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796  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 01, 2013, 01:32:58 PM
Well it took almost all summer but I'm finally at the end of my DBZ re-watch. On ep 281 currently. I'll never understand the magic of this show. After my recent viewing I can certainly say it is just plain bad. Objectively speaking I feel like I can't even make a good argument in its defense.

Yet despite all that is wrong with DBZ, I loved every minute! I don't know if it is purely an affinity for the Toriyama flavor that seasoned my youth that kept me so entertained but golly was this an enjoyable re-watch for me.

Also checked out the 2nd Berserk movie recently. More berserk. Better than the first. Terribly satisfying. Nuf' said.... Ok, not enough said. I really want to stress how well I feel they condensed the berserk story in these movies. No dull moments and I didn't catch myself once thinking on content of the manga or series that was omitted or glazed over. The pacing is great and they really managed to puncuate the more integral plot points really well IMO. I know fans have expressed a fair degree of disgust over aspects of the new films vs. the old series and manga but I just don't see it. This is a quality-movie-remake material if ever I have viewed it. In fact, as a long-time berserk fan it surprises me to say that I would actually suggest these to someone interested in the series before the manga or television eps. Can't wait for the third.

797  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: August 29, 2013, 02:09:41 PM

The WiiU is getting a Zelda Bundle, but more importantly, it's getting a price drop.

Also, fuck you Europe.

Wow-ee does NA get the short of the stick in that deal or what...? I am going to pick up a Wii-U in the not so distant future. The euro deal would've had me sold. If I buy Windwaker I want the Ganondorf figurine damnit!
798  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 25, 2013, 07:04:14 PM
Beat Jude's story last night, level 70ish. Final boss was a pushover.

I've said it before and I will say it again... your ability to utterly devour games astounds me D. We started this, Dragons Crown and Ni No Kuni at roughly the same time (so far as I remember) and you completed each before I even reached midway.

Good job sir!! Congrats.

Oh, and sorry for the Jude bashing a few pages ago. He grew on me.
799  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...
800  Media / Miscellaneous 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???).
801  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??

802  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.
803  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!!!!
804  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.
805  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 :)
806  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?
807  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.
808  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.

809  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!
810  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.
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