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3601  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 23, 2012, 08:26:56 PM
It was more to be taken that most JRPGs have SciFi elements to them like that dungeon in FFI that houses the fourth fiend but are not classified as SyFy.

Please stop, that has nothing to do with awful channel renames or syphilis.

Aww. But without that, how can I derisively refer to SO attempts at writing science fiction? That's like being told to cut out referring to Square Enix as Squeenix in reference to their otherwise totally lackluster catalog of games and the fact that the Squaresoft of old was reduced to nothing but a memory nearly a decade ago.
3602  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 23, 2012, 02:04:18 PM

He pities the foo' who doesn't pity the foo'!
3603  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 23, 2012, 02:01:51 PM
Barely IS a bit of a stretch, but when you spend something like 75% of the playtime in generic fantasy areas, yeah, it's kind of screwing up there.

Amusingly the twist probably DOES make it one of the more sci-fi entries anyway.

Naw man.  Naw.



Hate to say this but SO games have about as much SyFy tech in them as a Tales Of game. Just replace time travel with the occasional space ship and ancient cities with moon bases and you're done. Hell SO games are basically Tales Of games but with crappier magic systems and more nonsensical plots.

You start half of them within a futuristic-Earth setting. o__o
SO1 is the only one you can really argue that for since most of it takes place in "the past", while visiting "future" elements is like going to your friend's house to pick something up.
SO2: the second half (Nede) looks like a modern-day earth setting.  Hell, even elements of Expel had technological prowess.  The game starts with your being transported Star-Trek-style across the universe.
SO3: You start on a futuristic resort, visit a new-advance-dimension of super-advanced people, and technically end the game where the "universe was created".  NOT sci-fi???  NOT?
SO4: You've lost your mind if you don't think this one is sci-fi.  One dungeon is dedicated to lizards in space and you visit Area 51 itself in some retarded plot twist.  Half the peeps on your team are made from crust of sci-fi stereotypes.  Unless a giant robot on your team isn't sci-fi.

Can we agree to disagree or compromise your error in NOT calling it sci-fi by calling it a hybrid sci-fi/fantasy genre?  Clearly being solely one or the other is neither here nor there, and I am almost dumbfounded that I had to explain the above.

It was more to be taken that most JRPGs have SciFi elements to them like that dungeon in FFI that houses the fourth fiend but are not classified as SyFy. I'll cede the point on SO4 since they actually tried to implement actual space travel in that one but the others are hop from one JRPG world to another less JRPG but still JRPG world. Also I don't count where they start as within ten minutes you're typically on JRPG world #1 (20 minutes if you're talking SO3, 10 minutes to get off of JRPG world #1 in SO1 for the brief cutscene that pushes it into SyFy territory, nada for Rena's story in SO2, and god knows what the fuck for Blue Sphere).

Plus Nede and TEH 4TH DIMENSION were closer to modern day Japan levels of tech with a bit of fantasy tech thrown in for both good measure and so some self proclaimed god can can explain how it can throw lazors and large numbers at you before throwing lazors and large numbers at you. (especially in the latter's case where you end up visiting a miniaturized expy of Akiabara for crappy minigames (BUNNY RACING!!! :arghfist:) and backtracking to the main world).
3604  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 23, 2012, 10:19:29 AM
Barely IS a bit of a stretch, but when you spend something like 75% of the playtime in generic fantasy areas, yeah, it's kind of screwing up there.

Amusingly the twist probably DOES make it one of the more sci-fi entries anyway.

Naw man.  Naw.



Hate to say this but SO games have about as much SyFy tech in them as a Tales Of game. Just replace time travel with the occasional space ship and ancient cities with moon bases and you're done. Hell SO games are basically Tales Of games but with crappier magic systems and more nonsensical plots.
3605  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 21, 2012, 05:42:53 PM
Now I just need to figure out what to watch next...do I finish Angel Beat or The Third? Or do I start up Baccano! or Trigun?

Baccano!. Definitely Baccano!.


