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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: February 27, 2016, 08:46:59 PM
I've been meaning to watch FFU again. It's so '90s anime it hurts and yet I find it far too campy to not enjoy on some level.

I tried, like, at least 3 times to watch that series and just couldn't do it. I've taken the whole of Final Fantasy, the good AND the bad but that anime just never held my attention beyond a few eps. Don't know why, as it sure seemed like it would be something I'd dig but DUG klyde DID NOT.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 27, 2016, 08:31:48 PM

I remember back in the day when everyone on the forums was talking about how fantastic a movie Donnie Darko was.  I thought it was terrible.  

I want to like avocados, but they make me queasy so I don't eat them.  Too bad, because they're healthy.  

Donnie Darko never seemed exceptional in any sense aside for "style". Don't know how it became so popular. It was simply another "Time distortion/travel will never make any sense scenario" that became a cult-ee trend somehow. Never saw the appeal personally and after one viewing I knew I never wanted to hurt my head with that one again.

Avocados make me sick as sin. Bums me out too my friend. Love the texture and high fat fruits are tough to find/nonexistent but no way can my guts tolerate it.

The music point was one I didn't even explore. There are so many bands that qualify for my list its not even funny. The hard hitters for me in this respect are the ones I DID love or resonated with me that just don't anymore. This means damn near every post hardcore/punk/emo and alt. rock act I got into after the early/late nineties. Bands that really paved the way for my contemporary tastes that just don't reflect how I feel or what I like in any way anymore. Thursday and the Get up Kids were huge to me in my mid-late teens and I just can't appreciate them now (this really bums me out). In a different vein I always wanted to like Radiohead and Echo & the Bunnymen but every time I listen they bore me to tears.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 5 on: February 26, 2016, 07:35:52 PM
Sorry to revive this topic but I have to state something here.

I thought I was all done with the Disgaea franchise. I played all 5 main titles and was gonna sit out on D5. Something pushed me over the edge and I skeptically picked it up.

Now the reason I am reviving this thread is because I am blown away to an extent. Albeit the infancy of my playtime with the title, this game feels like the perfect evolution of everything done thus far with the series and I'm extremely impressed.

Right from the door, it is obvious they have upped the bar in terms of presentation. Even the soundtrack seems a cut above (ironically but a few days ago in another thread I was saying how I really didn't care for the past Disgaea OSTs). Mind you, they didn't do this by abandoning the styles you've come to expect but rather it just feels/looks/sounds perfected here.

The attention to streamlining some of the more obtuse and agitating gameplay mechanics comes as a very welcome amendment. I am really excited to get more time in and see just how much of this has been done as I get deeper in the game.

In short, I'm just really stoked about this. As a fan that felt there was nothing more to be excited about, I have to report this has struck me as really worth my time.

BIGGEST CON SO FAR/ Writing and dialogue. Subjective matter as I've never really appreciated Disgaea for this.
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 26, 2016, 07:04:57 PM

Dark Souls - I seriously want to fucking shove atomic bombs up the fucking asses of the fucking Japs who produced this fucking overrated pile of horseshit. The dumbass who thought it'd be cute to have the game insult the player's intelligence when they die needs to have his fucking head chopped off. I'm fucking sick of fantards saying that pieces of shit like this are "rewarding" when they have virtually nonexistent awesome storyline that's actually a reward for triumphing over tough bosses, and it's not challenging in a good way, but a fucking cheap way, for instance, by making it fucking difficult to heal in the middle of battle. And no pause button? Whoever decided that needs to have their fucking game development degree fucking revoked. It fucking sickens me that fantards constantly gush over shit like this instead of actually helping those having a difficult time enjoying it actually appreciate it more. Talk about sucking phantom dick.

Yup, somebody lost some souls I'd venture to guess. For the record, paint me a fantard.

