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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 22, 2014, 03:26:53 AM
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Dead+noon+grandma+ends+life+rather+than+suffer+indignity+dementia/10132068/story.html

85 year old chooses to end her life before dementia kicks in to spare herself the indignity.

After seeing what dementia can do.... hell, I'd do it too.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 22, 2014, 03:19:28 AM
Rabbit Island.  It's around Japan....go figure.


Yum
Disturbing gif of Beyonce(?) pooping out a chicken.

33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 22, 2014, 01:51:02 AM
Watched Ninja Turtles.  It was bizarre in a word....not terrible I suppose. To be honest, the original 90's version wouldn't fly these days.

Thinking about it, a lot of movies made in the 90s wouldn't fly today (i.e.; it's "blockbuser-material or bust")
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 21, 2014, 09:10:02 PM
I can't get used to the pronunciation of Ludger. I went to a school with the same name and that one sure as heel didn't rhyme with booger!

Yeah, it almost feels like a reaaally bad anglicized version of the real name.

Anyways.  Jude's character chapter 2....Maaan. 
A tip: Let him stay behind.
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2014, 02:05:07 PM
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 21, 2014, 02:03:41 PM
More Thoughts

= To go with Klutz' response, I'm sure completionists will go crazy over this game (bad crazy)

= I put the party hat over Alvin's package and it looks awesome with him in spandex.  MANSERVICE.

= Elize is awesome!  She no longer sound like a moe-moe-anime-ugyuuuuu but like a real young girl!!

= I hate Farah's Eternia outfit.... but goddamn right I'll have Leia wear it for some ToE battle theme!!!

= Ludger [Loo-ger] in basketball gear is surprisingly awesome.  He looks like he plays for the LA Lakers.

= Anyone else having trouble with Linked Arts?  Not necessarily pulling them off, but I find it reaallly tough to switch between three types of main weapons for Ludger and get the grip of its skills and who is better linked with one weapon set than others.  I keep getting confused.  :(

= Despite the recycled assets, I'm amazed how different Xill2 feels to Xill1.  
Tales of Xillia 2: More to do; Less annoying characters!

= Alt Milla = Upped jiggle physics?

= Alt Milla has the best clothes.  And Minae Noji still has the least "voice acting" kind of voice.  And I really like it for that seeing how often VAs can feel recycled when you game or watch anything animated for a long enough time

= I. Hate. The. Third. Tales. Artist.  Shit, Cloud's (FF7) hair makes more sense than this.  It sucks because I love the creativity, most of the time, but s/he falls into a few annoying pitfalls in a lot of designs.  For one, and for whatever reason, seems to imbue feline features into everything, use stupid criss-cross bangs that can't happen in real life, and loves using geometric shapes as part of organic designs (Ludger's Super Saiyan Mode applies as well as Bisley's peculiar eyebrows and douchebag facial hair).
 
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: August 20, 2014, 10:10:27 PM
FC literally plays out like the first part of a book.  A lot of world building, but a lot less happening to the grand scheme of things besides themes or upcoming issues getting addressed..
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 20, 2014, 03:08:59 PM




39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 20, 2014, 12:12:09 PM
I can't say I'm the biggest Madoka fan, but yeah, that Mami outfit is amazing.

It's one of those cases where all of Leia's alt outfits haven't impressed me that much.  They're cute, but not perfect.  I had a similar problem with Yuri in Vesperia (meanwhile the rest of the cast had outfits I preferred them in to their normal ones --- that game seriously won for awesome DLC outfits). 

Damn my First World gaming problems!!!

Also, with all this talk of the revived translation effort for ToD:DC, I wish to hell we had the older titles on Steam (since Banco is stalling on doing anything else with PSN).
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 20, 2014, 12:28:13 AM
I reached the final boss in Minish Cap, and it's just as much of a difficulty spike as I remembered, seeing as the rest of the game was fairly straightforward. The final form is really irritating - you have to line your clones up to the exact pixel, otherwise deflecting the attack from it will end up missing. Also, what's the point of giving you a save and continue option if all the items you used up in the fight are gone? Thankfully, I'd saved beforehand, so I don't have to spend an age grinding the 600 rupees I'd need to fill all my bottles with red potions.

