Name - Ciarán
Located - Dublin, Ireland
For a living - Currently studying Animation.
Non-gaming Hobby(ies) - drawing, reading (books and comics), movies, excessive amounts of TV
Gaming Historical facts - Played the entirety of Pokémon Yellow Version over two days without saving because it was my sister's and I couldn't let her know I'd been using her Game Boy.
Champion of - the sun.
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RE: Ally Introductions
Name - Ciarán
RE: What is your favorite game and why?
- Pokémon Silver Version
- Persona 4 Golden
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (GBC).
My big thing is atmosphere, and all of those games knock it out of the park in that area. The relaxing nighttime vibes of Silver Version, the comfy Christmas vibes of Philosopher's Stone, and the homely country vibes of P4G. Nothing beats 'em.
RE: The Easy Allies GIF Thread (Bandwidth Warning!)
Some classic Bosman.
No. 1 Most Hyped Game
All right, people. With E3 so fresh in our minds I'm sure we all have lists upon lists of games we can't wait to play, but this thread is about culling those lists to arrive at one. The single game that, if forced to choose, you would get your hands on at the expense of playing any other game on the horizon. Lay 'em out for me, and go as in-depth as you like about your reasoning.
Mine is Persona 5. The Persona series is fairly new to me. I only started playing two years ago with Persona 4 Golden and have since become singularly hyped for the sequel. A few years ago, it would have seemed completely outside the realms of possibility that Kingdom Hearts III, a game I've been waiting for since I was twelve years old, could be overshadowed by some weird JRPG/visual novel combo, but here we are. Thankfully I don't actually have to choose between the two.
RE: [Rumor] - Eurogamer: NX will be a portable hybrid, powered by Tegra with Cartridges
I'm personally not all that disappointed. I've felt for a while that now isn't the right time for Nintendo to release a home console. I feel like right now, with most console gamers owning either a PS4 or an Xbox One, they're far more likely to opt for the PS4K or the Scorpio because they've already invested in libraries which will function on those systems. I think, if Nintendo ever does want to do a traditional home console again, it should be at the time of the next major leap to the PS5/XboxWhatever. Right now, everything would just be stacked against them.
On the handheld front, however, the only competition Nintendo has is with mobile gaming. As much as this development undermines the perfect vision we all had of a super powerful console to restore Nintendo to the days of the SNES, I think it's the best move. Anyway, we're getting a B E E F Y handheld with a Nintendo library. All of what made the Vita impressive combined with all that made the 3DS successful. I'm actually pretty pumped for the system itself.
RE: Your gaming dreams
Okay, context first. The first RPG I ever played (apart from Pokémon) was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the Game Boy Color. So, what most people learned about RPGs from D&D or Final Fantasy, I learned from that game and its sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (also for the GBC). Those two remain some of my favourite games, and I can go back to them even now and have a great time.
So basically, what I want is a modern, big-budget, turn-based, atmospheric RPG set in the world of the Harry Potter books, with fully realised Hogwarts and other areas from that universe, complete with a Persona-esque calendar system and a class schedule like BULLY.
Sadly, it's never gonna happen and, even if it did, the rights remain with EA so I'm sure they'd find some way to fuck it up.
RE: Which Games Did E3 2016 Change Your Mind About?
Yeah, Infinite Warfare definitely surprised me. I'm still skeptical about it, though. I hope they haven't just shown the most exciting part of the game to sell it while the rest of the game is more of the same old CoD.
RE: If you could live in one Game Universe, Which would it be?
Pokémon. Particularly Johto. Just a bunch of peaceful, serene towns and cities with sick animal companions where every major conflict is solved with a Pokémon battle. It'd be sweet.
RE: Forgotten RPGs
This one right here. It's a personal favourite from my childhood and I still go back to it every now and then. The combat's basic, but it's got a nice comfy atmosphere and follows the story of the book rather than the movie. Pure good vibes. The same is true for Chamber of Secrets, also on the Game Boy Color.
