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Re: Anime & Manga (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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RR529 wrote:

I liked the designs of the EFA's machinery more than Gravion itself, though.

Same. Also, if you ever get around to Dancouga Nova, let me know. I always wanted to watch that one. It's billed as a spiritual successor to Dancouga - The Beast Machine God (which I have seen, and greatly enjoyed, but it's very old-school and the characters are so terrible that it starts to feel like a precursor to Evangelion at times, especially considering it was an early attempt at crossing Super Robot and Real Robot genre conventions), but it's basically just more Gravion.

...Really, I only know about Dancouga Nova because of a Super Robot Wars game where they appear together. That segment was actually really cool, and their team-up attack is, well...

...that said, I keep putting it off since some of the series that appeared the SRW games wind up being both cooler, and more well-written when they're adapted into their cross-over plots. That's mostly because they're terrible to begin with, but still, I don't need another Detonator Orgun situation (turns out it is possible to make an anime where the main hero dons a Man-sized battle suit with a Motion Wave Gun mounted in its chest armor insufferably boring...), or worse, a Linebarrel situation - turns out the only way that series would ever be tolerable if you chuck the previous story out the window and reverse all the roles of the characters involved. At least I got to give the Linebarrel the butt-kicking it (and it's pilot) most definitely deserved...

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Re: 2016 Nintendo Directs Discussion - ??????

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IceClimbers wrote:

Updated the thread title.

Oh hey, thanks! Wait, I thought someone else was the TC? Like, someone who probably wasn't around anymore. :/ Huh...oh well, problem solved.

EDIT: Oh wait, I somehow thought Storytime7 was at the top! Okay, so I'm slightly less crazy than I thought I was. Yay!

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Re: Personal favorite that nobody else played

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Danksparce wrote:

Rez for the Dreamcast.

That one's actually a pretty popular cult classic. Kinda like Ikaruga, which I think someone else mentioned (either here, or in one of the other zillions of "great games no one knows about" threads. At the very least, it used to get mentioned at least 4 times per thread, along with The World Ends With You and Nier. Yeah, sure guys, no one's played those before <<). That said, much like Ikaruga, I'm not sure how many people actually played it, or just talked about it to bolster their "indie cred" or whatever...

EDIT:

...Okay, after actually reading through this thread, I think I might've been a little hard on ya there...I mean, despite what I said before, it _has been over a year since the last time I participated in one of these threads, and I guess I forgot how relatively mainstream this forum is compared to the other sites I've been to. I don't mean that as a slight, either, it's just that this isn't exactly the kind of place where I can have an extensive conversation about Princess Maker 2 or Conquest of the Crystal Palace, or even Ultima IV: The Quest for the Avatar. Heck, I have forum post open in another tab where I was reading about a guy relating his recent experience with Zwei and Way of the Saumari - I'm not exactly used to knowing what games people are talking about, to say the least...

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Re: 8th Generation = Repeat of the 5th Generation

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Lzeon wrote:

Eh PS4 being better than 3 is a stretch. The rest I'll agree with

Yeah, but a lot of that doesn't have to do with the hardware. There are still good games, of course. There's never been a period when there weren't good games since the medium took off after Pong's popularity. Even the semi-gen I was talking about (it's a really short transitionary period, 1994-1996, and is arguably just the end of the 16-bit era/start of the polygon era that the OP's referring to...but since he's calling it the "5th gen", I guess he's going by Wikipedia, who, last I checked, consider that period a console generation all its own) had some fantastic games, like Chrono Trigger, Snatcher, and both Lunar games, as well as plenty more I couldn't even mention. And there are still good games to look forward to, and I doubt that'll ever change, barring any drastic societal changes that affect the world as a whole. It's not even worth worrying about.

The hardware aspect is still pretty depressing, though, and that's only the tip of the iceberg. There are a ton of good games, but great games, and games that push the envelope and challenge what's been done before, all that come after...there's gonna be a time when those go away. And compared to the last 40 years, we're far closer to seeing the edge of that abyss than I ever wanted to be...

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Re: Nintendo Life Playstation 3 Fan Thread

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Xyphon22 wrote:

And what would people say is the best Tales of game, because I have loved all 3 of those I have gotten to play on my Nintendo systems (yes, even Dawn of the New World)?

The one that isn't available in English. But after that, Tales of Graces f has a fantastic battle system. The story and characters are enjoyable as well, and the 'epilogue chapter' that's effectively the entire second half of the game, really helps bring it all together. My only major complaint is that the entire game feels clostrophobic - there's not much to explore, and without an overworld, the excessive backtracking gets annoying really quick.

Okay, and the game is ugly, but for once from an art style point of view. It's not as bad as the two Xillia games (which are ugly all around), but the character designs are so haphazard that no one feels like they belong in the same game, nor do any of them really fit the fit the environment. One of them supposedly lives in a desert oasis country, yet he's probably the most over-dressed of the entire main cast. I guess it goes with his "stickler" attitude, but I feel hot every time I see him in his office...

