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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« Last post by Akanbe- on Yesterday at 10:27:32 PM »
Would be more interested in this if we would see this anytime soon :-/ .  If we saw this before late 2018, I would be shocked.  Would be nice if we got the crossbell arc in the meantime so we don't forget everything that's going on in Zemuria.

New battle UI and screens look slick though.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Der Jermeister on Yesterday at 10:15:35 PM »
Reached the one-day mark (twenty-four hours' worth of gameplay) in DQ7 3DS, and am at the flooded area, with the hero a mage (having mastered pirate), Maribel as a sage, and Ruff as a chimera (having mastered healslime and thief).

Still doing random missions in Destiny: The Collection, and I've found out which are actual ones that advance the story of the main game and expansions.

Reached the 540-mission mark in Kingdom Hearts Unchained Chi, and am trying to complete objectives of older missions. Somewhat trying to get a gilded speed medal so I can have a superpowered one, and I've been gilding other medals to boost my Nova power.

Tomorrow I'll start Trails of Cold Steel II on my Vita.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Aeolus on Yesterday at 09:53:15 PM »
I think Eryth Sea has to be one of the best all time JRPG zones.

Its chill as fuck, but I prefer Fallen Arm for being the best of both worlds (a number of XBC1 regions are basically your typical JRPG environments with a funky layout or angle or an amusing correlation with the anatomy of the Bionis (aka Bionis has Swamp Ass), but Fallen Arm both has that feel of JRPG environment on top of having the physical shape of the structure it sprung up from).
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Never played a CRPG before, Q&A
« Last post by Aeolus on Yesterday at 09:47:47 PM »
Also, try a Diablo game. Sure its a loot runner, but it too is representative of the WRPG genre.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Ranadiel on Yesterday at 09:20:37 PM »
Finally got around to starting to play Codename S.T.E.A.M. The world of the game is exactly what I was hoping for. As an example, I just beat up a giant alien squid (which turned into a block of ice on death) using a giant steam powered mech piloted by Abraham Lincoln. The world is goofy and amazing and they did a good job with the comic book feel of the cut scenes.

Unfortunately I do not like the gameplay. There are a bunch of minor annoyances to it which add up to make the game worse than it could be. For example shooting accuracy is horrible. A good number of weapons will fire off two or three shots, but it feels like you never have all the shots hit. Heck it is pretty common for only one shot to hit when you fire three. I've even had point blank shots aimed dead center miss. Then combine that with some enemies being able to shoot and daze you while you are aiming, and it just gets annoying.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on Yesterday at 09:08:28 PM »
Argh, my speakers busted on me, so I haven't watched the trailer yet (I'm gonna look for a longer HDMI cable and see if I can hook it up to my Smart TV), but I did break down and look at the screens...the MC looks too damn young, disproportionally so. Ugh...I kinda liked how relatively mature Shulk looked overall. Now I see where all this "too much moe" is coming from. I haven't been this disappointed in a sequel's MC design since Gunslinger Girl S2...
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by MeshGearFox on Yesterday at 09:05:01 PM »
Planet Dob - Took a bus to the... TV station? Police station? and played a minigame where I had to throw a planet into this pink clamshell thing on a plate with UFOs driving around on it. Anyway, doing that netted me a hint that there was a ladder on the 5th floor of the East Building, so I got that, then picked up... 6 more bits I think? Which made me hit level 5, unlocking the ability to play around with the sound mixer control.

Apparently this was designed by the frontman of some band called Date of Birth so I guess it's sort of in line with MusicVR in that sense?

Mega Bomberman - So I guess the PCE original doesn't have the slowdown issues >:TTTT I mean I still like it, but knowing what's missing from the PCE version... Maybe I should just move on to Saturn Bomberman.

Dark Savior - Heading into the mines.

Phantasy Star 3 - Back in Aradia after getting Thea, heading off to Landen.

