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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

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?


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.

...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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