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3481  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: June 28, 2013, 03:09:34 PM

Stealing Yggdrasil's job and postin' this.

Apparently, Lightning as Locke is confirmed (totally not the FFVI character outfit I would've expected). (Also Celes if you count the ballgown.)
3482  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: June 28, 2013, 03:05:19 PM
Tidus was a damn wimp

Is justifiable why Tidus is the way it is in X. He grows later in the story and despite all the shit he goes through he does what he can in a world that he doesn't know very well at the time.

Vaan is one big vagina

Never had the chance to get in XII so I can't say much.

Snow was all talk

Even Hope said that at one point.

Snow always tried his best to protect the ones he cared the most even though he's hot-headed and put himself at risk to save others at least Snow has the quality that he put has he says in practice.

Too bad that Etro (unintentionally) and Caius fucked up everything for everyone... but the story in XIII is like that, you never fully accomplish what you set out to do by your hand only. LR might change that though, but we'll see.

And this whole issue with only guys, people forget that the past 13 titles have always had their share of important females to the cast.  Obviously, for whatever reason, they need a bromance to tell the story and I'm sure they'll balance it out with strong females in there too.

I honestly see no "issue" here, at best I've just seen some people crying over how they not gonna get any kind of fanservice for them.

Tidus's problem has more to do with the fact that he keeps trying to tell his story over Yuna's, which to be fair, is justifiable given that he's the one telling the story, except that the story eventually does become more about him than Yuna with what's going on with the Fayth and Jecht. FFX-2 doesn't help anybody involved though (except for maybe Wakka and Lulu but that's it), but especially Tidus who's kinda more represented by not-Tidus who's a walking leaking vagina (seriously, his entire plan to death metal prop the world into oblivion is motivated solely by the fact that he got cockblocked a thousand years ago and now he's a vengeful ghost (but given the amount of still living ghosts in the first game, even the vengeful ghost angle falls flat on its face)).

Vaan's problem was that he was just as much spray painted into the party as his abs were on him, and Penelo just made everything worse since she had no character beyond being Vaan's childhood friend and kidnap bait (that one time she actually matters to the plot). His only real contributions is mostly being there, wanting to become a sky pirate, and having his own force ghost relative con him into turning to the dark side of the neithicite in parallel with Ashe's force ghost.

Snow's big problem is that FFXIII-1 wanted to invoke FFVI's early game with its own early game but left Snow in cutscene land for the first quarter of the game rather then having him go off on his own like the guy who inspired him did. Moreover, the only time we really see Snow fail at being the hero is at the very start when his operation Nora falls apart, but given the situation and the fact that everything that happens to the party afterwords is due to the powers that be rather than anything done by either the players or the characters you never really see him or anybody else do anything grievously stupid. And by the end Snow's character development is probably the most implied versus seen of them all as he's still a boisterous hero who can't get anything done except getting way in over his head and somehow managing to luck out of it afterwords (except now the implication is that he somehow succeeded as a hero rather than fail at being one). Then FFXIII-2 happens and he's now the guy who shows up to say "See player, you do get to play as one of the OG crew from the first game." for all of exactly one stage and only during its relevance to the plot. Beyond that (and his upgrade to Sabertooth) he only gets an ending to show up on his bitchin' cool time traveling hover motorcycle made of twin lesbian transformers and asks Serah-chan to ditch this loser (Noel Christ) and go on a super dimensional time traveling adventure with him instead, and she makes the only choice possible (bye bye Noel Christ, have fun fighting a Gary Stu, breaking the universe, and killing me without me). And now for FFXIII-3, Snow's turned evil apparently.
3483  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Index (Atlus' parent company) declared bankruptcy on: June 28, 2013, 09:16:40 AM
Lets get a kickstarter going.
3484  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 28, 2013, 02:29:46 AM
I'm guessing its so that they can turn around and announce the Xbone Slim at next year's E3.
3485  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 28, 2013, 02:27:00 AM

The buddy system works!
3486  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Index (Atlus' parent company) declared bankruptcy on: June 28, 2013, 02:26:29 AM
I haven't investigated the details, but I'm pretty sure it will end up in restructuring and nothing more. Bankruptcy is not always (and rarely) a complete demolishing of a company and its assets, lol. If anything, it's a good thing.

It depends on the extent of debt they're in and how much will restructuring undo, and how willing are the executives willing to knuckle under and start rebuilding their company versus selling out, taking the money, and running.
3487  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 28, 2013, 02:22:59 AM
Brave is a bit of a mixed bag.  It IS impressive, but I got too much of that 90's Disney vibe with the classic "misunderstanding" and "magical curses" (especially the one seen in that movie) are played out pretty predictably.  A shame since the movie had just about everything else going for it.

