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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: January 08, 2016, 01:06:44 PM
I'm not too hung up on the SE. I'll be able to DL the rest, which will take up space on my 3DS, but that's fine. I think I'm going to get the Conquest cartridge for starters. I'd like a more traditional, old school FE experience to begin, and then I'll be happy to branch out into more Awakening style gameplay in Birthright.
32  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 04, 2016, 01:04:41 PM
Well, I made it about halfway through Wheel of Time 11 before Christmas, and then got distracted by, well, Christmas, and my library loan expired. It's on hold again and I'm next in line for it so I'll finish it up when it comes through.

In the meantime, I received Leviathan Wakes, book one of The Expanse series for Christmas and started reading it. I'm only about 60 pages in, and I don't quite understand what all is happening yet and some of the technical jargon is confusing, but otherwise it has so far been pretty suspenseful and interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it!
33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: January 04, 2016, 12:55:00 PM
I think Neal's thoughts on Rey are spot on:

With the mention of stories, and legends about the Jedi that probably permeate even the most backwater (backsand?) worlds in the galaxy, Rey had probably heard the legend of Jedi mind trickery and thought she'd give it a shot since realizing she has the Force. As for her quickly becoming adept at using the Force and such, I think that it may have something to do with "the awakening" that Snoke and Kylo Ren discussed. The force is mysterious, and though it appears to be mutually usable for both dark and light sides, maybe the Force (or the immortalized Jedi that have lived on as Force Ghosts) had a way of calling out to Rey because the Force's balance is in disarray and helping her "awaken" her latent potential. Hence Snoke and Kylo Ren called an "awakening" what the Emperor and Vader called a "disturbance": a powerful new force user that they're able to sense somehow. I think there are going to be plenty of explanations in Episode VIII.

I also agree with Neal that Rey is very reminiscent of Vin in Mistborn, and I'm okay with that.

And I'm eagerly anticipating Episode VIII.
34  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 04, 2016, 12:10:07 PM
I received New Super Mario Bros. 2 for a Christmas gift and played it over the holidays. It was short, and Bowser was terribly easy, but aside from that I think it is one of my favorite Mario games in years. I loved the level design and being able to fly again with the Super Leaf power-up again.

I also received Super Mario Maker and I've been crafting levels. It's really fun, and I've really enjoyed some of the levels I've played online even if some of them were apparently made by sadists and I'm a masochist for trying to beat them as much as I did. The only really annoying thing is not having all of the creation tools and skins available from the get-go. Mario can't even go down pipes on my stages yet, and that is as basic as Mario gets!
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 21, 2015, 11:36:13 AM
^Contextually, Midgar WAS huge.  I mean in FFVI,Vector (supposedly the largest city in the world) was still only about 20 houses, a factory and Emperor Gestahl's palace. 

Contextually in the game world it was gigantic, yeah. But really it isn't that big in terms of actual area that you cover while in Midgar.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: December 21, 2015, 11:21:27 AM
I agree that it was a great start to a new trilogy, but not perfect by any means.

Some spoilers here so putting them in code:

The few things I didn't like have already been mentioned. I liked Poe, but then he was absent for a good chunk of the movie and his importance to the plot seems like it was negligible after the first ten minutes.

I also didn't like the monster things on Han and Chewie's big freighter. That just felt too contrived and the CG honestly didn't look that great. And did anyone else think of Firefly during that scene? Because it was very reminiscent of a few occurrences in Firefly when Han gets boarded by another group of smugglers out for him. I guess one could say Firefly should be reminiscent of Star Wars rather than the reverse, but it really felt like Firefly to me.

I was okay with a certain character's death. I was anticipating it as soon as family relations were revealed. What I did not like is how it was swept under the rug so quickly. The audience was given all of two minutes to mourn before R2 conveniently wakes up to reveal Luke's location. One would think they'd take the death of arguably the most popular character in the franchise a bit more seriously.

Kylo Ren is Anakin Skywalker 2.0, but this seemed a bit more intentional rather than just lackluster acting a la Hayden Christensen in Attack of the Clones. Still found him annoying whenever the mask was off though.

I didn't really understand the governing entities in the galaxy. Sounds like there is a New Republic, and the First Order is kind of a remnant or successor to the Empire. But why is the Resistance a thing? Why wouldn't the New Republic be involved in fending off the First Order? It sounds like the New Republic does have a pretty significant fleet after all, so why just a small band of resistance?

