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46  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 12, 2016, 07:42:26 AM
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In the anime, she uses this power to allow Sailors Uranus and Neptune to escape from a helicopter explosion. In each case, she sacrifices herself to unnamed punishments as the keeper of time, but is reinstated later in the series.

This was what I was talking about, apparently. I remember her "sacrifice", but apparently she did come back at some point. Then again, all of us seem to be confused...just out of curiousity, when was the last time anyone watched more than a couple episodes of Sailor Moon? I mainly watched it on Toonami when I was 6 & 7, before DBZ came on...

"You watch Sailor Moon? Eww...That's a girl's show." :V

Nah. While I haven't exactly sat down to watch SM as I wasn't exactly into anime back when it was airing on cable (I got into DBZ by right before the Cell Games where they were still screwing around with Hyperbolic Time Chamber shenanigans and Trunks was getting styled on by Cell) and I never bothered to catch up, I do know from cultural osmosis that there are at least several different renditions of the plot that serve to muddy the waters. You have both the Manga and the Anime which already contains several divergences. Then you have the Live Action stuff, which is also different from the Theater renditions, and there's a good chance of there being Radio Dramas just to add more confusion (I don't think the Video Games ever added much though). And now there's the more recent Crystal stuff which is again, doing its own thing more than trying to unify anything. And that's before anything involving Dubbing/Localization gets involved.
47  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: August 11, 2016, 06:10:29 PM
Ohhhhhhhh boy, things are getting interesting now!!!
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Nah. I wouldn't do that to you, while my D*2 Paladin's still alive and well.


Sorry folks, I've been in Arkansas for the last week.  LP to resume shortly with:

Thamasa, or The Best Way to Put Out a Fire is by Punching It in the Face

Also Leo is a dick (or a damned idiot) and I'm glad he's dead


Yep. Leo is either Lawful Stupid or puts Honor before Reason. Never saw what Terra saw in him (again this feels like it should've come up a bit sooner).
48  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Akatsuki no Kiseki on: August 11, 2016, 12:57:53 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/08/legend-heroes-akatsuki-no-kiseki-debut-trailer-pre-registration-opened

So did anybody say Record Keeper/Terra Battle? Because those are what this is looking like it'll be.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: August 11, 2016, 07:30:25 AM

For some reason I'm kind of fond of Resonance of Fate (and I know one other person is based on their avatar mwahah!) I feel like because they kept it simpler, there's no uber grinding except towards the end and even then you can sort of manage itself. I still think they overdid it, but they kind of didn't just throw things one after the other at your like broken parts.

Well unless they were throwing you broken parts for the scrap shop... eheh... heh. I've never played Infinite Undiscovery though don't know how that one worked out.

I kind of just like the world of Resonance as well, just this compressed thing no crazy superhuman world extermination antics, it's kind of more like this compact character game, and I liked Star Ocean most for it's characters most of the time anyway and other Tri-Ace games for similar reasons. Plus I loved all the details like the Chandelier and the back and forth between the characters with more jokes than a typical Tri-Ace game.
 

I used to tell myself that I play RPGs for the story, my 2 fav games are XS ep. 1 and Xenogears. However that's not really true. If I don't have fun playing it then I drop it immediately. After all I've enjoyed many RPGs that were poorly translated to the point to incomprehendsibility (Ring of Red), a jumbled mishmash of individual scenes (FF13-2), a blantant ripoff (LoD), 5/10 animes disguised as gameS (Tales) etc etc. I think I would have really enjoyed Resonance's plot (I loved the world building) but just couldn't do it because I couldn't grasp or have fun with that battle system. If they only dumbed it down for idiots like me (say a Parasite eve like battle system) BEST GAME EVAR!!

Persona 2 was a similar deal. I loved the story and hated the game. Note to developers, please don't stick me in a burning building, with a time limit, a 3D maze to navigate, with a random battle every 3 steps, all the while having demons try to strike a 5 min conversation with you.  LISTEN TEKETEKE I DON'T MEAN TO SOUND HEARTLESS BUT I DON'T REALLY CARE IF YOU THINK YOUR TENTACLE MAKES YOU LOOK FAT RIGHT NOW.

