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4936  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Underrated RPGs: Valkyrie Profile 2 on: May 20, 2010, 03:43:43 PM
The worst part about VP1 was how stupid the ending was. The good ending, that is.

Then again I dont think Tri-Ace knows how to write a good ending..

They're happy even if they lack substance and proper explanations.  Beats a Hamlet ending (remember WA4?)

Wait... WA4? wild arms 4? As far as i know Tri-Ace didn't had anything to do with WA4.... but yeah , WA4 sucked so much, god >_>


Btw, I find it humorous that people are trying to defend Tri-Ace's writing abilities. VP1 was a complete fluke at best and crappy DBZ bullshit at worst.

Actually here's what I think of Tri-Ace in general.

Visually speaking their games are on par with Squeenix in general, just look to the current console JRPGs to see what I mean. This I feel is by far their strongest suite.

Gameplay wise, their games can be divided into two different categories. The SO games are simply overly convoluted messes that devolve down to one or two basic strategies that will get you through every situation ever with shitloads of grinding and gamebreaking to sift through the broken (one way or the other) gameplay elements to find one of the aforementioned basic strategy. The VP games are a lot more straight forward but still boil themselves down to use these guys in this order to win at everything ever. Basically think how FFVIII's gameplay and innovation devolved into spam limitbreaks and refine from cards. Out of all their games I think VP2 has the best gameplay mechanics due to having an actual battlefield to contend with and different enemies to dodge (enemies AoE attacks and breakable body parts were the biggest emphasis in that game). I haven't found their worst gameplay system yet but I'm going to hazard a guess and point to SO:BS (that or if the Wolf Team that devolved into Tri-Ace is the same Wolf Team from Telenet then Earnest Evans is most likely the safest bet).

Either way, it should be noted that the quality usually varies wildly but on average is their second best field (it should also be noted that no matter what the game, every Tri-Ace game simply does not have a Magic option that isn't complete and utter shit).

Musically speaking they have Motoi Sakuraba as their sole composer/music director. Unfortunately they have Motoi Sakuraba as their sole composer/music director and he ran out of ideas by the end of ToP and since recycles everything worth half a damn.

And finally there's the writing which seems to be done by some talentless hack who's simply moonlighting in between Harem Mangas of Chaos Head level quality (for the love of God DO NOT LOOK THAT UP!!!).
4937  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: May 19, 2010, 09:54:57 AM
I don't know about you - but the end chapters of Drakengard 1 scared the piss out of me and made me want to never have kids.

Hear hear! I wish Drakengard 2 had gotten that batshit scary/crazy.

Well I will admit that the lack of giant maneating nekkid space babies and their giant nekkid preggers momma who can only be brought down with a two tone song and absurd reflexes was sorely missed in Nier but other than that it was a game worthy of the title of Drakengard 2 (and by that I mean that no other game has the right to call itself that which is fine because no other game like that ever existed in the first place and never will).
4938  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 19, 2010, 02:26:09 AM
5 Centimetres Per Second.

I cried....a lot.

This was really awesome.  Shinkai is great.  You should watch his other movies if you haven't.  I'd say Voices of a Distant Star is my favorite.

I've only seen Places Promised in our Early Days but I second any suggestion involving more Shinkai.

The Descent Part 2 -

A disappointing sequel where all the ideas and intriguing aspects of the original are scrapped in favor of more gore, more action, and pointless character cameos that ruin the story of the first movie. It's a pointless sequel that kind of ruins my fond memories of the first one. Everything that was beautiful and haunting about the first movie has been turned into murky, disgusting cinema and cheap looking special effects. I guess the only good things I have to say about this movie are that I wasn't bored while watching it and it was competently acted.

Wasn't the first one just a murky, disgusting cinema with cheap looking special effects and featured nothing but gore, action, and pointless characters to begin with?

No wait, the first movie was a black screen with dumb chicks screaming in the background throughout it and some hilarious bullshit at the beginning that had nothing to do with the rest of the movie of not being able to see the shit happening on the screen.

Avatar felt like I was watching a JRPG (which I expected given how both Avatar and your garden variety JRPG are both descended from generic Anime).

Whoe an eye-catching film.... I thought the fact that half of the jungle turning all neon-florescent was a cheap way to "wow" the audience.  A few fancy lights and everyone's impressed.  Ah well; it was nevertheless a touching tale of Smurf Pocahontas.

I thought the story was more like Pocahontas meets Fern Gully with some anime bullshit about trees being the hive mind collective and unobtainium lol. But really, it was probably just James Cameron trolling movie audiences to see how much anime the average movie goer would watch before dropping Battle Angel Alita into the mainstream consciousness.

Anyways, watched Sherlock Holmes a day after my last update. Was correct in my assumption that it had undergone the Wild Wild West treatment in that it was still mostly Sherlock Holmes kinda but in big dumb action film format.
4939  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Good (Action) RPGs for PS2? on: May 19, 2010, 01:53:04 AM
While not exactly an RPG in the conventional sense Shadow of the Colossus is a must if you enjoy good games.
4940  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon: The Latest Generation on: May 19, 2010, 01:47:22 AM
Haha, I love the name "Piglit". Somebody also suggested that it should evolve into "Pyroink", which I also love.

I'm probably still gonna go with Smugleaf, though. Unless his evolutions are hideous.