I just watched it and can see what you mean. That said, I really liked the mother - daughter story over the typical prince princess one. Hell, it is probably the first princess movie that I watched that had no love interest at all in it.
But what it DOES have is SO much better!
A fucking clumsy ass BEAR!
Take that out and the movie would have been better. So much potential wasted.

That.  What Grim said.  It was a fun movie, but for a strong, non-marriage- no-nonsense lead, meh....

I remember the earlier plot talking about how "a single wish/event can change your destiny".  I didn't expect it would involve a cartooney bear fumbling about and where Merida's strength and independence is spent babysitting her mum.

Compare that to the adventures both Wall-E (who chased his robo-love into space and managed to bring humanity back to Earth) and Carl from UP (who went to chase the adventure both he and his wife longed to) and....yeah, there's hardly a comparison at all.

Tangled kept my interest more and the main heroine did it with 50 feet of hair and a love-interest still...and fucking singing...and attacked with a frying pan.

I felt similarly as well, in that I would've figured the movie would've done something to the entire kingdom rather than just the queen. However, it was a nice subversion of the usual "Fucked up you have; you have fucked up now!" in that the results only really affect the lead and her mother. Still felt a bit too Freaky Friday-ish for my tastes though.
3488  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Massive Chalice Kickstarter on: June 28, 2013, 02:17:25 AM
What's come of it thus far is looking pretty good. The art style is definitely neat and I hope a lot of that translates into the game.

My only concern is the constant referrals to the recent XCOM versus the other sources, but I suspect that may have just been due to the fact that the backers are probably most familiar of it if anything.
3489  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: June 27, 2013, 07:11:28 PM

The least surprising update.
3490  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 27, 2013, 06:58:05 PM
for me its about what tends to happen to companies that nintendo buys.

I don't know about that. Monolithsoft seems to be doing well for itself in spite of being partially owned by Nintendo.
3491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: June 27, 2013, 06:56:20 PM
That cover is the first thing I've even bothered complaining about, and I hold that there's just something off about Lightning in that picture. For all I know it could just be that the outfit really doesn't suit her.

What do you think of this one?

Put on a black helmet and it's Darth Vader.

Sure. Its not so overt when Lightning has her ass cape on, but take it off and she's a dark helmet, a lite-bright hot-glued to her torso, and something to cover her arms/sideboobs away from turning to the dark side.
3492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 27, 2013, 06:45:50 PM
Why are people cringing at the idea of Nintendo buying Atlus? Atlus has been mostly pumping out games for 3DS. It wouldn't be too far off for that to happen. And don't forget SMTxFE. Nintendo and Atlus have a good relationship; probably more so than Sony.

There's also the question of mutliplatform support versus being tied to Nintendo's consoles.

Granted while guys like Sega have taken to multiplatform support over the years, they're currently doing things like tying Sonic down to Nintendo only. There's also the question of localization support since Nintendo is already picking up the slack for clowns like Squeenix. Basically, I feel that Sony would provide Atlus with more flexibility in the long run over Nintendo (although given Sony's current arcane localization practices and standards....; plus it would be semi humorous to see Nintendo effectively corner the good portion of the JRPG market).
3493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: June 27, 2013, 06:37:51 PM
It's honestly no surprise that Tokitowa turned out this way given Imageepoch's track record. Hell, aside from the 7th Dragon games, what they done that could be considered "good"?

The Luminous Arc games started off derivative as hell then adopted a "my waifu" mechanic. Nobody really remembers Sands of Destruction. The only reason why anybody remembers the Tales of Knock off that is Arc Rise Fantasia is because that's just how starved the Wii is for JRPG content. They made Criminal Girls. The Fate/Extra games are basically entirely about getting more Fate/Stay Night mythos. Same with Black Rock Shooter.

I suppose there are those two PSP dungeon crawler games, Sol Trigger and its predecessor, but even those are more notable for their gimmicks (and ball busting difficulty) rather than anything else (and even one of these gimmicks is a "my waifu" gimmick with a time skip involved).
3494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: June 27, 2013, 06:32:50 PM

Double posting for an update. I suspect the new character is going to be a boss fight at some point.


Also posting a boxset for Japan.
3495  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Index (Atlus' parent company) declared bankruptcy on: June 27, 2013, 11:26:08 AM
And I hope to god Squeenix never touches Atlus. They'd just do what they've done with every other studio they've acquired thus far, slap their label on their current products, then gut the company, bleed out the talent, and let the IPs wither and die.

Honestly, I'd rather see them with either Marvelous or Sony (or perhaps Nintendo in the long run). Hell, I'd take Namdai over Squeenix despite not really being able to articulate why I wouldn't like to see them get it either.
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