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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: Today at 10:13:59 AM
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probably moreso with friends

Not really.

The problem with playing SoM with friends is that nine times out of ten, you're growing up in a crappy suburban neighborhood and your friends are just whoever's around that's your age, and then they end up like robbing your parents.

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...yeah, that sounds about right...;_;
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 07:29:46 PM
To be fair, I still like Secret of Mana, but it...really is full of frustrating design decisions, some of which were clearly made as a compromise rather than because it would make the game more fun. It's enjoyable, probably moreso with friends, but I don't feel it's a well-aged classic.

And yes, despite my apparent love of FFA, it's dungeon design thus far (I'm approximately 2/3s through the game) has ranged from okay-but-forgettable to flat-out terrible (that mine cart level can go screw itself). Then again, I think it's trying to be more like Zelda, and 9 times out of 10 I hate Zelda's dungeon design, so maybe it's just a design philosophy I don't agree with. :\
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 18, 2014, 11:12:19 PM
You know, I was thinking of making a thread about the Mana series.

Except I was gonna call it: "Final Fantasy Adventure: The Only Good Mana Game?"

I need to try Legend of Mana first before I do that, though I've not heard good things...
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2014, 06:47:28 PM
This is what happens when you don't play a game for like five years.

Which is why I have yet to finish Okami despite getting far at least 3 times. :P
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 11:16:32 PM
The stat-downs I figured had something to do with how I was playing and wasn't too bothered about. I mean my character got brain-damage or something from a hefty blow by a boss and got his whole level dropped one peg.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 10:03:48 PM
GGXXAC+ - In a battle of Life or Death between a little girl with an anchor and a bodybuilder packing explosives, who will win?

The Whale. :|
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 09:44:24 AM
Spent 3 hours playing Wizardry on the PS3 (when I could've been playing Secret of Mana)...screw this game. Level downs? Apraisals costing the same amount as the sell price?  Random Alignment changes? Enemies that are constantly unknown even though you've fought them a bazillion times? (It's fine if their level is unknown, but don't show a shadow of a Kobold when I know it's a freakin' Kobold!) What were they thinking?! Were old school Wizardry games this bad? I never got that far in any of them, but some of these mechanics just don't make sense!
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i hope we get this too(WA5) on: October 16, 2014, 09:40:01 AM
Would be nice, though I already own the disc.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 15, 2014, 06:37:59 PM
No offense, but skimming through that article...I feel like it's a better example of what's wrong with gaming journalistic writing than the Polygon review. And yes, I read the Polygon review. I didn't agree with it and it was painful to read at times, since it didn't seem to want to give a lot of examples as to what it was saying, so it was difficult to understand their position. It's not a good review, and I've seen better, even from Polygon, even on ones I very much did not agree with.

But that articles feels a bit too charged to take seriously, like someone's just posting an sternly-worded letter. Granted, it's difficult enough for a member of the industry to say "everyone's doing it wrong!" and still be taken seriously...

I will leave IGN's take on that which I think works both sides of that well and concisely:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-gXfamSPf0#t=325
"Bayonetta is strong and awesome, but it looks like the game was shot by a pervy cameraman [sic]"

Besides that, I still fully intend to purchase.

Damnit IGN, how can I hate you went you actually make good points?! :P

But seriously, I think that sums it up just right. I want to agree with the idea that it's part of her character and she "owns" her sexuality or whatever. I guess I'd have to play the game more, but what I couldn't help but be distracted by the buttshots in the cutscenes of the demo, though. I don't think there were too many, and I don't think it's that much of a problem - I love Bayonetta as a character, and that includes her looks - but if the full game has a lot of that (and I've heard conflcting reports), I could see some people getting annoyed or even offended by it.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Terra Battle on: October 15, 2014, 11:33:50 AM
(I really wish the mobile version of...Final Fantasy Tactics would get ported to the VITA).

...w...why? War of the Lions is already on the Vita...
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 14, 2014, 11:07:48 PM
Okay, I don't have a very good memory and why is the palace underground and the ruins above ground? That's not usual video game logic...anyways, I did the Ruins first and the Palace second so...I guess that's the right order. Just seems weird they'd tell me to go back there? I'm pretty sure I already interacted with the nut Mana Seed and got told to go to the forest, but I wandered around and ended up going to the Palace instead.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 14, 2014, 08:08:11 PM
I actually did the Underground Ruins before the Palace. It really helped with that annoying Wall Boss I just now realized was pretty imfamous? Anyways, I'll see if the sequence breaking ruined everything or not...or was I supposed to do that? I dunno, it was tricky getting Phanny to disappear. :/
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Legend of Grimrock II on: October 14, 2014, 01:18:34 PM
Guess I'll make it now that the review is out.

Legend of Grimrock II is the sequel to 2012's Legend of Grimrock. Huge shocker, I know.

I'm gonna quote the Steam page for the story rundown since I haven't had lunch yet:

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A group of four prisoners have shipwrecked on the secluded Isle of Nex. The island is filled with ancient crumbled ruins, mysterious shrines and a vast underground network of dungeons and mines. If the prisoners wish to make it out alive, they have to overcome the challenges devised by the ominous mastermind of the island.

Basically it's a First Person Dungeon Crawler, but this time set on a big island full of Puzzles and monsters and whatnot, so there's a heavier focus on open-ended exploration instead of just going through one big dungeon (though I guess the island is kinda like one big dungeon in a way). There's grid-based movement and real-time combat (though I think there's still ATB style recharge guages for your attack actions). Check the link or the RPGFan Review for more details, I'm hungry...

