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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 02, 2015, 01:47:23 AM »
My mission count is currently 132; I cringe at the thought of getting to 300.

FFTA battles, aside from the slow pacing, are all just too samey.  FFT (PS1) had far more creativity in map design, and better diversity of enemies.

The FFTA missions are pretty generic, too, which contrasts unpleasantly with my recent playthrough of Growlanser 3.

Some Growlanser mission objectives:
  • Escape from overwhelming enemy forces!
  • Minimize losses in the caravan while they cross the map!
  • Set fire to the enemy base, then run away!
  • Defeat the attacking forces while protecting the civilians!

FFTA mission objectives:
  • Defeat all enemies
  • Defeat the boss

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 01, 2015, 10:23:52 AM »
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - I've been playing this on and off for about a year, and finally decided to get it over with.  I threw the last shreds of my completionist tendencies to the wind, focused on the storyline battles, and pushed through to the third stage of the end boss.

And my party was annihilated by her first attack.

Looks like I'm going to have to level-grind before I can finish this.  So much for skipping the sidequests. Bleagh.

Brush and Quill / Re: Standalone fantasy novels thread
« on: June 21, 2015, 10:46:26 PM »
"Under Heaven" is the only work of Guy Gavriel Kay's I've read so far, but I was rather impressed.  The novel is set in a fictionalized version of ancient China, with palace intrigue, politics, romance, and even some martial arts.  The fantasy elements, although present, are somewhat understated, and feel like a natural extension of the setting.

I found Kay's prose to be very readable, almost poetic, and his characters are very well detailed (I'm especially a fan of a certain drunken poet).

The ending felt a bit rushed, and I think he could have easily extended this into more volumes, but I'm just as glad he didn't.  I think he wrote another novel set in the same world; I should hunt down a copy eventually.

I'm not particularly worried about the Honeybee Inn sequence.  Keeping it would be a good sign--some recent FF games have been taking themselves a bit too seriously, and I don't want to sit through more FF13-style drama--but it's not critical to the game.

My bellwether for the remake is how they deal with Aeris.  Her death is arguably the pivot of the story, and whether or not they change that speaks to the artistic integrity of the whole project.  Unfortunately, I doubt much information will be forthcoming on that subject before the game is released.

So, I guess the order of the day is cautious optimism?  I hope they include chocobo racing...

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: June 17, 2015, 12:39:42 AM »
I didn't get a penguin, but when I had my wisdom teeth removed, the surgeon prescribed me a few percodan or oxycodone or something, and told me to take the first one when I got home.

Shortly after taking it, that pill had me floating around the room.  I totally get how people can become addicted.  But then the local anaesthetic started to wear off, and I figured out why she had prescribed me the good stuff.  Ow.

After that, I just took one in the middle of the night when the pain got too bad to sleep (something like saving the good items for the boss battles).  During the day, it was ice, Tylenol #3, ice, and bad daytime television.  I think I was incapacitated for about a week.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:42:12 PM »
Finished up Growlanser 3: The Dual Darkness a couple days ago.  I can't remember when or why I bought it, but it was nesting in the backlog pile, so...

The story was well-paced, and I loved the battle system.  I'm especially a fan of tactical RPGs that have more interesting battle objectives than simply "kill everything".

I'm definitely not a fan of Working Designs' translation/localization, though.  And putting the names of the localization team ahead of the actual game developers in the end credits?  Not classy.

RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: When a game ruins good music
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:40:52 PM »
I picked up Final Fantasy Tactics Advance about a year ago, partly because I loved Sakimoto's FF12 soundtrack.  And when I listen to FFTA's soundtrack in isolation, yeah, it's really good.

But when I listen to it in the context of the game, it becomes almost painfully repetitive, and loses much of its charm. (Maybe because the story is kinda dull, and I'm finding FFTA a lackluster sequel to FFT).

The game hasn't permanently ruined the soundtrack for me, though.  I can still listen to it, I just happen to enjoy listening to it on its own a lot more than via the actual game...

General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: May 28, 2015, 10:40:49 PM »
It's out, not as awesome as the trailer but still a healthy dose of insanity. Probably best that they didn't go for a full length picture though.

I won't acknowledge any 80's movie that doesn't include a training montage.

Game Journals / Re: Klutz64 Stumbles Through Persona 3 FES
« on: May 23, 2015, 11:19:02 PM »
So first poll: Do I focus on Charm, Academics, or Courage? vote for Courage.

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That was the stat that unlocked Fuuka's social link, right?
> I love the boss designs in this game! [...] And dat muzik, too!

Yeah, Master of Shadows is one my favorite boss battle tracks. :-)

> I wonder what affects the grade you get on exams in this game. I know in P4, your overall Knowledge stat is more important than how often you study close to exams, but that doesn't seem to be the case in P3, or maybe it is and you can only really easily get a good grade on the first exams in a NG+

I think your grade is based partly on your exam answers, and partly on your academic level.  I don't think studying right before exams helps in particular, it's just another opportunity to raise your academics.

I dated Chihiro on my first playthrough.  I don't know if she was the best choice, storyline-wise, but she was just so cuuute.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll
« on: May 17, 2015, 07:48:57 PM »
Seems as good a reason to delurk as any.

1. Final Fantasy Tactics
2. Final Fantasy VI
3. Persona 3
4. Tales of Symphonia
5. Tales of the Abyss
6. Shadow Hearts: Covenant
7. Final Fantasy X
8. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
9. Valkyria Chronicles
10. Odin Sphere

My preferences aren't strictly transitive, so the ordering here has some randomness to it.

I really should have included P4, but I didn't want Odin Sphere to drop off the bottom of the list, so I mentally sort of glommed it together with P3.

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