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3481  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: September 06, 2012, 05:23:13 AM


Granted there's been times where the franchise suffered from a bit too much glut, but the diversity was one of its strongest points.

Also Megaman's got nothin' on Mario in terms of donned hats.
3482  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: September 05, 2012, 06:22:45 PM
・Lightning has become a considerably more refined person.
This is the most pathetic feature touted for a videogame, ever.  You know you've hit rock-bottom when you use an established character that is almost universally seen as vapid and useless, and have to explicitly tell everyone that they aren't as bad anymore.  It'd be the equivalent of George Lucas rolling with "Jar Jar Binks has become a considerably more refined person" as a bullet point for hyping up the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode II.

At least Lucas had the decency to regulate Jar Jar to background fodder by the second movie (and like all of two scenes during Panda Bear's funeral just to cap off his worthless existence).
3483  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 05, 2012, 06:13:38 AM
I always thought X5 was a little underrated.  It has a lot of bullshit trappings surrounding it (countdown nonsense, no X4 armor if you pick Zero for stage 1, silly Guns n Roses translated names) but its action is pretty good and it looks fantastic if you compare it to X6 or X7.  I still think X5 and X3 are the weakest of the first five X games, but then again I love the first five X games. 

Played more Fuuin no Tsurugi today.  Picked up Forblaze and recruited Sophia, Cecilia, Miledy, Perceval, Igrene, Fa, Garret, and probably someone else I'm forgetting.  I think the only new units I'll end up using are Miledy (she had GREAT levels after I started using her and she's at level 18 unpromoted) and I guess Fa. 

You forgot about the terrible Virus stages/bosses (fuck Black Devil), the fact that you can get almost totally screwed over by the RNG if you dump all your upgrades onto Zero then lose him to the Zero Virus, the fact that you need to assemble your armors before you can use them, the uselessness of the Gaia Armor, the uselessness of the Z-Buster, and the uselessness of many of the boss weapons. But saying that X5 is a better game than either Xs 6 & 7 is like saying that it's a better game than the PC Megaman games.
3484  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: September 05, 2012, 05:47:33 AM
・The city has clocks everywhere showing the constant progression of time.

Ephemeral Fantasia just filed a police report over your kleptomania. :-P

You know where they're not going to have those clocks. Where you can't keep an eye on it without having to dive at least three menus deep (whereas Majora's Mask did the same thing except that it had a clock front and center that told you precisely what time it was).
3485  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: September 05, 2012, 01:34:13 AM
・This will be Lightning's last game and will end with a happy ending. The game has just one ending.

・The first FFXIII was story driven, meaning that the story pulled the player along. FFXIII-2 was player driven, meaning players selected the story. Lightning Returns is World Driven, meaning players have to consider how they interact with the changing world.

I'll believe this when I see it (unless they're actually promising no more Dissida, Somethingsomethingryhthymandsomething, or promotional tie ins to shit like The 3rd Birthday).

Also I would say that FFXIII-2 was more 'paradox' driven than 'player' driven. Also the only real point where you can sequence break is early on and it involves hitting the brick wall that tells you to go back and do the things you just tried to skip over (not like you aren't strong enough to take said section immediately after you unlock it or that if the RNG rolls favorably you could end up with a minion that would help you bypass the challenge of the next section without missing a step; but then you wouldn't be getting enough of Squeenix's loving Caius Ballad).
3486  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: September 04, 2012, 06:28:32 PM
Guys. GUYS.

I have the perfect tagline for this. Check this shit out:

"Lightning DOES strike twice."

You're welcome, Square Enix.

put simply i like characters that go against typical gender roles. or at least the ones i grew up with. if she fought with a staff and -aga nukes i would have much less interest in her. along those lines i might of liked hope if he wasnt such a douchebag for most of the game.
She does not go against 'typical gender roles.' If anything she codifies them. She starts off as a insufferable bitch because she "had to do it to protect Serah" or some shit, but it was actually a worthless front to hide the weakness inside her. When she finds out that being an insufferable bitch is actually not productive in doing anything but being an insufferable bitch, she stops and basically becomes an ineffectual background character whose only purpose was to say what the party's goal was then spout out a nonsensical monologue at the very end of the game involving 'achieving the impossible.' She was not important or effective in any way, and her 'going against gender roles' only served to hurt and distance people she cared about.


The only thing I would like to add is that it's not just Lightning who's not important or effective in any way but also the player. It's amazing just how much the player is reflected in Lightning who's only role outside of shouting "WE'RE PETS!" and wanting to punch Snow in the face is to keep telling everybody to keep going forward; don't think about it, just go. And much like the player, she doesn't accomplish anything on her own; every major boss fight ends with the party being told to shut up and grind (even the final boss fight requires cutscene powers cranked to 11 to save the day); every major villain/antagonist walks off to eventually be offed by the plot (you never fight or confront Jihl, Cid dies but get's better later on so that some random mook can put a bullet in his head, that silver haired guy gets beaten but this just means he's befriended by you then promptly dies to a bunch of random encounters, and hell, I think the Sanctum guard did a better job of defeating Pulse scrub than you could after hours of grinding); and you're never allowed to even move from environment to environment (you just march from cutscene to cutscene until you hit the designated end stage cutscene which then shuttles you off to a different party or simply to a different area; kinda like how a basic platformer would do so between stages).

