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 on: April 30, 2016, 10:12:47 PM 
Started by Dincrest - Last post by Yoda
I  would peel her skin and gouge her eyes out

 on: April 30, 2016, 09:19:56 PM 
Started by Annubis - Last post by Dincrest
It's interesting how so many fantastic authors fall flat when it comes to endings.  Like in my experience with Neal Stephenson's books (I've read Snow Crash and Diamond Age), the beginnings and middles are great, but the guy couldn't write good endings.  

Other cases for me were the Divergent trilogy where the first two books were good, but the third was terrible.   I appreciate the worldbuilding to bolster what many believe is a flimsy premise in the first book (though it's certainly not the first to pigeonhole people into 5 factions- Brave New World placed people into 5 castes a long time ago), but some of the characters' actions seemed arbitrary, illogical, not wholly in line with series continuity, and as if Roth was trying to write (sometimes retcon) herself out of several corners by hail mary-ing all over the place.  The result was a complete trainwreck of an ending with a shocker that felt artificially shoehorned in.  

To add insult to injury, Allegiant's the dual-protagonist perspective didn't work for me.  I love the idea of dual-protagonist perspectives and initially thought it was a nice change of pace (in Allegiant, the two POVs are Tris and Tobias), but the Tobias chapters were limp.  Veronica Roth cannot write a male character effectively.  Tobias' chapters read all girly/emo-kid and were indistinguishable from Tris's.  Tobias is supposed to be a tough guy and I didn't read any tough guy machismo in his chapters.  I get it that thick-skinned tough guys often have traumatic pasts that made them thick-skinned in the first place and hitting that hot button can be emotional, but tough guys don't turn into dishrags and still carry themselves with bravado in the face of adversity.  

And with the Harry Potter series, I thought book 7 of Harry Potter was terrible.  I thoroughly enjoyed the first 6 books, but I thought book 7 was an absolute slog to read.  Okay, the last 1/3 of it was solid, but the end felt like Rowling was desperately trying to suddenly write and retcon herself out of corners and a lot of little things fell out of line with the world's logic and characters' continuity.  And I will admit, Aberforth's story was good and I liked how Dudley actually developed a little bit.  Maybe there is a shred of hope for Dudders.  

 on: April 30, 2016, 09:09:45 PM 
Started by Dincrest - Last post by dalucifer0
My biggest pet peeve is not being able to skip the tutorials in Pokemon games.

 on: April 30, 2016, 09:04:27 PM 
Started by Annubis - Last post by Tooker
I have to second your kudos for the ending of the Mistborn trilogy.  It really is satisfying.

I was mentioning to someone the other day the difference between how Lost ended and how Avatar: The Last Airbender ended.  The former, terrible and made fans angry.  The latter, amazing.

 on: April 30, 2016, 09:00:23 PM 
Started by Annubis - Last post by Dincrest
When it comes to endings, I always have to mention FF8.  The ending itself is visually stunning with artistic creativity and CG effects that are impressive even now, 19 years later.  But I felt that it was nothing short of wacky and nonsensical, castle sequence and all.  The entire endgame sequence (read: disk 4) felt completely tacked on, like the writers completely wrote themselves into a corner and pulled a "hail mary" out of thin air.  

For all its flaws, though, FF8 is still my favorite FF.  

And it's not lost on me that every time I talk about FF8's ending, I use the phrase "nothing short of wacky."

FF9, in my opinion, had the best ending of all the PlayStation-era FF games.  Everything made sense to me (even Necron's presence), and when Zidane
sat with Kuja to comfort him during his final moments
was really touching to me. 

 on: April 30, 2016, 08:50:42 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Dincrest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vvw42jvxUs Rose's special attacks in Legend of Dragoon are truly "special."  The conclusion of Astral Drain (about :25 in) and the beginning of Demon's Gate (about 1:07 in) are the best.  

I also loved the commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sua_zPsomXs

As for my feelings about Legend of Dragoon... http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/The_Legend_of_Dragoon/index.html

Was it the FF killer it was hyped up to be?  No.  But it was a good game when taken on its own merits.  The finicky timing on attacks was a serious flaw, though.  On the other hand, Shadow Madness was a game that tried to be an FF killer, but failed miserably.  I'm not surprised, because when FF7 opened the floodgates, everyone wanted a piece of the action.  Kinda like how when Nirvana became the "it" band that killed hair-metal and ushered in grunge, slews of imitators came in because every record label wanted a piece of that pie.  

EDIT: I mention LoD in the endings thread: http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=16274.msg398805#msg398805

 on: April 30, 2016, 08:34:31 PM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Artimicia
Really nice Lightning bust (er, hips and higher) up for preorder


Definitely prefer this to the Play Arts series.  Hopefully they do more, and hopefully outside of the Nomura-based comfort zone (I was so happy when Dissidia's release meant a lot more merch from the other FF games).

Lol sorry I just have to ask what is the "Nomura-based comfort zone?"

I think invariably how you feel about FF: LR is guided in part by how you feel about the "SQENIX" FF13 style in general, which arguably started with 7 and found it's way through various other media and franchises, as far ranging as the Third Birthday, various aspects of Kingdom Hearts, and other PSP games and stuff like that. It's honestly even in TWEWY and stuff like that IMHO.

Yes 13-2 and 13-3 were different in their own respective ways, but I always got a distinct FF13/SQENIX feel from it all, personally, yes, different, more maybe RPG like for the hardcore RPG players, but falling from the same tree.

Anyway, think I already said as much, but something like that.

Similarly, I related something related to frankly, to be brutally honest, I don't really have any issue personally just sticking with FF3 (original 3) over and above just about literally everything that came since, that massive corpus of ubiquitous "SQENIX" brand style.

In retrospect, I'm not even sure FF7 was a good game, personally, let alone not a great one.

In some ways, in my opinion one of the worst offenders (FFX-2) is actually kind of more tolerable personasince it sort of admits that style full bore.

I think you may have inadvertently answered your own question.

Oh, right, sorry, I apologize, that should of been obvious.

 on: April 30, 2016, 07:30:18 PM 
Started by Dincrest - Last post by Agent D.
I'd like to stick my tater in her stew.

 on: April 30, 2016, 07:16:44 PM 
Started by Annubis - Last post by Artimicia
Oh and I'm sure this will go over well but I thought the ME3 ending was really intense and surprising, even though obviously it was somewhat bitter and negative (I would of preferred a different choice than the ones given) it still was quite powerful in it's own way.

Honestly though I liked all the ME endings (save 2, which I wasn't really a fan of in general, just kind of felt by the numbers)

But yeah ME1 saving the citadel and doing all that was pretty great as well.

 on: April 30, 2016, 06:34:49 PM 
Started by Lucca - Last post by Artimicia
I thought this was kinda funny...

It'd be funnier to see the whole picture (and then one for North America).

Mm I saw a bigger one but the print was too small, at this point I can't even remember where I found it to be honest. =-/

But yes in fact I was already thinking of what that might look like...

Edit: Something different, German-Japanese pianist Alicia Sara Ott becuase I just think her style is so perfect and simple

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