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1126  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 02, 2013, 12:34:53 PM
My son is constantly looking for new games to play. He played through Ys Seven and Oath in Felghana on PSP, then tried out Ys I & II. He gave up on that one, though. I gave him tales of Symphonia to play thinking he'd love it, but he couldn't get the fighting mechanics and claimed it was too hard. If I can play through a game, it is NOT too hard.
Anyway, he got some money for Christmas, so, on my recommendation, he bought Okami for the Wii. He's loving it so far, so I figure he's set for awhile. That's a long game.

I remember Tales of Symphonia being too hard when I was a kid. Managing parties in real time takes some getting used to, as does the battle system, especially after a game like Ys. There's also some light strategy required for boss battles. Not to mention he may not be used to keeping up with equipment (buying the best in every town) and staying very well stocked, even if it requires some money grinding. You might want to ask him what's so hard about it and provide a few basic tips, if you haven't already.

Still, I'm sure he'll be fine with Okami for now.
1127  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs Where You Play as a Necromancer/Summoner/etc.? on: January 01, 2013, 09:18:49 PM
Torchlight.  Play an alchemist.  There is a skill tree that caters to summoning minions.

That might just be the perfect thing for me right now, actually. Didn't know you could summon minions, though I know you have a wolf companion.
1128  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs Where You Play as a Necromancer/Summoner/etc.? on: January 01, 2013, 07:07:20 PM
To put it simply, I want to play a non-strategy RPG where I can summon minions to do my bidding. Only game I remember being able to do that was in Neverwinter Nights. I didn't have the patience for it back then, not sure if I'd have the patience for it now, so I'd like some other options if possible. I'd prefer a turn-based RPG, but action or mixed is fine. Also, Western or Japanese are fine, too, so long as the "Summoner" summons something that fights alongside or for you.

Oh, and while I'm mostly looking for singleplayer games, MMOs work, too.
1129  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 01, 2013, 06:50:40 PM
I watched the first two episodes of A Certain Magical Index and thought it was incredible, I've already noticed a lot of what you've said there, Klyde. If it keeps getting better, at least for the first season, I'd say we might have a winner here. It's definitely high priority for me to finish, at least.
1130  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 31, 2012, 07:25:43 PM
I thought X was a lot of fun when a lot of the beginning was out of the way.

Final Fantasy X was pretty fun for me until, like, the last quarter of the game. Granted I haven't gotten to the final boss fight (got some caves and Zanarkand left to do), but that's because it's been such a slog recently.
1131  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 31, 2012, 04:18:03 PM
Really? I thought FF13-2 was brilliant. Best game in the series since FFIX.

I dunno if I'd go that far, despite having a lesser opinion of FFIX than you do. I'd definitely say it's very good, at least, even with the mostly awful story. I certainly liked how the gameplay all came together, fixing most of the issues I had with XIII, and while the story may have taken a hit, I'd say it's more of a sacrifice for the good gameplay than anything else. I generally enjoyed it, perhaps about as much as I enjoyed FFX or XIII, both of which I'd say I enjoyed more than others here (at least from my observations), yet that only leaves FFXII and FF6 as lesser games in my eyes. Story aside, it also had some bad music, and there are a few stupid decisions here and there, at least as far as completion goes (I have to play the freakin' slots to get a fragment?! Ugh!). I also hate the cliffhanger ending and the DLC (but at least that's optional). At the very least, I'd say it isn't up to FFIX's level, and I liked FFXI and perhaps FFX more.
1132  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2013: New Years REVOLUTION!! on: December 31, 2012, 11:24:28 AM
To get through to the New World Saga of One Piece.

To buy less games and play more of what I already have.

To actually finish some anime this year, instead of watching a few episodes then going back to One Piece.

To draw way more than I did this year.

And To Get a Job.

I may have some contradictions and skewed priorities in this list...
1133  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 31, 2012, 10:13:58 AM
Final Fantasy XIII - I kept getting my ass kicked by a certain Chapter 10 boss after he transformed, so I kicked his ass before he could transform. I feel pretty awesome right now.

