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« Reply #1335 on: July 24, 2014, 11:01:58 PM »

I generally like Fujishima's designs. You might say they're bland but they're easily recognisable. Never been a fan of Inomata, though. Her girls look anorexic and she goes way overboard with the ribbons and other fancy stuff. Oh, and the clashing colours! There are times when I wonder if she's colourblind... I think Leia and Rowen are some of the rare designs I actually do like.

I guess I'm in the minority, but I like Alisha's design. Surei's is alright.  Then again, I don't really judge/critique things that much.

I like Fujishima but his [admittedly unique] well of ideas is really running dry.  A lot of his Tales designs look like other Tales designs which look like Ah Megami-Sama designs.... x)

I *love* Alisha's design.... EXCEPT HER FUCKING NONSENSE DRILL HAIR AND CRISS CROSS BANGS.



Anyways, Abyssal Chronicles has a bunch of media updates from anime cutscenes to locations (which still look really barren and complete with recycled monsters).  I also *just* noticed that your elemental super friend party members have "colour highligts" that corrospond to their elemental colour.  So no, Edna's hair doesn't just get blonder (i.e. "yellower") at the ends and it all makes sense now.

Man, I'm really lacking optimism for this title.  That battle system looks sweet (thank god), but little else really is.  I'm still trying to get rid of the bad Xillia taste in my mouth and really hope we don't need a Zesteria 2 till things get better.  Naturally, I'm also hoping to be really wrong (and what better to help that than having low expectations now?) 

..Fuckit, I want PS3 Vesperia again, I know 100% it'd be good at least. :(
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« Reply #1336 on: July 24, 2014, 11:11:49 PM »

I generally like Fujishima's designs. You might say they're bland but they're easily recognisable. Never been a fan of Inomata, though. Her girls look anorexic and she goes way overboard with the ribbons and other fancy stuff. Oh, and the clashing colours! There are times when I wonder if she's colourblind... I think Leia and Rowen are some of the rare designs I actually do like.

I guess I'm in the minority, but I like Alisha's design. Surei's is alright.  Then again, I don't really judge/critique things that much.

I *love* Alisha's design.... EXCEPT HER FUCKING NONSENSE DRILL HAIR AND CRISS CROSS BANGS.

I don't mind the direction they took with her hair, I just wish they made the drilly and big z (on her right) less obnoxious looking.  Definitely some other directions that they could have taken to be less silly, but then I guess it wouldn't be "unique/interesting" any longer.  Oh well everything can't be perfect I guess.
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« Reply #1337 on: July 24, 2014, 11:33:32 PM »

I generally like Fujishima's designs. You might say they're bland but they're easily recognisable. Never been a fan of Inomata, though. Her girls look anorexic and she goes way overboard with the ribbons and other fancy stuff. Oh, and the clashing colours! There are times when I wonder if she's colourblind... I think Leia and Rowen are some of the rare designs I actually do like.

I guess I'm in the minority, but I like Alisha's design. Surei's is alright.  Then again, I don't really judge/critique things that much.

I *love* Alisha's design.... EXCEPT HER FUCKING NONSENSE DRILL HAIR AND CRISS CROSS BANGS.

I don't mind the direction they took with her hair, I just wish they made the drilly and big z (on her right) less obnoxious looking.  Definitely some other directions that they could have taken to be less silly, but then I guess it wouldn't be "unique/interesting" any longer.  Oh well everything can't be perfect I guess.

That's what bugs me.  I think the hair style is fine, just the choice for five separate 'drillies' on different parts of her head are just...distracting as hell.

And crazy =/= unique.
One thing I've liked about Fujishima is that, for the most part, his hair styles are actually do-able.
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« Reply #1338 on: July 25, 2014, 12:32:44 AM »

I really like Alisha's hair... :/
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« Reply #1339 on: July 25, 2014, 03:23:44 AM »

The curls are really cute, but I'd have prefered it if they were a little les... anime.
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« Reply #1340 on: July 25, 2014, 05:35:22 AM »

Yeah, I'm with Dice.  The curls are a bit much; her hair is all over the place.  I think I'd like it a lot more if it was a tad more subdued. Like, keep the side drill, bit don't have the bangs being everywhere.
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« Reply #1341 on: July 25, 2014, 12:19:50 PM »

Yeah, I'm with Dice.  The curls are a bit much; her hair is all over the place.  I think I'd like it a lot more if it was a tad more subdued. Like, keep the side drill, bit don't have the bangs being everywhere.

Which is funny because her ponytail in her official art *is* more tame.  I mean, at least Tales games these days have no problem with like 10 [paid for] outfits per character, hopefully one of them will put some relaxer in her hair.

