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661  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 27, 2014, 06:18:16 AM
Konami Code (Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A) apparently works to see the Brave Second teaser.

View at your own risk (depending on how spoiler-phobic you are..and if you're just THAT curious you can't wait till the end of the game)
Do you see it automatically at the end of game?
Yes, and the option to see it again appears on the menu for the save file after beating the game also.
662  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 26, 2014, 06:21:51 AM
Still in chapter 2 of the Witcher, and this feels like a poorly designed game. There are so many (little?) things I can complain about ranging from the fact that I seem to spend more time walking between three or so places than I do doing anything interesting, to the fact that my inventory seems to fill up every twenty minutes, to the fact that I semi-regularly am unable to attack the enemy I want to attack when fighting multiple enemies. The storyline is just meh, nothing special so far. Maybe I'll find out why it is considered good sometime soon, but I'm not holding my breath.
663  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 25, 2014, 06:35:53 AM
I think I actually enjoyed Witcher 1 more than 2.

As did I, though I liked both. The combat was better in 2 (though still not great), but I much preferred the story and atmosphere of 1. As someone who hasn't read any of the books, I thought The Witcher 2 did a poor job of introducing various political elements, and didn't give much of reason for me to care what was happening outside of Geralt's story.

Chapter 2 is where the original gets really good, I wasn't all that impressed with it in Chapter 1 either.
Good to hear since I just hit Chapter 2 last night before going to bed.
664  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 24, 2014, 07:25:04 AM
Yeeaah so.  Chapter 4 (or the Fire Crystal area), and I know who "D" is.

Alternis Dim, the Dark Knight, aka Ringabel.

WAY TO "HIDE" SPOILERS YOU SILLY JRPG.  I don't know if D's journal was a great idea, or one that helps spoil the story....  I still kinda like it (I'm not really paranoid about spoiler reveals -- I just feel like Sherlock a bit right now).

Anyone remember the movie 'Minority Report'?  Remember when Collin Ferrel's character mentioned "an orgy of evidence"?
Double posting so that giant spoiler block isn't in any attempts to quote the following.

It took you chapter 4 to figure it out? I know I had figured it out before the end of chapter 1, although I don't recall exactly when I figured it out.

Because I was laughing about how the game was keeping Artemis and Ringabel separate when your ship's magic crystal was destroyed. I'm not sure if you have figured how D's journal exists yet so I'll keep my mouth shut on that. Actually thinking about it, I might have figured out Ringabel's identity when I read through the journal due to there being multiple pictures of Artemis in it....either that or Artemis being the only enemy with feelings for Edea.
665  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 24, 2014, 07:19:00 AM
Chalk it up to the way the multiverse works, depending on which version you subscribe to. In your version, it works like this

                                  First Agnes appears                                        Events of the game

World 1 --------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------
World 2 --------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------
World 3 --------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------
World 4 --------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------

And so on. But what if the worlds weren't totally separate but branched after the first Agnes appeared? The multiverse theory holds that a universe only branches when choices are made differently, so it could have been like this:

                                  First Agnes appears                                        Events of the game

                                                                         __________________________|_______________________ World 2
World 1 --------------------------------|----------------------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------
                                                                        \__________________________|_______________________World 3
                                                                                        \__________|_______________________World 4

And so on. By this theory the line of events in each world falls perfectly into place. Some may have branched before, and those ended up not being warned by Agnes and so were the first to be destroyed. Airy saved the worlds that WERE warned for last. It just so happens that the party's counterparts in the last few worlds were also dead (Meaning no more vestals to awaken the crystals) so Airy took her chances on Tiz's party despite the fact that they may have figured her out, because the alternative was to kill them and wait another few thousand years for the arising of a new vestal, which she obviously was unwilling to do.

