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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: December 04, 2014, 07:40:00 PM
XenoBlade Chronicles if you haven't already played it.
47  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 01, 2014, 06:10:05 PM
The GameCube came after the N64, so your point is kind of invalid. Other than the original Paper Mario, I have a hard time naming other RPG's on the system, much less any that were decent. And *THAT* was in the era of the PS1!

OK, I guess I was a little unclear with my messaging.  I wasn't specifically disparaging the GameCube for a lack of RPGs or misunderstanding what Symphonia's place is.  I think that SoA Legends, Paper Mario TTYD, and Fire Emblem Path of Radiance are all excellent RPGs and that the GameCube was a worthwhile purchase during that generation.  I've played about eight or nine Tales games to completion, including Symphonia.  I was trying to express that I believe Tales of Symphonia is an okay RPG that was REALLY overrated because of the GameCube's situation in 2004 and because of how dedicated the system's fans were.  The fact that I didn't play it until 2006 and it wasn't my first Tales game probably had something to do with my disdain for it.  I frequented the GameFAQs forums around that time, and I was shocked and annoyed at how widely worshipped that game was on the site.  Basically I'm a bitter Tales hipster and probably should avoid talking about Symphonia in general. 
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 01, 2014, 12:05:22 AM
Uh, I think that Symphonia 2 is one of the worst Tales games, and Symphonia 1 is only beloved because the GameCube had so few RPGs.  Not even in my top 5 for the series.  But whatever, a lot of people really love Symphonia and would probably recommend it above all others.  Differing preferences. 


What???  Symphonia came out back in 2003, I think it was doing pretty ok for JRPGs at the time and a lot regarded it as a great title for the time.  Sure its aged a bit, but the game is over 10 years old.  The dungeons are stellar, combat took a big step up since Destiny 2/Eternia before it, the characters are a ton of fun, and the story and world is quite serviceable.

Symph 2 was indeed shit though; it was a tawdry, hollowed out shell of all the charm of the original game.  It looked better and worse than its predecessor at the same time but filling the game with BS characters.
After reading some of the comments after this one... I feel like I should apologize.  This got a lot angrier than I meant it to get.  Sorry, Dice. 

And... yeah I still think the GameCube is awful for RPGs.  You mentioned five major ones later on in this thread, but compared to the PS2?  Practically an embarrassment.  When I played Symphonia it was my 4th Tales game, and I couldn't help but feel it was INCREDIBLY derivative of its predecessors and other popular RPGs from earlier in that generation.  It had 3D combat that was... all right at the time, but doesn't hold up well at all.  I also strongly dislike a few of the characters, but my biggest problem is probably that it was set up by my friends as this awesome, incredible RPG and when I played it for the first time (in '05 or '06) I wasn't impressed.  Then I watch its incredible popularity grow and its fans become increasingly annoying so... I grew to dislike it when really it's a pretty decent RPG.  Not half as good as Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, but pretty decent. 
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 29, 2014, 08:44:57 AM
Uh, I think that Symphonia 2 is one of the worst Tales games, and Symphonia 1 is only beloved because the GameCube had so few RPGs.  Not even in my top 5 for the series.  But whatever, a lot of people really love Symphonia and would probably recommend it above all others.  Differing preferences. 

And yesterday?  I bought gifts for some friends and family online, then played Dragon Age: Inquisition some more.  I unlocked specializations, so now I have a decision to make.  All three Mage ones look pretty interesting.  
50  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 28, 2014, 01:09:59 AM
So I watched History of the World Mockingjay Part 1 today. Admittedly, I felt that some part's of the movie's dialogue was worse than that of that currently running RP in the Game Journals board. At least Donald Sutherland makes for a great psychotic dictator. He just has that stare that's perfect for it. Otherwise there's a lot of tension that doesn't really go anywhere, a main character that falls prey to the 'female leads must always have a love interest to character develop around' syndrome and a constant question of '"Why are these gunships so fearful when you've got a girl armed with a Turok styled Bow and Tek Arrows?".


I saw Birdman

That movie spins a lot of subplots at once.  It was filmed in a way that made it seem like a single enormous take.  A large part of its soundtrack is a jazz drumming soloist, which is an interesting choice.  It's very ambiguous about the main character's perception of the world and at times what he's even doing.  It philosophizes about acting vs. celebrity and film vs. theater an awful lot.  It doesn't resolve a few plot threads or character arcs, and I was left with more questions than hard answers by the movie's end.  Haters will call this movie a pretentious piece of shit. 

I fuckin' loved it. 

