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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:48:26 PM »
Almost through ep 1 in Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Holy crap this game is good, hope it keeps up.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 29, 2017, 08:26:33 PM »
Completed .hack//gu 1-4. Grand total of about 70 hours. 

The 1st 2 series are a bit of a padded slog and Haseo remains a monsterous dick for the bulk of both. However it redeemed itself late. The final 12 hours of part 3 were excellent and the final boss fight of 3 was fun. I didn't do that forest of pain thing as going through 100 levels just nah.

It was a proper remaster though. The game looks and plays better than the 1st. A bunch of extras and a 5 hour epilogue tacked on. 7.5/10

I love the parody cutscenes. Why don't all games have this?

Torn between buying a switch and XBC2, Life is strange prequel (didn't even play the original), and A Walk in the woods for next game.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 27, 2017, 08:28:34 PM »

...that's all I got. Oh, and Yowamushi Pedal has a 4th season now...I still haven't seen the first season, since I'm not really into sports anime.

Chihayafuru then. Its sports, poetry, and schlocky teenage love triangle and works beautifully. For being a card game is also does the sports better than any other sports anime. Unfortunately it will never be finished, which also means I can't complain about the ending either.

For more traditional sports anime, Haikyuu. Yowamushi does characters extremely well and its sport terrible.

I remember wanting to try that a long time ago. I still don't think it'd hold my interest, however - neither back then, nor now. If anything, I'd probably be more interested in Saki, since it looks more Yu-Gi-Oh-esque in its approach (I'm aware they're using different sports, btw). I don't care about the accuracy of the sport. I'm never going to play it myself, after all. As far as I'm concerned, he sport is only supposed to be a framework for the story, a means of displaying its world and characters. That's why the last one I got into was Kuroko's Basketball. It was stylish in ways that was slightly surreal - enough so I could separate it from reality - while presenting interesting characters I wanted to know more about.


Its an accurate portrayal but that's not why the "sports" part of Chihayafuru is great. The matches are riveting. The anime can keep you guessing who is going to win and doesn't do it with cheap stunts like always taking it down to the final card (or final pitch, final shot etc). Take for example Yowamushi pedal in which every race comes down to a photo finish, its dull and boring and renders everything up until the finale pointless.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails of Cold Steel IV
« on: December 24, 2017, 09:55:01 PM »


they have the rights to CS3, sadly.
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Source? I might cry if this is true. ;(((((
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If it is true they haven't told anyone.  Which does make me wonder how Rook knows it...

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Eh maybe not (please be not!). I thought I already that NIS America had it but yea the interview I read didn't specifically mention it.

Interview from destroctoid

As many of us know, NIS is publishing Lacrimosa in the West. What led to the break from XSEED?

Actually, NIS America has been approaching us for years now, well before Ys VIII. In their proposal for Ys VIII, we felt a much stronger passion for the game than what we had seen before. We have released many games outside of Japan, but there were several things in their proposal that we had never seen before. For these reasons, we decided to go with them for Ys VIII.

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With the Star Wars prequels, I blame the directing more than the acting since Natalie Portman, Ewan MacGregor, and company are all skilled actors.  Hayden Christiansen too.  He was very good in Shattered Glass and in the Star Wars prequels, he was at his best when he wasn't talking.  When he was acting purely through facial expressions and not saying a word of insipid dialogue, he was chilling in Ep. 3. 

I will be seeing Last Jedi next week.

Lucas hadn't written anything in a long time and it showed to top it off he really had no one to tell you no, you can't do this. He might have had a bit more success if he decided to write 7-9 instead but sometimes with prequels you are more boxed in with what you have to write and its a tough sled. Hayden didn't deserve the stick he got in those movies. Yes he was miscast and there isn't really much you can do with that dialogue. Shattered Glass was a very good movie.

Last Jedi was like many of anime series I watched. A bunch of excellent scenes, I like the characters too but the plot is an absolute mess.


