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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 09, 2014, 11:10:20 PM
What about Ys Chronicles on the easiest mode possible?

He'd still have to deal with Dark Fact.

...damn, that's right. That's why I never finish Ys Book I despite having restarted it a billion times. =P

SaGa Frontier. Short stories, can clear 1 of em in a good day or two, simple mechanics and layout, turnbased, and grindy. Plus, no spinning camera to make nauseous players vomit.

Depending on the story that could work, but I'm not sure I still have that game anymore. I could replace it easily, though, but not until after I'm better (unless this dude from the bronx accepts my offer...then I'll have it replaced in a few days).
47  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2014, 11:05:30 PM
I wasn't the only one who felt that way about Argevollen! ;)

It's that show which at first glance, feels like it could've been constructed automatically by some kind of Rube Goldberg machine designed to create products with no human intervention or input.

OK, so the whole thing isn't negative but he definitely seems to agree with me on the genericness aspect.

...not sure if that was general or directed specifically as a retort to my prtevious quote on this subject, but I was actually agreeing, too. I'm just saying generic =/= poor-quality. I understand it can be more frustrating than even a bad show (Gundam AGE, for instance ddn't have a lot of things that were really that bad, it was just dull and uninspired, and to that effect I actually enjoyed it less than Gundam Wing and SEED Destiny, which were genuinely bad shows), I just didn't mind it this time because the genre as of late has really pushed the bar all the way down to the floor, and I really can't emphasis that enough. I've watched a lot of Mecha over the years, but outside of OVAs, virtually none of the good ones were within the last 10 years (except maybe Macross Frontier? I dunno, I gave up on that franchise - it seemed to be a one hit wonder and opinions seem to be split on Frontier being even competant). FMP: Second Raid was the closest, but IIRC, it wasn't a complete story. Okay, actually I liked Knights of Sidonia, but that just came out.

Otherwise, I feel like Mecha kinda forgot a lot of its central principles, to the point where it just feels crude. I can't count how many I found myself dropping after only only a few episodes, when with older series I found myself getting engrossed in them even when they aren't so good. Only exception I could think of was Gasaraki, which I went back to eventually and got into it. A lot of the new ones seem to lose their sense of realism, instead going off-the-walls insane like as if it was a Super Robot series, but now with darker and more twisted stories (much of which is DARK for the sake of DARK)

...I could keep going on ranting about this if I wasn't sick...
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 09, 2014, 06:48:01 PM
The last game I played when I was sick was... Final Fantasy Tactics?

I make poor life choices, I know.

I actually rarely feel like gaming when the flu got a critical hit in. Stupid anime, that's something I'd go for. Or maybe a movie. But if I suddenly caught a bug now, I'd probably hook my laptop up to my TV and play short indie RPG's like Breath of Death VII.

I usually watch stuff, too, it's just that I watched too much before I even got sick. Short RPGs are a good suggestion, though.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 09, 2014, 05:23:55 PM
@Dice, Thanks! The meds I've been taking seem to be helping (it was strep throat), so hopefully I'll be better by tomorrow (at least good enough to work).

I only just started getting into the series, but I imagine Dynasty Warriors would be a pretty fun game to play when you're not feeling good.

That's probably a good choice, actually. Not sure if I want to play Gundam or Orochi 3, though. I've kinda had my fill of the former, but I have the latter on Wii U, whose controller doesn't like to stay charged...

Forgot to mention that it's free.  It offers some IAPs, but they're not "pay to win" things.  They're like DLC, and could not be more optional.

Yup, played some for a good while until my iPad ran out of battery on me. It's a nice Diablo-like. Makes me wonder if Torchlight would be a good pick.

Robitussin + Spyro or BF1942 bot matches on easy.

Great, now I'm reminded of the hours I spent with Battlefield 2142. :P Kinda miss that game. Wonder if it's on Steam?

EDIT: It's not available anywhere. :T
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 08, 2014, 10:11:27 PM
I included some important info I forgot about. Kinda looking for something that's more pick-up-and-play, so with that in mind...

If you've got an iPhone/Pad/whatever, try Solomon's Keep.  It's a fun twin-stick shooter RPG, simple enough you can probably handle it sick, but with enough depth to it that you might want to play it after you're better.

I'm definitely considering this. I've never been good with iPad shooter controls, but I did end up playing Age of Zombies to death last time I was sick...
51  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 08, 2014, 09:20:06 PM
Argevollen: I seriously don't think you could find a more bland, generic, uninspired mecha anime if you tried.  It's like somebody was given a "How to Make a Mecha Anime" guide and just followed it to the letter.  If you really like mecha anime and are desperate for something to watch then maybe you could get some enjoyment out of it.  But I'm not, so pass.

