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1111  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 16, 2012, 03:45:12 AM
my problem with both DS FE's is that they were way too faithful to the originals and seemed to make the assumption that the player doesnt care about any individual unit. as if they are merely chess piece's to the player.

And that is exactly why I like the DS FEs. Of course with no permadeath, I suppose I wouldn't mind having characters I actually cared about, if that's even possible.
1112  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Awesome Anime's and Manga's That Really Rocks! on: February 16, 2012, 12:09:26 AM
I could list 100+, most of which are anime I've seen in just 2 years, but I'll keep it down to the recent awesome anime I've been watching, and why:

Hunter X Hunter (2011) - great characters, incredibly creative scenarios despite the lack of action
Soul Eater - Laugh-out-loud humor, wonderful sense of style, characters are well developed despite being annoying
Shaman King - perfectly-toned action scenes, charming characters with strong development
One Piece - Great action, fantastic story, with an interesting set of characters big and small

I'm tempted to through in Tenjho Tenge just to complete the set, but it's not really that awesome.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Which reminds me, I really need to watch that. It's, like, 100 episodes, right? I suppose if I'm willing to put up with 500+ episodes of One Piece...btw, I never thought I'd see someone mention that on a non-anime forum. Good on ya.
1113  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 15, 2012, 10:22:34 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/02/14/do-you-want-your-fire-emblem-characters-to-die/

Lunatic and Casual (i.e. no perma death) modos confirmed. No mention of any Reverse Lunatic modos or Gaiden chapters that require the player to be under a certain threshold of units.

1114  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: So I just played TERA... with screenshots. ***Bandwidth Intensive*** on: February 03, 2012, 02:08:18 AM
Yeah, you shouldn't be =P.  It made a fair amount of news in Korea when they announced the subscription because the thing is pretty much unheard of over there. 

To be fair, I don't live in Korea.=P
1115  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: So I just played TERA... with screenshots. ***Bandwidth Intensive*** on: February 02, 2012, 04:32:07 PM
I probably shouldn't be surprised by this, but I just found out TERA is subscription-based. While I'm hoping to get into the beta, I'm not sure if I want to spend $60 to only play it for a month, then have to pay more. A shame, it was one of my most anticipated games this year.=(
1116  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 01, 2012, 10:03:30 PM
Dude, I'm not sure I can name a single jRPG with a good story. The best you can hope for is at the level of a teenage dime novel.  Seriously, have you ever tried explaining the plot of any RPG to a non-gamer? It's an excercise in self-desecration.  Dialog, yes. Characters, sure. Story? OMGWTF!

Probably the closest I've EVER played with Final Fantasy IX, but even then we're not talking award winning literature here. Point being, the most you can ask for is something not-excruciating, that has other redeaming elements. So far, FFXIII-2 seems to fit those criteria.

I heavily disagree, but that topic is best saved for another thread.
1117  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 01, 2012, 08:57:47 PM
Just read the RPGFan review. Sad the story wasn't as good as it could've been, but I'll live. So long as the gameplay's as good as the review suggests, I'll enjoy it.
1118  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do you keep your games or trade after finishing them? on: February 01, 2012, 12:40:56 PM
Chances are if I finished them, it's probably because I liked it a lot, so I usually keep them. Only exceptions were Meteos, Metroid Prime: Hunters, and Kirby 64.
1119  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SRW Z2-2 on: January 30, 2012, 08:41:00 AM
I don't know about you, but even the gameplay doesn't really flex my brain muscles the way other SRPGs do. Granted, that's exactly why I like the games so much, besides the fact that I never get tired of the animations and seeing Giant robots kill eachother. It really is style over substance, but IMO, that's kinda the appeal of the games.
1120  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: January 29, 2012, 05:17:53 PM
Play the European version, it's bound to be better.

There is no American Localization. They're just bringing over the European version. I doubt anything will have changed.
1121  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SRW Z2-2 on: January 29, 2012, 04:24:13 PM
There's no way you can prove that.

In any case, I'll probably skip on the next few games, I can only take so many SRW games at once.

Yeah, same here. Though My limit's probably much higher than yours, as I've spent months playing, like, 10 different entries in the series at once.
1122  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 29, 2012, 01:05:09 PM
I judge a show like I would when I buy dvds. Back before fansubs became popular and all over the place you were limited to reviews and taking a gamble on a purchase.  25 to 30 bucks for 3 or 4 episodes. If the series didn't catch my interest I was not going to buy the next volume. Even slow building shows need something to grab your attention,  and warrant you spending money on them.  Bakemonogatari  and Spice and Wolf are both slow building  wordy series, but both caught my attention in the first episode.

I buy full series (since seriously, $25 for 3 or 4 episodes? I cannot afford that. Less than $50 for a full series is too good of a deal to even entertain the thought of buying individual discs), so I usually like to see things through to the end in order to get my money's worth, even if it doesn't grab me right away.
1123  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 29, 2012, 11:53:26 AM
It should not take 13 episodes for a series to get to the point of being worth watching. I usually have a three episode rule.If a series does not do enough to grab my attention in that amount of time I usually drop it

To be quite honest, if I went with a rule like that, I'd miss out on some of my favorite shows, like Gundam and One Piece. All those shows took time to build and got much better as they went along. I always try to finish every show I start, though I'll admit I do tend to be picky when it comes to starting shows. I like to judge the shows I watch thoroughly, and I just can't do that after only a few episodes.
1124  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 anticipations on: January 27, 2012, 08:32:09 PM
RPGs:

Final Fantasy XIII-2
Tales of Graces f
Ni no Kuni
Xenoblade Chronicles
Paper Mario 3D
Kingdom Hearts 3D
Final Fantasy Type-0
Grand Knight History
Growlanser: Wayfarers of Time
Super Robot Taisen 2nd Z-2

Non-RPGs:

Armored Core V
Akai Katana (Maybe)
1125  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 27, 2012, 05:18:30 PM
Can somebody explain to me what is so great about Guilty Crown?  I'm not trolling or anything, but after reading so many positive comments about it I tried to give it a shot and watched a few eps...but I felt completely let down.  It's just another formulaic sci-fi mecha show with a main character who acquires deus ex machina power and otherwise suffers from generic shounen protagonist syndrome.  I tried to give the show a decent chance so I watched like four episodes but in the end I really couldn't care at all about any of the characters.  And the actual action was uninspired and predictable.  And the overarching storyline is just...stupid.

But I hear so many people going on about how great this show is...I don't get.

I've heard similar descriptions from people who liked the show, albeit painted in a more positive light, so it's probably down to tastes. It'd be like me asking "what's so great about Sailor Moon", or, for something you could actually relate to, "what's so great about Final Fantasy 6" - no matter what way you describe it to me, it's probably not gonna appeal to me because we just have completely different tastes.

Another way to look at it--and this seems to be the way I've (unconsciously) approached the show--is that you don't always want something trying to revolutionize a genre. Tropes are tropes because they work, and sometimes you just want something that works. This is probably part of the reason why, say, the Tales games are so popular. They don't really do much in the way of "New Thing", but you still might get a good experience out of it.

I'm enjoying Guilty Crown. I may not try to argue that it's the best show of this or last season, but I'm still just enjoying it, tropes and cliches and all.

You bring up a good point. For instance, I really enjoy "generic" shounen protagonists, since they're usually pretty brave, and while they're usually not very smart, they make up for it by having a lot of heart. That's something I can highly respect.

EDIT:

I just heard from a friend that the second season (episode 13 on) is supposed to be better. You might want to keep at it, Kevadu, you might end up liking it later on.
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