xillia and I've only ever beaten the one (Eternia).  Worse off, I've never even opened Abyss, Graces f or Xillia. 

I've resolved to rectify this atrocity with the quickness.
Wait, do you own the GBA version?  If so, stop!  Phantasia is an awesome game but the GBA version is a garbage port! 
66  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 03, 2015, 02:07:50 AM
Been playing Danganronpa 2 all week, finishing 1 chapter a night. I just reached chapter 6 (which I'm 100% sure is the last one) and I CANNOT SLEEP UNTIL I HAVE FIGURED THIS SHIT OUT AND IT IS 2 AM. Ugh. Can't do it. I have obligations in the morning. My sleep tonight will be restless and my dreams will be, uh, strange.
67  Media / General Games / Re: Street Fighter V on: October 02, 2015, 12:31:32 PM
So.... the theme of SFV is: Boobs.

Seriously, that last image of laura, on the bottom right, her boob is like... completely out.

So I'm thinking Laura is connected to Dee Jay somehow?
i think she's definitely Brazillian, so I'd say she's more about samba than reggae. The movements she's doing make me think capoeira (hardly new for fighting games) and electricity suggestions a connection to Blanka.

And as to your boobs theory, well, I'm assuming you haven't played a Dead or Alive or Soul Calibur game in the past 10 years. It's an embarrassment, but there are impossibly-proportion women with boobies all over the place in... pretty much every 3D fighter. Capcom isn't any worse than the two I mentioned.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 26, 2015, 01:55:26 PM
Is it just me, or do Tales of Phantasia and Star Ocean 1 have almost the exact same plot?
Funny you say that, because both games had Tri-Ace founder Yoshiharu Gotanda as their lead programmer; not sure if he had any impact on Tales of Phantasia's story, but it's possible that he borrowed a lot from Phantasia when he made Star Ocean.  There are definitely a lot of similarities, but I personally feel that Tales of Phantasia's Dhaos has a much stronger story presence than Star Ocean's Asmodeus, to the point where I think of Dhaos as a key player in the story (and one of the most memorable parts of Tales of Phantasia), but I barely remember Asmodeus and had to do a "Star Ocean demon" Google search to remember his name.  And there's the whole pure fantasy vs. sci-fi/fantasy thing and how Star Ocean becomes a weird space politics thing.

Basically, I think that there are similarities, but it's too reductive to say they have almost the exact same plot.  Now, Tales of Symphonia and Final Fantasy X?  Those two are WAY more similar. 
69  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. 
70  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. 
71  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. 
72  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!
73  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***. 
74  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. 
75  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.
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