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4036  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 16, 2012, 02:17:48 PM
- Level-5 is terribly overrated aside from a very, very few select tiles.

I think people are rapidly catching on to this opinion.

Anyways, to contribute.

For the clothing deterioration mechanic alone, I'd get The 3rd Birthday used (for reference I'd even pick up Other M if it had something similar, as it is though; fuck it hard).
Same with Soul Cal IV, though I doubt I'll pick up Soul Cal V (they pretty much butchered the female roster with the few carryovers/replacements not really doing it for me).

Final Fantasy Tactics is worst than Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced.

I seriously think I'm the only person thinking this.

Actually, I think it's pretty reasonable. Final Fantasy Tactics has HUGE balance issues, it has some of the worst difficulty spikes I've ever seen in a game. Advance played a lot smoother. And as for the story, it was hard to take seriously if you played the first translation. Advance's story is simple and maybe even a bit silly, but in its own way it works.

Except you can basically point and laugh at that smoothness by cheesing clan rewards for an early copy of that knife that lets you steal weapons (since normally it's one of the last weapons you get thus making the ability all but worthless to begin with). Also have fun using classes like White Monk early on that get to sit there with Air Render and one of the game's dozen spin attacks and nothing else for half the game.
4037  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 16, 2012, 08:33:15 AM
As for the disliked actor thing....yeah I get that feeling with Will Ferell. He's not funny, he's an idiot. His humor has nothing to offer, he's like a class clown that never graduated.
Wow! I agree with you again. How odd. I don't find Will Ferrel funny at all. I just don't get it.

He was funny in Anchor Man and The Oblongs. Beyond that, meh.
4038  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games you've basically "Memorized" on: May 16, 2012, 08:25:45 AM
A number of the early Zeldas, to the point where I can either run minimalist or other caveat loaded run (swordless in Original's second quest).
MMX2 to the point where I can make a no upgrade run (can't for X1 without cheat codes due to that boot capsule). And other MM games to the point where I need no consolation as to which bosses should be fought in which order.
FFVI to the point where I can even get General Leo in my party without resorting to external means (with the fun side effect of getting Terra to make lesbian love to her own mom and even redefine the meaning of the phrase 'the circle of life').
The early Metroids (I'll admit to getting lost a time or two in Prime 1).

And most modern games due to being shallower than SuperNES games. XD

Actually I've memorized a number of games far greater than I care to list due to having a rock solid memory (and because many games are pretty fucking shallow to begin with and not hard to memorize).
4039  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 16, 2012, 08:08:26 AM
Besides that I couldn't help but wonder how hot she'll be to justify it.

I wonder how to keep plots fresh nowadays.  Seems like a lot of the good ideas have been used in destroying the world in creative ways.

She'll only look as hot as any other anime girl next door/childhood friend who obsessively holds you to idiotic childhood promises of marriage. That or she's the princess as I can't imagine either the busty one or the loli having any other features other than being the busty one and the loli respectfully.
4040  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone - The Namco X Capcom sequel on: May 16, 2012, 01:06:47 AM


For once I'm on top of things with this round of updates. Nothing particularly thrilling or unexpected about the roster update except for more SW dudettes, and the new mechanics sound like they were swiped from Endless Frontier (incidentally this sounds like battles either aren't going to let you field many units at all or they're going to take even longer than before and the general strategy will be reduced to cluster up and flatten everything).
4041  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 15, 2012, 06:06:30 PM
Shanghai, 1990 and 2010

And the most amazing part is that both shots were taken during the same time of day.

Also one could say that the above baseball gif was...*puts on shades*...a double header.
4042  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Key Developers Leaving Square Enix… on: May 15, 2012, 09:28:02 AM
"Concept is the most important part of a game," said Inafune. "If the concept is good, 80% of games are good. That's how important the concept is."

Concept is worthless. Execution is all.

An awful concept executed flawlessly is still going to be awful. So no, execution is not all.

If you botch either completely it's going to be awful, though I'd lean towards the well executed one at least being merely mediocre.

On the other hand an excellent concept can inspire others or at least be stolen by somebody with better means of execution, whereas a well executed piece of mediocrity is really nothing more than a forgettable piece of well polished turd.
4043  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Gungnir on: May 15, 2012, 08:48:13 AM
It's always confused me why people promote "Dept Heaven" as some kind of major marketing bullet point when it's an obscure trivia reference at best, and it takes several pages of forum discussion just to describe what it is or how the games are connected to one another.

Anyways, yes I'm hyped for Gungnir. It's a good game.