Storyline? It is not that it is absent so much as it optional. Look at it like you are taking part in an event/story/situation as a participant that can choose to look further into the "why" and "how" or just "go" if you so choose.  The other aspect that makes the storytelling unique is it proves more a matter of conclusion drawn from interpretation.  Now, I'm not saying I am fan of these type of storytelling conventions or not. All I'm saying is there is most certainly narrative present with its beauty being that your ability to play and enjoy is not handicapped if you choose to completely ignore it.

Different strokes as they say though. Souls is not for everyone and I know where you are coming from. Fallout 4 recently evoked the same response in me and I actually used the same phrasing you did ( that I felt "insulted" as a player ) so I totally feel your agitation.

DISGAEA 5/ I didn't think the universe of Disgaea would have any appeal left for me after wringing dry 5 titles already. I am ninja enough to admit when I am wrong... Disgaea 5 ROCKS and I am falling in love with this series all over again here. Biggest flaw so far is the terrible dialogue and writing but who plays Disgaea for that really?
50  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 26, 2016, 02:28:21 AM
Ok I'm not gonna lie. Been totally having gaming breakdown. Thus is the reason I have been trying out new games quite a bit. I am starting to think it may finally be time to get back to a JRPG. I haven't played one about a year now (maybe more) with the exception of questionably western-like albeit japan-made Bloodborne and Souls.

I really need some comfort food at this point but I think it best NOT a flavor I'm familiar with so this round will either be Rogue Galaxy or Disgaea 5. I am calling "Mulligan" on the rest of what I've got going on at the moment for one of these 2.

And as for the Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires report I'm afraid I can't give one. That title turned me off too quick to rightfully pass judgement although I CAN safely say it really didn't appeal to me personally.

FINAL NOTE: Really wish I wasn't bat-shit crazy sometimes when it comes to picking games! LoL

EDIT: Decision made to play Disgaea after impulse purchasing Rogue. What the hell is the matter with me?
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 24, 2016, 09:59:08 PM
Its got nothing to do with intro/extro anything for me.

It simply comes down to "I am not interested and have zero time and this will end with me looking like an ass hole".

I have a distinct trifecta in my life. Art, Health Videogames. I don't have room for anything else. Flirting with me is like sending me an invitation I have to deny regardless of whether I want to entertain it or not. In fact its JUST like Fallout for me.

FALLOUT and (what flirtation insinuates)= two things that entice me but neither of which I can successfully fit into my agenda! LoL


Beyond flirting, into the introvert extrovert subject a bit further. I have to be an extrovert for survival and I wish I wanted to be but in truth I HATE IT. So I guess "Being an extrovert" can now officially be part of my list too.
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 24, 2016, 09:48:04 PM
If Dynasty Warriors ends up not being your cup of tea, you may want to try Samurai Warriors before completely giving up on the franchise. Dynasty Warriors missions are much less straightforward than SW, with objectives being fairly obtuse and often feeling impossible to complete because you're missing valuable information. I like the characters, weapons, and skills in SW more as well, and while there is still bullshit full-game expansion nonsense it's not nearly as prevalent as in DW.

For what it's worth, I can't stand Dynasty Warriors but I absolutely love Samurai Warriors. Basically, SW is a much more stylized and streamlined version of DW.

Was gonna go the SW route but I already own DW Empires 7. Got er' on sale awhile ago so I figured before making another investment I'd start there.
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 24, 2016, 01:08:06 PM
FALLOUT 4/ Holy cripes almighty! I tried so hard to give this another fair shot and ended up rage quitting over a glitch that may not have been a glitch but I couldn't tell because there are so many glitches.

Mind you, I've never once identified a "rage quit" before. In fact, I thought the notion silly. I played through Bloodborne and Dark Souls 2 back to back last year and never "raged". Silly term. But I get it now and anything that makes me feel that bad has crossed a line with me that no media should. I am officially not giving this title another second of my time.

NOTE: Fallout 4 is the only game I can think of I've ever put down after playing for over 30 hours. That type of investment time usually demands I see it through to the end. Guess there is a first for everything. Buh' bye Boston. I won't miss you.

