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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:53:38 AM »
Grand Kingdom is the most underrated SRPG I have ever played. I can't believe more people didn't flip out over this game.

I tried the demo and it was so aggressively confusing I gave up right away.  Are you saying I should give it another shot?  Grand Knights History was all OVER my radar years ago before the localization was scrapped and we never got to see it.

The game only comes across as morbidly complex at first. In truth, it's complexity is more a result of the fact that there is nothing else like it and thus no potentiality for familiarity. A few hours of fussing with it and you realize (just like most other JRPGs) many of it's various systems and mechanics are not entirely necessary for progression. Now that isn't to say they "tacked on" stuff purely for the sake of complexity (which I can't stand in games) but rather made it so one can chose to really explore the depth of the title or just enjoy the narrative.

What does it do right? Fantastic combat and character creation. Gorgeous spritework. Where does it go terribly wrong?? Well, the narrative is just an excuse to do things (shallow as hell) and the voice acting is wee bit off (cringe worthy). Thankfully you can just pop-on jap audio and solve the latter problem.

It is tough for me to say outright "yea give it another shot" if you didn't like it. However, if the ONLY thing that barred you from entry was fear of arbitrary and illogical mechanics then fear not. It boils down to whether or not the idea of superb turn-based combat and character creation trips your trigger and if that is the case then don't hesitate.

Another note entirely...

I take back what I said about playing South Park. Amusing as it is, I just can't dedicate myself to it/ care about it. Then again I should have known considering I've never had an apatite for comedy in any capacity and the gameplay suuuuuuure is NOT the selling point here.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:43:24 AM »
So I tried South Park Stick of Truth.

Should be noted, I never liked South Park.

That stated, I think this game is pretty hilarious. Funny thing about it is, I sort of appreciate the fact that I don't "get it" (all the shows references) so it comes across as abysmally random to me.

In other news....

Grand Kingdom is the most underrated SRPG I have ever played. I can't believe more people didn't flip out over this game.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:35:32 AM »


Or, as is the case with most games, I'm just terrible at it.

God, I have the SAME problem. I say to myself "I've been playing games for like 25 years now, am I ever gonna get good at this?" then I pick up any shooter or fighter and realize "No... I most certainly am NOT ever gonna get good at this..."

I like to think I'm better at enjoying games then most are at playing them though, so there is that.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 07, 2017, 12:10:48 AM »
Tried a bunch of titles to see what I was "feeling" before settling on something to dedicate myself to. Dragons Dogma, The Witcher 3, Cosmic Star Heroine Girl, Tearaway Unfolded (don't laugh at me!!!) and even Brawlhalla.

Finally for some odd reason I impulse bought Horizon Zero Dawn and I am soooo glad I did.

Decision made.

Horizon ZD is all sorts of good. If for no other reason than its sheer brilliant originality. It sports a brand of fiction that just hasn't been done 101 times and that alone makes it refreshing right out of the gate.

Thought I would, at the very least, have a hard time enjoying the MC. Wrong again. Aloy (the main chickee protag) is very easy to assume the role of and immediately feel emotionally invested in for me personally.

It is only initial impressions here of course, but they are pretty promising.

NOTE: All the other games I tried were real winners too and totally on my list. Ok, well I might pass on Tearaway... they make me shine my "light" on the screen via motion controls... I still can't imagine how anyone finds any form/derivative of motion peripheral fun.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:26:54 PM »

Well I am relieved that my distaste for Persona 5 didn't get me strung up and pelted with rocks.

Truly feels like...

Be careful bad-mouthing Persona anywhere else, boys.  Doing so is treated as illegal.

@Kevadu -- I too am a huge fan of P3 but it is for the very reasons you express that I enjoyed it so much (it was NEW). In other words, I had enough of it by the end of the game thus P4 and P5 are just too much for me.

Although I concede that P5 especially did perfect what they were trying to do, I just can't take anymore.

If P6 came out tomorrow I wouldn't even look at it. I have the same problem with the Souls games. Loved Souls 2, BB, and Souls 3 but I am satiated. If Souls 4 were to come to be a thing, I would not sign up.

At the end of the day I realize I need that feeling of fascination to be really enamored with a game. It is a large component of why the SNES era into the Ps1 was such a fantastic time but I can't go back and enjoy those titles in the same sense.

Conversely that "fascination factor" is why I found FFXV and Nier so enjoyable. It isn't that games have to try that hard to please me, they just need to go out into left field a bit to do it if that makes any sense.

DRAGONS DOGMA -- gave the PS4 remaster a whirl. Wowee now THIS is a good remaster if nothing else. Feels completely modern barring some outdated hair physics.

