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Anime Stats
Days: 56.3
Mean Score: 8.53
  • Total Entries364
  • Rewatched0
  • Episodes3,332
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Garo: Honoo no Kokuin - Home
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin - Home
May 31, 2016 2:09 PM
Plan to Watch · Scored 8
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
Sep 18, 2015 2:49 PM
Watching 2/24 · Scored -
Petshop of Horrors
Petshop of Horrors
Nov 4, 2014 7:00 PM
Plan to Watch · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 4.6
Mean Score: 8.86
  • Total Entries102
  • Reread0
  • Chapters821
  • Volumes84
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Claymore
Claymore
Nov 8, 2014 4:32 PM
Reading 12/159 · Scored -
Metroid
Metroid
Nov 5, 2014 5:03 PM
Completed 16/16 · Scored 10
Ga-Rei
Ga-Rei
Nov 5, 2014 12:18 AM
Completed 52/56 · Scored 10

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Mashiro-kun Oct 26, 2016 2:04 PM
Woohoo?

That's weird. Maybe you clicked the buy button twice or it lagged or something.
Mashiro-kun Oct 26, 2016 12:47 PM
We'll have to agree to disagree, I suppose.

Mashiro-kun Oct 26, 2016 2:02 AM
Be that as it may, the gameplay is exactly the same. That's why it was able to be cross-platform.

I wouldn't really say the speed of the animations makes an ARPG either, since it doesn't fundamentally change the gameplay... It's still a system where you press the attack button and then wait for the enemy's health to deplete, albeit with skills in between, but the skills don't CHANGE anything. They're just basic attacks with different animations and statistics.

Dragon's Dogma is a great example of an ARPG because each class fundamentally changes everything. Rogues can attack while climbing monsters, and they can freely aim and shoot bows, for example. If bows were to exist in FF, you would attack with them the exact same way as you attack with magic or swords... you click on the enemy, get in range of it, and the animation plays.

It's the same as WoW, whether it has more depth of skills and strategy or not, and I don't really find that sort of gameplay to be particularly engaging.
Mashiro-kun Oct 25, 2016 12:15 PM
Lol, I played it on my PS3 and it was definitely no action RPG, whatchu talkin' about?
Mashiro-kun Oct 25, 2016 11:46 AM
Does that actually mean anything? Assassin's Creed IV is a mainline Assassin's Creed game but it's still a trashy spin-off by design. Anyway, that's not necessarily how I think of XIV, but I don't think that logic is super sound, lol.

And I've never made it that far into an MMO because it's so tedious to get that far. By the time I'd have a party and a decent character suited for raids, I'd have stopped playing 20 hours ago. It's still an obnoxious grind, and the gameplay isn't all that fun to make me want to get that far. Maybe if it had more mainline FF combat, I'd be a little more inclined to do it, but I literally hate that "click and wait" system.

The character designs are nice, as is the general artwork as a whole though. I don't really care about optional boss fights or whatever. That kinda stuff is mostly just gimmicky fanservice.

Midgame and endgame content in MMOs is always supposedly good, from what I hear, but I just can't force myself to get that far. Especially not when I have to pay monthly for it.
Mashiro-kun Oct 25, 2016 11:03 AM
I think it will. As a Zelda skeptic, it looks pretty promising.

Summons? There are definitely summons in XV, lol.

Tbh, I played XIV a bit like two years ago. I didn't buy any subscription fees though, so my account was put off after the free trial ran out. It has some cool features and it looks nice, but it's still very... MMO. Wasn't a lot of variation in the gameplay from WoW or any other MMO I've played. Click on enemy, use hotkeys, wait, repeat...

I just don't get MMOs, honestly. 90% of them just want to be WoW, but no one is going to stop playing WoW for another game that just does the same thing but prettier. People have been with WoW for years, bought loads of DLC, sunk money into subscription fees... I don't understand why most MMO developers don't, like, try to do something different as far as the combat system goes.

I bought Elder Scrolls Online the other day because it was $20 and no subscription fees, but I'm not really expecting anything. I just noticed my brother had it and kinda wanted to see if he'd want to play or something. I at least usually get a kick out of any RPG for the first ten hours or so, but it's almost destiny that it turn into a soulless grind after that, since most MMOs are giant grindfests.

Already seen how empty the world is. Bah.

Wouldn't mind playing XIV again, if I didn't have to pay for it every month.
Mashiro-kun Oct 24, 2016 5:22 PM
Hm, I guess I'll have to wait and see how it feels. The 360 controllers were pretty huge, but I ended up liking them quite a bit.

I would consider BoTW to be more of a return to formula than a total reinvention. Or rather, it's a refined version of the formula used in the original game. Ofc the additions like RPG mechanics and all that are new, but the total open world where you can go in any direction was a staple of the first game, and that faded out over time as the games because more and more linear. Even Windwaker, which had a huge overworld, made you play the game in a specific order. BotW doesn't do that, and that's pretty cool. It's making actual use of having a big world, which is something OoT neglected to do.

All the other features like shield surfing, gliding, climbing, etc, are just forms of traversal. They vary the gameplay, but they don't change the fundamental objective, IE, getting from point A to B.

