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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: September 11, 2014, 03:57:20 PM
I watched all of I and beat II and III. Looooots of buildup, but they're pretty good games with very good stories and music. I'd be down with this. PUT IT ON VITA.

What I'd be more down with, though, is a remake of Xenogears. It needs the update far more than Xensaga does.

I'm happy enough with HDs as well; but yeah I'd love to see us hitting up remake/remaster territory.  I think I've said it plenty of times; but an HD or even 3DS/Vita-remaster of the older FF titles would be a dream.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: September 11, 2014, 03:35:46 PM
Although not Xenoblade Chronicles X, but I still think this news is awesome sauce. Make it happen RPGfans:

http://www.siliconera.com/2014/09/11/xenosaga-hd-collection-might-possible-needs-tens-thousands-fans/



This is the most ridiculous thing.

Are the rose-tinted glasses making people way more psyched than they should be?  I could have sworn it took till the third entry before the game got really good reviews. 

...I'd actually rather have "Xenoblade HD" than all three of the Saga series. :/

Anyways, I wish more things happened with enough fans signing up for it. :P
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 11, 2014, 12:40:10 PM
...and I will NEVER write of Doctor Who as a show. Unless a girl becomes Doctor. Its not sexist thing but...Just think, if the Doctor were to be come a woman wouldn't his personality change completely?


Mmm yes, s/he'd probably be more fragile, and complainy, and bitchy, and PMS-y.  It'd be awful, out of line for the show, and would destroy the series more than bad writing ever will. 

ANYWAYS.  I actually really like Capaldi as a Doctor and I think we needed a slightly more serious incanation; but the episode plots so far are only 'ok'.  You can tell he's still a Doctor at heart though (A reviewer said it best: "..The amazing plan that the Doctor comes up with to defeat Rusty... hinges on Clara doing something brilliant but completely unspecified to unlock the memory, and then the Doctor will show Rusty something so beautiful that it will turn him good forever, but he has absolutely no idea what that thing might be").   He still needs those BIGGER titles like "Blink", "Midnight", or somehow manage to sell as grand ideas like "The Impossible Planet" did.  The ones so far have been a bit more "fun"; they're entertaining, but not particularly interesting or unique (I usually write off Dalek episodes since I can't take them seriously as villains; they're just a bit too ridiculous for me, and for the "most dangerous enemy", the Doctor seems to take care of them often enough).

Next episode preview looked promising.
19  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: September 11, 2014, 02:53:45 AM
http://i.imgur.com/RKQc7hA.jpg

Alt skin/colors from a Famitsu scan.

OMGYES to: Black and White Dedede, Black and Gold Peach/Rosalina, Viridi-coloured Palutena, Amazing Mirror "Black" Kirby, Space Bicycle Gear (:P)Samus --- actually all of Samus'.
Sonic, try a bit harder.  Would it have been so bad to colour him like Knuckles or Tails??

NeoGaf thread of LEAKS
Old characters back? (Ness, Falco)
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 11, 2014, 01:55:50 AM
On Dice's subject of endings, I don't buy the "true" ending as the "better" option.

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If Ludger lives, he's the president of Spirius.  As in, one of the most powerful and influential men on the planet.
He's acquaintances and friends with politicians in both Rieze Maxia and has a lot of pull in politics.  As shown in Victor's timeline,
Spirius helped fund Jude's research; Ludger could do the same.  He could help the countries reach peace and create a better world.

All of this would be much more difficult and possibly unrealistic without Ludger.

Not to mention, both Elize and Gaius have character episodes that hammer in the point that saving one person because of your feelings
 isn't always the best option.

Also, Jude is allergic to cats!  I was laughing at how everyone was ignoring his sneezing during the Skits when you hate something like 80+ cats.  But I do think the idea of him with Spyrite cats is great.

This has really killed any enjoyment I got out of the True Ending.  I really wish they didn't label it as such either; "True" sounds so a-matter-a-fact.  While I think the point is that it'd be REAL tough to tell ....
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...a little 8 year old "You gun die" because the world is more important than SHE is; it was obviously a choice that worked for the greater good ---- assuming the audience and the characters understand your points made; that Ludger WOULD be a good new leader, that Elle would sort-of come back, Origin's wish is a positive thing, etc.

In terms of sequel: C'moooon, give us a Vesperia one to make up for shitty ending and still be able to recycle what you needed to. :P

What disappoints me is that Sore-eh is the only one who can fuzors. Seeing what multiple variants Alisha, Rose, and that other guy (lets face it, the only difference they'd do to his character design would be redrawing the lines on his body and recoloring his hair) might have been an improvement over their defaults.

