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661  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs where you don't save the world? on: May 26, 2013, 08:53:03 AM
The answer really depends on how small scope you are talking about. I mean are you including "save the continent"/"save the country"/"save the region" types of games? Assuming you don't want those either, the first game that comes to mind is Mana Khemia. I don't remember the plot of Mana Khemia 2, but I think it has a bit more of the "save the world" vibe to it in at least one of the two plot lines. There is of course the Atelier games as already mentioned.

Dragon Age 2 was in part criticized for the fact that it had such a small focus, so that might be along the lines of what you are looking for.

Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow didn't have you saving the world. I don't think Gold/Silver/Crystal had any world savings. I recall Ruby/Sapphire having world saving and I haven't played any other Pokémon since then.

Going through my game list these are some others which I don't immediately recall trying to save the world/continent/country/region (or where I feel I can argue that you aren't saving the world) in:
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Cross Edge(depending on your definition of "world")
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (horrible game though)
The World Ends With You
Legacy of Ys: Book I (don't remember Book 2)
Makai Kingdom
Odin Sphere (arguably)
Valkyria Chronicles II
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
662  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 24, 2013, 06:54:31 AM
The back and forth motion accidentally switches from your Zune sexmix to live TV and a broadcast of Golden Girls. Sex gets better then

And the moanings will bring up your other gf's account, including the number of times she's 'logged on' and 'played' with you, and then it Skypes her so that your soon-to-be ex can hear the screaming and shouting from your current ex.

Hey it could happen.
"I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid you were spending too much time with her. I'm afraid you were spending too much time at your job as well, so I conferenced your boss on the call as well."
663  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 22, 2013, 07:18:39 AM
If you go back and watch Trial of a Time Lord, you'll have an answer which was implied *but not for certain* during the episode.

You mean the Valygar(sp)? I don't think that is it. I mean it could be, but that is one and a half incarnations away. I'm not sure I buy that. I'm leaning towards the 9.5 incarnation theory myself. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
664  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: May 21, 2013, 06:45:07 AM

I don't want this game but I sort of want that limited edition...what the hell is wrong with me...

I'm sort of with you on this one. I don't want the game based on what I have read about it, but this is the first special edition game from NISA that I haven't bought in several years so I tempted to get it for the sake of getting it. >.>
665  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 20, 2013, 07:08:53 AM
Whee new Doctor Who episode was fun. I never would have guessed that was the solution of the impossible girl mystery.

Honestly the answer feels a little awkward to me considering that the first doctor clearly spoke with her and made an important decision based on her advice. Seems forced that the Doctor just never realized that she was apparently always with him.

However the more interesting bits were the continued implication that the Doctor's future will continue to darken and most importantly of all the "lost" incarnation of the Doctor. Where does he fit in? There are really only three points that seem possible at this point. First would be if he was the actual first incarnation, but that seems a little weird and ham fisted. Second would be he is supposed to be one of the darker future incarnations of the Doctor, but it seemed that the current Doctor knew exactly who it was so that feels off to me. The last possibility would be if he was an incarnation that existed during the Time War between the eighth and what we thought was the ninth incarnation of the Doctor. It seems possible (although it would screw the numbering system up). I mean the book on the Time War did list the Doctor by his real name and not his self given name and this Doctor did not live up to the name of the "Doctor". Only problem is that the Doctor has shown that while he dislikes his decision in the Time War, he doesn't regret it because it had to be done. Should be interesting to see where this goes in the specials.
666  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Alright peeps, lets try: Top 10 Favorite Games on: May 20, 2013, 06:57:23 AM
See, I found nothing remotely redeeming about BoF1 or 2. Well, BoF1 had good music. That's about it.
Breath of Fire 1 was my first JRPG, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. It may not have had anything particularly great about it, but it was still enjoyable (for me) and was what originally got me into the genre.
667  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Alright peeps, lets try: Top 10 Favorite Games on: May 13, 2013, 07:44:44 AM
Dragon Quarter was awesome.  I do think it's important to let go of the other titles in the series as basis for comparison; but I thought Capcom made a risk and I think it paid off.

But it's definitely one of those titles that if you loved it, you reallllyy loved it; and if you hated it, ....well....

For me, it is a mediocre to poor quality game if I ignore the other games in the series. I just did not care one bit about anything in that game. Comparing it to the rest of the series is what drives it to being one of my most hated games of all time.
668  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 13, 2013, 07:41:48 AM
So I'm playing my Skyrim game which is like 60 hours in and I go read the random statistics.

