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751  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 24, 2013, 04:32:37 PM
Tying up some loose ends in p2EP before moving on to what I presume to be the last dungeon (although I could be wrong) I came across the second Mu Continent 10-minute race-dungeon. Now I LOVE this game. I love it so much I feel like I'm feakin' 14 playing FF7 again for the first time... I haven't a bad word to say about it really... but I will say THIS (with caps and extra ellipses for effect of course) !!! HOW THE HELL DID THEY EXPECT YOU FIGURE OUT THAT PASSWORD IN 10-MINUTES!!! RIDICULOUS I SAY!!!!

I used estoma... I got the hints... but damn man... the was cruel... I will say no more on the matter to avoid ruining the lovely brain teaser for those who have yet to experience it.

Sorry folks, I just needed to express that.
752  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 23, 2013, 05:38:43 PM

That is almost a frightening concept.... As I read I had visions of families forcing their children to wear tinfoil hats and hide under blankets for movie night to reduce the cost of rentals-LoL
753  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 joins Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget line in Japan on: May 22, 2013, 08:06:48 PM
FFVI on the I-phone= Final Failure in my book....

seriously. if/when that happens you won't hear me speak a good word about squeenix for a looooooong time.

What is so inherently offensive about FFVI being on iOS anyway? Is not like that release would be a big deal enough to consider it important in the case is announced one of these days.

Is a non-issue however you want to see the situation.

The idea of Type-0 on iOS on the other hand doesn't make any sense with all the info that is out there. But hey I guess I have to hate SQEX because everybody and their mother is doing it...  yeah, whatever.

The FF VI ios port would offend me purely on the basis that it is, and has been, the ONLY port or remake I've actually been waiting for. It is simply a subjective matter. In all honestly I will be disgusted with a 3ds or vita port as well... I just want to play it on the big screen damnit! LoL

And I was just kidding about the "Type-Lite" thing... A (bad) joke was all.

My comment about disliking/hating/not supporting square enix is in light of the fact that despite all blunders in recent years I do still support them (hell I even bought the tomb raider LE box and I'm not even really a fan...) and believe good things are yet to come. All I meant was the IOS FF VI would compromise my still somewhat positive attitude on account of how much that particular move would bum me out.

Sorry if there was any confusion.
754  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 joins Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget line in Japan on: May 22, 2013, 05:37:27 PM
FFVI on the I-phone= Final Failure in my book....

seriously. if/when that happens you won't hear me speak a good word about squeenix for a looooooong time. Sadly I am aware this is a reality I may very well have to deal with...
755  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 joins Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget line in Japan on: May 22, 2013, 03:08:50 PM
Square Enix is simply waiting to give the west the new and improved "Final Fantasy Type-Lite"....... Just like Type-0 but for the IOS :)
756  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 22, 2013, 01:42:51 AM
As far as SMT artwork is concerned I am far more enticed by the Soejima side of the coin, as opposed to the Kaneko. While I feel Kaneko's work stylistically offers a great deal more "character" than Soejima's, I am just a sucker for the lush color anime work Soejima has cranked out in recent years. However I certainly am not turned off by either artist and I will totally give credit where credit is due.... Kaneko is responsible for the visual direction of my absolute (new) favorite protag. ever- Tatsuya from Persona 2.

Kaneko seems to work in a very signature palette of sorts. That, coupled with his distinct "style" of drawing, makes his work  recognizable from a mile away.  Having that strong of an "identity" to your art, is what makes a stellar artist in my book.

And that is all I have to say about SMT artwork... now back to my grind through p2EP... I'll be back in a week or two when I'm finished-LoL

EDIT: On the note of Eternal Punishment... I am floored with the amount of optional content in this game. I can't imagine how long it would take if I really wanted to get to most of the optional stuff. With so much other stuff on the shelf calling my name (coupled with the fact that I haven't played ANYTHING other than SMT/Persona stuff for the last 2 months) I am ready to move on but damn I wish I had the time/wherewithal to manage to get some of more rare persona and whatnot.

At 60 hours in, with a tentative 10-15 to go (I imagine) I can easily see how this game could demand 100+ hours and still leave you with a great deal to do if you so desired...  I wish I discovered this when it came out in my childhood/teen years... this could have been a whole summer vacation worth of gaming-LoL
757  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 15, 2013, 01:43:06 AM

Yeah so the TV series was a huge disappointing end, but I thought the 1997(?) anime film was pretty stupendous. 
Hopefully the final Eva movie can uh...be better too.

After just getting through 3.33 you can not re-do I have to say they have there work cut out for them in the final flick... good luck pulling that one together.
758  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 14, 2013, 03:09:35 PM
Story time!

