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61  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Fall 2015 New Shows on: September 28, 2015, 05:41:19 PM
Person of Interest - apparently this is going to be its final season.  *le sigh*

Wait, is that show actually worthwhile? It always sounded to me like a TV vigilante version of Minority Report that completely missed the point of Minority Report, which was that trying to stop crimes before they happen is not only impossible, it's actually quite dangerous and easily abused...
62  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 28, 2015, 03:50:29 PM
At least it got me listening to lots of KOKIA. Now that's some good music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTKXLf6UMR8
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 28, 2015, 03:48:59 PM
In OQ battles, because the characters' mana was so low, the cost was so high for using skills, and the enemies were so very, very plentiful, I ended up just spamming x.

I have a feeling this would be helpful if you ever decide to finish the game someday. As would this and this. In fact, looking through this thread really shows how obtuse this game can be. At least the internet can make things easier for those who bought the game, but that really isn't an excuse for bad game design...
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 28, 2015, 01:08:38 PM
Gonna be 'that guy' for a moment and say I would disagree with the review simply because it rates Omega Quintet well below Mugen Souls Z.

Neither are really shining examples of...well...anything really. But everything bad mentioned about OQ is cranked up to Ar-To-Q levels of horrible in MSZ.

Wretchedly recycled plot & predictable story elements? MSZ did it worse.
Bland, nearly offensively reverse-progressive female characters? MSZ did it much worse.

John unfortunately didn't do the MSZ review, but since he did do the Mugen Souls review I can use that as a more direct comparison point for the combat. Both games touting extremely overly complicated battle systems but Omega Quintet at least provides some semblance of variety, even if it's just as frivolous as using different tech chains for the heck of it. Mugen Souls was literally just 'Take one character and spam X, except for one BS battle where you MUST crystal break'.

I mean goodness sakes, MSZ's story was literally nothing but a string of tentacle rape (and sadly not an exaggeration considering how the dialog is presented in later chapters) 'jokes' and repeating MS's plot almost verbatim, yet it gets a 80% to OQ's 40%?

That said, not saying any of the reviewers are 'wrong'/don't-deserve-an-opinion. XP That's just silly.

I just find the dissonance considering the sheer gap in quality to be...baffling really. Am curious to the mindset here.

Maybe Tucker just doesn't have as much of a tolerance for those types of problems compared to Neal? I mean, Mugen Souls and Criminal Girls: Invite-Only really are the only other similar games I could find that Tucker has reviewed, and he judged both of them harshly. Meanwhile, it still sounds like Neal enjoyed Fairy Fencer F, Battle Princess of Arcadia, Last Rebellion, Mugen Souls Z, and other such games despite their noted flaws, annd seemed rather hesitant to call them 'bad games'. Even outside of reviews, I haven't seen Tucker talk as much about "guilty pleasures" and other things he's enjoyed while still acknowledging their flaws compared to Neal.

Then there's the fact that expectations were much lower for Mugen Souls Z, considering it's it was a sequel to a poorly recieved game all around, and it performed above expectations. Omega Quintet didn't quite have that luxury.

Maybe I shouldn't speak for them, I just think this is a much more understandable situation than you're making it out to be.
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: September 28, 2015, 08:08:54 AM
Is the "Bonus Guage" different from the "Bonus Board" in SO4? Because that was the absolute best. It was really the only thing that encouraged me to play well and experiment with the battle system, which went a long way to making it a more pleasant experience than SO3, where I kinda felt discouraged by the battle system after a while, so I just found whatever worked and stuck with it for 20+ hours...
66  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 28, 2015, 12:21:25 AM
So I had a really busy day today (as I have had for the past 4 days), and ended up only having time for one game before I was too tired to have any decent reflexes or cognitive abilities. I was about to flip a quarter to decide between Volgarr the Viking or Undertale, when "Eagle Fly Free" by Helloween started playing on my playlist and I had deja vu, so I figured there was a really good chance it'd land on Tails and I'd be playing this kickass new Undertale game everyone's talking about-

But then the quarter's all like "FUCK you, man!! You're gonna be playing FUCKING VOLGARR!!! Go FUCK yourself with a FUCKING Spear, you FUCKWAD!!!!!

And I say to the quarter, "Whoa, dude, chill out! Maybe we could just calm down and talk this ou-"

"NO!!! FUCK you, Man! You should just go DIE!!!!!"

And so I did.

