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16  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Favorite albums of 2014 on: December 27, 2014, 10:07:59 PM
Nothing has captured my attention like the Devin Townsend Z2 album(s). Ziltoid: Dark Matters is great ear candy, but "Sky Blue" is an absolute gem. Some of the catchiest songs I've ever heard with amazing huge arrangements, lots of drive and power. Gotta check it out.

Though I'm currently getting into Avenged Sevenfold, they're coming to Honolulu in a month (my gf got us tix for christmas). Very surprised at how soulful and dynamic this, supposedly, "hardcore" metal band is. Can't wait to see them live!
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: December 27, 2014, 04:25:51 AM
Yeah, I was kinda "meh" about it. Coulda been a lot worse, but that's not saying much. My girlfriend liked it well enough, and she usually hates that kinda shit, so it obviously has some things going for it. Nick Frost as santa, very cool. The "scientist" dorks were totally throwaway though.

As I said, weird weird season. Can't say it was really bad, but woah do I have some serious questions as to where Moffat and the writers' heads are at.
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: December 26, 2014, 05:22:08 PM
Series 8 was the biggest roller-coaster of the series, it had some of my favorite episodes to date: The Groundskeeper, Flatline, Into the Dalek, and Deep Breath. But also had some of the worst episodes ever: Listen (utter crap), Kill the Moon (wow!), and In the Forest of the Night. It had a number of "okay" episodes: Robot of Sherwood, Time Heist, and Mummy. And it had one really schizophrenic, "is it great, is it horrible?" finale.

I do think they finally have started to shake off the "let's make everything BIG" problems they had with the second half of Series 7, enjoying a few absolutely fun romps (Caretaker and Flatline being two of my absolute favorites), but they haven't reached the amazingly care-free-ness of the RTD era or earlier Moffat series.

But now they have finally stasis: same Doctor, same Companion, they can stop tying to prove them to the world and start just having fun with them. Thankfully, all the worst episodes weren't Moffats, and I think because of the general consensus on those, MAYBE the team will have learned their lesson. I think "Kill the Moon" is to DW how "Threshold" or "Spock's Brain" are to Star Trek, everyone knows it was awful, the creators can just pretend they didn't make them, and can make sure never to do something so horrific again. But I'm just about as equally hateful of "Listen", an episode made up almost entirely of vapid monologues by the Doctor that turn out to be all completely wrong and bullshit. It was boring, it was a waste of time, and it made me feel stupid for watching it.

Listen - award for worst pacing and writing in the entire show
Kill the Moon - Threshold award... utterly bat-shit stupid. Every plot "twist" made me want to cry.
Flatline - Greatest moments by a companion. Finally writers getting to have some amazingly fun humor in their scripts. Cousin It Doctor! Waahoo!
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Live-Action Sci-Fi Tetris Movie on: November 14, 2014, 05:22:59 PM
Actually, Quiji turned out to be a half-decent horror movie. I was properly cropped out, and I guess that's the point.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Marvel Super-Thread on: November 14, 2014, 05:15:53 PM
Iron Man 2 was lousy, but I thought Iron Man 3 was amazing, maybe not quite as good as the first, but up there. Cap2 was pretty good (especially in conjunction with Agents of Shield), Thor2... I've never really cared for Thor as a character, Loki makes the series though.

Honestly, I think Agents of Shield wipes the floor with pretty much all the movies, except Iron Man 1 and The Avengers. Though I have a horrible concession, I haven't seen GotG yet! It was big right while I was in the middle of moving, and I HATE going to a move late in the run when noone's in the theater, so I'll wait till it comes out on video.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 14, 2014, 05:09:36 PM
It's definitely still a Bioware game, but if you liked the openness of Xenoblade's exploration and side questing, I think there are a lot of parallels to be found here. I'd say it's worth giving it a look.

