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31  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: July 17, 2014, 11:49:48 AM
It is a brilliant, infuriating game that I will never ever play again.
This is actually the best way to describe a 'certain set' of games that I love to death but can't ever touch again due to life/sanity being more important.
32  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: July 17, 2014, 12:01:19 AM
I disagree completely. I found the gameplay and survival elements to be excellent and don't at all think it was a purely cinematic experience. It was VERY good in the latter category, but I'm replaying it because I enjoy the combat and the sneaking and the survivaling. Cool if you don't feel the same way, but saying it as if it's objective fact is not something I can get behind.

I actually appreciated it more when I did the "Survivor" difficulty run.  Something about a 'perfect steal run' is very satisfying (and interesting when you can see how many enemies you can just sneak passed...).

Like I said before, buried within The Last of Us there was a better game and even a better story, but that didn't happen. But it doesn't matter because most people liked the final product, so... whatever I guess. *shrug*

I think UNANIMOUS LOVE (or fanboying/girling) for something can really kill the buzz for later adopters.  A lot of people, after hearing all the praise for TLOU, had trouble seeing it since it does get built up (I assume).

Otherwise, I think The Last of Us has a brilliant story.  Maybe not in its brief synopsis, but the nuances in human interaction and desperation.  You're kind of vague about how the end kind of makes it or breaks it, but I think that was the point.  The game always makes an effort to blur the lines of its cast; they created flaws for every virtue, and so on.

If you mean it had a bad story because of its "pseudo zombies" (Clickers), then I agree there; but that was a big criticism even before the game's release.  I'd argue that they really were more a means to an end, plot-wise though --- it's the humans that take on most of the '
I liked the "story" because the people felt real and the dialogue felt far from "video game-y".  And again, that atmosphere.  The wrecked city, the empty college, the abandoned evacuation centres, the "repurposed" resort, and a restored dam.  I've played many-a-game because they could pull off a feeling and a look; literally creating their own world to wash you up in.  The story didn't have to have a complicated and intricate plot, an optional "do or don't" ending, in-game politics, MIRACLE CURE, and so forth because the setting worked so well on its own as something you could explore and learn about.

I was probably one of the harsher critics of TLOU when it came out, but I've got to admit that it's really grown on me over the past year.  There's a lot of subtlety and nuance to the combat and stealth than I initially gave it credit for.  It doesn't always work (and I still maintain that the beginning areas of the game are awful compared to how much it opens up in terms of tactics and player agency), but it's very different from everything else out there.  Combat feels nasty, mean, and rarely leaves you unscathed.  I really like those aspects of the game and it totally sells the atmosphere. 

On that replay, yeah.... the first few areas of the game are a huge pain in the ass at some points... Summer had that big sequence with everything in the hotel.  Holy smokes what a pain (eat ass, basement section, eat....ass!!!).

Actually, that reminds me.  This is definitely one of those titles that really shows you how important 'down time' is in a game....  Those brief little pauses in the game are totally appreciated.
33  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: July 16, 2014, 05:18:24 PM
Combat-wise I found it nothing special or unique.  Just the narrative and atmosphere totallly sold me.
34  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: July 16, 2014, 03:26:02 PM
In-game graphics definitely look a lot nicer (and it looks like Ellie's eyes don't have the car-like headlights on anymore).

I'm curious what the DLC is (bearing in mind it isn't Multiplayer stuffs) --- Left Behind was a great addition as far as 'plot importance'.

I'd actually have no problem buying the game up again.  I meant what I said that a lot of videogame cutscene/dialogue just isn't as good in comparison to what TLOU managed.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Aurian's Dragons on: July 16, 2014, 12:11:00 AM
Oh man I love these!!  If I ever create a drawing of a dragon can I pay you to sculpt me one??? :D
One day hopefully...

Anyways, keep it up, they're super cute.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 16, 2014, 12:07:13 AM
ART: Pro artist redraws his childhood pictures...

37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 15, 2014, 09:16:06 PM
I will not delete your post in the SMT thread.

