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151  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 13, 2014, 07:11:54 AM
So new issue of Shonen Jump yesterday.

World Trigger was great as always. Really love the tactical aspects of combat in this series. Kind of sad to see it was recently third to last in ranking, hopefully that doesn't stick.

One Piece was also great as always. I do kind of feel bad for the one star characters, to have such low bounties.

All You Need is Kill- Enjoyable read, although it is pretty obvious how this going to end based on this chapter.

Nisekoi- Bleh, I am sick o the most recent love interest addition. Seriously how ridiculously large has this harem gotten?

Seraph of the End- Worst chapter of the week. Although considering that this is the worst series in English Jump, that is not that surprising.

Toriko- Meh chapter, sort of stopped caring about this series a while ago now that I think about it.

Bleach- 18 pages to do what probably could have been done in 3 by a better mangaka. Yeah sounds about right for Bleach. Hurray padding! >.>

Stealth Symphony- Good chapter, unfortunately this series is almost certainly going to end in the next round of additions, so the odds of the plot threads in the .5 chapter going anywhere are near zero.

Blue Exorcist- Meh, at least it wasn't Seraph of the End.

One Punch Man- Alright quick chapter.

Naruto- Sakura why are you there? Kakashi why are you admiring Sakura for being too stupid to realize that Sasuke is bad news? And why is no one killing Sasuke?
152  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 13, 2014, 07:02:12 AM
The Witch and the Hundred Knight

Finished the first ending last night. Working towards the second ending now, hopefully I'll get there tonight. I am having a strange relationship with this game. Objectively, I recognize it as a very mediocre game. But there's so much here that I guess you could say 'resonates' with me that I can't get enough of it; in fact, I'm absolutely obsessed with it. Number one reason is that Metallia is my new favorite video game character. But I also am having fun with the combat, the story is pretty interesting, and I dig the music too.
Huh, I just started the game over the weekend and have hit Chapter 5. So far I am enjoying it, but I can't say I really care for Metallia. Kind of doubt I'll ever really care for her....considering the ending for chapter 1. And that reminds me, so far it really bugs me that every character in the game is basically either evil or a complete jerk (or both) except for the dog knight. It sort of fits for the game, but it is annoying that I barely have any characters I can root for.

See, I like how the game never goes the usual route of giving Metallia a sympathetic reason for being a vile psychopath other than "that's how witches are," but still manages to make her a sympathetic character DESPITE being an amoral monster. (At least I thought so)

I think the bigger question here is "does a protagonist need to be sympathetic?". I mean, just look at Death Note's protagonist Light Yagami. There's nothing even remotely sympathetic (even his name is unsympathetic as hell) about the guy but he's still entertaining with his "Just as planned." routine. Then you have Samus Aran who, up until Other M, only had backstory in supplemental material. The rest of the time, you're playing a character that looks like a robot on the surface.
Protagonist? No, you can certainly have unsympathetic protagonists, but if the main character is an asshole, there should be someone else in the cast that you can root for otherwise, at least for me, the story just gets boring and you end up with a modern horror movie where you just want every character in the cast to keel over and when you get to the point of wanting everyone to keel over, then the story becomes torture to get through if the cast is not dropping like flies.
153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: May 13, 2014, 06:52:33 AM
I wonder if anyone actually read this........
I did, but I didn't really have anything to say in regards to it.
154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: May 12, 2014, 07:04:20 AM
Being concerned about morality in videogames like this seems kinda silly to me anyway. There are tons of games where you murder people constantly and no one is like "oh but that's awful cause that's not legal irl" :P
That is because, in the U.S., our culture is rooted in the ideas of the Puritans. Specifically that the human body is sinful and viewing it is also shameful, so anything relating that has an extra layer of shame that makes Americans a little more uncomfortable. Meanwhile America has also managed to fetishize violence (not sure if we can blame the Puritans for this one or not), so anything related to violence gets a layer of "cool" attached to it.
155  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 12, 2014, 07:00:30 AM
The Witch and the Hundred Knight

