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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 09, 2014, 07:58:59 PM
Lost Odyssey - Up the the Whitesnake part. I think my only major complaints so far are:

1. The shader effects/shadows/LOD keep having a stroke. THIIIIIIINK installing might help with the LOD freakouts -- I'm aware of GTAV having similar issues.
2. I sort of wish Save Points just restored HP and MP, since your HP/MP are restored on loading anyways and there's nothing stopping you from quitting and reloading after saving anyway
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 09, 2014, 01:35:30 AM
Leena's easy to miss since it's not obvious you can tell Kid to go away at the beginning. And Nikki's probably the best choice there 'cause he's actually relevant to the story whereas Pierre and Guile are not (although Guile's arguably more useful in combat).

TLO - Just past the first boss. A random encounter killed me. That's... not common. These enemy designs are lovely so far.

--- edit ---

Aaand up to the Grand Staff Construction Base. At which point I'm forcing myself to quit playing because my 360 is getting toasty.

Also set the voices back to English since the subtitles don't... match properly. Glad I did because Jansen is immensely entertaining.

If I had to some up my initial experiences with TLO so far, I'd basically say it's FFX with FFIX's skill system (with some nice alterations, namely being allowed to change accessories in battle), better area design, and more compelling characters. The target ring is just a LITTLE BIT Shadow Heartsy, and the way you get items on the map -- they're not all in chests -- reminds me of something I really liked in Wild Arms 1 (and also makes the areas more interesting since it's not just non-interactive maze structure with obvious chests dotting it).

Also giving you fast travel from the beginning instead of sticking it in as late-game content is a lovely touch.

Fragile Dreams - Just got out of the mall MAYBE I SHOULDN'T DOUBLE UP ON DEPRESSING RPGS.

@v - I've heard the battles get slow but I'm coming off of a Suikoden 3 binge so my tolerance for slow battles is a loooot higher than it would otherwise be :v
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2014, 10:55:59 PM
Element with the worst representation?

I say Green. Glenn is like one of the only descent greens.
Yellow isn't far behind either.

Yeah, but... he's Glenn. Who needs any other green users?

Who need's any anything besides Glenn?

... Yeah I was trying to make a Glenn blingee for this but it's not working.

Just pretend.

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I was reading about Rune Factory 4. This sounds like something I want. Like actual soil maintenance mechanics in a farming game? Neat!
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 08, 2014, 08:16:32 PM
I'm bored and I'm trying to think of the jackassest thing I could do right now and I'm pretty sure it'd be learning Japanese for completely wrong reasons.

Also I have to do homework for my job. It involves filling out a form that I cannot provide any meaningful feedback on. 
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2014, 06:17:05 PM
Because I am not a creative person, I followed Klyde's lead and stated playing FFXIII. Current thoughts:

- Just past Kaim's first dream.
- Art style's definitely weird. I like it but I mean it's got this Panzer Dragoon Saga meets Twilight Princess simultaneoulsy muted and overly brightness combined with anatomy that's /kind of/ off.
- There's these little self aware nods I'm seeing, like the cleric towers in the cutscene ALSO FUCKING SWORD CANNONS :D
- 'Goatse'
- I put the VA on Japanese cause the prosody of the English voicework was... weird to me.

@ Dincrest:

CC isn't particularly hard, although I remember the game getting noticeably harder around the halfway point. Also helping Kid throws some harder stuff at you iirc. Difficultly curve's pretty similar to CT's I guess -- they're both fairly easy games.

Game's also harder if you don't get the elemental plate items. They're hidden but sort of OP so if you don't know how to get them I'd recommend not.

I think it's less that the game's /easy/ and more that it's easy to play correctly. It's not like FFVIII where you can intentionally spam a really suboptimal strategy and still get through the vast majority of the game.

