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If we're talking about favorite FF Moments, as a fan of kitschy drama I found FF13 to have some of my favorite cutscenes in the series, and nothing holds a candle to that scene between Sazh and Vanille before his Eidolon awakens.

"What do you want from me!? If I can't live or die... then what do you want me to do?"

Such delicious camp.

For the longest time I thought Vanille's focus was to c---tease Sazh into madness.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria
« on: May 08, 2016, 11:55:10 PM »
I did like Zillia (say a 7.5/10) but I hadn't played a tales game since Symphonia and was in the mood for one. However usually when i complete a Tales game I'm burned out on the series for a while. So maybe I'll pick Zillia 2 up if Sony has a flash sale or just wait for Berseria. 

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 08, 2016, 11:26:34 PM »
Other than the graphics (which given its an old school game you aren't going to play it for), I just remember Golden Sun being average in every way. Its not awful, but you've probably played this game 100 times before and there is nothing in it that will make you think, how did I miss this?

Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition
« on: May 07, 2016, 05:54:32 AM »
Seriously, I've been in new york public highschool, and even there some of the casual stuff that happens in these games just wouldn't fly. Hanging out in hallways between classes, fighting on the premises with other students, talking back to teachers and's laughable how unrealistic it all is.
O.o A. I can't recall anything like this occurring in any JRPG. B. That sounds like stuff I would see in a normal day in the public high school that I went to. Admittedly, I did not go to a Japanese high school, so those are probably not as ghetto as my high school, but it does not stretch my view of reality in the slightest.

I knew a couple students who came over from Japan in college. Supposedly HS is kind of lax until your final year when you have to study for entrance exams, which is the only thing that really matters. Its just as students you spend all your time there (6 days/week + clubs + year round school) and HS could be pretty stressful place. I asked why and they said, people who you think are your best friends just out of blue start these horrible nasty rumors about you and everybody just accepts these rumors as true. I guess this means that Persona 2 is the most realistic JPRG ever made then. They both without hesitation said that they rather live and work in middle of nowhere West Virginia than live in Japan. So moral of the story is, the grass isn't always greener somewhere else.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria
« on: May 07, 2016, 05:33:38 AM »
So Xillia 2 is worth playing? From the reviews I read it sounded like there isn't much of a story + mega-grinding so you can get enough money to advance to the next stage of the game.

Lightning just strikes me as being straight out of some kind of grimdark anime which is fine and all, but she just doesn't have the warmth of a Terra or Garnet or something to me, as the prickly FF fan I guess.

I mean the figurine is pretty polished and stuff like that, like, you know, sharp, but I think for me it just reminds me of the things I didn't enjoy as much out of FF13.

They paired up Lightning with Hope and Snow. The Snow-Lightning scenes didn't work because she yells and it goes into Snow's ear and out the other and neither experience any character growth. The Lightning-Hope scenes were a bit better. Hope gets some courage/confidence, and Lightning gains a bit of sensitivity playing the big sis/mom/protector role for Hope.

They needed to pair up Lightning with Fang more. I loved the Fang-Lightning scenes because Fang was the only character who would stand up to Lightning and call her out on her BS. Plus they had good chemistry together. By pairing each other up for a couple more missions Lightning's character could have experienced a bit more organic and realistic character growth by learning that yes you can walk and talk like a badass without being an ---hole to your companions who are trying to help you.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: May 06, 2016, 03:26:44 PM »
The problem with Inuyasha is that the ending is retarded and it makes you wonder why they didn't kill Naraku volumes ago since almost none of the power-ups they spent years hunting were actually needed.

It feels like they went to the extra dungeon, leveled to 255 and got all the best equipment, but the last boss is level 60 and can be beaten with gear sold at the last town's store.

Me the 1st season: This might be my favorite anime!
Me the 2nd season: Its still very very good!
The rest: F#@K everything

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5
« on: May 05, 2016, 03:01:12 PM »
my god

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: May 04, 2016, 08:14:16 PM »
So I'm considering taking my first vacation ever next year (as I don't work a regular 9-5 week work schedule), and I'm debating on going to Japan or maybe Ireland. Japan obviously for the electronics and video game related reasons, though I would like to travel outside of it to the more rural areas as well for some culture shock. Ireland's a little more interesting...besides the semi obvious heritage background, for a long time I considered that to be my "retirement home" locale. Anyone have some input or suggestions regarding either, I'd love to hear them.

Even though you can't use them for local city trains/subways (which are cheap anyway) if you go anywhere in Europe buy a rail pass. They might seem expensive (usually around $200-300) but they are so worth it.

General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings
« on: May 04, 2016, 03:29:23 AM »
His gripes with Chaos;Head's ending applies to the VN as well, sadly. Great start that devolved into nonsense.

I wasn't a fan of Stein's;Gate's solution of stuffing the Genie back into the Bottle either, but at least it didn't require literal magic to resolve.

As for FMA, the Manga's ending (and by extension, Brotherhood's ending) was so much better than 03's ending, its not even funny. 03 went completely grimdark by making Alchemy itself run off of dead people and that the events of the series caused WW1 in another dimension, and ultimately led to Ed getting stranded in said alternate dimension with his Father, who himself just kinda showed up and got jobbed into said dimension but Dante. Sure the Seven Deadly Sins crew got better development over their Boss Fight squad counterparts in the other versions, but they were still the Boss Fight squad in 03, and it really didn't justify the shenanigans that led to bizarre crap like The Archinator or the weak ass Mustang Vs. Pride battle.

