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7081  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 14, 2011, 07:53:30 PM
I watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica episode 10 this weekend. I seriously can't wait to see the end.

Oh man what an awesome episode.  I hope other anime's take notes from this series, I'm sick and tired of these bored high-school love plots.  Hell, it feels like Japan may even be bored of them as well given the acclaim Puella Magi is for it's throwback of the highschool/magical girl genres.

Though, I found it funny/sad to see Mami and Sayaka just die again anyways

Homura kicks some serious ass her time stopping is awesome... but they never really prove how/why Madoka would be/is the best potential Magical Girl.  As far as I can tell, she shot some pink stuff a few times and then wound up dead anyways.  Even if the series ends somewhat well, I don't see it ending well for Homura seeing as how she can prevent the girls from changing, but she can't go that far back herself.

Sayaka started cool but got annoying really fast - even despite her issues, she refused help...the twat.
Kyoko was cool too; I hate her outfit, but I respect her.
Mami goes as most underrated [?], I thought of her yellow outfit as the GOLD she stands for
Madoka flat out sucks.  Her wuss attitude pisses me off, and her actual magical girl outfit is an eyesore.
Homura was cool though.  Her shy-to-cool change isn't all the convincing.... that, and does it become hard to believe the people in the first episode when they are calling her "beautiful" when she, and everyone, has a serious case of chipmunk cheeks??

.... the sub always says "puella magi", but the characters say "mahou shojou" (magic girl?) - how did this happen??

Sorry, haven't really like an anime this much in a while.

Ah Megami Sama! OVA was nice and one of the earliest I owned before I sold it off.  I always liked the series for being relatively "light hearted", and Fujishima's manga is especially amazingly drawn in every panel.
7082  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Ghost Trick -- compare to Ace Attorney! Sequel-worthy? on: March 14, 2011, 07:37:13 PM
I'm on the other side of the fence.  I thought Ghost Trick *was* better than Ace Attorney.  The game doesn't have the same history with the characters; but after a while the mere "ridiculous" quality of some of the characters felt childish and predictable.  I thought the game doesn't even make sense at times (at least Ghost Trick represents itself as "fiction", AA is in a "human" world though).

I thought Ghost Trick *was* genius, it made you think way more and got to the point much faster (I haaated how long searching for evidence would take, only to have a trial rife with purjury [why is no one punished?!?!], inconsistencies, plot holes, and usually some reaallly stretched scenarios).  I respected how *every* loose end was tied up in GT, and represents a dying/faded genre: the mystery.

I hope there's a sequel.  But since AA takes itself on, literally, a "case by case" basis, Ghost Trick was a beginning and an end - so not sure where a part 2 could fit in.  But I'd hope for one.  New AA installments don't excite me anymore (and Miles Edgeworth's spinoff doesn't do a thing for me either; I thought the quality was especially a step-back to Apollo Justice).

I only wish word of mouth could have helped this game.  It was brilliant. 
7083  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Anxiety and Terror in games on: March 14, 2011, 02:40:00 AM
I love the village theme in Diablo - reallyy atmospheric for the hell-tossed work of, well, Diablo.

Hmmm... I remember playing Clocktower - I haateeee being chased!!!!  Any title that involves a chase would scare me (hence why I watched someone else play Haunting Ground....the dog was the greatest thing they could have added though).

Being young and playing Silent Hill's "rust world" sent me off to be scared in bed.  I couldn't even imagine living like that for an hour much less have pyramid head want to do something awful to me.

Not a game, but these books' illustrations also scared the bejesus out of a younger me.  Anyone else read these?? Haha

More in line with "anxiety", Mario titles started to piss me off; maybe I just suck with the controls, but sometimes the game read what I wanted to do as a side-jump in the Mario-Abyss instead. 
I don't know... maybe I just suck dick at Mario titles, but I found some of the stars...suns... golden-whatevers not worth it and an absolute headache to even bother.

I hated RE5's "hard mode", which just made me paranoid to take damage - there was no "extra challenge" other than "avoid zombie assholes".

Stress in "games" is otherwise pretty much against the fun of it all.  I like a challenge, I don't like it raising blood pressure.  Any dumbass who's thrown a remote or broke a TV in some rage deserves a gunshot to the toe.
7084  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 14, 2011, 01:20:53 AM
I just beat Atelier Iris Eternal Mana. I loved every single of minute of it. Oh, and Dice, apparently the trick to avoid crashing after the final battle is turning off the voice acting.

Also made some progress in Radiant Historia - made it to Chapter 2 in both timelines.

