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08.06.14

Suikoden III Part 13

Sam has discovered a new pairing in her latest Suikoden III recap. Enjoy the mental images.

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20 Responses to “Suikoden III Part 13”

  1. Accidentally The Sun Says:

    YAAAAAAAY! *sees pairing* NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Anyway, some notes:

    I can see Lilly as a snotty wine-taster, spouting off pretentious bullshit about how this Mont Blanc “knows what it wants and isn’t afraid to go after it” and how this pinot noir “Enjoys the finer things in life, such as homosexual pornography and French musicals about miserable lesbians”. She really is excellent.

    But the thought of Hugo running some seedy tattoo parlor frequented by obese, hairy bikers on food stamps getting their child’s face and birthdate tattooed on their taint is a pretty great mental image as well, although the frosted-tip cupcakes aren’t far behind.

    For a Winger, Landis is… a little hot, and his bizarre creepiness makes him that much more amusing to me. Am I going to Hell?

    Sadly, Hallec’s official art seems to reveal that he’s wearing some sort of leather pants or something. Skintight, and approximately the same color as his skin, but there are a few folds. At least they rectified that in V with Zegai. That is some sweet candy there.

    Re-reading Sana’s remarks about the Flame Champ in a passive-aggressive light was pretty awesome, and made me suddenly wish Monica’s “Sideline Ho” played during that scene in-game, even though I hate that song. Also, 50 Shades of Grassland is a greater love story than even Gremio and PUGGY!!!, Barry and Jowy, or Barry and PUGGY!!! and Jowy and Gremio. Can’t wait to see all the fun shenanigans of Chris’s group.

    Now it’s time to play my favorite game, “Chop off part of the sentence to make in infinitely worse!”

    Once Wan Fu has toddled off to eat Frodo out

    You’re welcome. Thanks for playing!

  2. Sam Says:

    Ugh, those are pants! Who wears skin-tight pants in the same color as their skin? Come on, dude.

  3. Accidentally The Sun Says:

    I’d normally think the obvious answer is “Gay men”, but then there are those terrifying pictures on the internet of people in flesh-toned leggings.

  4. Sam Says:

    Yeah, I think the terrible flesh-toned leggings trend probably transcends the sexuality spectrum.

  5. demidaemon Says:

    I have to say I loved every minute of this as usual. It was awesome, even with the slightly disturbing mention of Hugo/Sarge. I can’t unsee it now, and I hate you for it. ;)

    On the Guillame issue, I have to wonder who at Konami went and said, “You know what? Let’s make the pedophile a recruitable character. AWESOME!” Because they need a lot of help.

  6. Sam Says:

    I promise it’s not as much as I hate myself for seeing it.

  7. Accidentally The Sun Says:

    On the Guillame issue, I have to wonder who at Konami went and said, “You know what? Let’s make the pedophile a recruitable character. AWESOME!” Because they need a lot of help.

    And “Let’s make you able to put Guillaume in the same party AS THE CHILDREN HE TRIED TO MOLEST.”

    They could’ve at least had unique dialogue for those situations, like in Suikoden II with Anita/Valeria, or Hix/Tengaar, or Nina/Flik.

    (I think Marina and Belcoot and Hazuki all get similar put-in-your-party dialogue in V, don’t they? Now I wonder if Nakula does if Sagiri’s already in the party, aaaaaand I’m rambling.)

  8. demidaemon Says:

    I haven’t gotten that far, but seeing as V is pretty well rounded, I am going to guess “yes.” But, Jesus, really. I know III kind of fell off the developmental tree, but at least try a little bit.

  9. demidaemon Says:

    Also, it’s pretty clear that Guillame was originally intended to be a battle character, but luckily/unluckily that did not come to pass. Just think of the awful, mind-scarring unite attacks that could have been made.

  10. Sam Says:

    The deeper I get into this game–and I’ve already recorded Chris and Geddy’s third chapters as well–the more I get frustrated at the gap between what this game could have been and what it actually is. I mean, not because I want Guillaume to be playable. The other stuff.

  11. Accidentally The Sun Says:

    The crappy implementation of the battle system and the underdeveloped towns? (I always felt the towns in III were pretty iffy even compared to the first two games. And god, the music in Brass Castle.) Of course, stuff like “Cyndar” didn’t help, and the world map was irritating as fuck (doesn’t help that you don’t get the Blinking Mirror AND Viki till way the fuck at the end).

