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8731  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: October 23, 2010, 11:15:17 AM
I agree.  I love Canada in general just because we experience the seasons and a lot of phenomena nicely.  I love the aurora I saw out North-West, and Fall is my favorite time of year.  I hate the BITTER, February cold, but I love breathing in cold air.  I dont like really really hot temperatures too haha x)

I love Southern Ontario - but I'd just complain more if it's further north....too cold - I give you credit especially if it's getting cold...can't imagine maritime areas for that either.

Eugh - sorry, don't mean to sound so complainyy haha

I'll complain with you. Maritime winter is brutal; they always seem never ending. I honestly don't mind the cold or the snow though. It's the wind I hate and boy does it ever get windy. My campus is only a 7 minute walk away, but if it's too windy out (usually enough to make it feel like -40 plus), no dice (heh no pun intended). Summer is also nice and I don't mind the heat. It's just the humidity. And spring, half of it is muddy, wet and it smells.

But for as much as I complain as well, I love Canada and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. I should get a few pics off my phone that I took and post em.

Yeah yeah, same for S. Ontario... Humid summers (so groossss) and stupidly windy winters (when the cold hits my eyes they tear up sometimes).  It's a love hate relationship - maybe that's why I'm so keen on Fall and Spring. =/
8732  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: October 22, 2010, 06:37:05 PM
That a nice picture of your campus Dice. I love living in Canada in just for the fall. The other seasons suck, at least in NB. But the east coast where I live is like that too now. Purrty leaves and a nice river = awesome scenery. It's getting f'ing cold though.

I agree.  I love Canada in general just because we experience the seasons and a lot of phenomena nicely.  I love the aurora I saw out North-West, and Fall is my favorite time of year.  I hate the BITTER, February cold, but I love breathing in cold air.  I dont like really really hot temperatures too haha x)

I love Southern Ontario - but I'd just complain more if it's further north....too cold - I give you credit especially if it's getting cold...can't imagine maritime areas for that either.

Eugh - sorry, don't mean to sound so complainyy haha
8733  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite and Least Favorite RPGs on: October 22, 2010, 06:27:07 PM
My List:

Favorite:

  • Kingdom Hearts
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Odin Sphere
  • Rogue Galaxy

Honorable Mentions

  • Pokemon Gold, Paper Mario: TTYD, and the Digimon World series - for being the best RPGs I'd played before I even new what an RPG was

Least Favorites

  • Valkyrie Profile - This is my anti-game. Long, drawn out cutscenes about characters I don't care about. Gameplay that's broken up into sections that all suck in their own ways instead of having a solid combination; seperate story scenes, an overworld where you're just supposed to fly around until you find something, flawed platforming sections, and combat sections that utilize the single most simplistic and boring combat system I have ever experienced. This is one of those games I wished I'd never played, but I'm glad I did, because thanks to it my standards dropped a whole 5 bars.
  • Star Ocean: Till The End of Time - It lived up to it's name. I have never played a game with more padding in in story in my entire life, and the poor pacing exasperates everything. The repetitive and unintuitive combat system, the terrible AI, the boring locales, the terrible voice acting, the broken item creation/customization system - all of it is made worse by how exceedingly long you have to put up with it all. And it never gets any better, it just gets worse.
  • Star Ocean (SFC) - You'd think I would've learned from TTET, but I didn't. I decided to give it a shot since a good fellow recommended it to me on the basis that it was his favorite SNES RPG, and the original was even better than the remake. From then on I knew never to take recommendation from him ever again. The story was dull as dishwater and poorly paced, and the battles were laughably easy and simplistic. In fact, the battle system is second only to VP as the worst I'v ever experienced. The rest of the game simply isn't worth mentioning. With that said, the remake is fantastic.
  • Final Fantasy VI - Both The story and the characters were disappointingly shallow and childish, the gameplay was unbalanced with plenty of exploitable techniques that make an easy game even easier, and there are so many sub events and mini-games that it never really feels like I'm playing a single, focused game.
  • Kingdom Hearts II - Where do I start...The story made no sense, the combat was actually reduced to press-X-until-you-win, they introduced quick time events, included more pointless mini games (though some were actually more fun than the main game), and the worlds were made more liniear, reducing the emphasis on platforming, puzzle solving, and exploration that, along with the simple yet still skill-heavy combat, made the first game such a blast to play. I have never been more disappointed in a sequel in all my life, and I hope no other game ever tops it.
  • Golden Sun
  • The entire Dragon Quest series - I don't know what it is about this series, but it's always rubbing me the wrong way, even though it should embody everything that I consider good in a JRPG. It's story is always simple adventure story, which I usually go for, but in DQ it just makes things painfully predictable and boring. The gameplay is also very difficult and in some games it offers plenty of depth to customize your characters, but the combat is so simplistic and generic that it bores me to sleep more often than not. The biggest issue seems to be the generic Medievel Fantasy world, which for one reason or another I simply don't want "to be a part of" so to speak. Maybe someday things will click for me, but right now not only do I dislike them, but I'm even annoyed at the fact that I dislike them :(
  • Super Mario RPG: The Seven Stars
  • Everything made by Mistwalker - Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, ASH, you name it, it was a disappointment. While competant games in and of themselves, it's always the execution and some arbitrary gameplay mechanic that makes battles more tedious than they should be that holds them back from being as great as they should be.
  • Tales of Vesperia - Maybe it's just because I played it right after Tales of Symphonia, but it just felt too familiar, and what was different wasn't as good. It kinda turned my off the series for a while until I went back to its roots with Tales of Phantasia and fell in love them all over again
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Pretty ballsy first post.  I have a few beefs, but only better for debate.
Kingdom Hearts as a favorite is bizarre speaking you *hated* KHII as much as to put it on a WORST list.
I personally lost interest a little more than halfway - the 2nd one at least tried to do more gameplay wise.  I do respect how you say the story "makes no sense" - that couldn't be truer.  I can't even imagine what the reference notes are like for the scenario writers.