I really like Alisha's hair... :/

http://youtu.be/Bm1g5Yg0hUw

(I kid.  I said I liked the actual concept of it; just the curls in all sort of different spots kill it for me)


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http://i.imgur.com/JI5kMv3.jpg

OMG that aliasing is garbage.... *Ahem*.  BUT.  It looks like the "sorcerer's ring" is back in some capacity.  Rather, it looks like you can summon your elemental super friends to do stuff in the field.  Which is already a vast improvement over the things you can do in Xillia....(i.e. fucking nothing at all).

http://www.abyssalchronicles.com/
AC has also just posted images of the Lloyd Irving, Slay/Thray/Sorbet/Sorry, and Aliciasha figures coming out in the future.  They're still without colour, but the design is looks real nice (especially the Alicia one). 
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« Reply #1342 on: July 25, 2014, 12:50:31 PM »

I mean, at least Tales games these days have no problem with like 10 [paid for] outfits per character, hopefully one of them will put some relaxer in her hair.

I used the Milla appearance thing where she wore a headband to tame her crazy ass hair.
Hopefully, she'll also have a headband.

OMG that aliasing is garbage....

That grass texture is also pretty... hmmm.... uninspired?
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« Reply #1343 on: July 25, 2014, 01:00:13 PM »

I mean, at least Tales games these days have no problem with like 10 [paid for] outfits per character, hopefully one of them will put some relaxer in her hair.

I used the Milla appearance thing where she wore a headband to tame her crazy ass hair.
Hopefully, she'll also have a headband.


I used her beach hair.  Kept it all up in a sexy ponytail. :D (I liked using her idol outfit though)

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That grass texture is also pretty... hmmm.... uninspired?

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« Reply #1344 on: July 26, 2014, 02:49:39 AM »

I really like Alisha's hair... :/

thanks :D
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« Reply #1345 on: July 27, 2014, 05:35:12 AM »

In case anyone's interested in quality figures (I know there are a few of us here!), an Asbel was announced at Summer WF today!

http://myfigurecollection.net/item/236264
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« Reply #1346 on: July 30, 2014, 12:03:35 PM »

http://youtu.be/QXQddERLV2A

New field and Gameplay video!!

= I'm happy to say: I think it looks pretty good.  The world map might not be as "interesting" looking as Xenoblades did (for the Wii), but it does look pretty and a MASSIVE improvement since Xillia.... which was literally the worst.

= The animations are really nice.  That cape movement especially looks epic on....uh, 'Sorey'.  Everything looks smooth animation-wise... but the frame rate looks pretty dreadful.

= Battles are entered seamlessly with with world map, an unusual change.  I like the idea, but the camera seems to follow pretty close.  it looks great so far, but the battles demo'd are pretty short.

= Character fusion (in this case, both times with Sailor Mars [Lailah]) is a cool idea; I'd love to see the other mixes

= Very big Star ocean 3 vibe with the overworld.  

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJOOGth0O3U
Whoops; event video too.  Mikleo and Lailah scenes.
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« Reply #1347 on: August 01, 2014, 11:06:06 AM »

I just want to share some of my personal love for the Tales series. 

For me, I love it because at its core its one of the few series on console that still sort of unapologetically uses the old conventions and is very traditional= direct leveling up from fighting monsters, set character classes and upgrade paths (yes, Xillia kind of introduced some customization here, but there was still an "auto-level", and pretty much set archtypes, and paths you were building your character to be).  Towns with item shops, weapon/armor shops where you buy the gear that upgrades stats with money directly dropped from monsters or selling off your old crap, etc etc.  I know with Tales, I"m getting traditional JPRG goodness, and not any of the experimental garbage that Square has been doing for a decade now. 

Yes, the over-arching plots are sort of B movie compared to heyday Final Fantasy, but the characters themsleves are good to me, I enjoy the art, and I enjoy the often humorous tone and party banter within the skits.  I like the fact that these games usually don't get too "heavy".  In terms of plotline and difficulty. 

Lastly- the series defining trait- the realtime battle system, is what keeps me in it.  Probably the only JRPG series that doesn't get me eventually yelling, UGH, not another battle.  I like the fast pace, the simplicity of the controls, yet all the little nuances, and the fact each character gives you a different experience if one gets stale. 

Yes, I love this series, and its about the only automatic day one buy left me anymore in the JRPG world.  Squaresoft in general got that distinction from me back in the SNES/PSX/Early PS2 days, but that long stopped somewhere betwen FF10-2 or FF12 when they really started screwing around, so I"m glad the Tales series really doesn't change much.
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« Reply #1348 on: August 01, 2014, 09:28:28 PM »

I don't know if anyone's heard this, or posted about it yet, but apparently in some kind of miraculous turn of events, Tales of Xillia 2 is getting an Official Strategy Guide.

I'm pretty shocked myself.
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« Reply #1349 on: August 01, 2014, 11:57:19 PM »

I don't know if anyone's heard this, or posted about it yet, but apparently in some kind of miraculous turn of events, Tales of Xillia 2 is getting an Official Strategy Guide.

I'm pretty shocked myself.

But gamefaqs.... ctrl+f.

(and yeah I was shocked too... I do like them pretty pictures inside guides)
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