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1546  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: April 20, 2009, 08:40:02 AM

Do Limbus solo every now and then when I miss my scheduled runs- still no luck with getting the right item. I've gotten COR once and MNK twice.


The item from the egg event this year is kinda cool, it gives 10 storage spaces, which isn't too bad

I took the liberty of camping Kreuzet after the maintenence, and after several attempts to pull him properly (I had pulled him and died to aggro before, of course nobody around me helped because they were too busy stealing my claim), this is what I got.

Of course the 3 or 4 people before me got the dagger on the first time they killed him.
Then on his next pop, I got it with TH1. TH1 > TH3 apparently. This game is stupid.


Been cooling down a bit on salvage lately, I'm trying to get that damn turtle to drop the Hara-Ate, but no such luck so far.



My first real drop from my ZNMLS, up until now I've just been getting a bunch of crappy trigs. No Enkidu's has dropped yet on any of my trigs, and the Beast Slayer I got was from a random lowman I did with Twc.


Put this behind for a while but I finally got it for my BLU. Guess I have to work on Expiacion now.


A picture of the Astral Plinth inside Al Zahbi, a rare sight. The last time I saw this thing was a couple years ago, back when Besieged was actually difficult. =P


I want to talk about ACP for a second, now that I've finished it. I'm sure I've made it obvious that I don't like it one bit, but I'd like to give an idea to all of you how incredibly pathetic this "expansion" is.

I liked the first cutscene, despite some people hating on it. It was exactly as described- a large crystal has appeared above Jeuno, and inflicted a magical daze on everyone. A young boy appears before me, calling himself Aldo- sounds good so far.
And then. Then he tells me to go get the crystal shards. Anybody who has done this incredibly frustrating mission knows that it has no fucking business whatsoever being in this mission line. The fact that the expansion is about 8 hours long doesn't help when you spent 2 of those hours just trying to farm crystals.

And what happens when you collect these crystals? He tells you to go farm more of them. This is the first 4 missions out of 12- a wasted first 4 missions with nothing but filler, save the introduction. Can someone tell me what's going on? Can someone tell me what this crystal is? What does Aldo and Emelyne have to do with this? What do all those characters in the back of the promotional poster have to do with this? What does TAVNAZIA have to do with this?

Finally something happens after the farming, you engage an army of Seed Mandragoras? Why? I don't know. They claim to be spawned from the crystal, though what this has to do with the Orcish siege on Tavnazia, I don't have a goddamn fucking clue.

So you kill these Mandragoras, and you are asked to go to Fei'Yin. Then you are asked to go to the Hall of the Gods. WHY? What does this have to do with Tavnazia or these two characters? The only reason you need to walk to these places is to get a whole bunch of diarrhea out-the-mouth dialogue that neither explains anything, lets you learn anything about the characters, nor is it entertaining. In other words, it takes up several dozens minutes of your time, and nothing else.


So we enter the climax of this addon, which is a battle against a crystal that has no explanation given whatsoever. What is it? A lost shard of the mothercrystal? An apparition of the emptiness? Dunno, we're too busy creating a crappy piece of armor to bother writing anything resembling a story, even a hackneyed one.


So here's the ending, and you should get ready for this.
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We defeat the crystal, and he basically says, "ha-ha, you're too late", and begins doing whatever he's supposed to do to
destroy the world. And then something along the lines of "oh no, the light within mankind has stopped my onslaught". Then
we are informed that your character, Aldo, and Emelyne will have no memory of what has transpired over the course of this
expansion. Nobody learns anything and we don't learn anything about the characters or the backstory of Vana'Diel, nor does
it progress any story involving these two characters. I can't think of a more boring conclusion to a story than this, and god
forbid we go back and write any of this so that it actually makes sense.

But hey, I got a shiny piece of armor, and that's what really matters for your $10, right?
That was the whole thing, by the way. I just showed you the entire contents of the expansion.

I'm not sure if you bought this expansion, Tone, but if you did, I wholehearted await a highly negative review of this absolute turd of an addon. The fact that anyone could say that this was a good expansion blows my fucking mind.
1547  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Girl turns cute to ugly on: April 18, 2009, 11:36:37 AM
Maybe it's the oversaturation of prettyboys in recent years, but I don't think she looks very feminine at all.

And for some reason she reminds me of Chris Crocker. :p
1548  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Girl turns cute to ugly on: April 18, 2009, 06:55:16 AM
This is pretty dumb.
1549  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure on: April 17, 2009, 10:25:20 AM
I liked it, personally, (The PSOne version, I didn't even know other versions existed, because I soon ceased to care :P) for the fact it wasn't trying too hard, with the story and the characters, and that's what made me like them.

I will say that I absolutely hated the dungeons though, and that alone almost killed the game for me.
1550  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hey guys... on: April 16, 2009, 03:39:03 PM
I'm instantly reminded of Pulp Fiction.
1551  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Graphics in RPGs - how important are they to you? on: April 15, 2009, 10:34:59 PM
I think graphics are important, as long as they don't slow down the gameplay or framerate.

