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1936  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 24, 2013, 12:36:14 AM
90% of the time, traditional ATB bores the hell out of me too unless it can add some distinctive adjunct to make it better (Radiant Historia's turn swapping, FFX's instant non-turn-wasting-character-tap-outs, Trails in the Sky's minor-SRPG element, Baten Kaitos' ????? system)

None of those examples are ATB...
1937  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 23, 2013, 11:18:21 PM
Agent D., are you seriously arguing against turn-based games on the basis that they're old?  Fuck man, RPGs are old.  Let's all play third person shooters instead, they're a much more recent innovation!

Turn-based is a style of gameplay.  There are bad turn-based games, but there are also some very good turn-based games.  I happen to love a good turn-based game and would be really sad if they went away...
1938  Media / General Games / Re: Bioshock Infinite on: March 23, 2013, 11:16:22 PM
No idea, Yoda.  It does seem like a reasonable thing to do, but it's not like they've announced anything.
1939  Media / General Games / Re: Spec Ops: The Line on: March 23, 2013, 11:15:47 PM
OK, I finally got around to trying it out (PS+ is not helping my backlog...).  Played for about four hours in one sitting because I was so engrossed.  This game is bloody good.  It deserves all the praise it has received.  I can't believe I almost passed on it.  It's really an experience...

Edit: Well, finished the game today.  Did the whole thing in just two sittings...

I gotta say, that was something else.  I've really never seen a video game like this before.  But to explain why it's so good would require spoiling it, so I won't.  Just play it.
1940  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 23, 2013, 03:38:58 PM
I don't know whether to be more surprised that you never heard of trolling, or that you never heard of Urban Dictionary, Klyde.

Though actually, 'trolling' is an old term.  It goes back to the dial-in BBS days before most people even had internet access.
1941  Media / General Games / Re: Bioshock Infinite on: March 23, 2013, 02:01:34 PM
Yeah, I love the setting and art style.  More so than the original Bioshock.  It's just neat...and different.  Nice to see something actually original in a shooter for once.

A next-gen port would be great.  I don't have a PC that could actually run it...
1942  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 23, 2013, 05:14:55 AM
This guy really likes ramen:

I respect that.
1943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 23, 2013, 01:18:30 AM
I know I'm in the minority here (in fact I think there were people in this thread who recommended the game), but personally I think the PSP version of Lunar is terrible.  Mostly on a technical level.  They made some really weird decisions in that game.  Combat is embarrassingly easy.  I feel like you would have to intentionally tell your party to just sit there and do nothing every turn to actually lose a fight (and even then it would take a while).  But despite being so easy it moves slower than a snail high on marijuana.  Every animation is unnecessarily long and filled with awkward pauses.  Combined with the complete lack of any credible threat this makes combat purely a chore.  This is literally how I would play the game, absolutely no exaggeration: At the start of a turn I would queue the actions for all my party members, then I would put the PSP down and do something else, like browse the web for a while as I waited for it to be my turn again.  There was no reason to actually pay attention to what was happening on the enemy's turn since my party was never in any danger.

Then there are the loading times, oh the loading times.  Which get compounded by really weird and unnecessary stage design.  Why does practically every single house have a foyer with absolutely nothing in it as a completely separate map?  Which, despite being literally two steps wide, takes just as long to load as a full-sized map?  So to enter a house you go through the door, load load load, enter the foyer, walk to steps, load load load, do whatever you were going to do in the house and then exit, load load load, you're back in the fucking foyer again so you walk two steps to get to the other side and then load load load, etc.  It drives me mad!  Who in their right mind thought this was a good idea?!

Sorry, I'm getting emotional.  I really can't stand that game...
1944  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: March 22, 2013, 08:00:01 PM
Hmm, I guess is the point where I have to shamefully admit I haven't actually watched NISA's version yet...saw it fansubbed when it was airing and then bought the discs to support it (I do that a lot...).  But they could be blank for all I know...came with nice artbooks, though.
1945  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 22, 2013, 07:56:06 PM
What are you guys arguing about?  You keep going "yeah, but" and then agreeing with each other ;)
1946  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 22, 2013, 01:55:54 PM
Looks like I don't need to eat my hat!  That game sooner than I expected, honestly.

I am the only person that the laughing scene didn't bother a single bit? It made perfect sense given its context. In fact, it making you uncomfortable because it sounds so forced and awkward also makes perfect sense given its context. Without the internet telling me the scene is an abomination, I don't think I would have ever given it a second thought.

I actually agree.  I didn't think twice about the scene back when I actually played the game.  I mean, it's supposed to be awkward.  Of course when you take it out of context it looks pretty awful...
1947  Media / General Games / Bioshock Infinite on: March 22, 2013, 04:08:02 AM
OK, so there was a Bioshock infinite topic already but the last post in it was back in August 2011 and I'm not that into thread necromancy...

But seriously, game comes out Tuesday.  Looks pretty awesome.  IGN's review is up, but nobody else is allowed to tell you how they feel until Monday because of, you know, things.  Thems the breaks.

But it sounds like the game really does live up to its lofty promises.  Who's getting it?
1948  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: March 21, 2013, 10:49:19 PM
Since this thread has been resurrected, Katanagatari is definitely worth mentioning.  It's on my mind because it's being rebroadcast in Japan.  Definitely one of my favorite shows in recent memory, but I don't believe it actually did very well.  When it was originally broadcast they went for an odd, one hour-long episode a month format which may have contributed to it's niche status.  The rebroadcast should be weekly, so hopefully more people will watch it.

On this side of the pond, NISA licensed and released it on disc (I have the special edition box sets, they're awesome), but I don't think it's ever been streamed anywhere.  It would be nice if CR or someone picked it up.
1949  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 21, 2013, 08:00:36 PM
I played Vesperia PS3, you're really not missing that much.

I wonder how many of the people whining about it would actually buy it if it came out today...
1950  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: March 21, 2013, 03:47:22 AM
Gotta say, that looks amazing.

Now the question is PS3 or Vita...
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