Overall, I honestly did not like the direction quite that much. It didn't feel as grand or as sweeping, for lack of better descriptives, of the old Star Wars movies. Even the prequels felt like they were much more massive in scale. While I didn't expect Abrams to just imitate Lucas by any means, I kind of preferred Lucas's style of direction and editing better. I loved Rey and Finn, thought the script was great even if the plot was pretty recycled from the old movies. Loved the more referential nods like dumping Phasma down a garbage chute. Really loved the lightsaber duel, which is the best there has been since Darth Maul. And I really enjoyed the movie overall. I just prefer a less cramped directorial style.

At least Abrams avoided the shaky cam direction. I hate that.

Despite the above grumbles. I really, really did enjoy it. I'm going to see it again next week probably. There was just a lot to take in and the pacing was so fast that I feel like I missed a lot.
37  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 21, 2015, 10:24:36 AM
I was feeling nostalgic after seeing the new FFVII remake trailer a week or two ago and so I started a new game of FFVII. It was the music that really got to me. My gaming time is pretty limited these days, so I haven't made it very far. I just finished up the flashback scene in Kalm. I'd love to do one of those journals like Dice and some of you others do, but I don't think I have the energy to do it.

I remember thinking when I first played it that Midgar was this huge gigantic metropolis even in the gameplay. Maybe back then it was, but it seemed pretty small and sparse in comparison to more recent games. I still think the opening hours in Midgar are fantastic.
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: December 16, 2015, 02:10:21 PM
Seeing it Saturday! So excited! Rotten Tomatoes currently lists it at 97%, so yay!

I read a review and just by giving some background on the movie it already told me more than I wanted to know.  I really wanted to go in as blind as possible.  *sigh*

I didn't read any of the reviews. I just looked at the rating percentage.
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: December 16, 2015, 01:10:37 PM
Seeing it Saturday! So excited! Rotten Tomatoes currently lists it at 97%, so yay!
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 11, 2015, 09:36:13 AM
Yoshinori Kitase clarified the "multi-part" definition somewhat on the Playstation blog.


The highlight of the post is, "We’ve seen everyone’s comments and reactions to the news that FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be a multi-part series and many have speculated correctly as to the reason why we have made this decision. If we were to try to fit everything from the original into one remake instalment, we would have to cut various parts and create a condensed version of FINAL FANTASY VII. We knew none of you would have wanted that."

So it sounds like it will be the full game, perhaps even with new content. They just weren't going to be able to fit it all in one package as it would be too massive.

41  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 10, 2015, 04:37:34 PM
It does, and it's mostly not very good.  Kind of cool to have Worf and Wolverine hanging out together, though.

I just read the first issue of the Batman/TMNT crossover comic book mini-series. Seeing Batman and Shredder have a stare down was pretty cool. I hope they fight later on.
42  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 09, 2015, 10:50:57 AM
I finished reading Paradise Reclaimed. Took me a while because I'm also studying for the GRE again, which I take in a week and a half, and it has been cutting into my reading time significantly. Paradise Reclaimed was excellent on many, many levels. I loved every word of it. The best book I've read so far this year.

I picked Viking Age Iceland and read the first few pages when I got an email from the library that Wheel of Time 11 is now finally available. Since I own Viking Age Iceland, I'm going to put it aside and read Wheel of Time 11 now.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 07, 2015, 02:35:25 PM
So, I'm sure most of you have never heard of this movie, but if you want something very sweet and cute that you can still enjoy with the kids, check out Ernest & Celestine.  Watched it last night and it was flipping adorable.

It was nominated for an Oscar a year or two back. While it was really cute, I found it to be a little on the boring side. But maybe that's just because I'm not the intended audience.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 07, 2015, 10:44:37 AM
The trailer has me excited. I wasn't torn up about the battle system. The old lineup ATB was fun then, but something a little more flashy and dynamic would also be great. I do hope they allow the player to control the whole party as the trailer seemed to show.

As far as being episodic, well I guess we'll see what happens. I would still like an "overworld" to roam around. It doesn't need to be as massive as FFXV's by any means, but it would be nice to take the motorcycle and truck out of Midgar and explore the world a bit. Hopefully episodic doesn't mean start in Midgar, skip to Nifelheim, skip to the Forgotten City, and etc. Essentially I hope they don't just skip around to the story's keypoints, have you play that for a few hours, and then skip to the next main story segment.
45  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 30, 2015, 01:46:11 PM
And in other news, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfnlXEC8tpM

If there was ever any shred or trace of doubt before, it is well and truly extinguished now.

Very sad-faced right now. I want a console BoF. Even something on 3DS would be preferable to this.
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