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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: June 26, 2015, 12:57:41 PM
Hey, we all now that if adoption was up to the players, this is exactly what would happen.
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 26, 2015, 01:41:41 AM
So we've got pirates, exploring and and upcoming ice-age? I like. I think I may actually be looking forward to this one (instead of the usual 'I'll play it when it's out').
63  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 24, 2015, 05:19:00 PM
Phew, the season finale of Cordon is over and I can stop breathe again! Seriously, I was holding my breath for like half the episode. Great finale with a great ending. They could have actually let this be the end of the series.

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The correct placement of all the puzzle pieces is confirmed and there's a vaccine on the way.
Half of the main characters are dead or confirmed to be dying.
We've got the truth and the truth is horrible and pathetic.
It's a good -no, great!- ending if you're up for a raw 'the world sucks, but we'll learn to love living in it anyway' type of closure.

But, I guess many viewers don't just want the truth, they want justice.
I think that could be a good subject for the upcoming second season.
What does justice mean in this context anyway? When those responsible are dead or soon to be?
And what will happen when the walls finally come down?
 
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: June 24, 2015, 03:05:30 PM
Albino Tharja looks like she's going to murder me in my sleep ;_;

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I do have to wonder what impact this has on the children since both the avatar and Zero have children units associated with them.

Adoption! :D

Well, that doesn't solve the stat issue, unless stats are now nurture instead of nature, but...

...

And now I'm imagining FE-parents adopting orphans based solely on their stats. Like, only 9 speed at L1/1? Worst pegasus knight ever. Enjoy not having parents, loser!
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: June 23, 2015, 02:09:56 PM
Maybe environments change depending on the time of day? Like, certain monsters can only be found at night, some sort of magical flower can only be gathered at dusk and so on.
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 23, 2015, 10:41:37 AM
Namco Bandai says we can't call Bandai Namco Namco Bandai anymore, so Namcobanda Island isn't going to work :(

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Her 'backstory' is apparently she was wonderfully cheerful till "the accident" happened.  Hopefully Tales magic wields itself to make her more fun loving as the game goes on; too many starring females got this "ice princess" thing going on.

Yeah, it sucks they started seeing ice princess as a synonym for strong female character. I'd rather have a female pirate Yuri, someone who looks like she's actually enjoying herself despite looking kinda darkish.
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: June 23, 2015, 04:41:59 AM
There's a slag in the background.

Reusing enemies for games that all take place in the same world? Fine. That makes sense. Reusing enemies for a new trilogy? Pathetic.

Workshop screenshot:


The game is looking a little bland and lifeless, but I assume they'll polish it.

Sophie looks nice and has a bit of tomboy scholar thing going on. Must be the coat. I wonder why her skirt is shorter in the game, it has a good length in the artwork.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 22, 2015, 12:34:53 PM
I R a librarian (obvs right?). And a lot of what I do involves helping individuals create resumes and conduct job searches. I absolutely love what I do, but I swear to Zeus, trying to teach an elderly person to use a computer for the first time is akin to being abducted by an alien and attempting to learn about their hyperdrive/food replicating technology from manuals written in the aliens' screeching language.

The cultural disconnect between even 2 generations couldn't be more apparent when it comes to dealing with technology.

I feel (some) of your pain. Twenty years ago, my parents knew and understood computers. They could install drivers and applications, connect hardware and even did a bit of basic programming on the Commodore 64. They taught me how commandlines work! Now they call me whenever their Windows 8 PC (which I bought for them) does something weird. Worse, they've been neglecting making back-ups the past five years or so, because it's "too difficult" (it's easy! it's drag & drop!). They've recently lost several years worth of pictures of their sorta-grandchildren. Again.

(I'm suddenly reminded of the most horrible thing my dad let his friend do to my very first PC, a behemoth running Windows 95. My dad was having some trouble as my internet connection was to run through my parents' PC so I wouldn't have internet if the main PC was off. My dad's friend claimed he could fix it. You know what the bastard did? He installed Windows ME because it was "newer and thus better"! My poor PC was not equiped to handle that monstrosity - no PC is! When I opened up Word and typed 'a' it would be several seconds before the letter appeared on my screen. Of course the con artist didn't know how to fix it and blamed everything on the hardware. My parents were at a loss and the "My first PC" project was scrapped... ;_;)
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Operation Abyss New Tokyo Legacy on: June 22, 2015, 02:28:59 AM
I remember hearing something about this game being a remake of two different games (the original and its sequel) put together. That might explain the shift in quality between the two halves.

I'm pretty sure that's it. That level cap right in the middle really drives that home. It's shame they didn't make progression more fluid.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 21, 2015, 04:38:48 PM
Nice boat.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game Changers: The accessories that matter on: June 19, 2015, 04:36:39 PM
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The miniature XBox 360 controller has been the greatest PC controller I've ever had.

I had to look that one up and now I and my tiny childlike hands need it. I wonder if it's (easily) available in Europe...

Anyway, I'm not much of an accessory type. I actually try to make games less immersive because things like sound and images can get kind of overwhelming.

But there's one thing I can't game without in winter.



A big warm blanket. My circulation is kind of shitty and I get cold very easily, even when wearing a ton of layers. So, I'll wrap a big blanket around me in such a way that everything below my eyes is covered. Hands too. Can't play games if your fingers are going numb.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: June 19, 2015, 03:48:21 PM
True, but it's not as if you can't balance it out (somewhat) by having the player character command the other characters, increasing the number of monsters/amount of health in the enemy party and what not.
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: June 19, 2015, 03:06:28 PM
I didn't know much about this Kobayashi guy before he started talking about Star ocean 5, but I like what he has to say. The game was announced only recently and both him and the director have been quite open about what direction they want to take this installment in. It's refreshing compared to all the PR bullshit you usually get from Japanese developers.

Having parties of more than six active members sounds pretty ambitious, but I really want to believe they can make it work.
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Operation Abyss New Tokyo Legacy on: June 19, 2015, 02:51:09 PM
Alright, I played through almost the entire thing (screw the bonus missions) and this game is really hard to recommend to anyone who isn't desperate for some DRPG action, because I'm pretty sure that was the main reason I got through it. Well, that and needing to write a review.

The first few dungeons were pretty decent despite some teleporting and invicible doors, but then the game hits you with some extremely frustratingly big mazes and it becomes painfully obvious the map you carry isn't detailed enough to be all that helpful. That almost made me want to quit playing.

However, the game actually got a more playable during the second half. Dungeon designs were less frustrating and you get this neat spell/item that lets you teleport to any spot on the map you've already been to. Missions were also a bit shorter and had clearer objectives. The downside is that you need to wade through 15+ hours of mediocrity and old-fashioned gamedesign to get there. Oh, and did I mention there's this level cap that becomes relevant right when enemies start spitting out tons of exp? Not cool.

I rate this: not the worst DRPG I ever played.
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: June 18, 2015, 10:19:42 AM
I got Legend of Legaia at the same time as Final Fantasy VII and actually finished it first because I liked it a little bit more. I can't even remember exactly why, maybe because the world felt a little more cohesive and Final Fantasy VII was a lot of "Look at the awesome shit we made! Sure, it makes no sense, but it's awesome!"?
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