In that sense the game can almost be a hinderance... like the game gets in the way of something people might otherwise enjoy.

Also going back to LoD lol I think LoD is great changing my avatar actually eheh!

I kind of think it topped FF7 to be honest.. but I'm hardly the biggest FF7 fan so that shouldn't be a shock...


Hate to say this, but FFVII crushes it in the musical department (even the absolute ridiculousness of One-winged Angel at the very least owned its ridiculousness). LoD's battle music is kind of a weird medley/somewhat ramblingly confused mess that felt like it was trying too hard to mimic Uematsu's style, and even the other tracks are largely there beyond one or two poignant ones that pop up at appropriately dramatic moments.

Beyond that, Materia was at least more interesting to play around with than Additions were as the latter required grinding the previous one up to max all the time so you were hardly playing around with them (though admittedly Materia didn't really take off either until near the endgame when the potential to create some of the more powerful combinations started to open up; at least you had stuff like Enemy Skill to tide you over until then; it was also kind of stupid to put the most grind heavy Materia at the backend of the game where the only reason to use them is for the WEAPONs fights).

As for characters, I'll give you Rose, as she's easily the most interesting of the characters between the two games, but Shana could be replaced with a blowup doll given her utter lack of agency or other defining features beyond Dart's Girlfriend/Love Interest, and Dart himself gets the game hijacked out from under him by Rose for most of the second half (a plus for Rose, but not so much for the game's main character; if she had received equal billing instead of being casted as the hypotenuse of an otherwise non-existent love triangle, it would've been a huge boon to the game in general). Cloud meanwhile is pretty inarguably the central character of his game, although he doesn't completely dominate the spotlight like certain other videogame leads *cough*Squall*cough* which gives the other characters a chance to get out from under his shadow.

And then there's the plot itself where I feel that it doesn't matter if you can penetrate the shoddy translation or the some of the more poorly utilized effects of FFVII, it still stands above LoD's late 90s/early 00's anime OVA/series style plot of "People gets superpowers as random events occur and a Powerlevels arms race ensues.", even if it has a handful of moments where some of the more ambitious ideas pay off.

Also, something something, super limited inventory, something.
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: August 10, 2016, 10:21:51 PM
Nah, you could see just how ridiculous her outfit looked even as far back as the game itself thanks to the menus including portraits down to their waists. Nevermind the various games shes been/cameo'd in.


Was never a fan of Rutee's outfit...or her character for that matter.  I suppose it's better than wearing (virtually) nothing for Velvet.  Would have preferred Mary's outfit, though, if we're going to do a ToD dlc.  :P

And while I don't mind Rutee or her outfit that much (there's always worse, see also: Velvet or Milla), I will concur that Mary had the superior outfit (in that she had something resembling a functional outfit).
51  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 10, 2016, 07:09:19 PM
Wow.  I need to make sure I use "Klyde" and "Shadow" in any forthcoming RPGs that allow me to rename characters.


Makes my day!!

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DARKEST DUNGEON -- KLYDE the bounty hunter joins the team from the stage coach and AEOLUS leads a group of DICE, ARVIS and TOMARA back into the ruins on the boss quest that DINCREST's team retreated from yesterday. AEOLUS easily carved a path to the boss room 1-shotting like a paladin possessed, but the boss (Necromancer thingy) was a different story. It would have been curtains for the team had it not been for TOMARA's ability to blight the baddie from a distance and nickle and dime him down to death. Whole team survived!

KLYDE, MICKEY, KLUTZ and STAR went on a trek into the cove and didn't see so much success. Without a doubt, closest I've come to losing characters here. Every member's sanity became compromised, KLUTZ became abusive and with the whole team "on death's door" they retreated back to the hamlet.

Final note, MESH has been cured of rabies. We can all relax.

