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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog
« on: May 06, 2015, 04:09:28 PM »
Robo's theme's loop is too short.  At least, I think that was my complaint.  It's been a while.

"Dreamlike" is a great word for CC's soundtrack.  It really just transports your mind to Another World (pun intended).  It's difficult to imagine a modern OST ever topping it.  Uematsu is still the master of melody, but Mitsuda perfected the whole package here.

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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:48:15 AM »
Illusion of Gaia a classic in its own right.
GASP!  Loved that game as a kid!  Has some of the best music on SNES, and that is really saying something.  I remember thinking that the story was really weighty and mature, more so than what I was used to at the time, at least.  Would definitely love a modern retrospective on it.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:07:34 AM »
the current Doctor and Clara have a toxic relationship that is not fun to watch.
You know, I love Doctor Who and I liked Season 8 and I apologize for it frequently, if for no other reason than Peter Capaldi is amazing.  But I really have to agree with the above.  Well said.

My biggest (and perhaps, only) real problem with Season 8 is Orson Pink.  They better address that in the next series.

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General Games / Re: Xenoverse, DBZ game or something more?
« on: May 06, 2015, 10:30:47 AM »
Do want!

You guys gotta let me know if/when this goes on sale on PSN.  I'd really love an excuse to start playing this game asap.

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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« on: May 06, 2015, 09:58:56 AM »
Subscribed.

I'll throw my suggestions in: Final Fantasy Tactics and Dark Cloud 2/Dark Chronicle.  I'll not suggest another thing until these two have been well Encountered!

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 06, 2015, 09:52:04 AM »
Well, I find the characters and world of Trails FC really interesting, so I have enjoyed its meandering pace.  I suppose if I get bored with it, I can just drop it.

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Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog
« on: May 06, 2015, 09:46:00 AM »
Saw that Robo theme coming a mile away, Dice. :D

I will say, though, that your last link was to a playlist and now I might just listen to the CC soundtrack all day long...

Has anyone here ever read/heard a negative review of this game that didn't mention the word "trigger" anywhere?

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series
« on: May 05, 2015, 05:00:59 PM »
Btw, I played just enough Rorona to really appreciate how awesome the blacksmith shop music is and to get really irritated at the name "Esty Dee".

The name got changed in the localization because someone wanted to make a sex joke. Her real surname is Erhard, if this knowledge makes you feel better.

As for the backlog stuff, I'm fairly well managed myself. Probably because I'm poor and unemployed, but maybe also because I have already noticed a good while ago that the idea of playing through 100 more (J)RPGs doesn't seem as appealing as it once did anymore. Not to say, finding ones that I feel like I can get into synch with is still a great feeling (i.e. this year with Valkyria Chronicles 3 and Child of Light so far), but I most certainly don't find pleasure in doing something like spending my afternoon grinding for levels anymore. Though there is still maybe a bit more I could learn to try&drop in case I notice I'm not really enjoying myself as much as I could doing something else.
Re: Esty Dee, yes my mind isn't dirty enough (or sharp enough, I guess) for me to have picked up on the obvious sex joke myself.  When I learned about the localization change is when it hit me, and then subsequently I was annoyed greatly from then on.

Re: try&drop, I am learning to take this stance with games as well.  If I have to MAKE myself play it, then I won't play it.  I still sometimes have qualms about dropping a game, but I am training myself to be merciless, even when replaying gaes I REALLY REALLY love.  Example: I picked up Chrono Cross a few years ago, played about 90% of it, put it down, picked it back up, couldn't remember where to go next so dropped it completely.  My heart still yearns to go back to it, but I am telling myself "no".  I have too many other games to go back to one I have finished more than 5 times.
I have even had to drop such stellar titles as Radiant Historia, simply because I couldn't get excited about playing it any longer.  I may yet go back to it, though.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series
« on: May 05, 2015, 03:05:58 PM »
Well, I have to say, it's pretty satisfying knowing I am not alone in this...

Btw, I played just enough Rorona to really appreciate how awesome the blacksmith shop music is and to get really irritated at the name "Esty Dee".  I don't remember much else from it except that I seemed to have fun while I was playing it.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 05, 2015, 03:03:08 PM »
Hrmm.... Trails in the Sky FC is my next game after Final Fantasy X-2.  I'm pretty surprised to see some negativity towards it here, since I have only ever heard good things about it.  Technically, I am already about 8 hours into the game, but I decided that I need to just focus on one game at a time.

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Game Journals / Re: glass Ruins Final Fantasy Tactics
« on: May 05, 2015, 02:57:28 PM »
Hm.  I thought the subject line was a joke, but you really did ruin the game!  Well done, truth in advertising.

I admit, Tactics is more fun if you force yourself to vary up the party.  Don't use the best characters all the time.  In fact, make yourself use EVERYONE!  Even Rapha and Marach!  Find a way to make them useful.  It's great fun.

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