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 on: Today at 02:43:51 AM 
Started by Agent D. - Last post by ScottC
Finished this up today.  Derek gave it the right score it's a solid 8.  Nothing more nothing less. It's a solid game but has some flaws to it that could be refined in a successor to it(not necessarily a sequel).  The ending would have been so much better if the game was longer and the narrative was written better.

 on: Today at 12:07:53 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Klutz64
Odin Sphere:

Got through two more chapters in Mercedes' campaign. Getting much better with her since I started abusing the hell out of the evade button, though the Trial Battle in Horn Mountain (Against the two Ice Dens) was incredibly frustrating. She's actually turning into my favorite character with a great story, adorable design, well-written, and some of the most fun skills I've encountered so far.

Yo-Kai Watch

Still in the early parts of the game, but it's already a lot fun outside of the game inheriting Ni no Kuni's frustrating recruitment "process"/rate. You can increase a Yo-Kai's chance to join your party by feeding it its favorite type of food, but knowing what type that is so far is all trial and error and wasted items. Still, I am only falling more in love with the Saturday Morning Cartoon inspired graphics and writing (and even the game itself is sectioned off into subplots that could easily be short little 15-minute half episodes). I'm also really warming up to the battle system which seemed a bit too chaotic for me at first, but is quickly feeling more energetic than confusing.

 on: July 27, 2016, 10:44:34 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Kevadu
The number of Bernie supports who say they will vote for Clinton is about the same as the number of Clinton supporters who said they would vote for Obama around this time in 2008.  The whole thing does seem a bit overstated.

That said I will agree that the Bernie-or-busters are a lot louder...

 on: July 27, 2016, 10:29:46 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Artimicia
Interesting to hear your take. FF3 and its marathon dungeons and lack of saves is probably the most unfair FF I've ever played.

FF3 was super harsh at times but I thought it was balanced pretty well, like if you were careful you shouldn't run into too many crazy issues.

FF2 is the one which really stuck out to me, craptastic super-monsters in chests and stuff. I honestly struggled to finish that dungeon where you had the helper guy the whole time.

In a sense I think FF8 was actually the worst balanced though, it was the only one where you kind of had to take advantage of obscure/quirky systems to create really unbalanced powerful things without having it be just normal, which is precisely what I did incidentally... beat Ultimecia with a dead Rinoa and Irvine as a healer and Squall just spamming Lionheart.

FF9 is really great as well, having been very careful and kind of conservative they managed to make it actually a pretty enjoyable game to play. I'd say in general the kind of "cooler" FFs (for lack of a better term) like FF7/FF8, 10, and 13 were much weaker games, whereas the kind of charming and silly FF1-3, 6 (depending on how you count 6), 14, were much more accessible.

But yeah pretty much every other Tri-Ace game could be a total sloshing mess, depending.

You're gonna have to explain which helper guy because virtually every part of FF2 has your party of three saddled with a fourth helper dude/tte. Party comp spoilers:
you start with Leon for the five seconds it takes to get ran down, followed by resident crutch Minwu, who ditches for the Brosef Josef, who's sadly replaced by uber-gobber Gordon, but is then upgraded with Leila, but is then swapped back for Gordon for about five minutes or so, then topped off by Leila for a longest goddamn time, eventually Richard?/Gareth? hops on to fork over the keys to his Wyvern and lasts until he tries to mano-a-mano the guy who just took over Heaven and Hell let's rock, at which point Leon finally tries to excuse his almost competent villainy by being an almost competent party member for the finale.

One thing I'd have to say about FF3 though is that its basically the closest the series ever got to a Ys style Level threshold, where one Level can make a profound difference. It also has one of the better Uematsu soundtracks and the game itself is the closest the series ever really gets to High-Fantasy (FF1's too short, FF5 gets a bit too Shonen Anime, FF9 gets too character driven, and the rest has either some kind of military or modern theme to it). That said, there's a ton of bullshit to that game (a lot of it is forewarned like Nepto or the Swamp, but the Statues are still kinda WTF, Salonia is a nasty trap, the Ancient Cave can suck a dick, the Mini-Dungeons are tedious, making you spend nearly the entire game carting around a White Wizard is weak, and the finale's near total dearth of save points is pretty lame). Still better than the DS (et all)'s version of the game and its "System limitations holding back the enemy count per battle? Lets just jack up enemy stats and actions per battle across the board. ACROSS THE BOARD!!! Also lets nerf a bunch of Jobs and give the crappy ones a single piece of half decent equipment locked behind more grinding than what's found over the entire game in a not-even-halfassed attempt at contorting a linear progression system into a 'balanced' one. And while we're at it, lets drop heavy penalties on changing said Jobs while conveniently ignoring the fact that the actual game was built around changing Jobs to react to the already obnoxious dungeon gimmicks."

As for Infinite Undiscovery. Yeah, no. That one wasn't that good of a game. It's the precursor of the Seven Man Party of SO5 by a full console generation, and it shows. Its also infamously remembered for "Dinner! Dinner! Dinner!" (on top of having a pretty dumb plot involving being a body-double for a guy who eventually turns out to be faking it until the aforementioned body double arrived).

