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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 06, 2016, 02:54:09 PM
No idea honestly. I at least know it was (sorta) for the PS2 era because of the Metal Gear Solid 3 shenanigans.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 06, 2016, 02:02:06 PM
Excaliber II was already a terrible idea anyway considering the nature of 9's side quest plethora. Congrats...you got Steiner's best sword...and nothing else. (Not to mention PAL territories got shafted with a buggy game code that made obtaining it literally impossible.) Having a way to cheese it would be beyond welcome.

That said, I highly doubt high speed will make that a cake walk. Odds are they're using a system similar to that in emulators, where you get high speed just by disabling the frame rate cap. So the in game time will very likely be chugging along at the same accelerated pace. (Heck, if I remember right even the one game that had such a thing built in, Chrono Cross, didn't have a game time separated by acceleration/deceleration; part of the reason the 100 Dragon Feed is typically recommend New Game+.)
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SMTxFE (aka 'GIRFE', aka 'PerformaEmblem') on: January 05, 2016, 11:54:51 PM
I've yet to see anything negative. I assume this is just one of those things that's irritating to FE fans but has zero bearing on anyone with no franchise ties?
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 02, 2016, 04:35:10 PM

It's not a Nanako...but you'll take it and you'll like it. :-P
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 31, 2015, 10:20:41 PM
now you know how i felt about all the hate the ff13 games received
The difference is most of us played XIII before realizing how fucking godawful it is. It didn't get a trailer 2 years before it was released and become the subject of mass hatred from hipster trash fucks who simply said it was shit to be edgy.

Mostly because the trailer/promotional material we got for XIII was so drastically different from the final product. If they'd been honest about what it was out the gate (a datalog heavy mess with an ultra-passive battle system); it'd have been flagged pretty hard back in its beta-state.

If 7's RE's promotion was like 13's we'd know nothing about the episodic nature until launch day, for example.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: December 29, 2015, 08:16:46 AM

The irresponsible part of that scene, to me, is that
for such a valuable prisoner, whose mind contains the map piece they want, and who's clearly force sensitive to the point where she could mind-spar with "fearless leader," why did they only have ONE stormtrooper guarding her?  Why wasn't the door closed with two guard troopers on the other side?  THAT was too conveniently irresponsible.

Because she's a girl.

And no this isn't some major commentary thing. There's actually, I think, a justifiable (albeit flimsy) excuse for it.

Earlier scenes established that Kylo-Ren likes to go all heavy-duty abusive torture when extracting information.
Yet for some reason as soon as Rey gets her turn it's all kid-gloves on. So why didn't Kylo go all hardcore, beat-her-up,
mind-smack her out the gate, full-security detail to get the information?

He's Han Solo's kid. Han's your traditional rogue through and through; including a weakness & underestimation for the other gender.

You can't really say if Han took a female Imperial Officer prisoner in the originals he wouldn't make the same mistakes
Kylo does here. Only unlike Han, Kylo doesn't have a Wookie to smack him upside the head and go "What are you doing, idiot?"
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: December 29, 2015, 03:52:44 AM
Really enjoyed it. I don't have any real complaints, but I do have a question...

It's the latter, hence my complaints about her being a major-time Mary Sue.
They're setting her up to be some sort of Force-Savant (like no one ever was~).
I also suspect it was the writer's lazy card for trying to preserve their 'tough female protag' concept.
Rey in trouble? Can't let any males help her? Suddenly, new Force Power Get~! Problem solved.

23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: December 22, 2015, 08:14:59 PM

Also i'm not super into star wars so I don't know the mythos much but I also got the impression that being freaklishly good with force stuff early wasn't necessarily a good thing.

Just going off the older movies alone. I don't think it has so much to do with being good 'early' as it does about being good AND 'late'. If I recall correctly even child Anakin was considered 'too old' for their mental training. Yoda didn't want to train Luke because he was strong and had that combination of 'far too old to be mentally conditioned' + latent fear from past events. From what the movies say those combinations are supposed to lead to the Dark Side, but they've never actually let this pan out. (Anakin was seduced later on by a Sith Lord, who tend to convert adult Jedi on a decent enough basis, so he doesn't qualify for this issue.)

Funnily enough I had this same thought as I was watching VII and I think one little change to the script would've both helped bring this plot point to fruition and provide nearly full forgiveness for my complaints about Rey.

When Rey taps into the force vs Kylo...she should've produced Force Lightning.

