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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 13, 2014, 12:20:59 PM
http://gematsu.com/2014/08/rise-tomb-raider-xbox-exclusivity-duration-xbox-boss-confirms

We can all shut up about the TR exclusivity deal now.

Just another case of Microsoft throwing money at a problem. Nothing to see here. Move along! Move along!
47  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: August 13, 2014, 12:12:13 PM
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There's one thing that's been bothering me since the official site first went up, and has finally become relevant, was that prior to today's update, at the bottom of any given character's page was a bar that scrolled horizontally and provided direct links to the respective character's page represented by said character's portrait. What I had noticed about this bar was that the number of available panels never changed and always maintained a fixed number of available slots as it were. And with today's announcement, that bar is now completely full. If I'm correct, then there will be no Antony/Issac/Ghirahim/etc. showing up down the road and any other returning characters will be hidden unlockables (like Ganondorf, Falco, Ness, and so on). That is not to say that there aren't any new hidden characters, but I don't think it will be possible to know prior to the 3DS version's release.
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Look at this guy. Look at how wrong he is. This guy is full of shit and doesn't know what he's talking about.

http://gematsu.com/2014/08/meta-knight-joins-new-super-smash-bros

Now here's somebody who knows what's up.


Edit: And you EUs can have a special edition 3DS while the rest of us get to play around with our Classic Modes and Difficulty Sliders.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 13, 2014, 12:14:43 AM
Eventually even your guys will start pulling airships out of fucking nowhere.


I'm replaying Minish Cap, since I never did finish it the first time round. The dungeons are pretty good, but the kinstones fusion system is incredibly annoying. If you want to collect everything (including all the pieces of heart), you'll spend about half of the game backtracking trying to find the correct NPCs, who are spread out all over the map. And even if you do find an out of the way NPC, they won't necessarily fuse with you until you've progressed to a specific point in the game, which means even more backtracking.

The best way to play is to put everything even remotely sidequesty aside until after the Temple of Droplets (except for the Light Arrows sidequest, though even then you have until you hit Above the Clouds to get that done). Seriously, the game gates you off from so much for so long, it gets really annoying after a while.


TitS - Killed some hoarse shoecrabs and went to pay my respects to a building I didn't care about. This game's like that not terribly interesting co-worker you sort-of-know-but-no-really, but you've spend enough time around them that you feel more at peace when they're around than when they're not. I'm still not sure if I like... anything anymore, really.

No, that feeling is definitely intentional. Its playing everything as safely and to the hilt as possible so the game only really has the level of detailed banter going for it at times. You still haven't hit the game's plot yet, btw.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2014, 06:35:54 PM
http://tombraider.tumblr.com/post/94529480860/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-update

They updated their blog with an explanation as to why they went exclusive to the xbone, though they said nothing real about why they chose ms. Obviously microsoft threw them tons of money and they chose money over morales.

lol @morales

The choice is more about whether to cast a wider net for profits or not. Morals will only come into play if they decide to break the contract ahead of time because of the game bombing due to poor availability, or something to that effect.
....been a long day.

But regardless of terrible spelling mistakes, my comment was based on their entire statement about going with the company who had faith in their project and other fabuloys bullshit. Sony's backed them for some...15 years now? Tomb raider has been (poorly) made for playstation for years and always does alright,even as such a sucky title with horrible controls and terrible gameplay. This entire statement they released is bullshit and everyone but them is aware that we know it...including Morales. But yeah, I think if they simply said MS paid us boatloads to make it for xbone only, far fewer people would be offended.

@Dice Furthering my point that this is entirely because they were paid to make it exclusive.

Don't know why you would say this given that the Legends trilogy was entirely multiplatform and even before that Tomb Raider has shown up on stuff like the GBC/GBA (granted in a nigh unrecognizable way), and that the Eidios is owned by Squeenix and not Sony and Squeenix owes no allegiance to any particular platform.

It's like the general response to FFVII not being on the N64 all over again.
50  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: August 12, 2014, 06:21:31 PM
I had heard about it leaking earlier on GameFUQs but the link died before I got to it.