I think I need help...

O_o Are you sure that is right? Unless my math is off that is approximately 1.8 items pickpocketed per second. How do you even have time to find your pickpocket targets?
669  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Alright peeps, lets try: Top 10 Favorite Games on: May 12, 2013, 07:46:01 AM
Huh I just realized I forgot Ocarina of Time which really is up there. I can't decide which one I should remove. I guess I'll remove Mana Khemia and replace it with Ocarina of Time.

I've numbered my list from memory, then checked how I wrote it down in my Document O' Games and saw I had a different order. Doesn't matter, here it is:

1. Flower
2. Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
3. Final Fantasy VI
4. Chrono Trigger
5. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
6. Vagrant Story
7. SaGa Frontier 2
8. Final Fantasy XII
9. Cave Story
10.  The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

All sorts of honorable mentions: Mega Man 2, Mega Man X, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Planescape: Torment, Zone of Enders: 2nd Runner, Super Metroid, Final Fantasy VII, Earthbound, oh could I go on....
Really? Dragon Quarter is your second favorite game of all time?.....That one is probably on my top 10 hated games list. >.> I guess different tastes? *shrug*
670  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 10, 2013, 07:10:51 AM
ME3 - Doing a bunch of stuff on the citadel.

I have to ask - why would they make so much effort to pain Cerberus in shades of grey in ME2 and make them so cartoonishly evil in ME3?
Change of direction? Budget constraints taking out Cerberus related options?(no insider info just random speculation) Because ME3 was horribly thought out in many regards? Bad writing? Because they thought it would be funny? To troll Cerberus fans? Take your pick the answer is probably one or more of those.
671  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 10, 2013, 07:06:55 AM
Finished Steins;Gate in. I did like it overall, but some bits of it really bugged me.

My biggest problem is that I don't get how deleting that text was supposed to solve anything. I mean how many freaking D-mails did they send? None of those are even slightly suspicious to SERN? Why the heck is that specific one so "obvious" that it is a time travel text? And a better question, how does deleting it prevent anything? I thought SERN had already handed over complete control of their systems as a way to perfect the time travel....so SERN already knows who they are, so why does the email being deleted do anything? Shouldn't it just be a minor annoyance?

I also have to wonder why Kurisu(sp?) was so adamant against Time Travel in the alpha line but not in the beta line(and those names really should of been reversed). I assume part of it has to do with Part Time Warrior's U.S. postings in 2000 giving her father a better base line.....in which case the only reason WW3 happened in the first place was because she travelled back in time in the beta line.

Final rant, I really disliked the restore portion of the show because the main character was extremely conflicted about undoing most of the changes because that was hurting his friends. Yet he never tried to restore the IBN timeline without undoing their changes. I could understand if the timeline refused to be manipulated that subtly, but it bugged me that he was conflicted and didn't even make a token attempt to change things like texting,  "If you can't afford the ransom, then donate your IBN to shrine with instructions to take care of it until 2010..." or for the trap, "Let's hang out on New Year's Eve." (or whenever she broke.....which by the way was the lamest reason for needing to restore the timeline since there should be no connection between gender and all that). Actually this reminds me, why th heck did they need to pick up the IBN after he finished undoing everything? Shouldn't it have just been in the lab already....maybe I misunderstood that scene. *Shrug*

Actually one more thing, I found it really stupid when he said that he didn't have any special ability (with regard to his Reading Steiner) because clearly he was the only one who remembered this stuff and other people only remembered the alternate timelines after interacting with him....with one exception but that was through dreams.

Btw regarding the after credits preview scenes for the last episode, what was that for? A sequel show or something?
672  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 07, 2013, 07:08:50 AM
What is Anderson doing on Earth if he's the Ambassador to the Citadel? No explanation given. 

Oh! Explanation is given (in a novel).
He reigns his post on the Citadel (whatever it is) to go and hunt down Cerberus resulting in him delivering a crippling blow to Cerberus with assistance from the Turians.....mind you I think the canon version is that him and the Turians just went out for Pizza rather than hunting down Cerberus, but hey there is an explanation of some minor sorts. >.>
673  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 07, 2013, 07:04:41 AM
Why did you post this? This has less to do with what he's talking about and more about spoilering things for the sake of it.

