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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 05, 2016, 06:48:28 AM
I would be disappointed if this was the conclusion but there is no way we don't get a 4th game now with how it ended.  There wasn't even an end file for D-Team.  We have no idea what happened to them.
I disagree. I think there is 0 chance that we get another game in the series.

Edit from Scott: I accidently deleted the rest of your message when I meant to hit quote instead of edit.  I am so sorry Ranadiel, I messed up.  If you remember what you wrote please put it back. - Scott
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 03, 2016, 08:46:37 AM
So I finished the game last night, and frankly I loved it. D team was amazing, C team was pretty good, and Q team was...there. Mira and Eric were easily the weakest part of the game for me.

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Really the thing I want to gush about is the whole Sigma/Diana relationship. I thought it was extremely well written, and enjoyed their scenes. It was pretty obvious that Diana was going to be revealed to be Phi's mom once I got the flashback scene of Diana hugging Phi, but it was still a great ride.

Phi was slightly shortchanged in that she was dead in the majority of her team's plot, but she excellent moments with feels between her and Diana.

I thought Carlos was a great addition to the cast with how well he took to SHIFTing once he learned about. Although I imagine this really was an instance of the writers being more comfortable with the concept. Overall I enjoyed his character.

I was not horribly annoyed by Junpei and Akane in this game. I thought they were serviceable. I mean we knew that Junpei was slightly jaded before he found Quark. It just happened a lot faster than we expected. Side note, I enjoyed how early on when Sigma was calling for Junpei he referred to him as Tenmyoji (sp) since that was the name that Sigma was used to calling him.

Sean had a good plot to him. He worked fine. Unfortunately he was saddled with the dead weight of the game...

Mira and Eric. They needed more time to develop which they did no get...actually I am not even sure if more time would have helped. The most interesting thing about them is that Mira is essentially to blame for everything. I mean she killed Eric's mom resulting in the deaths of Sean's surgeon and Akane's parents which result in Junpei being dragged into the nonary game. I suppose it is more indirect for D-team and Carlos, but it seems weird to me that there was really no resolution regarding Mira in the scenes themselves...although she is a boring character so I dunno if it would have helped.

As for Zero...he did his job fine. He was supposed to represent an uncaring world and he did it find. The whole terrorist motivation was odd, but I don't think you could create a satisfactory motivation for releasing Radical-6. Incidently, where the hell did he even get the radical-6 from? Oh well.

I was fine with the visual style (and never noticed any frame drops).

Slightly annoying that they didn't resolve all the hanging mysteries from ZTD. There are three that I can think of which were not explicitly resolved. 1. ?, 2. K, and 3 Clover and Alice. While ? is never directly addressed, it seems pretty clear to me that ? was jumping between the team leaders (and at one point Akane or Junpei) as the team leaders have memories that there should be no way for them to have such as other teams being executed. While Zero is implied to mind hack some actions, ? has to be providing information like the latin phrase that Zero says to Junpei and Akane during the moon ending. K is just never addressed. I was positive he was going to be Sean or having some kind of symbiotic relationship with Sean once he started talking about Radical-6 being real, but I guess that was just knowledge he was provided by the computer. Maybe he was Gab. >.> And we can kind of guess that Clover and Alice are going to use the alien device since Akane was clearly aware of it in the VLR timeline.

So summation, game was worth it to me just for the Team-D story arc. I'd give it an 8/10.

It did bother me that
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They just off-handedly changed how ESPers (SHIFTers) whatever interected in a group in regards to their powers. I remember distinctly in 999 and VLR the strongest ESPer in the area absorbs the power of those around it, not resonate to increase exponentially across multiple people. It just seems really weird to change that.
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In ZTD they do use the term resonate, and it clearly is not limited to solely the single strongest esper as both Sigma and Phi are getting their powers boosted by the other espers present and there are points in the game where each of them could be seen as being stronger than the other (e.g., Ph is stronger in the Dio ending and Sigma is stronger most of the rest of the time.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 anyone? on: July 02, 2016, 08:22:52 AM
"Joining the Reapers" is nothing like what Star Kid is saying. The Reapers aren't the ultimate problem, they're simply a tool to "correct" the problem. They pretty much vanish or shut down, as they are deprived of their purpose. While Shepard does say he would never join with the Reapers (as he shouldn't), they're a specific enemy attacking all life... but that doesn't preclude him from considering the joining of organics and machines to sort out a much larger problem.

