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8596  Media / General Games / Re: Endings in games on: January 15, 2012, 11:53:01 PM
SotC was okay, but i felt a lot less for the characters, because there was no relationship between any of them, unless you count Agro.

I think Agro falling is one moments with such great affect because of the circumstances of the game itself (heck, it's a moment that sometimes trumps the emotionality of the dramatic ending itself).  You're stuck in a land, all alone, and your one companion is an extremely friendly, brave, and intelligent horse who's riding down the river styx with you.  I don't know about you, but I truly feel lonely the second he's not there with you.  He's your best friend, as far as I'm concerned.

FFX's was a great ending even in spite of the daddy melodrama.  Jecht was a dick no matter how you look at it.  And shit like that is a "Montel-style" baby-daddy issue where Mrs. Jecht wanted to keep the kid when poppa didn't.

Suiko endings are always bitter-sweet unless you hit for the easily-missed 108. D:

Terranigma gets an A+ in almost it's entirety of story, but truly wraps up beautifully with it's ending.  I almost wanted to cry, and really straddles the life and death themes stunningly.

A huge tip of the hat goes to Ghost Trick and Hotel Dusk/Last Window for being a genuine mystery-genre'd titles that wrap up every mystery beautifully.  Ghost Trick in a fantasy-way (time travel n such), but definitely complicated and precise to it's very core.  And HD/LW gets a nod for taking on the stereotypes and tropes of the following: the ex-cop, dead partner, stolen artifact, unsolved mystery, femme fatale, money-grubbin, secret secrets, hidden rooms and passages, trapped in the toxic room, the one-degree of seperation (where everyone is involved in something, somehow), etc, etc, etc.

Breath of Fire V was, to me, one made by the circumstances of what it was achieved by.  Ryu has a fucking hell of a time that entire game, getting stabbed in the neck and knee at one point, while his final obstacle is a demented and destroyed friend, trying to saving a dying girl, and all while his own time is running out.  While the details of the resolution don't make all too much sense, the fact there was a happy resolution at all felt much deserved (an ending style I like).

Chrono Cross had an ending that, surprisingly, to me was made by it's music and art direction.
Freeing a critical character from a horrifying and withstanding villain in quite a pretty and complicated way.  I especially love the final theme as the game plays through scenes with only the sky coloured.

Limbo gets a gold star being simple, thought provoking, and brilliantly ushered in during what feel like a mid-game sequence that roars into a silencing halt.  I remember playing it with my brother; it is one of the most stressful parts of the game, but as soon as we did the final, timed jump, we went silent till the title appeared again.

Braid gets major points too if you do the outside-the-box "catch the princess" routine and understand the "hidden story" behind the surface of the game.  The art of Braid's story telling was how everything you see and do is a lie, and exposes how everything is a matter of perspective.  You helping the princess gets twisted into this immediately haunting pursuit of her, and where "achieving" your goal is ultimately set upon the idea of bringing tragedy.

8597  Media / General Games / Re: Asura's Wrath on: January 15, 2012, 11:06:02 PM
Hmmm...a beer and game rental store, we might be onto something here....

Some of my fondest memories growing up: grade school friends, pizza, pop (not beer yet), friday night, games.
8598  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 15, 2012, 11:04:55 PM
Evangelion 1.1 You are not alone Blu-ray - Not much to say, retelling of the original episodes 1-7ish squeezed down to fit 100 or so minutes of screen time.  Some build up and tension are lost, but I enjoyed watching it.

Mainly watched it to see the visuals.  Holy shit any scene with an Eva looks really damn good.

Evangelion 2 was a helluva lot better in many ways.  The Eva scenes on their own are more than enough to justify purchase, and it's great seeing Mari in action as what is probably the most positive/confident person in the Eva series.  I can't say I cared much for the jap-anime-magic new way of dealing with the ending, and this is definitely a film series the pays compliments to those who watched the original series.

The animation is gorgeous for these titles.
8599  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 15, 2012, 12:49:58 PM

I popped a xanax my neighbor gave me.

8600  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: January 15, 2012, 04:58:45 AM

Star made my week now.
8601  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 15, 2012, 03:06:48 AM
I took a Shadow of the Colossus shirt from work.  It's large.  But awesome.

And odd too.  It's got the First colossi in silhouette with paint splatters by his head where you finish him.  Even *more* peculiar is that it has the Japanese title on the back, with a PS1 logo on the sleeve.  My co-worker grabbed a Zelda one with the OoT 3DS pic of Link riding Epona, but same set up: logo on the back, 3DS logo on the sleeve.  I don't think Nintendo and Sony teamed up to make shirts for EBgames, and odd we'd see these shirts a bit after their releases. 

8602  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 14, 2012, 10:08:39 PM
ARGH!!! JUST WHEN I THOUGHT IT WAS OVER!!!!..... I've been muddling through what I thought to be the last few hours of Star Ocean First Departure, just to finish it since I've already invested the time I have and what do I come to discover....????
After beating Asmodeus, and watching some terrible dialogue I am now thrust into yet another "save the friend" scenario with my still uninspiring band of under-developed-losers on another visually putrid planet.....

