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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 20, 2014, 07:29:31 PM
Finally gave up on Xenoblade (for now, maybe), I'm 18 hours in and absolutely nothing of interest has happened yet.  When's it supposed to get interesting??? Fetch quests were trite like 15 year ago and it seems like this game has been almost nothing but so far.  I also keep waiting for the part when everyone's horrible accents start to shift from annoying to endearing and I'm beginning to doubt that will ever come.  It's a shame because I'm a fan of the Terry Pratchett Discworld series, so the idea of a game set on the body of a massive celestial being really appealed to me. It kinda saddens me that, other than FFXIII (which everyone else seems to hate), the most recent (ie. the newest) JRPG that really sucked me in was Persona 3 and I played that 6 years ago.

On a positive note (and to that same end), I started FFIV: The complete collection last night (after finally recovering from Saturday's hangover) and it's a 100 times better than I remembered it being.  Granted, I last played the thing in 1994 (I was 10) and I had almost no idea what was going on, but Jesus Christ this is a good game.

FFIV I liked because it's a pain in the ass and had some interesting character drama (which usually meant Kain was left being a blue balled badass).  It's fun, it's tough, but I think the Complete Collection goes on a little too long..

The only quests in Xenoblade you "should" do are the one with a clock on them.  Also good because unlike Klyde who's playing Xillia where you can only accept 6 quests at a time, Xenoblade can just have you see "OK" to all of them and quite a few you just finish without needing to report in.  In other words: Accept a bunch, skip the rest and move on.

While combat picks up, I'd say, around Makna Forest, the plot doesn't really start turning things upside down till you're on Mechonis (till then the plot just "builds up" future events before it rams you into the rest).

Also you do realize the game got a UK release first so it was dubbed by British actors and that's how British people actually talk, right?

Surprsingly I hear this as a complaint a lot.  I loved the accent.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i hope we get this too(WA5) on: October 20, 2014, 07:23:38 PM
Agreed, she's a great character. Very interesting and balances out the rest of the cast.

(That being said, I don't think the amount of a clothing character has necessarily makes them a better or worse character.)

I agree the amount of clothes don't matter, but I'd by lying if I said I wasn't surprised she was as covered up as she was since it could have gone just as easily (and often) gone the other way.  All in all though her entire ensemble (full long sleeves + trench + long dress) and character felt pretty out of the ordinary, from the colours to her "tries to be cute" hair style to her surprisingly combination of being both humble and a badass at the same time.

The rub?  She's probably the only standout amongst the WA4 cast (at least from what I can remember).

I think that's something that just made me hate WA5's Dean even more was that WA4's Jude already sort of had the same idea of a young boy, with a strong conviction, yammering on about how he'll save everything.  It also made me appreciate WA3's more balanced act a bit better.  Virginia was also that sort of idealist, but unlike Dean (and maybe Jude but my memory is fuzzy), they allowed her to be more vulnerable and occasionally sympathetic but still keep the ham and "do good" attitude... especially since sometimes she was "dragged back down" by her more realistic (Clive), grounded (Gallows), or more negative (Jet) co-stars.  Dean was just an idiot with a sense of right and a strong sense of dumb.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: October 20, 2014, 07:12:22 PM
Ah, stalker!  (Not that it's not totally obvious that it's me) If you have a MFC account feel free to add me as a friend.
(And since we're talking about Atelier figures, I just won this lovely GK at YAJ: http://myfigurecollection.net/item/97756
Hopefully I can do her justice!)

Congrats on the winning figure (I love the details and colours).
But you told me about the site!  I didn't stalk!  I OBSERVED!!!!!

I got the Atelier Shallie artbook today....
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 20, 2014, 04:49:15 PM

Topic says it very well.  And he's right; you can like Bayonetta or not, she's a figure definitely worth the debate -- in the end the game at its core is a ton of fun at the very least with a lead that kicks a [mega]ton of butt.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: October 20, 2014, 01:25:00 PM
Yeah, I pre-ordered it last  night when it popped up on Amiami.  It's beautiful.  And as if it wasn't obvious, I'm a disgustingly huge Atelier fan.  I'm hoping the final product ends up using that coloring and not one similar to the earlier paint jobs (from last WonFes, when it wasn't allowed to be photographed but people snuck one): http://myfigurecollection.net/picture/1060609&ref=item%3A218620

There's also an Escha incoming, but it's from Griffon, and Griffon is notoriously bad at painting. Not quite Bravely Default Agnes bad, but probably one of the worse companies out there.

Yeah I just ordered it myself.  It was too perfect, and IMO, better represents and honours Hidari's style than the Arland series captured Kashida Mel's style (they're still lovely and beautifully coloured though).

Also, this is super late, but I giggled when I saw this (a shame because I'd *love* a *good* Escha figure...or, reaching for the stars, a dual figure of Escha and Logy).

Atelier Shallie confirmed for release in the West. http://www.siliconera.com/2014/10/20/atelier-shallie-alchemists-dusk-sea-headed-west-2015/

Fantastic news =D

36  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: October 20, 2014, 01:22:32 PM
Probably because you could easily zoom in enough in Melee to gaze upon Peach's Mushroom Kingdom or Zelda's Family Treasure. Also because the sheer number of trophies have increased as the series goes on (and other series go on, further increasing the number of games and characters/items/locations/whatever to cover), as well as the possibility for errors (like Daisy's third eye) or stuff they don't want to have to guess at or render in case someone decides to get curious and tries to look (like the buttons down Zelda's shirt of her OoT costume).

