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61  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 26, 2016, 04:22:04 PM
I think you can save Gilbert at some point. If you want to. Also I THINK the cactus diaries carry over in New Game+

Unrelated question: Is there some RPG that has... a character or an empire named Bairados or Beirados or something like that?

Tales of Phantasia - Did Heimdall. So while I want to note that I still like the game a lot, the passivity of the enemies in the random encounters is a bit... concerning. Like, boss fights are still super-involving, but the enemies in random encounters... barely attack at all. I'm not sure if that's an issue in the SNES version too but...

That being said though I do like the storytellingin this (it's a simple story but it's nice), the way all the characters are kind of jerks, just the mood in general, but the passivity of the random encounters is weirding me out.

Fallout 3 -  Did more of Springvale School. Map design actually felt really good to me -- lots of 'terrain' that you could use for cover and chokepoints. Killed Burke (there was a non-violent way to get rid of him that I didn't consider exploring), fixed some missing waterpipes, disarmed the bomb and got a house.

I never played this because in general I'm not big on Bethesda but... early impressions but this feels less Bethesda-y to me than New Vegas does? NV had the huge empty areas I tend to associate with Bethesda. FO3 so far hasn't.

Also picked up some import Saturn games from a store in town (Japanese version of Iron Storm, its expansion?, and Nowabunga's Ambition 6 (but not the one with the powerup kit. idk what that added)) because they'd been there since I moved here and I felt bad for them. And then remembered that I suck at strategy games OH WELPERS.

-- edit --

More FO3 - Doing Those! quest in Greyditch. THAT'S where the needlessly long dungeons were hiding. Although this is more FO2's  molerat dungeon than Bethesda-y dungeon. Anyway probably not supposed to be here yet since none of my weapons are doing much damage to the ants. Might drop it back to regular difficulty.

Okage - Only played this briefly before switching to FO3 (got Ari new equipment). The uh... I like the game but the translation's pushing me towards dropping it. It runs afoul of English in a way that's unsettling and fatiguing.
62  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: June 26, 2016, 11:16:34 AM
Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1 (Thanks, Mother 3) and it's spiritual successor, Brian Eno - 1/1.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 25, 2016, 10:56:37 PM
[redacted - i was complaining about kids these days being seemingly prone to holocaust denialism but it looked like I was implying things in the context of previous posts that I definitely was NOT implying]
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 25, 2016, 06:22:11 PM

WHY is this.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 25, 2016, 06:20:52 PM

what is this
66  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 25, 2016, 12:38:33 AM
Fallout 3 - Got this during the Steam sale, out of curiosity. Probably won't spend THAT much time with it -- I've got stuff in rotation. ANYWAY Messed around in the Sprinvale school then whent to Megaton. Immediate impressions compared to N' Vegs:

- Vault bit actually had like emotional resonance to me. Not expecting that!
- I miss the survival/crafting stuff from NV.
- Maps actually have z-axis !? Appreciate!est?

... uh :D
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 24, 2016, 07:37:41 PM
^ take notice BernorBust people

Brake Bramerica Breat Bragain

Man, legits?

I really wish this election's primary focus was, you know, /issues/ and not whether or not right-wing nationalist populism has a place in mainstream American politics, because that should be an obvious answer, but here we are!

(Totally rescinding earlier comment about not wanting a boring election. This is not fun anymore).

... Apropos of nothing in particular, I wonder if there were any neat PAL-only PSX/PS2 games I'm missing out on.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 24, 2016, 07:31:27 PM

69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: June 24, 2016, 12:10:29 AM
She kind of was that way in Spirit Tracks... although she was technically like "dead" sorta....

She wasn't dead, just disembodied (also a total wiseass about this particular matter).

I also kinda still lament the fact that they didn't go through with the idea of having 3 playable characters (ala Secret of Mana) for ALttP. Granted, I can't really lament it too much simply because ALttP was amazing as is, but it would've made this matter less of an unsurmountable issue on precedent (much like Peach's playability status in non-spinoff Mario games).

Isn't having three playable characters on screen the major reason why SoM has a bunch of issues with collision detection/framerate/frite splicker/occasionally dropping attacks?

Given Nintendo's fondness for polish and technical not-being-not-polished it makes sense why they didn't go with 3 playable characters (granted, you could've gone the Rolan's Curse 2 route and just had one playable character active at a given time. Also I'm sure there's another game that did the same thing that people actually played and would work better as an example here but screw it I love RC2 [Noooooot RC1 though. That uh... No]).
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 23, 2016, 11:56:47 PM
The Brexit causes a minor global recession which, although it has nothing to do with US policy making, still gets people to turn against Obama and, in turn, Clinton. Buffered by more anti-Muslim sentiment in light alcoholics shooting up various locations after a night of binge drinking and declaring allegiance to the idk Sultanate of Seljuk Turks, Donald Trump handily wins the election.

