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4156  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 05, 2013, 10:04:45 PM
Futurama: So long and thanks for all the crabs.

Episode 3 was pretty amusing for the ET parodies and a nice call back to Jurr (of plant Omicron Persei 8)  who we haven't seen since Leila snarfed his siblings. Best lines went to those who chatted with Hermes.

Episode 4 was mostly once again focused on Bender becoming a folk singer and abandoning Fry at the drop of a hat. The 3D printer gag was okay, but aside from the 'And don't come back!" sign and some of the sepia-tone depictions of Bender's song there wasn't a lot of good gif/avatar material.


Episode 5 was pretty good up until the end where it all kinda fell apart. But the bigger question is, what is it with this season and Bender's irresponsibly ditching the crew causing whatever issue occurs in the episode? It was the same set up in episode 3 where Bender ditches Fry and he gets captured by Jurr, in episode 4 where Bender ditches Fry and he gets mauled by a slowly defrosting supervillain, and now in this episode where Bender tries to ditch Fry and Leela only to accidentally turn out to be a hero instead.

Double Edit:

Episode 6 is the best one this season. Out of all the Scooby Doo parodies, this is the only one I've seen that subverted the cliche'd running through the door laden hallway, as well as a couple of nice touches on some of the other aspects of the show like repeating footage, reused scenes, visible animation cells, inconsistent frames, overscrolling on stills, and that was just the first parody. The rest of the episode was mostly social commentary on how shows for kids were thinly veiled commercials with half-hearted commentary or were blatantly edited in a clumsy effort to redirect shows to a younger audience than originally intended.
4157  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 05, 2013, 09:51:44 PM
Take Pirates of the Caribbean, swap out the pirates and sea monsters with cowboys and indians, and you more or less have The Lone Ranger, which I went to see yesterday.

Basically, its like a later (but still pre-90s) Pink Panther movie except that the movie's Inspector Cluesou is only bumbling and not a moron, which alongside Johny Depp being a ham and those "strange horse" jokes were probably the highlights of the movie. Seriously, it deserves props just for avoiding the trap that the Green Hornet dove right into and made the protagonist more than a wad of Zapp Brannigan levels of glory stealing, moronic, jerkiness (although it did help that the only competent people in the movie ended up dead by the finale). That said, the unreliable narrator was both a hindrance and a help for the movie as it helped justify some of the goofiness of the movie, but the disjointed nature and occasional interruption/derailment really didn't do a lot to justify having a narration that isn't revealed that the end and the time spent on the interruptions/derailments could've been used to patch some of the plot holes (like how they found where the dynamite was hidden, or the lack of a meaningful conclusion to the 'become what you battle' subliminal message).

The tl;dr is that its a serviceable movie but not really anything more than that.
4158  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 05, 2013, 01:49:39 AM
BTW, real reason why PSX-era games aren't retro: The indie scene isn't intentionally mimicking the art style of that era yet.


Too late.

(Although granted, this isn't so much of 'mimicking PSX era games' so much as 'blatantly ripping off assets from FFTA while claiming that they're just mimicking PSX era games' but its the thought that counts.)
4159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: July 05, 2013, 01:45:06 AM
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Japan Expo Demo

Pretty cool that they give you a bunch of options to customize Lightning.

Holy shit, a trophy notification that said You Did Not Earn a Trophy.  Chaos is all up in that game.

The more I see Lightning's main outfit, the more I dislike it.  I do like the colour options thing.

It is pretty amusing that Squeenix has seemingly more or less given up on creating new costumes for Lightning to wear and have instead opted to raid their closet for old wardrobes.
4160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone - The Namco X Capcom sequel on: July 05, 2013, 01:42:30 AM
Has anyone picked this up yet? I'm really curious to hear impressions.

I want to grab a 3DS when I get home later this month and this is high on my list of "maybes".

Been chatting it up on in the New Games Journal thread in General Discussio.

Basically it's like kofvscapcom said, the bulk of the game has been, start stage, get new group, fight baddies, rinse, and repeat. At least for now, when I attack a grunt I'm able to one round it although people who are falling behind in levels are losing that capacity and its only a matter of time before enemy HP totals start inflating into the rafters. Moreover, this isn't an SRW game and thus there are no Battle Masteries/Skill Points to earn through secondary objectives. The only real folds introduced thus far is the destructible kibble scattered throughout the stages, a Cross Gauge running things almost like the chain gauge did in Xenoblade (skill costs/reviving downed allies/unleashing finishing attacks/etc.; although there are usable consumables in addition to this so its not the primary win or lose mechanic of the game), equippable support units, and either a skill or passive trait, critical attacks, and finishers being the source of extra Exp during fights aside from a level deficit (kinda like those Exp crystals in the Valkyrie Profile games).

Beyond that, if the news of the fact that Vashyron shows up in chapter 5 or that chapter 6 nets you Erica Fontaine from Sakura Taisen 3 (who is a nun that fights with maracas and dons a catsuit during her unit's finisher) does not interest you, this is probably not the game for you (although I can understand being a little disappointed in Vashyron's since he's just not the same without being able to break out in a strange anime jig over grapes/boobs or gunfu (John Woo style) presents at all the good little boys and girls while prancing around in a reindeer costume). However, if you find it amusing that things like Dead Rising's Frank West being in his glory taking Perfect Erotica shots of various female antagonists (and probably protagonists by the game's end) occur in this game or you just simply want to play a game that has the Valkyrie Chronicles 3 characters in it (because fuck Sega for not bring VC3 over; and for mostly dicking the VC series over in general), then this game is for you.
4161  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy 4th of July!!! on: July 05, 2013, 12:52:48 AM
Just so y'all know, you missed muthafuckin CANADA DAY. >=(

So how much shit/people get blown up during Canada Day?

