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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 19, 2015, 10:05:06 PM
While I do like Dice's better, I still can't help but wonder if that's not what she'd looks like with a different expression anyway. I honestly think the nose especially is a simple matter of Tri-ace going for softer lines combined with poor scan-of-a-scan quality.
32  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 19, 2015, 01:38:38 PM
Dear Networks:

In this day and age it should be possible to come in late to your show and catch up. If there are certain episodes of your show that there is never any way of viewing until midway through the following season, you have done something wrong. I don't want to put the effort in of watching your show if I'm always going to be a season behind because I discovered it later on in it's life.

I'm not asking for free handouts, just options.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 18, 2015, 08:33:22 PM
! <<<<< !
Okay, the front page update about the upcoming Witch and the Hundred Knight announcement has me excited! But I don't think any regulars here need me to tell them that!
! <<<<< !

Probably the only one, too. Don't care, I'm ecstatic for more Metallia!
34  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: April 18, 2015, 08:17:23 PM
Getting the true ending:

Hint #1:
You'll need the Chrono Cross

Hint #2:
Pay attention to everything in Terra Tower. There is a theme/pattern that shows up all over the place

Hint #3:
That's about it. As long as you follow hint #1, the importance of Hint #2 makes itself apparent as soon as you start fighting the final boss
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: April 18, 2015, 08:24:28 AM
True.  It's not uncommon for many 2 disk RPGs back then to kinda go completely off the rails for disk 2.  Xenogears' disk 2 was basically Fei sitting in a chair narrating stuff that happened due to budget/time constraints.  Disk 2 of Thousand Arms ran out of gas pretty quickly, leading me to believe that there were budget and/or time constraints.  Chrono Cross's disk 2 is certainly an improvement over those examples, but man you're screwed trying to get into Terra Tower if you don't snag Starky. 

I've said it a million times, but one of the only JRPGs I can recall where the second half was a vast improvement over the first half was Legend of Dragoon.  The first 2 disks were a slog but the second two were when the game decided "now, we're going to be awesome."  (I will not journal that game, though.  The finicky timing on the additions is a big pain in the butt.) 

And wait, there's a "right" way and a "wrong" way to beat the final boss?  Hell, I'm just gonna beat the crap out of it like I always do. 

If you've played CT, I absolutely recommend going for the "true" ending. It's not that hard with a little practice.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 17, 2015, 10:19:30 PM
Just saw the Suicide Squad episode of Arrow. The Harley cameo was a cute touch.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 17, 2015, 10:11:30 PM
Star Ocean 3 isn't that difficult if you play on the standard difficulty (Galaxy?) and over-level (and abuse the shit out of equipment enhancement)
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 17, 2015, 11:29:04 AM
Man, that article really insists that Fidel is like a Brother to Miki.

But they aren't, so its totally okay (granted, they could be half-siblings and it'd still be totally okay for Japan).

Gotta win over dem SAO fans!
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 17, 2015, 08:36:34 AM
So watched last week's episode of Agents of Shield yesterday (I'm a week behind because Hulu). I have really been enjoying this season of Agents of Shield. Although I have to admit that the "villians" for the season do have a point in that Shield does need some kind of oversight....although I think having five random agents be that oversight is kind of no better of a solution.

I just personally love the whole "We need to make SHIELD more transparent. Do away with the secrets and lies. And we're going to achieve this goal by sending out undercover operatives from our secret aircraft carrier."
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 16, 2015, 06:51:47 PM
Awakened Fate Ultimatum update:

Got all the trophies but the Ultimate Collector. And for that one, Murphy's Law is in full effect. Six visits to the dungeon nets me nothing new, finally find a new item and now I can't *stop* finding that item.

*sigh* Still have six more items to go...
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is brand loyalty "worth it?" on: April 15, 2015, 09:32:12 PM
Well to answer your second question, it's human nature to compare something to something else that is similar. As video games go, we don't just compare games to each other in a series, but we also compare standalone games and new IP's to games that are similar. It just makes it easier to judge something when there's a baseline or point of reference to follow.

As for brand loyalty. I absolutely think it is important. I like to do side-by-side hypotheticals so let's do that here. We have series A and series B. Both have the same critical acclaim, but series A develops a devoted following and series B does not. Then as the series goes on, the developers start to lose interest and both series' begin to suffer in quality. So what happens? Series B simply falls into obscurity and while some initial fans may hold on to fond memories of when the series thrived, the series is fated to wither away (see: Silent Hill). Series A on the other hand has it's brand loyalists fighting tooth and nail for the series to return to the "good ol' days," and what happens is either the developers reignite the passion in the series, or other developers notice the demand and you see faithful copycats and homages to the glory days of the series (see: Mega Man).

Of course, these aren't the only scenarios that could develop, you also have things like Sonic, with a delusional fanbase and developers that can't seem to figure out what the fans want. Or things like Final Fantasy, where the fanbase is so divided on the series "golden age," that the developers have no choice but to ignore them and continue on their own path.

Either way, I do think a devoted group of brand loyalists are important to keep the heart of a series alive.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 15, 2015, 07:21:24 PM
No Klutz, no one is holding a gun to my head to play the game. However, having played all but 1 of the previous games and much like everyone else here, I have put my money forward to play a game series I enjoyed. It gives me every right in the world to complain about a direction the artists took in character designs. Much the same as some hillbilly telling me if I don't like how the government runs the country I can get out, I put a part of my life into the country and the company, if you don't care for my complaints, you can kindly ignore me as I am fully entitled to complain about either.

It was just meant to be an overly-dramatic response to an overly-dramatic complaint.

I fully support your right to criticize it, I just also don't think it's as big a deal as you're making it out to be. The series has never *really* been full-on anime style outside of the artwork, and while this game takes a new approach like pretty much every entry in the series, I don't think it's such a departure as to imply you'll be angry about it every minute you play, ESPECIALLY after the freak show that was Star Ocean 4's character models.

This is not to say you're wrong to have the opinion you do. But I think considering the series as a whole is worthwhile to step back and ask if it's really all that dramatic of a shift.

Also, I'm pretty sure Miki in the screenshots we've seen of her face are suffering from a poor combination of angle, lighting and expression. Just check out what we see of her in the screenshot where they're fighting in the city.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 15, 2015, 02:24:08 PM
Can someone please reassure me that those faces are just not the final designs...please...I really don't wanna spend 40-60 hours looking at the personified horror of sun baby from teletubbies everytime I see that pink haired chick while playing. Please let them be place(face?)holders for real designs.

Nobody is holding a gun to your head to play the game.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 14, 2015, 11:22:50 PM
Random Thought(s):

What actually happens when an enemy is hit by Mario with Star Power? Is it like getting hit by a train? Struck by lightning? Getting too close to a black hole?

Related: How does Lakitu fit all those Spinies in his cloud comfortably?

Insomnia at it's finest.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 11:20:22 PM
I really do like Miki's outfit, and I've always liked that style of braid, too. I really hope they decided to announce this game late in it's development.
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