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151  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 15, 2014, 06:19:47 AM
"One Piece" was always something I really wanted to get into but the size of it intimidates the hell out of me.

Take the plunge! There is a reason why it is the best selling manga ever. It might be intimidating, but you won't regret the awesomeness you get for it. Plus the longer you wait, the more intimidating it is going to become, so the sooner the better. :p
152  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 14, 2014, 08:16:44 AM
Finished Danganronpan 2 yesterday. At this point, I just need to track down two events and get all the island endings to get the platinum for the game. Overall it was an excellent game. It had some of the same issues that this sort of genre always has where sometimes you know where the case is going but it isn't clear how the game wants your character to realize that direction. However I found that to be fairly frequently. I think during nearly every case, I went in knowing 50% of what was going on, only realizing what was going on halfway through the trial, a few minigames before the characters reached that point. So that was a nice change of pace.

In terms of minigames, endless debate was improved by the addition of agreement (although I find it hilarious that it was called consent). Hangman Gambit stinks more than it did in 1. Closing arguments are better due to the hints so you don't have to just guess as to what the game wants. PTA.....I was able to focus my way through so I really didn't care about it, but it did seem worse. Logic drive was a nice time saver in the trial as proving some of those questions through endless debate would have been annoying, but it got really frustrating at some points for me. One of the last few logic drives was extremely annoying because it had a non-straight path after a questions where the correct answer was the blue path....and there was a blue background making judging what was going on difficult, and it did that twice in that logic drive. x_x

Storyline was interesting. I was spoiled on some of the details of what occurs in the game/before the game. However the game handles everything great and it still had some surprises. The final chapter is amazing. I can only think of one thing I disliked about the storyline, but even that resulted in some great scenes. So now onto the spoiler block! Warning, end game spoilers will be discussed.

So one thing that I disliked was that Chiaki died. I knew she was the "traitor" because I predicted that she was an A.I. However it was an excellently handled death and I can head canon that either they were able to salvage her since the ending implies she still exists in some fashion within the system. Alternatively, Hajime could have brought her in with him when he ended up merging with her to go super saiyan or whatever. Either way, she was easily my favorite character in the game. If I was younger and less mature when I was playing this game, I can guarantee that I would be crushing on her so hard it would hurt. I think I'll probably end up getting a character statue of her in the future.

Since I have spoiler block, might as well discuss one plot point that didn't make sense to me. If a system shut down doesn't upload the avatar into the brains of the participants, then the dead people shouldn't be brain dead on a system shut down. Graduate causing brain death makes sense since blank data should be being uploaded. The only rationale I can come up with is that Makoto didn't realize that the data from the game was constantly being uploaded to the brains of the subjects (and Junko was lying about it because she is broken as shit so she probably understood the neurological implications). Meaning there was never any chance of the subjects forgetting the events of the game. *nods*

On a weird note....why the fuck did Makoto program spears into the rat castle place? Seems kind of unnecessary. >.>

Finally forced myself to finish Kingdom of Amalur.
I was pretty far along and just needed to finish the last dungeon.

The balance is pretty bad and the story is really bare, but as the first only game out of a studio, it's very good.
Fixed that for you. :p
153  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 14, 2014, 08:02:03 AM
So HSDK's ending...I'd give it a C I guess. It went with the standard boring, here's where everyone is and we're going to have everyone gather for a party (although they never show the party) setup. That set up is fine, but not exactly exciting. I'm not going to say it is a failure of an ending though because it does manage to have both of the main characters fulfill their dreams. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. Have to wonder why the series is ending now, I mean we didn't get a long arc dedicated to Kensei, which I was expecting since he was the villain behind everything and I can't even remember what the hell happened to him in the final arc.

