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4606  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: July 12, 2013, 02:25:06 PM
Toriyama: "Yes, certain enemies will reappear. One of these will be Caius, because at the end of XIII-2 there is an uncertainty that hovers around his destiny and whether he survives or not. This mystery will be solved in Lightning Returns."

"Despite this, they made no mention of whether we would actually see Caius again or if he is simply mentioned during the course of the story."

Lolololol.

Sure, because there was any uncertainty left over after Caius forced Noel to kill him and to break the universe which then prompted his immediate revival with a diabolical Mwhahaha! to boot because the clown was an immortal Marty Stu.

Unless he's referring to the fact that they're retconning the ending of FFXIII-2, because it really really needed it.

Hell they've already brought Serah-chan back from the grave (twice) even if she's not quite the same character anymore, there's no way in hell they're not going to use the assets they made for Caius again.
4607  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 12, 2013, 12:50:42 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeHLS-1Tac8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk3R5gAYQIo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OLK5ZOjWaXE

Here. Have a couple goofy music videos I found on my travels through the internet.
4608  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 12, 2013, 12:47:55 AM
Holy crap. Silver Spoon anime. Yes!

Wait, a new Science Ninja Team Gatchaman Battle of the Planets G-Force? Wot?

And a new Ghibli film and a Future Diary OVA are coming eventually.

Also a bunch of magical girl anime that may or may not be interesting.
4609  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Guilty pleasure anime thread on: July 11, 2013, 07:30:18 PM
Re: InuYasha.  I feel that, like other Rumiko Takahashi series, it started well and had lots of potential, but Takahashi doesn't seem to know when or how to properly end a series.  Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma 1/2, InuYasha, all three of them were/are way too long.  According to Wikipedia, Urusei Yatsura has 195 episodes, Maison Ikkoku has 96, Ranma 1/2 has 161 and STILL hasn't been concluded in anime form, and InuYasha had 167 episodes.  That's not even counting OVAs or movies. 

I think the big difference there is that Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, and Ranma 1/2 were all primarily comedies (well, romcom for Maison Ikkoku but still with a comedic bent).  Inuyasha is supposed to be this big action-adventure thing.  I find I'm much more tolerant of shows dragging on and on when they're comedies, so long as they keep the jokes coming it's OK if there isn't really a lot of character development.  But when you're trying to tell a more serious story then things need to actually, you know, happen.  Which was Inuyasha's big problem: after the initial setup (which honestly wasn't bad), nothing happened.  It was just the same old shit over and over.  No progress, no character development, nothing.  Blah.

You could probably just watch the first couple of seasons and then skip straight to the Final Act and not feel like you really missed anything...

B-but....it totally did have things happening throughout its run. I mean, what about all those Naraku spawns that kept getting introduced, or all those sword upgrades for Inuyasha to handle Naraku's latest barrier, or all those times Kagome and Inuyasha shouted each other's names at each other? :v

But yeah, I can't really say for sure when the plot first decided to just go "Fuck it! Let's milk this for all its worth." (probably either around the first battle with Naraku or when Sango first joined), but I'm pretty sure the plot was on full cruise control by the time Koga (aka Ranma's Ryoga except with a wolf motif instead of a pig alt and a functioning GPS) showed up.

The final act is almost as abrupt in the manga as in the anime because the author really did see the writing on the wall and got out while she was ahead. Of course, she then proceeded to turn around and do Inuyasha all over again with Rin-ne (of course, I don't think nearly as many people were fooled this time around; but you never know).
4610  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NISA announces Danganronpa and Demon Gaze on: July 11, 2013, 05:56:45 PM
I'm a Shantae fanboy...

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/07/11/the-original-shantae-is-headed-to-3ds-virtual-console-next-week/

Meanwhile, the original Shantae is hitting the 3DS VC instead of remaining an impossibly obscure/expensive GBC game that no one will ever get to play.

Also, I'm kinda torn on Battle Princess since it no longer looks as Zelda 2-ish as first impressions might've let on. Plus, it looks to be following in every other NIS game ever made in its infinity +1 numbers all over the place. Also, it looks rather Odin's Sphere-ish but without even half the charm (and hopefully without even half the slowdown either).
4611  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: July 11, 2013, 05:49:53 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/07/11/next-legend-of-heroes-first-trailer-reveals-a-brand-new-character/

There's a PSVita version in the works too.