And yeah, RoF could've easily been its own anime given some of the game's unabashed ridiculousness at times (even if we would've missed out on the guncrafting and John Woo-ing everything). I can't believe this game came out in 2010 (which makes it arguably the best thing Tri-Ace has put out this decade thus far).

Yeah I can't believe I forgot about all that, was just thinking of the WHM guy, everything else basically agree with there.

 on: July 27, 2016, 10:17:45 PM 
Started by glassjawsh - Last post by glassjawsh
Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them (aka ZoZo)

- After Terra goes super saiyan all over everyone's asses she flies off into the night sky like the petulant screeching harpy that she is and ends up in ZoZo.

-  I originally decided to have my search party consist of (for the healin'), (for the stealin'), (because he just learned Fire Dance which attacks all enemies) and (because ???).  But as soon as I made it to Kohlingen and remembered I could re-recruit Shadow for a low low extortionate fee, I ended up trekking all the back to Narshe so I could dump Gau and free up an extra party slot.

- Jidoor is stupid and annoying in the WoB.

- Once I made it to ZoZo I immediately realized that I was in for a rough go of it.  First off, HadesGigas will often shoot off a Magnitude8 spell (which can't be absorbed by Celes' rune) upon being defeated for massive damage. This got me into a real mp crunch trying to keep everyone healed while climbing up the tower to fetch Terra. 

- Second off, even though Locke suuuuuuucks, I have some strange need to keep him in my party at all times.  I think I'm just a junkie for trying to steal things.  Luckily, his crap stats are somewhat mitigated by being able to equip him with a ranged weapon (full moon) and stick him in the back row.  Then you can sort of double down on mitigating his weaknesses by also equipping the thief glove which turns "steal" into "capture" and lets you attack and steal at the same time*. 

- Thirdly, I completely forgot what the clock had to be reset to in order to grab Edgar's chainsaw, so I had to actually go talk to everyone, write down the lies they told and solve the puzzle manually.  This took a while but actually helped me level up some more without grinding.

- Finally I also forgot that Dadalama was a thing (and a boss) until the bossfight music kicked in.  So I was out of mp and completely unprepared, whoops.  Honestly though, this sort of worked in my favor since Dadalama does this stupid thing where if you hit him with a spell too many times he does a sort of dragoon attack and jumps off the screen and you're left only fighting the two iron fists he keeps summoning over and over.  The only reason this fight ended in my favor was because I had a dozen potions left in my inventory (which I had celes use every turn) and because Sabin's Fire Dance could one shot both of Dadalama's cronies at the same time.   Beyond that, it was simply a matter of having Shadow spam his shuriken (600 damage) and hoping Locke could capture something good (just a shitty Jewel Ring). 

- Reached the top. Yadda Yadda Yadda. Ramuh commits suicide and no one is like "holy shit, did that guy just kill himself?" We still don't get Terra back.

* does anyone know off hand if your attack during "capture" is affected by being in the back row?  I think it ignores which row Locke is in but I can't really be sure.

- A few questions before I'm wisked off to the Opera House (and the crazy conductor guy flapping like a hyperactive bird in front of the stage https://youtu.be/nEuf9ZSJrdg?t=43s) .  I nabbed a Fire Knuckle for Sabin in a chest in ZoZo. Since it casts fire when he attacks it's off limits for me to equip, but I was wondering if it's still ok for me to sell it (an item I'm intentionally pretending doesn't exist) or if you all think I should I just discard those kinds of items as soon as I find them?

- Why in the world do all of my party members have mp now?  I know that practically it's so they can use summons before they've learned any spells, but the overbearing nerd it in me is screaming that since magic doesn't exist outside of a few people in the WoB it doesn't make sense for any of them to have mp until AFTER they've learned a spell from the green magic corpse shards.

 on: July 27, 2016, 09:53:50 PM 
Started by Hidoshi - Last post by Dice
Just finished The Last Airbender. Finale was incredible, arguably my favorite of any animated series. A+++++++++++

For real, that finale hypes and delivers.

 on: July 27, 2016, 09:46:15 PM 
Started by Hidoshi - Last post by Rook
Just finished The Last Airbender. Finale was incredible, arguably my favorite of any animated series. A+++++++++++

 on: July 27, 2016, 08:20:59 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Dincrest
...and that's a lesson that isn't taught in school, but should be.  That even when you go away to college, you still need to vote in your permanent address's polling place unless you sign up for an absentee ballot. 

I learned that lesson the hard way. 

 on: July 27, 2016, 07:48:37 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Mickeymac92
The Longest 5 Minutes is now coming to the west for the Vita and PC. Looks to be another game kinda like Half-Minute hero, and I like the story idea it's got going on there. I never did finish Half-Minute Hero, nor did I play the sequel yet...I guess I'll get on that.

 on: July 27, 2016, 07:14:00 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Hathen
I think the media is really overstating the presence of Bern-or-Busters. I think most poll show like 80+% of his supporters have already committed to voting Hillary in November, and the rest have months to consider how awful it'd be to have Trump in the White House as he continues to say stupid shit.

Also the young voters that Bernie energized historically have terrible voter turnout anyway.

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