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 21 
 on: August 29, 2016, 04:02:08 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by ultra7k
Finished up Ys: Memories of Celceta on the weekend, took a bit of a spell from RPGs with Soldner X-2 (for like a day), and then now going to go back and beat FFX.

I haven't played FFX in a year since I put it down, but man does it feel slow. Typically I'm not bothered by this, but maybe coming from something as fast paced as Ys makes everything feel like it's moving in molasses. Maybe I'm just used to Adol and co running around the field in a more fluid fashion.

Currently sitting on Mt.Gagazet, and have to re-do the Khimari vs Yenke and Biran fight. Wasn't paying attention yesterday and got wiped by some random encounter in the field.
Also, what's with the encounter rate? Was it always this high, or am I just remembering things wrong?

 22 
 on: August 29, 2016, 02:35:27 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Aeolus
And it seems the "emotionally distant Rei Ayanami-style moe girl" is supposed to be the main protagonist.  I assume that's who we'd play the game as.  Great, in a game all about forming bonds and forging friendships, I'm the cold fish character.  Yay, I get to be girl-Squall.  A part of me wonders if there will be any crazy Black Swan vicious rivalry type stuff in the game (what with Rei-Squall being a ballerina). 

I did like the music on the game's website.  That piano piece was quite lovely in its melancholy.  http://social.gust.co.jp/gakkou/index.html

My favorite magical-girl RPG is still Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story (commonly referred to as Sailor Moon RPG) for Super Famicom.  And Ara Fell's developer's first project, Starlancer Six, had potential to be a decent magical girl JRPG but never went anywhere.

Squall's attitude wasn't his problem (being a moody edgelord is one of the most stereotypical teenager archetypes around), it was the fact that literally everything revolved around him and his romance with Riona because everyone else was a massive idiot. If the focus was more on actually drawing him out of his shell instead of that dumb romance, it would've made for a far better story.

Unfortunately, this sounds like its gonna get into some serious Madoka Magica edgelord-ness so I can't say that your fears aren't well founded (I'd like to believe that Gust could pull it off, but they're a part of Koei Temco now and that's just a recipe for cheesecake).

 23 
 on: August 29, 2016, 01:26:09 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Towns Car Marty
Haha I wouldn't count on Black Swan being an influence to Gust!

 24 
 on: August 29, 2016, 01:25:59 PM 
Started by Cosign - Last post by Lian_Kazairl
On the most recent episode, you guys were mentioning how you'd rather play Trails of Cold Steel 2/3 on PS3/4 instead of Vita. I feel the opposite--I played ToCS 1 on Vita and could barely put it down. It helps that that game basically checks every box for me to enjoy it, but I feel as though having a portable option for good RPGs nowadays feels more rare than I'd like it to.  In general, if an RPG goes multiplatform and has a Vita release, that's the version I will buy.  I love that little system, despite Sony obviously not feeling the same way.

I'm of a similar mentality, at least when it comes to PS3 and Vita. There's something amazing about having a full-fledged console-quality game that you can take with you on the go and play whenever you want. I used to lug a console with me when visiting my dad; now, I just bring the Vita and work on my portable backlog. It's great!

I'll be getting CSII on Vita, partly because I have the first game on Vita but mostly because that's where I'd prefer to play it. I have so many console games to get through already, and I can only play them when I'm home; having CSII on Vita means I can play it at work, when traveling, visiting family, sick in bed, etc.

The performance issues on Vita are certainly not ideal, but the first Cold Steel had noticeable slow down in certain areas too, so I don't think it'll bother me that much. Honestly, what I find most annoying about the first game's performance on Vita is that it doesn't run at native resolution, which makes things a little blurry at times.

As for Cold Steel III, we'll have to see what the graphics look like on PS4 versus Vita (assuming it even comes out on Vita; last I heard, Falcom is kind of up in the air about that). If it's a significant improvement, I'll probably get it on PS4 first and then get the Vita version later. If not, I may just get the Vita version.

 25 
 on: August 29, 2016, 01:21:52 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Dincrest
And it seems the "emotionally distant Rei Ayanami-style moe girl" is supposed to be the main protagonist.  I assume that's who we'd play the game as.  Great, in a game all about forming bonds and forging friendships, I'm the cold fish character.  Yay, I get to be girl-Squall.  A part of me wonders if there will be any crazy Black Swan vicious rivalry type stuff in the game (what with Rei-Squall being a ballerina). 

I did like the music on the game's website.  That piano piece was quite lovely in its melancholy.  http://social.gust.co.jp/gakkou/index.html

My favorite magical-girl RPG is still Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story (commonly referred to as Sailor Moon RPG) for Super Famicom.  And Ara Fell's developer's first project, Starlancer Six, had potential to be a decent magical girl JRPG but never went anywhere.

 26 
 on: August 29, 2016, 12:23:28 PM 
Started by Dincrest - Last post by DHKany
Re: Hunger Games, I found the movies to be OK. I don't remember too much, but I do remember feeling that they left out some pretty important details from the books in the movies. Not that I particularly liked the books after around the halfway point for Catching Fire, but the point still stands. Haven't even touched the Mockingjay movie, cause the book was enough of a hot mess as it was.


Otherwise,I found the Martian to be on par, if not better than the book. The book is pretty much a journal of Watney's ordeal, and while it is hilarious, I found it to get kinda boring to read after a while. The movie gave the story a more personality imo.

 27 
 on: August 29, 2016, 11:57:40 AM 
Started by Cosign - Last post by IhaveFURY
On the most recent episode, you guys were mentioning how you'd rather play Trails of Cold Steel 2/3 on PS3/4 instead of Vita. I feel the opposite--I played ToCS 1 on Vita and could barely put it down. It helps that that game basically checks every box for me to enjoy it, but I feel as though having a portable option for good RPGs nowadays feels more rare than I'd like it to.  In general, if an RPG goes multiplatform and has a Vita release, that's the version I will buy.  I love that little system, despite Sony obviously not feeling the same way.

The Vita's a great system! I'd honestly prefer to play Cold Steel on Vita, but I'm concerned about the purported performance issues (which, if Derek is to be believed, are a tad more egregious in CSII- and I see no reason to doubt his assessment!), and would prefer the most optimal performance.

Gotta love having an RPG on the go, though!

 28 
 on: August 29, 2016, 11:46:13 AM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by Tomara
Ughr... I think I came down with more than just a cold... Oh well, I'm glad it didn't hit me when I was still at the convention. That would have been a hassle. Unfortunately, my fridge is rather empty, so when I get my appetite back I will probably be eating "meals" that'll make Mesh proud.

 29 
 on: August 29, 2016, 11:03:19 AM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Aeolus
You guys do realize that I was joking about the AtlusFan quip right?

Meh, whatever. But I still smell an S-Link knockoff mechanic in there somewhere, and if they had just came out and said "We have S-Links and Stands Persona", the whole lot of you would be on this like 'flies to a sensual pile of manure'. -_-

For now though, its back to licensed anime tie-ins for my Magical Girl JRPG fix.

 30 
 on: August 29, 2016, 09:47:39 AM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Artimicia
Hold the phone though, it looks cute, it's just something I, the seasoned JRPG player, have seen before.

I actually played an Atelier, it was cute, there's just a lot of JRPGs and RPGs in general out, the market in general is pretty chaotic, hence titles like this would get a shrfit.

2003 me would of been like ZOMG YES! 2016 me is more... whatever... you get the idea.


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