That's what I was referring to. I didn't mind the gameplay of the first, I just found the exploration boring and somehow kind of limited. In fact, Xenoblade's gameplay is fairly similar... much more like a western RPG anyway. I love SOME of Bioware's games, loved Mass Effect 2 in particular... but I just found DA: Origins to be somehow repetitive and tedious.

Then again, it may be an aversion to high fantasy. To be honest, I've not played a whole lot of straight high fantasy games, but I wouldn't rank any of them among my favorites, I seem to like more exotic combinations of fantasy and sci-fi best. I did like Witcher 2, though, until my Xbox 360 died on me.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 13, 2014, 01:40:48 PM
Hmmm, I hated the first game, avoided the second because of bad reviews, but I just saw this one compared to Xenoblade, which is one of my favorite RPGs, so my interest has been peaked.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (MM3DS announced!) on: November 07, 2014, 04:17:09 PM
I have a strange relationship with Majora's Mask: Love the tone, love the setting, even found the time thing really intriguing. But I disliked the dungeons and bosses enough that I don't really feel like playing through the game again.

Strange, I thought it probably had the best dungeons in the series. I especially loved the side dungeons which were about as big as the main ones. Only one that didn't really do it for me was the snowy mountain cave dungeon. I'm actually not a huge fan of OoTs dungeons. I thought it was an amazing game for it's time, and a lot of the side stuff was wondrous, but there were so many dungeons that annoyed/bored the crap out of me. Twilight Princess had some decent dungeons, though I find that they tend to drag in the second half.

I really hope they adopt a darker style with the next Zelda. All my favorite Zelda games are dark, which is weird because I typically don't like super dark games, but Zelda can only be so dark and I think it is very refreshing the way the dark parts contrast with the lighter fairytale side of the Zelda universe. Every time it goes super light like SS or WW, I just feel "meh" about the whole atmosphere.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (MM3DS announced!) on: November 05, 2014, 07:45:25 PM
I just don't understand how people around here find MM problematic because of it's time system, yet FF13:LR stressed me out so bad I had to permanently put it down. I love MM.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Shout-out to coop multiplayer gaming on: October 15, 2014, 09:11:05 PM
Kirby sounds great. We totally loved Epic Yarn... and I guess we've avoided everything else for fear of nothing living up to that, but that's a great suggestion!

Margaret is starting to get really comfortable with first person through Borderlands, though, and she loves beating the SHIT out of things. Ironically, she plays Brick, I play Lilith! I think she's soon going to be fairly comfortable with far more action-oriented games, it's just newer for her.

Oh, don't worry about imagery. Her favorite movies are things like Hellraiser and The Grudge. It's me that starts to get squeamish with that kind of stuff! Never been a huge fan of Zombie stuff. Though I was really liking Last of Us before my save file got corrupted 2/3rds of the way through :(
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Shout-out to coop multiplayer gaming on: October 15, 2014, 09:00:56 PM
PS3 and Wii. We share a 3DS, but if any truly awesome multiplayer games came out, we could get a second.

Never been a huge fan of hack-and-slash RPGs ala Diablo. Deathspank might be really fun though.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / A Shout-out to coop multiplayer gaming on: October 15, 2014, 08:50:36 PM
Every since my girlfriend and I moved in together, both of us have been doing most of our gaming together, and really enjoying it. Both of us love games and have similar taste. Similarly, we both love story/adventure/rpgs and we're not big on competitive multiplayer. Unfortunately, there's a distinct lack of games that are coop multiplayer, and they are getting scarcer and scarcer. As far as I can remember, some of my favorite gaming experiences have been coop multiplayer. From blazing through Halo with a friend, to going night after night with the awesome coop mode of Twisted Metal Black, I had a lot of real bonding moments playing games together with friends. The problem with competitive multiplayer is that both parties must be at a similar level to really enjoy it, or one will always trounce the other and there will always be an awkward dichotomy. Many times, it's one person who owns the game, so they will obviously be far more adept, and competition just doesn't feel fair: "Come over to my house so I can kick your ass". Coop multiplayer always took the social stress and awkwardness out of multiplayer gaming.

