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136  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 02, 2015, 07:07:23 AM
Saw last year's Godzilla last night. As anyone who's paid attention to my other posts in this thread, I'm no critic. So I'll just say I enjoyed it more than the initial reviews made me think I would.

I did have to laugh at the end when the fight was over and the power came back on. Like, half of the city is completely in ruins and yet 90% of what's left still has power? Must be nice.
Last year's Godzilla movie was a good Godzilla movie. They just replaced the Japanese stock (or extremely weird) human b-plot with an American stock human b-plot. The movie did an excellent job with the fights, and the b-plot was better than some in other Godzilla movies. I think a lot of people were just expecting to see more of Godzilla, which, with very rare exceptions, is not how Godzilla movies work.
137  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Code name S.T.E.A.M. for 3ds on: March 01, 2015, 08:12:34 AM

How different is this from Valkyria Chronicles then? I've been thinking of trying that at some point but I really wasn't reeled in by the STEAM demo. Found it just very slow and methodical with not a huge amount of strategy being necessary.
Differences that come to mind immediately:
-VC has character/classes level up which I don't think Codename STEAM has
-VC has weapons "types" and each character can equip a weapon of the appropriate type, as opposed to a character specific weapon with any sub weapon in CS
-Interception fire is automatic, doesn't take energy, and doesn't stop movement (not including killing you) in VC
-More units on the field in VC
-Larger maps in VC
-In VC you have a map view when you aren't controlling any characters, and you can give commands to only a certain number of units per turn, additionally you get diminishing returns per command if you control the same unit more than once
-VC has some weapons which have limited ammo

I'm sure there are more differences, but that is what I've got off the top of my head.
138  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 01, 2015, 07:55:50 AM
Watched last week's episode of World Trigger, which has the first of the really good fights in it.....and Toei did an adequate job transitioning it. It probably helps that the best World Trigger fights have still moments so that the characters can strategize, which Toei can match up to their moments of laziness. I am now excited since I should now be two weeks away from the start of the invasion arc. Woot!
139  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: March 01, 2015, 07:51:44 AM
Sure I guess you can put your trust in companies. Although personally I can only count about 3 or 4 that I would apriori trust to make a good game while it's still at the concept level.
What game did he make that you hated? I've played all of his Ivalicey type games. One of them?
FF12, don't get me started on it. >.>

Given how preview footage these days, even from non-KS projects, are full of bullshots and fake gameplay, even that wouldn't help much.

Kickstarter sounds great but the majority of the projects I've been interested in have turned out to be duds. I'm sure that's coloring my expectations for this game somewhat, but like I said, I still want to give it a chance.
Sorry to hear about your bad experiences with Kickstarters. I consider myself a pretty active backer on Kickstarter (have backed 50 projects) and I have very rarely been disappointed in the projects. Closest things to disappointment I have had are projects missing their "estimated delivery date".....which happens fairly frequently due to unexpected delays and one project I backed for a chocolate maker where the chocolate I got was too bitter for my tastes, which I should have expected since there was no added sugar to it.

Admittedly, none of the video game projects I have backed have been released yet so all of them could end up being duds, but the first (Pillars of Eternity) drops this month and it looks to be exactly what it promised to be. So yeah, you can get good stuff from Kickstarter.
140  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 01, 2015, 07:33:30 AM

Just wanted to get it out of the way in case I do decide to come back later and go for 100%

Actually, it's even more hilarious than that! I noticed this morning that the AI totally rubberbands on laps 1-4, then if you were running a decent race up to that point, they all just hang back and let you win on lap 5.
Well if you are finishing the ice cream games, might as well just go for 100% now. Only "hard" things you'll be missing after completing that are the optional bosses, and those are totally doable.

As for the racing.....that's not always true. I don't know what causes it, but I have had the AI rubber band me in the final stretch of the last lap of the Castle Circuit before when I was running a perfect race before hand (well as close to perfect as I get since I ignore the firs short cut). There was no time for me to catch up so that was a wasted 5 minutes. Only happens on rare occasion though and fortunately doesn't really matter when it happens in Mirage Arena.
141  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 28, 2015, 08:03:59 AM
I get to go to work frustrated today thanks to Birth by Sleep's Ice Cream Beat mini-game, the worst rhythm game known to man as far as I'm concerned. Worst part is while I had a bit of trouble with Terra, I had no trouble at all with Ventus, but now I can barely even get past the beginner level of Destiny Islands with Aqua.

