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1141  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 21, 2012, 04:13:06 PM
I just noticed I never mentioned that I finished Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal. It was pretty great, actually. I was expecting it to be more Rurouni Kenshin, but it turned out to be quite different, but in a good way - The pacing was slower and the story was more personal. There was less action, but what action was there was awesome, albeit bloody. The characters were all very interesting, though voice-acting, bith English and Japanese could've been better. The art and music really sold it, though. I had the limited Edition Blu-Ray, so the art was all crisp and colorful, though I'll bet even without the HD it still would've looked great, since the art styles and character designs were wonderful on their own. The music was mostly traditional Japanese music, but they really set the tone just right, and made the setting feel alive.

I really should say more about the story, since it was very well-done, but I doubt I could say much without spoiling anything. It's not exactly the best story I've seen in an anime, but it's still pretty damn good. This is definitely one of the best OVA's I've watched, and that's saying something since I'm more or less a fan of OVAs, and part of what makes it so great is that you don't need to have seen the original show to understand what's going on - I hadn't seen the original in years, and I can't say I remember much of it, but I still managed to keep up. Yeah, this is one I definitely recommend to others.


Anyways, I recently finished watching .hack//SIGN and two of the OVAs.  .hack//SIGN was pretty good. The story was amazing, filled with mystery and symbolism that actually make sense (looking at you NGE), filled with interesting and deep characters. The only problem is the pacing - this is easily one of the slowest shows I've ever seen. It even makes Eureka Seven look fast. Still, unlike ES, it was never billed as an action anime, so taking it for what it is, a character-driven drama/mystery, it's a problem that's easier to forgive. Also, Tsukasa can be annoying at first, but thankfully the show focuses as much on everyone else as it does on him, so he doesn't get enough screne-time to get on your nerves until later on when he starts to get better.

As for the art and the music, they're incredible. The World is beautiful, as are the character designs. I love how past events are always shown with as staticky videos, and specifically the real world is always given a gray tone on top of that, to contrast with the beauty of the game. The music is some of the best I've heard in an anime - every track is memorable and set the tone perfectly. It's easily the best aspect of the entire show, and I'd even go as far as to suggest watching it just for the music, if nothing else.

Really, though, as much as I loved .hack//SIGN, right down to a very personal level since I can greatly relate to Tsukasa and his situation, I'd honestly have trouble recommending it to others. The show is super slow, there's hardly any action, the ending is a total cop-out, and much of the show consists of characters just talking to eachother, often going over what they already know. This obviously won't appeal to a lot of people. Still, I do suggest people at least give it a try if they haven't already, if just for the music and to see if they'll get hooked on the brilliant story.

The OVAs were just plain filler, though, and not really worth watching.


Now I just need to figure out what to watch next...do I finish Angel Beat or The Third? Or do I start up Baccano! or Trigun?
1142  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SRW Z2-2 on: January 18, 2012, 07:45:33 PM
I'm still 10 missions from the end on the first Z2, so they can take their time. Still happy to see some kind of time frame, though.
1143  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: January 18, 2012, 07:43:51 PM
The 2D/3D thing doesn't really mix well. And from my experience, Imageepoch's games tend to be prettier than they are fun...I'll keep an eye on this, but it probably won't be a big loss if it doesn't make it here.
1144  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Games You'd Like To Give Another Chance And Why? on: January 09, 2012, 03:53:46 PM
Dark Souls.

Demon's is one of my best gaming memories and was perfectly balanced, IMHO.

Dark Souls? I got bit by some big ass rats before being able to find any poison antidote and died. Then I got passed the rats and got slammed by some high level knight.

Yeah, I just read the notes people left and didn't go up there until I was sufficiently leveled enough to take it on. As for the rats, I knew immediately to just stand in the doorway and funnel them so I only had to fight them one at a time. In fact, I'm pretty sure going to a narrow space so you only have to fight your enemies one at a time is a pretty commonly known tactic (it was in 300 I think, or maybe I'm just thinking of a history channel special).
1145  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Games of the Year 2011 Thread on: January 08, 2012, 03:07:44 PM
You guys make me wish I actually played the games I own. Out of all the main categories, I'm only missing 4 games (Witcher 2, To the Moon, Mage Gauntlet, and Disgaea 4 (which I had but returned due to money issues)), and out of the ones I own, I've only played Dark Souls (which I'm very glad at least got runner up as well as best Action RPG) and a bit of Radiant Historia. In fact, the only other new RPG I played this year was Skyrim, which is very easily my Runner up for Game of the Year after Dark Souls, and I'm including Non-RPGs there, too.
1146  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 07, 2012, 04:47:08 PM
Final Fantasy III,the DS one.

Awful game,I still find myself puzzled why they bothered to remake it.

What exactly was the problem with it?

Dungeons that parallel the Diablo series: there's no goin' back, lacking a way to save before a boss hammers your ass to the floor. D:

That...was only a problem on the final boss for me.:/ I'll admit it brings the game down a bit, but eh, whatever. If that's your sticking point, I guess that's fine.
1147  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 07, 2012, 03:12:21 PM
Final Fantasy III,the DS one.

Awful game,I still find myself puzzled why they bothered to remake it.