All of these shounen manga ending in unsatisfying manners only reminds me that One Piece is the best.  Right now they're in an encounter against a villain teased over ten years ago.  When Brook joined they brought up a story payoff that was also about 8-10 old.  There's a story that's had some ****ing PLANNING. 
The planning in One Piece is amazing. There are so many plot threads that you can see slowly built up over the years in the background of the main plots. Blackbeard for example was the major background plot of the first half of the Grand Line where he's first mentioned in Drum Island and we learn someone is after him and Luffy, then we learn that Luffy's brother was the one looking for them on Alibasta, then we see Blackbeard in Jaya(might be getting that name wrong) where he wants to go after the Straw Hats but is prevented from it by luck, then during the end of Water 7 Ace and Blackbeard fight, and these events lead directly into the War of the Paramount ending the first half of the Grand Line story segment. And I know that summary misses some of the events. From start to end, that plotline lasts something like 45 volumes. That means we're talking more than 450 chapters which is something like 9 years, and arguably it is still ongoing since Blackbeard is now a major player in the world. I am greatly looking forward to the events of Reverie which seem like it will be the conclusion to the second half of the Grand Line (and possibly the series itself, although that is likely still a decade away). There are two things Oda excels at. 1. Giving his characters weird powers that make for interesting battles and 2. World building, oh god does he excel at world building.
154  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 12, 2014, 06:59:42 AM
Unless a girl becomes Doctor. Its not sexist thing but...Just think, if the Doctor were to be come a woman wouldn't his personality change completely? Which goes against that there is always a little bit of the Doctor in there. And I don't seem to recall David or Chris ever hitting on Jack Harkness.
O_O I don't even know where to start on this. I think I'm just going to go with, if you feel the need to preface a statement with "its not a (insert adjective here) thing," then you really need to think long and hard about the statement that follows. As odds are the following sentence probably is the adjective and that is why you felt it was necessary to say that preface. So....yeah.

P.S. The Doctor has totally flirted with Jack Harkness in at least Jack's first appearance. Might have been toned down in later episodes, but it was totally there.
155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 12, 2014, 06:53:37 AM
I came here to talk about the gorgeous looking 3ds model that has me reeling with jealousy toward those, unlike I, who can enjoy a handheld. Seriously, that has to be the coolest LE model system I've yet to see. The drawback is obviously no game which is such a joke. I mean who the hell is gonna shell out 200 for that and NOT buy the game? I call shenanigans.

Well speaking personally, I am slightly considering it, and I would not be considering it if it came with the game as I am getting the Wild Cards edition of the game. I probably shouldn't get the 3DS, but god damn is it great looking.
156  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 10, 2014, 06:26:47 AM
[Amusingly enough they really did have 'a' reason to split their game into four due to trying to emulate the scale and scope of an MMO without actually being an MMO. The two problems with this was that it still wasn't a good emulation (or it was but not of a good MMO), and that it was the only justifiable reason to do that. They weren't even really gaining any extra storage space since each subsequent disk contained all the cutscenes, voiced and all, of all the previous ones along with its own contributions. Of course, this was the unfortunate trend of the time of "epic" JRPGs that span multiple releases to tell one story, those 'stories' were no different from the stories being told on single release games (and much more succinctly to boot).

Anyways, on to World 5 of 3D Land.
As I recall Vol. 4 did not have the Vol. 1 cutscenes and you had to insert the Vol. 1 disc to view those. And yeah they probably could have cut some of the filler to make it a more normal game length. But I still love the games all the same.
157  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 09, 2014, 06:44:00 AM
HSDK has had entertaining moments, but that series has been dragging on for a while. I sort of suspected we were getting to the end when half of the evil disciples and masters changed sides for poorly defined reasons. Hopefully the epilogue will wrap everything up in a meaningful way....and I just realized that Takeda got screwed out of getting a good fight with screen time once again....and Ukita never got a master level master. Not that the latter really surprises me.

A lot of mangas end poorly, even longer ones (here's looking at you, School Rumble).  They get dragged out for a while then suddenly get the notice that they're being canceled and try to wrap things up in a few chapters.  Still, series like Naruto and Bleach are so big that you figure they must have some sort of plan for the ending.  It's the smaller stuff that really gets screwed.

The worst manga ending I have ever seen has got to belong to a little series called "Shinigamisama ni Saigo no Onegai wo".  It's like the author was just trolling his readership at that point (and it's doubly heartbreaking because it was a really interesting story all the way until the final chapter...).
Ugh I wish Bleach would just end at this point. I don't know why it is still going. We've known this is the last arc for more than a year, and it has been ranking in the bottom 5 of the table of contents for the majority of that year. x_x

Honestly Naruto is ending pretty poorly. We've had the final villain changed three times, including once to a character that was mentioned for the first time like a month before she took over as the villain. And....yeah I'm going to save myself the time by just saying the final arc in Naruto has been really bad. I am looking forward to the series ending because it just needs to die at this point.
158  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2014, 06:34:12 AM
Anyone playing Danganronpa 2?

I'm enjoying it a lot. I didn't think I liked the characters as much as the first game but I'm really warming up to them.

