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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 11, 2014, 08:33:19 PM
I also complain about how easy a lot of modern RPGs are, though I'll still take easy over being a grindfest--which seems to be the other option for a lot of developers.  Especially old school games.

It's worth noting that a lot of the challenge in classic RPGs did not come from individual battles but rather more like resource management on a bigger scale.  If you went all-out in every single random encounter you would exhaust your MP/items/whatever so you had to think about when to use them.  The modern trend of having HP/MP totally restored at the end of every encounter kind of ruins that.  Of course even in those old games when you could carry 99 of every item it wasn't actually a big deal either, but it at least took some work to get to that point.  In early/mid game resources would usually be scarce enough that you couldn't totally splurge like that.

Anyway, I would like to see more turn-based games with combat that actually requires strategy.  And no, that doesn't require grind-based SRPG-esque combat (though it certainly wouldn't hurt).  There are plenty of card games, etc. that require strategy without needing maps and stuff.  My definition of strategy in a turn-based game is simple: Do you have to plan your moves more than one turn ahead or not?  Most turn-based RPGs fail miserably at that test.  Hit then enemy with your best attack unless somebody needs healing, in which case heal them.  You're reacting, not planning.  An example of a conventional turn-based RPG that required some actual strategy would be something like Xenosaga II...and yes, I realize most people didn't like Xenosaga II's combat.  It definitely had its flaws, the biggest being how long every random encounter took.  But I thought it had some pretty good ideas.

I know a lot of people around these parts praise SMT to high heaven but to be honest I don't really think SMT is very strategic either.  If you know what an enemy is weak against and you have the appropriate attack than you would be a fool to use anything else.  If you don't know what the enemy is weak against then you're just playing a guessing game.  Neither scenario requires terribly deep thinking, though I guess it does require slightly more thought than just spamming attack.  Where it does succeed is in the bigger scale preparation aspect.  Again, looking beyond the single battle scenario.  You have to make sure you have a set of appropriately leveled demons/whatever that have the abilities you'll need, and it does take some work to get to that point.  And that's cool, but once you actually get into combat to be honest SMT has never impressed me.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 11, 2014, 06:02:02 PM
Also, Ar no Surge isn't really half finished, I have no idea where you're getting that from. Maybe the localization is half finished, but the game is definitely complete in a way that other half-finished games aren't.  Unless you're referring to the slowdown and graphics?  Or the fact that it's a sequel?  Or the whole VN-style, which has been retained in the series for more than 7 years?  I am genuinely curious as to your reasoning that the game isn't complete.

I think he's talking about the practically nonexistent dungeons, palette-swapped enemies, and poor balance (leaning in the stupidly easy direction).  In which case he kind of has a point.

But hey, I'm not the OP.
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 11, 2014, 04:06:10 AM
@Kevuda - Did you see any of Sword Art Online II? If so, how is it holding up compared to the novels?

Sure, I watched it.  It was OK.  I wouldn't say it was exceptionally good or bad.  It's pretty faithful to be books, including the disappointing resolution of the GGO arc.  There were a few small changes like
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when Kirito introduces Sinon to his SAO buddies at the end of the arc all the male characters--who were present for that scene in the novel--are inexplicably absent.  For some reason it's girls-only.  It's not a big deal but it stuck in my head because it seemed like such an unnecessary change...
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 09, 2014, 03:24:14 PM
It didn't help that they didn't have her do any of her more interesting songs, so she just kinda stood there and belted out a single autotune-sounding song in English (or Engrish, it was kinda hard to tell).

The song in question was chosen specifically to be the theme song of her US tour so it was kind of expected.  I don't think it's terrible or anything, but I'll agree that there are definitely better ones out there.  Since it's supposed to be the theme for her US tour and Crypton wants to promote her recently-released English voicebank it shouldn't be surprising that they went with an English song either, but I really hope they don't push that too hard.  Her English just isn't very good.  As a native English speaker who has learned some Japanese I have an easier time understanding her Japanese than her English...

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As for explanations, go to the expo here in New York.

Well I don't need an explanation personally, but I was planning on going anyway ;)  I've got a ticket for the concert on the 18th.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 09, 2014, 02:52:53 AM
I'm actually watching Letterman right now (for the first time in like 15 years...) waiting for this...we're a bit behind here on the west coast.

Edit: OK, it's over.  That was both less and more awkward than I expected.  Less because they skipped any sort of interview/explanation/whatever and just did a song, and hey a song is a song.  But more because they skipped any sort of interview/explanation/whatever.  What are people who don't know anything about Miku (presumably most of Letterman's audience) even supposed to think of that?