I want everyone to know you dun goofed as retribution for not having me in it. T_T

*cries and eats a gallon of ice cream*

Klyde picks favourites, and we're not it, I suppose....  Well gee whiz.  I'll be your favourite!!!!! >:(

Believe it or not, I never played through Breath of Fire 4..... its another one of those games from my adolescence I always wanted to because I love the franchise but never did.

DRAKENGARD 3= If there was more to it I could just play this. But this hardly qualifies as "JRPG" in my book. Action platformer is more appropriate. Loving it none the less, but it just doesn't fill the void.

The former has an amazing plot and atmosphere; the latter I completely agree.  It's good enough, but it is not filling any gaming void.
38  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: July 15, 2014, 12:41:59 PM
Zelda's 'Dark World Theme'.... on Banjos! 
And now my favourite version of the song! 

Now let us never talk of banjos ever again.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 15, 2014, 12:30:10 PM
To me, Dice will always be the dedicated healer. She had that Estelle avatar for the longest time and when she was in Final Fantasy, she was that potions chugging white mage. So, if I'm going to put RPGfan members in the next Disgaea game, Dice is going to heal things with magic.)

I don't post for a day and come back to this. <3
I think in real life, I'd be the biggest potty-mouthed white mage there ever was. Good!  Take that 'innocent' stereotype!

Kid Icarus: Uprising
This game is just too fun; it's totally my GOTY (of 2012....in 2014?) for this kinda slow year.
I think some of the Hades-level challenges are almost impossible though (or at least more effort and skill than I'd be willing to commit) but I've enjoyed the hell out of some of the less-intense mission goals and playing online.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 15, 2014, 11:17:32 AM
Think you posted that in the wrong thread, Klyde ;)

I support the wrong threading (becauseIseemynameandgottickledpink)
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Project 16 Announced on: July 15, 2014, 03:07:46 AM

Game is out in Japan by now (I think).

Did we post the opening?
Because holy fuck that animation is smooth (and the song is pretty).
42  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: July 14, 2014, 01:04:48 PM

Probably a trophy. :(

Seriously hoping a few more surprises will be put in here.

And yay for more FE representation (I'll always mourn the loss of Roy though; he was my boy), and yeah, hopefully Shulk will be there eventually (hell, Xenoblade was a damn puzzle on the 3DS streetpass).
43  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: July 14, 2014, 03:58:02 AM
W...what trophy?
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: July 13, 2014, 06:13:11 PM
Not with a bang, but a swoosh.

It was a nice goal, and yeah the better team definitely won.  Good on them!
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 12, 2014, 12:14:20 PM
(1)  Decided to change my profile picture to one of my creations. :)

(2)  Its damn hot today. Got a bug swarm on my screen door and unfortunately, they're small enough to get inside. So we have to keep the door closed unless we play "bug shoot" first - get a water bottle and blast all the bugs off/through the screen. I think my husband is secretly enjoying this game.

(3)  Is it wrong that I am amused by the deli signs?  "Smoked Chicks", "BBQ brats", and "Hung Salami"?

A beautiful creation at that!  Nothing wrong with salami signs either.  We had to change an AC on a hot day and kept doors open so the parts guy could get in/out.  We had the dog eat every insect that came in ---- she loved the praise each time.

The boyfriend and I went to the aquarium yesterday!  They have a lovely jazz and [overpriced] drink nights after 7pm on Fridays.  Now that's lovely.  Otherwise, I had an "Chrono Cross title screen moment" with some of those same pretty aquatic visuals (but I definitely prefer the jazz music to the CC tune in this case):

Nothing like those plaques that tell you which of these fine creatures is "threatened".  It's depressing...
Fucking jellyfish... freaks of nature.
Obviously the "Big Fish" Ewan Mcgregor caught.  Vino glass for size comparison. 

Finally made off with this; found at the more well-known Toronto video game store for rare/old titles was a figure from Valkyrie Profile.  It retails online for approx. $100, I bought it for $30 (happy as a clam; I ever expected to see it with my naked eye)
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