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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:24:05 PM »
I think combat was pretty boring in Infinite Space for a good portion of the game, until they start changing up the fundamentals in the battles. For example, they change the number of ships you can have in your fleet (at first 1, then 3 and finally 5), adding fighters (small spacecraft that can swarm ships) and special attacks that require you to be positioned in a certain range from the enemy. By about the halfway point, I was really enjoying it. Particularly, I found amassing a RIDICULOUSLY powerful fleet to be incredibly satisfying. The ship that Valantin makes his big entrance in, The Corsair, it's a huge moment in the game because you witness the firepower in this sick-ass, huge ship, that obliterates anything you've seen heretofore. Yeah, you can eventually get five of those (It took me a long time).  :ganishka: And the Corsair isn't even in the top 3 of the best ships in the game.

When I stopped playing I had three ships, I could use fighters and I also had ranged attacks, but that didnít make things better for me at all; I still found combat quite tedious.  :sad:

Anyway, Infinite Space is filled with little problems like that (the slow/meandering pacing in the beginning, melee feeling a bit like shitty paper-rock-scissors, the tutorial being buried, most planets involve just 2 locations: a bar and a spaceport). And none of those things matter a damn in consideration of the full package it provides. Truly, it's the story and the characters that utterly floored me in that game. It's been about 8 years since I first played it, and I still think about it all the time. It does things with a game story that I've never seen others pull off (even if done similarly, not as well), including things I've always WANTED games to do. Layer all of that on top of a decent sci-fi story that never really slows down once it gets started, it's a classic.

This kind of review is what got me to buy the game to begin with, and I seem to remember you suggesting me to stick with it once upon a time, but I just couldnít. I think I should give it another shot, because Iím really curious to see what comes next, and to see if things will finally click for me.

Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 14, 2018, 06:23:45 AM »
Yeah, from one of SNES' rare treasures to a game that if you don't own multiple bad ports of... congrats! Chrono Trigger is kind of a sneaky series given it technically has 3 games to its name counting Radical Dreamers (and the original has been ported so much it just FEELS like it's bigger =).

Does that mean it qualifies to be in the poll?   :carcus:

Speaking of which, I also think it's unlikely we WON'T ever get another one given how much the game's reputation and name has endured. They'll go back to that well sooner or later, for better or worse. I don't know if it'll be a AAA modern treatment like FFXV, or my preference... get the old band back together and make a smaller direct sequel, Chrono Trigger 2, in the style of the original, as if it came out in 1999 or something. :guts:

I'd definitely get any new game in the series, so I for sure hope you're right. I think your idea would be the best for me as well (something in the same vein as Mega Man 9 and 10, right?)

Because my favorite games of all time either aren't in series (Infinite Space, Shadow of the Colossus), or are parts of series that are so mired in other shit that it's hard for me to vote for the whole group of them (Final Fantasy, Front Mission).

I've heard nothing but good things about Infinite Space but I just couldn't finish it. :judo: When I bought it a few years ago I played for a little over twenty hours, but since then I've simply had no interest in continuing. I think the biggest problem with the game for me is the battle system which I found absolutely horrible; fighting was basically a chore. And don't get me started on those melee fights...

Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:08:36 PM »
I voted for Mario and Super Mario Kart, though Iím not sure I should have even voted, as I donít really play anymore. The last Mario game I bought was Super Mario 3D Land, and the last Mario kart game I bought was Mario Kart 7 (though Iíve played quite a bit of 8 with friends). Thereís other series that I hold dear, but only for the entries that I did play, such as Zelda, Mega Man and Street Fighter, but itís been a while since I played a ďnewĒ game in those series.

In terms of other series that I like, Iím not sure if two-game series count, but one of my favorite series is Chrono Trigger. Even though itís unlikely that a new game will ever come out, such a game would be an instant buy for me. I think I own at least three different copies of Chrono Trigger, one of which is my original copy of Final Fantasy Chronicles, which I bought even though Iíve never owned a PS.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: April 02, 2018, 05:55:26 AM »
It's been a month since I watched Under the Skin (2013) and I still find it strangely appealing.

Fantastic movie. I don't own physical copies of many movies, but I do have a copy of that one on DVD, and that says a lot about my opinion of it.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 94
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:06:36 PM »

Great episode as usual! One question though: is it so that the re-read project is dead? Walter seemed to say as much at the end of this episode (when he said that the podcast would be back in a few months), and I for one think it would be a real shame if that were the case.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 18, 2018, 07:01:51 PM »
Griffith's variation: Paul McCartney

NightCrawler's variation:

Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Queen - The Prophet's Song
The Beatles - When I'm Sixty-Four

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 11:21:41 AM »
Can't go wrong with any Beatles album but I've always been a Magical Mystery Tour kinda guy, good pick though, has some of George's best Beatles material.

