Friday, April 30, 2010

I haven't played FF13.

I know: I suck, right? But with no Playstation 3 or XBox 360 it's a little hard. And with no job/money getting $360 to play Square-Enix's latest masterpiece is a little difficult. But enough about my sorry ass.

Final Fantasy XIII is it good or bad? Would I enjoy playing it? I've seen reviews and write-ups on it both good and bad. Pat from Socksmakepeoplesexy.net has written up an entire series retrospective and his take on FF13 went up a few days ago. Pat's take on it was that Final Fantasy is finished and will never again have whatever it was that made playing Final Fantasy III on our SNESs growing up so amazing. Pat made it most of the way through before quitting in disgust at the extreme linearity and watching the rest on Youtube. He also did a mini-podcast type thing with another SMPS.net guy here that's pretty interesting discussing it.

Yahtzee reviewed it in a hilarious episode of Zero Punctuation. Well, its first five hours anyway. To say he didn't like it would be ignoring the long string of profanities he hurls at it. He fucking despised it.

Gamespot, IGN, and other large corporate gaming sites that I generally don't trust have all given it near perfect scores. Shocking, I know. I'm sure access and conflicts of interest were in no way involved.

What I'm curious about though is a number of things I've heard about FF13 sound...familiar. (Note: Spoilers of FF13 and SMT games follow.) It's hardly a secret that I've bought and played most of the PS2 Shin Megami Tensei games. They're fun, interesting, and, well, different from most other RPGs out there. I guess to be blunt about it what I'm wondering is: Did Square-Enix ape SMT with FF13?

I hear in FF13 you only control the main character in combat and if he/she falls its Game Over. This is the case in every one of the SMT games. Well, except for the only controlling the MC, that's only in Persona 3: FES.

I hear in FF13 the highly annoying little boy named Hope vows revenge against the strange-looking older male character Snow for killing his mother. Like in Persona 3: FES when Ken wants revenge on Shinji who accidentally killed Ken's mother.

I hear in FF13 that most of the story is presented in cutscenes between dungeon The Tube-crawling. Just like in Nocturne, DDS1, and DDS2.

I know that every game out there is going to be borrowing some elements and that SMT didn't invent the things I mentioned. (You can find the "revenge for patricide" trope in Hamlet...it's not exactly new.) But seemingly yanking a bunch of stuff out of your competitor's good games and then apparently not knowing how to pull them off is pretty sad.

Did anybody that has experience with both notice the same thing on their own? I haven't played FF13. I don't think Pat or Yahtzee have played the SMT games.

Hmm.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

SCNMs

We did some SCNM NM hunting in Beaudeux [S] on Thursday. While I generally hate the SCNM zones about as much as Xarc [S] it's probably the only thing on Cerberus that I've done that wasn't overcrowded and full of crybaby and/or MPKing assclowns. It went pretty well. I think we've got ~1.5 sets ready now. I hate the Thimblechaser or whatever the hell it's called NM though.

I went as PUP and dumped the 10 merit points I'd saved up into Automaton Magic Skill. ~17,000 EXP and I can cap that out. Soon, my lolPUP shall be awesome. Or something.

Now for the random picture of the day:

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Lumorian Black Screen of Death

Do you think maybe Square-Enix could get around to fixing this FIVE PLUS YEAR OLD FUCKING ISSUE?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

iPunch: Limbus

I did some Limbus last night for the first time in quite a while. It was Apollyon NE. (I think? Dhalmels and Manticores were the top floor...) To show how long it's been, I thought soap was 30k. lol

The run went well. We got 7 coins a piece. SCH, BLM, WAR, NIN, and one other AF+1 item I can't remember dropped. I was the only one who lotted the SCH item, so I'm now 1/2 on the items to get either the Hat+1 or the Body+1. I really don't know which piece I'd want to upgrade first. I'm leaning towards the Body.

Brim was the only one who lotted the BLM item. He rolled 200 something. For lulz I lotted hoping to get ~900 and then pass, but ended up rolling 123. /sigh I've already got the BLM Body+1 and Hat+1, and don't really want the other three.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Magians, Xarc [S], and Sea! Also, Merits?

I finished the first stage of my attacks twice Katana with crappy base DMG. I haven't been able to bring myself to camp Lumbering Lambert yet though.

