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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 18, 2018, 09:01:35 AM »
Octopath Demo: Kinda amusing that the game doesn't immediately boot you out at the 3 hour mark considering that I ran afoul of the time limit just prior to fighting the boss of the scenario I was on (but yeah, I was just about to leave town and finish my Therion's intro quest, and this was after starting with Ophilla and following up with H'anaat).

Lufia 2: Just about done hanging out with Lexis and getting my final party together at last.

I swear you have the uncanny knack for playing EXACTLY what I want to be, but just can't seem to get into at present for the life of me. By extension, your posts make me happy because if I'm not actually playing at least I can come to the journal and get your commentary :-D

I really swore Octopath would have been a day 1 purchase for me but I'm still too engaged/distracted by other titles.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider : Really surprised I didn't see/missed more praise for this one's design and execution. I'm gonna blame poor release window and exclusivity for that. I mean it DID come out as an Xbox exclusive around the same time as Fallout 4 if I recall.

I'm not claiming the game doesn't have some problems, and environments ARE a bit ugly. This can be, and is, all forgiven in wake of scripted action sequences and great puzzle design. Surprisingly enough too, the vertical-ity of stage design is done well enough to remind me of my time with HZD earlier this year which is saying something. I am only roughly 10 hours in though, so I don't want to sing it's praise too highly just yet.

X-CoM 2 : Surprised they were able to make ye' ol' familiar X-Com while departing the title so much from it's predecessors and trying some new things. Not much time spent yet but I'm loving it so far and have not discovered any of the circulating complaints to be troublesome for me (time restrictions, unfair, et cetera...). I am playing on PS4 without War of the Chosen because supposedly it is still a glitchy mess and I'm NOT risking data loss and that brand of trouble with the title considering I like to play X-Com without save scumming to really embrace the brutality of the game mechanics. This sort of sucks because I did already purchase WotC on sale but it seems silly to have a bad time with the game based on principal.



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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 14, 2018, 12:32:26 PM »
So after trying a ton of titles out I finally arrived at the conclusion that I've become too spoiled by games in the last 2 years and it has drastically altered what I enjoy.

Not that evolving ones tastes is a bad thing per se' but it disgusts me in some senses. A) I don't think I will EVER play a ton of titles I purchased digitally during sales that I was SURE I was gonna want and B) Lower budget JRPG's have seriously lost all charm for me (this is the part that really makes me sort of hate myself a bit).

But on the plus, I put quite a bit of time into FFXV again recently. Did all the episodes, started comrades, completed Pitioss (WTF????) and stumbled into achieving the Platinum Trophy (second ever for me). I could actually keep playing this now as there is still quite a bit of content I want to see but I think I'm laying it to rest for a moment as it catches me up for all the "Season 2" stuff.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:35:01 PM »
@Aeolus -- Your posts keeping turning my attention to the RS2 icon taunting me on my PS4 home screen. Problem is, soon as I tried it I realized I still have turn based burn out from Persona 5. The Saga series in general is the one franchise I really want to devote time and have not sadly.

I know I've been enjoying it thus far. It doesn't seem to be as rife with Guide Dammit moments as other SaGa games are. Like the GameFAQs walkthrough I'm using is missing quite a bit of information in regards to scenarios and side-tasks (like what to do with the Stone Boat, since its generally useless once you cool down the Volcano) but they're easy enough to spot. That said, its not completely without hazards (like losing an Emperor on the Stone Guardian boss fight during Rocbouquet's quest, Cumberland, or missing out on sleeping with the fishes), but its not like you have to follow a play-by-play guide to do everything (although that's generally because SaGa games infamously do not allow you to do everything in one playthrough). It helps that RS2 in particular has pretty clear cutoff points for the most part.

That is actually super-reassuring to hear. Trying to play RS3 untranslated and Saga Frontier on the PSX left me scared of being shoe-horned by the obtuse into looking up crapohla constantly. The series has such a unique and "mature-albeit-charming" presentation it is hard to not be attracted to for me regardless of flaws.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 14, 2018, 11:07:04 AM »
@Aeolus -- Your posts keeping turning my attention to the RS2 icon taunting me on my PS4 home screen. Problem is, soon as I tried it I realized I still have turn based burn out from Persona 5. The Saga series in general is the one franchise I really want to devote time and have not sadly.

