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31  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 14, 2014, 09:55:00 AM
Dracula Untold -
This turned out to be decently entertaining. I would not call it a "good" movie by any regular definition, but I still liked it anyway. The key is that I know the difference.
Luke Evans makes a great Dracula. He looks the part, and has great presence. I give him full props for going all out with a role that some would phone in.
The movie looks really good, which I find to be less and less of an issue nowadays, even with lower budget movies.
The story really does show a side of him we rarely see. I think they went a tad overboard with it, though. We are supposed to see him as some heroic figure here, sacrificing everything for his family, and his people. It felt very un-Dracula-like.
There were some story issues, too, but nothing that really bothered so much that I can remember it now.
Fair warning for Drac fans: This is NOT a horror movie. This is an action/drama. There are certainly some bloody battles and such, but nothing scary.
I eagerly want to see this because it's as close to a Castlevania mo ie as we'll ever get.

It's so funny that you say that, because I kept telling my wife how it reminded me of Castlevania games. Minus the whip, unfortunately. I wont go into details, but you'll understand why when you see it.

I always just assumed that Dracula Untold was made from the scraps of the dead-in-the-water Castlevania movie =P
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 12, 2014, 07:56:01 PM

Nope, can't play without the company of someone.  I remember watching IGN or whatever do a few horror game previews and I get really amused how "chatty" and goofy the people playing are... kinda making chit chat before some weird freaky shit happens.

But I do think video games are the future of the horror genre.  Nothing like interactively getting the shit scared out of you than just watching it on the silver screen

It's funny, because I was one of those that always face palmed when the characters in horror movies walked TOWARDS the scary sounds and whatnot. And then I started playing survival horror and realized I was instinctively doing all the things I was mad at those characters for doing. When you hear or see something you can't quite recognize or explain, it's almost an instant reaction to want answers.

^^ That makes me really want to play em. I've asked this before but never really got a straight answer... can I jump in at 2 or 3 without having played 1? I am familiar with it, having seen the movie (the first) and played a bit back in the day upon release but is that enough background to skip the first game?

I only played about halfway through the first Silent Hill (before I realized I had found all the items for the true ending but forgot to use them) and that was after playing Silent Hill 2 and some of Silent Hill 3. Silent Hill 2 stands on it's own since it's plot is unrelated to 1 or 3, and while I felt I was probably missing key references and background information in 3, the plot is simple enough to guess at the missing elements.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 11, 2014, 07:10:19 PM
Finally worked up the courage to start Silent Hill 3. Haven't played much since it's been a busy day, so I'm still in the mall, but I've learned the monsters aren't so scary when you think of them as background noise and not a threat (and really, as long as you keep moving, they hardly are a threat). I'll probably be posting a lot about it here to A. unwind from a session and B. as a sort of motivation to keep going.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 10, 2014, 10:02:51 PM
In absolute mental anguish right now. I really want to give Silent Hill 3 one more try in honor of the season, but I keep thinking about that mirror room in the hospital that made me quit last time and I absolutely can not work up the courage to start again. Everyone says Silent Hill 2 is the scariest game in the series, but I got through that game just fine and yet always hit a moment of terror in SH3 that makes me want to stop playing for good.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 10, 2014, 09:01:01 AM
I don't understand why trackballs are getting harder and harder to find, they're 100 times better than using a standard mouse. They don't require as much room, they're more precise, they're easier to keep clean and repair, and they're a lot more comfortable.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 09, 2014, 11:07:06 PM
Gave Mistwalker's Terra Battle a quick sampling today, and it's interesting if not potentially kind of boring. The battle system is a neat idea, but the presentation promises something more interesting than what's actually offered. I could be wrong since I haven't played more than a little bit, but the "strategy" of the battles feels like it's just going to be repeating the same tactics over and over again, offering little variety in options. This would make for a very boring use of what is otherwise a clever idea.
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 09, 2014, 01:58:01 PM
^ To be fair, The Fourth Kind is best watched as a "found footage" horror movie about aliens instead of ghosts or monsters rather than any kind of pseudo documentary.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 09, 2014, 09:40:31 AM
Oh man, after four shitty days of work in a row, I finally wake up to some fantastic news.

My Witch and the Hundred Knight statue, that I had reserved back in April and had basically given up on confirmed payment this morning and sounds like it will be arriving just in time for Halloween. Yay!
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 08, 2014, 09:59:26 PM
Now I kind of want to try Vagrant Story again. I stopped the first two times because I feel like that intro dungeon (is there more than one dungeon?) goes on FOREVER with the same boring brown and drab environment.
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 08, 2014, 10:26:40 AM
^ After falling in love with "The Fourth Kind" I've been wanting to see Dark Skies, and I'm not really sure what's been stopping me. Maybe I'll put it on my queue to get in time for Halloween.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 08, 2014, 09:26:37 AM
Been super stressed lately, so I figured my next 3/DS game would be Harvest Moon. Decided on Sunshine Islands since I like there's more focus on exploration and experimentation in that one than other Harvest Moons. In fact, my only problem with it (besides some bullshit controls, which doesn't count because every modern Harvest Moon has at least one annoying thing about the controls) is that it also has my absolute favorite set of bachelorettes and I can never decide on one to pursue.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: October 06, 2014, 10:51:52 PM
At work, we recently acquired a copy of Ninety-Nine Nights.

I remember being vaguely interested in the game way back when I was seeking out RPGs for the 360. Does anyone have any experience with it? What was it like, was it any good?
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 06, 2014, 09:24:43 AM
I finished Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright last night, and I had to reflect upon it before I could give my final opinion on the game. The reason for that is because the ending is pretty terrible and puts a huge damper on what is otherwise a fantastic game.

The problem with the ending is that all the mysteries are summed up in a classic Layton "Everything has a logical explanation" twist, but it's done in the guise of witness testimony during a trial. Unfortunately there really isn't any gameplay at this point and the "testimonies" just end up being 3 hours(!!!) of long-winded exposition dumps that make a point about the plot and then spends 30 minutes leading the other characters to spell that point out.

PLUS this whole mundane exercise begins after the game finally puts the long-awaited "VS." in the title "Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright"

PLUS the plot twist isn't even that good, especially for a Professor Layton game. Normally, PL satisfies all my questions with it's final reveal. In this game, I was left with questions I didn't originally have (despite, again, giving an explanation so detailed it took 3 hours to reveal)

In the end, I ended up disappointed in an otherwise great game. And while that disappointment does skew my opinion of the game as a whole, I would still have to recommend it to any fan of either series.
How'd you even get an idolized SR, anyway?  Just dumb luck?  Seems to me the odds of getting two of the same SR are way too small...

I have one UR (not idolized) and I got her to 80 but it took a while.  Actually I think even that is worse than an idolized SR because the gap between levels is bigger (or at least it felt bigger...).

Odds can't be *that* bad. Love Live! has 206 cards total. Now Valkyrie Crusade, my iOS addiction, has over 2,500 cards. Now that is a game where it's impossible to get 2 non-event SR cards.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 03, 2014, 04:45:03 PM
^ And that demo was how I was introduced to the Tales series. Glad I didn't let it dissuade me from eventually getting the game, because I'd be missing out on one helluva series.

So I've still barely scratched the surface on the amount of content in Hyrule Warriors, but so far my favorite Character/Weapon combo is Lana with her Deku Spear. For her weakness finisher, she summons three Deku Tree sprouts to shoot a barrage of seeds at the enemy. There's a lot I like about Hyrule Warriors over Dynasty Warriors, but the variety of attacks is at the top of that list.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 02, 2014, 09:26:57 AM
Happy fucking October. The best month of the damn year.
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