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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: December 17, 2014, 05:22:59 PM

= I think One Winged Angel is one of the world's most overrated songs ever, but the vocal fidelity of the song's choir is extremely impressive and gets my "tip of the hat" for it.

I liked "Birth of a God" much more.  I also thought Bizarro Sephiroth looked more badass than Safer Sephiroth.  Too bad he and his music get forgotten while everyone creams their pants over One-Winged Angel.  It's kinda like a famous celebrity with an average Joe/Jane brother/sister who's cooler and more attractive, despite being overshadowed by the famous sibling.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQwQnEfbh0U
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 17, 2014, 05:03:17 PM
I never played Unlimited SaGa, but I have heard some people say that the game is just misunderstood- that if the play mechanics were better explained then the game would be at least sorta kinda cool.  What say you folks?
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 16, 2014, 09:25:49 PM
Anachronox for $1.50 is a flat out STEAL!  That's, like, getting a killer RPG using the change found under your couch cushions. 

I don't know about the gamersgate download, but when I got my box copy, I had to download those two fanmade patches.  The game would have been buggy as a Taco Bell kitchen without them. 
4  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 16, 2014, 09:18:37 PM
I'm reading this now; it's a magical girl story called "Souldiers" by Aisa.  It's not deep or complex reading and you have to suspend your disbelief, but it's good, clean, magical girl fun so far.  

Just finished reading this.  So far, it's only 4 chapters plus a bonus chapter that takes place in the past.  My opinion still stands.  It's a little grittier than typical "magical girl" stuff, which is good, but the characters still need to develop more.  I liked the bonus chapter that showcased two of the magical girls identities in a bygone era.  http://aisasouldiers.webs.com/

Next up, Open Minds.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 16, 2014, 05:27:53 PM
Anachronox is f'n AWESOME.  Yes, the first area is long, but it's like Midgar in FF7.  When people complain about FF7, the first question is "didja get out of Midgar yet?"  I actually liked the first area, though it definitely requires patience to get through.  It was really creatively designed, almost like an Escher painting in some ways.  So, yes, the game does get better once you're out of the first area.  Patience is rewarded in the game.  I thought the final dungeon was great fun to play through.

I played it in 2008, 7 years after it came out.  I was an adult and I thought it was fantastic.  None of the characters were kids, so it appealed to adult sensibilities while still having a sense of fun.  I loved the ensemble cast in the game.  

As for challenge, there are multiple difficulty levels so challenge seekers and easy riders will be happy.  Plus, the game really isn't that long.  I beat it in around 25 hours, and these days that's about how long it takes before I get burnt out on the average RPG.  (I definitely believe I have adult ADD).  

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/anachronox/index.html (review)

http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2009/640.html (editorial)

EDIT: And as for "old games" Anachronox felt good when I played it.  I'm replaying Chrono Cross after a LONG time and it still feels pretty good.  I'm enjoying it more than many modern games I've played.  On the other hand, Legend of Dragoon felt a little unrefined because of the unforgiving, hair-trigger timing needed to pull off attacks (especially since several bosses were merciless.) If that game's battle system was more forgiving...
6  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 15, 2014, 08:50:00 PM
I'm reading this now; it's a magical girl story called "Souldiers" by Aisa.  It's not deep or complex reading and you have to suspend your disbelief, but it's good, clean, magical girl fun so far.  

THis one will be short, so next in line is Open Minds, book 1 of the Mindjack trilogy by Susan Kaye Quinn.  It's part of the "YA dystopian" wave and it was a freebie.  So we'll see how this first book is, and if I like it, I'll buy the rest.  It seems to be about a girl who lives in a future where humans have evolved to read each others' minds and telepathy is the communicative norm, yet she cannot read minds.  But she discovers a far darker and more dangerous power that lurks within her mind.  
7  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 14, 2014, 09:17:25 PM
Right now, I'm reading this: http://ultimatefantasystudio.com/books/

It's called "The Queen's Realm" and it's by the guy who's doing the upcoming RPG Meridian Shard, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter. 

The story itself is solid, but the writing is choppy and disjointed.  As if the editor made really abrupt transitions into expository tangents, making some scenes difficult to follow.  I asked the author whether the story is related to the upcoming game, and he said they're divergent from each other.  He also promised that the following books will have better editing. 

I just finished the book.  Again, the various plotlines presented are good, I'm invested in them, and I want to know what happens next in all of them.  I want to know what happens to Atticus.  I want to know more about big John.  I want to know about Elassia- the dark witch introduced in the final chapter.  I liked that it's a solid fantasy novel, but then it brought in connections to different eras, kinda like in the game Exodus Guilty where the past, present, and future are intertwined in a massive storyline.  However, the editing is a bit rough, what with abrupt transitions into expository tangents like flashbacks or simultaneous happenings, some stray grammar and syntax errors, a couple of iffy uses of modern vernacular, that kind of thing.  There were a lot of times I had to reread sections just to make sure I understood all the information and I wasn't getting things backwards.  I liked how a lot of descriptions were vivid enough without getting too wordy, though I'm also a fan of verbose wordy descriptions.  The book definitely gets violent and the descriptions of violent acts have the best writing.   

