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1141  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy IX on: January 24, 2012, 06:55:57 PM
I think if your avatar could go 2 seconds without freezing, that would be a real achievement (sorry, but it's a slide show for me right now and it's starting to get on my nerves).

OT: FFIX is middle of the road for me. I love the story and characters, but I disliked the gameplay. It's too slow, and I don't like how skills are attached to weapons (which FFX did much better IMO, since you can switch out weapons whenever you want).
1142  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 24, 2012, 06:46:47 PM
As much as it sucks, it's still illegal and you can't really justify it.

Anyways, to completely contradict myself, I must say, I'm more beefed about the fact that they took Megavideo down, too. I used to use that for all my anime needs, since it had the best video quality and a great interface, and I absolutely refuse to use other mirrors, so now I gotta download...but they took down Megaupload, so now I'll have to use *shudders* torrents...

Jesus Christ, this was far more effective at at least getting me to go the legal route than SOPA ever would've been.=P
1143  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 22, 2012, 10:40:54 PM
I wonder if something like a .hack// MMO would be out.  Like, a proper one, the stupid visor they wear and everything.

we can dream...

Man the orphanage/amnesia stuff was probably one of the least egregiously dumb things about FFVIII, I think people just cling to it because most of the dumber stuff is just too incoherent to be memorable.

Here let me list stuff (Also keep in mind that I didn't like FFVIII because the gameplay was too easy to be engaging on any level, I just want to note things):

- Squall gets impaled by giant ice cone. He is later fine and this is never discussed again.

- Furry animals that evolve from Shumi help Squall break out of prison if he decides he hates his life because his blood smells like Laguna's.

- Everything involving NORG.

- Quistis' death at the missile base. Or rather the complete ass-pull deus ex machina they get it out of her with.

- Quistis ceasing to exist as a character past disc 1. It's like goddamn why not just kill her? It's not like she actually TALKED after the missile base.

- Why does Esthar even exist?

- Everything about Ultimecia.

- Actually pretty much everything on Disc 3 and onwards.

The main issue I have with basically all of these little... nonsensical points is that instead of just being random things that don't further the plot, they actually serve to retract any sort of meaningful development or growth in the characters. None of the characters are ever in a situation where they're forced to make difficult or meaningful decisions because there's always some deus ex machina or external thing that'll make it not matter.

But as I said, the worst part is Squall and Rinoa's relationship. It's completely fucked, steeped in codependence, and emotional brokeness, which wouldn't be a problem if the story was about how their relationship wasn't even remotely health, but it's not. It's glorifying it.

FFVIII is Twilight in JRPG form.

There's actually a lot of weird things that happened in the game from what I remember, other than what you listed, which to me made it more entertaining in a way. Granted, I used to play the game at 3 in the morning and I start getting like I'm drunk when I'm up that late. While I don't remember much about the game, I do remember my reactions.XD Good times...=)
1144  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long do you play an RPG for in one sitting on: January 22, 2012, 06:24:11 PM
I usually play between 30 minutes and 2 hours, ocassionally stretching it to 3 hours if it's really engrossing. The only recorded exceptions to that are Shining Force and Final Fantasy 6, which I played for 5 hours each on my initial session, and Etrian Odyssey and The Dark Spire, which I played for 6 hours each. Obviously quality does not play a factor in the length of my play sessions. The longest I ever played a game was when I made a bet with my friend that I could play and beat Dragon Warrior in one night. I started at 7 PM and played it non-stop until I got to the final dungeon at 7 AM, when I finally passed out.
1145  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: DO you Get 100% in every Rpg? on: January 21, 2012, 04:21:39 PM
The only time I ever even tried was in Kingdom Hearts. I got close but then got tired of grinding and getting my butt kicked by Sepiroth.=P There isn't a single other game I'd want to put myself through that kind of torture for.
1146  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?
1147  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.
1148  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.
1149  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).
1150  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.
1151  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.
1152  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?
1153  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.
1154  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.
1155  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
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