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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 08, 2014, 06:08:36 AM
Is it double posting if your last post was more than a day or two ago? Likewise, does subject matter impact qualifying as double posting? These are deep philosophical questions to which I may never have answers.

Anyhoo, I just got the true ending last night (finally). I didn't realize just how much variety was available in the ending choices to be honest. Only after finishing the game did I realize that even within the "normal" and "true" endings scenes change based on your decisions.

As for the ending I got and what choices I made.
I chose to destroy the fractured dimensions but save Elle by becoming the catylyst. The ability to choose this course of action and carry out the thematic of self-sacrifice made for a VERY satisfying ending in my opinion. I am really interested to see the other endings now but can't imagine enjoying any as much as this. It was the quintessential "perfect" way for things to play out in my eyes. It also actually makes both Ludger and your choices feel like weighty narrative components. Conclusive and not bloated with a conventional post climax character by character summary. The ending scene I got with Elle as teen post credits was gorgeous as well.

I may not have played through and beaten every Tales game yet. However, without even needing to weigh the others I have seen, I can easily say this wraps up as my favorite Tales narrative yet. I certainly liked different aspects of the other franchise entries more but hands down Xillia/Xillia 2 takes the cake in terms of story for me.  I really feel like they tried a lot harder to write something meaningful within this game. What I commend them for is doing so without making it some hard to follow riddle that required a genious level I.Q to sort out and follow. I even felt the poorly explained and simple "science" of spirts, spirit artes and spyrites was way easier to comprehend now with the Xillia 2 script supporting and fleshing out a great deal that seemed unclear to me after the first game.

Ok I'm done gushing now. I know many fans have already expressed being unhappy with Xillia 2's narrative and endings but I couldn't be more pleased. I will certainly be going back and getting all the other endings for this game for sure. Time well spent :)

Yes it is still double posting. However we will forgive you for being a dirty double poster due to those circumstances. :p

Personally preferred normal ending to true ending, although the arena ending is the best ending of all, so you need to go and earn that and the hot springs ending.
32  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 07, 2014, 06:44:09 AM

Fucking finally!

Assuming it keeps the date, it'll beat Bleach in knowing when to give it up.

Agreed! I'm so glad that both series are ending in the foreseeable future (though Bleach will probably drag out the final story arc for another year with inane battles as per usual). Naruto, in my opinion at least, was able to live up to its potential in the last six months. It was pretty blah for a really long time though.

Bleach on the other hand, sigh...

Last six months? The Kaguya fight was a completely random ass pull where they fought a god with no personality and no understanding of how to use her powers effectively. It was a waste of time and honestly she felt like less of a threat than Madara did. Naruto/Sasuke fight looks like it will be a passable fight though so at least it will end on a good note.

On the subject of Bleach, I started watching the series very recently, like a few weeks ago and I'm skipping all the filler and I'm 20 episodes short of ending the Anime. It has a few pacing issues but I really enjoy the characters, fights and they managed to pull off some decent twists and the villains are actually pretty cool. Characters have enough backstory to them. I like it a lot even with all the typical shounen trappings.
I haven't watched the later arcs in the anime, so maybe they managed to save some of the fights, but Bleach really suffers more and more as the series goes on. One the fake town arc starts, the series has just lost it. Fullbringer arc was absolutely horrible. Bleach's biggest problem is that Kubo handles writer's block by drawing new characters, and based on the cast for Bleach, he gets writer's block a lot. x_x For example, he introduced a new character two weeks ago, killed that character off last week, and then proceeded to add four new characters this week. Bleach was so much better when it was about Ichigo killing Hollows. >.>
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: October 05, 2014, 07:14:11 AM
I personally don't find much trouble with the relationship between us and Ion. After all, that was already pre-established from Ciel nosurge (even though we didn't get that game), and it's a rather nice thought to have someone in a different dimension that thinks about us. After all, given that part of the point of the game is to make players look at the games they play in another way, it kinda defeats the purpose to not consider Earthes as an insert for the player. This is also reinforced by the lyrics to the opening theme "To the Songless Hill -Harmonics Pre=Ciel", which states they are summoning us through our PS3s because their world needs us.

As for adjusting personalities, choices can only be applied once, but if you move the trends of the other characters in a specific direction, you'll also make the heroine move in the direction of that character if you use a Song Magic that was gained from them. For example: if you set Nay to masochistic and repeatedly use Ion's Artificial Flower Song Magic, Ion will gradually shift to being masochistic herself
My issue with it is the lovely dovey aspects of it (well not counting inside of the dives because those have different context). My thoughts whenever that came up were those characters in anime who are obsessed with the girls of the 2D world, and my reaction basically boiled down o_o "Nope, you went too far with this dialogue this time Gust." Maybe my feelings on this are related to the fact that when I was younger I was obsessed with Karen from Harvest Moon 64 and dreamed of the day I would find a way to cross into the game world. That was not healthy for me even if I did somehow manage to manage to not screw my life up. The lovey dovey aspects of the Earthes/Ion really seem to be bordering on encouraging some unhealthy behavior in people and that is what is making it feel awkward for me.