I need give this a breather. Double DD sessions the last two days has left me feeling stressed! LoL

Nobody died, progress was made, and Mesh has stopped foaming at the mouth for the time being. Sounds like a productive day was had all around.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: World of Final Fantasy on: August 10, 2016, 06:47:21 PM


^Whereas this is the shit of nightmares.
I actually think that picture look fine. *shrug*

A) You know how sometimes you might come across something that looks like its trying to look like an Anime made in Japan, but clearly isn't. This is that, but in reverse.

B) This fucker's running silent, running deep right on through the uncanny valley.

And C) I'd rate those smiles at somewhere between 'Posing for a school photo' to "Help! My family and I are being held hostage and the hostage taker has the gun to the back of my head. Send Help!".

And this isn't even the only picture that highlights these issues.







I could go on....
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 10, 2016, 06:21:28 PM
just saw the cidney car dlc...... seriously what the flying fuck SE?

Link?

http://gematsu.com/2016/06/final-fantasy-xv-footage-shows-pre-order-special-edition-dlc
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 10, 2016, 12:37:09 PM
Finally got off my butt and completed the True Pascifist ending in Undertale. It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

I also dabbled a bit with Goldeneye 007 (N64), mostly just dying a lot on the second level. I finally realized I was supposed to use all 5 charges on the tanks to take them out, but by that point I was too tired. I'll try to get to it again later.

I'm pretty sure I played bits and pieces of other games this past week, but nothing else substantial.

That game's second level is kinda crazy difficult at that point of the game. Not only do you have to go through a long, winding, veritable fortress on a single health bar and limited ammo, but if you trip any alarms or alert any guards, enemies spawn in endlessly and enough errant fire can set off the gas tanks which, unless you're in the very last room (as that's your objective anyways), is a death sentence. And that's not even getting into the later difficulties where one of your mission objectives randomly spawns in one of four or five rooms, all of which are guarded, some heavily, others pretty far off the beaten track, and that's still not even factoring in how much enemies become bullet sponges at 007 difficulty or the time limit for unlocking the Cheat.

But then, it seems that basically every even level was stupidly difficult while the odd ones were anywhere from piss-easy to only moderately difficult.


Zelda 1 did some rather interesting things that I'd like to see in a more modern game. Actually I've heard people describe the Souls games like that.

I still like Second Quest's Level 4. That stage had it all (short of a Gleeok battle, Wallmasters (for not-so-obvious reasons), Like-likes and those Blue Wizrobes). A massive dungeon with a one-way choke point roughly one-third of the way in to make you commit to finishing the dungeon in one go, rooms set up to force you to backtrack if you get Jinxed, make a wrong turn, or forgot to keep your pockets lined; rooms you only get one shot to clear (i.e. the Dodongo rooms), mini-bosses all over the place, enemies you still don't have the best tools to deal with (Pols Voice, Gibdos, Blue Darknuts), and a number of valuable secrets (that again, you had to find on your one go since the one-way point is so early). Even the requirements for entering were obtuse and required going out of your way for (you needed both the Power Bracelet, and to actually find the place; its not that difficult to find but its not particularly obvious either; although I think the Recorder helps with this).
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: World of Final Fantasy on: August 10, 2016, 08:47:28 AM
Getting back to the chibli chat for a second.



^Now normally, I could take or leave the chibli, but here in the above screenshot, it looks like it works with the environment. Assuming that Magroader is moving at a bumpity-dumpty speed, then it would complete the toy-like look and feel I think they're trying for with this.




^Whereas this is the shit of nightmares.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: August 10, 2016, 08:29:04 AM
http://gematsu.com/2016/08/tales-berseria-dlc-catalog-03-trailer-screenshots

The Tales of References DLC. Velvet's choice was about as surprising as a dry bologna sandwich, the others are a bit more so (also lol at shota's pick for underlining the relative lack of shotas in Tales of games).

