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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 15, 2016, 05:48:39 AM
Alana and Josh, plus Robert because it sounded like this may concern him: you guys should play all three Xenosagas, and the second game gets a lot of crap but it's really good after the learning curve with the battle system like the way Resonance of Fate's battle system is convoluted but eventually it clicks if given time.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chase: Cold Case Investigations coming to NA on: July 04, 2016, 11:55:19 PM
A very relevant comment made on that article:

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I read some impressions of the japanese version which came out not long ago. Don't expect too much from this first ex-CiNG outing, people (but do support it please!)

It is 3-5 hours long at max and it doesn't have a lot to it. You investigate some things in a mostly non-interactive fashion; It's just a VN basically. The story itself is sorta forgettable but it definitely feels like this Tokyo cop you're playing as is an alter ego of Kyle Hyde in his detective-days before the events of Hotel Dusk despite the fact that he's now japanese and it takes place in Tokyo.

The impressions I read were that of disappointments. Don't expect this to be the second coming of Hotel Dusk. It doesn't even have Rika Suzuki; the writer of the Another Codes or Hotel Dusks.

This game is Arc System Works testing the waters to see what sticks. Please support this game despite knowing it won't be the best ever and allow them to create a truly great game afterwards, once they've got air under their wings.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: July 03, 2016, 02:45:33 PM
I'm not surprised about SO5, actually I'd be surprised if it had gotten above 80%, and I don't remember the first three games having much backtracking but aside from that it seems like pretty much the same deal as the rest of the series mainly with its story but serviceable battle system - too many undeveloped characters and too much technical/political/historical jargon
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 13, 2016, 01:53:57 AM
Hilarious irony
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is) on: June 07, 2016, 05:15:13 AM
Is turbo mode just the ability to speed up battles and animations?
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: June 05, 2016, 02:34:56 AM
This is probably going to be the last time I post about it here, and I didn't check for replies to any other posts I made about this or related topics, because of the possibility that debate may get heated (if anyone wants to debate, send a PM) and derail a thread.

IIRC there was another slight little joke made alluding to ethics in games in the last episode (don't remember it word for word) and I don't personally associate with this "consumer movement" as it's called by its proponents, but I think it raises valid criticisms of games journalism.

This is the article that made me want to post this here
I don't follow the game news from major outlets generally, so I'd only heard about occasional cases of questionable "journalistic" reviews/coverage, and I guess it's still a thing.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 02, 2016, 06:13:56 AM
17 year old kid facing potential jail time for mocking religion
This kid is pretty damn funny imo.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Should a game ever have auto battles? on: June 02, 2016, 12:55:52 AM
I guess technically tower defense and RTS games, like Unholy Heights and Pixel Junk Monsters, but those are obvious.
One of the really cool things Persona 3 did, but not Persona 4 iirc, was let me tell party members to go attack (mostly weak) enemies without me going into battle, and since it was brought up in the podcast, WA3 has useless slooooow as fuck auto battle.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: May 26, 2016, 02:02:36 AM
Skagg 3 is probably my new favorite youtuber

Seriously, his political views and shit mirror mine so much that it's almost scary, because I'm suuuuper liberal about most issues but stories like this makes me relatively ashamed to consider myself liberal.
10  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 25, 2016, 11:30:32 PM
Yakuza director reveals 20 percent of audience is female but wants to keep series male focused

I think the comments section provides a good look at the reasons people tend to dislike series that change to cater one audience: just keep what people like about the series without changing the vision by conforming to the demands of one demographic or it may alienate people if handled poorly, a la Ghostbusters 2016.

(Although the games are supposedly super homo erotic, but so far I only played the first game and didn't notice that.)
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 21, 2016, 04:06:06 AM
lol ethics in skype calls
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 05, 2016, 06:19:49 AM
You guys mentioned a Dark Souls and Shadow of the Colossus thing?
Titan Souls

edit: On the treehouse localization thing, I think most people upset about it are mad particularly about the conversation that was changed to be just "....." between two characters; making it exclusively about "anime boobs" (face petting? pretty damn tame, imo) is a liiiittle immature.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: May 03, 2016, 05:28:56 AM
Another anime with an awful ending was Chaos;head (or really, it was more like it had an awful second half). It started with a murder mystery and an unreliable narrator protagonist, and by the half way point, it tried to solve its own mystery with the most Technobabble, Tenchi Solution, Male Power Fantasy explanation possible.

I was thinking this right before I read that you brought this up, though I liked a few moments in the last few episodes, namely revealing the identities of Grim and Shogun.
I guess an example of the reverse being true (anime that starts out shitty and the second half is really good) would be Shuffle.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Best and the Worst endings on: April 27, 2016, 10:15:55 PM
Code Geass was really awesome and unpredictable, until the last two or three episodes and it felt way too obvious that they were building up to it.
Rolo's death scene though, that was fantastic.

The Dark Knight was a good movie overall and the boat scene was IMO the best/most memorable part by far, though I thought it was towards the end of the second act, but I haven't seen it in a long time and I have trouble motivating myself to watch it again.

My personal least favorite ending off the top of my head is Return of the King the movie, but at the time (and even now) I generally don't watch movies over 3 hours in one sitting so that ending dragged.

Final Fantasy X (Great ending) - Who ever has played it, which I am sure most of us on here has everyone knows why. Its a little sad what happens to Tidus but overall great ending.

Man.... so good.  No ending of anything has ever emotionally destroyed me like that.

Grave of the Fireflies demands your attention.
And also Now and Then Here and There.
15  Media / General Games / Re: The controllers thread on: April 24, 2016, 03:27:32 AM
SNES and PS4's controllers are probably my favorites.
The buttons (particularly the shoulder buttons) on the wii's classic controller feel cheaply made, and overall it feels a little cheaply made, plus the motion controls in a game like Skyward Sword (albeit only played a kiosk demo) were balls to the wall unplayable.

Another one that deserves mention is this thing for its ergonomic design and it's cheap but it still feels well made.
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