Its hilarious how that boss is the only real reason to bother trying to gather all of the Heart Containers and bonus upgrades in that game since they come way too late otherwise.

I'm waiting for a Zelda game that really makes use of all the fuckton of Ruppees you get.  The economy in these games otherwise is completely bizarre (and the fact Hyrule's deficit is hiding in jars and pots in all sorts of places).  Wind Waker was the most messed up since your Grandma creates a super elixer soup for the price of 'on the house'.

And shucks.  I stopped playing Minish Cap right before the boss. :(
I hated that 'create multiples' thing.  Pain in the ass.  That sky dungeon boss is easily the weird Zelda fight ever.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: August 20, 2014, 12:23:16 AM
Apparently they're slowly adding in those HD textures now!

Bless you, XSeed.  Such kindness in a company makes me believe developers are actually kind-hearted and wonderful angels.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 20, 2014, 12:21:53 AM
  • I am not blond male in a green tunic saving a Princess.
  • I am not red-headed highschooler socializing after school and taking on a giant tower at midnight.

This just in, Mitsuru confirmed to be silent protagonist in Persona 3: The Platinum.

Also, Dice revealed to be able to turn into a Pink Bunny at night and on excursions to the Dark World.

And this just in, Time Travel, Ruins of Ancient Undersea Metropolises, and Magitek no longer considered Sci-Fi.

Nah, I guess the pseudo-sci-fi-fantasy belongs to Star Ocean and whatever the fuck Tri-ace is doing with themselves that isn't this because we can't have nice things.

Er, how does a suit and tie look weird for a character that lives in a psuedo-modern world? Especially considering the entire male playable cast sans maybe Jude, wears them.

Because when it's magic and swords, it just looks weird, dude. :p

To be fair, his tie looks like a fucking sword as is. x)

On the opposite side of the spectrum, there's Elle... Oh my God Elle. I normally don't mind the overly screechy JRPG females, but there's something about Elle's voice that just makes me want *her* to be the silent protagonist.

Skimming the OSG and playing through chapter 1 has me confident that I'll be enjoying this more than Xillia 1 (Yay, to no more shop upgrade system). I like that the orb system reminds me a bit less of a poor man's Sphere Grid and a tad more like FF9's system (which I love for it's simplicity and strategy).

I also have to say that as much as I can't stand her voice, I love Elle's character already. The circumstances of her and Ludger's meeting was absolutely brilliant. As far as the plot so far goes, I feel like that first dungeon is a little heavy-handed with the WTF moments.

EDIT: I should probably start using quotes around "dungeon" when talking about Project Xillia.

Fucking Xillia dungeons, what a bunch of awful they are.

Still, I do like the pace of this game, I think it's a lot of fun between missions, payments (as "fun" as those are), hunts, item grabbings, etc.  There is always something to do, and I love that.

Elle's voice is awful.  It kinda makes me sad that it's so hard to get an actual kid to do some voicing (see: Avatar/Korra series).  They may not act as well, but actually having a kid's voice that ISN'T high-pitch squeeking is so much better.  Elle is cute enough otherwise.

Like I said though, I think it would have been much more awkward to make Ludger 100% silent, especially seeing how chatty Tales characters are....  Still can't help but wonder what inspired it.  Even weirder is that his NG+ voice costs 0 grade...like Producer-san was saying "fuck, yeah, just give it to them".

I'm so glad Shittier Sphere Grid Lilliam Orb is gone, but I admit I'm not too quickly catching on to the Allium orb too fast (other than "balancing out" low elements).

EDIT: I'm also really happy Musee has proper feet this time around...I think....

