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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: October 03, 2015, 01:22:03 PM

- On the flipside, Romancing SaGa 1 is my least favorite saga game by a huge margin

Worse than UNLIMITED?

For that one Kawazu was like "Here's a game I suppose.  You figure it out"

Unlimited SaGa is more like a Mario Party game except that each minigame has its own stat associated with it, half of which can't be raised within their own minigame, with a number of those are only capable of being raised in those 1 v 3 minigames, and there's a mislabeled call with the primary stat associated with the stick spinning mechanics which makes any game using them not work right and thus unwinnable short of giving your palm blisters spinning them. Also each board is associated with each character, with the final boards only accessible using the right combination of characters, landing on the correct spots within the first couple of turns, on the night of the lunar eclipse of the harvest moon while both Venus and Jupiter are viewable from the South Pole and remain so for six months and the blood of somebody who isn't a virgin is sacrificed to the gaming gods. And then imagine me spending the next couple of hours explaining in intricate detail about how the rest of the basics of how this analogue works.

As for the non-PS2 remake of Romancing SaGa, from what I've seen of it thus far, it definitely was the missing link between the original GameBoy Trilogy Duology and the later SaGa games. That said though, the only reason anyone gave a drat about that game was because it was the missing link between SaGa Legend 2 and Romancing SaGa 3 (i.e. nostalgia) and later because of the remake, and not because it was a half-finished, janky, bug laden mess.

Best advice is to focus in on weapons that don't suck (i.e. not the starting junk) and if you're playing as Sif Barbarian and you took Warrior and Martial Artist as your parents background, you should maybe hold out for some Martial Arts. Also don't bother with armor unless you really have nothing better to spend money on since heavier armor is almost guaranteed to include some kind of invisible encumbrance stat or some horse shit.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: October 02, 2015, 07:14:04 AM

Welp. So much for that idea. Why do I keep bothering to expect anything out of these clowns (especially when you have stuff like SMTIV's "Female Protagonist? We can't do that! That would break with tradition.", and anything to do with Performa Emblem)?
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: October 01, 2015, 11:42:47 AM
I love Spike Spencer, but he just *ain't* no Crawd C Kenny.

"*smugly* Crawd has advanced forward..."

Oh, and Rena's "Come here, Barney" when calling bunnies...  wonderful.

Even stock lines like "Its da enomey!" and "Beware!" were pretty hammy due to the overacting.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Fall 2015 New Shows on: September 30, 2015, 10:43:48 PM
The new Muppets show is pretty funny. It's odd to see Kermit the Frog talk about his livelife with another girl (he broke up with Miss Piggy), and the humor is obviously adult oriented, but the Muppets are such kid friendly characters...it's awesome.

This. A lot of what The Muppets pulled back in the day was considered adult, but got away with it due to its more all-ages feel and the fact that it was the 70s. At any rate, this version's alright. Kind of a bit too much of a The Office clone, but making it centered around Miss Piggy having a Late Night talk show is brilliant just because if it were real, she really would be the first female Late Night talk show host. Its something that there but doesn't really get addressed, and if this show can exercise insight like that more often, it'd all be worth it.

Other shows include:

Castle: Watched part of the first episode (skipped the second). After last season's meandering, I feel that maybe this season's trying to hew a little closer to the best seller genre that the show was a spoof of to begin with, but I'm still hesitant to really dive right back into this one just in case this goes right back to the meandering.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: First couple of weeks have passed and the show feels like its beginning to find its footing. Having Pope Week and Trump jokes helped a lot. Last night's was a humdinger with the inventor guy. I feel that this is definitely more Late Night talk show than the Colbert Report was, and that's okay too since there's still a bit of the Colbert Report bleeding into the Late Show which is making the transition smoother than it could've been.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Caught most of the first episode and all of the second. I feel that Noah's trying to hard with filling Steward's shoes and using too much of his material. He definitely needs to find his rhythm and to bring more Noah to the table. The new correspondents are interesting thus far. It'll take another week or so, but I can see myself watching this on a regular basis.

