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Re: Anime & Manga (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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RR529 wrote:

Finished up KuroMukuro (Netflix Original) recently. I've liked a lot of what I've watched on Netflix, but I'm pretty certain this is my favorite by far.

I loved the mix of traditional Japanese culture/aesthetics and mecha (not to mention the fact that it stayed centered in Japan), I loved the central romance storyline (reminded me a lot of InuYasha, TBH, though much faster paced), and I loved Tom (probably top 5 Americans in anime, IMO).

Pretty great overall, though I didn't care too much for most of the Efidolg geoframe designs (other than the titular KuroMukuro). Liked the human made GAUS units, though.

Even the ending? I mean, I liked the series well enough, but I honestly can't think of a more fitting description of its ending other than "To Be Continued Never". Made the whole experience feel like a waste, IMO.

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Re: The PlayStation 4 fan thread.

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IceClimbers wrote:

Yeah outside of Sony and Nintendo's 1st party studios, the AAA singleplayer game is largely becoming a thing of the past. Games like Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Dishonored 2, and Prey have all bombed. I get the feeling The Evil Within 2 isn't doing well either. We'll see how well South Park and Wolfenstein do.

I don't like this direction at all. The only GaaS game I play is Splatoon 2. Looks like I'll be sticking to Sony/Nintendo 1st party games and indies in the future for the most part.

To be fair, Deus Ex had a ton of crap associated with it outside of its quality as a game (crappy marketing, confused publisher, etc.), Dishonored 2 failed to establish itself as different from its predecessor (see Bioshock 1 -> Bioshock 2 in regards to how people generally react to "more of the same but not as good"), and Prey was just creepy. That's just me, personally, but I would never touch a game where a frequent mechanic involves sticking needles into your eye sockets. I didn't see a single promo that didn't come off as disturbing on multiple levels, yet I don't think it was supposed to be a horror game, either.

...so yeah, bad examples.

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Re: The PlayStation 4 fan thread.

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^To be fair, I don't usually agree with the tastes of people here, yet I always considered my tastes to be "ecclectic" rather than "eccentric". I like a lot of mainstream games...just not the ones the people in this thread usually care about.

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Re: The PlayStation 4 fan thread.

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Grumblevolcano wrote:

So SFV is finally getting an arcade mode and some other stuff in January.

Oh my God, how did I miss that news?! Yes! That's all I wanted! And now I well and truly, TRULY regret buying SFV day one!

...CURSE YOU HINDSIGHT! I could've saved $60 and a LOT of aggrivation if I just followed fighting games' golden rule: don't ever buy the first iteration.

EDIT: Oh, and I see Godwin's Law has already taken effect. C'mon, guys, stay classy. We were going for a record, here.

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Re: Unpopular Gaming Opinions

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@ZeldaFan14 Why? I'm serious, if you actually don't want to get "flack" for saying things that you think others will disagree with, just explain your reasoning upfront so no one has an opportunity to jump down your throat. Not without them looking like the troll, at any rate. Just a general tip since everyone seems to be worried about people disagreeing with their opinions in a thread about opinions many others probably disagree with.

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Re: Anime & Manga (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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Okay, I actually decided to take a look at this upcoming season's anime chart. I stopped watching trailers two seasons ago, and I'll continue to do the same again, since trailers have only lead to disappointment for me in the past. With that said:

I might give Black Clover a chance.

I'm glad Blood Blockade Battlefront is coming back.

Dies Irae looks interesting, but everything people have said about it suggests it'll probably turn into a rushed mess. If it turns out better than expected, though, I'll definitely give it a watch. Otherwise it'll be yet another reason why 12-episode seasons shouldn't be the default for story-heavy adaptions...

More Gintama is always good.

I actually had a soft spot for the first season of Hoozuki.

Why are they making another adaption of Kino's Journey? The first one seemed fine enough.

Robomasters: The Animated Series sounds like everything I originally wanted Robotics;Notes to be, although I still liked that show in the end.

Does anybody know if Altair: A Record of Battles has been any good so far?

Glad to see we'll be getting the second Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt movie soon, not to mention more Digimon Adventures Tri. Oh, and the animated Godzilla movie looks amazing! I can't wait for it!