I feel as though I may stick with it this time. To reference my aforementioned points, the game feels the same but different enough for me to be excited to see what it continues to offer. Doesn't hurt that within the first few hours you already have a sense of epic enemies and combat which is really what I'm in the mood for at present.


MODIFIED -- If anyone wants to delete my erroneous double post and spare me from looking like I don't know how to use the forums after being a member for x-amount of years that'd be fantastic. (sorry)

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:22:13 PM »
Well I am relieved that my distastes for Persona 5 didn't get me strung up and pelted with rocks.

Truly feels like...

Be careful bad-mouthing Persona anywhere else, boys.  Doing so is treated as illegal.

@Kevadu -- I too am a huge fan of P3 but it is for the very reasons you express that I enjoyed it so much (it was NEW). In other words, I had enough of it by the end of the game thus P4 and P5 are just too much for me.

Although I concede that P5 especially did perfect what they were trying to do, I just can't take anymore.

If P6 came out tomorrow I wouldn't even look at it. I have the same problem with the Souls games. Loved Souls 2, BB, and Souls 3 but I am satiated. If Souls 4 were to come to be a thing, I would not sign up.

At the end of the day I realize I need that feeling of fascination to be really enamored with a game. It is why the SNES era into the Ps1 was such a fantastic time but I can't go back and enjoy those titles in the same sense.

Conversely that "fascination factor" is why I found FFXV and Nier so enjoyable. It isn't that games have to try that hard to please me, they just need to go out into left field a bit to do it if that makes any sense.

DRAGONS DOGMA -- gave the PS4 remaster a whirl. Wowee now THIS is a good remaster if nothing else. Feels completely modern barring some outdated hair physics.

I feel as though I may stick with it this time. To reference my aforementioned points, the game feels the same but different enough for me to be excited to see what it continues to offer. Doesn't hurt that within the first few hours you already have a sense of epic enemies and combat which is really what I'm in the mood for at present.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 29, 2017, 07:22:19 PM »
Persona 5: Finally beat.

I say finally because the game was LONG.

I say LONG, not because my clock broke 100 hours but rather due to the fact that I seriously wanted the game to be over for awhile.

My entire experience with P5 was so bitter sweet. I conclude two facts: A- I am totally NOT looking for what most find appealing in JRPGs. B- I could care less how good a narrative is if it involves as much downtime as P5 did. Danced waaaaaay too far into the realm of "visual novel" for my taste.

Not that I regret my time. I'm happy I saw this through. All my gripes are subjective and I have to admit that the game is damn near pristine in every respect it tries to be. It is however, the anti-thesis to Nier Automata which was virtually everything I DO in fact want in my games nowadays.

All I know for certain now is I need something far removed from this most recent experience. I think it is a good time to finally give Dragon's Dogma another go round or something.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« 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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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 25, 2017, 07:03:49 PM »
Persona 5 -- I finally officially like this game.
I'm glad that you are enjoying the game. I hope the remaining portions of the game grab you the same way that the Futaba arc did.

I can't imagine not finding it appreciable now. The nuts and bolts of it for me are characters. Once I find myself identifying strongly with some/any of the cast I'm all in. Yusuke in particular makes everything enjoyable to me at this point.. Even the token Persona series "vacation day" at the beach was entertaining with him and his freakin' crabs.

The thing about Yusuke in particular that gets me is his private scenario. As a professional artist myself, he really expresses certain things that I've been afraid to ever vocalize as someone who's livelihood depends on my art. Hits home on some notes one might say.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 24, 2017, 05:45:41 PM »
Persona 5 -- I finally officially like this game. The whole Futaba/Medjed arc really hooked me. I really am starting to appreciate Futaba and Yusuke as "memorable" characters.

Now, I don't know how I feel about it taking 60 hours to hook me. None the less I am happy that all the rave reviews here in the forum spurred me forward. Without the game journal/RPGfan community I'd have dropped this 10 hour in and I'm thrilled I didn't.

Blanket statement "thanks" to all who spoke well of the title

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 23, 2017, 03:34:17 AM »
@Draak in respect to Mass Effect.

My take away from the whole enchilada was as follows. The game was fantastic in tons of respects just soooo incomplete it hurt.

Love it for what it is and not what it is not I say.

Let me just state, I adored it. The big fault for me was the inclusion of "probe deployed" and a gameplay loop that, once evident, REALLY feels like a grind eventually without the type of pay-off I'd felt I deserved for my efforts.

Final note: Make sure you do the loyalty quests as you progress as they are, hands down, the best content the title offers IMO

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 19, 2017, 02:09:34 AM »
I am still sick as sin!!!! This is the longest I have ever been sick and it is seriously inhibiting my ability to game, post or, ya know.. DO ANYTHING AT ALL. I think the plague is finally leaving my body based on the fact that every gland or node I have is swollen.

