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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 09, 2015, 12:38:52 AM
And what would you propose we do? We can't go stomping in there with boots on the ground and everything since A) that has yet to actually work out for the US, and B) that's only referring to countries without a goddamn nuclear arsenal at their disposal. Sanctions and trade embargoes are similarly ineffective, and not just because Russia's a superpower or the fact that China would be more than happy to fill the void. Getting rid of Putin won't help either since he's enjoying more popularity now in Russia than ever before and doing so would A) lead to some rather pissed off Russians, and B) would open the door for somebody even worse than Putin to take office.

Frankly, the only thing we can do is help fortify locations near the new border and hope that Russia's not serious about annexing anymore territory around them.
62  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Netflix Is Developing a Live-Action ‘Legend of Zelda’ Series on: February 09, 2015, 12:18:33 AM
Only if his lines were the usual variations of Hiya! and Hup! and Waaaaaaaaa! or Hurg!.

Honestly, I know the series isn't as popular as Zelda by any means, but it would make more sense to me if they were to develop a Fire Emblem live-action series.
Fire Emblem 4 as a live action series along the lines of Game of Thrones would be so freaking amazing. O.O I mean you have everything you need there for it to be amazing. Epic war? Check. Crappy romance? Check. Drama? Check. Evil cult trying to resurrect their dark god through incest? Check. It will never happen since we don't even have an official English translation, but I can dream of it.

Yeah, it's a big dream that would never happen to be sure, but that is exactly what I was thinking of when I mentioned it. And to be honest, I can't think of a better way to actually bring FE4 to Western audiences. But Nintendo would never, ever allow that to happen.

I don't know what's stopping a western release more, the fact that the villain brings up the Final Solution (as an alternate choice compared to the ongoing child hunts), that some of the ladies on your own team have rather unfortunate tastes in men, the fact that some of the gen 1 characters end up dying some rather gruesome deaths, the question about what happened to the gen 1 characters that didn't die at the end of gen 1, the unfortunate Jealousy mechanic, the question of whether to include the bug that allows gen 2's main character to fall in love with his own (half) sister, the set in stone plot based half-sibling incest, or the lack of a remake (ala the DS games).

And that doesn't even get into Thracia and some of the unfortunate implications that it made ("Say Delmud? How come you can use Beo's Sword when you're Nanna's brother and she's Finn's daughter and also can't use said sword and not because of her class?").

Also congrats on your 11 hundred and 11th post Jimmy.
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: February 08, 2015, 11:14:36 PM
...yeah, no.  Chibi jailbait ass ain't my thang.  I can't diss her, though.  She was my MVP during the final battle.  

In three more years, she'll be 18 (along with the rest of the cast).

Irregardless, Garnet, while fine in her own right, wouldn't be my first choice for the coveted 'waifu of FFIX' award.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 08, 2015, 06:02:42 AM
I need to enlist the help of the image experts here!

I'm looking for an image I saw ages ago based on an older Final Fantasy game (I think V). Except instead of the party characters being tiny and monsters huge, it was reversed to make the party look like the bad guys. Anyone know that one?

Disclaimer: I'm planning to post this to the RPGFan Facebook page.

Oh, and in the interests of contributing to this topic...

Home run!

Here you go.
65  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Netflix Is Developing a Live-Action ‘Legend of Zelda’ Series on: February 07, 2015, 02:43:02 PM
"Netflix is describing it as “Game of Thrones” for a family audience"

That sounds like one of the worst things ever.

The thing that makes that bad isn't the "family audience" bit it's that Legend of Zelda doesn't lend  itself to the complex and interweaving stories that make the backbone of GoT

Agreed. It's far more mythic, and the games themselves (at least those where you have to rescue Zelda) typically tell variations of the same story.

Still, it could be interesting, but it will be such a high profile that they will need to tread carefully so as to not alienate the fans of the series, which could be an impossible task.

Honestly, I know the series isn't as popular as Zelda by any means, but it would make more sense to me if they were to develop a Fire Emblem live-action series.

If they go with Genealogy/Thracia (which is probably the best choice plotwise, though Blazing Blade and Path of Radiance would make for usable auxiliary choices), they will be in GoT territory, no questions asked. Fortunately, they're pretty much guaranteed to aim for Awakening instead. Unfortunately, they'd be going with Awakening and its Valmese Vacation/Gaiden arc and there's nothing that they could really pull away from that; to speak nothing on the matter of the Time Travel shenanigans, the other relatively threadbare main plot arcs or the fact that some of the most dramatic moments get retconned with the post game stuff. Either way though, an Awakening TV series will immediately devolve into a massive shipping wars debate regardless as to where its taken.

