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5506  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: July 24, 2008, 07:10:36 PM
I played a little bit of Song Summoner.  I haven't gotten anywhere yet, I'm still addicted to creating Song Troopers (I like that term better than Tune Troopers).

The in-game music isn't half-bad either.  Between this and The World Ends With You, it's nice to see Square Enix doing some offbeat original RPGs this year.

Also been playing a lot of Guilty Gear X2.
5507  Media / General Games / The fighting game thread on: July 24, 2008, 04:31:07 PM
I think characters are one thing that makes fighting games interesting for me.  Since others talked about their faves, I'll mention a few of mine.  In Tekken 5 my favorite character is Anna, but I'm best with Nina as she's more forgiving (read: easier) to play.  In Guilty Gear X2 I tend to get the furthest with Zappa, though my favorites are Chipp and Axl.  In Marvel vs. Capcom 2, the team I've found the most success with is Mega Man, Jill and Rogue.  However, my favorite is Tron Bonne because if she's set up right and with the right team, her specials hit for insane amounts of damage.

I tend to like speedier fighters than big slow brutes.  I also tend to perfer female fighters to males (mainly because they're faster and more agile).  The first time I play a fighting game, I'll always choose one of the ladies.  The one exception was Guilty Gear X2 where the first character I tried was Testament.
5508  The Rest / General Discussions / Don't try to reenact old commercials in Utah. on: July 24, 2008, 10:59:59 AM
Wait, people still remember that commercial?  I remember one time I was on the campus bus and that bus stopped next to another bus going the opposite direction and the two bus drivers exchanged something.  After the exchange was completed I loudly said "pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?"  The bus driver and a couple of the older students laughed, but everyone else thought I was a weirdo.  Then I realized, undergrads these days were all born after those commercials stopped airing.  

And am I also the only one who thought about that scene in Wayne's World preceding Bohemian Rhapsody?
5509  The Rest / General Discussions / A complaint... on: July 24, 2008, 07:38:58 AM
My initial reaction was to sardonically clap slowly and say bravo on obfuscating a simple point with scads of supercilious floral prose.  Then I realized, "something's fishy here."  And after reading the response to Hidoshi, I thought, "ooh ooh, do a Chewbacca defense complaint about me next!"
5510  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Cowboy Bebop - The live action movie on: July 23, 2008, 04:34:40 PM
Haven't people learned from that atrocious (to put it kindly) live action Fist of the North Star movie?
5511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / What dead series(or mostly dead) do you miss the most? on: July 23, 2008, 10:18:31 AM
Quote from: "calintz"
i'm surprised many have mentioned single games, as they aren't a "series", nor dead series (as the title suggests)

its funny, that's all :p

Fair enough, but in defense of Anachronox and Shantae, their respective developers intended those titles to become series, but due to financial snags, those "series" died before they were even born to become series.    

But though I didn't really like ShenMue or Golden Sun, yeah, those need new installments since they have serial stories that aren't even close to ending.  But again, I'm sure money's the culprit here.  

And for those of you mentioning Lunar, I take your Lunar and raise you a Lufia.  Now there's a series that died a tragic horrible death with not one, but TWO stinkers that I refuse to accept as canon.  Lufia 1 was charming.  Lufia 2 was a masterpiece.  Lufia: The Legend Returns was bad.  Lufia: Ruins of Lore was quite possibly the worst RPG I've ever had the displeasure of playing (Lee Babin's review of the game sums it all up.)  A REAL Lufia game that doesn't suck would be nice.  

On the other hand, perhaps it's a personal bias in that I can easily do without installments in many series and would prefer to see some new IPs, though new IPs are always financial risks for companies.
5512  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 23, 2008, 08:09:23 AM
I don't know how many of you read the Least I Could Do webcomic (it's by the same people who do Looking For Group) but the current story arc of Rayne as Batman is awesomesauce!

http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20080712  (this is the start of the arc)
5513  Media / General Games / The fighting game thread on: July 23, 2008, 07:19:18 AM
Quite a few Darkstalkers fans I see.  I like Darkstalkers as well, though I haven't played very many of them.  Felicia was always my favorite in that game.  The most offbeat Capcom fighter I've played is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.  Playing as the dog or the bird is pretty amusing.  And yes, Street Fighter IV looks absolutely boss.

One upcoming release I'm a little leery about is Guilty Gear 2: Overture.  Maybe I'm being petulant, but I was expecting a vs. fighting game, not some action/RTS hybrid.  I don't know how that's going to turn out.  Oh well, at least we still have GG: X2.
5514  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: July 22, 2008, 09:46:34 PM
Ricochet (Baiken's Theme) from the Guilty Gear XX #Reload Korean Version soundtrack for no other reason than it's freaking awesome.
5515  Media / General Games / The fighting game thread on: July 22, 2008, 09:08:27 PM
I know there are a lot more here besides me who love fighting games.  I'm no great shakes at them (I get clowned by my 12 year nephew all the time), but I love them all the same.  So let's discuss, what are some of your favorite fighting series and why?  