Many years ago, my father left for his vacation with his new sweetheart. My father had a cat that needed taking care of while he was away. Back then, I was still in primary school (not sure which grade). Since it was summer and I had no school, the idea came up that I would basically live there for the week taking care of the cat and house. At this point, I'll point out that I lived with my mother after the divorce and would normally only see my dad one weekend out of two. Since it felt like one of those crazy movie plots, I accepted. As a kid, spending an ENTIRE week free from any adult was just too awesome to pass.

My father left enough food in the fridge and a lot of frozen meal he prepared. He also left me one hundred dollar on the table for an emergency if needed. After everything was taken care off and I had understood what my tasks were for the week, he left.

Back then, I had no idea what animes or mangas were like. In fact, I wasn't even really into RPGs back then either (I like to think I was stupid as a child). On the second day, I'm not too sure how, while surfing the Internet, I landed on images of Neon Genesis Evangelion. I thought these looked pretty cool.

From there I started looking around to see if I could find it. Remarkably, as a child, I somehow found a private website really well hidden on the Internet (actually, it STILL exists even as of today and I'm pretty sure only a handful currently know of its existence) with no login or password; just plain directly downloadable animes. Lucky enough, the episodes hosted there were all fansubbed. I then proceeded to download the first episode.

After hours of downloading, I finally watched it.
It was then that something awoke inside of me.
This thing was incredible!
It was so good!
I could hardly believe something could be this good!

Like a new drug addict, I needed more of this... I wanted to watch the whole thing.

Back then, the Internet was very slow. The videos were about 35 mb (huge), and I had a 3.5 k/s connection and the servers were also very prompt to drop the connection. The very long list of rules on the main page were very strict and the server would kick your IP out if you broke any. I carefully set up a download resumer and created a whole process for the downloads while making sure I would not break any of the downloading rules. As such, I was getting an episode about every 3-4 hours. I would literally stand in front of the computer looking at the progress bar only to watch the episode immediately when it finished downloading. Mornings were the best part because I would have two episodes to watch while eating breakfast (worth mentioning that I would wake up in the middle of the night to start the next one and then go back to sleep).

Henceforth started a crazy cycle of eating, quickly taking care of the cat and house, only to wait and watch. By the last day, I was dead tired and watched the last episode the last night before my dad came back the morning after.

The surge of freedom mixed with the discovery of something I truly became to love made that week one of the best moments of my life.

Now, guess what I'll answer you if you ask me "Do you like Evangelion?"

Evangelion with all its flaws as well as the multiple "bat shit crazy" attempts at trying to have a coherent ending land in the realm of "favorites" for me.

Oddly enough however, there is  no nostalgic value in it for me. I missed Eva as a kid and it was actually this and serial experiments lain that I discovered in 2008 that got me watching anime again as an adult. I liked both series so much, I sport tattoos of both (in fact half of my left arm is dedicated to lain)... the Eva one isn't finished I'm afraid... I'm doing it on myself (or I started it) and it is hard to tattoo yourself... as such I have to finish it-LoL
759  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix plans for the future, Doom and Gloom on: May 13, 2013, 04:37:14 PM
wow that is some grim news...

i've waited so many years (as many others have) to see ff6 reincarnated. now its damn near certain that if/when that happens its gonna be on a platform that completely ruins the freakin' experience for me.

bummer indeed.
760  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 12, 2013, 04:37:03 PM
I watched Evangelion 3.33 you can not redo this week.... what the hell man...

In typical Evangelion fashion, it makes little to no sense. That is OK... I expected that... what I DID NOT expect was a near-complete abandoning/departure from the plots cliffhanger at the end the 2nd film. The third film neither picks up where the last left off nor does it do a good job of really filling in any blanks for you. Forget the preview they gave at the end of film 2 post the credits, the creators clearly abandoned that altogether.

This film also "feels" far different. It embraces a waaay more grim and mature tone for better or worse.

I'm not saying it is entirely bad or without merit though. Visually the film is freakin' gorgeous. And I do like the plot direction that I was able to comprehend and correlate in connection to what has been laid down thus far. What I am saying however is that the 3rd Eva flick could not have been further from what I was expecting (or hoping) to see... I feel like it would have worked better as the start of an entirely new Eva story arc or series.

Poor Evangelion.... forever destined to fall apart and unravel in its final stages... no matter how many times writers and creators do in fact attempt a "re-do"

761  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Agarest Wars 2..A thread about the game and NOT the fanservice this time.... on: May 03, 2013, 10:32:54 PM
Golly do I need to return to the world of Agarest 2.

This, and Wild Arms alter code f bother me more than anything else in my backlogs.

