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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on Yesterday at 11:15:20 PM »
Is there likely to be another Focus alongside Easter? I'm not interested in those leaked characters, but am contemplating having another go at Ninian...
If the leak is true and there are four alternate costumes, then I am thinking no. If it had just been two then I would consider it a maybe. I mean there will of course be the GHB banner in a week, but I expect there to be no new characters until the Easter banner is over.

Edit: Also saw that there is a leak about a Christmas Robin and Tharja. Not sure how long this leak has been out, but I like the Christmas Tharja more than I figured I would. Just 8 months till they are live?

Liking Robin's Christmas Tree Sword (and the Mittens reminds me of Ys Origin's Yunica).


Also, http://gematsu.com/2017/03/fire-emblem-heroes-adds-spring-festival-heroes-chrom-lucina-xander-camilla

Confirmed.
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Rook on Yesterday at 10:51:22 PM »
Yeah, I watched a little more of Gintama recently, it's pretty good. A little too silly to marathon, though, so I'm only on episode 28. I loved the "crossover" with Death Note, though, especially since they claimed to have foregone a recap episode in order to play mind games over a fancy beef dish.

Anyways, I noticed Gundam Wing was on Crunchyroll, and I couldn't resist watching it again. Despite my complaints earlier, I still find it extremely entertaining - even after all these years. I rarely rewatch stuff, but I've seen this show more times than I can count.

I would say the 1st great Gintama episode doesn't hit until episode 39. Then it starts to really take off. I think its run from episodes 58-114 is just incredible. 4 great arcs (benizuka, shinsengumi crisis, Okita's sister, Yakku) + so many great stand alone episodes. Also the 1st arc is the benizuka arc from 58-62 which is the 1st movie so you just might want to watch the movie 1st (better animation). It also takes a step back a bit until ep 174 (granted some people's favorite arc is in there). And from 175 to present day its been tremendous. 
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General Discussions / Re: Travel in Japan
« Last post by Yoda on Yesterday at 10:50:32 PM »
Sorry i have been busy but thank you all for the reaponses. I booked a really nice hotel for the night we land in tokyo. I was going to stay at the park hyatt ( hotel in lost in translation) but after taxes and fees it was 600 a night. We have nice air bnbs for tokyo and kyoto. I can tell you how excited i am.

While in Hong Kong we will probably stay with my g/fs sister to help save on money.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4
« Last post by Ramza on Yesterday at 10:48:53 PM »
The title does appear in game until part B starts. The whole first playthrough is like a super extended prologue. The real meat of the story doesn't appear until part C.

This is a very odd ball game that messes with so many gameplay conventions.

Exactly. THere aren't devs out there like Yoko Taro (so far as I know), which means there aren't games out there that break expectations in the way Automata (and NieR 1) have done.

There's the little stuff, like camera changes from over-the-shoulder to free-form (Kingdom Hearts-ish) to aerial to side-scroller. There's 9S' ability to hack into enemies and control them (most of the hard-to-find lore requires doing this, because the machine he's hacked can then hack *by proxy* on a treasure chest). And then there's the big stuff, like characters' true identities, the "real mission" of YoRHa, and the incredible value of the Pods.

(They got sold short INTENTIONALLY for most of the game -- they seem to be *nothing* compared to Grimoire Weiss. But in the end ... something has happened. Something that is, apparently, inevitable. Life is life. I want to throw in some Jeff Goldblum Jurassic Park Chaos Theory: "nature (machine nature?) found a way.")
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on Yesterday at 10:05:17 PM »
Yeah, I watched a little more of Gintama recently, it's pretty good. A little too silly to marathon, though, so I'm only on episode 28. I loved the "crossover" with Death Note, though, especially since they claimed to have foregone a recap episode in order to play mind games over a fancy beef dish.

Anyways, I noticed Gundam Wing was on Crunchyroll, and I couldn't resist watching it again. Despite my complaints earlier, I still find it extremely entertaining - even after all these years. I rarely rewatch stuff, but I've seen this show more times than I can count.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria: Azure Revolution
« Last post by Rook on Yesterday at 09:50:13 PM »
What little info I can find suggests the game is not good.  @Aeolus

Famitsu gave it 8/9/8/7 for 32/40. I dunno what this means because doesn't a 9/10 mean avg. game over at Famitusu?

Famitsu scores are essentially random.  Or perhaps a function of how much they've been bribed if you're feeling cynical.  Plenty of bad games get high scores but I've also seen some pretty good games get low scores.

If you think about it for a second the realities of the video game reviewing business are such that it's hard enough for most publications to make ends meet with only one person reviewing each game.  Famitsu expects us to believe that they have four people play and review every single game.  Please.  Most of them probably didn't even play the game for more than a few minutes.

The funny thing is everyone continues to cite Famitsu because most Japanese publications don't even do numeric scores.  They expect you to actually read the review.

Going a little OT here:

I used to love the old Dave Halverson mags (Gamefan, Gamers Republic, Play etc) but their ratings were always such garbage and I never paid attn to them. It was pretty well known that he traded ratings for access. Despite that those magazines were just incredible and to DH's credit he often beat the drum for less well known games and put those games on the cover. EGM (which was never afraid to be critical) and other mags couldn't come close to how those magazines looked. Granted those mags often looked so good because he'd stiff investors and not pay writers.

