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3946  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 18, 2012, 06:50:08 PM
You went into Princess Tutu expecting Madoka Magica? WTF!?

I don't know where you got the impression that the two series were anything alike, but beyond the idea of subverting typical magical girl anime cliches they're nothing alike.

That's like going into Nanoha expecting a copy of either Madoka or Tutu instead of Super Magical Girls Wars, or going into DBZ expecting angsting teenaged ninja douchebags or an endless parade of "Now it is I who is behind you!" fighting of Naurto and Bleach respectfully instead of endlessly powering up and 'veet' fighting.
3947  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: NEW MEGAMAN on: December 18, 2012, 05:38:19 PM
Unfortunately the level design is pretty weak, enemy layout and versatility isn't really there, there are bugs and visual glitches all over the place, there's no save or password feature, and yet the game remembers when you've picked up an E-Tank and will not respawn one should you game over and go through the area again. The boss fights are pretty good though.

Its definitely a fan game that needed more time in the oven, but its one that got Capcom USA's backing which is disappointing but not infuriating thanks to being offered for free.
3948  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 18, 2012, 04:40:20 PM


This is the closest thing there is to a screenshot for now.

She's gone from collecting Einherjar to pursuing Lu Bu.
3949  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: December 18, 2012, 11:26:47 AM
List shenanigans aside....

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/18/square-enix-holds-final-fantasy-25th-anniversary-sale-on-psn/

Does anybody with PSN know if this applies to other countries of if this is Japan only?
3950  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: December 18, 2012, 01:46:13 AM
For Rufus, Cid, and Steiner to be so low and Tidus to be so high...and for Versus' Noctis to even be there at all, proves Japanese tastes as not to be taken terribly serious.  Biggest surprise is Vivi ranking so low, I thought Japanese peeps had a thing for mascot-like characters... he's almost half of one.

Vivi would be a mascot character if he was a one dimensional character (which he's not).

And another thing that I notice is where's Gilgamesh? Sure he's just a lackey/recurring boss/reference, but he's still got more going for him than losers like Hope Esteem and Noel Christ. Plus Vincent should be lower purely by virtue of Dirge of Cerberus existing (Mr. Fill My Dark Soul With LIIIIIGHT!!!!! and his prepubescent love interest beating Mr. Leading Man Balthier is bullshit).

Also, the Type-0 guys just remind me of how disappoint I am at Squeenix's refusal to localize anything non-high budget/good.
3951  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: December 17, 2012, 11:52:51 PM
Where to begin with that list. Kinda disappointed that every Cid got rolled into one entry given how completely different some of them turned out to be. Vaan and Zell shouldn't be tied with Sabin, Galuf, Golbez, and Vivi. Hope is way too high. Lol Noctis. Steiner is way too low. And I'd argue that Tidus and Squall should be tied with rock bottom but they're main characters and thus is hard to argue against that but still, Butz should've been higher than those chucklefucks.

At least the fanwanking over Sephiroth has been diminishing and there's thankfully no sign of Gaius Baltar Caius Ballad.
3952  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: December 17, 2012, 10:54:11 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/17/bravely-default-sequel-in-the-works-producer-asking-for-fan-feedback/

So a proper sequel is now in the works instead of yet another browser games.
3953  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 17, 2012, 03:50:13 AM
The Hobbit -
Hmm. Where do I start? At the beginning, I suppose.
The beginning of this movie in which I find the only real fault. It starts slow. But it makes sense considering all that they have to introduce in order to get the journey going. Once we get through that initial phase, and the caravan gets on the road, it's quite the adventure. Way  more so than I was anticipating. I suppose it helps that I read the book what feels like ages ago, and don't remember a single thing about it. This is all new to me! I don't have to nitpick about who or what is missing! I love it.
The movie looks incredible, as expected. Just like the LOTR films, if a tad bit sharper. 10 years of tech will do that.
The movie sounds great, too, although a bit TOO much like the LOTR films. I was hoping for a more unique, or restrained, soundtrack, to reflect the (supposed)smaller scope of the movie, but that's not what we got. It's still good, but not one I'll be buying, unlike all the LOTR soundtracks.
Martin Freeman is perfect as Bilbo, as I expected him to be. He's got this unique way about him that is well suited to this role.
The dwarves are mostly just there besides Thorin, who is played with suitable kingliness by Richard Armitage.
Ian McKellan IS Gandalf, and always will be. He's amazing.
We get all sorts of action and adventure, filled with legions of Orcs, Goblins, Trolls, Wargs(giant wolves), and a few I was totally not expecting. Gollum makes a great appearance in a fun test with Bilbo.
I daresay we got TOO much fighting and action. The battles were intense, but it was hard to keep track of who was fighting what. A breather or two would have been nice. Perhaps a few more quiet moments.
There was a distinct lack of any females in this movie, but I know that just how the book was written. It's too bad, because I think it would have been a nice counter to all those dwarves.
Overall, it was a fun movie, and I look forward to part 2, which has much potential.


