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6421  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 08, 2012, 08:47:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LH46n_C-cs&list=PL92A4721AB4DFBA0D&index=58&feature=plpp_video

One of my favorite ones.  Yeah, never heard of bad things about characters, they're all so quirky usually there's one "flavour" someone will like.
6422  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 07, 2012, 10:50:24 PM
Cyril makes a good point.  Especially in bringing Graces up as well, but in a slightly different sense.

The Tales series in general likes making cutscenes to flesh out characters, they love side quests that deal with them, or even side quests that gives you an item that's ONLY for the sake of 100%-ing the Collection Book.  But, the skits, the quests, the special armor/weapons unique to characters, the little flash backs really are what make the character stand out and make it easy to "pick favorites". 

But Serah and Noel don't really have that.  And when they do, it's not like they have any unique personality traits to flesh the moment out besides Serah being "nice" and Noel being "calm".  For lack of better words, they're kinda...boring.  No one really aims to surprise, and the setting and context they come from is so hard to relate, you really can't.  They sort of just drone on about saving the world.

I think Square has trouble making human-like characters these days, they completely lack dimension now.
6423  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 06, 2012, 01:16:42 PM
I don't think the graphics are bad at all. The only thing that stands out are the faces, which by today's standards aren't up to par.

And the head shape.... someone on the dev team clearly doesn't know how a human head is shaped.
Something about the eyes... somewhere between the fact they're absolutely gigantic when everything else is relatively proportional bothers me.  That, and they're seriously muddy looking, and have no shame in close-up shots. >_o

But yeah, those environments, even if it is some clever graphics trick, or being lost in a combination or loveryly music.... but the game certainly takes more liberties in "atmosphere" then most in recent years. 
Keyword here...Gestalt: the whole is better than the sum of it's parts.
6424  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 06, 2012, 11:39:34 AM
Can I just say how happy I am to play a JRPG in British-English (< best attempt at a union jack in-text)??

Let me just say, I love everyone in English-speaking Europe.  But I love you all.
6425  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PokemoNobunaga on: April 06, 2012, 11:14:23 AM
I like the idea, and the crossover is kinda cute.  But Pokemon games are too easy.  Dunno if it's worth dropping cash on.  But so long as it's better than the other Pokemon titles that aren't "Pokemon _____"
6426  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 6 Endings worse than ME3 on: April 06, 2012, 12:08:14 AM
On Heavy Rain:

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The detective (whose name slips my mind) goes into the backroom of his friend's business to find his friend murder. Later on at the end we are shown that he actually killed his friend to destroy evidence of his murders. This is ridiculous and just serves to mislead the player who should be trying to decipher who the real killer is. Similarly, Ethan Mars' blackouts were part of a supernatural subplot that got cut out, so his origami things and blackouts were never adequately explained. WTF.

I reckon his name's Sully. :D

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I cited the clerk-kill as stupid as well.  It was sloppy, to say the least, and def could have been written better.  The black outs were explained on a minor note with the psychiatrist, but I also said that was lame and hack as well.  We're on the same page.  I didn't know anything about this "supernatural subplot" though... it's intriguing...but maybe better left out... unless they were going for a Silent Hill alien-styled ending
6427  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 6 Endings worse than ME3 on: April 06, 2012, 12:04:49 AM
Would SO3's ending been better if the universe was destroyed?  Then people would go, "*WHIIINE* What did I do all that work for!?!?".  Blame that for it's "big reveal", not its ending.  And Christ, it wasn't that bad.  I'm willing to file most of FF8's plot as worse for it's cheese factor, and Star Ocean 2's for being astronomically impossible.

Well the thing is,

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that is exactly why I hate the ending. The universe is destroyed, and as Ashton points out, it boils down to everyone BELIEVING they exist. It just made the whole final boss thing pointless. They were trying to stop their galaxy from being destroyed, and it happens anyway.


The turn around for that was lame, I admit.  But the fact that it technically WAS destroyed was a different approach I admired.  I guess it's the whole "why-I-like-Kefka" thing.
6428  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 6 Endings worse than ME3 on: April 05, 2012, 11:59:55 PM
I HATE the fact Heavy Rain's is there for the reason it is.  Why the high-heavens and fuck would the killer change??  That'd be bad story-telling by having to throw a bunch of ambiguous clues to make the killer possibly ANYONE and trying to validate it somehow in the story (that much plot in so little time would be insincere and just down-right messy).  It's best a game follows its own plot, as its creators intended it should, and not in an ending that HAS TO fit the mold.