EDIT2: Sooooo...what are the odds of getting that Puella Magi DLC??? :D
....-1,000,000,00%. :(
I just want Mami's outfit....
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 19, 2014, 02:59:16 AM
And if games EVER do a silent protagonist, I think Ludger is the perfect reinvention of it (an idea I hate otherwise works much better with him).
Actually, I HATE the silent protagonist thing. It's meant to make the player character an extension of the player himself, but Ludger actually has his own personality, which is the worst of both worlds. He has no voice so there is a disconnect between him and the player, but he has too much personality for the player to adequately relate to him on a one-to-one level.

I can't change the fact they had a silent protag, I just run with it.  I hate them otherwise in almost every instance because I've never felt a connection with the character I'm playing as.

  • I am not blond male in a green tunic saving a Princess.
  • I am not red-headed highschooler socializing after school and taking on a giant tower at midnight.
  • I am not red-headed male saving time and space from the year 1999.
  • Etc.

I don't really get why they went the route they did this time; but I kinda dig on him saying "yeah", or "wow" or whatever because it isn't COMPLETE silence.  I agree there seems to be more to Ludger, a general personality of some sort (good guy, can cook alright, loves his cat, has family issues); but I think that's why I find "safety" in the fact they throw you an optional dialogue choice at almost every cutscene or like half of all skitsTHAT makes me feel like I have a connection, or option, or stake in my role as the player. 
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 18, 2014, 10:39:31 PM
I had to skip the CE this time around.  I could afford it, but the game's release date and my school's payment were due.... on the same day.
(on that note, if anyone wants to sell the watch/mirror, shoot a PM :D)

Started it up (again); first hour in.  It's weird, but I already like it more than Xillia 1.
And if games EVER do a silent protagonist, I think Ludger is the perfect reinvention of it (an idea I hate otherwise works much better with him).
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 17, 2014, 01:10:23 AM
I gave up on the Carnelia books after I... got whatever the first one I got was, since there doesn't seem to be any reward for it beyond the Steam Cheevo?.

Finished? the bracer quests in Ruan. Used a FAQ for the candelabrum one because that was stupid. Vista Forest is clanging. I don't really know why I'm still playing this. It's got the kind of mindless, time-consuming property that Solitaire has, so it's useful for convincing myself that I'm doing something when I'm bored but too tired to actually do anything I guess? I find the game to be incredibly addictive even if I don't think it's engaging.

(You get the best weapons for Estelle and Joshua by collecting them all... Sad thing is: You can only pick either one or the other's weapon)  :(

Shadow Hearts Covenant:

= I missed the first cutscene due to doorbell, and I missed another one due to parent calling.  I have no idea what we're on the lam from.

= Joachim is awesome.  He's a big ham, but he owns it (his "other form is awesom-est!!!).  His connection to a certain SH1 character was both a surprise and a delight.  I especially am keen on his very-frugal and practical descision to make use of "weapons" he finds than to bother purchasing them.

= I love the Eastern Europe area town theme
http://youtu.be/gcm3ak-SLqM
Very pleasant

= Noooooooooooo.... Dungeons? What happened?  Wtf is this corridor bullshit???  I DON'T LIKE MEMORIZING MAZES. xS

= Fusion designs are a real hit or miss.  Like some really got more love than others. 

= I'm glad that "individual powers" are back.  It's not so much a character uses a general "magic", but their own form of it.  Joachim learns wrestling moves, Blanca fights dogs, Gepetto gets new doll dresses.  I loved that with the first game where it wasn't magic then either, but Kinetic energy, Chi[?], "Rituals", Secret Weapons, etc.  But thsi game makes it more about questing and sidequesting to power up.  I kinda like the extra mileage that gives the game

= Gepetto using a cute doll to play dress up is real creepy.... But she's soooo cute in those little fucking outfits!  <3
And...omg...STUD CARDS.  The heck?!
http://shadowhearts.wikia.com/wiki/Stud_Cards
(nsfw???)

= Blanca is awesome.  Mainly because I approve of any sort of canine.  I do like his "talking segments".  It also took me a good hour to realize he had normal dog eyes and not giant cartoon-dog eyes (the dark fur confused me).


= One of those dumb things: I'm glad they kept the weird ass victory theme (not the first bit, the later part)
http://youtu.be/IVpz4ycWD14
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