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31  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 11, 2014, 12:29:36 AM
boyz in robutts

Early trailers had shown a girl pilot and people thought that it would be the first main cast female gundam pilot.
I still remember the giant wave of deception that spanned the fandom when they presented the all boy main cast (as in, status quo).

Technically speaking, one of them was a girl (if he wanted to be, which he never did but had to for that one time in S2). Also there was totally that other girl who also rode in a Gundam (shaped backpack) who's name I can't quite recall (maybe if somebody did nothing but shout her name at any given opportunity, I'd might have remembered better).

The keyword is main cast. In 00 there was indeed Nena and Louise, but they weren't part of the main cast. Heck, both are pretty much treated as villains. There's also Soma who switches teams later on, but that's much farther than season 1.

There are a good number of supporting/secondary women in Gundam, but never has one been a Gundam pilot and part of the main cast.
(exception: quatra lololol)

If Emma isn't considered part of Zeta Gundam's main cast, then I don't know what to tell you. -_-

Also Allenby was totally a part of the Shuffle Alliance (though yes she was totally sideliner material at best, but she still had her own Gundam, even if it was literally giant robot Sailor Scout).
32  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 10, 2014, 09:01:16 PM
boyz in robutts

Early trailers had shown a girl pilot and people thought that it would be the first main cast female gundam pilot.
I still remember the giant wave of deception that spanned the fandom when they presented the all boy main cast (as in, status quo).

Technically speaking, one of them was a girl (if he wanted to be, which he never did but had to for that one time in S2). Also there was totally that other girl who also rode in a Gundam (shaped backpack) who's name I can't quite recall (maybe if somebody did nothing but shout her name at any given opportunity, I'd might have remembered better).

That said, there were a few female Gundam pilots in the past like Sayla from the original series (for all of one episode, and she was really awful at it despite being an otherwise good pilot; then she got regulated to support bot duties for the remainder of the series), or Emma from Zeta (she not only got Kamille's hand-me-down Mk.II Custom but was able to combine that machine with Katz's backpack to form the Super Gundam; which she almost used to take down Yazan during the finale but Katz decided to fly face first into an asteroid instead which also ended up getting her killed and the Radish carrier sunk in the process).
33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 10, 2014, 09:43:10 AM
I'd argue for Gundam 00 S1 and Code Geass S1 even if their second seasons went off the fucking deep end, and the original Eureka Seven totally came out during 2005 and thus totally counts, and there's Gurren Lagann, Gundam Build Fighters, and a couple of others.

There's always going to be trash but if you know where to look, you should be able to find a couple of standouts along the way.

I've been looking harder than most, tbh. I hated Eureka Seven (despite doing a lot of things I normally praise with Mecha, it doesn't do them in a way I enjoy and does a lot of other things I don't like, too), and had a lot of problems with Code Geass and Gundam 00 as they're pretty much the poster boys for everything wrong with the genre right now. Gurren Lagann is full-on Super Robot and doesn't count towards what I'm talking about. Gundam Build Fighters is a myth.

Only ones I got left to check that might be promising are Macross Frontier and Overman King Gainer, but I've heard a lot of complaints about them, so I can't say I'm in any rush to watch them.

I'll be the first to accept not wanting to watch E7 due to the sheer obnoxiousness of that godawful trio of shit eating brats (they're so awful they make the various Gundam shit eating brats trios look manageable by comparison) and the amount of bullshit that gets dumped on Renton, but seriously the show gets much better around the halfway mark and all the weird world building and stuff pays off towards the end and is totally worth watching for that and Renton's character development arc (and then a second time once you have a grasp of all the terminology and vernacular being tossed around early on as it makes all the early boring shit much more interesting once you know what the hell everybody's going on about).

And I can understand not liking any of the school bits to Code Greatass but that show had some amazing urban combat with its Knightmare Frames. Its seriously one of the big reasons why R2 sucked so much since everybody went airborne and started pumping out 50 million different upgrades a week.

