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about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
The term "cyborg" does infer a partial biological organism, after all... It's a bit interesting (at least to me) that all the second and third generation main characters seem to take after their mothers. Nial has brown hair, Ayn has blue hair (much brighter than Rhys'), and Adan & Gwyn have blonde hair.

Yeah, I believe it was called the SEGA 2500 series or something like that. I'm pretty interested in obtaining, at the very least, the Phantasy Star games (1 - 4) on PS2, although I don't think all of them were ported to the US. In such a case, one has to have access to a modded PS2 that can read burned discs. Which, for me, means either no dice or fork over cash...

I think my biggest issue was the spells and techniques. With little in-game explanation on what they do and how the distribution system works (I heard that most of the spell names in 2 are actually German words spelled phonetically in Japanese then translated into English, not sure if the same holds true for 3), I was at a loss as to what they all did (with the obvious exception of Anti, which was well, obvious) and when I'd want to use them.

I kinda wish they'd go into more detail about why Miun (and her weapon, consequently) is so important. Other than her being the same combat model as Mieu. I mean, I guess we can assume that Miun and Siren were both trusted Lieutenants of Orakio, but other than that, not much is said about her.

With inventory space an issue as well (not a huge one, but...), it would have been nice if the shopkeepers would have helped with choices, something like "Oh you, want the Hunting Armor? That'll add about 14 points to your defense, and only Rhys can use it, do you want to purchase it?" At the very least they could show you if it helps or not (like in FF6 when shopping). Still, overall I had a good time. SEGA was always trying new or different things, taking risks that Nintendo (and the developers that usually only released games on their consoles) wouldn't. I can't fault them for trying something different story-wise, even if it didn't turn out especially well.
about 3 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Nothing in the game is really explained well (though I think there's a few mods out there for the steam version that gives dialogue to characters within the party that helps things along). I like to think that Dark Force's disciples (the ones on LaShute in Terminus) had been gathering their power and increasing their ranks once Laya and Orakio sealed Dark Force. They kept perpetuating the petty and violent distrust between the Layans and Orakians, and once Rhys changed the one moon's alignment or whatever, they were able to fully enact their evil plans. Siren and Lune continued to make war against each other, and despite Dark Force being sealed, his malice and hatred was felt all over because of his followers. A good amount of exploring in the third generation (once you have access to all the domes and Wren has the Aero and Water parts) reveals that the worlds are going crazy, with cyborgs attacking Oriakians and beasts attacking Layans, and the average citizen having no idea what's going on. It'd certainly be nice if there was more information presented in-game about why you need to pull Orakio's Sword.

Seems you chose the same path as I did this time around. My first time playing I chose Maia. Rhys and Maia's son Ayn has a totally different adventure than Nial does. Rhys is named the King of Cille and by marrying Maia, the war between the Layans and Orakians are ended before the second generation. Ayn has to deal with Siren, whom I found more villainous than Lune. When I played, Ayn ended up marrying Sari, a tough Orakian who was very distrustful of Ayn at first because of his half-blood lineage. Their son, Crys, if I recall, was even stronger than Adan ended up being. Come to think of it, Ayn and Crys' adventures took a fair bit longer than Nial and Adan's. Anyways.

I can understand why most people dislike Phantasy Star III. The first time I played, it was really jarring going from Rhys to a whole new main character. Then again for the third generation. Overall though, I played it and enjoyed it. I am a bit of a sucker for generational tales like this though,.


And yes, I have two XB1s. One is the original I got, but I bought a One S last year, so the original has just been sitting around since.
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Ehhh to be fair you needed Orakio's Sword to defeat the Ultimate Evil anyways.


Also, I think they gave out Borderlands 2 for 360 as a Games for Gold thingy one month, but it was just the base game (whereas when they offered the first game is was the base game plus all expansions). I know I didn't buy it digitally when I have the actual game disc right here. Either that or it was announced as a back-compat game and I checked to see if any of my characters were saved on the cloud (they weren't).

Incidentally, if you're interested I am selling my old XBOX 1 and including all the hookups, two controllers, at least one rechargeable battery (if I can find the second that'll be included too), the battery charger, and... that's everything I think. The console came (somehow) packed with a basketball game (I never played it) and a digital copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts, which I'll make sure to include as well. If you're interested.
about 3 weeks ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Your 360 not work anymore? Also, this would be the first one, not number 2.
about 4 weeks ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Oh hey, I forgot to tell you. I have all the expansions for the 360 version of Borderlands. Cool stuff. Problem is, all my character data is stored physically on my 360, which doesn't work. None of them were on cloud storage.
about 1 month ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
>phantasy star 3

Yikes. I hope you're actually enjoying that game, because I'd hate to think that you're running out of things to play...
about 1 month ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Partially yes. I had started a playthrough previously and had stopped cuz stuff came up (a new heaping of new games to play, bought a Switch, etc etc). Seeing you playing made me want to finish up my playthrough. I'm already like 28 hours in, I may as well finish it.

And yes, Lena is the one that aided in the prison break in the beginning.
about 1 month ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Yeah, if you go to a Technique shop (there's one in every town except Landon since Orakians can't use magic) and try it out, it'll make more sense. Every character that can use magic (with like two tiny exceptions) starts out with all the techs they'll ever know, each divided into groups (Heal, Order, Melee, and Time). For example, Mieu knows Heal and Order groups. She knows all techs associated with each one from the start, and will never learn any new ones.

Now when it comes to Heal tech distribution, I can tell you from experience that unless you pump it, Anti is nearly useless as it only seems to work about 25% of the time until you hit end game levels. Forget it and max out Gires (it costs the same as Res and heals everyone, very useful for most boss fights).

Also, unlike in say Phantasy Star II, the 2-handed sword is a great option for the main character. In fact, he's far more effective with it than anything else.

This is also not explained in the game at all, but Lena is Rhys' betrothed, and they were going to wed until Rhys found Maia washed up on the shore. And yeah, Mieu is a freaking monster!
about 1 month ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
The number 4 next to the spell name actually refers to the spell's potency or level. That will go up as the character's level increases. You can also reassign spell energy distribution at a magic shop. Spell distribution is only done in groups, therefore you can make a character's Res spell far more powerful, but at the cost of the Anti spell, as both are part of the Heal group.

Yes, I know it'd be better if they explained this in-game. It's probably in the instruction manual, but that doesn't help us when we play digital copies.

Let me know what path you end up taking!
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Yeah, right back at you! :D
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Thanks for the add! Mind if I casually follow you back?
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Thanks. I did donate another $300 as promised for the "WONDERSHOT!" but as of the end of the Magus fight they haven't read it yet, if they do at all.
about 4 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
I'd say that's a dollar well spent!
about 4 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Yeah, I was just gonna say Ecco Jr is a kids' game. I only played it for about ten minutes before I got bored with it.
about 4 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
If you aren't having a good time in Ecco, you're probably going to hate Ecco Jr.
No Unfinished game can hide from my sight...