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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: Today at 07:56:46 PM


Clearly Slay is now Canadian and...
Arisha.... ARISHA....

2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: Today at 06:05:52 PM
I freakin' LOVED the PSP version of this. I'm unclear as to whether the PSP version was "enhanced" and this is a port of that, or is this PC version an enhanced port of what we got a few years ago on the PSP???

In other words, is there new/additional/improved content beyond what I already experienced with my PSP play-through?

I *think* it's actually the other way around.  The later made PSP version has PC improvements. ;S
I *think* one reason for this delay of the steam version is because they're trying to reincorporate those PSP version perks back into PC.  I'll be back with sources...!


- Difficulty settings
- New Game+
- Battle voices
- The monster book
- The place names only appear on the map when you visit them
- Retry offset
- Better graphics for the PC version (!!!) (cuz it's PC)

The topic also says the improvements are back in the PC version
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 05:58:44 PM
While I'm talking BoFIV I would like to throw out some random thoughts.

-I LOVE the Fou man! Great character thus far. Unless they completely botch it, the way they have written him in up to the 20 hour mark for me has made him very sympathetic while still being damn near "Sephiroth-type" of cool and badass.

They don't botch, it only gets better (depending on what the "20 hour mark" is...been a while)

-I caught a "beat all" line come out of Cray last night. Cray is NOT Rei. Cray will never be Rei. There be only one feline in the BoF universe who can and should ever say "beat all" effectively, though I take it more as the writers clever reference to Rei's use of the verbage than anything else.

I never liked Cray that much.  He was cool but too pedestrian to be very interesting. 

-Lastly, who signed off on these dragons!!!??? Dragons huh...Really...????? The text says dragon, the sprites/dragon models say something completely different if you ask me. They should have run strictly with the term "Endless" IMO. The narrative DOES make appropriate their visual distinction from typical Dragons but the term proves jarring to me none-the-less.

Aw, cut it some slack!  The game has wonderfully 'unique' dragons that try to test what it means to be a "dragon" and a "god".  Or, more specifically, I like how they work on the environment; it's not just a RED DRAGON who breathes FIRE, it's not just a PURPAL DRAGON that 'breathes' lightning.  (which reminds me, I loved the BoF3 "hybrid" dragons between Ryu and another party member...awesome to play a tiger-striped dragon)

The water dragon looks like a gigantic mollusk.  The mud dragon has you see its innards through its clear skinned snake with almost tatooed-on eyes.  The sand dragon looks like a sandworm with wings.  The grass dragon wraps its tail around a rock like it's about to fly away. 

Oh and UDON is releasing the BoF series artbook
I've owned it for years and it is seriously one of my favorites.  Despite the dubious quality of their games as of late, CAPCOM still hires some amazing talent.

And also, fun fact, this game has one of those rare instances where a real classical song (or rather, a made-for-game version) plays during an important part.  I'm afraid telling you what it is, oddly enough, is a slight spoiler.

In other news, I got an itch to pop Dragon's Crown back in (haven't played it since release at which point I beat "normal" mode with an elf) and start a Wizard. Man, he is much harder to use than my Elf was... that is all I have to say about that.

Seriously, after playing it safe with the Witch, the Amazon is where it's at.  She's a fucking jack hammer.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: Today at 01:46:44 PM
I really hope this finally gives the game the exposure it deserves.  Can't bloody wait!
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: Today at 01:42:12 PM
...rather unacceptable.

Stop it.  >:(

So far so good.  I'm surprisedwith the long radio silence on this.  So far so good, and hopefully, if 'For the Sequel' showed anything that Squeenix listens to fan feedback.... cuz' honestly another tour of Luxendarc sounds exhausting if they don't change this title up a lot).

6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2014, 12:49:37 AM
So I started Tales of Symphonia 2....I'm not sure what possessed me to do this. I hate Emil, he is a horrible main character. The whole Lloyd being a murderer plot is stupid, since there is absolutely no way it is true. The only joy I am getting from this game is that Marta is hilarious at times. But yeah.....this game sucks.