...actually, I just realized how much of the story reminds me of the themes in Trigun. Take that for what you will.

Also, for other recommendations:

  • All of the PSOne Classics RPGs on PSN. I think the only one I haven't tried yet is Saiyuki, but that one doesn't look bad, either. Look out for the non-translated games on PSN, though. Unless you know Japanese, you're gonna be in for a bad time. Sony left that door open for Monkeypaw, and accidentally let in all the vermin...
  • I haven't kept up with the PS2 Classics, but IIRC, you've enjoyed Shin Megami Tensei games before, and the PS2 entries are arguably the best in the franchise. Persona 3, 4, Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2, Devil Summoner 1 & 2, and if you're up to the immense challenge, Nocturne.
  • While I'm on the topic of RPGs, some PS3 exclusives: Nier, the Kingdom Hearts Remix games, 3D Dot Game Heroes (more of a Zelda clone, but whatev's), and I guess the later Atlier games...admittedly, I very behind on that franchise. Same with Disgaea, except that franchise never changes. Ever. So if you've never played that before, and don't own a Vita, nor ever intend to get one, then I can safely recommend Disgaea 4. Otherwise don't waste your time, the portable versions are always better.
  • If you like sandbox games like GTA, there's...a lot. Have-at it. You've officially found your Mecca. Red Dead Redemption, GTA 4 and 5 (okay, I though GTA4 sucked...so...GTA5), Sleeping Dogs...exists? It's like, $5 now. Don't bother with the Assassin's Creed franchise. Save yourself the 40 hours of disappoiontment, because Infamous 1 & 2 exist, and Batman Arkham City kicks all of their butts.
  • I prefer Arkham Asylum, mind you. It's a smaller-scale game, more like Metroid in a way. But with Stealth. Lots of Stealth. Like Metal Gear Solid. Do yourself a favor, and get those games. Play those games. Then rant/rave on the internet about the nonsensicle story, only for everyone to blow you off because any and all conversation about those games were used up years ago (except for MGS V, don't bother with the PS3 version of that, even if you somehow get caught up with the franchise before you eventually aquire a more powerful platform to play it on)
  • Ratchet & Clank Cllection, Sly Cooper collection, Jak & Daxter Collection, Killzone Collection, inFamous Collection, plus the download games for each series that came in between, and all 3 Ratchet & Clank Future games.

...I'll stop here, before my hand explodes. You missed three great platforms. There's too much.

You know what, go on wikipedia, print out the lists of games on the PS1, 2, and 3, tape 'em all to a piece of hanging cardboard or whatever, then just start throwing a couple darts at 'em, and ask us about the ones that got poked. At this point, that is going to be a lot more efficient, and easier on your wallet...

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Re: Anime & Manga (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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@Manx

I'm kind of impressed that worked out, too. I kind of only wrote it because I was hungry...but it's a simple analogy, really. It's all about what the main appeal is supposed to be, and while it's possible for the "frosting" to be fantastic, even the best part of the "cupcake" by far, it's still filler, no matter how you cut it. And I think we all know how often "too much frosting" is used as a trick to disguise a cake that's cheap and bland...

Chibita64 wrote:

The reason MAL is so popular is because it's connected to other anime businesses

No, it's been poular for at least 6 years, and actually heavily advocated piracy for most of that time. I remember when I got caught up with Funimation's dub of One Piece, I could go on MAL to find different fansub groups, and they usually had links to them right on their page. They were essentially bribed to put a stop to that last year. Heck, their fansub connections were probably the real reason why they had the romaji titles as the default - the fansubbers usually stuck to the Japanese names, especially back when they could get them out faster than the legal streaming sites, and even now they can only stay in business by spouting their elitist "purism," which of course involves avoiding the official localized names the legal sources use (because it's not like they're just trying to avoid takedown notices or anything, nooooo their work is more true to original works than the foreign companies that were contracted by the anime producers themselves, because these guys are true fans! )

...but I digress. The point is that they've been around for a long time, and have been popular since at least 2009. And that's really the only reason they're still popular. Anime is too niche, so once a database like that gets established, there's not a lot of room for competition. I've seen it with other fandoms as well, so I don't fault them for it. However, I have seen a number of competitors crop up recently, so I had to at least hope one of them might gain momentum. I've seen giants toppled by little guys numerous times at my age. I think I've earned the right to believe in miracles.

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Re: Anime & Manga (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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Ralizah wrote:

Genocyber is an AMAZING gore anime. Classic 80's nightmare fuel. Way better than MD Geist, too, although I'm not sure that's really saying much.

There are definitely more entertaining gory anime out there, though. Like Ninja Scroll. Or Wicked City. Or Corpse Party: Tortured Souls.

