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1036  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 21, 2013, 03:07:55 PM
I am such a sucker... They got me for like 20 bucks in dlc costumes last night... I couldn't help myself. Seeing Alvin dressed as Kratos entertained me enough to abandon all reason...
1037  Media / General Games / Oh the great Mario... How I can't play you on: August 18, 2013, 04:19:23 PM
So last night I got an urge to play an old Mario title from yesteryear. As a kid, much like everyone else, I played the hell out Mario. After last night, I don't know how I managed it....

I have confirmed that I officially suck, with a capital SUCK, at 2-d platformers. I could not get through the first stages, let alone worlds in Mario 1, 2, or 3-lol

I'm giving super Mario world 2 yoshi's island a try now with better luck. Seems to be a vastly different platform mechanic to me.

The thing is, while not great at them, I can usually manage current gen platformers. This experience really made me realize how much easier and more accessible games have become. Dashed are my hopes of ever seeing the uber-cool water world in Mario 3 again without an unjustifiable degree of frustration... I will stick to the paper Mario's from now on.

Gee golly do I feel defeated... I guess this means nostalgia-playthroughs of mega man and donkey kong country are also a pipe dream (har har har, did u catch the joke???).
1038  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 17, 2013, 01:38:39 PM
Man, is it just me or did anyone else notice the bold similarity between Ivar here and Calintz from Magna Carta??

1039  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 15, 2013, 06:51:31 PM
Alright, Jude is growing on me a bit. Still happy I picked Milla, as I probably will only be giving this one playthrough and don't want to miss her content and can still treat Jude as my main in combat (cause his gameplay rocks!!!)

I think I just didn't/don't like Jude because he reminds me too much of... well ... me when I was younger in some senses.

Character/self analysis aside I must concur with the disdain you guys have for the shop system. It really does seem like unnecessary/uninspiring mechanic that was tacked on without logic. The whole shop system removed would simply streamline equipment management so one could return to gameplay post-haste. I feel like this a compile hearts/IF game mechanic that somehow snuck its way into the tales universe-LoL

My only other complaint is the dungeon design. Too large and open for my taste. I prefer more maze like, tight, and puzzle oriented. But that is really a subjective matter...

In any event, that is really all I can complain about. And in truth, I'm reaching so to speak.... That is, I am thoroughly loving this title (as I expected I would) the deeper I get. I LOVE the cast in this one, the graphics or gorgeous IMO, the skits are highly entertaining and the way they managed to pull off dual protagonists is awesome. I really thought it would be either Milla or Jude (depending on who you picked) that seemed to be the MC but in truth I don't think it matters who you pick in regard to the narrative doing a fine job of expressing both as being just as integral to the plot in different senses. I can't think of any other title that really pulls this dual protag thing off quite like this.... I personally was expecting something more akin to the Star Ocean 2 mechanic.
1040  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 14, 2013, 03:06:48 PM
Klyde you suck. Jude's awesome. He thinks with his dick and responds with his brain. All men should aspire to be this

The brain works better without penile influence. Maybe I am just bitter because clearly Jude has discovered the labido I lost ages ago. Pen-iz envy aside, he would still need to keep his mouth shut almost entirely for me to tolerate the little over-achieving, do-gooder......

come to the dark side jude... come see klyde... get some tattoos... become tainted.... meet some sleezy chick and get your rocks off and leave milla alone (shes mine!!!)....Muahahahashahaha!!!!
1041  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Guided Fate Paradox... Give me a chance to play D2 please... on: August 14, 2013, 01:05:43 PM

This is not cool. How do they expect anyone to dip their toes in all of Disgaea:D2's post game content with this landing but one short month later!!

Given the next gen releases this fall/winter I can't expect this is game is going to foster much attention. Being a die-hard for NIS LE's I'm pretty excited none-the-less but seriously... with the release schedule for games as it I probably won't get to this until this time next year.
1042  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 14, 2013, 12:58:12 PM

However, I do agree with the fellow who finds Jude intolerable.  I know in JRPG world he's going to be a hero, but I just can't get behind the guy using his wee wee as a dowsing rod to find the underwater stream of justice that will guide his life.

Off to continue the game!

That would be me Mr. Ferret!! *raises hand*

Lets start a club sir :)
1043  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 13, 2013, 05:00:46 PM
Finally resolved my character selection issue after playing a little while longer... Milla in spite of plot weaknesses cause I love her character and will feel reeeeeeal remiss in missing any of her content whilst playing as Alvin whom also grew on me quick. Jude irks me more and more every time he opens his mouth.

I shouldn't have gotten so hung up on that one... the correct decision for me seems clear now. Special thanks to Dice for entertaining my character selection inquiry twice this week-LoL

On the character note, who else was real impressed with CE Milla Statue?? I gotta say as far as bonus material for LE's and CE's this might be my favorite goody next to my agarest mouse pad, Mugen Souls Nendoroid (sp?) figurines and Ni No Kuni Wizard's Companion.

Just finished both sides (and even got the platinum trophee - never thought that would happen!) and while I enjoyed it, it wasn't all that great. The world felt small and boring, despite the areas between cities being quite large. I guess it's the sameness that ruined it. I mean, seriously, those Sea Havens are more identical than Subway restaurants.

The whole game felt cheap and rushed compared to other mothership games.

How the heck did you do that so fast?? Is this game short for a tales title or something?
1044  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 13, 2013, 02:40:32 PM

When you say it's obviously not Graces, how do you mean?
I will admit how much I miss CC.

Graces had, hands down, my favorite combat in a tales game. I would have loved to have them develop that faster paced, more frantic battle engine in more installments.
1045  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 13, 2013, 02:28:46 PM

Did you watch it subbed or dubbed?  I thought the dub was solid.  And the whole "bear" line is still my favorite of the dub.  

