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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 02, 2014, 11:20:54 AM
62  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 01, 2014, 08:24:42 PM
I beat Valkyria Chronicles 3 and the iOS version of Final Fantasy V today. Was generally impressed with both games.

I realize it's hypocritical of me to complain about FFVI's dungeon designs and then turn around and be all OH YEAH FFV IS TOTALLY MY SECOND FAVORITE FF.

I realize this, but I don't caaaaare.

AVP 2000 - Yeeeeeeah I still don't like this. Did the first two marine levels. I can't pin down what it is about the level design and the way you move that bugs me so much, but I don't like it. When you vote One Nation out. My language has been murdered.

Brahma Force - Since I kind of WAS in the mood for an arcadey FPS, I decided to play this instead! So out of all the PSX FPSes I've played, this is easily the smoothest. The platforming feels /good/ in it because you can look down while jumping, the movement speed is very tight, and you have a bit of a jetpack so you can float a little if necessary. Level design's interesting so far -- small and open, but it's not necessarily clear how to get to the exit from the start. Also it rewards exploration with powerups, and you need to find ways to jump up to some of them to get them.

IDK its sort of like Jumping Flash meets Machine Head but with tighter controls, and very not like Kileak or Epidemic.

D2 - Went to the crash site and got the key for the stone hut. I can see why this was critically panned when it came out but I honestly think it's a lot of fun.


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New Leaf - Got an /aircheck/ from KK Slider. Un-decorated my Halloween stuff. Not really sure what I want my house to look like -- I was going with the modern set, which I do like, but Savannah already has that going on, and I really like the look of the musroom, spooky, and cabin sets mixed together so... Imma pay off my loan and expand tomorrow. Got the /lewd statue/ from Redd. Also I need trash cans super badly :T

Apropos to nothing (aside, perhaps, from my recent Artdink infatuation), I would really like a city builder game where you can only influence the city indirectly.
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 01, 2014, 12:32:43 AM
Animal Crossing - Punkin' F!@#ker won't give me the ghost mask >:T

Also my shirt got wrecked so I should go get a new one before T&T closes for awhile.

-- reordered my shirt, got the jack in the box, and the two remaining pieces of spooky furniture I wanted. Seasonal inappropriateness aside I'm tempted to use it all year round because I fucking love pumpkins.

D2 - Obnoxious tank controls notwithstanding, this is pretty neat! And combat's basically, uh, very lightgun-y so the tank controls don't actually matter.
64  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 30, 2014, 10:17:28 PM
Finally got around to playing Illbleed. What the hell :DDD This actually reminds me of Shivers for... some reason, which is weird because Illbleed's essentially Blue Stinger 2 and Shivers was Myst clones. Anyway Illbleed's legits creepy in spite of being /intentionally/ campy because of how screwed up everything looks.

Man I also have D2 and Code Veronica I could be playing wrt /horror games for the season/.

ACNL - Made a token effort at decorating my room for halloween :D
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 30, 2014, 07:35:22 PM
VC's on GMG now. You can preorder for 18. and there's a coupon that knocks it down to 15.

Not entirely sure my system can run it but imma get it and hope for the best.

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66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 29, 2014, 07:38:20 PM
I bought my PS3 for VC, no joke.  I'm not sure how Yggdrasil became the arbiter of why people buy consoles...

I didn't said everyone, you said everyone. I said most people. There's a difference.


There were a number of PS3 exclusives I wanted to get a PS3 for. Under Defeat got a US release on the 360 a few weeks ago, and VC is coming to steam now.

I... mean I literally have fewer reasons to get a PS3 now than I did earlier.
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 29, 2014, 12:41:13 AM
Aquanaut's Holiday 2 - If I sing to the rock, it goes crazy. I've yet to get fish to do much by singing to them. Hrm.

ACNL - Relaxing as I find it to water plants, er, I enacted Beautiful Town cause I have too many plants.

Illbleed - I forgot to play Illbleed.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 28, 2014, 08:32:46 PM
Running through the stuff I was REALLY interested in getting a 360 for, it pretty much was just Ketsui, Mamorukun Curse, and VC.

So yeah, here's hoping that PC release pans out. Also imagine VC would... probably run on my laptop.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 28, 2014, 07:45:45 PM
I see the appeal of making it so you have to draw your own maps since that adds to the adventure feel of the game, but in those cases I think they should be like the later Etrian Odyssey entries and have an option.

