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1531  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Remakes on: December 16, 2009, 11:56:23 PM
Oh I hate grinding too, but I think if you're going to make us do it, make your battle system fast and (more importantly) fun. Most turn-based RPG fights are mindlessly boring because you can beat everything with just normal attacks.
1532  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Remakes on: December 16, 2009, 03:28:51 PM
I prefer the GBA/DS version simply for the fact that I find it easier to carry the DS around. The game itself is about the same, though.

Also +1 on the crappy puppet models of FF3/FF4. It's bad enough that FF3 makes you run through a whole dungeon with no save point just to die at the boss and start over, but the game itself was slow as hell. Hate that game. I couldn't get through FF4 DS either, just because of how incredibly slow it was. If you're going to make a "hard" RPG where you have to grind your ass off, don't make your battle animations slow as hell.
1533  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan policies/guidelines/protocols for commercial RPGM titles (est. 10/2009) on: December 16, 2009, 04:31:37 AM
I guess this is as good as any other place to mention it, but I find that RPGFan tends to give high scores to most games they review, not just the RPGM stuff. I rarely see any scores under 70%, and usually the reason that happens is because the game was truly filled with programming/porting issues like Grandia 2 or involved really stupid design choices (FFXI: ACP). Even then, the score is probably in the 60% range somewhere. I think I've only ever seen 2 or 3 scores in the 1-50% range on the site, all of them coming from Editors that I don't believe work around here anymore.

It's true it's hard to get a standard since you guys work independently of each other to my understanding, so it's best to look for consistency from the same Editor, but I don't think it would be a problem to start being harder on all games, especially considering how this site is already narrowed by being dedicated to a specific genre of games.

Then again, people with any interest in a game would read the review itself rather than the percentage, but I've always been in the mindset that anything above 70% is good. Around here, I don't raise an eyebrow unless I see a 90% or higher.

I'm not really trying to complain or anything, I just find it silly to use a 100-point scale if pretty much half of it is almost never used.
1534  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 14, 2009, 09:20:25 PM
Go watch American Psycho or Rescue Dawn. The man can act and is miles better than Keanu Reeves.

Will do. I did like him in The Prestige, even though I wasn't a big fan of the movie itself. I think the problem is that he's just been typecast into that whole stoic Bruce Wayne deal.
1535  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 14, 2009, 05:26:34 PM
Terminator Salvation.

You know, I didn't hate T3, but I was disappointed by it because it felt like they were playing it too safe. With this movie I can see why they did that because apparently the instant they stray from it it becomes a complete disaster.

Kind of a shame because its one of the few films made in recent years where the action is shot really cleanly, rather than the tourette's syndrome camera and HAY MOAR LENS FLARE stuff. One part of the script in particular stands out to me, and its the part where
You have Conner coming into the scene with Marcus and having the first thing he says being "I know what you are" and then the last line he gives being "What are you". Did anybody even proofread this damn thing?

And I know I'm in the minority here, but I'm not a fan of Christian Bale's acting style. I'm a bit baffled how people can praise Bale for doing the same thing that they find insufferable in Keanu Reeves. Eh, not too big a deal to me anyway, actors rarely make or break a film for me.

Feng Sheng.

It was okay.

The Founding of a Republic.

Ugh, I don't think I've been so sickened by a film in a long time. I'm disappointed in all the big-name HK stars that willingly led their talents to this project. It's true that Mao Zedong wasn't all bad like many people in the States seems to think, but this film just takes it way too far. Apparently the film feels the need to only highlight how evil and sinister Chiang Kai-shek is when in fact almost every damn politician in history do much of the same things.

That aside, it's just a plain confusing movie because of how it completely relies on very specific knowledge of that particular era of history. The narrative is all over the place and there's no real focus in the story.
1536  Media / General Games / Re: Mega Man 10 on: December 12, 2009, 03:16:41 AM
Coming out in March


wtf is with March 2010?
1537  Media / General Games / Re: Mega Man 10 on: December 11, 2009, 04:44:06 AM
Well yeah, that's why I said they should do it with NES game speed. The problem I had with MM7 was that everything felt slow because of extra frames of animation. Just shrink the graphics or something and you're golden. Of course, I guess I'm asking too much of a team that's doing what's essentially just a high quality rom hack.
1538  Media / General Games / Re: Mega Man 10 on: December 11, 2009, 03:02:00 AM
I'm guessing the easy mode is going to be like the MM2 easy mode where everything does twice as much damage or whatever.

Also, I forgot to point this out earlier, but I just love how Megaman is able to shoot an incoming enemy that is behind and below him while he looking straight up at the sky.
1539  Media / General Games / Re: Mega Man 10 on: December 11, 2009, 01:25:07 AM
First thing I thought of when I saw Sheep Man was the sheep pokemon from gold/silver. Mareep I believe. They even both shoot lightning.

Personally I would've preferred if they preserved only the gameplay speed of the NES and opt for the Megaman 7 look instead. I think that's the best looking game out of the classic ones, at least.
1540  Media / General Games / Re: Mega Man 10 on: December 10, 2009, 01:04:02 AM
Or it could just be Bass since he's a completely different playstyle from the other two character we already know you can play as. Megaman with the simplicity, Protoman with charged shots and sliding, Bass with rapid fire/double jump.

Only problem with that is that Megaman and Bass already had some issues with balancing the stages to work for both characters. It was annoying to play MM9 with Protoman, but that was DLC.
1541  Media / General Games / Re: Mega Man 10 on: December 10, 2009, 12:27:16 AM
Awesome. Only thing better would be X9 with SNES graphics. And the only thing that would be better than that would be Legends 3.
1542  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Famitsu announces a new Lufia (Estpolis) game on: December 08, 2009, 01:51:38 AM
I don't understand the hate for Lufia 3. It wasn't amazing or anything, but I couldn't find a lot that was bad about it. I think the battle system was a pretty cool idea, too. There's really not a lot of GB RPGs to compare it to, though. GB had some DQs, Seiken Densetsu, some Romancing Saga games and Pokemon. Honestly I think Lufia 3 is pretty good among these. I feel the majority of the problems of Lufia 3 were from limitations of the console itself.

And really, I'm assuming Lufia was the franchise they were referring to way back at E3 when they said they were reviving another RPG series...what good is "reviving" a series if you're going to change almost every last element of it? Why not just start a new franchise? This is classic bait and switch stupidity.

I'm sure the game will be fine and all, but the only thing that really seems to be transferring is the puzzle elements of Lufia 2.

Also, as far as the character designs go, the guy has nice art. I'm more annoyed at the prospect of putting some irritating dash of anime archetypes when it's really not necessary. Also what Eusis said a few pages back, designs emphasizing form over function drive me insane. I don't limit that to this game of course- I'm the kind of person that gets irritated that every MMO feels the need to have female plate armor reveal cleavage and thighs, so take that as you will.
1543  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Famitsu announces a new Lufia (Estpolis) game on: December 05, 2009, 08:36:17 PM
Let's make the next Tetris game a fighting game.
1544  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 05, 2009, 08:34:45 PM
Yeah, definitely good stuff.

I was curious so I went to check out what else this guy wrote...and he also wrote The Truman Show. Makes sense. I loved that movie as well so maybe I should go check out what else the man has done.
1545  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 05, 2009, 08:33:14 PM
Watched Gun x Sword.

Was pretty meh.
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