I basically like all of their work, and there might be times when my pick would not be the same, but The Beatles has a lot of good stuff, and it also has the most songs, which doesn't hurt if you're stuck on a deserted island with only a few albums at hand.  :iva:

I'm always hesitant to pick between Nevermind or In Utero, I ultimately went for In Utero but in all honesty Nevermind is just as good if not better, I think Nevermind flows a lot better than In Utero and probably has more well written songs but the songs that I do like on In Utero, I love way more than anything on Nevermind.

It is for sure not an easy decision, but to me it all comes down to the impact Nevermind had on me when it came out, which was massive.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 08:11:42 AM »

My list:

The Beatles - The Beatles
Radiohead - OK Computer
Zurdok - El Hombre Sintetizador
Nirvana - Nevermind
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
El Cuarteto de Nos - Raro
Queen - A Night at the Opera

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 08:20:26 PM »
I'm with Flibble on this. I was a bit thrown off by how quickly the rape itself was dealt with. Instead of making the physical rape the brutal, visceral experience I thought it would be, Miura emphasized the atmosphere of the Eclipse and the trauma of it. He was economical about it, and gave more weight to the new elements here (Casca's breaking, the heart, and the body's restoration). But looking over everything, I do think the act of the rape itself was de-emphasized as a result. I also think part of my reaction was based on expectation for what the Eclipse would do to Farnese and Schierke (nothing, really). Miura chose to focus on what mattered: The breaking and the reunification of Casca in the same episode.

The more I think about it, the more I love it  :casca:

I couldnít agree more. I think it makes perfect sense that the focus was completely on Casca, but I wonder whether what we saw was it for Schierke and Farnese, in terms of the impact of what they experienced, or if there will be ramifications which will be presented to us at a later stage (where it wouldnít take anything away from Cascaís restoration).

Current Episodes / Episode 354
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:24:48 PM »

Not much to say other than the countdown begins:

I canít wait for the episode to come out!  :daiba:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:09:48 PM »
Have you guys seen Black Panther?? Is it any good??

I have. I may not be the right person to give an opinion, as Iím liking Marvel movies less and less with each new movie, but I can say that Black Panther is definitely a Marvel movie, for better and worse. I didnít think it was a bad movie by any means, but I didnít think it was outstanding either. If I were to rate it, Iíd give it three out of five.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:32:38 PM »

Wow! Simply amazing.  :ubik:

Not only does Miura not disappoint, heís continually exceeding my expectations. Itís been said many times before but, the fact that he continues to deliver after almost thirty years of working on Berserk, is immensely impressive.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:45:09 AM »
Digital YA is out.

Thanks for the heads-up!

As I bought this issue, I was a bit surprised that this issue is the seventeenth I've bought this way already. I didn't realize it's been that many!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 11, 2017, 05:43:38 PM »
Yeah right, you're probably just here to defend Edge of Tomorrow!


... but I also think it benefited from being surprisingly good

I completely agree with this.

...whereas the hype around Interstellar kind of put it in a no-win place (save for the box office) of being transcendent or bust, and I thought it was much closer to the former, at least a credible attempt, than given credit, or even the credit given to less ambitious movies. So, I didn't mean to pick on Edge of Tomorrow so much as point out what I see as a double standard. Like, just come up with a cool Twilight Zone idea and we'll rave but don't get too ambitious or we'll be disappointed!

I think your point came across loud and clear, and I agree with you. It's just that, as they say, I'd go to bat for Edge of Tomorrow any day, and so I felt I needed to say something.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:09:16 PM »
Nothing to be ashamed of, Interstellar IS awesome. I have no idea why the usually slutty pop syfy fandem drew the line with its relative flaws, despite its strengths, yet falls for every other one trick pony that comes through the stable (Edge of Tomorrow OMG I'M CUMMING!!!!).