Art Style is of course the most important thing when it comes to graphics, because having a super-high end graphics engine out the ass isn't going to do anything if it still looks ugly, like Vanguard.
1552  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Thief steals Erotic Manga Art, caught with pants down. on: April 15, 2009, 10:33:26 PM
I was hoping it'd say something like he was caught when he was jerking off to the picture or something. =P
1553  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Any of you bitches played Lord of the Rings Online? on: April 15, 2009, 10:28:51 PM
It's not too bad I suppose, the character name filter is pretty annoying, and the beginning cinematics are okay, but after that, it falls into what every other MMO does, so I don't think you should bother unless you really like Middle Earth.
1554  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on: April 14, 2009, 07:08:04 PM
The time travel aspect is used in too stupid of a way in the series- it's a basic element of the series, and it's only real function is to get people and things here and there, rather than being a single time-travel being something that results in big consequences, like the movies. The characters and villains are also boring, with the villains being one-shot bad guys that don't feel threatening.

Simply put, they're dumbing-down the aspects of the movies too much so they can fit the budget and schedule of a TV series.
1555  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Grandma dies in swordfight on: April 14, 2009, 07:03:02 PM
This would only be funny if the grandmother was one of the people fighting.
1556  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: April 14, 2009, 06:15:05 PM
I can't imagine a neighbor that would complain about having something nice to look at.
1557  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most hours you've logged into a game? on: April 12, 2009, 05:50:34 PM
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Woah, that's like... almost 2/3 of a year.  That's some intense shit.  I don't think I ever want to touch GOOD mmorpgs... Scary.

Yeah, and I'm actually considered to have a relatively lower playtime than most of the people I know. >_>

And I started playing the game earlier than most of them. :P
1558  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most hours you've logged into a game? on: April 12, 2009, 04:58:07 PM


Well, MMOs are cheating like many people have said. =P

I was pretty crazy when I was a lot smaller; I had some sort of need to grind my characters to hell, and in no game did I do this more than Final Fantasy Tactics, where I had a level 60-something character with like, every job up to Dragoon Unlocked by the end of the first chapter.
1559  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Turns out your imaginary friend may be real. on: April 12, 2009, 12:10:36 PM
I suppose since we've seen people overcome many things through willpower and the power of the mind, scratching itches by using an invisible arm isn't too difficult. =P
1560  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: April 12, 2009, 11:56:07 AM
With A Crystalline Prophecy out, I suppose I'll go ahead and copy and paste some of the stuff I've said on other places to get some discussion going. If you haven't bought ACP, I wouldn't recommend you do so- I think it's a complete waste and ripoff of $10.

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I'll be fair- the first cutscene sent chills down my spine and I was ready for a good story.

And then the first mission was already stupid as hell.

Seriously, do they think these "go kill normal enemies for rare/ex items" missions are fun? It only serves to pad out the mission and irritate the players. Seeing as how this is supposed to be a fucking story-centered expansion, you're not supposed to have filler. Ugh.

Quote from: Against someone arguing that this is only short because it's solo content
There's a difference between solo content (FoV) and just bottleneck content so that limited people can get it done at once (this rare/ex item bullcrap). And it's not just one mission, either. You have to then kill the gobs in the areas surrounding Jeuno (Never seen one drop off a Tiger like wiki claims, dunno about that one).

Putting stupid shit like this and then calling it a "month-long" expansion is fucking pathetic.

Quote from: Someone arguing that other expansions have only been long because of time to release
They also said that their mini-expansions would be able to be completed within about a week if a group sat down and said, "Let's do this." Then it took them like, 8 hours to finish.

Let's not even compare it to mission systems. Just the assault system alone has 20 times more content than this piece of crap. 50 different types of fights (Not including Nyzul Isle since that might as well be a completely different system, but they just made it an assault to make people choose between Salvage and Nyzul)- maybe not all of them were well designed (Hi2u Supplies Recovery, Ring Searching one, Fishing Orobon), but they showed that they were thinking, and trying to give us new ways to tackle objectives. Several new armor sets, some accessory pieces, and a little story that was silly, but was okay (At least it made sense instead of being convoluted to try to feign like it's somehow a "deep" or "thoughtful" story). By the way, in case you're about to argue that assault was spread across several patches, keep in mind that every time assault was updated, we got 5 new fights.

This is just a bunch of irritating low level NM fights (They're not creative either, oh wow Goblins that use their job's 2HR, just because it's a low level fight doesn't mean they can half-ass it), stupid farming, and then one stupidly difficult boss at the end, which is only irritating because it forces you to get the key item all over again if you fail (When have we ever had to go through such an irritating way to get the trig again for a mission? It's always been "talk to this NPC to get another one", not "go to 20 different places under a level cap").

tl;dr, A Crystalline Prophecy is a big steaming pile of goat shit.

I've never been let down so badly by a version update before, too. Not because they added things that were stupid ideas, but adding stuff that's just so badly executed (Mainly Augments).

But the new ANNMs, along with the WHM and SMN updates, are more than enough to make up for the letdowns I guess. The RDM updates were kinda lame, though.

Needless to say, I'm not the least bit interested in A Moogle coup d'etat or Shantotto's Ascension, because those were two I was less interested in ACP, and with ACP being such a large disappointment, I'm even going to bother.
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