Also, yes. .//Hack Sign is basically talking heads the anime. Granted there's a bit of action here and there but you can tell that it basically exists solely as a tie in for the first series of games. They weren't even on the mystery when they made that series leading to a largely (but not completely) irrelevant resolution.

I also want to believe that both Tsukasa and Subaru ended up as more than just friends at the end no matter how much awkwardness that might entail.
3606  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: DO you Get 100% in every Rpg? on: January 21, 2012, 01:06:42 PM
Other reasons why I don't get 100% in RPGs.

Because sometimes bugs happen and you don't want to get to level 99 as your stats lower at that point.
Because sometimes the game makes it impossible to 100% because the game makes you choose either what you collect or who to raise.
Because sometimes the game makes it impossible to 100% because the game failed to implement something.
Because sometimes the quest is asinine and stupid and only exists to troll 100%ers.
Because sometimes the game fully expected you to follow guides to the letter but the only one you have is some shitty GameFAQ that didn't even get a token effort.
Because sometimes the game takes far too long to begin with nevermind going for 100%.
Because sometimes going for game breaking takes more time than it would by beating it legitly.
Because sometimes the developers are assholes and decided to make a Japan only International version with stuff not seen in the original.
Because sometimes the same thing as above but in overpriced DLC or preorders that amount to fancy mount armor or some other cosmetic shit.
Because sometimes the game is too awful to play let alone 100%.
3607  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 20, 2012, 08:29:20 PM
I guess I'll make a list like most of you. Here it is, from best to worst.

XII, IX, VIII, XI, VI, VII, XIII, X, VI, V, IV, X-2, III, I, II.

Yes, that is FFXI as 4th best. It was actually really awesome, from a story/lore point of view, and had some of the most fun and addicting gameplay out of all of them. Also, X-2 has some of the best combat of the series.
How come VI shows up on your list twice?

It's just that damn good...comeon!!

It's more likely he's counting the GBA version separately.
3608  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 20, 2012, 02:34:01 AM


And in a few years his clan 'The Block' will join forces with the boys of the clan 'Backstreet' in a last ditch effort to relive the past glory of being relevant.
3609  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 20, 2012, 02:26:30 AM
Perhaps the card game was the reason?


I don't know, as sappy, contrived, and nonsensical FFVIII is at times, I was never bored. Whenever I play FFIX I get this morose feeling where I think it's going to get better and it never does. As well written and believable as the characters are, the whole game just left me feeling underwhelmed.

I wasn't crazy about disc one. Fighting Bea 8 times didn't help matters.

Looking back, why is it so hard to remember RPG plots?  There was like 50+/- hours put in and I got nothing.

At least her boss music was pretty good. Too bad she's not playable beyond that one sequence. Hell I'd take her over chumps like The Flaming Armarant or Eiko.

That said, I will preemptively defend Quina on the grounds that s/he was one chill creole speaking mofo who gave no fucks.
3610  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: January 19, 2012, 03:28:53 PM
Um...what?  Are we just making up stuff to criticize the game for now?  How did we get from a married couple to harem building?  There haven't even been any other female characters mentioned yet.  And they haven't said a word about how combat works, just the visual style they're going for.

Well, in his defense, the very first teaser was only four different females.

That, and the whole never been kissed thing. The only times I've ever heard of that used in a setup was in harem animes; bad harem animes. The marriage thing just means that the girl in question has 'first girl' status (i.e. she's going to be "the sausage's" OTP unless a 'Tenchi solution' is reached (i.e. gotta date them all)).
3611  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 19, 2012, 03:16:27 PM
I just got to see fullmetal alchemist sacred star of milos in theaters on last sunday. Up until this point, I have seen the original series, brotherhood, conqueror of shamballa and read the manga and I greatly enjoyed them all. I had fairly high hopes for this new movie as I have noot been disappointed by FMA before, but I was TERRIBLY let down....

The hardest part for me to deal with was the animation, WOW, it was soooo bad, like 80's anime quality almost. Looking at the "chimaras" hurt my head. The characters shown upclose had as detailed animation as the ones in the background a lot of the time.