In my case, I've been gaming a lot longer than my girlfriend, and have a lot more experience with action games (she's almost entirely played turn based RPGs and point-and-click adventure games), so it's really no fun for us to go head to head. Also, we appreciate long-term experiences: TV shows, epic games that take weeks for the story and gameplay to unfold, etc.

Yet a lot of this seems to be dying out. More games centered around the dudebro attitude of "Let's Fight!" Less and less offline coop multiplayer definitely erodes a growing demographic. However, we've been absolutely loving Borderlands, and it's a real breath of fresh air that a whole popular series has been created with multiplayer in mind. I've been thinking about picking up an old Xbox 360 (mine died a few years back) and replaying the Halo series with her. Unfortunately, we were really bummed to hear that Destiny shipped without offline coop multiplayer. And even though I've started her playing Smash Brawl: Subspace Emissary, it doesn't look like we'll have much reason to get Smash WiiU any time soon.

I'd love to hear a few awesome suggestions of coop games that we can play together.
28  Media / General Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: October 13, 2014, 07:57:56 PM
My girlfriend and I have been going through Subspace Emissary in Brawl this past week. I'm finally getting her to play the game after introducing her to the adventure mode. I'm really crossing my fingers that SOME kind of adventure mode (I don't care about the story, really) makes it into the WiiU version. Someday I hope to get a WiiU and smash, but since moving to a new state and having very few friends (and none who game), I really have no one to play with. Thankfully, Nintendo's been incredibly quiet about what kind of adventure mode will be on the Wii U version... we know it won't be Smash Run (which seems pointless for a console version), so I'm really hoping that it's something like Subspace Emissary, but without the fancy cutscenes and maybe less of a story, which I'm totally fine with.

I just hope they have SOME coop multiplayer, or else I'll not have much incentive to play the game.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 18, 2014, 04:51:42 PM
Meh... I really didn't feel anything from watching the trailer. So little is shown, just a few dude bros driving around in a hoopty killing reptiles.

"All my friends drive a low rider"

The music was very boring, but it seemed like just one track, so we'll see. Way too classical for my taste... no bite. Half of it sounds like Johan Strauss (blech!). I'm finally playing Bravely Default (my gf had it for months) so I'm a bit spoiled though. The only thing I could never complain about in FFXIII was the music, and although I don't want more of the same, I loved how they constantly shifted and changed things up from installment to installment, and really went out there experimenting with new things. I don't care what style this is, but if they go at it with the same sense of adventure, I'll be happy. Unfortunately, this trailer does nothing to inspire that, so I'm dubious.

I was hoping my first real glimpse would be one of awe and amazement. This is about as far from it as I think I could feel without being truly disappointed.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: September 12, 2014, 05:00:52 PM
Agreed, I was never a huge Xeno fan of any kind until Xenoblade. Xenogears had it's charm, but oh so many problems. Xenosaga I seemed to clean the formula up a bit, but I was still really irritated by the whole "let's make a massively confusing storyline that draws on all these ridiculous religious themes" type of storytelling. I passed on II because I already wasn't a huge fan of the battle system of I, and it sounded like II screwed up... unfortunately I keep hearing that III is really good, but I would have to play II and I don't want to.

Xenoblade, on the other hand, did what all the other Xeno games couldn't do, IMO... be FUN! Huge awe-inspired areas to explore, engaging and inventive battle system. And to top it off, it finally broke free of Monolith's storytelling hangups, constantly having to rely on "the sheer power of it all" and boiling it down to old fashioned good storytelling with the occasional plot twist. No more fakey religious allegories, no more references, a totally alien world with it's unique alien mythos and history, and not purposefully convoluted as all get up just to make tweens feel like they're reading something "deep and filosofical".

It's taken a while, but I think Mono finally made a good game. Let sleeping dogs lie, I could care less about a saga HD remake.
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