What exactly was the problem with it?
1148  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 07, 2012, 11:17:33 AM
I'm just gonna throw down the whole order and the worst is the one on the end:

V, III, XI, VII, I, IV, II, IX, XII, X, VIII, XIII, VI

No Obviously I can't get away with just saying VI is the worst and leave it at that, so let me explain - I just couldn't get into the story, which was far simpler than I expected. I also couldn't get myself to care about any of the characters, which is weird for me. I think it has to do with how it all started off, It put me in a cynical mood. Then there's the gameplay, which I found to do too easy and unbalanced; I found myself relying on certain moves and patterns that seemed to be working for nearly every enemy I encountered. I think the biggest problem, though, was the pacing - everything just seemed to happen so fast and it would introduce one bewildering gameplay element after another, most of which would never be seen again. So yeah, that's why I think FFVI is the worst Final Fantasy IMHO.

I'm honestly more interested why you'd put II towards the middle, above a good deal of the games that are considered excellent, or at least, good. I mean, I can understand V, III, and XI (Job system), VII (groundbreaking), and I and IV (challenge and nostalgia), but II? That just boggles my mind.

I only played the PSP version, but I enjoyed it quite a lot. I loved absolutely loved the way the leveling worked, and by extention love every game that uses a similar system, like Skyrim. I also enjoyed the more open ended exploration. Sure some of that was reduced by powerful monsters being in certain locations, but with a little grinding, you could go anywhere. The story wasn't that good, though, and of course I didn't like most of the characters, since they could hardly be called that, but ultimately I found it to be a very enjoyable game.
1149  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 06, 2012, 10:48:03 PM
I'm just gonna throw down the whole order and the worst is the one on the end:

V, III, XI, VII, I, IV, II, IX, XII, X, VIII, XIII, VI

No Obviously I can't get away with just saying VI is the worst and leave it at that, so let me explain - I just couldn't get into the story, which was far simpler than I expected. I also couldn't get myself to care about any of the characters, which is weird for me. I think it has to do with how it all started off, It put me in a cynical mood. Then there's the gameplay, which I found to do too easy and unbalanced; I found myself relying on certain moves and patterns that seemed to be working for nearly every enemy I encountered. I think the biggest problem, though, was the pacing - everything just seemed to happen so fast and it would introduce one bewildering gameplay element after another, most of which would never be seen again. So yeah, that's why I think FFVI is the worst Final Fantasy IMHO.
1150  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Games You'd Like To Give Another Chance And Why? on: December 31, 2011, 09:59:56 PM
Wait!? Which one was the one that had the sucky combat?

Seeing as it's the only thing FFXIII did right at all gameplay-wise I'd say LoD.

And yet the combat in Final Fantasy XIII was the thing I disliked the most.:P
1151  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Games You'd Like To Give Another Chance And Why? on: December 22, 2011, 05:02:59 PM
FF6 is one of mine because it feels like it takes forever to get started.

It does take forever to get started, that was one of the things that put me off it at first. Personally, since I put up with Final Fantasy XIII, which takes far longer to get started, I'd probably be able to get over that. I dunno how you'd feel about that, though.
1152  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Games You'd Like To Give Another Chance And Why? on: December 21, 2011, 09:10:50 PM
After playing Dragon Warrior again and actually enjoying it the second time around, I've been thinking a lot about games I should give a second chance. It's interesting how going into a game with a different mindset makes it so you enjoy games differently. Basically, the idea here is what games didn't you like the first time you played it that you think you should probably play again? Why do you think you didn't like it the first time, and why did you think you'd think differently now/later?

For me it's mostly RPGs I played when I was new to the genre, like Final Fantasy 6, Final Fantasy 1 (GBA/PSP), and Golden Sun, as well as some non-RPGs like Banjo-Kazooie:

Final Fantasy VI - Every time I've played this game, I've found new reasons to dislike it, from the story, the characters, the combat, ecetera ad nausium. However, I think I've finally come to term with most of it's problems, especially when I think about how I've put up with far worse in Final Fantasy 1 for the NES and still greatly enjoyed it. Compared to that, FF6's problems seem incredibly miniscule.

Golden Sun - It starts out very slow and there's too much dialogue, but the biggest problem was that it was too easy and the combat's too simple. However, after playing the Xeno series, which has far more dialogue, and Breath of Fire GBA, which has even simpler gameplay and a similar lack of difficulty, yet I enjoyed both games immensely, I think I could easily forgive Golden Sun's shortcomings now.

Final Fantasy 1 (GBA/PSP) - Like with Golden Sun, it was too easy and too simple, but once again, Breath of Fire, while not quite as simple, was similar in most ways, and I've been hooked on that game for quite some time. I think if I came into it with the same mindset I brought to BoF, I could easily enjoy it and maybe even come to love it.

Kingdom Hearts II - I went in expecting it to be exactly like Kingdom Hearts 1 and was extremely disappointed to find it very different. I think if I just go in expecting an enjoyable game, I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Super Mario RPG - I expected it to be as top-notch as Paper Mario, only to be disappointed. Again, I think I shouldn't hold it to such high standards. If I just expect to enjoy it, who knows, maybe I will?

The World Ends With You - I'm gonna have to ignore the hipster atmosphere, hope to G-d that the angsty teens get better towards the end of the game at least, and that I can get a handle on the gameplay, but all that does sound doable...just...it's work...
1153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the next big Jrpgs on xbox and ps3? on: December 21, 2011, 09:08:12 PM
Nobody is forcing you to buy the game. 

He's forcing himself to buy the game, out of the vain hope that he'll actually enjoy it.
1154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: December 21, 2011, 07:48:47 PM
My wallet can't take this...
1155  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Kim Jong-il dead on: December 20, 2011, 10:40:10 PM
I see somebody's grumpy today.^_^;

Anyways, I agree with some people are saying that it may not change anything, but at least now there's some ray of hope, as faint as it may be.
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