That's better than the "Pigdit" I came up with, but you can't tell me that the Fire Starter doesn't look like some Masked Pig (great, now I'm having flashbacks to episodes of Garfield and Friends (Roy Rooster had the Smuggest Smug Grin)).
4941  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy V. 13 coming to the 360 after all? on: May 19, 2010, 01:40:59 AM
They better pull this game from a magic hat!

Well, they DID do that with Spirit Tracks and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, even Super Mario Galaxy 2 is coming less than a year after its reveal. It's not far fetched to think we might not get Zelda this year if Nintendo keeps being this timely for a change.

From what I've been hearing though, it sounds like the original idea for the game was possibly scraped (or the game received a major overhaul) somewhere between it's original announcement and somewhere in November. But then again this is all speculation at best, but we wont know anything until E3.
4942  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: X-Seed partners with Nihon Falcom on: May 19, 2010, 01:35:24 AM
Anyways it looks like I FINALLY have a reason to pick up a PSP.

Donīt forget Crisis core, God of war and Metal Gear Peace Walker. Those are good reasons to get a psp.

Couldn't care less about God of War, Crisis Core would be nice if FFVII hadn't been retconned to hell and back, and PW is too lonely to make an entire console purchase for.

But then again, the games I've had my eye on for the PSP up until now were Dissida, VC2, Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles, FFT WotL, Wild Arms XF, Jenne de Arc (debatable given how underwhelming Level 5 has been lately), Persona Portable, and Growlanser PSP (if Atlus ever got off their collective asses long enough to localize that instead of Persona #1337 or something ARGH!!!).

It's not quite double the amount of the games (maybe only a quarter depending on how the Sora no Kiseki trilogy arrives as), but I would finally be able to feasibly construct a solid PSP library with this.
4943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy V. 13 coming to the 360 after all? on: May 19, 2010, 01:19:40 AM
The rocks will look terrible.
4944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc Rise Fantasia on: May 19, 2010, 01:17:54 AM
You guys are cah-razy ;)

On a more relevant note, a preorder of the game get's you a game cell? I have no idea what this is but it's not the first time I've seen this as a preorder bonus, could someone school me on Game cells?

A game cell is essentially the same thing as an animation cell except from a video game. Animation cells are what were used to make things like cartoons and anime back when they were made by hand instead of through computers.
4945  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: May 18, 2010, 11:29:53 AM
Started up Suikoden 1 two days ago. I've just recruited one of the five generals. I'm counting on some wise guy know-it-all to let me know who to keep an eye out for.
4946  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: X-Seed partners with Nihon Falcom on: May 18, 2010, 10:08:42 AM
Wow, look at all the new registers for this.

Anyways it looks like I FINALLY have a reason to pick up a PSP.
4947  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc Rise Fantasia on: May 14, 2010, 12:50:45 PM
Looks generic. I'll save my pennies for Final Story instead (or was it called Last Fantasy?).
It's Final Odyssey. Pay attention man.

No, you're thinking of Lost Dragon.

Dragon Fantasy!

...sounds dirty.

Not as dirty as Dragon Knight though.
4948  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Good (Action) RPGs for PS2? on: May 14, 2010, 12:48:52 PM

Yeah :D, i loved those games, it was great, the only thing i didnt liked much was the ending, or more like how Haseo changed, he was cooler as badass Haseo xD

I've been considering getting those games for a while now. I loved .Hack//SIGN, which made me go and get the first four PS2 games, which, looking back, were pretty awful. I played a little bit of G.U. and I found the gameplay better, but not by very much. Does the gameplay evolve beyond just pressing X a lot later on?

I also want to get it since I watched .hack//Roots, which didn't have the courtesy of being self-contained like SIGN did.

Unfortunately there is now a ton of .hack//stuff out there now which mostly ties together and such (and most of it is trapped in the land of the rising sun). And just like something with so many iteration over the last decade most of it is miss than hit. Plus the most recent game in JP right now is //Link and that's a crossover of pretty much everything .hack thus far.
On the GU matter, yeah, it gets harder later on because you will be able to use more weapons with Haseo, there will still be the matter of XXXXX but with dif weapons, different timings, different attacks, and so on (and let me tell you, the last form is just great).
Oh btw this doesnt gets mentioned in the game, i think is just mentioned in a manga of GU (and i dont think is much of a spoil so is safe to read), the ... player, i mean the human person, using Haseo, is the same that used Sora in SIGN :D, but of course, with Haseo he is 16 years old, when he was Sora he was like 10 years old, it seems he forgot everything that happened before, because as you may know, he was trapped by Sleith, and later liberated by Keith.

It's pretty damn sad that after a decade since watching that show, and about half a decade of not giving a shit about .//hack anymore I almost immediately remembered what the hell you were referencing. >:
4949  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc Rise Fantasia on: May 14, 2010, 12:40:47 PM
Looks generic. I'll save my pennies for Final Story instead (or was it called Last Fantasy?).
It's Final Odyssey. Pay attention man.

No, you're thinking of Lost Dragon.
4950  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 14, 2010, 05:29:14 AM

Not only do Snickers change you from an elderly actor/actress into a douchebag 20-something year old in between beer commercials, but they also ship all your hunger to some poor unknowing sod in Germany as well. I wonder what else they can do?
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