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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: December 07, 2014, 01:26:46 AM


That's not Shin, or were you going for a Linkle there?


^ Perfect.
And so is this (especially if the 'roots' to the original Zelda's idea of 'exploration' is in tact)


I do hope they create some more exotic looking locations.  This was pretty but I'd love to see more!  ...It certainly doesn't help the footage was potato quality.

Goddammit. I knew they were sneaking an oldschool reference in there somewhere. I just didn't realize how literal they were going to take it.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn. on: December 07, 2014, 01:16:45 AM
So, Suikoden III. Great Suikoden game or the greatest?

Both games can (politely) rot in hell for making me pursue the magical 108 and missing some fucker like 30 stars back that can't be got again.

Hey now, Suki 3 was probably the easiest Suikoden game to collect them all in.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 07, 2014, 01:14:16 AM
Citizen Kane Returns, now on blu-ray

;)



Call me when Citizen Kane Rising: Revengeance comes out. :p

Nothing like watching Orson Wells cut down a bunch of mooks while decked out in a mariachi style sombrero and poncho while driving around in his not-Batmobile with his robodog at his side.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 11:27:59 PM
I'm of the camp that believed that if Squeenix ever decided to go through with an FFVII remake, they would only do so as the last act of a desperate company (I don't care if it's the first act of Henry the Third, I'm leavin'). Namely because as soon as I first saw their FFVII compilation (which started over a decade ago, Christ), I knew then that they had no fucking clue as to what was in that game.


The gifs won't go to waste: Yakuza 5 is being localised. Guess Sega finally figured out people actually want to buy games that aren't Sonic.

I'm not sure that's actually true.  It sounds like it's actually Sony who's localizing it.

If that's the case, I'd love it if somebody told Sony about a little game called Phantasy Star Online 2....

So entirely off hand question here, were there any other characters like
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PS2's Nei/4's Alys in any of the Online, Universe, Online 2, etc. games?

I ask because a friend of mine stated that something like "that such a character/archetype was a staple of the series", but I argued that "PSO didn't have any characters", but this acquaintance pointed out that "Universe and beyond did have characters as NPCs", to which I replied "shut up Greg". And that was the end of it (and I didn't have to employ a lifetime's worth of certain skills to find them and kill them), but then I got to this post and this got me thinking that if Yakuza 5 is coming out then maybe Online 2 might come out and if I get on that boat, I figured a quick brush-up on PhiStory might actually be in order.
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn. on: December 06, 2014, 10:57:51 PM
So, Suikoden III. Great Suikoden game or the greatest?
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 05:42:22 PM
The gifs won't go to waste: Yakuza 5 is being localised. Guess Sega finally figured out people actually want to buy games that aren't Sonic.



(Sadly, I'm now far more interested in Zero with the catfighting minigame. Me~ow!)
52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 06, 2014, 05:38:45 PM
You could say that about the Bond franchise as a whole.  Some movies were excellent (e.g. From Russia With Love) others were cheesy as all get out but still fun (e.g. Octopussy), others were just plain bad (e.g. Moonraker), and several were quite forgettable (e.g. I dunno, so many were forgettable.)  So I don't see the Daniel Craig films as any better or worse than the rest of the franchise which already hits every point of the bell curve.  

With Bond, I don't expect Citizen Kane.  I just want a fairly straightforward espionage plot with lots of cool action sequences, nifty gadgets, a sweet car, and hot chicks.  Basically, I want a dude-flick that's a bit more highbrow than a dudebro-flick.  Basically, a martini shaken-not-stirred rather than a Budweiser tall-boy.



