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6286  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: August 31, 2012, 02:05:17 AM
mistakes FFVIII made include the following:

- Making the world setting so sparse you only encounter two major world powers and a handful of towns.
- The technological disparity between the two superpowers makes you wonder why any fucks are given for one of them.
- Flashbacks to a team of chucklefucks who don't do a damn thing worth mentioning for the time you flashback to them.
- Making the antagonist's big focus trying to figure out what the hell SeeD is (and TIME KOMPRESSION).
- Not making the other Sorceress the main antagonist (and I'm not talking about Edea).
- Making you cart around a team of nameless, faceless chucklefucks (with names and faces but "whatever" "....").
- Saddling you with the worst incarnation of the Final Fantasy female lead archetype ever created.
- Starting the game off in a Japanese High School setting.
- That's also a paramilitary organization that fulfills mercenary contracts between the one active world power and a few towns.
- That only employ Japanese highschoolers to fulfill said mercenary contracts.
- Armed only with memory wiping creatures and a couple crappy weapons.
- And are told nothing useful because, aside from the main character, they're just a distraction for the real A-Team.
- And their plot macguffin princess which is the one that actually matters to the main antagonist.

Oh man, yeah, maybe this is why for the life of me I *could not* give you a cohesive summary to what that game was about.
I think "few towns" is a bit of a mean criticism, it had them, and they served whatever purpose.  But then Esthar comes in and I foam at the mouth that some GARGANTUAN super city is lost to the world for some time. Then there's that bit with magical Ellone, the very creepy "Lunar Cry" (where monsters all come from the moon and take a trip to earth to raise a little hell for everyone), and the very manly Sorcer*ess* Adel who spouts three lines before you do battle against him/her.

The game had some fine ideas, but shot them out like diarrhea.
6287  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Thread of people Dancing Mad on: August 30, 2012, 11:34:57 PM
So North America gets Type-0 music but still no word on Type-0 :(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJa-3v1_HbU#t=3m27s

I'm looking forward to spend hours checking out characters models and their underwear. (*~▽~)

I think every game should have a model viewer. Why the hell not?
I hate 3D asses though, it looks to weird when the butt is just sort of smoothed out and doesn't actually go inside.  It looks too much like a Barbie doll.

PS: That was actually a pretty lovely mix of the Prelude as well...
6288  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: MGS Movie on: August 30, 2012, 11:30:18 PM
I kinda feel that the ingredients are there already for a flick of this, as Maxx pointed out.  It will automatically lose a star for the same reason all other "game-based-movies" lose a star: you're not playing the role.
6289  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 30, 2012, 11:28:42 PM
Found this movie from 1973 called Fantastic Planet and it's... different to say the least. Though, I'm impressed with the soundtrack. Good stuff.

Generique

I see this movie pop up every so often. Yeah, it was from the psychedelic 70s, so I believe you when you call it "...different" (anyone remember/watch the animated film "Wizards" from 1977? psychedlic is all over this, and it's in a goddamn myth-medieval setting!!!  Speaking of which, anyone remember that *absolutely* amazing villain death? For a movie called and about a wizard, this was the least likely and best death I could have imagined).

Keith (2008)
This has to be one of the BEST romantic "dramadies" I've seen.  Keith himself is an extraordinarily deep, witty, yet hard to understand character, with only subtle hints that let you really understand him and his motives.  If you take "A Walk to Remember", reverse the roles, make the leads 100x more charismatic and compelling, and you get this film.  Makes me sad Nicholas Spark's film adaptations have done so well in the box office when there is good material is actually out there.  Stars Jesse McCartney and Elisabeth Harnois (a pretty interesting match-up in real life).
9/10
DiceApproved!
6290  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / MGS Movie on: August 30, 2012, 02:13:17 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/08/29/metal-gear-solid-movie-announced-at-25th-anniversary-event/

Big-name producer is a good thing?
It was only a matter of time I guess.
6291  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 30, 2012, 02:08:00 AM
Oh yeah...


Sadly seems like we'll be wearing less neon or whatever the fuck they're wearing. Def want the board though.


Dog Cute > Cat Cute


Hot man problems.


