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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 13, 2019, 09:18:45 AM »
Finished Torna and clocked in about 45 hours.  9/10. The story is very good (you could play either game first - though you might not understand what happened at the ending of Torna until you play XBC2 1st - ending was very well done tho). Plus that final boss fight (while not that hard, I did a ton of quests) was extremely fun. It has the best battle system of all the Xeno games. Only problems being the quests didn't have voice acting

More JPRGs these days need to clock in at the 30-50 hour mark. I think some games needlessly stretch their games out I guess to supposedly get your monies worth (Tales games especially and to a lesser extent FF does too).  If you dont have 80 hours of story to tell, don't make a game 80 hours long.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: January 07, 2019, 07:45:48 PM »
I can't decide if I really like Golden Kamuy. I'm sick of all the food porn, I'm sick of the comic relief character (why won't they kill him), plus the CGI sucks but I can live w/ that. On the other hand the action scenes are really freaking great and it has a really charismatic and fun villian.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys IX
« on: December 23, 2018, 10:10:22 PM »
Aldo just one month removed from felling god for the 8th time died today after a shipwreck and was brutally mutilated by a level 3 Worgle. RIP.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 23, 2018, 10:00:54 PM »
about 10hrs in and damn Torna is good. Its a shame I already know the ending. In fact play Torna 1st. And even if you no desire to play XBC2 play Torna anyway. Its worth it. The battle system is easier to understand and by playing Torna 1st you wont get the what's shaping up to be a better story spoiled.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: December 21, 2018, 07:30:17 AM »
So apparently, in true Smash Bros fashion, Mythra's Spirit got pretty heavily censored. She now looks like this:



The reason why this is significant is because Monolithsoft are made of cool dudes who have turned around and are implementing this as a free costume for XBC2 players. Of course, its an Aux Core like the other costumes, but this one in particular also comes with a +25% Crit rate increase (to again match SSBU's treatment of the character).

This is how she looks in Torna.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 19, 2018, 07:15:31 PM »
Been busy running about 10-15hrs a week but found time to finish XBC2. I've always said that anytime you play a Takahashi game its at least (for me) a 9/10. XBC2 is no different. Sure it has its hiccups (that map) but the battle system once it gets going past say Chapter 5 is really shines. The story is far from flawless but definitely has it moments. The game world while lacking the secret areas that XBCX had is fun to explore and maybe? overall bigger than XBCX. I dunno how the heck they made a game this huge in such short time. 130hrs logged in, I completed I guess close to about 60% of quests.

KOS-MOS built up and stuck on an ether user really obliaterates everything in a chain attack.  Favorite rare blades I got: KOS-MOS, Ageon (the only blade to get me out of the nightmare battles), Cossette (best healer), Percival (great tank/attack hybrid). 

I was going to wait on Torna but started it up for an hour. It sure doesn't look like a cheap cash in. The graphics are even improved. Tweaked battle system (its good!) and the MC looks to be an excellent one.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 16, 2018, 07:24:39 PM »
The best news I got this season was that Chihayafuru 3 is coming in the spring. Now just give me Grimgar S2 plz!!

Run w/ the Wind has been very good.

I might have to start watching Slime Iseaki.


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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 27, 2018, 10:07:16 PM »
Yea the Banner Saga Trilogy is just amazing. Other than the fact there is sparse voice acting in it (pity because the VAs did a great job), it just nails SRPG gameplay, art style and story. As far as SPRGs go, next to VC1 its my all time favorite.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 22, 2018, 07:56:48 PM »
The gacha mechanic is frustrating if you if are a collect em all kind of person.

Especially if you're gunning for KOS-MOS. Have fun trying to nail 0.02% odds with no way to improve them.

At least the rest of the Gacha is nowhere near as heavily stacked against you, nor is it particularly necessary to suffer through it since the game gives you enough free Blades through sidequests and the plot to get by fairly well on.

I got KOS-MOS in chapter 5. Never knew she was powerful and didn't really start using her until about Chapter 8 (she's also very similar to Ayami who I got early and her quest is easy). They probably should have released the DLC w/ 15 legendary cores a few months earlier. If you start it now you should have about 10-15 blades by Chapter 5 now.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 21, 2018, 05:36:53 PM »
My only trepidation with Xenoblade 2, @Rook , is those painfully -excruciatingly- awful, ugly, hideous character designs and the gacha mechanics.  Really took the shine off of my anticipation for that title.