I also definitely agree with liking maze-like dungeons moreso than "hallways and rooms" dungeons, unless it makes sense for it not to be (anything man-made basically). If it's a cave or something I don't think it should be easy to navigate.

The only case I can think of where I really hate maze-like dungeons is Phantasy Star 2 where they did this stupid crap like making the foreground block holes in the ground you're supposed to drop down.

Unfortunately, part of why I don't really care for SD3 all that much is because it ended up going the "hallways and rooms" dungeon design the entire game. Granted, the layout of those rooms were better than most variations of that design style in that, most of the time, it actually had a layout (whereas most of these types of "hallways and rooms" style games are even lucky to have their rooms laid out to form some kind of shape on the map, the worst examples being anything with procedurally built dungeons; at that point the developers are basically too cheap to bother hiring a level designer, or knows what a good one looks like; IMO, any level designer that suggests going procedural as anything more than a single dungeon gimmick should be fired on the spot).

People actually LIKE procedurally generated dungeons, because they've convinced themselves that "the dungeon has a different layout each time" means more replayability. The big problem though, as you noted, is that most proc-gen algorithms are good enough to make anything interesting.

You actually CAN have procedurally generated dungeons that are interesting, and there are several examples of roguelikes that pull this off, but -- and I think this is a huge problem with indie games in particular -- most people don't know just how much work you need to put into your system to pull it off.

A big factor with roguelikes in particular is that they have a lot of /stuff/ that exists on the map. With something like Persona 3, where you have basically chests, floors, and monsters (which do nothing on the map besides chase you or run from you), you just don't have enough stuff to work with to generate anything interesting. You really need a good variety of map objects and a lot of interaction between the non-player agents to pull of proc gen.

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I think my problem with CT's combat is that a lot of the bosses are puzzles bosses with very specific attack patterns and very specific anti-patterns that counter these, and once you figure out the anti-pattern you can just spam it mindlessly.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 28, 2014, 07:23:53 PM
What IS a good reason to get a PS3, then :S
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 28, 2014, 07:10:26 PM
Grim, just remember what everyone's saying these days: Life BEGINS at 40.

Well, unless your friends are douchebags and pull the classic "Birthday Cake Full of Hitman" prank.

Then life's gonna be doing the exact opposite thing.


Nov 2 Update:

Currently experiencing some really frisky heartburn. Mood is caffeine-induced panic attack compounded by DST confusion. Experiencing flashbacks and a vague desire to move to Toronto.
72  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 27, 2014, 08:26:30 PM
Draak, all the TES games have level scaling/leveled lists. People just bitched about it in Oblivion a lot for some reason.

Anyway, the Aquanaut's Holiday games I ordered came. Yey.

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Aquanaut's Holiday: I have no idea if this is something that MoS1996 added or if I just legits never found this but holy hell at some point near the face, the game places this hideous bellowing sound effect. This is honestly a perfect halloween game.

Underwater games are not /soothing and relaxing/ like you'd think. It's like in Everblue 2 where it's all pretty and tropical, and then you go in a shipwreck and it's !@#%ing Silent Hill 2!!!

v- I'm under the impression that Hyrule Warriors is the best damn musou game in a long time. Not played it but 've heard good.
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 27, 2014, 07:29:52 PM
Oh hey PC port of Valkyria Chronicles IT'S LIKE I HAVE LESS OF A REASON TO GET A PS3 EVERY DAY.
74  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 27, 2014, 01:14:45 AM
I never really got into playing Dunban and mostly mained Melia. There are some situations where she just doesn't work, but there's this weird rhythm to how she plays that I really liked.

Endless Ocean 2 - Played this for like an hour while trying to get over a headache and didn't really do much (because of the headache), but this DOES remind me more of Everblue 2 than EO1. Mostly because it feels more adventure gamey aHOLY !@#%ING SHARKS AGH GET IT AWAY FROM ME.

ACNL - General comment on this, but there's some surface similarities between the AC games and Harvest Moon that's getting me kinda nostalgic for Back to Nature, except I feel like AC out-HMs HM. Acouthmshms. Mmrnmhrm. Houyhnhnm. Dead to rights, Mike Dawson.

Anyway, my halloween list for this week is Illbleed, Luigi's Mansion, Haunting Ground, and idk maybe the resident evil remake for GC.
75  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 26, 2014, 08:25:47 PM
http://store.steampowered.com/app/277890/ Risky's Revenge has an updated PC port I guess.
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