Final Fantasy V as a *favorite* is also a pretty tall assumption.  Battle system and difficulty?  Hell yes, and the Advance version only adds to that fun.  Charming story?  I can't say I see it and I appreciate that "classic" stuff.  Butz (lol) had NO reason to involve himself, and there's little to connect with.  The story is laughable considering the final boss, and cute with the relationship our heroines have.

Odin Sphere???  Reaally?????  It's on my *like* list, certainly not *favorite*.  The story has that charm that I didn't see in FFV.  It's old-school, but in a Shakespearean/fairytale way: love, heroics, honour, magic.  Very sweet.  Broken?  Definitely.  Repetitive?  Incredibly.  Slow?  Slow down and a half!
It's hard to get the drive to start a new character.

Rogue Galaxy?  Besides the obvious gameplay issues and plot problems... I hate Jaster.  Leave it at that, I'm bored with typing.

Your worst...

Valkyrie Profile?? Really?!  
I think you missed the point.  The gameplay was wonderfully difficult, and the story was actually ABLE to be deep, despite such minor introductions to characters.  I can see how that can suck after more than one play though. but I'm surprised this is on a WORST.

I understand peoples hate for Star Ocean, ...or much of any Tri-Ace, but I wish people would get the point.  You know how some bars serve food?  It's bar food, and nothing exotic, but it serves well for the bar.
Replace bar with gameplay, and food with story.  Tri-Ace games are more about the gameplay first, then story.  This serves that crowd of Nier players who don't see anything special in gameplay, but LOVE the story.
I already traded Nier in.  I love it, but story isn't enough to keep me to a game.  I *play* video games so I can *play* something good.

I agree with Mistwalker...wow-verage. (wow+average)
And I agree entirely on Dragon Quest and hate people who love it.... x(

Super Mario RPG, I think you missed the point.  The game could be fun, and at times difficult.  Sidequests were abundant, and the timing battle system and puzzles had their charm.  To each their own - I thought it was great for SNES.  Something about hating on SNES games feels weird...they're like the ancestors who paved the way to gaming today.  SO1 maybe wasn't the best on the SNES, but it was real-time RPG combat in a nice early form.  And graphically, it was unequaled (for that system)

Hating Tales of Vesperia seems odd when you like Symphonia.  I thought Vesp was a step-up in regards to most gameplay aspects.  More to do anyways, and free-run is stupidly appreciated.

Your honourable mentions make me sad.
Pokemon is a kids series, I don't care what anyone says.  This Water Type killing Fire type in one hit is for the birds - it feels more like a good poker hand: you can't lose with the right cards/pokemon.
The extras are "cute", but I don't care to bake cakes, and dig in the ground, and collect 150 (half useless) critters).
The Digimon RPGs are a joke.  The first one was an absolute MESS to play, and haven't really outgrown catering to kids.

I digress.  I like and hate some of your opinions; all the more fun haha
8734  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: October 22, 2010, 05:56:04 PM

What I did in class today.  Look up Richard Serra and Titled Arc...good for a laugh, inspired by as well.


Mmm, I like my campus walks. It's pretty.  And in a stereotypical Canadian fashion, our leaves are red!! :D


On a walk through campus, I spotted a dear!!  ....can you see it?!?!  ...can you...?
It's hard to see, but it's smack dab in the middle of the image, and it's ass facing the camera perfectly... ...Hmm.
8735  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Who is the most WOmanliest JRPG hero? on: October 22, 2010, 05:06:11 PM
Odd thing about tifa.jpg is it's actually a closer representation to her than anything SE made since ff7. After which apparently someone got confused and gave her Rinoa's head and asscape.