WARFRAME/ Tried it. Cool game and great feeling gameplay for hack and slash-ee. Unfortunately this is waaaay too tech-tastic to appeal to me. Maybe sometime in the distant future my tastes may dictate otherwise, but the trek is strong with this one. Too strong for this guy thats for sure.

On deck now for my next "lets keep trying new things" effort, Dynasty Warriors Empires 7 which I've wanted to give a shot for a year or two now. Believe it or not, I've zero experience with these games. I'll return with the report tomorrow.
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 24, 2016, 01:02:42 PM
This is a cool idea for a topic... I may have to steal it from you and credit you! :D
Also, hate is a bit of a strong word; I don't think I actively 'hate' anything that's meant to entertain.

Zelda Skyward Sword.  So many good ideas.  Wasted by wagging controller for 20 hours, empty sky, silly design choices, and repetitive boss fights and enemies.

Atelier/Disgaea/Gust/Nippon Ichi/etc music.  Their chipper sounds and lovely instruments (picking only the good ones!)...and a surprisingly low song count of tracks I actually like.  It's not all bad of course and I still have songs from these developers/series' in my game playlist, but definitely a case where I love everything about it on the surface and walk away really unimpressed.

No need to credit me. Credit Bethesda for releasing a game that insults me as a player constantly (albeit my fault, not the games) and makes me realize that you can in fact play open world-ee Fallout the "wrong way".

Your skyward sword point hits home with me. Amend and add a slew of other titles ruined by motion controls and tack that on my list.

Nippon music. Yup... Can't stand it. Sold every soundtrack from their LE's I owned actually.

Emotional intimacy.

Myself, in some capacity.

Anyone who's ever tried flirting at me.

I don't care if those were in jest or not. I'll take em. Totally not kidding when I say those are for real additions to my list. Maybe not for the same reasons as the next guy or gal, but I feel like anyone who can't identify a bit with those is not being honest with themselves. My personally spin on the flirting note--- "ANYONE WHOM IS A CLIENT OR PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP WHO FLIRTS WITH ME"
55  The Rest / General Discussions / The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 22, 2016, 12:06:04 AM
I recently saw the DLC/Season Pass pricing fiasco with Fallout 4 and was about to jump on it before the cost increased. I figured I'd better **MAKE SURE** I wanted to play the game since I already dropped it once.  This led me to one of the worst scenario's I encounter with some media (and the point of this thread).

In short, I wanna love Fallout 4 BUT I FREAKIN' HATE IT!! The game doesn't respect my time AT ALL. Everything takes forever in a day to do. In the time I could manage a somewhat rewarding play session with another title, I've MAYBE managed my inventory and reached the threshold of frustration here.

FO4 is a superb game (clearly) but in no way does it prove enjoyable for me personally. This bums me out because I love the idea of it. I want to be enthralled with the time I spend playing it, immersed in my wasteland exploits and not completely frustrated.

So onto the whole point of the post....

What games/movie/media do you WISH you could love, or like the idea of, that become a complete let-down when you actually try to experience them? Here a few of mine real quick.

FALLOUT 4/ (See above)

FINAL FANTASY XIII/ Not only did following the plot jar me, but XIII-2 proved causation for the only case of severe motion sickness I've ever experienced.

D-GRAY MAN (anime)/ Seemed to really be something I would be into. Or at least something I could have been really into 15 years ago. I burned myself out on anime and wish I discovered this series long before that happened.

DISCWORLD (Terry Pratchet Novels)/ What I know of the Disc and Pratchett's writing I loved. But I tried too many times to indulge this media at the worst junctures of my life and just find the thought of it too bitter by association to really enjoy.

SUBTITLES (general)/ I have always been hard pressed to enjoy any movie/show with subtitles. I tend to be a hardcore multi-task sort of dude when it comes to tv watching and movies and you sort of have to pay attention to the screen for subs to be effective. This character flaw of mine has really barred me from seeing and indulging quite a few things that looked otherwise enticing.

