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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: April 15, 2015, 03:14:49 PM
Xenoblade Chronicles X (comparison) E3 2013 x Direct 2015

Sighed a little bit. But hell we're getting the best follow up to arguably the best jrpg in a decade on the Wii U, so I'm not phased by the "simplified" art direction of some scenes. Still a day 1 sell for me.

Edit: Because I'd betray my avatar if I didn't buy this game =P
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 15, 2015, 03:10:03 PM
 I remember hating the mud-wiped faces of Xenoblade but was really impressed with how emotive they were in cutscenes... hopefully the same happens here, at the very least, and the environment art has more than impressed so far

Oh those mud-wiped faces. Lol! I hear the 3DS port is worse since the port was handled by a 3rd party dev team. What you said reminds me of an article I read last night on NintendoLife about the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles X game. Quoted here for context to game character design and development:

"In modern game development, it can sometimes be tough for developers to fulfill their initial promise with a game. Often, this results from too much being shown too soon; as the project continues to grow and change, certain aspects must be scaled back in order to accommodate more."

Source: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2015/04/video_xenoblade_chronicles_x_may_have_been_subject_to_a_slight_graphics_downgrade

I think the writer was eluding to the reason that developers purposely tactfully make this decision due to the sheer scope and scale of the project in terms of environment, cutscenes, writing/pacing, etc. over close up character design. So perhaps that's the case here with the upcoming SO5. Since I just found out this week with the reveal of the story and some screens, I have no idea how far along they're in development, but maybe that's already been stated elsewhere.

33  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: WiiU on: April 15, 2015, 01:10:13 PM
I hate Toad but Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker is so cute and fun. The colors are amazing. I'd love to blaze and play

I know many aren't huge fans of paid DLC... I know I'm not, but if you register a Toad amiibo with your Wii U you can then unlock "pixel toad" in Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker in a "hide and seek" style.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 15, 2015, 01:02:30 PM
FYI: How To Escape Professional Handcuffs - With A Paperclip
The more you know...

Maglev trains passing each other.
As video description says: 2 very high speed trains each hitting 430kmph pass each other.

Calm the B Down
Catchy remix of a wtf video

WTFBrahh needs to remix this one, pretty funny. Print the products to buy the products.
35  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: April 15, 2015, 12:06:58 PM
I mostly listen to euro-metal acts so I've been expanding my horizons with other international metal bands after my recent trip to Asia. Found two cool bands this week. I'm picking my favorite track for each band:

Onmyo-Za 陰陽座 (Japan)
16th Single, which was announced on March 19, 2014 from "crescent of blue sky". Title song "crescent of blue sky" is (Full Size).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcVSDmJmJfU - Music Vdeo

Jambinai 잠비나이 (South Korea)
From the album "[차연(差延), Différance]" (2014 Remastered). Motion Video directed by Hyunjeong Shin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56dv3XHUISY - Live performance. Slow build up with one instrument and ends with several. So many feels with this song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aik3JRXud6Q - Motion Video [MV]
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 07:52:40 PM
My vote would be for Bill and Ted to jump in a phone booth and travel in time to the years of 1998~1999 and kidnap Yasunori Mitsuda from his golden age era days of Chrono Cross and Xenogears. ^_^
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 14, 2015, 02:23:08 PM
Watched a ton of movies on my flight to and from South Korea recently. A few brief highlights:

Holy moley wasn't expecting the movie to be as graphic as it was. But ya.. WWII and tanks bad stuff is going to happen. I didn't like the Logan Lerman's character, Norman Ellison, at first but towards the end of the movie, the kid was a freaking war machine.

The Theory of Everything
So many feels with this movie. Amazing how some of the movie lines could be so short at times, but deeply profound.

The Imitation Game
Alan Turing... an instrumental figure in the creation of the modern day computer. Benedict did a fantastic job as well. He certainly has the acting chops of an A-list actor. One of favorite lines that didn't have anything to do with cryptography, but still awesome was this one:

"Alan Turing: Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes... hollow."

Taken 3
Poor Liam Neeson. The guy just wants to enjoy retirement, but we all know he has a very particular set of skills. These particular set of skills make big bucks at the box office. Jokes aside... his family keeps getting thrown into danger. I believe this movie was confirmed to be the final film for Bryan Mills as the movie poster claims in big bold writing, "IT ENDS HERE." Anyway, decent ammo dump movie.

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Batman is Moses. Don't mess with this guy or you'll likely have to come to grips with God's wrath and the ten plagues that come with it. A bit of Hollywood trivia The Ten Commandments (1956) was 220 mins. Exodus (2014) was shorter... clocking in at 150 mins. I still liked Exodus. Ridley Scott makes awesome historic epics as well as great sci-fi.

I liked the movie, but I don't understand all the hype. I tried going into it with an open mind, but I'm a little surprised it won best pic at the Oscars this year. Maybe I'm missing something or was trying to read to hard in between the lines.

