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1096  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 14, 2012, 03:35:22 PM
I actually liked 4 the least, but I can't remember why. I loved the first 3, though. BoFII did have problems, but they were all par for the course for its time. I've yet to finish any of them, though. Not unlike most games I own.
1097  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars original generations 2 for ps3 on: September 14, 2012, 10:49:02 AM
That's the only thing that's got me worried about this game now...
1098  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Crimson Shroud - Matsuno's Newest Game on: September 14, 2012, 10:47:12 AM
Yeah, this is probably the better idea, IMO. It almost sounds like they aren't bringing over Aeroporter and that other game anyways.

I seriously want Crimson Shroud right now, though, so this is fantastic news if it turns out to be true.
1099  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 14, 2012, 10:41:24 AM
Unit A could attack an exhausted nearly-out-of-supplies unit B by surprise with 10 times the numbers, but if unit B has cooler robots than unit A they don't stand a chance.  They might as well save themselves the trouble and just run away from the start.

This is what I get for posting at 1 am. I know exactly what you're talking about now, and I hate it, too most of the time. Highly excessive numbers where it's obvious that they couldn't get out unscathed without some kind of good strategy, yet they just bull through it anyways and 9 times out of 10 it's because they were better equipped, seems to be especially common in modern mecha, and it's why I have trouble enjoying them. It's okay every once in a while, especially if it has a purpose (like to show off a newer piece of tech or a newfound skill), IMO, but a lot of shows seem to take it too far, especially when a show seems to base most of its action around it (looking at you, Gundam Wing and SEED Destiny). Then it devalues it until it just becomes boring and predictable, though I'll admit I thought Code Geass' action was still fun to watch despite being equally guilty of all of that. I'm still trying to figure that one out. I do agree with the implication that Turn A Gundam has some of the best fights in Mecha. That's really how it should be done, IMO.

Armored Trooper VOTOMS might be more your thing, Kevuda. The main dude usually uses comparable, if not the exact same units that his enemies are using, so pretty much all of the fights so far (plus the ones I watched on youtube) have required raw skill and strategy to win.

Fang of the Sun Dougram, VOTOMS' predecessor (but unrelated story-wise), also relies heavily on strategy, though tech is still very much a factor, albiet it affects both sides for once.
1100  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Bayonetta 2....... on: September 14, 2012, 12:54:24 AM
The Wii was a massive Success, though...I don't think even Nintendo expects to get those numbers again. That right there might contribute to a slower drop in price, though.
1101  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 14, 2012, 12:49:36 AM
I'm not quite sure what you're talking about, Kevuda. Usually it's the opposite from what I've seen - no matter how many new units they present, the "good guys" always find a way to win. Sure, maybe in the first few episodes it's all about the newer tech, but it doesn't take long until the other side gets even better tech. A little more specific examples would be helpful, though. I have a selective memory when it comes to Mecha fights.

I will say that technology is a factor in modern warfare, so it's not like that would be entirely unrealistic.
1102  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2012, 11:49:22 PM
I really wish I could get into some Mecha stuff.... I mean there is soooo much of it, I'm sure boat loads of it would really do it for me but all the ones I have seen I can't stand.... Code Geas and Gundam both fall into that category (though admitingly I've only seen a pinch of Gundam)... I loved Evangelion though... do you have any suggestions in that respect (meaning, more psychological and story driven and less "tech-ee" stuff)??

Raxephon (I'm not spelling that right) - I'll admit, I've only seen a little so far, but what I have seen was Evangelion done right, or at least done significantly better.

You might also like Aura Battler Dunbine and Escaflowne, considering your love of fantasy settings.

Most Mecha I've seen are story-driven, though, including nearly every Gundam, Dougram, VOTOMS, Layzner, maybe even Macross and Nadesico since I really dug the plots in those, though I'm really questioning Macross now. I'd say Code Geass is character-driven, though. Maybe it's just the ones I've watched, though.