Psshuh - thought I'd try it myself.
Included with wonderful non-matching socks!

Credit to the ass cape though, at least it's more intuitive than a lot of NA character designs. 
Funny how we'll never see a balance between the whisical but original JRPG designs and the more stoic but down-to-earth WRPG (and etc) designs... at least no time soon.
8736  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: They say you can always learn something from every other person... on: October 22, 2010, 04:43:46 PM
I can teach people how to fake Parking Passes... I consider this valuable in the amount of money it saves. b^_^d
8737  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Force 3 sucks balls on: October 21, 2010, 11:13:47 PM
Than don't play it.

A jolly good point indeed, mates!!!
8738  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 21, 2010, 07:06:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2Q6AwrGUkQ
I don't know *what* that fuck is talking, but it is quotable...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54Lnnkxup2g
Honest, harsh, but true black fella telling it like it is!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjsZDaXMlpM
40 seconds in, a person turns INTO playdoh!
8739  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween Haps on: October 21, 2010, 07:02:41 PM
My parents decided to up and go on a cruise to coincidentally collide with Halloween...so the annual tasks falls unto me.  My dog will bark, I will hold her back and hope the (adorable) costumed-kids don't run off.

I've never really done anything cool for Halloween - no big party. The one college bar that was throwing an event was too full when we got to the doors....it's destiny I don't do anything cool. :P ...lol
8740  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Mike Portnoy leaves Dream Theater on: October 21, 2010, 06:59:30 PM
Wow - that will be some big shoes to fill, he was an amazing drummer for the Dream Theatre experience..

He still is, he didn't die you know ;-)
8741  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Mike Portnoy leaves Dream Theater on: October 21, 2010, 01:58:12 PM
Wow - that will be some big shoes to fill, he was an amazing drummer.
8742  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 20, 2010, 12:46:43 AM
got around to seeing 500 Days of Summer. For the most part a good movie for it's genre, but still has some heavy-handed writing. Her name was AUTUMN? PAAAAHLEASE

The point is: that movie has the HAPPIEST ending ever.... Autumn is hotter than Summer, and thats a lesson to take home with you.

I loved that movie. Zooey is freakin' adorable. Plus, I totally sympathized with the guys(I forget his name) situation, as I was in a similar one awhile back.

I like Zooey... except her voice.  She sounds like a muppet at the best of times.  That, and her roles tend to be the chick who's all free-spirited and all like "if you don't like your job...then quit".  NOT THAT EASY!!  PICK ANOTHER ROLE PLZ.

Love that movie, awesome to see Joseph Gordon Levitt really rise above his 3rd Rock From the Sun role - he's really come into his own lately.
Ineteresting to see so many guys like it too.  I think as Blace pointed out, it helps that's not typical rom-com-sit-com kind of situations - much more realistic, but still never forgot to have fun with it.
Little Sis was a good example: "Uh, just this guy with Brad Pitt's face and Jesus' abs..."
8743  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Professor Vs. Gyakuten Saiban (Layton Vs. Ace Attorney) announced for the 3DS on: October 20, 2010, 12:19:02 AM
I'm with Dice though, the visual style of both games are waaaaaaaaaaaay different and they don't even seem to want to make them fit together =/
They could learn a thing or two from Namco X Capcom.

Actually, the trailer really exposes how much they clash. >_o
Nevertheless - I always thought the "puzzles" and investigating were sort of half-assed in Phoenix Wright, so I'm curious about the way they fuse.
8744  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 19, 2010, 03:09:23 PM
got around to seeing 500 Days of Summer. For the most part a good movie for it's genre, but still has some heavy-handed writing. Her name was AUTUMN? PAAAAHLEASE

The point is: that movie has the HAPPIEST ending ever.... Autumn is hotter than Summer, and thats a lesson to take home with you.
8745  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I love when games let you keep playing after the final boss on: October 19, 2010, 03:00:41 PM
I don't mind getting the chance to go around and see how everyone's doing after the worlds been saved and all.

 Not generally a fan of post game content though. So I beat the last boss and unlocked a bonus dungeon. What's my motivation to go dungeon crawling? Beat it and get the fiery ice sword of doom? What am I going to do with it? The last boss is dead already.

 This doesn't apply if the postgame content is actually story relevant and it feels like the game isn't really over. That's cool. If it's just 'Hey, new dungeon opened up' I have trouble caring. If it opened up BEFORE I beat the game I'd probably check it out. After I beat the game I'll probably pass unless I just really love the game.

It's about challenge, not story.
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