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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails of Cold Steel IV
« on: December 22, 2017, 07:53:41 PM »
As awesome as this announcement is, I'm still waiting on the localization announcement for Cold Steel III.  The silence since the game's Japanese release is making me nervous.  I'm desperately hoping NIS America doesn't get the rights to Cold Steel III considering their mishandling of the localisation of Ys VIII.  I might not think it is as awful as some, but I do acknowledge it was mediocre and could've been done far better.

they have the rights to CS3, sadly. My guess for lack of a release date is that Falcom did not seem to happy for NIS's effort and maybe NIS America might just had to scrap their localization for CS3 and redo that too. Episodic sequels also traditionally decline in sales so if CS3 is an awful localization CS4 will bomb and Falcom needs those NA sales if they want to continue to make console games.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 22, 2017, 07:44:22 PM »
Sorry, but every light novel adaption I've seen so far has been utterly disappointing, so I just stopped caring.


Grimgar?
Konosuba season 1?
Devil is a part-timer?
Aldermain in the sky?
Sound Euphonium?

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 22, 2017, 07:42:37 PM »

...that's all I got. Oh, and Yowamushi Pedal has a 4th season now...I still haven't seen the first season, since I'm not really into sports anime.

Chihayafuru then. Its sports, poetry, and schlocky teenage love triangle and works beautifully. For being a card game is also does the sports better than any other sports anime. Unfortunately it will never be finished, which also means I can't complain about the ending either.

For more traditional sports anime, Haikyuu. Yowamushi does characters extremely well and its sport terrible.


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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 11, 2017, 07:46:31 PM »
Pretty sure I recommended Alderamin when it was still new...yup, I did.

But what's this about the LN being canceled?  According to wikipedia there's another volume coming out in just a few days.  Looks like it's been releasing twice a year pretty consistently.

I went online to find out if there was ever going to be a season and read posts that the anime tanked and there are no more LNs coming out. I assumed it to be true because the internet is never wrong.

anime strike has Garden of Sinners. well done amazon.

besides the holy crap where did this WTF love triangle come from Samuari 7 was a lot of fun.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:01:27 AM »
Almost done with .hack//GU vol 2. The story is fine even though its extremely tropey which was expected. Might have to switch to japanese dialogue tho to see if it flows better. During the cutscenes there are crazy long pauses between statements and its annoying. 

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:42:49 AM »
I initally thought that Aldermain on the Sky was some generic shonen for some reason. However hey it was excellent and not some generic shonen at all. People should watch it! Pity because they it set up nicely for season 2 but supposedly it tanked so hard that the LN was even cancelled.

 Tatami Galaxy, yea, I wanted to like it but the dialogue comes toward you at ludicrious speed and I spent whole episodes not watching anything while trying to follow the subtitles.

Recently watched Grimgar again. I think even liked it more the 2nd time. I'm always a sucker for that like of watercolor/sketch backround art style and I think of an anime that did fights better.



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The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM
« on: November 28, 2017, 10:39:39 PM »
This is just amazing with headphones on:

Ecco Sega CD: Motion E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hro03nOyUuI

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2017
« on: November 20, 2017, 08:43:16 PM »
Banner Saga 1-2
The Order 1886
Oxenfree
Firewatch
Trails of Cold Steel 1-2
FE: Echoes
Tales of Beseria

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 4 - PS4, Xbox, Switch
« on: November 20, 2017, 08:34:23 PM »
I'm likely to pick this up at release.  I enjoy the VC battle system enough that, even if the execution is less than stellar, there should be something there for me to like.

And even if they botch it utterly...well, I guess I have to play a bad game every once in a while so that I can appreciate the good ones.  At least I'll get a Sakimoto soundtrack out of it.

please be good   please be good   please be good

Keep the wonderful art style and gameplay and it would be really hard to screw this up. The story and characters are a bit worrying tho. They seem to be notching up the fact or angst and grittyness up considerably for this one.

Lost in the gameplay of VC1 was how good the story and characters were. It was well done story about different people coming together to play their part in stopping an invasion with a nice subplot about the evils of predijudice in it.  It was a masterclass of simple story telling in a RPG.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 4 - PS4, Xbox, Switch
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:27:09 AM »
no cleavage: 2/10

not going to buy.

In all seriousness, while VC1 was my favorite game of the PS3 era, Sega RPGs seem to have a track record of being one of the best games ever or turning their IPs into gutter trash. So I'm going to temper my enthusiasm but its a good start.

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