And speaking of GameFUQs, a few spoilers have been dropped about the game already (since the game broke street date in Japan and is out now).

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Characterwise, what we've seen thus far is what we're getting and nobody's sure that we're even getting Cia, [s]Orko[/s] Wizro, that other guy.

Ruto, Agatha, Zant, and Ghriaham are unlocked through Adventure Modo and have almost no presence in Story Modo, Ganondorf unlocks at the end of Story Modo, probably after you beat Ganon.

Lana/Cia pulled a Dragon Ball's Kami/Demon King Piccolo and separated themselves from each other. Much like Dragon Ball, Cia dies at the end and the plot gets Hijacked by Ganon.

The Master Sword is Link's fifth weapon and is unupgradable; nobody seems to know what his fourth weapon is yet; Link, Zelda, Impa and Lana are the only characters who get more than one weapon type/move set.

It looks like you can hold up to 30 heart containers.


Edit: Character Count Confirmed. Link, Zelda, Impa, Shiek, Lana, Midna, Fi, Daruina, Ganondorf, Ruto, Agatha, Zant, and Ghiraham are all we're getting this time. Better luck next time in Hyrule Warriors Xtreme.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2014, 05:14:21 PM
http://tombraider.tumblr.com/post/94529480860/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-update

They updated their blog with an explanation as to why they went exclusive to the xbone, though they said nothing real about why they chose ms. Obviously microsoft threw them tons of money and they chose money over morales.

lol @morales

The choice is more about whether to cast a wider net for profits or not. Morals will only come into play if they decide to break the contract ahead of time because of the game bombing due to poor availability, or something to that effect.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2014, 12:56:01 PM
I don't really mind...

Exclusivity with Xbox doesn't tend to be something written in stone, all that depends in how definitive the arrangement went. So maybe in the future a rerelease happens.

Though, it seems counterproductive right now not releasing Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC.

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At least there's people having fun with this. :)

He put it better than I could have.

I'm just amused that Microsoft still believes that this strategy isn't a bad idea.
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 12, 2014, 10:17:07 AM
You know what other numbers don't lie? The amount of money his movies make. Kind of sickens me that he's figured out if you make a movie out of a recognizable franchise/brand/name, it won't matter how good or bad it is, people will still go out and see it just out of curiosity.
It isn't the recognizable name that gets his movies the amount of money they get because there are other movies out there with recognizable franchises which don't get as high grossing. It certainly isn't his story telling, and it isn't the action because he managed to make giant robots fighting boring in Transformers 1 (only Transformers movie I have seen). I'd say his formula for success is explosion porn combined with 80s nostalgia. Bright side in all this, latest Transformers seems to have gotten half as much as 2? So maybe people are getting bored of him a little?

That and his target audience seems to be enlisted military dudes. Seriously, as much as I enjoy watching monster movies where the military isn't hopelessly outgunned and/or horribly inept, it gets to be a bit much when they're constantly stealing everybody's spotlight (not that Shia Le Douf needs any to begin with because the dude's a hack and fuck Even Stevens).
54  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 11, 2014, 05:02:12 PM
At this point, I'm just waiting for him to make a Magic 8-ball movie (it'll probably end up like Gantz but with an actually useful military stealing everybody's spotlight).
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POKéMON OMEGA RUBY & ALPHA SAPPHIRE on: August 10, 2014, 11:00:42 PM
Mega Altaria is the most beautiful thing.

Nevermind that, we've got a Grendizer Pokemon.



(It's hard to find a good picture of Grendizer in its UFO form so just imagine this image with a Mazinger head in place of the Pokemon's and some drills attached for good measure.)


Edit: Oh yeah, have some deets on contests and such.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 10, 2014, 08:48:17 PM
The pelvic thrust vortex?

Sorry, I meant posted.


