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361  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 05, 2013, 07:57:46 PM
Got Atelier Totori a few days ago. The game is great so far. The gameplay is better than Rorona but nowhere near Meruru. I also prefer the characters in Totori over Meruru but Rorona had my favourite out of the Arland trilogy. Mainly for introducing Hagel in all his splendor.

Only real complaints with it are things like weapon synthesis not teling you the required items and they really drag out the Sterk looks scary and your father lacks presence scenes. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of fan service compared to Meruru too. I also prefer Totori's design over Meruru's look. The game is a lot more free with its time too. There is still a time limit but it is nowhere near as strict as Rorona was. Definitely going to try Ayesha after I am done with Totori.

Don't like Gino at all
362  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI announced for iOS/Android on: December 05, 2013, 06:37:10 PM
I wouldn't mind if they added something like the bonus dungeon in FFIV for GBA. Most character trials were the average kind but I loved Kain's murder mystery one and Cecils was also pretty cool.
363  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: December 05, 2013, 01:38:49 PM
South Park

Really enjoyed the last three episodes. The episode was probably my least favourite of the three but still great. Also, loved the closing moments of this episode.
364  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 04, 2013, 08:59:04 AM
How the fuck do you beat the bombs in FF13? They blow up and kill me in like 10s.

What classes are you using?

I find just going all out attack works well. Something like Com/Com/Rav worked well for me. Worst comes to worst, you can go Sen/Med/Med and try to survive through it.

If it is just Sazh and Vanille Com/Rav should work. If you get a preemptive attack use something like Blitz to stagger them. Then let Vanille murder them all.
365  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 02, 2013, 05:42:38 PM

366  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 30, 2013, 01:19:11 PM
Haven't experienced the other movie/novels you mentioned. Going to add To kill a Mockingbird to my movie watchlist. I dont like classic Literature though.. Here in Portugal we have renowned authors such as Jose Saramago(not really classic literature but a little more modern), Fernando Pessoa and Luis de Camoes.. I find them to be incredibly overrated, their social critique is solid but the actual narrative content is generic dribble if you ask me, their writing might be considered masterful but I for one dont give a shit if the story itself doesnt grab me and the characters are nothing more than archetypes for the purpose of social commentary. I dont like shakespearean writing aswell but I cant speak for the content itself because im not very familiar with it but it seems to be in the same vein. They may be pioneers or whatever but I dont see myself going back to them by the same logic I dont go back to Atari games. Greater and better things have been created since and what makes them so unique doesnt appeal to me.

If you want to watch Othello done as a movie, I suggest watching the one where Ian McKellan stars as Iago. I preferred To Kill a Mockingbird in its book format but the movie based on it was also great.

I tend to have the opposite issues with classics that you do. I love Wuthering Heights and how it portrays Heathcliff. My main beef with it is the way it is worded. Suppose it is similar to how you see Shakespearean works. I really enjoyed Philadelphia here I come and it had the benefit of the language flowing well.

More modern examples would be Cormac McCarthy's The Road and No Country for old men. Both the books and the movies based on them are brilliant. I would suggest both reading The Road and watching the movie.
367  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 30, 2013, 12:36:40 PM
At the highest possible caliber I think videogames already outdo movies and novels but that's just me, there are much fewer examples of excellent narratives, that's a given, but movies and books have been around for far longer.

If the best novels were "translated" into a visual novel and they were done right, I think they would be vastly superior to the book itself. The same could be applied to movies if done right, that would require finding a good balance between the interactive nature of video games and the pacing of the narrative in films. The interactivity adjacent to the medium allows for a bigger emotional involvement from the audience.

That is a pretty bold thing to say. Can't say I agree though. It may be that video games as we see then today are still a relatively new thing that may need more time to reach their full potential. I can't think of any game that reached the same heights for me as To kill a Mockingbird, Othello or Shawshank Redemption.

Although I really liked visual novels such as Ever 17, I still don't think they have surpassed all other media yet. Main problem I see with translating other media to visual novels is that you would probably have to put in multiple routes and I can't see that working for everything. Unless you were to go with the more linear types such as Phoenix Wright or Ghost Trick.

I do think games like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are brilliant examples of how a game can be done well. Can't really see either being surpassed by a book or movie based on them.
368  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 30, 2013, 08:48:36 AM
Question for those that have Playstation Plus.  Can I "purchase" the free games they offer for the vita and ps4 even though I don't own them yet?  I plan on getting them both in a few years, and I want to be able to play the free games ps+ offers.

