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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 30, 2014, 11:28:34 PM
Been playing Star Ocean 2 on my PS1 since my newer systems were stolen. I really like this game.

I love that game.  Tri-Ace's PSX titles had a TON of atmosphere and I love the feeling I get from that game.  But I'm an addict.

The PSX version made some decent improvements, but nothing really drastic changed.  It cleaned the script up, but it unfortunately made Rena into a 10 year old girl



62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 30, 2014, 11:22:45 PM

Outside of the no S-Crafts and collecting 9999 Septih chieves, all of those can be done easily enough. I do like the fact that there's a chieve for talking to every chest after plundering it.

No S-crafts doesn't sound too fun; and that's probably the biggest pain.  The "chieve" for reading treasure chests is badass and a pleasure!

I think I like this although there's a 0% chance of me ever finishing it so I'm... I guess I'm ambivalent about whenever SC comes out.

Up to, uh... I killed a fur angel and did two requests and then a farm thing.

Not really seeing the "attention to detail" the game is supposed to be famous for though. It feels like a pretty bog-standard traditional JRPG.

Not sure what "attention to detail" you mean.  The game is definitely about its plot and dialogue though; the script flows super well and the characters are tropes played out effectively; the series has a *MASSIVE* narrative spanning numerous titles and this is just the very beginning.  Otherwise it's pretty standard everywhere else (and for a 10 year old game); battle is ok, but has been done better; music is catchy, graphics work for what they gotta do, etc.  Probably its biggest offence is that its so slow to warm up with. 

TitS is definitely the answer to those gaming requests like: "I NEED AN RPG WITH A GOOD STORY" or "CLASSIC JRPG FEEL".  Cuz that's all it really is: A 'classic' JRPG with great characters.
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 30, 2014, 12:03:35 PM
http://youtu.be/QXQddERLV2A

New field and Gameplay video!!

= I'm happy to say: I think it looks pretty good.  The world map might not be as "interesting" looking as Xenoblades did (for the Wii), but it does look pretty and a MASSIVE improvement since Xillia.... which was literally the worst.

= The animations are really nice.  That cape movement especially looks epic on....uh, 'Sorey'.  Everything looks smooth animation-wise... but the frame rate looks pretty dreadful.

= Battles are entered seamlessly with with world map, an unusual change.  I like the idea, but the camera seems to follow pretty close.  it looks great so far, but the battles demo'd are pretty short.

= Character fusion (in this case, both times with Sailor Mars [Lailah]) is a cool idea; I'd love to see the other mixes

= Very big Star ocean 3 vibe with the overworld.  

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJOOGth0O3U
Whoops; event video too.  Mikleo and Lailah scenes.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: drunk thread on: July 30, 2014, 12:56:02 AM
A bump ....fo drunk.

And I'm ashamed that's it's been 120+ days since we've posted here.  C'mpon peoples.  Get yo good times on.  Not just frunk for the sake of drunk, but drunk because you and friends happened.  That's the best'skind of  drunk.

I'm sorry id this is bad.

Just so you guys know, nothing is better than a Yeager Bomb after a long day of work.

I did tenquila, but with no work.... and with a kind of attractive woman.  She was funny.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 29, 2014, 12:33:02 AM
Kindom Hearts gets better once you're past Wonderland. That was a terrible level to put so early in, IMO. While being confusing as heck might be true to the spirit of Wonderland, that doesn't really change the fact that it's confusing as heck. Gameplay also gets more fun once you get more abilities, obviously.

Although the Gummi Ship levels only get worse...

I KNOW!  Oh man, Wonderland as the first level was a disastrous gameplay choice.  Hell, just about any level would have been more suitable.

I really hated KH1.  Even when I was a pretty uncritical, young gamer with a lot of love for Disney -- I got pretty tired of the game hitting Agrahbah and at some point around Hollow Bastian.  Really, the games are a fun trip with an "exciting" mid- and end-game.  The gameplay was so damn stiff though and the "magic system" was such a disaster.  I'm happy that the series really learned from its 'mistakes' though (and how!).

I do consider BBS the "Star Ocean" of the PSP (it's so fun to break the game).  I'm really looking forward to the 2.5 collection for KH BBS and II.