What I hate the most is, ESPECIALLY for it's time, the original SNES version did waaay more.
Look at Mt. Metox.  On PSP it's BROWN.  It's a mountain of mud.  But here, it's flourishing.  There was no generic, makeshift, world map implemented between areas either.  The video before shows it, it's way prettier to walk between areas, fauna and flora are everywhere, and so do old columns and streams.  It's a much better experience.  And at least back then there was a more understandable lack of character development, it didn't really happen often then.  But now?  There's no excuse.  I'd love to play a remake that tries to build on it's story or characters if possible.

I think one thing that started the downward decent was the CLEAR copy and redraw of Rena (SO2) > Millie (SO1)
8603  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 14, 2012, 01:54:12 PM
I still can't believe that I haven't seen The Big Lebowski. Movie lover that I am, I feel shame for this. It's been in my queue forever. I need to move it up.

X-Men: First Class - I have to say that this was probably the best X-Men movie I've seen so far. It had so much more going on than just a bunch of action scenes strewn together. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are fantastic as Professor X and Magneto before they adopted those monikers. The dynamic between them pretty much made this movie. Because of this I would almost call this the Thinking mans X-men movie. There was a lot of real world issues covered here that you just don't normally get in a "comic book movie".
The rest of the first class were just kind of there, but they played their parts just fine. Special attention was given to Raven and her struggle with her identity. I don't think Jennifer Lawrence is all that great of an actor, but, damn, does she have a great body. Never noticed it before. Anyway...
Of course, with all the cerebral chit chat, you still get some fantastic sequences, full of great action and tension aplenty. I had a few issues with plot contrivances, and shifting allegiances, but for the most part this was a great movie.

That movie was about the chemistry to the history behind Xavier and Erik.  Loved it for that.  The other X-men did serve too much as fodder.  Anyone notice that Darwin got killed off first?  Sheesh.  Haha
She has a nice body, curious what will happen with her stardom, she's getting good roles, despite whatever question of talent.

I watched Tin Tin!! :D
A few awkward moments, the ending sort of fizzles than goes with a bang, especially with the amazing adrenaline featured everywhere else before then.  I wasn't crazy about the photo-realistic textures meeting cartoon faces; but hot hell does the movie look pretty.  And yeah, you lose the classic style of the cartoon and comics, but they do enough "hat-tipping" to it (the film starts with Tin Tin getting a caricature done of himself in the cartoon style).  Otherwise, the movie pleasantly REEKS of Spielberg/Lucas stylings seen especially in Indiana Jones.  It has a lot of that "fun" and "clever" action, where silly and over-the-top things happen, but in a fun and exciting way.  Totally recommend it, it's a lot of fun. :D
8604  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 14, 2012, 01:45:19 PM
Oh, Dice... That is a sad feeling - perhaps sadder than if you hadn't had vacation pay coming at all, just tuition due.  Hope you got to save at least some of it for something fun.

I have the nicest parents.  Their daughter is 23-24, and they're still giving her money.  They let me keep a bit over $200 as a float, and paid the rest. 

I wanted to cry when I saw my last pay stub; it said, cumulatively, since I got the job in April 2010, I made just over $5000.  My tuition for a year costs more than that.  How the shit are students supposed to win on part-time work??

If i drink it at all its with the powder stuff usually and I barely put any in it, the kind you buy in the cartons jugs has too much chocolate in it.

Yeah, I drink chocolate milk when I'm at home in case my stomach goes all BRGRGLGLGRGRFGRRRLL. : /
The cartons are really intense.

What's the deal with almond milk lately?  Sounds fishy.
8605  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: January 14, 2012, 12:29:08 PM
FFX(-2) bringing back Tidus (Tide-us, I thought Tee-dus made him sound like a wimp, name him after the fucked up for a Shakespeare Titus!) was as damaging to the overall story as bringing back Aeris would be.

Whatever, I'm leaving this here.
8606  Media / General Games / Re: Asura's Wrath on: January 14, 2012, 12:26:33 PM
i maintain that this is a good idea title to get when it's 30 bux or less and get a pizza, 30 pack of High Life, and just have a laff riot w/ a bud.

Those are me favorite nights. 
8607  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 14, 2012, 12:13:39 PM
I can't drink chocolate milk it gives me stomachache for some reason

Enough chocolate milk, or especially those to whatever extent lactose intolerant, seem to get the poops from it.  It's become a running gag with one of the guys at work who isn't good with dairy. 

A tip: mix it with normal milk.  Or do Yoda's [implied] chocolate-sauce and milk mix.

HAPS:  I study and do lots of reading....and then work.  And then hate my life s'more.  Fuck it, I'm getting OSAP and quitting job -- I'd like to say.


Tuition Due...
8608  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 14, 2012, 12:10:49 PM
I like Ico, It's basically a game about being a polite gentleman.

"Here, let me help you up that box"

"After you, shimmering white lady"

"Here, let me swat that furry looking darkspawn off of you"

Your version ^

My version: "She better be f**king grateful and put out or some sh!t"
8609  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: January 14, 2012, 12:09:11 PM

When we were bad kids growing up, we got sandpaper for toilet paper. D:
8610  Media / General Games / Re: Asura's Wrath on: January 14, 2012, 02:11:18 AM
I was intrigued by the demo, but I was also confused, did they think this was representative in a good way or did they want to save the best for the release....

Yeah, I was thinking that too.  I'm worried there *is* nothing but QTEs given the demo.  And if not, bad level choices.
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