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Gaming Discussion / Re: Playing SotN for the first time.
« on: February 08, 2018, 07:35:22 am »
Prefer Crissaegrim myself, but it's a rare drop from one enemy and as such isn't exactly readily available in most playthroughs unless you know where to look.
Crissaegrim doesn't heal you like the Alucard Shield combo does, though!

Gaming Discussion / Re: Playing SotN for the first time.
« on: February 04, 2018, 09:32:08 pm »
Well, that's the most contrived method of playing SotN that I've ever seen. You couldn't just emulate on PC or something?

Some pointers:
  • You don't need to purchase magic to use it. If you know the button combo and have the MP, you can use whatever spell you're trying to cast.
  • Find the Jewel of Open ASAP unless you're going for the Clocktower after Wolf form route.
  • The Shield Rod is the best weapon in the game.
  • If your playthrough ends with fighting Richter, you're playing the game wrong.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Poll: Do you want a Xenogears remake?
« on: November 10, 2017, 05:45:52 pm »
I still feel like Nintendo meddled with the Creative Aspects of what Makes Xeno well.. Xeno "whatever". I'm sure Xenoblade could have been way more better if Nintendo was just not in the picture period.
What was wrong with Xenoblade? The game was great for the most part.

I don't think either SNES BoF is a masterpiece or anything, but BoF1 definitely had fewer dumb quirks than its sequels. BoF2's combat balancing is awful, the encounter rate is way too high, there's too much backtracking, building your town involves a bunch of factors that can only be known with a guide, and fast travel in the late game is abysmally slow.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Poll: Do you want a Xenogears remake?
« on: October 21, 2017, 10:17:25 pm »
Eh, Xenogears is a product of its time and should probably remain as such (much like FF7). Most people aren't that impressed by batshit anime plots with mechs and copious religious references anymore. That stuff is a 90s cliche and many consider it heavy-handed and pretentious. Xenogears was already a roughshod mess as a game when it came out, and I doubt a team of newbies at Square Enix could improve it in any meaningful way - especially considering how clueless the upper management at SE has been in recent years. God, I don't even wanna imagine how badly they would butcher that hypothetical project. Fuck those guys.

Furthermore, I don't think Monolithsoft would pick it up as some collaboration project either. They already have their hands full with other stuff and have come to specialize more in exploration-heavy games rather than linear plot dumps. Xenogears' long cutscenes and railroaded progression don't bode well with their current design philosophy. The Xenoblade games and Breath of the Wild like to give players breathing room, not shove plot down their throats. So yeah, I don't want a remake. It's not really worth anybody's time.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nier Automata?
« on: April 18, 2017, 05:40:28 pm »
I haven't had much chance to play Automata, but there are a number of fixes to the PC version you can try in this thread here:
I can vouch that this mod works to an extent. I still get a lot of hitching, but it definitely improves the overall framerate of the (unfortunately) under-optimized PC port.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nier Automata?
« on: April 18, 2017, 01:30:55 am »
yoko taro is an international treasure
Oh, quit dick riding him, man. I swear, that's like the one annoying aspect of Automata's popularity. All of the sudden people are putting Yoko Taro on a pedestal as some underrated genius. His track record prior to Automata is pretty crappy and I guarantee you that a lot of Automata's polish and playability were the result of Platinum's action game finesse, not Taro's weird ideas.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nier Automata?
« on: April 17, 2017, 01:24:54 pm »
Well, the game's got two major modes of gameplay: third person action and shoot 'em up sections. The former takes up the majority of the game and shifts between standard third person, platforming, and even a few top-down sections. You travel around the game's world, completing various objectives and doing side quests along the way. It's sort of an open world game in that regard, but smaller and more succinct than your average AAA title. The second mode of gameplay comes in two flavors: level set pieces and hacking. The former involves piloting a flying mech and destroying waves of enemies and bosses. It mostly plays like a typical shmup, but you have a bit more freedom of control at certain times, allowing the mech to fire in multiple directions and use a sword to destroy enemy projectiles. Hacking features a much more simplified version of typical shmup gameplay (you just move around and shoot), but has far more unique applications for other parts of the game. Describing it in detail would be going head-deep into spoiler territory, though, so I'll just say that a lot of fourth wall breaking and plot moments happen as the result of hacking.

