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5941  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Combat Engines: Menu Based Versus Direct Input on: May 16, 2007, 05:44:42 PM
TANGENT: Fox- in Megami Tensei, all Devil Summoner games had demon loyalty (other MegaTen games do not.)  Devil Summoner and Devil Summoner 2: Soul Hackers both had it and it could be a pain since if your demons weren't loyal, they'd disobey your commands, attack you, all that fun stuff.  

But, yeah, a lot of classic MegaTen features are getting watered down in the new installments.  Nocturne watered down demon dialogue and demon fusion big time.  

As far as RPG battles go, I'm still a turn-based guy at heart too.
5942  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: May 16, 2007, 05:40:35 PM

The other anime boxset I got for my birthday besides Elfen Lied was Noir and I just saw the first 5 episodes.  Fan-freaking-tastic series so far.  The music is so damn good.  Mireille Bouquet is easily the most beautiful anime chick I've ever seen.  

The series is like a cross between Phantom of Inferno and Gunsmith Cats.  It doesn't break new ground, but provides a really cool story with oodles of style.  Some of the cagey maneuvers the ladies pull are so damn cool and totally genius (love the popcorn bit in the 3rd episode I think it was.)  

I definitely see why this series is so well received.  It's awesome.
5943  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: May 16, 2007, 11:05:28 AM
"A Tout Le Monde" with Christina Scabbia could have been brilliant and haunting, but the arrangement sucked donkey dick.  A better arrangement and it could have been brilliant.  When I first heard that Christina Scabbia would be doing vocals on a redux of "A Tout Le Monde" I thought it would work, but it turned into a trainwreck.  

On the other hand, I thought Korn and Amy Lee dueting on "Freak on a Leash" on Unplugged would be an absolute trainwreck, but it was actually good; it added an extra dimension and made the song more haunting.  That was a HUGE surprise (especially considering I don't think much of Korn or Evanescence.)
5944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Combat Engines: Menu Based Versus Direct Input on: May 16, 2007, 10:17:03 AM
I'm honestly getting a little tired of the "let's make everything realtime" trend in battle engines these days.  Some of the intricacies of Megami Tensei can only be done in a dynamic turn based system.  

The realtime battle system in Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou vs. The Soulless Army was horrible.  Not only did it make capturing demons needlessly frustrating, but it took away the whole Megami Tensei angle of talking to them to get them to join you.  Doing dialogue trees has to be turn-based: talk-respond-talk-respond (although Mass Effect can let you interrupt.)  

I'm a menu-based guy at heart.   I'm not 10 years old any more with the hairtrigger reflexes needed for ARPGs.  (Tangent: Both turn-based Xenogears and most ARPGs have platform jumping and I do not find platform jumping fun at all.)  

And as someone else said, +1 on Grandia's battle system.  Even though I'm not the biggest Grandia fan in the world (I didn't like Grandia or Grandia 2 as much as others here at the 'Fan), I still played them to the end because the combat was so much fun.
5945  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFXII what do you think about it? on: May 14, 2007, 10:11:42 AM
In FF12, the "main" protagonists Vaan and Penelo hardly get developed at all.  The most developed characters in FF12 were Balthier, Ashe, and Basch, I thought.  I believe part of the impetus behind Revenant Wings is to put the focus back on them and develop them more.
5946  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: May 13, 2007, 02:36:33 PM
I got the box sets for Elfen Lied and Noir for my birthday last week and I just started watching Elfen Lied.  What an insane series.  It reminds me of GUNNM/ Battle Angel Alita in a way where the girl is a sweet innocent girl with a new identity, but once stressed, she remembers her innate and amazing killing powers.  The difference here is that Nyu/Lucy seems less conscious of her dichotomy than Gally/Alita/
Yoko (Gally/Alita was an assassin named Yoko in her past, hence why she remembers her skill with Panzer Kunst

It's not an addictive series that I can watch all in one sitting (I have to take a break after a few episodes) because it can be hard to watch at times, but it's compelling in that I want to keep watching to see the story unfold.  I want to see Nyu "grow up" and how she comes to grips with Lucy.  

The only anime series I can remember watching pretty much straight for one day (or was it one weekend?) was Serial Experiments: Lain.

EDIT: The only thing that kinda weirds me out about Elfen Lied is
what the hell is up with Yuka?  I could have sworn that in the first episode it was established that she and Kohta are cousins, yet she acts like a love interest, asking whether Kohta will cry for her and fondle her breasts like he did to Nyu.  HE'S YOUR FREAKING COUSIN!!!!!!!!!!  I will never get Japan's obsession with incest and girls being waaaaaaaaaaaay too dependent on slightly older male relatives like big brother or male cousin.  
 Those are the scenes that are the most difficult for me to watch... and that's saying something since the series as a whole can be difficult to watch, especially that one scene where
the kid brutally beats the puppy to death in front of Lucy.

Awesome series, though.  Definitely one of my favorites now, because it's one I'd want to watch again.  I look forward to when ADV releases the Elfen Lied OVA, since that's said to offer additional insight into Lucy/Nyu's past.

