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2146  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 17, 2013, 02:31:59 PM
Or maybe we could grow up and stop comparing sexual or maternal apparatus in order to put down others for the sake of cheap and uninspired humor.
2147  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 17, 2013, 12:27:19 AM
They explain some of the more obscure rules, but a prior knowledge of at least the basics would help.
Some of the subs out there put out explanations when they call hands to help you learn the 'han'.
2148  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 16, 2013, 09:47:02 PM
LOL< I wouldn't have been stuck at all....I would have quit


The first ones aren't too bad, but imagine the last one with encounters...
2149  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: December 16, 2013, 02:57:21 PM
Dragoon Cross-class:

Foresight - Maybe
Skull Sunder - No
Featherfoot - Maybe
Fracture - Maybe
Bloodbath - Yes
Second Wind - Yes
Haymaker - No
Internal Release - Yes
Mercy Stroke - Maybe
Mantra - No (it's actually not bad, but unless you plan on leveling MNK... lvl 42 is a PITA)
2150  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 16, 2013, 12:44:11 PM
starting point for the series?

If possible, I'd recommend playing them in order:
- Tales of Phantasia (SNES w/ DEJAP's patch for the real experience or PSX w/ phantasian's patch - Don't touch the GBA version)
- Tales of Destiny (PSX)
- Tales of Eternia (PSX or PSP)
- Tales of Symphonia (wait for the HD coming soon on PS3)
- Tales of the Abyss (PS2 or 3DS)
- Tales of Vesperia (... sadly, xbox360 only)
- Tales of Graces F (PS3)
- Tales of Xillia (PS3)

Depending on what consoles you have, you may have to skip some of them.

- Jude is a lame MC.

I'd say ONE of the MC is lame. People tend to hate Jude and love Milla or the other way around.
2151  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 16, 2013, 12:24:16 PM
I won't pretend that the show is for everyone.
Some elements in Saki are even darn right creepy (like the fact that apparently panties don't exist in that world)

I, myself, like mahjong (pretty much the only thing I play on my cell) so I have a good reason to like Saki.
Given that, I also like Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku AKA The Legend of Koizumi (well, until they switched main character... it went to crap after the switch)
2152  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Member's Game of the Year - 2013 Edition! on: December 16, 2013, 11:21:11 AM
There are some games that could claim this, but since I'm cheap, I'm waiting for the GOTY/Complete editions.

The Last of Us
The game is great, except when you have to play it =P
From one-hit kill enemies to everyone having infinite ammo except you... the gameplay is just unbalanced and frustrating.

Non-2013-made GOTY:
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
An amazing game. The only flaw I can think of is that the game is a bit too long for its own good.

Non-2013-made GOTY Runner-up:
Dark Soul
I usually don't like action RPGs because the bosses usually end up as HP sandwich. Opposite to that, Dark Soul is the fairest game I've ever seen.

Honourable Mentions:
Hate Plus
I haven't played it yet (waiting for the Xmas break to play the whole thing in one sitting), but I'll just assume that the game is as great as Analogue.
If not, I'll just stealth edit this in the future ;)

Biggest Disappointment:
Tales of Xillia
I think we could rename this section to 'games that had the potential to be so much more'. Xillia had tons of potential that sadly wasn't tapped.
2153  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 16, 2013, 08:20:01 AM
Saki Zenkoku-hen
Show of the season. No debate.
As someone who has no idea what is going to be in the season, any particular reason why?

First, I'll warn that I'm a fan of the manga/show and as such, my opinion is fanboyismed.
Also, I was partially kidding, but it may truly end up being the SotS to some.

The author

Kobayashi Ritz was for a long time completely unknown to anyone even as the mangaka of the prominent manga Saki. In fact, for the longest time, people thought that the author was a man disguising himself under the guise of a woman's name. The editors and magazine she is published in only deal with her through the Internet and it is commonly assumed that she is a hardcore hikkikomori. Nevertheless, her work as always been superb to the point where the magazine has always given her their full support even considering the weird situation they are in.
A lot of the myth was revealed back when she had to go for surgery though.

