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16  Media / General Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: May 02, 2016, 12:26:41 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/05/mighty-no-9-launches-june-21-north-america-june-24-worldwide

Looks like they've finally resolved the online issues.
17  Media / General Games / Re: Do You Take the Path? on: May 01, 2016, 08:28:47 PM
This has nothing to do with branching storylines.

My question is as literal as possible.  If you're on a world map, and there is a dirt path/road to where you're going, do you follow it?  Or do you just go the shortest straighest route?

Depends on the game.

For Zelda 2, sure I stick to the path where available. Each encounter takes time and resources are limited once you set out from a town.

For Dragon Quest 5, there's not much of a difference between sticking to a path or not sticking to one, so I typically aim for straight from point A to point B.

For Advanced Wars, Trucks like Scouts and Missiles are going to need roads as much as possible since their mobility tanks elsewhere, though Mechs are slow as shit no matter what you do, so its best to let them march wherever like a flood.

For FFT, it's menus all the way down.

And for Beyond the Beyond, everywhere has a ridiculous encounter rate, road or no, and its just simply better to not bother at all.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: May 01, 2016, 02:24:22 PM
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.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: May 01, 2016, 01:45:11 AM
I think my winner for bizarre, what the fuck endings, has to go to the Manga version of S-cry-ed. At some point, within the final chapter or so, the main character gets some kind of power-up and fights against some kind of unwinnable foe and gets punched all the way back to the prehistoric era where dinosaurs still roam the earth and the guy gets up and fights a T-Rex and eventually wins, and then eventually dies of old age or something, but his arm/main weapon remains as a fossilized artifact which gets dug up into the far future, and he's revived and gets his own starship or something and the rest of the cast joins him and the whole thing is just utterly insane (and I'm surprised that the Getter Emperor didn't pop out at some point during the proceeding montage).

Then again, the anime's ending kinda just shoehorned in a villainous government organization to pick a fight with everyone else and a couple of characters died because they overused their powers or something and it was pretty lame....right up until the MC and Rival had their showdown (which was one of the better ones).

Another anime with an awful ending was Chaos;head (or really, it was more like it had an awful second half). It started with a murder mystery and an unreliable narrator protagonist, and by the half way point, it tried to solve its own mystery with the most Technobabble, Tenchi Solution, Male Power Fantasy explanation possible. Or in short, a wizard did it (and the conflict at the end was a complete joke to boot). But then, given that this was written by the same guy who gave us Bravely Default, let's just say that I wasn't surprised when BD's second half also 'shit the bed' due to some poorly thought out, technobabble bullshit.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 30, 2016, 05:30:27 PM
I thought this was kinda funny...



It'd be funnier to see the whole picture (and then one for North America).
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 30, 2016, 05:27:47 PM
Fryer? I hardly even know her.
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 30, 2016, 02:05:35 PM
And I'd like to Bangers her Mash.
23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 30, 2016, 10:02:02 AM
Gomer in the Service.


Ok, I was under the assumption that we ALL needed to provide Photoshops of our GitS guesses?

Not everyone has access to Photoshop.

Yeah, but I really want to see Goats in the Salsa.

And I really want to see some Girls in the Sack, but I'm pretty sure that's going to end with someone getting Restricted.
24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 30, 2016, 09:58:15 AM
What is best? Daredevil, agent carter, Jessica jones, Gotham, orphan black or something else

Agent Carter is better than the rest of those combined.
You're crazy if you think Agent Carter is better than the worst episode of daredevil...

It's better than The Flash.
Sir, I will fight you outside right now! Winner's show is better!

Battle format: Pogs.

Bring it! I knew I was stubbornly keeping all those Pogs from the early 90s for a reason.
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 30, 2016, 09:54:08 AM
Note to any who haven't played Conquest yet: You can't save between Chapter 27 and Endgame. After a cutscene you go right to the Endgame battle. I was nearly finished when a Paladin I hadn't noticed killed Selena. So, now that I know that, I'm spending all my money, forging weapons and buying the best staves and healing items. Once done with all that, I'll tackle it again. I have 60,000 G, so hopefully it will go pretty far.
Note, you also can't save after the final map, so if you lose a unit it won't hamper you when you reload the save.

To be fair, that happens in every version. "Sorry, but you can't use the endgame Yato outside of the endgame."
O.o Yes you can. You have to go through (or I guess skip them if you have seen them) the cutscenes at the beginning of Chapter 27 (which give you the route's ultimate Yato) and then back out to MyCastle before starting the battle. You keep the Yato from the cutscenes and can save.

That's a hilarious glitch if true. I think I might know what I'm doing later today...

With this, I think Revelations' Corrin has just taken the throne of most broken FE lord away from FE4's Sigrud. A great Personal Skill, fantastic Class Skills, a 'coming up on an FE4 style Legendary Weapon' in a game where all but the most basic weapons (and other Legendaries) have drawbacks, Awakening style Personal Stat Cap Modifiers (in a game that had nerfed Personal Stat Cap Modifiers from Awakening), has the option to inflict magical damage instead of physical, has the potential to obtain any other non-Singer/Villager/Beaststone User Class or Skill, and can opt for Staff Utility if nothing else (which is better than it has been since FE5). The only meaningful drawbacks are full-time Dragon Vulnerability and the Dragonstone+ being kinda lame (imagine if this fucker had 1~2 range like in Awakening).
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 30, 2016, 09:50:50 AM
Really nice Lightning bust (er, hips and higher) up for preorder

http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-018952&page=top

Definitely prefer this to the Play Arts series.  Hopefully they do more, and hopefully outside of the Nomura-based comfort zone (I was so happy when Dissidia's release meant a lot more merch from the other FF games).

