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3481  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 27, 2013, 09:33:34 AM
Mechonis area spoilz
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I've loved the hell out of this plot so far.  I'm at the Hidden Village, and I've loved how the game plays with us, changing expectations of who friend and foe is; the game spends more than half of its plot telling you to fight machines only to find a village of "good machines".  Simple, but effective.  Good job, plot!

...Also Fiora totally got a boob job in her new mechonis body.  I feel like the camera in cutscenes shows it off for fun too.  
Anybody else think about what must have gone under "behind the scenes" to her?  Biologically, she's just a head now.  What the hell happened to the rest of her body and how was it "switched out"??? :S   EWwwwwwwww

Not helping matters is the fact that her best equipment increases the effect. Unfortunately, if you're really hell bent on avoiding the glorified swimsuit look, then you'll have to settle for the Speed IV torso piece instead of the Speed V. Also get cracking on mastering her first hidden skill set so that you can turn Seven into a walking flurry of death and destruction (and don't forget the Spike Defense and Dunban's Spike Damage reduction skill so she doesn't explode the moment she touches a Spiked enemy).
3482  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 26, 2013, 11:03:15 PM
If you read the books, are you more impressed by the movies because...y'know, they're fitting like every detail from the book? 

Aside from the fact that they haven't, I will say that I am because its still damn near close, but only kinda because again, they seem to be putting a little too much information in (and rewriting bits like making Thorin look a lot younger than he is in the story; he's seriously the second oldest member of the company (not including Gandalf) being beaten out by the one Dwarf in the movie that's sporting white hair, that's why he confides in him so much, they're the only members of the party old enough to have lived through Smaug's attack on the Dwarven Kingdom way back when and are thus the two most personally invested in the quest).
3483  Media / General Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: December 26, 2013, 10:39:41 PM
While I wouldn't consider TP Zelda to be her best design, I'm glad they went with that over SS's Zelda in either variant.

And as of her announcement, SSB4 will have at least as many playable female characters as either Melee and Brawl had (if you include Nana and assume that one of the Pokemon is female).
3484  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 26, 2013, 06:40:47 PM
And for those of us not familiar with the book?  (I actually chose not to re-read it because so much stuff had been added in.  Seemed like it'd only cause confusion.)

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The Battle of the Five Armies and the fact that up until that point in the story everybody but the Orcs had the same goal of seeing Smaug disposed of once and for all (even the Woodland Elves as the king did offer to assist Thorin on his quest in exchange for a share of the wealth), whereas the Battle is motivated by the same greed and self-interest that led to Smaug's arrival and the tragedy that followed. The company of 14 who made it through the quest relatively intact through the general cooperation of the peoples of the region are all but destroyed in the ensuing battle for the prize of the quest, including Thorin who, having repeated his grandfather's mistake, is on his deathbed by the time Bilbo regains consciousness.
I thought you were only going to talk about what happened up to this point in the movies. Thanks for the ending spoilers. Beware John.
I read the book a LONG time ago, and don't remember a single thing about it. Probably for the best.
To me, what you say there really doesn't excuse a dwarf or tgwo getting sliced in half by a random Orc. I honestly don't really care, though, as I'm not liking these movies enough TO care.


There's a reason why I employed the 'code' tags.

Anyways, there's like twenty minutes of story left bookwise from where the second movie left off, and its pretty obvious where this story's going. I'm not kidding when I said that the first movie ended at the book's halfway mark.

And yeah, with the waters so muddied at this point, I doubt the impetus for, and the aesop of, the Battle of the Five Armies will remain the same from the book.

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The Orcs only got involved in the Battle of the Five Armies due to the fact that all the civilized folk were at each others' throats and they figured they could swoop in and wipe them all out now that they were both weakened and in one place. With the movie, it seems like they may change the meaning of the battle to one of inevitability in order to stop the greater evil of Sauron instead.
3485  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: December 26, 2013, 06:22:08 PM
You're gonna need to add Zelda to that pic in your sig ACC. Anyways, hope you brought an apple today for its Teach's birthday.

