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 on: Today at 12:03:28 AM 
Started by Hidoshi - Last post by Annubis
So a manga about a widowed homosexual Canadian going to meet his departed husband's family in Japan written by a Japanese homosexual man.
I guess our very understanding legislation for homosexuality (and perhaps social acceptance, though that varies from place to place) is probably a point of envy over there.

Are Gundam Build Fighters and Iron-Blooded Orphans a good point to get into Gundam again?

Depends. What was the last one you watched?

 on: November 24, 2015, 11:14:42 PM 
Started by Lucca - Last post by Aeolus
Recent talk about Lightning Returns has reminded me to whip the following out.

 on: November 24, 2015, 10:57:10 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Annubis
I don't get the inventory overflow mentioned here a couple of times.
If I have extra items, I usually merge them in hopes that it will be usable.
Then, after a couple of merges and seeing that it still sucks, I sell it.

 on: November 24, 2015, 09:19:36 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by MeshGearFox
Umihara Kawase Shun hit Steam recently although I seem to be stuck in First Edition mode. Also I wish you could save in this bargle.

Also Strania came out to although I don't seem to be able to run it at a decent framerate so I might get a refund on that and get the XBLA version.

Tail Concerto - Did the Ferzen stuff. Miiiight try the next area before passing judgement, idk. Judgment. Judgment is the proper American English spelling I guess. I never realized this prior to last night.

LD: PotB - Need to set up a LibreOffice database so I can figure out what text has actually be translated.

 on: November 24, 2015, 09:19:25 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by Dincrest
It's been a month and some change since my dad's passing and now is when it's hitting me.  I've been lethargic and feeling exhausted the past 3 weeks, despite eating healthy, working out, and getting enough sleep.  I also feel like some of my usually strong resolve is weakening.  I've been very good about staying away from alcohol and sweets to the point where I have no desire for them, yet recently I've found myself wanting alcohol and sweets.  It's taking a lot of willpower to stay strong the course. 

I understand that this is part of the whole grieving process, but it still sucks. 

 on: November 24, 2015, 09:13:03 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Dincrest
Klyde, you are the first to make the Gefling comparison.  Brilliant!

 on: November 24, 2015, 08:25:34 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Aurian
Me too...

 on: November 24, 2015, 08:05:22 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by ironmage
I finished this yesterday.  Pretty good ending, although a bit quick.  I expect to spend a bit of time in the bonus dungeon.  Possibly a lot of time.

So, this is definitely a Tales game, and my inner Tales fanboy utterly adores it as such, but honestly, it presents no threat to the top three.  The battle system is one of the best in the series, but outside of that, Zestiria is decidedly average.

The story is fairly generic by JRPG standards, and although the world-building is decent, Xillia executed some of these ideas better.  The characters are charming enough, but there isn't enough development, and some of them feel like echoes of other Tales games (ruins-maniac Sorey < Raine, ladies man Zaveid < Zelos, assassin Rose < a certain someone from Vesperia).

Edna, at least, is a horrible person, in the tradition of Jade Curtiss.  I think every entry in the series should have either a snark, or a geek.  Unfortunately, some of her best characterization (and Rose's too) is relegated to side-quests, where it might be missed.

The graphics are passable, and some of the areas were gorgeous, but it's pretty apparent that the PS3 was the target platform.  The music is really good, although Go Shiina continues to confuse me.  If Sakuraba mostly hits singles and doubles, Shiina alternates between grand slams and striking out.  A lot of his stuff is great, but some of it....

Breaks with tradition:  Many Tales games reach a natural ending point...and then keep going for another twenty hours. This one, like Xillia, reached an ending...and then stopped.  I'm okay with this.  However, they also broke the tradition of having another planet/dimension/underworld/time, and aside from some starlight, there was no "sparkly band in the sky".

Technical complaints:  AI-controlled characters still die too easily (even with commands).  The camera.  Equipment fusion inspired by the worst of SMT.  Skits should be watchable when the conditions are triggered, not delayed to the next save point.  There's no obvious feedback when a character gets tired of using a support skill.  Rose's dagger skill preview is bugged. The camera.  Inventory overflow.

So, not as good as it could have been, but I still quite enjoyed my time with it, and I plan on pre-ordering Berseria, when the time comes.

 on: November 24, 2015, 07:58:16 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Klyde Chroma

Anyone else see a strong resemblance to the Hensen puppet heroes from the movie Dark Crystal??

Now I like Dark Crystal, but this is NOT a compliment.

EDIT/ I feel like this is so obvious it may have already been brought up (unbeknownst to me). So if I am echoing something already expressed please forgive me.

 on: November 24, 2015, 07:50:53 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Klyde Chroma
I heard rumblings that it might be getting cancelled, but I can't find where I heard that now. Hope it's not true!

That would be HORRIBLY disappointing. I was looking forward to that.

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