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I Just Really Love Kingdom Hearts

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Jan 01 2015 · 130 views
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I finally cleared Birth by Sleep's Final Episode. I remembered what happened from when I played the game before, but for some reason I felt it a lot more this time. I'll admit to tearing up at the end of all three individual scenarios, but Final Episode made me actually cry multiple times throughout, and I still want to go cry about it.

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Part of me is kind of embarrassed to be crying over a video game, but as time goes on, I find more and more that this idea is kind of silly. Video games matter to people--they give us characters who can inspire us, and possess an interactive element lacking in other forms of media that draws us even closer to these characters. I think I'd care about Aqua even if Kingdom Hearts was a movie or book or what have you, but I also think it's a little different since I was just guiding her through an intense boss battle knowing that my choices (or mistakes) would determine the outcome. It's an interesting sort of relationship between player and character--admittedly no substitute for relationships with real people, but much less intimidating and with a clear outcome. Er, maybe I'm getting a little off-topic...

What I guess I mean is that I want to stop being embarrassed about getting emotional over video games, because those emotions exist.

So yeah, I cried my way through the credits of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and the next time I feel hopeless, I'm going to try to think about that final line. And maybe that's okay.


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Asterisk Guide: Time Mage

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 30 2014 · 191 views

Asterisk Holder: Eloch Quentis Khamer VIII

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Origin: Final Fantasy V

Was It In Bravely Default?: Yes

Overview: Time Magic focuses on messing with time to raise or lower target’s speed, and it also grants powerful spells such as Gravity, Meteor, and Reraise. It also contains the Quake spells, allowing for some inexpensive Earth-element damage early in the game. (Though by the time you get Quaga, you’ll probably be opting for Summoner’s Girtablulu instead.) Time Mages are also known for their Slow World and Hasten World support abilities—they can be tricky to take advantage of, but a master can use them to take control of any battle.

Personal Thoughts: Time Mages have always had somewhat questionable taste in headwear, but Bravely Default really dialed up the weirdness. Magnolia is sporting a slightly different look in Bravely Second, but I can’t decide if it’s just as weird or even weirder. Anyway, I got a good amount of use out of Time Mage: I’ve been around long enough to know what Haste and Gravity can do, and I wasn’t about to miss that. Personally, Slow World and Hasten World sound too difficult for me, and I’ve only used Hasten World because I was told it would make the final boss easy. (It does.) You should definitely take a look at Time Mage, but don’t feel bad if you find it’s not your thing.


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Asterisk Guide: Red Mage

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 29 2014 · 246 views

Asterisk Holder: Fiore DeRosa
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Origin: Final Fantasy

Was It In Bravely Default?: Yes

Overview: As classic and iconic as you can get! The Red Mage has long been a Square Enix staple, a jack-of-all-trades who can cast a little White Magic, cast a little Black Magic, and swing a few swords. In Bravely Default they can cast all White and Black Magic spells through Level 4, giving them a very solid spellbook to work with, and they learn a variety of support abilities that give them chances to gain extra BP. Because of this, Red Mage is one of the most useful Jobs to invest in, because literally any Job can benefit from having boatloads of BP.

Personal Thoughts: Throughout Final Fantasy, Red Mages are generally known for having snazzy hats. In Bravely, the hats have been ditched in favor of flashy threads and I am totally okay with it. When you first get this Asterisk, it’s one of the greatest Jobs at your disposal. This Job can cast White Magic AND Black Magic AND cause decent physical damage AND has BP-raising support skills?! What more could you want! However, later in the game you start really needing Level 5 and 6 spells, and your characters will be able to equip high-level White or Black Magic from their other Jobs while using a main Job that is probably better at physical attacks than Red Mage. Still, all that investment certainly doesn’t go to waste—all those BP-boosting skills will serve you long after Red Mage outlives its usefulness as a main Job, so it’s still a very key Job to take care of. And did I mention the outfits? They’re gorgeous.