It's more due to the fact that all of the Dept. Heaven games thus far have implemented unconventional design choices that usually work for the game more often than not. Riviera for instance, would be an otherwise standard turn based RPG if not for the massive limits placed upon your inventory, the method of navigation and exploration being tied to battle performance, an unconventional method of leveling through weapon and item mastery (which ties into inventory limits), and dating sim elements. Meanwhile Yggra Union would be a standard SRPG if not for the fact that your whole team is limited to one action per turn and requires efficient placement along with an understanding of the use of the game's other unconventional systems. And KitN is of course a Bullet Hell SRPG and who the hell else has even attempted to mash such genres together?

If anything Gungnir is probably going to be the odd duck in this series for being the straightest execution of the SRPG genre.
4044  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 14, 2012, 03:11:55 PM
What are you peoples favoritest comic movies?

Off the top of my head and a short list in no order

1989 Batman
The Batman movie w/ adam west (SHARK REPELLENT SPRAY)
Scott Pilgrim (loved the shit out of this despite not having any experience w/ the books)
Iron Man
Road to Perdition


Also I find 1989 Batman to be overrated. Joker's great, but the rest of the movie's way too dated. Out of all of the 90's Batman movies Mask of the Phantasm was the best with Returns being a close second.
4045  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 14, 2012, 07:00:29 AM

So both Alien and Aliens Aliens are in the same room? Riiiiiight......
4046  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 14, 2012, 06:57:32 AM
Mesh, did you see this response to the item you spoiled?


He will not let nightmares invade or threaten his children's dreams.

My god, he's going to send in Seal Team Six to perform a reverse hit. :aaaaa:

Internet foolishness aside I, too, avenged myself of The Avengers (no, not the one with Sean Connery (or even the sixties TV show that was based on)). Kinda wondering whether Black Widow was as prone to faking emotion all the time in the comics as she was during the movie or if that's a Wheadon thing. Otherwise I'm just going to echo the main points, Iron Man stole every scene he was in, was actually satisfied with the way they handled The Hulk and how well they conveyed just how much of a force of nature like he is in the comics, Loki was suitably ham and villain-y enough to carry his weight, a little too much Black Widow, and nice touch on the getting the NYPD involved during the big fight and not just being extras in a crowd of extras (and also not having the National Guard come along and stealing the fucking show Michael Bay style).
4047  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Gungnir on: May 14, 2012, 06:24:08 AM
As far as I know, Riviera is the one at the end of the timeline. Riviera's final villain is the total villain of the series as a whole.
I believe it's the first actually, otherwise the only way their numbering schemes make any sense is if they are something like "we've had X numbers of ideas, and each installment is numbered for which idea it is". But, yeah, they're related but it matters about as much as which order you see Star Trek series or whatever, at best.

That's actually how most of these pre-numbering schemes work. This weirdly idiotic suicide run down this trench will be the cornerstone to a series that involves conspiracies leading up to this out the ass, a sudden and dramatic loss in overall technological achievement to match the level used in said battle, and a once whimpering pretty boy who falls to evil due to hormones and accomplishes nothing of import suddenly turns into an imposing and badass villainous leader and all around shitkicker who singlehandedly wiped out almost an entire order of techno-spacewizards and just as suddenly becomes the father to first the main character and then his former love interest.

At least in this series it's limited to
the main antagonist of the first game spending more time conceiving his ill-conceived plan of freeing and merging with a catgirl and maybe a tutorial hosted by the previous game's protagonist or an appearance by some rock obsessed clown and his silly color-coded harem.
4048  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 12, 2012, 05:09:40 AM
Funny they left out Mulan when she looks the most natural running around holding a weapon.

Technically she's not a princess. She was just from some wealthy family or something.
4049  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 11, 2012, 12:34:28 PM
It'd be a pretty fucking epic twist if someone wrote a Batman arc where you find out that his parents never died and the entire thing was just something his mind produced after being exposed to the toxic gas that gave him his superpowers.


He means infinite money.

Although that one episode where the Scarecrow gases Batman into a comma where he believes his parents are alive and he reenacts that bell tower shooter scene at the end was pretty damn awesome. Same with the one where Batman ended up in some thug's trap that ended in an unwinnable scenario and he basically had to bullshit his way out of that one, and the one where a bunch of villains were playing poker with each other while regaling their tales of who came closest to defeating Batman. Also the Clayface and Mr. Freeze episodes but those go without saying.
4050  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: May 11, 2012, 12:20:56 PM
And then he was banninated.

Good riddance to bad spam bots.
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