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1  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 03, 2015, 02:09:46 PM
I finished up Wheel of Time #8 yesterday. The first 200 pages or so were good, but it became a slog after that and remained that way until the end, which was just another setup for the next book in the series. I'm glad that it was the shortest book in the series outside of New Spring, otherwise I may have had trouble finishing it. I'll probably not get to the next book until August.

For now, I'm reading Outcast of Redwall, book nine in the series. I've been reading a lot of Wheel of Time and other heavy reads the last few months, so it will be nice to read something light and easy for a change of pace.

After that I'll move onto the next saga in my Sagas of Icelanders book, The Saga of Gisli Sursson.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: July 01, 2015, 10:20:33 AM
That's a motivation to play DS Chrono Trigger- to see how the translation changes.  Considering what they did with Frog, I'm now doubly curious as to what they do with Ayla.  I'm at the "Tata and the Frog" chapter so I'm not too far from going to prehistoric times.

I don't completely remember for sure. She still does talk like a stereotypical prehistoric person might, but I do seem to remember thinking it was toned down somewhat.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: June 27, 2015, 03:45:42 AM
EDIT: OH!! And am I the only one that thought for the longest time that Amarant had some kind of beak thing instead of a mouth and beard?

Nope. For the longest time I couldn't figure out his face. Maybe a bit of poor character design or 3D modeling work on Square's part. I really liked Amarant at first, but I just wish he had more presence in the game. He never really becomes a friend to my knowledge. He mostly just stays as an outsider. The only exception I can think of to that is the "You're Not Alone" sequence, but it has been so long since I played FFIX that I don't remember much about that aside from the cool music.
4  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 23, 2015, 09:51:35 AM
I finished up The Stranger last week and since Wheel of Time 8 still hadn't come into the library I read a copy of Richard II that I picked up for free at work a year ago. It was pretty blah. The language was still cool, if not quite the prowess that Shakespeare had later in his career, but the story was pretty boring. Basically can be summed up as follows:

King acts like a jerk --> Subjects get pissed --> King continues to act like a jerk --> King's cousin dethrones King --> King acts emo --> King gets killed --> The End

Well, at least I can say I have read that one now.

The library finally got in Wheel of Time 8 on Friday, so I picked it up then. I'm almost 200 pages into it so far, and right now at least the pacing has been decent, which is a tad surprising. There wasn't any plot summary at the beginning like there has been at the beginning of every book starting with book 4. Not a bad change, if I do say so myself.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 22, 2015, 12:43:13 PM
I've never been happy with AI in Star Ocean games.

Agreed. One of the main reasons I stopped playing SO3 was because the party AI was atrocious. In my game, it was basically me against all the enemies with the AI controlled team members doing nothing but running up against the invisible wall of the battle area.

Never had an issue while playing Kingdom Hearts though. Maybe Tri-Ace just can't develop good AI?
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 18, 2015, 05:05:13 PM
^ So i guess Joss Whedon was right?  Shame.

What was Joss Whedon right about?
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 18, 2015, 01:18:44 PM
I saw Jurassic World last night. It was by no means comparable to the original classic, but it was still really enjoyable. My complaints while minor are as follows:

1. The two kids were flat characters overall.
2. The female lead character was mostly annoying. Not the actresses fault, but the way the character was written.
3. Even with all the advances in CG since the original film, the dinos still looked very fake for the most part.

Good things:

1. Everything to do with Chris Pratt and the raptors.
2. The climax was pretty frickin' awesome.

Definitely worth checking out.

8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 18, 2015, 10:20:04 AM
We'll see more come winter, apparently.

I'm nervous but hopeful. They have a great game just there, they can't fuck it up that badly. Even with the new stuff they add...

Oh god, I'm scared.
I'm hoping they just try to stick to the source material. It's a remake, afterall, not a reboot. If they can just manage to update the graphics and give us a 360 degree rotateable camera, maybe spice the battle system up a bit with new attack animations and maybe some in battle button prompts for special actions, nothing overly fancy, it'd be swell. Hell, I'd be fine with no extras at all, just the base game (although it'd be REALLY MOTHERFUCKING AWESOME if they made a little mini sidequest thing where you come across Ramza from tactics...).