Yay!  Glad you didn't find out the hard way. =)

I got further in Radiant Historia.  Little else to say beyond.  Why are political stories so easy to be so good?  Suikoden, this, some of the minor instances in Tales have been a real delight.
7085  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 13, 2011, 08:26:39 PM
I just ordered the artbook that I would have never guessed existed unless I made a pit stop to the GameFaqs boards wondering who makes a good party in this game.  ...anyhow, I'm eager. :D

I just got Gafka... everyone says he's strong, but I've yet to see otherwise, meanwhile (ignoring her when she first joined) Aht is a fucking tank (provided the enemy moves).
7086  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 12, 2011, 09:41:57 PM
Either way, I'm curious as to why Gust has been going for a younger look recently.  I mean, obviously to appease some of their fans, but when you compare it to more of the original games, I'd say the design quality has gone down, despite actually visually looking better.  If you compare earlier Gust games, like Marie and Elie, they looked young, but not like 13-year olds.  Judie and Violet both look much older, by at least 3-4 years.  Then compare that design to the new Atelier game's design, where the heroine looks 12 or so (well, in the defense of Gust, she might possibly be 12).
It's more than something just happening in Ar tonelico, but in their flagship Atelier as well.

I think part of the new character design thing may have to do with the 3d modeling. While I'm not trying to defend it, it you look at the male characters, they tend to look pretty young for some reason as well, and the ingame graphics, at least for Atelier Rorona have a bit of a chibi thing going on.

^This. Somehow I don't think it's so much they're trying to use younger character as it is something gets lost in translation between the 2D design team and the 3D modeling team. Atelier Rorona is a perfect example of this.

Compare this, in which the character looks 8 freaking years old to this, where she looks at least 13-15ish.

It's possible the "10 year old" look may have not been the design team's intention.


I may be way off base in saying this: but I thought the SD graphics are a throwback to the SD-looking 2D sprites of yesteryear.

I thought Rorona's graphics were garbage.  I actually thought the 3D Rorona wasn't the same character as the actual Rorona - the model just looked to young..!
Totori finally did justice to Kishida Mel's art (only to have it thrown in the shitter again for direct K-ON-a-like, Sora no Woto....poor Kishida).

I personally have started to hate playing characters so many years younger than me.
7087  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 12, 2011, 03:51:41 PM
Anime and RPGs are drowing in damp otaku tissues.

....damp from what kind of fluid....?
7088  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 12, 2011, 03:28:58 PM
So far for me the plains is the only rough part, and I get the feeling that I'll be going through them so many times I'll probably have it memorized.
One of the things that made me sorta laugh (only because I had just saved) was some of the old school boundry making. If you go to a location too early, the enemies there are super over leveled and stomp you flat. I haven't seen that in a long time.

SaGa is the worst for that.  Yeah, I'm a bit lost when it comes to when to go to which timeline (besides the obvious "we can't go any further" and then you're just left either dead or staring at each other).
7089  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 12, 2011, 03:26:38 PM
That's true, nobody really knows where the money is going.  How do you know if the money Red Cross receives is actually going to a benefit?

You can say that about any benefit.
On the plus, red cross is actually on-site right now.
7090  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 12, 2011, 01:54:32 PM
I'll stick with it, there is definite potential. Just right now, here in the middle, where I am crossing Lavis Hill and Grand Plains for the thirith time in an hour, it's beginning to reek of filler.

I hated seeing the Jaguar enemies as regulars. x(

Question.  Does the "Regenerate" spell stay kinda broken for a while??  This spell has saved me a lot of unnecessary healing and only for 03 MP! =D

Trying to get some sidequests done.  Whoever said "I wish there was a minimap" was right.  For the plains at least.
7091  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 12, 2011, 01:19:49 PM
Nobody uses real teenagers anymore.

Because they're pimply faced and their voices do strange things.
7092  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 12, 2011, 12:03:26 PM
Hard to do much about a negative review in the first place.  The greatest irony is it's the people who HAVEN'T played the title who do the complaining because I guess it "shatters their dreams" (or something) in a new title, especially one like ArTone.  Hell, I remember when veteran GameFAQs-er and RPG-Importer, Ashley Winchester, posted a 7/10 review for FF13 and received backlash like you wouldn't believe.  Funny enough, I think some of us would now call that grade "too high".

Another fun case was recently when Leyv reviewed Tales of Graces, gave an AWESOME review (RPGfan's "Editor's Choice" in fact), but people on Tales forum complained about the score on basis of an "WRPG-slanted reviewer".  

