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5551  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: May 29, 2008, 07:21:09 AM
Yahtzee's review was amusing, but I'm surprised he didn't rag on the game's music.  I'd have thought he'd have a field day doing that.
5552  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 28, 2008, 10:46:22 PM
I never played the GBA Guilty Gear so I can't compare.  Still, Namco did a surprisingly good job with Tekken Advance.  They made a pseudo-3D Tekken game that effectively optimized the GBA's hardware.  Looks great, plays decently.  Not the greatest thing since sliced bread by any means, but still not a bad fighter, especially considering the platform.

I still think the only non-canon Tekken game that sucked was Death By Degrees.  That's too bad since Nina and Anna are two of my fave characters in the series.

My best bargain bin find so far this year has been Killer7 for 5 bucks.  That's one game I'd have gladly paid full price for.
5553  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 28, 2008, 09:32:10 PM
The only thing with SMT games is that some of the instant death spells like hama and mudo can be a bitch.  Otherwise, yeah, it's all about figuring out the enemies' weaknesses and exploiting them.  

As for my gaming... all I've been playing lately is Tekken games.  Mostly Tekken Dark Resurrection on PSP, but sometimes Tekken Tag, 4 or 5 on PS2 (I love Tekken 5's "arcade history" mode with arcade ports of Tekken 1-3).  I'm surprised that Tekken Advance for GBA is actually good (bargain bin for 3 bucks; I had nothing to lose.)  So far it's given me more satisfaction than 2 slices of pizza.  I'm a Tekken whore.  What can I say?
5554  Media / The Soundroom / Judge my metal band... please? on: May 28, 2008, 03:37:15 PM
I listened to some of those MySpace recordings of Entropy.  I must say, your boys' studio sound is quite comfortable and natural.  Really good.  Your vocalist, who I thought was kinda limp in the performance vids, came alive in the studio recordings.  

This is impressive to me, because the recording studio is such an unnatural and rather clinical environment to play what with all the dissection of parts and remeshing them with software.  The recording process was not a fun one in my old band (and our recordings were shite, for multiple reasons.)  I always preferred playing live and felt our band was stronger and sounded better live than recorded.

If you can pull off the kind of intensity and heart live as you do in those studio recordings, you'll be well on your way.
5555  Media / The Soundroom / Judge my metal band... please? on: May 28, 2008, 07:51:04 AM
To be honest, I wasn't really into it.  The riffs often got monotonous and there was little variety in the songs.  A solo or breakdown in there would punch it up and add some variety.  That's one of my beefs with modern rock- no solos.  I also didn't hear much variation between what the lead and rhythm guitarists were playing.  During the quieter parts there was some, but I don't think the band would sound much different if you took one guitarist out of the equation.  

I also found your band rather boring to watch.  You guys didn't connect with the audience at all and didn't really have any presence.  When performing intense music like punk or metal, I like to see the band really getting into it.  I like to see intensity in the band.  Stomping all over the stage, jumping around, big movements, basically presence... not just a bunch of dudes standing in one place staring at their fretboards.  

Your frontman needs to be a focal point of the band, a commanding presence, and he kept fading into the background.  A frontman should never do that.  There was a 10 second period during that first song where I saw a glimmer of intensity in everyone... but the frontman stepped behind the band to do his 'dance' and he faded.    

The opening of that first song almost sounded like "Criminal" by Fiona Apple, and a good metal cover of that song would be mindblowing, since it's such an intense song.
5556  The Rest / General Discussions / So how much is a German worth? on: May 26, 2008, 07:37:16 PM
Why am I reminded of that Calvin & Hobbes comic where Hobbes tries to convince Calvin that his parents bought him at a flea market for a nickel?
5557  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Aveyond & Ahriman's Prophecy (independently developed RP on: May 26, 2008, 03:14:02 PM
Quote from: "blackthirteen"

If youíre interest, I could let you review our game when itís ready :)

Hey, thanks for keeping me posted on your projects.  As interested as I am and would love to take you up on that offer, I'll have to decline.  I haven't made this public or anything, but today's actually my last day on the RPGFan staff.  Real life circumstances such as finishing grad school, looking for a real job, and having no idea where I'll be living in the next couple of months...
5558  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / PS3 or Xbox 360? on: May 25, 2008, 10:16:48 AM
Both consoles will have exclusive content as far as JRPGs are concerned.  With other types of games, 360 will have stuff like Theseis, which is a deep adventure by a European developer.  So the 360 may have a good cross-section of worldwide stuff.  

