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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: Today at 07:39:55 PM
omg I think the dinner scene made me stop playing Infinite Undiscovery
Is that what that is!?  God, it's SO FUNNY!  The way the other guy watches them and then just enthusiastically joins right in while the girl just watches, exasperated.... oh man, that is comedy gold. I'm giggling all over again just thinking about.

Yeah I always thought it was funny too.  Gamers have a weird sense of humour?
I didn't really find the Disgaea games terribly funny as far as its story mode goes (the item descriptions were great though).
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: Today at 11:53:22 AM
Some context from this video: It was a short TV mini-series in the UK called Yonderland. Debbie here is the "savior" spoken of in prophecy and transported to this mystical Jim Henson world. She just wants to go home though to her husband and children and doesn't want to be a savior, but she meets these little things who sing her a song about basically "not feeling guilty for letting us die horrible deaths". I call them the Guilt Muppets.



Watch what it looks like to deliberately fuck up QTEs in Heavy Rain.... it's really funny... plus FFIV Boss Music.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: Today at 11:46:50 AM
I got home 2 hours after the NoA FB page announced it and it was sold out even that soon. Urgh. It's getting so hard to preorder the Nintendo bundles and special editions lately. Super frustrating. Hoping that maybe it'll be available through Gamestop.

Yeah, Nintendo is super frustrating these days with their SUPER-LIMITED-ONE-OF-100-ONLY bundles, you basically gotta hope you're around when it's up and commit right away. :/

4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: Today at 11:43:44 AM
I had this huge concept for an rpg battle system where you used magic based on the elements available to you. Like for example if you had a puddle close by, water magic, and if there was a metal pole you could use steel manipulation magic...wonder if this is what they're aiming for when they said  manipulate the environment?


That would be cool though.

I really hope the battle system is excellent.  In retrospect I felt it was lacking (or hopefully it was because it was "first world" level of meh, like how a number of ARPGs are a little slow at the start), so hopefully it expands well in the final product.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 30, 2015, 10:23:00 PM
Japanese Tidus' laugh was....
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 30, 2015, 08:27:55 PM
 Japanese Tidus's laugh was like a Banshee getting it on with a Hyena.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you tell me about Suikoden II? on: August 30, 2015, 07:30:20 PM
Let's just remake every game using Suikoden 2 mechanics!

But I liked the Skills. >.<

that too
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: August 30, 2015, 01:19:50 AM
Hey everyone! Did you want the Limited Edition Pre-order?
Well too fucking late, it's already sold out!

I REALLY hope they restock this or someone else gets it too.  It's a pretty damn fine bundle for the price.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 30, 2015, 12:42:50 AM
Xillia > Xillia 2

Didn't like either, but I actually agree with that.

Another unpopular opinion on a related note:
The worst part of the Xillia games was the battle system.

I dunno, I thought navigating the world pretty brutal.  Like that is honestly one of the worst attempts at a world design I've ever seen.  I always thought Xillia's issue was that it does a bit of everything, but nothing very well, so it comes off as unremarkable.  Iroinically, the part I hated most about Xillia 2 was the drama between the kid and Ludger and Julius.  I honestly thought Elle was awful (I think the VA is part of that, while she is a good actress, I hate 'high-pitched adult' doing kid voices).

FFX was like my favorite Square battle system ever and then they never used it again.

Although this is the unpopular opinions thread so I guess I should be saying that I'm glad they never used it again???

haha ignoring the point of the thread (and yeah I've had SO many points I "had to" delete because it technically falls out of line), I hate GENERALLY in games where they forget "good things" for upcoming sequels.

> Tales of Eternia had an AWESOME spell system, now forgotten
> FF9 had ATE scene that were the cherry on top of already amazingly spent "town time"
> FFX-2 had a fucking "White Mage" menu option so you didn't have to pointlessly click a character with no usable skills outside of battle

More Unpopular Opinions?

= Fixed camera > Free Camera (if a shot can be more effective with a fixed camera, then I'd rather have a nice looking scene than a rotating camera).

= Star Ocean 4 is an 'okay' game! (the plot/characters are the worst, but by golly that battle system is fun as hell and I would play it again).

= Tetsuya Nomura is a shitty artist [these days].  His anatomy know-how sucks, and he has this thing for really bad and 'edgy' clothing folds (see this stupid ass group shot where NO ONE is wearing a suit remotely fitted to them).

= Motoi Sakuraba is an *amazing* composer (that's probably my *ultimate* unpopular opinion :P).

= Twilight Princess *is* the best Zelda game (I'm perfectly fine with this being my opinion alone).

= Looking at a tracklist... I don't like a LOT of Chrono Trigger songs. :S

= There is one 'best' Mario Kart and it's Double Dash, bar none.

= Kid Icarus Uprising is the best thing Nintendo has done all generation and is their most beloved gem right now that they're not taking advantage of.