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TOYS R US

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 27 2014 · 158 views

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I love you even more as an adult than I did when it was socially acceptable

I also love Amazon which let me pre-order Tahu, Gali, Pohatu, and Onua who will arrive soon

And, of course, all the family members who gave me gift cards and money to afford all this


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Asterisk Guide: Valkyrie

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 27 2014 · 109 views

Asterisk Holder: Einheria Venus

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Origin: Final Fantasy II (character), Final Fantasy III (Job) (called “Dragoon” in both)

Was It In Bravely Default?: Yes

Overview: Heavily-armored lance-specialists known for their jumping ability. Valkyrie is a powerful Job, starting out with an ability that allows it to attack the entire field at once, and then learning various jump attacks that prevents it from taking damage for a time before unleashing a powerful move. They also have a variety of nifty ways to manipulate MP and BP, as well as learning how to pierce Default, making them a tricky foe to take down.

Personal Thoughts: Crescent Moon alone is enough to make this Job worth equipping as soon as you get it, and it only gets better from there. Jump and its variants have always been interesting: while you will avoid all damage while you’re in the air, you also can’t be healed, so it can be risky in a tough fight. Still, I’m sure many players find Jump very nostalgic and are perfectly willing to spam it, and hey, if it works, it works. Visually they’re a bit brighter than what I’ve come to expect from Dragoons, and then there’s the matter of the ridiculous skirt spears on the female costume. It looks weird at first, but you get used to it. I'm looking forward to using it again.


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Asterisk Guide: Freelancer

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 26 2014 · 186 views

Asterisk Holder: N/A

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Origin: Final Fantasy V

Was It In Bravely Default?: Yes

Overview: The basic Job one has without an Asterisk. Rather than having a unified theme, Freelancer outfits are whatever the character wears normally, though in Bravely Second three of the four protagonists do wear similar uniforms in their Freelancer Job. Though they don’t have any specialties, Freelancers do learn a variety of useful abilities, and gain a boost to all stats for every other Job you master. The majority of Freelancer abilities from Bravely Default will likely return in Bravely Second, though there will be a new ability called “Halfs” that allows a character to use a healing item on the entire party at once, though its effectiveness will be reduced to 50%.

Personal Thoughts: Freelancer, in any incarnation, is one of those classes most people ignore until very late in the game. Bravely Default gave them more early-game relevance thanks to having abilities like Examine, Treat, and Dungeon Master. Mid-game, investing in a Freelancer will get you the wonderful JP Up ability, and of course mastering it gives you the ever-broken Mimic. However, the allure of flashier Jobs kept me from spending a lot of time in Freelancer until I realized I needed one of its abilities. Even with the stat boost that comes with mastering Jobs, I still feel like its command abilities aren’t worth setting it as your main Job, but that might just be because I’m comparing it to the wonderful brokenness of post-game Freelancers in FFV. Regardless, I definitely recommend spending some time in Freelancer to get a few low-level abilities and then switching back to get JP Up before you start your serious late-game grinding.


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Merry Christmas

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 25 2014 · 78 views

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Boxing Day!

(Whatever Boxing Day is.)


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Bravely CATS

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 24 2014 · 127 views

We’ve got some official info on Bravely Second’s new Cat Master Job. The Asterisk-holder, Minnette, likes taking care of cats (obviously) and assassinating people (eh?!). Also she lives alone and looks kind of sad about it. Meh, not enough to make me feel bad for her just yet.

The Job itself, then. The Job’s command can translate to “Put to Work” or “Order”, and involves calling cats onto the field to do random stuff such as buffing the party or inflicting status ailments on enemies. Okay. They can also use cat food items, which will be dropped by monsters, to call cats out to actually attack enemies, and you can even combine foods to call out even more powerful cats…apparently too powerful, because the team wants to adjust it more.

Cats are serious business.

