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3631  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 28, 2014, 05:11:50 PM
I've only seen the 3 Craig ones, and maybe a couple of the Brosnan movies. I might have seen some others, but they are long forgotten.
I was tired when I wrote my Skyfall "review" which is why it's so short. I would normally explain myself better.
I was confused for a while as to why they were acting like Bond is a geezer now when it's only been a few years since he started. Or so I thought. They never really explain how much time passes between each movie, so I assumed they were pretty much back-to-back adventures.
The character Javier Bardem play, while amusing, just felt like something out of a sketch comedy show. I just wasn't buying it.
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Then we have the eye rolling "He planned this all from the start!" which drives me bonkers. yes, he knew that everything would happen exactly the way it does so his ridiculous plan would work. Riiiiiight. And he somehow doesn't end up shot up while in the courtroom. And, of course, his guys are always there to pick him up at the exact moment he needs them. It all drives me nuts.
And what is with all these presumably smart women disrobing the second they meet Bond? I thought the female agent lady might be an exception, but no. I swear he got busy with three women in the span of 3 days. Eww.
Thing is, I still liked it, and that was mostly due to the relationship between Bond and M. Judi Dench is awesome.

Yeah, the problem with using the same actor is that it makes Skyfall look like a sequel to the others, but it has nothing to do with them considering Casino Royale was the start of Bond and this is far later. This was kind of Bond's origin story told when he is past his prime. It does kind of link them to the other films because the male "M" gets introduced after having Judi Dench play it for 20 years. The original "M" was a male in the older Bond films. All of these films have been standalones except for Quantum, which was the very first (and probably last) true sequel in the series. People always try to make a timeline linking the films with certain events that happen, but it is just dumb. There's no point. Anyway, as a tribute to past Bonds and a way to push things forward, they could not have done much better in my opinion. Hopefully Craig lasts another couple of films because he is definitely the best since Connery hands down.

Edit: Relevant link that ironically was posted today about the next installment after Skyfall.
http://collider.com/bond-24-filming-october/



There was a timeline back when the series still followed the books with SPECTRE and all that, but then Live and Let Die put an end to that and just had Bond running around foiling the generic Bond Villain's plot of the year until Craig and Casino Royale (since there really wasn't a good version of Royale by that point).

Also, I will agree with you on Craig being the best Bond since Connery. Especially given the complete lack of competition.


That said, watched Ender's Game. It did a fairly good job in following the book. I wonder if they'll be able to make a Speaker for the Dead movie before the actor playing Ender gets too old?
3632  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 28, 2014, 02:10:46 PM
MGS3 - Moving through the warehouse in Metal Gear Solid 3. Just past the trap forest area. I really like this game. It's got this very, uh... Ultima/System Shocky vibe to it, with how the items and NPCs work. I'm pretty sure I've already failed to get all of the frogs. Oh welp.

There are some pretty tough frogs to get, which involve stuff like using a sniper rifle... while riding on a sidewagon of a bike (iirc). Definitely not something to worry about on a normal run (nor stamina kills or collecting all animals, possibly eating them too). Not sure if you're interested in that or not, but the games are quite short if you do subsequent playthroughs and just skip all the cutscenes so it doesn't require insane effort or anything. I think the hardest one was to fill the movie gallery in it.

The Stamina kills do make the boss fights a bit more interesting, especially the stealth guy (The Fear, I believe). Also the many ways to kill The End are hilarious (its not a Stamina kill, but sniping him during the bit where they load the scientist guy on a plane is totally worth it if you can pull it off).


The 3rd Birthday -  In the safe rooms where you can buy guns, I always look for a way to buy pants.  I need some new pants ASAP!  Also I am not a fan of the noises she makes while fighting.  The gameplay is run and gun which wasn't what I was looking for.  I also feel bad about jumping into people's bodies and leading them to their doom.  It seems so cruel.  This game will probably go in the attempted but unfinished pile.   

I told you man. I told you bro. I told you about those disappointments.
3633  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 28, 2014, 01:58:16 PM
Don't worry guys, there IS an SMT game coming to A console (albeit not a mainline title and there hasn't been more than a peep since it was announced over a year ago, but still, it has SMT in the title and it might not have had the plug silently pulled within the last 13 months).
3634  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rise of Mana (w 3 audio samples) on: February 27, 2014, 09:04:27 PM
At least with the World of Mana fiasco and Circle of Mana being a iOS CCG, I've pretty much lost all faith in the franchise.

On the plus side, the music is nice.


I just hope that one of these days, Squeenix is going to wake up, smell the coffee, and rip the fuck out of Xenoblade and give it a coat of Mana paint.

Oh well, either way this is much better than what SaGa's getting this year.
3635  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 27, 2014, 08:53:10 PM
Admittedly, I liked the house bit. If only to see Bond take a defensive position for once.
3636  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2014, 07:47:32 PM
Yeah, that's what I've been doing to.