As for 00, sure it has its issues, but the concept of a Real Robot show with protagonists starting off with units that just completely trash everybody's stuff for most of the season isn't a bad one and it has a couple of good moments with that. Though with that said, I can understand not liking the show since its still pretty boyz in robutts and a bunch of stuff it tries to set up for end up going to waste.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: July 10, 2014, 05:55:42 AM
I'm still somewhere in the middle of Chapter 5. I just couldn't stomach the boredom, and the knowledge that there's two more chapters of that is not helping motivate me to finish.
Chapter 6 is where things starts to get truly interesting. Chapter 5 is just a way for you to wonder, "What the hell happened?"

The only things of note that happen in Chapter 6 are the Chest Key finally dropping at the very beginning and the Conjurer Job fight at the very end. Chapter 7 is where the fights are actually changed up and the game drops the "Didn't we fight these chucklefucks before?" narrative for character based idiosyncrasy ("You have no Girl Power. We must fight."), and Chapter 8 is all about Supra-charged Team Fights that are more like post game fights like Omega Weapon/Shinryu were in FFV.
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2014, 11:34:51 PM
I'd argue for Gundam 00 S1 and Code Geass S1 even if their second seasons went off the fucking deep end, and the original Eureka Seven totally came out during 2005 and thus totally counts, and there's Gurren Lagann, Gundam Build Fighters, and a couple of others.

There's always going to be trash but if you know where to look, you should be able to find a couple of standouts along the way.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 09, 2014, 11:23:04 PM
She's lovely, though.  I do wish she was a hero. Tales tends to lack in elegant playable female character designs.

Tell me about it. I swear that since Eternia, the series has just been trying to top itself in terms of awful PC designs.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 09, 2014, 10:56:27 PM
What about Ys Chronicles on the easiest mode possible?

He'd still have to deal with Dark Fact.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 09, 2014, 07:54:23 AM
http://gematsu.com/2014/07/tales-zestiria-introduces-new-character-martran

A Zesty new challenger approaches. Given her title and design though (and that whole 'merge for elements' thing), I'm betting this one's gonna be a villain at some point (or maybe just a temp PC).
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 09, 2014, 12:42:31 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/08/tales-phantasia-removed-ios-devices/

And so Bandai has decided its time to go home and took their ball with them.

Apple Shenanigans may also be afoot.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POKéMON OMEGA RUBY & ALPHA SAPPHIRE on: July 09, 2014, 12:34:52 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/08/secret-bases-back-pokmon-omega-ruby-pokmon-alpha-sapphire/

So the secret bases are back, and this time you can actually do shit with them.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 08, 2014, 08:35:39 PM
Any numbered Final Fantasy game.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2014, 08:33:52 PM
I was in the mood for an old school rpg on the weekend so I started playing Phantasy Star IV.

Having never played any of them before, I was (and am) pretty impressed with it.

I find it interesting the way they switch out characters continuously through the game, although it doesn't give a lot of room for development other than Chaz.

Why doesn't
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Alys' death
get talked about like Aeris' though?

At the tower now in Dezolis, about to fight the darkness.

To be fair, Alys was fulfilling the role of the party's Obi Wan and does so to the letter, whereas Aeris was one big walking subversion of the female love interest archtype and it wasn't quite as obvious about what was going to go down (and they keep playing with your expectations until the very end of that sequence). Besides,
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Alys wasn't the first time the PS series pulled a stunt like that, just ask anybody who's ever played PS2 and didn't quit due to the game's fugly maze dungeons or horribly grindy encounter rate (and both characters also telegraph their fate due to the way they level, i.e. twice as fast for less than half the gains).