I had been playing DDS in 1-2 hour sessions every other day but finally today it grabbed me. Played for almost 7 hours, currently 18 hours in and I'm just about to leave the 2nd base after having done the ship dungeon.

The story/characters are picking up and that's what grabbed me. The battle system is still a lot of fun. Basically I love everything about it now except for the dungeons.. Half of the dungeons at least have been pretty lukewarm for me(the environments are generally a bit too repetitive but I guess that's to be expected from a dungeon crawler), I especially don't like when they take longer than 3 hours to complete.

Like the first 2 dungeons were good and then Solid's Fortess&Coordinate 136((I liked the puzzles and the theme here but damn, 5 hours in the same place can be a bit exhausting) were a bit meh, the ship was fun enough though.

I loved DDS for being surprisingly mature and...not too hammy (for a JRPG).  The plot takes a lot of itneresting dark twists and the monster design is really capitivating.

I think you hit the nail on the head with the repetitive (and really long) dungeons though.  Can't say that ever gets improved (and MAN, I got a live... Games really have to stop with Save Points in general).

Finished ALBW.  Great ending.  I still think the dungeons were a little too brief, but almost everything about that game is exactly what I want in a Zelda title. 

I think, as far as the Zelda series goes, it might have the *best* ending of the series. 
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Has any other Zelda game actually taken you INTO the Sacred Realm??  Either way, the surprises and reveals at the end were great --- Ravio among them,

The dungeons were definitely brief, but the design was effective, I think.  IMO, look to Wind Waker for otherwise really uninspiring/unmemorable dungeon designs.  I'd rather short and better if I had to pick.  However, if I had to pick, I'd say Twilight Princess is actually the winner for most innovating/unique.  The puzzles and layout stayed innovative anyways.

66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 29, 2014, 12:22:47 AM
Aaaaand people on steam are bitching about the Japanese voices not being included and threatening to boycott.

Did I mention lately that I can't fucking stand gamers and the gaming community anymore?

https://www.facebook.com/UndubGamersINT
Yeah... Fuck. These. Guys.

Yes, it starts very slow.  Which is unfortunate because I imagine a lot of people have tried it and given up before things even get interesting.

I usually tell people to keep with it.  Indeed, chapter 0 [?] is a real slog.



67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: July 28, 2014, 12:44:22 AM
http://www.jp.square-enix.com/second/
Job updates!   Loving Magnolia's hair...even if her albinism should be putting me off.

For a priestess-figure, they love putting Agnes in risquee/suggestive poses.


Ancheim is back!!  ...Kinda!


Europe Town

68  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 26, 2014, 01:08:58 PM
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Yeah I don't think the Four are evil, they drugged Korra than attempt to assassinate her.  Given how little motivations they have so far, death seems really simple and purposeless.  I'm not convinced by your Opal theory since you seem KEEN TO SEE WHAT YOU WANT... (jk), but I do agree something is really fishy here.  One of Su's lines (about Aiwei) was like "I thought we were family but it was all a lie" felt like it *could* have a double meaning, coupled with some peculiar 'zoom ins' (and even bothering to animate her brief 'interrogation' at all) made me super suspicious.
69  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 26, 2014, 02:56:18 AM
Legend of Korra

= Eat dick Nick!

= Great episode again.  Great season so far (but I'm scared the ending will be awful for some reason....).

= I love that they either (a) Didn't bother animating tea drinking, or (b) Team Korra was smart enough to not drink tea from someone they were suspicious of....oldest trick in the book...!

= Bolin wins for the chuckles, but I'm kinda glad Verrick is back too -- for whatever reason.

= Was Aiwei supposed to be the most suspicious one here...or Suyin?

= The bending animation is seriously awesome.  You really feel the 'impact' and power of everything the cast does because they're so focused on this detail.  On that note: This was seriously an action-first episode, I barely remember any dialogue besides what Bolin and Verrick said.

= http://youtu.be/fu_5apjfl3Q  Legend of Korra game by Platinum!  Gameplay! And it doesn't look too bad!
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 25, 2014, 01:00:13 PM
I mean, at least Tales games these days have no problem with like 10 [paid for] outfits per character, hopefully one of them will put some relaxer in her hair.