My point was there aren't many like Interstellar and it should be more appreciated and elevated above the typical alien, cyborg, and time travel gimmick movies that come every year like Christmas and get a pass (they're basically just thrillers with a sci-fi twist). But, uh, Aliens and Star Trek? :guts:

I have nothing against Interstellar, even though it didn't resonate with me all that much, and I do think that it will go down in history as an important movie, after all, not many movies result in scientific papers, but I do think that you were a bit harsh on Edge of Tomorrow. Sure, it can be labelled as a one trick pony and gimmicky, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially when the one trick and the gimmick are well done and accomplish what they set out to do (except in terms of box office, as Edge of Tomorrow didn't quite perform as expected). I personally found Edge of Tomorrow to be quite entertaining, even on repeat viewings, and I think there are many other positives in the movie in addition to it being entertaining (Bill Paxton, anyone? :carcus:). I wouldn't say that movies of the quality of Edge of Tomorrow are all that typical or that they come out as frequently as every year, but that's just my opinion based on my experience with movies, which I admit is probably limited.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:41:13 PM »
Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Just two more weeks (over here)

 :sad: I was a bit disappointed by this movie. I should know by now that expectations are a bitch.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Horror Movie Thread
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:36:11 PM »
It was ok, nothing embarassing, but I don't really see what the box office fuss is about either.

This is exactly what I thought. I won't deny that some of the jump scares worked very well on me, but beyond that I found the movie to be nothing spectacular (and the CGI in some parts really took me out of the movie)

Character Cove / Re: Why Does Puck Change Appearance?
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:37:34 PM »

My take on this is that Puck is not actually changing form, but that Miura simply chooses to present him to us in the way that suits the occasion (though I don't have much to back up my opinion).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:19:44 PM »

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Just two more weeks (over here)

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 26, 2017, 10:12:31 AM »

I recently finished A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. I don't know if I had too high expectations going in but I was disappointed.  :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:21:24 PM »

I just got back from Baby Driver and I can only add to the praise the movie is getting. Long story short, I can agree with everything IncantatioN said, except I didn't have problem with the movie's length (my very minor criticisms lie elsewhere). A quick thought on the music of the film is that I found it so good and so well used that I'm planning on listening to the soundtrack, which is something I never really do.

On a side note, reading about the movie lead me to this: I'm not sure how well known this piece of work is, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: July 27, 2017, 02:53:37 PM »
My copy of volume 38 finally arrived yesterday, and what a great volume it is. I had already seen the individual episodes as they came out, and my Japanese copy of the volume as well, but nothing beats a physical book that I can actually read, even if the translation is not what it should be, as proven time and again by puella (if you read this, once again thank you for your hard work!) It never ceases to amaze me how, even after reading each volume multiple times, there's always something new to find, and how the story is still as impactful as it was the first time.

And now to wait for volume 39 to be released...

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: July 17, 2017, 02:41:58 PM »
In my opinion, it's not good to show interest for this novel, unless you want to see it happen again.

I don't think I could agree more with this sentiment, the tricky part is how far to take it. In the end to me it came down to not buying the book at all, even though the illustrations alone were probably worth it. In this instance I ended up deciding that I wouldn't want to contribute sending a message asking for more of these novels. Oh, wait...

It's already selling pretty well.

Perhaps it is too late and the message has already been sent and received.  :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: July 05, 2017, 06:56:35 PM »
Baby Driver was 10 or 15 minutes too long but it bloody ruled. It's about a genius driver who has one last job and when he thinks it's all over, fresh start and all, he gets pulled back in and it goes from there. The film's amazing on every technical level - acting (main lead is a perfect fit), cinematography, action scenes, editing + music (bonkers). The entire movie is like a mix-tape with awesome wit and synchronicity between actions, gestures and the music. It's all about matching the rhythm with every scene. Definitely checking this out again when it releases on blu ray and can't recommend it enough, it's up there with the best action movie to come out this year. Watch it guys. Had to look up who worked on this other than Edgar Write and the stunt director is a chap who also worked on John Wick, Drive and the Bourne movies.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this movie. Sadly it doesn't open over here until the 26th. :sad: Glad to read another good review, though.

I just saw Spider-Man: Homecoming, and I thought it was OK. Just another Marvel movie, whatever that means nowadays. Other than Guardians of the Galaxy (both movies) I can't say I've really been into what Marvel has released since the first Avengers movie. Homecoming does have some good moments, my favorite being the car ride to the dance, and it's always good to see Spider-Man on the big screen with the latest FX technology, but it felt way too long; I guess I didn't quite connect with it.

Anime Asylum / Re: Would you give studio 4C another chance?
« on: June 26, 2017, 05:47:38 PM »

I'd say no. Not only that, based on how things have gone so far I'd say there should be no more animations altogether (a new animation would pretty much have to be perfect to be welcome at this point). If the manga has such high quality, why should we settle for something subpar in any other medium?

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