Anyways, are you guys looking forward to playing when it comes out on Oct. 15? I'm still only a third of the way through the first LoG, but I'm definitely excited for the sequel. I was gonna try to finish the first in November, but I'm wondering if I should push that schedule up now...
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 13, 2014, 11:25:52 PM
I think I have a Level 2 Axe and I need to go back to level up the Knuckle (which I will probably never use because I really need the axe's and sword's broad range fro when I get mobbed...which happens a lot...). And thanks for the directions. I wasn't sure what that orb was all about when I stumbled upon it earlier and then forgot about it.

Also I got some magic rope...what do I do with this? :/

(Also, you're right that "undodgeable attacks" are the main challenge with the bosses. It's kind of annoying, especially since I'd say FFA had much better boss fights with far more limited gameplay, but whatever)
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 13, 2014, 08:16:10 PM
I haven't watched it, but to be honest, I was really surprised how many people thought it was something great to watch when even the summary seemed like one of the stupidest things I'd heard. But I guess people were expecting "Starship Troopers: The Anime"? Which I'll admit was a movie I enjoyed, but more as a mocking parody than an actual sci-fi film, especially when you realize how different it is from the book the movie was supposed to be based on...

Anyways, I watched episode 1 of Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, and I liked it a lot. Maybe a bit cliche, but overall it seems like a very cool first episode, and I'm hoping it keeps things interesting. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Also, Funimation's website has not crapped out on me since I've checked it for the past week, and the episode I watched played fine. Might watch GARO tonight if I can.

EDIT:

Can't watch GARO until Friday, so I watched the first episode of Laughing Under The Clouds and hoooo boy, I haven't seen a first episode this rushed in a long time. Perhaps the beginning was way too slow in the source material, though - absolutely nothing of interesting happened until the last third of the episode, so I guess they had no choice but to rush things. Still, it was a terrible first impression all around...I'll try to give it two more episodes to see if it gets better, though. I never expected it to be perfect, but my gut told me it'd be watchable at least. Hoping it's right...

EDIT MK 2:

Saw the first two episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam: Reconguista in G, and will be watching the third episode in the morning. The pacing wasn't perfect and there were some basic questions left unanswered, which hopefully more details in later episodes will clear up

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(seriously, why do they not take prisoners seriously when they obviously have trained guards and police forces and now even an army? No handcuffs? No security locks? No security cameras? I mean, apparently piracy warrants the death penalty, yet it feels more like they're slapping them on the wrist and letting them go! No seriously, twice they just let prisoners leave and didn't seem to give it much thought...)

But other than that, it was a pretty fun set of episodes and I look forward to seeing where it goes. Also, the battles feel like they've learned a lot from Gundam Unicorn. A lot less reused animations and one-hit explosions like you'd see in previous series, much more battle damage with a variety of attack methods, and everyone seemed to have a certain level of competance expected from their level of training (except the main hero, though he has actually been trained to use a mobile suit, including some emergency fighting techniques. He's still way too good at this, though).

Oh, and I like the main hero's chipperness. Gundam heroes can be a bit broody and/or serious, so it's nice to see someone who keeps generally upbeat, even when he makes a mistake.

EDIT Thrice:

Mobile Suit Gundam: Reconguista in G ep. 3

Why does the recap of Reconguista always basically beg the viewer to watch the next episode? Actually, I don't think it was even begging this time. "Even if you don't want to watch it, Watch it!" XD

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Anyways, episode 3 was cool, and some details are finally clearing things up. The Captial whatsit is basically OPAC, so I guess they've never actually had to deal with problems before, since they just hold the whole world hostage any time anybody does something they don't like, under the pretense of keeping the world safe and preventing people from repeating the mistakes of the past.

Which explains why their military is so explicitly incompetant. Like, they let the Pirate girl go back to her Gundam, and in the process she stole it and kidnapped 3 people, including the Hero who keeps helping her because he's all tsudere for her or something, and apparently he has parents in high places (which might explain why he's so stupidly trusting?).

No, seriously, he even helped her start it up and do all the checks and everything and she's all "oh btw, I'm not letting you use this Suit, I'm taking it and going back to my Unit." And he's all "o rly, you need help with that? Let me sit on the dashboard awkwardly and never try to stop you even once." (at least the girl tried to stop her, if pulling on her cheeks and maybe her left arm actually counts as trying to stop her...)

And in the next episode they're going to force him to fight his own guys somehow. Our hero, folks. :P

With all that said, at least this show doesn't take itself seriously enough for all the stupidity to get annoying. This show reminds me a lot of Xabungle so far, actually, where it's a lot of cartoony silliness mixed with some surprising realism here and there, and some serious undertones and story elements.

EDIT Quattro:

Watched the first episode of World Trigger, and it was pretty good. Dunno what others meant by "poor Pacing and animation", everything seemed pretty spot on to me. Not the greatest first episode, but it introduced the characters and the action well, had some fun moments, and set things up for the story to start in the next episode. I suppose they skipped some details, but I didn't feel lost or anything, nor was I ever bored or felt like they were wasting time. There were some frustrating character traits (which I guess could grow on me) and weird dialogue (is that one two-tone-haired guy admiring him or being sarcastic?), but for the most part I really enjoyed it and look forward to watching more.

EDIT V:

Gundam: Reconguista in G ep. 4

While I'm still conflicted about the main character's actions, and the pirates aren't much better about dealing with prisoners...I mean at least these guys seem to have an inkling as to what they should be doing, but then they don't follow through...

But other thann that, it's getting pretty interesting, and now there's some mystery to the Gundam itself and the motivations of the capital army. Definitely looking forward to seeing more.
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