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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 10, 2015, 11:25:54 PM
Muramasa Rebirth: Whooped the shit out of this game (I played Kisuke's and Momohime's stories pretty much concurrently) on Chaos until the final bosses for both.  Then I got lazy and just finished things on Legend.

Fun game

God I own a Vita, I should make use of it with this one.

I've been playing a TON of Resonance of Fate.  This game is really, really cool but got cut up for a bunch of dumb reasons.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 10, 2015, 11:13:46 PM
I recently started playing Xillia 2 and am liking it. The medical debt storyline is to me a nice break from the typical RPG norm.

I loved playing Xillia 2 when I was high.  It was a welcome back to a game with much better character drama than its predecessor and still kept you in the same (but by this point "comfortable") world as the first game.

It's still glorified DLC, and the magical bullshitty-ness of the plot is irritating as hell.  I really don't know how I feel with Xillia 1/2 and that's something I could debate in my head for a while even without a forum.

Ah well, Tales, if nothing else, is fun in that way it's like putting on a pair of old comfortable slippers again.

I still think if a game combined the depth of Abyss's plot and the awesomeness of Graces' gameplay-oriented ...um, gameplay, that game would be an instant 10/10.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 10, 2015, 11:09:00 PM
The point is: It was terrible.  They took an iconic character and made her the equivalent of ramblings in a teenagers diary.

Cool for Ramza, hell get a bunch of them in there, Theatrhythm it (god I gotta type that word so slowly), bring in SaGa and Mystic Quest.

Also, hopefully with Nomura taking a step back on projects he can practice art again and get good again.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 09, 2015, 04:46:24 PM
Star Ocean Online? Now that's meta.

Character Creator happens in 4D!!!!!!!!!!!!!
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 09, 2015, 11:33:08 AM
http://www.jp.square-enix.com/secret/?hc_location=ufi
Square Enix what are you teasing....

* posted excitable gif

* realized 'mobile' possibility

* lowered expectations

* edited post just in case
I'm going with Star Ocean 5 as it has three of the letters of Star and 0101 which is 5 in binary.

And it's all on top of an Ocean.

Still suck being a Japanese-oriented gamer though.  If you're not hoping it ISN'T a mobile title you gotta hope it's localized, and still usually gotta wait a year till that's released.

Ah well, I'll keep my fingers crossed.  And hope they base it on the handsome as hell tech demo than goofy-looking anime sci-fi look of SO4 (and hell, even PSP SO2).
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Langrisser: Reincarnation coming Stateside? on: April 09, 2015, 11:25:50 AM
Well, Satoshi Urushihara, who did the Langrisser and Growlanser character art, is known for his cheesecake material, like in Legend of Lemnear and parts of Plastic Little. 

(He sure knows how to draw nipples though... Except you can't see I'm saying this, because I wrote it in parentheses!)
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 09, 2015, 02:10:12 AM
http://www.jp.square-enix.com/secret/?hc_location=ufi
Square Enix what are you teasing....

* posted excitable gif

* realized 'mobile' possibility

* lowered expectations

* edited post just in case
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: April 08, 2015, 07:06:46 PM
FF8 and FF13 have similar problems but I love them both because I love the characters. Vanille is like Sophie 2.0 in my eyes so of course I love her. Thinking about it, what stands out for me in both games are the music and the characters. What can I say, I liked voiced FF songs. As you can imagine, FF13-2 is my favorite OST of any FF game.

I don't know you, but I'm so glad you see the value of FFXIII-2's OST. It's not my all-time favorite among the series, but it is wildly good, probably the best of the XIII trilogy. Noel's Theme alone (sung by KOKIA) puts it head and shoulders above vocal tracks from other FFs.

I hate to be that person but Noel's theme actually drives me nuts.  I have a thing against really literal and plot-related lyrics (yeah it's stupid)...so when the lyrics talk about "Valhalla" and being the "last hunter" I just kinda go 'blah'.  There's a version of softer 'la's and the instrumental version itself that I like a lot more.  Nier's "Ashes of Dreams" is probably the closest I'd get to gaming lyrics referencing the game itself.

On those forum topics "What the thing you like about games you don't?", FF13's trilogy has a MASTERFUL OST....  ... ... ... ...and stunning graphics.

If that's the case, I think the songs from the EXA_PICO games (Ar tonelico and Surge Concerto) would land in your black list if you ever read the translated lyrics for them, unless them being in constructed languages masks the literalism somehow.



Um, the latter.
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 08, 2015, 11:32:13 AM
Just translate the Destiny remake and throw it on Vita or something. If they do that I'll buy every tales release going forward, regardless of quality, because of how much I love ToD.

I asked. Apparantly even putting the original Tales of Destiny (or Tales of Eternia) on PSN takes more work than they're willing to put into it.

They don't think we're worth it :(

I wouldn't be surprised.  IIRC that's the reason we're not seeing the fan favourite Breath of Fire on there (III).
Fuck....FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUÜUUUU---


Ah well..back to Graces.
55  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 08, 2015, 12:22:02 AM
Season finale of Better Call Saul aired last night, and wow.  Really strong stuff.  Same level of quality as 4th or 5th season of Breaking Bad.  Ready for season 2 (which, amusingly, was ordered before Better Call Saul began airing). 

It was a great season.  The small Breaking Bad continuity easter eggs are a nice touch, but I do like that this show is standing beautifully on its own with that some bit of 'funny', a lot of heart, and some Shakespearen/Oedipal tragedy worked in.  Amazing that Vince Gilligan went from massive success to one show and is keeping up the exceptional standard even with a spin-off (which tends to leave a little less confidence in most cases).
 