For the Vita, certainly.  Lot's of people have done just that.  I'm not totally clear on how this works for PS4 games and I've heard conflicting things.  Certainly they're not listed in the PS3 store (which makes sense, Vita games are only listed because you can download them to a PS3 and then transfer them over to the Vita).  But you might be able to do it from the web store?  I really should try that out myself...
I was just on the web store and I was able to see the PS4 titles in the PS Plus section. I have a PS4, but I assume that it would work even minus that.

I don't own a PS4 but adding them from the web store seemed to work for me.  I have been also adding Vita games from the ps3 for when I get a Vita.
369  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 30, 2013, 08:33:28 AM
Nope, he's right. Video game story lines are fairly low end on the narrative medium scale.

Hell, just as a case and point, take a look at how magic is treated within RPGs. Most of the time, magic becomes a simple matter of hitting enemies with a bigger stick or the correct one if elements are involved, and the rest is pretty much Healing. Rarely is magic ever treated like anything other than an ever improving collection of Nukes or a more renewable source of Healing, and in those rare cases its usually for fast or other forms of travel or gimmicky purposes. But even rarer is when the matter of having such a mass distribution of destruction or healing is ever reproached. Then there's the matter of the long term effects of being affected by magic, the effects of bungling spells, the use of magic in occupations and how magic affects the need or structure of occupations, the Geo-political effect of a remote village possessing a powerful magical relic, and so on.

And that's just one narrative element. I could write an entire dissertation on the awful and/or lazy writing included in not just RPGs but all video games. Even the best examples currently available aren't really that good when you think about it.

While I agree that most rpgs have pretty weak storylines I think it is unfair to specifically pick on the magic system. You could go to a bookstore and pick up a random book in the fantasy section. Chances are high that the magic system in it is just as weak as any rpg. There are exceptions of course but then the same applies for rpgs.

370  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: November 29, 2013, 05:14:30 PM
My dad is a member of the Children's Panel in the UK.  They make decisions regarding abused and/or troubled children, so he sees horror stories beyond imagining nearly every week. Since he is in contact with the kids who get abused, news like this just breaks him.

Let me just say that I'm very impressed by his work.  He has to be extremely strong to engage with that kind of thing on a regular basis.

Thanks! I'm very proud of him, he's a great role model.

Fair play to the guy.

I know dealing with stuff like that would break me.
371  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Wishlist 2014 on: November 26, 2013, 07:28:17 PM

Looking forward to this. Not expecting a lot but it should be fun. Might wait for price drop though.

Isn't this already out though? Either way, you're not missing much outside of "SOMETHING'S HAPPENING! IT MUST BE A PARADOX!!! :byodame:".

Yeah, it was a typo. Meant FFXIII-3. I didn't mind the game that much. Actually had a lot of fun with it. Of course those quiz machines in Academia can fuck themselves into whatever paradox they wanted.
372  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Wishlist 2014 on: November 26, 2013, 04:25:12 PM
Trails in the Sky SC
Yes, it deserves the giant font

Importing this for sure.

Bravely Default

Really enjoyed the demo. Might not get it straight away but definately on my wish list.


Looking forward to this. Not expecting a lot but it should be fun. Might wait for price drop though.


Game looks pretty cool and sho... Who am I kidding? Final Fantasy Forever won't be out in my lifetime.

Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky

<3 the Atelier series. Definitely getting this. For some reason no store in Ireland seemed to sell Aesha so I might have to import.

Then there are games such as Inazuma Eleven 3, Dark Souls 2 and ElderScrolls Online that I will probably pick up if I can afford to at the time.
373  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 26, 2013, 02:07:57 PM
Ahem tbh, I think the xenosaga Trilogy has a better story than Xenogears. I think the Zero Escape series has the best plot of anything that ever existed so there is that.. That's just me though.

I love the Zero Escape series to bits but don't think I could ever say it had the best story but as mentioned before, it is all subjective. People like different things and what may click for one person, might not interest another that much. That said, I do like the story in 999 and VLR. It is just, they seem pretty convoluted when I look back on them. Similar to how I loved the show Lost but looking back and thinking on episodes, it seems kind of ridiculous.

I like the stories from Nier, Planescape Torment and The Witcher. Then there are pieces of the story from certain games I really enjoy. I love stories where people face their inner demons like in Persona 4 and Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger.
374  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: November 25, 2013, 04:19:10 PM

No love for Europe :(

Wonder how an issue like this got past testing.
375  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Forums / Re: Haps thread locked? on: November 25, 2013, 04:06:48 PM
Any reason that the Xbox thread is locked?

Not sure if it was an accident again or not. We have not exactly been pro xbox but didn't think the thread was that bad.
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