You know, now I sort of want to do a series of blog posts detailing what we know about each Job, similar to CHRIS PRATT’s Smash Files. Maybe “Asterisk Guide” or something, and it might expand to include other features (since I already post whatever I hear on the game anyway). I’m thinking I would set up the posts, put links to them on a sidebar on my blog, and then update those posts whenever we get new information—when the games are released, then, I could maybe even go as far as filling out all the abilities they get by levelling up. Would anyone be interested in seeing something like that?

Also, a new Bravely smartphone game was just announced. It’s called Bravely Archive: D’s Report, and takes place in a magical library in an alternate future. Apparently it has some of the same characters as the browser game (Bravely Default: Praying Brage), and it’ll probably be somewhat similar. There’s also not much chance that either of these will be making their way to America anytime soon, but…in case you want to know, this is a thing. But they both have Edea. That makes them important.


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Ruby Madness Epilogue

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 23 2014 · 93 views
Ruby Madness
I've spent a lot of time playing since my last update, but it was mainly just a bunch of miscellaneous smallish things. Really I was trying to hold off making another entry until I had caught that Pokemon, but I don't know if it's going to happen anytime soon so I'm moving on.

At this point, Omega and his team have beaten the Pokemon League seven times. The first few rematches were to get the rest of the starters (Snivy and Turtwig), and after that I just wanted experience and money. Ultra Balls ain't cheap when you need to buy them in bulk. Cygnus, my Mega Altaria, is well beyond the rest of the team--she reached Level 100 a while ago, while most everyone else is around the high eighties. Mega Metagross is 95 since they've been the one catching all the Legendaries (and anything else), and man are they great at that! For this, I grant Cygnus the title of "Early Bird", and Mega Metagross the title of "Subduer of Legends". I also made it so that each Pokemon on my team has knocked out at least one of Steven's Pokemon, getting them all the Champion Slayer title.

I tried out the Battle Resort, but I don't really have the patience to do everything to get to Wally's rematch. I've also done some Mega Stone hunting so that, between Omega Ruby, X, and Y, I have at least one copy of every single Mega Stone! I might not use all of them, but I want to have the option. I love Mega Evolution. A lot.

Right, the legendaries! Well, as of now I have caught every legendary Pokemon available in Omega Ruby except for Cresselia. I even bought another year of Pokemon Bank so that I could bring some necessary Pokemon over to catch the trio masters. As I said, Mega Metagross handled all of these, barring Giratina who is immune to Hold Back. Originally I wasn't even going to try catching Giratina, but then I decided to just go for it, and the team of Gadunka, Falzar, and Armstrong was able to weaken and stall until I could catch the ghostly dragon! They have all been given the title "Braver of Distortion" for this achievement. I was also lucky enough to get the Eon Ticket, thank God, so if you visit the desolate cornfield known as Ohio keep your StreetPass on.

I've been soaring around trying to get Crescent Isle, but it hasn't appeared yet. Still, I've been able to catch a lot of Pokemon on the Mirage Spots that have appeared, and I've finally caught all the Pokemon who appear as flocks of birds while soaring (took FOREVER to get Murkrow, I was beginning to think it was Alpha Sapphire exclusive). So now I'm just checking in each day, running my lotto numbers, investigating whatever Mirage Spot shows up, and just enjoying my bird's eye view of Hoenn. I've been considering trying to catch Spiritomb since you can easily trigger its appearance in a legendary-like fashion, but I've already trained one, and Hold Back won't work, so...I dunno. Maybe if I get lucky in the lotto and get a Master Ball. :P

I wanted to do profiles for the other starters and the legendaries I've caught, but...that's a lot. Eh, it doesn't really matter at this point. Omega Ruby is so much fun though you should definitely buy it if you're on the fence.

NEW TITLE ACQUISITIONS: For Omega, “Seven-Time Champion of the Hoenn Region”; For Metagross, “Subduer of Legends”; For Falzar, “Braver of Distortion”, “Champion Slayer”; For Gadunka, “Braver of Distortion”; For Armstrong, “Braver of Distortion”; For Cygnus, “The Early Bird”, “Champion Slayer”


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And Another Korra Entry

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Dec 20 2014 · 127 views

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I Have Approval Now?!

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