(Although, I mostly wanted to post this to point out Siliconera's error in their theory about console exclusive characters.)

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As seen on the official website, the mysterious new character appears on the cover of the PlayStation 3 version of the game, while she seems to have been omitted in the cover of the PlayStation Vita’s version, meaning she could be a console exclusive. Japanese magazine leaks report that more info regarding the character will be revealed as early as this week.

(Nice job eagle eyes.)
4612  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Guilty pleasure anime thread on: July 11, 2013, 02:41:15 PM
think that for some people watching anime at all is a 'guilty pleasure'.  At least that's the only way I can understand some of the suggestions in this thread ;)

Dragon Ball Z. I was a huge DBZ fan back in the day, and occasionally still watch it now. It is popular to hate on, but without it most  Shounen wouldn't exist.

The only way I could see DBZ being considered 'guilty pleasure' is if you only listen to the show without actually watching it.


...Inuyasha. It's so fucking bad....but I find that at 5am on sunday mornings...if I'm awake I tend to flip to Toonami and watch both episodes...unless I pass out first.

Hey man, Inuyasha had tons of potential that got utterly wasted when it all-in on the romcom formula. You just need to stick to the first season where shit actually happened and then drop it like a bad habit afterwords.
4613  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 10, 2013, 09:52:39 PM
Speaking of Akira, I hope the live action version stays in development hell, and eventually dies a horrible, horrible death. It would suck balls, and be over-Americanized, just like the other pointless anime -> live action films out there. The original Anime is a pinnacle... an achievement. It's legacy should be left alone.

I actually think the Ghost in the Shell series could lend itself well to an adaption....  but the fact these sorts of things (animated source > real life) get so goddamn altered for whatever the hell reason makes me agree -- a lot of these should be put to death and let them be "rebooted" within their current media.  It's a shame because I'd LIKE to think it'd be a cool thing to see some awesome animated fiction done as live action (I guess for the same reason I love amazing looking cosplay).

Which reminds me, prequel episode for GitS ARISE was pretty damn good.  The Batou fight was quite exciting.

I'm more surprised that GitS hasn't received a live action adaptation already. The movie making tech is already good enough to do the setting and effects justice, there's already adaptions that exorcize a lot of the goofy animeness of the manga, and at the core, the basic premise and events of the core material practically read like a movie script already.

They just need a good director, at least one good writer or a collaboration to modify the material enough to make the movie more than just a live action version of the original movie, and some good actors who can at least come close to kinda looking like the cast (the advantage of a setting where most people have been synthetically altered/augmented is that gaudy wigs and overdone prosthesis would be completely appropriate.


Also this discussion about live action anime adaptations reminded me that James Cameron is STILL probably working on that live action Battle Angel Alita movie (if the conspiracy theories are to be believed).
4614  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yumina the Ethereal: A new ecchi JRPG for Agarest War fans on: July 10, 2013, 09:25:48 PM
To be fair to this game and others like it, PC games in Japan tend to fall into two separate camps.

The ones that are nothing but trashy porn.

And the ones that are forced to shoehorn porn into it because the PC gaming market in Japan is just that fucking insane.

In the case of the latter, the core gameplay is typically fine enough to stand alone and you could easily exorcize the naughty bits without losing anything. In the case of the former, if you exorcize the naughty, you wont have anything left but a bunch of talking heads awkwardly spouting meaningless nonsense at each other since everything was just an excuse for the porn to begin with. I'm pretty sure this game falls into the latter camp since it looks to be more than just a bunch of excuses for random porn.
4615  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 10, 2013, 01:01:31 PM
In what universe is White Trash Shart Dragon an insult?
4616  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: July 10, 2013, 04:42:42 AM
Gil is now a lot easier to come by in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII -- Source: Nova Crystallis



"Browsing around in menus is immune to time."

"Time will also stop when you're in battle."

