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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 03, 2014, 12:11:30 PM
Well since they couldn't get it to work, they probably decided to "amend" for their theft. It means they are scummy enough to steal it but not enough to sell it for profit if they couldn't get use out of it. Or it might be something else entirely.
Tinfoil hat theory time, huge plot twist. The thief actually reads this forum.

Bigger plot twist.. IT WAS ME,
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: October 03, 2014, 11:05:27 AM
Dice forever the cheerleader of Aeolus.

i swear you must be a masochist that loves taking on the world.

I love long walks on the beach.

It's kinda funny, you say you had enough of talking about FF with it's fans(?) and whatnot but you seem to constantly engage in bickering with said fans(?), even if you simply say something non comittal, detached, passive agressive, hell even repeating over and over that you "had enough of whatever" is still not exactly comitting to your own words. If truly had enough, you wouldn't even respond at this point.Not holding anything against you here, just making an observation.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 02, 2014, 10:45:31 AM
For working out Guile's Theme from SF2 should be great.

I don't workout but if I did, I would prob listen to Ys music/battle themes from RPG's and such.
My regular music listening habits include 90% of video game music and 10% of other miscellaneous artists/bands like Michael Jackson, Megadeth and Weird Al(some more but it's totally inconsistent/all over the place and just a couple of handpicked songs I like from each, oh and some anime stuff too.).
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long to beat an entire series on: October 02, 2014, 10:34:32 AM
This is a nice idea, however a couple of things I think could be polished:
Hmm.. I think the Xenosaga timers are totally inflated. I didn't do any sidequests(except for a few very basic ones in 1/3) but I did explore every nook and cranny, read every single word in the datalogues and watched all the cutscenes and I ended up with these times:
Xenosaga I - 35 hours
Xenosaga II - 24 Hours
Xenosaga III - 35 Hours

In the ff4 complete collection I guess you are including the after years and interlude times because the vanilla game can be beaten in 13-14 hours(all sidequests except post game), at least that was my time for that.

Also isn't Lunar Dragon Song a DS game and not GBA(while we are at it, doesnt that game suck?)?

Also in titles like Nier and Drakengard 3, shouldn't the time to beat include getting all endings or at least a good couple of them(at the very least ending B for Nier and Ending D(even if you can't beat the last boss, the missions leading up to it give you basically half the story) for D3) considering that if you only really get the first ending, you are not really getting the full single player experience, not even close I would argue. It's almost like getting one ending in 999 and calling it quits.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do You Ever Look Through Your Old Posts? on: October 01, 2014, 03:52:30 PM
I do and I always find something stupid about past me.
36  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: October 01, 2014, 10:42:11 AM
Perfect Collection Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys - Celceta, the Sea of Trees

Quoted for xtra love.

It's fantastic but I actually rather like the arrangement from Memories of Celceta. Can't deny that there is a certain charm to the 90's esque sound of that one though.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: October 01, 2014, 10:39:16 AM
Dude, Sazh doesn't look like Danny Glover! Ahahaha!

No, but he's getting too old for this shit.
Its a line that Glover was famous for from the Lethal weapon series.


anyhow, I don't get the point if using manual battle against anyone other than bosses/hunts/eidolons.  Seems like a waste of time when you're just going to wipe the floor with your average rank and file baddie.

During the later chapters, regular enemies have tons of health. You definitely want to maximize dat damage for your own sanity.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 30, 2014, 06:50:54 PM
It was the first one that I wanted, thanks :P
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 30, 2014, 02:43:43 PM
Dice, could you please link the "flabbergasted black dude gif" for me, I have been trying to find an instance of it here since you use it occasionally but I can't seem to find it.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: September 28, 2014, 04:41:16 PM
I managed to pick everything manually without wasting time, maybe that's because I never relied on auto battle to begin with(so you know muscle memory and familiarity from early on in the game where you had almost jackshit to do in battles), I knew those menus like the back of my hand and I already had an efficient skill set to use every time(as a ravager) and I had good reaction times for whatever other roles and it became second nature. In any case, it doesnt matter, people should play whichever way they like so if that tickles your fancy, auto battle away.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: September 28, 2014, 06:40:43 AM
Are you still doing "Auto battle"?

The only times you really need to be hands on is when you're playing as a Sentinel or a Synergist since the AI kinda fails at playing those roles efficiently.

What Maxx should be doing is casting Libra every fight that introduces a new enemy. The AI will dick around a bit until it fills out the enemy's Beastiary page and knows what the enemy is susceptible to. The difference between that and a Libra Scope is that Libra Scopes fully view the entries of all enemies on the screen for no TP.

Additionally, aside from instances when you need a piece of gear to complete a bonus attribute set, you should never touch the crafting system until the end/post game. And only do so with a guide in hand.

I would argue that the AI also sucks as a medic.. He always fills the ATB bar and overheals one person while you could divide the ATB bar to heal one person and then be able to quickly heal the other person. I've died because of the AI playing as a medic before and letting people die while they were overhealing someone else. The AI is also rather meh as a ravager, at least playing as Lightning, they take way too much time figuring out what the elemental weakness is when sometimes it's easily known through the enemy designs, and when they do they always choose a mixture of the physical elemental attacks and the casting elemental attacks, the thing is you will have either a higher strength or magic stat and furthermore when the enemy has no elemental weaknesses you will want  to choose the spells with the quickest animation to maximize damage.