Secondly, Star Kid didn't create or control the Reapers, the Leviathans did. Star Kid is simply able to correct the problem in a different way than the repairs are. In fact, I don't think they really have much of anything to do with each other. To me, it seems like he's saying that organics would have wiped each other out long ago if the Reapers hadn't been there to do their culling. He's there to solve a bigger problem, one the Reapers are a part of, but nowhere near the whole.

Look, I hate the Star Kid/Catalyst twist too, it's way outside the scope of the rest of the series, and sloppy, and forces you to make a bunch of leaps. But, I'm not sure it's wrong for the exact reasons you're saying. You seem to be relying on the assumption that Star Kid and the Reapers are connected, which there's no evidence that they are, and therefor, I don't think the "faulty" point is particularly valid.
-A problem that doesn't exist unless you accept the concept of the technological singularity which I do not and nothing forced Shepard to do so until the last 5 min of the game.

-And Starbrat disagress with you regarding the Reapers:

"Shepard: I need to stop the Reapers, do you know how I can do that?

Catalyst: Perhaps. I control the Reapers. They are my solution."

He is totally connected to them. He is essentially their boss and he states as such. Sure he didn't physically create them since he is an A.I., but he is the one who gave them their purpose.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 official on: July 01, 2016, 06:04:20 AM
Finally got the game yesterday. Enjoying it so far. Just did my first (random) fragment last night. Just happened to get the incinerator room.

After clearing it, I am much more inclined to believe...

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The old theory that Sigma and Diana are Phi's parents. Will be interesting to find out how that works.

I notice the occasional awkward movement in the models, but I think it looks better than VLR did. *shrug* Time to get back to the game! I kind of want to burn through all of Team D's fragments first, but I should probably spread myself out and do a Team C and Team Q fragment so that I don't end up with all of Team Q's fragments at the end. >.>
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 anyone? on: July 01, 2016, 05:59:58 AM
Biggest problem with synthesis ending is that Shepard rejected the idea back in ME1.
I keep hearing this, but I'm not sure what part of ME1 you're referring to. And even so, at the point of ME1, Shepard has no where near the knowledge to make an informed decision on the matter. The information learned during ME3 really could change a person's decision, even if they had previously thought otherwise.

B) Star Kid "being full of hot air" really isn't a concern. Either he's all out lying, or he's correct. From what he claims, he's been around long enough to make a very knowledgable assessment of the situation. Either, he has a totally ulterior motive and is lying to you to make you do something, or he's telling the truth and probably is far more informed to make a judgement call than you are. Given that the choice you are given has three extremely different outcomes, it's hard to imagine how any ulterior motive would survive in all three situations, so given that, I think the chances are, he's telling the truth, and probably should be taken at his word.

I'm not saying that it was by any means a great plot twist or story telling, but from an internal perspective, given the information we have, I can understand the choices we're given.

1. Saren's whole thing in ME1 was about working with the reapers to ensure our survival because we can't win. I can't immediately find a quote stating that this would result in organic technological hybrids, but I know that was my impression considering that he gets implanted with fancy reaper tech for his service (which turns him into the final boss). And he drones on about "I'm forging an alliance between us and the Reapers, between organics and machines..."

2. I don't care how long he has been around. He is wrong, and ME3 reinforces that he is wrong prior to him showing up. And no matter which of his choices you choose, you are still trusting a malfunctioning A.I. (killing is saving!) that what he says is true. Shepard has no way of knowing whether the starbrat is telling the truth, and it is the enemy commander, so it isn't like there is any real reason to trust him.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 26, 2016, 05:34:13 AM
Anyone know a good place to buy digital downloads of anime OPs? Looking for one of "Daydream Cafe" from ITOAR
I know I bought a bit of Japanese music via the Japanese iTunes store a year or two ago. It is kind of a hassle to do though (have to create a Japanese iTunes account and buy a giftcard from Japan and use that to pay). So you could always check there for it. Only other place I can immediately think of is Amazon.co.jp, but I don't remember if there is a way to buy digital music from them if you are outside of Japan.

Plus anime music sometimes take forever to be released. I remember that I wanted some songs from Star Driver (anime has a horrible ending, but it does have some good music), but for a year or two the only way to get the music I wanted was via CDs that came with the (overpriced) special edition DVDs. Thankfully they eventually released a collection CD. >.>
37  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 25, 2016, 05:31:28 AM
https://youtu.be/lN9rms-QOYA
Berserk Musou trailer!  You see a bit of gameplay which is standard Musou...but so much blood.
Meh, never got into Berserk, so I'll be skipping this one. Probably means there will be a large break till my next Warriors game...which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Oh and on the topic of Warriors games, the Link's Awakening pack for HWL has a June 30th release date in Japan (and everywhere else?). Marin's weapon is a bell, and Linkle's new weapons are boots.