Zelda has always been an action game though. Action adventure, to be specific. A lot of people called it an RPG, but only a lite one. Never had a lot of stats or anything, and combat was reliant on timing and skill rather than numbers. Now they've added a number element to it, but it's still obviously an action game. I imagine it's kinda Dark Soulsish.

I don't really understand what you mean by samey, though. As far as their outfits go, yeah, but that's because of their background, but they clearly have different personalities? And I think the director said they didn't want any female party members because the team would "act differently", which kinda makes sense. Guys tend to act differently around girls. Especially since the whole game is a road trip. Lots of camping, 4 sweaty dudes in a car together, etc.... I think that could do a lot for the story, if the narrative actually matches up with the themes.

Besides, there was a FF with a full female cast already anyway.
Mashiro-kun Oct 23, 2016 11:04 PM
But the main form of the new controller doesn't look particularly clunky? Reminds me of an Xbox controller, honestly.

The phrase "real Zelda" is kind of odd. Since you referred to ALBW, it kinda implies that you're only talking about the top down games. Don't get me wrong, those are my favorite, but the 3D formula is a lot more common for the series these days. And tbh, the old formula for the 3D games is kinda trash. They needed to shake things up before Zelda ended up as stale as Mario and every other Nintendo mascot.

Having different sets of armor does not make Skyrim. Even more so when you consider the fact that Skyrim is not the first game to do this. Other than that, I can't imagine what particular feature you're referring to that makes BotW seem anything like those types of games... Nothing in the gameplay thus far has screamed "generic WRPG" to me. In fact, they seem to be doing something quite unique.

As for XV, narratively, thematically, and mechanically, it makes sense for the party to be the way that it is. That should be infinitely more important than diversity for the sake of diversity. I'll never understand those complaints, as if shoehorning every archetype of character is somehow more ground breaking than an actual cast of believable characters.

Mashiro-kun Oct 21, 2016 2:31 PM
I mean, it plays exactly the same, so... lol. I even use my 3DS whenever my gaming club brings Smash with the Wii U because I like it better than the Wii U controller, lol.

They're that small too? Definitely strange. What's the pro controller though? Or a better question would be: What's the point? The NX already turns into like four different controllers on its own.

It looks great, and I believe we've talked about how much I dislike the 3D Zelda games, so that says a lot from me, haha. Next to Persona 5, I actually can't think of anything I'm more excited for this year. XV is good looking too, but that's below those two.

They did such a good job with the art direction and the music, and then the game looks so freeing and innovative for a Zelda title. The RPG mechanics are exciting.

Only thing that bums me out is the voice acting in the trailer. I never considered myself a Zelda purist, so I doubt I have the same gripe with it as most Zelda fans, but I personally just find it disappointing that Zelda literally says Link's name in the very first trailer, haha.

I never name Link "Link". Everyone else does, so they won't care, but I liked giving him his own name.

And Game Grumps always has a lot of fun with the names too.
Mashiro-kun Oct 21, 2016 2:22 PM
Cartridges? Whoaaaaaaaaaaa, that's so weeeeeeeirrrrd. Who the hell uses cartridges? I mean, I like the feel and look, but they're so... impractical. I wonder how that's gonna go in the long run... Especially with 3rd party compatibility, since they showed off Skyrim? Like, now every 3rd party dev has to make cartridges as well as discs for the other consoles? Seems costly and stupid on Nintendo's part.

But it all comes down to the games. If the games look good, I'll legit consider it. I AM legitimately considering it. It seems like it could be a great system, and I wanna play BotW with better frames and draw distance if I can.

But if it turns out to be another Wii U, I'll get one of those for cheap and use it to play BotW, Tokyo Mirage, maybe Splatoon, and probably nothing else.

I already got Smash and all the DLC for 3DS, and I ain't buying it again, lol.
Mashiro-kun Oct 21, 2016 2:10 PM
I would like to play that, but I'm not planning on getting a WiiU until Breath of the Wild... And now that the NX has finally been announced and it actually looks like a pretty good system, I'm considering not getting a WiiU at all, lol.

Depends on the cost at this point. And how much I have when the NX drops. There will probably be a Zelda bundle. I mean, there has to be, right? It's Zelda.

Mashiro-kun Oct 18, 2016 12:00 PM
I probably would like something like that, but I don't have a lot of time for it at the moment, lol. I actually have my PlayStation hooked up at a friend's house due to my lack of a television at the hostel where I live. As such, I can only play anything when I go to see him, and as you can imagine, he and his brother also likes to play, so I only get a few hours a week. Not to mention I'm neck-deep in Dark Souls III and Bloodborne at the moment, and hoping to finish those, Kingdom Hearts 2.8, Resident Evil VII, and a few other things before Persona 5 drops in February.

Lol, that wall-of-text made me feel like a reviewer. My game backlog is ludicrous right now.
Mashiro-kun Oct 14, 2016 2:32 PM
I happen to like my anime cheese, haha. Though I tend to avoid being around other people while I watch or play. It's a little cringe.

Persona is my favorite when it comes to friendship anime squad stories though, because it's worked into the gameplay and everything and not just the story.

You actually kinda get attached to everyone, lol.
Mashiro-kun Oct 14, 2016 2:25 PM
Tales teaches us the hard lessons.
Mashiro-kun Oct 14, 2016 2:20 PM
Well that's the lesson that the actual story teaches. I like to think of what I said as being the unintentional subtext, lmao.