JRPG Catch-All

DSGamer wrote:

#1 - How long is DQ IX, roughly? I picked this up the other day for like $5 and decided to play it again. I'm curious what I'm in for, though.

I'm sitting at 30 hours right now and am roughly half-way through the storyline, but I've spent a fair amount of time leveling and side-questing. HowLongToBeat has the main quest listed at 45 hours, which sounds about right. There's a pretty shocking amount of content, though, if you really want to dig into it, so I'm not surprised that some of the people around here have topped 100 hours of playtime.

DSGamer wrote:

#1 - How long is DQ IX, roughly? I picked this up the other day for like $5 and decided to play it again. I'm curious what I'm in for, though.

I finished the main story at around the 80 hour mark, but I'm incredibly deliberate in how I play DQ games; I explore, alchemize, swap jobs to level them up, etc. I'm very thorough.

DSGamer wrote:

#2 - Did anyone here play Pokemon Black / White? I've heard they have more interesting stories but I'm not sure how true that is. If it's just an interesting story "for a Pokemon game" then I won't touch that game.

It's the latter. I love Pokemon games, and am now enjoying Black 2, but unless you enjoy the core gameplay as the main reason for playing the games, they aren't worth playing. The story is ancillary to the game.

Farscry wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

#1 - How long is DQ IX, roughly? I picked this up the other day for like $5 and decided to play it again. I'm curious what I'm in for, though.

I finished the main story at around the 80 hour mark, but I'm incredibly deliberate in how I play DQ games; I explore, alchemize, swap jobs to level them up, etc. I'm very thorough.

Sweet. Thanks. Thanks to everyone for answering this one. I'll probably play with it a bit.

Farscry wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

#2 - Did anyone here play Pokemon Black / White? I've heard they have more interesting stories but I'm not sure how true that is. If it's just an interesting story "for a Pokemon game" then I won't touch that game.

It's the latter. I love Pokemon games, and am now enjoying Black 2, but unless you enjoy the core gameplay as the main reason for playing the games, they aren't worth playing. The story is ancillary to the game.

I figured that was the case and I am a bit burnt out on the gameplay. I wasn't sure if a changed story hand lead to any new game mechanics.

I finished the main story in DQ IX and did maybe 20% of the side quests and finished in about 75 hours. I was probably overleveled for the last boss but apparently can get my butt kicked in post-game content if I don't level up more.

Farscry wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm beginning to believe that the 3DS localization of Unchained Blades is vaporware, and that makes me a sad panda.

You and me both! It's one I've been really waiting for. Knowing that we have Etrian Odyssey 4 coming lessens the sting, though. ;)

I've been waiting for this as well, and it really sucks that it's nowhere to be seen. There hasn't been an update in months!

Well, for whatever it's worth, the game is pretty fun. It's been languishing on my PSP, but I need to get back to it.

I got in on the Last Story deal late Sat night. Somehow, despite 2-day shipping it didn't arrive today, but is supposed to be here tomorrow, by tracking. That's twice in the last month that Amazon 2-day has been 3-day, and it seems to be on their end both times, not leaving the warehouse until 24-36 hours after I order.

Anyway, looking forward to it, and what an unbelievable Daylight Savings Sale.

Hadn't poked my head in this thread in a while but I saw the Disgaea D2 thread. Very happy. While I've enjoyed the mechanics of D3 and D4, the characters and story from D1 have always been my favorite.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm beginning to believe that the 3DS localization of Unchained Blades is vaporware, and that makes me a sad panda.

What is Unchained Blades? I saw it on the PSN Store and was intrigued.

Its a wizardy style game. Etrian Odyssey like game.

Persona games are half off this week on PSN.

garion333 wrote:

Persona games are half off this week on PSN.

!!!

Although I think I have the only one I can play already. No PSP or Vita for me.

Just a quick interjection: SixteenBlue, you were good to receive Radiant Historia, right?

Just a quick interjection: SixteenBlue, you were good to receive Radiant Historia, right?

ccesarano wrote:

Just a quick interjection: SixteenBlue, you were good to receive Radiant Historia, right?