FFXV Ep. Gladiolus -- I don't care if anyone thought it was too short. Any more would have felt grindy and padded to me. Perfecto. Quickly reminded me of why I adore this game.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:56:30 AM »
Hyper Light Drifter - FINALLY beat this masterfully designed labyrinth of a game. Final boss was somewhat brutal. Far more satisfying an experience than I had anticipated.

Gravity Rush 2 - Figured now was as good a time as any to get to this considering the servers are being shut down soon. Pacing is a bit sluggish but that is partially my fault for indulging too many side-quests.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:55:53 AM »
Ni No Kuni -- Finished. What a nice neat and complete package this proved to be. By complete I mean this title literally had EVERYTHING you'd hope/expect to see sprinkled somewhere amidst the sea of content.

A wee bit TOO MUCH content for my taste. I had to finish it knowing full well there was plenty more to do because "it was time".

I would never argue this was a perfect game but one of those cases of being highly entertaining in spite of it's problems. Poor/terrible dungeon design and getting rather button mashy-easy can be overlooked for the pacing, story telling and overall fiction presented with something to discover everywhere you look.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 08, 2018, 05:59:42 AM »
Pumped about 10 hours into Ni No Kuni II over the weekend.  Through the intro, still learning new activities and mechanics!  Only just unlocked Kingdom Building this morning and can't wait to dive into it.  This game is rich with content.

Pretty much exactly where I am at!

My only complaints are that I'm finding battle difficulty to be waaaay too easy and the title seems a little weak in the dungeon department thus far.

Boy oh boy did they nail the whole "whimsical magical world" presentation though. I'll forgive a great deal based on art direction alone.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:46:31 PM »

There are so many recruit-able people I have met that give little or no indication as to how to recruit them. Iím sure there are plenty I donít even know exist at this point. I REALLY want to go back at this game with a guide after I finish this first ever play through... I have so many other games in the ol' back log, but I know if I don't replay this now, I may never do so.

I seem to recall meeting tons of characters and FEELING like I was overlooking/missing recruits only to discover I couldn't get them yet. The means to acquire most the characters became obvious enough to have gotten 108 stars without a guide and but a few hints from Aeolus here a few years back.

That said, there were a select few that I remember I would NOT have gotten without a hint or two.

The takeaway? Play without too much apprehension in terms of missables and ask Aeolus for his glorious hints to avoid guide-work! LoL

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:34:03 PM »
Horizon Zero Dawn/ Frozen Wilds DLC - If nothing else, this content has to be some of the most visually astounding I've ever seen in a game.

Also, they did a decent job giving you a little more of just about everything the original title offered. I love DLC like this for providing a real good reason to turn a title back on that I loved in the first place.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 23, 2018, 08:02:24 AM »
But what about slipping on rocks when it rains?

That right there wins my "dumb gameplay mechanic of the year" award. All the funnier that something so frustrating as the rock slippage be incorporated in a game otherwise so fantastically done.

Now that you have me musing over it, I'd go so far as to call it darkly comedic.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 21, 2018, 01:26:01 PM »
I haven't been journal-ing in for a moment on account of **life**

However I must do my civic duty as a member of the community, a ninja and a gamer to report:

BREATH OF THE WILD: Finished this up and I gotta say I am thrilled I lived long enough to experience the evolution of a franchise to this degree of excellence. I guess folks were not lying when they said "Ittttzzz da BEST EVAAAA!!!!!" because it truly was fantastic.

I haven't a bad word to say about the title even if ya squeezed me for one.

Oh except for the amount of travel time that is actually spent climbing things too slowly. So maybe ONE complaint.

That is all. Carry on!

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 08, 2018, 03:52:37 PM »


What's the best way to play this?  I'm playing Breath of Fire IV on my PSP and everything is just so tiny.  But if I play on my tv... yikes.  What's your solution for Suiko2?