I stopped mid 2nd generation last year when Growlanser came out. Big mistake. Never finished Growlanser IV (nor do I really care to) but I also have yet to get back to Agarest 2 (which I was having a blast with). The game maybe grindy and unnervingly difficult at points but I really liked the mature nature of the cast and writing in contrast to the friendly inviting and bubbly nature of the visual and aesthetic of the game as a whole. They cleverly captured a unique "style" with this title that actually made it quite memorable.

Agarest 2 is leagues beyond 1 or 0. There is no comparison in my eyes. It is, IMO, compile heart's/iF's best effort this generation with one of the most rocking soundtracks I have heard in awhile.

The gameplay is nothing to scoff at either. I actually wish they would use a battle system like this with a more traditional RPG... that right there could prove a pretty successful recipe if you ask me.
762  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 03, 2013, 10:20:31 PM
I would just like to say that the English voice acting for Ellen in P2 eternal punishment is quite possibly the most entertaining dub work my ears have ever heard.

Seriously the dub-work in this game is so bad its almost good... that is, I can't imagine the mood of things being nearly what it is without it. Almost makes me wonder if they made everyone sound so... well, however you would describe it... on purpose.

In other SMT news I was a baaaad soul hacks player this week. Eternal Punishment consumed me, and I am still just post the VR Haunted mansion is SH. I just couldn't put EP down right now if you paid me.
763  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 01, 2013, 05:18:31 PM
Hey guys thanks for caring enough to inquire about my injury! I feel loved :)

Anyhow, here is the grim tale of woe...

It all started a few months ago when I slipped on some ice and whacked my tailbone on concrete steps. It hurt. It hurt bad... But I dealt with it. Just kept on doing my thing (in pain) as though nothing happened. Now mind you "my thing" is distance running. Typically between 8-12 miles or better each day.

Well, I kept running. Pain seemed to subside briefly and then I developed what I thought to be a muscle strain in the back of my leg.

New pain.... a wee bit worse than the tailbone... ignored it, kept running.

Pain migrated and seemed to be effecting my hip and ability to walk... Again, new pain... kept running still... figured I just kept sustaining new injuries trying to compensate for others.

Finally a few weeks ago, the pain got extreme. I went running anyhow and suddenly had the intuition "uh-oh I can't move..." so I stopped..... I stayed stopped. I can't explain it, I just knew I couldn't take another step. Finally the realization that I had to eventually move set in. So I took one step and WOOOOOOOHH!!! it felt like electricity was being shot through my body (in other words, mega intense pain the likes of which I cannot even describe) and down I fell. I was stuck laying on the side of the road for awhile when finally someone saw me and stopped. They picked me up, hoisted me in there vehicle and off to the hospital I went.

Apparently I damaged my lower lumbar somewhere months ago when I fell on the steps (the extent of the damage is not yet known) and it just finally now became aggrivated enough to literally cripple me. Until more thorough scans and testing is done I won't know much else really. It is such an odd experience though... I mean there are times when there is no pain at all yet I simply cannot get my right leg to do what I tell it to. It just simply "won't" work right... Then there are other times when pain does not even begin to describe the discomfort. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason as to what makes it better or worse.

Next week I have appointments to find out more and (hopefully) begin some type of treatment/rehabilitation.

And as an aside, here is how screwed up I am... I still am hopping with my cane the same distances I used to run EVERY DAY!! (helps keep me sane)- LoL. Yes yes... I may be a compulsive and foolish little man but at least I am aware of it and have come to terms with the fact...
764  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: May 01, 2013, 02:57:32 PM
wow! that is surely a "kick in the nuts" scenario for some poor gamers out there...

Imagine, re-buying a game you already trumped to get an expansion you thought would be a much cheaper download... coming to terms with that, maybe even mustering the courage for another run-through of the main game... only to have your motivation rewarded with a corruption of your saved data!

Maybe this is capcoms next strategy for DLC. Next week for 4.99 you can have your saved data back and a new sword :/
765  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 30, 2013, 05:07:12 PM
So you may have noticed my meaningless posts have been scarce lately.... ok so you probably didn't notice. But i have been relatively absent and there is a reason for that. What is this "reason" you inquire? Well I damn near broke my back and ended up in the hospital two weeks ago. As an avid distance runner, I have since become a depressed-distance-cane-hopper. Yes, I am 27-year old sporting a cane who still tries to engage long-distance cardio because laying around all day SUCKS!!! WITH A CAPITAL, "SUCK"!!!!!

Whats the point here? Well I've come to report being pseudo-crippled is a sad and pitiful state to find yourself in... just in case you thought otherwise...

The worst part of the scenario is the fact that I can't take a pain pill because of my past affinity for opiates. Well I could take one... but then I venture to guess I'd have a problem that persisted long after my back healed.

Ok, my weekly bitching to you guys is over. I feel better already :)
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