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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: Today at 02:40:44 AM
New episode recorded. Expect it very soon :D

2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: Today at 01:39:33 AM
This works as a perfect foil to Escha's downright idiocy and inherent naivety.

I think the last 6 Atelier girls have been some form of this.

Even Totori ?

Nah, true.  More soft...and clumsy (I think).

I honestly wouldn't describe Meruru that way either.  Sure she was kind of spoiled (I mean, she's literally a princess...) and lazy, but that doesn't mean she was stupid.  She was pretty competent when she actually tried.

Now Rorona, on the other hand...

Certainly suits the "princess' motif she's got going (I can't really comment on Meruru, I played about 5 hours, put it down because of school, then a buddy bought it off me when I needed $$).  Actually, I think she's my favorite design of the three from Arland (ooh, time to make a post in the VG Art Topic). 

I dunno.  I get kinda torn talking about the girls.  They're sweet, they're cute, but often give off girly vibes in usually a bad way (Rorona = Dumb, Totori = Soft, Meruru = Spoiled ...but they're all 'nice' at least).  I'm not really a fan of the characterization in the titles to begin with; but I kinda wish they'd go deeper with characters since the plot doesn't get terribly involving (unique world/settings aside). 
The development is there, but it doesn't feel terribly 'grand'; and the light-heartedness of the situations ensures things keep on a steady pace.  It's nice, and I do like enough to smile or be entertained... But I think what I'm saying is: I just want more from them since I usually end up rooting for support characters more than the main one.
(if it's their, let me know what I should look for... but I haven't seen it, and if I'm waaay off then please blast me for it)

Then again, and with that said, I keep buying these games because they look and sound beautiful and the alchemy/battles are unique and a lot of fun -- even if their characters aren't always the same.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: Today at 12:41:12 AM
This works as a perfect foil to Escha's downright idiocy and inherent naivety.

I think the last 6 Atelier girls have been some form of this.

Even Totori ?

Nah, true.  More soft...and clumsy (I think).
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: April 24, 2014, 10:54:08 PM
This works as a perfect foil to Escha's downright idiocy and inherent naivety.

I think the last 6 Atelier girls have been some form of this.
5  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Shimomura's "memoria" will own your face on: April 24, 2014, 07:04:51 PM
Yeah, I have to say that MEGALOMANIA and Pain the Universe are probably two of my favorite tunes on the album. Super catchy.

haha go figure
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 24, 2014, 01:56:31 PM
Foot pain is awful.  You need to move around, you need to orient yourself in many different ways, many times a day, and perform all sorts of actions.  So yeah, a "boo boo" on your foot/leg, sucks a whole *lot*. 

7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: April 24, 2014, 12:33:08 PM
who among us hasn't made a big yellow t to put on their head
no friend of mine

I certainly can only take credit for wrapping clothes/blankets around my head to protect me from the rain... a T...how...how novel!!   I can't...
A T!!!!

I always love seeing photos of fanners.  The people behind the avatars!!!!!
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 24, 2014, 01:59:50 AM




9  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: I have a complaint on: April 24, 2014, 01:40:12 AM

10  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Shimomura's "memoria" will own your face on: April 24, 2014, 01:31:44 AM
OK. So it's out!

= Meh @ Pain the Universe.  This makes me sad because I was reaallly looking forward to this one.  I really think it should have owned the HARD ROCK vibe it had going.  The synth organ [?] thing did little for me and it had an odd strum kick in every so often.  When i thought of a remade Pain the Universe, I think Sakuraba or Revo having that 'hardcore' feeling down much better.  This was boss music lite.

= The other Legend of Mana tracks were great.  In Flames was brilliant, and I loved hearing the Song of Mana in, what it definitely, the most realized version of the opening and main theme.  Good to hear the same Swedish singer back on it.  I always found the song was...kinda cheesy, but sweet.  Anyways, it works beautifully with such a grand orchestra.
...I actually thought In Flames would have really rocked that Latin choir used in the new FF15 theme too.

= Sweet jesus Megalomania did NOT need lyrics.  It *was* a good idea, but I guess the Engrish is distracting (maybe they should have stuck with Japanese; or shit, is it that hard to find an English singer in Japan?  Get Donna Burke, she's done everything). 
The original song is so sharp and precise sounding, adding lyrics just feels like noise on top of a tune good enough without the additions *.  In saying that, the karaoke one is more my style. The other Liva a Live song doesn't do much for me either.  It's short and cute...maybe playing the game would have changed my mind on how I feel about it.
Not to bring up Sakuraba again (I know people are torn on him here), but I like when he does his Arrange albums he's much more progressive about it adding to themes solos or instrumentals they didn't have before. 

