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3871  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Less than absolute zero??? on: January 05, 2013, 10:20:38 PM
I came here to post that that article is a load of bunk but I got beaten to it.

Still, that article is a load of bunk just by virtue of the fact that it's relatively impossible to measure absolute zero due to the fact that anything you put into a 'zone of absolute zero' to measure said 'zone of absolute zero' is putting energy back into the 'zone of absolute zero' which raises the temperature and now you no longer have a 'zone of absolute zero'.

Not to mention fun things like that anything next to a 'zone of absolute zero' is putting energy back in said zone. It's like trying to dig your way to the bottom of the sand in a desert. Unless you take out enough sand from the desert so that the remaining sand can no longer cover the desert as well as stop all wind, rain, and other forms of movement that might cause neighboring grains of sand from slipping back into the hole you're never going to accomplish it. Especially if you depend on said sand to function.

Amusingly though, everything slows down in lower temperatures. Even light if you get it low enough.
3872  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 05, 2013, 09:54:11 PM
TP's Link is such a non-factor after the plot shift that I would probably forget he even has a beast mode if it weren't the game's fast travel method. I know that a lot of speed bumps I encountered in that game stem from the fact that I tend to forget that the wolf form has any other use aside from warping and howling.

That said, to me, the best thing about TP was the later dungeons and the bosses of those dungeons which still remain the best in the series and both the music and the direction of the early game were really good.


Also I bought a shitload of 360 games today on the cheap (but no PSPs because some asshat had to go around and buy them all up to then proceed to scalp online). Fuck this :retrogaming: bubble. I walked away from a $80 copy of Megaman Legends 2 (no box or manual), a $80 copy of Valkyrie Profile, a $110 dollar copy of Brigandine, a $60 copy of Lunar: Silver Story Complete (PSX edition, box and all), a $40 dollar copy of Ys Chronicles I & II, and a $40 dollar copy of KotOR. But with that said, I now own Tekken 6, Dead or Alive 5, Soul Caliber 4, The 3rd Birthday, and Persona 4: The Golden for little over $100 (and only teh turd burbdate was used). Now I just need to borrow my sibling's 360 (and my other sibling's PSP).


Also a call out to mjrpgfan: Is Brigandine worth a burning Benjamin?
3873  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG's for the iPad! on: January 05, 2013, 09:15:04 PM
If/when I procure an iPad, this is one RPG I'd want to try, mainly because I was an 80s kid.  I just hope it delivers a decent enough RPG experience, since a gimmick can only go so far.  http://www.mightyrabbitstudios.com/?page_id=48

I don't know what's sadder, the fact that its taken somebody this long to make a Mighty Rabbit game, the fact that somebody's actually making a Mighty Rabbit game instead of continuing to let the dead rest and the past remain the past, or that I immediately recalled that piece of crap movie when I saw the link.

The logical conclusion to this will eventually be a Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest RPG (but not before The Brave Little Toaster/Rock-a-doodle-doo/The Page Master/either of the An American Tail movies/All Dogs Go to Heaven/The original Land Before Time movie (fuck the billion or so and counting sequels)/A Troll in Central Park/The 80's Felix the Cat movie/Secret of Nymh/Thumbelina/Swan Princess gets one).
3874  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 05, 2013, 08:58:00 PM
It's definitely more "inspired by" than based on, but there are a lot of Shakespeare references.

You know what I meant. >:(

Honestly I'd be really surprised if there was a manga or anime adaptation made within the last 5 years that's more based upon rather than "inspired by" like how pretty much every instance of the story Romance of the Three Kingdoms is at best "inspired by" verses actually based upon.


I should probably give it a try.  I read a few chapters of the manga years ago.  It's by the author who did "Spiral: the bonds of reasoning" and "record of fallen vampire" so I'm a bit wary of it.  Used to be a huge spiral fan but then it got crappy and had an absolutely horrible ending (I have never felt so betrayed). 

