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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 07, 2014, 12:51:25 PM
Oh and this video is also really great, it doesn't go very indepth about certain aspects as much as I would have liked but otherwise it's a great description of various elements in Chrono Cross.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 07, 2014, 12:46:40 PM
One thing I liked about CT is that it took a complex idea and executed to simple perfection.

Yeah that's very true, have to agree with that.
Chrono Cross has very different pacing in comparison to CT but it's also deliberate, it serves the purpose of slowly acclimating you to the world but also to create certain expectations only to play with them later.

33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 07, 2014, 12:30:08 PM
I actually rather like how they focus a lot on the other members of Soul Society/Ichigo's friends instead of being central to only the main character. The variety spices things up, the problem is how drawn out some fights are and how they constantly switch between fights instead of focusing on one at a time imo.

And that the fights themselves almost always consist of two dudes pressing their swords against each other with the occasional beam spam and winners are denoted by who's the most recent recipient of a power up (versus whatever implied powerlevels are currently involves since they don't really matter beyond that current arc) or failing that, who can get behind the other guy the most times.

Yeah some fights are lame I guess..I think that's more of a problem with Shounen anime in general than Bleach itself.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 07, 2014, 12:22:25 PM
If you want to quickly check up Twitter/watch youtube videos and other similar internet activities I think it's more convenient to use a tablet.

It's also cool to watch tv series, movies and such in bed for example.
I also find it to be a good technique to wake up. Like setup an alarm 10-20 mins earlier than the time you intend on waking up, turn it on and do some daily browsing and you'll quickly lose your morning sleepyness.(I don't have a tablet, I only have a smartphone but it should produce similar results).
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 07, 2014, 12:08:15 PM
The only issue with Chrono Cross's story as far as I'm concerned is how they do that massive info dump near the end as opposed to spreading out that info throughout the game. The story itself is flawless imo. It has a ton of subtleties, interesting connotations and the whole big picture, how convoluted and tangled it is, the complexity really blew me away.

Accompany that with an intense atmosphere, surrealistic art, unforgettable soundtrack and the fantastic character development(A few of the characters have far more depth than anything in Chrono Trigger, even the ones that aren't as explored as much still manage to be interesting considering that their attitudes and how they react to you/world can change depending on some of the choices you make.). It's easily one of the best games I've ever played

The battle system is also pretty innovative, even if they could have balanced the difficulty a little better, the way they handled non boss encounters is also unmatched by any other RPG imo(you can basically avoid all regular enemies and only fight bosses, it gives you so much agency over the combat/exploration ratio without penalizing your playstyle).

Chrono Trigger doesn't have as many flaws as Chrono Cross but as I would like to melodramatically put it, Chrono Cross has a far bigger "heart", more ambition and it's strengths outweigh the strengths of it's predecessor+it's own flaws.

Both are A+ RPGs but Chrono Cross really resonated with me on so many levels, more so than Chrono Trigger. Nevertheless they are two very inter connected experiences as far as I'm concerned, they are best played as one single entity.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 07, 2014, 10:19:23 AM
I recommend playing Chrono Cross right after Chrono Trigger to realize what a masterpiece it is.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 07, 2014, 09:08:33 AM
I seem to have a touch for getting people out of depression or at least motivate them/enable them to get out of it or do something/take action. Thing is that nobody seems to be able to do the same for me and sometimes I feel lonely because I either "fight back" on my own or I'm fucked.

I wish I had someone who was able to reach out to me when I'm down. Not blaming anyone.. I'm super shy, quiet and reserved around strangers and have trouble having conversations with them(thus making new friends) or even be able to do small talk but I hate small talk and think it's pointless(For example, if my parents ask me "how was your day" I answer with "it was normal", "how are you?" - "I'm fine", essentially I only get really verbose and "socially" adequate when I talk about things that I find interesting or like or aren't banal/trivial/"not empty/meaningless") and with my friends I almost never show my personal/emotional side, I always try to be "cool" and "composed" because that way I'm able to better help them, I wish someone broke through my barriers(or saw through them).