Not only does it make more sense than "I swing my sword harder", but it would've been a perfect explanation
and forewarning about letting her develop at this rate/circumstances.
24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: December 21, 2015, 04:43:30 PM
Eh, lemme re-write the original Episode IV here so you can see the problem. (Paraphrase because I can't remember the exact dialog.)

In spoilers because it ruins a movie joke for VII.


Stormtroopers: Let's check out these guys. They have droids.

Luke: ...oh crap, what are we going to do?

Ben: Be patient, and you'll se-

Luke: Oh right! You talked to me for five minutes about the force. I got this.

Stormtroopers: Let me see your identification.

Luke: You don't need to see my identification.

Stormtroopers: ...we don't need to see your identification.

Repeat that ad-nauseum for the whole movie. Luke doesn't take a hit during his blinder training. Luke actually rushes forward and kicks Darth Vader's rear end after he offs Kenobi. Luke makes the shot first try against the Death Star while doing donuts in his X-Wing immediately as the Battle of Yavin begins.

See the problem now?

(Probably not spoilers but better safe than sorry.)
Rei does this the entire movie. She does nothing for the results she gets. Her start circumstances don't justify this either.
Luke grew up in pretty much the same set of dangerous circumstances, a son of the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy,
and he didn't get as many free power-ups with no reason as Rei does. (She comes off feeling like a video game character,
gaining abilities just because the plot has written in a tutorial level and nothing else.)

It's just horribly, horribly lazy.

I really, really don't want to write up the list of every branch this character hits down the Mary Sue tree. Must I? I'm not saying you can't enjoy her (I half did despite her negative aspects), but she is what she is.

Edit: Actually I should just bite my tongue here. This is starting to feel like a meaningless rant for rant's sake. XP Sorries.
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: December 21, 2015, 03:55:56 PM
Just got back from it. Wasn't bad at all really. Such a major, major disappointed in Rei (or Ray, or whatever spelling it is) though. Such a painful Mary Sue (with the unfortunate 'fanboy' archetype tacked on) that any scene she was in with dialog really injured the movie. Would've been a much better production with her chopped out entirely but...eh. They have two more movie to fix her. Very much a shame since I had high hopes for a female protagonist in Star Wars but I should've remembered these are modern Hollywood writers I'm talking about here.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 18, 2015, 11:32:22 AM
Honestly I don't even fully count Aerith either just because of how the leveling system worked. Once you know her ultimate fate you never, ever really use her again in any practical run. (Heck I full reset the game my very first play through because no one else had enough levels to keep pace back then.) Same reason no one ever super-grinds out Tellah just to use Meteor, unless you're bored. XD Unless they do a full XP-share system in the reboot I think the 'Disk One Twist' is far known enough that she'll get auto abandoned by most players because of it too.

I do like the idea of Elena being recruitable; doubly so since I imagine the Turks are getting the same treatment as AVALANCHE in the reboot.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 18, 2015, 10:57:50 AM
Save Jesse, kill Barrett's daughter.

I'd take that trade. :3

Why when both drop off the face of the plot right after Sector 7's fall?

Because games and movies are starting to blend more and more.

When a movie reboots a story new characters live, new die, plot gets re-written, focus shifts, ect. You can still have the same start and finish, but the middle is never the same.

Not saying it's optimal. But the chance that 7's old plot is going to remain beat for beat intact is virtually nil; between the new format and announcements that they're going to be devoting more screen time to characters that got glossed over before.

Plus, 7's cast has a pretty dire lack of female party members. +1 from Jesse would help that nicely.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 18, 2015, 10:31:04 AM
Save Jesse, kill Barrett's daughter.

I'd take that trade. :3
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: December 18, 2015, 09:58:47 AM

I actually do believe it will be possible to save all three of them from death, but particularly Jessie.  If not in the game proper, then in a New Game +.

30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 08, 2015, 12:11:50 PM

Who thought Life is Strange declined and fell flat by the end? Huh. All the reaction I've seen is pure love. How can anyone claim "most" people held any kind of same opinion on a game? What is this statement based off of?

That I can't cite as speedily as I'd like. I just recall doing a general Google search for 'LiS Ep 5 Reviews' and most of the articles I read hammered it pretty critically, even more so than my own personal bias against it.

Personally though I think most can agree, from a writing perspective, that a piece of work that rides itself on things like 'choices matter' and 'butterfly effect'; and then decides at the very last second that every single choice up til then is going to have zero impact on the narrative is a face-planter. Same reason Until Dawn is pretty flat too (yet unlike LiS I've yet to see any major criticism against that one, only mild at tops).
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