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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 08:47:45 PM
Miki is more of a product of the design team's combined efforts rather than the game's character designer

Honestly that's something I thought when I first saw the Miki character- "this looks like a character that's the result of a group of people trying to insert elements into a character rather than trying to design a character". When you get multiple people to design a character like that usually they will argue over taking risky design choices and will instead end up with someone that looks generic as possible. They probably had a bunch of people pipe up when the pudgy thing came up and said "she still has to look generically anime-cute or we can't attract the waifu audience", and they would be completely correct. They don't get to have their cake and eat it too- either actually make a pudgy character or just don't bother.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 12:30:59 PM
I think the character looks fine in the art, and maybe it's just that shot, but the head doesn't look like it belongs on that body at all. The problem I'm seeing is that anime faces look "attractive" to people because of their simplicity, but they try to make the clothing look realistic with the lighting and everything and the two styles do not mesh well at all. So basically, it's a result of them trying to please both graphics hounds and people who want perfect waifu characters at the same time.

Tales of games, on the other hand, probably look less impressive overall but keep a consistent anime look in the whole thing, and the thing looks more appealing overall.


18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 12:02:43 PM
I truly despise the current designs. It looks like anime threw up on a cosplay convention. They look disturbingly like real people playing as animu characters, it's actually putting me off.

Fidel and the witch don't look too bad IMO but goddamn Miki just looks awful. (My guess is that Lilia will look really bad too)

19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 09:58:19 AM
Well that's not any worse than 4's porcelain dolls at least.

It's more important to not have those really jerky/floaty awkward movements and to not have EVERYTHING scenes, 'kay?
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 07:23:02 AM
Alright, so new update with a bit of an excerpt from the interview says that the producer wants this game to be a lot like Star Ocean 3 (whatever that means). Also apparently they're not thinking of doing any sort of story DLC or "complete version" to be released later.

Guess I'll keep an eye on this game.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 06:30:47 AM
I posted it like 2 minutes faster than you in the gaming news thread
so there

but i'll go ahead and repeat my reaction for those why are feeling lazy, here's everything you need to know:

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childhood friend, and loves him like an older brother
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A girl who lost both her memories and emotions
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uncivilized planet
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 14, 2015, 06:25:28 AM
Well, mystery solved:

http://gematsu.com/2015/04/star-ocean-5-announced-for-ps4-ps3

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Currently revealed characters include:

Fedel Camus (voiced by Kaito Ishikawa) – The protagonist. He specializes at fencing, and protects the order of his village.
Miki Sorvesta (voiced by Nao Toyama) – The heroine. She is the protagonist’s childhood friend, and loves him like an older brother.
Lilia (voice actor unknown) – A girl who lost both her memories and emotions.
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childhood friend, and loves him like an older brother.
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lost both her memories and emotions

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It is set on the uncivilized planet of Feycreed, which is 6,000 light years away from Earth.
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It is set on the uncivilized planet of Feycreed
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uncivilized planet

lol

triace you're trying to redeem yourself after SO4, not make more of it
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 13, 2015, 11:40:15 AM
SE giving Lunar a FF style facelift...I could be swayed, I really could.

FF's style is like the exact opposite of what made the Game Arts RPGs good.

What happened to Game Arts, anyway?
24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 13, 2015, 08:44:41 AM
Also rewatching G-Gundam. The first 5 episodes of this show is pretty bad so far. And I was only planning to watch 5 episodes...this is going to be difficult...

G Gundam always holds a special place in my heart and I've watched the series I think twice, but I'm not sure I could stomach it again. I do remember those first few episodes being really bad though.

Also it makes me sad that the guy who did the dub voice for Domon (also well known for his Megaman X voice) isn't doing voices anymore- he's a physician now, if you'll believe that.
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 13, 2015, 08:39:22 AM
Years after being underwhelmed by the first season of Legend of Korra, I decided to watch the second season. Was planning on doing it some time ago, but just never got around to it.

