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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: April 20, 2018, 04:24:36 PM »
1. Tales of Xillia 2

2. Trails of Cold Steel 1
Easily one of the Ten Best Games I Have Ever Played.

I'm not sure what more I can say beyond that.  At 125 hours, I've finished it without a guide, 4 points shy of max AP rank, and every single moment of it was pure RPG bliss.  Superlative story and world-building, great cast of characters, addictive customization and gameplay.  True the graphics and music weren't the best, but they didn't detract at all from the pure joy of playing this game.

Playing around with character builds really never got old.  And I still want to do more of it.  I love the addition of Master Quartz to the Trails formula.  While quartz setups weren't as strategic as the Sky trilogy's, they rewarded experimentation moreso and made each successful build feel intensely satisfying.  And unlike many other RPGs, using status effects is not only effective, but it's one of the best ways to go after most of the enemies in the game!  Even a lot of bosses!  That never got old either.

Even if there wasn't a sequel to this game, the cliffhanger ending still wouldn't lower my score.  By far the best RPG I have played in ages.  Honestly, I can't even think of the last time I played a better one.  I would even put this on equal footing with my all-time favorite Final Fantasies and above the Trails in the Sky games, despite that series having better writing and plot.  Some of the too-broad themes and anime tropes, as well as the low-budget feel, are honestly the only flaws in an otherwise perfect RPG, and when taking the game as a whole those are nitpicks.  All RPG Fans owe it to themselves to play this.

Final Score: 10/10

Up Next: Ni No Kuni 2

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:24:40 AM »
I didn't care for Final Fantasy Tactics' noseless designs


Single-Player RPGs / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:22:50 AM »
Dang, you must really like this game

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:15:16 AM »
Touché @Rook

General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:15:02 PM »
Oh man, MM Legends was so good. So so good.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:09:24 PM »
Definitely agree about the design.  This game is gorgeous.  My jaw hit the floor when I first explored Goldpaw.  The amount of details put into that environment.  It's insane.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Metal Max Xeno announced for the west.
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:03:18 PM »
I read that the story has Japanese audio.  Pass.  If I can't have English voice acting, I want none at all.

You could probably turn the Voice volume slider all the way down, surely?

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:01:01 PM »
I always think I want to play this and then I see the character designs again...

Its not Suikoden 3 in that dept but other than Rex's hammer pants they are actually decent IMO.
Pyra is the worst character design I have seen in ages, and Rex is the second worst.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 16, 2018, 11:52:36 AM »
What are you playing on, Frosty?  I played on PSP and it was just so darn tiny I could barely appreciate the beautiful sprites and animation work.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Metal Max Xeno announced for the west.
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:20:31 PM »
Is this at all related to Metal Saga? *clueless*

General Games / Re: Mega Man X Collections 1 & 2
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:51:58 AM »
Where the heck is my Zero promo artwork?

General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:46:40 AM »
Necroing? For great something or other....

Yep. Somebody's under the illusion that everything Cavia did was an underappreciated gem like NieR 1. That, or poor XSeeD's so hard up for cash right now that they're willing to bring out this kind of dreck just to keep the office lights on.

You are talking about the same company that is localizing a Senran Kagura molestation simulator, so...

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:20:24 AM »
You remember how that real estate bubble burst in 2008 and peoples' lives collapsed all over the country?  The school loan bubble is headed in that exact same direction.

If it weren't for the whole lives-collapsing thing I'd almost be glad to see that happen.  Biggest scam ever.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:24:03 AM »
Three Xenoblade games, three (apparently) ridiculously incredible soundtracks.  How do they do it?

General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: April 10, 2018, 01:47:21 PM »
Here's a video that shows a side-by-side comparison of real-life Shibuya, and Persona 5 Shibuya.  It's a pretty good match in some areas.

also this

But where are all the pink and blue haired people?

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