Saw The Hobbit myself earlier today yesterday, and for all intents and purposes, I found the movie enjoyable as well for what it went with.

First things first though, and it really needs to be said for anyone going to see the movie, is that this is a multiparter.

And now for the spoilers:

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Obviously, there really isn't all that much that one can do to extend the Hobbit into something that would require into multiple parts due to the tight pacing of the book. But changing the focus a bit from Bilbo Baggins to Thorin Oakshield and his and his fellow company's quest to reclaim their homeland did just the trick. Beyond the fleshing out of Thorin though it more or less stayed true to the events of the book except to allow the occasional LotR callback(callforward?) and a necromancer subplot which I don't recall ever being a part of The Hobbit (and if this adaption really IS a trilogy then I can expect this necromancer subplot to kill a lot of time in the second movie).

Beyond that though there's a surprising amount of singing from a company of hairy/smelly dwarves. I will be greatly disappointed if nobody breaks out into a rendition of They Call Him Bilbo Baggins.
3954  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Tsukihime Remake on: December 15, 2012, 10:48:54 PM
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that article made no mention of platform

Siliconera generally has its platform up at the top, right above the article title, this time it has platform as being for pc.

Thanks. I was kind of assuming that it filed it under the PC tag due to the original novel's presence within the article, but this clears that up.
3955  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 15, 2012, 03:53:17 AM
Case in point Danger Mouse; I loved that show as a kid.  Bought the whole series on dvd, watched it with a fellow danger mouse fan.  We made it through a few episodes and realized it was a lot better in our memories.  I left the DVDs with him.

I had the same experience with that show.  Loved it as a kid, bought it on DVD, watched maybe 3 episodes and put it away probably forever.

My volume 2 is still shrink wrapped.

All I remember about Danger Mouse was that it seemed like a pale imitation of Underdog. But then again, I remember waking up at the crack o' fucking dawn to watch Rocky and Bullwinkle (and Beast Wars, but I stayed up for Rocky and Bullwinkle at least) so I might still have some tolerance for DM left over.
3956  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Tsukihime Remake on: December 15, 2012, 03:47:07 AM
I enjoyed Tsukihime a lot, so I'm pretty psyched about this. However, it's an 18+ eroge, so Eusis may want to lock this (possibly?).

These games DO have clean releases on consoles/handhelds though, and I honestly expected I'd see Vita there or something.

Think I'll leave it to John, just don't link where to buy it unless it's one of those "clean" console/handheld versions.

Oh, right. I forgot about there being naughty. Though really the 18+ business was more of a requirement for being released on the PC than anything else. Unfortunately that article made no mention of platform so hopefully its* a PS3 release. :shobon:

*: I'm thinking of you Der Jermeister.
3957  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Holy Sword Legend: Circle of Mana announced (social game for GREE) on: December 15, 2012, 03:02:26 AM
The baffling thing, at least for me, is that this series is perfect for a port or remake or something substantial using the older games. I remember there was a mini-flareup when Square Enix accidentally mixed screenshots from SD3 with the initial announcement of Heroes of Mana.

Or hell, just have them put up a translated version of SD3 on PSN or something. I'm sure they have some abandoned localization attempt sitting in a cardboard box somewhere, and hell, it worked well enough for Squaresoft with FFV.
3958  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Tsukihime Remake on: December 14, 2012, 11:28:58 PM
For the....I have no idea if anybody gives any fucks around here but news is news so whatever....who care about this, here's the link.

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/14/tsukihime-remake-artwork-shows-off-new-character-designs/
3959  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Holy Sword Legend: Circle of Mana announced (social game for GREE) on: December 14, 2012, 11:19:44 PM
It's - Contraction of "it is"
Its - Possessive of it
Its' - Not a word.

It's not that hard.

Damnit! >.<

Yes, I at least know about the two 'm's thing. XP
3960  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Holy Sword Legend: Circle of Mana announced (social game for GREE) on: December 14, 2012, 10:52:59 PM
Cell phone games are where franchises go to die...
We've had plenty of healthy franchises get mobile spin offs. The problem is when that's ALL you get.

Besides it's compilations that franchises go to die in. No good has come from Final Fantasy since the three compilations that have been visited upon it nor did that World of Mana thing work out at all.
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