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore: This on the other hand, just isn't doing it for me. Wilmore has the occasionally good sketch, but his jokes are flat and his correspondents/staff just aren't that funny (except for the guy who speaks in the impenetrably flowery language, that bit's funny). There are good elements to his show like Keeping it 100 and the predominant minority perspective (i.e. focusing more on stories that don't affect Caucasians part of the 18-34 male demographic as much as the rest of the 18-34 male demographic), but Wilmore himself just isn't the guy who could bring the best out of this show.

Agents of SHIELD: Good start to the season. We're basically dealing with Brand X Mutants and getting alien worlds, and some more straight up Super Villains. Its amusing to see Sky/Daisy running around as a diplomat even though she seems to have reallocated her skill points out of Diplomacy (or is finding that ignoring that skill was kind of a mistake), as she now gets to deal with the very same drama bullshit that she was dishing out since the start of the show. Meanwhile Coulson's still carrying the show (lol at having Mac's Axe mounted on his office's wall) and Mac himself is still bringing some of the better one-liners to the show.
20  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: September 30, 2015, 04:39:20 AM

Latest DLC is now up. We're getting the aforementioned Super Mario Maker level as well as Brawl's Pirate Ship stage (and 3DS players now have access to Duck Hunt's stage).
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: September 29, 2015, 10:53:58 PM
I think that's why I mained Reimi in SO4 most of the time, it was the best way to keep the bonus gauge going since she could easily keep her distance.  Like you said, it was really, really frail in that game.

SO3 at least gave a better sense of being "at fault" if the gauge broke since the critical animation was pretty clear.

Except for those cheap ass flying machine gun where any of the shots could be THE SHOT.
Seriously, the game would be at least 5% more fun if they removed those.

They made Moonbase suck so hard. Even the Angels weren't nearly the pain in the ass that they were.

But really, its such a lovely move to bottleneck you into a system that gives every enemy in the game up to four separate means to fuck you over and your sole guard against any of them is to kill them before they can do so (all the while they get progressively faster and better at proccing those means while getting beefier for shits and giggles).
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 29, 2015, 10:46:17 PM
8. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry - I don't know why I keep bothering with these Light Novel adaptions, they really are getting repetitive. But this one looks well-animated, so I'll see if it holds my attention.

Just took a look at the manga version of this and let me save you some time. Don't even bother. Go watch Highschool DxD or Maken-Ki instead.

Well as the resident light novel reader here I would rate Rakudai Kishi a solid...above average.  (Note: average is pretty low)  One thing I do like about it is that amazingly enough it's not a harem!  Shocking, I know.  The main guy and girl get intoa pretty serious relatiship early on and actually stick to it.  Though I suppose you could say the same thing about SAO yet that didn't stop the author from throwing in a new girl every other episode that falls for a completely oblivious Kirito anyway.  Rakudai Kishi is not completely immune to that problem either but it happens much less often and the main guy isn't quite as oblivious so I found it less irritating here.

Things I don't like about it include the little sister character.  Ugh, just ugh.  Why do incestual little sisters have to be such a thing these days...

That said as far as crappy light novel adaptions go this season I'm probably more interested in Asterisk.

Its also not a Battle Harem LN/Manga/Anime, which is a problem given that it tries to sell itself as a Battle Harem whatever, as the only one doing any of the fighting is the Sausage, who for bonus points, can't afford to lose (without some kind of asspull mulligan getting invoked to make the loss not count), which makes the whole thing entirely pointless and intensely boring.

Also I just took a quick look at Asterisk and it doesn't seem that much better. At least the Harem-lettes get to occasionally fight (when they aren't getting interrupted by _______ constantly).

Rokka no Yuusha / Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers

It's so obvious that it's Goldof who is working with the demons so that he and Nashetania get immunity while all the other Braves die.

(This post will not be edited. Let's have fun and come back to it later)

Coming back to this now, your guess is almost correct (its the other way around), except that there's also more Braves and more bullshit plot twists (for instance the next Brave is a cow chick that can resurrect people). In other words, its a mystery that resolves itself via complete asspull.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 29, 2015, 08:54:10 PM
7th Dragon on the DS was a poor man's Dragon Quest III, from what I played. I was super-excited at first, having just played Etrian Odyssey and wanting more of the same, but with an overhead view and a princess character.

...Let's just say I'm happy Etrian Odyssey III and Dragon Quest IX came out...

Not sure if 7th Dragon 2020 faired any better, though. And who is making 7th Dragon III if Imageepoch's no longer around?