Kowloon's Gate - Didn't really get the opening story stuff so idk what's going on exactly, but basically I'm in Kowloon and I have a thing that lets me see, uh, feng shui? I needed to find a mirror shop owner for some reason, so I just kind of wandered around, talking to the citizens of Kowloon and trying to get information. Bought a jar of mercury. Found a kid hanging around the keymaker that told me that the mirror shop guy was in... something Garden, next to his dad's shrimp peeling shop. Go there. There's a guy hanging out near a gate asking for a replacement for the Seven Treasure Sword since the mirror shop guy took it with him. Go talk to the keymaker. He gives me an Eight Treasure Sword, which can't absorb spirits but already has three feng shui spirits inside that I can use. Sword in hand, I can no venture past the gate into the whatever garden.

It's worth noting that, up to this point, the game has been Myst like.

Going through the gate, I'm now in this real-time 3D dungeon crawler bit. There are toxic purple fields around the place. These indicate where like a feng shui demon is. When you get closer to it your screen starts going crazy and then you get into a fight. Monsters include things like robot sharks and a blob of fat with tubes coming out of it. Anyway they correspond to like one of five elements I guess and you need to shoot them with the counter-element in your sword. Presumably you need to absorb them to use against other feng shui demons later in the game.

Anyway, after purifying the whatever Garden of feng shui demons I found some keys and saved the mirror guy. He was locked up in some like mirror... suit.

Maybe I should've tried to get a copy with a manual instead of just the artbook :I
General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on Yesterday at 08:49:40 PM »
Yeah I don't know how you get challenging out of SMW Micky, it's definely one of the easier Super Marios.

Super Mario 64 was pretty nice as well I thought.

People keep telling me that, but I don't see it. The game has a tendancy to bombard you with new things rather than ease you into it, and again, Mario always feels "off" to me. However, I never grew up with Mario games, outside of Paper Mario, and honestly, I feel like that's the most important thing I'm missing that's preventing me from joining the cult of Mario.

Well on the contrary I think Paper Mario is kind of the lame Mario series to be honest...

I think Mario is just Mario if you don't like it it doesn't matter what you game you play, you won't really get into it, whereas if you are a Mario fan almost any of the Mario games will work well enough.

I can see that last part being true, since that's how I am with Sonic, but...I like certain Mario games, I just dislike a lot of the 2D entries. I actually notice quite a few differences from game to game. I'm not a big enough fan to overlook the problems of certain entries just because its Mario, but the ones I've enjoyed I love the heck out of, whether its a main game or a Spin-off. I guess you could say my relationship is love-or-hate with this particular series. Same with Kirby, although there's a lot more misses there for me. Outside of Epic Yarn and Mass Attack, I prefer the more traditional Kirby games. I rarely get into his more...creative entries, which I feel is a crying shame.
Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Dincrest on Yesterday at 08:16:55 PM »
I just finished The Hobbit.  It was a good classic adventure, but I felt like several characters were deadweight and that the dialogue was stiffly written and didn't give the characters enough personality.  I did like that Bilbo and company were adults going on a grand adventure.  Where it's all too easy to say, "I'm gettin' too old for this s**t" and throw in the towel, Bilbo pressed on (even though he justifiably wanted to go home at several junctures).  I recall when I would post about my distance cycling adventures, people would react, "Whoa dude, I'm exhausted just reading it."  So a book like The Hobbit reminds me that I am not too old for adventures... and I'm 38 (I turn 39 in May.)

My next book is Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown by Michael Alan Nelson.  His comic work (Fall of Cthulhu, Hexed) is some of my favorite and this novel is purported to take place between Fall of Cthulhu and Hexed. 
General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games
« Last post by Dincrest on Yesterday at 06:24:14 PM »

As for unpopular opinion... I think the English opening music for Shining Force EXA is better than the Japanese, though both are solid and both have their best parts at around the 55 second mark.  (Yeah, the game itself was poorly received but this is going against the popular "weaboo" opinion that everything Japanese is superior.  Heck, I actually prefer the English dub of Cowboy Bebop to the Japanese.)



In a similar vein, I prefer the English opening theme song to the Pokemon anime (first opening theme) over the Japanese. 


English (you all know this one. If not, you had no childhood):

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