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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 19, 2014, 11:39:42 AM
No no 1000 times no.  Exactly like I said with 47 Ronin and Keanu Reeves (or like how that shitty Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow ruined all you need is kill) attaching an A lister usually ends up warping brilliant source material to suit the actor, instead of finding an actor to suit the role. No good.

I agree that they should have used someone other than Tom Cruise, but Edge of Tomorrow was a surprisingly good adaptation overall.

As for GITS, I can't stand Scarlett, so I'm not particularly enthused about this. Though I don't like Tom Cruise either and I liked Edge of Tomorrow.

I hate Tom Cruise as a person, but I've loved a bunch of his movies.  Funny how that works.
 Plus he's marketable, so same thing as seeking out Scar Jo than an Asian actress I think Hollywood is just trying to make the most bang for its buck. 
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 19, 2014, 11:35:58 AM
Holy shit this has been a great run of episodes.

I thought Flatline looked terrible from last week's preview and it might be my favourite episode of the new season.

I can't believe how good this season, and Capaldi, are.

Yeah I thought it was cool how they made sense of their monster; it was very unique, probably the most so since the Angels (but I might be forgetting something).

Clara's contentious relationship with the Doctor has only made her more interesting, and Capaldi's inability to play nice makes him a nice departure from the previous Doctors.

Two-dis!!!!!!

EDIT: Probably the only thing bugging me now is the Heaven plot.  It's getting way too little attention, is high too speculative, and I'm worried/thinking it won't pay off.... and I won't care.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 02:01:53 AM
Did you seriously just copypaste an entire fucking Wikipedia article.

Or, optimistically, WROTE those wikipedia articles.



EDIT:  Doing some Wiki CTRL+Effing, you're pretty much right


Carry on OP!  Despite the copy/pasta, it's a great way to bring up an old and excellent-ish series!
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 12:20:37 AM
This is one of the most epic posts by a new member ever.


Indeed!

Except I was gonna call it: "Final Fantasy Adventure: The Only Good Mana Game?"

I need to try Legend of Mana first before I do that, though I've not heard good things...

Eh.  Taste being what it is, I think it's simply easier to speak for a lot of people by saying they "lost their magic" as they went on.  Specifically the last few, those were between "kinda" to "really tough".
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 19, 2014, 12:16:37 AM
XenoBlade - More Valak Mountain stuff.  Still enjoying this game.  Still doing do much sidequest content, which is overwhelming in breadth and depth.  If this game continues being good to the end, it'll be my favorite Wii game, period. 


Besides how gorgeous the nighttime is, I hate Mount Valek.  Some dickishly strong enemies, areas that are tricky to get to, and just a generally annoying layout.... BAH, annoying place.

That said, while the next few fields are a bit of a pain in the ass, you've really seen nothing yet.  So long as there's no peculiarly random hangups or specific elements you hate for some reason , I really think the places and series of events coming up will indeed secure this as your favourite Wii title if it's already "one its way there".
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 18, 2014, 12:56:38 AM
TBF, I think Renner just has a naturally angry-ish resting face.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 18, 2014, 12:53:01 AM
Maxxs' recipe for end game boss peacemaker pudding (of friendship):
Code:
Fill half a cup with KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND (TABLE) and mix in DOUBLE CAST until it's nice and creamy.
Once ready, glaze with 2 or 3 spoons of MIMIC and serve cold.
There you have it. A sure way to end any fight before it even starts!

I love games that you can cheat the hell out of.  I intend to get KotR (expect less updates in that stupid f%^&*ing week when I gotta inbreed a bunch of birds).

But I love that there are so many ways to be an absolute dick to enemies and that the challenges with the end-game super weapons provide some difficulty.

I felt that the greatest source of pathos in the game was the Cid and Shera scenario where she aborted the launch due to a faulty tank and Cid held a grudge against her for a long time for killing his dream.  I thought Shera's story was the saddest in the game.  For her to endure the abuse from Cid for so long, that's a tragic plight; especially knowing that she saved his life and he won't believe that.  Poor Shera.  