"It was said that Gil would be a lot harder to obtain in Lightning Returns, but now it seems fallen enemies will drop it freely. Lightning's HP will no longer automatically recover after battles as in Final Fantasy XIII, however, if you prefer not to use items she'll slowly recover some just by standing around on the field. Other ways she can recover health include using items and utilizing an inn or restaurant – of course, these things are not free."

I guess even they realized they couldn't get away with both static health and scarce money.

Now if there was only a way for Squeenix to figure out a way to justify using an Inn or a Restaurant over chugging potions.
4617  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: July 10, 2013, 04:37:56 AM
^Have you seen the kids in Conception though? They are creepy.

Plus there's no real eugenics since its an 'all you can "plow"' buffet for the main sausage.


I had twelve  bucks on my 3DS which I was considering on buying FE DLC. Now adding thirty to it I think I'll just use to buy a new game. Probably EO Millennium Girl as it should have content there to give me a lifetime of fun.

On to FE, I'd like to ask some advice. I'm at the point where the children are starting to come to my party. Should I level them up as use them in place of their parents or is it not worth it?
I've heard they have better stats and skills which is pretty easy to see but they aren't able to build a relationship with all other characters as opposed to the original cast.

In the main game at least you'll do just as well with the parents as you would with the kids (kids stats probably wont be as high as their parents even if both are still active but they can inherit a skill from each parent for free and come in at level 10 unpromoted which means they'll grow quickly or can opt to either promote or reclass immediately and their inheritance means that they'll still have better stats than either of their parents did at that level of development). The supports shouldn't matter as much since you can still achieve up to A ranks (and one S rank) between the kids and they can get supports from their parents as well as the Avatar (who can still support with everybody). Heck, I think there's no kid that have fewer support options than Chrom or Sumia, let alone somebody like Anna, Say'ri, the two endgame folks, or any of the post game characters.

The kids only really pull ahead in the second round of the DLC where you're either racing against time in a death trap that leaves your party with 1 HP at the start of each turn, or have to fight off an entire airforce from killing off 5 immobile NPCs in a lava field, or having to punch through wave after wave of high end enemies while trying to run down high end Risen before they scamper off, or having to guard NPC versions of your children while managing to find time to pull up to them and have a chat, or even the final DLC where you're tangling with a five stage gauntlet with enemies that have stats ratcheted beyond what even Limit Break can do for you.

Although even if you don't bother touching the DLC, the kids are at least far more preferable to their parents in the high end Double Duels if you can find somebody else with the game.
4618  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best **Badass** Moments in games on: July 09, 2013, 08:18:49 PM
Gonna add another FFIV moment I just remembered.

Code:
During the seemingly hopeless fight with Golbez and the Shadow Dragon: When Rydia unexpectedly comes to your aid with a surprise killer summon.
Total badass-ery.


How could I have forgotten about Cid jumping off of the airship as the party is trying to escape from the underworld while holding a bomb in an attempt at destroying the Red Wing airship squadron pursing your guys and sealing the entrance to the underworld by causing a cave in, only to show up later in the game resting in bed sleeping off the whole jumping off an airship high above the ground, blowing himself up, and toppling a mountain on top of himself and a pack of airships?
4619  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: July 09, 2013, 06:01:32 PM
Pardon the double post but since it applies here too I'll just leave this here for those who don't bother with either the SMT megathread or the main page.

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/07/09/nintendo-pushes-shin-megami-tensei-iv-and-fire-emblem-awakening-with-30-credit/

Yes, it even applies for those who went and got either the eShop version or the limited edition 3DS. (Of course $30 ebux doesn't even cover half of Awakening's DLC but its the thought that counts.)
4620  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best **Badass** Moments in games on: July 09, 2013, 12:21:09 AM
Just about any action scene involving Id during the 1st half of Xenogears

I'll do one better and specifically mention the battle in the desert where he shows up and Bart tries to get clever and runs him over with his sand submarine. Too bad he only succeeded in pissing him off.


Also just remembered Cornelius from Odin's Sphere and his awesome ability to turn himself into a hopping, whirling, bunny buzzsaw of doom. Too bad it really wasn't that useful in practice (not like it would've helped his end game much anyways what with all the fucking wizards everywhere).
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