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5371  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Nocturne vs DDS on: July 16, 2007, 02:26:54 PM
Nocturne is one game that forces you to specialize rather than be a jack of all trades.  For me in Nocturne, having one slot each dedicated to a full on elemental resistance made me near invincible in battles.  Nocturne is one game where your defense is more valuable than your offense.  Another idea for Nocturne is to give yourself all the kajas; you'll be a one trick pony, but a very powerful one trick pony.  

Either way, it's quite important to have demons in your party that complement your build.  Some bosses have the ability to change their elemental resistances every few turns, so a demon like Atropos who has spells in multiple elements is good to have.  

One annoying thing about Nocturne's skill system is that if you swap out one skill for another, the one you lose is gone for good.  DDS, I believe, allows you to either keep or relearn the skills you swap out.  

So from what I understand, while the skill systems are similar in DDS as in Nocturne, DDS's fixes various flaws in Nocturne's.
5372  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 15, 2007, 10:23:17 PM
Quote from: "Bernhardt"
You see, the converse for me is true.

I didn't mind Shion or her voice actor in the first Xenosaga, but it's just her arguments with Jin the second Xenosaga that just make her seem like a whiny little sister who doesn't have a brain in her head, even if said arguments can be particularly hilarious. IRL, I'd be pissed and annoyed if I had someone like Shion whining at me like that.


I agree with you that Shion is a simpering weenie chick who's at times more detestable to me than Rinoa.  One of the worst protagonists ever.  I hated her from the get go.  But I just find her voice in Xenosaga 2 more bearable than the shriller, whinier, more annoyingly petulant voice in the first game.  

Shion's still a spineless jellyfish, but she's a shred more bearable to me because her voice in Xenosaga II is less like nails on a chalkboard.  Her arguments with Jin deserve a punch in the mouth, but they'd have been MUCH worse for me with her original voice.

Shion Uzuki is a disgrace to the Uzuki name (especially considering how Citan Uzuki in Xenogears was one of the best video game characters ever.)  Shion Futami in Memories Off, despite being a fan favorite, was as boring as stale dry white toast to me.  Why do video game characters named Shion have to be so freaking awful?
5373  The Rest / General Discussions / I'm looking for a website once mentioned on this forum... on: July 15, 2007, 10:19:03 PM
http://www.ipl.org/div/farq/plotFARQ.html

Is it this one?  It's about the theories that all stories are just retellings of 3, 7, 24, 36 whatever plots.  I do think it's true since the human experience itself is a limited one.
5374  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 15, 2007, 12:22:31 AM
5.5 hours into Xenosaga II, the MOMO encephalon dive.  The narrative and the pacing are so much more exciting than they were in the prequel.  Jr. and Ziggy are still awesome, chaos' cool factor's gone up, and I'm really liking Shion's voice in this installment.  This lady should have been the voice actor for Shion in all the Xenosaga games since she voices Shion without the shrill annoying whining of the first game (and I assume the 3rd since they brought back the original Shion.)  I still think Shion's a complete imbecile, but the revised voice makes her bearable, even during the arguments with Jin.
5375  Media / Single-Player RPGs / IGN Interview with Revenant Wings director. on: July 14, 2007, 10:31:06 AM
With the whole RTS thing, I'm now curious if the game will just be a series of battles/campaigns like in Grim Grimoire and other SRPGs, or will it have traditional console RPG exploration (meaning dungeons and towns that you walk around in) and only break out the RTS engine for battles.  I would assume the RTS engine in Revenant Wings is smaller scale since your battle party is only, what, a handful of people whereas other RTS games incorporate use of multiple squadrons of units on a battlefield.  

Still, given the DS stylus capabilities being the best way to mimic the rapid point-and-click action of a mouse thus making it ideal for graphic adventures and RTS games, I'd say putting Revenant Wings on the DS is definitely a smart choice.  Granted, Grim Grimoire did manage to make RTS work on a full sized console, which is a pretty amazing feat.  

I couldn't get into FF12 (hated the damn license board), but I am curious about Revenant Wings.  It's also nice to hear that they're adding a dungeon and actually upping the difficulty for the US version.  It's a far cry from the days when US versions had removed content and 'dumbed down' difficulty.
5376  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome/Stupid YouTube Video Thread on: July 14, 2007, 08:43:54 AM
My favorite YouTube video ever is of this 2 year old girl rocking out to Divinity Destroyed- one of my absolute favorite bands.  I hope my future progeny love metal like that.  http://youtube.com/watch?v=g17P81VD2vs

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rMZ-t4Fc85U This is a cool video by the late NYC pop punk band "The Nerve."  I bought their bassist Joe Nerve's Warwick, which can be seen in a couple of scenes in the video.  He now plays for Bumblefoot and has an endorsement deal with MusicMan.  I like this video because my bass has so much mojo that it's awesome to see the kind of life it had with its former owner.    

http://youtube.com/watch?v=TsoLb-E7oy8 And it wouldn't be a YouTube thread without 80s cheese.  This is "Wild Child" by WASP.  I laughed my ass off when he sang the words "naked heat machine."  

