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#5521 Blaster man

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 12:01 PM

Bought Vesperia. It must of dropped in price past few weeks because I snagged a copy off Warehouse Deals for $23 shipped.
 
My Tales Collection is slowly growing. I have Abyss, Graces F, Xillia and Symphonia HD (preordered) and now Vesperia.
Is the anime based on Vesperia any good? It's $17 on Amazon for the Blu/DVD Combo Pack.

I never saw the anime but I did play through Vesperia on my 360 and IIRC the anime is a prequel.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:24 PM

Bought Vesperia. It must of dropped in price past few weeks because I snagged a copy off Warehouse Deals for $23 shipped.

 

My Tales Collection is slowly growing. I have Abyss, Graces F, Xillia and Symphonia HD (preordered) and now Vesperia.

Is the anime based on Vesperia any good? It's $17 on Amazon for the Blu/DVD Combo Pack.

 

I have enjoyed the Anime :) It's a prequel and focuses on Flynn and Yuri when they first join the knights. Most characters from Vesperia make a cameo :) While it's a prequel, you get more out of it if you play the game first since you will know all the characters. It does set the background, but it's not like the anime ties directly into the beginning of Vesperia. If i remember right, it's suppose to be 2 years before the events of the game

 

It doesn't contain any spoilers though, so watching it first wouldn't spoil anything in the game.


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#5523 kitsunisan

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:32 PM

The Vesperia movie is around $10 used at Gamestop, might want to order it from them.

#5524 Zaku77

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:16 PM

I went ahead and bought the three, they're 2.99 each. Looking them up they used to be 4.99.

Does anyone else's PS3 go kind of slow/laggy in the PSN store??

Oh yeah. The new PSN store is a laggy piece of crap.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:18 PM

Somewhat related question: Whenever the XMB on my PS3 appears, it takes quite a while for the icons to load. Is that normal?

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:29 PM

Somewhat related question: Whenever the XMB on my PS3 appears, it takes quite a while for the icons to load. Is that normal?

mine has always seemed slow. I have a 40 gig model though.



#5527 Blaster man

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:46 PM

Somewhat related question: Whenever the XMB on my PS3 appears, it takes quite a while for the icons to load. Is that normal?


Delete installed games and patches you don't use. Also, you can delete the Sony photo viewer and a couple of other ore-installed features. They take up space and I never use them. After clearing as much space as you can, if its still laggy, you can force it to defrag. There's some YouTube vids on it. Do it at your own risk. I did it once and it did help me.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 11:05 AM

I did notice quite a speed improvement in xmb loading after switching my PS3 to a new hard drive, despite them being rated as the same access speed and holding the same stuff.

 

PC grognards have taught me that defragging is pointless most of the time on post-IDE hard drives due to the speed improvement, even when it is dealing with a bit of fragmentation.  Though I guess if you've been riding the last few gigabytes of storage pretty hard, fragmentation could get serious.  Hard to properly investigate what's going on with a drive in a closed device.



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 11:49 AM

I did notice quite a speed improvement in xmb loading after switching my PS3 to a new hard drive, despite them being rated as the same access speed and holding the same stuff.
 
PC grognards have taught me that defragging is pointless most of the time on post-IDE hard drives due to the speed improvement, even when it is dealing with a bit of fragmentation.  Though I guess if you've been riding the last few gigabytes of storage pretty hard, fragmentation could get serious.  Hard to properly investigate what's going on with a drive in a closed device.

I had half my HDD full of VUDU downloads so there would be no buffering and the other half with games. There was only a few GB free space. Then I hooked up a MoCA wired connection and deleted the movies. Filling your HDD up then deleting half the data results in more than "a bit" of fragmentation.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:01 PM

so is this etrian odyssey sorta remake worth getting over the original for a first foray into the series 



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 05:26 PM

EQIV is probably the easiest entry point into the series if you don't want to wait.

 

If you can wait, then yeah pick up the new one instead of the original on DS.


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#5532 Blaster man

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 12:00 AM

I only ended up playing Behind Her Blue Flame, but it was brilliant! Any of the story / side-story add ons would surely be well worth the time and money. I also chose to skip super hard mode. lol

I just finished the first desert mission in the game.  I'm really enjoying it so far though the biggest problem I have with it is that I had to do some grinding and the grinding is really lame.  I'm basically becoming an expert of those skirmishes.  I really wish they had some side quests to level up and/or gain some extra equipment rather than forcing the player to do the same mission repeatedly - it's boring.

 

I don't like hard games but I wouldn't call this game hard, I just have to level up more and if I lose it's because of a mistake I made (at least so far) and not because the developers were asshats and decided to throw in some stupid fucking "you lose" bullshit.



#5533 Zaku77

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 06:06 AM

I just finished the first desert mission in the game.  I'm really enjoying it so far though the biggest problem I have with it is that I had to do some grinding and the grinding is really lame.  I'm basically becoming an expert of those skirmishes.  I really wish they had some side quests to level up and/or gain some extra equipment rather than forcing the player to do the same mission repeatedly - it's boring.

 

I don't like hard games but I wouldn't call this game hard, I just have to level up more and if I lose it's because of a mistake I made (at least so far) and not because the developers were asshats and decided to throw in some stupid fucking "you lose" bullshit.

