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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: June 18, 2016, 04:09:04 AM
I'm seeing people expressing concern that Link isn't a lady/that Zelda isn't the main character but like
maybe Link really is a lady and they just didn't reveal it yet, because that'd ruin the surprise
maybe it's part of a secret ending where if you get a high enough completion within a certain period of time
like
Link just rips his skin off and was Zelda the entire time and has inexplicably green hair.

Kinda really hard to handwave Link as gender neutral this time around.

That said, I feel like its either due to the need of creating a second set of 3D models/animations for a Linkle/playable Zelda (especially with all the weird stuff like like picking up multiple weapon types/creating gender specific clothing (or not)) and/or NoA still being stuck on Puritan Mode (especially with regards to how badly they've been handling the matter of playable females in response to NoJ's recent doubling down on the Otaku bait) and just not wanting to deal with that rigmarole again. Alternatively, Linkle/playable Zelda was the price being paid for the Wii U/NX split much like the back half of TP turning into OoT2 was for the GCN/Wii.

And with that said, the fact that they aren't doing this means that they're either hella focused on making the actual gameplay versus the cosmetic stuff or are trying hard to stick to whatever conventions they can (which means that the game might not be quite as forward thinking as implied/the back half is going to turn into some weird mess that abandons what they were going for in the first half (TP and SS have left me rather gunshy about this)).

My own personal opinion on the matter is that A) you should be allowed to pick your gender at the start before you emerge from your Bacta Tank/the ruins of Dr. Light's Lab/magitek sarcophagus, or B) Zelda should have at least one segment where she's playable, complete with action animations and equipment of her own (as right now the only games where she's at all playable are the Smash games starting with Melee, the Hyrule Warriors games and Spirit Tracks kinda (and Zelda's Adventures/Faces of Evil but the less said about these, the better)). Unfortunately, the former possibility doesn't seem particularly likely given how Link's name was voiced during the demo which implies a lack of character naming, and if you can't choose your name, you probably won't be able to choose your gender either, while the latter would open opportunities for players to mess with Zelda and make goofy cutscenes and such and they probably won't allow it (much like they wouldn't allow you to see up Zelda's dress in TP; everything north of the ankles was a pitch black void from which no light escaped).


Also the inexplicable green hair was a byproduct of the Justin Bailey code activating both the Swimsuit mode as well as the Varia Suit power up, complete with the Varia Suit pallet to match (she probably would've looked yellow-ish/orange-ish red with a green armcanon instead of pink/red/green with a green armcanon).
47  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 17, 2016, 07:55:12 PM
Cleared Hyrule Warriors on Hard, still have 3 Skullatas left to go in Legend Mode due to A) me figuring out just how specific those requirements are the hard way, B) figuring out that you only get one shot a single Skullata per run the hard way, and C) fuck Volga. Meanwhile Agatha missions (where she must face down Volga among a bunch of other bullshit while being both horribly underleveled and underequipped on top of just being horrible to control to begin with) and the need for Ice Arrows (which typically requires Ice Arrows to reveal the enemies on any of the stages that contain Ice Arrows) are my two biggest roadblocks in regards to progressing to Level 5 in Adventure Mode.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is) on: June 17, 2016, 07:46:49 PM
^ Uh.... did you just ignore my irrefutable "cute and adorable" points about Penelo?  How is that not useful?

Well for one, she's not hacking doors or repairing the not-Millenium Falcon &| not-X-Wing. The only time she's at all relevant to the story is when she's getting kidnapped and needing to be rescued. Even Fran got to pipe up about 'The Mists' every once in a while.

Though yeah, I'd put Vaan down as C3P0 before Penelo just because like C3PO, Vaan tries to make himself the center of attention even when he really, clearly isn't, while both also get a bone thrown to them with the Ewoks/bringing up his version of the Occura's Mind Tricks respectfully.
49  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 17, 2016, 04:14:54 PM
https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/05/13

I just got a feeling.

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Does Caligula's localization announcement still count as an E3 reveal? That way I can bump up the Playstation list to a baker's dozen...

I mean sure, if you think that'll help anything given how completely derivative and uninspired it looks, but I wouldn't count it with Sony's scorecard since the date was revealed separate from the press conference.

(For precedent, the FE:Awakening localization announcement was not counted for Nintendo's E3 2012's presentation as it was given out 5 minutes after the fact and required pressing Reggie for the info. A fact that cost them the win as that was literally all they had to do that year to win it. In fact they basically wasted the segment on flaffing about with Paper Mario: Sticker Star instead.)
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is) on: June 17, 2016, 04:00:29 PM
FF12 had some great characters...and then there's Van.

If continue with the Star Wars analogy (with which there are a ton of parallels in FF12) then Van is basically Luke minus the whole force thing, any relationship to Darth Vader, or any relationship to the story at all, really.  He's just a kid who wanted to pick up some power converters and then somehow started following around the important people.

But I can't say Penelo was much better.  Her only reason for even being there was basically Van, making her twice-removed from the actual story.  Though I suppose if you just take Van's existence in the party as a given then her motivations made more sense at least.

Vaan and Penelo are basically the party's C3P0 and R2D2 to the rest of the casts' obvious Star Wars expies. The bigger question is which one is which?

Considering Penelo is adorable and cute and lovable and Vaan is whiny and annoying, I think the answer is of which one is which should be obvious.

You'd think that, but recall that R2D2 was actually useful and relevant to the events of the original trilogy, traits that frankly neither Vaan or Penelo could really claim.
51  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 17, 2016, 03:56:05 PM
One more for the road...