I'm not going to lie, I am a Tekken fan.  I prefer it to Namco's other franchise Soul Calibur because I prefer hand-to-hand fighters rather than weapons based ones.  In addition, Tekken's control scheme of mapping one button to each limb just makes perfect sense to me, especially when trying to figure out combos.  Tekken 3, Tekken Tag, and Tekken 5/Dark Resurrection are my personal favorites in that series.  

Tekken is both fun for beginners and has depth for better players.  In Tekken 5/Dark Resurrection, no button-mashing newb could clown an expert Anna or Dragunov player.  Good step up from 4 where a button masher could clown people with Christie (who I tend to find difficult to use.)  It's funny how some characters actually play worse when a player gets some skill.  

I like Soul Calibur as well, but more for just mindless fun.  I find Tekken a much deeper fighter.

I also love the Guilty Gear games for no other reason but the music.  Guilty Gear provides the kind of music I want to kick people's asses to.  I don't have to mute and throw on a death metal CD.  

My favorite 2D fighter is still Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 for Dreamcast.  I mean, everything about that game is complete awesomesauce.  

I gotta give props to Dead or Alive.  Despite its infamous jiggle factor, it's also a no-nonsense fighting game that actually require skill rather than button-mashing.  You actually have to *gasp* block and use reversals effectively.  Obviously Virtua Fighter is way more hard core, but I find Dead or Alive more fun.

So, yeah, fighting games.  I've played many, but these are the ones that stand out to me.  And I still posit that the Dreamcast was the best console for fighters.  What do the rest of you fighting fans like?  

EDIT:  What about what you don't like?  For me, I'm not a fan of SNK fighters.  I've played various installments of Samurai Shodown, Fatal Fury, King of Fighters, and others but I just couldn't get into them.  Only SNK fighter I liked was Last Blade 2 on Dreamcast, which I think it one of the better weapons-based fighters out there.  But other than that, not a big SNK fan.
5516  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The Dark Knight on: July 22, 2008, 06:04:15 PM
A lot of parents may be more familiar with the Adam West Batman series than the comics.  The Adam West TV series is very much high camp.  On the other hand, Batman: The Animated series and most of the comic books are quite dark.  So expectations of what Batman should be may be influenced by what kind of Batman you grew up with.

Similar things could be said for other hero franchises.  The recent Incredible Hulk movie is a far cry from the Lou Ferrigno TV series, which is the Hulk that my parents are familiar with.
5517  Media / Single-Player RPGs / What dead series(or mostly dead) do you miss the most? on: July 22, 2008, 06:01:02 PM
I'm not sure TWEWY even needs a sequel.  Even after you beat the game, the robust new game plus mode fleshes out everything fairly deeply, such as
going into detail as to why Neku was specifically chosen by Joshua, tons of detail about the origin of the Reapers, and loads of other information.

I guess some rogue Reapers wreaking havoc in another big city like maybe New York City and another unwitting teenager being forced into the game could work.  But I don't think a sequel with Neku and company is necessary.
5518  Media / Single-Player RPGs / What dead series(or mostly dead) do you miss the most? on: July 22, 2008, 04:46:44 PM
Dude, Star Ocean?  Star Ocean is FAR from being a dead series.  It's alive and kicking really well, we've gotten installments pretty regularly, Star Ocean 4's long since been announced for the 360, and US gamers will soon get the Star Ocean 1 and 2 PSP remakes.  

And Fallout?  Dead?  I'd have thought that years ago, but Fallout 3's coming out this year and it's so far blown everyone away at E3.  Fallout's not dead.  

And Mario?  Zelda?  I think you've just missed the boat on this topic.  If Mario and Zelda are dead series, then I'm a monkey's uncle.  

Now Alex Kidd on the other hand, THERE'S a dead series I'd like to see another installment of.
5519  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: July 22, 2008, 01:11:37 PM
Quote from: "daschrier"
Also, Armegedon uses 999mp no?

But if you level up Lucifer enough to get that skill which replenishes your SP to full after each battle, you can spam the hell out of Armageddon.
5520  The Rest / General Discussions / Obscure Talents on: July 22, 2008, 01:05:14 PM
Voice impersonations.  I can do close to 60 quite convincingly.  I think my best one is my Fran Drescher although the one I'm most requested to do is Spongebob.  One time, back when my nephew was two, I did Elmo's voice and he looked at the TV.  

I gotta sit down one day with a camera, do some voices, and put that on YouTube.  

That's my most unique talent and one I have a natural aptitude for.  Anything I've ever been good at (i.e. playing bass, writing, foreign languages) I've had to work hard at it, but not voice impersonations.

Some voices I outright refuse to do or even try: Arnold, Borat, Napoleon Dynamite.  People who claim they can do voices always do one of those three and often do them terribly.  I already know I do those particular ones terribly and why imitate Napoleon Dynamite when I can imitate Police Chief Wiggum and Ralph instead?
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