= The co-op trend for Resident Evil games is truly the best thing about it

= Kirby (and their OSTs) hasn't been good since 64.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which "Tales of" games have you played more than once? on: August 29, 2015, 11:52:48 PM
Xillia 2 is probably the hardest game for me to come to a concrete opinion on.  I like it a lot and I hate it a lot.  I think it's fun, and I like the battle system, and I like expanding the stories on the Xillia 1 cast (ironically I liked them more this time around even though they weren't the stars), but the amount of retreaded old ground, recycled enemies, and some emotionally manipulative plot and magical-nonsense really pissed me off.

I guess the point is that it's better than the first game.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 29, 2015, 01:12:49 PM
^ interesting review, actually.  Rule of cool definitely sounds a bit of an issue (speaking of tropes I always liked the 'cursed with awesome' one, this often happens in anime too x).

Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)

Alright!  Very good for the part, especially considering it follows its own plot for the second half, so I think that they did pretty well the material.  And I even like the spoilers.
Wrath having Ed's arm and leg was really cool, I even liked the whole world being a different version of Earth that followed some new path at some point.  The implications of Alchemy were really, really cool --- although the ambitions of its villains a little less so.  I also like that "the magic" wasn't limitless and all-powerful but often came with great consequences, following its principle of "equivalent exchange" as much as it can.
The action is strong, the emotional bits pack a great punch, and I think it's an effectively told story that is pretty mature about itself.  There's a few pacing issues, or rather, some things could have used 'an episode' more than others (indeed there's a few episodes in the middle where very little happens), and the final bit with the Fuhrer felt disjointed and solved in a super-clean-cut manner.

Nevertheless, no regrets, and I enjoyed it a lot, I can see why it's claim to fame is still around.  The story is clearly about these two brothers and does a great job at keeping them in the centre of matters and their main goal to help each other and have each other's back (indeed, the show demonstrating numerous siblings throughout its run, as well as a great examination on the importance of family to people...for better or worse).

Special kudos to the series for featuring a large cast where most characters are over their twenties.  They exist amongst the plethora of teen high school dramas...!  And when it worked it really worked.  The stuff with Izumi, the Dad, Lust, Scar, and especially the army peeps who were a great balance of both comedy and drama when occasions called for it (the specific 'for fun' episode dedicated to their antics was pretty great).

By comparison, I did start watching FMA: Brotherhood as well.  Hmm

+ Better animation, HD screen, and I also love that Ed's hair is outlined in 'gold' than black!  I also the rough texturing used for the backgrounds as well, it gives them a much nicer feel.
+ Way better openings and ending already (the only ones I *really* liked in FMA'03 were the first two endings).  I love Yui's "Again" as well as the hand-drawn-looking ending.
+ The original story (which, unfortunately, retroactively makes me look at the '03 series in a different light --- even though I don't want it to because I DO think it was enjoyable)
= It definitely has a more 'shounen-y' vibe.
- An obvious issue HAS to be stated is that it's hard to watch the first batch of episodes, mainly of course, because it's just a retread of the old series before they split apart.  What's worse is I feel the '09 version is *conscious* of this and rushed certain parts assuming its audience was in the know so it can look weird to maybe even new people entering the series at this point. This was really a no-win scenario though.
- I prefer the overall tone of the old series.  I feel like anime exaggerations are like the Japanese version of a US laugh track, in that they're meant to emphasize something that just isn't that funny to make it at least LOOK funnier, and they do it a lot (used sparingly I find it way better anyways).  Ed is especially made fun a lot more for his height more and tends to 'flip out' over things.  

Ed gets slapped for acting selfishly and putting people in danger... what's the best reaction?

12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you tell me about Suikoden II? on: August 29, 2015, 12:32:49 AM
I felt the game was a surprisingly great blend of mature, fun, and everything you want in a game.  I think the Castle System is *perfect*, and I think that adjunct has been key in making the game's the success they are.  Great game and even recently I still was 'impressed' with it despite its age.

Oh, I do love its need for overuse of punctuation.

"What's that!!!!!!?"
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 29, 2015, 12:30:29 AM
Call me crazy but I fully expect the "Tales of" catalog to slowly make its way to PC when Namco sees the Zesty numbers.

I think that's the point of this move.  No one even asked for Tales of Symphonia to be there, so...

Vesperia, I think will definitely be a matter of time as well. 
And, god willing, Tales of Destiny PS2. :P
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which "Tales of" games have you played more than once? on: August 29, 2015, 12:29:08 AM
Damn Steph haha

15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 28, 2015, 08:44:24 PM
Mascot: Burn this fucking filth with the fire of ten thousand suns.

Special: Rikku's machina maw as the other two just don't do anything for me.

One thing I adore about Flora Fallal is how Yuna's dress moves while she's on it.
Machina Maw makes tons of sense and I think they really made it work for Rikku.

....of all things, I'm surprised these Sphere dont' have a limit break of sorts.
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