Obviously interviewing Miku herself isn't going to work but you'd think they could have brought in somebody to say a few words...
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 08, 2014, 02:48:25 PM
I don't know why but Rail Wars' fanservice really bothered me.
I'm pretty sure it's not because it's fanservice or because it's really hamfisted (I've seen worst and not felt bothered)
Maybe it's because it's between coworkers in a work environment?
Not sure... there's just something that made me cringe.

Now, if you want fanservice done right, watch Shukufuku no Campanella's OVA. They fanservice everyone and everything.

Because most of it was totally forced and unnatural.  OK, you can say that about a lot of fanservice, but I feel like Rail Wars took it to another level.  You had women literally stripping their clothes off for the flimsiest of pretexts.

But then flimsy pretexts were what Rail Wars was all about.  The poor writing extended well beyond the fan service.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: October 07, 2014, 10:04:16 PM
That being said, I agree with the above in that it's a PS3 title and probably will be localized.  I think the west has gotten most decently budgeted PS3 JRPGs.

I kind of go back and forth on this.  There is one big problem: It's a very late-gen PS3 game.  And the localization process could easily take a year or more.  This is Sega we're talking about so do you really think they've started localizing while it's still under development?  So it becomes reasonable to wonder, what's the PS3 market in the west going to be like in Spring 2016.  More importantly, what does Sega think it will be like...

Though I still think it has a better chance than any of the PSP games did.
23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 07, 2014, 09:58:35 PM
So we've talk a bit about the new anime season, but I never really posted any final thoughts about last season.  So I have decided to do so in a phony award show format, for some reason.

Best Comedy
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
While it started out a bit slow, this quickly became one of my favorites of the season.  The large variety of quirky characters and their interactions never cease to entertain.  The humor often uses the classic manzai-style boke and retort, but rather than having a designated boke character everyone gets to play that role at some point.  And the situations are so varied there's something for everyone to love.

Best Drama or Slice-of-Life
Barakamon
It's a rather cliche setup.  Work-obsessed uncaring guy explodes in a fit of rage in public then gets sent off to some remote island where everyone knows everyone else and he starts to learn the joys of life, blah blah blah.  Though the focus on calligraphy makes it a bit unique.  To be perfectly blunt, I don't have the foggiest clue what makes 'good' calligraphy.  It seems rather subjective to me.  Er, it sounds like I'm bashing this show but not really.  I found it quite interesting despite all of that.

Best Sports Anime
Baby Steps
Ugly character designs, low (and occasionally abysmal) production values, and yet it's one of the most in-depth and engaging sports animes I've ever seen.  This isn't just my favorite of the season, I think it might be my favorite of all time.  Part of what makes it so strong is the uncompromising realism.  This couldn't be further from that other tennis anime.  Here is a show where even the training sequences are fun to watch because they're based on solid principles and have actual thought put into them.  It's not just yelling and powering up.  It pays attention to mental condition and psychological discipline in addition to physical training.  It has a main character who (as these things often go) possesses some talent for the sport but gets into it late and has to work incredibly hard to catch up.  But so much detail is put into that 'working hard' aspect and he doesn't instantly become super powered up (it's called Baby Steps for a reason) that his rise actually feels plausible.  Seriously, if you like sports anime at all then watch this show.

Best Cute-Girls-Doing-Cute-Things
HaNaYaMaTa
That's a genre, right?  While perhaps lacking much depth, this is a fun, colorful, and engaging show that's the perfect thing to lift your spirits if you're feeling down.  And that opening is so friggin good...they probably could have just put it on a loop for a 25 minute episode and I would have been satisfied.

Least-bad Harem
Invaders of the Rokujyoma
This one definitely surprised me.  It starts out with a premise so out there that it almost feels more like a parody of harem animes than a serious entry in the genre.  That feeling fades a bit as it goes on but even so the surprisingly diverse and likeable cast keeps things going.  While I wouldn't say it ever truly escapes the tropes of the genre it shows enough self-awareness to do fun things with them.


And for fun,

Biggest Train Wreck (lol)
Rail Wars
While it started off innocently enough, appearing as an alternate world episodic police-ish story with a train theme and some lighthearted comedic elements, it quickly devolved into one of the most convoluted, poorly written, and poorly thought out messes I ever had the displeasure of slogging through.  The only joy I got out of this show was from yelling at the TV screen about how incredibly stupid 90% of the things they did were.  And god damn did they ever do stupid things.  The thing is they played it completely straight.  Best unintentional comedy of the season.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 07, 2014, 08:12:49 PM
Love Live
I currently have ~2200 event points and the top spots sit at pretty much 100,000.