Good stuff.

The only Gore Anime I can think of that I liked were Berserk and Jin-Roh. Because they actually had a plot, and characters, and in the case of Jin-Roh, the shock elements actually served to enhance the main point of the story, instead of just being morose entertainment (I mean, it did that in Berserk, too, just not all the time).

...so, Anime with Gore, instead of a Gore Anime. Just like any other fanservice anime, I prefer to just stay away from them. It's like whenever I eat a cupcake, if there's so much frosting that I wind up having to scrape it off just to get to the actual cake part, I'd rather just eat a muffin...

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Re: Your Latest Video Game Purchase!

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Scarhino89 wrote:

Grandia III on PSN with my US account!

Funny how I saw tons of articles speculating that it was coming to the PS4, thanks to a leaked trophy list, and yet when it released on the PS3, no one seemed to notice - no follow-up articles, no mentions in the forum threads I was watching, nor even any updates on articles that published the rumors late. It's like everyone's still waiting for that PS4 release that may not actually happen now, because the journalists couldn't wait to confirm their information before tooting their horns.

I mean, thank God it's only video games we're talking about here, nothing serious. I mean could you imagine if real news outlets covering real-world events pulled that sort of stunt, possibly even misinforming the masses and endangering people lives?

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Re: 8th Generation = Repeat of the 5th Generation

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No, not even close. The 5th gen still at least had new ideas and frontiers to explore. The is a repeat of the Gen before that, where companies didn't know where to go with the current tech, and were just flailing about in the vain hope of maintaining profits before consumers lose too much interest.

We already have our Atari Jaguars, our 3DOs, our Bandai Pippins, our Lynxes, our Game Gears, and every major console manufacturer has already announced their CD add-ons, with Microsoft even pulling a 32X with that Scorpio ****. We're stuck in the mud of the worst period in video game history, and I can't wait to get out...

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Re: Anime & Manga (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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Chibita64 wrote:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-07-22/adult-swim-to...

There are other anime this season that I need to watch, but going back to school kind of interferes with that.

I also made an MAL account a while back. Turns out that I want to watch more than 90 anime, and only have completed 7.

I remember when there were only 90 anime I wanted to watch.

Wait, no I don't.

...That's not even really a brag, more a comment on my ****ty memory.

BTW, has anyone here used any online backlog lists like My Anime List that isn't MAL? Because I don't like how they use romaji for everything, even shows with official English names (which I could go on a long rant about...and I almost did, but I decided to spare you all the page space. It's just counterintuitive, and there's still no option to change it, even for members, last I checked). Not to mention they get hacked several times a year, sometimes once a month. I thought the new website software would fix that, but I think I saw that they were hacked even afterwards, so...why are they so popular? I've seen alternatives, but I haven't tried any except AniList (which had all the same problems MAL had, and was huge load on my browser, AND its website design was terrible. At MAL was clean and organized once I installed NoScript). At this point, I'd like to get some feedback before I start giving my email address away. I already have an email I can no longer use thanks to MAL...

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Re: Your latest retro purchase

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CanisWolfred wrote:

Ordered The Legend of Oasis for the Sega Saturn today. Had to get it disc only, but someone had a replacement box + insert for $4, so I got that, too.

(Just a quick not since I forgot to mention it last month)
Aaaand I forgot that all my other Saturn games were in CD cases (either spares or Japanese thin cases), so that box doesn't actually go with the rest of my collection...at least it was only $4...I guess it could be a good decoration someday....

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Re: Turbografx!!!

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@KingMike - Raiden's still going. Raiden V came out last year, and Raiden IV keeps getting updated re-releases. Not to mention the Raiden Fighters Aces collections (the PC version of that is terrible, though. Thanks, dotEMU! >_<). And I don't know how many times they've released Raiden III. I'm starting to think I outta grab the PS2 Classic version the next time its on sale to go with my Raiden IV: Overkill on the same system, but then I still have the PS2 disc in good condition...

Kinda strange how Raiden Project never made it to PSOne Classics, now that I think about it. I think that one has a Raiden game that's never been re-released elsewhere, last I checked. EDIT: Yes, Raiden II of all things! Monkeypaw needs to get on Raiden DX, too. That seems like a no-brainer for them, but the PS3 PSN is kinda now, so...

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Re: Games You Recently Beat?

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RR529 wrote:

Dokuro (Android)

It's a puzzle platformer where you play as a little skeleton who betrays the "Dark Lord" and attempts to free the princess locked up in his castle. (so, it's sort of an escort puzzle platformer, because it's more about guiding her through the obstacles than yourself).

I can't say how many levels there are because that'd be a story spoiler, but it's definitely a full game, and worth the $2 I spent on it (I'm not certain, but I think It was released on Vita as well?).

Yes. I have it for the Vita. I paid quite a bit more than $2, though...

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