I really felt that the Delta/Cass storyline was better for the whole viewing games in a different way. That storyline was great. Also the dialogue before the final battle relating to the theme was great.

And yeah I know that the shared songs move the main girls towards the girl they shared the song with, which is why I wanted to get adjust the other girls so that I could readjust Ion/Cass after using their ultimate magics since Ion/Cass move towards the center whenever they use their individual songs like robo dragon of doom. Unfortunately moving most of the other girls to where I wanted was impossible. Ended up just hacking the personality matrix thing instead to save me hours of trying to do something impossible. >.>

As a woman I was kinda glad the game paired me up with Ion instead of a character like Cass. Maybe it's because I have a soft spot for smart sweethearts, but I thought she was pleasant to be around. Good taste in entertainment too. If I could weave whatever song magic I liked, I sure as hell would have chosen a big mechanical dragon as well!

I did feel a little bad for not being able to tell her I'm not a man. She assumes the player is a dude (and I know most of them are) and is eager to believe there's a possibility they'll someday meet back in her home dimension... Is this what it feels like to be a plot twist?
I like Ion a bit more than Cass as a character (although I do feel like Ion's character is bordering on being otaku pandering). And this post reminds me of another reason the lovey dovey aspects felt awkward to me. My best friend is gay and the only other person I know in real life who played Ar Tonelico games. He's holding out for the Vita port for Ar Nosurge, and I couldn't help but sometimes think about how awkward Ion coming on to him was going to end up being when he eventually plays it. >.>

Edit: Just thought of another reason why the lovey dovey bits of Ion/Earthes are awkward, I'm 27, pretty sure she is supposed to mentally be in her teens....yeah, creepy. :p
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: October 04, 2014, 07:38:35 AM
Whee I'm in mid to late Phase 3 right now. I have completed everything in Genomtrics except for one last song and I'm on the verge of completing all of the item synthesis. And based off of all of that, I feel comfortable now saying that I love the game. I think Ar Tonelico 1 is still going to be my favorite of the meta-series, but this game is great and is a contender for the number 2 slot.

After having gone deep into the dives, I have to say that I really do love the way they handled the friend dives. I think the way they handled Interdimend was brilliant. Battle system is hit and miss for me because I like the concept of blowing up waves of enemies with a single attack, but I feel like sometimes the battles drag on (oddly it is the ten wave battles with lots of strong enemies that have this feeling the most).

Honestly the aspect of the game that I disliked the most was the Earthes/Ion relationship. Whenever I'm at one of those scenes I can't help but feel awkward. I mean it just feels like wish fulfillment for neets. I love the game, but that relationship is the one thing where I feel like it might have gone too far. I have to wonder if it is possible to make it less awkward with different selections but my instinct is no. It does help though when I consider the 7th dimensional being a character in the game rather than as a player proxy (although that does sort of weaken the brilliance of Interdimend). Incidentally I am praying that there is no one alive who has Ion's true name, as if there is I imagine their lives became quite.....interesting after the release of the game. x_x

Oh well back to the game! Currently in the middle of trying to max out O and S on my best spells that didn't come from the main heroines so that I can easily adjust their personalities for max offensive benefits but I seem to be stuck. I'm beginning to worry that each option in a dive only has a personality impact once which might make completely maxing them out impossible at this point. >.>
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 03, 2014, 06:52:48 AM
I don't know what was discussed about it in this thread already, so forgive me if I'm echoing some exhausted topic here, but was anyone else disturbed by the Xillia 2 bad ending? Not so much by the content but the fact that it was in a Tales game? That was not what I was expecting out of any ending (good or bad) for a Tales title.

NOTE: I have been dodging ending discussion because I had not beaten it yet. I still have not beaten it in any other manner, so if coded spoiler-tastic replies ensue (talking about other endings and whatnot) please forgive my lack of response.
Eh, it was basically just a repeat of events that occurred

in Victor's dimension (well with some differences).

So I didn't find it out of place, and nothing was really shown, only implied, so it didn't bug me. I might have laughed hard because of the tonal shift, but I think that was about the extent of my reaction to it.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Live-Action Sci-Fi Tetris Movie on: October 01, 2014, 06:07:18 AM
The sad part about this story to me is that this means that somewhere out there exists multiple people whole thought this was a good idea and were willing to put money towards making it happen. I am having a hard time comprehending that.
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 29, 2014, 07:02:29 AM
Finished Defiance season 2 yesterday. I almost wish that they had failed in stopping the end of the world. I really can't say that I care about anyone in Defiance except for Nolan, who would have survived the end of the world somehow. Apparently there is going to be a season 3, so I guess I'll stick around for that. Maybe?
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 28, 2014, 07:45:09 AM
So I just hit Phase 2 yesterday. Finally I am getting 6k dive points per fight now (and S rank). Now I need to go and finish up Ion's currently available dives, remake all of Nay's items with Ion's side, and then off to making all of the new items with that Sharl shopkeeper! Then I can progress with the story!

