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6526  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 15, 2013, 05:46:22 PM
Ni no Kuni is actually a weird deal for me.

See I actually somewhat like Miyazaki films. The visuals provide a nice little bit of surrealism that holds a unique charm even amongst the weird, experimental stuff anime artists do sometimes...but personally I think it only works in bursts. Little 1-2 hour films? Perfect match. A 40+ hour RPG? That completely turns me off. The concept of looking at that art style for that long over a singular story pretty much ensures I'll likely never even try the game. It's a weird pet peeve that this particular work seems to have triggered.

Also I doubly don't understand the appeal it has around here simply because I can recall several times where we've griped about Japan's absolute obsession with shoehorning in 17-belows in as the protagonists with tag-along cutesy mascots into nearly all of their JRPG work. But they throw a game at us with an even younger cast list and a crapton of the mascot types littering the world and somehow that's palatable...the hell? XD

I have more beef with Olivers [?] attire more than his age.  Brown-haired boy with Red cape and Blue tunic, while his mascot takes the other two primary colors on.  I think the main plot is endearing enough, and he seems pretty mature (not one of those headstrong JRPG heroes who acts before he thinks, but he seems like a kind and earnest kid).  That, and he misses his dead mum -- maybe it's the woman in me saying that, but I think it's a sweet plot point and has a different thing going for it than "save the world" as the only motivator.  Ghibli has always done the "stereotype" well, usually by throwing some curve ball to it or keeping things "simple and clean" while the rest of the anime world is getting more and more "whacky".  I agree otherwise about Ghibli, but I'm curious how a world will play it in regards to videogame playability.  If the reviews are strong and the curiosity is high, then I see no reason why not to be optimistic even if Ghibli isn't the most exciting collaborator for a videogame.

Kevadu: A point against the demo was, as mentioned in the topic, a complete lack of tutorials.  But yeah, controls worry me the most, my beef being how visible/swift enemy attacks are versus how sticky the controls are.  Personally, I've never found my opinions of a demo give me the same feeling as when I'm actually playing the complete thing.  Hard to explain, but I suppose an out of context can be a difficult thing to play, and for that I usually try to avoid demos.

Ah well, here's hoping I don't have to stick my foot in my mouth when the game comes out and I end up hating it.
6527  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 15, 2013, 03:23:29 PM
Ni no Kuni ... [it has] blander gameplay compared to their better titles

lol, like what??  I stand of firm opinion that they have to be one of the best companies when it comes to hit-or-miss games.  When they hit, they hit a bullseye, but when they miss, it's because they missed their target by a full 180-degrees.

Also I noticed this before but didn't feel like mentioning it till now, but lol at XIII-3 not even getting a mention despite it being guaranteed to be released later this year.

This is Dice's complete lack of surprise...

Yeah, Squeenix is in a hole it can't dig itself out of with FF13-2-2.  And good on the public for being skeptical; the way they've treated the story for the 13 Saga will not only continue people's superstitions about the number "13" being unlucky, but prove even they've lost sight with what the hell they're doing.  EVen if the gameplay is good, the story (if 13-2 was any indicator) should be a big ball of nonsense.
6528  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 15, 2013, 02:41:14 PM
Maybe I'll ask Mongoosey to buy and ship me a copy haha
6529  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 15, 2013, 02:37:00 PM

IGN loved Ni No.  So I'm a bit more hyped for it now even if the review starts with an open comparison of Tales and Pokéman..... the reviewers surname is Moriarity... that's sorta cool.

Tomb Raider
Last of Us
Xillia, I guess
3DS stuff - Bravely Default will make me very very happu
Vita stuffs????? *
WiiU stuffs (love if they announce GC titles for their store) *

* as a reason to buy the system
6530  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hideki Kamiya gets so pissed Kotaku alters reality on: January 14, 2013, 03:47:15 PM
I agree that Kotaku is horrible.
6531  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 14, 2013, 09:02:29 AM
Zelda Twilight Princess
Felt like it.  I really, really wanna do Wind Waker after too (anyone selling their gamecube or first gen Wii?  Mine are dying... and it needs to be "not too used"). 

I beat the Temple of Time, I love the hell out of the Dominion Rod, wish there were more chances to use it.  And beat the City in the Sky (whose boss, though easy -- like many/all of them -- is one helluva lot of fun).

I love this game's graphics, I think they're almost perfect.  I adore playing or replaying the game.  I'm sad right now because Palace of Twilight is next, and the goddamn Floor Masters can suck my butt.
6532  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: January 12, 2013, 11:20:41 PM
New Girl
Continues to be hilarious

Those feel like such New Girlsie colours too!!
I wasn't too crazy about the latest one, it was a cute idea, but Jess was surprisingly predictable for an off-beat character.  I thought the Winston/Schmidt story would have been better to follow.  And dang, Olivia Munn is pretty... I turned gay for her when she did this:

30Rock was pretty good, Office was surprisingly good this week (one of the better ones), and Elementary finally hinted at a Moriarity.
6533  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Divisive Movies. on: January 12, 2013, 11:16:07 PM
Ah and all 3 Toy Story movies were nice but overrated, imo.
I prefer Wall-e, Up, and Finding Nemo.