The appeal of Nier Automata is mostly the sum of its parts. It takes a bunch of mostly conventional video game features and frames them in a number of interesting plot set pieces and other stuff like that. It's not for everyone, but it's damn good for what it tries to do.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nier Automata?
« on: April 17, 2017, 12:32:42 am »
Yeah, it's a fairly polished hack 'n' slash/platformer/shmup hybrid with a weird setting and story. There's a lot of weird gimmicks and high octane action sequences. If any of that sounds appealing, then I'm sure you'd like it.

Gaming Discussion / Re: TEARS SOM COLLECTION
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:17:55 pm »

Honestly, the only thing to look forward to from that collection (if it even comes out here) is an official English version of SD3. FFA and SoM are pretty clunky and dated.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Write-A-Review! :D
« on: January 12, 2017, 10:49:54 pm »
Replace "new games" in the last line with "remakes" and my how things haven't changed in 15 years.
Holy shit, man, that's ancient. I wonder what Legendary Frog is up to these days.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Write-A-Review! :D
« on: January 12, 2017, 10:45:10 pm »
The evil church thing was (very much IMO) not particularly original because Breath of Fire II had a very similar overarching plot that I kind of liked more.
Okay, what? Breath of Fire II's use of that plot twist is a lot less detailed and compelling than FFT - not to mention FFT doesn't beat around the bush for like 30 hours before the big reveal.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Write-A-Review! :D
« on: January 12, 2017, 10:26:28 pm »
Guess Matsuno's brand of medieval politics aren't his thing? I think it's the best plot in the series besides FF6. The only thing I would knock it for is making Ramza a bit less interesting of a protagonist than Denam Morne in Tactics Ogre.

Gaming Discussion / Re: My game of the year for 2016
« on: November 17, 2016, 09:41:26 pm »
I think Heretic is way better. Sure, it's more of a blatant Doom clone, but I'll take that over the tedious switch mazes that Hexen put you in at times. I can appreciate moving away from the linear map-to-map progression of Doom and Heretic, but it wasn't always done in the most elegant fashion.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy XII
« on: November 06, 2016, 10:52:58 pm »
They are VERY similar and take place in the same world but just hundreds of years apart.  FF8 is supposedly hundreds of years after the conclusion of FF2.  Look at the FF8 world map and tilt your head to the right 90 degrees and you will see it is quite similar, just that one continent was broken up into large islands and another continent's orientation changed.  Considering the timeframe, this would be something far less drastic than typical changes that would happen over hundreds of years.
Frankly, I don't see a goddamn thing.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy XII
« on: November 06, 2016, 06:17:36 pm »
That's grasping at straws there, buddy. Pretty sure most non-Ivalice FFs take place in their own little universe.

News Submissions / Re: Translations: New Translations Added to the Database
« on: November 05, 2016, 08:27:07 am »
Huh? Are PS3 translations a thing now??! (Are there still no emulators, or have I missed some interesting big news?)
They are for the measly thousand people or so who are willing to install CFW on their PS3s, which unfortunately isn't possible for most PS3 models these days.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy XII
« on: November 03, 2016, 02:29:50 pm »
The 30 hours or so that I played of it were incredibly boring.
Maybe you should try the IZJS version. That's the one I played and apparently they markedly improved the mechanics over the original.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy XII
« on: November 03, 2016, 01:35:52 pm »
The 30 hours or so that I played of it were alright.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: November 02, 2016, 07:03:41 pm »
The Cless one, mostly thanks to Google. I think I did once play the A0 translation, but never finished it for whatever reason. If you're asking me which one's better, I have no idea.

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