They have a lot of stuff to use already, but it's almost 20 years later, and new options wouldn't hurt maybe. I'm gonna have faith in them...

Judging from these statements I C&P'ed for ease of reference, it sure sounds like hella liberties are gonna be taken with the source material

“I can’t share too much for now, but it won’t be a simple remake,” says Nomura. “If we were to simply just make the graphics look pretty for the new generation consoles, I don’t think it could surpass the original version. If that’s what you wanted, I think it’d be enough to just play the original International version on PlayStation 4, and it would be satisfying enough.”

 

“We’ve yet to show any screenshots from the game, but it has vastly evolved, so please look forward to it,” Nomura continues. “Again, this time, since the story is being handled by Nojima, that also means that there will be more work added to it, so please look forward to that as well.”

I can see them updating some stuff. I'm even okay with them removing some of the unnecessary story content to tighten up the tone of the game even if that means it could take itself more seriously than the original. But a lot of the more lighthearted content was actually pretty essential to the plot, and are some of the best loved parts of FFVII.

I'm not particularly worried about the Honeybee Inn sequence.  Keeping it would be a good sign--some recent FF games have been taking themselves a bit too seriously, and I don't want to sit through more FF13-style drama--but it's not critical to the game.

This is my concern in a nutshell. Back when FFVII was first released, Squaresoft was still a very playful company even as they worked with more serious story material. Granted, I haven't played a new Final Fantasy game since X-2 (which was admittedly pretty playful) because Square Enix hasn't shown me that they are interested in anything but brow-furrowing seriousness in XII and XIII and the compilation FFVII.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII for PS4 on: June 16, 2015, 10:00:35 AM
Best thing about this news is that Nomura is directing, probably the best choice at this point and only that could do a good job at this

With him as director, I'd say is fair to expect a lot of Advent Children and Kingdom Hearts going on in this remake.

I'd say it is a pretty much 100% certain deal. This is the chance to "fix" FF VII so it ties properly into Crisis Core, Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus. Nomura is not going to let that chance slip.

Not to be a dick here, but what exactly in the original FFVII is actually contradicted by the content in AC CC DC? I can acknowledge that CC places a bunch of new actors in the ring that one would expect to appear in FFVII proper, but don't. That kind of retconning doesn't really require "fixes" though. So what am I missing?

A few people should be dead but aren't (looking at you Rufus), Cloud's characterization osmosed Vincent's Hot Topic style brooding rather than keeping his more cocky and standoffish attitude before his cosmosphere fix or his more mature/level-headed acceptance of reality afterwards, and various Gackts somehow managing to become both the Alpha and Omega Sephiroths respectfully (among other things).

I think the characterization of Cloud is my primary concern. Ever since AC, he has been presented as a brooding emo kid, but that isn't how is portrayed in the original. Yes, he still broods, and gets depressed, but he's also a loveable, roguish jerk at the same time. I don't think that Square Enix has shown they're interested in portraying Cloud that way any longer. I also worry that a lot of the humor from the original just won't translate well into an HD remake. I mean, can you really imagine Barrett and Cloud going on a date at the Gold Saucer in HD? I'm excited still, and the environments in the trailer look excellent, but I'd like to see some more detail of the characters and their personalities before I get too carried away.
10  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 15, 2015, 12:02:49 AM
Yeah, I can see why people would stop reading it. It goes on forever, and nothing really happens for long stretches, which makes them a bit of a slog. So far I'm still finding them enjoyable enough though we'll see what happens.

I finished up The Saga of the Confederates in a single day. It was good, and surprisingly funny. About as satirical as the sagas go I'd assume, and that was refreshing for a change since the other sagas I've read so far have been kind of high-minded. High-mindedness isn't a bad thing by any means, it's just nice that this one was kind of different.

