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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2016, 03:25:25 PM
BG2 starts right off after BG1.
They do give you a quick rundown though.

For all the hours it takes to complete BG1, the story is actually quite short to summarize.

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You are in a monastery which gets attack by a troop of bad guys.
You parent figure dies fighting bad guys.
You run away from bad guys learning they were actually after you.
You learn that you need to go to the city of Baldur's Gate.
*Insert 60 hours of side content*
You get to Baldur's Gate and you meet your brother who's super kickass.
You learn that you (and him) are spawns of the god of destruction Baal.
He tells you that the last spawn alive is rewarded with the Throne of Baal.
You kill your brother as he wants to kill you.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 07, 2016, 11:54:22 AM
BG2 is preferred because being higher level means your characters can be more active and versatile.
Low level casters in BG1 are pretty much useless which isn't very fun (as opposed to BG2 where Aerie is a machine of destruction, slaughter and healing)
33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 07, 2016, 12:17:26 AM
I binged about 10 episodes the other day. I like that he gets a little messed up about it. So this anime is going 25 episodes and not 13 like I initally thought?

As far as we know.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 06, 2016, 08:57:23 PM
Isn't that Filipino Trump like guy super popular now that the streets are filled with blood?
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 06, 2016, 08:11:58 PM
The new girl doing Sapphire just doesn't get it =(
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 06, 2016, 02:30:04 PM
Well, I was more referring to anyone voting Trump than direct gun toting killing of the government.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 06, 2016, 09:45:12 AM
And while the US presidential election is a farce, politics are no less farcical elsewhere in the world.  Between Brexit and the AU elections, you almost wonder whether the "will of the people" is truly for the best.  Let's face it, the majority of us are complete idiots or, at best, educated fools.  

But what's the alternative then?  I sure as hell don't want an Animal Farm style dictatorship where I'm trampled underfoot by a power-hungry megalomaniac.  Even with enlightened monarchy, the most enlightened monarch will still succumb to the adage of "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."  Okay, many folks think that the Illuminati cabal already has us under their thumbs like that, and fleeces us with the illusion of choice and free will.  

Regardless, I think immigration will be under fire more than ever.  Illegal immigration has been a huge problem in the US for decades and now it's become a similar issue in Europe.  The joke in all the old sitcoms is some immigrant janitor snarls, "Ugh, back in old country I was surgeon!"  while unclogging a toilet.  Then why did you leave old country?  Oppressive government?  Fair enough, but ours isn't exactly plum pudding either.

In despotic Syria, government kills you.
In democratic republic America, you kill government.
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 04, 2016, 06:20:59 PM
I expected the new Love Live to suck because the first one was pretty much catching lightning in a bottle (which they willfully ruined), but gawd..
It is so damn awful.

Also, everyone looks younger... because you know... if you can't make better characters, just make them younger, right?

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Also, Berserk... wtf?
Why does it look only slightly better than RWBY?

You had one job Berserk!
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: July 02, 2016, 05:23:25 PM

Jesus...
So wait for the DC version?
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 02, 2016, 05:16:26 PM
I saw that and was confused.  Haven't actually watched any yet.  Are they full length episodes?

Yup, all 13 of them.
First time I see a weird release like this.
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 02, 2016, 10:02:21 AM
So, hum, yeah...
ReLIFE has a different schedule... as in all 13 episodes are out now.

You can just binge the whole season already.

EDIT: oh yeah, episode 1 is not very good but it gets much better already at 2.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: July 01, 2016, 03:22:46 PM
Derailing the current trend of conversation, I've advanced Star Ocean 5 a bit more (6 and a half hours in, WOWZER). As I progress, more and more I feel like there is no soul in this game. Characters talk quietly and without emotion aside from Emerson who would be just awesome if he wasn't just thrown in randomly to the party. The story is progressing by simply saying "I can't help you, try going here" which is ludicrously lazy, even by star ocean standards. The battle system, dear god the reason I love star ocean for years, is so...unfinished. Great concepts and awesome ideas riddled with such poor execution and lazy copy/paste jobs. The graphics for some things are quite enjoyable and lovely looking, but then you see the same 4 npcs everywhere and you get disgruntled at how godawful they look too. Everything about this game can be summed up in one phrase...


Great ideas, piss poor execution.


Also, the camera has become my worst enemy.

So basically, someone spent the game's budget on blackjack and hookers and they had to make something with what little was left?
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: June 30, 2016, 02:58:50 PM
*nightmare fuel*

Superior NTSC region

44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 30, 2016, 12:12:48 AM
For some reason, this made me laugh so much

45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: June 29, 2016, 10:14:57 AM
Even if Star Ocean did take place on a backwater planet for a while, why not let it be a story about a kid who's fascinated by the stars, fascinated by the idea of traveling in space, and loves to study, but everyone in his/her backwater community thinks s/he's an aimless dreamer or just plain stupid and should "get your head out of the clouds and keep your feet on the ground.  Your parents are getting older and you need to run their farm or inherit their weapon shop or take over the inn." 

"...to sail the star ocean.  That's always been my dream.  This little town is great and all, but I want more out of life.  Not just see the world, but see beyond it."

And the story becomes a heartfelt story about a dreamer who perseveres in the face of opposition.  Against all odds, they find their way to rocket science school, endure the harshness of school elitism, create a few prototype rockets that fail miserably, but never lose sight of the star ocean. 

This little idea of mine isn't reinventing the wheel as far as JRPG storytelling goes, but it's at least trying to make "star ocean" a thematic element. 

Change "stars" for "sky" and you have Grandia 3 right there.
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