Oh, and I forgot Yamato 2202 was on-going! I can't wait until that's finished and translated so I can binge-watch it! 2199 was amazing and I really want to see what happens after that!

^Just my unfiltered thoughts after looking at AniCharts, sans all the "This looks dumb" and "ew, why is this a thing?" that I've learned doesn't really add anything positive to a conversation.

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Re: The PlayStation 4 fan thread.

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@Dezzy I had no problem with the number of locations/sizes of towns...it just felt too spread out. I know that's meant to reflect historical accuracy, but I quickly found that I stopped caring about anything RDR had to offer when it just felt too slow paced and that wandering its areas outside of the early towns was not entertaining for me in the least, and traversing the increasingly vast distances hurt any appeal the story might have for me.

...you know, I'm reminded that Call of Juarez: Gunslinger really nailed what I wanted out of a cowboy game: the entire thing was presented as a tall tale being told to the player by a gunslinger at an old western bar. So it could still have a steady pace and plenty of setpieces while still having an old western feel to it. I mean, the whole thing was clearly exaggerated to begin with, and if it was a movie or a book, the person he was talking to would have to consider how much of his tale was true, which just added to the appeal for me. Really seals how these old cowboy legends got passed around back in the day, and how they'd turn into wild tall tales as they went from person to person.

And all of this without having to spend 30+ minutes riding a horse in the most dull and uninteresting biome nature has to offer!

...Assassin's Creed Origins might be a tougher sell for me now, too, unfortunately...

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Re: Xbox One/Xbox 360 Thread

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Yeah, The Lost Odyssey was definitely a classic, but one that demanded patience. I actually sold it back in my younger days because of a lack of said patience, but I like it more once I got older and was willing to give it at least some of the time it deserved...I never did beat it, mind you...some things never change, I guess...

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Re: The PlayStation 4 fan thread.

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Dezzy wrote:

I swear westerns are criminally underused in the games industry. There really aren't many mainstream AAA games that use the setting. Compared to medieval fantasy games, it's almost none existent.

This is true. Granted, a lot of AAA games nowadays are trying to go for big exploration-heavy games, which...RDR at least single-handedly occupies a niche for. Call of Juarez is another one, but the last few games weren't very good, last I checked, excluding the download-only entry that is personally my favorite of the series. Personally the biggest draw for western-themed games is to feel like I'm a star in a western flick, rather than just being a cowboy during the Gold Rush/Post-Civil War eras. I'm not saying RDR is too realistic, but I agree with Kirby, the open-world didn't add much, it just made the whole game slower.

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Re: The PlayStation 4 fan thread.

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Oh hey, what a coincidence! I just gave away Red Dead Redemption to a friend, since I finally realized that "Cowboys wandering around a desert" is the most boring idea possible! Good to know they're making more of that, so I can continue to ignore it, whilst knowing for certain that I am missing absolutely nothing!

...Yeah, this is why I don't bother talking about Blockbuster games in this thread anymore, I rarely have anything positive to say about them. Sorry to rain on the parade a bit, I just had to get that out of me. It doesn't help that it was one of several gaming disappointments that I hit in a row:

Heart & Slash is actually the worst procedurally generated action game I've ever played. The controls are slippery, there's no level design to the point where there will be stairs that go absolutely nowhere, the map system is confusing, and there's no real progression system, while also being obnoxiously difficult. Exploring is a bad idea, since it'll put you in more danger, and there are few options to repair yourself other than the occasional heart-dropping enemy and scrapping your own items or items you just found! And there's no inventory system, just equipping or scrapping whatever you stumble upon, so this is just as likely to screw you over as it is to help you! You can't even compare items once you've found them, so there's no telling if a "rocket hammer" is any better than your "Moprning Star", but if you decide to take a chance with it, and it sucks, well now you have neither! TL;DR - it's pointless garbage through and through.

Dead Space 1 & 2 - really more of a revelation than anything else: No amount of fun gameplay can make it worth looking at those hideous necro-morphs. I'm serious, the games themselves aren't even that "scary" - just easily telegraphed jumpscares and atmospheric music that a friend of mine informed me years ago that if I turned it off and put some rock & roll in the backround, suddenly they turn into DOOM-esque slaughter-fests - no scares required. But as weird as it is to say...those creatures make me want to barf, and that alone turns me off of these games. Since there are better over-the-shoulder action games now, I don't need to put up with it, anyways. So I gave those away, too. Hopefully he appreciates it more than I could. Honestly, the DOOM reboot was almost at that point for me, too. I might have to see if anyone's still playing online, because I think I'd get more out of that mode for no reason other than the general lack of gross monsters...

