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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Last post by Annubis on March 20, 2017, 06:58:09 PM »
If you go PC, you'll need Origin installed.

That's why I bought a PS4 - to avoid PC gaming.

As someone who's mostly a PC gamer nowadays, to be frank, I've been off the Bioware bandwagon since ME2 because of the obligatory Origin.
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on March 20, 2017, 06:25:40 PM »
Regarding Palla, she is a good source of Moonbow if you aren't swimming in Odins, so having spares of her is not a bad thing (need to promote her to 4* first though).

That said, who else picked up Michalis this morning? I only got the 3 star version due to not having enough time before I needed to head off for work.
I got the 3* Michalis this morning. I was unaware of the event, so I panicked when I noticed that he was up and was only going to be up for 15 more min. I tried for the 4* several times and repeatedly got my ass kicked. So I took a shot at the 3* without any issue. Strategy "We got a Hector" was not useful on this map. I'll probably try to get the 4* because having a spare to transfer the shield ability would be useful in the future.

I had Ephraim and Eliwood to bait and smite respectfully, with Klein and Raven on standby for anti-air/weapon triangle needs.

Unfortunately, Ephraim isn't strong enough to one hit the Pegasus on 4 star and got combo killed by Michalis. I suspect that this is why Minvera is recommended as she's both beefy and fast and isn't at a triangle disadvantage to Michalis when your bait gets comboed (or alternatively, she's both strong and fast enough to ice the lance using Pull Backer in one round, letting her disarm the trap without getting caught in it, letting Eliwood/Selena finish).
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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Last post by Arvis on March 20, 2017, 06:20:28 PM »
Aaaaaaand now I am catching up on the Kingsglaive episode because I finally saw the film!

First of all, let me say I really enjoyed the movie, despite recognizing its flaws.  Thoughts:

- Yeah, what the heck WERE these "demon" things?  Why does the Empire have them?  It was cool to see them, they were pretty epic and amazing.  But they definitely could have used some explanation.  For Judge Glaucoma (he's totally a Judge) you can mentally fill-in a "Magitek" hand-wave explanation, but not those giant monsters.  They're just there.

- Props for using/inventing the term "emboobened", @Taelus 

- Why DOES Movie Luna look so different from Game Luna??  Whose idea was that?

- I might donate a buck or two to hear @Dice do a Libertus impersonation again (who really was the worst voice in the movie by a mile).

- GAH!  Ardyn's big wing thing was dumb!  GRRR!  If XV were a PS1 game, that wing thing would be neat.  But Kingsglaive is a "realistic" CG movie set in a "realistic" world, so an actual person walking around with that wing stuck to him.... oy.  Dumb.

- I'll just go on record as saying I liked Luna in this movie and didn't really buy basically ANY of your criticisms about how she is portrayed/written.  Loved the Crowe story arc as well, it genuinely touched my heart.
The fact that "Stella" was even brought up at all made me roll my eyes so hard.

- Literally none of you pronounced "malboro" correctly. No shame, just hilarious!  Stupid name for a monster. :D

- Advent Children Complete is a lot of fun, and I enjoy it, despite it being.... bad.  But Spirits Within has almost nothing of value to offer in the plot.

- Thanks for (ANOTHER!) great podcast guys, even though I am like 5 months late on this.  Glad there was a good mix of positivity in amongst the criticisms, although I thought the whole thing could have stood to be a tad less cynical.  You guys do great, great work and it's often thankless, so let me say again how much I appreciate this podcast.
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Dincrest on March 20, 2017, 06:11:52 PM »
Wise person once say, "You have 5000 friends on Facebook.  How many of them will help you move?" 

In my lifetime, I have only helped THREE friends move.  They know they are extra special because of this, because 99% of the time if a friend needs help moving, we all make excuses. 
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Just watched Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV this weekend.  Why didn't anyone tell me how awesome this movie is?

SOME KINGSGLAIVE SPOILERS MAY FOLLOW:

Of course, it's not a "good" movie, really, by most standards.  But compare it to every other video game movie (and especially Spirits Within) and it really stands out!  Great choreography, excellent cinematography, fine acting (except for Libertus), and even the plot was ok.  I was genuinely touched, emotionally, by the story arc surrounding Crow.
Sure the way they handled the big twist surrounding General Judge Gabranth Lookalike could have been way better ("Hey, he said that thing that this other guy also says THEY MUST BE THE SAME PERSON OMG I'm gonna run him over!") and the arc surrounding Lunafreya's brother felt a bit wasted, but I think it might pop up in XV proper.

