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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 13, 2015, 01:04:51 AM
After several frustrating days, I've finally beat True All-Stars on Hard with Duck Hunt Dog. Then I immediately proceeded to beat it again with Ike. The difference was night and day since Ike is a hell of a lot more straight forward in terms of fighting style, two hits was pretty much all he needed for any opponent for the first half of All-Stars. Whereas DHD required playing around with his projectiles and setting up traps to whittle opponents down while trying to not take too much damage in return (and between SSB4's mechanics generally favoring defensive style play and the utter viciousness of All-Stars' AI, damage was guaranteed since DHD rarely ever held a full advantage and a lot of stages are just terrible for him in general since he does not do well in confined spaces; snipers can't snipe if everybody and their brother is dog piling them with nowhere to either run or fall back to).
47  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 12, 2015, 08:44:28 PM
Admittedly, my reason is that I haven't seen it yet.

You guys are dropping spoilers in here like you're going to retire and not have anyone succeed you.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tears to Tiara II is being localized on: January 12, 2015, 04:07:54 PM
I don't mind a lot of talking as long as they're saying something interesting

Which is unfortunately why Shining Resonance is seriously starting to bore me...

I don't know what to add, I tried to warn you about that one. When it went from "Play as a Dragon" to "Play as a bargain bin BoF Ryu knockoff", I knew that it wasn't reaching for the high hanging fruit.
49  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 12, 2015, 04:02:46 PM
Orguss (Fake Edit: fuck; beaten.)
Legend of Galactic Heroes (Fake Edit 2: fuck; beaten again.)

Fine then, I'll add:
- Aim for the Top: Gunbuster (if you don't mind giant robots and an episode where the budget obviously ran out)
- The Slayers (+ Next; do not watch Try, do not collect $200)
- Macross Plus (if mid-90s isn't too late)
- Space Runaway Ideon (of if very late 70s isn't too early)
- Magic Knight Rayearth (well the setting's fantasy-ish enough, even if its more Magical Girls + Giant Robots)
- Same with Escaflowne (though I haven't seen the series yet I did watch the movie; don't watch the movie, its dull and Hitomi's a bitch)
- The outtake episode of Berserk (I cannot honestly recommend the series as it currently is, but I think you can get away with watching that and not get terribly hooked)
- Nassica of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Monoke (in terms of fantasy adventure they're the best Ghibli's ever done)
- Violinist of Hamelin (if you don't mind watching a fully colorized, auto-scrolling manga)
- Martian Successor Nadesico (well its Sci-fi at least, even if it came out during the early 00s; still great as a parody though)

Admittedly, I did throw in a few indulgent choices (namely Nadesico and Ideon), but for the most part, this should be enough to get you started on.
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tears to Tiara II is being localized on: January 12, 2015, 03:12:34 PM
And I freaking love reading... but that said, I did go into TtT2 looking for a game, not a visual novel.
This just the way Tears to Tiara 1&2, Utawarerumono, and other similar games are. They are mostly VNs with some gameplay portions added in. For people who like VNs but want to have a bit of actual gameplay instead of solely reading through 20 or so hours of text.

Pretty much why I ultimately gave this one a pass. Every impression I got from various articles, screenshots, previews and reviews basically gave me the impression that for all of the game's text and dialogue, the plot itself seemed far more akin to something out of the early Shining Force games rather than something like FFT (it might have helped if any of the character designs beyond the MC's didn't suck).
51  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 12, 2015, 12:03:32 PM
I'm to the last chapter of FE7. It has been a good game. I was able to get all of the characters of my army that I actually use promoted thank goodness and most are in excellent shape. And I've managed to get A supports with nearly all said characters with the only exceptions being Matthew and Wil. Still a great game. I'll probably play through Hector's story after I finish up this playthrough.

Its hard to have to go back to that old style of support building since some people took like 100 turns just to raise their level and holy crap at having to do that with all of Karla/Renault's last minute/second supports.