I saw the rise of the crystal orthodoxy as just another political movement by man.
That doesn't make any sense given what we have seen. That would mean it is a splintering timeline and not a multi-world multiverse. If that was the case then there is no point in what Airy is doing because if she just splits the barrier in one world and then waits a few millennium then the natural splintering of the world will multiply her single world into thousands if not millions of worlds. So her work was completely pointless as it would have naturally occurred.
666  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 24, 2014, 07:11:32 AM
Started playing the Witcher yesterday. I'm in early chapter 1 right now. So when exactly is the game supposed to get good? As I've yet to see what all the hype is about. It isn't bad, but people tend to herald it as the second coming and it is just alright so far.
667  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 24, 2014, 07:08:26 AM
Do people really like Pacific Rim that much?  Maybe it's because I watched it during the same time I was playing The Wonderful 101, but PR just seemed to have no heart to it.  Some of the designs were cool, but the battles didn't utilize any of that creativity.
Honestly it is my favorite movie of all time. I was grinning wider than I can ever really recall grinning throughout basically the entire movie. As for the movie having no heart, I really didn't see that. To me the movie did its action scenes perfectly because Del Toro understood what the....point of giant robot fights is. No two fights in the movie are exactly alike, which is sort of the point. Giant robots should be adaptable and should be altering how they approach the situation because they aren't just limited to a single task. Gypsy Danger improvises constantly in the movie making the fights interesting. I mean come on, a freaking ship as a staff. I don't get how you can think the movie was lacking heart.
668  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 24, 2014, 06:56:38 AM
Just in case anyone missed it, even though they didn't hit his stretch goal, Sakimoto is going to be on the team.

Edit: Or I'm an idiot and it was mentioned two pages ago.  I even did a Control-F!

Oh well.

That is fantastic news. I was hoping they'd still get some of those extras even without the preliminary funding, and the music is much more important than the "flavor text." 
Hopefully they can still get a decent localization, but if it turns out as yet another Babelfish job, I'll just play the Japanese version.   
It is being developed by an American studio, so I assume that the "original" language will be English as I don't believe that Matsuno is writing the script.
669  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 23, 2014, 03:23:15 PM
I'll have to break up those assumptions one by one.

The main story does heavily imply that Airy is the Evil One. However, because Agnes finds the theory unacceptable and that her obligations as a vestal keep clashing, they won't go through it unless you force her to destroy a crystal.

The people simply made a religion of evil out of the crystals and then it got out of hand when they did some questionable moves.

It's really left unclear about the angel Agnes. DeRosso and Yulyana found her in the past a long time ago. It's possible that the angel was the first Agnes to take the blow from the huge line of Agnes that exist in every other world.

Yeah the main story heavily implies it.....but about two chapters before it is heavily implied DeRossa states (if you do the vampire side quest) "a bringer of evil who would appear in the guise of one friendly to the vestals and seduce them into unleashing chaos in the name of awakening the crystals." I'm sticking with the party is stupid for not being able to piece that together seeing as how Airy was the one who came up with the idea of unleashing the crystals....once again I know side quest. I don't care if Agnes is conflicted, no one reacts to that statement not even trying to figure out who it is.....honestly I'm not even sure what point I'm trying to make on this point right now. I guess I am just venting over the party.

But there were a couple of lines of dialogue that seemed to imply that there was something off with the founding of the religion and I'm not talking about the transition from one religion to the other, I mean the founding of the Orthodoxy (which I do not believe was ever implied to be evil) not the w/e the current version is. Unfortunately I don't remember where the lines were much less the specific content of them. The implication I recall basically being that at one point there was no religion and then suddenly next day, boom religion!

Except there were five of those Agnes agnels minimum. Probably a lot more than that. I mean if we assume that time passes roughly equivalently in each of the worlds and the journey to awaken the crystals always takes about 9 months (rounding up to a year to make calculations easier), then that would mean that 1800-1805 iterations ago, Airy killed off Agnes 5+ times in such a way that Agnes got thrown 1800 worlds ahead of Airy and was barely alive......and wait how the hell did Agnes even enter the world considering that the barriers surrounding the worlds that she entered had yet to be pierced (as evidenced by the lack of the Norende chasm). Well I guess her injuries might have come not from Airy but instead from entering the worlds while the barriers were still in tact? So Airy just threw Agnes into the divine pillars without a concern, Agnes happened to land a ways ahead of Airy, and then Airy several times before realizing her mistake? Ugh really wish they had explained the whole angel thing more. x_x
670  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 23, 2014, 09:05:42 AM
No, it's not explained. However, I can think a reason why.