Also, that character prediction list is fake. There's no Goku or Ridley, and in a magazine? Really!? Come on!

Ew Goku, really?? haha.  It'd be interesting I guess, but feels to easy and almost overdone by the time of the massive collection of the Dragonball fighting games.  For some reason I suspect he'd be the nosiest player, but ultimately not a bad choice.
For whatever reason, I never thought Ridley *would* be included.  Maybe he's just too big for it, or maybe we'll still get the surprise one day.  If anything, since the game loves its clones, I thought we'd get one of the hacks from Other M before Ridley. :P

The Tales fans really wanted to see a Tales character.  Even despite being one myself, same thing, I never saw it happening (and I think Pac Man is more..."Smash-y").

Zelda's family treasure and Peach's mushroom kingdom had me giggle. x)
I did like that Kid Icarus was pretty smart about pervy leering; you can't look upskirt on (what I remember) Palutena and the Little Girl (which wasn't so bad with the former, but definitely gross if you could do the latter).

37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 11:45:24 PM
You'd think a game with such a basic and genius combat would have stayed good, but something got funky along the way....

38  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: October 19, 2014, 05:48:39 PM
And yet still no FE 4 or 5 reppage outside of maybe a *nudge* *wink* pallet for Marth (I mean, even FE 2, the black sheep of the series is referenced through a music track).

But getting back to that image, it makes me wonder if they'll have trophies for Fatal Frames 4 and 5 as well (and more for Xenoblade beyond two for Shulk and one for Riki & Dunban)?

I also hope for better trophy zoom in.  The fact each console these games go on only has better graphics, I'm surprised Melee has been the only one that can let you zoom in as far as a full iris on screen.

Anyways, Nintendo Mag's 2012 guesses for who would be in Smash.  Some are "lol no", some were right, and as someone else pointed out, Travis is a near-hit for Shulk.
39  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: October 19, 2014, 01:10:24 PM
Might No. Bass   ....Um Zero.  No, not that "Zero", but 0?  Arghghgh, they knew what they were doing.
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 19, 2014, 12:58:00 PM
Fate/Stay was basically an exposition episode this week... Boo.  Also, form last week, why do people like Sakura?  She seems like a normal Japanese "Meri Su".  Also, for how lovely everything look, the wedge faces are driving me nuts.
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 19, 2014, 11:39:42 AM
No no 1000 times no.  Exactly like I said with 47 Ronin and Keanu Reeves (or like how that shitty Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow ruined all you need is kill) attaching an A lister usually ends up warping brilliant source material to suit the actor, instead of finding an actor to suit the role. No good.

I agree that they should have used someone other than Tom Cruise, but Edge of Tomorrow was a surprisingly good adaptation overall.

As for GITS, I can't stand Scarlett, so I'm not particularly enthused about this. Though I don't like Tom Cruise either and I liked Edge of Tomorrow.

I hate Tom Cruise as a person, but I've loved a bunch of his movies.  Funny how that works.
 Plus he's marketable, so same thing as seeking out Scar Jo than an Asian actress I think Hollywood is just trying to make the most bang for its buck. 
42  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 19, 2014, 11:35:58 AM
Holy shit this has been a great run of episodes.

I thought Flatline looked terrible from last week's preview and it might be my favourite episode of the new season.

I can't believe how good this season, and Capaldi, are.

Yeah I thought it was cool how they made sense of their monster; it was very unique, probably the most so since the Angels (but I might be forgetting something).

Clara's contentious relationship with the Doctor has only made her more interesting, and Capaldi's inability to play nice makes him a nice departure from the previous Doctors.


EDIT: Probably the only thing bugging me now is the Heaven plot.  It's getting way too little attention, is high too speculative, and I'm worried/thinking it won't pay off.... and I won't care.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 02:01:53 AM
Did you seriously just copypaste an entire fucking Wikipedia article.

Or, optimistically, WROTE those wikipedia articles.

EDIT:  Doing some Wiki CTRL+Effing, you're pretty much right

Carry on OP!  Despite the copy/pasta, it's a great way to bring up an old and excellent-ish series!
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 12:20:37 AM
This is one of the most epic posts by a new member ever.


Except I was gonna call it: "Final Fantasy Adventure: The Only Good Mana Game?"

I need to try Legend of Mana first before I do that, though I've not heard good things...

Eh.  Taste being what it is, I think it's simply easier to speak for a lot of people by saying they "lost their magic" as they went on.  Specifically the last few, those were between "kinda" to "really tough".
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 19, 2014, 12:16:37 AM
XenoBlade - More Valak Mountain stuff.  Still enjoying this game.  Still doing do much sidequest content, which is overwhelming in breadth and depth.  If this game continues being good to the end, it'll be my favorite Wii game, period. 

Besides how gorgeous the nighttime is, I hate Mount Valek.  Some dickishly strong enemies, areas that are tricky to get to, and just a generally annoying layout.... BAH, annoying place.

That said, while the next few fields are a bit of a pain in the ass, you've really seen nothing yet.  So long as there's no peculiarly random hangups or specific elements you hate for some reason , I really think the places and series of events coming up will indeed secure this as your favourite Wii title if it's already "one its way there".
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