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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: January 18, 2019, 01:31:17 AM »
^They aren't making a PC port this time, going by the announcement. At least, I hope they don't bother with a PC port, they really haven't done a good job with them so far, last I checked.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:33:59 PM »
*Sigh* I know the trailer was probably rushed out for the announcement, but watching it compared to similar trailers for Cold Steel 1 & 2 really ticks my excitement down a notch. And I honestly can't tell if NISA is simply outbidding XSEED, or if XSEED no longer wishes to take on what they've admitted were extremely big projects. I'll probably still enjoy it, but I'm not expecting the level of polish the series has had up to this point, in terms of both localization and stability, if Ys VIII and Tokyo Xanadu are anything to go by.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:30:34 AM »
@Annubis

To give a more naunced response, I did read quite a bit of the Wikia, which actually seemed to provide a different summary for the manga/anime and the webnovel on a page-by-page basis, and I certainly noticed some differences, but on the whole, it seems like there's a lot more in this story that I would've found distasteful than I originally thought. I mean, considering how integral slavery is to the overall plot, and the main character's complacency for it despite having our modern world's sensibilities already makes me genuinely hate the protagonist the same way the webnovel iteration of Re;Monster's interpretation of its protagonist ignited so much rage within me - they should know better.

I can excuse Goblin Slayer, because yeah, I'd probably hate those Goblins too, and he has zero reason to ever think otherwise. I can excuse Toyohisa from Drifters because yeah, he's from a different time, and as psychotic as he seems, at least he's getting things done in a world that otherwise seems hilariously incompetant when it comes to stopping the Ends, where their previous attempt arguably just made everything worse by establishing the Fourth Reich.

But I just can't get behind a character who seems to be in it for himself, getting back at characters for entirely petty reasons, and only making the world better on accident so long as he's spiting someone else, while willfully engaging with a system that deprives others of their freedom. We already have politicians for that.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:53:24 PM »
A~hem...

And maybe to see how they'll choose to end this version of Madara/Dororo/whatever.


As for Shield Hero, let me know when you get to the part where a woman is beaten, has her name legally changed to Fuck Whore, and sold to Jabba the Hut as a sex slave, all for accusing the Shield Douche of raping her.

1) I wasn't sure whether or not you were talking about something else since uh...you yourself didn't seem to be sure about the title? But still, good to know. Let me know what you think if/when you get around to it. I'll probably wait until March to watch it.

2) What? *Checks Wikia* Oh. Well, that killed my interest in Shield Hero in no time flat. Thanks. Goddamnit, that's like, the 5th webnovel that I've seen crosses that line, and SOA and Goblin Slayer both proved that there's no reason for the animators to sanitize those elements, so it's probably for the best that I just go back to ignoring Isekai stories of this ilk.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:04:22 PM »
Then again, winter season usually has the most surprises, so we'll see.

I did some digging around, and it looks like Dororo actually seems like it might be more interesting than I initially thought. I figured it was an aaction/horror series (or at least a creepy supernatural thriller), but between the author of the original manga being the Father of Anime himself, and Studio MAPPA/Tezuka Productions being at the helm (both of which have put out largely stellar modern interpretations of classic anime & Manga), as well as the examples I've seen of how they're tighting up some of the more archaic parts of the original story, I think this might be a pretty safe bet as the new season anime I'll enjoy.

With that said, it's an Amazon exclusive, as many of Tezuka Production's anime have been lately, so it'll probably be a while before I get around to watching it. Still, I wanted to bring it up since I didn't see anyone else here mentioning it.

Oh, and I guess I'll be keeping an eye on Shield Hero. It does look like it's putting more effort into its plot, characters, and world building than your average Isekai anime, but I'm honestly more concerned with whether or not the ending will be satisfying. My biggest problem with any anime adaption is that there's always the possibility that they'll stop at an unsatisfactory point and I'll have to switch to the source material if I want more, but I'm sure as heck not gonna go from the multi-layer experience than an animated series can provide to the pure text of a Light Novel. It could be the best story in the world, and it still wouldn't have nearly the same level of impact for me.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 24, 2018, 09:31:15 AM »
about 10hrs in and damn Torna is good. Its a shame I already know the ending. In fact play Torna 1st. And even if you no desire to play XBC2 play Torna anyway. Its worth it. The battle system is easier to understand and by playing Torna 1st you wont get the what's shaping up to be a better story spoiled.

I certainly plan to. Once I get a Switch. I already bought the game, mind you...just gotta save up...

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 15, 2018, 12:19:17 PM »
Fairy Tail, Jojo, Psycho Mob Season 2, maybe Index III...unless something comes from left field, I'm not seeing anything particularly interesting coming up that's new. Then again, winter season usually has the most surprises, so we'll see.

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I honestly enjoyed this game a great deal.

Because it's actually a really good game.

I'm not trying to revive a massive debate... I'm just wondering what appealed to you both? I just hated the whole game from start to finish. I thought the open-world was boring, combat took too long (though, to be fair, I probably wasn't very good at it), the main characters weren't engaging and others were underutilised, the dialogue was cringey, and the story was just a head-scratching mess (but, hey, Tetsuya Nomura, so I'm not surprised). The graphics were good, so there's that, I guess.

I'll try to follow your example of concision and just say that the world and music were beautiful, I loved the character dialogue and chemistry (although it desperately needed more Iris or Luna or both), wonderful and immersive dungeon design, and an overall plot that, while a bit too head-scratchy in places I admit, delivered overall with an awesome climax and touching character moments.

