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4096  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 05, 2013, 10:06:05 AM
After two episodes I think I remember why I gave zero fucks about IGPX back when it first came out on CN over a decade ago. There's very little Giant Robot NASCAR that happens in this show that's all about Giant Robot NASCAR and instead I got two episodes of this Takashii being a fuckwit teenager, and I'm sorry Optimus Prime, but you're just not enough to carry this entire show about characters with as much depth and nuance past their cliched archetypes as a single sheet of paper bisected in half horizontally and the occasional Giant Robot NASCAR.
4097  Media / General Games / Shadows of the Eternal (successor to Eternal Darkness) on: May 03, 2013, 03:45:32 PM

Don't know if they'll get the sanity meter intact, but they got Dyack back.
4098  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus announces Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl (Etrian Odyssey 1 remake) on: May 03, 2013, 02:34:11 AM

Nothing ground breaking here but the adjustable difficulty might be nice for newcomers.
4099  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: May 02, 2013, 04:11:44 PM
Damn, I wish there was a secret mod (name Link as ZELDA or something) to give the pink hair crop.

Whether I think it's good that the Dark World is coming back or not I have no idea -- but I realized it doesn't matter because this game was a Day 1 purchase the moment it was announced.

The Dark World was so fucking weird.  The Twilight Realm was the closest we've seen since, but it makes a point to be different and "out there".  I don't know about you, but I loved going from the Dark to Light worlds, you appreciate the green grass and blue water a thousand times more.  The Twilight Realm on Hyrule meant scared and unaware citizens, meanwhile the Dark World meant....warped people and places.


The Twilight Realm's problem was how under utilized it was since it only really exists for the first part of the game before the game takes its huge tonal shift to more OoT and only really comes back for level 8. Although, it didn't help how visually subdued Hyrule was to begin with and either an entire game under Twilight or a majority of the game without a brighter Light World to contrast it with would've been far too monotonous for the game's own good.
4100  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 02, 2013, 07:54:29 AM
Now who wants to bet that the full soundtrack will not be released in America?

I will. And I will bet all of my money against all of your money.
4101  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: May 02, 2013, 07:51:16 AM
I can't tell if I should be happy or bored that this game is following the LTTP DNA so closely.

On the one hand, LttP 1 was an excellent game and still is one of my favorites, so more of the same can't be too bad.

On the other hand, if any of the recent Zelda's have taught me anything, it's to take Aonuma's words with a grain of salt.

But either way, it would've been goofy to leave the Dark World out of this given that it constituted the lion's share of the original game. I can only assume the Pink Bunny will return as well (although given that Link's hair is no longer pink, the bunny's pallet might also be changed).
4102  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 01, 2013, 03:35:23 AM
Nope, Dragon Quest IX. There's a random dungeon generator of sorts in the end-game, and I guess Square Enix expects people to play nothing but random dungeons in Dragon Quest IX for the rest of their lives.

At least they don't make you pay to play DQIX like they did with ATB.

And if nothing else, due to shenanigans involving outdated wireless protocol technology, I got to spend a year taking weekly walks around the neighborhood (at 2 AM).
4103  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: May 01, 2013, 03:29:44 AM
^NES Mega Man box art is awful.

The SMT thread is the one that's currently getting derailed by box art talk.
4104  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 30, 2013, 12:31:02 AM
@Aeolus: I didn't appreciate seeing Gackt in Crisis Core.

I just reached the part where they
retconned him into one of the most important sequences from the original game.

I was looking forward to seeing the Nibelheim story in full, but they ruined it with that terribly lame character Genesis.

And it didn't help that they left out much of the original music, Sephiroth's theme was conspicuously absent - most of the new music is mediocre at best and very ill-fitting. 

And its still better than Cait Sith Solid, the best Dragon Ball GT movie ever made, and whatever the hell was up with Before Crisis.
4105  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: why are publishers allergic to releasing games in mid summer? on: April 29, 2013, 02:17:29 PM
Meanwhile, I for one, welcome my glorious backlog overlords.

Also, I need someway to replenish my coffers after the winter/spring and there isn't a better time to mow a few yards down than during the summer (plus garage/yard sales don't hunt themselves).
4106  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 29, 2013, 07:48:23 AM
Paid DLC for a handheld game?

Fuck it, I'm out.

I do not pay full price for incomplete games - especially for a handheld game that's $10 more expensive to begin with.

Then again, it could be like FE:Awakening's DLC and actually be good (where you had a complete main game, a ton of free DLC, and the paid stuff being either retro tie in/references stuff which included extra maps, characters, skills, classes, and music, an extra story arc detailing what wasn't covered by the main game, maps built to further flesh out your PCs while adding alternate costumes, challenge maps with more extra characters if you complete the challenges, and some maps to expedite grinding on).
4107  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 28, 2013, 06:09:57 AM
^ It's true, the longer you look, the better. x)

Th *real* karate kid

And now I'm suddenly reminded of that one story a few years back of a five year old black belt.
4108  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 28, 2013, 12:17:52 AM
So I'm now $25 bux poorer and one preorder richer.

After carefully weighing my options, I've decided to pick this up in spite of not being a Tales of Fan since the most modern Tales of game I have hands on experience with is Symphonia which came out nearly a decade ago (though the most recent Tales of release I've played was that shitty GBA port of Phantasia).

Either way its a great excuse to dive back in and see how the gameplay has evolved in the last decade, and the game having an actual female lead for once is just icing on the CE's figurine (admittedly, the real reason why I am getting this; and yet, somehow, I have a feeling that this will end in disappointment and tedium, but then again, what JRPG doesn't?).
4109  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 28, 2013, 12:09:08 AM
Yeah, Crisis Core was awful, from the take-two-steps random battles, to the random leveling. I beat the main story just so I can say I did (and I really like the FF7 universe) and left it at that.

And yet it was the best thing to come from that FF7 compilation by far.
4110  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 27, 2013, 09:09:22 PM
I can't even tell what the show is about (I'm guessing swimming). To me it just looks like typical pandering, just in reverse. Guys with perfect faces and chiseled bodies finding excuses to take their shirts off every episode. Fujoshi will love it.

I've never understood the appeal of sports anime myself. I watched a couple episode of Slam Dunk when I was a lot younger but I was never crazy about it.

Sports anime/manga is the exact same thing as Martial Arts anime/manga but without the field restriction. The only thing that matters is whether you're reading/watching something akin to Teppu (for lack of a better example) versus Inazuma 11 on the sliding scale of sudo realism versus bullshit magical whatever.

The only sports anime I ever really got into was Battle Athletes, but space sports in the future is more just funny and for fun (though I do hear with the right crowd Slam Dunk and Prince of Tennis were great).
Given the last 10 KyoAni anime were simply school shows (and while this isn't exactly an exception), I do like the added adjunct surrounding swimming (I used to take lessons myself before college) and I hope they can work in a competitive edge.

And I don't follow.  Swimmers are supposed to NOT be taking of their shirt and have athletic bodies??  Should they have whale blubber pouring over the sides of their trunks??  And I guess an anime should make their characters ugly too now?? 
I really don't see your complaints as legitimate ones.  Of course, I don't really find ripped anime men that attractive either, but I don't see what they're supposed to do otherwise.

Give mouth to mouth resuscitations to each other every episode? :V

And when is KyoAni going to do more Haruhi?  There is still a ton of material from the novels just waiting for it...

When they escape from the Endless Eight known as Japanese Highschool Based anime (i.e. never).
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