Spoilers for the end of chapter 2!

I'm so bummed out. It was clever how the game used our knowledge of Genocider from the first game to make us think there was no originality, only to turn it on its head. It was very touching and yeah I teared up.

I'm playing it and finished chapter 2 last night. Loved Monokuma's reaction when that started happening.

Side note, I have a theory regarding Chiaki based on completing her hope fragment. If I'm right potentially major spoilers. If I'm wrong....well humorous theory. :p

Chiaki is Alter Ego! I don't know how that works, but I feel fairly confident on this.

I'm going to try and answer that question logically as opposed to as the .Hack fanatic that I am.

- All you really have to know about .Hack//SIGN to understand the games is that the series ends with Skeith pursuing Aura, the rest of the info from the series is repeated with more detail in the games. That being said, .Hack//SIGN is easily the best part of the franchise.

- .Hack//Roots is a direct prequel to .Hack//GU I recommend at least watching the first three volumes (up to the incident with Shino) The rest is filler until the ending (which you see in the game) that is occasionally referenced in the games, but not to a degree that will leave you scratching your head.

If you find yourself really into the story of the first set of games, I recommend .Hack//Another Birth. They're a set of novellas that retell the story from BlackRose's perspective. Not the best written literature, but some of the extra information makes it a nice compliment to the games.
I'd also recommend AI Buster if you enjoy the series. It explains some background events that are referenced occasionally such as how Orca and Balmung became legendary characters.
159  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 09, 2014, 06:24:57 AM
Got through most the feels episodes of Futurama last night. I shed a manly tear during the ending of Jurassic Bark...because I had something in my eye. :p

Edit: Fudge just realized I posted this in the wrong thread. x_x
160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 09, 2014, 06:21:32 AM
I kind of just assumed by the trophy being called "fate repeater" that events would have, somehow, repeated.

Well some of fate does repeat (namely Ludgar and Marta falling in love and having a kid after Ludgar's adventures end), but since Ludgar is the greatest mass murderer in existence and is from the prime dimension, certain events will be incapable of reoccurring. I mean Victor's whole goal was to become Ludgar Prime. The Ludgar we were following already is Ludgar Prime, at least by virtue of being the only Ludgar left. (because he killed all the others absorbing their essence to become the Highlander or something...)

Also, Jude is allergic to cats!  I was laughing at how everyone was ignoring his sneezing during the Skits when you hate something like 80+ cats.  But I do think the idea of him with Spyrite cats is great.
He was disrespecting the king of cats, of course they were ignoring him as punishment.
161  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 08, 2014, 06:39:10 AM
Got the arena ending last night. Best ending of the game. Screw the true end, arena end for canon!

Elle definitely presents a time paradox; as it's unlikely Ludger would have reacted with tears at the sight of Lara unless he knew Elle.  I just assume in the "first timeline" where it didn't happen Ludger and Lara got along and married despite that; if it was destined to be once, maybe it would again (peculiar and emotional first meeting aside).

But other than that, I thought the late game plot was a bit of a mess as a whole.  The whole 'millionth catalyst' (iirc) thing didn't feel like it was mentioned anywhere but at that final moment -- and it felt incredibly contrived that it all worked out anyways.  I can't really make sense of what the point of the Chapter 10 boss was (with the, like, one of three unique new dungeons Xill2 had).

It also becomes kinda sad that Ludger lost his life and potential family to save a different dimensional version of his child.... But he would have turned into Victor anyways.... so it doesn't matter..... and...AND...

I dunno.  Kinda like how Vesperia has a pretty garbage story made significantly better by its main cast's chemistry, I think Xill 2 has a messy plot saved by the high emotions it throws them into.

Eh? Ludger would not have become Victor. Since he completed Origin's trial, prime-Elle wouldn't has had powers, and Bisley is dead he wouldn't have tried to use prime-Elle, thus he would have lived a normal life with prime-Elle and Lara (till she died of mysterious illness/w/e). Plus there would be no other dimensions to send prime-Elle to.

Side note, anyone else think that the wish should have been for making humans immune to the miasma? You know instead of committing genocide on a scale beyond human comprehension? Plus I strongly think that Elle should have been destroyed by the wish to destroy all fractured dimensions because she was part of one. Maybe that is why the true end truly doesn't work for me, because that set up should have resulted in both Ludger and Elle dying.
162  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 07, 2014, 08:06:36 AM
Got all three endings now. The game was great, but I didn't find any of the endings satisfying.