Yeah, same here. I personally was in it for the world design and character interactions, and wasn't disappointed. I've certainly put up with far worse in Final Fantasy, and the fact that a few portions felt like they were flatout missing was the only bit that got to me. Combat was fine, story was fine, music was fine, graphics were on-par or better than what I'd seen in trailers...I enjoyed it.

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Finished Season 2 of The Expanse...about 2 hours too late to get it in before my subscription renewed. :P Thankfully I was able to get a refund. Show was great, though, I can hardly wait to see what happens in season 3. Only complaint I'm having is that it actually dampens my spirits in terms of space explorations, because it reminds me that no matter what great heights humanity might accomplish, politicians and greedy fuckfaces will always find a way to ruin everything.

Spoiler: show
The hardest scenes for me to watch was the Agg Dome on Ganymede destroyed, if only because it was the result of so may stupid reasons. The "bread basket of space" yet that's where they drew their armestice line? So one false move could lead to mass food shortages and the destruction of what could only be considered a massive feat of engineering? Such a waste...yet one I could easily see any space-faring version of humanity resorting to if they're still so readily stuck in their ways all those years in the future...

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@Aeolus - that's mostly how I remember SG: Atlantis, too. As for Galactica, yeah, the newer one. It's probably not worth rewatching in full, but I loved how it started out, at least.

But I'm not sure I could put up with the ages special effects, set design, and overall look of Babylon 5. It's not just the CGI that bothered me, the alien designs and ships all look too wierd to me. Plus I spoiled a few bits in an effort to convince myself it was worth a shot...I think I'd rather read a novel adaption instead, which is saying something considering my general apathy towards literature.

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Bought a month of Amazon Prime for Halloween-related things, and decided to rewatch a bunch of old sci-fi while I was at it, plus some new stuff:

Twilight Zone - only watched two episodes this time, including the one with watch that stops time.

Battlestar Galactica (Mini-series) - This was a fantastic way to start a dramatic sci-fi series, and it reminds me why I was so excited for it back in the day! Almost jumped straight into the main series, but that'll have to wait until another time. Besides, I fell out of love towards the end of either Season 2 or early season 3. It felt like they dragged it out far too long, made worse by the fact that the humanoid Cylons were just...stupid, IIRC. At least for a machine race. I guess we wouldn't have much of a series if they were actually efficient, ruthless, and logical, though...

Stargate: Atlantis - They didn't have more than 2 seasons of SG1, so I tried to start this instead....but I couldn't figure out what was going on. I'm pretty sure this spin-off actually started in an episode of SG1, so it didn't introduce the characters, and started off with a ton of techno-babble without much context. I don't remember actually enjoying this one much, so I'm not gonna bother with it.

Babylon 5 - WOW! This has not aged well - neither in effects, set design, or acting. Gave up after a couple of minutes. Not really my cup of tea.

The Expanse - the main event. Binged the entire first season in two days, and I'll definitely start the second season tonight. I was told to keep my expectations low as far as practical effects go, but this certainly looked better than previous Sci-fi channel stuff, and the CG is the best I've seen on TV...from what little I'm exposed to these days, for what it's worth. But the story is gripping, and this is easily the most realistic hard sci-fi I've seen on the small screen. About damn time, eh, Sci-Fi channel?

The acting is well....you can judge how long someone's gonna last by the quality of their acting. I suppose that's the most I could ask from cable TV, though it does suck the tension out sometimes, especially early on.

Overall, I think this was just what I needed right now. It's been a long time since I've seen a new live-action series that I fully enjoyed. Hopefully it doesn't drop the ball or get cancelled prematurely like every other Sci-fi show I've ever enjoyed.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Langrisser 1 and 2 remakes for PS4 and Switch
« on: November 02, 2018, 03:53:14 AM »
What a coincidence, my copy of Der Langrisser just arrived...I'm still not fond of the new designs (I'm not a fan of Nagi's character art in general. I like his mechanical designs in games like Ar Tonelico, though), but I still might get the Switch version if it ever comes out in North America, and doesn't screw up the mechanics. I like this series a lot, it just hasn't been treated well lately...

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General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: November 01, 2018, 12:54:17 PM »
Never a fan of Gacha systems (even without real money involved, astronomically low random chance is just never a good incentive for me to do things. Sure, Melee wasn't that different in the form of its Trophy machine, but I hated it back then, too).

Glad we got a new singleplayer mode. That was the only thing they needed to announce to get me on-board.

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Thor Ragnarok - Still an extremely fun watch from start to finish, even though I've seen it 3 times now. It feels like enough of a self-contained film that it's easier to rewatch and enjoy than a few other Marvel films. I watched in on Netflix, but I'm gonna have to pick it up on Blu-Ray someday, this might be up there with Guardians of the Galaxy as something I could see myself repeatedly going back to this whenever I need to kill a few hours.

Batman: Bad Blood - a lot of people died. O_O

Blame! - The lighting contrast in this hurt my eyes for some reason, so I didn't finish it. Story seemed alright, but it's not worth suffering over.

Coulda sworn I saw something else between Batman and Blame!, but I can't seem to remember it in any detail. Anywho, I got Prime Video again, so I'm gonna watch a bunch of old-school Sci-fi horror movies next week to celebrate Halloween.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 27, 2018, 05:41:57 PM »
Oh. I just figured everyone found it easier to talk about miniscule topics like the daily goings-ons via chat interfaces. Is there something wrong with the forum?

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