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General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: September 28, 2014, 02:48:35 AM »
Some twat stole my Vita right out of my bag. The screen is locked so whoever the piece of shit is now owns a $200 paper weight.

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Eh, I'd say he would get more out of by playing Koudelka and SH1 first. Koudelka especially for SH3.

koudelka is awful.  but i agree that if you haven't played SH1, Covenant wouldn't be as entertaining.

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I certainly can't add to already comprehensive remarks made about the series here. Everything that need be covered has been said. My experience, much like many others, can be summed up as longwinded but rewarding.

I will however join the ranks of those who didn't finish the trilogy shamefully. It was not for lack of interest but rather I missed a ton of games from the ps2 era and essentially realized if I kept playing "catch up" I would never get to the ps3 era! LoL


On the note of the topic title (rather popular RPG's we haven't tried) more often than not, when I reach back into JRPG history to grab a gem I missed, I tend to gravitate toward the 16-32bit era. I've a slew of super famicom, saturn and a few PS1 games I'm looking for a good chance to play. Bahamut Lagoon, Live a Live, Albert Odyssey, Dragon Force, Rudra No Hidra, and Treasure Hunter G are all on my list. Breath of Fire 5, Shadow Hearts 2 and 3 and Digital Devil Saga are the final frontiers in terms of the PS2 for me.

Drop everything a play shadow hearts covenant. A few years back I was pretty burnt out on JRPGs and that game restored my faith in the genre. It somehow pulls off both having a sinister setting and campy dialog. Easily One o the top 5 RPGs for the PS2.

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Game Journals / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:01:14 PM »
As the neighborhood watch leads the spandex and bathrobe clad volunteers to their doom I start reading the big book of wtf is going on. While the cutscenes do little to explain themselves, the datalog hammers it all in with some fairly to the point, if not repetitive narration. Having made it a point of reading every log that pops up, even if I don't have any questions about what just happened, I now have a fairly good grip on the story.

Hope's mother just bit the big one after falling to her doom. Luckily being the snowflake that he is, Snow is just fine and ready for some friendly innuendo with occasional flashes of guilt after having taken the same fall only seconds after "The Mother".
With that the game introduces me to Hope himself and the chirpy Australian. From this point on the datalog speaks of Hopes pursuit of Snow, filled with blind rage and fueled by need of revenge for the death of his mother. Hope exhibits this in the cutscenes by reluctantly doing anything at all and being slapped about by Vanille.

The main cast heads to the Visage which conveniently dropped out of the sky. Some crash land, some just land, and others ask nicely to open the door. Either way, everyone makes it to their destination.

I'm currently romping about said Visage, while the game frantically shifts from one team to the next every few steps or so.
Despite being the size of a small city, this place was apparently considered a minor landmark of the nearby town of Forgotitsname.

Old habits have me fighting everything in sight, but I'm starting to get the feeling that's its actually pointless at the moment.
The game sports a pretty neat map system, every now and then it flashes red with shame when it realizes that most of its time is spent displaying two adjacent straight lines.

While Snow takes a moment to remind the world how awesome he is, I call it a day.

Interested to see how surly your disposition turns once you have to start dealing with all the bullshit Eidolon fights.  It got to the point that I was just dying on purpose during my first go around because of how entirely useless the preset Paradigms the game saddles you with are.  (and even then, Bahamut still kicked the ever living fuck out of me at least a dozen times before I got it right).  The forced parties during those battles were probably the only part where the game's linearity really frustrated me. 

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General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:00:23 AM »
Turns out she meant they plan on getting two cats, two British Longhair sisters, and was wondering if I could think of good names for them.

I suggest "Oy! get away from my food" and "The hair...its everywhere". You can also go with "Please don't sleep on my face" for the overly attached cat.
To be fair though, if there's one thing I've learned about living with cats, it's that no matter what you name them, they'll always end up getting a nickname that eventually replaces whatever you initially call them.

This is how I ended up living with Tiny Cat, Angry Cat and Nervous Cat

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Game Journals / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story
« on: September 25, 2014, 05:34:34 PM »
I thought this thread was called MARX plays FFXIII.

You can imagine my disappointment

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General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:48:44 AM »
Future Rock when I saw them at Camp Barefoot 2 years ago.  I can't say enough about how great that band is or how chill that festival was.  Such a unique sound in such a great atmosphere.

http://youtu.be/Vqt9tdF5xJA


Also was probably the highest I've ever been on mushrooms in my life.  I have pictures of me where my pupils are so big you can barely see any of my iris at all.  It's not for everyone but I seem to enjoy it.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:51:18 PM »
See, I didn't think FFXII was very good on the whole interactivity thing either. Its dungeons were huge and explorable but comparably kind of empty and went on too long. I sort of feel like FFX started that honestly, although they were more concise in that game.

The PSX FF games did the thing Chrono Trigger did and just made every dungeon a sequence of puzzles and set pieces, and I liked that.

I vaguely recall having this exact same argument with you before a while back and I didn't agree with you then either.  In terms of puzzles and interactivity FFXII's dungeons were head and shoulders above anything on the PSX.  Probably the best the series has seen since the phoenix cave in FFVI.  Admittedly the early dungeons were pretty bland, but they got much better as the game went on.  And isn't it always kind of that way?  I mean, the phoenix cave I mentioned was itself a late-game thing.


The Phoenix Cave and the Fanatics Tower are basically why I fell in love with the genre, nothing has ever quite been the same since. perfection.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:25:11 PM »
note to self: the furry brony (furbro?, brorry? brofy?) can be unpleasant

Anyway, I'm a few days away from completing Lunar: SSH and I'm excited that A) the girlfriend will be out of town for 4 days so I can drink milk stout and eat beef jerky in my underwear all weekend (shes a vegan so both of those are usually a no no) and B) I finally got around to borrowing my friend's Wii so I can check out Xenoblade Chronicles.  I refuse to pick up the hardware because I couldn't fathom being interested in another RPG for the Wii (havent played a zelda since aLttP and I don't give no fucks about Paper Mario).