The story was good, but I guess it must have taken place at some point before the first movie and was just jammed in somewhere. Also, in the anime, it was a huge deal to have a chimera that understands english, but in the movie they have fully functioning chimeras. Pft! Also, Winry and the military were very jammed into the story, and didnt really do anything benificial for the movie. It shouldnt have been that hard to fit them in properly. The movie didn't add anything to the overall storyline, essentially, this movie was a long filler episode.

I really, really, wanted to like this movie, but I was actually glad when it was over and will just have to forget it ever happened.

Ok, I'll admit it. I was not expecting this to NOT suck out loud.

Good to see my expectations were met. (Also seriously, why did they go back to that terrible original anime continuum to begin with? Did people really like The Archinator that much? Hell, even one-eyed Mustang has nothing on completely blind Mustang.)

Plus if you enjoyed Conquer of Shamballa then you have no taste (although sure, who doesn't love a steampunk Nazi invasion? It just didn't fit within the tone of the rest of the series at all. Especially once they started opening portals by killing alchemists/homunculus with Lances of Longionuses (or whatever they're called).)


Additionally I've been watching something called Real Drive recently which is basically Ghost in the Shell but without the plot or the characters. Just a slice of life show about a sea based metaphor for the internet following a 70+ year old diver who just woke up from a 50 year comma, his school girl ward, her older brother, an android chick/bodyguard, and a cyborg who was the main guy's old friend back before the accident. The only things I dislike about this show is the fact that sometimes they jump around a bit too much without leading it effectively and both the OP and ED which feature cheesy J-Rock that really doesn't fit within the context of the show.
3612  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: January 19, 2012, 01:34:06 PM
The story turns me away immediately, but who knows, maybe they'll do something interesting with it. Like. . .He's married to another woman in every dimension and has to, er, dimension travel with a harem of women who claims to be his wives.
. . .Or something beyond "innocent young man gets molested by strong-willed girl who just so happens to be his wife."
Given one of the themes is time, there might be an interesting "romance over the course of a lifetime" thing going on.  I can hope, can't I?

This is probably nitpicking, but those 3D backgrounds look worse than Atelier Rorona's from the second screen.  We'll see.

I know I sound negative here, but I am actually curious to see on where this goes.

Yeah. I basically lost all interest as soon as I heard the synopsis.

Besides I know for a fact that if Image Epoch can't do anything interesting with a game like this, there's no way this one is going to do any better than 'groan worthy'.

Clarification: If the best the could do with a game that's set up to perma kill your party members was a brutal first person dungeon crawler with a Chinese Fire Drill button that you could press for instant win but will eventually kill you (think BoF V's D-Counter) with production values that made Radiant Historia look like it got a full budget and the only endings include one where everybody lives, only the main characters live, and the other one then I doubt they're capable of anything meaningful with a game featuring harem building and Thousand Arms style combat (assuming that's what they're going for).
3613  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 18, 2012, 10:18:17 PM
I'm not really insulted either if someone dislikes VIII despite it being one of my personal favorites. XD Although the reaction it prompts does prove to be a rather nice litmus test about how naive the person in general is about RPGs as a whole based upon their reaction to it. Anyone decrying VIII as a bad game in general should count themselves blessed enough to have not had their innocence snatched by the true 'bad' games of the JRPG barrel.
The twist in FFVIII is arguably worse than even the bad games in the jRPG barrel.

Ar Tonelico 3 and Chaos Wars. End of discussion. :-P

And no mention of Star Ocean 3? Shame on you.
3614  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: January 18, 2012, 10:16:10 PM
I can't see why they wouldn't spring for battle VA, but if you consider how many playable characters IV has(I understand there are a easily a few dozen), that would be a lot of $$$.

Additionally....

:byodood: VOLCANOOOOOOOOOOO
3615  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: January 18, 2012, 09:27:06 PM
I don't know why but I've been picking up Thousand Arms vibes from this.

Maybe it's just the 2D characters in 3D battles thing.
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