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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 07, 2016, 08:45:33 PM »
I really enjoyed doom and had the feeling of repetitive the last half of the game.  Didn't bother me.  That game is just plain metal.   :guts:

Griffith, I can't speak of deus ex or Alien, but the others were pretty great.  Now, MGS5 was not my cup of tea.  I tried to enjoy it, but some of the gameplay mechanics involved, plus the very open end (or lack there of) made me question the hype quite a bit.  I'm not the biggest MGS fan, but I felt the whole experience lacking.  The others were fantastic, even that old ass game AC2. :)

If you beat me to Alien, let me know your thoughts.  That whole survival genre is lost upon my group of friends.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 07, 2016, 04:02:56 PM »
Since I've never played any incarnation this team has put together and we get to play as all these characters, does this series have you pick a side or do you just randomly access different characters as the narrative moves along?

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:15:52 PM »
I have a question for the diablo 3 fans.  I love diablo 1 and 2 soooooo much.  I played 3 twice but don't think I'll ever play it again.  My main issue is the game is far too easy.  I literally died one time my second playthrough on hard and even if you do die, the penalty feels like you're in god mode from the get go.  You pop back up right where you left off.  I literally button mashed the entire second game and there is just no sense of urgency like many games and the first 2.  Am I missing something?

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 07, 2016, 12:32:14 AM »
I've become bored with Final Fantasy XIII, so I'm venturing on to the Resident Evil series (which I've never played), starting with the first Resident Evil. The PSN only has the Greatest Hits version of the game (which I've heard has a terrible soundtrack), so I purchased a physical copy of the Director's Cut. I just hope it runs well on my PS3.

I highly recommend the remastered version.  I'm not 100% sure it's on ps3, but it is essentially the same game, just prettier in every way.  Also just a touch up of the remake on gamecube.  Sense any recycling?  Resident Evil 2 is getting a facelift as well fairly soon.   Resident evil 4 is again, for the ? Time being re released, but now on the ps4.  As if the gamecube, to ps2, to wii, to pc wasn't enough.  Those old polygons honestly give me motion sickness anymore.   :azan:

I myself am watching my wife play darksiders 2: remastered.  This entire generation is just ripe with unoriginal rehashes.  In a bit of of a lull, gaming wise all I have left is the blood and wine dlc on the witcher 3.  Not sure where to go.  Maybe some classics.  Got this modded xbox with 18k games and it truly is a joy.  Getting the arcade controls and then finish boxing this old cab up and custom decals are all that's left.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: What kind of Berserk apparel do you own?
« on: September 05, 2016, 11:42:46 AM »
If you're talking from a clothing aspect, then I have 2 unofficial shirts.  One is from 2010 and has held up very well, Berserk in japanese on the front and Guts rage face on the entire side.  The other is the Skull/Beherit image that I got recently.  Had a few others but wear took over as I sport them too often.

From another standpoint I have a skull knight wallet that I bought from amazon which has been very good in terms of durability and my tattoo sleeve.  I would love a hat sometime but the selection I find for the most part is always unofficial and sub par to say the least.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
« on: August 30, 2016, 04:28:07 PM »
Years ago I played Guts rage for dreamcast.  Loved it, but knew nothing of the anime or manga.

Years later in 2007 my friend convinced a very reluctant version of myself to watch this anime called Berserk.  Cue insane lust for more.  Connected the dots of this show and that old dreamcast game, found out about the manga and read it all quickly. 

Slowly started collecting the books and even had a myspace fan page way back when, but little did I know there was already a very well organized page right here.

You should catch up right now.  :)

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 29, 2016, 05:50:33 PM »
(not you guys, mostly Reddit)

Reddit  :mozgus: is the cesspool of the internet.  I tried that community, but I found myself being pulled into the theatrical lunacy as well.  Serious posts are randomly not, the same as the opposite.  Truly cannot comprehend ever going there again.  If there was a form of venereal disease acquired by being online, that site is it. 

On here you never have to worry about that crap.  On here that doesn't exist and in terms of perspective Heaven would be where you're reading right this moment and hell would be Reddit.  The middle ground would be somewhere on facebook in the communities, but even there trouble awaits.

To top that off, we are mere moments away from looking into the sunset here.  We made it, we met the queen and if Casca is cured in a manner of episodes, what is left but the end being in sight, or certainly the last arc or two?  Saying nothing is happening means casuals of berserk manga, not fans in any reasonable regard are waiting for the next time Guts cuts someone down to get any notable moment in their brains to say wow, Berserk is so badass. 

