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Gaming Discussion / Re: Good 2D Fighting game probably lost in time
« on: December 01, 2016, 03:38:01 pm »
WeaponLord. Had the game as a kid and didn't like it from a gameplay standpoint, though I was interested in its story, art and the characters a bit. As I got older, and much better at fighters, I came to appreciate it for what it was. In a way it was the Street Fighter 3 of its era, with higher level play being the expectation.

Eternal Champions was interesting, but unlike WeaponLord I wouldn't exactly call it good. It was the epitome of mediocre, but it had an interesting cast, it looked solid, and and had a couple very interesting features.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Persona 5
« on: December 01, 2016, 02:27:44 pm »
Wow, forgot all about this after all these years. Very disappointed about the game not dropping on Valentine's day, but either way, from what I've seen of friends playing it -- which admittedly isn't a whole lot because I don't like to be spoiled -- and heard, it's everything's it's cracked up to be.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Nintendo PlayStation prototype
« on: July 09, 2015, 03:52:59 pm »
The SNES cpu runs between about 2.4 and 3.5 mhz. Compare that to even notebook processors in 1989, which were running between 20 and 25. Desktops were up past ten times that in 1985, for example. Not the only criteria of course, but it should be noted, the SNES' cpu was built on tech from 1985.

As was said, the specs are pretty clear.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Nintendo PlayStation prototype
« on: July 08, 2015, 12:13:42 pm »
Don't be hating on Shadow Madness. That game had a small handful of awesome things associated with it.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Worst RPG Deserts?
« on: July 05, 2015, 09:49:01 am »
Tales has a long history with crappy deserts. The one in Eternia is a pain, for example. Vesperia's has the water gimmick, but it's not that bad, though probably the most annoying dungeon outside the last couple. Graces' desert isn't unlike any other dungeon in the game, except for that little side-tour you take in the middle of it. I actually rather like that whole section, as the battle system finally opens up around that point.

Breath of Fire 3 deserves special mention, just for its length, and the fact that the game actively gives you the wrong directions when you check to make sure you're going the right way.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Strategy games for SNES
« on: July 02, 2015, 12:15:36 am »
There's only two answers that matter if you've got Der Langrisser covered.

Front Mission, and FEDA.

FEDA is like Shining Force, it SF was three times more awesome. Play Moar Front Mission.

Being completely honest, I absolutely adore both those games. Front Mission has a very good story for the type of game it is, and I love the customization. FEDA just feels like the grown-up version of Shining Force. Like Shining Force is the middle school kid's version of political intrigue and SRPG, and FEDA is his hardworking, hard-drinking dad, who says whatever's on his mind because he's seen it all, and lost 2 fingers and a toe in the war back in the day. Yeah, I like FEDA that much.

Also, even though I don't consider them very good, or fun personally (sorry), Cyberknight may be something you like. It hasn't been mentioned yet. The graphics are dated, but if you're into science fiction then you may enjoy its aesthetics, and give it a fairer chance than I did.

Gaming Discussion / Re: FFMQ Sucks
« on: May 28, 2015, 04:57:30 am »
In other news, RPGs are easy, and Baby's First RPG is even easier than that.

As a side note, just about every FF game from that time period all the way to 12, with a handful of exceptions for spinoffs (most easy in their own genre), were also a joke in terms of difficulty.

If you're looking for difficult RPGs then you're looking towards the wrong series or, at the very least, you're looking towards series 15-20 years too early.

I Still take issue with FFVI being so easy, and VII, and VIII... and the list goes on.

Gaming Discussion / Re: So I discovered PC gaming
« on: May 22, 2015, 02:16:30 pm »
Since we've listed every other BW RPG (except Jade Empire), it should be noted, if you can play 'em  (and they're relatively new, so it may not be likely), I also can't recommend Mass Effect enough.

There's not much in gaming, especially nowadays, that simulates the experience of carrying a character, and their choices, over for 100+ hours of gameplay. Yes, much of it is window dressing when you really examine every slight difference in dialogue, but for a casual run of the series (or even two) it's an astounding experience that I can't say has ever been executed so well (better than classic Wizardry even).

First game's still cliche BW. Second game is one of the single most polished, and perfectly paced games I have ever played, the third game can ruin the thrill of two, but what it lacks in many areas, it makes up for by being a damned good third-person shooter, and very fun.

My reflexes have gotten progressively better over the years.

I'm not at my peak anymore (I had a very high rank in Tekken 6) and stuff like that, but I'm sure I could pick it back up if I was as dedicated to the series as I used to be.

