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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria: Azure Revolution on: February 16, 2016, 12:47:06 PM
It really sounds like you just hate spinoffs.  So let me ask

It sounds to me like you have a different definition of spin-off than I do.

- Why can't this have melee combat?  Why?  Is there any good reason?  Because one game in a franchise that this is based on, that was a completely different genre of game, didn't have melee combat?  Not good enough.

You misunderstand.  I have absolutely no problem with melee combat in a setting where it makes sense.  That isn't this setting.

First of all, despite some fantastical elements VC always had a fairly down-to-earth vibe.  It was clearly inspired by WW2 more than your typical sword and sorcery stuff.  Melee combat doesn't really make any sense there.

Second of all, combat in VC was always very lethal.  Most standard enemies could be taken out with a single well-placed attack.  But the only way they could fit melee combat into this game was to nerf guns, almost laughably so.  Look at the gameplay video.  They fire clip after clip after clip at enemies and do almost nothing.  It feels almost like the designers didn't even want guns but included them because they felt they had to.

- What's wrong with magic in a fantasy game?  Do you hate all games that use magic?  Of course not.  This isn't a big deal.  I hope you're not one of those people that just hates things because it's "cool" to hate things on the internet.

First of all that is an incredibly immature and unnecessary 'counterargument'.

And again, I don't hate magic.  I hate butchering the setting.  VC actually had a pretty original setting.  There were fantasy elements (like the Valkyria themselves) but they were used sparingly.  And overt spellcasting, even by Valkyria, was never part of that setting.  So excuse me for not being happy about the original elements being ripped out of an original setting to turn it into a generic sword and sorcery hack and slash.

- This isn't a VC game and it isn't taking place in the established VC universe, so.... that might just get to the root of your complaints.

OK, so it has completely different gameplay, a completely different aesthetic, and a completely different setting...

That's not even a spin-off.  That's an unrelated game they slapped 'Valkyria' in the title because they were afraid to sell it on its own merits...
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria: Azure Revolution on: February 16, 2016, 03:43:46 AM
I finally got around to watching that gameplay footage.  WTF was that shit...

Look, I was never that bothered by the fact that it's not a strategy game even though I love the original games.  There's nothing wrong with trying something new in a spin-off.  But this looks more like a Dynasty Warriors clone that Valkyria.  Why the huge emphasis on melee combat in a spin-off of a game that didn't even have melee combat?  (OK, I know melee units were introduced in the 2nd game but they were very specialized...)  While they do carry guns here it feels more like it's out of obligation.   They seemed totally ineffective most of the time, other than for stunning enemies to make the subsequent melee combat easier.  And that melee combat seems to be the 'real' game, so to speak.  Just look at how all the characters behave identically when using guns but have entirely unique sets of moves in melee.  Or the fact that the bosses apparently stand there totally immune to bullets until you get into melee range to start the battle...

Also, were they using magic?!  WTF?

Beyond the gameplay the character designs as well feel very generic, all the way down to the giant sword for the main character (seriously that thing is fucking huge...).  Now before somebody pops up and says Valkyria Chronicles followed plenty of anime tropes itself: Yes it did but it still managed to have an identity of its own.  A consistent style.  These designs are all over the place.  They feel like extras from any random low-budget JRPG.

Maybe this game could be fun (though honestly the gameplay looks boring as heck from what I've seen...) but it doesn't look anything like Valkyria Chronicles.  Why is this even a VC game instead of something original?  It feels completely shoehorned into the VC universe.

So I may not be that bothered by the fact that it's an action game, but I am bothered by...basically everything else about this game.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: February 14, 2016, 12:31:12 AM
Supreme Court Justice Scalia died.  Obama said he would nominate a successor but in an election year with a Republican-dominated Congress the odds of any successor being confirmed any time soon are virtually nil.  Meanwhile the court was scheduled to rule on a number of big issues pretty soon.  This is kind of making a huge mess of things...

