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Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:43:57 am »
Well, I have a guide to follow so it's not all bad, but I mostly don't like how it's been "simplified" from P1 and P2: Tsumi. Instead of mostly relying on a single character's individual commands, you have to figure out (if you don't have a contact guide) the right group combo to do.

I'm getting the hang of it, but I can tell I'm going to prefer how P1 and Tsumi did it.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:50:51 pm »
Since I finished the PSP port of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin, I've very recently begun Persona 2: Eternal Punishment for PS1.

My thoughts so far:
- I don't like the new contact system.
- Maya's voice actress back in 2000 was so unfitting. She sounds like a guidette.
- The added option to skip battle animations is a godsend, and it should've been in since Revelations: Persona.
- I really miss the added HUD interfaces from Innocent Sin, such as the onscreen map and enemy emotion meter.
- Why are Fusion Spells not being used, despite being set to be automatically cast?

All in all, I'm curious to see how the second half of Persona 2 unfolds.

I've also been playing a bit of Metroid for NES on the side. I've gotten the long beam, the bombs, the roller, 20 missiles, and the first E-Tank. I'm about to go visit Norfair, I think.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:42:21 pm »
I finally finished Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin for PSP. I have to admit, the final dungeon was really relaxed. Maybe it was just 'cause I had it on Beginner Mode, but that dungeon was really laid-back.

The ending itself was wonderful and perfect. I'm curious to see how the second half of this tale, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, will turn out.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: March 11, 2013, 11:21:17 pm »
I know it may be useless posting here, but I noticed that the JUSTIN BAILEY outfit is disabled if you use the Metroid + Saving mod. After some clever trickery, I managed to get a save that had the gear enabled.

Forgive me if there's another way to get the JUSTIN BAILEY outfit enabled at the start in the Metroid + Saving mod, but I thought I'd share a save. :)

Here's the save that starts Samus off with her made-for-agility pink leotard, but otherwise a clean slate.

(Truthfully, this is a save with password "000000 000020 000000 000020" enabled. You don't get the bonuses of "JUSTIN BAILEY ------  ------" beyond Samus without a suit.)

If anyone asks, I can share the method I used to get this enabled.

The FM-synth version of the music was way better in Phantasy Star.  Not nearly as much ear bleeding.  The retranslation is available on this very site, with the option to switch between the two soundtracks!  :)
That's the version I played, and I actually think the PSG music for the battle theme was slightly better, but not by much.

The original Phantasy Star for Sega Master System and Revelations: Persona for PlayStation both have one horrible, horrible flaw for me.

The battle music.

Revelations: Persona's music isn't abhorrent as it is insipid, and there are a few good parts in it. It's just, in a normal battle, you're not likely to ever hear it, since everything will be dead within 20 to 30 seconds. It repeats the same few riffs repeatedly, and it was maddening after a time. It got to the point where I would literally set the team on auto-battle and leave the room. As much as people decry its PSP port, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, for having music in the vein of the later two games, I will always stand by the fact that "A Lone Prayer" is better than "Battle".

For Phantasy Star, I mostly think it was the arrangement. Its remake, Phantasy Star generation:1, has pretty much the exact same song, just with a different, more modern soundfont. I found the other songs and many aspects of PSI great, it was just this one, unfortunately often-heard, track.

Other than those isolated instances, I can't really think of a time where I couldn't look past tiny flaws in video games. And both times, it was solved by more up-to-date versions.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: March 05, 2013, 06:53:58 am »
Is the rest of the series anything like this?
Not as bad, no, but DQ in general is kind of grindy. The GBC versions are easier and faster; I know it's too late now since you actually bought Dragon Warrior, but you might want to keep that in mind if you ever replay, or even if you want to play the GBC remakes for II and III.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: March 04, 2013, 07:52:42 pm »
Also, seriously, why are all the female characters in Persona 3 Portable written so much better that their male equivalents?
Because it's Persona. I don't know very much about P3, and I only know P4 from my friends rambling about it and reading hiimdaisy's comics, but seriously, the females are just too badass compared to the males.

I think the only males I actually like are P1's MC, Jun Kurosu, and from what little I know of him, Kanji Tatsumi.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: March 04, 2013, 01:23:10 pm »
I figure it's better to bump this up than make a new topic, since this one hasn't been pruned yet.

I think the last few purchases I made were...

- Tales of Symphonia (GameCube)
- Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (Wii)
Those two were made on recommendation of my friends. I don't own a Wii, but I plan to get one soon. I picked up a GC memory card and controller too.

- Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (DS)
- Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology (PS1)
I got these for cheap at GameStop when I went to pick up a PlayStation 3.

- Star Ocean: First Departure (PlayStation Portable)
I found this title that is semi-expensive online for cheap at a mall's GameStop when I went to get a new PS3 controller for myself, as the one that came with my used PS3 was somewhat busted. I let my sister keep it though.

- Chrono Trigger (DS)
- Chrono Cross (PlayStation)
Bought these near the end of my first semester of college.

- Phantasy Star Collection (GameBoy Advance)
- Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (DS)
I needed to get RW because I freaking love FFXII, and Phantasy Star Collection was priced real cheap.