On the upside, Elma's in it, so... I'll probably check it out sometime.

The gacha mechanic is frustrating if you if are a collect em all kind of person. It kind of makes for a unique playthrough though as everyone gets different ones (you can switch w/ overdrive). However generally you get more than enough rare blades by say chapter 8 (I had about 70% by chapter 9). You'll probably get more if you buy the Torna DLC (supposedly worth it). Character designs are decent IMO (granted I didn't mind rex's suit). Yes there are a few awful looking blades (Dahlia) but most are pretty cool. There is arguably more dialogue from NPCs than in CS 1-2. If you liked XCX a lot you'll definitely like this.

The only really issue I had w/ the game was the map but you get kinda used to it.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:04:07 PM »

Up Next: Octopath Traveler?

I'd go w/ XBC 2 myself. While not as good as XBCX, it does some things better. Combat is the best XB series (takes a bit to get there) IMO and so are the quests (while still be on the fetch-y side but some are fun).  Grinding isn't really all that necessary (XP and blade build up seems to be more distrubuted by completing quest/discovering). The world is arguably bigger than XBX.  The story is quality. With the exception of some really side characters the VAs are excellent.  On the final chapter now and 120hrs in.

Plus w/ the DLC you get Torna and start w/ 15 legendary cores. So you can relatively start w/ say 8-10 rare blades off the bat.

After XBC2 I'm either going to start VC4 or 428 Shibuya Scramble. Glad to hear VC4 is good.

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Why do I have a feeling that Square Enix in terms of managements is a total dumpster fire?  Seriously, they can't seem to stay on schedule for any of their projects.
To some extent the problem is announcing things LONG before they are ready to be announced (e.g., if I recall correctly, the director for the FF7 Remake wasn't even aware he was directing it till after it was announced). The inability to get anything done in a reasonable time just compounds the problem. I feel like it might be that they have perfectionist directors that are obsessed with maxing out the graphics so high that it takes 3x as long to get anything done than if went with a slightly lower or more stylized graphics, but that is entirely speculation.

Don't they still make their own engines for the AAA games? They seem to get out the unreal and unity stuff pretty quick.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 05, 2018, 09:55:35 PM »
Assuming they didn't blow their whole budget on ep. 1, Run with the Wind is going to be so good.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 27, 2018, 08:14:41 PM »
@Rook My Hero Academia celebrates the tropes of shounen anime while refining the formula where it can. If you outright dislike those tropes, though, I could see it not really resonating with you. It's not like it's trying to reinvent the genre or anything. As a huge fan of shounen who also has been enjoying MHA, I'd argue it doesn't really need to. The passion it put into how its characters are written, how well-thought-out its setting is, and how there has been very little filler, leading to a much more consistantly-entertaining experience that I haven't seen since Hunter x Hunter finished airing...it's been easily the most fun out of any series this year that I've seen. Just my two cents.


Funny MHA is in the middle of their tournament arc, I just kept thinking that that yea HxH did this and did it so much better. However, I ended up dropping HxH somewhere in the chimera ant arc b/c I thought the anime just died when Hisoka wasn't on the screen.

So yea, Shonen probably just isn't my thing. Its not that I hate the genre. Blue Seed is one of my all time favs.  FMA and FMAB are in my top 10 (I'm in the minority that I like FMA better though, probably b/c its less shonen-y).  Plus Gintama spoiled me because when they decide to do shonen arcs, they do it better than anyone else IMO.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 27, 2018, 12:14:48 AM »
So I was bored and started watching My Hero Academia and watched about 18 episodes. Shonen isn't my thing but recently its been Grapest anime ever so I'd give it a try. Its fine I guess. However its so paint by numbers shonen that I fail to see what people see in it (dunno: maybe the reason its so popular is becuase its such a paint by numbers shonen). I mean jeez at least do 1 thing different like ship your MC w/ frog girl instead of boring moe girl or something.

Other than that Handebayo is good. I liked the twist in the middle where the MC
Spoiler: show
turned into a little shit, and I think would be a much more interesting anime if she stayed that way. unfortunately she's going to find redemption through the power of sprots and friendship by the end of the season. bummer. 


Oh and AoT its still really good! not sure why its not as popular as it once was. I enjoyed season 2 and Season 3 has been even better (arguably my fav anime of the year). Sure they are dragging out this "mystery" of the Titans but they are doing it well with little reveals with each episode instead of just saving it for say the final 2-3 episodes like some animes do.


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