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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: July 22, 2015, 01:43:10 AM
1.) Brandish - The Dark Revenant
2.) The Legend of Zelda -  A Link Between Worlds
3.) Danganronpa - Trigger Happy Havoc (Platinum)
4.) Muramasa Rebirth
5.) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Platinum)
6.) Ar Nosurge - Ode to an Unborn Star (Platinum)
7.) The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky
8.) Demon Gaze
9.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;1 (Platinum)
10.) Steins; Gate (Platinum)

Just platinum'd Steins; Gate. Wow, what an experience. Well deserving of all the hype it gets, and is one of those games I feel will stick with me for a long time. I can't imagine ever obtaining the true ending without some sort of guide due to all the branching paths. Will have to look into the anime now. Gah, such a good game.

2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2015, 12:27:54 PM
Okay, so one of the things I'm not liking about Ar nosurge is the battle grades. But this is a problem I have with any game ever. I just don't like being "graded" on my performance when I'm just trying to have some fun. It's extra frustrating in a game like Ar nosurge that does a poor job of explaining the battle system and completely fails at explaining how the grading works and how to improve your grade.

I'm playing the 'Plus' version of this now for review. I can't even figure out how the system grades you. I have received a 'B' for literally every single battle so far. :P

From when I played the PS3 version a couple months back, S rank was achieved when you got your your song meter to 100% plus (I usually pushed it well above just to be sure). I don't think I got an S rank until half way through? Basically the faster you can get your meter up and unleash the song magic, the more likely you are to obtain S rank. In the last half or so of the game, I can count on one hand the number of fights that didn't get an S rank.

S rank effectively doubles (triples? I don't rightly remember) the XP/money you get to the point where it becomes ridiculous and you start gaining 2/3 levels per fight at later points in the game. It really does trivialize the boss battle at the end.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 20, 2015, 04:04:30 AM
Making my way through Stein;s Gate...man what a game.

Well written, and really hits you in the feels. Awesome how everything has a consequence and a price to pay. Definitely enjoying this VN!
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 13, 2015, 12:39:34 PM
Still love those missions you can send your generics out on.

I remember the first time I encountered "the" fight, it was late at night and no matter how well prepared I thought I was, (I was running only the one save) it wasn't going to happen.

When I did get around to it the second time (with multiple saves), my set up was something like..Guts/Chemist Ramza, and the best boots I could equip. Run away every turn and use Accumulate. Had Auto-Potion equipped, and when the time was right, just blasted him with it.

Such a fun game.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: July 07, 2015, 02:30:37 PM
1.) Brandish - The Dark Revenant
2.) The Legend of Zelda -  A Link Between Worlds
3.) Danganronpa - Trigger Happy Havoc (Platinum)
4.) Muramasa Rebirth
5.) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Platinum)
6.) Ar Nosurge - Ode to an Unborn Star (Platinum)
7.) The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky
8.) Demon Gaze
9.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;1 (Platinum)

Just wrapped up Neptunia, I had every intention of getting the platinum for this, but I just don't feel like doing a bunch of crafting (I hate crafting) and more grinding for the 3 additional characters after the DLC nerfed XP gains for the one Colosseum battle I used to level everyone else to 99.

Deciding whether to press on with FFX, currently at the thunder plains, or to start Stein;s Gate. I am more leaning towards Stein;s Gate at this point as playing it on the Vita seems really appealing.

Edit- ended up platnuming Hyperdimension...turns out the Fairy fencer F DLC gets disabled with only one paid DLC active. You'll need the rest for the Dengenki Fest to give the proper XP again. Updated the list to reflect my platinums this year.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2015, 12:07:12 PM
Finally getting some time to play FFX HD on the Vita...I haven't played FFX since it came out on the PS2 so I've forgotten quite a bit, but about 7 hours in, something tells me Operation Mi'hen is a bad idea...
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: June 18, 2015, 06:34:18 PM
Some more info regarding World of Final Fantasy:

http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/18/world-of-final-fantasy-dumps-realism-for-cute-and-opens-the-door-for-newer-younger-players/

Hamauzu doing the soundtrack and arranging. YES.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2015 Topic of Potentially High Hype and Crushed Dreams for that Game You Want on: June 18, 2015, 02:48:37 PM
Was hoping there would be an announcement for FFXII HD, but I guess one remake per conference is enough. Still hoping that gets made sometime soon.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII for PS4 (updates in the 1st post) on: June 16, 2015, 01:44:08 PM
Turns out we still get the PC version for PS4 this winter...as well as an iOS port by the end of summer.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII for PS4 (updates in the 1st post) on: June 16, 2015, 12:56:38 AM
Welp, I am 13 all over again.