Also gave away Rage for the same reasons, plus I just don't care about it anymore. Once again: a huge desert environment isn't interesting on its own.

And with that comes the most depressing admission for me: Fallout 3, and possibly the rest of the series, just doesn't interest me anymore. It's ugly, boring, monotonous, and any positive ideas an concepts it presented have since been done better. Simply put: I'm over it.

Luckily, it seems like the only other games that I might have second thoughts about over this revelation are the HD Resident Evil games, though we'll have to see. I already know I'm staying as far away as possible from Resident Evil 7, but that was a given since the first trailer...

Oh, and my friend didn't have a PS4 yet, so he wouldn't take Bloodborne off my hands...that's a shame...

Smite - Might've just been 1 MOBA too many, but this got too frustrating too quickly (literally to the point where I destroyed my keyboard and had to buy a new one), and the mission mode is too pushy with its attempts to get you to advertise for them or spend real money. They have a system where completing multiple missions in a row yeild special bonuses, yet every other mission I got ranged from "play 5 games in a party" or "refer a friend" or "unlock a skin" (which cost more than characters, btw). Any amount of good will I had was quickly sucked sucked away under an increasing sense that my arm was being twisted into turning it into either an expensive endeavor, or a social nightmare. Screw that, I'll stick to Paragon.

...Except Paragon had an update recently that caused some major issues, and it hasn't gotten much better so far. It's also delaying the next big update, too. More of a minor quibble, but geez. Guess I'll stick to Paladins.

...Except Paladins also had recent technical issues, except coupled with an increasing sense that the devs don't know how to balance characters to save their life, and indeed, they may be purpoisely making certain characters overpowered or underpowered just so they can sell more Legendary Keys for quick unlocks. It's from the same guys who made Smite, so I wouldn't put it past them...

Overwatch's new map is horrible, so that deflated my mood there, too.

EDIT: - Overwatch, Paladins, and Paragon just updated this morning, so we'll see whether or not I'll eat my words!

Luckily it hasn't been all bad, and I'll go into detail on that later, but this post is horrendouly long enough as it is. Basically: I played a lot of fighting games.

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Re: Games You Feel are Overrated

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Karma-Moment wrote:

There's no place for Telltale's kinds of games anymore 'cause their boundaries are laughably ancient. They're retro-games that go about being products differently.

Although, I must admit, that something in me still wanted to punch you as moments in The Walking Dead's 1st series really worked for me (regardless of whether those moments were drawn from labeled-hats based on feedback).

What have you been playing of theirs?

The Wolf Among Us, the first episode of Tales in the Borderlands, and...wow, not much else in their post-Walking Dead library, now that I look at it. Jurassic Park's still kind of like the newer ones, but apparently a lot of people thught that was garbage. Most of their stuff doesn't even interest me from a conceptual level (I hate anything with Zombies as a central focus, Game of Thrones is simultaneously dense and boring for me, and their Batman game just looks terrible. Probably the same artist as The Wolf Among Us, but the artsyle just doesn't work), so I haven't even really bothered with the rest. I suppose I was being unfair before, but I'm still not convinced this style could really work, or if it did, that it would work for me and my tastes in stories.

Granted, I wouldn't have to worry about it if they just made something that felt more like a game. Puzzle Agent didn't have the best writing, but I didn't care, because it was fun! Same with Sam & Max to a degree. The writing was still important, but I still felt engaged by having areas to explore and complex puzzles to solve, and the humor was more interesting because I had to work to get it. Working on a hard puzzle was less frustrating because I was still getting something out of it thanks to the quips, etc...I dunno, I really don't agree that this old style have no life left in it. The fact that old-school PC Adventure games seem to be making a resurgance definitely points to that.

Kimyonaakuma wrote:

I never thought that I would see a vaporeon argue with a kyurem over retro games...

Stick around, you'll see far weirder stuff at least 3 times a week. Except on Arbor day, of course.