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The chat with Chuck was heart breaking, that James was trying to 'shed' the Slippin' Jimmy schtick and we sympathize.... if not for the fact we know that it's all gonna change by the end of BrBa's start and the way it ends.  I think Mike's conversation with that pill seller hit the mark... Sure the fella sold items he shouldn't have, he went against the law, and he took someone's product for his own earnings; but Mike's response I think is perfect to the main 'arc' of what Saul may be about: "“You’re now a criminal. Good one, bad one, that’s up to you.”.

The bit with Marco really hit me hard too.  Something about finding your old buddy asleep at a bar to seeing him dead a few days later saying "it was the best weak of his life" was so damn tragic...

Also, as a gamer, a necessary kudos and shoutout to having not one but two major video game actors in the show: Michael Mando and Steven Ogg (the former who I hope gets more screen time next season, dammit).


bam

Can't wait for more.



Also, I binged watched the whole first season of Steven Universe.

Do you like videogames and anime?  Then go watch this show.  The amount of references to not only games but also all sorts of anime is staggering, but still works and looks like a very modern Western cartoon.  The show is also brilliant with the concept of representing characters of different sizes, ethnicities, relationships, and certain gender stereotypes and throwing them for a whirl.  This isn't meant to be in a SJW sorta way (it's much too 'fantasy' and 'cartoon' to ever seem that way), if anything it definitely demonstrates how natural and easy it can be to depict unique peoples and their unique relationships. 

Anyways it's a fantastically written show with a ton of adventure and a lot of heart, it looks beautiful, and no character on the show is unlikable (even when their 'cartooniness' might take over).

Also, there's a particularly clever casting of songstresses; Estelle does a great job as the both cool and fierce Garnet (the one with the cubed afro above).


56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: April 07, 2015, 10:50:54 PM
FF8 and FF13 have similar problems but I love them both because I love the characters. Vanille is like Sophie 2.0 in my eyes so of course I love her. Thinking about it, what stands out for me in both games are the music and the characters. What can I say, I liked voiced FF songs. As you can imagine, FF13-2 is my favorite OST of any FF game.

I don't know you, but I'm so glad you see the value of FFXIII-2's OST. It's not my all-time favorite among the series, but it is wildly good, probably the best of the XIII trilogy. Noel's Theme alone (sung by KOKIA) puts it head and shoulders above vocal tracks from other FFs.

I hate to be that person but Noel's theme actually drives me nuts.  I have a thing against really literal and plot-related lyrics (yeah it's stupid)...so when the lyrics talk about "Valhalla" and being the "last hunter" I just kinda go 'blah'.  There's a version of softer 'la's and the instrumental version itself that I like a lot more.  Nier's "Ashes of Dreams" is probably the closest I'd get to gaming lyrics referencing the game itself.

On those forum topics "What the thing you like about games you don't?", FF13's trilogy has a MASTERFUL OST....  ... ... ... ...and stunning graphics.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Langrisser: Reincarnation coming Stateside? on: April 07, 2015, 10:36:03 PM
The only news I've heard is that it is a thing that players in Japan will be waiting until somewhere in July for.

Any news of a possible localization will probably be after it gets released. Maybe E3 if we're lucky.

That said, I have no idea what this game will have or do compared to the earlier titles. That said, I still can't get over what they did to Jessica, (http://gematsu.com/2015/02/langrisser-series-regular-jessica-appear-3ds-revival (Warning: NSFW)), or the bikini armor (I mean, where's the armor's nipples?).

Yeah yikes.  It's not my culture (and that BS excuse of being mature, reincarnated, or older than she appears doesn't cut it), but c'mon... ō_ó
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: April 07, 2015, 08:51:31 PM
FF8 and FF13 have similar problems but I love them both because I love the characters. Vanille is like Sophie 2.0 in my eyes so of course I love her. Thinking about it, what stands out for me in both games are the music and the characters. What can I say, I liked voiced FF songs. As you can imagine, FF13-2 is my favorite OST of any FF game.

Who's Sophie?

Which reminds me, I think I still have this game purchased on PSN, so I'll be able to play it on my PSVista right?
59  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: April 07, 2015, 08:21:14 PM
I'm playing Chrono Cross again.  Yay!

I defeated the Sky Dragon.  Yay!  (My party was Lynx, Fargo, and Irenes.)  

Lynx got knocked out in the battle.  Boo!

Fargo failed to steal a White Plate.  Double Boo!  Fargo's been a lousy thief- he's only stolen green and black plates.  

Now it's back to Fort Dragonia!

Welp, so much for making NG+ Miguel easier.

God I hated that fight.  The guy defies judging a book buy its cover and would have made the White Plate worth it for just that.

Square Enix make a thief who can actually steal for once.  Not this butter finger bullshit
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 06, 2015, 01:55:40 PM
Semi-related: The FF Mobius lead character was given 'more clothes' after fan feedback...



I personally see this as an attempt to make 'less ugly' attire --- but I'm having fun imagining if his gender was switched and what the commentary would be (and daresay, if Cindy were to get the same treatment).  Anyways, I definitely like his new outfit, it's definitely less ostentatious and the old attire was....'quite something' even by JRPG standards.

EDIT: And we don't have a topic for this game.... but holy shit them mobile graphics for FFMobius are unreal.... o_O

Yeah. He looks less dumb now. Cindy will also look less dumb when they re-design her costume. And then everyone will bitch about omg censorship. And I will not care because this is flat out a better costume.

Not to keep strigning this along, but here's another redesign that looks just as nice:



FFXV related, dunno if I said it here but I bought type 0 and actually gave my demo to a friend for free. I have not stopped kicking myself for doing so since...

Eh.  The comments are all spot on.  The combat was weak and in need of tweaking, the game looks gorgeous, but honestly, I think Xenoblade is still leading JRPG for 'exploring'.  Hopefully things change...a lot.
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