Also something something, totally not Idolm@ster, something....
57  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 09, 2016, 10:35:50 PM
Meanwhile I was just trying to hold back a long, tangentile astronomy rambling on a website full of (presumedly) nerds, or nerd-like individuals, at least one of whom is an astrophysicist by profession, and could easily remind me that my knowledge of the solar system is heavily outdated. See Aeolus' post for a prime example. The day they announced that Pluto had been reclassed as a planetoid was probably the last time I bothered to study astronomy to any meaningful length...and that was when I was still in High School, IIRC...

With that said, wasn't Sailor Pluto the only senshi to either die, or at least get temporarily removed from a significant portion of the story?

IIRC, they've all died at some point or another (okay, maybe not all of them....).
58  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 09, 2016, 10:33:37 PM
Right at the end of Twilight Princess. Believe I have gotten all the upgrades at this except for the uber wallet at the end of the Cave of Shadows. However rupees are kind of useless to me and I have apparently already gotten my wolf link Amiibo saved with 20 hearts for Breath of the Wild. So not going to bother with going through Cave of Shadows two more times. Just going to beat it tonight and then probably move on to DR2.

Yeah I never really liked Zelda games throwing out money.  After like the 5th dungeon of the game there's really nothing else left to buy.
Still, love TP <3

Zelda games past Link's Awakening just flood you in goddamn rupees while useful items increasingly became tied to the setpieces that were dungeons.

OG Zelda at least let you buy a bunch of mid-tier items that wouldn't see their proper dungeon treasures versions until either late or endgame (you could get away without having to buy the Blue Candle or Ring, but you absolutely needed those Wooden Arrows; while the Magical Shield was such a huge upgrade that you might as well splurge on it, as well as the Bomb capacity upgrades; and then there was the Bait, at least you never had to buy keys).
59  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 09, 2016, 03:08:20 PM
*After checking* Yeah all the Outer Senshi jump up, kind of my faves from the series too at any rate.



I should hope so, the real outer planets start drastically increasing in size after- *NGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH*

...Sorry, I kind of had a nerdgasm there. I'm gonna go get some paper towels...

What are your thoughts on Sailor Pluto? Should she get :comissared: by a team of astrophysicists? Replaced by a younger hip & fresh model or a foreigner? Dropped into the cleft between dimensions for 1000 years? Climb the stairs in Usagi's house? Fly back to her home planet and either wait for scientists to rediscover her or die on the way there? Get a new job as Mickey Mouse's trouble making pet? Fitted to serve as a forward operating base/Radioactive Meteor Bomb launching platform for Gamilus' invasion of Earth? Vaporized by Sephiroth's Super Nova summon (along with a bunch of other Senshi)? Sent to manage the Underworld and marry Persephone?

Excepting the astrophysicist and Sephiroth portions, why not all the rest?

Now see, what we have here is 'failure to communicate'.

Specifically the fact that back when Sailor Moon was originally coming out, there were 9 planets. There are now 8 planets and +1 glorified space rock.

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More specifically, its an astronomy joke (coupled with me rapid-firing references to other things that either imply the removal/elimination of Sailor Pluto in some pedestrian way or a reassignment to another Pluto based role, even if that role consists entirely of popping up for a second before getting reduced to space dust by a comet trail summoned by a showboating final boss, or the role that The Pluto Formerly Known as Planet was named after).
60  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 09, 2016, 12:30:08 PM
*After checking* Yeah all the Outer Senshi jump up, kind of my faves from the series too at any rate.



I should hope so, the real outer planets start drastically increasing in size after- *NGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH*

...Sorry, I kind of had a nerdgasm there. I'm gonna go get some paper towels...

What are your thoughts on Sailor Pluto? Should she get :comissared: by a team of astrophysicists? Replaced by a younger hip & fresh model or a foreigner? Dropped into the cleft between dimensions for 1000 years? Climb the stairs in Usagi's house? Fly back to her home planet and either wait for scientists to rediscover her or die on the way there? Get a new job as Mickey Mouse's trouble making pet? Fitted to serve as a forward operating base/Radioactive Meteor Bomb launching platform for Gamilus' invasion of Earth? Vaporized by Sephiroth's Super Nova summon (along with a bunch of other Senshi)? Sent to manage the Underworld and marry Persephone?
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