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6061  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: December 22, 2011, 12:04:04 PM
My Beefs:

- Upgrading is mostly pointless.  Increased Bomb/Arrow bags aren't needed because when you do need either item there's always a ton of stuff to break for it.  Bombs are already automatically re-grown anytime you find a patch.
- The Beetle.  It's slow.  I'm glad the game doesn't "pull a Zelda" by needing it for the boss (*groan*).  Upgrades to it are pointless too: "speed up" is only till it grabs something, then it's slow again; and "increased life" is never needed since everything will be within it's reach.
- Dungeons really take second fiddle, it's nice land areas have more to do, but dungeons aren't nearly as cool or clever.
- More money than you know what to do with.
- Pouch system: the fact the game is easy enough without it is beyond the point.  Weird too, I somehow fit a shield in there, and picking/drinking a bottle accidently happened more than I like.
- Bow & Sling aren't nearly as fun to use, the lack of a Z-target option makes them more inconvenient as a kill tool so the game can focus purely on "motion controls".  The game focuses too much on sword play...which reminds me...
- Lack of enemy variety.  There's like... 6 main types.
- Final Dungeon.  REALLY cool concept, I hated how it recycled previous dungeon designs...
- Sailing was way, way more interesting when you found an island.  It's nice that flying is more intuitive... by making me "flap" the controller like I'm having a retard attack.
- Story is seriously hack.  Zelda is all cool, then she gets her hospital-whites and she's serious and a lot less fun.  I wanna grab those fucking hair ornaments, they defy gravity... and her nose looks like a purple-pink plum.  The Imprisoned are silenced by a giant island falling on them.  Lame. 
- NPCs weren't more than meets the eye the way Majora's Mask did beautifully.  I know MM is a special case... but (for example) the Fortune Teller breaks his ball, the Dad loses his kids rattle, the Girl is in love.... all for gratitude crystals?  Blah...
-Fighting a boss three times happens TWICE.  I kinda get Ghirahim's case, but the Imprisoned are just annoying, and the last two are fought way too close together.
- Night/Day system is a lost concept.
- Faron Woods doubling as a really lame Water area.
- Fi is useless.  I can't relate to her during the ending.  She was seriously lost potential, and a huge step back and a falling down the stairs compared to Midna.  She gives you like 5 things to talk about, each boring.  And her percents got old, she was right all the fucking time anyways.
- Lack of Grandeur, no scene really felt too important... getting the Master Sword was a surprisingly tame event... maybe it's because it took "proving yourself" in the 3 lands on 3 separate occasions to get it.
- Motion Controls.  Not so much the whole thing, and not so much READING MOVEMENT so much as TRACKING DIRECTION.  Thrusts especially gave me some trouble.
- The game is still too easy.  Hero mode solves nothing.

I really do like the game, but the 9's, A+, and gold stars or whatever are clearly getting a "but it's a Zelda game" type of review.  It's a lot of fun, but I really think it's a "starting effort" in terms of the motion controls.
6062  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 22, 2011, 02:46:31 AM

Funny enough...I was looking up a bunch of Coen Bros. flicks I wanna rewatch on imdb. 

EDIT To stay on Topic: I played nothing today.
6063  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: December 22, 2011, 02:39:06 AM
I don't know what FF vocal theme I liked less: That one, or Melodies of Life.

Though the XIII-2 one is shaping up to be even more generic and boring.

Oh man... yeah, I'm not digging this era of melodramatic 90's slow movie-credits-type music.  Melodies of Life at least had decent in-game instrumental pieces...  But sung they're so full of sap. 