Also, re: Frozen Winsest. Dear Internet, GET A LIFE!!! Best Wishes, Aeolus. PS. Seriously, Frozen? Maleficent has a lot more LesYay subtext than Frozen at its raunchiest. #neckbeard
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 10, 2014, 08:38:53 PM
To it's credit though it doesn't, by any means, come close to approaching the level of /bad difficulty mod/ that this thing does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQLezKCtDZo

That looks really stupid. I mean, Grandia 2 is ridiculously easy but turning every normal encounter into a 10 minute boss fight isn't the right approach either. Haven't they heard of the middle ground?

Its the mod community. There is no such thing as a middle ground, only more mods.


As for the LoH difficulty mod, at least you picked Ruan to fuck around with difficulty levels in as you'll have intermittent access to the game's heal bot. In Zeiss, you'll be bleeding resources until you finish the Hot Springs episode and even then you're not going to have access to it all the time (and god help you if you decide to be a dingus and attempt the Limestone Cave early, you can easily wipe on a normal game given the encounters there), Grancel will pretty much kick your teeth in with its Tournament Arc (especially with Oliver as your best mage), and the Final Dungeon is enough of a goddamn slog as it is (at least you'll have both the heal bot on hand and enemies sweat store bought healing items so resources shouldn't be a problem there).
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: August 10, 2014, 08:07:12 PM
Okay I played even more LoH and just encountered the stupidest plot twist I've ever seen in a game.

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So I get to the orphanage and there's this little scene, and all the sudden I'm supposed to believe that Kloe, Clem, Mary, Polly, and Danny just SERENDIPITOUSLY already know each other and always have?

Lame.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that the Clem, Marry, Polly, and Danny are all, well, orphans. Of course they know each other, because they live together at the orphanage. And Kloe is good friends with the caretaker of the orphanage, due to having been nearby at the college for so long. I don't really see what's 'lame' here, to be honest.

I think
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he's mocking the Final Fantasy VIII twist which was how all the cast and the main villain knew each other from an orphanage but forgot due to Guardian Forces eating their brains and the one guy who remembered being an asshole and never bringing it up.

Ah.:P

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Chalk up another reason for why I'm just not interested in playing FFVIII...

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Though not helping the Komperison is that Kloe is technically also an orphan (she does have living relatives but her immediate family, i.e. parents, croaked), which is different from FFVIII as the game's Magical Healer Type was the only one not from that goddamn orphanage.

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As for the FFVIII thing, I'm willing to blame that one on Time Kompression. Its the cause of, and the solution to, all of FFVIII's problems.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 10, 2014, 02:27:58 AM






Its been done.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 10, 2014, 02:25:32 AM
@Aeolus: I meant more the initial turn order when combat starts, especially wrt. set encounters.

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I didn't say it was better, I'm just pointing it out since he might have overlooked it or not obtained it yet.

I don't have Haze yet, and I skipped out on Eagle Vision because you... mostly if I can't see an enemy it's because they're behind a tree or something, and not because of the /fog of war/ thing the game has going on.

In any case, I'm at the start of chapter 2 and just past 15 hours. This is the part where I heard it's... supposed to get interesting. I'm willing to give it another two or three hours to do that.

wrt Japanese HIB: I liked the Astebreed demo. The full game is... not very fun. Gigantic Army is pretty terrible. I'm wondering why I got this HIB now -- I guess because a couple of the games, uh,had demos that I liked/looked interesting. I keep forgetting that as a whole the Japanese indie game scene is /not very good/brazenly awful these days.

Whatever, I have spare Pixeljunk Shooter and Ys: Origin keys if anyone wants them.



Yes, Chapter 2 is where you start actually dealing with the game's plot, but only at the very end of it and even then its a mere tangent to what's going on at the moment (the remaining chapters are better about this). Unfortunately, most of Chapter 2 is spent avenging burnt orphanages and going through the school festival episode essential to most by-the-numbers anime.

Also, without the minimap functionality, Eagle Eye is pretty much a waste of a good Orbment slot.

And yeah. I see what you're referring to in terms of CT wonkiness and I don't think there's any work around beyond not losing initiative or being able to tank a turn and recover afterwards if you do. The bonuses are definitely random and it can suck if the enemy gets a really lucky draw.
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