The two people who "love" this game are actually, legitimately, factually, and objectively wrong.  It's a mess and the people who made it should feel bad for wasting everyone's time.

More XenoBlade, with LOTS of ****ing around in Sartorl Marsh.  Level 29, and dying repeatedly against the Reckless Godwin unique mob.  Gonna try to explore the rest of the swamp and maybe find the endpoint before going back to beat him and complete the Nopon rescue quest.  I'm not savvy enough at this game to beat him slightly underleveled. 

Also: Dunban's the man.  I like how his arts chain together and I find him more entertaining to use as the point character than Shulk or Reyn.  Just sayin'. 

You can play through the game without anything...really complex tactics if you just go back every so often and do quests.  I really recommend this at some point in the next section after you get Riki because there's a tough boss then.
(I was late replying to a Dice Top 10 Game post so I'll just leave it at that and hit around the next one)
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 21, 2014, 12:35:14 AM

250 Animators Re-Animate a full Sailor Moon episode.... inside is stylistic changes, a lot of creativity, some drugs, and a few who take liberties with the source material.

8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 20, 2014, 03:28:19 PM
Been watching Frasier at work....because I pretty much have nothing else to do.

It holds up well. I'd forgotten how much of a British farce the show sometimes turns into.

Only three more seasons to go!
Did you figure out what to do with those tossed salads and scrambled eggs?

*Dyuuuu* (bass sound)

....they're calling again.

doo doo doo


Added just a bit (because I kept hearing it in my head otherwise!!!)
And a URL to explain some of the "huh-what?" about the lyrics.

Legend of Korra!  ...Sans Korra!!

= Yeah there was like no Korra this week.  I honestly think the girl gets way too much hate most of the time.  Anyways.    ....Oh, Asami was completely gone too.

= So was Toph.... such a shame.  But alas, the present is more important.  But also, who made the metal city?  Toph was busy with police work a while quite some time, but she seems quite revered there anyways.  Bah, whatever.

= I don't really know where this season is going... Despite Season 2's flaws, it was much more "epic" in scope and scale in terms of where it was all heading down (and I'd argue probably a better end-note to leave off on for TLoK given its connection to the first Avatar).  Right now we got the 4 evil elemental "Sailor Scouts" getting around the country....aaand...?  Nevertheless, I *do* think its good whenever the show has the opportunity to flesh out its other cast members, The Last Airbender managed some of its best episodes this way too.

= Needless to say, the fight between Su and Lin was epic.  Then again, this show has *never* had a problem with some truly awesome looking kung fu.  Opal is also, like, the sweetest thing on the planet.

= I also love that this show isn't afraid to create, daresay, less perfect-looking characters.  There's no doubt that TLA and TLoK take a lot of anime inspiration, but doesn't fall into the extreme aspects of *always* making it about looking pretty like this bullshit does.  If a character is old, then they'll show it (with the exception that a lot of these character do stay fit....cuz martial arts).  Bumi is a great example of this because he has just some gut but still stays fit in other areas.  Hell, both of the female villains are far from beautiful; one has missing limbs and cheek bones that could cut through glass and the other shaves her head on either side. Korra herself is hardly petite but actually quite bulky and muscular.  And as usual, the animation has been top notch to keep things looking 'pretty' in other ways.

= On that, it's quite a star-studded cast that comes in to record these days, isn't it?  I don't know what (to be fair) B-list celeb hasn't had a voice credit on either Korra or even TLA.