Anyhooooo...

Persona 5-- Finally polished off the 2nd palace and am in the longwinded "in between stuff happening" phase. I don't know what to say about this anymore but clearly I am gonna keep playing it until I either end up loving it or finish it still waiting to love it.

As an interesting aside I've developed a profound interest in actually reading tarot cards.

Plants vs Zombies 2-- I think I am starting to not entirely suck at this. At the very least I am starting to actually get kills in multiplayer and not rank at the bottom of every match. At the end of the day though it doesn't matter so long as I rack up coins for more unlocks (obsession)

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 07, 2017, 04:35:25 AM »
Just finished Persona 5. Absolutely outstanding game. 5 stars, 10/10, two thumbs up, etc.

I wanna feel like this ^^

Please tell me you started feeling that way about it AFTER you were 20 hours or so in (second palace infiltration)

Mind you, I will say I'm starting to appreciate the narrative more.

The artist ark touches on some personal notes/perspectives I maintain that I never really thought would get so much as glazed over in an RPG narrative so there is that.

I'm also well aware I'm just scratching the surface of the title.

Guess what I'm hoping to hear is that I've some surprises worth looking forward to (without asking for so much as a hint as to what those surprises may be as even knowing characters ahead of time seems spoilerific to me, cause I am a weirdo).

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 06, 2017, 02:06:13 AM »
Played an hour (more like an hour in the half since the in-game clock seems slow) of South Park: The Stick of Truth. Not a huge fan of the show, but I've been enjoying it thus far.

I'm gonna "quote" in agreement as well to sound off and say I'm happy to hear this. I know SOMEDAY I'll play just cause I'm a sucker for unique create-a-character RPG's but I actually don't like the show at all. It was always one of those "I wish I could like it" deals for me because I have too much of a stick up my ass (no pun intended) to appreciate the slap stick (again no pun) humor.

PERSONA 5: Yup, 15 hour in I completed what I would call the introduction. 20 hours in I still feel like I am reading waaaaay more than I'd care to be. I'm done complaining about the amount of exposition, clearly this is the game.

Now with that out of the way, one more slight gripe. There is no freakin' way anyone could know the better half of the classroom questions without looking them up. This sucks because you are missing out on a finite number of opportunities to increase characteristics by answering wrong.

On the positive, I LOVE the pace of battles. Turn based combat should always zip like this.

PvsZGW2: Unlocked Nec'Rose and Captain Squak from the hero showcase this week! Thrilled with Nec'Rose. Also the Dinos vs Cats event this weekend is terribly addicting for me. I wish I didn't suck at this game as much as I do. I bet it would be even more fun if I was good at it!!!

OTHER NEWS: I was too sick this week to type, post or read anything. I can taste food again to some extent and I don't care if that is game-journal appropriate CAUSE I NEED TO TELL SOMEONE HOW HAPPY I AM TO TASTE AGAIN!!!! (yea yea, I'm not making a "the haps" post just for that...)

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 27, 2017, 02:47:48 AM »
Persona 5-- Yup I started it. All I can say so far is the amount of intro and exposition to kick things off is a bit much. It looks and sounds absolutely fantastic but I literally feel like I've done nothing but read for the last 4 hours which makes it difficult to even formulate an "initial impression".

Well what did you expect?  P5 has less intro and exposition than P4 did...

Personally I like the fact that they take the time to establish the setting.  Particularly since it's based in an otherwise realistic world so there is more explaining to do.  In a pure fantasy setting it's easier to jump into the action because you don't need to explain why you're fighting monsters and shit.  You don't have to deal with established expectations for what the world should be like.

I don't see a good way around that for something like Persona without having time skips or something (which P5 does...).  I guess maybe you could just throw the player into the thick of the action and then slowly explain the why in flashbacks or something.  But when you also have the time management mechanic you sort of have to explain why upfront.

It isn't quite that I didn't expect to be doing so much reading more so than it is just jarring for me after Nier.

In truth, for as brilliant a series as Persona has been by my measure, I've always found the amount of script to be bothersome. At risk of sounding "simple" I just don't like reading so much as I like "playing". In short, the fault lies with me- not the games.

This achilles heal in my taste/sensibility bars me from deriving any enjoyment from visual novels. This bothers me because so many look very appealing from a narrative standpoint.

Thankfully I just got to the point where things finally open up some and the game is growing on me.

Now finally, what I will contest was that the Persona Arena games did have way too much script for their own good. Creating a fleshed out fiction to become attached to in an RPG is one thing but that just DID NOT work for me in a fighting game. I mean, I read more then I actual fought in those titles!! Matches ended in minutes but story segments went on considerably longer leaving way to freakin' much downtime between gameplay.


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