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2191  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 29, 2013, 04:00:04 AM
Finally finished the future arc in Tales of Graces f over the weekend.  Had been playing this game on and off for months.  I really do like this game, though (despite some horribly sappy dialogue), just haven't had much time for gaming in general.

I find it kind of odd how much better the writing feels in the skits than in the in-game cutscenes.  Like, there are some genuinely funny and cute moments in the skits, but even when they're trying to be funny and cute in cutscenes they fail miserably.  Of course there are some timing issues, too.  The awkward pauses certainly don't help; the skit dialogue flows much more naturally.

Since finishing that I've decided to return to Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time.  There are a lot of things I genuinely like about the game, but it continues to drive me nuts with its lack of save points.  I just had to play through three big set-piece battles in a row (with a few regular battles in between) without getting a chance to rest or save between them.  But the worst part was that I had no idea I was going to be fighting so many large battles like that so I wasn't conserving my MP and knacks appropriately.  By the third battle I had Frayne (in case you don't know the game she's pretty much a standard mage type character) duking it out in melee because she was out of MP, but I managed to barely scrape through somehow.

Barely scraping through was sort of satisfying in a way.  Few modern games give me that sense of satisfaction.  But on the other hand this took so long if I had died I would literally have been set back hours.  That's too much...
2192  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 29, 2013, 03:36:43 AM
This has been a really great season so far.  There are a lot of good shows, including a few surprises.  Here's the new stuff I'm watching.  Not counting carry-overs from last season (like Blast of Tempest, go watch it) here.

Maoyu - I continue to dislike the character designs but despite the addition of random unnecessary fanservice for the anime, the core of the story hasn't been changed and the show is quite good.  All the macroeconomics and farmer methodology I was hoping for.  It's a shame that the producers were afraid to make an intelligent show without having the fanservice to fall back on, because it just feels incredibly out of place.  But at least there isn't actually very much of it (past the first ep anyway).

Kotoura-san - Agree with the sentiment around here.  I was hooked from the first episode.  Very interesting show, with a mix of comedic and serious elements.

Oreshura - No, seriously, this show is way better than I thought it would be.  Not that I thought it would be very good, mind you, and I still wouldn't exactly call it a classic or anything but it's quite entertaining for what it is.  A harem comedy with actual character development?  Who would have thought.

There are also a whole lot of sequel series this season.  A few that I'm watching:

Chihayafuru 2 - Loved the first season, so naturally I'm enjoying this one.

Minami-ke - More Minami-ke is always a good thing.

Haganai NEXT - Can be a bit over-the-top, but I enjoy the silly slice-of-life-esque comedy with wacky characters.

I'm dropping Robotics;Notes, though, because it really feels like it's going nowhere and it has much tougher competition this season than it did last.  It's a shame that it just doesn't hold a candle to Steins;Gate.

Of course there's still stuff continuing from last season, like Blast of Tempest and Psycho-Pass.  But it still looks like Maoyu will be my favorite show of the season since things have really slowed down in Blast of Tempest (though they kind of had do, it's actually nice to have a break after the amount of tension in the first half...).
2193  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Brony Documentary on: January 28, 2013, 06:59:15 PM
I feel like maybe I need to watch an episode or something because I don't get the love.

Well yeah, it's hard to judge something if you haven't even seen it...

I watched a few episodes a couple years ago to see what all the fuss is about.  I don't know...it's definitely above-average for a kid's show, but it's still a kids show.  It's well made, I like the visual style, and there are some catchy songs, but it's not exactly life-changing or anything.  I don't quite understand how people can take it to such an extreme.

But hey, who am I to judge.  If it makes them happy, what does it matter?
2194  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Abrams set to direct Star Wars VII on: January 26, 2013, 01:14:28 AM
Also I didn't mind the new ship, though I did like the original design better. Nothing's as ugly as the Enterprise D though. Took them like 2 decades to get another Star Trek show on the air and they apparently spent all that time making the ship as ugly as possible.

Now that's just blasphemy.  The Enterprise D is great.

The Enterprise E, on the other hand, I could never care for.  But fortunately it never really got much screen time.
2195  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Abrams set to direct Star Wars VII on: January 25, 2013, 02:06:06 PM
What?  Didn't I say that my dislike wasn't simply because it wasn't Trek-ish?  How does your response follow...

