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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 30, 2015, 06:36:43 PM
... a PvP version of the "Iron Chef" style mini-game from Star Ocean 2. 

I loved this more than it deserved to be loved.
On the other hand, I don't think I did Bunny Racing at all besides the initial 'see what it's like'.




The voice actor had no idea what he was doing with that line. xD

Rena's classic "TURAKUTA BEAM" (left in Japanese by accident) was amazing too.
...I honestly miss the old voice acting. :P
I love Spike Spencer, but he just *ain't* no Crawd C Kenny.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 30, 2015, 05:07:05 PM
I'm a few hours into Tales of Xillia 2.  The original was a huge surprise out of left field for me; I'd go so far as to say it's my favorite traditional JRPG since the PS2 era.  Xillia 2 seems like it's gonna be very similar to the first, and I have absolutely no problem with that.

I'm a little taken aback by the...semi-muteness of the main character.  I would have preferred a completely silent main character a la Chrono Cross than this fucker that can talk and just doesn't.  It's weird as hell.

Given the amount of drama and voice acting in the game, I actually really hated they went for the semi-silent protagonist route.  They rub it in in a weird way with New Game + since you can get a 'voice pack' unlocked (where he 'speaks'  the line after you select the L1/R1 option).  Anyways. I've said it before, but I definitely think Ludger (Looger?) is one of my favourite protagonist designs I've seen in some time, it's sort of ironic since I hate most of the other designs by Daigo Okumura otherwise.

Anyways, I hope you like it.  I think Xillia 2 really captures that same great sense of (I'm not exactly sure how to describe it) achievement and constant throws goals that keeps things very exciting and quite a bit of fun even when you don't know exactly why.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 30, 2015, 01:38:09 PM
Honestly if the small but lovely batch of RPGs that we saw at TGS and E3 come over here I'll consider the purchase 'justified'.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 30, 2015, 01:30:30 PM
Buying birthday presents for my girlfriend.

She is pretty good at arting (verbed!), so I decided to get her a dozen coloring books for grown ups as part of her gift.  It's supposed to be relaxing and relieve stress and whatnot, so hopefully this ends up benefiting me as well.  ie; less freakouts from her = happier me.

FYI: there is a HUGE difference between "coloring books for adults" and "adult coloring books"

you've been warned.

Hah!  Good to know the difference.  But yeah I've heard about this, and I imagine if in a small 'art rut' it can help keep you creative.  I do the same when I'm in a drawing block, I tend to shift gears with what I draw.  But that sounds like an awfully nice gift, well done.  Is she a digital painter or does she prefer the real deal??

In small news: I switched jobs, and I'm so happy I did.  It's like a million times better than what I did.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 30, 2015, 12:57:48 PM
More battle retooling.  Definitely prefer this change here
36  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 30, 2015, 11:29:48 AM
BBS - So I've only been playing this in short bursts, I'm still so glad this is as fun as I remember. I've reached Olympus Colliseum, but something I'm alarmed at, even though I'm in proud mode (not critical yet because I wanted to get reacquainted with the mechanics), is that the game is...really easy? I don't remember it being this easy. I don't know whether it's because I abuse the hell out of the command board minigame and fuse so many commands, or whether I'm over-levelled (I'm level 22 atm) but it seems extremely easy. I've been breezing through the worlds and the enemies.

Something else that bothers me about BBS is just how short the world visits are. I get that you have to go through them three times, once with each character, but more often than not I'm in a world for less than half an hour for story content. I'll often do a bit of training, get whatever stickers I can and whatnot, and do the unversed challenges, but even then I'm only there for an hour. Still, it remains my favourite KH game, for characters, comprehensive story and gameplay, and some nice, original worlds.

World visits are likely short because you visit them three different times (it would have been great if they had at least ONE exclusive world for each character, but I imagine getting licences in order to use Disney worlds for this game is an absolute nightmare).  And the game essentially hits 'easy' when you unlock the abilities.  Especially one you hit Radiant Garden where one 'bout' in the court square means the spells/attacks you using will be mastered.  *shrug*
It's still the KH action done right.  IMO

Don't remember MUCH of the "plot" of BBS, but I DO remember playing a board game with Winnie the Pooh and winning a Rainbow Laser that I spammed over and over on the not-quite-Final Boss to kill him.

^ Look at that sentence.  What a game.

lol! xD
Yeah if you listen to the podcast and they start chatting a game you've never played it's a lot like that too.
It's like: "I got the blood crystal and revived the forsaken fountain after the boss with the Rage Minotaur in the Watch Tower".... o_o Ah
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: September 29, 2015, 10:47:33 PM
I think that's why I mained Reimi in SO4 most of the time, it was the best way to keep the bonus gauge going since she could easily keep her distance.  Like you said, it was really, really frail in that game.

SO3 at least gave a better sense of being "at fault" if the gauge broke since the critical animation was pretty clear.

Except for those cheap ass flying machine gun where any of the shots could be THE SHOT.
Seriously, the game would be at least 5% more fun if they removed those.

LOL!  I'm trying to picture myself having 5% more fun with something. x)
I imagine my smirk slightly...smirkier. :D
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 29, 2015, 10:27:14 PM
Kansas City

Please tell me that one's purely for strategical purposes.

+ good food

I essentially take care of my mum's car ever since she became too sick to drive or do much of anything.  In Canada, you drive or take very lengthy public transit trips because Canada makes the most of being the second largest country in the world.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: September 29, 2015, 10:14:39 PM
I think that's why I mained Reimi in SO4 most of the time, it was the best way to keep the bonus gauge going since she could easily keep her distance.  Like you said, it was really, really frail in that game.