(Also make sure you do the Black Dragon stuff the right way and finish some other later-game sidequest involving Glenn and Karsh because they give some nice closure to a few things/the game comes off as WAY more maudlin otherwise).
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 08, 2014, 01:36:33 PM
Klyde you MIGHT like http://www.warsow.net/
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 07, 2014, 11:32:50 PM
I have a bunch of plush... things on my couch. Not normal stuffed animals it's more like Large Satanic-looking Goat, some yellow doll? thing with horns, a nauga monster, this rabbit dog toy that's got a rather melted-looking and rabid face, a hand-crafted squid, a plush, uh, potato sack...
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 07, 2014, 05:30:10 PM
Did you get to the subway key puzzle yet?

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Fragile Memories: Dreams of the Moon - Somewhere in the mall? Just got the cat toy. Not sure what cats are for. Not sure what cats are for in the game, either. Heard that weapon breakage gets to be a problem later so I'm stocking up on weapons. Does Egoraptor voice the chicken dude?

Also wow, Rockstar just pushed a mandatory patch for GTA:SA on steam that takes songs out and lowers the max resolution. Also possibly broke keyboard and mouse support for multicore CPUs and support for old saves. HRRRRRrr.

Shit like that is why I'm annoyed that everything's gone digital these days.

Anyway, I think the biggest problem with Chrono Cross is that they tried to make it the sequel to the greatest RPG ever but in the end it felt NOTHING like Soulblazer.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: November 07, 2014, 12:20:02 AM

40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 06, 2014, 11:08:52 PM
First of all, it went back to the problem of the first where upon clearing a room, more enemies would show up out of nowhere. Sometimes this would happen 2 or 3 times in a row which is enough to feel like that part of the game is never going to end.

Oh god that killed Phantasy Star Online for me. Not so much having to kill everything in a room to progress but that they'd keep spawning in. Marathon also got kind of goofy with that at points. Like I get why having enemies respawn can make parts where you have to backtrack more interesting but like, the endless waves just makes things tedious, as did the way Marathon handled ambushes.

ACNL - I'm not super in-love with the Harvest series but some of it goes well with the Mushroom and Spooky sets. And I still need a trash can >:T Also need to start messing with public works and custom designs ffffffff.

Probably go play more Fragile Dreams when Automatic for the People's over.
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 06, 2014, 11:06:16 PM
Watching Haibane Renmei. This show makes me feel weird :( It's reminding me of 2009.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 06, 2014, 07:51:17 PM
Think I'm used to DST a little now?

Also I'm supposed to test something but I've not gotten the new build of our project yet so I can't :T

-- edit --

Thing dropped right as I posted that. HAH.

--- edit 2 ---

Nevermind, just my test lead telling me the build was delayed, that we're testing it tomorrow instead, and that I could... go to bed?

Dude it's not even 8PM wt hecks :D

--- edit 3 ---

The thing with life is like, when you're in your twenties and feelin' useless, you compare yourself to John Lennon and you're like dang John Lennon was was way more talented at this point his his life than I am.

But then you turn 41 and you're all like, dang I'm a lot better at not being dead than John Lennon ever was.

43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses) on: November 06, 2014, 07:42:03 PM
1. RPGamer.com <---- a poor imitation of the fanner.

44  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 05, 2014, 11:34:30 PM
Playing small amounts of Under Defeat and ACNL. More ACNL, since mushrooms. Accidentally opened someone's time capsule :( WRT I played around with one of the other ships, which doesn't have option pods and just uses the pickups as normal powerups. I'm not really sure if I'm enjoying this or not.

Not really in the mood to move stuff off of my couch so I'm... not playing anything Wii-related right now. Mostly DVD cases, pumpkin brittle, and jack fruit chips.

I have a list of stuff I was trying to actively play in Notepad because I'm tending to forget, otherwise. It's... just got UD and ACNL in it though. Also Ookami, but again, don't feel like moving stuff off my couch.
45  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: November 05, 2014, 11:18:24 PM
Pearls Before Swine - Another Time

This takes me back to... about four years ago when I was less offminded.
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