Character Cove / Re: Farnese Analysis: The Wild Card
« on: August 28, 2016, 10:04:20 PM »
Phew, what a storm.

Sado, one thing you need to keep in mind is not taking this personal.  I completely understand where you're coming from, but the people on this site have a deep passion for this series.  If you come in and throw a theory that is infact baseless on the foundation you read it from, expect this result. 

It's easy to quickly draw fire and all that.  Keep in mind that what Walter and Az are stating isn't against you personally in the extent you think.  Bullshit, even my own when I first discovered skullknight, will be eradicated. 

If you can keep an open mind then sooner or later you'll sit back and enjoy the forums even if you don't agree with every point made.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: August 27, 2016, 04:13:16 PM »
If the gameplay is as boring and monotonous as other musou games, the fact that there is no diversity in casca's and judeau's attacks (just slashing and throwing knifes) will drain the enjoyment of the gameplay completely.
I'll still play it though, cause I am a sucker for Berserk, and I'll enjoy it, akin to playing with a Guts action figure.

I second this opinion.  Nothing the series has put out intrigued me in the least, but slap Berserk skin on with some cutscenes and here we go!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 27, 2016, 12:32:47 PM »
Playing the Ni-Oh beta. Spent three hours getting destroyed before I killed the first boss. But it was worth it.  :guts: (For anyone interested, the beta will be there until September 6th. If you complete it, you get exclusive items when the final version releases)

I also enjoyed this, though I'm a sucker for the souls series much like the knock offs from the original diablo.  Hopefully the fun lasts as long as most of the beta.

Team ninjas last great game to me was Ninja Gaiden and I can confidently dub this Ninja Souls.  One thing besides the setting and stance options available that I really found unique was the item discovery dialogue.  Didn't have any idea what was said but the fact looting a dead corpse brought about hearing a short story behind the body felt like a very cool idea.

I just finished Doom and enjoyed the experience much more than 3, even though I found the repetive waves of enemies tiresome by the last few acts.

Every time that Guts and Slan pops up, I swear, I've just blown some money on something else Berserk related...Someday it will be mine.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 9
« on: August 26, 2016, 05:45:20 PM »
What was the blondies name again... whatever. The way they portray her character just makes me hate her, but in the manga it wasnt like that.

Nina?  I didn't like her in the manga, but I think that was the point as she is a selfish inconsiderate woman.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your Man Cave
« on: August 23, 2016, 12:52:05 AM »
Decided to snatch up this Arcade from back in my day (mainly sega at that).  Came with new decals I need to work on yet.  In a couple days I plan pick up a joust cabinet that no longer works and make some off the wall and completely unnecessary mame machine. 

Also received a few figma figures in the mail. 

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 12, 2016, 01:58:07 AM »
First of all, I throughly enjoyed reading this roller coaster ride of a response. Secondly, I think it comes down to disagreement over the quality of the films from these respective studios. First, I didn't agree Marvel only produces mediocrity, just that it's their baseline, which is actually an incredible achievement in this film landscape. Their mediocrity is better than most people's best efforts in the superhero genre, and they've managed to almost single-handedly standardize it and give it consistently and credibility. It doesn't seem amazing anymore when someone makes a decent superhero movie, and now we come to expect as much or even more, so in that way Marvel is a victim of their own successful formula, and how they deal with that will be their challenge going forward.

On the other hand, speaking of victims of Marvel's success, the DC cinematic universe can't even reach the level of mediocre; and we'll just have to agree to disagree that Synder's Murderman and Batfleck are the pinnacle of quality and faithful adaptation (maybe as setup for an Injustice arc). They take big, ambitious swings to try and hit home runs, but as the reviews and box office shows, the results aren't there. They're not even settling for the triples, doubles and singles Marvel sometimes puts out seemingly by design to cap it off with a grand slam here and there. Instead DC keeps striking out trying to hit a grand slam with nobody on base (I hope this extended baseball analogy wasn't completely wasted on everyone here =). WB/DC had a stronger footing back when they weren't trying to be Marvel, but just letting Christpher Nolan produce top quality, sometimes transcendent Batman movies. It's all been downhill since then and they can't even claim those past achivements as part of their canon. Right now Wonder Woman is the best thing they've got, and their best hope for reversing their fortunes. It's just one good movie away, but the current braintrust hasn't shown they can execute one yet.