= FF15 = KH.  Eh.  It's more her usual that you've come to expect...but in revealing another *Final Fantasy 15* track, I guess you gotta go big or go home, you can't play, for example, something that...well, doesn't have the epic Latin or fancy violins.  But it's good, but not really hooking me, what, 10 Kingdom Hearts albums in where those types of tunes are a STAPLE. :P

= Great having Mario RPG representation, both tracks were lovely and performed perfectly with that sweet and storybook-y feel.

= Aya's theme on piano?!  Lovely.  Very dramatic and unique, transferring the more techno vibe of the originally very elegantly.

= I like the diversity of the album, but as a whole, I thought Drammatica was stronger (again, as a whole).  That not me saying it's bad, because what I like in Memoria I *loved* instead.  Just those few tracks that don't do much.  Which is fine, a lot of other albums fare much worse.

*(I'm not a music person to use good terminology here, bear with me)
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 24, 2014, 12:16:41 AM
I am on Chapter 4 of Resonance of Fate. Finished the escort mission. Just need to do some of the guild quests before moving on. Game is great fun but boy does Leanne ever have a bad dose of the crazy eyes.

If you really start liking things, I recommend talking to NPCs, they'll flesh out the story/world more than plot-related cutscenes.  ...Which reminds me, I always felt such melancholy when an NPC would say "so long" before they even really say anything.  And I always liked how classes were divvied up; indeed, the bottom levels look like shit and hell and nasty.

Oh, and up to you, but there is a buy/sell exploit to gain "infinite money" if you're not feeling the grind.

and I'm now taking Lymsleia to East Palace.

Wait, you're a drug dealer in S5?

Man that'd make such a great plot.

Don't think about it Dice.

Guess that answers a lot...
You saying my online name makes me feel funny.  I know your real name, you know mine, but it makes me feel like a super hero who doesn't reveal THE REAL IDENTITY while under the guise of another.....sweet.

Played More Symphonia.
Tethe'Alla is so much cooler than Sylvarant.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: April 23, 2014, 10:04:32 PM
I felt it appropriate to come back to this thread and express that after ample time now with Atelier E&L my opinion has dropped substantially.

I was sort of really singing its praise upon initial impressions but unfortunately the game is proving a let down for me.

I still stand behind most of what I noted that I liked about the game, however the problem is NOTHING seems to really improve or draw me in further. That is, the best development in the game thus far (up to year 3) for me has been the ceasing of tutorials.

It it was not for the stellar gameplay in terms of the crafting and the fact that Logy is a home-run of an MC in my book, I would really be hard pressed to find enjoyment in this title at present.

What I've come to really dislike so far is the dialogue. It all seems like useless and meaningless banter. I actually cringe when I see a "!" indicating a character event because I know it means more time wasted on dialogue that neither proves humorous, interesting or relevant.

And on that note, the lazy fast travel with noted event indicators seemed cool at first but has proven to totally suck the joy out of said events. At least when you need to "search" for character events there is a sense of "discovery". To just check a list and go to a marked local via fast travel is pretty unrewarding at this point...

It was my biggest complaint with Ayesha as well.  For the "quality" of writing, it just goes on and on and on.  The events aren't particularly earth-breaking, just shit I'd hear (for example) from talking to my neighbour everyday.  Shame, the characters look cool, the world environment is interesting...the situations, less so.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 23, 2014, 04:52:07 PM
Bravely Default

Third world...*groan*
Watching Holly White tackle Barres <3??

Oddly liked it more than Tiz barely finding the balls to confront Agnes about a humble request.

Oh, which reminds me:
Took me way too long for me to realize Alternis Dim's real identity ...but whatever.  It took me way too long to realize how goddamn flawed Edea's memories are.  How they hell did she NOT recognize Ringabell?  Aren't her and Alternis supposed to be really good friends?  Do they ever explain that or ...was Alternis just wearing a helmut 8 days a week, 25 hours a day?
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 23, 2014, 03:51:35 PM
^ :(

The 2000's were a great time for pop culture.  These photos demonstrate the highs and [mostly] lows of the decade...and hair highlights!  Which were big then.

I actually think Rihanna looked better then than now.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 23, 2014, 02:45:24 PM
Tales of Legendia

Does jug girl sucks? She looks like a character that would suck.

(suck in combat... btw)


She's too little too late.  Her jugs deal an great amount of damage, but she's slow at swinging them around.
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