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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7575 on: October 03, 2017, 10:39:24 AM »
I used to play so much Modnation, man.  It was so cool downloading all different kinds of tracks and characters.  But after dozens of hours with it and trying tons of different stuff, I kept coming back to the same conclusion: it's just not that fun to actually race.  It just doesn't give the same kind of tight, satisfying feedback that I get from Mario Kart.  And the weapons aren't really fun either.  Blah.

Still have me quite a few hours of decent entertainment, though.

I can totally see how the game can lose its appeal fast. For now though, I still got a bunch of stuff to unlock, and I'm sure my little buddy is gonna want many more track-making sessions. I actually enjoy the racing itself, but I agree that the weapons are kind of meh.
Considering I bought the game used for 10 bones, I already got more than my money's worth.

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« Reply #7576 on: October 03, 2017, 09:43:25 PM »
Realized that the amount of time I've devoted to online games could be spread out over 9+ singleplayer games, so I started up Uncharted 3. In a single session, I'm already 35% through. Wow. I forgot what making progress felt like! I'll finish this up by Thursday, and I'll still have time to play Paladins in between. Definitely gonna make a push to clear out some backlog where I can once this is finished. Might save Uncharted 4 for December, though.

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« Reply #7577 on: October 04, 2017, 06:30:38 AM »
I beat Danganronpa V3 last night. I enjoyed it overall. I saw enough elements of the final twist coming that it wasn't that big of a shock when it happened. Apparently the ending is very divisive though. I personally enjoyed it, but I can see how some would dislike it. Now to grind coins in the casino so I can buy all the prizes...this is going to take forever.

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« Reply #7578 on: October 04, 2017, 08:09:46 PM »
Played through Diablo yet again, and got a cramp in my mousing hand.  Went with a Rogue this time.  This is one of those games I keep coming back to.

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7579 on: October 05, 2017, 01:12:17 PM »
I'm in the endgame area of Ys VIII at 50 hours in. Feels good to beat the first Ys game I'll have played all the way through in a while, lol!

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« Reply #7580 on: October 05, 2017, 05:01:38 PM »
Stuck on the boss fight with
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Making decent progress on the main storyline of Horizon Zero Dawn after doing tons of sidequests, and I've only died from long falls, not from enemies themselves.

Keeping up with the story quests of Kingdom Hearts Union Cross, and can take on even high-level enemies with my medals.

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« Reply #7581 on: October 07, 2017, 04:13:16 PM »
Decided to take a break from my current agenda to try Oxenfree and the Ringed City DLC to Dark Souls 3.

Oxenfree - Yea. Sadly I couldn't even give this a chance due to some design choices that really got on my nerves. It was a fool's effort anyhow seeing as how I've never enjoyed ANY adventure games but I thought "well first time for everything"

Ringed City DLC - Someone tell me why I was Soul's obsessed? It's like I TOTALLY met my Soul's quota and just can't stomach it anymore. I don't care how fantastic the DLC is, I can't imagine me picking up this game again...ever. Given how odd my addiction to the titles were this just further deepens the "Souls-Love-Hate" enigma even further for me.

And so, at the end of the day I went running back to Persona 5 and Plants vs. Zombies with renewed appreciation.

Persona 5 - Spaceport/factory dungeon felt sort of weak compared to those prior. Finally maxed my first social link with the good Doctor (death) which pleases me as she was my favorite NPC right from the door.
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« Reply #7582 on: October 09, 2017, 10:33:20 AM »
I did finally pick Trails 3 back up and it's still flipping amazing.  It's so satisfying to play and having this massive cast of characters to build a party from is awesome.  I also love how "high level" all the equipment and orbments get, allowing for a LOT of fun builds and min-maxing.

I removed Olivier, my main caster, from my party in favor of Renne, so that should be fun.  She's slightly better at casting than him, but her weapon and Crafts mean she's less versatile in battle.  So it's just casting all the way with her.  Which she does incredibly well.  So now my party is:
Renne - Arts all the way, absurdly massive damage output
Zin - Physical Tank (when he uses True Distend in boss battles, it's hilarious)
Estelle - speed, healing, and AoE Crafts with 20% deathblow chance
Ries - general support, decent ATK and Arts

EDIT: How do you even pronounce Ries anyways?  It's been bothering from the beginning.
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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7583 on: October 10, 2017, 10:29:00 AM »
Fatal Frame 2 - Just started chapter 4. Not the scariest game I've ever played, but it definitely has its moments. It's more of a slow burn/keep you on edge kind of thing. The atmosphere is consistently top notch. Rarely have I felt a lull. I remember reading a review in which the reviewer wrote that the town is a character in itself. I couldn't agree more. As for actual apparitions, the broken neck lady creeped me out the most so far.
The camera mechanic is pretty cool. I like that it forces you to get close to things from which you would normally run. What's dumb though is that by default, character movement switches to the right stick when you go into camera mode. Thank the gods that can be changed. I didn't realize that until close to the end of chapter 2 though, so until then, I was running around like a headless ding dong while trying to take pictures of stuff that was trying to kill me. I dig the whole passive ghosts that quickly pop out for bonus pictures aspect, but the damn twin sister photo bombs my shots half the time. I like her company in the game, but I also like that I have clear shots when she is missing.

