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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 08, 2014, 09:38:55 PM

Pretty graphics.
Pretty music.
Pretty simple battle system to sit your ass with while blowing your nose.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: July 08, 2014, 05:38:32 PM
Holy fucking Germany....

Haaa brazillians were crying --- what on earth happened???  I'm worried the team may be strangled in their sleep tonight.

33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 07, 2014, 10:10:47 PM
I have to say that the biggest stress in dating is picking a place for a first date.

34  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: July 07, 2014, 01:02:20 PM
"98% probability" that the new fighter may be Fi.
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 07, 2014, 11:56:26 AM
After Sailor Moon left me with a luke warm meh...

I will say that nostalgia goggles are really a big reason why the old series wasn't similarly received that way.

But the CG really killed some of my buzz for it; damn I knew the transformation scene looked *waaay* too perfect.  It's kinda funny how it's harder to give kudos to CG>animation work in that sense.
The designs are still pretty ugly.  The washed out palette is kinda strange looking, and the very retro designs...eh, they kinda try too hard.  And for whatever reason, Usagi is making this ":o" face half the episode.

EDIT: Ho shit, AV Club is actually covering Sailor Moon Crystal, an anime series (they usually have only covered Ghibli films otherwise and "mention" anime in smaller topics).  I don't always agree with them, but they're a tough and thorough review site and I like that.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise (3).
Oh my god what happened to the animation??  Motoko took a really big hit, and the anime likes painting lips on women.  Which should be a good thing, but instead they just look trout-lipped.  The story is still pretty good; if not feeling like its kind of been done before.  I do find when the major has some sort of romantic attachment, it comes off a bit strange given her somewhat stoic and self-reliant character --- but I did like the angle they played for it here (using a freelance cyborg parts fella).  But I'm too much of a sucker for this series (and think it's one of few that could possibly be beautifully adapted for a live action film).

There are a lot of animes with extremely girly-looking guys where nobody seems to notice or care...

What?  I feel like almost half make a point of getting all glossy at some point so MC can say in their head "He's so....beautiful". x)
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 07, 2014, 11:40:50 AM
Man catches two women stealing his canopy.  Irrational/dumb thieves obviously get offended then try to ask for forgiveness.

What happens when you let a drone record July 4th fireworks --- right up close!!

A dog breaks up another two fighting dogs.  It's actually kind of funnamazing.

World's tallest waterslide at 168 feet and 7 inches. Would you ride it? :)

Sweet jesus no.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: July 07, 2014, 01:15:44 AM
So far it just makes me wanna play Shovel Knight
38  The Rest / General Discussions / BEST game you bought on a WHIM and LOVED <3 on: July 06, 2014, 10:11:44 PM
I bought Kid Icarus Uprising recently after really no desire to play it for the last two years (but a recent game drought and handheld itch got me thinking about it); and really, it's the best game I never wanted to play.
Each level is action and adventure PACKED with fun dialogue to keep levels from getting too.  The combat that is a lot more in-depth than ....well, really anything we've seen from a Nintendo title in some time, and there's a ton of bonus content and achievements to keep replays interesting.  The music packs a great punch, the artwork is fabulous, and the characters are absolutely loveable.  Nothing to hate, besides a somewhat pesky control scheme.

Baten Kaitos ranks too.  The pre-release media didn't appeal to me, and the epic but really cheeseball opening cutscene really kept me at arms length.  Then I said "fuck it, it's an RPG for the 'Cube", and eventually fell in love with it.  The gorgeous and imaginative world, fantastic music, as well as the plot twists and pretty epic combat (er, moreso BKII) really pulled me in.  To this day, Baten Kaitos Origins is like THE BEST game I've ever played [that I haven't beaten].

The Last of Us goes here too.  I like Uncharted enough, but this title felt like it was pushing the story of "daddy/daughter" bonding (starring cranky old man and rambunctious teenager), in an all too popular 'post-apocalyptic setting' (which is way popular these days), and how "our zombies are different!!!!".  So my enthusiasm was pretty low, and really, the gameplay (even as a post-game reaction) is really nothing special and pretty lacking.  Still, the narrative and [what felt like] a very realistic bunch of characters and dialogue made for an amazingly deep and emotional game.  For a while after beating this, a lot of other video game dialogue felt forced and phoney.  And it's silly, but I also loved all 'forms of love' in this game; The Last of Us really knows how to play out the many shapes and forms of humanly affection.

What games have you super game-enthusiasts been pleasantly surprised with?
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2014, 09:17:18 PM
Some games damn near require you to read/spoil stuff to achieve things.

*cough* Valkyrie Profile *cough*

I'm sad to say I've played enough to be "good" with obtaining said ending.  The game's problem is more that it's completely "Beginner UNfriendly" than anything.  The game explains next to freaking nothing.

You gonna play Shadow Hearts 2??  It helps explain things for ending one (and I must ask Klyde, I love you, and let me know if you're selling games again any time soon! :DDD )
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 04, 2014, 04:41:30 PM
I have TLO and TLS but I've yet to play either. TLO looks legitimately interesting to my tastes. TLS... does not but I just got it because <something something new jack swing>.

Started playing Vesperia. Initial couple obsevations:

- First shot of the game proper is centered squarely on Repede's butt. GOTY right there, folks.
- Load times seem less than TotA. Feels p. silky.
- Antialiasing looks gross on cel shading :( Antialising looks gross in general. SR2 has some slight antialiasing and it's just bleh.
- Colors looked weird in the cutscenes. Are they compressed or do I have the color settings on my 360 messed up?


Up to Deiden Hold. Repede's model appears to have a wiener.

Combat feels kind of stiff to me, especially the way it doesn't retarget after you free run, also the AI doesn't seem very good at, uh, maintaining pressure. Estelle doesn't seem to even attack ever?