Ringabel's first team most likely found out about her true intentions ahead of time, so she had to try to kill them all. Unfortunately, Ringabel managed to survive at the cost of losing his memory through implied trauma of Edea's death. Because he couldn't remember a thing and Airy had to keep the facade up, she didn't bother with him in the next world.
I know that sort of "has" to be the answer, but it makes me wonder since my party is flat out told that Airy is the evil at chapter 6 or something and Airy doesn't bother killing us then. So does that mean the party from world 6 was more intelligent than my party and actually realized that that was the truth? I mean my party being stupid is pretty much par for the course considering that they are basically told Airy betrays them in Chapter 4 during the Vampire side quest and they do not even suspect a thing (yes I know side quest, but then why spell it out there?). Actually I'm now remembering some other "issues" with the game.

-I feel like the game implies that there was something unusual about the rise of Crystalism since people used to just leave the crystals alone.....but it never really addresses this. It just hints at it and then drops it.

-The Angel existing in so many worlds. How many times did Airy fubar up by letting Agnes escape to the past of a different world? Better question might actually be how the fudge did past universe Agnes' manage to pull that off in the first place? Did Airy just throw Agnes into the void everytime she killed her a few millennium ago only to realize that she made a boo-boo when she started to encounter worlds where anti-crystallism was a thing resulting in her just killing Agnes from then on? If so why did Agnes manage to end up a few thousand worlds ahead of Airy?
671  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 23, 2014, 08:49:13 AM
Call me crazy, but I prefer either fast-paced or suspenseful action.
I generally prefer fast paced hyper-kinetic action myself. That doesn't change the fact that Pacific Rim did "realistic" giant robot combat perfectly, at least as far as I am concerned.

Pacific Rim

If there was anything to gain from it, it's proof that giant robots and monsters can be boring.

Definitely thought this movie was overrated like you. It was ok, but I found it too long and boring as well.
I find it interesting that you think it was overrated when it basically bombed in the U.S. If I remember right, it didn't even make its budget back in the U.S.
I agree, but I'm thinking the budget for an *all* robot movie would be pretty high...  As is, it was at about the 200m mark to make (I actually wonder how a giant robot film did in Japan; iirc the film did better overseas).
Sadly it didn't do too well in Japan. I am really curious as to what the advertising was like Japan because the movie did better in Mexico than Japan. China was oddly the best market for Pacific Rim getting 10 million more in gross than in the U.S.
672  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 23, 2014, 08:30:08 AM
My opinion of the Nisekoi manga started roughly at "amusing distraction" and then degenerated into "worthless trash" as it dragged on and on and on with plot lines that ran in circles and zero character development.  It also suffers from "too many characters" syndrome.  Seriously, what purpose do Tsugumi and Tachibana even serve in this story?  It's like every time the author runs out of ideas he just tosses another character in the pot.

Needless to say I'm not a fan.  I've heard people saying good things about the anime but I am just way too biased against the manga at this point to give it a fair shot...

And if you cut the filler out of Nisekoi there wouldn't be anything left.  Other than the first few characters that set the scene it's 100% filler.
Eh there actually are a few arcs in Nisekoi that are non-filler. Or at least they vaguely advance the locket plot line. I think you are right about the author just adding new characters whenever he runs out of ideas though. I've only been reading it since U.S. Shonen Jump started carrying it and there have been like 6-10 new characters in that time frame. However I would rather read Nisekoi than 90% of recent chapters of Naruto and Bleach.....which is more about the quality of Naruto and Bleach than the quality of Nisekoi.
673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: February 23, 2014, 08:18:57 AM
I thought the game ended on year 3, sorry, my mistake.
I just hot access to the desert and before looking it up now and you guys mentioning I didn't know I had to collect some flowers to get a better ending.
I don't plan on getting everything anymore, especially on my first run, but I did want to see at least a "normal" ending. The ending most people would get without looking a guide or something.
Game ends on year 3 if you fail to "beat" the game before then. You get two extra years if you manage that.
674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: February 22, 2014, 08:33:37 AM
So, Atelier Escha & Loggy will be released next month. With that in mind I decided to go back to Ayesha. For some reason I ended up not finishing it.
While I do like the game for me the previous two atelier games were better.