To be perfectly fair: I'll take generic over outright bad like I've been getting for a long while, and at this point, going back to the status quo would be refreshing for a genre that has clearly lost its way in the last 10 years. Plus, it still does some subtle things better than, say, Gundam AGE's first episode.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 08, 2014, 08:21:29 PM
How about Minecraft?

...That's too complex a game even when I'm not sick. ^_^; I do have Terraria which I haven't tried, though...
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 08, 2014, 08:11:49 PM
Sickness has me down today, and I'm already burnt out on Anime, movies, and forum browsing. So now I need a game to play, but I was hoping sore something simple-yet-engaging that won't take too much time. I'm not sure what would be good for that, though. I have a ton of games, but the ones that have been popping into my head are all too hard. I just know I can't think clearly right now with all the medicine I've been taking, so I could use some suggestions, please...

Edit: oh yeah, if possible I'd prefer something not too long, too, since I'm not in the mood to commit to a long haul. When I'm sick, my attention span kinda hits the floor. I just need something to mess around in, basically...
54  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Shovel Knight on: July 08, 2014, 05:00:49 PM
So, is this closer to the original Castlevania, Metroid or Zelda 2?

...It's Ducktales combined with Mega Man X with a hint of Super Mario Bros. 3, combined with new elements (or at least elements used is different ways) to create an experience all its own.
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2014, 04:58:46 PM
Baldur's Gate:

I played through this series back when I was 12 and didn't know shit about how the gameplay worked. This time around, I'm patient enough to figure the rules out, so I'm not nearly as bad as when I first played.
I'm playing the EE version, so I'm using Neera, Rasaad and Dorn. My main is a Kensai, and I also have Imoen for ranged and Branwen for healz. Thinking about switching Bran for Viconia, not sure yet.

Is there anything beyond the first screen? I swear, all the hours I spent with that game took place in the same inn. =P
56  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 07, 2014, 09:26:02 PM
I'm surprised to read that the new Sailor Moon is only 26 episodes.
Heck, DBZ Kai is at like 110 episodes now and that's with A LOT of fat trimmed off.
I don't know how you could cram Sailor Moon in 26...

The original anime was, like 80% filler, so I don't find it that hard to believe. It's more like the Manga, which was only 52 chapters.
57  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 06, 2014, 09:41:15 PM
I'm trying to watch Arakawa Under the Bridge, but I must say, it's quite difficult. I'm not sure I'll survive the encounter.

After all, I'm dying of laughter after nearly every scene.

Seriously, I may have just found my perfect comedy, provided I can catch my breath enough to finish an episode.

...actually, thinking about this post, there are very few Japanese comedies I like, and most of the ones I do like are shorts. I think the only exceptions are Good Luck Girl!, Sgt. Frog (the dub at least, so I'm not sure it counts since it's pretty different), Cuticle Detective Inaba, Sket Dance, and Gintama (though I'm not sure that counts since there's much more to it than the others), as well as the aforementioned Arakawa Under the Bridge.

And you know what? I'm not sure what any of these do to that makes me like them more than others (besides Gintama). I guess they just resonate with me more.
58  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 05, 2014, 10:02:05 PM
I actually never thought highly of the Japanese version of the original Japanese OP. Haven't heard the new one yet, though, so we'll see what the damage is.

I really, really liked Argevollen's first episode, though.

EDIT: Also saw the first episode of Aldnoah.Zero and liked that a lot, too. I'll be sure to say more about both once we're a few episodes in...

I really enjoy watching Code Geass, but there are a tons of things it does that I usually give other shows a lot of flak for, and I don't think I could really describe why it works for me when shows with similar themes and excecution make me cringe.
Any particular examples?

I wish, but every time I sit down to write my thoughts, my mind goes blank...
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 03, 2014, 11:19:46 PM
People here say Nier's gameplay ain't anything special, but I would like to remind that it had quite a few things to spice it up. Sometimes the game goes 2D, sometimes to overhead view and it sometimes even transforms into a VN, with absolutely nothing but text and music.

TBQH, that's why I never got into Nier. It tried too many things and never really excelled at any of them. Plus I hate when games don't make up their mind as to what genre they want to be. :|
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 02, 2014, 11:02:21 AM
@Mickeymac92: I have no idea what you're talking about. In what world Puppeteer is hard and frustrating?

...actually, I reread the 4 reviews I thought I read, as well as browsed the comments, and no one complained about the game being difficult. Hell, a few complained about it being too easy. -_- Oh well, I found it difficult, and that's all the matters to me. Heck, people keep telling me Super Mario World is piss-easy (which it definitely isn't) and that Mega Man 2 is hard (even on a bad day, I never have much trouble beating a stage with even just the Mega Buster), so I guess I should know better than to so readily trust people on what is and isn't difficult when it comes to platformers. <_< Lesson learned...
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