And I just now bought the following PlayStation games - Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete, and Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete. They're all rare PS1 games, but they were going for incredibly low prices. Well, EBC wasn't, but I was waiting for a friend's input when the copy going for $30 got snatched up. Eh, you win some, you lose some, you buy it anyway.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: March 02, 2013, 09:45:07 am »
25 hours and 48 minutes later, I'm finally back where I was at before my computer crashed while playing Gemini and Tom's translation. I must say, thanks to the ability to skip battle animations, I've been enjoying the PSP port of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin at lot more than the PS1 original.

I missed out on the Prime versions of Tatsuya and Maya's Personas, but I think I'll manage.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:45:38 am »
P2:EP pretty much uses the same formula, except sometimes there's multipart dungeons! I happen to prefer it though...
...It does? Oh. I was hoping it did it differently, because it'd be really trying to do that for another 40 to 50 hours, possibly more.

Well, fuck.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: February 25, 2013, 02:02:33 am »
Since it turns out we’re not getting Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Eternal Punishment for PSP, I’ve since downloaded Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin for PSP and the original PlayStation version Persona 2: Eternal Punishment… converted for use with my PSP, of course. :P We’re getting a PlayStation Network release of the P2: EP on PS1 soon, though, so no need to fret about us missing out on the series.

I’m trucking through SMT: P2 - IS at the moment, of course. I kind of like it, but the formula it uses is kind of… episodic. Generally, you traverse a dungeon, plot happens, you get some downtime to explore the city and talk to NPCs—who more than likely have had their dialogues updated—and spread rumors, then you traverse a dungeon. I liked Shin Megami Tensei: Persona a bit better in that regard, because you usually just go through dungeons without that mass of new NPC text to go check.

Gaming Discussion / Re: sony just announced the playstation 4
« on: February 21, 2013, 05:11:53 pm »
That's actually a pretty cute Link.


...Oh, right, the PlayStation 4. Yeah, woo, more Sony. Yeah, woohoo. So happy and stuff. Yeah, woo, super enthused.

But seriously, that Link is super cute.

"But have things gone a bit too far?"

No, but her hair has. Jesus Christ.

The DS however is COMPLETELY different and is no faithful at all to the original - and it's incredibly grindy -
The only time I've ever had to grind is for gil to get the pass to the Troia Gentleman's Club. I also attempted to get Edge's levels up to speed with the rest of the team, but gave up.


I'm... I'm embarrassed to answer now after seeing you guys' replies...

...Well, here goes anyway.

1. Peaches. I actually discovered her from a net pal of mine who's since gone missing. I'd really like you all to get introduced to her the way I did, but you'd have to get a YouTube account. It's Miss Piggy lip-syncing her famous song Fuck the Pain Away. Her electronica riffs are fun, and I love how original her lyrics are, even if they're not the most thought-provoking.

2. Erutan, also known as katethegreat19. This girl is amazing! She composes, sings, mixes, and in some occasions writes the lyrics for the songs herself. She recently got her covers officially licensed by Square Enix and Disney; I am so, so happy for her. I found out about Miss Erutan on GameFAQs, where someone linked her take on FFIX's Rose of May.

3. Fitz & the Tantrums. They're a "new wave soul" group, as far as I understand. I don't quite know what I like about their style in the late '00s and early '10s as opposed to actual old school artists from the 1960s, but F&tT is a really fabulous group to me. These guys were found completely by chance--I was staying up late in the summer before I started college, watching early morning MTV... you know, the only time they actually show music videos? :laugh: Their song MoneyGrabber was on, and I loved the song so much I Googled the lyrics and here I am.

Programming / Re: Dragon Warrior I & II (GBC) - text table issue
« on: January 26, 2013, 07:59:10 pm »
That looks to be right. Thank you KingMike, I hadn't thought of just searching one particular case.

Programming / Dragon Warrior I & II (GBC) - text table issue
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:00:46 pm »
Hello everyone! So I thought I'd make a simple text patch that changes the spell names of Dragon Warrior I & II for the GBC to their shiny new counterparts that started at Dragon Quest VIII.

However, I'm at a loss as to how to go about finding the text. A simple Internet search yielded that these versions are not oft hacked games. I decided to try my own hand by doing a relative search in Windhex32... nothing, multiple times. Failing that, I decided to see if I could decipher the table myself by opening up the font block in YY-Chr and inputting the equivalent values as a new table file. All that did was end up in an array of gibberish being displayed throughout the ROM.

I'm completely perplexed. Does anyone know what's going on here? I tried looking up some documents, but they either only provided specific help for a specific platform or basically said to do a relative search, the latter of which I've tried.

Thank you all and have a nice day! :)

Front Page News / Re: Site: RHDN Pro and Jazzy Themes
« on: January 25, 2013, 06:36:23 pm »
I like it! I squee'd at the new layout for database entries, and I like how it matches my avatar now. :D

Excellent work. :thumbsup:

General Discussion / Re: Your preferred pizza toppings?
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:54:44 pm »
After having read this thread, I have come to the conclusion that you guys simultaneously make me love you and hate you.

Also, I'm a fan of pepperoni and onions, but I also like ham and pineapple and peppers, too.

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