Yeeeep Repede def'nitly got a thang. NEXT GEN GRAPHICS FOLKS.

Who did the music for this anyway? It sounds Arc the Lad 2ish as heck. Wait it's Sakuraba? It doesn't sound like Sakuraba.

Music: Sakuraba and Hibiki Aoyama (first time I heard of the latter)

You're looking too hard for/at doggy dick (I never noticed; might be extra dog fuzz, not sure they'd animate a full dick unless they just went "bulge" route).

Combat is stiff at first (I noticed this too), but unlocking more skills really loosens it up.  If you want really fluid combat I recommend (as many others have for this) Tales of Graces.  Still; Vesperia keeps things fresh by adding the Limit Break thingy on the left later on and the "instant-kill" attacks that happen when you wear an enemy down (all taught later on)

Yeah, my mind was all on Solt and Peppor too.  They do add a third Stooge later though (though less of a complete retard) and they play a sort-of interesting part in the story later on.

AI for Estelle is pretty....special.  Yeah she ain't the hottest healer/attacker, but I find she does the job otherwise.  Heals, occasional spells, and the rest of the melee-ers do their shit, you're good to go.  But healers are always interesting in Tales games; you can really get along just fine without them for most of the game and just rely on items and cooking instead.

Vesperia's colours are probably the most vibrant in the series... I'm surprised you think it looks bad unless the plug ain't in too well.  And, speaking for myself, I liked the cel shaded look more than Xillia's attempts at adding [pixelated] "textures" instead. x(

Finished Far Cry 3.
Wasn't a big fan of the story near the end but the game was really fun overall. I will probably play the Co-op missions soon.

Dragon's Crown.
Beat the game on normal mode. I actually found Red Dragon harder than Ancient Dragon. Think I might take a break before trying some other classes/higher difficulty modes.

Atelier Rorona Plus

The game is really fun. I like the addition of the mini assignments, they give you something to aim towards. Currently up to Assignment 2. Yay for not having to revisit each area every few days in case there is a new scene!

Far Cry was a ton of fun and I didn't know why.  I liked how reviews said the "scenery was repetitive"......  WELL SHIT SON, I DUNNO IF IT'S JUST CUZ I LIVE IN CANADA, BUT THE DAY I WANNA STOP SEEING TROPICAL ISLAND SCENERY I'LL LET YOU KNOW, MMMKAY?
I hated the dark caves in that game, and shark attacks.  Shit I loved getting scared by the game, actually.

And yeah, I agree.  I find the Red Dragon a way bigger pain in the ass than the final boss;  but I did spend a lot more time preparing for one than the other.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 04, 2014, 10:04:10 AM
Lost Odyssey's "storybook" segments are like the coolest thing ever [for that game].

Argh.  It makes me said.  IIRC, XSeed said The Last Story became their 'most successful' title... Especially with TitS: FC (and one day: SC) in existence.  D:
42  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: July 04, 2014, 09:55:22 AM
Her gameplay looks interesting....but I think I am going to hate playing as her more than any other character in a Musou game because of mannerisms and such. x_x

She looks fun.... but more technical.  And if Smash Bros has taught me anything it's that you need that for that one weirdo friend who can clean up house with Mew Two's or Ness's or Peach's.

MAN....  We need some SNES Uncle or the "It's Dangerous To Go Alone" old man still.  So far so good, but I def need the more "surprise" characters.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 02, 2014, 08:03:26 PM
How's NIER, anyway? Looks interesting to me, and I've heard some people say it plays really poorly, but the reviews here made it sound like it plays fine, it's just nothing particularly original or mindblowing?

Did I mention that I made a Japanese XBox Live account for the hell of it, and got the name BearishPilot69 assigned to me? Yeeeeah.

NieR is a tough sell, B-grade, hidden gem.

The Good:
= Probably one of the BEST videogame OSTs ever.
= Great character.  Occasionally somewhat over-the-top; but they sell the story well and even NPCs manage to tell a good story in [the many] quests.
= A great younger/older story division that comes well into play on your second play through, which, by the way...
= Really great replay value that makes the second run of the game cut out the fat and continue the plot in a unique way (you get more of the "enemy" POV)
= Interesting gameplay and unique play styles that [blatantly] copies other popular titles (notables being Resident Evil, Diablo, Legend of Zelda, and, I guess, bullet hell titles).
= A rather sweet father/daughter plot.
= You know how Drakengard has this wonderfully twisted world that you never explore?  Well now you can now!!

The Bad:
= The gameplay itself is very loose and it feels like it could have used a lot more polish and tweaking... But it didn't, and it's repetitive and boring after a while and the quests make it worse.
= Quests, quests, so many quests...  A few memorable ones though, like I said above, the NPCs tell a lot.
= Plot details are somewhat peculiar....i.e.; you'll want to/need to read the Grimoire NieR (fan translated online) to really get the last bite and meat of the plot.  Literally, quite a bit is left out or left to speculation without it.

The Ugly:
= The graphics are rather plain; character models are somewhat peculiar too... Everyone seems to have dark and thin lips for some reason...
= Man-ape Nier's animations are awkward and silly looking

With all that said, however...
....Anyone selling this game for PS3?  I miss it.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 02, 2014, 04:20:52 PM
People making life more complicated than it needs to be....  For fuck's sake... :/
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 02, 2014, 04:19:51 PM
Sailor Jupiter is baking a cake for Goosey's birthday?  I'm sooooo there!!!!

Jupiter was the 'not cute' sailor =/
Will Mercury be there also?

I loved her for that.  Literally though, the Sailor Scouts were that first wonderful dose of "one of each flavour".

I'd actually think it'd be the cats ass to see the original English VA come back too.
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