And lastly it's the thing I don't get. A lot of people complain about the lack of control yet at the same time they let the game choose their actions automatically(something that was intended for beginners because SE thinks we are dumb or something), it doesn't make any sense. In previous FF games part of the strategy is to find out which elemental weaknesses the enemy has, choosing your own attacks with animation time/damage/MP cost  etc into consideration, that's something you can mostly do in FF13, also the biggest AI flaw that applies to all the roles is that the AI always fills the entire ATB bar when many times you don't actually wanna do that maybe because the enemies require less attacks to kill or whatever other reasons that might come up. Why relegate that for an AI that is mostly "good enough" and why choosing to disregard the option that lets you have more control and at the same time complain about the lack of control. Or perhaps people are talking about other type  of control...Idk. There is more to it than changing paradigms, unless you willingly commit yourself to that handicap for whatever reason.
The only times I used auto battle was when I was tired of fighting and didn't care and wanted a more passive role in the battles, the game has  way too much fuckin combat.

42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: September 27, 2014, 05:01:01 PM
Are you still doing "Auto battle"?
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 27, 2014, 08:56:44 AM
2nd year of university started 2 weeks ago. I'm trying my hardest  to start studying early as opposed to do the exam's eve method that kinda did the job last year but also doesn't leave me fulfilled plus I failed 2 classes out of the 10 I had(5 per semester, thankfully it was  just the more useless general engineering subjects as opposed to shit related to computer science, however those 2 subjects were from the 2nd semester so now next semester I will have 5+2 subjects to handle, that will be great).
I wanted to start this weekend.. I'm trying to gather all my willpower to force myself to.. Please.. Don't be a snotty cunt and say you will be able to start monday instead(talking to myself here) and eventually fall into an endless cycle of delay and despair.
I'm going to try and study now..

Edit: Great success!!! Did what I planned  to do today, let's see if I can keep this up, I already have a planned schedule until Thursday.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The one (rather popular) RPG series i havent tried.... on: September 27, 2014, 05:46:15 AM
Played all of them in a row about a year ago and loved the whole thing(2 included but god don't do any sidequests because they suck,1 and 2 have a few flaws but they are still great RPG's imo, 3 is rather perfect.).
If you love Xenogears's storytelling, you have more of the "same" in Xenosaga and that's what made me play the games in the first place. They are certainly not for everyone but they are one of my favourite rpg series for my personal tastes(very indepth lore, crazy story that tackles interesting themes, well developed characters and generally great gameplay/awesome OST).
Give it a shot, I'd say.

Xenosaga 1;
-Slow pace, you need a considerable initial investment before things get interesting
-Great characters and you get a glimpse of their backstories
-Interesting setup to the story and universe(with a rather extensive datalog of concepts to read), don't expect any conclusion since this is episode one
-1/3 of the game is cutscenes(took me about 35 hours to beat)
-Very hit and miss dungeon design and you only have like 4-5 of them in the whole game
-Great combat(except it's rather slow) with a surprising amount of customization
-Fantastic villain
-Boss fights are excellent
-Mechs are useless
-Cliffhanger ending

Xenosaga 2;
-Focus on the backstory of a few characters but it's really great backstory and I actually rather liked the story in this one more than 2, you get some closure on a few story aspects but you also end up with more questions in the overall plot.
-Like 6 hours of cutscenes in a 24 hour game(no sidequests done on my part).
-Better mech combat but still rather simplistic
-Dungeons are more interesting
-Music is much better and if you like Shinji Hosoe style 999 soundtrack you are gonna love this
-Combat is great for half the game but then enemies become "bullet sponges" and have way too much health, the core mechanics are still a lot of fun imo but battles can take too much time for their own good, rather short length to compensate for this I guess.
-Boss fights are again a plus even if they have a bit too much health
-Jarring change of artstyle but you get used to it quickly(at least I got over it pretty fast)
-No datalog this time around
-Customization is kinda non existent in comparison to the first game
-Better experience than the 1st game for me but gameplay isn't as solid.
-Excellent ending

Xenosaga 3;

-Phenomenal story with tons of twists and turns
-Impressive fleshing out of the cast.
-Extensive datalog with info from the cancelled prequel episodes, must read
-1/3 is cutscenes and some have less production values than the previous games because of budget cuts
-Quick and snappy combat, excellent turn based RPG, one of the best I played.
-Customization hits a sweet spot
-Fantastic dungeons, pacing, everything is awesome in this game.
-Excellent mech combat
-Great ending
-One of the best OST's in RPGs
-One of the best RPG's I've ever played.

Don't skip any of them, unless you really dislike 2.. but even so I wouldn't recommend that because 2 has a fantastic ending. If you really don't like the gameplay(I personally ended up enjoying it even with it's probles) at least watch the cutscenes on youtube before playing 3. Oh and they have after credits scenes to tease the next episode with cryptic and intriguing remarks.

Play Xenogears first though if you haven't and if you really like the narrative in that game you are safe to play Xenosaga I'd say.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on: September 26, 2014, 06:04:15 AM
Looks like a proper update but oh god why is the camera so zoomed in.
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