Anyway, to address what he's saying,

I'd say its a little of column: The Universe dicking Okabe over for the sake of it and a little of column: Okabe is an idiot savant. Even if it did ever occur to him to try to send a follow up update he'd run into yet another problem to cockblock his attempts at obtaining an IBM 5100. Besides, what kind of device can his Microwave O-Phone(temp) actually contact in that era, let alone Working Warrior having such a device and not A) breaking it, B) losing it, C) forgetting about it, D) getting some kind of random interference at the precise moment of message's target time, or E) keeling over before she acts upon the contents of the message?
That era? I might of communicated what I meant a little bit wrong. I meant to send a text to her shortly after her arrival (and acquiring of a cell phone) in 2010, not 1975. So that she could spend some more time with him, know who her dad was, and still make it back in time. I can buy Okabe just never thinking of it I suppose.
674  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 06, 2013, 06:49:39 AM
Currently watching Steins;Gate. Series is interesting. I think I made a mistake though in looking the game up on Wikipedia to see if I could find a summary of the alternate endings. I think I spoiled what the last half of the series is going to be like unfortunately. There is one thing that is bugging me about the series though.

So I just got to the episode where the part-time warrior went back in time successfully. What is bugging me is the way they went about doing it. The better solution (in my mind at least) would have been to send back, to shortly after she arrived, a text saying "Taru=dad, go to 1975 by (insert date)". She gets to know what she wants and is able to complete her mission. I realize it occurs this way because that is how it happened in the game, but it still bugs me because it shouldn't of had to have happened like that in the game either.

After two episodes I think I remember why I gave zero fucks about IGPX back when it first came out on CN over a decade ago. There's very little Giant Robot NASCAR that happens in this show that's all about Giant Robot NASCAR and instead I got two episodes of this Takashii being a fuckwit teenager, and I'm sorry Optimus Prime, but you're just not enough to carry this entire show about characters with as much depth and nuance past their cliched archetypes as a single sheet of paper bisected in half horizontally and the occasional Giant Robot NASCAR.

Oh IGPX.....the original version was so much more awesome. Why did they not keep that when they went for the full series? Giant robot melee between a scrappy bunch of underdogs and heavily over equipped veterans was so much better. Plus I enjoyed the fights, unlike the races. So much wasted potential. -_-
675  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Alright peeps, lets try: Top 10 Favorite Games on: May 04, 2013, 08:36:34 AM
In no particular order beyond order I think of them(except for number 1 which is my declared favorite game I have played):

1. Ar Tonelico- I don't know why I love this game so much, but I do. I think the diving into the Reyvateils is a big portion of it because I love how much you get to delve into their pshyches. I love it all around though and at the moment there are only two games which I could conceivably see knocking it out of number one, either Project Eternity or Torment: Tides of Numeria (Torment having the better chance from what I know at the moment of both). Ar Tonelico 2 and 3 were both good, but neither of them is really good enough on their own to make my top 10.

2. Mana Khemia- Another GUST RPG that I love. They really are one of my favorite developers.

3. Kingdom Hearts II- This to me is what an action RPG should be. I love the gameplay. I love the characters. Just a great game all around. I was considering putting Birth By Sleep in as well, but I feel like that would be a little too repetitive.

4. Persona 4- Excellent game....I don't think anything else really needs to be said about it.

5. Radiant Historia- Best DS game ever. I love the way the time travel works. I love the characters. I love the insane number of bad ends. I love how the game basically expects you to mess everything up multiple times....and that is perfectly alright and fits with the story.

6. Arc the Lad 2- I considered putting Arc the Lad Collection, but the shining gem really is 2. I did love 1, but 3 is only sort of meh to me. Great series (as long as we pretend it only went for three games) that really deserves more love than it gets.

7. Tales of Symphonia- I love the "Tales of" series and choosing my favorite was difficult. I love Phatasia, Eternia, Symphonia, and the Abyss. Looking at all them though, I think I have to say that Symphonia is my favorite.

8. Xenogears- Dear god how did I only think of this one now? It is a classic that I shall forever mourn because it was not completed. It has so much wasted potential and yet it is still one of my favorite games of all time.

9. .hack//G.U. series- Yeah it is three games, but I don't care. They are a continuous story with only minor mechanical tweaks between them. I love the .hack universe and these three games are the best of it.

10. Growlanser 2- I know this something akin to the blacksheep of the Growlanser series, but of the 5 games in the series that I have played, this is my favorite even above 4. Once again, I'm not even sure why. I just know that it is.

Honorable Mentions: Valkyria Chronicles, Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, Breath of Fire, Xenoblade, Odin Sphere, Suikoden V, and Fire Emblem Awakening

Interesting that my list nearly boils down to my top 10 game series.
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