Also trying to decide to go with Tactics Ogre, The 3rd Birthday, Persona 1, or Growlanser IV on my PSP next (I kinda want to save TO for pallet cleaning purposes but it IS a really good game; and I do have the PSX version to play through as well).

I was really loving Growlanser IV when it came out. I put it down because I was trying to juggle too many games and totally need to give that some proper attention (someday).

Soooooo is anyone here familiar with FF4 The After Years? In particular, chapter progression... finish Ceodore and now I have the option of quite a few characters. Is there a "correct" or "best" order? Does it matter....?

Also just an aside... FF IV TaY officially wins "the best FF character portrait pics ever" award by my standards, as well as 2-d spritework in an FF game. Lovely, just lovely. I will most likely express this multiple times in this journal as I update my progress until someone points it out as annoying.

I think they're all independent until the finale.


And speaking of FF Chapters, almost done with Chapter 4 in not-FF, BD:FF. Just one more Genome ability before I get Airy to the Greek Pillar of Light.

Also, I am loving Desperation Sword Beams and the Collect/Salesman combo.
3637  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2014, 05:19:22 PM
Yeah, that's what I've been doing to.

Also trying to decide to go with Tactics Ogre, The 3rd Birthday, Persona 1, or Growlanser IV on my PSP next (I kinda want to save TO for pallet cleaning purposes but it IS a really good game; and I do have the PSX version to play through as well).
3638  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: February 27, 2014, 04:45:42 PM

Saw this earlier today. Still looks amazing.
3639  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 27, 2014, 03:20:48 PM
Well that's disappointing, for me anyway.  They really couldn't bother porting it to the Vita or 3DS?

Its the GBA port of a dungeon crawling JRPG. Who cares? As long as its localized, it'll probably make the rounds to other devices.
3640  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 27, 2014, 03:18:55 PM
Dude. When did it get all King of the Nerds in here (and I mean the current season's KotNs)?
3641  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 27, 2014, 02:49:48 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/02/27/shin-megami-tensei-1-coming-north-america-first-time/

SMT1. Coming to an iOS near you.


Atlus Edit: http://www.siliconera.com/2014/02/27/never-picked-growlanser-heritage-war-coming-ps2-classics/

And Growlanser V to PSN.
3642  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 27, 2014, 01:10:55 PM
Konami Code (Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A) apparently works to see the Brave Second teaser.

View at your own risk (depending on how spoiler-phobic you are..and if you're just THAT curious you can't wait till the end of the game)
Where do you even input this?

The start of the game just BEFORE you'd OK your file.

It's not *terribly* spoilerish.  But I do like an Easter Egg.

Tiiiizzzz!

Anyways, as Blace said at the Game Journal, the plot is really stale right now.  I feel like chasing crystals and killing bosses is a means to an end for something bigger is really killing my buzz.  I like that, from what I've heard, the plot dismantles nicely in the second leg (but chose an "interesting" way to do so)...  But the more I play the more the "slow start" editorial keeps ringing in my head.

It'd be better if the fact *every* Asterisk boss wasn't doomed to die (making a lot of their character development really short-lived) and that half of the main party is bland as hell (guess which two).

I feel like Bravely Default is the start of an excellent experiment that (at least) got the battle system really spot-on.

I'm pretty sure
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the Performer, the Templar, and the Vampire * holders survive your bouts with them.

But yeah, Chapter 3 takes way too long for what it is and Chapter 4 is info dump city. It doesn't help that the far end of this is when the mobs start to employ attacks, abilities, and attributes in such a way that you can't just Crescent Moon everything on auto battle.
3643  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 27, 2014, 01:01:47 PM
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*four pages of gender debates*

My god. What have I done.
3644  The Rest / General Discussions / Nintendo Wi-Fi shutting down. on: February 27, 2014, 09:04:33 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/02/26/nintendo-shutting-nintendo-wi-fi-service-wii-ds/

Hope you've collected every item from DQIX's online shop and every ship part for your boat in Phantom Hourglass, because this May will be the end of this functionality.

I bet this affects the Wii/DSi VCs too, so use up any outstanding points/cash still left on those devices.
3645  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 26, 2014, 07:16:05 PM
I liked The 3rd Birthday for what it was.  I haven't played the first two Parasite Eves, so maybe that's why I'm not offended.

With games getting older, it's common for people to only play the latest and then wonder why everyone says the one(s) before are better.
It's even worst when the latest isn't up to par with its predecessors.

That would be a cool topic for a feature.

To be fair, the gameplay itself isn't entirely the problem (it has issues, but the engine was reused for Type-0 which did a better job of it overall). It's the Other M levels of character assassinations and ridiculously stupid plot that turn an otherwise serviceable game into the series' shame. Seriously, if the game had only left Parasite Eve alone and just been its own thing, it would've been a rather niche game (that would've never left Japan, as was the fate of all their 'niche' games of the era).

Also, finished the Earth Tower in BD:FF.
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