I need to talk to my wife about getting a PS4. I can only imagine the trophies for this game....

I only hope the battle system doesn't change, but stays some form of ATB or something...I would take a modified FF XIII system in this game in a heartbeat where you can control all three characters.

Also excited for World Of Final Fantasy for Vita, that looks pretty fun.

Now just waiting for my FFXII HD IZJS for Vita...!



11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: June 12, 2015, 03:40:50 AM
1.) Brandish - The Dark Revenant
2.) The Legend of Zelda -  A Link Between Worlds
3.) Danganronpa - Trigger Happy Havoc
4.) Muramasa Rebirth
5.) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
6.) Ar Nosurge - Ode to an Unborn Star
7.) The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky
8.) Demon Gaze

Just beat Demon Gaze, took a little bit of grinding, and a lot of careful turn management for the final fight but I finally beat it. Just a few trophies short of the platinum, but I'm not sure I want to go back and run through the gauntlet, and grind for the two random drops. It's probably another 15-20 hours of play, but I want to move on from this now. I was pretty hyped for Tokyo Abyss, but I think DG has taken out the dungeon crawling out of me for a while.

Since the retro pod cast is playing FFX, I may just move on to that since I've halted Cold Steel as it is going to be localized into English.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: June 05, 2015, 06:19:01 PM
All of this news is fantastic!  They 100% have my money for TITS 2nd Chapter and Cold Steel 1, and will have my money for Cold Steel 2 if I enjoy the first one well enough (a strong possibility).  

And hell, I know this is optimistic, but there's a chance that 2016 gives us Cold Steel 2, Tokyo Xanadu, AND Ys 8 all in English in the same year!  That's insane!  I hope it happens!  It probably won't but don't bring me down just yet!  (Tokyo Xanadu comes out this September in Japan, and Ys 8 has an unspecified 2015 Japanese release date that may yet get pushed back)

2nd half of 2015, and 2016 are looking like absolutely great years for JRPGs, and potentially the Vita as well. Legacy my ass. I get JRPGs are niche, but the amount of support it is getting is just fantastic.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: June 05, 2015, 05:42:13 PM
For those that thought TiTs battles took too long, you can skip the more lengthy animations such as S-Craft/Arts casting in CS.

Some further information shed on CS I/II and other titles in the series:

http://xseedgames.tumblr.com/post/120804314195/the-legend-of-heroes-trails-series-localization

Some highlights:

Zero/Ao PC ports possible in the future, as Japanese/Chinese versions exist.
CS can be played out of order with respect to Zero/Ao as that possibility was designed into the creation of CS.
CS I translation started 1.5 years ago, and is now complete (!)
They are currently recording 10,000 lines of VA
CS II is currently being translated.
Physical versions confirmed for CS I for Vita/PS3.

Great stuff.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: June 05, 2015, 02:31:46 PM
The Korean Vita version had a full colour manual included in CS I, I wonder whether we will get that in the West?
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: June 05, 2015, 02:19:35 PM
Hm. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to get more Trails as anyone else, but 1) looking at how long it took for SC to even get close to release, we probably won't see Cold Steel for a loooooooooooooooooong time, and 2) I'm kind of disappointed that they'll be skipping out on Zero, Ao, and possibly even The Third just to get to Cold Steel. Yes, I understand that just skipping them is probably the only way to come even close to keeping up with the series, but I'm concerned we might be missing out on important story-stuff if they just skip them, and I'm not sure if Cold Steel is as standalone as XSeed says it is.

But hey, at the end of the day, we're still getting more Trails, and SC should be out in just a few months. For now, I'm not really complaining.

According to the Siliconera link, Cold Steel is due out this fall. Cold Steel II won't be for a while though I'd imagine.
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