I'm thinking that the library will get Wheel of Time #8 on Tuesday, so since I had a few days to spare I started reading The Stranger by Albert Camus. I'm enjoying it, even if it is disdainfully silly at times. Merusault is a total jerk, but it is enjoyable. I'm not reading it as an English major, just as a reader, but the English major inside of me sees lots of cool stuff. It's nice to not dwell on that sometimes though. I should have it finished tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest as it is pretty short.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 13, 2015, 02:13:30 PM
I still keep plugging away at Hyrule Warriors whenever I get a chance. My real goal is to unlock all the weapons so that I can start unlocking those 25,000 KO skills on the Master Sword and other weapons I've collected. It's just hard! I'm currently trying to get Ruto's level 3 weapon, but that map is mean as you there is a big group of Lizalfos and Poes that come all at once. I can beat them and clear the stage, but I just keep taking too much damage while fighting that big group to an A rank. So I'm working on Ruto's badges and levelling her up. After that I'll start plugging away with Ganondorf to get his level 3 weapon. I think Ganondorf is just too underlevelled and weak right now for me to get an A rank on that mission, because it just takes so long to kill some of the powered up enemies.

So those are my goals for the foreseeable future. I've killed 50 Gold Skulltulas, so the Apothecary is maxed out and that has been a boon.
12  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 11, 2015, 02:54:16 PM
I finished Wheel of Time #7 today. It still had problems, but was much better overall than Wheel of Time #6. Outside of some irritating backtracking over the events of book #6 at the beginning, the pacing was much better this time around. There was some really good character development for a few of the characters, and some important plot events that have been building up over the past couple of books came to fruition. The ending felt a bit rushed though, especially since it had been building to it since book #5, and one of the major plot threads ended in a cliffhanger.

I hear the series slips in the next two books, and hits rock bottom at 10, but 7 was a good entry in the series.

I'm going to read The Saga of the Confederates from my Sagas of Icelanders book next. It's another short one, so it should only take me a couple of days to read.

 I've also started reading The Princess Bride on the side.

I'll pick up Wheel of Time #8 when the library gets it in, probably next week.
13  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 10, 2015, 11:57:04 AM
I'm nowhere near finishing the series, so I'm not sure I can make a final decision as yet, but my two cents so far are this:

Jordan hints at a lot though in all of the books and sometimes it takes a few books for minor plot threads to be resolved because there is just so much. I have to give him credit for keeping track of everything, but there's just so much that sometimes it's overwhelming and hard to remember who the characters involved even were, much less why they were important (and still sometimes I'm curious as to whether or not they're important regardless of what Jordan thought). He does a pretty good job with the major stuff, and there is only one instance that I can think of so far where a major plot thread has been left unresolved and negated to being much more minor than it originally seemed.

So in answer to your question, so far as I'm into the series, I'd say no, he isn't really skilled at it. But usually the resolutions, when they come, are at least believable.
14  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: June 10, 2015, 11:45:30 AM
I love that KoRL turns into a boat in the trailer and attacks. That's pretty great. Obviously a water element type.

If everything else is the same as the Wii U edition though, then I won't purchase it. Maybe we can expect to get some more Wii U DLC for KoRL and Tetra/Zelda?
15  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 09, 2015, 04:58:28 PM
Wheel of Time? I gave up after book 3.

Finally finished a Dance w/ Dragons.

I don't blame you. Book three was a drag because it seemed like Jordan wrote himself into a corner in that he had to fulfill all the prophecies he'd hinted at in the previous books. But book four is excellent and probably the best I've read in the series so far, so it made the slog of book three worth it.

Though Jordan writes himself into more corners as things go on, so maybe it is a good thing you stopped. I'm persevering, but the books have already started to slow down. Not only that, but Jordan gets obsessive with descriptions of clothes and jewelry, and the "bloody men/bloody women" dichotomy. Both are very tiring. I find myself skimming now whenever clothes are mentioned or whenever a character starts complaining about the opposite sex.
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