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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 25, 2015, 07:12:05 PM
The seasons may change but that outfit remains the same!

It's okay, you can change that for only $3.99!
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 25, 2015, 05:56:58 PM

Screenshots and information!

Looks like the Tales team is trying to really diversify the world through climate this time.  The north is getting colder and it's spreading (#GoTwinteriscoming), pirates taking up safe passages, and seasons a-r-r-r-r-r-e changing (haha see what I did there haha).
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 25, 2015, 03:16:35 PM

34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: June 25, 2015, 12:50:06 PM
Here's the lyrics video for P4DAN Dance! (or as I incorrectly red: "Dancel") (and it's old so you've probably already heard it)

But here's the swank as hell opening video for it: https://youtu.be/-VBmx2V9GFU
(besides some difficulty animated Chie's jacket)
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 25, 2015, 01:01:29 AM
^ I kinda like it for that unresolved aspect.  I normally don't, I'm with you right there, but I do think it's a fun/depressing look at popular media too and how it can fuck perspectives up.

Inside Out!

IMDB synopsis:
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

...It's good.

It's cute, but...hell, even somewhat formulaic for Pixar.  It is super sweet and very creative, Pixar is totally masters of the craft in this department with really ringing out all ideas and being knowledgable about the topic they work with, so there's a ton of TLC put into the world they fashion.  

But don't be fooled --- it may star a girl and her core innermost emotions (joy, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear), but this boils down way too hard on being an opposites attract "buddy flick" between Joy and Sadness working out their differences while trying to reunite with the main group; basically something the three Toy Story flicks have already done.  The core problem is incredibly realistic, and I can imagine this story really impacting someone who has moved cities in their lifetime; there's a ton of small details in the main girl's life the works on many levels.  And despite the hard focus on the five emotions working out these 'feelings' during a big move, the family is well developed and aren't just peripheral to the plot.

I think the film is a lot of fun and very interesting on an emotional level (in fact I doubt it'll resonate with children as much as it will with adults).  And while I think it's a very good film, I can't say any part of it necessarily made my jaw drop with any of the action or any of the comedy (of course, to be fair, Up and Wall-e set a really high bar for that in comparison).  It felt more like a creative exploration to a very real and difficult part of growing up, a think piece that works more than being this big huge thrilling experience.


I'm happy to say it's better than that crapfest called Maleficent.  It's good too; but the comparison has to be made: It's not as good as the 1950 animated version, basically it's a tawdry retelling of it complete with a more glamorous dress and Helena Bonham Carter acting like Helena Bonham Carter.  It's nice that these adaption try at more of a backstory than the original Disney versions ever intended (The Prince actually has a name and is more than just eye-candy), but oddly they seem to be even cheesier than their musical originals.

What the worst thing has to be however is that the stakes just weren't the same.  
Lady Tremaine in the film was absolutely frightening, devious, and you were scared what she would do every time she showed on screen because she was that much of a bitch to Cinderella.  Cate Blanchet does a fine job but is not nearly written to be anywhere near as menacing.

https://youtu.be/I6SdCDpvTnw  I mean, WATCH THIS SCENE.  It's fast, it's cruel, it takes Cinderella from being the belle of the ball and humiliating her as they rip her dress to rags, the poor girl runs off crying after.  
In 2015 Cinderella, I kid you not, Lady Tremaine rips a small part of the top of Ella's dress... and that's about it.

Anyways, watch this movie for your little cousin, niece, or daughter.  It's for them, not us grouchy adults. :P

Fun fact is that this seems to be a fun reunion of sorts: Two of the main girls are from Downton Abbey, two of the main guys were in Game of Thrones (lol,I said "were"), and director Kenneth Branagh got to work with Helena Bonham Carter again.  That's pretty cool I guess.

EDIT: Here's an anime version of the story spoken in Arabic.  https://youtu.be/0ox308ziFM4
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 24, 2015, 10:08:07 PM
From the editorial:
We want snowboarding mini-games. We want Barrett and Cloud on the Ferris Wheel. We want slapping mini-games, we want Barrett pounding his chest and Cid launching into "$&%*@!" moments

If there was ever a reason to risk making an M-rated game it's so that Cid and Barret could keep the [mother fucking] colourful language in.  Felt realistic...and reminds me of my dad who similarly 'loses it' in similar situations (big or small).

One of my favorite moments where this is utilized is when you visit Aeris in the City of the Ancients (yes, just before her death) when Cloud is 'possesed' and goes to kill her himself (which, by the way, is really well done on a gameplay-level that has the player trying to regain Cloud's movements).  Cloud's about to swipe down, but the party members call out to him, if you bring Cid he goes, "You dumb @#$%!" while Tifa or whatever are just like "What are you doing?!" or something similar.


Also...man, I hated the slap mini-game.  Tifa is a fighter, I think her suplexing Scarlet would have been about 1,000 times more satisfying than making her cheek turn a little red.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 24, 2015, 08:38:02 PM
This one hits home =(

Yeeep.  :/
*floofs down on bed*

My brother of all people starts giving me the speeches.  When are you moving out? What's the plan?  And I really don't need it: It's on my mind at least once an hour of every day.

