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451  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: February 23, 2014, 11:41:00 PM
One of my favorite VGM pieces of all time has received a very nifty remix.  Stickerbrush Symphony, originally in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest; new version is from the recent Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.  Here it is, four ways:

DKC2 original
Tropical Freeze remix
SSBB remix
Smooth McGroove version
452  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 23, 2014, 11:29:47 PM
Vagrant Story, simply because after Xenosaga Episode I you're going to want to go straight to II and III, and DDS2 after DDS1.
Um, is that because DDS1 ends on a cliffhanger, or because it's so good?  I've heard that both are excellent, but I next to no idea about the plot of either game or how the first transitions into the second. 
453  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 22, 2014, 10:32:04 AM
Telltale's The Walking Dead - near the end of Chapter 4.  The stranger = hell of a great villain gimmick.  I'm on the edge of my fuckin' seat.  Probably will beat this game in the next few days. 

Mark of the Ninja - this game is pretty good.  I'm not blown away or thinking about this game when I'm not playing (which is the biggest indicator of whether I'm really hooked or not), but it is totally all right.

I'm already trying to figure out what game to play next, and I'm leaning towards hitting up my PS1/PS2 backlog.  Maybe the first Digital Devil Saga, maybe the first Xenosaga, maybe Vagrant Story.  Any suggestions between those three?
454  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: South Park: The RPG on: February 18, 2014, 06:22:41 PM
I would love to play this game, but I'm trying to keep purchases to a minimum for the next several months, so I can afford a 3DS or a Vita later this year. 

...but if I had the dough to spare, I'd totally get it.  I love South Park, and this game looks like a hoot. 
455  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 16, 2014, 10:39:27 PM
I finished Dust: An Elysian Tail yesterday and Assassin's Creed 2 four or five nights ago, so I'm moving on.  Somewhere near the end of Episode of Tell-Tale's The Walking Dead (obvious twist in episode 2, but pulled off really well) and messing around in a third (!?) playthrough of Persona 3.  P3P, female MC, mid-September.  Shinjiro's quite the charmer in his Social Link. 
456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: February 16, 2014, 12:03:11 AM
Well, D3 really rocked the boat with how you handle learning new skills, passing around skills between characters, equipping new Mabilities, and increasing character stats.  Disgaea 4 makes this a little simpler, with a system similar to the classroom thing but a little more freestyle.  They also make the Magichange system a lot more useful and powerful, having it last longer and adding the Monster Fusion system, making monster classes just as useful as humanoid ones for maybe the first time ever.  There are (I think?) slightly fewer classes in D4 compared to D3, but they're more unique and interesting.  Fewer male/female versions of the same class and more variety and effectiveness. 

The story stuff between D3 and D4 is totally subjective, but I preferred D4's.  It closes each of its character arcs in consecutive chapters, using a narrative device that's delightfully wacky (and very fitting for Disgaea, but I won't spoil it).  I really like the D4 cast - maybe even more than that of D1.  I mean, Lord Val is my avatar.  Sure, the plot gets weird and melodramatic towards the end, and one or two of the character turns didn't really feel earned, but I was on board with almost the entire cast from the beginning.  And I think that the main characters are one of the most important pieces to what makes a quality RPG - Disgaea 4 has a really entertaining cast. 

So yeah, refined mechanics that feel less time-intensive than D3's (but not as hilariously exploitative as DD2's), a few fun new mechanics to play around with, and a really entertaining selection of classes and characters.  Oh, and for the first time you can edit your base's layout in major ways, including turning ANY MAP IN THE GAME into your base.  So many customization options.  It's a blast. 
457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: February 15, 2014, 08:33:44 PM
I really enjoyed Disgaea 4 (WAY better than 3 or D2) and I wouldn't mind buying it again to play on a handheld and have the console DLC included.  I'll definitely get it digitally... once I get a Vita.  Maybe later this year. 
458  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 15, 2014, 05:54:35 PM
OK, right around chapter 3 (out of 5, I think) Dust: An Elysian Tail got really good.  Stages get bigger, more interesting, less obviously linear.  Get a slide in chapter 2, wall jump in chapter 3, and double jump in chapter 4.  Those three abilities open up the other stages in a major way, and the game starts feeling like a proper metro-vania-action-platforming-adventure.  Very good times.  Gonna try and finish it later tonight. 
459  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 14, 2014, 05:57:02 PM
Playing Dust: An Elysian Tail.  Just found the underground village.  I like most of the systems in place here (combat is a delight), but I wish that the maps were a little more... elaborate.  All of the pathways are big, bold, and simple, and I like seeing big castles and caves with winding tunnels and textured layouts.  I really like Dust AET and want more like it out there, but it's not quite scratching the itch like a really good 2D Metroid or Castlevania. 
460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zero Escape 3 might never come to fruition, no funding, aka WORST NEWS EVER! on: February 13, 2014, 12:11:02 PM
Aw, this is too bad.  I really enjoyed 999 and would play Zero Escape in a hot second if I had the hardware to play it.  Hopefully they can secure funding somehow, even if it's via crowdfunding. 
461  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 11, 2014, 11:54:26 PM
Oh Makoto Shinkai.  That bastard has done a pretty good job of filling the hole in my heart that was created when Satoshi Kon died.  I should watch 5 cm/s again....
462  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: February 11, 2014, 06:48:08 AM
I'm well aware of Sony and Fox's motivations in making new Spider-Man and X-Men films, but I don't think that the business motivations for making those films is reason enough to dismiss them.  News flash: every major studio movie ever made is a business venture intending to make money.  All movies are made by accountants.  I'd recommend reading Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman - it's a wonder that any films get made, ever. 

The Peter Parker I grew up with is a little bit more troubled and sardonic than Tobey Maguire's portrayal in the Raimi films.  I really enjoyed the second of that trilogy, but ultimately I thought the first two movies were too candy-colored and... not in quite the same Spider-Man spirit I wanted.  Spider-Man 3 was a dumpster fire of overwrought-ness and bad ideas.  I really liked Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone's performances in Amazing Spider-Man, and I was a little indignant when you dismissed Garfield as either "bro" or "hipster" (not sure you even settled on one of those catch-all insults).  I'm going to see the sequel opening weekend. 

And yeah, One More Day is one of the worst storylines Marvel's ever done.  Nobody likes bringing that one up.  And people make fun of me for preferring DC's oeuvre most of the time. 

EDIT: and hey, sorry if I'm being combative, but, well, I guess I'm just a somewhat combative person that disagrees with Rob a lot. 
463  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: February 10, 2014, 06:43:15 PM
Bravely Default sounds like it's meeting or exceeding expectations.  Really want to play that.  

And wow, if Rob thinks that Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man is too bro or too hipster, then he doesn't know a damn thing about Spider-Man.  

And let's not forget the best not-CC not-WA RPG opening of all time: WRUUUUUuuuu
464  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 10, 2014, 06:03:55 PM
Finally knocked off Assassin's Creed II, so now it's back to Steam.  I want to finish Dust: An Elysian Tail by the end of the week.  Bring it on. 
465  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Valentine video game waifu/husbando on: February 09, 2014, 10:45:59 PM
I really liked Thousand Arms (I wish I owned a copy; rented it several years ago), but the whole relationship / forging systems seemed... flawed.  I would 1000% LOVE a Thousand Arms sequel with some more sophisticated systems in place. 
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