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1936  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 13, 2013, 02:15:16 AM
I think I dropped No. 6 halfway through.  I say 'think' because the story was so goofy and convoluted I can't remember if I actually saw it through to the end or not...that probably isn't a good sign...

I could have lived without the massive amount of yaoi-baiting in that show too.
1937  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So Final Fantasy XII.... on: February 13, 2013, 02:08:08 AM
1. FFVI had a number of save-corrupting bugs, and they're easy to trigger inadvertently. That's bad, and there's no way you can argue that away. That's not an opinion -- from a development standpoint the game has critical defects that should not be in a final product.

I've played through FFVI at least 10 times front start to finish.  I've probably spent more time in that game than any other video game before or since.  I found almost all the little secrets and things on my own, without ever using a guide.  And I never encountered a save-corrupting bug.  Not once.  I think you exaggerate their prevalance. (Though to be honest I rarely used Relm, because Relm sucks).
1938  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines on: February 12, 2013, 04:16:19 PM

That is all.
1939  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 12, 2013, 03:53:08 PM
Die Hard 2 was not 'awesome'.  It wasn't even good.  I think I might actually dislike 2 more than 4 (and I didn't like 4...).
1940  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 10, 2013, 09:45:32 PM
I watched the recent live action Rurouni Kenshin movie last night.  Now generally speaking live action adaptions of anime/manga are pretty terrible, but wow, there are exceptions.  Well, at least one exception: this movie.  Can't really think of any others...

Disclaimer:  I'm a huge Kenshin fan, it's one of the first animes (and mangas) I really got into.  So I can't help but analyze the film from that perspective.

The action was great (for the most part) and the characters were pretty faithful to the source material.  I'm generally in favor of what they did with the story.  They merged a few different story arcs from the early Kenshin volumes together but did so in a way that works pretty well.  Frankly speaking a lot of that early stuff isn't that great, and in a way I like this version more.

Still, it's not perfect.  One thing I really don't like is that you don't hear anything about Sanosuke's past, which is a big part of why he acts how he does.  Obviously I knew his backstory already, but I'm afraid that to somebody who's only seen this version he might come off as a random thug.  Some other bits of character development also suffer from the time constraints.  When Kenshin is desperate to save Kaoru from Jinei at the end it seems a little far-fetched since (in this version) they practically just met.  They just haven't had time to develop the same bond that they had at that point in the manga.

But this quibbles aside, the movie is a lot of fun.  The fight scenes are extremely well done.  They successfully walk the very fine line between making Kenshin appear extremely powerful without being too over-the-top.  That's not something that's easy to do in live action.  They also dropped some of the sillier-looking foes from this version, which I'm fine with.  The movie is probably worth seeing for the martial arts alone, but they didn't lose sight of what Kenshin is all about.  It's not just a brainless action flick either.

It's also just cool from a period drama perspective.  The Meiji era was an extremely turbulent and interesting period of Japanese history.  Japan had just ended centuries of extreme isolationism and gradually started incorporating bits of western culture and technology into their own.

There are lots of little scenes are dialogue that are straight out of the source material.  It really gives you the impression that the creators were fans.  It's an adaption, yes.  Compromises had to be made to fit as much material as they did into a single movie.  But given those constraints I thought they did a darn good job, while still respecting the source material.  This is a not a case of Hollywood-style butchering (thank god).
1941  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 10, 2013, 05:05:04 PM
Hey now, I love Valkyria Chronicles for the combat and game mechanics more than the presentation or story so I don't think that's a good comparison at all.  Yes, it's unforgiving, but that's a good thing in my mind.  Much like Xcom (which I also love).
1942  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 09, 2013, 09:53:33 PM
I don't have a ps3 and don't care about a ps4.

I don't care that you don't care.

But seriously, why would you even post in this thread if you don't care?  Why do people feel the need to broadcast things like this?
1943  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Ex-Cop Begins Killing Family Members of Officers, Claims it's for a Greater Good on: February 09, 2013, 04:32:48 PM
"No command, no instruction, no warning. They just opened fire on them."

Not that I support Chris Dorner, but the LAPD is making themselves look like psychopaths.  Even if it wasn't a case of mistaken identity (different make, model, and color truck...) that is not proper procedure.  They've clearly prioritized shutting Dorner up over anything else.
1944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So Final Fantasy XII.... on: February 08, 2013, 11:53:23 PM
I rather enjoyed XII but I don't feel like arguing about it yet again right now...
1945  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 07, 2013, 09:30:06 PM
Given the asking price I wonder if he's really trying to sell his collection, or if he's just bragging...
1946  The Rest / General Discussions / The Pirate Hacks of Africa on: February 07, 2013, 03:03:14 AM
This is one of the coolest gaming-related stories I've read in a long time:

Sure these games are all illegally pirated hacks, but there's some pretty creative (and a lot of completely bizarre) stuff in there.

Here's a follow-up of sorts that focuses specifically on the cover art:

Edit: I went to the Syrian Games site itself and found this little gem that I just had to share:

Because when I think Alundra, I think Captain America!

Edit 2: I'm updating my avatar to reflect this awesomeness.
1947  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 07, 2013, 02:00:05 AM
At least for now is safe to assume that Dark Souls II and Versus XIII are gonna be released on PS3 next year.

I don't think it's safe to assume anything about Versus XIII's release....
1948  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 06, 2013, 09:30:56 PM
It's gonna be all Wonderbook ;)
1949  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: February 06, 2013, 02:08:06 PM
Graphics aren't the only problem. System memory is crippling what game designers can do with their worlds.

This exactly.  Memory is a huge limitation of the current-gen systems but since the console market is too big to ignore it's really restricting game designers.

The Witcher 3 is a perfect example of this if their claims about how big their world is going to be are true.  You will not be seeing this game on current-gen hardware.
1950  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: February 05, 2013, 10:01:41 PM
Same. While I want to get a Wii U sooner than later, I think I'll wait on these "Next-Gen" systems for at least 5 years. I'm getting tired of upgrading.

Tired of upgrading?  What are you talking about?  This console generation has been the longest in history.  Seriously, I can't wait for new systems.  It's about friggin time.
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