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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:14:23 PM »
Well that settles it...

Mesh isn't Arti....

He's Beetlejuice!

Me when seeing and playing SO4 when it came out: "Wow, these graphics are incredible!"
Me when seeing and playing SO4 in hindsight: "BURN THOSE DEMON DOLLS IN CLEANSING FIRE!!"

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 19, 2017, 03:43:45 PM »

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2017
« on: October 19, 2017, 12:44:05 PM »
1. Rise of the Tomb Raider
2. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 2: Sisters Generation
3. Kingdom Hearts 2.8
4. Atelier Rorona
5. Atelier Totori
6. Atelier Meruru
7. Persona 5
8. Darksiders (Warmastered Edition)
9. Akiba's Beat
10. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 3: V Generation

11. Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies - Athena is best girl. Hands down. If I was a woman and into cosplay, she'd be my new go-to character. Love her design, love her story, and love her personality (okay, her personality is basically an ever-so-slightly less goofy Maya, but it works). This was also my first exposure to Apollo... kinda glad I didn't play his games.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:48:48 AM »
Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online

Best game in the franchise. The gamplay loop is very satisfying for a quick 20 minutes or an extended 2 hour grind, and each dungeon is a perfect balance of not being too long, but also having plenty of nooks and crannies to explore (and some treasures are really cleverly hidden). Plus each one has three or four check points to return to town from in case you don't want to go all the way to the boss. And this whole form a party > explore a dungeon > defeat a boss > repeat really nails the MMO feeling, The music is also some of the best the series has to offer. Nothing mind-blowing, but fairly catchy and memorable. The writing is on par with other modern titles, but manages to keep the fanservice to a tolerable minimum.

There are a few minor technical issues, mostly regarding the AI. Allies will sometimes get caught in a strafing loop due to the odd swaying nature of the pathfinding, and if an enemy is above the group on a cliff, allies will just start attacking the cliff face instead of jumping up.

Also the OP is spectacular!

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:18:18 AM »
I think Magna Carta 2 is the game someone was mentioning that there was a boss fight that you're supposed to lose but it's actually fairly easy to win or something?

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:28:08 AM »
By the way @Starmongoose is Scotland relatively danger free from Ophelia? Seems like it won't be quite the storm they were predicting, but I'm still thinking about ya this week and hoping you're safe!

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:14:04 PM »
Yep, probably a lot of out-of-context cherry picking by people who feel like NISA stole the game from XSeed.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII
« on: October 10, 2017, 05:44:21 PM »
^Glad I wated, then.

Most people I've talked to haven't had any complaints about the translation and are frankly confused by this.
I think it's another case similar to Persona 5.

No idea WTF is going on this year with all the translation quality whining.

I watched the first episode of the new season of Channel Zero (SyFy's own version of AHS) after never watching the first season despite constantly telling myself I wanted to. It's an absolutely amazing show if you're like me and enjoy horror but don't really appreciate cheap jumpscares or a reliance on gore. Channel Zero is more about upping the creepiness to 11 and messing with your head. I didn't think it all that scary while watching it but afterward realized it managed to terrify me.

Season 2 is about the No-End House, a haunted house that most people seem to believe is a traveling art installation but which has plenty of urban legends about, and of course turns out to be more than people thought.

General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:29:09 AM »
Even though most people have probably either already heard or (more than likely) don't really care... I feel like I have an obligation to mention that The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 has been confirmed for a Western release early next year.

The gameplay of the first one was pretty meh, enough so that I didn't bother getting the PS4 version. But I really liked the story and characters (duh), so I'll probably get this one and hope the new cast resonates with me even half as much as Metallia did.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 07, 2017, 02:57:18 PM »
plus the whole "please think for me" mentality I'm seeing is grinding my gears more than it ever has. 