Anyways, I've unlocked all the characters in SSB4WiiU and now I'm currently trying to take Duck Hunt Dog through True All-Star on Hard (emphasis on "trying", the AI seems far more vicious than even the 3DS version's).
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 11, 2015, 10:43:19 PM

XSeeD's yearly teaser. It would actually be nice (if weird) if that Trails of Cold Steel domain was really in reference to Sen no Kiseki (and not Nayuta no Kiseki, which would be more like WTC since that's still stuck on the PSP).
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Dick Measuring Contest on: January 10, 2015, 12:07:28 AM

Run Dick Run.
54  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 10, 2015, 12:04:19 AM
Dammit guys! Stop making me feel the passage of time here.

Anyways, just finished watching The Cheapest Detective. An amusing movie, but not as good or as funny as Murder By Death. Maybe if I watched it again since I spent this viewing playing the "And this character is played by ______." game, it'll come off better. Admittedly, the ending was pretty good in a meta sort of way since it ended with Peter Falk driving off with Ann Margret, Madeline Khan, the actress he played alongside with in MBD, and a couple of other ladies, taking what would later be known as 'The Tenchi Solution'. The cab sequences were also pretty good.
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: January 09, 2015, 12:30:21 PM
Has anyone here ever played Freedom Wars on the Vita? I like the videos I've seen of it, but am wondering if it's any good in a "let's actually play the game, not the flashy cool combat scenes" kind of way.

Better yet, would anyone recommend it?

All I know is that its yet another Monster Hunter clone. YMMV depending on whether you even like that type of game to begin with. Beyond that, I've got nothing specific.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: January 09, 2015, 12:14:38 PM
I blame that on the packaging obscuring most of the figure. It'd be really nice if it were an Amiibo though (and would be completely sold out everywhere by hoarders/scalpers).

Too Little, Too Late Edit: http://www.siliconera.com/2015/01/07/a-closer-look-at-the-majoras-mask-3d-skull-kid-figurine/

Here's a better look at something that's gone, gone with the wind.
Nah, I saw it out of packaging in the RPGFan article on it. It looks like it is made of cheap plastic to me.

Oh, I'm not arguing for the case of wanting it myself (dat washed out orange man), I just hate this recent trend to making everything into a collectible because I've seen the kinds of awful people who go apeshit for this kind of crap/try to abuse it for their own personal gain and they quite frankly disgust me.

Like, it took me a few years to finally get my hands on a PSP because somebody kept going around town and buying up every cheap/stray one they could lay their greedy hands on. I shouldn't need to jump through so many goddamn hoops for a 6~7 year old (at the time) handheld failure (one that wasn't even rare or uncommon either). But collectibles just feed into this unhealthy frenzy, and for popular stuff like Nintendo, it just makes everything feel so goddamn toxic.
57  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 09, 2015, 11:52:14 AM
- The only risk to these 'characters' is from overexposure from an explosively sudden lack of clothing and the occasional grope (tentacle or otherwise).

Sorry but that could not be less true.  Permadeath is very much a part of the game.  It's avoidable if you play carefully, but the threat is always there.  Beyond the game itself, there are a shit-ton of doujins and stuff out there focusing on the life and death of these characters.  It's weird but there's just way more talk about mortality and the risks they face than in any other property that I can think of.  In fact there's so much of this stuff that it almost starts to feel like there's an anti-war message, in the sense of look-how-much-this-war-is-making-these-girls-suffer.  Which is kind of odd for a property that is ostensibly glorifying WW2 warships...

I keep talking about fan works but...it's not like there's much to go on other than fan interpretations.  The game really has no plot (though it does have some heart-breaking death lines which is probably where a lot of this stuff is coming from).  And the anime kind of feels like an animated doujinshi anyway...

Must have missed that feature when I was perusing the Wikia. Then again, given how IRL almost all of them ended up at the bottom of the sea from one reason or another, I shouldn't be so surprised.

- There are no guy ships because why would any self respecting man (re: The Admiral (re:re: the Player's Avatar)) waifu another man? If you want the male version, go look up WWII's Pacific Theater of Operations.