Oh dear...


How...wh--?


=(
Soon enough...
6292  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: August 30, 2012, 02:01:00 AM
6293  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 29, 2012, 02:01:16 AM
Man, I love FE6. Roy's stat growth is schizophrenic though.

Roy was mah boy in Smash Bros Melee.... the fact he wasn't in Brawl is still something I ruminate about..

Anyways. I beat Kingdom Hearts 3D.  I absolutely loved it, reviews have been average to good, I don't get why the "averages" besides an easily fixable "drop" mechanic and the kind of annoying micromanaging with the monsters.

- Loved the last bunch of boss fights. I'm pretty sure you fight Time at one point....yeah....cool?
- KH2 models were so much nicer to look at. Young Sora and Riku look stupid.
- Stupid, stupid story.  "I'm XEHANORT.  HE'S XEHANORT" then literally, "WE'RE ALL XEHANORT!!!!!!!!!!!!"
- I loved the secret boss, I'm glad it's not Sephiroth or some other Squeenix character, and I love the Disney rep. Shame there wasn't an "arena" though, KHI milked the hell outta theirs.
- Clearly this was more about Riku's story. I like him a lot now that he's not being an evil prick.
- Sora had the better levels though. ...And Superglide.
- Country of the Musketeers was the best level, loved the locations, and fantastic music
- The Grid, while it looked cool, sucked some serious donkey butt to navigate. Great having Wilde, Bridges, and Hedlund reprise their roles.
- This series shares a lot with Star Wars. Light and Darkness is clearly the light/darkside of the Force. The baddies always want LukeSora to come over to the darkside.
- I want III and HD
6294  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 28, 2012, 03:34:48 AM
I can't even remember the last time I drank anything with a straw...

I think it's a chick-drick thing (i.e.; them "fruity-coladas").
6295  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: August 28, 2012, 03:26:14 AM
Part of me is still bummed this isn't on my PS3. ;~;

Looks really nice though.

We got P5 for that, no?? :(

http://youtu.be/Ynm0dZ5mcTY
Trailer for realz.
No gameplay though...
6296  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: August 27, 2012, 06:21:17 PM
http://andriasang.com/con2ea/megaten_iv_trailer_images/

Let's have us some leaked SMTIV images.

There isn't any other game I want more than this.

They've set the bar high... and I'm sure they'll meet it.
Love.
6297  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Slender on: August 26, 2012, 02:37:46 AM
Watched on YouTube

...

Putting on some Bugs Bunny.... It's safer and nicer to watch.
6298  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 26, 2012, 12:38:56 AM
Remember when Toys "Я" Us was fucking epic for buying videogames? Like four goddamn aisles of pure wonder?

I'm glad you went the extra mile with the backwards "R".

Their video game section was always 50/50.  If EB/GS didn't have it, they did...or didn't.  They're a mess though.
6299  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 25, 2012, 01:34:58 PM
Well, Grim, I still love explosions, guns, and brutal hand to hand fights as much as the next guy. Plus, these are actors who were in movies I was raised on: Die Hard, Rocky, Rambo, Total Recall, Hero, etc. Looking around the theater, it was mainly guys around my age watching this movie and chuckling at the self-mocking jokes and meta humor.

Haha, even if it is a completely transparent film, it's an obvious catch to get the biggest actions stars of the last 2-3 decades (because honestly, it feels like it's all super heroes these days) -- but the point is it's just awesome, grilling entertainment.

I've been on a bit on an animated movie kick; so bear with me:

Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas
Brad Pitt is a great actor, but not much of a voice actor.  *Stunning* and fluid animation, and the 2D/3D mix is pretty nice.  Great music (the theme song is amazing), surprisingly good romance, amusing action, great fun.  Catherine Zeta Jones' voice is hot.  She can't do wrong.

Beauty and the Beast
I watched a version that had a song that was cut from the original -- it should have stayed cut.  I think this Disney classic is *nearly perfect*, but honestly the whole anthropomorphic household items kind of take away from the more majestic side of the story by being silly.  That fucken castle must have had a population of 50k if every goddamn fork, knife, and spoon were made into things.  Some of the film's elements are really childish, it works for the audience, but has me trouble taking seriously any actual serious moments.  Still, I think the music and that prologue is out of this world.  Belle looks better with her hair down.