I used the Milla appearance thing where she wore a headband to tame her crazy ass hair.
Hopefully, she'll also have a headband.


I used her beach hair.  Kept it all up in a sexy ponytail. :D (I liked using her idol outfit though)

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OMG that aliasing is garbage....

That grass texture is also pretty... hmmm.... uninspired?

Oh c'mon, it isn't that ba---
HA-CHOO!!

...Sorry lost my train of thought.
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 25, 2014, 12:19:50 PM
Yeah, I'm with Dice.  The curls are a bit much; her hair is all over the place.  I think I'd like it a lot more if it was a tad more subdued. Like, keep the side drill, bit don't have the bangs being everywhere.

Which is funny because her ponytail in her official art *is* more tame.  I mean, at least Tales games these days have no problem with like 10 [paid for] outfits per character, hopefully one of them will put some relaxer in her hair.

I really like Alisha's hair... :/

http://youtu.be/Bm1g5Yg0hUw

(I kid.  I said I liked the actual concept of it; just the curls in all sort of different spots kill it for me)


EDIT:

http://i.imgur.com/JI5kMv3.jpg

OMG that aliasing is garbage.... *Ahem*.  BUT.  It looks like the "sorcerer's ring" is back in some capacity.  Rather, it looks like you can summon your elemental super friends to do stuff in the field.  Which is already a vast improvement over the things you can do in Xillia....(i.e. fucking nothing at all).

http://www.abyssalchronicles.com/
AC has also just posted images of the Lloyd Irving, Slay/Thray/Sorbet/Sorry, and Aliciasha figures coming out in the future.  They're still without colour, but the design is looks real nice (especially the Alicia one). 
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 25, 2014, 12:13:01 PM
Dice, you were supposed to say, "You get what you need"

Well...

I want the HD editions. >:(


Ooooh watcha say? Oooh that I only wish well. Well of course you diiiid
Ooooh watcha say? Ooooh that it's all for the beeeest.Well of course you diiiiiiiiiid.

Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth,
Mid-sweet talk, ??????? _____.
Speak no feeling, no I don't believe you.
You don't care a bit. You don't care a bit.

Aaaaaaaahiiiide aaaand seeek

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YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED.

Then Dice's head blew upp with too many musical song stuck in her head at once.
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 25, 2014, 01:09:25 AM
So now that I've finally exhausted my interest in Teh 3rd Birthday, I've decided to put it away and get back to some real gaming. Namely starting up some Tactics Ogre.

Helluva choice there --- good job!
I was so happy that there were some tarot card pre-order bonuses when I got around to working at EB.  I made love to that thing once.

More XenoBlade and ALBW.  Just reached Frontier Village in the former and I've rescued three Sages in the latter (Thieves Hideout, Desert Palace, and Turtle Rock).  Both of these games ****ing rock.  Much better follow-ups to the kinda disappointing Arkham City. 

Keep posting!

Turtle Rock was surprisingly tough for me first trying (I noticed everything is out to kill you there)
Desert Palace had a ballin' dungeon, but probably the toughest boss (which...isn't saying much...).
Thieves Hideout ran with a decent idea, I thought.  Wish they took it one step further.  Cool boss.

Frontier Village, I think, has the most quests (and IIRC, a series that single-handedly nets the most exp and rewards far on).  It's also the biggest pain in the ass to walk through.... Fucking adorable Nopon! >:S
Also, in more cool Xenoblade sites: Look up from the top of the village to see the next place...  And I didn't know this, but you can *ACTUALLY* see Colony 9 from Colony 6; it's small, but it's there, and a part of the Monolith's great attention to detail.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 25, 2014, 12:47:45 AM
http://youtu.be/xMq-FyDBeBA
Honest Trailers: Pokemon: RedBlue

I don't really go for these but the alternate names are absolutely perfect
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 25, 2014, 12:24:18 AM
I want the HD editions. >:(

'You caaaaaaaaan't aaalways geeeet whaat you waaaaaaaaaant...'

Aaaand it's stuck in my head.
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