Difficulty-wise, it's a very fair strategy game. Some of the extra missions are hard as fucking balls and require perfect strategy, but most of the main story missions are very doable. They do ramp up a bit towards the end, though!


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 07:44 AM

Bought Vesperia. It must of dropped in price past few weeks because I snagged a copy off Warehouse Deals for $23 shipped.

 

My Tales Collection is slowly growing. I have Abyss, Graces F, Xillia and Symphonia HD (preordered) and now Vesperia.

Is the anime based on Vesperia any good? It's $17 on Amazon for the Blu/DVD Combo Pack.

 

anime on games tend to suck but the Vesperia movie wasn't too bad. Its kinda a prequal and seeing baby repede was awesome! =D I actually found the tales of the Abyss anime better though, and Valkyria Chronicles was interesting too

 

 

so is this etrian odyssey sorta remake worth getting over the original for a first foray into the series 

 

hmm what remake? I actually dont have the first EO, i was planning on buying it on amazon to have the complete set. Is there a 3ds remake or something coming out?


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 07:47 AM

Difficulty-wise, it's a very fair strategy game. Some of the extra missions are hard as fucking balls and require perfect strategy, but most of the main story missions are very doable. They do ramp up a bit towards the end, though!

 

I think you guys are talking about Valkyria chronicles right? While i love the game the more i played it the more i realized you just have to know the trick to all the levels and you can just blow through them. Its not really about strategy at all. The right combo of characters lets you run straight into the heaviest of fire and hit that mission sweet spot very easily. Kinda killed my enjoyment of the game and its why i never did a replay.

 

I need to play 2, i wonder if it fixed that


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:21 AM


hmm what remake? I actually dont have the first EO, i was planning on buying it on amazon to have the complete set. Is there a 3ds remake or something coming out?

Yes, it's called Etrian Odyssey Untold : The Millennium Girl.  It contains both a remake of the original game with EO4-level graphics as well as a new story mode that has premade characters.  It's due out in the US on October 1.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:44 AM

Yes, it's called Etrian Odyssey Untold : The Millennium Girl.  It contains both a remake of the original game with EO4-level graphics as well as a new story mode that has premade characters.  It's due out in the US on October 1.

im still tryin to understand if this makes it eo5 w bonus remake of eo1 or if its just going to be some short story mode to give a little extra value to justify full price point



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:48 AM

im still tryin to understand if this makes it eo5 w bonus remake of eo1 or if its just going to be some short story mode to give a little extra value to justify full price point

As long as its difficult again, I'll be happy. Felt like the difficulty kind of toned down the further they went in the series. Then again, its pretty easy to break any game in the series when you know the right builds/party setup.

 

Also, I'd love to see an EO game on the WiiU eventually.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 09:12 AM

im still tryin to understand if this makes it eo5 w bonus remake of eo1 or if its just going to be some short story mode to give a little extra value to justify full price point

 

It's a remake of the first game with a more fleshed-out story and set characters with their own personalities (with the ability to also play it with your own created characters instead).



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:07 AM

According to this article they've changed quite a bit in Etrian Odyssey Untold, putting it somewhere between a remake and a whole new game.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:12 AM

yea it was articles like that that had me hesitating



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:28 AM

New English trailer for Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers

 

 

Apparently there's going to be over 50 playable characters.

 

And then here's the first trailer for J-Stars Victory Vs.

 



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:47 AM

New English trailer for Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers

 

 

Apparently there's going to be over 50 playable characters.

 

What type of game is this? Looks interesting.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:27 PM

What type of game is this? Looks interesting.

I haven't seen any concrete descriptions, but my best guess is that it's going to be a fighting game similar to the style of DBZ Budokai. The reason I say this is because the developer behind Brave Soldiers, Dimps, were responsible for developing the Budokai series as well.



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 03:29 PM

Link to Etrian Odyssey Untold on Amazon

 

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:17 PM

has there been any unboxings or reviews for ToX LE/CE?  I wonder if Namco just ends up having the CE being the same as the LE but with the figurine in a separate box.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:38 PM

^ I believe the only difference aside from the figure and artbook is that CE and LE has a different selection of music on the music CD.


 

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:15 PM

^ I believe the only difference aside from the figure and artbook is that CE and LE has a different selection of music on the music CD.

No, Namco-Bandai confirmed that the same music CD is in both the CE and LE, despite it being named differently in each ("Music Selection CD" vs. "Music CD", IIRC).


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:28 PM

has there been any unboxings or reviews for ToX LE/CE?  I wonder if Namco just ends up having the CE being the same as the LE but with the figurine in a separate box.

IGN just put up an unboxing video minutes ago. Here:



#5550 Blaster man

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:54 PM

IGN just put up an unboxing video minutes ago. Here:

Now we just need an unboxing of the limited edition.  That CE looks pretty good.  The statue isn't really my thing so I definitely wouldn't be buying that version but that hardback art book looks sweet.  I'd really like to see the LE version for a good comparison.

 

You guys know that the CE is still available right?

http://store.namcoba...uctID.281920600

 

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I'm actually a little confused.  On Namco's main page they show a different art book for the LE but if you click "learn more" they have a picture there showing the LE has the same art book as the CE.