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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: Today at 02:16:45 PM
Bojack Horseman

A Netflix original.... And I like it a lot.
Take the star of a 90s sitcom 20 years later in real life and following it's lead, who is now a burnt-out [horseman] D-lister, in Hollywood.  Or just let the kinda cool opening speak for itself.

I like it: Between the animal sight-gags and puns (like where a Cow Waitress gives sass to a guy who orders steak), it's surprisingly deep between the wit and....horsing around (I'm sorry).
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 12:32:29 AM
I went to a house for a small work-people party today....

= Pool
= Giant Slide
= Tennis Court
= Basketball Court
= Home Theatre Set
= Big screen TVs everywhere.
= Normal fridge, wine fridge, beer fridge
= RV with nicer kitchen and furnishings than most houses ($600 to fill up)

...then I went back to my house. 
And wept.

I think the best part is that the owners are super-nice, pretty humble and normal people.  Either way, a nice night, and its been a while I've worked a place where I thought the people were good and fun to be with.

Sleep deprived and moderately delusional/disoriented. I went to Cincinnati on Saturday, did that stuff with just wandering around aimlessly on Sunday, uh, today's Monday and usually I'm at work but 'wasn't 'cause holiday, uh, went out to lunch earlier.

I remember having days like this myself

Instead of going back to XenoBlade Chronicles or Persona 2: Innocent Sin I'm playing dumb card games on my phone.  I may have a problem. 

Spider Solitaire does that too me.  I started "thinking in Spider Solitaire"....which shouldn't make sense.

3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 01, 2014, 10:44:24 AM
N-not that I care or anything, b-baka!

Buuuut, sorry guys, doesn't sound like Squeenix is terribly confident in bringing 3DS DQ7 over here.

“In terms of DQVII, it has a lot of text to go through and translate, and we’ve received so many requests and so much positive feedback about the game, but unfortunately, we have to consider the cost and the manpower needed to handle the sheer load of text. In terms of scenario and script, the game is probably one of the largest in the DQ franchise. If a lot of people can buy it and support it… well, we can’t promise anything.

… We’ve gotten a lot of requests, we really want to do it, but right now, we need to hammer out what kind of resources we’d need to do it. We say this a lot, but, we can’t seem to get to the point where it’s justifiable.”

Other announcements:
= Disgaea 5 (PS4)
= Resident Evil Revalaitons 2
= God Eater 2
= A new Gundam game
= Senran Kagura: Estival Versus (PS4/V)
= Fairy Fencer: Dark Advent (PS4/V)
= New Touhou (PS4)
= DQ: Heroes (PS3/4)
= (Other Stuff too, don't have time to post)

Place your bets for what'll make it westward.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 01, 2014, 10:36:59 AM
First look (anime trailer; don't get too hyped, nothing much happens)

2015 PS3/4
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 01, 2014, 02:04:58 AM
Xillia 2: BEATEN! :D

= Ewwwwwwww, that Ludger voice option.  You don't even see his lips move, your "in-game choice" is just read to you from the R1/L1 screen. :S  It adds some life to the role, for sure, but feels real half-assed (and Ludger has a great voice!).

= I dunno.... I liked the emotion in this game; but the pacing felt kinda crappy.  We only get one real chapter to hang out with Julius, and only one chapter dedicated to Elle and Alt Milla's relationship (that she then realizes is super-important to her for the next 3).  The ideas work and work really well, just the pacing feels rushed.
it's actually both sad but maybe realistic that the party just can't warm up to Alt Milla in the same way or that she's almost quickly 'forgotten about' when she's killed.  Alternate Milla ISN'T *their* Milla.  That bitter streak in the fractured version seem appropriately complex for it, and the party's own reaction seems... sadly human.

= The plot was good, but still has a lot of "magical mumbo-jumbo" that makes the story-telling too much a product of its own made-up issues.  The details feel complex and somewhat turgid. ORIGINS TRIAL, KEY OF KRESNIK, SOUL TRANSFER, CANAAN, CHROMATIS, MAXWELLIANXILLIANBRRRRGLGGLRRRR.  Okaaay~~~  I'm not even too sure how much sense I could really make of it especially with respect to how the Keys of Kresnik worked and what went in and out of dimensions
As a whole, I liked the character quests much more than the actual plot.  It certainly doesn't help that Elle is a pipsqueak cheerleader with a big mouth and Ludger doesn't really "have a voice". 

Elle is feeling sad...
L1 Hold her Hand / R1 Tell her "man up or 'daddy' will put you up for adoption"!

= Love the post-game.  Love the alternate endings.  I actually kinda regret buying costumes since a lot of the in-game offerings actually look quite wonderful (and it's nice to see the game offering free costumes after Xillia 1 giving you few options in that regard).  Love the EX Giganto Monsters too.  They're wonderfully difficult!

= I liked Origin's design.  A little creepy, but a nice change of pace given how detailed (or sometimes downright tacky) the rest of the spirits and cast are.

= Holy fuck, Muzet's face at the end of her chapter... No party member has seemed more curious, horny[?], and downright insane.

= I like how all characters generally improved in likability.  Even Ivar.

= Plot-wise, Gaius and Muzet felt pretty pointless, but they were great additions for battle.  On that note...

= omg, 3 party members isn't enough for the amount of experimenting I wanted to do.  I love everyone!!!!

= I like when Tales tries to be political too.  I liked the amount of tensions there were between Rieze Maxians and Elympions.  It feels real and makes the world feel more comparable to perhaps real life situations for it.  I like that Leia writes about the tensions, I like that Alvin is a [struggling] salesman between the nations, I like Rowen and Gaius have political unrest as region-representatives and leaders.