Technically the killer could change if you found different pieces of evidence and whatnot, but the final ending was bullshit, especially with all the red herrings and the whole "LOL THIS SCENE ACTUALLY HAPPENED COMPLETELY DIFFERENTLY" thing.

I'm the type who sort of views passively than really examines scenes (so I don't really see many spoilers coming).  I didn't notice many red herrings besides the black out thing Mars suffered (which they gave a lame, one-line excuse to compensate for any suspicions).  I liked the killer, it wasn't too-too obvious, and it got a nice reveal.  Any others??  My mind's a daze, I played the game a while ago.

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No way in hell they would have made the killer Jayden, he had his own problems, and it didn't tie well enough to murdering children, his problem was just addiction, but worked well in that he had his own problems to face.  Paige wasn't goona be it either; I highly doubt the *one*women* would be it, and even if it was, it wouldn't be convincing, she was a writer...and an obvious sex-object.  Mars would have been too easy to guess, IMO, so the writer's didn't want to take that route.  I think he worked well from the perspective of "being right in the middle" of the plot, it's HIS kid, HIS loss... so making him the killer would have had him pulling way too many strings.  And the only stupid part with Sully was where he was in the store with the whore-lady, he managed to kill the clerk without her hearing/assuming a goddamn thing.  But his back-story and cover-up as a detective help hide the tracks.

Megaman Legends 2 does deserve a spot there.  Didn't look like ML3 was looking to explain things much either.... nor will it ever if it did.

Metroid became a cop out to me when Nintendo stopped rewarding the player's hard work with Samus' banging body and gorgeous face...by making it standard and handed on a platter.  She lost that mystery to her where it was almost "an honour" to see what she looked like.  And that fact is was a "SHE" all that time you played as her made her one hell of a candidate for badass.  But then it became like showing her was nothing, and worst of all, we got someone who was a bit too...girly.  At least to the extent that I envisioned a stronger character (in both senses).
6429  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 6 Endings worse than ME3 on: April 05, 2012, 11:39:13 PM
George and Lincoln in super-future armor is a BAD ending???  I say... such standards.

I HATE the fact Heavy Rain's is there for the reason it is.  Why the high-heavens and fuck would the killer change??  That'd be bad story-telling by having to throw a bunch of ambiguous clues to make the killer possibly ANYONE and trying to validate it somehow in the story (that much plot in so little time would be insincere and just down-right messy).  It's best a game follows its own plot, as its creators intended it should, and not in an ending that HAS TO fit the mold.

Would SO3's ending been better if the universe was destroyed?  Then people would go, "*WHIIINE* What did I do all that work for!?!?".  Blame that for it's "big reveal", not its ending.  And Christ, it wasn't that bad.  I'm willing to file most of FF8's plot as worse for it's cheese factor, and Star Ocean 2's for being astronomically impossible.
6430  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 05, 2012, 11:28:56 PM
I hope Hidoshi sees this.













(actually, Photobuck has been a pain in the ass, hope these show... if not, hopefully I'll not be too lazy to fix the problem).
6431  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 05, 2012, 09:39:27 PM
I'm sorry Bytor.  I should have been more careful...



This is for you.  I've learned.

6432  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 05, 2012, 01:28:52 PM
At this rate, I'm glad school got in the way of me beating FF13-2.  I wouldn't wanna boot the game up JUST for the extras.  Furthermore, once you beat a game, getting costumes feels...a bit more pointless.  So, good to know I'll be seeing them hop around in them.
6433  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 05, 2012, 11:40:56 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/04/05/finally-some-free-final-fantasy-xiii-2-dlc/

Guys.... EzNoel just made me nerdgasm.  SOLD!!!!   

I hope Gilga includes his theme song.... wouldn't be the same Gilgamesh fight unless. D:
6434  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 05, 2012, 01:25:30 AM
Fever took a real toll on me, but I'm finally coming around back to normal.  I was a trifecta of nose stuffed up, ear aching, and throat hurting. x_X

Back to original study schedule... =(
I'd like to think being sick was my body saying "take a fucking break, Dice" and it sat me on my ass.  Watched some movies, played games, cooked some food, lots of rest, and annoyed people online.

PS: Nyquil is my lover when the fever rapes me.
6435  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 05, 2012, 01:22:22 AM
Xenogears -- the plot thickens....  often.  I can't keep up!  Old Man' Bal turned into Ol' Man Asshole real fast and Calamity was a pain in the ass but the first real challenge thus far.  Citan got called some nick name that wasn't "Citany" and I went "AH-HAH!!!! IT STARTS!!!!".  I like how you can kinda see Sigurd's eye patch indented. x)

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