And ships have traditionally been given female names and personas since sailing began.  Well, most places...Germany would be an exception.  I have no explanation for why Bismarck is a chick ;)

Or Musashi.
58  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 09, 2015, 02:17:26 AM

Right at the beginning, I'm hit by the completely farfetched setting of the anime.

The second thing I notice is that the animation is pretty bad for a 'big' name anime such as this.
- There's many still poses for the characters
- The screen filters at the beginning are sketchy and served no purpose
- There's very few frames between key frames, and
- Mouths are not animated but instead just cycle between repeating images of opened and closed.

(Ok, seriously, the more I'm progressing and the more I see that the animation sucks balls. The movements are really choppy and they keep using stills for animation - seriously WTF?)
(Seriously. Go to 5:00. It's ridiculous.)

(For fuck's sake... they are showing sliding images of the decor while the girls are talking instead of showing the actual characters...)
(Did they get no money at all for this ???)
(EDIT from after the episode - they actually do this a couple of times too)

Because there's a huge cast, they go over the characters really quickly and I can't say I really understood any of them.
I'm working under the assumption that I'm supposed to know them already to get the jokes they are showing me.

What's with the scene switching? I'm just getting confused as I don't understand the battle section and I don't get/know any of the characters in the school setting section.
Actually... why are they at school? I thought she joined a fleet ??

Arrows that transform into fighter planes? Can I get somewhat of a semblance of an explanation for this?

I think the two girls at the ice cream shop are the show's lesbian shipping.
(Get it? lesbian SHIPPING ! har har har)

So I have to ask at this point since I hit the halfway: the only explanation I'm going to get is that those girls "Have the souls of ships" ?
(EDIT from after the episode - yep)
Why is there no guy ship?
Why are there actually no other human other than the ship girls since the start?
Why are they so happy about fighting and acting all cute? Is there no chance of like one of them dying or something?

Some more 'jokes' I didn't understand.
Burning love phoenix what? I don't get any of this.

Are the girls like 20 meters tall or are the ships like 90 cm long?

The setting is ridiculous.
There is zero plot other than evil fish ships are evil.
I don't know anything about any of the characters.
The main girl sucks.
The battle scene was completely uninspired.
The voice acting is ok.
The music is somewhat ok.
The animation is bad bad bad.

Conclusion: I hold no desire to watch any more of this.

Oh good. I was worried that My Little Warcriminals the Anime wasn't going to be faithful to the source material.

As for your questions:
- The only risk to these 'characters' is from overexposure from an explosively sudden lack of clothing and the occasional grope (tentacle or otherwise).
- There are no guy ships because why would any self respecting man (re: The Admiral (re:re: the Player's Avatar)) waifu another man? If you want the male version, go look up WWII's Pacific Theater of Operations.
-As for why the bad guys are Space Tentacle Aliens, its likely that the devs wanted to perhaps leave the door open for waifu-ing American WWII era ships later on down the line instead of straight up making them the bad guys.
-I can't help you on the rest of your questions.

In conclusion: you got conned into watching a crappy, low-effort, fanservice anime.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2014 - Official Thread on: January 09, 2015, 01:55:30 AM
Hmm... Apparently last year wasn't that great for RPGs in general. Bravely Default started off the year promisingly enough, but it just seemed to fall flat on its face by the second half (and so did the year in terms of RPG releases :v). Hopefully this one will be better.

That said, I'd totes put in for Hyrule Warriors for best sorta-but-not-really RPG of the year. If you ignore the DLC, its one of the smoothest "insert name here" Warriors game yet. I'd also pull for Natural Doctrine for SRPG but between being butt-ugly as all hell and the fact that, aside from myself and Kevadu, nobody on this site knew that it even existed, I could see why it didn't make it (maybe if there were a top five).
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Dick Measuring Contest on: January 09, 2015, 01:41:41 AM

And then your Dick gets eaten by a giant clam.

Because that's what happens in the very next scene from that screenshot.

Anyways, I'll contribute once I find myself a dick.
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