Overall I thought the season was just okay, I had a big problem with how a lot of the characters were portrayed, and I didn't care much for the villain. But there's a handful of episodes in the middle of the season that were really damn good for me and I'm definitely glad I decided to watch it.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 11, 2015, 02:22:04 PM

I decided to do a bit of reading on the topic after seeing the video- it just seemed horrible, and I don't understand how something like that could happen. Unfortunately my experience with the news has often told me that they enjoy sensationalizing everything, especially something race-related.

So my understanding is that the actual big legal question here is whether or not what Slager actions are fitting of the conclusions from Tennessee v. Garner, that is, "did the officer have probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others"? The knee-jerk reaction I first had on seeing that video was a very strong "no", I mean, the guy was unarmed, and running away.

But Tennessee v. Garner is actually specifically about suspects who are running away. The problem is that there are claims Mr. Scott was struggling for the officer's taser and (supposedly) tried to use it on Officer Slager before trying to run away, which, if true, is actually assault on an officer, which to my knowledge is classified as a felony. Different news sources claim different things (and frankly I don't find any of them particularly reliable when everyone's still upset about it) and this is probably something that will have to be settled in the courtroom.

I think after reading a bit, what scares me more than the fact that this happened is the fact that technically, the officer might've actually been doing something legally justifiable.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 10, 2015, 10:45:59 AM
Started not long ago and I decided to go with Chanter, always been a fan of mixed classes especially Bards.

I try not to read guides for single player games myself. A lot of the fun for me comes from experimenting with builds.

All the drama over the backer created limerick is a nonsense.   The changes Obsidian have made do not impact the game play in any way and i think they have handled things in a sensitive and classy way.    Also i have had no problems with bugs or crashes at all, so well done Obsidian.

Agreed. The backer didn't even mind.

He didn't mind in the sense that he knew not changing it would probably create some kind of PR disaster. They handled it pretty well. I can understand why someone would have a problem with it in principle though, considering some of the other things in the game it seems really silly to make an exception to just one particular thing someone somewhere found offensive- then people were again offended by what it was changed to anyway, so all it really proves is that there's a lot of people with no sense of humor.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: April 08, 2015, 06:34:51 AM
1. Mass Effect 3
2. TES III: Morrowind
3. TES IV: Oblivion + Shivering Isles

4. Cave Story (PC)
Had to go through the game a second time to get the good ending. Kind of annoying that a decision that causes you to get a bad ending is really counter-intuitive to what you would normally do. Last stage took me like a million tries but I liked it, classic side scrolling difficulty. Difficulty curve is kinda whacked out though.

5. Planescape: Torment
It was good.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Breath of Fire 6 announced on: March 23, 2015, 01:34:12 PM
Well again, the mobile gaming market in Japan is quite different, and keep in mind when BoF1 was first released...lots of those people would be working/have families now and I don't think they'd mind the movement to mobile platforms. Another thing is that ISPs in Asia don't suck so they can play online games like this one pretty much wherever without needing to worry about only having a non-unlimited plan or whatever as much.

This doesn't look like a case of something like that godawful Megaman X iOS port or another shovelware match-3 game. I also wouldn't really say mobile platforms are completely lacking in good or "serious" games, you do have games like Republique and such which are at least trying to experiment with it.

Not that I'm saying I think the game looks amazing, because it doesn't. But it does seem like they're at least trying.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Breath of Fire 6 announced on: March 21, 2015, 12:29:28 AM
I'm really of mixed feelings on this game. Like anyone else I would've loved a console or even a handheld sequel to the game, but mobile gaming is where a lot of the money is now and for what's a relatively minor franchise like BoF this might've been its only option to survive (Then again games like EO and Tales seem to do just fine so what do I know). Whether we like it or not though, mobile games are getting bigger so getting more ambitious games on it than crappy matching and marble games would be kinda nice. If you enjoyed Dragon Quarter you can't really say you're against big changes in the franchise.

Only problem is that because the West doesn't take mobile gaming "seriously" as Japan these games would probably never make it over.
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