Just as he's about to give his victory speech, David Bowie and Rick Wakeman run out on stage, declare that 2016 has just been a horrible joke and, at that moment, all the snow that didn't fall during the winter of 2015/2016 that didn't happen blankets gingerly the countryside.
71  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 23, 2016, 11:51:15 PM
I remember SH:C's font being /really/ hard to read on my old TV :S

Morrowind - Did the thieves guild thing in Ald'Ruhn, escorted woman to Ghostfence, got a blessing from that (so I think I'm more than halfway through the Pilgrimages now). Next stop is... probably going back to Vivec or exploring the Mameca/Mamaea/I can't read this font.

Okage - Up to... sea town whose name I forgot in the last ten minutes (thanks Brexit, for distracting me. Threxit). Picked up a crazy science dude. Picked up multiple wigs. The field areas in this have a REALLY Xenoblade-y vibe to them.
72  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 23, 2016, 06:21:34 PM
Speaking of meat, but

Did I mention that it was like a full two days after E3 that I realized that Norman Reedus was a real person and not some Laura-esque digital actor thing that Kojima was trying to do, and also that his last name was neither Reetus nor intended to rhyme with "Fetus?"

You miss a lot when you don't have cable TV!
73  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 22, 2016, 09:17:03 PM
@ Kylde - The junkyard's super f'd once you start talking to the toys/get the relevant world history encyclopedias :]

ToP - Got the scales and met Cool Scarf McAwesome. That didn't really take any amount of time to do. I will say that some of the battle backgrounds in the original were a lot nicer looking -- the desert's in particular -- compared to the remake, but that and how hitspongey stuff got in Moria Mine for no reason (actually this was probably to compensate for manual control, so there's a reason! Also apparently should've been using Arche more) were my only issues with it so far.

Everblue 2 - Started a new game. Did the first two tutorial divey bits. Need to get some pipes for the aquarium, which are north of the island, and go screw around in the eastern fish shoal for awhile. Might go back to the ferry and salvage some stuff so I can get better flippers.

Anyway, Okage and Morrowind for a bit now. Also, AC having been repaired, I'll probably feel ambitious enough to get back to Eternal Blue and Linda^3 (dictionarying when it's a stagnant, humid 90 degrees indoors isn't fun). And by that I mean it looks like there's a possible derecho in the forecast so I'm going to be doing nothing because the last time that happened we lost power for a week.


Morrowind - Bought an Ashlander a book. Unproductively tried to do some thieve's guild thing I don't have adequate lockpicks for yet. There's someone that needs an escort outside of Ald'Ruhn so uh I'll goooo help them first, then go to Vivec to do the Ald'Ruhn mage's guild quest. Also there were some skill books in there and in the thieve's guild that I need to revisit, since I reverted to a previous save.

nvm i'm an idiot, I was failing to pick the lock because of low fatigue.

Okage - You ever have one of those feverdreams about playing some videogame and then you wake up and that game doesn't exist but you feel kind of uncomfortable? This is that game. Rosalyn joined the party.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 22, 2016, 01:17:56 AM
Need to get AC repaired, so I moved all my furniture to the kitchen and now it looks like I'm more of a hoarder than I really am because it's just like this mortuary of tables and chairs and GameCubes over there now. only they're not dead.
75  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2016, 07:26:09 PM
i told you about the plates bro I TOLD YOU ABOUT THE PLATES

but uh, just be thorough in exploring and steal everything and you shouldn't get locked out of anything important. Second half of the game should have everything pretty opened up so you're kind of past the point of having the plot railroad you past something missible iirc.

Okage - Played this for like an hour. This starts slow so no real opinions yet. I'll go play it more in, uh, soon.

Anyway, up to Madril. Now that I'm past the intro, I'm liking this. Definitely gonna continue.

1. This reminds me of Guardian's Crusade.
2. The enemy death sound is the same sound that Steam uses for IM notifications.
3. I think I recognize the battle menu sounds from Aquanaut's Holiday.
4. I do wish I could get this to upscale without breaking things -- it looks /notgood/ in native res on my monitor.

Morrowind - Did some unaffiliated escort quest near Ald-Ruhn. Discovered that I had a main quest to do here toooo, so gonna do that and head on because there's nothing else here right now since I'm gearing more towards joining House Hlaalu and all the quests here are Redoran stuff. Also found a sixth house shrine in someone's basement. Neeeeeeeeeat.

I wonder if Bethesda will ever make something this unique wrt its worldbuilding again. Probably not.

Tales of Phantasia - So one of the major issues with spears in this game is they tend to miss and stab through things without hitting if you attack at close range. This isn't really a problem once you get manual control, since auto-run doesn't like, position you weirdly. Ergo in addition to the stat boost, Gungnir's super-useful because it's not as miss-prone now.


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