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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII
« on: Today at 08:36:57 PM »
...Guess I'll be getting the PS4 version after all...

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...and meanwhile, I'd rather just save my money and wait for Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition to release, and I might play through either Tales of the Abyss or Tales of Symphonia in the meantime. That just sounds like a more enjoyabe exerience to me than a game that is thoroughly mediocre, predictable - "Just ok" is damning praise at best, IMO...

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: A JRPG About BOOBS!
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:03:35 PM »
I don't think creative people who have an idea for something they want to make should have to say to themselves, "This deals with subjects that rating boards don't approve of, so I guess I just can't make it."

You're giving them too much credit here, and yes, they should. The ratings board is there for a reason: to keep the government from meddling. While it's not always fair, there's no question that people love to overreact, and if they let this stuff fly unchanged, they could've caused more headaches for everyone involved. This isn't the first time a game had to denied due to content, and while ratings boards can be a little too crusade-y, especially in different parts of the world, and their reasoning isn't always justified...in this case, I don't think anyone could've justified the sexualization of a child character in a commercial game like this. PQube wanted to keep it as close to the source material as possible, and if they really thought they could get away with leaving things unchanged regarding that character without causing a commotion, then they've officially learned their lesson and will hopefully choose their next game to localize more carefully. There's a case to be made for artistic vision, but at the end of the day, they're a company. Too many people's livelyhoods are involved to risk them over an exploitative bargain-bin RPG.

With that said, I looked around a little more for other ecchi games on the PS4, and I think a lot of what I was thinking of was for the PS3 and especially on the PC...Steam really doesn't give a fuck anymore, so if you want your titillation with the possibility of going all the way via uncensored patches distributed via the publishers' websites, you're honestly better off looking there. You get your cheesecake and eat it in all of its original glory, too.

On the PS4: I'm pretty sure the Neptunia games still count as an ecchi series? It's hard to tell, since they're actually decent RPGs now. Nothing mindblowing, and I still don't find a lot of its humor funny, but it's already a decent option that stands above most others I could find. Then there's Dead or Alive 5: Last Round - not purely ecchi by any means, but it knows how to do fanservice right on all fronts, while also being a genuinely fun and fairly well-balanced fighting game that's easy enough for casual players to get into. It's not Tekken or Virtua Fighter, but it still a stand-out fighting game series.

Getting into more blatant territory, I very much enjoyed watching streams of Akiba's Trip and Onechanbara, the latter I've almost rented several times in the past since it seemed like a cheese-y fun B-Movie-esque game, but I just have a hard-set rule regarding Zombie games - they don't go anywhere near my collection. I've already tossed what few exceptions were left in my library by now, actually. Otherwise, that seems very much the case, and it reminds me why ecchi RPGs doesn't stand out as much to me - a turn-your-brain-off silly, risque romp is best served in small doses, and shouldn't overstay their welcome...an RPG almost certainly will. That's also why I'm not gonna mention Senran Kangoku, since I was honestly bored to death by those repentive brawlers. That might by a problem more with the genre than anything, but I still have seen much better and more fun interpretations that what they've presented so far in the first two games...and it's only gotten weirder/sillier instead of mechanically more engaging from what I've seen...

Similarly, Gal Gun just seems like it'd be too repetitive to hold my interests, though more for the opposite reason than the others - there just doesn't look like there's enough content to justify a purchase, IMO. I has a fun concept, is very fun to watch, but unless it gets an arcade cabinet that I'd see at a rest stop near here, I doubt I'd ever play it, since it looks like it'd only hold my attention for a round or two before I've had my fill and moved on...that's, what, $2 at a modern arcade? $4? They got really expensive last I checked...

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:13:12 PM »
I'll never understand the apparent disdain a lot of people seem to have for the 360. I bought mine new, and it lasted me roughly 10 years, with absolutely zero issues.

Well lucky you. I personally had bought mine new, and had to get it either replaced or fixed more times than any other console. In fact, the PS3 was the only other one I ever had issues with, even compared to my retro consoles, and that had a disc drive failure once that never came up again once we got it fixed...

While I didn't own the original Xbox, I was aware of the issues it had early on, but assumed Microsoft learned their lesson and would put out a better product. They didn't, and it slowly became more of a headache until I eventually bought the PS3, which all but replaced the 360 as far as my play time was concerned, especially once it started getting consistantly better exclusive games.