Finished the first ending last night. Working towards the second ending now, hopefully I'll get there tonight. I am having a strange relationship with this game. Objectively, I recognize it as a very mediocre game. But there's so much here that I guess you could say 'resonates' with me that I can't get enough of it; in fact, I'm absolutely obsessed with it. Number one reason is that Metallia is my new favorite video game character. But I also am having fun with the combat, the story is pretty interesting, and I dig the music too.
Huh, I just started the game over the weekend and have hit Chapter 5. So far I am enjoying it, but I can't say I really care for Metallia. Kind of doubt I'll ever really care for her....considering the ending for chapter 1. And that reminds me, so far it really bugs me that every character in the game is basically either evil or a complete jerk (or both) except for the dog knight. It sort of fits for the game, but it is annoying that I barely have any characters I can root for.
156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: May 11, 2014, 08:02:15 AM
Yes. Here is a qoute from Polygon "As if the game's drab gameplay wasn't enough to turn me away, Conception 2's underage eroticism is alienating and just plain icky. Animated scenes feel like an ode to upskirts, and the game has enough boob jiggling to give me whiplash. It's a trashy, thoroughly underwhelming experience I cannot wait to forget." The fan service definatly lowered to score there. I mean 4/10, seriously?
To be fair, late in the game the classmating scenes do cross over all kinds of lines, so I can totally see that making people uncomfortable. Me? I just laughed my ass off because I found it hilarious that they went there.
157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POKéMON OMEGA RUBY & ALPHA SAPPHIRE on: May 11, 2014, 07:49:23 AM
CORO CORO SCANS LEAKED

HOLY SHIT THESE GAMES WILL FEATURE GROUDON AND KYOGRE
Let's not jump the gun and reach any conclusions yet, Nintendo might just be trying to lead us astray. Groudon and Kygore might not actually be in the game. It is still too early to tell for sure.

Side note, anyone else think Kygore looks drunk or something on Alpha Sapphire? Just odd placement of the iris for him.
158  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 10, 2014, 07:28:54 AM
Finished Steins;Gate 100% last night. Game was good, had a lot of minor details that made some of the plot points work better than in the anime. However there is still one minor point from the true end that still bugs me.

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The freaking metal Upa. The whole point of the final trip to the past is to create a stable time loop that feeds back to Okabe getting to that point in the timeline. However the metal Upa screws up the time loop since he saw a metal Upa there and that is how he knew what to. The way to fix the time loop should have been get a plastic Upa and replace the dropped the metal Upa with the plastic one before Kurisu picked it up. That would have left Okabe's observed initial timeline in tact resulting in a stable time loop.

If it wasn't for this one detail, I would call it a perfectly internally consistent time travel story, and quite possibly the first of those that I have ever seen.

Not sure what I'll be playing first. Considering Bound by Flame, Witch and the Hundred Knight, trying Witcher 2 again, or maybe something else from my backlist.
159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: May 09, 2014, 06:11:29 AM
First Monokuma DLC came out yesterday. Killed him in two attacks. Take that you evil bear!
160  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 08, 2014, 07:15:40 AM
Beat Steins;Gate last night, now onto 100%! Overall thoughts, really glad I played it because almost every minor issue I had with the anime is addressed in some way or another in the game. So basically the anime's issues were almost all due to time constraints. Have to say though that I am uncertain about my feelings regarding one thing that was cut from the anime...

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Namely the Nae plot in one of the later chapters. That is just wtf. I like it, but it just seems to come out of nowhere. Alpha Worldline 4 is just an f'ed up place.
161  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The one that got away... on: May 08, 2014, 07:06:34 AM
Despite my avatar, and my love for the title, I still haven't beaten Baten Kaitos Origins even though I think the game is fucking awesome.  I get so distracted by a particular sidequest (it's a crazy collect-a-thon with an awesome reward), but then school happens, or other work, then I forget my sidequest progress (I'm thinking it might not be worth it, I should just beat the damn thing).
You know I think this might be the only game that I can recall starting and not finishing eventually over several years. Although my reason for not finishing it is that I suck at the game (shared deck balancing throws me off) so I started skipping fights, and thus I am now too weak to beat the final boss (or at least I think I left on the Final Boss).