Dub, and it was GREAT!! The names of characters alone leave some of the lines quite entertaining to hear. In the ep with "Sandwich" I couldn't help but get a kick out of damn near every line spoken with the inclusion of that awkward name.

1046  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Alice in Chains without Layne on: August 13, 2013, 02:24:01 PM
Its so cool to learn of other AiC fans in the RPGFan community!! :)

I agree. DuVall is pretty good at filling Staley's shoes (which is in no way an easy task). I haven't heard their latest work, but I do like Black Gives Way to Blue. I'm glad you got to enjoy them live. They are easily my favorite of the early 90s hard rock/grunge bands.

On this note, I just saw a few videos Of Live with their new singer this morning. First time I ever "saw" them with this dude. He nails it, too. I'm not at all a fan the religion-laden material that came after The Distance to Here, so I'm hoping their upcoming material will be more akin to their 90s stuff, if not something different/better altogether.

I didn't even realize Live has a new singer. Throwing copper was one of the first albums I ever bought myself as a kid when I started getting into music. I totally gotta check that out. Thanks for the tip!
1047  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 13, 2013, 02:19:40 PM
My first impressions...

1. This is NOT Graces F by any means.

2. I am not a fan of getting to select my MC here. Too much "even-ness" has made this decision hard for me. I hate jude. I like milla. Jude's gameplay is waaaay better. Jude's battle them rocks... but... I hate jude... and really want to see the Milla content... I restarted twice already. Still feel somewhat undecided.

3. This really is not Graces F...

Last question for you guys in regard to character selection. If I pick Milla and just play as other characters in battle for the most part, can I have the best of both worlds? That is, see all the Milla content whilst still enjoying the best gameplay??... Well I mean I know I CAN do this, but is there a flaw to my theory I'm overlooking??? And does anyone know if the ending is different depending on the MC? That would seal the deal for me as I think this one will only be getting one play-through from me and I really don't feel I will have tended to all that I care to if I don't see the "Milla Ending" if one in fact exists.
1048  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 12, 2013, 05:00:22 PM
Dice - I won't complain about the dungeons because up to now, it's still better than Graces F (not that that was hard to beat)

Why does everyone give Graces F's dungeons shit?  I won't argue that many (maybe most) of Graces F's dungeons were fairly uninspired, but I thought it had several that were quite good.  Better than anything in Vesperia for sure (now that game had boring dungeons).  Ones I liked include (but are not limited to) the Wallbridge Ruins, Sandshroud ruins, Lastalia Shaft, and Arcadia Garden.  Even Inside the Rockagagong was OK.  Seriously, I definitely think Graces F's dungeons were above-average for a modern JRPG.

Maybe I just look for different things in a dungeon than most people do.  As you might guess from my list above, I like things that are hard to navigate.  Makes me think.

I loved Graces F's dungeons personally. To be honest there was not much about Graces F I didn't love but the dungeons themselves stood out as a strong point to me. I'm with you on dungeon design Kevadu, I enjoy em a bit Labyrinth-esque and confusing.

On the Xillia note, I'm finally starting it tonight when I get out of work! GEEEEEEEE GOLLLLLY am I EXCITED!!!! The prospect of starting this post normal mode in Dragon's Crown made beating that damn lizard infinately more rewarding today. Tis a good day in the gaming career of Klyde Chroma, indeed :)
1049  Media / The Soundroom / Alice in Chains without Layne on: August 12, 2013, 04:52:41 PM
So I am a die-hard early nineties rock fan. Big time... As such, I suppose it only natural I was big fan of the late Layne from Alice in Chains.

Well post Layne I must admit, I never gave em a chance. Hardly even a listen to be honest.

Last week someone got in touch with me to babysit their kid and take him to a coheed and cambria concert that Alice in Chains was headlining. Sounded like a sweet deal and thus I went.

Now to the point of my post... gee golly guys, the dude they got to replace Layne NAILS IT!!! I feel foolish having not given the "new" band a chance after Layne. That is really all I have to say. Hell of a show. Hell of a band.

Sorry for not having more to express but its 3 days post the show and I just still can't believe how incredibly well that new guy mimics Layne to tee.  The new recordings and albums do not do him justice. To hear him play their hits live (admittingly the Alice in Chains hits are some of my least favorite tunes by the band) is otherworldly...Listening to him gave me flashbacks of watching headbangers ball and whatnot on MTV!!-LoL

Some of the most impressive shows I've seen were no-name bands on small stages and never big-name headliners like this. I was thoroughly shocked and stoked about how impressive Alice in Chains was. On the flip side, Janes Addiction (the other headliner) was boring as sin to me. I felt like Perry Ferrel didn't even want to be singing/playing.
1050  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 12, 2013, 04:38:40 PM
I've been bad... I finished up Sorcerer Hunters last week and never turned in my report!! LoL

What a freakin' great series if you dig the 90's fantasy fare. It actually has quite a few qualities I found unique. For one, its the fly-by-episode sorcerers that stole the show for me as opposed to the main cast. Some were really entertaining, while others just cool. Despite the fact that they act in "monster of the week" type fashion (never appearing again, with no development) some totally proved memorable to me. The transvestite leader of the Haz Knights and Zaha Torte' also proved characters I won't soon forget.

Without becoming spoiler-rific the final scenes featuring Zaha were really creepy to me for some reason. I feel like there was some heavy symbolism there despite how light hearted the series is by nature.

Dincrest buddy, thanks again for turning me onto this one. Highlight of my summer-anime-viewing for sure!

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