At least I can honestly say that my anticipation for this hasn't deflated nearly as hard as my anticipation for Shining Resonance (which is amazing considering that I wasn't really anticipating that to begin with due to Sega being Sega).

I hate that.  As much as I like Ludger, he's clearly the poster child of any party you'd make.  I remember loving Graces because just about *any* party member was a blast to play as.  But if fusions are powerful and Sore-eh is OP for it....well, shucks.

On Shining Resonance: Design-wise, it kills me how Tony Taka can't draw another type of face... Literally all suffer "same-face".  But by god I love the character designs he does.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 11, 2014, 01:43:27 AM
Layton VS Phoenix

= NO ONE EXPECTS THE KNIGHT'S INQUISITION (hah, I'm hilarious)

= Nuance, but I love that Phoenix's signature "finger point!!" is higher/closer on the 3D scale than the textbox or anything else on screen.  It really gives it that extra and most monumental JAB.

= I love how infuriating it is to do court trials when forensic evidence isn't a thing.  Makes me think of the Salem Witch Trials and how shitty those times were.

= I do also love the medieval muzak as well as the return of other original character-specific themes.

= I hear later plot twists are dumb; but quite frankly this game satisfies my itch offered by both games better than on their own.  Layton can get a bit one-tracked (puzzle-place-puzzle-place-next chapter) and PW games tend to run on with only semi-interesting investigations and very long court segments (which totally kill me during the first few less serious chapters).  I honestly feel the blend this game offers, which is the best gameplay adjunct of each title, is *very* satisfying and *pray* we'd see this crossover again one day.... but so far, radio silence.

= I've made 3 court mistakes.  One where I accidentally "presented" something instead of hitting the "details" on a piece of evidence.  The other two I was "right" in WHAT I presented, but wrong where I presented it....BOO. >:(

= Who's cooler: Phoenix or Layton?  AARRGH.  One's funnier and a million times more entertaining, but Layton is obviously a badass on par with James Bond (yes).  
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 10, 2014, 03:40:22 PM
Well it looks like Claire is getting over the bad plastic surgery years.  She had some bad trout-lip in the CG film version.  She still looks a bit odd, maybe like an alcoholic teacher....

Ah. I remember the days of fans criticizing the look of RE Degeneration before release.

The movie turned out to be pretty good for those who are into the lore of the main series. It has lots of fanservice too.

Maybe this is Capcom taking a nod from Last of Us (with a younger female companion) but giving her something to do.

I know you like TLoU more that I'll ever will, but there hasn't been one thing from TLoU leaking into RE yet. At first glance however you can argue that they got things out of The Walking Dead from Telltale Games (distribution format) and maybe Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (the design of Moira being vaguely similar to the Cheryl of that game).

At best I've only seen The Evil Within handling stealth like TLoU did. But is not really the same deal for what I've seen.

I was just making a super early observation.  I respect and liked the idea of the two MCs "working" together than "fighting"  together --- something TLoU rather lacked where Joel was a one man army even though his pipsqueak sidekick was clearly capable (but all she really was different in was her switchblade being an "gameshark infinity" version of Joel's shivs).

I haven't played Walking Dead (I want to).
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 10, 2014, 03:17:39 PM
I thinking of starting Valkyrie Profile 2, since I've had it sitting on my shelf unplayed for too many years now. Do I need to worry about missing bigs chunks of the game again if I don't consult an FAQ, or can I just play it through it normally like any other game?

EEeeeehh....
I'd advise using a FAQ. 

The game isn't bad as far as missable; but I honestly think it's super easy to play the game "poorly" because you don't take advantage of all it offers you.

I will give a big tip: Most of the character members (ie; non-einherjar) aren't very good unless you're going for a certain 'trick' (which involves you getting high powered weapons that makes the rest of the main game a breeze...kind of a good thing, because the main game has some real pain in the ass dungeons).  The best main character is probably Rufus --- quite possibly the only/best archer you'll ever want.  Mages aren't too good this time around either (whereas they would have been 'that staple' to every VP1 party and they were mostly the same, stats-wise and with what magic they learned)

Certain einherjar are definitely better than others as well, so it'd be good to see who to pick over who.

The game isn't bad as far as missables since each dungeon can be revisited (the only thing you can "technically" miss are party members; but it's easy to 'redo' those since you're give 1-to-3 einherjar per location, each with a certain % of getting acquired; you don't get the warrior you want, reload and try again).

It is also easy to play the game "incorrectly".  One way is definitely relying on character players than the more stock-warrior einherjar characters. 