I hate that stage so much. The slow speed combined with the weird timing for correct button presses makes rapid sequences almost impossible to time correctly. Either that or the game just sometimes decides not to register a button press or two during those parts, which I'm partially convinced of.
Unless you are trophy hunting for a complete journal with all characters, you really don't need to do that with all three characters.

Honestly, besides the adorable aesthetic, everything about Disney World (or whatever it's called in-game) is awful.  I'm pretty sure Mario Kart for the SNES was more intuitive than that hack racing game in there.  The rhythm game is about as responsive as your thumb turning into a full concrete brick and trying to time it right.
I dunno, I actually like the racing game. I mean going through all the courses on all three characters is painful because of how repetitive it is (especially since you have to do every course twice if you want to 100% due to Mirage Arena), but the racing itself isn't too bad if you know the courses. The only "bad" part is that the AI rubberband's to you so that no matter how amazing you are doing or how many pits you knock the AI into, they will still catch up miraculously in lap 4 or 5.
142  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 28, 2015, 07:53:02 AM
I think the moral of the story should be don't donate to kickstarters unless they have preview footage.
That's hardly fair. You should totally donate to Kickstarters for companies with good track records in similar endeavors. And even if there is track record, you should back it if it looks good as long as you understand that there is always a risk of things going south. While I personally pulled out upon realizing that Matsuno was responsible for one of my most hated games, I think it is too early to say that it was a mistake for people who did back it. I imagine that the models currently in use are just placeholder models, so it is yet to be seen what the final game will look like.
143  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Xenoverse, DBZ game or something more? on: February 27, 2015, 06:41:15 AM
So ended up getting. The game is decent, but oh lord is it grindy. If you want to get skills, you also have to grind Parallel Quests like there is no tomorrow. If you want any full armor sets you have to grind Parallel Quests even more. I spent a good amount of time yesterday grinding the Raditz Parallel quest because the strike finisher was refusing to drop. Ended up only getting a single piece of the armor set that can drop from that mission. Luckily that one can be bought, but I think that most armor sets cannot be bought.

I'm building my char as a physical brawler and plan on maxing out basic attacks, health, and stamina. Only skill I will ever use is the Kaioken as I am a human meaning bonus to basic attacks when ki is maxed. Luckily I managed to get the Kaioken and Kaiaoken x3 in only one try yesterday, so no grinding for that (we'll see what happens when I get the x20 mission).
144  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 24, 2015, 06:54:10 AM
Kingdom Hearts 3D Has been beaten!

...And I no longer hate it as much as I did. Now I know what my friend was saying when he told me "It's not so bad, just power through it and you'll see you won't be disappointed." The final battles and ending are definitely the best parts of the game. The former being incredibly intense, and the latter being a near perfect set-up for the big finale.

Wish I could say the same for the journey getting there. Here's just a taste of why I didn't like the gameplay in KH3D
Yeah that is the thing with KH3D. You spend most of the game just meandering about with slight hints of the plot, and then boom last world with all of the plot. The last bit of plot is good (other than the time travel mechanics being wonky), but yeah getting to the last world is a chore. Game really should have just been included as cutscenes in KH 2.5.
145  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 22, 2015, 07:50:27 AM
I always find discussion about who likes which Star Ocean games very interesting. See, I played them backwards. My first experience with the series was 4, followed by 3... well, then 1 then 2.

I really enjoyed 4, I thought it was an awesome game... aside from a terrible cast and some horrendous voice acting. But I loved the gameplay, the battle system especially, enough that I could put that aside.

3 I liked too, but it didn't hit quite the same notes with me; I felt it dragged a bit at a time. Still, solid game.

1 was meh. It was fine, and I beat it, but I didn't really *enjoy* it.

