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61  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 16, 2015, 01:45:35 PM
Speaking of Radcliffe.

I watched "What if?" or "The 'F' Word" (in some countries).

Aw Danielle Radcliffe in his first rom-com with "it indie girl" Zoe Kazan.
EEEEHHH.  I LOVE the cast and characters in this, they're a lot of fun, but Kazan got annoyingly one-sided (accusing Radcliffe of flirting with her when she's got a boyfriend but has EASILY been just as flirty back).  It's great when Daniel's character calls her out on this shit too.  But still.  The premise was done before and done better with "When Harry Met Sally".  Normally I wouldn't make the comparison, but the premise is too similar.  It does have great 'supporting friends' (one who is in the upcoming Star Wars Ep7 and easily lands one of the best lines in FILM HISTORY*), but then it backslides to pointless additions like, and I shit you not, an animated butterfly version of the Female MC because I-don't-know-why (oh, she's an animator?).

Nevertheless, it's always refreshing to see a film shot in Toronto and be that annoying movie-goer that points and says "HEY THAT'S QUEEN STREET AND THERE'S THE CN TOWER".

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Kingsmen: The Secret Service

What fucking fun.  Loved it, it's definitely a big "wink" to the over-the-top James Bond world of cool gadgets and impossible odds, and it dials it up to an 11.  The film is good with being ridiculous and knows how to get your attention with both tense and sweeter moments.  The film is somewhat offensive (certain people will definitely take issue with one scene in it), a lot of people die in very gory and amazing[?] ways, but I think people looking for a good time and some great action (that isn't Marvel Superheroes), then I think it should impress.

I particularly loved the unconventional ending, I'm sure it's a male power fantasy and a half, but I couldn't help but like it for being ridiculous and perfect.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: February 16, 2015, 01:31:49 PM
Totally worth the brag.  Been playing for all of 5 minutes and had to come and share.

NEW 3DS HAS PERFECTED 3D.  IN THAT, IT DOESN'T FUCKING HURT YOUR EYES AND DOESN'T FUCK ABOUT WHEN YOU TILT IT EVEN A CENTIMETER FROM LOOKING AT IT DEAD-ON.  The 3D effect is always visible even if you tilt the system quite far on its side.

I'm a happy girlie (and, well, the owner of 3 of these systems now, but given the mileage I've gotten out of it, I'm not too blue --- plus two of them were gifts, so I don't have crazy collector status yet)
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 14, 2015, 11:49:08 PM

(also congrats on your 29th post Dice).

I get it now.  THANK YOU!


64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 14, 2015, 10:04:41 PM
Oh man I adore it.....!!!!!
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: February 14, 2015, 08:27:20 PM

I knew I'd regret the phrase.  But I don't.  As far as anime men goes, he was good looking.  Jazz, jitterbug, it makes it even better.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 14, 2015, 08:20:31 PM
Happy Valentine's day









I've been around the anime sphere for the last twenty years and I'm confused.

That tooth brushing does look well animated.  I just had dinner and that brush looks like a swell idea.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: February 14, 2015, 08:19:16 PM
I thought it was suposed to be dream-like in some way. Like, wasn't it literally just Chopin's fevered dreams? I could overlook how silly it could be with that context, but silly it still was. I've seen "Dream-like stories" done better before, too. Still a helluva game, though. Same with Star Ocean: The Last Hope.

IIRC, even the ending was kinda vague about it, it was elaborated on in the PS3 ver... but.

Anyways, from what I understood was that yes it was kind of a fake dream fantasy world [to him].  But, by the end, Chopin realizes that it's real (or became real?), the tragedy felt by the party is real and all that jazz.  I dunno.  :S

I worry any remake of Vesperia would rip all the awesome costumes out of the game and price them at $3 a pop.

Not that i actually think making costumes DLC is ever right (and it's nice Vesperia still made quite a few costumes SETS free, as opposed to Xillia that gave two or Zesty that gave none[?]).  But honestly, the Vesperia costume DLC had some of the nicest sets.  The Tales Villain set was a pleasant surprise, the Namco-Brand costumes were really cool, and the set based on the item-screen pictures of the character's best armor was an awesome idea.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 14, 2015, 03:59:37 AM
Tried to fix my own ingrown toenail. Did not go well. Probably made it worse.

But I refuse to have my toe operated on for the fifth time in a year. Either tell me there's a way to prevent it from happening ever again or just chop the damn member off so I can get on with my miserable life.

Yeah my attempts to fix mine when I had it just got it infected (I'm sure dirty shoes + no socks didn't help either).  It hurt like hell.  And a fifth time???!?!!  Goddamn, I'd probably opt for the same 'removal' and have it be over and done with.  Don't know why I'd ever really need a toenail to begin with besides occasionally scratching my calf when my hands are busy. :P

Why do you keep getting them??  You cut your toenail straight, right?  Or you don't rip off the nail as you're cutting it right?
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: February 14, 2015, 03:56:52 AM
I wouldn't call Eternal Sonata "stupid," it gets a bit silly, but the gameplay is pretty solid with a diverse and quite large cast of playable characters. And the game doesn't involve a lot of frustration if you grind a bit before each boss fight.