Probably the same people making Luminous Arc 4, not to be confused with Stella Glow, which is the closest thing to an actual Luminous Arc 4.

At any rate, my issue with Imageepoch is the fact that they only really do mediocre dungeon crawlers at best (which is a hard genre to actively screw up) and use dating sim elements to gloss over the rest of their mediocrity. Plus, they made Time and Eternity, which is the nadir of shoddy game design using forced dating sim elements to hide the fact.

And with that said, I can't begrudge them entirely as they also gave us Arc Rise Fantasia with its best bad dub this side of Chaos Wars.

The only other imageepoch game I've played was Fate/Extra on PSP and the long and short of my review was "good VN, bad RPG." It didn't make me feel filthy-dirty, though.  However, I did laugh when the servant (a female) tried to get flirty with the protagonist (who I selected as female) and just I was thinking "Are you serious?!?! I'm a girl, dammit! What kind of lazy script cop-out is this?!?!?!" I was given some dialogue choices, one of which was "Uhh, you know I'm a girl, right?"

This though, is the common outcome of a protagonist that doesn't have an assigned gender. Although ironically, this also fits in with Type/Moon's other stuff.
24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 29, 2015, 05:00:51 AM
8. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry - I don't know why I keep bothering with these Light Novel adaptions, they really are getting repetitive. But this one looks well-animated, so I'll see if it holds my attention.

Just took a look at the manga version of this and let me save you some time. Don't even bother. Go watch Highschool DxD or Maken-Ki instead.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 28, 2015, 08:52:41 PM
But when I read Tooker's Criminal Girls review, I felt filthy.

That is 100% the appropriate reaction to that game.

Or to any Imageepoch game really.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: September 28, 2015, 10:49:08 AM
Maybe we'll get lucky Aeolus and they'll finally make a bonus gauge that persists between play sessions.

One can dream, right?

All I want is a Bonus Gauge that doesn't bottom out the moment an enemy looks at you funny. Especially if the game expects you to have a full gauge running at all times just to keep up with the power curve.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: September 28, 2015, 12:41:50 AM

Here's some extra details to go with these screenshots.

Highlights include our main character's last name being changed from Camus to Camuze, ditsy female lead belonging to the Sylvester Saurvester clan, Blonde guy's last name being Orville Orkvil, and Checker's maiden name being Bernoulli Bernelli. Bonus points for the starting village being named Star Stahr Village. Also, what the hell is up with the pink bimbo's arms? She looks rather jacked for your token magical healer type (her in game model looks far more appropriate arm-wise).

Plus the Bonus Gauge returns....
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 27, 2015, 03:04:35 AM
What I'm getting here is that Five Nights At Freddy's is a good and cool game that we should all play. Is that what you're trying to tell us?
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 27, 2015, 03:01:25 AM
Looks like they got the Clannad artist to do the character designs.

It's funny how the game throws your childhood friend to the wolves and fuck you ain't seeing her for another 30 hours wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Not as funny as how, 6 hours in, you're given a long and involved sidequest to attempt to cure an exact double of your childhood friend of her Anime Cancer. And you fail. And then the aliens and the Jesus Beams show up as you hit the mid point of the game. And not a fuck is left to be given.

Or how she actually shows back up with your dad, with whom you've spent the entirety of the First Disk trying to reunite with (when you aren't getting distracted by the Prime Directive, medieval wars or meaningless sidequests to cure Anime Cancer). Then he dies. Then you get down to some sick hip-hop beats with a dramatic revengeance fight against the aliens. Then the Angels show up. Then you get on board yet another doomed starship for the first time in 28 and 1/2 hours.
30  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 27, 2015, 02:37:45 AM
Finished Sword Craft Online 2: Rape Cabin Bugaloo Part 2 and a Half. Welp. I think I found a death sequence more over-dramatic, Mary Sue-ish (in almost the truest sense of the term; it isn't the author's self insert that's dying, but it otherwise fits perfectly) and god awful Eternal Sonata's 17+ minute slog through comically bad acting and flashbacks to earlier to that very same death sequence.

I think it gave me Anime Super AIDS (though not Anime Super Leukemia, I think it somehow cured me of that)....

because I'm dying here....

of Anime....

On the bright side, no rape this time.
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