Hungergames: Mocking Jay Part 1
TBH I was a little bored with this one. Katniss reluctantly addresses the issue to be the appointed the symbol of the rebellion and how they try to use her in creative montages to spread the message of rebellion. Like the previous movie the ending is abrupt and leaves me wanting to find out more. Maybe I just miss the game action aspect of the series in the previous films. I guess that's why it's a part one of a finale. Oh and finally RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. His cameos on this film was brief as I don't know where they were in filming during his passing, but I'll miss his acting.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 01:11:51 PM
I beat Star Ocean: First Departure and The Second Story when they were ported to PSP ages ago. I never got around to picking up Till the End of Time on PS2 back in 2003 while I was in the midst of transferring colleges. I can't remember why I passed on The Last Hope back when it came out in 2010 on PS3 either. I do know my wife beat the game and liked it though. I can vividly remember hearing a few expletives shouted out at some of the hard bosses and reoccurring game over screens that followed, lol.

I'm curious as to how Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will turn out. I have yet to pick up a PS4, but am increasingly desiring to take the deep plunge with FF Type-0 out and FFXV's work in progress. Maybe a delightful FFXV/PS4 bundle is my Christmas tree's future this year. ^_^

I'm reserving judgement on this upcoming Star Ocean as I'm taking in the thoughts of the first few pages of this thread and the outside links with pictures and info.

The weirdest thing I can't seem to get passed is my first impression of the character designs like you folks. That pink hair female character's face. Is it just me or does it look like she's completely missing a nose in some shots? Her eyes do look a bit larger than the rest of the group too. Sigh...

I like your thoughts on art direction though Dice, a mature character design would be welcome. Easier on the eyes for a lengthy epic sci-fi sprawling adventure.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 13, 2015, 07:09:24 PM
No mute city music, no mute city. Whopping thumbs down.

Oh man, now that you mention it, you're right -- you don't hear that classic song in the background. Bummer. Haha, I guess I was too dazed by the speedy fastness of that track.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 13, 2015, 03:08:46 PM
Video: Mute City in Mario Kart 8 Just Got Crazy Courtesy of 200cc Racing

Omg... this makes me want a new F-Zero game. I loved playing F-Zero on the SNES growing up. Digging the new speed of Mario Kart at 200cc looks super fast.
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 13, 2015, 12:53:52 PM
Tried to watch the season five premiere of Game of Thrones last night but I fell asleep due to nasty jet lag after returning to the states after spending two weeks in South Korea. Never thought I could fall asleep watching Game of Thrones, but ya... jet lag.

The controversial direction I heard this season without giving away spoilers is that the ten episode season will abandon the books somewhat. G.R.R.M. couldn't get out his upcoming book, The Winds of Winter before this season premiered, so the show will be heading into uncharted territory so to speak. I've read all the books, so I'll just have to find out what happens like all the other non-readers of the series, heh.

On a related note, I heard that the first couple of episodes leaked online last weekend. Doh! Hopefully Twitter or the blogosphere won't go nuts and spoil everything. I'll have to keep my spoiler sunglasses on so I don't get spoiled by anything.

And on a final note although not on SNL, I loved this skit Seth Meyers produced for his talk show with having Jon Snow over as a mock dinner guest. He's in character and costume in a modern day NYC condo/apt. living setting attempting to have a pleasant meal conversation with Seth's friends. Anyway, without giving away more, it's a good laugh if you'll haven't seen it. Currently has 5 million views. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BabsgCQhpu4
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 27, 2015, 02:13:16 PM
Japanese Quintet Performs A Gorgeous Rendition Of The Hyrule Field Theme From 'Ocarina Of Time'

Love these guy's video games covers. They've done some killer covers from the Chrono games in the past. Speaking of which... here's my favorite:

Corridors of Time - Chrono Trigger / 時の回廊 - クロノトリガー

Runner up:

Wind Scene - Chrono Trigger / 風の憧憬 - クロノトリガー
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Robotech movie apparently going ahead on: March 26, 2015, 01:53:24 PM
Here's an update from Sony Pictures posted last night. Apparently they want to throw the franchise tag w/o even first seeing the first film out, that's gutsy...


One thing I think is risky for this franchise, is trying to re-establish the recognition/relevance of Robotech. I grew up with it as Macross (I'm 33 now...) and the subsequent series that followed it with Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA in the 80s, but I don't think this upcoming generation know what Robotech/Macross is...

Best of luck to all the companies involved in this adaption. Hopefully with all the time that has passed has given them time to gives this series the respect and treatment it deserves. ::fingers crossed::
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 26, 2015, 01:26:27 PM
Not to derail the discussion on "their early stuff was better...," in favor of Gundam, yet I wish there was a website that had every known Gundam anime that you could stream for a subscription service. A high quality streaming service like Netflix that allowed you to listen to dubs in multiple languages and the original Japanese language for those with that preference. No commercials or target ad sponsoring, just straight up Gundam. Trivial information that blended the look and data (and design) management of IMDb, AnimeNewsNetwork and Wiki.

I used to collect all Gundam English dubs on DVD back when Bandai Entertainment was faithfully licensing them like a machine, dubbing them and bringing them here in the states before the anime DVD industry burst about a decade ago.

I guess I could sign up for a premium Crunchy Roll subscription, but when I searched their site all I found was dedicated pages/"channels" with some screenshots, episode titles, year the series ran in Japan... but remarkably no videos. I still have yet to view Gundam UC: Unicorn, but it's crazy expensive on blu-ray going for anywhere between $24-65 USD on Amazon. Sigh...
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 24, 2015, 01:48:22 PM
Continuing with the animal theme that I started yesterday, I laughed out loud at this one.

Dog Left in SUV Blares Horn Because Seriously, People, WTF?
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