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31  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 07, 2015, 04:00:21 PM
KanColle anime is out!

...I really want to hear someone-who-isn't-as-invested-in-the-game-as-I-am's thoughts on it because at this point I'm so biased I'm not sure I can even tell if it's complete rubbish or not.  I mean, the premise is incredibly weird, but I've gotten used to it.  The anime was so chock full of little nods and references to the game that I could enjoy it on that level alone.  But I'm sure that means nothing to those who don't play the game.  The animation was good and all, but is this actually a good show?  I have no idea.
32  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action on: January 06, 2015, 06:50:47 PM
This game has a talking corgi in it.  That's really all you need to know.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: January 05, 2015, 12:55:26 PM
Here's the funny part: It's Sony who is localizing Yakuza 5, not Sega.  Sony did this thing where they asked people if there were any games that hadn't been localized which they would like localized, then promised to work with the devs/publishers on it.  Sega's role here is that they're letting Sony localize their game for them...
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: January 05, 2015, 03:03:48 AM
I want to snakily say 'zero', but I guess with Sega having purchased Atlus (who have a great localizing team) and this being on the PS3 (previous games in the series were on PSP, and we know how popular that was in the west) I guess there might be a slight chance.  Still, Sega has been shit about localizing anything lately and they haven't given this series some any love in the west in a very long time...
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 05, 2015, 12:18:14 AM
I think I have the flu.  Been basically bedridden all day...I've never wished that my PS3 was in my bedroom more than I do now...
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 04, 2015, 12:37:27 PM
I get what you're trying to say, Dincrest, but by the same token that's kind of the reason I was asking.  I feel like your example of the punk scene has a much more stereotypical look associated with it.  I mean, you said studded leather and mohawks, not me.  What's the stereotypical look for an anime convention?  Your example of normal clothing, jeans and a T-shirt, is probably the most common thing people wear to conventions.  There's the cosplay scene too, of course, but not everybody cosplays and the cosplays themselves can be virtually anything and are way too diverse to be pigeonholed.

I mean, about the only thing I can think of would be to actually dress up and wear a suit or something.  Except if you did that I kind of feel that a lot of people would just assume you're cosplaying some character who wears a suit...
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 04, 2015, 11:45:37 AM
Just out of curiosity, what does "someone who doesn't appear to be into anime/games/whatever" dress like?  Because in my experience you get all kinds at conventions.  I would never really make an assumption like that...
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: January 03, 2015, 11:25:01 PM
I've been playing this myself.  I kind of have mixed feelings about it.  The story is entirely too paint-by-numbers.  Evil empire, boy with a mysterious power, yadda yadda.  Though I did like the little role-reversal at the beginning with Sonia rescuing Yuma, but that was entirely too short-lived.  The frequent shifts to check in on what the villains in the evil empire are up too are also pretty annoying.  I know there are going to be people calling this game "too anime" or something, but this particular aspect almost feels more tokusatsu than anime to me.  But in a game I feel like you should be mostly sticking to what's happening around the player...

Yuma is an incredibly annoying protagonist, but at least everyone else seems aware of the fact that he desperately needs to grow a backbone.  I take that as a sign that just maybe we'll see some character development, but maybe I'm being too optimistic.

I just got to the point where Agnam joins your party.  Man is he over-the-top...I don't even know what to say.

But I'm liking the combat at least.  I love how smooth the transition to battle is.  Attacks come in three types: normal (which you can spam for combos), break attacks, and force (i.e., magic) attacks.  Spamming normal attacks does good damage but will quickly burn up your AP bar.  Break attacks are kind of like heavy attacks but they also have a better chance of inflicting break status.  They do more damage per hit than regular attacks but they also come with big wind-up/cool-downs so their DPS is lower.  Though they won't burn your AP bar as fast and in some cases you can combo into them.  But where things get interesting are the force attacks.  There's a much bigger variety of these, some of them are melee attacks and some are like more traditional magic attacks.  Force attacks burn MP but not AP.  In fact your AP will actually recover while using them.  And much like in Tales games hitting the enemies with regular attacks recovers a bit of MP.  So mixing force attacks and regular/break attacks lets you sustain some pretty aggressive combos.  Oh, a lot of these attacks can be dash-canceled too, something I only realized recently and am still exploring the implications of.  I'll agree with Cyril that the enemies don't really react enough to being hit, though.

For all its hype and importance to the plot, Yuma's dragon transformation feels kind of worthless to me.  Sure you do more damage as a dragon, but the comes at the expense of mobility.  And you can't keep it up for very long before you lose control and start killing your teammates.
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 03, 2015, 01:38:49 AM
Rider is pretty important in Heaven's Feel, actually.  But yeah, she kind of gets shafted in this route.  And her role in the Fate route isn't much better.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: January 03, 2015, 01:18:34 AM
Sorry, but I buy from import sites a lot and I do price compare.  This markup you're talking about doesn't really exist...

Here's a random example I just looked up: MSRP for Tales of Zestiria 8,716 yen.  That's $72.34 at current exchange rates.  Play-asia is selling it for $69.99.  Oh my god, the mark-up!  How horrible.  OK, seriously though even if you can find it for less than MSRP somewhere an import-oriented site like play-asia will generally have better shipping options and you're not dealing with proxy fees so it still works out better in my opinion.

Now one thing you can legitimately criticize import sites for is that their prices never really go down, even for older stuff that's at bargain-bin prices domestically.  Though I think that has more to do with having a niche audience and not being as concerned about clearing out warehouse spaces for whatever is next.  They would rather just sell at full price until their stock is depleted and then stop selling it entirely.  So yeah, import sites aren't great for older titles.  But for new releases go nuts.
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 02, 2015, 06:55:14 PM
Pretty funny how none of the servants have died up to now.

Um...what's Rider then?
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: January 02, 2015, 02:28:23 PM
I kind of skipped the whole Dusk series waiting for the inevitable Vita versions (which are finally starting to come out in NA...) after feeling kind of burned by not wanting to have to buy the Arland games twice.  So I guess it's about time to start getting back into Atelier games...
43  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 28, 2014, 10:47:59 AM
Plus, it might give me a way to see if Int Sys could make a better VC style game than the VC dev team in a couple of months hence.

Er, Resonance is the PS3 game that just came out.  It basically looks like a Tails game.  It's the PSP games (Blade and Ark) that are VC-style.
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 27, 2014, 11:22:08 PM
I got a little game called Shining Resonance.  I know there was a lot of interest in this one in the west but localization prospects seem slim (because Sega) so I thought this might make an interesting title for a game journal thingy.  Would people be interested in that?  Though I'm not totally sure what the best way to journal a game that most people almost certainly have not played.  Spoilers and all that.

I won't be starting it for at least a week though, because I'm in the opposite end of the country from my PS3 right now.
45  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 23, 2014, 12:07:42 PM
Not sure how I feel about KanColle. The only exposition I've had of it has been through some skanky doujin.

But I do know that I'm watching Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls. Somewhat hyped even.

I can only guess you missed all those skanky Cinderella Girls doujin then.

Heh, my thoughts exactly.
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