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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 23, 2015, 11:37:22 AM
I enjoyed 12 as well. Better to be ambitious and flawed than to be banal, I say.

Also I'm probably one of like 4 people on this board who played XI for the better part of a decade so that probably influences that too. Didn't mind the combat at all.
32  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 22, 2015, 09:52:13 AM
I got to see Age of Ultron before you peasants still living in the West

It was what I was expected, and I liked it
33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Batman..... on: April 22, 2015, 09:50:25 AM
Oh you are going to love Batman v. Superman if you don't like movies obsessed with their universes. Off the top of my head, I know that Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor will all be in the movie. I think there are other characters from the Justice League which will be showing up as well because this movie really is Justice League part 1. Side note, love Iron Man 2.

To clarify, what I mean by that is more that I hate it when Marvel movies have a very obvious part where they stop the movie so they can advertise another movie, especially if its at the expense of the story of the movie I'm currently watching. Iron Man 2 is my prime example of this and one only needs to watch a couple interviews with Jon Favreau and/or Mickey Rourke to get a pretty rough idea of what was going on behind the scenes/ended up on the cutting room floor. They're getting a lot better with that though, I don't think any of the Phase 2 movies had that problem.
34  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Batman..... on: April 19, 2015, 08:20:58 AM
You're comparing it a lot to the Iron Man suit(s), and appearance-wise I'm really not seeing how it looks any worse than any of the Iron Man suits (which I think look great too). I'm only slightly familiar comics but it makes sense to me that Batman would need some kind of special suit to fight Superman, prime or not. On that note, do we even know much about the movie other than that Batman is using this suit and that Batman and Superman are going to fight? For the record, I think Man of Steel was really bad, I just don't see any reason to dislike this movie yet. Low expectations, I can understand, it just seems like people are making a whole of assumptions to rip on the movie for no real reason.

And personally, I've never really cared about how one movie might affect another, even with the Marvel Universe. I just want good movies. Honestly half the time I feel like the Marvel movies are so obsessed with their universe it negatively impacts individual movies (Iron Man 2 is my go-to example).
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Batman..... on: April 19, 2015, 12:04:38 AM
Batman using a power suit thing to fight Superman isn't exactly a new thing. I'm pretty sure it even happened like a decade before Iron Man ever used a special suit to fight The Hulk.

36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 17, 2015, 10:00:16 PM
Hopefully the "he's older" thing translates over to him acting like it, it sounds like that's what they're going for since their target seems to be older players. Glad to hear it.

And man, the environments look nice and all, but I still think the characters look really out-of-place. Might look better in motion, though.
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 17, 2015, 08:36:37 PM
I did like the moral ambiguity of the villain in season 1- actually one of my biggest problems with watching season 2 was how the villain just ended up being a bad guy obsessed with power. Like Dice said though, it was really underused- I would've liked to see it expanded on but the story just ended really abruptly and Korra had everything instantly solved for her.

As far as Korra as a character goes, I actually like her. She's a nice contrast with Aang's character, and I think her flaws are pretty realistic. She was acting unreasonably in many parts of season 2 but I think it fit her character pretty well.

I just really liked the first Avatar story and that really brought up my overall thoughts on the season, I guess. Without that I probably wouldn't have liked it much at all.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 16, 2015, 12:33:59 PM
I've said it a bunch of times, but once more doesn't hurt.  SO4 had a ton of competent voice talent (Matt Mercer and Laura Bailey make up the two leads, and they're hardly bad actors and hardly inexperienced).  An interview with Matt said the game was rushed and poorly scripted (with barely enough time to do re-reads)... I mean really, could *anyone* or even the Meryl Streep's and Daniel Day's of the world make Edge's freakout during the Earth segment sound good?  I feel bad for the VAs getting the blame here, but honestly, I think the bigger issue was the person who wrote that garbage script to begin with... :S

Oh yeah I agree, my entire point was about how the script (and the "storyboarding" if they call it that) was flawed from the get-go. The fact that you can toggle International over to Japanese voice acting didn't help because the characters are written in a really obnoxious way to begin with. (Also I speak enough Japanese so that it wouldn't really help me, I know some people switch over just because they can at least tell themselves they don't understand what's going on)

I don't think the actors were that bad, Edge and Reimi sounded fine for the most part, it was that the characters were scripted in such a way that they had to voice the characters the way they did. Half the cast were fetishized stereotypes so I don't see how you could voice them in any way other than the way they did, and even if it wasn't voiced the scenes are still stupid. In the context of the game Edge being upset made sense, but having Edge throw a fit in front of the crew the way he did ranged between cringeworthy and hilarious especially when you combine that with the aforementioned fetishized cast list.

If someone's a long-time Star Ocean fan I don't understand why they would single out 4 for bad voice acting. It's like they forgot what 2 was like.


pick your favorites kids

mines the part where his voice nearly breaks as he yelps "BEHIND?????"
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 16, 2015, 09:24:23 AM
I'm still a fan of anime-styled games myself, I just don't like current (popular) anime trends. Maybe I'm just a nostalgic and cranky old man because I grew up on RPGs like the Game Arts ones, Lufia, Shining Force, Final Fantasy etc and the first Manga I really loved was Parasyte and I still prefer that 80s/90s anime art style.

Things like the porcelain dolls and mediocre voice acting in 4 were only a symptom of the bigger problem I had with it, though. I mean, they didn't help, but even if you fixed those things (Which International technically did for the latter at least) scenes like these wouldn't be any less obnoxious:
And I don't think I need to remind anyone of EVERY LAST SPECK, EVERTHING
Star Ocean 3 had its share of stupid things as well but they weren't even close to the level of cringe that 4 provided.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 14, 2015, 09:16:15 PM
Guess I'll vote for Grandia to be ported.

A vote for Lunar 2 or Grandia would be good since Silver Star has had like a million ports and remakes already.

Also I chuckled at DRM being a choice under "What features do you find the most important for a PC port?"
41  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.
42  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.

43  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)

44  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?
45  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.
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