So, I'd like to ask something for those who have finished and have some memory of the story. I'm at the part where I just got access to Hornheim, together with the balloons and the Homunculus Village. Anyone remembers if I'm far from the end? That's because I only have one year left.
Also, I didn't trigger a scene or anything special going there, I wonder if I missed something...
That is....hard to say. I believe it is possible to actually "beat" the game without going there if I am remembering correctly. There are a lot of other details that are important to figuring out how far along you are. The most important being how many key-item flowers do you have? I want to say you need to have five of those to be able to "beat" the game, and you can get one in the desert that you can get to via balloon. Unless you mean you are in year 4 when you say that you only have a year left.....in which case you have already "beaten" the game.
675  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 22, 2014, 08:26:18 AM
Just beat the game a little bit ago....."normal" ending is better than "true" ending. So overall impressions.....the game was alright. I still don't get what all the hype was about. I loved the overall plot. However I thought it was executed poorly. The first half of the game the dialogue makes me cringe and I never really came to care about the characters. During the second half, I stopped cringing about the dialogue (although I dunno if that is because it got better or because I just stopped expecting anything). However that was also the time that the plot gets thin and the quests get stale. Had they cut a condensed a couple of the second half of chapters together then it would have helped a lot (not like anything important happened in chapter 5 or the last chapter). Then just the ending....better bring out the code block.

I have no problem with Oubor....fudge I am not trying to spell that out repeatedly. So I shall call him snake guy. I have no problem with snake guy just suddenly entering the storyline. That didn't bother me. What bugged me was just about everything else. If I was reading what was said correctly I was supposed to be the Celestial possessing Tiz, so basically a Baten Kaitos set up that was only hinted at one time prior. And therefore the Celestial Realm is our world. It really bugged me that they therefore described our world as not knowing war or strife. I sort of get what they were going for, but it doesn't work on multiple levels and instead comes off as the developers being ignorant. And then we get to the battles with snake guy. Five freaking rounds or so where you get booted out and have to reset up your buffs etc with no healing in between. I was fine as I was using some "cheap" tactics as I was just trying to get through the game (although one of my characters was getting close to running low on MP), but I can see that getting so frustrating if you were trying to fight it normally. Anyways moving on from gameplay...

The whole cutting over to other worlds thing was so freaking cheesy. I was basically face palming the entire time. I...ugh. And, wait a sec. My brain just made a connection.....OH MY FUCKING GOD! That sequence doesn't even make sense. The worlds that you see are supposed to be the worlds that Airy connected, but she killed off the Warriors of Light that she used and Ringabel is in all of those worlds? I call freaking BS. BS! And that nonsensical bit just made me forget if there was anything else to really complain about. Oh right Tiz collapsing. Very random. I can sort of get what the intent there is supposed to be, but it made me think of Persona 3 only minus the themes which almost made it work in Persona 3 (thought it really didn't work in Persona 3). I suppose ironically I thought Persona 3's hero was just sleeping until playing The Answer and that Tiz died until the I saw the bonus movie. And I think that ends my rant.

Side note: Is it every explained why Airy betrayed the team in Ringabel's world? I mean she didn't bother with killing off my party and we went through five worlds, so it wasn't that she was just done with them as she could have kept using them like she did us.

Overall.....6/10? I don't know because I do like it, but this plot deserved a much better cast and better execution. I think I was leaning towards 7/10 prior to the ending, but that really reminded me of the game's flaws and added a few more to the pile.

WTF, I have to go through the crystal reawakening FOUR FUCKING TIMES? Are they insane?

To both.
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