Damn. I pegged Linkle's new weapon to be a Boomerang and that Ravio would end up with Boots.

Also, only the Sea Lily Bell (et all)? Couldn't work in the Organ of Evening Calm or the Coral Triangle?
Just found a trailer released by NoE, and doesn't look like Marin has any of the other instruments. She does summon the wind fish (who is smaller than I would expect) with some attacks though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9nGBVhOGWI
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 anyone? on: June 24, 2016, 05:58:15 AM
This time I tried it with the merge ending, which I never really hear about. To my surprise, it's the "happy ending" I think everyone wanted, and makes the most amount of sense. I hear people complain that "Shepard would never allow humanity to merge with synthetics", but I just don't buy that at all. The entire series has been about bringing civilizations together, both organic and synthetic. When faced with this "ultimate problem" that organics and synthetics will always annihilate each other (as ridiculous as that sounds), in their game universe, if you really face that as the reality, the merge option makes a lot of sense.
Biggest problem with synthesis ending is that Shepard rejected the idea back in ME1. Well or maybe the biggest problem is that Shepard is just unilaterally deciding what's best for everyone in the galaxy. That random primitive tribe that has never even thought of technology beyond a bow and arrow on some undiscovered planet? They now have to live with techno organic parts. Although I know for other people the problem is the whole space magic aspect of it. Also for synthesis to make any sense, you have to accept Starbrat's claims that he is right. If you believe him to be full of hot air then synthesis is the solution to a non-existent problem. >.>
39  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 24, 2016, 05:51:45 AM
https://youtu.be/lN9rms-QOYA
Berserk Musou trailer!  You see a bit of gameplay which is standard Musou...but so much blood.
Meh, never got into Berserk, so I'll be skipping this one. Probably means there will be a large break till my next Warriors game...which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Oh and on the topic of Warriors games, the Link's Awakening pack for HWL has a June 30th release date in Japan (and everywhere else?). Marin's weapon is a bell, and Linkle's new weapons are boots.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 24, 2016, 05:49:08 AM
My top five are:
-Gust
-Monolithsoft
-Atlus
-Spike Chunsoft
-Vanillaware

41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2016, 06:12:38 AM
Been playing Persona 4 Golden for a few days just finished Rise's dungeon. Really do love the characters in the game. Most recent thing to happen was me losing five days due to me not realizing that using the capsule machine would use a time slot (despite it not giving you anything but a trophy). Oh well at least I had a post Rise dungeon save. I would cry if I had to refarm all the materials from her dungeon again. >.>
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Starting a business on: June 21, 2016, 06:09:21 AM
If you plan on doing this seriously, you should make sure to do a trademark search on Natures Gift to see if it is in use by someone selling the same type of products (my gut without looking says yes).
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: June 21, 2016, 06:04:21 AM
The quality's not super great, but you can see one in action here.
Yeah there really doesn't seem to be much "negotitation" this time. Looked like the player chose two options (with the second being to get a persona). I can't tell if the first options worked. However the important part is that even if there is a random chance of failure there does not appear to be the random stupid stuff such as demons asking you questions with random results. Instead it seems to be demanding items, money (?), or themselves.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 20, 2016, 06:43:22 AM
Did they include the DVD in the US as well? I thought it was exclusive to the European version, because Xenosaga 2 was the only one of those games that was released over here.

The box even says something like "Don't worry! X1's Cutscenes on bonus dvd!" But yeah, it's totally incoherent.
I have the DVD on my gaming shelf, and I don't recall importing it. So yes.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: June 20, 2016, 06:39:39 AM
I'm not stoked about the return of demon conversations. I know that's probably sacrilege, but it's been the one part of the series I never really liked, and I was happy when Persona 3 followed in Digital Devil Saga's footsteps by removing it.  I found the shuffle time mechanic just a lot more streamlined and better for my style of play.
I don't think we've seen them in action yet, but my impression from what I've read so far seems to be that the "conversations" might have less of the randomness in them. I mean they are called hold ups and are triggered when you get all enemies knocked down, so I don't think the demons have much of a choice in whether they do what they say or not (but I could be wrong).
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