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3721  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 29, 2012, 03:55:37 AM
One complaint I heard about Partner's in Time was with the writing. Without having played it, I do wonder if there might've been translation issues.

With regards to Legend of Mana -- in my own life, it's an interesting thing to notice, the way my perception of reality and time gets more fluid as I lose track of the personal effects and artifacts I'd hung my memories around (and vice versa).

Unfortunately, it's not translation issues. PIT was built around the idea of having two sets of Mario Bros. which, while goofy, didn't really lend itself to a strong characterization or gameplay diversity. Moreover PIT's plot was mostly a rehash of the first M&L game's but with more focus on alien invasion tropes rather than on particular characters like Fawful or Bowser.
3722  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 27, 2012, 11:34:49 PM
So I happened to catch the New The Munsters last night and it was pretty ehh. Not that having the sitcom version of the Addams Family is all that hard to do but it'd help if all the actors weren't so milquetoast. And with the overly gratuitous use of the special effects it felt more like some kind of re-imagining like Battlestar Glactica was, and so for the remainder of what I watched I kept expecting the family to shamble off to solve a crime or something.

I'll be surprised if this makes it through an entire season before getting the can or getting passed off to a better network.

That one episode cost $10 million.  And they decided not to do a series.  What a waste.

Wait. Really? Goddamn they REALLY went overboard on the special defects.

Also looks like I finally have something that can join The Incredible Crash Dummies on my 'one episode pilots failing to make it to series status that I've actually managed to catch in broadcast' list.
3723  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 27, 2012, 02:29:57 PM
Took a break from modding Phantasy Star 2 to actually play games. Bowser's Inside Story is very charming.

So are you designing dungeons for it that don't completely suck or are you just lowering the encounter rate to more sane levels?
3724  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 27, 2012, 02:08:54 PM
So I happened to catch the New The Munsters last night and it was pretty ehh. Not that having the sitcom version of the Addams Family is all that hard to do but it'd help if all the actors weren't so milquetoast. And with the overly gratuitous use of the special effects it felt more like some kind of re-imagining like Battlestar Glactica was, and so for the remainder of what I watched I kept expecting the family to shamble off to solve a crime or something.

I'll be surprised if this makes it through an entire season before getting the can or getting passed off to a better network.
3725  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 26, 2012, 11:25:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7IckNFt1XA

Time to make my 'magic' escape.
3726  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 26, 2012, 12:59:48 AM
Legend of Mana had materials named after SD3 towns and statues of the SD3 guys in Geo. Those are pretty minor references.

Actually pretty much all of Geo that wasn't related to the Jumi arc or the school was an SD3 reference. But with that said; yeah, I was misremembering on that one. Its far more the case in Sword when both Begiu and Deathjester show up as random NPCs shoehorned into the plot for no meaningful reason beyond trying to force a direct link between SD1 and SD3.
3727  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 25, 2012, 01:52:33 PM
Legend of Mana has the advantage of being an action RPG. Its biggest flaw was that it was too easy, and that's the kind of flaw that's mostly mitigated by bashing the shit out of stuff with a spear being inherently fun.

A turn-based RPG that's way too easy? There's nothing inherently fun about picking options from a menu.

(Same principle also applies to Dogs in Robots 2).

I don't think being too easy was the problem (although it was an element of it, especially with the bosses), but that half the game was obfuscated by SaGa levels of undocumented bullshit and the other half was either boring or worthless.

Sure the game had some great plot arcs but how many people reached the end just by going through the Dragon arc (which is the only major arc that's self contained)? Meanwhile, you could easily make some really gamebreaking weapons just by spending five minutes in the forge (provided that you have the necessary materials on hand and a good recipe online otherwise you'll be spending hours grinding materials and cash and trying to explore at least) but no amount of time spent in the instrument workshop could make magic not completely worthless (since you can't do more than insert coin into wood to make a flute). And even your party members fall under the same circumstances what with NPCs being the most straight forward and the most useless and Pets requiring meats and produce but with a few exceptions are also mostly useless compared to Golems which require your leftover forged/tempered equipment.