Anastasia
I like Don Bluth!  I love Secret of the NIPH quite a bit, gets me nostalgic (which reminds me to scout Finding Nemo).  Anyways, like how Sinbad was an alright combo of 2D and 3D, this one isn't.  It's awkward. Meg Ryan has a terribly uncharming voice, and it's weird saying John Cusack did better...  But the movie is pretty good.  The plot is kind of hilarious given the "alternate reality" of sorts it is.  The Grand Duchess Anastasia was confirmed dead 2 years (IIRC) after the siege on her family; and even if it wasn't known back in 1997, there was little evidence still that she was actually alive.  Great animation, looks like rotoscoping... which reminds me...

Pocahontas
I was really happy this one didn't make the animals talk, and it was only two (the bird and racoon) instead of the entire goddamn forest of furry pals.  Poca HAS to be one of the prettiest Disney "princesses", certainly one of the most realistically drawn (which, IIRC, IS indeed rotoscoping, she looks to perfect not to be). Yeah, the history has been botched, but most of Hollywood is the story of the film and the related-people who hate it.  Christian Bale in a really early role here, I didn't even realize it was him!

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Somewhat confusing, and I totally sympathize with Eva (but I can't imagine how torn she was -- or what it's like to be a parent and have to constantly question if she loves or hates her son).  I do wish she had the she-balls to slap Kev every so often for being a constant and living tumor. Actually, that has to be the one thing that bugged me, I don't recall *ANY* sort of punishment come his way for the awful things he grew up doing, Eva just never really knew what to do.  I did get the impression he felt vulnerable in the end, I suppose he may understand the gravity of his actions by the end -- but there's no denying he was a sociopath from day 1.  But I guess parental love is weird like that (and well, they had another kid, I'm guessing because she really needed one to relate with). I was confused on some details, the "eye injury" was vague but I think I understood, and some of the motives for the "grand finale" are obscure.  But it was definitely an excellent film, and really amazing combination of horror and drama and definitely leaves you thinking on it.  John C Riley is totally underused as a dramatic actor (I guess that somewhat goofy mug of his doesn't help), so I was super happy to see him here.
Only question lingering: who on earth allowed Kev to wear shirts that were a Kids Large? You also see him shirtless enough to wonder why he's shirtless.
Anyways, I'm just gonna leave this here:


Catch and Release
Disappointing.  A shame because there really is a TON of potential for a plot like this (fiancee husband left secrets behind just before he died, and almost-wifey find them out) but it doesn't play out; the character development sucks ass (which can potentially be excused if their "character growth" was better), and the romance didn't feel inspired. Kevin Smith surprisingly did alright for a full acting job.

Sin City
I didn't even plan on watching this, I was just testing a stereo system.  But goddamn, this movie casts a spell on you as soon as you turn it on. The strong narrative and excellent characters help you look passed the almost draining about of filth and grunge of the city and some of its inhabitants. If you haven't watched it, do it, if you have, watch it again because it's definitely worth it.

Tokyo Godfathers (RIP Satoshi Kon), Secret of Kells (Look at this trailer, JUST LOOK AT IT, tell me you wouldn't want a game to look like this, I can't IMAGINE how it missed my radar), and the Iron Giant are next.
6300  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What PSN Game Should I Buy? on: August 24, 2012, 10:21:14 PM
Aint no party like a Corpse Party, cause Corpse Party is pretty fuckin' scary!

But yeah, it's mostly a VN with some light adventure game elements, and if you like horror games, this one delivers.
I knew there was a game out there I was forgetting about! This sounded fun, but I was in the middle of something when it came out. Thanks for the reminder. Perhaps a good October game? Isn't this a PSP game?

OP: You need to play Journey. Short, but amazing.


It is PSP, lemme know how it is!

I don't know if I recommend Journey if the OP is short on funds...  It's four -- albeit amazing -- hours, so your mileage may vary if it's worth it.
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