And once you realize this you too would be going on "WE'RE WATCHING A MOVIE!" rants and wanting to punch the director in the face for the $60 we blew on this self-conceited piece-of-crap.
3487  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What if classic RPGs were remade with 'modern standards'? on: September 03, 2012, 11:28:23 PM
And then Capcom would'e cancelled it for no apparent reason.

I actually wonder if it'd have been canceled if they just waited a little longer. Seemed like it could've been due to the 3DS's tepid start, but not it seems to really be rolling in Japan and I imagine they would've been more confident to just run with it had they simply waited. Then again they must've known 3DS + Monster Hunter = THE handheld to get.

I'd believe that if the entirety of the franchise's history wasn't fraught with examples of Capcom bullshitting it. As it is though it's just the final nail in a coffin nearly as old as the franchise it now contains is.
3488  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGless at the moment... on: September 03, 2012, 01:37:31 AM
If you have a problem; and if you can find them. Then maybe you should play; the Valkyrie Profile Series.

But for something newer you'll probably be interested in Radiant Historia.
3489  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 02, 2012, 10:39:11 PM
Found this movie from 1973 called Fantastic Planet and it's... different to say the least. Though, I'm impressed with the soundtrack. Good stuff.


I see this movie pop up every so often. Yeah, it was from the psychedelic 70s, so I believe you when you call it "...different" (anyone remember/watch the animated film "Wizards" from 1977? psychedlic is all over this, and it's in a goddamn myth-medieval setting!!!  Speaking of which, anyone remember that *absolutely* amazing villain death? For a movie called and about a wizard, this was the least likely and best death I could have imagined).

I wonder why old animated movies and series from the 70s has this creppy vibe to it? Maybe is the weird animation and sounds.

Anyway I finished watching the Fantastic Planet. At times I regretted seeing the movie, in others I thought it was clever but at the end of the day I don't think is all that great other than for being an impressive film considering the time it was made.

Is also worth mentioning that when the movie ended I felt really uncomfortable.

Mostly because it was made during the 70s which had a fairly sizable underground movement for adult animation at the time. Its the crap the previous generation made back when they were as old as we are now. In thirty~forty years our kids will look back on our webcomics and flash games and go "What a bunch of loving creeps.".
3490  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: September 02, 2012, 10:03:13 PM

I am disappoint that Monk didn't even make the list.
3491  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 02, 2012, 03:57:46 AM
Futurama Episodes 11 & 12: Double Feature Duo. The first episode was okay, having Captain Piccard hunting Bender down in a fox hunt was pretty amusing. The fox losing half it's face Terminator style was a pretty clever joke as well as the various classic sci-fi uniforms/outfits (I want to say that the white jumpsuit one Amy was wearing was from Space Mutiny but that would almost be too funny). The second though was a great episode and easily on par with those old Tales of Interest episodes. Having various characters as Salmon, Galapagos Island Turtles/Birds/Lizards, and Walruses being both edutaining and liberal with their deaths.
3492  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 02, 2012, 02:32:01 AM

