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Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:38:09 pm »
We had a thread when the game came out. BRPXQZME I believe, posted some artwork, it was of the barn in the opening section (one you drive by). The amount of detail that went into a piece of scenery that you see for a total of 5 seconds, and can miss entirely, was absolutely staggering.

Some of us are currently in the games industry. Some of us have been, but I can guarantee you one thing, none of us are sitting in the executive's chairs.

I have to honestly say that it's useless to speculate at this juncture. We can extrapolate information based on numbers, reports, interviews etc. But until that shift starts to take shape, and we actually see what form it's going to take, none of us are going to have any clear definition of what's being done, or what routes will be taken in the future.

Always fantastic to see translations into languages aside from English. Kudos.

General Discussion / Re: Gaming while married
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:14:42 pm »
I'm in that boat generally as well. I'd rather spend time with my girlfriend/significant other, than play games. Of the girls I've dated over the years, most have played games at least casually, but I'll gladly set a game down to spend time with them. I won't however, give up my hobby entirely.

My brother had a child recently, so his gaming time is very limited, between responsibilities, and work, but he still finds time to get some game time in, and we usually hang out on Thursdays and play games. His significant other and him also sometimes play stuff like Tales co-op, although other than that, DragonAge, and Little Big Planet, I don't think she plays anything else.

Moot point at the moment, as I'm single, but I've been in enough relationships to know my feelings on the topic.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: April 03, 2014, 10:58:58 pm »
In the early levels of Blitz, a team of Tidus (LF) Wedge (RF/MF) and Brother (need to be on the airship the first time, at least), is unstoppable. Ropp, who's on the Mi'hen Highroad, in the Al Bhed Shop, is one of the game's best defenders. Jumal, who's in Luca square (on the bench, by the bar) is a very good goalie in the early game.

If you've played enough to know the tricks, you can easily win with Tidus, and Wedge/Brother, and not need much other help. On the moonflow (I think Guadosalom side) there's a great defender named Miyu, she's also a very serviceable goalie until about level 30.

Brother and Wedge both falter late game. After about level 30/35 (far past what you'd play if you were just going for Wakka's stuff) their stat growth starts to slow down. Brother has the advantage of having 99 Speed, so he's always useful (even if his stats end up average), but Wedge becomes a liability. His stats supposedly go down once you reach level 85, but I've never been close to that.

The Kilika Beast (the worst team in the game) actually end up really good once you get to the 40's or so. With 3 of the best players in the game.

TL;DR. If you need a team Tidus, Wedge (Right outside Luca stadium), Brother (if you can wait til the first airship ride), Ropp (Mi'hen Highroad Shop) and Jassu work great. Miyu (Moonflow) can be the other defender, or your goalie until you find one you want. If you care about trophies, or Auron's Overdrive, you can backtrack to Besaid (takes about 2 hours both ways) after the Macalania woods, right before the temple there.

If you don't care about that, then no worries. You can backtrack to Luca, and grab Wedge, Jumal, and Ropp if you want an OP team.

Edit: If you're really into Blitz Ball, I've also got a few other recomendations. Not the best players, but some of the ones with interesting gimmicks, or just outside the team that everyone else uses. This time through the game I went with the Aurochs + Wakka and only; not optimal, but you save a lot of Gil for later. 

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: April 03, 2014, 12:34:29 pm »
Attack Reels require 2-3 games in a tournament.

Trying to get the trophy for the Aurochs is a pain unless you've played a lot, and understand the mechanics.

You can get away with 26-28 games of Blitz total, to acquire everything.

Also playing FFX HD, almost done with the story.

Front Page News / Re: Translations: Etrian Odyssey Retold
« on: April 02, 2014, 02:01:12 pm »
Definitely one of the better things I've seen on April 1st. Kudos.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:09:41 pm »
My brother's picking it up when he gets paid Friday, we're both FROM fans, but the Souls series has kind of been his thing ever since he fell in love with Demon's. I have to say I actually probably enjoy watching him play through the games more than I actually enjoy playing them. I did tell him I'd give this one a shot (as I skipped Dark Souls for the most part).

I'm playing FFX HD, and man is it gorgeous. One of my all time favorite games, and I don't work for the rest of the week, so I'm going to savor this, and pick up on all the nice little touches. The amount of added content (for the NA release at least) is staggering. I can't wait to tackle some of those superbosses from the International version.

General Discussion / Re: Questions about translations
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:51:11 am »
I believe King Mike is working on Maka-Maka. The other game I'm unaware of, and I can't aid you in learning the Japanese language, but there are a lot of users here who could probably point you in the right direction.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: March 18, 2014, 06:23:59 am »
SS2 rocks, it really does. Up there with Deus Ex, and depending on if you count Human Revolution, that, as my all time favorite games with FPS elements.