Here is an excellent dissection of the movie that doesn't resort to comparing it with old Trek.  It just explains why it's a bad movie in its own right.
2196  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Abrams set to direct Star Wars VII on: January 25, 2013, 01:24:44 PM
(about the latest Star Trek)
I just found the plot to be nonsensical.

This.  My objection to the movie isn't that that it wasn't Trek-ish (though it certainly wasn't), but I don't think it's a very good movie in its own right either.  The actual action scenes are competent enough, but the plot is forced and contrived and the characters are not realistic.  It's all style over substance.

Also, were people really not aware that there was a backlash?  I know lots of people (in real life, even, it's not just an internet thing) who agree on this.
2197  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Robotech movie apparently going ahead on: January 25, 2013, 05:12:02 AM
God damn it, Harmony Gold, let Robotech die so we can finally get some proper Macross stuff licensed here.  Or at least stop being so anal about your shitty IP.
2198  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 25, 2013, 12:25:05 AM
Except there was no actually limit on the number you could order (not at first, anyway, they added one later on) and the plan was that they would be made to order so it's not like a big order was preventing anyone else from getting one.  More orders would just mean more were made.  Obviously Digital River screwed up and that didn't happen, but I still don't see how that's PlayCanada's fault.  They haven't done anything wrong.
2199  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 24, 2013, 11:29:06 PM
Love how people on that forum are immediately screaming 'conspiracy' on the basis that Minnesota (where Digital River is located) is close to Canada...

That's some ironclad evidence right there.
2200  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Abrams set to direct Star Wars VII on: January 24, 2013, 06:42:58 PM
I thought the new Star Trek movie was awful.  Didn't feel like Star Trek at all, just another mediocre action flick full of plot holes and inconsistencies.  And lens flare, lots of lens flare.

Of course, I don't see how Abrams can screw this one up any more than Lucas already did with the prequels...
2201  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem on: January 23, 2013, 07:13:41 PM
But seriously, if this turns out to be yet another useless, phoned in, bare naked, cash grabing, GREE/iOS, card game

We know basically nothing about this game, but the one thing we actually do know is that it's on Wii U.  So why would you even worry about that?
2202  Media / General Games / Re: New Devil May Cry, bitches. on: January 21, 2013, 04:51:45 PM
From personal experience, review events are relatively common, though you usually go home with a copy of the game. We attended a review event for Deus Ex Human Revolution, but the difference was that it was a few weeks before the release of the game and Stephen went home with a copy to play. That being said, review events where you don't walk away with code?  Those are pretty bullshit. Usually just for very large titles where they think there's a very significant chance of piracy, but I completely agree that playing a game in a studio isn't a replacement for the experience at home.  I still love preview events, though.  One of my favorite RPGFan memories is playing Reckoning at Big Huge Games and watching the developers go from station to station observing all the different journalists playing and taking notes and asking questions.  Those guys really did love that game.

Review events might be common, but review events where they put you up in a luxury resort for three days and give you helicopter rides are another matter.  It's pretty impossible to think that you're going to be able to give an unbiased opinion of the game in those circumstances.
2203  Media / General Games / Re: New Devil May Cry, bitches. on: January 21, 2013, 03:06:37 PM
There are lots of franchises and publishers that do "respectable" numbers.  That doesn't mean they can pull that sort of thing.  Activision only gets away with it because it's Call of Duty.
2204  Media / General Games / Re: New Devil May Cry, bitches. on: January 21, 2013, 02:49:36 PM
If you want an actual example of a publisher using their influence to bias reviewers then read about Activision's Call of Duty review events.  Yes, events: reviewers aren't allowed to take the games home and review them objectively.  They don't have to accept Activision's terms, of course, but if they don't then they won't be able to publish their review until well after everyone else in the industry.  And we're talking about the biggest game of the year for a lot of people...

Capcom and DmC aren't nearly big enough names to pull that kind of stunt, though.
2205  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: xbox exclusive that won't distract me from Ni No Kuni.... on: January 21, 2013, 02:41:04 PM
The only regret?? Braid (ironically, the only thing that you guys didn't suggest-LoL).....Braid looks nice.... I love the concept.... but it is frustrating as sin in the sense that I can see solutions to puzzles but cannot execute them due to the horrid control.... I just can't time jumps and things right at all... terribly agrivating..

Eh, Braid is on PSN too, you know.  And the PS3's dpad is way better...
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