It has been my experience that such is the case with the majority of manga and anime. I can't count the times when the power levels trailed off into infinity, or how a wizard or other miscellaneous villain suddenly appears having somehow 'did it', or it was all the work of those damn foreigners, or cases of "We decided not to do another season/volume so have a crappy ending where everything is solved forever.", or cases of 'we can't have the 'female' character actually fight the male big bad so instead we're going to take the most prominent male/pull a male hero out of thin air and have him save the day and rescue the female 'main character' as she falls head over heels in love with him.", or cases of "Suddenly! Over the skies of modern day Tokyo! The characters from the hit series/show/game appear to wage their final battle!", and so on....

And if anyone wondered why I don't actively watch anime or read manga, well there you go.
3875  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: wii games that don't require motion controller on: January 05, 2013, 08:19:29 PM
I know that Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn doesn't have any motion controller BS.

I suppose the Kirby collection doesn't either given that they're all games made over 13 years ago.

The new Goldeneye didn't as well but I felt it was a very 'Activision'ey game and only okay.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl also lets you get by with any control scheme including Gamecube controllers.

Also any Gamecube game provided you have an earlier model of the Wii (which you probably don't given the purpose of this thread).
3876  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 05, 2013, 08:08:26 PM
With this coming out in under a month, how exactly is it?  Anyone import?  I didn't see much actual talk about the merits/demerits of the game in the few previous pages I read.  I definitely want to pre-order this as I haven't played a Fire Emblem in awhile and they are usually the type of SRPGs that I enjoy.  Anyone read anything interesting about the game, besides the optional perma-death?

They basically threw everything short of the kitchen sink into this game. They've got a world map and alternate promotion choices ala Sacred Stones, they've got a generational/eugenics/incest aspect ala FE4, they've got an improved version of the customizable skill sets ala Radiant Dawn, they've got a similar support function ala the GBA era FE games, they've got forging and online shops ala the DS remakes, they've got a 'everybody's room' for miscellaneous character building and random items, they've got a customizable avatar unit ala FEDS2. The only things they're missing are FE2 & 8's trainees and FE5's capturing mechanics and that's just the old stuff. The new stuff includes having multiple class options per character, as well as the option to class down to visit a different prepromoted class for its skills, and the option to have units 'double' up which allows two different characters to function as one as well as providing additional stat boosts for the character in the lead, plus units adjacent to, or 'double'd up onto, other units can participate in battle by either pitching in an additional attack or blocking an incoming attack, and when you're done with the main game you can take on side quests for extra characters, download DLC missions (both free and not so free) which tend to offer extra classes, skills, characters, and challenges, and connect to other players playing the game to either challenge or recruit their team.

As for the other things like story, plot, music, character designs, ect..., from what I've learned the story's okay, the music's great, the character designs are ehh (especially the DLC ones), and the challenge varies from cakewalk (normal with DLC during the main story) to "unless I can somehow bum rush the win condition in 2-3 turns I am completely fucked." (lunatic+ during main story without grinding).

And though I haven't imported or played it yet, I did spend a rather unfortunate amount of my unemployment purgatory sperging out over it (I wanted to figure out who would be the best parents for the best kids and well now I know that, and the worst parents, and what to do if I make my avatar female instead of male, as well as which class is statistically the best, what path I want to take to optimize my skills (both in the main plot as well as afterwards), which class is statistically the worst, what classes to take to optimize my stat gains per level, who I want to download for my DLC party (you can download anybody, including other players' avatars, and even have multiple copies of either but you can only have 20 available on your deployment roster at any given time with everybody else needing to be released back into the cyber aether of your downloaded roster), and so on....).
3877  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 04, 2013, 09:49:27 PM
Twilight Princess was my favorite 3D Zelda, although I never played Majora's Mask. I'm well aware of TP's flaws -- it's a lot more linear compared to some of the older Zeldas, the combat is really easy, it can get a bit handholdy at times, a lot of items have limited uses, and there are bugs... But something about it just grabbed me? I loved OoT, but... I don't know.