I felt it was a bit short, though.  The ending was better than I'd have expected, but I feel there is still so much more to tell, like I only got a cursory glance of what's really going on.  

Maybe the Elfen Lied manga is longer and gives more answers?  I don't think it's available in English yet, though.
5947  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFXII what do you think about it? on: May 12, 2007, 07:47:49 PM
FF12 had great environments, great story, great characters (esp. Basch; most people go OMG at Balthier's cool, but Basch was my favorite)... but I didn't find combat fun and the license board thing felt like needless tacked on complexity.  Had the character growth interface been a more intuitive, streamlined, simpler one and the combat been more like console RPG combat than PC RPG combat, I'd have liked it more.  

I can dig complexity in RPGs (I'm a huge Megami Tensei fan), but this felt like busywork complexity simply for the sake of it and it made zero sense within the context of the game's world.  

I hated Contact's battle system.  FF12's battle system felt like a gussied up version of Contact's battle system.  

FF12 is a game I'd rather watch than play.

EDIT: And the music was very hit or miss.
5948  The Rest / General Discussions / Michael Jackson wants a giant robot. on: May 12, 2007, 12:16:48 AM
Screw the Jackson bot.  Considering how batshit insane he is, that MJ bot is pretty tame.  

If I were to get a giant robot, I'd want one of these and have it walk around the streets to see how people react.  


Like everybody else, I want me a raptor suit.
5949  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: May 11, 2007, 11:31:01 AM
I just heard "Constant Motion" off Dream Theater's Systematic Chaos.  I really like that song.  Killer riff.  I like that it's not meandering prog wankery, but tight, cohesive songwriting with enough complexity to make it interesting but not turn-offy.  It's like, I know Dream Theater's musicians can fucking play but with Constant Motion, it felt like they were more relaxed; like they don't have anything to prove and just wrote a killer fun song.  

If this song is any indication, I'll probably like this album.  I don't always like everything Dream Theater does, but I do appreciate their willingness to adventure musically.
5950  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: May 11, 2007, 10:21:19 AM
I've completed 4 scenarios in Memories Off: Complete for Dreamcast.  Now to complete the 5th scenario and unlock the Memories Off: Pure game.
5951  The Rest / General Discussions / This gets a big...holy shit on: May 11, 2007, 10:20:27 AM
Only in India.  Still, I know in some parts of India, snake handling is part of the culture and even at young ages, the children learn to properly handle venomous snakes.  Nowadays, scientists give these snake-handler villages mad loot for snake venom.  As snakes evolve, gotta evolve the antivenoms.  

Cobras are freaking awesome.  Such majestic snakes.  They have cobra festivals in India.  Where Pamplona has running of the bulls, this one city in India has slithering of the cobras and if a cobra enters your house, it's considered a divine message from Lord Shiva.  

And it's not so much that the baby is abnormally brave or anything.  It's still at an age where it doesn't quite know fear yet.  Babies that age don't know to be afraid of hot stoves or snakes and they will go to touch it.
5952  Media / The Soundroom / YouTube is the greatest website in the history of the world. on: May 10, 2007, 10:15:57 PM

This is one of my favorite "love to hate" YouTube vids.  It's of Dream Theater and guests covering Pantera's Cemetary Gates.  

James LaBrie's vocals were wussy and whiny sounding and he couldn't harmonize AT ALL with any of the guest vocalists.  

Burton C. Bell's (of Fear Factory) vocal was atrocious.  

John Petrucci was pretty much on point... but he had to have Jordan Rudess do the pinch harmonic squeals on his synthesizer.  Weak.  Though John Petrucci is one of the best guitarists alive today, his not doing the pinch harmonic squeals proved that Dime was an absolute master Yoda-esque guitar guru.  Nobody could do pinch harmonics like Dime.  

Dave Mustaine absolutely butchered the solo.  That was a total trainwreck.  Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

The best part of the whole thing was Russell Allen's (of Symphony X) vocal bit.  He proved that among prog metal vocalists, he is in a league of his own.  He should've sung the whole thing instead of LaBrie.  I think Symph X would have done a much better job than Dream Theater did.

I have much love and respect for Dream Theater (they're one of my favorite bands), but they should think their covers through a bit more.  This was pretty bad.  Almost as bad, if not worse, than their Master of Puppets cover (LaBrie is a skilled singer, but his vocal style just isn't suited to traditional metal.)
5953  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: May 10, 2007, 03:09:26 PM

Song of the moment is "Swimming Pool" by The Nerve.  Joe Nerve is the guy I bought my Warwick bass from, and this song and video are awesome.  Fun and very funny.  There are even a few shots of him playing that Warwick.  It is definitely cool seeing a glimpse into my bass' wild past.
5954  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Dissidia: Final Fantasy - fighting game? on: May 10, 2007, 09:01:14 AM
OMG cluod vs sqaull fightfightfightfight!!!!!!!!!

A lot of the screens reminded me of Power Stone.
5955  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: May 09, 2007, 07:11:25 PM
Killy- having a lovely lady such as yourself refer to me as a "sexy...beast" totally validates that performance and video.   You rule!

And I must admit, we certainly have an attractive populace here at the Fan.
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