Because that's what many of those options to. The one dirty reward I remember is on Cass' side. Basically you can ask the Dere (or was it Tsun?) Queen to have some dirty times right there and then. It's 5000 DP, I think.
Yeah, I know that is what the options do. I was just expressing confusion over raisel saying that there were no rewards to high dive point options other than CGs when the highest dive point cost option I have taken has given me a decent crystal.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 27, 2014, 05:59:43 AM
And that's a terrible idea that will leave you massively disappointed, as these extremely DP-expensive options only unlock fanservice CGs, but give no rewards. Remember this operates on the same principle as Ar tonelico: high DP costs doesn't mean the event or choices are important, it just means that it's extremely embarrassing for the person you're Diving into that you see that.

O.o Then why did the most expensive option I have gotten yet (10k) give me a good crystal (I think it was Atk and Def up)?
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 26, 2014, 06:29:23 AM
So got to Sarly's cosmosphere thing (really should learn the name of these things). I like the fact that we are getting to explore the minds of multiple characters, although I think I am going to be sad that I won't get to go through eight levels for any of them. Oh well maybe this means that there won't be a level....6 I think. The level where you nearly crap your pants because of how psychotic the divee has become. >.>

Kind of annoyed that there are such expensive choices on level 1 (seriously 7000?), but whatever

Don't worry about it, you can revisit all the old genometrics at any time.  It's not like Ar Tonelico where you can't go back to old levels after advancing.  Completionists have nothing to fear.
Oh heck no, I'm grinding and taking the most expensive option. :p I may be extremely overleveled, but that crystal from the 10k option!
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 26, 2014, 06:24:15 AM
Danganronpa 2

Really liking it so far. The trials are a bit more complex than the first game. They don't really shove the identity of the culprit in your face like the first one did. I think I preferred the setting and atmosphere of the first game but so far I probably prefer the second game more. The Zero Escape games have made me come up with theories about the game that might be slightly out there.

I have had suspicions about the main character and Nagito since the first trial and gotten stronger with each flashback. Random theory time where I can look back on this and realise how crazy/correct I was. I think Nagito is actually Hajime with his memories altered and the MC is someone else. Looking at Nagito's full name, it seems to be an anagram for Naegi Makota. I seriously hope this is a red herring like the trials are fans of since it just seems really lame. I wouldn't mind Nagito being a tranformed Ultimate Despair Naegi  rather than the MC discovering they are the ultimate hope Naegi at the last trial. As long as I don't get another Ultimate Hope ending I will be happy. It really lowered my overall opinion of the first game.

No comments on your theory. However I will mention that the overarching theme of the entire series is hope vs. despair, so while I won't comment on the nature of the final trial, I will say that the theme will be present in some form or another.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 25, 2014, 05:54:37 AM
So Tsun Empire versus Dere Kingdom....yup this is a Cosmosphere. Oh god it feels great to be playing a Ar Tonelico game once again. Kind of annoyed that there are such expensive choices on level 1 (seriously 7000?), but whatever. Battle system is...an interesting choice. I can't tell if I like it or not. It is certainly unique though.

Synthesis in this game is some of the weirdest I've ever seen. Did you see the pained 'I don't want to be here...' expression on Delta's face? XD

It is great.
43  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 24, 2014, 07:14:25 AM
X-2 is the worst of the entire series.

And you seem to have lost some perspective.  Have the FF titles really gotten worse over time? Or have other contemporary titles just caught up to them?  Both?

I must respectfully disagree. FFXII is by far the worst FF game. I don't know if I would say that FFs have been getting worse over time, but the last really good one was FF9. Although I personally don't really hate FFXIII. I consider it to be a flawed game, not a bad one.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 23, 2014, 07:16:08 AM
So read a summary of Ciel Nosurge to prep for Ar Nosurge coming out (probably getting it tomorrow). I'm torn, on one hand I would like for it come out because the world set up is really interesting. On the other hand reading summaries of each chapter still took me several days to get through, I can only imagine how much text is actually in the game, so I doubt there is any chance of that ever happening, even with the rerelease of the offline edition. >.>
45  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 23, 2014, 07:11:56 AM
So recently watched some of the recent episodes of Defiance. Loved how the last episode that I watched started.

*girl gets murdered*
*opening credits play*
*former mayor comes to inform Nolan of the murder*
"Don't have time for your drama of the week, world's about to end. Gotta save my daughter. Feel free to make yourself deputy though. Later."
*Nolan leaves with a small armory of weapons*

I love Nolan, and hate just about everything else about the show. >.>
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