And since I'm a vain, egotistical, narcisisstic, self-aggrandizing little whore, here's Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=HWiIJ4_9PeU (first half)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=KAvrnpoqqY0 (cover of Joseph Edward Cosgriff's "I Like Jersey Best."  

I've actually just about finished a script for "Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs Episode II: The Umpire Strikes Back" and am hashing out ideas for "Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs Episode III: The Race for the Holy Grail."  I dub that debut performance "Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs Episode I: There's No Hope."
5377  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: July 14, 2007, 08:11:58 AM
I definitely want to see Ratatouille.  I mean, it's Pixar and I've loved every Pixar movie that's come down the pike.  

I hear the Simpsons movie is coming out at the end of the month.  I still think The Simpsons is the greatest TV show to ever exist and its longetivity is proof of that.  That's one movie I definitely have to see.  

I do want to see Transformers as well.  Though I can't stand Michael Bay's directing (he spams the hell out of the "shaky camera" thing in action scenes), and I know I'll likely take issue with some things since the Transformers cartoon and toys were the absolute best part of my childhood (well, until Nintendo), but hopefully the giant robots presented there can be cool in their own right.  

I still think the best thing Michael Bay ever directed was that "I would do anything for love (but I won't do that)" video by Meat Loaf.
5378  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: July 13, 2007, 08:44:56 PM
I finally got to see the Spongebob movie in its entirety on TV.  Man, what an amazing movie.  It was epic and totally hysterical.  It was the creme de la creme of anything Spongebob.  I loved the ending.  How could I not love an ending where
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Spongebob in a wizard costume plays a righteous guitar solo harnessing the power of rock & roll
to save the town.  And I have to say,
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the Hasselhoff scenes
were hysterical.

I'm a gigantic Spongebob fan to begin with, when I do voice imitations my Spongebob is the most requested one, I even have a 5th grade student who calls me Spongebob (I don't think she even knows my real name.)  Spongebob rules!  Spongebob is the best cartoon character to come out in decades.  All hail Spongebob!
5379  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 13, 2007, 05:24:40 PM
My beef with Xenosaga's soundtrack was more or less the lack of effort in the whole thing.  Mitsuda's capable of brilliant compositions, but I find his body of work inconsistent.  We just forget about any crap he's written because his top of the line stuff (i.e. Chrono Trigger) is exquisite.    

As for Joan Hogg, it's purely taste.  Her voice doesn't agree with me at all.  When it comes to singers, be they male or female, I'm very picky in my preferences.  I just felt like Hogg's vocal was empty and soulless, though technically sound (i.e. no atonality, no singing off key/out of tune).  

Despite my ripping on the music, Shion (I still loathe that whiny ass simpering weenie chick; she's almost as pathetic as the "ugly cow" Rinoa), and Kos-Mos (one-dimensional robot bimbo) I actually did like Xenosaga.  If I didn't, I wouldn't have completed it.  The plot was really good, if paced somewhat poorly, and the other characters were awesome.  Ziggy, MOMO, and Jr. were great.   I grew to like chaos and Allen as well.  However, my favorites were definitely Captain Matthews and Tony.  Captain Matthews is teh awesome!
5380  The Rest / General Discussions / Other Message Boards? on: July 13, 2007, 08:36:17 AM
I like to frequent http://www.talkbass.com .  Talkbass is an online community for bass players (both electric and upright.)  Heh, if it weren't for Talkbass, I'd never have met Joe Nerve and purchased his old Warwick.  I'm Dincrest there also.  

I also occasionally post at the Warwick bass forums ( http://www.warwick.de/forum ) because I'm a proud owner/user of a Warwick bass.  I'm there as SullenDoorNeal.  Sullen Door is a band I used to play for.
5381  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 12, 2007, 10:08:32 PM
See, so far I'm really liking Xenosaga II's music.  So far, the music is more pleasing to me than anything in Xenosaga I.  In fact, I think Xenosaga II's music so far is awesome.  I obviously love Kajiura's stuff (<3 the Noir soundtrack), but Hosoe's stuff is great in its own right too.  The techno style fits the game really well.  

