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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: Daria plays Faria. on: April 16, 2015, 06:44:18 PM
Round 5:
With the bridge out I have nothing better to than wander aimlessly around town striking up chit-chat with the locals. Apparently they’re being terrorized by a certain “Scissor Monster” who hangs out in the nearby tower. Luckly for them I just so happen to be carrying around this anti-scissor monster gold stone in my pocket. So I suppose the tower is my next stop, on my way out of town an incredibly ugly woman yells at me to talk her husband, I hurry inside her shop expecting an urgent bit of news but all he has to say is the Tower of Broww has one stone statue. I’m sure I would have figured that out on my own but thanks… really…

The patch of trees outside the town look fairly suspect so I stop to check it – Hory Crap! It’s a dragon! Why are the town people so concerned about a monster hiding in a tower when there’s a dragon in platemail hanging out in their backyard? He appears harmless enough though so I’ll uh… spare him the wrath of my blade for now.

The tower of Broww seems pretty straight forward compared to our last tower. It’s pretty much a symmetrical circle, three stories high. There was something like 20 flights of stairs and crap ton of secret doors, so mapping was again a necessity. Eventually I fight my way to the boss room where I encounter… a giant pair of scissors. Huh? I don’t know what I had imagined with a name like Scissor Monster, but probably not something so literal. He’s easy enough to kill though, I just had to take down a few waves of flying scissors and then dance around and poke him with the sword again.

Back in town the villagers are understandably grateful for my amazing feat of heroism and in thanks an old man gives me his seed (Eww). I trot over to the bridge, sprinkle some old man seed (ugh), and restore the bridge to the township of medicine (yay!). Now it’s a simple matter of grabbing the cure and winging my way back to the poopy villagers.


"But wait! Rock crushes scissor. And paper covers rock. Kiff! Search them for paper. And bring me a giant rock."
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: April 16, 2015, 12:41:09 PM
Xenoblade Chronicles X (comparison) E3 2013 x Direct 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f5XlrwhXsw

Sighed a little bit. But hell we're getting the best follow up to arguably the best jrpg in a decade on the Wii U, so I'm not phased by the "simplified" art direction of some scenes. Still a day 1 sell for me.

Edit: Because I'd betray my avatar if I didn't buy this game =P

I saw this. Kinda looks unintentional, although it does get tricky and you wonder where the line gets drawn between natural adjustments through development and just plain lying.

I'm kinda OK with it because it was a cutscene. Chances are they could still get that particular cutscene looking just as good. I'm guessing the change then came because they wanted the graphical quality to be consistent with the rest of the game, which they hadn't quite finalised when this trailer was first made. If it was a graphical downgrade of actual in-game footage, then I think we have greater cause for anger. But I think the in-game footage for this has improved hugely since the first trailer.

Frankly, I'm not bothered by this at all. The game was shown back in Jan '13 and it was obvious that it still needed work. Besides, the trailer used for E3 '13 is closer to the quality we're seeing now, and that's a hell of a lot better than what Persona Emblem pulled since Atlus shared nothing about that game until this month which was a long time for people who saw that trailer to feel like the game was worth investing in a Wii U for before seeing the same ol', same ol' that we're ultimately getting.

What I'm saying is that a lot of games end up going through some kind of visual/mechanical evolution as its developed which makes sense as some things don't work as well or were too overly ambitious to fully function in the first place. The big thing is that if you're going to show something early in development, you also need to show players the changes before they start to make commitments towards purchasing the game which XBCX did.

Compare that to FFXIII-1 which gave players a mock up then spent years putting out maybe a handful of trailers using mostly the same footage as the previous ones did until the demo came out about a year prior to release, or Persona Emblem which gave players nothing for years until this month where it revealed that it had nothing to do with one of the series it was supposedly crossing over with, and a questionable amount of the other that's led to far more speculation than hype.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 16, 2015, 02:49:30 AM
I'll just repeat what the headline said: Tri-Ace lives! I was really skeptical when that mobile company that bought out Tri-Ace out said they'd continue to make console games. Glad to know they weren't kidding.
So Star Ocean 5, bring it on. I'm a casual Star Ocean fan, only played some of SO2 and SO4, so I'm not sure what "this will be like SO3" means, but I'm looking forward to it. As for the character designs, it sounds like
the staff probably had to cater to what's popular nowadays. On the other hand, those background environments look amazing. I hope we get to see more sci-fi environments later on. In any case, I'm glad Tri-Ace
is back. You never know, there could still be hope for a Valkyrie Profile 3 or even a Resonance of Fate 2.

