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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 17, 2015, 03:46:19 AM
According to a friend who looks at the world through yaoi-glasses, Sorey walks the way he does because he is the uke.
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 17, 2015, 03:27:41 AM

> Shipping Mikleo and Sorey.  Right now.  SHIPPIN'!!

The game wants people to ship these two so hard, Mikleo won't be able to sit for a week. I mean, sure, Tales is never big on romance, but more than a few of Sorey and Mikleo's friendship moments feel more like 'people who have been together for a long time' moments. And some of the stuff tucked away in item descriptions and the like... Apparently, Sorey has a thing for Mikleo's hair, but isn't allowed to touch it anymore.

> Alisha, the face that launched a thousand complaints and got us free DLC.

While I already knew about the general flow of the story, I had expected her to leave much, much sooner because of all those complaints.

> New VAs are ok.  I feel like the series is running out of the 'old talent' so they've found some newbies[?].

Sorey sounds like a typical Bosch-style hero (different VA, though, but I can't recall his name right now), and that's fine, I guess, but I'm pretty fond of Mikleo and Edna. The former has a boyish maturity to him (does that makes sense?), which suits him perfectly. Edna is an experienced deadpan snarker and already made me laugh a bunch of times, just because of the way she says things.

> Can't help but feel the game is consciously outdoing Xillia in terms of the world field... which, I mean, it's easy to outdo that rubbish of a map.

It's no Xenoblade, but it's a huge step up from the last two games. The fields feel a lot more alive.

> Penny pinching/Money saving?  The game TOTALLY re-skins Xillia NPCs.  Same face, new outfit. x)

Good to know I wasn't imagining things.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 16, 2015, 04:22:27 PM

I don't really know what to say, I wish I knew, but there's no real right thing to say, right? If you ever need to vent, be it now or weeks from now, I'll read every word atleast twice.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 16, 2015, 10:43:56 AM
Also, I see no reason to like something just because it's popular.
I think what he was getting at was that, as a journalist, it's best if you look for the reasons why something is popular and be positive about it, rather than dismiss it out of hand.

If I were a music journalist, I would have to do this with One Direction and Miley Cyrus and whatnot.  Thank goodness I am not a music journalist.

I'm not dismissing it, I'm not forming an opinion yet. Looking forward to it would mean having high expectations. I don't want to draw too many conclusions until I'm actually playing the game. I also don't want to pretend to like it just because so many others do. For me, Final Fantasy VII is just one of the many good games I played. I have no special feelings towards it.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 16, 2015, 03:08:11 AM
I see gaming systems more as a necessity (or necessary evil) for playing games than anything else, and I just had to spend €350 of my own money to buy that PS4. With page rates what they are, it will be months if not a full year before I make that money back through reviews. Plus, there aren't many PS4 games I want to play yet. If it weren't for my work, I'd probably have waited another year.

As for Final Fantasy VII, I'll play it when it's out and if it's good I'll like it, but I'm just not excited right now. There are still things I want to play on the PS3, Wii and a bunch of other systems. Games that are out right now, games I might already own.

Also, I see no reason to like something just because it's popular.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 15, 2015, 02:53:46 PM
(I think this is the first time I've actually seen a picture of him.)

2-3 years on avarage, with the odds being in his favor... I guess, that's good? I mean, it's still extremely shitty and I can't imagine what it's like to be handed a death sentence, but my classmates and mentor didn't even have a year and they spend most of their time in the hospital (different types of cancer), so, yeah, I'm not entirely sure where I'm going with this. I hope he'll have both quantity and quality of life.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 15, 2015, 10:45:38 AM
I guess that makes some sense, but to drag a kid through that... The article makes her appear well off, wouldn't she have health insurance?
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 15, 2015, 10:27:18 AM
Quick impressions (there's an embargo* in place, so let's pretend I'm playing the Japanese version):

Yeah, this doesn't exactly look like a PS4 game, but when everything is moving it's certainly a step up from the screenshots despite the copypasta trees and PS2 era grass. The colours are vibrant and there are some nice effects like clouds drifting over and casting shadows. Can't say much about the battle system yet, as all I've done is whack things with basic combo's. There is one annoyance I've run into: the camera gets a little confused while battling near corners of rooms. Lost sight of Sorey a couple of times. Also, menu's suffer from tiny letter syndrome, though I have seen worse.

*Seriously, Bandai Namco doesn't even want anyone streaming previews before tomorrow morning. I wonder if they're actually worried about something or that they just like pretending they're big fancy (annoying, stupid) triple A publishers. I mean, the Japanese version has been out for a while...
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 15, 2015, 02:54:15 AM
Oh, and I have resigned myself to my fate: I will buy a PS4 tomorrow. I'm feeling no enthusiasm whatsoever.