And then there's the problem that due to the way that normal FE games work, much of the show would consist of massive fights with people peeling off and taking on a few grunts with the occasional dying on the side (and how would the show handle character death? Hitting the Quick Reset button combination? A handy Aum/Valkyrie Staff? Or the usual "I've been wounded and now I must sit on the sidelines for the rest of the game." excuse?).

Getting back on topic though, does Netflix even have a 'go ahead' from Nintendo for this? And if they did, just how many episodes of this will they produce (they could get away with a S1=OoT, S2=MM, S3/4=OoS/OoA and maybe a S5(or S4 if they can squeeze both Oracles into one season)=WW)? Also, how would they handle stuff like having Link smash pots and cut grass everywhere, or teasing Cuccos until they swarm him, or Sword Beams that don't look cheezy as all hell, or Animal Companions?

There are far too many questions regarding this for me to accept this as real (or won't be shut down/go completely silent by the end of the month). Though honestly speaking, if this comes out at all, I would fully expect this to run along the same lines of quality as the old Super Mario Bros. Super Show version.

Sheikah Edit:
Gee I wonder what Gannon is up to?!

66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 07, 2015, 04:20:59 AM
Your steriotypical scalper:

The Amiibo saga continues.
67  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Netflix Is Developing a Live-Action ‘Legend of Zelda’ Series on: February 07, 2015, 03:03:13 AM
68  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: February 07, 2015, 02:49:01 AM
Sorry, update soon.  Been busy.

....that and I actually really HATE the festival of the Hunt.  Last two times I played it I got the prize (boss) on the LAST hit.  So I'm power levelling to avoid it...if I can. :(

Isn't it better to let Vivi win? IIRC, winning with Zidane nets you a small amount of cash while Freya winning nets you some kind of accessory that'll show up in a town or two later while Vivi nets you a card.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 06, 2015, 10:01:07 PM
So did anyone else notice that they are making the personas.....closer to their roots conceptually this go around? Oh geez it is difficult to explain what I am thinking. Okay so we all know that personas as a concept come from the work of Jung as a concept of a personality shown to the outside world to hide one's true self from the world and I think also to protect oneself. In previous Persona games, personas have basically been summons in terms of how they appear in game. However in Persona 5, it appears that they have changed it up so that the Personas envelop the persona user's body completely separating them from the outside world in the same way that personas are supposed to protect a person's true self by hiding it from others. I like that change up.

I'm getting more of a Kamen Rider vibe from this than anything.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 06, 2015, 12:47:48 PM
On the other hand, being able to make my own character means that its Reyn Time.

Or KOS-MOS Time or Elly Time.

"We Can Change Our Post!" Edit: http://www.siliconera.com/2015/02/08/shulk-amiibo-owners-get-tokens-xenoblade-chronicles-3ds-collection-mode/

For those of you who were worried that you'd be missing out on something with the Shulk Amiibo, now you need not anymore.

Its not even worth a goddamn Gem, Crystal/Cylinder or Advanced Arts Manual.

And while I'm here: http://gematsu.com/2015/02/xenoblade-chronicles-x-supports-gamepad-play

Gamepad only support? Hell yes. XBCX with headphones on the john is a reality. Game of the year, right here!
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 06, 2015, 11:40:56 AM


Some more data that I couldn't get from my views of the video.

Just watched the newest video and... well, I think I'm out.  Can't quite put my finger on it, but something feels very off to me.  It's starting to feel like JRPG: Skyrim instead of a cohesive world with unique characters.  Actually, I think that's my biggest problem.  The characters, so far, seem very blah to me.  Boring, lacking personality, and bland.  Maybe things will get better with cutscenes and dialogue, but having a character speak directly to me with the same Elder Scrolls camera angle seems rather off at this stage.

Still, the artwork looks fantastic and maybe keeping my expectations low will allow them to blow me away.  All those factions though..... *cue Dark Brotherhood music*  

Sorry you feel that way. If anything, this video had more things that it shares with XBC than any of the previous videos did. The characters in the video were mostly performing like informal tour guides to me. We probably won't know their full stories until May at the earliest.

That said, I agree that the layout of the continents is unfortunately, rather video gamey. Which is a bit of a shame considering how beautiful the environments are and how brilliant the Bionis was in XBC (even if the layout was really wonky there too).
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 06, 2015, 11:20:01 AM
Checked out the JP Direct (or as much as I could with this infernal machine of mine, I needed more than 5 minutes to refresh a goddamn page ): ).

