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5371  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Disgaea 3 announced, PS3 game. on: July 18, 2007, 10:26:32 PM
I'm with Losfer on this one.  I love Nippon Ichi, they develop and publish some fantastic games (love the Atelier games and I have Soul Nomad preordered), but I do feel that graphically their SRPGs are stagnating.  It's as if they're just playing it safe with the familiar sprites and tiles.  I want to see them break out and offer something with some graphical pizazz.  

The PS3 is a powerful piece of hardware and if they're going to do a 2D SRPG, they'd better have sprites on par with the stuff you see in VanillaWare games like Grim Grimoire.  

I'm all for classic style, but I feel as if visually Disgaea 1-3 are exactly the same.  Disgaea was terrific, and though Disgaea 2 was good, it didn't offer anything new to the series.  Where's the upgrade in 3?  What reason do I have to play a game that just looks like more of the same?  If Disgaea 3 looked like Odin Sphere or Grim Grimoire, then I'd be interested in the new installment.
5372  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 17, 2007, 11:43:47 PM
I'm on disk 2 of Xenosaga where
Shion's sneaking around Vector trying to steal a spaceship, bust out, and kick it with Febronia, Nephilim, and Feb's sisters on Old Miltia.

I'm gamesharking this one as well, and boy howdy am I ever glad I am.  Even normal battles require finding the one and ONLY way of disposing of an enemy via break zones and were it not for the cheat codes on chaos (Jin and ES Asher have a bunch too), everyone was doing the most paltry of damage to anything.  You have to be a masochist to play this game without cheats, because those battles are downright annoying, frustrating, and often cheap given there's only ONE best way to win them.  Were it not for the damn break zones and stocking (I preferred the AP systems in Xenogears and Xenosaga I) this would be a killer battle engine.  

Infinite items is a damn good cheat too in this game given the lack of shops and money.  

The story is really good, though.  The narrative and pacing are a head and shoulders above the predecessor, whose story tended to drag.  Many people told me I could just view the Ep 2 database in Episode 3, but there's a big difference between seeing a story summary and actually playing through the events.  Plus, if I never played Xenosaga II, I wouldn't have been exposed to the awesome soundtrack.  Yes, I really like Shinji Hosoe's compositions.  I naturally love the Kajiura stuff too, but that's few and far between.  

I sampled some of Xenosaga 3 and while it's definitely the most refined, streamlined, polished, and seemingly most balanced of the series, I miss the multi-button attacks from prior Xeno titles.  The multi-button combo style attacks are what kept Xenogears and Xenosaga combat relatively fresh.
5373  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Disgaea 3 announced, PS3 game. on: July 17, 2007, 07:11:27 PM
"Oh, another one."  That's what the guy at Gamestop said to me when I preordered Soul Nomad.  

"I've never heard of Soul Nomad.  What is it?"
"It's an NIS strategy RPG"
"Oh... another one."  

And that's my reaction to Disgaea 3, especially considering the unchanged look.
5374  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Kingdom Of Paradise on: July 17, 2007, 09:48:08 AM
If it's not expensive, I'd get it.  I played some of it at a GameStop a while back and I thought it was a fun RPG with a medieval Asian setting that I haven't seen very often in RPGs.  I believe John's review compared it some to Jade Empire but without that BioWare mojo.  

It's nothing groundbreaking but it's solid.  

It's what I'd call a macaroni and cheese RPG.  Mac and cheese is good and you like it, but it's not a more exotic or exciting flavor.
5375  The Rest / General Discussions / Fox News - Mr Rogers, Bane on Society on: July 16, 2007, 09:27:36 PM
Let the fucking guy rest in peace.  Everyone's been giving Mr. Rogers shit for decades.  I loved Mr. Rogers and the Land of Make Believe.  

Sorry, knee jerk reaction.  I just feel as if people shitting on Mr. Rogers is played out, dead horse, and just plain mean, nasty, and stupid.  Mr. Rogers was awesome.
5376  Media / The Soundroom / Hey fellow Maiden whores on: July 16, 2007, 09:24:35 PM
I am NOT a Maiden whore.  I'm a Maiden HARLOT dammit, like Charlotte.  And fuck, I don't get Sundance on university cable.

5377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Mass Effect on: July 16, 2007, 09:22:47 PM
If I had an Xbox 360, you can bet your sweet ass I'd be all over Mass Effect.  I was salivating when I wrote that preview of the game earlier this year.  

I could have bought an Xbox 360, but I decided to get new pickups for my bass instead and in the long run, I think I made the better decision:P

I liked the first build of the combat engine I saw; kinda like SRPG meets realtime combat.
5378  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.
5379  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?
5380  The Rest / General Discussions / I'm looking for a website once mentioned on this forum... on: July 15, 2007, 10:19:03 PM

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.
5381  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.
5382  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.
5383  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."
5384  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.
5385  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
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,
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!
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