MisterJones, have you played Binary Domain? It along with Vanquish, and ME3, are probably what I consider the best 3rd-Person Shooters, in terms of mechanics, ever. The story is full-on tribute to cyberpunk, mixed with military Terminator-esq action movies. It's a lot like if Snatcher and Terminator had a kid, and that kid's uncle was the team that made the Yakuza series (because that's what it is). 

Wasn't that the nes version? I swear it was. Crap I didn't read it close enough then.

Edit: It was the nes version announced. Am I missing something because if so please share! Either that or it released under my nose more than a year back.
Edit edit: I think you thought I was talking about the SHIN megami tensei snes version. I was talking about megami tensei, the remake. I should of quoted.

The NES version of Megami Tensei will be releasing in September, as the news section states. The SNES remake that Gid's working on is usually referred to as Kyuyaku,  although I don't know if that's the official name, or a fan name. When you're discussing the original Megami Tensei most people will assume you mean the NES version unless you use that, or just say the SNES remake.

Although now with this release, when people talk about the original MT (at least outside of romhacking, or MT circles) they'll probably mean this release.

Kudos to all involved. I'm glad you guys got this completed, and I'm sure Eien ni Hen did another fantastic translation. This is something I'm actually going to check out in a couple weeks, simply because it sounds like a game that was way ahead of its time.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Good games with reluctant heroes
« on: March 13, 2014, 02:22:26 pm »
Good's very subjective, and if someone likes something, then that's fine. That said, there's a limit =p

I'll definitely say that DotNW is an okay game on its own. But it's always going to be compared to Symphonia, rightly or wrongly, it'll never be judged on its own. That's a topic for another day though.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Good games with reluctant heroes
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:46:11 am »
Emil Castagnier from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World also comes to mind, who suffers a fate similar to Ashley's, essentially becoming Ratatosk's puppet.

Don't forget, good games. I can't call DotNW a good game.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Good games with reluctant heroes
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:25:55 pm »
Hi, folks. Let's talk about good games with reluctant heroes.

I'm going to throw out one of the big ones right off the bat. Metal Gear Solid, post MG1/2. Snake was living alone, off the grid, and not bothering anyone. It was outside circumstances that forced him back into action, and the fallout from that was the driving force for the rest of the series.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: March 08, 2014, 06:20:51 pm »
Outside of Hard, lowered difficulty on Catherine doesn't change a whole lot. There are more energy drinks on Easy than on Normal, but you can rewind on both.

I enjoy that game immensely, but my main goal is to Ace each level on Hard, which is a monumental challenge.

Unfortunately the final bonus challenge is glitched in the localized versions of the game, and is near-impossible (even moreso than usual) without playing with 2 people. 

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:48:03 am »
Getting 5 stares on the marks is what the game is all about once you get to that section. devising strategies to beat enemies efficiently is all that there is left to do, as there are only a handful of enemies that could reasonably defeat you, and even less if you're playing well.

Now granted, if you go back and do them with good equipment, you're going to have to use some tricks, or lower your stats, but if you take the marks on as they open up, you'll be granted useful rewards, and there will be a lot of challenge.

Upgrading all the equipment is the one thing I've never done, and I have very little interest in going back just for that. There's only a handful of ways to make money in the game, and none of them are fast enough, interesting enough, or consistent enough for me to bother.

I can farm tortoises, which is just hours of the same battle over and over, hoping for drops. Or I can run around on a chocobo hoping that I dig up dolls to sell.

Let me just say that, if you play through again. Try to take the marks on early, if you do so you're almost guaranteed a 5 star rating if you use any form of offense against them. Outside of those first couple which you may be too overpowered for, even right at the start. You can come back for the real big challenges after, and most of those are easy 5 Stars anyway. The final mark, even with close to max stats, gives you over 20 minutes without dropping you to a 4 star rating.

They did it with Soul Hackers, but I don't have any idea what sales numbers were for SMT IOS, in Japan, or Soul Hackers on the 3DS. All I can really say is that I know a lot of people (myself included) who purchased Soul Hackers for the 3DS.

I wonder why they didn't use the PlayStation engine instead? The dungeons look way better and the game flows much smoother in that iteration, while this one seems to be based almost entirely on the sloppy GBA remake/port.

My assumption with this is to make it as cheaply as possible. I also don't know the technical details, but I assume the GBA version is probably easier to work with.

Even with this being made on the cheap, I have to say that I think it's a great way to go about tapping into the mobile market. Don't throw all your resources behind something like this, instead bring out something that only takes a bit of effort, and will see a profit.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Retronauts podcast on fan translations
« on: February 20, 2014, 05:25:47 pm »
Pennywise and I finished the last section a couple nights ago. I need to finish editing the 3 sections together to get a complete cast. I don't have the numbers offhand but it should be around an hour and 40 minutes or so.

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