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1141  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 21, 2014, 08:53:17 PM
Saw episode 3 of Broken Blade. Halfway through, and so far I apparently can't gush enough about this show. It's not perfect - Rygart's character is a bit conflicting, especially in the case of him not wanting to kill despite being a trained soldier. It's become a very tired trope by now, and while I think they haddle it a bit better than most, it still feels like a forced plotpoint. I mean, it's not enough that he doesn't want to kill his best friend? He has to try to save everybody, including the ones mercilessly slaughtering his own people, including his own comrades in arms? What's his motivation there? I don't recall it ever being made clear.

But that aside, it's been incredible. The animation's gorgeous, the fights are complex and detailed, there's lots of attention to detail, the music is amazing. The story, world and political strife are becoming incredibly complex, and there's a lot of hinting at even bigger things to come, though this adaption might not even get to fully cover them all (the manga is on-going). The characters are all interesting in their own right, though admittedly the characters aren't a huge focus - the cast is large, but we don't get to learn about a lot of them. However, considering the episodes are technically full movies, and there's only so much you can do to develop characters in movies, I think they've done enough to make most of the characters stand out.

I can hardly wait to continue this!
1142  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: June 21, 2014, 07:58:39 PM
I keep trying to be cynical about this game,

Do you mind if I ask why?

1) I never liked Obsidian's previous games (I understand their developments were shakey, but even if the games were technically sound, I'm not sure they would ever click with me)
2) It's a kickstarter game founded on nostalgia where the developers got over 4 million dollars based mostly on promises.

Thankfully it's looking like it might actually be one of the handful of its kind that I've seen that could live up to its potential.
1143  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: June 21, 2014, 04:52:04 PM
I keep trying to be cynical about this game, but Rob's preview is really making that difficult. I mean, the basic combat doesn't sound like it's anything unique, but the story choices sound like they could be rather intriguing. And of course I'm liking the screenshots. Hopefully they'll put out a new Gameplay trailer soon. The one everyone keeps showing is the same one they showed off last year...
1144  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 21, 2014, 08:25:23 AM
This is the only site that works for me for some reason. I can't even get Google to work.
1145  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Transistor on: June 20, 2014, 10:51:34 PM
I don't really feel like playing it on PC, so I'm gonna wait until I get a PS4, too. But that won't happen until FFXV comes out...
1146  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 20, 2014, 06:53:40 AM
Watched some more Knights of Sidonia. The people are plants, btw. I don't even need a spoiler for that, because it isn't an important plot point at all. They just photosynthesis because. Just like how they have a talking bear with a robot arm because. And the protagonist's love interest has no gender and reproduces asexually which you would think would lead to an interesting drama but it doesn't because.

Seriously, the weird little details that don't seem to really seem to add to anything aside, this show has been pretty interesting. In fact, this might be the first non-OVA mecha anime since Eureka Seven that I could confidently call "good", provided it stays on course.
1147  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 18, 2014, 08:42:44 PM
Oh my God Shirogane no Ishi Allovermyface actually looks like a real mecha show. I thought it was based on a card game? Or was I thinking of Bishiroad this whole time?

Regarldless, that and Aldnoah.Zero are two of my most anticipated shows in a while. And they both have good mecha designs for once. I haven't seen good mecha designs in a non-OVA in, like, 10 years...maybe more. (Though I did like the Tieren from 00)

And of course I'll be watching Sailor Moon Crystal as well.

And the rest that I'm interested in are all sequels to shows I never saw, and everything else is outside my preferred genres, so chances are those 3 will be it for me.
1148  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 18, 2014, 06:31:02 PM
I knew I was missing something. Thanks.
1149  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 18, 2014, 12:12:50 PM
Saints Row IV - It's as much silly nonsensicle fun as I thought it would be. Driving controls suck, though.

Final Fantasy Lightning Returns - I liked FF13 and 13-2. A lot.

I don't like this game. The story feels like it was taken from an unrelated game shoehorned in here. The characxters all have completely different personalities, and while they try to make it make sense, some of its not a good idea. Lightning no displays literally no emotion whatsoever. Why would anybody want a protagonist who simply cannot react or express any emotion whatsoever???

The lore from previous games has either been reworked or blantantly ignored, only brought up again in flash back cutscenes. We're servants of a god? No we're servants of THE God. So we're a L'Cie? Not really. But Gods were just really powerful mortal beings in prior games that needed L'Cie to do their bidding? This one's omnicient and all powerful, and involved with a lot of things in past games that had other explanations but now we're saying God did it.

Seriously, am I missing something here?

Anyways, the gameplay is so repetetive and boring, you wouldn't believe it. There's nothing to it, you just keep spamming attacks. There's no thought or strategy whatsoever. We switched to easy, and even on that the enemies have monsterous-sized health bars, even after keeping up to date with equipment. Every battle takes forever, and you don't get much for doing the battles anyways...you level up through quests, fights are optional and probably best ignored. On easy you can escape whenever you want, too, so we just escape from the harder ones.

The only good thing I have to say so far is that Noel's cutscenes were interesting and it was nice to finally get some closure with him. Doesn't quite redeem this game yet, though...
1150  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on: June 17, 2014, 11:17:23 PM
I'm excited to play it, too, but I don't see this working out as well for SE as they think it will. Oh well, so long as I get a fun game...
1151  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 15, 2014, 09:08:43 AM
I am very close to considering Luftrausers "Beat". It's been a while since I beat a game only days after I bought it...
1152  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Code name S.T.E.A.M. for 3ds on: June 14, 2014, 08:35:37 PM
Yup, this was pretty much Game of the Show for me (or at least the best surprise).
1153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fantasy Life for 3ds on: June 14, 2014, 07:35:26 PM
Hm, yeah, you're probably right about that. I was kind of hoping you could buy or farm most everything, kinda like how in RF4 you had to go to the dungeons, but you never really had to fight too much if you didn't want to (and didn't want to progress the story).

Actually...I never did play RF4...guess I have one less reason to care about this game...
1154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fantasy Life for 3ds on: June 14, 2014, 06:15:54 PM
^To be fair, I didn't expect them to put much effort in the combat, and it looks a lot more fun than I figured it would be. I don't think they want the combat to be the main appeal of the game since it's supposed to be more of an "Fantasy Life Sim" than a straight RPG. I'm actually intrigued be that, if only because my main problem with other Life-ish games was that it's always a relatively mundane setting. Even Animal Crossing is just a regular world, but with furry animal people...

Also I'm one of the very very few people who played the salesmen minigame in 4 Heroes of Light and was like, "screw saving the world or whatever, this is what I'd rather spend the whole game doing!"
1155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Explorers - 3DS on: June 11, 2014, 10:17:13 PM
Sounds more like Chrystal Chronicles to me.
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