The serie

Saki is a manga about girls playing mahjong (the real one, not that crap we call mahjong here)

Anime series' order:
- Saki (first season)
- Saki (second season)
- Saki: Achiga-hen (a side story intertwined into the main story)
- Saki: Zenkoku-hen

Here's a pretty accurate synopsis:
Saki Miyanaga, a high school first-year student, does not like mahjong because her family would always force her to play it and punish her regardless of the outcome of the game. Due to this, she learned how to keep her score at zero, neither winning nor losing, a skill said to be more difficult than actually consistently winning. However, her friend from middle school, completely unaware of such circumstances, convinces her to visit the school's small mahjong club upon entering into high school. After the club discovers her ability, they recruit her permanently and convince her to win instead of breaking even. She easily does so with her skill and discovers a new love for mahjong, along with a friendship with her fellow club member, Nodoka Haramura. This leads the team to enter the prefecture's high school mahjong tournament with the goal of reaching the national high school competition.

The show itself alters between a school life comedy to actionish shonen-esque looking tournaments and some underlying yuri romance.

One of the strongest point of the manga/anime are the characters. Even with a rather large cast, every character is given at the very least enough attention to become defined.

How playing mahjong looks like in Saki:

Saki is the Hikaru no Go of mahjong (except that it's actually fun to read/watch)
2154  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 15, 2013, 07:31:08 PM
Is it tradition that I post about next season?


Things to look forward to:

Saki Zenkoku-hen
Show of the season. No debate.

Tonari no Seki-kun
A great slice of life light comedy. The show can be resumed by this meme

This one reminds me of Gintama at its prime.

Tiger & Bunny movie
=) =) =)

Miniskirt Pirate (Uchuu Kaizoku) movie
Space makes pirates so much more cooler.
2155  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 15, 2013, 04:13:31 PM
I started ZoE HD today and I'm quite surprised by the amount of new stuff in TSR.

The base after you revive has an entire new wing at the beginning.
A lot of the bosses' weak points are better explained by ADA (really nice for new players)
Some extra conversations I've noticed.

Overall, I'd say the game is a bit harder for 2 reasons:
- More enemies overall
- Less slowdowns
2156  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 14, 2013, 01:20:22 PM

Liz: Whelp... that was easy.

And so they enter the edge of Narshe, careful not to be discovered.

Ashton: Σ(°ロ°)
Liz: On the rocks...

And so they re-open the secret passage and proceed into the cavern.

Liz: We are so lost...

Hours later, they finally arrive at the house Liz woke into at the beginning. It seems the man there was part of the Returners.

*** Scene Cut ***
2157  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 14, 2013, 01:03:47 PM
Heading back to Narshe, Ashton, AgentD, Liz and Banon take a raft down Lethe River.
On their way, they meet an hideous character.

Soon, they force the monster back in the water.

AgentD: You keep on running coward!

Ashton: (Let her go you monster!)
Ashton: These legs are mine!

Liz: ...

Ashton: Whoops! Did I say the wrong one out loud?

Liz: *WHACK* (。_°)☆\(-_ – )

And so AgentD jumps in the river.

AgentD: WAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa!

And so, down one AgentD, the groups keeps on heading towards Narshe.
2158  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 13, 2013, 07:42:08 PM
Montreal is a cool city to live in... and by that I mean that it's -30°C outside.
2159  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Musing about life and technology or Drones and Dreams on: December 13, 2013, 01:47:23 PM
that's cost-effective and durable enough to be deployed on a mass scale and complete its job reliably.

You forgot armored. People are going to shoot those down for free stuff.
2160  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 12, 2013, 04:54:46 PM
Upgraded to 2 widescreen monitors at work. Yay~
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