A little late, but awesome:
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 24, 2015, 07:25:45 PM
Awkward moment when you walk in on your ex and his new boyfriend doing it :D :D :D D:

Duuuuude you shoulda had just ONE ZINGER as you went by or like held up those score cards that olympic judges use:
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 24, 2015, 07:20:14 PM
And because girl's privates parts have cooties Airplane security won't go there the second we say "it's that time o' the month".  BAM.

Oh speaking of Broad City, the girls had a cameo for Inside Amy Schumer's "Universe" skit on top of an awesome cameo from Bill Nye where he actually drops a glorious "F-bomb".
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: June 24, 2015, 06:28:22 PM
Also agreed.
We come to this section for journals, not CliffsNotes. I haven't commented in this thread ('til now) because I haven't played this game in about 15 years, and barely remember any of it. Still a great read, though. Keep it up.

Appreciate the insight from all of you. :D
I just got worried no one was reading it, so a small reminder (even if it's like "that's good" or one of these:

is pretty swell every so rarely). 
But yeah i guess the topic views don't lie.  I'm happy to do it and I'm slowly deciding my next game (it won't be Final Fantasy).

Natros would it help if I kind add small synopses to major plot points I'm trying to discuss or try to work in the context?
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun on: June 24, 2015, 06:25:14 PM
Thanks for commenting! Also, thanks for reminding me where I've seen the Camelot logo before.

I like the music in this game as well. I do feel that some of the tracks are recycled quite a bit more than necessary, though. I also agree about the mind reading/Psynergy aspect. They were definitely creative with it. It's just a little annoying that in order to use it on the map/in town, you  have to go through the menus each damn time. Being able to hot button it in some way would have been great (unless it is actually possible, and I'm too ignorant to figure it out).

YEAH, iirc they had that figured out for the NDS game.  They gave you two slots...but like y'know, there's like 4 you use a lot. :S

I think I might pick this game up again though.  It was fun.  I remember sitting on the toilet with my GBA (shut up we've all done it) playing this game in the Summer it came out absolutely floored by the graphics and 'advanced' old school RPG feel.  And them summons.
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun on: June 24, 2015, 01:52:02 PM
As if the dungeons in the game weren't fun enough for their puzzle solving parts, I love that Djinni also added another dimension to it.  

Unfortunately it looks like Camelot decided to do another Mario Tennis game... which is good, but meets their "one game every five years" quota.

Sakuraba can get shit on for his Tales OSTs I don't care, but anything else he touches sounds nice.  THat said I always liked the music in these games.

That ghost face is frightening, how dare you.

The whole mind reading thing with Evan was really cool --- in general it feels like a lot of thought and love went into the Psyenergy component of the game, which is part of why it's so sad to see it get so little love from Camelot to keep making them.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 24, 2015, 01:31:42 PM
Broad City is like a funnier less brotastic version of Workaholics.  The main characters from the two shows are essentially interchangeable.  I ultimately end up respecting Abbi and Ilana from Broad City more than the guys from Workaholics because it must've been a lot harder for them get their show greenlit.  I'm actually not entirely certain why it's so much funnier to me to watch a show centered around women when they are pretty much doing the exact same thing as a show centered around men.  Either way the first season is only 10 eps long and can be plowed through in 2 afternoons (or in one 3 and a half hour long session if you're really that into it), and is absolutely worth watching.  I laughed more during the last 3 days watching this show than I did for entire seasons worth of other similarly lauded programs (cough....Veep...Modern Family....cough), so I'd probably put this one up there with Louie and Archer as best comedies currently on the idiot box. 

Also, and I don't know if this matters, but Amy Poehler produces and directs a lot of the episodes.

YO.  Modern Family has dipped a bit but VEEP is awesome.  It's a show that too clever for its own good (BOOYAAAH I WENT THERE, but I can see it not sitting with people).

Broad City is awesome.  'Girls' felt a little too much for me (sometimes it's good, sometimes it's a little pretentious), so I'm glad BC picks up on being just more for straight shits and giggles without the occasional drama that Girls needs to add.  A lot of it is true in terms of the gross stuff, but then I love when it goes into full "NYC odysseys" where absolute bizarre shit happens -- and it's awesome.  Great show.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: June 24, 2015, 01:50:05 AM
A paste bin scene for a Guy x Guy proposal!!

AMAZING news to hear the series going this way, and a great step forward.  Legitimating marriage between same sexes, even if it's "only" in a videogame, can help legitimize it in real life I'd like to believe (art imitates life, life imitates art, and all that jazz). 

And in a happy coincidene, it's also Pride Week in Toronto (and my birthday)! :D

Apparently (and kinda unfortunately) it is limited to only one guy and one girl who can get the same-sex S-rank:
Guy: http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Zero
Girl: http://imgur.com/YQdylNz
(I'm sorry if that's a spoiler I can black it out if need be).
Still, as a starting point it's great, and I can't see a future title 'removing' the option.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 23, 2015, 08:09:37 PM
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