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46  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 12, 2014, 01:56:17 AM
So new legend of korra started last week or so, I missed the first 2 episodes but caught the new 2 tonight. Started strong, kicked hard the whole time. This new season looks to be pretty interesting,so I won't spoil anything thus far.

The fact that
Toph had two kids by two different men is umm.... a pretty sexy thought...especially for a "kids show".  She definitely doesn't seem like the type to settle down, and the creators really ran with it.  I also thought she was dead what with the lack of mention and 'flashbacks'; but wow, now she's just travellin' the world.  We got Zuko alive and well, I wonder if Toph will show up or save the day at some point this season

I wasn't crazy for the Earth Queen's plot (she's awful and the show likes constantly pointing out that she's awful); but everything else around it was better (I loved Bumi mentioning that it is totally in her right to conscript her citizens --- take that kid's show logics of "freedom"!).  Metal city looks super cool/pretty. 

Great season so far, I definitely like seeing more of the modern Avatar world (which makes season 1's Republic City ONLY idea kinda depressing all over again), and I'm digging the new villains so far, if for no other reason than the fight scenes have been simply great to watch.  I also like that Asami is much closer to Korra.

Minor things:
= Jinora's unexplained spirit thing is back without any context.
= Everyone be fallin' in love again.  Except Korra and Mako... GOOD. 
= This sounds odd, but man I love how this show draws Asians better than most anime (which can just get a bit too crazy with its tiny button noses, tall eyes, and wtf hair...oh and Korra actually being pretty muscular for a leading lady).
= I also love how this show draws "bending".  The fact its based on real martial arts makes scenes where they show it off a bit of an animated treat
= Last weeks episode; Zuko had me laugh: "I once sent a guy like that to assassinate the Avatar.... [pause].  It didn't work".  Such a complicated history this man has!
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 11, 2014, 02:57:51 AM
ToV - idk the more I play this the more unfinished it feels.

Also, most likely bad news, but you've probably missed a bunch of sidequests already (hopefully not).  Among other things, this game is pretty bitchy about its sidequest time frames.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Evolution 2014 on: July 10, 2014, 03:39:30 PM
I love how disregarded Brawl is in the fighting game formula (seriously though, improvements aside tripping is fucking stupid, Meta Knight got too much love, and my personal issue, level obstacles just got too numerous and annoying).
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 09, 2014, 12:52:10 AM
PS get well soon!

50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 09, 2014, 12:51:10 AM

And so Bandai has decided its time to go home and took their ball with them.

Apple Shenanigans may also be afoot.

Good riddance.  It was the worst version of the game with a dubious "always online" requirement (making it unplayable if you didn't have an internet connection).
51  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.
52  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.

53  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.

54  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: July 07, 2014, 01:02:20 PM
"98% probability" that the new fighter may be Fi.
55  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)
56  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.
57  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
58  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?
59  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 )
60  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.
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