2 I hated. I know it's a favourite for a lot of people, which is why I find discussing it interesting. There is absolutely nothing I liked about it, though, admittedly, I didn't make it all the way through. I also played it on PSP, not PS1, and I think it wasn't as well received that time around.
O_o I....what? I can't comprehend liking 3 and 4. I can vaguely understand not liking 1 or 2, but liking 3 or 4? That just causes my brain to blue screen if I try to comprehend that. The cast and plot in both are just horrendous and irredeemable. I suppose you might have missed the whole "We're doing everything your favorite characters did for the first time, but we're doing it before they did it!" part of SO4, but the rest of it was still horrible.....and frankly not having that should have made some of that stuff just not make sense. And god freaking damn it, I just remembered the stupid ending of SO4. "We were only able to do all of this because of the help of everyone else, which is why we should do everything by ourselves from now on!" GAH!
146  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Xenoverse, DBZ game or something more? on: February 22, 2015, 07:34:16 AM
I have to admit, the game looks like it could be fun, but I am hesitant to pick it up because I have a good four games dropping in March so not sure I would get around to it anytime soon. >.>

Anyone ever play those old NES DBZ RPGs? Those were weirb,

They're also partially why I have a degree in Russian and when I say partially I mean that's 100% a lifetime of poor decision making but playing Japanese DBZ NES RPGs when I was 10/11ish are what /caused/ that lifetime of poor decision making.

Never played the NES ones. I did however play an SNES DBZ RPG that was card based (I think it was Legend of the Super Saiyan). That one was weird. For example, as I recall you could save Dende and Dende's brother, make them fuse and then fuse them into Piccolo. I don't know if that was actually a good strategy, but I recall doing it.
147  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 21, 2015, 06:36:27 AM
Honestly, my reaction this news amounts to, "They are still a company?" I really can't recall anything recent from them either good or bad.

Star Ocean The Second Story is a great game. One of my favorite PS1 games. Hope this is not the end for Star Ocean. I still have SO4 to finish on PS3 however.
After finishing SO4, you might just be glad that there are no more games after in fear of how they could make things worse. >.>
148  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 16, 2015, 06:52:35 AM

Real talk. Does anybody genuinely gets bothered by avatars and/or silent protagonist in RPGs nowdays? I always saw that kind complaint as shallow given the nature of the genre.
It depends on implementation. It tends to work fine for me in JRPGs when it comes up, but when a WRPG tries to do it I just can't develop a connection with the game.


Magatsu-Izanagi was never anything more than a poorly palette swapped Izanagi with veins because...evil? XP

The differences in design between that and P5's are pretty broad IMO. If for nothing else that M-I's just an outright eyesore.
I think those are supposed to be cracks not veins, because the evilness is breaking him apart or something.

And I stand by my statement, he has some elements that are very similar to the general Izanagi design like the high color and the neck....kerchief(?) and I can see some similarities in their head design as well. I'm pretty sure there are elements in the design that would make me not think Izanagi such as the horns that seem like they might be there or the wings, but those are cropped out for the most part in the image. His jacket not being full body is the only element that really distinguishes it from Izanagi that is fully visible....but do to browser sizing most of the time when I look at the image, that is off the browser window so it doesn't enter my mind. XP And it is M-I ove4r regular Izanagi because of the flaming face things which reminds me of the flame or w/e on M-I.
149  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 16, 2015, 06:37:42 AM
Watched Airplane 2 last night on Amazon Prime Instant Watch. It was alright, somewhat derivative of the first one, but it had some good points in it as well. Although the funniest thing of the night might have been when I was trying to find it in the listings and could not fine it or Airplane 1 under the comedies category, but I could find The Wolf of Wallstreet under comedy. >.>
150  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 15, 2015, 06:47:37 AM
It'll probably look less so in the game but holy **** the MC's base persona is a scary looking bugger inn'it he? I quite dig it after the rather generic looks of Orpheus and Izanagi. You can actually tell the MC is going to have some depth to him instead of 'generic shonen blank slate' the last two have been (accurately reflected by Orph's and Iza's plainness.)
I dunno based on the picture Mickeymac92 posted, it looks to me like Izanagi....w/e (Idachi's version) with a slight recolor and a hat. Although part of that is because the wings look like they are just background elements due to the framing. I don't dislike it, but it feels a lot like an evilish version of Izanagi to me.

Also totally willing to bet that this MC will end up being a 'shonen blank slate' just as much as the last two. :p
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