Don't forget about the plot that suddenly changes gears going from a new take on an old setting to "And heeeerrree's Ganon!".
3878  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 04, 2013, 09:37:46 PM
Didn't it have some crazy engrishy subtitle or nickname like the Deathly Cyclone or the Cyclone of Death (or Destruction)?

Also its based off of goddamn Shakespeare. Of course it was going to end up as a miserable little pile of secrets.
3879  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 04, 2013, 09:34:17 PM
To be fair to FFVI, FFIV's melodrama loses a lot of its kick when you know that everybody's just going to get better anyway (aside from Tellah who was an old man who got progressively worse as you leveled him and had a terrible gimmick ability).

Oh man, I can't recall... did he actually lose stats?

ANd yeah, the melodrama is pretty thick in those games.  I think the lack of dialogue may actually be a plus on its end.

Might as well put this now.

Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology -- Source: Final Fantasy Wiki

Shame it took three games to get that bit out.... though it'll probably be coming back when/if Versus comes out.

And a shame we only get "the Ghost of Etro" in 13-2....good grief.

Yeah, he and Cecil both end up losing stats as the game progresses (although Cecil only loses them through his later Dark Swords and it stops being an issues when he job changes).

And I don't mind some thorough world building every now and again so long as its used for more than "Oh, and by the way, everything broke again." or "Here, have another random (robo)god who wants to commit assisted suicide for some vaguely explained reason.".

Also: http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/04/rebels-want-lightning-dead-in-lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii/

For those of you who didn't get enough Chocolina out of XIII-2, you now have something to look forward to. There's also a "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" joke in there somewhere.
3880  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 4 DS quick question regarding items in the game on: January 04, 2013, 08:27:31 PM
Word I actually beat the game a while ago but stopped playing at the extra chapter. I really think the game ended great at chapter 5 and that extra one was not neccessary but it doesn't seem to be that long so what the heck mind as well give it a try. I don't remember being able to buy those items in shops though and another question yggdrasil dew that item comes in handy also but is their any way to get more of those or nah thanks

You can get more at Zenitha Castle but they will only give you one if you don't already have one.

And yeah, I wasn't too big on the bonus chapter either given that it kinda hand waves a lot of Saro's actions. Really, the only thing I thought was interesting enough to get the game again was the party chat feature and welp.
3881  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: January 04, 2013, 05:24:09 PM
Fav female is gonna be an interesting one.  Usually demonstrates what Japan likes in women compared to NA a bit (in saying that, I think Yuna might rank quite high).

You think Yuna wouldn't rank high in NA?


The X-2 version might.
3882  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What hooks you to a story? on: January 04, 2013, 01:53:23 PM
I can't imagine there being any story hook to Eternal Sonata that'll last past the moment somebody starts to die (and given that that's the entire point of the game, well I rest my case).

Meanwhile the things that tend to hook me is if I see set ups that are either well done or unusual. Not everything needs to start out with a murder mystery starring a goon living in a shipping crate in desperate need of psychological care to get my interest, but it doesn't hurt so long as the story doesn't try explaining everything by saying "A technowizard did it!" (granted that's not to say I would get hooked to a story where you're some chump found standing unconscious over a murdered body who can't retain a line of consciousness over five minutes because no matter how hard the game pretends like this guy did it we all know he didn't because some technowizard did it and the whole goddamn mess goes completely insane trying to untie the Gordian's Knot of its own plot and fails spectacularly at it; sorry where was I? oh right, the body).
3883  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: January 04, 2013, 01:18:15 PM
So whatever happened to Japan's ranking of favorite female FF characters? I've been looking forward to mocking that list for half a month now.
3884  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 03, 2013, 10:46:47 PM
So who else is ready to see Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters?

Is it better than Witch Hunter Robin?


That lego lotr game is getting good reviews

You read game reviews?
3885  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 03, 2013, 10:44:43 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/03/lightning-is-on-a-mission-for-god-in-lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii/

She's got 13 days left to save the world, a full ass cape, a third of a party, it's night out, and she's got her shades on. Let's roll!
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