The battle system takes great pride in attack timing; you get certain items/bonuses ONLY when a body part is destroyed off an enemy (sometimes this can also prevent an enemy from attacking; other times the item drop will be the EXACT thing you needed for that custom weapon you really want).  You'll want to diversify your attacks to what helps launch enemies, or makes them tumble so you can time other attacks to hit the body part you need.

It's not an easy game to get into; but it's rewarding and the battle system is wicked fun.  And it may sound hard, but as far as "points of no return", the game (IIRC) is quite forgiving.

VP1 has the better legacy, but I don't think VP2 is bad at all (gameplay-wise) if not a much more expansive version of everything in the first title.... at the loss of those wicked [albeit long] einherjar death stories.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 10, 2014, 12:15:07 PM
http://www.videogamer.com/ps4/resident_evil_revelations_2/news/resident_evil_revelations_2_is_an_episodic_game_with_new_episodes_rolling_out_each_week.html

So you can buy individual episodes of Res Evil Revelations 2.
4 in total; apparently each end with a cliff-hanger.  I kind like that as a "enhanced demo" experience. 


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Each week will end with some kind of cliffhanger that should spur further conversation and speculation; if you want to stay on top of the latest twist, you'll want to check out the weekly episodes. But if you're more interested in an all-in-one experience, there will be a "complete season" digital option and the aforementioned disc for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 10, 2014, 11:25:01 AM
While I know it says nothing bout the quality of the game or the characters, Zestiria one of my least-favorite overall playable cast designs in the series.  I definitely prefer the non-playables.

I like their designs for the most part --- just one thing per character pisses me off a lot too.

Soray: Derivative of about 4 other Tales characters (I actually like the cape...cuz it looks nice in-game)
Alisha: Fucking ...drills ...everywhere. (I really love her armor and design; just her hair pisses me off and I'd gladly earn/buy DLC to change the style)
Edna: That left boot here matches both of hers (I think her design works)
Dezel: Fucking shark teeth for some reason (I love that he looks like Slash though :P ).
Zavied: Part Hollister model, part Sephiroth (I like that he actually has muscle)
Rose: She looks like a cowgirl version of Rita (ToV) (I think she looks cute and different otherwise)

Mikeleo[?] and Lyla feel the most normal.  Mikeleo looks like his character type is all said by his face, and Lyla has that kinda sickly sea foam green contrasting her brilliant reds, but I like them, design-wise... I guess cuz they dont really try to pull anything.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 10, 2014, 02:24:40 AM
Venting time...

Argh.  I hated seeing parents buy consoles for really young kids; or worse (sorry) but when you buy the kids one each.  My brother and I shared till we 'did chores' to earn one of our own.  I was definitely not spoiled as a kid beyond minor doting; when the folks said "no" we usually had to grin and bear it.

You can let them stew in bad decision financially then see them eat crow later for it... I dunno, I think it's worth trying to talk about it too.  In a soft way that suggests "ideas" as solutions (instead of an outright "YOURE WRONG").

I think you should all be banned for not following thread protocol.

Right now I'm struggling to read shit for school, with a shiny new PS4 sitting there all sexy and hellz yeah play me big boy i'm your Destiny™

Tiny violin for ya.
Tough it out!! Pick Two: Enough Sleep, Gaming, Good Grades.

Wait, this thread has protocol?

I'd argue not talking games is the only protocol since...there's... a thread for that?
I dunno.

ME: Back at school; one class.  Work.  Debt.  Yum.  I'm happy that for the most part, spending is done; and I have a cushy enough job right now to start paying things back (well, it's part time, but the work isn't bad and we actually get bonus pay every two weeks --- so that's pretty super as far as part-time work can get).

Till then I still game and sit on my ass and draw.  Friends? HAH.  Where? (my BFF moved away; and I'm actually pretty blue about this).
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2014, 01:55:15 PM
Personally, I feel all the original .hack games could have been one title, and I didn't like how the game merely tells players what happens outside the gaming world rather than showing what happens.

I thought it was baffling that it was split.  I bought the first game; and the 'quality' of the first title didn't justify me buying the lot (it was good; but not $200-to-buy-all-4-good.  Was there THAT much plot per game to justify the split?  G.U. did what it did in three installments and even that seemed like a thin stretch.  A shame because the games have ALWAYS had my curiosity; just not my time, patience, and money.

@Dice:

My favorite part about Layton vs. Wright so far is how integrated Layton's puzzles are into the story and world. I never feel like characters are asking me to solve some random puzzle they made up for no real reason.

This comic has never NOT been funny to me.


I do find it funny how many people "test Layton" with a skill-testing question puzzle.