You want to know what the truly saddest thing about this game. Its the fact that the developers feel that SO3 is old enough to warrant trying to recapture, and they're right because it is.

What the hell happened to the last 11 years?
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: April 16, 2015, 01:12:43 AM
Alright guys, after all the wonderful advice I've given throughout this thread, maybe I can get some in return.

I want to get a game soon for no reason in particular, but I'm not 100% sure about which of these I want since I don't have too many strong feelings for them:

Animal Crossing New Leaf: As somebody who's never played an Animal Crossing game, why should I be interested in this title over games like Yoshi's New Island, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze or Super Mario Galaxy 2?


StarTropics 2: Zoda's Revenge. How well has it aged?
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 15, 2015, 08:36:44 PM
I'm just stating that I don't dislike anime here, but pinky mcstrangeface is just beyond off-putting. I'll play the game assuming it doesn't completely deviate from the usual Star Ocean path, but I have no love for the designs in general, ESPECIALLY hers.

No disrespect, b.

Actually, I think every character has that doll like plastic appearance to them and not just Miki. The Checkered Mage Chick is fairly noticeable too, especially if you look at the hair (while the others are less so due to their armor or jackets taking on/muting the sheen more effectively than hair or faces).

The image of them in the Space Ship is fairly indicative of what I'm talking about (though the scan quality isn't as high as it needs to be to illustrate my point).
36  Media / Game Journals / Re: Daria plays Faria. on: April 15, 2015, 06:00:13 PM
ok, this is a pretty good read

if not long as hell lol

I'm more impressed by the fact that somebody out there still remembers that this existed and is playing through it for the internet.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 14, 2015, 06:34:03 PM


I counted 61 tens and 1 twenty.  In Indianapolis 630 dollars a month (with what seems to be a roomate) would get you a pretty decent to good apartment.

I used to live in a huge 2 bedroom loft downtown and we split 850 a month (and that's the most I've ever had to pay).  I realize in other areas that wouldn't even be enough for a broom closet though.

I count 8k in posts. Congrats Yoda.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 06:33:02 PM
I do wonder if Fidel will have his name changed for the US release, since when you say "Fidel" in the US we immediately think "Fidel Castro" and he's a highly controversial figure.

Isn't Obama thinking of removing Cuba from the terrorist list? Preemptive THX OBAMA!

EDIT:
That and Fidèle is faithful in French (for those who don't speak the language).
Yes, that's right, go read the name of the game again = Mind blown
We got Fayt Linegodded again; just in a different language.

Like why was Souffle changed to Peppita?

I always assumed that they thought the average American didn't know what a "sooflay" is and thus probably would think her name was "sawfull".

That didn't stop Kid Icarus: Uprising from making a goddamn pun with Souflee.

Still, as long as Zeke here ends up getting his ass kicked by some unwinnable boss fight (you know they're coming), loses his memory, wanders to some other corner of civilization, falls in love with an entirely different girl, gets his ass kicked again, remembers what he's supposed to be doing, then heads back to help the guy who kicked his ass the first time around and his former girlfriend with their impending doom looming over the horizon (in a paper-thin disguise of course, like the some sort of Char clone that he is), then I don't care what kind of foreign puns Squeenix/tri-Ace makes.



As for music, I'd rather see someone other than Sakuraba compose, or at least have him share composing duties with someone else, kinda like how Uematsu, Hamauzu, and Nakano triple teamed for FFX.  It would add vitality to the music because, let's face it, Sakuraba farts out so much music that it all sounds boring, generic, and completely unmemorable to me.  Some fresh ears, a fresh perspective, all of that would do wonders for the music.  Sure, we cry when our favorite bands change their sound drastically on their lightning-rod album and we call them sellouts or traitors, but if they kept rehashing the same formula over and over again, we'd call them stale, stuck in a rut, unable to evolve.

I'm on board with this idea only because Sakuraba really seems to be on a jazz kick lately and I hate jazz.

They should replace him with Sawano. :V

Swapping one one-trick pony with another.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 14, 2015, 04:52:18 PM
Pardon the double post.

SE giving Lunar a FF style facelift...I could be swayed, I really could.

FF's style is like the exact opposite of what made the Game Arts RPGs good.

What happened to Game Arts, anyway?

