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736  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 05, 2012, 05:19:33 PM
I LOVE FF V geomancers.  Terrain! is one of the most underrated skills in the game. 

Currently browsing through a bunch of DS games I downloaded, most of them out-of-region.  Inazuma Eleven seems to have piracy protection, though.... :*(
737  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The sports thread- 2012 edition on: August 03, 2012, 09:52:17 PM
That was a pretty cool article (now I'm kinda embarrassed never to have heard of Grainger before).  Thanks for posting that.
738  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: August 03, 2012, 05:31:27 PM
I found a copy of SMT3 Nocturne in great condition at a thrift store for $15 (their price for all PS2 games).  Inspired by Robbie's struggles on the podcast, I picked it up.  Let's see how this goes.
739  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The sports thread- 2012 edition on: August 01, 2012, 10:34:44 PM
Favorite sports, from most-favorite to least-most-favorite.  I went to an ACC school and that accounts for 99% of my college sports fandom. 

NCAA basketball
NFL football (Baltimore Ravens fan)
NBA basketball (Washington Bullets Wizards)
International basketball (USA! USA!)
International futbol (USA!)
NCAA football
Olympic sports (track, swimming, gymnastics, etc.)
MLB baseball (Washington Nationals)
MLS soccer (D.C. United)
MMA + boxing
NHL hockey (Washington Capitals)
NCAA soccer

I grew up in the DC metro area, and so did both of my parents.  I'm generally a DC sports fan, except I lovelovelove the mid-90s Baltimore Orioles (hate Pete Angelos, though) and had a sports divorce with the Redskins several years ago. 

Right now?  All Olympics, all the time.  I've loved watching Team USA Basketball since seeing the original Dream Team when I was six years old. 
740  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 31, 2012, 07:13:02 AM
Did a ****ton of hunts and bazaar grinding in FF XII and got strong enough to survive in the Necrohol.  Now I have an Ultima Weapon, a Perseus Bow, a Fomalhault, the Zodiac Spear, and some armor that's better than everything sold in shops.  Off to Giruvegan. 
741  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem entry on: July 30, 2012, 12:37:28 PM
3 is an extended remake of 1 (starring Marth). 4 and 5 take place around the same time in the same world (I thought 4 was really good, but 5 is legendary-hard and I barely advanced). I think 10 is a direct sequel of 9 (haven't played either one) and the DS game is another 1/3 remake.

7 is a prequel of 6; 6 stars Roy as its lord and Lilina as one of its mages, and 7 stars Roy's father Eliwood and Lilina's father Hector. Eliwood and Hector are best friends, but Roy and Lilina's mothers are the subject of some debate. I think Roy and Hector each have something like 3 potential wives in FE7's cast, including Lyn, who has at least two other husband candidates. I really like the FE 6/7 duology, so sue me.

And yes, FE is a pretty good series for shippers. Hooking your characters up with one another is a major part of gameplay in FE4 as well. Lots of forum chatter about FE character relationships? You better believe it.
742  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem entry on: July 29, 2012, 10:43:13 PM
topic creator - what Akanbe means is DON'T RELY ON MARCUS.  It's fine to use Marcus a little bit, but if you overuse him then he'll soak up EXP that other units with more potential could make better use of.  Almost every Fire Emblem have one of those, called "Jeigans" because Jeigan was the first one. 

The only other advice I'd give is to make sure to watch out for "special" units in the enemy lines other than bosses.  Certain characters (Guy and Heath come to mind) start out as enemies, but if you talk to them with specific character they join.  Almost every Fire Emblem has a swordsman that is recruited in that way, and they're usually called "Nabarls" since Nabarl was the first one.  The first time I tried FE4, I accidentally killed the game's Nabarl (Ayra) without realizing it.  The second time I tried the game, I recruited her and she became my favorite character. 
743  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem entry on: July 29, 2012, 01:30:23 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. 
744  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Torchlight 2 on: July 27, 2012, 07:11:04 AM
No ****ing kidding....  They've been extremely mum on that regard, to the point where I'm still not sure if they're working on game assets or just in a fine-tuning and bug-fixing phase of development.  I remember at the start of the year when I thought were were getting TL2 in May.  Now I hope we get in sometime in 2012, ugh. 
745  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Torchlight 2 on: July 26, 2012, 06:04:16 PM
The talented men and women of Runic Games revealed this helpful chart last weekend:

Torchlight I - II comparison infographic

I want. 
746  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 26, 2012, 10:22:07 AM
I have such mixed feelings about FF XII. There is a good game here, but some parts of the loot system and license board advancement are frustrating and/or broken. The worst part is that I think the Japan-only Zodiac Job System version fixes or mitigates several of my issues with FF XII, and I have no means of playing it other than a PS2 rom hack.

Currently dicking around in the Salikawood. Want to try and finish this before August.
747  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 23, 2012, 09:00:08 PM
Caught up on about 40 chapters of Kuroko no Basket and Hajime no Ippo.  Major developments in both series, with Ippo getting weirdly heavy and tragic in Kimura and Aoki's latest fights and Kuroko finally filling out the cast of "final bosses."  Still, I wish Kuroko was paced a little better.  The author needs to take a few pages out of Slam Dunk's playbook and have matches that last for longer than 15 chapters.  Also, when it gets going, Kuroko feels less like a manga about basketball and more like a manga about teenagers with superpowers.  That's entertaining at some level but it kinda undermines the action and drama that I love about sports manga. 
748  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 22, 2012, 11:31:09 PM
My FF XII quest was sidetracked by Civilization V.  I've already beaten two full Standard-map games on Warlord difficulty (level 3 of 7, I think) in about 2.5 days.  That's a lot of Civ.
749  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Retro VGM that you love. on: July 21, 2012, 10:40:26 AM
All of the below are from Super Castlevania IV, but they're respectively the signature tunes of Cv 4, 2, 1, and 3.  Goddammit I love Castlevania in 2D.

Simon's Theme
Bloody Tears
Vampire Killer

Oh and I love Actraiser's soundtrack as well.  It always gave me a Castlevania vibe. 

Filmore Stage 1
Bloodpool Stage 1
750  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 21, 2012, 02:43:20 AM
Anyways, I'm on the final dungeon of Dragon Quest IV. I think it's safe to say I like this game now. Not sure if I should just wrap it up tonight, put it off until tomorrow, or do what I usually do and quit right before the end for no good reason. =P

If you're playing the DS version, there's some brief-but-mostly-entertaining postgame content that's worth checking out. 
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