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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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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:13:08 AM »
- Fallout 4

Completed the main quest, so I consider the game beaten.



Congrats. I did not have the fortitude to finish that one. Pretty rare for me to drop a game some odd 30 hours in but FO4 was a particular brand of grueling I just couldn't stand anymore. I do however occasionally get the urge to go back to it and finish it for some reason because it did quite a bit I loved and I'd venture to guess with DLC and whatnot it is a whole different enchilada now (I played it back upon release)

NIER AUTO-- Route C Done.
Spoiler: show
Ok, machines making androids that think they were made by humans that are really already dead (the humans) just to have something to fight against/kill and evolve themselves (the machines) is just.... well, convoluted when I type it but brilliant in execution the way this game did it. Debug mode/options seem neat and something I look forward to exploring in the future but I'm putting this down for now. This game makes you feel funny after awhile.


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".

What I can say? It is jarring as hell going from Nier Automata to Persona 5. - LoL

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 20, 2017, 10:44:32 PM »

XII The Zodiac Age should come before P5.  You owe it to yourself.



Sadly I will likely never touch this with a ten foot pole.

Strange part is, I actually liked the original well enough but I played it during a rather abysmal time in my life. I find it very hard to enjoy just about any PS2 era games for this very reason, with the exception of a few I got into outside the scope of that.

And by my assessment it should not be "very hard" to enjoy my games.

Reflecting on this point, I think it is highly overlooked how integral the gamer themselves is to the actual experience. In short, the best game could be a terrible experience if played the wrong way, at the wrong time or under the wrong circumstances.

NIER AUTO-- It is difficult to not speak on this at present without spoilers so...
Spoiler: show
Just got to the part where you fight the operator post her succumbing to the logic virus. They did a great job of making each and every narrative segment seem totally epic, including those you don't see coming, and this was no exception. Oh yea, and the rock em sock em robot fight whilst defending the machines in the abandoned factory felt sooooo colossal! I need to make note of because... well... it was cool as all heck.


I love how this game explores and even pokes fun at so many aspects of humanity and sociology through the use of androids and machines. They did such great job of writing somewhat borderline philosophical musings while executing a COHERENT story its remarkable. I say this because those two efforts (coherency and philosophizing) rarely go hand in hand when it comes to the good ol' JRPG.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 17, 2017, 06:52:45 PM »
Gee golly, photobucket went ahead and screwed up my avatar by cutting hosting. Ah well, got that fixed right quick. Now onto something relevant.

NIER AUTOMATA -- This game has officially consumed me. I haven't spent an ioda of leisure time with ANYTHING other than this. I am obsessed.

Beat route B. Mind blown.

Started route C. Mind completely blown.

Spoiler: show
Absolutely love getting to play as A2.


I seriously like this game so much I'm gonna give myself an android name and tattoo it on myself. Thinking of going with Z4 or 4Z for stupid reasons.

Thank God I didn't play persona 5 yet or I seriously wouldn't know what I have to look forward to when I am eventually through with this.

@MeshGearFox Wooooooaaaahh buddy!! Just caught the little note that you started another Mana play-through. I feel like playing secret of mana should be celebrated for some reason ;)

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 09, 2017, 08:13:01 PM »
So I finally picked up Transistor in the Steam sale.  One of those games I've been meaning to play forever but never got around to...but hey, it was $3.

Does this game feel incredibly pretentious to anyone else or is it just me?  I feel there is a difference between true mystery and just having everything presented as cryptically as possible so you don't actually know WTF anyone means when they speak.  And I kind of feel like this game falls on the latter half of that spectrum...

Combat...gets old, honestly.  Yes it was pretty novel at first but in the end it just boils down to kicking ass when time is paused and running around with your metaphorical tail between your legs when it isn't.  There is a huge variation of ways you can kick ass while time is paused for sure, but it's more like a lot of different ways to do the same thing.  I didn't find it that engaging.

Oh well, at least the game is supposed to be short.

Just caught this post and totally need to comment. I hold the same sentiment as you and to be honest, really did not enjoy my time with Transistor considering the praise it gets.

I mean, it isn't just the storytelling itself that comes across as pretentious but even the way the voice acting was handled. It is was like they wanted to make every simple statement wrought with notes of cryptic "meaning" and weight when in fact I couldn't care less because it didn't make a bit of coherent sense to begin with.

NIER AUTOMATA-- Finished route A. Yea, I'd be lying if I didn't say I loved this whole experience. Enough so that I went right into route B which I didn't have intentions of doing until I had a breather.

I tried picking up Cosmic Star Heroine Girl but Nier still has me too enthralled.

I do have one major complaint and isn't in regard to the game at all. Who's bright idea was it to throw mondo spoiler-ific info into the DLC description!!!??? I mean I was just checking it out and ****BOOM!!!!!**** I get hit hardcore with a reveal clearly not meant until latter routes/playthroughs. Total bullshit right there. 

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 05, 2017, 03:19:53 AM »
NIER AUTOMATA -- Cripes, does this game do anything poorly? Shmup segments are bullet-hell awesome and super responsive. Storytelling and narrative pacing is great. Side-scrolling beat em up? Check! Open-worldee exploration and questing that doesn't hang up progressssion? Sure you got it.

The killer part is how well it strings it all into a seamless experience with zero down-time. As a player, this game gives you no opportunity to be bored.

The icing is the combat and soundtrack of course.

I mean, I read about how good this title turned out so I'm not surprised. But at the end of the day I feel like I need to seriously check my sensibility because I literally can't find anything weak about it aside from the map. The map just plain sucks but is actually "accurate" to how I'd imagine an androids perception of geographical data would be so I can't even call it poorly done.

@Arvis / About FFXV DLC -- Totally just waiting to sort of do it all at once (all the episodes and post game) likely after Nier. That is of course if I don't jump right into Persona 5 **tee-hee**

@Mickeymac92 - Saints Row 4 has been on my list since I tried the standalone DLC Gat out of Hell. I've always been secretly afraid of the reports of the PS4 version being glitchy. Curious what platform you are playing on.

SUPER EXPLODING ZOO -- MMkay. I DO need to check my sensibility cause I just tried this and it is fun as hell (for 5 minutes at a time). What is wrong with me guys!!???


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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 30, 2017, 01:50:00 AM »
CHROMA SQUAD-- Yup. Would have finished the game tonite... IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE GOD FORSAKEN GLITCH THAT FREEZES THE LAST BATTLE I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT!!!

I'm done.

I'm a patient Ninja but not for glitches. That battle took me like 2 hours and I was moments away from victory/credits. Total freakin' bullshit, man.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 29, 2017, 01:46:09 AM »
CHROMA SQUAD-- Made it to season 6 and it seems things are coming to a climax! What a season, 5 proved to be. Got my "6th" character and as it turns out the game shoe-horns the 6th into the party (albeit giving you options), and thus a Galactic Policeman of sorts joined the team. Makes me wanna give this another play-through someday just to see whom my other "6th" could have been.

Arvis stole alien tech to fly us to the big baddies base in space.

Tomara saved the day even though everyone else left her out of a lunch party.

Klyde punched first and asked questions later, inadvertently knocking out the rest of the Squad cause he thought they were space aliens. Aeolus and crew forgave him cause his heart was in the right place <3


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