SO3 at least gave a better sense of being "at fault" if the gauge broke since the critical animation was pretty clear.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Most rivetting or moving single player experience EVER thread on: September 29, 2015, 07:56:31 PM
I'm gonna say The Last of Us, I think.  I definitely got my blood pumping; but a big hand in that is the game's great script and ability to create excellent scripted events.

I think as far as less bug budgeted games, Radiant Historia got me pretty hooked. *shrug*

And not a good/respectable answer, but just about anything I play stoned on my migraine pills increases the fun factor
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 29, 2015, 07:49:11 PM
I love Fate Extra because Saber's unabashed and ridiculous dress makes me giggle every time I see it.

I like a lot of these sort of.... B/C grade RPGs as a guilty pleasure.  I feel like some revel in their mediocrity a bit too much with obnoxious and awkward dialogue and unrefined mechanics.  Certainly a few indie games have put their assets to better use.  Sands of Destruction was pretty fun when I turned down my expectations, and the original world was interesting.
42  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Data Dump 5: Josh Reviews the Reviews (with sexy results!) on: September 29, 2015, 07:41:21 PM
Oh my god, this is amazing. 

Let me know if you want more Data Dump stuff to do for the Social Media team!!!  Math is my kryptonite, it will kill me to use my brain for maths, but what you've done here is truly impressive work and you should be proud. 
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 29, 2015, 12:46:49 AM
I was definitely torn on it as well.  I dunno, I feel like the maybe-evil robots plot is kinda been-there-done-that.  It breathes SOME new life into it, but not enough.  I was captivated, still, and enjoyed the ride while it lasted.  I did still feel a bit let down by where the plot headed.  In the end all I really felt was some guys (who would or have probably fucked robots) got some comeuppance after a mind game.  I'm mostly teasing. :P
To me it was a *perfect* 7/10.  Good atmosphere and ideas, but it never really delivered it all the way for me.

In Your Eyes
A romantic drama with a clever gimmick.  I do want to punch Zoe Kadan half the time and the other half the time I find her a great little actress.  I think my main beef more is that she often plays the same quirky/confused character and she always looks like she's on the verge of tears.  Nevertheless, the drama is well done, the chemistry between the leads surprisingly works very well despite the fact they're barely present together at the same time.  The "big finale" was waaay too big for a film of its style, however and kinda really switches up the mood.  Still, a great flick, and I think a lot of people can resonant with it.

Back to the Future Trilogy
This is a rewatch (of course), but I never really saw the final one all the way through.  Definitely worth watching THIS year because Back to the Future II (filmed in 1989) travels forward in time to 2015.  Basically if you like the movies, you should almost be compelled to watch it this year.  Anyways, despite the age and initial awkwardness of getting into character, these films are an absolute blast.  They cleverly play with the concept of time and really nicely demonstrate multiple timelines (but yeah, make multiple 'butterfly effect' worthy mistakes...but uh, let's not think too hard about it).  Second movie has to be my favourite, and I how the world under Biff looks like what would happen if "the 80s won the war" (in however that could be possible).

44  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Fall 2015 New Shows on: September 29, 2015, 12:23:28 AM
Heroes Reborn was about as "good" (ie bad) as I thought it'd be. :/
Here's hoping it picks up (I mean, really, how good are series premiers)

Minority Report the TV show actually shows some promise and picks up on issues the movie kinda 'hushes' (like letting the criminals go who were arrested during the "precrime program").  But it does suffer from some "Futurama-isms" that this show is too serious to get away with.  What I mean is that THERE SURE IS A LOT of referencing to OUR generation even though this show takes place in 2060.  Meagan Good is seriously pretty, hell at least you get that for your time.

You're The Worst is the best show you never watched.  It's wonderfully cheeky and filthy and features some really clever dialogue.  You haven't watched it?  Get to it.  It's as solid a recommendation I can give.

Doctor Who was pretty good. (slight spoilers ahead)  I don't usually complain about the far-reaching realm of possible story lines since anything-goes in the Doctor Who universe.  But a few things I had trouble with like why The Doctor was worried about his morality during the first half of the first episode (it never got addressed) and the idea of a Dalek sewer was just way too convenient even for its own good.  Still, Missy can get a spin-off, even despite her brief camera time, she's seriously amazing (and a huge improvement over the previous version of that character), and I liked the spoilers, the switcheroos, and in general it kept me hooked.  And, c'mon, this may be the greatest thing I've seen all year (er, on tv)....

Rick and Morty is bringing its A-game into Season 2.  The latest episode about Purging people was violent (actually, there's been a lot of that this season), but featured so many damn good one-liners.  I'm happy this show exists; it does a lot with the cartoon medium and lets imagination do its thing.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 28, 2015, 12:12:42 PM
Bandai Namco's EU Twitter Account gives a small insight into Tales of Vesperia on the PS3: https://twitter.com/RPGSite/status/648517680010412032
#It'sNotHappening #TheDreamWILLDie #WaitingFor10thAnni?

I mean, this isn't REALLY news nor that surprising (I'm still placing my bet on a 10th anniversary port), but I gotta say it's impressive that the fans for this game are still super passionate. 


hah won't lie I was worried the reference was too obscure

EDIT: Throwing in a beautiful saxophone rendition of the song
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