As a Bond aficionadio (I've seen very single one, most more than once). I disagree with you on several of these films. Moonraker is one of the better Bond films and Octopussy is one of the worst lol. Craig already has 2 of the best in the entire franchise to date in Casino Royale and Skyfall. I see so many people say Skyfall is overrated, but for a hardcore fan like myself it was amazing. So many nods and throwbacks to the series and a great way to reboot classic characters. I loved it. Most of the forgettable Bond films were late Connery era and late Moore era. (there are exceptions obviously lol). I do disagree with you that Craigs Bond films have been per quota. Casino Royale basically threw everything out the door and was something fresh and new for the series. Sure you still have the globetrotting and evil villains etc, but he fell in love for only the second time in the franchise and the story wasn't all about saving the world from lasers or other crazy stuff. Tomorrow Never Dies was definitely the worst of the Brosnan era in my opinion. Completely forgettable and bland.

The one thing I truly liked about Skyfall was the fact that its probably the first time in the series where Bond straight up plays defense with a fortified location and everything. The closest Bond ever gets to that state prior to this is virtually every car chase scene in the series where he happens to have just the right gadgets for the job and maybe one or two less useful ones for tension breaking comedic effect, and that one time in From Russia With Love where he has to shoot down a helicopter with little more than a compact (re: crappy) sniper rifle for a non-car chase example. The guy is otherwise pure offense or subterfuge and very rarely bides his time, and it's neat to see the character mix it up once in a while.


What I meant was that the assessment regarding the Craig Bond films (one was excellent, one was garbage, one was great if overrated) is that you could say that about any section of the Bond catalog.  Connery Bond films ran the gamut from excellent to "I could do without it."  Moore Bond films ran the gamut from really fun to "oh you've got to be kidding."  I don't remember much about the Timothy Dalton Bond films, because his understated Bond wasn't as memorable as Connery or Moore, even though he's a lot more believable as an elite agent.  Brosnan's Bond films had their ups and downs.  And I see Daniel Craig's films as also following suit- some will be neo-classics (or at least pretty killer) and others may end up toothless.  I do like Craig as Bond, though.  I liked that in Casino Royale, he was fallible.  That he did make mistakes.  That he's growing into the Bond mantle. 

Like I said before, every era of Bond hits every point of the bell curve and I foresee Daniel Craig's turn as Bond doing the same.  And given that we have 24 films so far, the franchise as a whole hits the highest point of the bell curve, the lowest point of the bell curve, and every point in between.  

As for Octopussy, it's not a good film but it was madcap fun and a lot more memorable than a lot of other films.

So how do you explain Lazenby's and Niven's Bond bell curve?


That said, For Your Eyes Only. Great Moore era Bond movie, or the greatest?
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 06, 2014, 05:30:51 PM
= I need to 'freshen up' on KH "lore".  And to explain what happens with Terra, I went to the Wiki and saw the most complicated sentence that explains how bad things are with the KH universe:
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Xehanort was an apprentice of Ansem the Wise and the original persona of Ansem and Xemnas. He was originally "born" as Terra-Xehanort when Master Xehanort forced his heart into the body of Terra then he became simply "Xehanort" when he seemingly lost his memories.
WHAAAAAT.  I needed to read that 5 times then link to the other names to really understand 'what the hell'; I love the ideas in the KH series, but it's truly over-complicated itself to a now humourous degree.  And I'm sorry a bit too since I know there are people who adore the story... I just think it's terribly told.  This point was kind of hit home when I read about Vanitas and how he was added because Tetsuya Nomura got 'carried away'.. ;/

On the up side, BBS did give us Aqua who's by far and away the most relevant and capable non-Disney female of the cast (granted she does end up stuffed in a fridge afterwards, but who cares, its Sora's show anyways, or at least it should be).

But yeah, Nomura is pretty much like that guy who does that Bleach anime. Dude takes a very "draws a character when it strikes his fancy, then shoehorns 'em in purely for the sake of showing off his cool character designs" approach to writing. Probably why FFXV took so long too (well that, and everything involving FFXIII), dude just has to squeeze out just one more fashionesta (and is probably why Noctis's Boy Band lost their drummer; well that, or he just spontaneously combusted used Self-Destruct).
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 06, 2014, 05:12:23 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/12/06/persona-5-confirmed-north-america/

55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: December 06, 2014, 12:25:54 PM
"It's like Skyrim with Ocarinas" - GameTrailers

Sorry, couldn't help it.