How the fuck can we argue someone else's opinion is what makes me more amazed.  Unless there is a LEGIT fact that is WRONG, they can be discussed, but I don't understand how it can be disputed.  Opinion's can't be wrong...they can be stupid, are fucking retarded, but they can't be wrong.  Quality of writing is one thing, perhaps content of the review is another (and yeah, the AT3 review missed a few things, but that always happens as far as I'm concerned in some reviews).  But to slam a review for a game that hasn't been played is just ridiculous.  Better yet, who the fuck knows, maybe your opinion will differ when a when you buy the game.  I think I'm one of four people on this forum who'd actually have good things to say about Star Ocean 4 (and even SO3 to some degree); reviewers hated it, I didn't give a fuck.  I don't understand why people have to fight about a review and not chalk it to "one man's opinion".

Lastly, Zeron, goddammit man, it's different.  AT3 makes jokes like the B-grade American Pie movie that followed the original 3.  And yeah, I thought some of us *did* complain when a movie was rife with stereotypes.  It's one thing to see some sexy in a movie, but another to see young kinds being stripped down to their undies for "magical purposes" (that's anime for you??).  The problem is too, this kind of shit has been seen in anime SOO often that when you see, as Kim's review did "It's the standard RPG story", you know EXACTLY what she means.  Like Hollywood pumping classics from the 50's-80's to the bigscreen again, we have repeated anime tropes and predictable characters that you can read based on their face alone.  And are you seriously questioning a purchase on a game because we don't want to see stupid-sex jokes and "little girls"...LITTLE GIRLS being stripped??  Why the hell not?  It's bad enough the game has been, across the entire gaming review board, given an average grade (furthermore, can you imagine someone other than an otaku seeing you play that?  You lucked out with your wife being in the same ballpark as you).  What worries me is the few anime hentai I've seen have our "shy character" who's too scared to say "dick", but opts for "your big thing".... if AT3 has any innuendo's about "big things", I'll listen to 8 hours of Canadian stand-up comedy (which blows ass) then shoot myself.

I guess the game works, again, if you've "grown up" and you're used to all those anime-touches thrown at you, but then youre walking into something you're ready for.

In regards to sexism, I thought we all kinda rolled our eyes when FFX-2's Yuna was revealed, and Bayonetta came in to mock/shove the "sexy" idea right back at you.  To each their own, though.
7093  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: March 12, 2011, 01:22:07 AM
My last few have been sort of funny-faced.  Sort of for the same reasons as you all; but also because I'm afraid of becoming one of those Facebook chicks who takes a picture of herself, pouty "kissy" lipped, and you can see my arm in the corner of the frame because it's holding the camera.
7094  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 12, 2011, 12:26:51 AM
Also for the record, a game does not need visually 10 year old strippers to keep otako happy. I've seen plenty of anime fan service in my day, but this is kinda nuts.
Hell lunar had those Bromide things. those seemed to work just fine, and they weren't even close to this level of... i dunno what.

They felt a bit more tasteful with that little classical flute and strings combo going.

And Zeron, I think KStar said it best - regardless of what you liked about it, the majority is a certain step down in the ArTone series as a whole.
7095  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 12, 2011, 12:01:37 AM
My main problem with the review is that it doesn't mention the music other than in passing.

Music is simply what the games are about. Even in Japan this game was marketed as a "symphonic RPG."  I can't even imagine writing a review for any Ar tonelico game elaborating the music, the hymnos, and the language they've created.  That's an insult to the brilliant GUST sound team.

The rest I don't necessarily agree or disagree with, but the review did feel like it was meant to tell readers who had played the previous games more than those new to the series.  There's a lot of depth to the Ar tonelico world, and it's not touched on at all in the review.

My own opinion on the game is that if you enjoyed 1 and 2's story, you'll want to play the third as it's an excellent conclusion to the series, but other than that most everything is a step down from 2. Except the hymnos. I preferred most of the hymnos in 3 to those in 2.

That depth could qualify as a spoiler.  A title like this you usually know what you're getting into otherwise.  
The hymnos was barely touched, I was a bit blue about that - but otherwise, the music in the game blows and I personally feel the battle system took a huge step back this title (and being a Tri-Ace/Tales advocate,I love real-time, but AT3 was kaka).

Good enough review for sure otherwise.  It kinda went exactly how I expected in terms of flaws and all.

I hate the double-edged sword this innuendo issue has become though.  Neptunia is getting sacked for a lot of the tasteless foolery and "humour" in the game and otaku's are furious... but unless you're a fan of that shit, what's there to like...?  I actually want to interview an otaku as to why the fluck "moe" IS the greatest thing since sliced bread to them.
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