= OMG.  Bosco!!  Did the show really just suggest what I think it suggested?!?!?
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 17, 2014, 11:34:54 PM
Dear god.
Poor innocent folk.  And such a terrible coincidence to have both Ukraine and Malaysian Airlines taking the headlines --- this time in the same damned article.
10  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: July 17, 2014, 11:49:48 AM
It is a brilliant, infuriating game that I will never ever play again.
This is actually the best way to describe a 'certain set' of games that I love to death but can't ever touch again due to life/sanity being more important.
11  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: July 17, 2014, 12:01:19 AM
I disagree completely. I found the gameplay and survival elements to be excellent and don't at all think it was a purely cinematic experience. It was VERY good in the latter category, but I'm replaying it because I enjoy the combat and the sneaking and the survivaling. Cool if you don't feel the same way, but saying it as if it's objective fact is not something I can get behind.

I actually appreciated it more when I did the "Survivor" difficulty run.  Something about a 'perfect steal run' is very satisfying (and interesting when you can see how many enemies you can just sneak passed...).

Like I said before, buried within The Last of Us there was a better game and even a better story, but that didn't happen. But it doesn't matter because most people liked the final product, so... whatever I guess. *shrug*

I think UNANIMOUS LOVE (or fanboying/girling) for something can really kill the buzz for later adopters.  A lot of people, after hearing all the praise for TLOU, had trouble seeing it since it does get built up (I assume).

Otherwise, I think The Last of Us has a brilliant story.  Maybe not in its brief synopsis, but the nuances in human interaction and desperation.  You're kind of vague about how the end kind of makes it or breaks it, but I think that was the point.  The game always makes an effort to blur the lines of its cast; they created flaws for every virtue, and so on.

If you mean it had a bad story because of its "pseudo zombies" (Clickers), then I agree there; but that was a big criticism even before the game's release.  I'd argue that they really were more a means to an end, plot-wise though --- it's the humans that take on most of the '
I liked the "story" because the people felt real and the dialogue felt far from "video game-y".  And again, that atmosphere.  The wrecked city, the empty college, the abandoned evacuation centres, the "repurposed" resort, and a restored dam.  I've played many-a-game because they could pull off a feeling and a look; literally creating their own world to wash you up in.  The story didn't have to have a complicated and intricate plot, an optional "do or don't" ending, in-game politics, MIRACLE CURE, and so forth because the setting worked so well on its own as something you could explore and learn about.

I was probably one of the harsher critics of TLOU when it came out, but I've got to admit that it's really grown on me over the past year.  There's a lot of subtlety and nuance to the combat and stealth than I initially gave it credit for.  It doesn't always work (and I still maintain that the beginning areas of the game are awful compared to how much it opens up in terms of tactics and player agency), but it's very different from everything else out there.  Combat feels nasty, mean, and rarely leaves you unscathed.  I really like those aspects of the game and it totally sells the atmosphere. 

On that replay, yeah.... the first few areas of the game are a huge pain in the ass at some points... Summer had that big sequence with everything in the hotel.  Holy smokes what a pain (eat ass, basement section, eat....ass!!!).

Actually, that reminds me.  This is definitely one of those titles that really shows you how important 'down time' is in a game....  Those brief little pauses in the game are totally appreciated.
12  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: July 16, 2014, 05:18:24 PM
Combat-wise I found it nothing special or unique.  Just the narrative and atmosphere totallly sold me.
13  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: July 16, 2014, 03:26:02 PM
In-game graphics definitely look a lot nicer (and it looks like Ellie's eyes don't have the car-like headlights on anymore).

I'm curious what the DLC is (bearing in mind it isn't Multiplayer stuffs) --- Left Behind was a great addition as far as 'plot importance'.

I'd actually have no problem buying the game up again.  I meant what I said that a lot of videogame cutscene/dialogue just isn't as good in comparison to what TLOU managed.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Aurian's Dragons on: July 16, 2014, 12:11:00 AM
Oh man I love these!!  If I ever create a drawing of a dragon can I pay you to sculpt me one??? :D
One day hopefully...

Anyways, keep it up, they're super cute.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 16, 2014, 12:07:13 AM
ART: Pro artist redraws his childhood pictures...

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