I can get this melodramatic on the internet but try as I might, I can't seem to shake off the persona of "I have my shit together" IRL.
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 07, 2014, 09:05:44 AM
I actually rather like how they focus a lot on the other members of Soul Society/Ichigo's friends instead of being central to only the main character. The variety spices things up, the problem is how drawn out some fights are and how they constantly switch between fights instead of focusing on one at a time imo.
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 06, 2014, 07:19:25 PM
The only thing I remember from the first FSN anime is this gem:



I had seen that image before watching the anime but it didn't connect that it was from FSN until it actually happened, I laughed my ass off but in context it makes sense what he is trying to say. The way it is written is just hilarious though.
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 06, 2014, 07:11:48 PM
I really enjoyed the original Fate Stay Night(though I didn't find the main character to be all that interesting, I enjoyed Saber's Story) because the "killing games" type of story are really my thing and I thought they did it well enough to keep me interested throughout the whole thing. It had a bit of a slow start but once it got going I had a good time watching it. The first intro also made me feel an incredible sense of nostalgia for some reason, it clicked I guess, it was pleasant basically and it wrapped up in a rather non bullshit/fairly impactful way.
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 06, 2014, 03:52:12 PM
Well SAO -GGO just pulled off the most retarded deus ex machina I've ever seen..Even worse than "power of love". I already thought the series was shit ever since the end of the SAO bit but it keeps getting worse ahaha. I watch it for the more superficial aspects, some of the action scenes are cool and the art/music is pleasant enough for me to somewhat enjoy it.
The plot and characters are ultimately so bad it hurts even if it manages to start out with some interesting premises.. This series could be so good, yet it's kinda bad.. terrible execution and outcomes/conclusions. Like I'm going to drop it now, this was the straw that broke the camel's back as they say. I couldn't even sit through the entire episode

On the subject of Bleach, I started watching the series very recently, like a few weeks ago and I'm skipping all the filler and I'm 20 episodes short of ending the Anime. It has a few pacing issues but I really enjoy the characters, fights and they managed to pull off some decent twists and the villains are actually pretty cool. Characters have enough backstory to them. I like it a lot even with all the typical shounen trappings.

I'm also very excited for Psycho-Pass 2 and the alternative route of Fate Stay/Night. I watched the first Fate/Stay Night in the summer and thought it was a very solid anime, don't know if I should watch Fate/Zero before starting the new series or do both simultaneously.
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 06, 2014, 12:15:01 PM
Holy Crap, Holy Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just finished DanganRonpa 2.. There was one twist that really made it incredible.
That was some fucked up stuff and I couldn't help but scream with excitement when some revelations were made. This is my favourite type of experience, ones that really shakes things up.

Up until that last chapter I thought it was overall worse than the first game(even though chapter 5 was insanely cool as well) but I knew that it had the potential to surpass the original considering all the mysteries that were up for discovery.
43  Media / Game Journals / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: October 06, 2014, 05:52:16 AM
Btw a tip on how upgrading works:

-Organic materials raise the experience x
-Mechanic materials give you tons of experience but don't raise the x as muc

So basically you do organic materials until you get 3x(or is the max 2x I don't remember) and then you dump a bunch of high hitter mechanic materials at once to get a huge amount of exp x3 or whatever the maximum of x is.

Also, it's highly recommended that you don't upgrade too much or at all until the later chapters of the game because you want to save those materials up for your ideal equip setting and it will make your life a whole lot easier for those harder later chapters.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 05, 2014, 02:45:03 PM
The basics of the True A requirement's to when the game tells you do, you instead dother.

So I should contradict whatever the game tells me.
So if the game tells me to go to this dungeon, I don't and get stuck permanently.
Code:
Ahem, forgive my lame attempt at humor but I couldn't help it
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 05, 2014, 02:34:27 PM
I really wanna play Valkyrie Profile but that true ending bullshit always drives me away... I really hate how I would need to replay the entire game if I didn't get it right... And a while ago I tried looking up a guide on how to do it(I had played the game for 2 hours at that point and I was already aware of the "true ending" nonsense) and it was a bunch of arbitrary, convoluted and nonsensical bullet points and I just said "wtf is this shit" and dropped the game like a rock... One day I will just accept that reality, swallow my pride and play with a "true ending faq" by my side.
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