Mmmmmkay thats my list to get her rolling. Curious to hear what you guys wanna love but can't.
56  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Rocky and Bullwinkle / Fractured Fairy Tales on: February 14, 2016, 03:27:38 PM
This has truly been eye opening. I think I need to re-assess just how much standard-classic-cartoon exposure I've had. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am aware of quite a few "classics" but nothing really caught my interest aside from the Rocky and Bullwinkle here.

EDIT: Worth noting I also really like Mr. Magoo (recently discovered it on Hulu)
57  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Rocky and Bullwinkle / Fractured Fairy Tales on: February 13, 2016, 11:36:56 AM
As someone who never really had typical exposure in terms of cartoons, I just discovered Rocky and Bullwinkle.

This is brief and to the point. I need express mondo appreciation for the "Fractured Fairy Tales" segment of the cartoon.

Also worth noting that I am NOT a ninja who generally likes anything comedic but for some reason these things have me rolling.

A quick youtube search yields  a few fractured playlists for anyone wondering what I am talking about. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE288392E5B0D41DD

58  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 13, 2016, 11:31:54 AM

Don't know what it is about Kemco RPG's that ALWAYS tempt me. I know they are not exactly the most substantial packages, in a manner of speaking, but every time I see one I'm tempted. Thank god they aren't on PSN or I'd probably have impulse-purchased away quite a bit of coin by now.

Probably because their anime artists aren't half bad most of the time (especially if you have an affinity to anime). Unfortunately, they're the best things about those garbage games (unless they got a bad artist, in which case lolol).

Thats the nail on the head right there.

Truth is, I'm a sucker for a pretty face. Aesthetics can be a real make it or break it for me. The whole reason I even got into FPS titles was the presentation and art in borderlands. I wanted to love it so much because of "peeerrrty!!" I ended up a fan of the genre entirely as a result.

FAT PRINCESS ADVENTURES: Onto chapter 3. I can safely say I love this Diablo-Light title. This is what I always imagined would happen if Diablo and Secret of Mana had a baby that was adopted and raised by a Double Fine writer. In short, the game is charming, enchanting, child-like in presentation yet oddly gross in its violence and the package comes off as a wonderful blend.

Combat itself feels good and the single player experience thus far is just challenging enough to make it "stategy oriented button mashing". Running smooth as butter with quick pick up and play action, this title makes for top-down arcade-ey pleasure with loot around every bend.

This game may not win any awards but I can safely say I will thoroughly enjoy it through to the end. IMO this beats the original FP title (although nothing like it) hands down.
59  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 13, 2016, 08:46:52 AM
Don't know what it is about Kemco RPG's that ALWAYS tempt me. I know they are not exactly the most substantial packages, in a manner of speaking, but every time I see one I'm tempted. Thank god they aren't on PSN or I'd probably have impulse-purchased away quite a bit of coin by now.

Speaking of impulse purchasing. The V-Day flash sale on PSN has Divinity OS up. I know it is a good game. I know I want to play it. REALITY --- I DO NOT HAVE TIME IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE and I would shoot my X-COM and Borderlands time straight to hell if I started something like Divinity now. I gotta be a strong Ninja here and say "NO"

60  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 12, 2016, 06:27:39 PM
About to finish Persona 2: Innocent Sin and I'm worried that jumping directly into Eternal Punishment will cause me to lose interest the same way that playing 100 hours of Digital Devil Saga did.

maybe I'll just to go back and finish DDS2.

I took the plunge and did both back to back. Funny enough the second was very refreshing in a number of ways (I distinctly found battles MUCH easier to digest and the overall presentation was better IMO). Not saying I wasn't ready be done with it by the time I reached the finale' of EP but the two flowed together too nicely as one cohesive experience for me to suggest going about it any other way. I say DO IT!! Though I HAVE been known to be somewhat self punishing so maybe it is not wise to listen to me.
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