Played a bit more and doing Phoenix's next court tria---- OH MY GOD!!!  DID THEY JUST DO THAT TO A "WITCH"???!
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 09, 2014, 01:48:52 PM
What is WofTL and abbreviations suck :(

This problems happens to me like once a week on any gaming/entertainment forum. x)
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2014, 12:47:35 AM
.hack//SIGN is really good, excellent character-driven series. Not to mention the terrific soundtrack. Can't go wrong with that one, unless you want something action packed.

Wasn't the best part the Tsukasa x Subaru romance?

Either way, its still the best MMO-styled anime ever made (if only because it actually has moments where MMO things happen instead of bullshit like "You get shot in the game, you get shot in real life." or MMOEconomics 101).

I also found it pretty realistic: The show is 90% talking.  I remember Subaru is on a boat for like the first half of the series and Tsukasa is a catatonic for about five episodes.  (I'm being super sarcastic cuz the truth is, I really did enjoy it).

Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright

= Love that neither gameplay segment has 'suffered' the joint venture.  Layton segments feel like Layton segments (but include the Phoenix-esque "textbox jumps" and exciting SFX), and Ace Attorney segments feel like Ace Attorney.

= People say it feels easier though; but I enjoy it.

= The graphics!!  So crisp!!!!  Not that anything less would be expected of a Level 5 and Capcom collaboration.  The music is super lovely as well.  Tomohito Nishiura returns in fine form creating enchanting and poignant melodies.

= It's also just super nice to see Maya Fey again, who's inexplicable absent from the main AA series has made her sorely missed by fans. 

= If I can share my FAVOURITE artwork from the game:

LOOK AT THIS.  Phoenix, Maya, and Luke are running away.  BUT NOT PROFESSOR MOTHERFUCKING LAYTON.  He's gonna attack with the power of... LOGIC.  AND SOUND REASONING.  AND DEDUCTION. 
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 08, 2014, 12:02:00 PM
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Eh? Ludger would not have become Victor. Since he completed Origin's trial, prime-Elle wouldn't has had powers, and Bisley is dead he wouldn't have tried to use prime-Elle, thus he would have lived a normal life with prime-Elle and Lara (till she died of mysterious illness/w/e). Plus there would be no other dimensions to send prime-Elle to.

Side note, anyone else think that the wish should have been for making humans immune to the miasma? You know instead of committing genocide on a scale beyond human comprehension? Plus I strongly think that Elle should have been destroyed by the wish to destroy all fractured dimensions because she was part of one. Maybe that is why the true end truly doesn't work for me, because that set up should have resulted in both Ludger and Elle dying.

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I kind of just assumed by the trophy being called "fate repeater" that events would have, somehow, repeated.

Either way... I guess I just didn't buy Ludger's and Elle's relationship enough to really take a lot of joy from the true ending ---- sentimentality aside.  ... Fuck it, every other ending was better than the true. :P

But thanks for clarifying, I'm gonna have to do another run and pay better attention.

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I thought I was the only one who noticed that hat description... I ship 'em!  If it's legit then it'd probably be the best kept relationships in the Tales series since there really isn't *that* much overt in-game evidence (besides them being "dimension buddies" and a small line in the pre-Xillia 2 short story).  I think Leia still likes Jude sadly (cuz Jude dun give a f*ck), but Alvin's keen on her.

It's probably as close as we'll get to a legit ship, so hey, I'll take it. Despite their history I can see things working out between the two. It'll take time, but they have plenty.

As for Jude, I think Leia is still disappointed that didn't work out, but she's an optimist and she's moving forward. Meanwhile, Jude will miss Milla dearly for the rest of his life, drown himself in his research and get a cat. Or five. Sure, he's a dog person, but cat are better at taking care of themselves. No, wait. He won't have any normal pets, instead he'll keep a bunch of cute and cuddly experimental spyrites around. Yep. That should work.

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I also think Elize's tiny crush of Ludger is adorable and was surprised when the game actually pressed it, with Elize looking at Ludger's underwear in the laundry and the titles basically confirming it. 

If you ask me, Elize crushes on nearly every attractive male in the 15-35 age range. She mentions she considers Leia and Milla family, but that she sees Jude and Alvin differently. Eliza may look like a proper little lady, but she's totally boy crazy :D

I like Elize's connection with Alvin --- I think it was based around both of them having a really sad and complicated past.  So they see each other more as a big brother and little sister.  I think the skits and win quotes work to this; he still sees her as an innocent kid (and I like how he comments a lot about her 'growing up' in X2).

Only reason I mention the bits between Jude and Leia is because with a few skits and in-game option she still gets really flustered about when you mention "what the haps" are between them.  I think you're right though, she's bummed out it didn't work but positive.  And yeah, Jude will grow up alone with 20 spyrite animal pets; 6 of which are named Milla, 4 named Maxwell.

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