Cid/Shera's story is amazing, he's my favorite Cid in the series; I didn't fully appreciate him and Shera until replays.  He's just such a broken man, with broken dreams, whose hope was shattered by Shinra in a way very similar to Barret's and Shera is a broken woman filled with regret who beats herself more than Cid ever can.

Also, he has an amazing character theme remix.  Very western.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOX4AxH83vo
(Have I mentioned FFVII has great music? Because it has a lot of great music).

I always thought his theme stuck out too, and the fact you're noting it has a very "western sound" to it seems...pretty spot on.  I think if you lumped the shitty terrible world map theme that plays when Meteor is in the sky, mixed it with Cid's theme, you'd get The Terminator Theme which is about as Amurrican as it gets I think.

I felt that the greatest source of pathos in the game was the Cid and Shera scenario where she aborted the launch due to a faulty tank and Cid held a grudge against her for a long time for killing his dream.  I thought Shera's story was the saddest in the game.  For her to endure the abuse from Cid for so long, that's a tragic plight; especially knowing that she saved his life and he won't believe that.  Poor Shera.  

Cid/Shera's story is amazing, he's my favorite Cid in the series; I didn't fully appreciate him and Shera until replays.  He's just such a broken man, with broken dreams, whose hope was shattered by Shinra in a way very similar to Barret's and Shera is a broken woman filled with regret who beats herself more than Cid ever can.

Also, he has an amazing character theme remix.  Very western.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOX4AxH83vo
(Have I mentioned FFVII has great music? Because it has a lot of great music).

He's also got the goofiest running animation in the series, and gains the coveted position of party leader which no Cid before or since can claim.

Still like FFIV's Cid doing everything he can to get himself killed off and only managing to get himself sick with the flu, but VII's Cid is definitely in the Top 3.

Dammit I don't wanna talk about it till my LP get's there!!! >:(
But he has THE best run ever (iirc Advent Children was keen to capture that detail as well).

Oh and BONUS from the INTERNET:
http://youtu.be/h4aPvJmwv3o
Cid and Shera's Gold Saucer date.  

Cid would agree, It's $%&@#ing perfect.  ..and also probably better written than the actual in-game dialogue.  And funny. ...and...Ciddy.

EDIT: Ah fuck it, here's what I had

Yes, I agree Cyril, his story is a lot sweeter than I ever gave it credit for.  Rather, saying he "lost his dream" is still pretty impactful to me as a kid playing this, but I've also had more time to think about it as an adult!  Indeed, the guy is hurting from having to postpone (perhaps indefinitely) his dream of going into space; but clearly the weight of that wasn't as much as the weight on his conscious if he'd have gone through with the launch and killed Shera (sure you see the stars and the planet, but look what tragedy just happened because of it!!  I'd probably put a damper on things, huh?).  

I like that his meaness is rendered ineffective by Shera's thoughtfulness and guilt about the situation (and their relationship isn't moving anywhere).  But I can only imagine the "debt" felt by being saved by someone who lost something so great to him as well.  I think what I'm saying is, they're both reacting terribly to the situation, but it'd be hard to decide how to actually treat the situation as well since they were both stuck between a rock and a hard place.

At least it wraps up nicely in the end.  :D
I'm kinda sad they never showed her in the later FF7 iterations.  She really looks goofy in-game (cute, but goofy). x)

However.... for Cid claiming to be the "best pilot in the world" and on his way to be the first astronaut ever, his lack of empathy for Shera checking the oxygen tanks is a pretty big oversight on him as a professional.  ....I'll just say he's excited...  :S

I also love the entire sequence; the live countdown really puts the pressure on and make it more than just a typical game scene since we the audience are also given those 30 seconds to see how it unfolds.  Plus the FMV is done to look like static-y test footage (hard to tell in the video link, but it's there), and that's kinda cool too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A2s_4eQIPg#t=146
23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 17, 2014, 11:29:05 PM
Edge of Tomorrow is a lot of fun; nice to see a Japanese sci-fi story adapted pretty well.

It's basically Groundhog Day meets Tom Cruise
24  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: October 17, 2014, 06:53:19 PM
Holy shit, Last Story representing itself (with Fatal Frame twins??)!