That game looks amazing, and so does the world map. I can see it now, though, now you need 8 pieces of heart to make a full one.

Man, if ya gotta do it, do it right and call it by its unofficial title of The Legend of Zelda: Skyrim Sword.

But no, seriously, there's been more comparisons to Red Dead Redemption than Elder Scrolls due to the Arrow Time Dismount and heavy Horsin' around.

Also "Real horses tend to not run into trees.", hear that Bethesda? That's the sound of a cast gauntlet. The ball's in your court now.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (MM3DS announced!) on: December 06, 2014, 12:28:47 AM
http://youtu.be/bsk9uUmyXL4

WII U GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE, WORLD MAP IS FUCKING HUGE

Edit: *squeeeeaaaaalllllll*

When the hell did Nintendo start getting involved with the VGAs TGAs? That defeats the entire purpose of the show being a massive Western Game Studio Circlejerk that I can safely ignore.

That said, hot damn that looks super nice. Also, I can't help but feel like the world map looks like a less waterlogged version of Zelda 2's map (like its still a super continent instead of two smaller continents).

Also, can I get a whoot for Star Fox and Majora's Mask!
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 05, 2014, 10:50:42 PM





What I wouldn't give to have a fully functional one of these to add to my SEGA Mothership (too bad this is not an actual fully functional console).





He comes in gold too.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Code name S.T.E.A.M. for 3ds on: December 05, 2014, 10:43:41 PM
http://gematsu.com/2014/12/code-name-steam-release-date-announced

We've got a release date, in the West, ALREADY!?!?!

Looks like I've got to start saving my pennies.
59  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 05, 2014, 10:40:26 PM
Tomorrow Never Dies is one of those Bond flicks that's cool while you're watching it, but you're hard-pressed to really remember it the next day. 

I don't know what's worse, a film like Tomorrow Never Dies that really does nothing wrong but you can't remember or a bad film like Moonraker that you remember for being bad. 


Yeah, I'd say that of Brosman's stuff, only Goldeneye was any good. Tomorrow Never Dies was utterly forgettable (it's like about a stealth ship that's not a submarine owned by not-Rupert Murdock), The World is Not Enough had a decent first half and an utterly stupid second half that kinda blew its load in the worst ways (they killed off what's his face from Goldeneye, wasted OG Q's departure and R (John Cleese)'s introduction, the villains were just a cackling mad rich girl spoiled brat and some thug with a head wound and it all came down to hijacking a sub + nuke somehow) and Die Another Day was just hilariously bad (like almost everything about that movie was pretty bad, down to the effects; not pictured, Bond fighting a thug in a planetarium lazor light show while a palace made of ice is being melted by a giant space magnify glass).
60  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 05, 2014, 05:57:52 PM
That's fine by me. :)  I was just trying to say that everyone's got different taste in movies, so maybe people were talking about Star Wars because they were interested in it, but weren't talking about Bond because they weren't interested in it.

Fair enough. I'm just speaking as some one who got burned by the New Trilogy and find it hard to care about the Third Trilogy.


You could say that about the Bond franchise as a whole.  Some movies were excellent (e.g. From Russia With Love) others were cheesy as all get out but still fun (e.g. Octopussy), others were just plain bad (e.g. Moonraker), and several were quite forgettable (e.g. I dunno, so many were forgettable.)

Tomorrow Never Dies and the Timothy Dalton stuff were amazingly forgettable.


Anyways, I feel that some of the best Bond movies were the ones that featured SPECTRE (I do not consider On Her Majesties' Secret Service and Diamonds Are Forever as movies featuring SPECTRE since they're pretty throughly busted up, to the point of Blowfelt needing to take action himself) so having a movie regarding them sounds really interesting (especially if they avoid the weirder plots like mind control or volcano bases for more modern stuff).

Of course, it could just as easily be a second remake of Thunderball (bonus points if they manage to get Connery back for that one, even as not-Bond, just so that one can say that he's been in every version of Thunderball).
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