Its funny this one even looks like a persona 5 cover.



I do miss gaming magazines, some british ones are good (Retro gamer) and admittedly Game Informer is a pretty good mag since they were taken over by gamestop. Granted gamestop is still evil but they at least do one thing alright (sort of how Comcast's soccer coverage is tremendous but that doesn't mean that comcast should not but in the fires of hell for all of eternity).
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Rook on Yesterday at 09:35:47 PM »
Gintama just wrapped up another excellent arc. God damn its still so good after 325 episodes and gearing up for the final battle. Its also the only long running series that almost never has filler. They'll have to find a fit all the characters in for what could be the last episodes and if there is one series that can pull it off its this anime.
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General Discussions / Shareable Anxiety Thread
« Last post by Link00 on Yesterday at 09:03:44 PM »
Greetings Programs!

I haven't been very active on these here forums for several reasons, mostly due the fact the most recent console I own is a Nintendo GameCube, which makes me a terrible novice to near-all the topics covered within this expansive hub. But, I'm looking to change that with the help of a good friend who manages and contributes to your glorious website. But first, a brief introduction is necessary to get this here forum thread rolling.

I've been a fan of popular geek culture near all my sentient life, from my beginnings as a humble viewer of Saturday morning cartoons to a brief span as the basement-dweller gamer of a local day-care to a paid intern of a news-blog specializing in movie and theater reviews. For most of a decade, film culture has been my passion. For the past 3 years, I've haunted the website http://www.letterboxd.com as a Contributor of movie reviews and journal entries, and racked up over 1700 diary entries on that website, of which over half constituted write-ups on films I viewed. But, since I've had to find gainful employment after I graduated college last April, I've found my attention slipping from my beloved pastime. Since February, I've only seen a handful of movies, often returning rentals un-perused by my voracious appetite for audio-visual aesthetic. Between January 2015 and December 2016, I racked up close to a thousand film journal entries. But I may be losing interest in what has been my main-stay since my latter years of high school.

So, I got to thinking: what could I fill my time with in the absence of such a hobby? And immediately I started researching and compiling a back-catalog of video games I have neglected to experience in my lifetime thusfar. I haven't been living under a proverbial rock in regards to the interactive dopamine distributors; as I briefly mentioned above there was a period of time when I practically owned a PS2 at a previous residence, and I try to keep up with my favorite series Fire Emblem on the portable Nintendos. I've been listening to Retro Encounter at work and some of their stuff has inspired my exploits. I just know that I have a large hole labelled SONY and Square in my backcatalog that needs rectifying. But that's when my impulsiveness started to get the better of me and lead me to writing this here bloated entry on your typically concise forums.

I made an attempt to close the gap in my lack of video-gaming xp by purchasing a used PS2 from eBay two weeks ago. Long story short, I bought a $75 electric doorstop. The system only read one of five games I bought for it, and there were numerous issues encountered when reading that one disc as well. DVDs were a terrible alternative, getting choppy and frantic the longer I tried to play them and justify ownership of this burden that is now mine (No returns accepted). This disheartened me, as it had cost me a fair portion of my paycheck to acquire this item and its uselessness gave my self-esteem and self-image a sucker punch. As a result, my anxiety regarding my new hobby went into a free-fall.

Pop psychology time! Basically, with my new hobby, I want as little chance of dead air as possible, so I wanted to take steps to ensure I have multiple avenues of gameplay open to me at most every opportunity. I currently own a NDS, a 3DS, a GameCube, and two equally monstrous, equally broken PCs via which I access my Steam library, as well as (reference to emulators removed). As you can see, I lack the ability and means to play Sony titles, so I want to catch up like a starving cartoon coyote. But, my impulsive behavior has come back to seed in recent days, and I've had three anxiety attacks regarding my new hobby, two just in the past 24 hours. I had to talk myself out of blind-buying a PS Vita off the baneful (e)Bay and I've resisted the urge to chuck the electric doorstop off my parents' deck. I feel I have been left behind in regards to video game culture and I want to dive right back in, but my first step landed me on my aching behind and I'm anxious about taking further steps. My goal is to be a well rounded connoisseur of all geek culture; having proficiency in the film sector, I feel I need to rectify my lack of video game experience. And it's driving me up the wall!

So, that's the extent of my crazed return to the RPGFan forums. I'm back all right, but I seem to need some counseling in terms of my future exploits. Cheers, and I look forward to interacting with y'all once I live with a full-time gamer geek come this summer.
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Ranadiel on Yesterday at 08:28:02 PM »
Is there likely to be another Focus alongside Easter? I'm not interested in those leaked characters, but am contemplating having another go at Ninian...
If the leak is true and there are four alternate costumes, then I am thinking no. If it had just been two then I would consider it a maybe. I mean there will of course be the GHB banner in a week, but I expect there to be no new characters until the Easter banner is over.

Edit: Also saw that there is a leak about a Christmas Robin and Tharja. Not sure how long this leak has been out, but I like the Christmas Tharja more than I figured I would. Just 8 months till they are live?
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Andrew on Yesterday at 08:18:18 PM »
Is there likely to be another Focus alongside Easter? I'm not interested in those leaked characters, but am contemplating having another go at Ninian...
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