Christs' Passion: The Motion Picture
Christs' Passion II: The Wrath of God
Christs' Passion III: The Search for Peter
Christs' Passion IV: The Voyage Home
Christs' Passion V: The Final Frontier
Christs' Passion VI: The Undiscovered Country
Christs' Passion: Genesis
Christs' Passion: Last Supper
Christs' Passion: Resurrection
Christs' Passion: Nemesis
Christs' Passion
Christs' Passion: Into Darkness
That upcoming Christ's Passion who's subtitle I've forgotten since I don't watch TV much anymore.

(Fake Edit: This took me awhile because of all these modern reboot subtitles bleeding into each other and it taking me a couple of days for the last one to click. No idea what the most recent one is because I've seen the trailer only once.)

And while I'm here, let's include the TV series...

Christs' Passion: The Old Testament
Christs' Passion: The Animated Testament
Christs' Passion: The Next Testament
Christs' Passion: Cross Stations 15
Christs' Passion: Voyager
Christs' Passion: Moneylender
52  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 16, 2016, 05:55:17 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/06/gurumin-3d-coming-3ds-summer

This is a PSA for those looking to buy the game on either the PSP or Steam more than anything (you're most likely better off with the Steam version; but this might be an option if it gets physical).
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 16, 2016, 03:28:37 AM
54  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 16, 2016, 02:32:55 AM
Wait, you guys were actually serious about Wolf Link?!

*Checks Trailer*

...Dog Meat? Is that you?

Damn, now I sort of regret not getting the amiibo. Hopefully they can include it as DLC eventually...I mean, c'mon...

Sounds like you're gonna need both the game and the Amiibo to do anything with it. It'll probably get outdated fairly quickly as well (unless you managed a no-damage run or something crazy; at which point you probably wouldn't need it anyways).
55  Media / General Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: June 15, 2016, 10:22:00 PM
Something deep down inside of me feels like capcom had a hand in all the issues and problems associated with the development (more specifically lack of)...it just seems odd that all this crap happened to this very simple game.

Nah. This was Inafune's baby from start to finish as I don't think Capcom ever greenlighted an anime or a sequel series prior to the release of the very first game.

I feel that it was a combination of Inafune's core team simply lacking the experience/wherewithal to see a project of this scope and magnitude through, Inticreates sending in the B-Team to help with a 3D game (which their A-Team aren't quite phenomenal at, let alone their B-Team), the Kickstarter was a total fiasco and Inafune himself burned every bridge and climbed every pedestal he could to make this project as big and attention grabbing as possible.
56  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 15, 2016, 10:10:47 PM
Have you ever played Roller Coaster Tycoon. Did you ever build a little 4x4 purgatory for anyone who dares to complain about your park and make them live out the rest of their lives there?

Yeah. That's this thread for you guys. :D

Nah man. This is more like Mr. Bone's Wild Ride. Just a neverending ride of tepidation and stops that only lead directly back onto the ride.


The Shadow of Zenoblade Chronicles: Call of the Wild

Gonna need some details on this one.

I'm of course referring to the new Legend of Zelda as a portmanteau of the titles of Shadow of the Colossus, Xenoblade Chronicles (either one) with a Z as both an homage to the mistranslation in FFVII and to try to keep something recognizable from the original title, and Jack London's Call of the Wild (because, Breath of the Wild? seriously!?; also because Wolf Link and the fact that they kept showing off colder regions during the videos).
57  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 15, 2016, 02:40:27 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/06/nintendo-greezo-announce-action-rpg-ever-oasis-3ds

So this got announced during the Treehouse. The trailer left me a little cold, but it does have that Crystal Chronicles-esque charm along with some neat concepts and an Arabian theme to it though.

Either way it looks slightly less grindy loot-treadmill-y than Fantasy Life did so that's good.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2016 version - Save money for that NXMH on: June 15, 2016, 02:34:37 AM
Splatoon's also on sale on Nintendo's eShop for those who haven't bitten yet (along with a few indie and VC related titles that you own elsewhere and possibly many times over).
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is) on: June 15, 2016, 02:32:04 AM
FF12 had some great characters...and then there's Van.

If continue with the Star Wars analogy (with which there are a ton of parallels in FF12) then Van is basically Luke minus the whole force thing, any relationship to Darth Vader, or any relationship to the story at all, really.  He's just a kid who wanted to pick up some power converters and then somehow started following around the important people.

But I can't say Penelo was much better.  Her only reason for even being there was basically Van, making her twice-removed from the actual story.  Though I suppose if you just take Van's existence in the party as a given then her motivations made more sense at least.

Vaan and Penelo are basically the party's C3P0 and R2D2 to the rest of the casts' obvious Star Wars expies. The bigger question is which one is which?
60  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 15, 2016, 02:27:30 AM
I liked that one game they showed where you slowly backpedal through a monotone sepia environment while shooting hitsponge zombies with a BB gun.

You're gonna need to be more specific.


I hate to say this, but I think I may have spoken too soon on this one. Nintendo might have actually won this year's E3 by betting everything on The Shadow of Zenoblade Chronicles: Call of the Wild versus Sony's The "About goddamn time!" Guardian release date announcement, the Tomb Raider of War reboot or Kojima's Trolling; or Microsoft's "Wait. Are they actually acknowledging that Japanese game developers exist?" showing of FFXV or their continued strategy of shooting themselves in the foot with Projekt </Scorpio>.
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