    For all V gets flack from nostalgia whores for “trying too hard to be Suikoden II”, I think it’s actually pretty great BECAUSE it tries so hard to be Suikoden II and winds up improving and polishing a lot of that game’s aspects. (Although some of the blatant fanservice, and I’m not talking like Kisara and Jeane-style, does make my eyes roll.)

  12. Sam Says:

    The lack of polish in the writing, like you guys were saying, is part of it. But I think that’s just the end result of the dev troubles they had toward the end. And I don’t care what Murayama says, I don’t believe for a minute that he would have blown out of there a month before release if nothing was wrong.

    Anyway, I’ll get into this more in the next few recaps, and I have no proof that these issues were related to the dev departures, but suffice it to say I think the “choice” of Flame Champion is goddamn ridiculous and doesn’t gel with the story at all, I absolutely hate how Luc was handled, and I think the game never has any clear sense of what its central conflict is, given that near literally every character in the game ends up a Star of Destiny.

  13. demidaemon Says:

    It also shows a bit in the later games when great plot points never get finished (Pesmerga vs. Yuber being the big one). I think V is probably the only one that is at least on the level of II (it helps that the dialogue isn’t the punctuated, convoluted mess of that localization). I’m probably one of the few people who actually enjoys IV, except, you know, the boat sailing through mud water thing.

  14. Accidentally The Sun Says:

    Not to mention what’s up with Jeane and Viki… V gave an intriguing angle on it, I’ll admit, for Jeane. For some reason, they always got my interest more than Pesmerga and Yuber’s hateful yaoi rivalry. (God, imagine sex with Yuber. Terrifying.)

    I actually found III to have a good PREMISE for a story. It just lost sight near the end, because the “shades of gray morality/see it through everyone’s eyes” storytelling had promise. Luc’s motives had promise. It just seems like they wanted to do so much with the main story that they became overwhelmed and lost track.

    IV feels like a baby Suikoden game. Half-formed story, characters were mostly just there (save Elenor, Kika, Warlock, Ted, Aldo, and the narcassists; and Marvy’s impressive touchas), designs were mostly unimpressive, the world felt underutilized… the music was pretty forgettable (thankfully, that meant no fucking Brass Castle). The battle system felt bizarrely neutered. It’s like they wanted to make a Suikoden-styled game, but wanted to genericize it to appeal to a broader market as well.

    Back to III, though, they just tried interesting ideas and put too much on their plates, and it all became a mess. Shame – female main character? (Well, of a trio, but still.) Tenkai isn’t mute but plays a minimal yet fairly traditional and central role in the story? (Is the master of the HQ and gathers the Stars.) Previous ally is your enemy? Conflict seen through the eyes of multiple sides – some deeply invested, some more impassive? Such wasted potential and cruddy gameplay (and the sound mixing was pretty horrible).

  15. Lord-Derpface Says:

    One of the first screenshots showed Hugo with maxed out Fire Magic skill, but no Fire Rune. I think I know what you’re planning for a certain decision to be made later in the game.

    “‘Sergeant, I still don’t understand why you always have to stop me.’ Because he’s not ready to go all the way with you yet, Hugo! Just kidding. They have absolutely gone all the way.”

    *removes eyes from sockets and throws them in the trash* I don’t think I’ll be needing those anymore.

  16. Lord-Derpface Says:

    Also, where’s that easier-to-access link to the VGR wiki I was told was “coming soon” when I asked about it quite some time ago? I’d like to read any lulzy character desriptions you may have written, but since you guys decided to move them to the wiki and are no longer updating the on-site desriptions. I’ll post the link here for myself and anyone else who cares so that digging through a year and a half’s worth of blog posts is no longer necessary, but we really do need a proper link either on the left sidebar or under the site banner. Maybe also make the old cast page links redirect to the new cast pages on the wiki?

    http://videogamerecaps.com/w/index.php5?title=Main_Page

  17. Sam Says:

    Link in the right sidebar for now.

  18. Lord-Derpface Says:

    Thanks.

  19. Lord-Derpface Says:

    It’s a few weeks late to be saying this, but I would like to thank Sam for adding the term “frosted douche hair” to my vocabulary.

  20. Lord-Derpface Says:

    If I may hijack this thread for a moment, I’d like to talk about the latest addition to the new Smash Bros. game’s roster.

    It’s horrifying. The resemblance is so uncanny.
    http://www.ssbwiki.com/images/c/c7/Shulk_Alt.png
    http://shatterheart.net/games/dissidia2/artwork/Final-Fantasy-Dissidia-012-tidus-blitzball-render.jpg

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