So...I started making a DMG+19 Delay+61 AddEff:Impairs Evasion+10 Hand-to-Hand weapon. Stage One has me killing 100 Skeletons in a pit in Uleguerrand Range with Ice weather. It turns out that this is a lot more boring than it sounds and it sounds really goddamned boring. I had 15/100 done when I logged for the night. I'll try to finish it tomorrow. The lowered evasion doesn't seem totally awesome, but helping to cap everyone meleeing a mob's accuracy is pretty awesome.

Xarcabard [S]?

I hadn't actually ever bothered going to Xarc [S] before. So, for I have no idea what reason, Shenel from EpicLS and I went there this afternoon. We also made it inside Castle Zhaval (I'm not looking up how to actually spell it) [S]. Saying the place (both of them) is a deathtrap is understating it. The Hero always seems to get out of deathtraps somehow. That place is just completely retarded. It's like being locked in a closet with a 6'7" retarded kid who has a nail bat and thinks you're a pinata. True Sight mobs everywhere and as near as I can tell nothing there and no reason to go there.

The death from above Amphitere (not looking this up, either) dragon things really look like they shouldn't be flying. Their animations are spastic and odd. Their wings and body in general just seem...off. If they spend their days dropping from the sky eating people you'd kind of think they wouldn't look like they really needed to eat a fucking hamburger.

I was kind of surprised to see there's Level Sync'd people apparently XPing off of the Cointeach floating skull things. I mean I remember back in the day going to KRT as Black Mage and having a Bard pull a Skeleton and everyone nuking the hell out of it, but we had a fun little Strange Apparatus thingy to go hide out next to. These guys are all standing on each other in a cranny with VT Gigas, Demons, some Red black dragon NM, and Gargoyles everywhere. And those anorexic dragons up above them. That's pretty crazy.

So, yeah. Northlands [S] are all opened up and I can't think of any reason to go there.

Sea!

We spent a few hours on Friday running around Sea trying to pop Jailer of Vase. It was like four hours and we didn't fight anything that yielded 60+ EXP or items you can't get in South Gustaberg. Sea on Cerberus is stupid overcrowded.

/hate

Merits?

Settle a bet...what should I merit? I've got them listed on my sidebar thingy. I ask because I've got 9/10 merits and am about 5k EXP from a 10th one.

I could do PUP merits and PUP gets some great merits, but where do I get asked to come PUP?

I could do NIN merits. Subtle Blow +5 is OK for soloing. Capping Ninja Tool Expertise would save me a little bit of gil on tools as NIN main. But, again, not much demand for NIN main.

I could do SMN merits. But lolSMN. Seriously, I haven't even been a Summoner for a moment since doing a kited Kirin fight (PUP might be better for that?) like 18 months ago. Avatar's Favor? Never saw it in person until Sisen, the EpicLS person formerly known as Epic, used it in Sea last night. (I really do need to do those new avatar fights though. Some nice items from them. :-p)

I'm personally leaning towards PUP merits. I don't use Spiritreaver as I've got BLM and SCH fully merited and pretty well geared (Novio, etc), but with the H2H skill boost and possible boons with the increased level cap, who knows? Subtle Blow+5 could make crazy solos as NIN easier too, but how much difference would it really make? Besides, I don't have Ventriloquy yet and that looks to be pretty handy.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

It begins... (Magian Thing)

I started doing the Magian Quest tonight. On the latest episode of Pet Food Alpha Fusionx talked quite a bit about how strange it was that the Magian Quests are actually encouraging working together in FFXI. Groups of people can make Alliances and kill pathetically weak NMs that you need to kill multiple times per trial. Working together with total strangers camping Notorious Monsters...bizzarre, right?I decided to go for a lowish DMG multi-hit Katana. An Unji is 31 DMG. The end result Katana will be 21 DMG. With a ~50% Double Attack rate that would come out to be similar DPS I think and result in faster TP gain and more weaponskills.

I guess I could get to the stage where you need to get the 10 VNM drops and wait a few months until HNM shells are selling them and go for a higher DMG multi-hit Katana. Fishing+Cooking to make gil to pay for the items would beat the hell out of killing 1,400 mobs. Meh. I'll see how long it takes to get to that point and decide then.