That said, other than Tekken, I've never been great at a fighting game, solid-to-good at most, but not great. Tekken was merely the way the series evolved (being built on the same core) and me playing a lot of the games over the years.

There's a million people out there better than I, but that means there's likely 3-4 million that aren't quite as good.

In terms of single-player games. Nope, I'm still sharp, thank goodness. It will go eventually, as everything does. When that day comes, I suppose I'll switch to visual novels or something. Kind of upset that I played all these turn-based RPGs over the years, should have saved them for when I wasn't good enough to play Devil May Cry.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Expound on your favorite 8 NES games. ;D
« on: May 22, 2015, 09:17:18 am »
Shocked to see Zelda 2 get so much love, definitely my favorite in the series.

In order:

Ninja Gaiden - This is the epitome of the NES era in my eyes. Great graphics for when it was released, tough as nails, and still a game I find myself playing from time to time. Heck, it's still in my favorites list to this day, and I rarely touch anything older than SNES/Genesis stuff at this point in life.

Darkwing Duck - Game's a bit iffy with some minor technical issues, but it's very pretty, and plays very well for what it is. My answer to MegaMan I suppose.

Punch Out - I played this more than I played NG. Still have a tough time with it, even though I can beat Super Punch Out in like 20 minutes at this point in my life.

Startropics - It was an epic game.

Kirby's Adventure - This is the reason I adore HAL. I played the hell out of some Kirby.

Contra - Contra is the shooting version of Ninja Gaiden, that's all that needs to be said on the topic.

Castlevania 3 - My favorite classic vania, and definitely the most overlooked game in the series. Branching paths, and alternate player mechanics.

Metal Gear - There's an extensive article about why it's the inferior version, and it is. That said, it also started my admiration of a series that lasted for about 20 years.

Gaming Discussion / Re: So I discovered PC gaming
« on: May 15, 2015, 02:39:03 am »
Can't ever go wrong with the Black Isle, and BioWare classics.

Planescape: Torment is more visual novel than RPG, but it likely had the best story of any game up to the point of its released. Supplanted perhaps, nowadays, by games like Shadow of the Colossus, which is more a poem, to Torment's novel-style storytelling.

Knights of the Old Republic is classic BW. Cliche in every regard, but so well presented, perfectly paced, and containing just the right amount of personal drama, and humor that you'll end up hanging on every word just to hear what comes next.

Both those games are also easily playable on most hardware, and both are on GoG, KOTOR goes on sale for $5 U.S. every month or so it seems. If you're a fan, or even have a passing interest in Star Wars I can't recommend KotOR enough, one of the best all around games ever, even if its systems don't quite stack up to what came after it.

If you're more into action, System Shock 1/2 and Deus Ex would also be good placed to start. These 4 games (perhaps Baldur's Gate II in place of KotOR if you're more into fantasy) are pretty much the backbone of turn of the century PC RPGs, and probably the best place to get your feet wet, without requiring updated hardware.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: May 07, 2015, 11:23:45 am »
Finally beat the super boss in Valkyrie Profile Lenneth! The reward? A random TriAce Accessory.

Apparently you can get more things from beating the super boss multiple times, but I had to max my main party of Lenneth, Arngrim, Lucian, and random mage to LV.99 in order to survive that slaughterfest.... would it even be worth it, I wonder?

It's not. The big reward for beating the bonus boss 10x is
The Angel Slayer. The strongest weapon in the game, whose Trust stat is very low, meaning it could hit for hundreds of thousands of damage, or for 1 or 2 damage per hit.

All and all, it's not worth it.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Logos in HD Vectors
« on: May 02, 2015, 04:44:48 pm »
It could very easily be an error on my end, or my eyes playing tricks on me. It's very difficult to tell colors blending into one another.

In terms of glaring flaws, no I don't see any.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Logos in HD Vectors
« on: May 02, 2015, 03:22:48 pm »
Click on the image and read their description. The easiest way is to compare the images to cases, which I've been doing for the games I have out in the open (IV,V,VI,VII,VIII,IX,X,X-2,XII,XIII, XIII-2)

Some color discrepancies with X's logo on the bottom, but that could just be a color issue on my case(s), or with the whole thing in general.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Logos in HD Vectors
« on: May 01, 2015, 01:42:45 pm »
According to the artist themselves, XIII's a little off.

Fair enough.

If stat progression doesn't matter, then what makes Aeris worse than anyone else? At that point it all comes down to weapons, and as mentioned, she gets her best one early. Obviously stats matter, otherwise her physical attacks with that weapon would be as good as everyone Cloud's.