One thing I would like to add is that I couldn't help but get a similar vibe to Alys from that Elma character during the Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer/gameplay segments shown off during this year's E3 (although, given both the lineage and the fact that Tri-Ace is doing it, I can't help but feel that the Dark Haired chick in that upcoming Phantasy Star Nova game is probably the safer bet over Elma, especially since Elma could always end up pulling a Seven off instead).
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Nomura" promises great things for E3 on: July 08, 2014, 07:55:19 AM
I just hope that Final Fantasy Versus XIIIXV is actually a game and not one giant quicktime event.

I wouldn't worry too much about that. I suspect it'll play a lot like a Kingdom Hearts game given that the primary team in charge of the game is the same one that does the KH games. It and the whole FFXIII debacle are the reasons why there hasn't been a KHIII yet. Though the smart money's on the plot being as impenetrably incomprehensible as the KH series's metaplot is.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: July 08, 2014, 07:48:15 AM
This thread is 70 pages long now... Says a lot about how starved oldschool gamers are for something, well, oldschool. I'm kind of curious, is this game really THAT good, or is it just a decent reminder of a forgotten genre that clicked with everyone that still wears their nostalgia glasses. Heck, I'm tempted to buy a 3DS just to play it.

The latter mostly, though there are a ton of quality of life improvements that make getting through the game a hell of a lot easier and the first half of the game is quite solid. It's really the second half of the game that keeps this from being really THAT good. Namely, without getting too much into spoilers, the first half of the game is a lot like FFV's first world where your party is generally running around, collecting jobs and gaining levels, and doing what all good little JRPG heroes do, then the third fourth of the game is basically nothing but you retreading old ground and fighting rehashed boss fights, and the final quarter is the super extreme challenge bonus boss fights mode.


Alternatively....

Bravely necrobumping to post the following: http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/07/new-bravely-default-demo-lets-players-adventure-chapter-four/

So for roughly $20bux more, you can purchase a bunch of rehashed boss fights, voice acted cutscenes, two new jobs, a whole new tier of magic and gear, and a second ending. Depending on the version, that might not be such a bad deal. Of course this is for Japan only right now.

Ignore the link and the comment about the $20bux and the VA'd cutscenes, and you have an accurate description of the second half of the game.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8: Steamy Gameshark Edition on: July 08, 2014, 07:32:03 AM
Friend of mine claims he picked this up and beat it at lvl 13 by mostly ignoring random encounters. Its been a while, but I don't remember it being that easy.

Totes doable if you Card random encounters till you get Diabalo and unlock his Enc-None support ability. Then you just need to Card high AP guys for the rest of the Refine Skills.

The big things to remember are that enemies levels and stats scale to your level, that junctioning better spells to your stats are what make your stats get big, that levels do not make your stats get big, that certain easy-to-get items can be refined into better spells, and that refining cards will get you all the other items you'll need for big power.

Yep, that's more or less how he described it. Was it always like this or did they do some tinkering for the steam re-release?

It was always like this. The game is probably the most breakable FF game in the series, and the one that punishes you the hardest for playing it the way the game intends you to play it.

Basically, GFs are only good in battle early on when you don't have the tools to break the game over your knee. Once you start collecting Fish Fins on the beach near Balmb Garden, you can convert them into mid-tier Water spells as soon as you unlock the Ice Mag Ref GF ability (learned by Shiva) which you junction to Squall's Str using Ifrit, then later you can start buying Tents and use Life Mag Ref (learned by Siren) and make shitloads of Curaga spells which you then junction to Squall's HP, get him into critical health, then spam his Limit Break for the rest of the game (and FYI, all of this and Diabalos can be acquired within the first half of the first disk, easily). For best results, do roughly similar things to Zell and get Quistis to learn Degenerator, upgrade spells as necessary, and don't forget to pump up somebody's Mag so that they can maximize their Draw capability, break to your liking and enjoy.

One thing to note is that you will have to play the card game quite a bit to get some of the items you'll need for better equipment and spells, and some of the best items come from Refining your one of a kind cards, so you'll have to keep an eye on the card game rules.
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