The bad ending was entertaining, but it was obviously a bad endings so yeah. The true ending felt off because I was positive it was going to be going for a Disney ending where Ludgar is saved from his transformation by Origin as a bonus and then that didn't happen. So there was serious tonal whiplash in my mind as a result. I guess the normal ending was the one I liked the most? I dunno. I think that part of what bugs me about the True ending is that Ludgar's choice is basically going to have major unintended consequences, such as preventing the Elle of his dimension from ever being born and depriving that Marta woman from the person she was supposed to marry. I understand the choice that Ludgar was supposed to be making there, but I didn't care for it. Side note, found it funny that when I first played through I was adamant about saving Elle and she died and then when I said lets destroy the fractured dimensions, that was when Elle lived. >.>

Side note, I was totally head cannoning that Xillia was taking place in the Symphonia world in a timeline where Tales of Symphonia 2 did not happen until I saw they used a vastly different design for Origin. I mean they expanded the greater summon spirits in the Xillia World to include basically all of missing ones from Symphonia/Phantasia (minus Gremlin Lair and Chameleon....who don't really count) including several which had previously been exclusive to Symphonia/Phantasia. Oh well, I love summon spirits, so I'm content with the addition of more. Kind of wondering what the deal with Aska is in Xillia.....eh I'm hoping it at least gets mentioned in the EX Dungeon.

The amount of optional Riesze Maxia areas to explore in chapter 9 of Xillia 2 here is massive. I put in quite a few hours over the last two days and am just polishing it off now. I feel like the pacing of this game is severely compromised by how long it lures me into exploring and finding kitties at this point.

While whining a bit here, I will also note I am retarded-addicted to the title.  This is damn near illicit substance level obsession at this point.

NOTE: I love Ludgers school uniform with accompanying music. I hope they get some more costumes out for DLC before I finish the game up.
Personally, I dislike the music that comes with the school outfits (which is annoying because I like most of the school outfits). I believe at this point that there are at most two sets of costumes left for DLC. There are cameo costumes for the new characters, and if we are lucky the Code Geass costumes. Sadly I'll probably be finished with the game before those come out.
163  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 03, 2014, 07:01:07 AM
So just about to go into chapter 13, from what I recall this is when I can do the bad ending....I think I know what I am going to have to do to trigger this bad end. This is going to be interesting...

Honestly I see why the game gets a lot of flack. I forgive the reused environments and enemies and such from 1, that's ok, but when you basically just rehash a bunch of the story elements into "what if" scenarios, it does get a little depressing. Also Chapter 11 pretty much killed me (not sharing how or why), so the rest of the game was like meh, whatever. I enjoyed it and all, first new rpg I've played since xillia 1 came out, so yeah. Worth my time and money for sure, but only because Milla is my favorite tales character ever design wise...plus Jude is pretty much awesome now.

Aww you didn't feel anything in chapter 12? That's when they turn the feels up to the maximum if you ask me.
164  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Sakura Wars [PC] Fan Translation on: September 03, 2014, 06:52:49 AM
The PS2/Wii game is STIV, correct? How much connection is there between games in the series?
The way I recall the connections between games working is:
ST2 is a direct sequel to 1, with all the major characters returning and two new females on the team.
ST3 has the same male lead, but he is now in Paris instead of Tokyo. I seem to recall there are cameos of all the ST2 females.
ST4 is back in Tokyo, but the entire ST3 cast shows up and joins in. I also recall the game is extremely short and is mainly just a quick finale.
ST5 follows a new lead with a cameo from the male lead and one of the female characters at the beginning.

....mind you I've only played 5, but I have read translated scripts for 1-4.
165  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 02, 2014, 06:53:22 AM
Persona 5's protagonist needs sun worse than I do.

From the trailer it seems to have a darker vibe to it than P4 was. All that red and the breaking chains symbolism. But then again the next trailer could completely change all that.

I dunno. I dig it though.

P4 was hardly a 'dark' game. As far as I remember it never reached some of the most dense moments P3 had.

Personally I don't find P3 to really be that "dark" either. It has some dark aspects to the plot, but those get washed away by the overall hopeful tone of the game and the ridiculousness caused by trying too hard to be dark (for example the amount of blood on the ground during the extra hour makes me laugh more than it makes me feel uncomfortable).
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