RE: EZA Wiki
I also made galleries for artwork of each player character, so if you have stuff to add, there's a link to each character's gallery under the "Appearance" section of their respective main articles.
RE: Brandon Plays Pokémon - Official Discussion Thread
If they do another one I'd like to see them jump to X/Y so Brandon can experience how much the series has changed in 20 years or have both Kyle & Brandon going in blind on Sun/Moon and comparing notes each episode. If they time it with the release of Sun/Moon the community could get more involved with the show. Playing along and offering their own observations to be featured on the show.
While I'd love to see Brandon play through each Gen with Kyle guiding him when needed, it might be too much to ask/expect!
I don't necessarily want to see them do every single game in the series, but I definitely think Brandon should play Gold/Silver before jumping forward. The Gen 2 games are such a great follow-up to Gen 1 and the best time to play them is after R/B, but before you've played any others.
I'm biased because Silver's my favourite in the series, but listening to Brandon talk about his experience with Red Version has reminded me so much of my first time with the game that I think it would be a huge shame for him to miss out on this prime opportunity for him to get the most out of Silver or Gold.
RE: Dream EZA Collaborations
Something I'd absolutely love would be another large group D&D session with Chris Perkins, like the Tabletop Adventures special.
Seeing Perkins lead Ben, Kyle, Ian, Brad, Huber and maybe a guest or two from the EZA crew through some short adventures would be great.
RE: What Game Are You 100% Sold On.
Persona 5 - Every time I see it, it seems better and better. After Persona 4, I was always gonna play what came next, but what I've seen since has far surpassed my expectations. It looks the same in every way I wanted it to stay the same, and has seemingly expanded on every area I wanted to see expanded. On top of that, it's so damn stylish.
Kingdom Hearts III - I spent so much time as a stupid teenager searching the internet for any hint at KHIII that I could find. At first I thought the BBS cinematic was a trailer for III, then I was fooled by fake photoshop after fake photoshop. Now that it's finally coming, nothing short of my unexpected death could prevent me from playing that game.
Spider-Man - Don't like the suit and I wish Josh Keaton was doing the voice, but I've been a Spidey fanboy my whole life and I don't plan on changing that any time soon.
Which Games Did E3 2016 Change Your Mind About?
Now that the dust has settled and E3 2016 has come to a close, which games would you say you now see in a different light, for better or worse?
For me, it's I Am Setsuna. I had zero expectations for this game going into E3. I had assumed it'd just be a cheap, low-effort nostalgia play from Square, but hearing Brad and Kyle talk about it on stream has me feeling really excited for it. Hearing that you're essentially protecting a girl so she can sacrifice herself has especially piqued my interest. Sounds like a neat premise.
Another example for me is We Happy Few. I figured it was just a standard walking simulator type deal, which can be perfectly entertaining, but hearing about the procedural element as well as it being a roguelike of sorts has made me far more interested. Sounds like a fun but tense time to be had.
I'm interested in hearing what everyone else has taken away from this E3. Hopefully nothing as traumatic as Kyle hearing Damiani and Ben talking about FFXV.
RE: The Day FFXV Hype Died (Day 1 E3 Stream)
I've been worried about XV since the change of director, and especially since Duscae 1.0. I was hoping that Duscae had just been a particularly bland area of the game, but if the opening chapters are really as disappointing as Damiani and Ben have said, I guess it's time to start accepting that this probably isn't the return to form everyone was hoping for from Final Fantasy.
Personally, what really got alarm bells ringing for me was the combat. Both in Duscae and in the Platinum Demo. It seems like the team has this vague idea of marrying two very different styles of combat (presumably due to the added expectation that comes with being a numbered title) and with each new glimpse of the game that we get, it becomes more and more apparent that they just haven't figured out how the hell to do that.
It's times like these I really wish we could have seen FFVsXIII as Nomura intended. A more grounded, serious Final Fantasy, with an evolution of Kingdom Hearts as the core of its combat system. A director and a team he's worked with numerous times expanding on the kind of game they're so good at making. Instead, what we have feels like a compromise as opposed to a true creative vision.