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 on: November 22, 2014, 03:25:15 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Dincrest
Do you like every album by a particular band you're a fan of?  No.  Plenty of Metallica fans disliked the albums Load, ReLoad, and St. Anger.  They still like the band, though, and will go to their concerts to hear their favorite songs by them.  Hell, the oldheads will bring their tween and teen kids to Metallica concerts.  Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and Justice were all killer albums, and few bands right now can claim that kind of age diversity in their fanbase- from tweens and teens all the way to folks in their 50s even.   

And a music analogy is apt for another point made.  We could cry all day about how who's famous and popular on the radio these days is vapid garbage and that some local or underground artist who is truly amazing should be famous instead.  But then when the artist we like gets famous, do we then turn our backs on them and yell "sellout!"  Do we not like them any more because we liked them "before they were cool" and don't want to be associated with the bandwagoning sheeple who jumped on the trend?  Back in the FF7 days, all the "tr00/ 0ld-sk00L" fans cried foul that they were playing early FF games while the neophytes riding the FF7 wave were playing Mario or Mega Man.     

Metallica was a no-name underground band before they made it big.  In much the same way, Squaresoft was a no-name indie company at first, created a bunch of less-than-successful games, faced bankruptcy, and Final Fantasy was their last ditch effort before shutting their doors.  We can say "evil corporation Shinra" all we want, but they had the kind of hard luck story we love in the smaller, indie, underground developers that we wish were famous instead of Square Enix.  And with a lot of ex-Square staff splintering off, they have the "ex-Square" feather in their hats and thus their smaller development studios will get some recognition.  And that's a good thing, right?         

And, again, if we want to topple the juggernaut and stick up for the little guy, we have to speak with our wallets.  Buy the games you want to see more of.  People probably make fun of me behind my back that I'm the RPGFan "hipster" because I review obscure games and choose them for my Game of the Year selections.  But maybe if people paid attention to those underground gems instead of the latest FF (even if looking in FF's direction simply to yell and scream and complain), then maybe they'll have fun actually playing games instead of shouting about them on the Internet.  There's that old saying, "money talks, BS walks."   

Will I be buying the new FF?  Probably not.  I'll likely be playing some no-name game that falls victim to FF's looming shadow for RPGFan instead.  Remember how in FF13's wake, a really cool RPG called Resonance of Fate got overshadowed?     

I hope FF15 turns out good and that people enjoy it.

 on: November 22, 2014, 02:38:18 PM 
Started by Sagacious-T - Last post by Annubis
Someone made khaleesi in DA:I

 on: November 22, 2014, 02:26:02 PM 
Started by Sagacious-T - Last post by Cyril
I have the same problem in every Bioware game too - it's really really difficult to construct a face that is not freakish, especially if you want a female face that is feminine. I spend waaaaaaay more time than I should tinkering.

The only way I was able to get a decent looking face was to use one of the pre-made ones and then modify the coloring and barely tweak features to fit what I preferred.  Too much messing around just makes the characters look bad.

Some of those pre-made ones are hideous too, though.  I was happy there was one decent looking one for elf females.

 on: November 22, 2014, 02:06:13 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Taelus
Hundreds of hours on FFXIV, enjoyed XII, have beaten Type-0 twice, Curtain Call is one of my favorite games this year, the HD FFX and KH versions have been carefully and awesomely put together and not at all rushed out the door. Also looking very much forward to Explorers, FFXV, Type-0 HD. The number of Square games I haven't enjoyed is vastly outpaced by the ones I did ^^

 on: November 22, 2014, 02:02:51 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Yggdrasil
Tricking yourself into enjoying FF for the love of the brand?

That's the kind of conspiracy theory argument I expect out of a Metal Gear fan, not in a FF thread. That being said, is lovely how some of the older FF fans can't fathom how there's people who enjoy modern FF for realsies. :)

 on: November 22, 2014, 01:45:34 PM 
Started by glassjawsh - Last post by Yggdrasil
I will never say we should make games exactly like we did back then but there is a lot to be learned from them of just small things they did that made their games that much more appealing.

This logic really should be applied more in clever ways with horror games if anything.

 on: November 22, 2014, 01:41:09 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Annubis
Cross-posting something I put somewhere else because you guys might be interested too.

Everlasting Summer
692 positive reviews / 60 negative reviews

What is this?
A free Russian VN that popped up on Steam through Greenlight this week.
With the latest patch from yesterday, the game features in-game achievements and Steam achievements.

Everlasting Summer resembles Katawa Shoujo in the sense that it was made by people who originate from the defunct Russian 2-chan.
Also similar to Katawa Shoujo, the game is free and of very good quality.
There are meme and anime/internet related jokes that are hidden well enough to not break the game's world while still being visible enough that anime/internet connoisseurs will pick up on them.

It is considered mature (which puzzles the entire Steam community on how it was accepted) but the option is OFF by default.
Adult content needs to be activated in the options menu (DON'T DO IT KIDS!)
As far as the adult content goes, it does show nude male and females although there are no visible genitalia (convenient censorship).
It does depict sexually suggestive images.

Don't judge me ;_;

Overall good (Miku path is the exception)
Central theme reminds me of Ever17

There's a strong fluctuation in the graphics. I think there were different artists involved and their level of skill varied. Some of the CGs look wonderful while some other look pretty bad. Still a pretty big game when you consider that there are 140 CG & 115 BG.

The music is very good. That's pretty surprising given that usually free games cut cost/effort on the audio.
While the songs are good (there are 66 of them !) I think the ambiance noise is also very good (though I think most of it is from freesounds.com).

Anyone who plays VN should play this one.
Quality-wise, it's better than most of the 10$ ones on Steam.

I heavily suggest this guide if you can't find the special paths (main reason why my game time is ludicrous):

 on: November 22, 2014, 01:13:09 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Damacon
But are you really enjoying their games or just tricking yourself into thinking your enjoying the game!! But all fairness I was not speaking for anything they made on the DS/3DS as I actually thought their little music game looked pretty fun. I guess I should say I hope to see the final fantasy side of things fail because to me it is just riding on its name alone.

 on: November 22, 2014, 12:45:25 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Dice
There was that other tunic they could have used that looks like the Goron Tunic and Zelda's TP armor:

 on: November 22, 2014, 12:33:49 PM 
Started by Sagacious-T - Last post by Aurian
I have the same problem in every Bioware game too - it's really really difficult to construct a face that is not freakish, especially if you want a female face that is feminine. I spend waaaaaaay more time than I should tinkering.

Ps one of the previous games let you change your face a bit in some Mage lair. Is there anything like that here?

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