Brisk fantasy read (only 153 or so pages according to Amazon), so even though it's a planned 6-part series it will be manageable.  Definitely worth the $3 I paid for it.  I definitely want to read part 2 Lambs and Leviathans when it comes out. 
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 14, 2014, 07:02:11 PM
So, to anyone playing Love! Live! School Idol Festival, we've talked favorite idols, but what songs do you guys dig?

So far, my favorites are Natsuiro Egao de 1, 2, Jump!, Mermaid Festa Vol. 1, and Aishiteru Banzai

I'll have to add Dash in there, because that song is really cool.  #1 is definitely Mermaid Festa vol. 1, #2 is Natsuiro Egao de 1,2,3 Jump, and I may have to put Dash as my #3. 
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most horseshit battles you've suffered through, an RPG retrospective on: December 14, 2014, 03:53:34 PM
I still bristle when I think about the Grand Jewel battle in Legend of Dragoon.  That game had a lot of tough bosses, but Grand Jewel is one I distinctly remember pissing me and a lot of people off. 

I never played Legend of Legaia extensively, but that game is said to have merciless bosses. 
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 14, 2014, 01:38:33 PM
I've dated ice queens before.  Cold, domineering, super closed off.  I can't sustain a relationship with someone like that.  I'm a warm and friendly person and I seek that out in others.  Domineering is a turn off because I don't like being told what to do and how to do it.  Super closed off- well, a big turn on for me is when I can just talk with a girl for hours on end about nothing and everything all at once.  A conversation with an ice queen like Lightning would be like pulling teeth, and when I'm on a date and the conversation feels like pulling teeth, I'm out. 

So from a real life standpoint, yes, Lightning is difficult to relate to.  It's difficult for me to relate to a girl who's cold, domineering and uncommunicative.  There are guys who totally go for that, but I'm not one of them.

But like I said before, it's because I can't relate well to Lightning is what made her interesting for me.  Although trying at first, it was interesting to follow a character who's such a polar opposite of me.  I think that's also a reason a lot of people hated Tidus.  Let's face it, most of us were dorks/dweebs/etc. in high school who had zero clout on the social totem pole.  Tidus was a jock.  Jocks were the highest on the social totem pole, thus they were pretty entitled due to their popularity.  Tidus immediately went from being the entitled big fish in a small pond to being a complete nobody who actually had to work to get anything and it's hard to adapt. 

As for Hope, I felt like he and Lightning helped each other grow a lot. 
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 14, 2014, 11:20:06 AM
Weirdly enough, I just did too, Neal!

I enjoyed it, but found the story too simple, even for a kids movie and I didn't really like any of the chatracters. Though I appreciated the

real life aspect towards the end.

The story may not have been super deep or complex, but it was told very well.  A simple story told well is IMO superior to a convoluted story told poorly.  And consider that the story itself is meant to be the product of
an 8 year-old kid's imagination
, I think it held true to that.  Remember when we did creative writing  back in elementary and middle school?  We wrote pretty imaginative stuff, but it wasn't Tolkien or Martin. 
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 11:11:32 AM
I remember the first time I played SaGa Frontier.  I kept hearing about how bad it was so I went to my local movie/game rental place and rented it for the weekend out of morbid curiosity.  I wound up playing it that day for 3-4 hours straight, wondering, "Why do people bag on this game so much?  It's really good!"  I would have played it more, but a buddy called me wanting to hang out.  That's when I looked at the clock and was like, "Whoa, I've been playing the game THIS long?  It hardly felt like it..."  

EDIT: And, yes, I too am looking forward to Legend of Legacy.  I agree that it seems like a SaGa game in all but name. 
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 13, 2014, 09:19:28 PM
I FINALLY saw The Lego Movie. 

Everything is awesome.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 13, 2014, 03:59:10 PM
Right now, my main battle/travel party is
Serge (White)
Nikki (Blue)
Glenn (Green)

and my remaining roster is:
Kid (Red)
Poshul (Yellow)
Macha (Red)
Greco (Red)
Doc (White)
Pip (Eevee)

EDIT: And it's funny that Aeolus should even talk about boinking the ladies in Chrono Cross.  I'll bet someone on the writing staff was sexually frustrated or stuck in a relationship with a domineering woman (like Rasputia in Norbit) who kept his cojones in a jar.  Because in Home World, all Serge has is naggy-nag-nag Leena whereas in Another World Harle wants to shag him, Lisa in Termina's element shop wants to shag him (this is made clear if Leena's in the party), Miki's probably a slut (it's easy to assume how she "distracted" the guards in Shadow Forest if you choose Nikki's path) and would likely shag Serge out of boredom...  Too bad Serge is dead in Another World, because that is the world where he'd have no trouble getting laid. 
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 13, 2014, 08:30:21 AM
I could pull the pizza analogy here too.  New York style thin crust vs. Chicago deep dish.  Both totally different styles of pizza, but both delicious in their own way.  I have my preference to be sure (I grew up in New Jersey so I'm more drawn to NY style), but when in Chicago, I'll scarf that deep dish. 

And, of course, there will be the arguments of "NY thin crust is like cardboard" and "Chicago deep dish is a pie, NOT a pizza!" and all that stuff.  Just like Trigger/Cross on teh intarwebnet. 

Anyway, I'll probably put in a big chunk of playing when I'm off for the holidays. 

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