The trick is a smaller deck that never exceeds (iirc) 40 cards so the good stuff cycles more often (it's almost funny when the games extends your card capacity because it's not recommended or wise to pack more), minimize or avoid character-specific armour (only use that "small gear" that the whole party can use), and insert those chain cards so Milly can stick up specially attack levels.  If you can't combo, even high levelled characters are going to do shitty damage, and the game makes stacking combos a necessity. 

It is a really hard game though.  I love that about it, but it's *tough*.  Some bosses honestly take a bit of luck or deck tweaking, one of them is just an asshole recovering his high-HP subordinates

...I wrote like you're gonna play it again, I'm sorry I got excited.
I might because it does bug me, I just have to remember this tip whenever I get around to it. x_x
162  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The one that got away... on: May 07, 2014, 06:40:43 AM
Despite my avatar, and my love for the title, I still haven't beaten Baten Kaitos Origins even though I think the game is fucking awesome.  I get so distracted by a particular sidequest (it's a crazy collect-a-thon with an awesome reward), but then school happens, or other work, then I forget my sidequest progress (I'm thinking it might not be worth it, I should just beat the damn thing).
You know I think this might be the only game that I can recall starting and not finishing eventually over several years. Although my reason for not finishing it is that I suck at the game (shared deck balancing throws me off) so I started skipping fights, and thus I am now too weak to beat the final boss (or at least I think I left on the Final Boss).
163  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 05, 2014, 06:46:41 AM
Made some progress in Steins;Gate. Enjoying the game a bit as it does address most of my minor issues with anime.

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for example in the anime it seemed to be implied that Kurisu called for the ambulances in the beginning despite that not working in that timeline but in the game there are other people who see her in order to call the ambulances.


The fact that they can send a text message to a pager in 1993 or w/e (i.e., before cell phone towers) still bugs me, but they do at least acknowledge the issue (even if they do just hand wave it away).

That game is so great though, I'd stick with it if I were you. Chapter 1 is pretty exhausting, but once you get to the end of it, the game really picks up. I can't say the sidequests were ever fun, but the story in the game is really great.
The problem is that I don't care about anything going on. At this point if I ran through the game it would be speedrunning because I just don't care to get invested.

I really didn't care for The Witcher 2 either. I heard great things but found it tedious and cumbersome in the gameplay department. I did play the 360 version though. Maybe the PC version is more friendly..?
Imo, gameplay on the PC isn't cumbersome....just standard. Which isn't bad, but there isn't anything remarkable about it.
164  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 04, 2014, 07:35:27 AM
Yesterday was movie day for me! Saw Amazing Spider Man 2 and Captain America 2.

Really enjoyed Amazing Spider Man 2. I know that a lot of people are complaining about the pacing, but it didn't bother me. I love the characters in the movie, the fights were good, and I really don't have any complaints about it. It probably could have been better had Harry been introduced in 1, and I'm sure it could have been tweaked to improve it some, but I still enjoyed it on the whole. I think I preferred Amazing Spider Man 1 to this one, but I would still rank this as the second best Spider Man I have seen.

Captain America 2 was good. However some of the action scenes were just soooooo freaking choppy. I nearly got a headache during the first fist fight between Captain America and the Winter Soldier because I could see skips between frames and ugh.
165  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 04, 2014, 07:12:12 AM
I think I'm just going to drop Witcher 2 because I just don't care at this point. I hit chapter 1, started some earl quests and I realized I just don't give an f about the game.

I think I might just start Steins;Gate since I got it recently.
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