Also not helping matters is just how much the Mana series has borrowed and based itself on SD3. I mean, there's a ton of references in LoM but most of them are going to go right over the heads of those who haven't emulated SD3 yet (of course every other game since then has basically treated SD3/LoM as the only Mana games; including Sword of Mana). It's like playing OG Zelda and Zelda II then skipping all the way to WW and wondering what's with all this Hero of Time business because OoT never left Japan.
3728  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 24, 2012, 03:39:57 PM
Excellent! I don't know what's up with these guys telling you to skip the tennant seasons. I got more out of those than this past season. Moffat has made everything so convoluted. I still enjoy it, just not as much as the previous series/seasons.
It took me awhile to get used to the Doctor change as well. It always does. Overall, Tennant is still my favorite.

RTD is good at dialogue but extremely shit at resolving plots. I can't stand his writing style.
I prefer Moffat's by far.
Well, that;s the debate isn't it? There are those who love Moffat, and those who cant stand his style. Same with Davies. They both have made some damn fine episodes, so I'm kind of in the middle. It's just these past 5(6?) episodes did nothing for me. The show wanted me to feel emotions that I wasn't anywhere close to feeling.
The end of the Rose era had me streaming. IMHO, the show has gotten so complicated and convoluted under Moffat. Too many tendrils to keep track of. It's hard to care about what's going on. Do I still enjoy it? Yes. Just not in the same way I enjoyed the earlier seasons.
But I've seen plenty of people who think the Matt Smith era is the best. I see nothing wrong with that. The beauty of opinions.

It's just like the old Doctor Who debates all over again. :v
3729  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: October 24, 2012, 11:08:55 AM
Bravely Default Praying Blade announced:

http://bdashnews.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/s-e-announces-bravely-default-praying-blade/

Sounds like some sort of MMO spin-off rather than a sequel.

http://gematsu.com/2012/10/bravely-default-praying-brage-detailed-in-famitsu

More info including it being called Praying Brage and a few details like battle party size and number of available jobs.
3730  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 23, 2012, 07:20:59 PM
After being a stubborn idiot I'm going to give Dr. Who season 2 a shot. I love the classics (even have an awesome homemade scarf!)

I loved the Eccleston season, but could never get into Tennant. Then again, I never gave him a real go. UNTIL NOW

Excellent! I don't know what's up with these guys telling you to skip the tennant seasons. I got more out of those than this past season. Moffat has made everything so convoluted. I still enjoy it, just not as much as the previous series/seasons.
It took me awhile to get used to the Doctor change as well. It always does. Overall, Tennant is still my favorite.


Don't get me wrong, I also like Tennant, I just didn't like Rose. Once Martha shows up he should be fine for the rest of the 10th's run but that's not till the third season/series.
3731  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 23, 2012, 12:35:05 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/10/22/etrian-odyssey-iv-towers-over-persona-2-plus-atlus-usa-sales-data/

So Persona 2 EP didn't do nearly as well as P4:TG, P4:A or even Soul Hackers but at least Atlus USA has been doing fairly well.
3732  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 22, 2012, 11:22:06 AM
I'd say watch Girl by the Fireplace and maybe the first and last episodes of the season. The writing wasn't very strong by that point but you do need at least a little bit to figure out what's going on in the third season.
3733  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077 on: October 22, 2012, 11:13:25 AM
I don't really think they have much leeway there-- the pen and paper game is CALLED Cyberpunk 2020, after all.

Yeah, at best they slap a subtitle on or something. Well, it's not like Dungeons & Dragons RPGs are typically called Dungeons & Dragons, but then you have countless fantasy RPGs and quite a few games based on that license, versus this only having the one game just now. I suppose if more somehow sprang up like D&D they'd eventually demote that to a branding and focus on actual names.

To be fair though, we are rapidly closing in on 2020 and we're not even close enough to be considered to be dystopian cyberpunk ready yet. Much like how we wont have Cold Fusion ready to enable our time traveling DeLorieans to both fly and time travel without the need for plutonium/12.1 jiggawatts of lightning by 2015 at the rate we're going.
3734  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 22, 2012, 01:14:13 AM
FFXII had some amazing dungeons.  Probably my favorite of any FF game.  They just weren't until the second half of the game...

They early stuff was pretty dull.

They also had nothing in them but the occasional random boss fight or hunt, and some of those later dungeons were a royal pain to get into and out of for non-plot based reasons (motherfucking Crystal Valley).

As for differences, even without playing RG I already know that as a Level 5 game FFXII's Ashe and Fran were both treated far better than pretty much every female in that game combined, because HOLY SHIT, Level 5 is bad at recognizing that humanity is a bi-gendered species.
3735  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 22, 2012, 12:57:53 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEROVWDp3n0

The greatest RC car chase.
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