The highlights include:

- Five continents that make up the world.
- Each continent is its own distinct ecological zone (i.e. plains level, jungle level, desert level, ice level and lava level).
- There are other settlements beyond NLA, including a Nopon campsite.
- There are three other humanoid species beyond Humans (and Nopons I guess), including blue guys with horns (imagine something akin to either Avatar's Blue Men group or FFX's Ronso but smaller and with ram style horns instead of unicorn style), short brown guys/gals (they seem like smaller versions of FFTA/TA2/XII/etc's Bangaa), and space orks (who looked like large burly fantasy orcs in sci-fi wear and armed with rayguns instead of clubs, axes or swords).
- A space ship drops on by NLA. No idea on who it belongs to.
- This wouldn't be a Japanese Sci-Fi/Giant Robot Anime without ridiculous and awkward anagrams.
- A lot of old mechanics are returning, including UM hunts, Heart to Heart talks, Affinity Charts, Sidequests that auto-complete the moment you have fulfilled their requirements, Landmark/et all Discovery and Fast-Travel connection points (though it seems like you're only awarded Exp this time) and awkward jumping.
- Some of the games UMs will have new tricks like blending into the environment until you get close and pouncing you or emerging straight up out from the ground.
- Sidequests can now be picked up without having to talk to people, but by simply walking by them.
- When a character is KO'd they're beamed off the battlefield, instead of just laying there until you successfully run away.
- A new Navigation Ball and Upper Camera are used to help with navigation (the Navigation Ball in particular basically zooms in front of you at speeds that you probably won't be able to keep up with, even at a dead run, but it makes for an interesting game of Golden Finch tag). The Upper Camera is the same as before, it pulls the camera directly up from your location while focused directly towards you, then at maximum height can be manipulated.
- The ship pods that you have to run around collecting in one profession has a somewhat familiar design. Maybe if they were painted gold I could recall where I've seen them before.
- Judging from the Affinity Chart, there's going to be at least 8 or 9 PCs in this game (give or take the Nopon dude and/or Mustachio Biker dude; Blue guy is confirmed playable).

Fuck; Beaten. Edit: http://www.siliconera.com/2015/02/06/xenoblade-chronicles-x-info-exploring-questing-bonding-citizens/

Important to note is that the image of the relationship chart has images of playable characters spoilered on it.
73  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 06, 2015, 04:41:19 AM
I haven't yet. But I HAVE TO see Jupiter Ascending. It looks like it could be the worst movie made in the last 5 years.

Channing Tatum plays an albino intergalactic bounty hunter who was genetically engineered using wolf DNA.   WOLF DNA!!!

And he's also thousands of years old (because of COURSE HE IS).  Oh and Mila Kunis plays the reincarnated queen of the universe (whose father is russian but she is still somehow named Jupiter JONES)

"Have you ever seen a movie so consistently, compellingly ill-conceived that it made you feel better about some of the poor decisions you’ve made in your own life? That’s what Jupiter Ascending is." - Actual quote from actual movie reviewer whom I respect.

I can already tell I'm going to love this movie for as long as I live.  It's been called Battlefield Earth without the excuse of Scientology. 

Edit: Imagine the 5th element without a plot but with more parkour, THAT's what Jupiter Ascending looks like it might end up being.

Wait. I thought they had Jennifer Lawrence as the star-crossed romantic love interest? Then again, the ads have almost completely removed any reference to the fact that there's a female lead or that there's even a love story to begin with.

Anyways, from what I've gathered from those ads is that its basically Twilight in Space which immediately makes it 1000x better than Twilight because something might actually happen.

Also, The Fifth Element didn't really have that much of a plot either, it was just Die Hard in Space. It was the fact that it the only thing it took seriously was the Sci-Fi that made that movie so good.
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 05, 2015, 06:02:18 AM

Pardon the double post, but I felt that I had to share this one.

Namely because of these:

75  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 05, 2015, 03:41:39 AM
You know, I take it back. I'd rather have a third character score 8 or more KOs in Cruel Smash rather than having to get someone through Classic 9.0 without losing a life. Goddamn was that hideous.

That said, I eventually mother fucking nailed it with Captain Falcon armed with a Vampiric Glove, a second upper-mid tier Strength Glove and a top tier Hyper Suit for Defense. It was still a royal pain in the ass that ended up depleting nearly half of my Coins (thank god I held off on this until after I had cleared the 300k Coin challenge).

Anyways, all that's left is to clear multi-Event Match, Classic 7.0 with everybody, and True All-Star on Hard with everybody. Going by their reverse order in All-Star (or their order in 3DS's All-Star), I've done up to Captain Falcon and next will be Dr. Mario and Yoshi. The grind continues.
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