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Re: Games You Feel are Overrated

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@Haru17 I was actually referring to the fact that the stories do have some player involvement, but the way it's done doesn't seem much different than story directions being determined by polls and surveys. Not really my thing. It reminds me why I don't bother getting multiple endings in games even when they're offered, I care more about the journey than the destination, and Telltales journies haven't been worth it for me so far. If that's just me "playing it wrong" and I should've done something different, then maybe they should've focused on making the gameplay part compelling, so getting a bad ending doesn't feel like I wasted my time?

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Re: Anime & Manga (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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FriedSquid wrote:

I hate to ask this question, but has anyone watched Neo Yokio? I couldn't make it past two episodes. I am so confused, and I have many questions — for example, why does this exist? Is it supposed to be so bad it's funny? How did they get Jude Law and Steve Buscemi to voice act for this?

I have never heard of this one, actually.

Googles

...how is this a thing?!

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Re: What Game are YOU currently playing?

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CanisWolfred wrote:

Paragon also got a big update that I didn't expect and...it so far has addressed every single complaint I've had with it so far.

Okay, I might've spoke too soon. It turns out it has some issues. This might explain why people keep leaving in the middle of matches...maybe I should play some PvP, so the leavers might be on the other side for once? Or maybe just, you know, have even teams of three...in a 5v5...

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Re: Unpopular Gaming Opinions

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GameOtaku wrote:

@CanisWolfred
Fire Emblem Warriors deserves some hype, so does Nights of Azure 2 (which is what I'm getting over Odyssey). I don't get all the excitement over 3D games unless it has something really unique either mechanically or visually. I prefer Mario and the other games I mentioned to stay in 2D where they started and are well received. Sure I had no basis for those claims they are opinions and opinions are like butts some smell.

I have no idea if you "@"-ed me on purpose or not, but I'll just say that we're probably not going to agree on that subject. Especially Nights of Azure 2. I have nothing positive to say about that series, and I'm leaving it at that, or else this might really turn into a flame war...

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Re: What Game are YOU currently playing?

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Overwatch finally got that update I was waiting for, with a new map and some major character changes that so far have been a great time. Mercy is actually fun to play as again, and I feel like my presence is even more important instead of just...keeping a few people alive and waiting for my ultimate to charge. :T D.Va's new missiles make it easier to take down single targets, so I'm not just a flying Reinhardt...though, Reinhardt also easier to play as now, since you have to option to look around without moving your shield position. Now Tracer no longer turns me into a Looney Toons sketch every time I play as him.

Paragon also got a big update that I didn't expect and...it so far has addressed every single complaint I've had with it so far. I should note that I'm playing two other MOBA games in addition to Paragon, and for a while Paragon was my favorite, and this might help to cement it further. Some much-needed character adjustments, quality of tife improvements, new basic decks that actually let you specialize characters so you can get a feel for what roles each character was made for and which methods you might want to expand on using custom decks...this is starting to sound like a trading card game, but it's actually what Paragon uses in place of League of Legends' items and equipment.

Oh yeah, and most importantly: There's a new map! I was completely sick of the old one, and this new one is much more interesting to look at. They also changed up Jungling - essentially simplifying it a bit so it's easier for Junglers to still help lanes without hurting our overal cashflow...and really, gold increased across the board. Normally I'm lucky if I get any mid-tier stuff even in winning games. Now I feel like those powerful cards aren't just a waste of space! <3

I am going to have a LOT of fun with this!

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Re: The PlayStation 4 fan thread.

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Haru17 wrote:

You guys make me feel poor.

I was gonna say that you guys make me feel sensible...I've basically played my PS4 nonstop for 8 months now, and trying really hard to be frugal about how much I spend on gaming, too. I know you guys have a lot of money to burn, but I also can't help but wonder how much time you guys actually spend with all of that...oh well, I guess I shouldn't judge. I've done worse with no income in the past.

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Re: The PlayStation 4 fan thread.

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@Haru17 Hopefully it didn't underpreform to the point where Capcom decides not to release it in the West, period...I mean, I'm fine with waiting. I can't get a Switch until late next year, and even then I might wait an extra 6 months just make sure I've caught up with my gaming, since I've kind of been distracted by multiplayer games lately.

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