And I'm not sure what you mean by "Tech-y". I'm guessing you mean stuff like in star trek where they're try to focus on the technology, throwing out terminology and explainations and stuff. But I don't think most mecha shows do a lot of that, unless I'm just forgetting a lot of stuff. Like, I've watched the original Gundam a thousand times, and outside of a few name-drops and a few references to the central scientific principle that sets apart the Gundam world, Minovsky Particles, they never really gave much of a focus to the tech stuff. I had to go to the glossary on Gundam Official to get most of that stuff...
1103  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Wii U to be ~350$ and controllers ~175$ (to be confirmed soon) on: September 13, 2012, 09:01:28 PM
I am still beyond excited for Tank! Tank! Tank!.

And I still think that game needs a better name. =P
1104  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Bayonetta 2....... on: September 13, 2012, 08:57:02 PM
I'll buy a Wii U when this is released. It's not a launch game, so I'm sure there'll be a price drop by the time this is out. :P

They don't drop prices unless they absolutely have to usually.

I was actually half-joking, both about how quickly the last price drop came, and how long I think it may take for this to get released (the trailer showed absolutely nothing, I can only assume it's because they have nothing to show yet). I wouldn't be surprised if the Wii U did terribly enough that they need to drop the price within the first 12 months, though. All the signs seem to point it, as far as I can tell.
1105  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Bayonetta 2....... on: September 13, 2012, 08:41:41 PM
I'll buy a Wii U when this is released. It's not a launch game, so I'm sure there'll be a price drop by the time this is out. :P
1106  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Wii U to be ~350$ and controllers ~175$ (to be confirmed soon) on: September 13, 2012, 08:15:06 PM
This kinda sucks. I was all excited about the Wii U after they showed off some of the games, but that price is a tad steep. I'll wait for either a sale or price drop.
1107  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 13, 2012, 06:09:51 PM
@Ranadiel

I can pretty much guarantee you Wing won't stack up to SEED or Code Geass. Heck, as much as I like those shows, they probably wouldn't hold up well under scrutiny. I don't like analyze the shows I watch, I just sit back and enjoy, so when Gundam Wing has lots of problems that are obvious even to me, I think it's safe to say that it's not that great.

I mean, I still enjoy Gundam Wing - I've rewatched it twice in the last 12 months - but it lacks character development, most of the characters are either stupid or insane (despite glorifying them), the fights are mostly boring and lacking intensity, it lacks pretty much any attention to detail...really, I found very little to praise. It has it's moments of brilliance, but they're kinda rare. It does have a great soundtrack, though, and I love the mecha designs; Duo is still a fun character, despite nearly as crazy as everyone else, and I still love that scene where Heero blows up his Gundam, even though I still think he had plenty of other options.

It's not all bad, but if you're like me and remember it as being this really awesome show, you'd be in for a pretty rude awakening. I'm just hoping to knock down your expectations a good couple of notchs so if you ever do watch it again (it's all available for free, legal streaming on Crunchyroll right now, btw), so you won't be nearly as disappointed and bitter about it as I've seen a lot of people be.

I watched episode 21 of Hyouka today and there's a scene where they go to an arcade and play Virtual On.  It made me so friggin happy, 'cause Virtual On is probably my favorite arcade game ever but it never seems to get any love (it's practically unheard of here, but I don't think it was especially successful in Japan either...).

<3 I'm happy to hear that, too. Virtual On is fun, but despite what SEGA tries, it never really does that well as far as I know.
1108  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 12, 2012, 08:09:12 PM
You could always talk about anime you like, I guess, since you're new and all.
1109  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: .Hack on: September 12, 2012, 08:03:39 PM
I really liked .hack//SIGN. It's storytelling was different, but it played its themes well, and that's what appealed to me the most.
1110  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 12, 2012, 07:59:38 PM
Oh so the movies are compilations? If that's the case I'll just watch those then, don't think I'll be missing out on anything special for not seeing the TV series right?

Also I saw one episide of "Place to Place" (or "Acchi Kocchi"). Is not terrible but it isn't anything special either for a slice-of-life show. The "story" is tha-- no wait, Wikipedia has a good summary of the story so here it is:

"The serious-minded Tsumiki and the pure-hearted Io feel they never want to be parted, but haven't become a couple yet. More than friends but less than lovers, they develop an awkward quasi-romance."

Mix that with animu jokes and your classic high school setting and you pretty much know what the series is about.



That sounds very annoying. And there is a third movie coming out, btw, and it's confirmed to be an all new story: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-11-08/madoka-magica-film-project-to-be-trilogy
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