Agreed (sorry Mongoosey).

I *love* the Other Guys.  The action bit at the end is a bit long, but I thought it was amazing.

Maybe it's been a while, but I thought the Usual Suspects was good, not god-tier.

I like Hot Fuzz *way* more than Shaun of the Dead (a lot of others feel the other way I find).

A lot of people love Wreck-it-Ralph.  Meh.

Hannibal was a good follow up to Silence of the Lambs.  No, not better, but certainly good on its own merit too.

Layer Cake is one of my favorite movies -- I'm surprised how many give it a passing nod.
6534  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 12, 2013, 12:52:06 AM
The new Tomb Raider 360 controller annoys me.  First, TR had its start on PSX, so I want a special cntroller... SECOND, it has a BANDAGE ON IT>   WHY THE FUCK IS MY CONTROLLER BANDAGED???!

Some VLR/999 Confessions thing on tumblr.  I sympathized with this one since I got the creepy and unsettling and unresolved "Safe" ending at about 4am after finishing a project...  So, I was pretty "mentally" fragile with all the death, freakouts, and disappearing acts.  Plus, it's usually *never* good in those games when someone creeps up behind you.
6535  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 12, 2013, 12:38:20 AM

The most pleasant song, written for the strangest video, and featuring what is clearly an alien language.


Patrick Stewart being amazing -- AS USUAL. :)
6536  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2013, 08:15:31 PM
It seems a lot of the shounen shows do really well, the author catches on, and makes their shit too fucking long.  I hate when plot threads keep getting introduced and then tangling up, only to [barely] be resolved later.  I hear Naruto is only getting more and more retarded as it goes on.  Bleach, sort of, knew when it quit.

I thought the first bit of Inu-Yasha was almost masterful.  Then it got really dragged out.  Rin-ne is getting really mixed reaction from peeps.  ...with all due respect to Rumiko, for the like 30+ years she's been a comicker, you'd think she'd be slightly better at drawing; but I guess that can be chalked up to "her own personal style" just kinda looking like that... I guess.

I thought Fushigi Yuugi did a pretty good balance of action/romance, it's geared towards women for sure, but maybe the same women who would also jump ship to read a shounen magazine.
6537  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Ragnarok Online 2 (Open Beta) on: January 10, 2013, 05:27:24 PM
Daresay I'd play and get stuck in a hole of online gaming again.
6538  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2013, 04:48:10 PM
You want Minami-ke.

I was pretty surprised seeing that Minani-ke is still a thing.

IIRC, one season was notorious for bad animation.  And by bad, it's like....15 year old drew better.  But hey, if it's good it's good.
6539  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: January 10, 2013, 02:16:39 PM
Innocence R wasn't good. From the looks of things Hearts R won't be that great either.

I'm not terribly concerned with just HOW good it is, I just want there to be a big enough demand for the series that it just releases the games as they come out in Japan. Plus, I know I'll enjoy it no matter what. I'm a sucker for those games. :)

If Innocence R was any indicator,  releasing the "R" series may damage the brand name...
6540  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2013, 11:19:30 AM
I'd love to dedicate myself to a few Shonen's.... but they seem to run a fucking minimum of 30 volumes (or 300 episodes).

I was disappointed with Farty Tale as well.  I loved Rave Master, but then his style switched both graphically and almost conceptually to be a hollow and unambiguous copy of One Piece, and yeah, lacks the same "heart" and honesty of One Piece while it's at it.  There was a great idea, but it just kinda faltered and fell flat.

Watching some of the new tings this Winter.

Tamako Market: The new KyoAni animation with an *original* story (which is almost as big a deal to brag about like when Hollywood does the same these days).  The animation and vibe looks and sounds like it'd suit a Kirby anime better than.... well, the Kirby anime that came out some years back.  The animation is flawless, but in typical KyoAni style, has a lead who's simply cute for the sake of being too cute (where things hurt twice as much as she covers her head and tears up a bit, or when she takes a bite of something and her face can't help but turn all cutesy).  I'm mixed.  A cute slice of life concept made a bit silly with the presence of a talking bird that feels almost as out of place as The Great Gazoo from Flintstones.  I'll follow it for a bit, there are lots of T&A animes right now, and I want something simple and nice right now...

...the main girl wears glasses but wears contacts... I wish I could see her putting in "anime contacts"...what shape would they be??????

Amnesia: an anime based on an imoto PSP[?] graphic novel.  The animation is stunning and the visual style unique even for a shoujo title.  Naturally, our leading lady has several handsome suitors wearing bizarre outfits and following a playing card theme.  The story seems interesting enough because they frame it around our lead heroine's -- OMG PLOT TWIST -- amnesia!  She seems lovely enough, but she spends the first episode talking at a slow pace, speaking at a level just above a whisper, and making bad decisions ("I shouldn't tell people I have amnesia even though I don't know where I live...or how to do my job... and I shouldn't go to the hospital because I passed out at work")
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