Speak of the devil: http://www.siliconera.com/2015/04/14/game-arts-asks-games-want-ported-pc/

Basically nothing new, but something playable on Steam might be good for all involved.
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 14, 2015, 03:37:24 PM
Taken 3
Poor Liam Neeson. The guy just wants to enjoy retirement, but we all know he has a very particular set of skills. These particular set of skills make big bucks at the box office. Jokes aside... his family keeps getting thrown into danger. I believe this movie was confirmed to be the final film for Bryan Mills as the movie poster claims in big bold writing, "IT ENDS HERE." Anyway, decent ammo dump movie.

I can see the title for the next Taken movie. "Taken 4: You can keep them." Tag Line: Seriously, I'd have better luck with goddamn lemmings." (that or terrorists abduct his family's pet Lemmings and he has to go on a killing spree to get them back before they're made into fur coats).
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 03:31:03 PM
That reminds me... I wonder what the sci-fi element is here.  So far this all seems old school planet (are they gonna pull an SO1?).

I am so curious about the plot of this game. I mean, Tri Ace was pretty adamant that Star Ocean 4 would be the last game in the series and that Star Ocean 3 was the end of the story. I am definitely getting an SO1 vibe. Specific mention of the one planet it takes place on, revealed characters are all of the same humanoid race, etc.

Gematsu's 8:30 edit to their SO article mentions that the game is set in Space Year 537 which apparently puts it between SOs 2 and 3.


That same edit also mentions that Miki is more of a product of the design team's combined efforts rather than the game's character designer and described her as "cute, lovely, and gluttonous" which probably means that they went for a rounded, slightly pudgy look, but then tried to hide said pudge by making her face out of Playdough. SO yeah, Miki's bizarre character model may simply be a case of the devs taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back. But at least they tried (with the female lead no less).
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: April 14, 2015, 11:37:47 AM
I actually did not recruit Leena.  My main blue in that part of the game was Nikki.  And while I like Macha, she was overshadowed by "cooler" choices.  Still one of the better red innates, though.  Her physical defense stat is killer.  But I already have Serge and Glenn as powerhouses and I use Miki as my caster since she is one of the only red casters.  Plus, she has been my unlikely MVP in several battles.

Then you don't need to worry about missing out on Kid's Level 7 Tech (though you'll probably see more of her anyways since you'll be killing Hydras for her).
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 11:35:25 AM
^


Man, the difference between the game models and the artwork here is staggering. It really shows up in the pink haired chick due to all the extraneous details visible in both versions.
 

This is a pipe dream, but I'm hoping for the return of Private Actions.

Star Ocean 4 still had PA's, they were in the form of the scenes you can witness while on the Calnus waiting for the next planet to load warp drive.

Very true, but I hated those PA's. Ideally, I would love PA's in the vein of SO2, but I'm not going to hold my breath on that one.

EDIT: But enough about those, I actually am pretty stoked. There's some nice set pieces in those scans, so I can't wait to explore some of those environments.

Same. The town with the windmills looks neat and I'm interesting in what's going on in that shot of the party fighting in the street below.

44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 09:49:45 AM
At first it was like, yay girls in functional clothing! Then witch girl happened. I guess every Star Ocean needs one of those. Atleast she's not wearing a floating shower curtain, I guess.

(Favourite silly Star Ocean character design is still Albel. I'm pretty sure you can play female armour bingo with that one and win.)

And people bitch about FE's Awakening Tharja's and Camilla's outfits. At least, you aren't wondering how the hell those things are staying on.


Anyways, in addition to the three named characters and the checkered boobies witch, there's also a Red Swordsdude who you can see the back of below (no idea who he is but is probably male since he's too tall and can be seen in another image fighting alongside Fidel).



And again, they look like goddamn dolls (especially with all that Starship lighting).
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: April 14, 2015, 09:29:19 AM
You lose all your story techs (so all lvl 7 and some characters lose other ones too - like the dragon pup who loses pretty much everything).
The only one that gets to keep its shtick is whatever her name old green girl who learns monster tech and even then, you have to use the "remember me not pot" (or something like that) to have her remember her monster list from a previous game.

That's right. It's also one of the reasons why Sprigg is so good in NG+ runs. Especially once you hit up the Bend of Time and both the end of the first game and NG+ once it and she becomes available (though you could do it without her as long as you have the Pot).

Its also why Draggy and Steena are so mediocre since they have two story dependent Techs each.
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