What inevitably happens when you start giving fucks about those damn rules migrating everywhere.
3493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What if classic RPGs were remade with 'modern standards'? on: September 02, 2012, 02:17:29 AM
Incidentally, the original Phantasy Star series would also be an MMORPG subset, Shining Force would focus more on oogling generically designed females drawn by an H-game artist than on anything resembling gameplay, Breath of Fire would have you hunting Dragons and other large creatures with a friend for the lootz while forcing you to contort your hands unnaturally around the controller due to an awkward and nonadjustable control scheme (also only one game would come out to the US while the rest would be stranded in Japan), Secret of Mana would just be a lifeless dungeon crawler with a really annoying physics gimmick, the Quintet Trilogy would be about moe girls doing moe things while making everything more moe, Dragon Quest would only be made for cell phones, so would the SaGa games but they would be stranded in Japan, the Fire Emblem series however would actually make it outside of Japan, still no luck with the other non series SuperNES era Squaresoft JRPGs though (fortunately we wouldn't be missing much as they are terribly gimmicky games with terrible gimmicks), save for Chrono Trigger which would be played with dual screens and take place entirely within a very Japanese city, Final Fantasy V would be a initially failed MMO but is currently being retooled into a Final Fantasy III clone, Final Fantasy I would get a sequel called Mystic Quest featuring Knight, Master, Ninja, Black Wizard, White Wizard, Red Wizard now older and with their kids sold piecemeal on cellphone devices, Final Fantasy II would get a compilation centered around it with one episode featuring the Dragoon Gareth in a third person shooter with his dragon being his love interest, one episode on a cellphone that nobody cares about, one episode that follows Leon Lionheart's misadventures just days before he and the rest of the main party gets trampled by a bunch of Black Riders, and a movie where after the events of the game everyone (including everybody who died except for Joseph) are now apparently Super Sayin' and must now fight the Emperor's Children who own everybody but Firionel fights them all off and then suddenly the Emperor pops out of a jar and they fight again and blah blah blah, Final Fantasy IV will be a misdirected mess due to executive meddling that adds Palom and Porom and makes Palom the lead instead of Cecil but it gets an international version that restores all the excluded features but is left in Japan, Final Fantasy VI will have a sequel called FFVI-2 which retcons the ending to where Terra suddenly disappears and now it's up to Celes, Mog, and new guy Sandal July to find her while fighting some Marty Stu named Beach Suntan and it ends when they've successfully saved Shadow and Madium from the crumbling ruins of Kefka's Tower but Beach wins anyways so now he doesn't have to watch Sun fade away over and over again and Celes dies and everyone's screwed except for Terra who must now go through FFVI-3 where she must fight her way through the few remaining ruined ruins of the world of ruin in an action based system and she only has 6 days before everything goes to shit, Atlus starts spamming the hell out of the SMT series in addition to an anime series, a fighting game, a rhythm game, manga out the ass, and much much more, Ogre Battle will be balls hard and completely unbalanced around the enemy always having the advantage and requiring you to grind grind grind at the occasional tower and that magic is completely loving bonkers powerful in comparison to all other options, Tactics Ogre will in general be a better game by virtue of being less laidened with complete bullshit difficulty but painfully short, and Temco Secret of the Stars will be a well written and competently made game that does a few new things but is painfully hamstrung by its lack of a budget.
3494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: September 02, 2012, 12:43:18 AM
You could easily start with game 3 in this trilogy simply because you do fuck all in the first two anyways.

Actually XIII-2 is fairly similar to CT at it's blueprint level. Jump the timeline, get a new macguffin/character related to the big bad, learn a tiny bit about the big bad, jump to a new timeline. Rinse and repeat until end game.

CT just does it better because there are actual 'time line changing events' besides a change in background coloration.

Also it doesn't end in 12,000 BC with Lavos showing up, frying Crono with his Jesus Beam, and posting "To Be Continued....". Plus the only thing keeping you from beating the game before the designated end is Lavos posting :frogout: with his "Destruction rains from the heavens..." attack among its other nasty attacks instead of "I have the Reraise! I have Reraised now!" schtick fueled by his invincible godmode powers and a literal Deus Ex Machina (which was the exact same problem the villain of FFXIII-1 had as well).

Also, Chrono Trigger barely ever took itself seriously and only really when dealing with Lavos and 12,000 BC (even 2300 AD had Johnny and the Sewers dungeon) whereas FFXIII-1 took itself so seriously it hurt and FFXIII-2 tried way too hard to not take itself seriously at all which, more often than not, led to most of the humorous scenes being more obnoxious than funny (and of course XIII-2 still had its painfully serious moments).

Plus the reason for why you don't just settle down at 1000AD after your initial adventure of rescuing Nadia and escaping from a bum trial and an impending execution is because you want to stop Lavos and you're the only ones who even know about it let alone do anything about it. Meanwhile your reason for going after Caius after your initial adventure of stopping a giant flan from chewing away at the Crystal Pillar so that nature and the elements can weather and erode the Crystal Pillar anyways was because Noel has a beef with him for some reason and because you think he's been fucking with the timeline but he really isn't because he's also immortal and is just goading you on into fucking with the timeline for him (all the while having a timeline fucking bomb strapped to his heart so even if you do stop him he'll just kill himself on your sword and detonate the timeline fucking bomb like a motherfucking jihadist). Also there might have been something about looking for somebody's sibling or something but damned if anybody can remember.

The resemblances are indeed rather superficial at most.
3495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: September 01, 2012, 07:40:09 PM
Just the fact the title of the game is 'Lightning Returns!" makes me want to hit squareenix with a 2 by 4. REALLY Square? You're that original?

I, like everyone else, will be glad when this trilogy is over, because Lightning is not that great of a character. Hell, I wish the main character was Noel. I'd get behind that...and he's just okay.

To SE's credit, the entire world seems to be different so I'll hold off total judgement until we get more info.

At least they didn't call it FFXIII-2-2: Lightning Harder, FFXIII-2-2: Judgement DayLightning, FFXIII-3: The Good, The Bad, and The Lightning, FFXIII-3: Secret of the OozeLightning, FFXIII-3: The Lightning Strikes Back, RamboLightning: First BloodFFXIII-2 Part 2, FFXIII-3: You Only Lightning Twice, FFXIII-3: Lightning and the Temple of Doom, FFXIII-2-2: The Wrath of Lightning, ect....

Also if you want more Noel then you might want to try the Kingdom Hearts series, he features in some of those games. Though like Squall, he too renamed himself to hide his involvement in the FF series. I believe he goes by the name Sora in KH.
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