Sure. Thanks!

I just have one question. ONE question.

Where the hell is my Dragon Quest X?! GIMME.

I got in on the Last Story deal late Sat night.

Just to confirm, it got here today. And it's the original edition, in the big box, with art book inside, and soundtrack CD shrink-wrapped in.

I guess I really should have ordered multiple copies for $8 and sold a couple.

Ah well. Unbelievable deal. Might crack this open this week (end).

EDIT: Wow. The box is like opening a book, nice cardboard collectible. Art book is amazing. Such loving packaging for this game.

Stele wrote:
I got in on the Last Story deal late Sat night.

Just to confirm, it got here today. And it's the original edition, in the big box, with art book inside, and soundtrack CD shrink-wrapped in.

I guess I really should have ordered multiple copies for $8 and sold a couple.

Ah well. Unbelievable deal. Might crack this open this week (end).

EDIT: Wow. The box is like opening a book, nice cardboard collectible. Art book is amazing. Such loving packaging for this game. :cool:

Dang, that's really nice. Glad I was lucky enough to get in on that deal too.

Hey at least I'll have one person to play online with then. :p

Stele wrote:
I got in on the Last Story deal late Sat night.

Just to confirm, it got here today. And it's the original edition, in the big box, with art book inside, and soundtrack CD shrink-wrapped in.

I guess I really should have ordered multiple copies for $8 and sold a couple.

You totally should have, because I've been waiting for a price drop (don't even have a Wii right now) but would have cheerfully paid three times that price.

Stele wrote:

Hey at least I'll have one person to play online with then. :p

Gaw. I'm stuck with you again? :p

Let me know when to start playing because otherwise... I probably won't for a long time.

Man, Stele, you got lucky. That is a fantastic game at any price.

FWIW, I thought the competitive online had a lot of potential, while the co-op felt a bit shallow.

Truly though, fantastic game. Knowing what I know now, I'd pay $100 for it.

Is it hard to get Last Story now? I got it on launch day just to get the big box but just got around to beating in a few weeks ago. Last I looked the Best Buy near me still had a big box copy in stock.

Well there was a sneaky short sale on Amazon the other night, so maybe the bigger boxes were taking up some stock space they wanted to clear for normal size games?

Anyway ran through the prologue couple of chapters tonight and got back to the city. Seems fun so far.

Mantid wrote:

Let me know when to start playing because otherwise... I probably won't for a long time. :?

Um, now apparently.

Stele wrote:
Mantid wrote:

Let me know when to start playing because otherwise... I probably won't for a long time. :?

Um, now apparently. :D

Gesh! Couldn't you at least wait till I'm done with the JRPG I'm already playing! Never mind I've been picking away at it for two months! :p

Mantid wrote:

Gesh! Couldn't you at least wait till I'm done with the JRPG I'm already playing! Never mind I've been picking away at it for two months! :p

You want him to wait 4 more months?!?!?

Mantid wrote:
Stele wrote:
Mantid wrote:

Let me know when to start playing because otherwise... I probably won't for a long time. :?

Um, now apparently. :D

Gesh! Couldn't you at least wait till I'm done with the JRPG I'm already playing! Never mind I've been picking away at it for two months! :p

All I ever see you playing is Borderlands 2. Heck that's all I play lately too. Time for a break.

Citizen86 wrote:
Mantid wrote:

Gesh! Couldn't you at least wait till I'm done with the JRPG I'm already playing! Never mind I've been picking away at it for two months! :p

You want him to wait 4 more months?!?!?

No! 6 months! Gesh, what do you think I do? Play something other than Borderlands 2?

Stele wrote:

All I ever see you playing is Borderlands 2. Heck that's all I play lately too. Time for a break.

Hush you! I still have guns to find and faces to shoot off!

Umm... what was this thread about again?

Mantid wrote:

Umm... what was this thread about again? :?

Oops. Kept playing The Last Story way late last night.

Think I made it to Ch 8.

Very fun. Getting more and more pieces of combat unlocked. I thought Slash was fun and then I got Gale. Looking forward to the command stuff where I can choose what my mages do and really combine stuff.