Magna Carta 2 - Just took out the boss behind the Wailing Gate in Oldfox Canyon. Super easy fight, but it is among the first boss fights in the game, so I suppose that's understandable. I've been keeping Juto; Zephie; and Argo as the party. Crocell is a douche.
I can see what reviews mean when they say this is just a decent RPG. It's not great, but it's definitely not bad. Fighting is fun. Although, more enemy variety would be nice. The crafting and customization side of the game works well, and has decent variety, without feeling tedious. Side quests are generally run-of-the-mill, but they aren't as pointless and annoying as those in Xenoblade, and they can provide good rewards.
I do have to point out that a lot of the music in the game is quite good, as I mentioned in the Random VGM thread. Some songs are uninspired, but others stand out nicely. Props to the composer(s).

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7584 on: October 11, 2017, 08:22:32 PM »
Started Grandia II Anniversary Edition on my PC. Aside from the occasional crash, it works like a champ, even though my system didn't meet the minimum graphical requirement.

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7585 on: October 16, 2017, 10:25:22 AM »
Trails in the Sky, the 3rd

Heading toward the latter 1/3 or so of the game.  In the 6th "stratum" or whatever.  Been cycling people in and out of my party a lot.  Just got to the part where you...
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fight Cassius Bright

...and it was ridiculous.  Seriously ridiculous.  I was not prepared for that and died twice.  My first two game overs.  On the 3rd attempt, though, I had kinda figured out the proper strategy, but...  is there a working strategy that doesn't involve perfectly timing Kevin's Grail Sphere?
I have to say, though, that finishing him with a 200CP Sakura Morning Moon from Richard was one of my most epic moments in the game.

The battle beforehand with...
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General Morgan

...was dangerous by virtue of him just being the cheapest, cheating-est boss in the trilogy, but I still won on my first attempt.

My party for "The Big Fight" was Kevin and Richard, of course, with Anelace and Ries.

Who else here got Anelace's special weapon from her sidestory?  I regret that I didn't really use her during the portion of the game where that weapon was really overpowered.  Oh well.
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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7586 on: October 16, 2017, 01:42:03 PM »
Trails in the Sky, the 3rd

...and it was ridiculous.  Seriously ridiculous.  I was not prepared for that and died twice.  My first two game overs.  On the 3rd attempt, though, I had kinda figured out the proper strategy, but...  is there a working strategy that doesn't involve perfectly timing Kevin's Grail Sphere?

Earth wall spam.  Set up someone to cast fast and spam Earth Wall(An Earth Quartz+Onyx(Action) Gem+Time(Cast) Gem+EP Cut 4+EP4), then cast Clock UP EX on them. It basically removes any difficulty from the game.  Almost required if you ever plan to play Nightmare mode
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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7587 on: October 16, 2017, 01:48:32 PM »
it basically removes any difficulty from the game

This sounds bad, at first, but then I remember how discouraged I get with Trails' absurdly long, grindy, required superbosses.  I think I'll implement your suggestions at some point.
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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7588 on: October 16, 2017, 01:56:22 PM »
Don't feel bad, all the Trails games have broken mechanics in them and some of the bosses require them.  They took Earth Wall out of Cold Steel but then made everything dodgeable and interruptable allowing for more cheese.

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Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Reply #7589 on: October 17, 2017, 10:14:15 AM »
Fatal Frame 2 - Just started Chapter 5. The (seemingly possessed) twin sister has been captured for a second time. It'll be nice to have clear shots at the enemy again.
The only thing that I definitely don't like about the game so far is that some progress triggers have vague requirements. Not fun brain exercise vague. Just unclear vague.

Magna Carta 2 - Finished up business in Navyblue Marsh and Cota Mara. Now heading into the Undersea Tunnel again, to get back to Azabet. Celestine has joined the party. Enter annoyingly high-pitched English dub voice. Ugh... I do like her in battle, though. She has a cool status/support/buff thing going on. Zephie is more of a straight up power healer.
All in all, the game is enjoyable. It has started to pick up in pace, and has become a bit more interesting, after a rather dull start. Fighting is fun, but more enemy variety would be nice. The game seems pretty easy overall. A few boss fights got hairy once or twice, but mostly, I've been carving a path straight through enemies. I don't know if there is a difficulty setting. I may increase it, if it's possible. The music is still pretty good, in most areas.