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31  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 07, 2014, 06:06:38 PM
Best thing about any series ending is the shipping wars.
32  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 04, 2014, 05:15:37 PM
Finally got around to watching the first 3 episodes of G-Reco. So far, I have mixed feelings about the show.

Love the art and animation, and I partially like the dialogue because there's a lot of little details to be found that help build the world as the story moves forward, something I've always liked about Tomino's works. The downside is that Tomino brings his classic terribly awkward dialogue, where people describe something that just happened or monologue nonsensically to themselves.

While I like the lead's more positive attitude compared to previous Gundam leads (and the fact that he's actually a cadet as opposed to a civilian forced into a bad situation, or a supposed soldier that acts nothing like it like Shinn), a lot of his actions just don't make sense to me in the way similar protagonists such as Shiro did. Shiro did some stupid things too but at least you understood why he was doing them. Am I really supposed to believe that Bellri is letting Aida get away with a bunch of crap because he has a crush?

Like Mickey I found the incompetence on display in the first 3 episodes to be mind-boggling, even if you account for the fact that the Capital Army is a ragtag group. It's not that hard to throw some handcuffs on someone.

The show has my attention to be sure, something that can't really be said with a lot of other Gundam shows. Too many Gundam shows feel the need to shove in as many Gundam cliches as possible in their first few episodes and I like that this is trying to go down a different path.
33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Marvel Super-Thread on: October 30, 2014, 05:50:06 AM
Marvel is still a business. Building that hype machine might seem exhausting, but it also establishes a comfortable framework to build their business forecasts around. I'd imagine it's 100% a business choice.

If Marvel's business decisions were limited to just enforcing deadlines I wouldn't really have that big of a problem with them, but they often also make direct decisions that make the movies much worse IMO.

Just read/watch, say, Jon Favreau and Mickey Rourke's comments on Iron Man 2 for an example.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 28, 2014, 12:32:18 AM
I see the appeal of making it so you have to draw your own maps since that adds to the adventure feel of the game, but in those cases I think they should be like the later Etrian Odyssey entries and have an option.

I also definitely agree with liking maze-like dungeons moreso than "hallways and rooms" dungeons, unless it makes sense for it not to be (anything man-made basically). If it's a cave or something I don't think it should be easy to navigate.

The only case I can think of where I really hate maze-like dungeons is Phantasy Star 2 where they did this stupid crap like making the foreground block holes in the ground you're supposed to drop down.
35  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: October 25, 2014, 08:46:34 AM
Also of note is that Yoshi was wearing a 007 T shirt, and they also announced that we'll have flying mounts, so perhaps that says something about what the maps in Ishgard will be like.

Not a whole lot of info this time around, but I'm "looking forward to it".
36  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: October 25, 2014, 06:43:51 AM
Dark Knight has been revealed as a two-handed sword tanking job that has no base class to branch from.

Can't say I expected that. It's going to drive my OCD insane that some jobs have classes and some don't. Oh well.
37  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: October 20, 2014, 12:43:10 AM
Made no real sense for it to be DEX since DEX was strictly defined with the in-game tooltips as a ranged stat, but congrats on getting a completely arbitrary guess for something that doesn't really matter correct.

They also announced they'll be wearing MNK gear, so I guess they'll be adding DEX onto those sets? I guess MNKs will enjoy the increased parry or whatever.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 11:06:43 PM
Like many other people have stated, Secret of Mana was amazing when I was a kid, but it has aged really poorly. As a standalone game I think Legend is probably the best of the series. It's terribly underexplained though, especially the way the weapons work. I think what made Secret special for me though, is that there was this air of mysticism throughout the game. I don't think I can think of any other games that made me feel like I was adventuring into the unknown the way Secret did. I think a large part of this was the music.