....I thought so.
4162  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 05, 2013, 12:48:43 AM
The most recent PSX game was released over a decade ago. People were calling the SuperNES retro long before it hit that point (although that's more due to the fact that the SuperNES still had games coming out for it until the 00's). Suck it up you old geezer.

Playing more Tactics Ogre Knight of Lodis.  Currently iI'm at a map called Ostorea Castle, which has two consecutive encounters that can't share units. Basically, you ought to have 16 characters around level 20 to challenge the first two stages (eight for each one). I have 13 characters TOTAL, and zero of them are at level 20. Only nine of them are above level 12, with most of those nine in the level 17-19 range. I have some character creation and level grinding to do. Gonna get on that.

If I remember correctly, after a point, I just said fuck it and went full in on the uniques instead of trying to keep generics around (aside from maybe a caster or two).

Hit a similar problem in LUCT where I just got tired of hitting up training after every fight when to close the ensuing level gap since there isn't enough experience during story fights to level even 5 people up once and yet you're expected to bring in 10 people at the recommended level (at least this does become less of a thing as time goes on but PSX issues then become the major problem yet again).

Anyways, chapter 8 of PXZ and I've gotten Ryu/Ken back along with probably one of the few if only characters in the game whom I have no fucking clue about going into this. Still more running around, getting more recruits, and getting into fights at literally every turn.
4163  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best **Badass** Moments in games on: July 04, 2013, 04:38:44 PM
Other badass moments.

The final mission within Fort Nova in SaGa Frontier 2 on Gustav's route.

Getting the Hyper Beam in Super Metroid.

Getting the Master Sword in a Link to the Past.

Watching Sabin suplex that motherfuckin' train in FFVI.

The final showdown against Baby Bowser in Yoshi's Island.

Link's finishing blow to Ganondorf in Wind Waker.

Winning that one battle between Pahn and Teo McDohl in Suikoden 1.
4164  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy 4th of July!!! on: July 04, 2013, 04:36:50 PM
Something about this holiday makes me feel funny... I can't explain it... but it has never felt like a legitimate holiday to me really. It has always somehow left me some generic or cheesy impression of some stupid american excuse to drink beer and watch fireworks, long before it becomes an iconic day to celebrate patriotism in any sense.

 All the same though, tis a fine opportunity to wish you all a lovely day :)

Its pretty much this, but it also is the last major event before the dead of summer starts and you start hitting the droughts and 100 degree temperatures (thanks global warming), and you shut yourselves indoors, crank on the AC, and pray to god that you don't have to spend more than an hour outside on any given day for the next three months (all while hoping rain comes along to help lessen your energy and water bills).
4165  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: July 04, 2013, 04:30:14 PM
was happy to see fang.


Link for reference.
4166  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: July 04, 2013, 09:35:03 AM
... Also how long till MS Office gets ported to the XBox.

Shit, I...

Microsoft isn't positioning the XBox as a game console or a PC but as a device that hooks up to your TV and gets to be a central fixture of your /home/. The tablet is portable, but it's not part of your home because it's not bound to it. The living room is, though. The TV is. The XBone is.

What they're doing actually makes SENSE. PCs aren't cool anymore but something that augments your TV is (even if it ultimately... is the same thing).

It's a (somewhat limited) PC that they're marketing as something better than a PC by marketing it as something DIFFERENT than a PC.

... This is the stupidest fucking thing and it could seriously work completely how they're intending.

At least until Hulu and other online content providers start charging you on top of what you'd normally pay because of their software that detects whether you're trying to view them from something other than a PC like they did with Google TV (which is why nobody has Google TV).

Then again, with the way cable companies have been cutting services and ratcheting up prices all over the place these days, it feels like we're in an arms race to see which shit lord will be king of shit mountain.
4167  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 04, 2013, 09:27:07 AM
^Fans are still waiting for Vesperia? Like, for real?

Tales of fans man. They're almost as crazy as FF fans.
4168  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 03, 2013, 09:09:09 PM

Too bad the image quality of the gif isn't high enough for me to get a make on the guy in the line dance's face because he looks kinda familiar (actually he's probably not the guy I'm thinking of since he isn't wearing glasses).

But where's the WiiU tablet? Also can't tell what's the on the popular anime sheet (though I wouldn't be surprised if its Naruto or Bleach).
4169  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 03, 2013, 09:01:49 PM
PXZ: Finished chapter 7. Game's getting a bit less ridiculous about the amount of breakable kibble everywhere (plus I'm starting to get enough people to deal with it all). Anyways, I've since recruited the Reiji/Xiaomu (the NxC originals), Soma/Alisa (God Eater clowns), Gemini/Erica (various Sakura Taisen female leads), Zephyr/Leanne (the other John Woo/Gun Fu Resonance of Fate characters), and Kite/Blackrose (from dotHack for the uninitiated) with Vashyron (the best character) and Lindow (another GE clown) for support.
4170  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 03, 2013, 03:53:14 PM
Oh my!

But, er, what timezone's 4th/6th?

That is, will those of us in North America be getting information tomorrow?


Now whether the news is about the latest overpriced DLC sold piecemeal or not is the question.
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