Scalia was one of the most conservative Supreme Court Justices so if a successor isn't appointed this year (and that looks pretty much out of the question) the presidential election will potential have a huge impact on the direction of the court in the coming years.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: February 11, 2016, 08:01:33 PM
Well gravitational waves were predicted a long time ago.  We just hadn't seen them yet becuase they're freaking hard to measure.  So this doesn't really change the way we see the universe so much as confirm it.  Still an incredibly cool acheivement though.  Though it's not really my field I know some folks who work on LIGO and you have no idea how difficult an experiment this was.
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 08, 2016, 11:46:38 PM
I know this is a very naive PoV of kickstarters in general, but I'm trying to grasp it and after reading this failure of a kickstarter story, I'm just gonna say it...

Kickstarters are for getting money for developing something in many cases...but in the situation of having an investor back you, the investor or investors get their investment back and then some. Kickstart investors get nothing back, aside from the finished product, meanwhile the company who created said product now reap the benefits of the sales of the product along with the money invested into the product. Now a situation like Unsung Story happens and all these people who have put their hard earned money into this product are being left high and dry and with a flimsy "we'll get it done one day" promise...

Nothing naive about that, a lot of people have being saying this since the start of the whole kickstarter phenomenon.  Kickstarter basically says that backers take on all the risk and the companies they're backing reap all the benefits if a project is successful.  The terms are ridiculously one-sided.  But cries for sensibility have been drowned out by hype and a general "screw the man" attitude because a lot of people felt big publishers weren't doing what they wanted.

Excuse the rudimentary undertanding of this, but explain to me how people find this an acceptable practice? Almost all of the risk lays on the investors now, and unlike big investment companies and banks, we as average people don't have gold lined pockets filled with diamonds and precious jewels (other people's money basically) to haphazardly through at a possible lucrative idea. If a bank won't give you a business loan or an investment company won't back you....maybe you oughta consider the fact that you're offering something that won't make much money or at return an investment.?

I would bet you a large sum of money that most kickstart backers genuinely do not understand the terms of what they're getting into.  It's not that they find it acceptable, it's that they don't know what they're doing.

(Full discloser: Even though I say all this I did drop $5k on a certain Kickstarter...well to be fair I was more interested in the reward than the actual game at that point.  It wasn't something you could normally buy at all, at least not at that price...)
66  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 05, 2016, 01:28:43 AM
To be fair, Adam Jensen does look ridiculous...

Not that Aiden seems terribly fashionable either.  It seemed like they were mostly just excited to see somebody normal...
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How deep is your backlog? on: February 04, 2016, 11:37:36 PM
I can't remember the last year I actually finished 10 games in, and you want a top ten?  You don't even know what it means to backlog...

Though if I can finish my Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki imports this year I'll consider it an awesome year.  Yes, my shoot-for-the-moon goal is two games...
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 03, 2016, 11:12:01 PM
I'll buy it for myself and send you pics.

69  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 03, 2016, 11:08:52 PM
The weird thing is there are people (I even know some...) who pretty much play nothing but Compile Heart games.  I really don't get it, but they've found a niche...
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: February 01, 2016, 02:37:05 AM
like a yiff level 10 wolfsona and conlangs and connections to shady people on the west coast who were probably all ZZTers.

I don't know what a single one of those terms means...
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 30, 2016, 04:06:44 PM
Looks like a pretty standard SmörgÃ¥stÃ¥rta.  It's a Swedish 'sandwich cake'.

And now you know!  Mwuahaha!
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 29, 2016, 07:05:31 PM
I usually listen to NPR or podcasts (ot NPR podcasts...) in my car...

I guess I'm a boring person!
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 29, 2016, 07:02:29 PM
Basically, Antartica is not a continent but a wall of ice surrounding the flat Earth and the sun is a spotlight.  As far as how it goes below the horizon, or how sunsets create different colors, or how the spotlight sun moves at all, they have no explanation at all, afaik.

Wait...what?  Are these people not familiar with the easy-west direction?
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 27, 2016, 12:44:45 AM
I can't really tell either...
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 26, 2016, 09:56:00 PM
The world has gone even more crazy. I blame the internet.

I don't know how facetious you were being, but the internet is actually a big part of the problem.  There are so many sources of information these days people end up selecting on those that tell them what they want to hear and ignoring everything else...

So Trump supporters will only listen to Trump-Approved (tm) sources and dismiss everything else as "corrupt, biased media".  It doesn't matter how thoroughly researched or vetted a source is if it's dismissed out of hand.  Meanwhile the Trump-Approved (tm) sources are usually completely full of shit but they're not held to the same standards so it doesn't matter...
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