I liked the whole concept and execution.  MANY of the scenes and setpieces were very cool and memorable.  One of my favorite that stands out was the treaty signing scene, with the subtext-ridden dialogue between Regis and Emperor Tarkin Lookalike or whoever.
The final scene with Ardyn Izunia left me wanting more, too: "What a pitiable waste."  Very interested in his motivations.

Excited for XV.
Kingsglaive is better than FFXV imo. I don't think any of the plot threads from Kingsglaive are picked up by FFXV either, so don't get your hopes up on that. I do think Kingsglaive is a great watch though even if it is connected with FFXV (which I don't care for).
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Ranadiel on March 20, 2017, 05:27:49 PM »
Regarding Palla, she is a good source of Moonbow if you aren't swimming in Odins, so having spares of her is not a bad thing (need to promote her to 4* first though).

That said, who else picked up Michalis this morning? I only got the 3 star version due to not having enough time before I needed to head off for work.
I got the 3* Michalis this morning. I was unaware of the event, so I panicked when I noticed that he was up and was only going to be up for 15 more min. I tried for the 4* several times and repeatedly got my ass kicked. So I took a shot at the 3* without any issue. Strategy "We got a Hector" was not useful on this map. I'll probably try to get the 4* because having a spare to transfer the shield ability would be useful in the future.
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Ranadiel on March 20, 2017, 05:18:45 PM »
Trails SC

Spoiler: show
I love the idea of a Trails game with Kevin as the MC, as he was perhaps one of the most fascinating parts of the SC plot.  The whole Grailsritter thing and its similarity to those books I read in the Imperial embassy... I have so many questions.  Kevin killing Weissman was not something I ever expected either.  And just how much of Ourobouros, the Thirteen Factories, and that mad scientist that was namedropped in one obscure conversation aboard the Glorious will be factored into the plot of Cold Steel?


I'm sure there's a ton more, but that's all I can think of for now.

Spoiler: show
Do you remember any details about the mad scientist? I can think of one possible candidate, but it depends on the context of the conversation. Then again it could be a character that shows up in 3rd/Zero/Azure/future game.

As for everything else, they all fall into the annoying category (as many things in Trails do) of, they are touched on in future games, but you don't get all the answers. Someday though...probably.

I will give you one minor spoiler though to wet your appetite for Cold Steel though....you meet "Toby" in Cold Steel. :D Because all the book series in the Trails games are based on real events....probably. We technically don't know for most of them, but I'm willing to bet they'll all show up eventually.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on March 20, 2017, 05:16:11 PM »
If you go PC, you'll need Origin installed.

That's why I bought a PS4 - to avoid PC gaming.
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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Last post by Arvis on March 20, 2017, 04:03:45 PM »
FFX-2 ... I still think it never needed to be made.

It's one of my favorite games of all time and even I can't argue with this.  It's lack of necessity doesn't change my feelings toward it, though. :P



More Thoughts on Retro Encounter 74

- Ah, here we go.  The IX discussion.  As someone who has no nostalgia-goggles for this game, the amount of hype and lack of criticism this game gets continues to baffle me.  It almost makes it difficult for me to think about IX and remember all the wonderful things it got right, simply because it's difficult for me to ignore its glaring flaws the way everyone else seems to be able to easily do.
I'm all set to accept that IX wins the "Favorite" debate at the end of this episode, though, so I'll try not to get too salty about it. ;)

- Loved the point about X's stellar world-building.  Honestly, that could be half the reason I connected with the characters so much, because I could easily put myself in that world.  The ending of X is still the best ending in all of video games, I think.

- It sounds like you did discuss X-2 a bit!  But not much.  Thanks for the shoutout to its great ATB system, @divingfalcons .

- Oh, goodness, the butterflies for Kimahri's weapons....... GRRRR!!  Absolutely the worst one, and still the only one I have never successfully completed.

- Yep.  You guys picked IX.  *sigh*  Not only would IX be at the bottom of my list from among these 4, but it wouldn't even be anywhere near my Top 4 in the first place.
At least VI was #2.  That makes me happy. :)


Great job, guys!  I know it's so difficult to "rank" FFs and such, but you guys did great!  Looking forward to more Retro Encounter from all of you.  Because of this podcast, I'm going to have to replay IX soon.  It's been a very long time.  Perhaps a replay will raise it in my estimation.
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Creating exact scene by scene replicas of their movies only emphasizes that their animated versions are so much more superior and thoughtful.

I can't recall how many times I thought to myself "This is all so unnecessary."
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