I have the opposite problem with people. I constantly encounter what I call the "Let me Google that for you" attitude where it's taboo to ask questions anymore because people just want you to look it up on the Internet. And yet these people are missing out on interesting perspectives, asides, anecdotes, and trivia by not asking real people questions.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 04, 2017, 01:03:23 AM »
It's that time of year again. ...Time to play some scary games. Anyone else doing so this season?
I have Fatal Frame 2 and Among the Sleep lined up this time. If I have time, I'll finally get to Alan Wake as well. Aside from finishing the first level of AtS like over a year ago, I've never played any of these before.
I'm a bit excited about Fatal Frame 2, as many have said it is one of the scariest games they have ever played. I say bring it on. I'd actually like to do a "let's play", but in the end, I don't have the patience or equipment for something like that.
Looking forward to the scares!

Used to do this, but then the industry decided to move away from releasing everything in November to releasing it all end of September through the beginning of October.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:36:03 PM »
Haven't posted here in forever so prepare for a mega post about everything I've been working on, which probably won't be all that mega considering how little I often have to say about what I'm working on. Anyway!

Megadimension Neptunia V-II

Played pretty much to the end of my first playthrough but haven't finished it because I kind of ran out of steam. The game is very tedious, even for an entry to this series.

The characters are still great, I particularly like S-Sha, who is supposed to represent Squaresoft. She takes a lot of her personality from Squall so one of her running jokes is how everything doesn't interest her. At one point the rest of her group plan to help rescue someone and S-Sha joins them in their enthusiasm much to their surprise. While explaining her reasoning, she mentions. "Besides... [long pause] ...You don't need a reason to help people!" And my instant dorky reaction was along the lines of "*Ahhhehe... She said that line from the game!" There was another funny moment where some other characters went out of their way to prevent her from saying the word "Chocobo"

I even like the changes to the battle system. The new combo system makes building combo loadouts about more than just fitting in the most powerful ones and the game returns to a shared EX Gauge, meaning a lot more special moves. The Giant battles are also a neat deviation from the norm. My main issue is getting around can be a pain when you're constantly thrown into random battles with mobs way below your current level, and the scout system makes getting all the extras a major pain. I will finish it at some point, I'm just not sure when.

Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

It's a Phoenix Wright game. It's fantastic. Athena is the best, don't @ me.

Destiny 2

The first of two games I bought on a whim this month. It is fantastic, I've already finished the campaign and now I'm mopping up adventures with my hunter. I even started a second character in case I get bored of endgame content at any point.

Mary Skelter

The second of two games I bought on a whim this month and yet another purchase I don't regret. This one may actually be a contender for GOTY for me. It does a lot of things to make itself stand out from other dungeon crawlers, things like having a strong focus on traps and obstacles (some of which even require a minor mini-game to overcome) and having effects carry over between battles and exploration. Character progression is similar to Dungeon Travelers, where you can change a character's job class and also "spend" acquired levels on permanent stat boosts.

Ys I & II

Finally trying to get into this series. The first two games are chock full of early-'90s unintuitiveness, and I've had to use a guide every once in a while when the game's progression is dependent on some obscure flag I can't quite figure out, but I've had a good--albeit frustrating--time with them.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

S'pretty good. I like the rate at which the battles and available abilities/strategies become more complex, and even though I'm not very good at it I don't feel like the game is ever punishingly difficult like its inspirations. It's also a surprisingly relaxing game. I generally play it when I'm not in the mood for loud noises and flashy visuals.

and finally...

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash

What an odd duck. It kept selling itself as a new genre for the series, a third-person shooter. But it still very much plays like the Hack n' Slash entries before it, just with a focus on long range weapons/attacks. I've played through about two campaigns now and tried a couple of multiplayer matches. The multiplayer has a decent amount of modes, but like the single-player doesn't feel very special.  The story is also incredibly weak, but then it was even pretty much promoted as filler between Estival Versus and the series' conclusion. I do have the urge to revisit Shinovi Versus after playing it, though, so it at least managed to accomplish that.

Aside from all those, I also popped DQ7 back in my 3DS after getting burnt out (already) on the new Story of Seasons, but I haven't played any more of it yet.

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