47 Times.


I didn't even make it to the first checkpoint for pete's sake. Maybe my reflexes already were shot and I didn't realize it, because I just found Volgarr waaay too difficult, even right from the onset. Maybe the next time I'm in the mood for some serious punishment, I'll break away from my usual doms and give Volgarr another shot, but otherwise I can't help but feel like I wasted my night....though that spear was really long...
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 27, 2015, 06:57:38 PM
I nearly had a heart attack because I just got an email from Gamestop saying they sent my $25 gift certificate to Mikey Match (or rather the equivelant vs. my real name, but Anonymity FTW!!!) to West Port Parkway (which also sounds similar to my actual address). It doesn't help that people get my name and address wrong all the time. I was freaking out thinking I was out all my money over a huge ordeal (they screwed up an order three times in a row), but then I got another email saying "Mikey Match gave you a Gift certificate". Way to troll, Gamestop...
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tri-Ace's latest is not-Valkyrie Profile (Exist Archive) on: September 27, 2015, 06:43:48 PM
Exhibit C - My nightmare fuel for the night. Thank you Dice! Just in Time for the Blood Moon that may or may not ring in the Zombie Apocalypse! 8D
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Omega Quintet on: September 27, 2015, 04:58:01 PM
I am in an odd position where I enjoyed the game and yet can't argue against any of John's points in his scathing review.

I hope I'm in that position, too, seeing as I bought it during the recent Anime Flash sale...
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 26, 2015, 01:12:09 PM
My only problems with the Vita are the battery life (I have this problem with the 3DS, too), and the memory card costs. There are so many indie games that I think would be perfect for it, but I just don't have the space for them. Maybe I'll try to get Tearaway and Killzone on cartridge since they take up a third of my space. Yet that doesn't really get around the fact that I desperately need a 32GB or even 64GB card, but they costs as much as two and three brand new games, respectively. If I don't get an Xbox One this year (highly likely), I may bite the bullet and grab a 64GB card and hope I never need another one.

Either way, I'm sad that the Vita isn't doing well, and I hate that the mobile market has been dominating the handheld space despite the general dearth of worthwhile content.
71  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: September 26, 2015, 09:20:00 AM
Thanks a million for the detailed impressions, Hathen. I'm really disappointed to hear there's so many problems with the game. If it was a cheap indie game with a small budget, I'd find it easier to forgive, but a 3.9 million dollar crowd-funded project from the makers of Mega Man and other platformers that ranged from good to masterpieces just makes the whole thing infuriating.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 26, 2015, 12:58:35 AM
Oh man, I've been so wired this entire week, and I haven't even been drinking caffine - I don't even need it, once I'm awake my body and brain won't stop. If I could get myself to sit still for more than a couple minutes at a time, I'd have posted 10 or more feature-length blog-post-level rants just today. But instead, I pace around thinking about stuff so much that when I get back to my computer, all I can write are a few sentences....so thank your lucky stars, I guess.

The worst part is, I can't tell if it's from the new anxiety med I'm taking, or if it's just because it's autumn and the weather's changing, the sun's not out as long, and there's a strong full moon out this weekend (I seriously think I'm lunar-powered, I'm always energetic the week of the full moon).
73  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 25, 2015, 09:33:47 PM
Started up FF6 on the Wii VC again. I actually wasn't a big fan of this game before, but I've been giving it another try every year since 2008, and I come away with a different perspective every time. I'm way too early in to say much (I just got Sabin), but I'm trying my best to keep an open mind, and so far I haven't had much to complain about. In fact, I've actually been growing more enthusiastic as I go. I practically squee'd when I first went to the relic shop and got to try out a bunch of different skills. I honestly think I missed that part before every single time, I usually just go straight to Sabin's house. In fact, that town was a veritable treasure trove. I love it when I find random items on the ground, and secret passages...but I think it's because you're supposed to come back here with Locke for a stealth section...one less thing I'll have to worry about, at least. Granted, I have most of that section memorized (I kinda had to, I hate stealth sections).
74  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 25, 2015, 08:14:57 AM
Anyway, I just started BBS on 2.5 ReMIX the other day. Started out on Terra's story because he's my least favourite of the three, and also who I find the hardest to play as (there's not a huge difference, but I prefer quicker characters in ARPGs and fighting games over brute strength.) I'm only just at Enchanted Dominion, real life kind of got in the way of getting much further. I'm gonna make time to play some more later, because it's my day off today and I've managed to catch up on everything else. I really love BBS, it's definitely my favourite in the series, but I haven't replayed it since my first PSP playthrough, so I'm looking forward to getting stuck in.

I played through Birth by Sleep two months ago, also starting with Terra, and I guess it's best to get the worst out of the way. Seriously, as fun as the gameplay is (and it WAS fun), Terra seems like the least useful of the 3 in combat and his story section was /necessary in the end/ but at the same time it felt like I was seeing all the events from the view of Knuckles the Echidna...
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 25, 2015, 12:35:04 AM
Yeah, I've seen this before. Still lead to some hilariousness on the internet, though.
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