Anyways, The Vaike's biggest asset going for him is the fact that he's one of your first Axe users (outside of Frederick, and assuming no reclassing or promoting to an Axe using class, the next is Libra), and that he's got the highest Strength stat cap modifier of all potential fathers (outside The Avatar). In fact he has so little going for him, its easy to wind up benching him early on since Soldiers go out early and Axe, Sword, and Magic using classes like Barbarians, Wyvern Riders, Mercenaries, and Mages start becoming more prolific. His classes only serve to make him a specialist in brigandage (given that he can swipe treasure chests with Locktouch, gold with Despoil, HP with Sol, and Life with Lethality) as his Fighter class tree is highly complemented by his Barbarian class tree (although it does cannibalize his promoted class selection since they share the Warrior promotion), and, outside of Movement+1 and Lucky Seven, The Vaike has little use for his Thief class tree (especially Trickster which takes valuable Strength and Speed and dumps it into The Vaike's dump stats, Magic and Resistance).

On that note, he also gets an extra stat cap point towards Skill and Speed and a shit load of penalties in Magic (tying for worst with Frederick and a bunch of post game characters), Resistance (tying for worst with Gregor and a bunch of post game characters), and Luck for a +0 total stat cap modifier (a trait shared only by Gaius and Olivia). And while this doesn't bother him too much given his generally physical nature, it does mean that he's only really bringing Strength with him to the breeding table modifier-wise and unless you're gunning for a Morgan with the highest possible Strength cap of +11 and possibly the lowest Resistance cap of -6 (and a Char/Camus clone) or are trying to fix Owain or Brady's Strength issues. In fact only Cherche or Nowi have any real use for The Vaike given the aforementioned massive Strength stat cap modifier (Gerome benefits from the Barbarian class tree and Trickster's Lucky Seven is always useful, but really needs to stay in physically oriented classes), that Nah is the only child to inherit the full 9 classes from The Vaike (since The Vaike's Fighter and Barbarian class trees are exchanged for the Knight and Mercenary class trees for the daughters, most of whom already get one of those classes by default, but not Nah) plus an extra male exclusive skill, and that both acquire the Thief/Griffin Rider class combo for maximum mobility.

Additionally, special note should go towards either The Vaike or Gaius sired Inigo as they are statistically the single worst child in the game (unless they inherit Galeforce from their mother). Either way The Vaike!Inigo is actually slightly better between the two (skills and class access are identical) due to gaining 2 Strength and 1 Defense and Luck in exchange for 1 Magic and Speed and 2 Resistance (and the fact that Gaius passes the Pegasus Knight class tree on down to his kids which is wasted on Inigo).

The tl;dr is that The Vaike basically suffers from his class's common issues of large HP, Strength, and Axe access and not a hell of a lot else. The fact that children are involve just exacerbates the problem.
3486  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 26, 2013, 11:38:47 AM
And for those of us not familiar with the book?  (I actually chose not to re-read it because so much stuff had been added in.  Seemed like it'd only cause confusion.)

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The Battle of the Five Armies and the fact that up until that point in the story everybody but the Orcs had the same goal of seeing Smaug disposed of once and for all (even the Woodland Elves as the king did offer to assist Thorin on his quest in exchange for a share of the wealth), whereas the Battle is motivated by the same greed and self-interest that led to Smaug's arrival and the tragedy that followed. The company of 14 who made it through the quest relatively intact through the general cooperation of the peoples of the region are all but destroyed in the ensuing battle for the prize of the quest, including Thorin who, having repeated his grandfather's mistake, is on his deathbed by the time Bilbo regains consciousness.
3487  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Mega Man Game!.....Well Board Game on: December 26, 2013, 10:06:15 AM
So Christmas present from the game maker.....Dr. Light player piece and game card for Deluxe editions (add-on for others) that is a Kickstarter exclusive. Being able to play as Dr. Light hurts my brain.

Will you be able to dispense weapons and upgrades to other players and tell them to get their weapons ready (and by the fifth expansion, gain the ability to get abducted by Not-Protoman at the start)?
3488  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays? - 2013 Edition on: December 26, 2013, 10:02:25 AM
Food, money, money food, the Knights and Cities expansion to Settlers of Catan, a 16GB SD card, and a shit load of candy.

