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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 13, 2014, 12:57:49 AM
Mekakucity Actors: I don't know what the heck is going on but at least it looks pretty cool.  The stylistic similarities to the Monogatari series are pretty obvious, but then it's being made by the same people.  It's looking like it might go in a different direction plotwise, though, which is good.

The Irregular at Magic High School ep. 2: Much like the first episode it continues to show but not explain anything.  It's really better when you actually know why all this crap works the way it does...while I do like seeing it animated I can't shake the feeling that you really do need to read the books for this one.  The fight at the end was fun, though ;)  Nice to have a show where this shit isn't dragged out.

The World is Still Beautiful ep. 2: Much like I feared the shoujoness increased dramatically compared to the first episode.  It practically feels like a different show now, which makes me wonder why they even bothered making so much original material for the first ep.  Also, I just have to rant about this: So our princess here comes from this isolated tribe of people who possess this secret ancient magic that can control the weather through song.  Nothing wrong with that, it's a fantasy story.  But why does it turn out that the magic song she uses to summon rain is a friggin pop song.  I'm sorry, but that right there completely ruined any suspension of disbelief I may have had left...
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 12, 2014, 06:21:48 PM
Polygamy ?

Totally possible, but you have to pay.  Your first waifu is free but additional ones cost actual money.  Well, it's a free-to-play game with microtransactions, and frankly it could be a lot worse.  Actually despite the fact that KanColle has become a veritable cultural phenomenon in Japan, in fact it's very playable without spending a single dime and Kadokawa Games (the publisher) hasn't really been making money off of it.  Well the merchandising has begun in force over the last few months and they're probably making money off that.  But anyway, you don't really need ships with levels that high to clear the game's maps (in fact your core stats will probably hit their cap well before that, so higher levels mainly just affects accuracy and evasion) and it's a sufficient pain in the ass to get to level 99 that you're probably not going to have a ton of waifu candidates in the first place.  So yeah, charging for additional waifus doesn't really break the game balance and it's a way for Kadokawa Games to make some money off those hardcore players who just have to have a lot of waifus...
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 12, 2014, 05:20:29 PM
Today I 'married' Kongou in KanColle.  She's now officially my waifu.

Your waifu needs to be level 99 before you can 'marry' her.  The grind to level 99 is ridiculous.  Those last few levels...I swear that even just going from 98 to 99 takes more XP than getting from like 1 to 80.  Well, 99 used to be the level cap so I guess they didn't want it to be easy to reach, but once you've 'married' a ship-girl they become level 100 and then suddenly at least the first few over-100 levels are super easy again.  It's kind of strange.

(Yes, this whole silly system was really just a way to raise the level cap...)
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2014, 04:59:33 PM
The indie gaming community has thoroughly embraced Linux.  It feels like just about every indie game coming out these days has a Linux version.  Kind of funny that these indie devs with shoestring budgets can manage it but the big "triple-A" studios can't...well, my computer is way too old to run those kind of games anyway.  That's what I've got a console for.

And with Valve pushing for Linux gaming with their Steambox stuff things might actually change in the future...
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 12, 2014, 02:11:22 PM
Pretty sure he's talking about the TV series remake, 2040.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: AMAZING new TRAILER of FREEDOM WARS on: April 12, 2014, 07:15:18 AM
Again, we have seen gameplay.  They've been talking about this game for a while, it's not something new.  Just a quick search on youtube found this, this, and this.  Literally the first three hits for "Freedom Wars".
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 11, 2014, 10:36:42 PM
What, I still use a desktop.

...of course, it runs Linux.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: AMAZING new TRAILER of FREEDOM WARS on: April 11, 2014, 02:58:29 PM
Well, they've shown gameplay before.  Just another Monster Hunter clone (and not a particularly great looking one...).

Also, this game was way cooler when it was called Panopticon ;)
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: April 10, 2014, 06:53:52 AM
Given the mountains of text in this game plus the connections to Ciel no Surge I'm really questioning whether we'll ever see it localized.  Seriously, the amount of text in this game is not normal, even for an RPG...
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS3/4/Vita SRPG Natural Doctrine on: April 09, 2014, 09:41:00 PM
The localization was already announced.  Plus there's a pretty good chance it will do better here (well, especially with sales like that) so I doubt they're going to cancel it...
26  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Hyperdimension Neptunia U is Neptunia meets Senran Kagura on: April 09, 2014, 05:46:28 PM
Actual details about Hyperdimension Neptunia U have been revealed.

It's an action spin-off Vita game being made by the Senran Kagura team, and based on the screenshots that are available I think it's pretty likely that they're just reusing the Shinovi Versus engine.  Which is fine with me, since that was actually a pretty fun game.  In fact this could be the strongest gameplay in a Neptunia game yet (since let's face it, that hasn't exactly been the series' forte...).

How did a game as crappy as the original Neptunia spawn such a large franchise...
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS3/4/Vita SRPG Natural Doctrine on: April 09, 2014, 04:01:52 PM
Ouch, this game flopped hard in Japan.  Out of the PS3, PS4, and Vita versions the Vita was the only one to even list in the top-20, with a meager 6000 copies sold.  In its opening week.  There's just no way to put a positive spin on this.  I haven't seen a game flop this badly in a while.

Which is a shame because it's actually supposed to be a pretty decent SRPG.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 09, 2014, 03:12:19 PM
I actually really liked what they were trying to do with the narrative.

I liked the narrative of the beginning, but the last chapter just destroyed any love I could have for the plot.
Al-Qada Anders doesn't help either.

Yeah, OK, I'll grant you that.  There were some pretty dumb twists there...
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 09, 2014, 07:11:02 AM
I enjoyed both DA:O and DA2.  My complaints about DA2 are pretty much limited to the obvious things (dungeon reuse, boring encounter design with enemies spawning from nowhere, etc.), but I actually really liked what they were trying to do with the narrative.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 08, 2014, 04:30:48 PM
Part of me wants to send tons of visual novels, dating sims and eroges to Spoony Mage.

You know that the vast majority of visual novels and dating sims do not have a harem end option, right?
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