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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed
« on: May 12, 2015, 06:11:40 PM »
I imagine this is how any English conversation goes with the Tales' team:

"So what did you do over the weekendia?"
"Oh not much, just ran some errandias, like a trip to the groceria and dropped some dressias off at the laundromatia."
You win.

General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: May 12, 2015, 06:08:09 PM »
I'm sure this was posted before, but just in case...
Can you handle the Kung Fury?
Yes, its real and coming to Youtube on the 28th.
I rate it Hasselhoff/10
It is now your solemn duty to inform us all, here in this thread, of its release on the 28th.

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: May 12, 2015, 05:57:10 PM »
Wait, you mean those silly in-game novels DO something?  I have 2, 3, and 4 but refused to by 1 because it was 1000 gald (or whatever).  I'm like "I'm not spending one thousand of my hard-earned Whatevers on a book that may or may not do anything!"

I could probably still go buy it, though...

General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: May 11, 2015, 03:58:09 PM »
Dog passes out from overwhelming joy (owner gone for 2 years returns)

That was awesome.

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: May 11, 2015, 03:48:29 PM »
A wealth of information in this thread.  Really wonderful.

I have been putting concerted effort into this for the last few days and I'm still not quite done with Chapter 1.  Oy.  However, if it weren't for this podcast, I would have absolutely no complaints about the pacing.  I love how slow it is, how peaceful and small-scale the entire feel of the game is.  I am, and always shall be, a Final Fantasy die-hard, and I love the epic feel of those games.  But the flavor of Trails FC is most welcome: a group of interesting people off on a regular old adventure.  It's extremely pleasant.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 11, 2015, 02:32:22 PM »
Endonesia - Played hide and seek with a dude. He won, which resulted in some, uh... hide-and-seek god that's a butt sticking out from under a table giving me its blessing? Also I caused a mutant monkey to pass out and then a UFO killed it which made a mecha-angel happy. Genuinely no idea about that one -- could *not* decipher what she was saying. <- Update on that, I think she was saying she's a runaway, doesn't want to forget home, and that her heart's not pumping oil. And then she does a laser attack.
Is this English?  Is this... words?  *head falls off*

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed
« on: May 11, 2015, 02:30:20 PM »
Yeah..... yeah Tales costumes are INSANELY expensive.  And I LOVE having new costumes in my RPGs, so...  that hurt.  Had to pick and choose.

Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog
« on: May 08, 2015, 05:47:02 PM »
They did what they could on the hardware.  None of the PS1-era polygons aged well.

Can you imagine how difficult it would be to re-create Chrono Cross' lush locales into a 3D HD video game?

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: May 08, 2015, 03:02:52 PM »
4 XP per battle when I need a couple hundred to level up? Ngh.
I'm not an expert in this game by any means, but I do know that that is the game's way of telling you that you're a high enough level to move on.

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: May 07, 2015, 04:32:05 PM »
^ Fair enough.  Now that you mention it, I still have a lot of obvious, unanswered questions about Joshua.  I think I have just been through a large chunk of game where none of the questions are addressed or even called to mind, so I kinda forgot about them.  Plus, you know, who cares about Joshua once Olivier shows up?  That guy is a paragon of interesting-ness....... >_____>

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed
« on: May 07, 2015, 04:14:57 PM »
Has the ESRB completely stopped writing detailed descriptions of games?  I used to look those up all the time, where they would break down very specific instances of "language" or "violence" or what have you.  Now, all I ever get when I go to the ESRB site is.... what you see above in Annubis' screenshot.  Not helpful.

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: May 07, 2015, 04:12:51 PM »
- I like that the dungeons have a few more things to do in them than just wander around, fight things, fight the boss. An example is in the mines when you pull levers, talk to workers, and ride mine carts. It's nothing completely original, but I do like it when a dungeon feels like a place that matches its environment rather than just hallways with different skins. The design also lends itself to what kind of place it is, which is nice.
- I also like that there are story elements that happen within the dungeons themselves. I hate it in a game when entering a dungeon means suspending the story until you've exited the other side (except in games like Zelda where the dungeons are so good it doesn't matter).
Some mighty fine analysis here.  I think Trails FC excels in both areas.  I especially like, as you said, how the characters interact in the dungeon, as well as react to the dungeon itself.  having the characters talk openly about what they're doing and how they feel about it, not just in the larger scheme but even from moment-to-moment, makes the world really feel alive.  And, of course, it helps draw you closer to the characters.  Joshua may come about as interesting as wallpaper paste for now (I am a dude so maybe he's just not written for me?) but it didn't take very long at all for me to genuinely care about Estelle, as if she were real.

As for the episode itself, it was pretty cool for me to hear other people's thoughts on the parts of the game I was JUST playing. I usually play JRPGs alone, as my wife isn't a big gamer, my son is too young (3 months), and most of my friends don't play these kinds of games anymore. It's nice for me to hear other people talking about the same thing and having an open discussion about its design and flow so far, rather than reading another review that looks at it from the ending point.
I am in this exact situation myself (minus the newborn child).  Looks like Retro Encounter is the perfect cure for what ails us.

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: May 07, 2015, 11:54:07 AM »
Alright, so I just finished listening to the episode and it was VERY VERY GOOD!  I loved the inclusion of the background music especially.  I'll be picking Trails FC back up.  I don't know if I heard you guys mention it in the show, but I think you said in the forums that you're playing up to the Chapter 3 title for the next episode?  If you didn't mention it in the show, that is probably something that should be included in all future episodes.  Either way, until I hear otherwise, Chapter 3 will be my target.

Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: May 07, 2015, 09:46:35 AM »
I'm right at the end of FFX-2 and now I have to switch to Trails FC.  *sigh* LML (love my life). :P

100% serious: Trails FC was going to be my next RPG after X-2 anyways.  I should be able to juggle both, but since this is a game I can join in on a) I will, and b) I'll have to bump this new podcast to have precedence over my others.  How dare you guys make something so irresistible?

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 06, 2015, 04:11:21 PM »
there is a 90% chance that part of the way through, all 50 of the other boxers in your division will suddenly morph into a freak creature with your user created head on their body.
What are you talking about, this game sounds amazing...

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