Still no luck on getting the greatest gift of all (employment/financial independence).
3489  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 26, 2013, 09:53:26 AM
The Hobbit: TDoS -

I'm just not enjoying these as much as I hoped I would. They are so bloated, and are trying way too damn hard to be LOTR2.
I'm not going to bother going through the plot. There's really not a whole lot of it here, anyway. It's basically one big action scene after another. A lot of which gets confusing.
I know they're bound by the book, but it's just so darn unbelievable that a troop of 13 dwarves would go through this adventure, and all these battles, and not  a one gets killed, or even seriously hurt.
The elves, legolas, and Tauriel, are entertaining, but are basically superheros who can do no wrong.
The movie looks fantastic, as expected. I love the whole LOTR/Hobbit world, and they obviously spend lots of time making it all perfect for the screen. Killer cinematography as well.
The dragon, Smaug, is the best part of the movie, and is a marvel of CG. easily one of the best CG creations I've yet seen. very well done.
The movie ends totally leaving us hanging, which I guess isn't surprisingly.
I really think these would be better if they were shorter(or less of them!), and stopped trying so hard. Just let them be a simple little Hobbit adventure. Oh, well. I'll certainly see the third one, and I'm sure it will be more of the same. At least Benjamin really liked it.

There's a very good reason why the company of 14 have not suffered more than one casualty so far. If you're familiar with the book then you should know why.

Anyways, what's amusing is how even the movies have been skipping over material like the first half of the events in the Murkwood. What isn't so amusing was how Thorin kept taking Bilbo's best lines from his confrontation with Smaug. That said, it was still nice to see Gandalf in full wizard mode, and the Ring of Power finally getting used as its fully intended to be used as (i.e. a really sweetass magic item), plus it was amusing to see Legolas putting the Orc Bitter (or was that the Goblin Bitter) to good use after it got confiscated from Thorin. I could also tell just how much the battle with Smaug in the movie was solely meant to serve as the movie's capstone.

At least I can now anticipate how they're going to handle The Hobbit 3: With A Vengeance. Namely, its going to wrap up every sideplot prior to the pitched battle against Smaug, then its going to start up the Battle of the Five Armies which is going to rage on up until Bilbo bumps his head and gets knocked out, and finally the aftermath plus any tie-ins to the Lord of the Rings trilogy they want to throw in.
3490  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 25, 2013, 11:55:32 AM
Getting to visit the Toran Republic from Suikoden 1 in part 2 is soooooo cool! It added a layer of nostalgia to an already nostalgic experience for me.

On a whim I chose Kasumi over Valeria to join me. Valeria is one of my favorite sword-weilding-chick-ee's ever, but I made an impulse decision based on character portrait aesthetics... I hope I made a good call.

I was gonna play me some Mario 3d World for christmas, amongst sampling some other games I've been meaning to try but I highly doubt I will be able to turn off Suikoden at this point.

Make sure to visit the hidden Ninja village on the way out. It's Kasumi's biggest perk over Valeria (her other perk involves a scene involving the protagonist of the first game).

Dammit.... I missed that hidden village apparently. Can I go back and find it?

Yep. Just go back down the path to the Toren Republic but after you climb back up the ladders make sure to hug the southern edge of the forest until you start walking into trees (make sure to have Kasumi in your party as well).
3491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: December 25, 2013, 10:52:08 AM
I never really got why they remove series between games since half the time they just recycle the units/animations and balance has never really been a huge concern in SRW. Always annoyed me when I couldn't plunder the enemy with a team of piratebots in Alpha 3.

A bunch of reasons, namely, stuff like licenses expiring or suddenly becoming prohibitively expensive (Giant Robo being the most infamous case), or because new shows come out between games and thus need to recycle roster space instead of turning the game into an Alpha 3 roster bloat situation.