Credit to Type Zero for picking a male band... and one that's not Gackt (a la FF7:DD)

Weird saying Kingdom Hearts did a better job with the pop.  Fuck, any other series has.
6064  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: December 22, 2011, 02:31:21 AM
During the worst time in my life, I loved that stupid FF8 ending theme... but I also remember thinking: "there's no fucking way a guy could ever sink his teeth into this".
6065  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 22, 2011, 02:27:36 AM
Fucking Dice, taking it easy for all us sinners

Sinners..?
6066  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 22, 2011, 02:16:00 AM
uh wat lol ^



Anyway, been playing Ico from the collection. Enjoyable, about an hour in. Yorda can be a dummy

Sorry messed up Haps with Journ..  I'm pretty tired and just came off a bake.
6067  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: December 22, 2011, 02:13:02 AM
Face it, FFII was a proto-SaGa game and you know it (granted it was the reason why SaGa became its own thing).

And that's a series that alternates between mad genius and just plain madness.

The only one I managed to like was SaGa 2 ....god I hate typing that title, pain in the ass mid-shifting. >:/

Looking back... I couldn't tell you what the fuck Final Fantasy 8 was about even if I tried.  A lot of FF9 is a bit of a blur.  Bad writing?  Convoluted?
6068  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 22, 2011, 02:07:04 AM
blah blah
6069  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: December 22, 2011, 01:00:35 AM
LOL, EB Games *Canada* fucking leaked it?

GOOD JOB, DICE.

Only trying to help the people of the board.
6070  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next "Trails" game announced for PSP on: December 22, 2011, 12:53:58 AM
JRPGs on computer just seems wrong though.

Not so much with Falcom [and Japan] but I know what you mean.

I'd take it over not getting the series.  I think circulation would work in XSeed's favor as well.
6071  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 21, 2011, 11:49:38 PM
Oh my sweet fuck....  I watched the movie Drive (logo is hot pink, heh :/ ), and I think my jaw hit the floor on five separate occasions.  Simple, but great story, wonderful, but non-complicated, cinematography, and the very 80's, but non-80's era, soundtrack was really cool.  This movie is awesome, but a tough baby to recommend.  But I do really recommend it for something different, and surprisingly and disturbingly brutal.  It's a slow build, but big finish.
6072  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 21, 2011, 11:30:52 PM
Playing some Guardian Heroes and Crono Trigger lately. Gettin' ready to go tear Magus and his crew a new one:)

Robo is the tits.
6073  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next "Trails" game announced for PSP on: December 21, 2011, 11:28:18 PM
So this is a brand new Trails with new story and characters? Hm, they haven't done that in a while... I mean, I know about the Zero trilogy but that was for the little I know of it an hybrid of sequel/spin-off thing.

And right know I dunno what might be the plans that Xseed has for the series over here. There's like more than 3 games to translate and a versus game of Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki for the PSP that looked nice, a big mess of games that I really have no idea how is gonna be in the future with Falcom putting so many of them so relatively fast.

I actually would love a PC release on Steam.  Who the fuck don't have a computer, and just about any damned computer can run a J-game.
6074  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: December 21, 2011, 11:27:03 PM
525k first week sales; appears the Japanese were VERY hesitant to buy the game despite all the improvements and high Amazon reviews. While it's not a bomba, I'm disappointed. There's so much awesome they've put in this game that it's sad to see it sell so poorly.

500k is bad in Japan? 

I think lifetime sales might improve with word of mouth and reviews then.  If they are as good (seems like less complaints are flying around the internet with 13-2)

For Final Fantasy it is; although I wouldn't entirely pin the blame on XIII given the disaster that XIV was and the disappointment with XII. Type 0 has probably been the best FF release since XI and a lot of the faith and goodwill the series had since XI has been pissed away.

I am a firm believer that slumps happen.  I truly think Squeenix will learn from their mistakes... because they have to, partly.
6075  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the next big Jrpgs on xbox and ps3? on: December 21, 2011, 11:24:40 PM
Nobody is forcing you to buy the game. 

He's forcing himself to buy the game, out of the vain hope that he'll actually enjoy it.

Haters...
...play game and hate it: fuels the hate
...play game and love it!: uncertain territory and continued fuel for video game discussion.

Man.  This is like FF10-2 all over again.  People were generally happy [with the battle system and gameplay] when it came out and all that huff was put to relative ease.
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