I hate pretty much everything about this event...

I hate how much your points depend on your rank, and how effectively random those ranks are.  I've been the only one to get a full combo and still ended up in last place, but I've also had a couple cases where I felt like I totally screwed up yet got first place because I was lucky enough to be paired with people who have even worse cards than me.  How can you have a competitive mode when skill means nothing...

I hate how to get decent rewards and rank I feel compelled to spend all my LP on this damn event.  In previous events you could still play normally and then the event itself was a cherry on top.  Just an extra bonus to spice things up.  But if I want to get the SR card and have a decent rank at the end I can't afford to spend a single LP on anything but the event.

I hate the lack of normal rewards outside of the event rewards.  I don't think songs played in the event count towards your ranks and stuff.  You don't get he normal friend point bonus either.

I hate that despite how it's supposed to be a random song from a pool of 20+ songs I feel like I keep getting the same 4 or 5 songs over and over and over...

I hate the fact that I'm still playing it despite these complaints...
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: October 07, 2014, 03:35:07 PM
http://gematsu.com/2014/10/chat-up-go-dates-cast-shining-resonance

This sounds so much like Tales of Sakura Taisen it hurts.

You say that like it's a bad thing...
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 07, 2014, 02:11:23 AM
Archer also immediately points out how dumb that line sounds to Rin.  It's supposed to be like that.

Anyway, then:


Now:


Actually, a low-res low-framerate gif doesn't even do it justice.  You have to see the real thing, it's night and day.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 06, 2014, 09:11:44 PM
http://youtu.be/VRhDmUzWuBI
I watch this like *at least* once a year.

Disappointed by the lack of Arc Rise Fantasia.  Guess it was too new.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 06, 2014, 07:34:12 PM
And then there are gyms like Planet Fitness that will kick you out for actually exercising!  I guess they think gyms are just a place to hang out and hit on people...
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 06, 2014, 05:26:18 PM
How'd you even get an idolized SR, anyway?  Just dumb luck?  Seems to me the odds of getting two of the same SR are way too small...

I have one UR (not idolized) and I got her to 80 but it took a while.  Actually I think even that is worse than an idolized SR because the gap between levels is bigger (or at least it felt bigger...).

Odds can't be *that* bad. Love Live! has 206 cards total. Now Valkyrie Crusade, my iOS addiction, has over 2,500 cards. Now that is a game where it's impossible to get 2 non-event SR cards.

While I don't know much about Valkyrie Crusade, the problem with Love Live is that recruiting any SRs or URs is fairly difficult, at least not without spending a ton of real money.  Normal recruiting gives you a 0% chance, they're just not in the pool.  You have to go for the premium recruiting and the currency necessary becomes pretty difficult to get in-game after a while (it's a lot easier when you're just starting out, I guess that's how they try to hook you).  And even then it's not like you're guaranteed to get an SR.

Let's put it this way: I started playing the game months ago and I've gotten a grand total of 1 SR and 1 UR from recruiting (and a few more SRs from events).  Forget about getting two of anything...
30  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 06, 2014, 04:58:23 PM
I'm also very excited for Psych-Pass 2 and the alternative route of Fate Stay/Night. I watched the first Fate/Stay Night in the summer and thought it was a very solid anime, don't know if I should watch Fate/Zero before starting the new series or do both simultaneously.

To be honest, even though I'm a Fate fan I think the original anime is kind of terribad.  I'm impressed that you liked it.

Fate/Zero is a prequel but it's the kind of prequel that was written under the assumption that the reader (or viewer for the anime...) was already somewhat familiar with the original.  I sort of hesitate to recommend it as a starting point for that reason, but that shouldn't apply to you since have seen the original.  Having watched Fate/Zero certainly isn't a requirement for the new series, but they're both good so you should watch it at some point.

Actually, it was always tough telling people where to get started with Fate stuff:

Original anime: Certainly it was made to be accessible, but it's just not very good...

Unlimited Blade Works movie: While I did actually enjoy it, it's so compressed that I can't recommend it to anyone who doesn't already know what's going on...

Fate/Zero: It's great, but like I said above I think you can appreciate it better if you know the original story.  Though since it is a prequel I guess you could make an argument for starting here.

Fate/kaleid: OK, I'm only listing this to be silly.  It's a fun show but it exists in its own universe ;)


But now we have a new series covering the UBW arc (which is more interesting that the Fate arc anyway) and giving it the full loving treatment it deserves.  By the same studio that did a fantastic job with Fate/Zero.  So if there's anyone out there who hasn't seen any Fate stuff before and is wondering where to start, I honestly think this new series is the way to do it.

Or you could just play the VN...
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