= Honestly, the only ship I ever cared about in this game is Alvin x Leia.  ...I happily got that off my chest.  I think more because they're nonchalance and 'chumminess' would probably work best IRL as buds (so I was happy they were "dimensional partners", so to speak). 
I kinda felt the same for Yuri and Estelle --- maybe I just like it when the writers don't try so hard to write about lovers and just focus on relationship-building (read: not romance building) -- it was that "ship" that almost sank all of Xillia 1's plot for me.  You go Jude, one of few protagonist's whose crush led him to become a hero.

= This game is my FF13-2.  Is it great?  Yeah, I guess, it *definitely* does the job and the risk of a lot of "sequelitis".  But MAN you can get a lot of mileage out of it, recycled content or not.
...I will say it's a lot more playable than X1.

= I'd love another Tales sequel --- but more like Tales of Destiny 2.  I'd love to see them take a world like 10-15 years (or more!) into the future of the first installment.

Xillia 2:
Personal Grade: 8.5 Fat Cats out of 10.
Less Bias Grade: 7/10.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 31, 2014, 05:59:15 PM
That thing is more Rorschach than Rorschach, I just see metal goop.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 30, 2014, 02:11:37 AM
What bugs me the most about combat is how close the camera is.
I really hope there's a way to pull it way back.

I have a thing with too-close cameras...

I'm hoping that because that is a complaint among like...70% of all reactions to the gameplay video, they listen and pull the damn camera back.

...but, watching the video, I don't know, I wonder if it's sort of "part of the design", like you're meant to focus more 1-on-1.  It still looks off, and the camera jerking is really something.... *groan*, I dunno.  Most Tales games offer camera options, so fingers crossed.

Cutscenes look pretty and the characters are nice to look at.  The battles DO look great, just the camera needs some serious work.  And would it kill them to add some more trees to that field (or the faster sprinting like Xillia 2 added?  Shit, that first video has MC practically running straight across an empty field for a full minute).
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 29, 2014, 08:10:08 PM
How do you even "reboot" Underworld?

Underwoirld done in a different style is just another brand of vampires vs. werewolves.

Probably.  And with a market saturation of vampires/occult, now's the time to strike since they were too early for the first wave that was, unfortunately, kicked up with the Twilight Saga.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 29, 2014, 08:07:12 PM
We could make an entire topic of "things that in the end were never explained or followed up on in games"

There's a lot of 'little topics' like this I've been *dying* (not lit.) to make but just can't imagine it'd work too well.  But I have always wanted to make a thread about "little things" like that or other 'notable noticeables'.

The problem really lies with Konami not having the money/man power/know how/source code/effort/skill/shits and/or fucks to give to ever bother. They pretty much need to keel over or wind up in such dire shit to want to sell the IP off to Nintendo or thereabouts before we ever see a remastered Suikoden anything in the next 20+ years.

Also we'll never know what was up with Jenne either.

I died. xD

And shit forgot about her. And Viki too for that matter.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: August 29, 2014, 07:46:20 PM
I can't afford a new model of 3DS.

Well, I guess I could, but I'm sick of Nintendo releasing new and improved versions every year. Makes me feel cheated.

Yeah I feel this.

I'm excited because I think I've liked or loved every 3DS game I've ever purchased; but I don't want to invest in another system (I do love the Super Famicon coloured buttons though...hooo-lee sheit I do).  I almost want to say I hope it doesn't catch on.  Are the specs better as well (fancy features aside)? 

This seems like a pretty rough sell otherwise; a chance that companies don't want to alienate older-model users so they can use the tiny analog nub and extra shoulder buttons.

I do admit a handheld version of one of my favourite games ever is STILL tempting too. But...
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 29, 2014, 06:49:35 PM

Suikoden 5...The only problem I got with 5 is that there are a bajillion loading screens.

That stupid fucking boat village where you had to pass through 20 boats (and 20 loading screens) to get through the end of it.

But seriously...How the hell hasn't there been a remaster or re-release of that series though?  I mean, FUCK.  I'd love to play them again.  I do remember 5 being good (especially a good thing coming off Suiko4's notoriety), but having a few things that really bugged me.  The plot took waaaaaaaaaaaay too long to get rolling but also everything felt kinda....eh.  The graphics, the music, the battle felt (if we had to go numerically for a review lets say) like a 75% (B-grade) in every category.  I really gotta replay the game though and re-evaluate it --- mainly because I know Mongoosey holds the game in high regard.

To this day:
= I think the Suikoden II cover art is DIVINE
= We'll never know what's fully up with Yuber....will we?? :(
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 29, 2014, 06:43:29 PM
The Don's Choices (FF7) - link to provide proper credit, not because of any NSFW-ness. :)


I always forget (and love) how 90s Tifa looked in her dress.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: August 29, 2014, 06:42:06 PM
I kind of agree that I think it's silly to buy a console Day 1.  But I say that because I'm poor too often to really have the extra money to toss at a think like that, however I've done it before (SNES, Dreamcast, 3DS).  I agree that the lineups aren't very ideal more often than not as well.  But I think it's people own prerogative with what they want to spend on; and it'd probably work against a system's utility and purpose if the ownership isn't very high because there weren't enough early adopting heroes.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: August 29, 2014, 06:37:07 PM
I'll admit it tickles my head with how Tiz will be involved.  Ironically I cared for him very little only to become the one I wonder most about for the sequel.

Also, I still think the Bravely Second logo looks like it's advertising Chanel No. 5.

15  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: August 29, 2014, 12:23:56 PM


I'm so happy..... :D
SO HAPPY. I think it's finally time I preordered too. I'm just worried, is anyone getting the WiiU one at all?? I feel like everyone is on the the 3DS.

Also, Dunban was on the Smash art...another character or art fire arts sake (probably the latter, but that's cool too)?

I love nintendo directs
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