Then again, taste is subjective.  For example, I quite liked Breath of Fire III's unique jazz-fusiony soundtrack yet that soundtrack got slammed while Breath of Fire IV's more conventional soundtrack was highly praised and I thought it was pretty generic.  

It's funny.  People also praised the two vocal themes that capped off Xenosaga I.  I thought both of them were awful.  Cheeseball lyrics, uninspired music, and the singer's voice was pretty generic and "meh" too.  I was like "turn that shit off and just have the characters talking.  These vocal numbers are terrible."  I couldn't listen to that Joan Hogg shit without gagging.  

Either way, Prime Mover I share your disdain for synthesized vocals (I criticize those a lot in my soundtrack reviews; they were absolutely cringe-worthy in Soul Cradle/Soul Nomad's soundtrack).
5382  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 12, 2007, 08:33:18 PM
I just finished Xenosaga and started Xenosaga II.  I'm probably the only person out there who wasn't impressed by Xenosaga's music.  I thought the music was either forgettable, bland, or just plain awful (final dungeon's music was terrible.)  Mitsuda is very hit or miss with me and I thought the Xenosaga soundtrack was a complete miss.  The lack of battle themes was a major sore spot for me and the one time they changed it up for the final boss battle... that music was boring.  It wasn't battle music at all.  It was sleepytime music.  

I'm at the part in Xenosaga II where Shion and company just landed on Second Miltia.  So far, I'm really liking the music in this game.  It has an electronica/techno vibe that fits the futuristic settings.  And the fact that there's music in locations, there's variance in the battle themes, and all of said music so far is enjoyable, I'm liking it.  

As for the changed voices: I love chaos' new voice.  He's soft spoken and wise without sounding like a wimpy kid.  I didn't like chaos' wimpy voice in the first game.  I'm digging Shion's new voice too.  It doesn't sound any different from the first game and it's smoother without that shrill, annoying, whininess about it.  I'm not fond of Kos-Mos' new voice.  I preferred the deeper, huskier, more robotic voice from the first game.  

I haven't played enough of the game to judge the battle system, but I like the more extensive use of multi-button attacks, kinda like in Xenogears.
5383  The Rest / General Discussions / Timecube WTF?! on: July 12, 2007, 08:30:46 AM
Atheist fundamentalists frighten me.  Christian fundamentalists have the whole "I am right, you are wrong" thing going, but many Atheist fundamentalists like this guy have the whole "I am super smart and all of you are idiots" thing going which certainly does not endear people to consider that alternative point of view.  

For a guy who blasts God fearers as "self-masturbating the mind" he's certainly masturbating his mind, stroking his ego, and loving himself for being "so smart."  

The guy may be on to something, but his attitude is very off putting.  And his website looks like the one from some guitar luthier who basically says that we musicians are all idiots for not using his "enlightened" guitar and bass strings.  He may be on to something, but his attitude is quite off putting.  http://www.zacharyguitars.com/Strings.htm

And Mythbusters already disproved the whole mystical powers of the pyramid thing, so why should a cube be any different?

As far as scientist mentality goes, this guy's wacky.  And I thought the scientist who thought he could use yoga to make sharks believe he was a fellow predator was a nutjob.  This footage of him doing his yoga then getting bitten by a bull shark is on "Anatomy of a Sharkbite."
5384  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 10, 2007, 10:10:00 PM
I'm working my way through Proto Merkabah in Xenosaga.  Wow, it's about freaking time a dungeon actually had music... too bad the music here is pretty blah.  

Yasunori Mitsuda is very hit or miss with me as far as his music goes, and this Xenosaga soundtrack did not impress me at all.  The music was pretty forgettable.  The final boss theme had better not be the same old battle theme.  I'm sick of that song.
5385  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: July 10, 2007, 10:06:56 PM
So Deggy, how you liking Pretest?  I personally think it's a fantastic album.  It's more accessible than other Dysrhythmia albums with tighter songwriting with some moments of stream of consciousness jamming.  

Catalog of Personal Faults is my favorite song on the album.  Bastard is another song that I can never get tired of.

EDIT: And DR, excellent choice.  I think Seymour Duncan makes the best pickups.  I dare Duncan to make a bad pickup.  Reasonably priced too.  Bartolinis are usually hit or miss with me and I can't stand EMGs (they make every instrument they're in sound exactly the same- sterile).

Lindy Fralin and Nordstrand pickups are said to be absolutely top notch, but those get expensive.
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