Wow, now that is a feat. I never remember being able to do that.
1134  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 29, 2012, 04:58:36 PM
Watched Gundam UC episode 5, finally. While I greatly enjoyed it, it felt very rushed this time. A lot of things felt like they could've been fleshed out more, like the Argama's dislike of the Vist Foundation, Bright's decision to help out a kid he just met, and work with Neo-Zeons. Also could've used some more downtime between the last three major events. They also needed to explain that glowing light and the "resonance shock"(?) for fans who aren't super in depth with the series. I understood it, but seriously, no explanation at all? Other than that, though, great plot twists, lots of fun battles that didn't quite feel overblown. I don't think they introduced more than 2 Mobile Suits that we hadn't seen before in this show, but one of them was the Banshee, so that makes up for it. Not like we really need that much more, anyways.
1135  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 29, 2012, 01:51:52 PM
Mostly passed it off as a simple comedy with no strong interlinking plot - I'm not a fan of those kinds of shows. Any chance that's an incorrect assessment? It's hard to tell by looking at the ANN and Wikipedia pages.

Nope, your assessment is spot-on.  There is very little plot in that show.  The comedy can be pretty good, though.

I see. Oh well. Guess that just means there's one less show I gotta see. I mean, I like comedy. but I don't like it when it's the focus of the show, and I prefer there to be a story so there's something for me to get invested in and drive me forward.

That said, does Irresponsible Captain Tylor count as obscure? Not sure on that one. I do know it's one of the best anime comedies I've seen, with enough story to keep me going, and a lot of humor I actually found funny (though still some cringe-worthy idiocy to keep it from being perfect). 'Course, I also liked the characters, especially Tylor. I couldn't tell if that guy was a complete idiot or a total genius. Loved it.
1136  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 29, 2012, 12:23:26 PM
Another one I remembered:

Gaiking: Legend of Daiku Maryu - I don't know more than, like 2 people who have seen this, one of them might be here (Aeolus?). I thought it was a really good Super Robot show w/ some mecha elements. It doesn't do a whole lot different, but it does just enough to keep things interesting. The most interesting aspect being that most of it takes place in a fantasy world/other universe, which they actually spend quite a bit of time expanding upon. Not a whole lot, mind you, but enough to keep things interesting. I also liked the characters (in fact, outside of the big bad, I can't think of any characters I didn't particularly like) and thought the story was interesting enough. At the very least it was more focused than your usual super robot anime. Overall it was a highly enjoyable show, and I certainly would recommend it to fans of the genre.

Seto no Hanayome is one of my favorite comedies, but be warned there is quite a bit of fanservice if you're not into that stuff.

Oh, My Bride is a Mermaid? For a second there I thought it was a show that I had never heard of (not that I've seen a whole lot of Anime, it's just that I spent way too much time researching anime one year, so I've heard of a lot). I'm not sure I know anyone else who has seen that, actually, and I'll admit I've been to places where a lot of people have obscure tastes, so that's really something. I know I haven't seen it, though I've noticed it on Funimation and Hulu a couple of times. Mostly passed it off as a simple comedy with no strong interlinking plot - I'm not a fan of those kinds of shows. Any chance that's an incorrect assessment? It's hard to tell by looking at the ANN and Wikipedia pages.
1137  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: December 29, 2012, 10:32:34 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/12/28/finding-shards-in-dragon-quest-vii-should-be-easier-you-have-radar-now/

Pardon the triple post but anybody who's played the game on the PSX should appreciate this update. A Dragon Shard Radar should make scouring the land less necessary to progress (although its still worth it just for all the potential loot to be found even if most of it is just pennies and dung).

Oh G-d yes. I am now infinitely more intriqued by this game.
1138  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 28, 2012, 11:32:52 PM
Why is the issue more about the fact he has a penis rather than the fact he looks about 8 years old. o.o

Because he looks like an 8 year old girl? I dunno, kinda wondered that myself.
1139  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 28, 2012, 10:14:28 PM
Because one guy did it and got semi-popular for it, so now everyone's trying to copy him to capitalize on his semi-success.

I mean yeah, it was funny once, at least. The rest, not so much.

Oh. I thought for a moment that there was more to it than that. What's the original video anyway?

NSFW. I wouldn't be surprised if this was the one you've seen. Heck, this may not actually be the original (probably was deleted years ago), it's just the one that was linked to me. At the very least it's the one that got this thing started since it's been re-upped a whole bunch of time.
1140  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 28, 2012, 08:19:27 PM
Why the fuck there are videos in YouTube of people watching Boku no Pico?

Because one guy did it and got semi-popular for it, so now everyone's trying to copy him to capitalize on his semi-success.

I mean yeah, it was funny once, at least. The rest, not so much.
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