Additionally it might just not work for the plot in cases of post apocalyptic series like Xabungle, Turn A/X Gundams, or Gurren Lagann when you have shows like Code Geass, the umpteen million other Gundams, and FMP among others running around (unless you want to imagine the Tuatha de Danaan pulling a play out of Xenogears' playbook and become a sand submarine (or would that be referred to as a subterrain, or should we all just agree that sand seas are geological clusterfucks and call it a day?) while the highschool the series takes place in is sitting in the middle of a dome city along with the Britannia Empire and the Federation's base at Jaburo (which is situated in the middle of a dense jungle)(and granted they could be separate dome cities but its still pretty stupid and cumbersome)).

And on that note, so far, I'm digging the new FMP unit animations. This is gonna be a great game.
3492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 25, 2013, 10:34:43 AM
Princess knight? Maybe that's her masculine look and she's failing miserably?

The sane thing would be her having half a dozen older siblings, making her more expendable than the avarage prince(ss), giving her the freedom to do heroic shit. ... But I guess she's once again an only child with no interest in the throne, or something.

Now while the former would make the most sense, its far more likely to either be the latter or the case where she did have an older brother who disappeared on an expedition and to solve the mystery of his disappearance she must confront the evil empire's masked Black Knight who's fighting style is suspiciously identical to that of her missing brother's but she won't notice this until the end (or at least won't reveal that she noticed it until the end).

Basically, what I'm trying to say is that it isn't a Tales Of plot point unless its a done to death cliché.

http://gematsu.com/2013/12/tales-zestiria-detailed-famitsu

If this is correct, then man, how wrong I was.

At least, if again, this is anything to go by, the main character will likely be an idiot hero for at least part of the game, so they're not bucking tradition entirely here.
3493  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 24, 2013, 04:17:56 PM
Getting to visit the Toran Republic from Suikoden 1 in part 2 is soooooo cool! It added a layer of nostalgia to an already nostalgic experience for me.

On a whim I chose Kasumi over Valeria to join me. Valeria is one of my favorite sword-weilding-chick-ee's ever, but I made an impulse decision based on character portrait aesthetics... I hope I made a good call.

I was gonna play me some Mario 3d World for christmas, amongst sampling some other games I've been meaning to try but I highly doubt I will be able to turn off Suikoden at this point.

Make sure to visit the hidden Ninja village on the way out. It's Kasumi's biggest perk over Valeria (her other perk involves a scene involving the protagonist of the first game).
3494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 24, 2013, 04:15:34 PM
That's why Pokemon is great.  If I want to battle an opponent with human intelligence, I'll go online and battle another human.  I don't want to battle a human when I'm progressing the story. 

But then you get min-maxing meta-gamers that pretty much take all the fun out of picking and choosing your team out of whatever.
3495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: December 24, 2013, 04:13:40 PM
So much for not having SEED representation (then again, having Code Geass R2's Jesus Kururugi hanging out with SEED Destiny's Jesus Yamato should make for some entertaining interplay, nevermind the people who are actually worth watching like Chirico, Heero, Sousuke, and Setsuna getting together to play poker, even Roger Smith wouldn't stand a chance against that must stoic, especially if R-Dorothy jumps in....oh goddammit).

Either way, Oh Hell YES!!! Having Tetsujin 28 (even 80s Gigantor is still incredibly oldskool), the VOTOMs' trashcans on wheels (i.e. Scopedogs), FMP's walkers (which invariably means Bonta-kun), Dai-Guard (the 9 to 5 everyday salaryman's giant robot of choice), Big O (the negotiator's clod hopper of choice), and Godmars (featuring the best of low budget animation) along side Rebuild of Eva (fuck the world, we have giant robots), Gunbuster (fuck the galaxy, we have giant robots), and at least up to Arc Gurren Lagann (fuck the universe, we have giant robots), not to mention everything in between. This just needs Xabungle (diesel powered robots) and something like Braiger (space car) plus squads like Z1 again (so that I can stick Gunbuster and somebody like Arc Gurren Lagann or Aquarion on any flight enabled unit as squad leader to get those two behemoths up in the air).

Of course, if Siliconera is to be believed, then this is just part 1 of Z3. So we probably wont get the 30 Armageddon Pileup that Alpha 3 had (at least until Z3-2).
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