To be fair, I complimented the same things too.  The cast was fun.  I actually like the characters, it's just the scenes and plot just didn't really do them much justice.  There's a plot in the game somewhere, but much like Chopin believes, it all feels so 'dream like' and surreal.  There's magical users with a death sentence (but we'll forget about that real quick), a war with a power-hungry prince, a world (within a world?) of spirits, then we spend a dungeon getting some kid his toy back, some magical mirror subplot for the two new characters, then the game divides up the best attackers with the best supporters and has the latter fight some of the hardest boss fights.... It's just so goddamn weird, I'm not really sure how the game pieces itself together at all besides being some dreamlike whimsy.

And yeah, that death scene was, honestly, just unreal.  On top of all the ridiculous stuff Aeolus already mention, I'm just gonna snowball in that the person in question assumes about 3 different "i'm dying" poses while still reading off a few paragraphs worth to herself hoping it was all for some greater good or whatever.

Honestly though, despite what I've said.  I really wanna play it again.  It has a  really charming atmosphere, fun gameplay, and that music is a gorgeous fit.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: February 13, 2015, 03:35:22 PM
Last time you guys helped me pick exactly the right game, so please advise me on my next one. I've been playing Darkest Dungeon on the PC and I kind of what the opposite of that: console game, something colourful and Japanese, it's fine if it's a bit stupid (or really stupid, right now I'm too dead inside to care).

Games in my backlog:
Eternal Sonata
Infinity Undiscovery
Star Ocean 4
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love
Threads of Fate
Paper Mario
Grandia Xtreme

Paper Mario is fun and its imagination should keep you well occupied (battle system drove me nuts after a while though, and I was still more fond of the more RPG approach to Mario RPG).  Still, it's cute, creative, and quite a few laugh out loud moments.

Eternal Sonata is, and still is, probably the prettiest JRPG game.  Tales did not hold a candle to it through this last gen's run.  It's stupid plot-wise (probably tie-ing for THE stupidest along SO4), but the battle system is a ton of fun, the characters charming enough, and you get to learn about Chopin along the way.  Plus the music rocks....well, it "classics".  Hah. haaaa....

Star Ocean 4 is stupid but has an awesome battle system (probably the most fun of the lot above).  The graphics are lovely (unfortunately anime-inspired graphics do look somewhat doll-like when translated to 3D so YMMV).  Plot wise it's stupid, but if you've watch any shitty teen drama, you'll know to lower your brain level and enjoy the ride (and a few giggles along the way).  The mix of sci-fi and fantasy in the games is always a real sight seeing pleasure.

I've always wanted to play Grandia XTreme and Sakura Wars (I just never bothered since we got just the one).
Threads of Fate is a 3D PSX action game and runs as well as you'd think.  It's charming and unique, but quite a bit of a pain in the ass at times (that's about all I remember, sadly).

71  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 13, 2015, 03:27:41 PM
Forecast is a little bit of everything.

1) It shows the effect that is in play right now (first square) , during the next chars turn (second square) and when the current character is up next (third square) in the current world. For example magic up by 20%, more money drops, etc...
2) There are 6 special portals in each world (except the last) but only one is active during the drop at a time (you'll have to find it, IIRC you have to look at the map). The mystery spirit shows you the type of this special enemy in that world and appear as a black out "?". If you have already found and beaten it it says finished and they're not blacked out. Beating all these, iirc, gets you the best weapon.

Yes, thank you! It was the Dream Eater squares that were confusing me, but that explains a lot.
By the way, I also noticed the game keeps count of how many times you've dropped. Does this affect anything like endings or what-have-you?

These sorts of games just love tracking that stuff, I think.  I don't think it matters to anything at all besides tracking what and how much.  (it's soo easy to replenish the meter after all).

But anyways, have fun. Totally helped me through a good month of shitty pissy school readings.  Maybe that's why I like it so much even though a lot of people don't; the contrast between the work to do and the gaming distraction was so damn great.  And honestly, the worlds and wonderfully massive (a shame there's so few this time though).
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: February 13, 2015, 02:26:04 PM
Grandia's eating/campfire scenes were great too.  Especially the first game which, despite being a PS1 game, had a pretty solid and sassy script.  And obviously FF9's idea of this as well is great (FF in general is always good with giving the player a break).

Games with some time devoted to 'downtime' are wonderful.
73  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 13, 2015, 12:09:42 PM
Forecast is a little bit of everything.

1) It shows the effect that is in play right now (first square) , during the next chars turn (second square) and when the current character is up next (third square) in the current world. For example magic up by 20%, more money drops, etc...
2) There are 6 special portals in each world (except the last) but only one is active during the drop at a time (you'll have to find it, IIRC you have to look at the map). The mystery spirit shows you the type of this special enemy in that world and appear as a black out "?". If you have already found and beaten it it says finished and they're not blacked out. Beating all these, iirc, gets you the best weapon.
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 13, 2015, 12:05:34 PM
Is there a release date?


Does "not soon enough" count as a reasonable release window?

No, I didn't think so either.

Fuck.... :(
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 13, 2015, 12:42:09 AM
New concept art..... fuuuck
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