For me at least, the 360 represents buyer remorse - a potentially great product screwed over by shoddy quality control early on that ultimately hurt it in the long run. Now I don't even trust Microsoft, especially after all the other products from them that I've bought which they also dropped the ball on. The only reason I still have my Xbox 360 is so I could play a few exclusive games, and now a lot of them aren't really exclusive anymore. I'd hate to think I'll have to get an Xbox One eventually, but from what I've seen...at least I could get one used and there'd be a solid chance it won't just get a Red Ring of Death right when I finally beat that hard as balls boss that I never wanted to fight ever again.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 08, 2018, 11:55:34 PM »
4 episodes into Grimoire of Zero. Really want to watch more tonight, but I got started too late, so I gotta save it for tomorrow. Shame, since I left off on a big cliffhanger. This has been very pleasant so far, with a big focus on world-building and character development. That's just act 1, though, and the plot's about to pick up. I really enjoyed seeing the adventures of Tsundere Tigerman and his magic-wielding companions, but I'm ready to see where this is gonna go.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 06, 2018, 11:15:58 AM »
Just FYI, I only have 3 weeks left, so I'm just watching the two short series that looked worth my time. I wanted to give Land of the Lustreous a shot, but I just don't have time for more than one show that I'm only interested in for the spectacle (Re:Creators already fills that slot).

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 05, 2018, 06:28:50 PM »
Yeah, I haven't watched 12 Kingdoms, and I don't think I ever found a good place to do so...

Also, looking at next season, at least Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion looks interesting. I still have a bunch to catch up with, though. Since I got an Amazon Prime trial, I figured I'd at least watch Grimoire of Zero and Re:Creators. Gotta prioritize those, since I really shouldn't have Amazon Prime. I'm just tired of getting told I have a trial, and that I could get free stuff...at least now I'll be able to say to myself, "that doesn't apply to me, I already did the trial."

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARghlVjBab0

Thank you for necro'ing this thread, since it got me to watch this again. This story has become quite relevent to me as of late...I certainly did forget the meaning of adventure...

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic
« on: June 30, 2018, 10:14:38 PM »
Fair warning, SRW A protable is an old school SRW game. That means horrible hit rates, high energy costs, terrible spirit lists, and a reliance on the few actually good units you have to carry the rest of the team.

On the bright side, if you want to experience what an actually challenging SRW game is like then enjoy.

It should also be noted as the last appearance of the RX-78 Gundam, for those of you really olde skool giant robot anime fans.

OG fans might care that this (or at least the original GBA version) is where Lamia and Axel originally hail from. The latter is especially noteworthy if your only exposure to the guy is from OG2 GBA (since they completely rewrote his character into "BEOWULF!!!" :black101:).

Sold!!!

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 30, 2018, 02:59:24 AM »
I need the forum, to post my quarterly anime season post that I'm not really sure if anyone actually reads =P
Hey, I read it.  ....you read mine, right?  Don't answer that.

I honestly rely on the lists you guys make (along with Kevuda and whoever else replies), because I can't keep up with how many anime series there are anymore.

...actually, that's why I still prefer forums. I'm too slow. I could never hope to keep up with the conversation on a chat interface. I'm not being dismissive, either, I had been on a forum for 3 years that saw an increasing reliance on its chatbox, and it became an increasingly miserable experience that I struggled to find an alternative for until finally I just let go and went to a different forum...which was here...I'd hate to think that'll happen twice in a row, but I guess it is what it is. The world has always been too fast for me...

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General Discussions / Re: Most anticipated JRPG of 2018?
« on: June 27, 2018, 11:51:35 PM »
Since Digimon: Hacker's Memories and Ni no Kuni II are both out (and both are reportedly good, but not as good as the first games in their respective series), and Kingdom Hearts 3 is no longer a 2018 game (to the surprise of no one, I'm sure), I'd say:

Metal Max Xeno and Dragon Quest XI. The former is from a niche series I've always loved, the latter is a much anticipated entry in a series that has been evolving at a snail's pace to the point where it usually scratches that retro itch while still offering a new modern experience.

EDIT:

Actually just read through the previews on this site, and I think Valkyria Chronicles 4 just jumped up a good deal higher on the list. It sounds like it'll be true to the series mechanically, and I'm looking forward to just getting to play more of it on the big screen again.

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It depends. I've only encountered this in Dragon Quest, and while it's nice if it means I don't have to go back through a dungeon to pick stuff up...in Dragon Quest, I usually find gold harder and more important to earn than XP, so it can still come off as a frustrating penalty. I usually wind up resetting anyways, unless I recently went to a bank and deposited all of my Gold. So...it's a non-feature as far as I'm concerned?