Especially since the Manga/Brotherhood version paid itself off with several fantastic fights, and even did the impossible and had your typical Red Shirt Cannon Fodder squad chipping in during the Final Boss fight and actually accomplishing something without getting horribly killed for it.

Both animes are in my top 10 and I know I'm in the minority but 03 is better from beginning to end. What I like a lot better in 03 is that actions have concequences, i.e equivalent exchange. Also the Homunculi in Brotherhood had all the personality of a midboss from a RPG. Kick, punch, meteor, firaga, stab, kill, gain exp, move on.

I watched brotherhood again a little over a year ago and it had been a while and I had almost completely forgotten the ending. Which is what that ending was, a very well done and completely forgettable standard everyone lives happy ever after shonen ending. 03 on the other hand for all it faults (I blame the fact that they left some purposely left some loose ends because I think planned on making the movie and/or movies and another season in that universe. In the end I guess it was just cheaper and easier to remake the manga), its Ed vs. Envy in a battle that's as personal and gruesome as it gets, and finishes with the the sacrifices Ed and Al have to make in the aftermath. Holy shit, I'll never forget it and would have been fine if they just ended it at episode 52 without the movie.

This review of both endings is pretty much word for word about how I feel about the 2 animes but explains it 1464356753X better than I possibly could:


Dang, I just realized that the Wii U doesn't really have a Zelda to call its own. That's... kind of sad. Wii U's going to be an interesting chapter in Nintendo's history.

It had like a few bright and beautiful shining stars....amidst a dark sky and a city of shining lights below.... or something.  Point is, it had some gems, but ouch, this was like watching a slow trainwreck.

I mean, I love my Wii U, and I feel like I got a lot of use out of it, but it sucks to see it thrown under the bus.

That 2nd screen is so great for RPGs and would be great for a FE. Also despite its bulk I really like the feel of the controller. Its a shame they'll probably jettison it for a 3rd party compatible machine.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 09:12:14 PM »
I think invariably how you feel about FF: LR is guided in part by how you feel about the "SQENIX" FF13 style in general, which arguably started with 7 and found it's way through various other media and franchises, as far ranging as the Third Birthday, various aspects of Kingdom Hearts, and other PSP games and stuff like that. It's honestly even in TWEWY and stuff like that IMHO.

Yes 13-2 and 13-3 were different in their own respective ways, but I always got a distinct FF13/SQENIX feel from it all, personally, yes, different, more maybe RPG like for the hardcore RPG players, but falling from the same tree.

Anyway, think I already said as much, but something like that.

Similarly, I related something related to frankly, to be brutally honest, I don't really have any issue personally just sticking with FF3 (original 3) over and above just about literally everything that came since, that massive corpus of ubiquitous "SQENIX" brand style.

In retrospect, I'm not even sure FF7 was a good game, personally, let alone not a great one.

In some ways, in my opinion one of the worst offenders (FFX-2) is actually kind of more tolerable personasince it sort of admits that style full bore.

IMO FF7 is an all time great but you had to play it at the time when it was released because when it came out it was unlike anything anyone has ever played before. It was more spectacle than substance but goddamn in 1997 what a spectacle it was. Today FF9 is a much better game but at the time I played both I never got the holy @#$% feeling in FF9 than I did when I played FF7. Its funny when Legend of Dragoon was released it was derided as a blatant FF7 ripoff (it was but its a well made ripoff) but I bet if you give someone aged 16-21 a copy of LoD and a copy of FF7 they would like LoD more.

I also do like the fact that Squarenix mixes things up and gives you a different or tweaked battle system with every FF game. Granted sometimes you get a battle system that I don't particuarly like (FF8, FF12) but sometimes they nail it (FF10, FF13). Yes they could probably coast on the FF6 battle system like say DQ does but that would get old quick.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition
« on: April 27, 2016, 08:27:31 PM »
Random battles are more of a thing of the past but they still rear their ugly head up every now and then. I don't mind them when they load quick like FF10/FF10-2, or Wild Arms 3. However random battles with either a terrible battle system (Bravely Default - Thousand Arms) or numerous random battles when the focus of the game is on exploration (Skies of Arcadia) get on my nerves more than anything. Skies of Arcadia (for the DC, heard the GC did a better job) also had the dubious distinction of the longest loading times for battles in any game I ever played.

Antagionsts who want to destroy the world for no reason other than that they are bad people and that's what bad people are supposed to do. MOTIVE PLZ!

Not a fan of multiple endings, especially good and bad endings in which you need gamefaqs to get. Would rather have 1 good ending over 14 different poor ones.

I used to hate the silent protag but with the Persona games and XCX I've started to come around in that dept.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: April 27, 2016, 08:10:03 PM »
I just finished Swartzmarken. It was both abjectly terrible and very good at the same time. I really don't know what to make of it.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread
« on: April 26, 2016, 05:14:43 AM »

Some could say the same about what you said of LR with XIII-2, or hell even Demon's/Dark Souls (because I've seen those discussion happening). But honestly, by the time LR was in production Skyrim already had left an impression on certain Japanese devs that shouldn't have to had been ignored at all. And all of the people being smartasses saying that LR is like Majora's Mask, really what they should had said was something to the effect of; "LR brings Western design influenced by Skyrim to the XIII series while it projects the image of Majora's Mask". But even with that, only a cynic would not recognize that LR is very much its own thing.

Personally, I appreciated how bold LR is for an FF connected to the main series.

I think I would have liked LR a lot more if they got rid of the time mechanic and went the XCX route with a main story mission + a bunch of other missions you can do as you please.

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