FFVII Remake.

Back when I bought my first PlayStation I bought two games along with it: Final Fantasy VII and Legend of Legaia. Guess which one I played through first?

I have no nostalgic feelings towards Final Fantasy VII whatsoever.

Edit: Oh, come on... there's a big dark cloud looming over the city where I plan to buy a PS4, as if a final confrontation is waiting. It makes me want to stall and play cardgames instead.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2015, 04:47:16 PM
I want to give it a shot eventually, but I have too many games and no real drive to play them. I'm not even looking forward to play Zestiria anymore. I'm sure I'll get into it after a few hours and blaze through the game in a week anyway, but still... Gotta watch out for burn-outs.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2015, 04:10:15 PM
yeah yeah it's another Gawker site, but this article is freaking hilarious.


I'm so glad Japan hates Xboxes and I will only need a PS4, Wii U and the two handhelds this gen. Also, what's scary about this gen is that two systems, the Vita and the Wii U, are already on lifesupport. The Wii U is a pretty awesome Crunchyroll machine, though. The app keeps forgetting I'm a freeloader who needs to be shown commercials, and when I have friends over and need to make dinner, I can take the gamepad with me into the kitchen so I don't have to miss a minute of whatever bullshit we're watching.

Oh, and I have resigned myself to my fate: I will buy a PS4 tomorrow. I'm feeling no enthusiasm whatsoever. Seriously, I was more excited when I replaced my water cooker. It was on sale and didn't smell like it was about to set my kitchen on fire! Fortunately, I have some manga I need to read, meaning I will have something to do while the thing spends a few hours updating.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2015, 07:12:12 AM
Not a black sheep (mostly because we have some high quality drama in the family), just the weird but harmless one. I usually end up being dragged off by the kids because I speak Minecraft, after answering the questions of adults who have no clue what their offspring is into and want to know if they should be worried/buy more fancy electronics to act as babysitters.

Hey, guys, need some advice. So, I've got this Zestiria for PS4 sitting here (because Bandai Namco Europe thinks it's 2003 and is sending out review copies instead of download codes) and I need to write a review. I do not have a PS4. Should I pre-order a PS3 version (€45) or just buy a PS4 (€350+) and be done with it? I've had the money set aside for a while now, so there are no worries there, it's just that I'd be spending my own money again to fix other people's mistakes. Again. Seriously, I seem to be taking one for the team atleast once every issue. I love my Vita, but that one still kind of hurts (the price dropped significantly less than six months after I bought mine).
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 14, 2015, 07:07:13 AM
“I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen, I love you!’ and there he was flying at me,”

Oh, sheesh, seriously? Sounds like a nice (but energetic) kid who felt bad enough after hurting his aunt.

My uncle dropped me on my head when I was four and left me with a concussion but no permanent damage. He still feels guilty.

told the court that she had found it “difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate” at a recent party

And there we go... From icy bitch to cartoony villain. She probably wears coats made out of kittens.

74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 12, 2015, 05:11:48 PM
You know that feeling you get in high school when a project isn't going so well and you were pretty sure it's because the people you're forced to work with are useless blobs of flesh and only fuction as human beings when you're not looking?

It's the same for adults, trust me.

(I was looking forward to playing Tales of Zestiria tomorrow, but it was just confirmed I'll be getting the PS4 version despite the fact I don't have a PS4. There's a list of consoles writers own. You're supposed to check the list before requesting anything... What doesn't help is that the person doing the requesting knows jack shit about games and I'm being severely underrewarded for the work I do as is so taking on any more is just insane. So, yeah, blah. Guess I'll go buy my own copy. Deadline could be worse anyway. I hate people...)
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: October 10, 2015, 02:58:47 PM
Got another one: we don't need the upgraded Tales of Vesperia. A big part of the game is the dynamic between Yuri and Flynn and the way they try to accomplish their goals. Yuri works from the shadows while Flynn climbs the ladder as a leader. The final part of the game is basically Yuri and co kicking some final boss ass while Flynn (who practically controls the whole imperial army at that point) keeps things in check on the ground, which is important, because I doubt most people know how to deal with a 'we're all doomed' scenario in an calm and organised manner. Both are playing the role they were made to play. It makes absolutely no sense to have Flynn as a party member. It goes against the story, the characters and plain old logic (you should not send multiple world leaders off to almost certain doom). As for loli pirate girl, I think we reached the loli pirate girl quotum in Tales of Eternia. There is no need for her.
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