Now now, bad blood doesn't do any good.  Consider it a typed 'slip of the tongue' and move on.

Xenoblade is, I'm sure other people here could have guessed, on my "Top 10 Ever" list.  It's a bit of a slow start, but I honestly think is perfect in a number of ways.

Paper Marios are pretty good, but eh. No interested is no interest; and it's not a series I'd try to inspire interest in you for.

Zelda TP is ...I dunno, I liked it better on Gamecube since the motion controls were a clear afterthought; but I do think it's at least twice as better than Skyward Sword (which gives new meaning to handholding and repetition).  Both are worth the borrow since you'll have the system (or if you care about Zelda titles at all); moreso the former, IMO.

...shit, what else does the Wii have that's good?  I'm kinda blanking.  I played a ton of Virtual Console I guess.

How long can I expect to dump into XC?  I heard 60 hours or longer, which is a bummer because I was hoping I could pound it out in less than a week.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 24, 2014, 01:03:31 PM »
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I refuse to pick up the hardware because I couldn't fathom being interested in another RPG for the Wii (havent played a zelda since aLttP and I don't give no fucks about Paper Mario).

Fragile Dreams, maybe? It doesn't play that well, but I thought it had a very moving story. Graphics and music are lovely too, and there are these (fully voiced)  short stories you can find throughout the game. The game is also fairly short (it would be a surprise if you didn't beat it within 15 hours), so it's a perfect title for borrowing/renting.

man...the editors here HATED that title (68 and 55)...but it's only 15 bucks at my local Disc Replay, so that'd probably end up being a net loss of 10 bucks after I sell it back.  You've sold me.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:37:45 PM »
lol FFX-2 sux amirite?

Fuck you, I liked X-2.

Good for you. Maybe you can express that without condescendingly changing the original post and being vulgar.

Seems to be chronic
http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=14019.msg334855#msg334855

note to self: the furry brony (furbro?, brorry? brofy?) can be unpleasant

Anyway, I'm a few days away from completing Lunar: SSH and I'm excited that A) the girlfriend will be out of town for 4 days so I can drink milk stout and eat beef jerky in my underwear all weekend (shes a vegan so both of those are usually a no no) and B) I finally got around to borrowing my friend's Wii so I can check out Xenoblade Chronicles.  I refuse to pick up the hardware because I couldn't fathom being interested in another RPG for the Wii (havent played a zelda since aLttP and I don't give no fucks about Paper Mario).

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General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please!
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:29:12 PM »
The new iPhone 6 is bending beyond repair inside the skinny jeans of the idiot hipsters that spent all that time and money waiting for and buying it.



Edit: I have no beef with apple, I just think it's funny

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:17:56 PM »
Honestly, I remember when FFX was the "game to hate" for a while. It seems like every FF game has had plenty of backlash over the years. I actually quite like how mixed the opinions are for Final Fantasy, actually. Makes you realize how diverse the world is when hardly anyone can agree on more than a few games in the series.

Actually, I don't think I even really dislike a mainline entry in the Final Fantasy series that I've played except FF6, which, btw, I'm no longer sure what it is that I dislike about it, since most of my complaints can be levelled at other FF games. I think the problem at first was just backlash since I was told it didn't have the problems other FF games have, but it really does, and then some. But I've gotten over a lot of those problems by now. I guess the problem is just that it feels confused to me - I don't know what the focus is supposed to be, and I keep getting the feeling that the designers didn't know either...

...anyways, I won't say that the series is perfect, but I like a series that has a decent track record with me, so knowing that I've been entertained 13 out of 14 times (barring side games and direct sequels) makes me glad I got into the series, and I hope I continue to enjoy it.


.......wow, that was a serious tangent. ^_^;  

Anyways, I beat more dungeons in Zelda 3DS and I'm about to get the improved Sword...as soon as I last 100 seconds in the Cuckoo dodge mini-game. Crap this is hard...

That's because each FF game has gotten progressively worse (Edit: excluding ARR and Bravely Default). We're pining for the days when FFX-2 was the bottom of the barrel.

Also the only things you get from the Cucco Dodge minigame are rupees, a Piece of Heart and a Large Cucco, and the latter is totally not worth the insanity of clocking 999 seconds.

X-2 is the worst of the entire series.

And you seem to have lost some perspective.  Have the FF titles really gotten worse over time? Or have other contemporary titles just caught up to them?  Both?

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like?
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:03:14 PM »
Rogue Galaxy.  The story and cast were dreadful (the sidequests were more compelling then the main plot) and there was so much backtracking that it was really easy to forget where you were even going most of the time, but the equipment smithing system was so addictive that by 20 or 30 hours in, I cared for little else other than creating the best weapons the game could produce. 

Very strange that I poured almost 100 hours into it considering I'm usually so drawn to plot heavy epics with tons and tons of dialogue.

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General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show!
« on: September 23, 2014, 08:57:18 PM »
I was obsessed with P3: FES like very few titles I've played since, it's probably my favorite game outside of FFVI and Rogue Galaxy. But it's been almost 5 years since I've touched it =(.

Anyhow, I am noob, so how's this quiz stuff work?  Mibbit's homepage won't even load for me, so I can't make an account and figure out how to do stuff like sign up for #RPGFANHERPADERP or send the scottish fellow a private message.  I've used Mibbit before when a bunch of us from another fourm used to get together to watch UFC events back in the day, but we never had to register.

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