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1696  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 26, 2009, 04:31:08 PM
I'm not sure why you would label a game as forgetting about its characters because it throws one bit of stupidity at you near the end. Final Boss sucked but the rest of the game was just fine.
1697  Media / General Games / Re: Stalin Vs. Martians on: April 26, 2009, 11:22:53 AM
Doesn't look like there's anything interesting in there other than the absurd concept.
1698  Media / General Games / Re: Favorite Ds game, only one on: April 24, 2009, 06:44:23 PM
There's still a lot of games for the DS I haven't played, but out of the ones I have played, I really gotta say I loved Hotel Dusk. The slow-scrolling text the first time through made me want to tear my hair out, though.
1699  Media / General Games / Re: Judge Mathis is making a video game. on: April 23, 2009, 09:48:08 AM
Sadly this actually made me want to play it.
1700  Media / General Games / Re: The glory days of Lucas Arts. on: April 23, 2009, 09:46:42 AM
Who needs LucasArts, we have DoubleFine now.

If they ever release their damn game. :P
1701  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: April 22, 2009, 10:26:47 PM
Didn't really mean any disrespect to Masato Kato, but rather meant that it's a big disappointment that a story like this would come out of him, given the track record he's had.

Sorry about lack of code tags, but I figured I wouldn't need to tag things about the Seed Crystal being the origin given that I believe they had already said that by the fifth or sixth mission. My problem with the seed crystal, though, is that it's introduction adds nothing to the overall story. I've never been one to be too anal about canon or consistency in sequels/spinoffs, if you can do a good story, you can change stuff around so that it works better. But again, the Seed Crystal really doesn't add anything, and it wasn't even used effectively to develop any of the characters. Also, there's no actual explanation given in the game itself of what the seed crystal is and what it is for. If we have to make it up ourselves, that means the writer didn't know.

As far as the ending goes, well...I'll wait till you finish it before I say any more, I suppose.
1702  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's worse than a $100,000 horse dying at a polo match? on: April 22, 2009, 09:08:51 PM
If it's foul play, though, it's really fucked up.

I think I see a bit of a flaw in that master plan there.
1703  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Dragonball movie on: April 22, 2009, 07:43:32 AM
i've already seen it.  it was.......ok...  i'm not the biggest dbz fan there is out there granted but the movie still did some nice things.  the story is basically setup like this.  picollo (sp?) is the bad guy goku is in high school just learning his ki and whatnot.  then the rest goes from there.  overall i give it a thumbs up on the simple fact i thought it was gonna be a lame movie with the dbz name slapped on it. 

You're joking, right?
1704  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: April 22, 2009, 04:58:38 AM
Even if I didn't have to pay for this, I'm still annoyed at the absolutely pathetic conclusion Aldo and Emeline have to a story we've been waiting for 6 years.

The person who wrote the story was the same guy that did Nation and Zilart missions, and it's obvious he has not bothered to go read up on how the lore has expanded, especially from CoP, which makes this story just incredibly silly. The Seed Crystal doesn't fit with the history we've been given...
how can we possibly be born from both the Seed Crystal and the Destruction of the Mothercrystal?
It doesn't make any sense, and it only shows a sign of laziness and uncaring for what has happened in the 4-5 years he hasn't worked on the storyline. (It's really not that much- you could probably read through the entire established history of Vana'Diel in a couple hours, so it's not like it's some overwhelming backlog he has to address) I wouldn't have minded an adjustment of the story behind the creation of Vana'Diel if he created some story that was good enough to justify a change, but as it is it's something he probably wrote the night before he had to submit it.

I could probably write out a huge essay pointing out every single thing wrong with the new expansion and it'd reach the text length longer than the dialogue that we were fed in this expansion, that's how much crap is filling this thing.
1705  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: April 21, 2009, 11:45:03 AM
Pretty surprising for that to come from Milkman, since he's probably the one most supportive of FFXI in the community. He's been playing since launch and he's always been very supportive of the game, from that column in EGM till now.

Guess that only emphasizes how big of a piece of crap this thing is.
1706  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: April 20, 2009, 08:40:02 AM

Do Limbus solo every now and then when I miss my scheduled runs- still no luck with getting the right item. I've gotten COR once and MNK twice.

The item from the egg event this year is kinda cool, it gives 10 storage spaces, which isn't too bad

I took the liberty of camping Kreuzet after the maintenence, and after several attempts to pull him properly (I had pulled him and died to aggro before, of course nobody around me helped because they were too busy stealing my claim), this is what I got.

