First up, returning(ish) features. The main thing is that the Norende minigame will have a counterpart in this game—now, you’re rebuilding Magnolia’s hometown, which I must remind you is on the moon. So be sure to StreetPass everyone, because rebuilding the moon is very important. Also there will be a journal, U’s Journal, I don’t think they’ve said if it predicts the future or anything special though. Probably just standard in-game journal functions.
We also have our villains! The guy who kidnapped Agnes calls himself Emperor Oblivion, which does sound pretty cool, and he’s going around with his military destroying things for reasons currently unknown. Also he’s accompanied by a fairy named Anne who looks suspiciously similar to…
Well, anyway. A release date has been set: April 23, 2015! In Japan, of course. In preparation, a demo was just released (in Japan), and apparently has returning Asterisk-holders you can fight. Reports mention Kamiizumi, Praline, Einheria, and…unfortunately…DeRosa. But this is just the demo, so, who knows. Apparently the demo also includes the previously mentioned Amy Matchlock with her Tomahawk Asterisk, and that leads right into our next topic!
Two new Asterisk-holders were announced, both of whom are designed by the creator of Soul Eater. One is an old man who doesn’t have an official name yet, but his Job will be Astrologer. There’s also a girl named Minnete Goroneze, using a Job called Cat Master. Yes, she and the artwork for Magnolia using the Asterisk are pretty much what you expect. Astrologer is usable in the demo, and uses Moon Magic that features powerful buff abilities. Also, it looks like Freelancer has a new ability that lets you use an Item on the entire party at the cost of reducing its healing effect by 50%.
Confirmed Job List: (Jobs new to Bravely Second in bold, newly confirmed Jobs italicized)
There should be 20 more Jobs, and we should be getting at least 2 more brand new Jobs, maybe more if old Jobs are cut (though I don’t really want to see that happen). Since Astrologer uses Moon Magic and Magnolia is from the moon, I’m expecting there to be some sort of connection between her and the Asterisk-holder, which could possibly be why he doesn’t have a name yet. Of course I could be entirely wrong.
One more thing is a new feature called Consecutive Chance. If you clear the field of enemies in one turn, you can challenge another enemy with a chance to get increased rewards, x1.5 it seems. You can also chain this if you’re really good at clearing battles in one turn, with the reward chance increasing to x1.8, then x2, then x2.2; unknown if it can go beyond five battles. You will not regain BP, however, so if you used up a bunch of BP one-turning that first battle, you’ll be sitting ducks in the second. Use with caution.
Also there will be a Collector’s Edition, but since that might be Japan-only I won’t tempt you with the details. I think that’s everything, though since the demo is fresh, there might be more to discover that just hasn’t been reported yet. I’ll let you know, and I’ll be quicker about it this time!
...I don't know, I just wanted to take a picture of some of my new Pokemon figs (plus some old ones) and still like the idea of Pokemon Trainer Christina.
BTW the Elite Four would totally be Kyouma, Suzuha, Ruka, and Mayushii, feel free to give them whatever Pokemon you like.
See, fan canon is a neat thing. But with Generation 1 (long) over, nothing that gets canonized at this point has any chance to affect official material. Really, all this new stuff can affect is people who want to make a story or MoC or what have you and not necessarily defy canon, limiting what options they have. Personally I do like to have things defined, but beyond a certain point I can see how it can feel too restricted.
I like that we have Elements for all the Mangai and could probably go either way on their Kanohi, but if you're talking about weapons I can't agree. I think no matter what you come up with it'll seem uninspired/generic, partially because it's going to have to compete with oversized swords that can combine into a flying surfboard for no apparent reason. Also "barbed broadsword", which maximizes alliterative appeal with minimal effort and provides a neat image. Heck even Nidhiki's scythe is unique enough with how few scythes there are in Bionicle.
Anyway, what was I saying? Oh, right, anything at this point is only going to affect art-makers who want to follow "The Rules", and I can see why they may not want to have semi-random rules imposed on them this late in the game.
I wanna be, the very best! Like no one ever waaaas!
12:00 AM, Tuesday, December 2
MY SANCTUARYYYY, MY SANCTUARY, YEAH!
(Don't get too jealous of that "Limited Edition", all it means is "free pin".)
There are still Legendaries and Mega Stones to hunt down in Omega Ruby, but what remains will have to wait, I’m afraid. Today is the release of…hold on a second, ahem…Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX. (Phew.) This game contains the previously Japan-exclusive Final Mix versions of Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, as well as a theatre mode summarizing Re:coded (which IMO is the least important game thus far), all on one PS3 disc. Oh, Finals Week, you never had a chance…
I did enjoy I.5, but I think I’m going to love II.5 even more. See, I.5 contains the Final Mix of the original Kingdom Hearts, the remake of Chain of Memories, and a theatre mode summarizing 358/2 Days. I started into the series by playing CoM a little after it came out, and then went back and played the original. All of the games in II.5, I can remember waiting for the release of: KHII was a belated birthday present and the first game in the series I was able to experience right as it came out; BBS was something I pre-ordered as soon as I could, eagerly awaiting the backstory it promised us; and Re:coded, well…that I picked up mainly out of obligation, but it was unexpectedly fun to play. Replaying II and BBS, now improved and in HD (if I can steal the living room TV from my Dad), is going to be a lovely, beautiful trip down memory lane.
We're right behind you, Star Wars.
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