Yes, Cid is great, not only because of Highwind though, because that's a skill you'll use on a handful of enemies in a 60 hour game. One can't just look at the endgame like that, otherwise no one is useful except Barret, Cid, Cloud and Tifa, with Yuffie occasionally chipping in for Morph. Which granted, is how some people play.

Also, the whole game's easy enough that it doesn't matter. Even Emerald and Ruby, with a solid setup, can be beaten in very short order (with KotR's animation taking far more time than the actual fight).

Aeris gets something no one else does, in Invincibility for the whole team. Even dropping damage to 1/255 can't recreate that effect, and assuming it was possible, she'd be the best KotR user in the game, with around 200-400 less HP than the tanks, and good natural magic resistance. None of that matters in the long run, but just because you don't use her, doesn't make her useless.

In the original release, she was also the best magic tank in the game. Doesn't mean much, but she can get some use out of that. Anyone can use Beta and Trine, but she's still best at it, just like anyone can attack.

What about Sega? They just released another Yakuza title, one that sold about 500,000 copies in its first week, they bought Atlus, who have been steadily releasing games, and have Persona 5 coming out at the end of the year, a game likely to be their biggest hit ever.

Yes, there's a gap between AAA games, and everything else, and that gap is widening, and no, the pace won't keep up as it has been. At the same time, a massive crash at this time isn't likely. Mini-crashes, with some big players being affected, but there are sections of gaming, and companies that likely won't feel the brunt of it. The gaming install base is so much larger now than it was. PC gaming alone generates 4 times the total revenue of what gaming did when the 1983 crash happened.

A crash has also been predicted for 4 years now, and then things like Last of Us keep getting released. There may certainly be a slump, but I have to say, you seem to be wishing for Konami to go under from the tone of your post. Wishing real hard doesn't make something happen. You also seem to misunderstand the seriousness of the situation. Konami losing Kojima isn't really an issue for them if they keep the MGS IP. They can pump out more games, and some may not play them due to the lack of Kojima, but many people will.

The Silent Hill thing is a much bigger deal, because that was likely money already spent that they can't recoup.

According to various sources, it was done to save the company the 5-7 million dollars U.S. that it cost each year to be listed and regulated.

The company is still offering over the counter trades, and is still being traded in London, and, obviously, Japan. They probably just realized they weren't making enough money to offset the amount it cost to be listed in that market.

The Kojima thing is an issue, but let's face it, Kojima has (at least according to him) wanted out for over a decade at this point. He's always maintained (since MGS2) that this will be the last MGS, trying to pass the reigns to someone else, just to pick them back up for seemingly any reason.

Personally, I hate to see the split, but to be blunt, I'm pretty sick of MGS in general. Ground Zereos was the first MGS game I skipped (aside from the handheld stuff) ever. The actual core of MGS5 isn't exactly appealing to me either, and from all indications, even prior to the Kojima issues, the idea to do a remake of Metal Gear 1 and 2 was already nixed. That was probably the only thing that would have garnered my interest in the series at this point.

As for Silent Hills. It was doomed to fail regardless. Too much money involved, too many cooks in the kitchen, all-star productions like this don't usually work out, and at this point it doesn't matter what they release. A huge chunk of the fanbase won't be happy with anything that isn't SH2. A game I might add, that I consider one of the most overrated ever, but that's a story for another day.

She also has the second highest Luck (after Cait Sith), and the highest score in spirit. Other than HP, and St, her stat growth is extremely solid. Her stat growth past level 40 is even better. Only Cloud is definitively better, and his stat growth simply trumps everyone's.

If Weapons are so important, it should also be noted, she gets her Ultimate earlier than everyone else, and when she obtains it, it's also the strongest weapon at the time, and boost her defense even more, due to its innate properties. That's not why someone uses her though, Beta, and Trine are why she's useful.

Ultimately, it doesn't matter, the game's not hard enough for it to be a big deal. She does get one of the game's absolute best limits in Great Gospel. The issue is simply not having anything to actually use it on.

Also, if we're going purely off of stat growth. Cid and Caith Sith are likely the game's worst characters. Caith Sith is just a worst version of Aeries, whose giant HP total falls off a cliff past level 40 (she can actually catch up, if she's around that long). Cid's stats are so spread out that without materia to make up for it, or good equips, he won't be as effective as Barret and Cloud. Of course, that's offset by his equips (though his ultimate is based off MP making it meh in comparison), and his Limit Breaks (all astounding).

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