Of course the 3 or 4 people before me got the dagger on the first time they killed him.
Then on his next pop, I got it with TH1. TH1 > TH3 apparently. This game is stupid.

Been cooling down a bit on salvage lately, I'm trying to get that damn turtle to drop the Hara-Ate, but no such luck so far.

My first real drop from my ZNMLS, up until now I've just been getting a bunch of crappy trigs. No Enkidu's has dropped yet on any of my trigs, and the Beast Slayer I got was from a random lowman I did with Twc.

Put this behind for a while but I finally got it for my BLU. Guess I have to work on Expiacion now.

A picture of the Astral Plinth inside Al Zahbi, a rare sight. The last time I saw this thing was a couple years ago, back when Besieged was actually difficult. =P

I want to talk about ACP for a second, now that I've finished it. I'm sure I've made it obvious that I don't like it one bit, but I'd like to give an idea to all of you how incredibly pathetic this "expansion" is.

I liked the first cutscene, despite some people hating on it. It was exactly as described- a large crystal has appeared above Jeuno, and inflicted a magical daze on everyone. A young boy appears before me, calling himself Aldo- sounds good so far.
And then. Then he tells me to go get the crystal shards. Anybody who has done this incredibly frustrating mission knows that it has no fucking business whatsoever being in this mission line. The fact that the expansion is about 8 hours long doesn't help when you spent 2 of those hours just trying to farm crystals.

And what happens when you collect these crystals? He tells you to go farm more of them. This is the first 4 missions out of 12- a wasted first 4 missions with nothing but filler, save the introduction. Can someone tell me what's going on? Can someone tell me what this crystal is? What does Aldo and Emelyne have to do with this? What do all those characters in the back of the promotional poster have to do with this? What does TAVNAZIA have to do with this?

Finally something happens after the farming, you engage an army of Seed Mandragoras? Why? I don't know. They claim to be spawned from the crystal, though what this has to do with the Orcish siege on Tavnazia, I don't have a goddamn fucking clue.

So you kill these Mandragoras, and you are asked to go to Fei'Yin. Then you are asked to go to the Hall of the Gods. WHY? What does this have to do with Tavnazia or these two characters? The only reason you need to walk to these places is to get a whole bunch of diarrhea out-the-mouth dialogue that neither explains anything, lets you learn anything about the characters, nor is it entertaining. In other words, it takes up several dozens minutes of your time, and nothing else.

So we enter the climax of this addon, which is a battle against a crystal that has no explanation given whatsoever. What is it? A lost shard of the mothercrystal? An apparition of the emptiness? Dunno, we're too busy creating a crappy piece of armor to bother writing anything resembling a story, even a hackneyed one.

So here's the ending, and you should get ready for this.
We defeat the crystal, and he basically says, "ha-ha, you're too late", and begins doing whatever he's supposed to do to
destroy the world. And then something along the lines of "oh no, the light within mankind has stopped my onslaught". Then
we are informed that your character, Aldo, and Emelyne will have no memory of what has transpired over the course of this
expansion. Nobody learns anything and we don't learn anything about the characters or the backstory of Vana'Diel, nor does
it progress any story involving these two characters. I can't think of a more boring conclusion to a story than this, and god
forbid we go back and write any of this so that it actually makes sense.

But hey, I got a shiny piece of armor, and that's what really matters for your $10, right?
That was the whole thing, by the way. I just showed you the entire contents of the expansion.

I'm not sure if you bought this expansion, Tone, but if you did, I wholehearted await a highly negative review of this absolute turd of an addon. The fact that anyone could say that this was a good expansion blows my fucking mind.
1707  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Girl turns cute to ugly on: April 18, 2009, 11:36:37 AM
Maybe it's the oversaturation of prettyboys in recent years, but I don't think she looks very feminine at all.

And for some reason she reminds me of Chris Crocker. :p
1708  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Girl turns cute to ugly on: April 18, 2009, 06:55:16 AM
This is pretty dumb.
1709  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure on: April 17, 2009, 10:25:20 AM
I liked it, personally, (The PSOne version, I didn't even know other versions existed, because I soon ceased to care :P) for the fact it wasn't trying too hard, with the story and the characters, and that's what made me like them.

I will say that I absolutely hated the dungeons though, and that alone almost killed the game for me.
1710  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hey guys... on: April 16, 2009, 03:39:03 PM
I'm instantly reminded of Pulp Fiction.
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