I'm in a similar situation.  Can only afford one new console, and which one to get?  One genre of video game I like as much, if not more than, RPGs is fighting.

So perhaps if you look at other genres of video game you like outside of RPGs and graphic adventures, that will make things clearer and help you come to a more solid decision.
5559  The Rest / General Discussions / Youtube on: May 25, 2008, 09:46:43 AM
Eh, Weezer's best albums were still Blue and Pinkerton.  

Anyway, here's "Swimming Pool" by The Nerve.  Joe Nerve, the bassist, plays with Bumblefoot and a bunch of others and I bought my Warwick off of him.  When I first watched the video's bedroom scenes, I was like "THAT'S MY BASS!!!!"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMZ-t4Fc85U

Sorry Joe, but you ain't getting your old Warwick back.
5560  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Infinite Undiscovery Coming September 2 on: May 24, 2008, 07:09:16 PM
I do have to agree that the English dubbing in the trailer's pretty atrocious.  And I'm usually pretty forgiving of that.
5561  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 24, 2008, 06:52:12 PM
I just came back from Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.  (I don't need the whole "kingdom of..." in the title.  It's better like this:P)  I flippin' loved it.  Wonderful Indiana Jones installment.  It's like the expanse of time between the films never was.  Nothing was overwrought or anything.  Were there segments where I had to consciously suspend my disbelief?  Oh absolutely, but I've had to do that for every Indy film, especially Temple of Doom.  

*smacks lips* I could really use some snake surprise and chilled monkey brains right about now.  mmm mmm mmm delicious!  (though if I'm not mistaken, snakes and monkey brains are actually delicacies in some parts of Africa.)
5562  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 23, 2008, 03:43:13 PM
I'm such a Namco fighting junkie.  When I'm at my folks' house, I'm often playing Soul Calibur on my Dreamcast (still the best console ever for fighting games.)  When I'm not, I'm playing Tekken 4 or 5 on my PS2, or Tekken Dark Resurrection on my PSP.  

I was debating over which next gen system to get.  I was almost sold on an Xbox 360 until I looked at the fighting games, which is one of my favorite genres and the reason my Dreamcast has stuck around.  Soul Calibur 4's on both, but Tekken 6 is Sony exclusive and since I adore the Tekken series far more than any Dead or Alive game, Tekken 6 has sold me on a PS3.  And since the PS3's Soul Calibur 4 has Vader instead of Yoda and I never really liked Yoda, I still win out.
5563  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: May 23, 2008, 03:30:48 PM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
Testament - Souls of Black

Trying to get in the mood for their new album, assuming I can be bothered to go get it. :P

Testament has a new album coming out?  Sweet!  I love Testament.  They're, like, one of the only 80s thrash band that didn't pussy out with age. They actually got heavier.  Is Chuck Billy still singing with them?  I remember he had cancer a few years back.  Still one of the best vocalists in metal I can think of.

My SOTM is one that I wrote.  It's called "Heart in a Vice."  Like any emotional song, it was inspired by a bad relationship I was once in.  

Relationships in the movies
Or on TV shows like Dawson's Creek
Are a sham, can't you see?
Prefabricated fantasy
Why do you buy into this?
It's not how the real world works
You're an idealist, I'm a realist
And because of that I'm a jerk

You molded me
In your ideal
Image of how
A boyfriend should be
Ignored my pleas
How do I feel
As you squeeze
The life out of me

Didn't want to
Be alone
Longest time
(The) sun never shone

Warped ideas of perfection
Are not only a male domain
Just 'cause you gave me an erection
I'm not a slave without a brain
For a while I compromised
My soul I let you ransack
But now I realize
And I've come to claim my soul back

'Cause I can't breathe
You stifle me
Locked me in a cell
And threw away the key
But I will shout
Claw my way out
I don't care if I bleed
But I gotta be free

I don't care if
I'm alone
I'll find a way
To atone
I'm with me
Better than I was with you
I'm with me
Better than I was with you
5564  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IV, V & VI for NA on: May 23, 2008, 09:32:33 AM
I *think* 1-3 was a trilogy with the Erdrick saga.  4-6 were a trilogy.  I think 7 and 8 were standalone titles.  I believe people were just saying the word "trilogy" since it's three DQ titles that are coming our way, including a couple that were never released before in the US.
5565  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: May 21, 2008, 05:42:36 PM
Finished The Bouncer with Kou.  Now playing New Game Plus with Sion.
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