Fox is somewhere in-between, which used to be no-man's land. Total failures with Fantastic Four, hit and miss with their X-movies; both bolstered by and beholden to their history and relative success (did anyone care about Apocalypse?). But now there's hope, Deadpool shows they at least found a team that was able to go outside the usual parameters of those films to do something to truly compete with and even outshine the Marvel machine. Was it one-time luck or can they reproduce their success? That's the only thing that really sets Marvel apart, and the reason why getting rid of Feige is probably the last thing they'll do, whatever it means for their other properties and mediums.

As a long time comic fan (obsessed man child kind of fan) I agree with you 100% on everything stated.  I honestly can't grasp someone not seeing the logic in what you say.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your Man Cave
« on: August 09, 2016, 11:52:59 PM »
Thanks!  My bro use to work at the nearest theater for years and he grabbed that for me.

Big silent hill fan and I really hope a good game comes our way soon.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your Man Cave
« on: August 09, 2016, 11:16:43 PM »
Almost made a new new thread, but found it!  Rise from your grave!

Moved recently and have been quite busy getting this basement just right.  Started with building a shelf in the wall, then the media shelf, wiring for 7.2 surround, this starlight panel, and finally the riser. 

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: August 09, 2016, 10:57:27 PM »
I kind of find this all very depressing.  We have a new anime and a new game coming our way, but my thoughts are confidently in the realm of "we've already had better."  In fact, I'm sure many of you know where I'm coming from with this mindset.  I'm excited to play the ps4 version, whenever that arrives, but I doubt it'll beat the dreamcast and ps2 games that came before in terms of content and quality.  The 97 anime and the golden age movies, for me, are watchable.  Even I feel the need to never introduce anyone to Berserk in its current form.  Needless to say I'm a little embarrassed at the thought.

As Griffith said in the recent podcast, perhaps the floor in terms of quality was MUCH higher than it is today.  Can't get worse, can it?

Creation Station / Re: Theoden's 3D Sculpts
« on: August 06, 2016, 11:37:04 AM »
That looks great, man!  Keep up the amazing work.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 6
« on: August 05, 2016, 04:38:45 PM »
I found ep. 5 to be "bad“ last week (4/10, unbelievable awkward in every sense) and left the tread alone after voting but it was the 2nd “best” ep. after 4. This week though, Christmas in July happened, they did the impossible: Some problems, but enjoyable :isidro: I finally got actually human emotions inside me going and a form of curiosity to look at the screen. The many problems the 2 mods pointed out 100% apply but i can´t care anymore about misconstrued continuity anymore. That ship sailed with movie 2. This is the 1st time the show fully resembled a television program, regardless of the Mach 9 pacing. Bokurano got us beat though, they once did 1 whole Volume and a new prologue in the pilot! And the art, workmanlike as it may be, half the time ugly even, for fucking once they tried to be artistic. This is the 1st Berserk ep. a new viewer should be able to process. I suspect that i would check out the source materiel if i saw this on a something i disliked but followed for some reason.
A quality core could be seen in multiple key scenes to make one curios. The polar opposite was ep.3. (This is the 1st anime that started bad which i followed for multiple weeks in at least 3 years. This is one of the reasons i am still here, to remember what crap anime feels like for a prolonged period of time.) 6/10   
@Walter Remember when you said that you liked the OP i despise for "going for it". They did it this week for me, especially the episode director.

Sometimes I read what you put out and think you HAVE to be a long time member with high level trolling.  Other times, idk what in the world is going on... :???:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 02, 2016, 03:31:23 PM »
If anyone cares Suicide Squad is getting the reviews we all saw coming. 

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hey Everyone(New/Intro)
« on: July 31, 2016, 11:28:37 AM »
Welcome!  You wouldn't happen to work on locomotives, would you?

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 5
« on: July 29, 2016, 03:15:03 PM »
Must have missed the eyes.  My thoughts are about the same as you guys regarding episode 4 and 5.  I hope that consistency continues.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 23, 2016, 02:05:05 PM »
I'm getting the same wonderful feels as I did the first read at Floras.  We're gonna get some fantastic world building dialogue that will no doubt solve some questions that have gone unanswered for years.

What a time to be a fan!  I personally am loving the island and all of its new and fascinating inhabitants.   :ubik:

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 4
« on: July 22, 2016, 03:55:10 PM »
I really enjoyed this episode. Besides the flash backs and animation, I thought it was pretty solid, considering who is presenting it.  Hopefully that feeling continues, as I'm sure this is as good as it can get.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 3
« on: July 15, 2016, 03:14:25 PM »
I bet you guys didn't even know there are different grades of meat.   :schnoz:

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