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31  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.
32  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.
33  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.
34  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?
35  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.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 08, 2015, 06:10:27 PM
I watched From Up on Poppy Hill over the weekend. It was everything I expected from a non-Hayao Ghibli film. Good, heartwarming, and beautifully animated. Found the plot a little uninspired, but still enjoyable enough.
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: You All Need To See MAD MAX on: June 03, 2015, 12:34:31 PM
I saw it and agree with everyone that it was excellent. It was more than just your typical action movie. It had symbolism, character development, an intriguing world, and no pretension.

My favorite part was

near the end when Max finally tells Furiosa his name. I loved how it wasn't just telling her his name, but an assertion and reaffirmation of his identity, sanity, and his role as protector. I thought that was a perfect way to resolve his internal conflict, and endure him to Furiosa and the wives.
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun on: June 01, 2015, 03:08:48 PM
I loved the GBA Golden Sun games back in the day. They play pretty similar to oldschool Dragon Quest games, but they do so very well. Graphically they were top notch when they were released, and the particle effects still look pretty cool and the battles are quite cinematic as a result even when you aren't actually summoning. The Djinn system was a good idea, and it allows you to customize your characters' Psynergy skills. If you're like me though, you'll just equip the Djinn to the character with the same element. The story and characters aren't really anything to write home about, but they aren't bad either though the villains are pretty badass. I don't remember any backtracking in the first game to be honest, unless you miss a Djinni somewhere. That can really suck sometimes as I don't remember there being a good way to get around the map quickly (though I could very likely be forgetting).

My only real complaint is that your party didn't auto-attack a different enemy when the original enemy you select is defeated. That was irritating.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: June 01, 2015, 12:17:26 PM
What I miss about the older artists (let's use Senri Kita here), is that it meant less of this, this, and this and more of this...

The designs by Kozaki are totally fuelled by otaku interests it's a little eye-rolling.  It's got every silly design trope you need and now its focus on character relationships sealing the deal a bit more.  'Character petting', is gonna make this comic all the more relevant again. :P

I mean, I guess I can't complain, I know lots of people like that... It's just not how I always saw FE.

No, I agree with you completely. I typically like the male character designs of the newer artist, but the female designs are often...oi...
40  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 01, 2015, 03:48:14 AM
I finished up The Jungle Book today. It was good, but a tad random. I would've liked more Mowgli stories than there were, though the others were interesting if a tad...dated.

The library got in a copy of Wheel of Time #7, so I'll start reading it today.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: May 28, 2015, 10:41:12 AM
Haven't played Shadow Dragon yet. Is it worth the arseload of cash ebay wants for it?

Not really. It lacks a lot of advancements from the later games.It is decent for a remake of the first game but I wouldn't spend a lot of money on it. If you saw it cheap and were in a FE mood then sure.

It did introduce the reclassing mechanic, though it wasn't handled nearly as well as Awakening did it since the only limitations were the separations of characters into one of four categories (Male 1, Male 2, Female or Misc.), no level reset (i.e. if a Lv 11 Knight reclassed into a Hunter, that Hunter would be Lv 11) and a hard limit on how many characters could occupy said class (it was always based upon your current number of characters that started in said class + 1).

That said, it was ultimately panned due to a combination of 1) No proper supports (since the base game didn't have them, which meant there were no discussions about pies, stage fright or how much that dude looked like a lady), 2) the lackluster graphics (battle sprites were prerendered and didn't look nearly as lively/pretty as the GBA era animations, it was also a DS game which automatically meant that it looked like ass) and 3) the Gaiden requirements (all of the Gaidens had entirely brand new characters for the game, but to get to most of the Gaiden stages themselves, your army had to be culled down to a headcount of 15 or less; at least the game tried to help out by handing out generics if your headcount got too low). The plot was pretty threadbare (in a 'somebody just got done watching Mobile Suit Gundam and only had a Famicom to work with' way) which didn't help matters, and personally, I didn't care for the rather lazy way that the (at the time) current class stat caps were implemented since the characters bases/growths did not account for them (aside from two characters which made them hilariously overpowered as a result). The game basically couldn't really decide on how closely it wanted to follow its source material (or which source it was pulling from; FE1 or FE3 Book 1) and the game suffered for it.

In other words, no, it isn't worth it. The gaiden chapters drove me nuts. I won't ever play through Shadow Dragon again because of the threadbare story (they could have expanded the story beyond those first few chapters), and the lack of support conversations (the characters may say a few things when you recruit them, but after that many of them won't have any dialogue for the rest of the game). If, by some odd chance, I did play it again, I would skip the gaiden chapters altogether. I literally had to unequip units and plop them down next to the boss to kill them off in order to access the gaiden chapters.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: May 27, 2015, 02:38:43 PM
Outside of specific unit weaknesses and/or special weapons (like pegasus and bows, dragons and wyrmslayers, horses and poleaxes, and etc.), the weapons triangle affected evade and hit more than it did attack and defense. I'm unsure if that will be the case with IF, but it is the case for most of the rest of the games in the series.
43  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 27, 2015, 01:46:24 PM
I finished up Wheel of Time #6 today. It was even slower than the last book (and I hear it just gets worse from here until the Brandon Sanderson novels). At least some important events occurred, and the last hundred pages or so were exciting even if the rest of the book was meh.

I'm waiting for Wheel of Time #7 to get into the library. It should be in tomorrow or the day after, so in the meantime I'm going to read the original The Jungle Book. I got it for free a few months ago, and it is pretty short, so I'll check it out now.
44  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 27, 2015, 12:45:48 PM
I saw Mad Max: Fury Road over the weekend. It was really, really good! The plot was simple, but what was there was well done, and I thought the characters were all great and developed nicely. I kind of like how the movie didn't dwell on the setting, the world, and the social dynamics. It just kind of plops it all in front of you and says, "Here it is." I'd been on the fence about it, but I am definitely glad I went to see it.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: May 26, 2015, 09:42:47 AM
I'm unsure what to think of the changes to the weapons triangle. I keep trying to wrap my head around it, but I think I'm just going to have to play it to formulate an opinion. It will kind of suck for a while, at least for me, since my brain is programmed to the old weapons triangle. I imagine I won't be mindful of the new triangle at times and will screw myself over.
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