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: A JRPG About BOOBS!
« on: June 25, 2018, 12:55:00 PM »
I'm not going to say it's a win, but it's certainly not a loss. I didn't see anything from a gameplay perspective that made it stand out, and there are already better ecchi games on the PS4 and certainly the PC. I'm sure people who were looking forward to it are going to be disappointed, and probably worried as to what kind of precedent this could set...but it could still work out in end. I mean, looking at Omega Labyrinth Z, it really doesn't look like it would've been cost effective for them to release it outside of Japan, and I certainly hope the lessons they learned will help them in the future.

Maybe next time they won't choose a game that isn't risque enough to be porn, but deals with subjects that rating boards really don't approve of? That's long and complicated enough that trying to change content that complies with their demands would require a ton of work, and probably just anger their niche fanbase anyways?

You know, silver lining and all that jazz....

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:07:37 AM »
Watching a few different series, so I figured I'd share my thoughts:

My Hero Academia S3
Episode 49 is amazing for so many reasons, I don't think I could possibly just how well done it was! If nothing else, the line at the end, "This is the End of the Beginning, and the Beginning of the End" summed it up perfectly, bringing closure to a great story arc while setting up a plethora of intriguing questions about All Might's past and where the everything goes from here. I've never been so satisfied by a single episode, yet so incredibly excited to see more!

Magi: Whatever Subtitle Season 2 Had and The Seven Deadly Sins S2
Still (very) slowly going through the dubs of these two whenever I remember I have Netflix. Mind you, I blazed through S1 of The Seven Deadly Sins recently, but I kind of want to savor this next season, especially since it's less clear where the story will go from here. Magi's anime adaption still manages to be better than the manga, in my opinion, less for the stuff they added, and more for what they took out. Magi could get dark out of nowhere, often in ways that I found unnecessary and even tasteless at times. Sanitizing it just meant there was less to distract from the story. Hopefully I'll get around to finishing these before I forget about Netflix again.

Star Blazer
Realized it was on Funimation as part of the Simuldub thing, so I'm rewatching 2199 dubbed before I move onto 2202. This show is still great, and the solid dub is only making it even more enjoyable for me.

Darling in the FranXX
...Yeah, I'm not feeling this one. It really hasn't been interesting, the pacing is terrible, the world, monster designs, characters...none of it stands out. Even the animation, while still high quality, hasn't been as stylish as I've come to expect from Studio Trigger. I guess that's the A1 pictures influence, but considering that Trigger's staple is lots of fast movement and engrossing the viewers in non-stop style...this has nothing that sets it apart. It's just another post-Evangelion mecha series that's just too focused on Teenage drama and the relationship between a boring shmuck and the resident waifu bait. I've been tired of that crap for years. And don't even get me started on the rampant fanservice, especially early on when we don't have much context for...anything that she does for a while, basically. It really does nothing for me, especially when this is still the sexiest thing I've ever seen in mecha anime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hFLGSapT6s

Honestly, I prefer it when giant robot shows are more focused on the literal and metaphorical clash of titans - whether it's the glorious machines going head to head, the might of two ideologically incompatible nations locked in a life-or-death struggle for their way of life, the tragedy of two great men forced by circumstances to oppose eachother, the clashing of over-the-top personalities as two rivals duke it out...

...this has been going a different direction so far, and it's just not interesting enough to be worth my time.

At the very least, this show has strengthened my resolve to finish
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Eureka Seven
Star Driver
Full Metal Panic

Because everything that I felt could have been interesting in Darling in the FranXX I've already seen done better in these shows, along with a few others, like Neon Genesis Evangelion. I've just been saving these for a rainy day...and boy did it pour...

...FYI, I was going to binge Megalobox instead, but Crunchyroll's been giving me issues lately, so Darling won out by default. I'll try to make sure I watch that one when I can, it looks like it'll be miles better than this.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077
« on: June 17, 2018, 03:01:31 PM »
I probably won't have much of a problem with the hybrid shooter/RPG gameplay, so long as it's more like Deus Ex and less like Mass Effect 1 or Andromeda. I'm fine with stats mattering, and that gameplay encourages multiple styles of play so every class has an opportunity to succeed. Just don't have my sub-machinegun bullets fly everywhere around (and sometimes harmlessly phasing through) my enemies when I'm standing at point-blank range, just because I didn't put enough points into the sub Machine gun skill. And definitely don't make the open world just feel like a series of repetitive busywork meant to waste my time. I don't see either scenarios being likely, coming from CD Projekt's involvement with The Witcher, but I think it's safe to say that I'm not gonna be picky when it comes to the combat.

Only other thing I really want to know more about is how hacking is gonna work? I don't mind hacking mini-games, they can be fun so long as they are treated as a game in itself. Alternatively, I wouldn't mind a little more variety so they tie in better with certain quests or areas.

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