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1471  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 19, 2013, 03:42:14 PM
To be fair, if karma does exist, he'll probably won't notice it until he starts his next life. Odds are he'll be reincarnated as some kind of bacteria you find in dog turds, or something.

That said, I like Alvin.
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He seems like unapologetic traitor, but he doesn't actually want to see the people he likes get hurt. He's indecisive and screws up again and again, but he helps the others just as much if not more. And when he finally figures out he can't and shouldn't continue living the way he does, he tries to make amends.

(So, yeah, basically he's a badboy who needs a hug and I guess I just can't resist those charms <_<)

As for the other characters, what bothers me is that much of their development is so easy to miss out on since it's not part of the main quest. It feels like bad storytelling at times. Of course, that all ties in with the game being rushed out to meet the deadline. If it hadn't been the anniversary game, it might have had much more content.

1472  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 19, 2013, 02:29:18 PM
If you happen to love the characters, you'll love Xillia. That's how it usually goes, isn't it? They're really what makes every Tales game different. The stories are often very similar and/or have similar plot twists and a bad Tales battlesystem is still a more fun than what you'll find in most other RPG's. So it all comes down to the characters.

It's the main reason I prefer Abyss and Vesperia over, say, Legendia and Graces.
1473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 19, 2013, 10:54:31 AM
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-Jude
-Asbel (who has the "father of the year")
-Luke
-Lloyd
-Cless

Didn't Cless' parents die in the first hour? Well, I think it was fixed with some time travel later, but still...
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Asbel's
father dies as well, so he's two tropes in one, I guess?

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I think the Tales games speak to those really frustrated Japanese youths (and some adults) who have serious communication issues with their parents. It's often a distant father figure and a doting mother figure who explains how the dad just doesn't know how to express his love towards his sons. Japan as a society isn't very open about parent-child communication like in Western countries. It's mostly just a one-way street.

That and parents tend to get in the way of adventuring. One of the few exceptions I can think of is Miranda from Grandia III, who accompanied Yuki for a while and then set off on her own adventure with a hot guy they found on the beach.

Oh, and the people in Saga Frontier II, I guess. There aren't many heroines out there who get to fight the final boss together with their grandpa.
1474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 19, 2013, 05:49:50 AM
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And Pandora's Tower is pretty much the red-headed stepchild of the Operation Rainfall titles, if missing Xenoblade would've been a travesty and missing The Last Story would've been disappointing, then missing Pandora's Tower would've been no big deal, its only an ARPG dungeon crawler and kind of a gimmicky one at that, frankly the only reason why it got the momentum that it did was because it was also made by Mistwalker along with the other Rainfall titles.

It wasn't even made by Mistwalker. It's from a small studio called Ganbarion and it's pretty much their first original games. Half of their catalogue consists of mediocre One Piece games. No really. They're one of those developers.

Anyway, Pandora's Tower got some attention because it was one of the few (and last!) RPG's for the Wii. Fans started demanding it and Nintendo of Europe scored some brownie points by actually pubishing it. The premise is kind of cool, but don't go in expecting a triple A masterpiece. It's a decent and kinda interesting game made by a small developer. Nothing more, nothing less.

As for recommendations, there's a game called My Life as a Dark Lord in the Wii Store. It's a fun tower defense game from Square Enix from an era in which they weren't flimflamming their way through the downloadable games market.
1475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 18, 2013, 09:17:04 AM
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Anyone else notice that Tales of games seem to have a trend of the main character's dad (if he is in the game) being a failure as a father? I don't know if it applies to every single Tales of game, but it seems to be more common than in other series. Only exception that immediately comes to mind is probably Cless's dad, but he was only sort of in Phantasia.

I think dead dads are more trendy. I'm having trouble recalling fathers that were actually alive during the game.

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He may be a doormat, but he has still managed to dress a major deity as a stripper. And thus he is also extremely creepy.

Now that I think about it, how does Milla get her books? I doubt Rieze Maxia has Amazon, so Ivar got them for her? Extremely, extremely creepy.
1476  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 17, 2013, 02:34:33 PM
Ivar just makes me think Ikea shelving unit. 

*googles*

Ivar is also a chair.
1477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 16, 2013, 12:36:45 PM
Teepo talk:

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I think he always does, but as his 'memory' grows he starts using his own words more and more. Kinda like an AI. 
Also, Elize has no control over what thoughts Teepo vocalises, so he blurts out some really embarrasing things.
The real Elize is really snarky by the way, especially towards Alvin.
1478  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 15, 2013, 07:22:33 AM
I like how Teepo bounces. I wish I had a Teepo to bounce...

1479  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 15, 2013, 03:23:52 AM
Rowen is awesome. Love his sense of humour. I also like he's actually old-old instead of 35-old or 'I look like a teenager but I'm actually several centuries old'.

I wonder if Tales (or any other RPG) will ever have the guts to include an older female character.
1480  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 14, 2013, 05:12:25 PM
IIRC something like that was originally planned, but the idea was dropped due to time and budget constraints.

I wonder what they'd charge for DLC like that when a stupid outfits costs a day worth of food...
1481  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 14, 2013, 04:49:44 PM
I love how the chick who's asking Hubert "why do you wear glasses" is wearing glasses herself. 

Oh, and this needs to be shoehorned into the bazongas skit: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/588691-dragons-crown

If Jude saw those... he'd go all professional and ask if she's suffering from backpain.
1482  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 14, 2013, 04:11:24 PM
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meet some sleezy chick

His current crush walks around in two bits of fabric being held together with ribbons and reads books about intercourse with the greatest enthusiasm imaginable. I'm not sure where he can go from there.

Sexy catlady Presa? She'd eat him alive.

Jude may be a chickmagnet, but I doubt he'll get/want(!) any anytime soon. I bet he's the type who thinks taking the next step equals taking advantage. He'll be as gentlemanly as possible and (unintentionally) create untraversable gap between him and whatever poor girl falls in love with him. And then some mean girl will come along who'll take advantage of him and his super niceness. That's just too sad :(
1483  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 14, 2013, 01:01:46 PM
Sometimes it's difficult to make out what they're shouting during battle, though. Force Wave didn't sound like Force Wave the first time I heard it, more like "For- --a-". Which didn't make much sense, considering it's a move where Alvin empties his gun and Jude gets creative with his fists.  

(This game has a bad influence on innocent little me.)
1484  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 14, 2013, 12:32:37 PM
What!  I didn't even know picross e3  existed.  I've seen other picross like games but never tried them since it wasn't the picross brand and I was doubtful of the quality. 

It just came out in Japan and I bet we'll get it in September. As for similar games, Color Cross is kinda cool. It doesn't play as well as de Picross games, but working with different colours adds a new layer to the puzzles.
1485  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 14, 2013, 12:02:44 PM
I loved Milla's reaction. "I've read about this in a book. It's called puberty. We're supposed to be understanding and supportive."
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