Despite the flaws in the series from the start though, that wasn't the only problem with the later games and I really have no idea what the hell went wrong. Children of Mana was passable on a basic gameplay level but had repetitive grind and nothing particularly interesting in terms of the world or story, and then aside from that the rest ranged from mediocre to utter crap.
39  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: October 19, 2014, 04:12:07 PM
Apparently someone also spotted a folder named Samurai when they were sifting through files in a presentation or something.

Personally, I'm expecting a second Lancer Job to come given the big emphasis on Dragoons in Ishgard. Might even be possible that's actually Samurai.
40  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: October 19, 2014, 12:31:07 PM
That's pretty much MMOs for you. If you're not into the whole "grinding for betterer numbers" thing generally you want to wait either a few patches or maybe an expansion, and then enjoy the whatever story content they've added.
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 18, 2014, 09:19:22 PM
Eh...I've heard legends of how annoying Naruto filler are, but honestly it's not like the show has some great narrative that filler would be interrupting for the most part, so I'm not really against watching the filler in "principle" or whatever. The one problem I do remember though, is that some of the filler actually ends up making the show/characters worse, so I'm a bit torn as to whether to follow those filler avoidance lists.

Like that whole bit right after Naruto learns the Rasengan about the nuke-nin who became a runner. So you're telling me that some random guy beating Sasuke causes Sasuke to angst moreso than the fact that Itachi completely handed his ass to him? And after that filler Sasuke's back in his hospital bed again with little to no explanation. What?

I am a bit curious what the original creator thinks of all the filler, if he considered them "canon" or whatever.
42  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: October 18, 2014, 05:27:44 PM
Moderate hype at the moment. Hate that they teased that we'll have to wait for the London Fanfest to hear job information, and that's what I'm really interested in hearing.

Areas in MMOs always look great when they're being presented in videos like that, but given the areas already in the game, I'm sure they'll look great. I just hope they'll give us some more freedom for moving around them.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 18, 2014, 03:48:26 PM
Didn't know about that, I'm pretty excite. Retcon that stupid epilogue from 02, please.

Also I'll probably read all that stuff you wrote soon Mickeymac, I should really start watching G-Reco since I was looking forward to it for a long while.

So with the news it's going to end sometime soon I decided to watch some Naruto Shippuden from the first episode since that's pretty much where I left off in the Manga like 10 years ago. Why is animation so terrible in this show? It keeps cutting back to clips from the original Naruto series and those actually look better.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POKéMON OMEGA RUBY & ALPHA SAPPHIRE on: October 15, 2014, 12:57:36 PM
Mega Steelix and Mega Glalie have been revealed, unfortunately in the wake of the excitement there was some reveals that deflated a ton of the hype.

The first reveal was that there would be no trainer customization. Masuda even made the statement that that was a Kalos-thing because it was in the spirit of a "motif of France and really focused on this beauty and fashion aspect, which is why it was a prominent feature in that game". Personally, I think the trainer dress-up stuff is a whole lot of fluff, albeit fun fluff, but arguing that it's a Kalos-exclusive as if the French are the only people that ever change clothes every day seems like a pretty silly way of saying "we just didn't want to put it in ORAS".

I think the more important reveal was that Pokemon XY will not be receiving a patch to make the new Mega and Primal evolution available. Unfortunately this seems vague to me, I don't know if it means:
1. It will only strictly allow interactions that don't involve any new features
2. You will be able to interact ORAS with XY, you just can't trade new stuff over to XY
While the latter would be completely reasonable, the former is what most people are expecting and it's made some people pretty salty, because in the past games in the franchise didn't really tend to get outdated until a new generation came along, let alone outdating the first wave of games only a year after they come out.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: October 12, 2014, 06:39:44 AM
Thanks, I'll check those out. Tactics Ogre in particular I remember playing like 2 stages on the Playstation a long ass time ago, and I actually haven't played Wild Arms since the first one.

Related to my former question, I've been looking at the Wizardry series. Anybody have recommendations? Kind of a shame all the recent ones are only in Japan, they sound like games I would really enjoy.
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