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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 09, 2014, 10:11:52 AM
After years of hearing nothing but praise, I've finally started watching Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

Seen two episodes, and I have a very good impression so far. It has the theatrical storytelling I come to anime for, without also having the awful melodrama speculative fiction anime is often known for. Only thing is that the animation is quite poor so far (although I really like the art), but I've watched enough 80's series for that to not bother me too much.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: March 06, 2014, 07:29:37 PM
The trailer was generic stuff that doesn't really tell me anything at all, but my god that 30 minute gameplay preview looks amazing.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hardest game you ever beat. on: March 06, 2014, 04:12:55 AM
One of the Megaman games probably. Trauma Center's pretty goddamn crazy too.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: South Park: The RPG on: March 04, 2014, 06:48:38 PM
Yeah I'm waiting for a price drop as well. I love the show and this game looks like a lot of fun, but $60 just way too much for something like this IMO.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rise of Mana (w 3 audio samples) on: February 28, 2014, 05:55:44 PM
3 was good (Though I prefer SoM more myself still), Legend is a bit more mixed but still generally considered good. You really only need to have one game in your series become a legend (in this case SoM) before people refuse to shut up about it for decades, though.

FTR while I think SoM was a great game, I felt like it's aged pretty poorly when you consider the other RPGs on the SNES that were considered amazing. I'd take the Soul Blazer series over the Mana series.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: February 28, 2014, 05:22:50 PM
Maybe its because they've shown so little of it so far, but why are the animations for the Arbelest so horrible? Really hope it looks better than it does right now when they release it.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rise of Mana (w 3 audio samples) on: February 28, 2014, 05:22:06 PM
Like I said in the thread over in the Multiplayer section (maybe a merge of threads is in order), saying you're losing faith in the series now of all times makes little sense to me because it's been pretty much nothing but mediocre/trash games since Legend. The best one was probably Children of Mana and that one was really dull.

The music I hear on the site sounds alright, however I feel even the graphics have taken a hit this time. Take a look at a screenshot of Legend or Children of Mana and look at how beautiful the colors are, versus how flat and boring the colors look in this game. Really loses a lot of that storybook feel.
23  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Seiken Densetsu: Rise of Mana - Square Enix announces new game for smartphones on: February 26, 2014, 12:55:23 PM
I'm sure as a smartphone game it's great, but it doesn't carry the distinct storybook style of the Mana series at all (The monsters might, but that's only because they're exact monsters from the series).
24  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Seiken Densetsu: Rise of Mana - Square Enix announces new game for smartphones on: February 26, 2014, 03:17:19 AM
People keep comparing this to BoF6 but I don't see how it's in any way comparable. Who's actually cared about the Mana series since Legend- remember that was almost 15 years ago (jesus I'm old), and I recall a couple people weren't too hot about that one either. Since then the series has been plagued with mediocre/awful installments, beautiful graphics and music notwithstanding.
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 25, 2014, 01:01:25 PM
Hasn't Miyazaki retired like 3 different times now? I don't know how accurate that is given the typical amount of rumors that revolve around the famous, though.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: February 19, 2014, 10:11:21 PM
Don't care for K's crappy partner system. Hyped for series list. Haven't really cared much about protags for a while, I prefer the customized ones they had back in 4/F/@1.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: South Park: The RPG on: February 19, 2014, 07:01:08 AM
The game itself looks very boring, but I love the humor.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: All time favourite game characters. on: February 15, 2014, 02:59:23 PM
I think for me, I separate characters into iconic and interesting characters. An iconic character usually isn't all that interesting but they usually have exaggerated character traits that are exemplified by the game they're in. Interesting characters are pretty self-explanatory. A couple I can think of right now:

Iconic Characters:
Megaman: No need to explain.
Luca Blight: Asshole incarnate
Professor Layton: I'd love to go on wacky adventures with him.
Final Fantasy Red Mage: That hat, man.

Interesting Characters:
Mordin from Mass Effect: Almost perfect combination of character quirks, intellect, and humor. He was not just fun to listen to, but the actual things he said were usually interesting just by themselves.
Thomas from Suikoden III: A nice spin from the usual kid hero for the Tenkai Stars, he's (argubly) a main character that isn't progressing through his story as a fighter.
Ramza/Delita: Listing them together since how the two characters interacted and contrasted was the whole centerpiece of the game's story.
Luc from Suikoden: More like a runner up for me, but I like the idea of a character being on the hero's side for many entries in a series as you watch how and why he progresses into the character he becomes in a later installment, I just don't think it was expanded on as much as I would have liked.
29  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 13, 2014, 06:46:42 PM
Guess I'll spoiler to be safe.

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I'm guessing you're just making a genre-savvy joke, but the fact that Shinn hated the first series' characters and ORB in particular was one of the dynamics I was hoping they'd expand on. One of the problems I had with Gundam SEED is that it's written in an extremely naive fashion where supermen come along and basically forced people to get along at gunpoint. Instead of examining this idea further they just went straight and stuck with the "Kira and Lacus are right and that's pretty much it" attitude. Kira basically has no ideological struggle in the entirety of GSD, and Athrun mopes around until he ends up right back where he was at the end of SEED (So basically he just goes through the same damn arc again).

But putting aside every complaint I have about characters and whatnot, what I found most insulting about the show was how lazy it was. Those last 20 or so episodes especially stuck out to me- all that time was spent doing almost nothing until an eleventh hour reveal of a complete irrelevancy and then a big dumb blow stuff up ending that was a weak imitation of the SEED ending. I just got the impression they weren't even trying at all.
30  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 13, 2014, 02:45:11 PM
I've said this every time I've discussed GSD, but I was always under the impression that Shinn was supposed to develop into a more likable character over the course of the show (similar to Kamille since it was taking so much from Zeta Gundam anyway, and arguably Shinn's pissy attitude is more understandable than Kamille's was) and they ended up doing...well, what they did with the show.

The movie essentially making Athrun the main character of GSD just exemplified one of the major problems I had with GSD, which was that it was all about making popular self-insert characters look awesome instead of actually trying to write anything good.
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