Apparent stage builder (yay) and game board mode for Wii U version might have been leaked as well.
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 17, 2014, 04:09:03 PM
So rumour and say of a live-action Ghost in the Shell Hollywood movie has been going around a while; and finally more concrete details are out.

I personally believe this series makes so much sense to adapt because television is all about its crime dramas and a new sci-fi film (especially one that inspired the Wachowski's to do the Matrix) would be a fucking killer here.  At the very least, if done right, I think it could translate very well.

But here's the rub: An offer for "Matoko Kusanagi"*  went to Scarlett Johansson and the director is Ruper Sanders (who's last big thing was Snow White and the Huntsman).

...Personally, I'm more interested in what middle-aged hulk could play Batou....





* I assume this is an American adaption so that name's gonna get tossed; but feel free to bring up Hollywood's avoidance of Asian females for the titular role that's been causing some debate
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: October 17, 2014, 01:17:29 PM
Male and Female summons is interesting (I just hope they don't adopt a silly name scheme like "Heva" for Man-Sheva :P); hell I liked it when old man Ramuh turned into a horse for FFX.

The suits are super spiffy too.  What I wouldn't give for a suit to fit so well as that.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i hope we get this too(WA5) on: October 16, 2014, 11:43:35 PM
What they both said.

I'm torn on this title.

I hate that it's so fucking anime it hurts.  Not that the other titles were less anime, but this one really goes for the Shonen Anime feel that I want to punch Dean in the face in almost every cutscene he's in. 

That said, the game is a bit easy but I thought it had a lot of good ideas in.  I also loved the fine-tuning of a lot of the late PS2 games released.  The world map was really something (when I got used to the micro/macro scope it uses)
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 11:38:28 PM
Okami's a little overrated but good nonetheless. I didn't care much for things such as unadjustable text speed, the mumbling instead of voice acting, and some of the puzzles such as those involving Blockhead that required eidetic memory, but it was definitely a pretty game.

I honestly hate the kind of random battle aspect and the dialogue and cutscenes are made of.....really annoying people who are either rude or dumb (and some small room for 'sweet').

It's still pretty as hell and the gameplay is solid on its own; but some elements wore me down.

EDIT: I spoke too soon. Its only been a few hours and I'm already obsessing over Xillia 2 again. Looks like I can't get to lost odyssey with peace of mind just yet, as I'm fairly certain I'll be turning tales back on the second I'm through with work tonite. I'm gonna have to go to rehab for Xillia 2. The withdrawals when I finally get the last 2 endings and put this down are gonna be hard to suffer.

Hell I loved it too, a definite vast improvement and good way to make the characters feel more like "Tales characters" and less generally irritating like they were in Xill1.  I feel it's still tough to review given the amount of recycling, because it really is bad and the world of Elympios and Rieze Maxia aren't terribly fun to explore (at all), and the gameplay (while extremely concise and to the point and void of padding) only redeems so much.

Argh.  I don't know.  WHAT TO THINK>>>>??



Ah fuck it, it's good. 

We <3 Katamari - Played around with one of the levels and managed to get the katamari big enough to like, make the person requesting it happy. Also messed around in the underwater level more but didn't do anything productive there.


I've sold MOST of my games over the years but there's always that pile I can never bring myself to sell; even if the systems are dead and the game would be worth a bunch.

Of course, one I can't get rid of is I Heart Katamari.  It's just too damn fun and unique.




My thumb is a lot better so I'll probably get back into Smashing.  I gotta stop doing the Solo and All-Star modes, they burn me out.

Also continuing my FF7 run to (I'm really and oddly happy to say) a few of Fanner's enjoyment. 
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 16, 2014, 02:31:36 AM
I'm dead







These fucking things, btw








30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Shout-out to coop multiplayer gaming on: October 15, 2014, 09:27:41 PM
Secret of Mana? :v

Also, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (the original, not so sure about the others).

Even when the game was released I thought it was a lot to ask to have both a GC and GBA's ready (did it have non-handheld co-op?? I can't remember).

http://youtu.be/EmkoylmAztE
I always loved this commercial for it....FA-YAH!!!
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