Lol sorry I just have to ask what is the "Nomura-based comfort zone?"

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.

I think you may have inadvertently answered your own question.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 29, 2016, 08:42:57 PM
What is best? Daredevil, agent carter, Jessica jones, Gotham, orphan black or something else

Agent Carter is better than the rest of those combined.
You're crazy if you think Agent Carter is better than the worst episode of daredevil...

It's better than The Flash.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 29, 2016, 08:39:02 PM
Actually, come to think of it... what are any of you talking about? Outside of the Persona series I can think of maybe one or two JRPGs that even have a high school as a setting at all. VNs and VN hybrids, sure. But what are all these JRPGs you speak of?

On top of the entire Persona series there's:
SMTif
Final Fantasy Type 0
Trails of Cold Steel
Tokyo Xanadu
Mind/Zero
Disgaeas 3, 4, 5
Other NIS games like Guided Fate Paradox and Awakened Fate Ultimatum
A bunch of those Experience dungeon crawlers like Students of the Round, Labyrinth Xross, Operation Abyss etc
The 7th Dragon 20XX games
Upcoming game Caligula
TMS
And more....(depending on just what kind of degree does a setting need to be influenced by a Japanese Highschool to declare that its setting is that of a Japanese Highschool versus something that's more of its own thing).

Admittedly, it is more of an issue of VNs and Dungeon Crawlers, and my peeve is more specifically aimed towards Anime and Manga. But those genres have a definite influence on Videogames. Like how many Japanese Highschoolers have fallen into a Hucklebein's Cockpit across the SRW franchise? Or how many games center around a classroom full of students going on field trips/quests with their homeroom teacher like Magical Vacation/Starsign or Summon Night 5? It gets around.
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 29, 2016, 12:32:53 PM
Note to any who haven't played Conquest yet: You can't save between Chapter 27 and Endgame. After a cutscene you go right to the Endgame battle. I was nearly finished when a Paladin I hadn't noticed killed Selena. So, now that I know that, I'm spending all my money, forging weapons and buying the best staves and healing items. Once done with all that, I'll tackle it again. I have 60,000 G, so hopefully it will go pretty far.

To be fair, that happens in every version. "Sorry, but you can't use the endgame Yato outside of the endgame."
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 29, 2016, 12:29:44 PM
Please tell me he broke the 4th wall and actually mentioned the microphone...

Sadly, he didn't. He's just unsure of what you're trying to do and calls you a goofball. Still a better reaction than I got from my earlier husbands.

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That sounds about right. From what I've read of Get Backers, the guy is pretty good at creating dramatic confrontations between different characters, but the set up and conclusion to those confrontations generally run on obvious Chekhov's Guns and Red Herrings, while the main characters are generally ridiculously overpowered, but incompetent buffoons, that do whatever to end up in said confrontation where, the protagonists at least, are suddenly as brilliant and clever as they are powerful and resourceful, which usually boils down to them spotting the Chekhov's Gun/Red Herring and using it effectively (a feat that generally made possible only through the use of their ridiculous OP'd powers).

In Kindaichi it often goes like this: murderer murders a bunch of people, probably in some cut-off location Kindaichi and Miyuki happened to be as well. However, he/she has some sob story and we're supposed to feel sympathetic. Several of the characters still alive do, and when if the murderer plans to atone, it's considered a happy ending and all seems forgiven. Everyone seems to conveniently forget the murderer murdered several people, sometimes in brutal ways. People who may have done a bad thing (like bully someone), but who were still people with friends and family who will now miss them dearly.

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And that's why the plot screwed Takumi over, especially in Conquest.
He's rightfully distrustful and angry, but the plot consideres these emotions unreasonable and unwanted, and even a weakness,
because for some reason he's just supposed to trust the sister who's involved with an army that kills innocent people just for the heck of it and is now standing on his country's doorstep.
The story considers him the one to be in the wrong, despite logic making it very clear that Corrin is the one fucking everything up.


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At least the game was kind enough to give him and the other Bros amazing Prf weapons (though Leo's is kinda rather situational) and Personal Skills that help their offense (and defense in Xander's case). The sisters only get Personal Skills that provide amazing support options for other characters and aren't really all that important to the plot (Elise is the most important due to Birthright's endgame, Camilla tries to pose as a threat when she isn't smothering you, Sakura's only role seems to be Staff!~ Staff!~ and Hinoka's just kinda there in every route). Not even Azura gets a Prf weapon even though she's basically the Axillary Lord in Revelations and is holding a weapon in more pieces of artwork than not (its just a Blessed Lance).

At least Revelations is slightly better than at least Conquest due to Int Sys falling back on one of the writers for the Senran Kagura games instead of the Kindaichi guy. Also it was worth a laugh to see Takumi wind up as Conquest's final boss instead of Garon, the invisible water zombie of Sumeragi or something.


And while I'm here, http://www.siliconera.com/2016/04/28/fire-emblem-fates-map-pack-2-dlc-starts-appearing-north-america-may-5/

As I suspected, the only reason why it took so long for Map Pack 2 to get made in Japan was so that it could be released internationally shortly thereafter.
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