Doing my civic duty as an "optimal experience obsessed gamer" to report. I've tried quite a few approaches to get the most out of playing PS1 titles and my top pick is what the PSTV delivers. Believe it or not, the little device's real charm exists based on this fact and NOT upon its functionality with Vita titles in my book.

Performance is near perfect without the inherent lag I experienced via the PS3.

The (huge) drawback is you can't play physical copies and are thus limited to the PSN store selection.

If however, playing lots o PS1 era stuff is priority and said titles are available on PSN I'd track one of these down.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 17, 2018, 06:17:53 PM »

I had a 1st gen that worked for years... Although sometimes it would randomly stop spinning, and thus my game would freeze at the next load.

Cripes I remember my Sega CD doing the SAME thing!!!! I also remember having terrible connectivity issues with my 32x upon release and driving my parents crazy to try and fix it so I could play Doom.

Horizon Zero Dawn: Must be the week for me to beat games cause this one is fin-ee-to. In and of itself that is silly-weird considering how slow I play through titles.

Hard to find much to complain about. Game was brilliant aside from the terribly awkward facial features. I can't believe people bitched about Mass Effect Andromeda faces and let this one slide. Seriously not one attractive looking human being throughout it's entirety. I'm gonna chalk it up to everyone gets ass-ugly post doomsday thanks to getting dealt a lousy hand in the new gene pool.

Bonus points for incorporating 1 token gay NPC and 1 lesbian for good measure.

However the title loses points for having 3 or 4 cut-scenes where outfits change to suit the FMV that could have easily been "in game" sequences like the other 98% of everything. Stupid gripe but that is seriously immersion breaking for me and could have been avoided here.

Great combat, great world, excitingly original concept, an MC that is tough to not really feel for and fantastic pacing seal the deal for me. I think what truly propelled the title into being a cut-above though was the fact that it respected my time and didn't over-stay it's welcome which is a scarcity in the realm of sandbox titles. Games like this intimidate me more often than coax me into wanting to explore every corner of the map.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 17, 2018, 03:32:24 AM »
@Mickeymac92 -- All I gotta say is Tekken 7 is awesome. Although I am not gonna defend the bowling. I mean, I can't even bowl as my mondo-awesome klyde-lee kustimization.. What the hell is that about? Oh and I wish I didn't suck so bad at fighting games.... there is that too.

@Rook -- I share in your sentiments. The thing about FF/Chrono remakes and ol' JRPG's of yesteryear is quite simply I've been spoiled by modern convention. Games have just gotten TOO good for me to find appreciation for much beyond the art and music of older titles. The charm may still be there but it isn't enough for me to ignore what I COULD be playing nowadays.


Or that one Genesis game that came out a few years back that was basically an indie devs' Deviant Art OC adventures through Godwin's notes and was sexually predatory enough to sound like it came from a big time Hollywood movie exec (and also littered with mismatched assets stolen from wherever the devs could nick them from).

That made me "Lol"... Thank you Aeolus.


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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 15, 2018, 07:40:05 AM »
Mario Odyssey: BEAT IT!!

What can I say, Mario seldom ceases to disappoint but he really shined here. This was/is easily my favorite of the entire franchise.

That stated, what astounds me on a personal level as a gamer is this proved another entry in my "klyded top 10 games ever". A year ago that list would have almost entirely have been populated with titles quite old and I sit typing this now knowing full well Mario Odyssey, Nier Automata, FF XV and Horizon Zero Dawn all would make the cut.

By golly, I'm beginning to think this hobby is becoming more enjoyable as the years roll by. Just took the developers all these years to really knock em out of the park for me the way they did in the 16-32 bit era. In reflection now, I finally feel comfortable stating that post that era (moving into the 3rd dimension, realism and polygons) really did begin a loooong, awkward and UGLY leg of gaming history for me. I guess what I'm trying to say is this hobby really was not as fun or pretty looking as it was when I was a kid for some time but it sure is now (and then some).

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