This is in my top picks to watch, I really, really want to see it (and I'm a strange sucker for Keaton)

Its amusing that a Batman is now a Birdman.
Art imitating life, man.  Keaton's sparse career and lost potential are totally in there. 
51  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 28, 2014, 12:32:13 AM
Michael Keaton and Ed Norton are both fantastic in the movie.  I hope one or both of them gets nominated for an Oscar, but I sorta doubt it.  The movie also did nothing to diminish my celebrity crush on Emma Stone, so there's that. 
52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 28, 2014, 12:07:53 AM
I saw Birdman

That movie spins a lot of subplots at once.  It was filmed in a way that made it seem like a single enormous take.  A large part of its soundtrack is a jazz drumming soloist, which is an interesting choice.  It's very ambiguous about the main character's perception of the world and at times what he's even doing.  It philosophizes about acting vs. celebrity and film vs. theater an awful lot.  It doesn't resolve a few plot threads or character arcs, and I was left with more questions than hard answers by the movie's end.  Haters will call this movie a pretentious piece of shit. 

I fuckin' loved it. 
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Recommend me a farming / homestead sim on: November 27, 2014, 12:34:24 AM
I (obviously) enjoy RPGs, but I have never played a Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, or Rune Factory game.  Ever.  Let alone newer games like Tomodachi Life or Fantasy Life.  The closest I've come is messing around with the first The Sims game well over a decade ago. 

So that's my starting point - almost zero - but I'm definitely curious.  So if you (i.e. people that have actually played a few of these) were to recommend me one game to dive into that genre, what would it be?  It would have to be playable on GBA, DS, 3DS, Wii, PS2, PS3, or PSP.  I don't care about playing games strictly in order if the newer ones are meaningfully better.  Recommend one that's good, and maybe more well-suited to beginners.  Any commentary on potential games for me to try is appreciated. 
54  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Akatsuki no Kiseki on: November 26, 2014, 06:06:04 PM
Honestly, I'd rather have some kind of follow-up to Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki, even if it didn't have any Ys characters, but whatever.  This could be pretty cool. 
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: November 24, 2014, 08:40:11 PM
I thought Assassin's Creed 2 was... fine.  I mean, it's a character-action-checklist game, with some parts better than others.  When the stealth's good, it's great.  The platforming / climbing is pretty good, too, and the historical settings are usually pretty interesting. 

However, the only one in the series I played was AC2, and it didn't make me want to play any more of them.  If I wanted to complete a checklist of collectible items and explore a large, beautiful space completing quests, I'd much rather play a Bethesda game, a BioWare game, or XenoBlade Chronicles. 
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Cosmic Star Heroine - a Zeboyd Games joint on: November 24, 2014, 01:12:00 PM
It's been a while, right?

This game got delayed to an undisclosed 2015 date, but they'll have a booth up for the PlayStation Experience event in early December. Several more screenshots and audio clips have been posted to their kick starter updates page. I bit the bullet and ended up donating a fair bit to design a monster for the game, splitting the bill with my best friend. Still feeling the hype!
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 22, 2014, 09:37:51 AM
More Dragon Age and Dragon Quest.  Juuust outside of Gotha/Granvania in DQ V, and juuuust finished the Hushed Whispers quest in Redcliffe in Inquisition.  Dorian just joined and... I think I might try and have a gay romance with him?  Maybe?  Would be a first for me in BioWare games, heh. 
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 21, 2014, 01:13:39 PM
You can buy the re-spec items from the I think materials sack? Right next to the forge. The first one cost one gold, but the others cost several hundred after that.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 20, 2014, 09:19:00 PM
I'll be brief.  Unlike Aeolus, who only *said* that he'd be brief :P

Death Mountain in Chrono Trigger
Entering the second castle in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
The crumbling bridge near the end of Shadow of the Colossus
The day the world changes in Final Fantasy VI
The last stand in Red Dead Redemption
Landing on the Fallen Arm in XenoBlade
Wheatley's character turn in Portal 2
The ending to Breath of Death VII: The Beginning.  I was not expecting such a silly story to end on a poignant note. 
The very first time you walk around in Mario 64 (HOLY CRAP THIS IS THE 3D FUTURE)
The death of Papas/Pankraz in Dragon Quest V (NEVER FORGET)

I'm sure I could think of others, but there is Dragon Age: Inquisition I could be playing right now. 
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 19, 2014, 10:46:27 AM
I'm messing around in the Hinterlands, with a mage named Moses. I'm focusing on Spirit and Storm spells, since parlaying enemies with lightning and throwing barriers on my tanks is appealing to me.

I dunno if I can throw 100% of my concentration behind this one, though. I'm in the middle of a few other games (mostly Xenoblade) and I don't want any of them to fall by the wayside. I have a feeling that I'll play this in binges and short bursts over several months. I loved Origins and thought DA2 had some problems, but Inquisition seems like it could be lastingly good.
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