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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2014, 10:36:18 PM
Got the final volume of Carnelia in TitS, with the aid of an FAQ. The first time round on PSP I was disappointed that I didn't manage to collect them all, but knowing what I know now there's no way that anyone would find them in a normal first playthrough. You have to play the game in a way that defies logic by visiting NPCs in remote locations, when the plot tells you that you really ought be going elsewhere, and you have to go there during an exact period of time else you're out of luck.

The only way anyone would get them all without using an FAQ was if they talked to every single NPC in the region, after every single point in the main story.

Yeah they're really cruel about those.  I did a perfect run except without a guide except for two of them (I actually enjoyed talking to NPCs and got off better for it):
(1) The one you get RIGHT AFTER meeting Oliver.... It's lost like the next scene after or some baloney
(2) When you're sneaking around Grancel late at night

Cruel, cruel, cuueeeeell


For the fairly limited scope (a hallway/toilet stuck on a "Groundhog Day of Horror"), it's amazing how much they fit in and I love how nuanced and how they were able to slowly escalate the horror.  From really feeling nothing at all, besides an "ooo, aaaah" of how pretty the graphics are, to absolute terror to turn around.  Good on them --- PT was a great achievement, IMO.


I just hit something called final chapter and yet I feel like I just finished the prologue.

It ain't called "Trails in the Sky: FIRST CHAPTER" for nothing. :S

The enemy/ boss designs (Atman included) in Shadow Hearts were certainly amongst the most creepy I've ever encountered in an RPG. It was part of what I really loved about the art direction. Some were downright "Linda Blair" quality in my mind. (NOTE: by linda blair quality I simply mean "nightmare inducing" for me)

What I really enjoyed about the towns and music was how they managed to create a real sense of safety amidst the horror at points. The soundtrack, in particular, helped give me the feeling that I was finally safe and able to breath easy without the threat of something ghastly or demonic nipping at my heels. Fine points to "Save Game" and turn in for the night :)

Lastly, thank you for upping my enthusiasm about SH: C. I purposely didn't look into it because I don't want to spoil much on myself but I was hoping the sequel improved something things both graphically and mechanically.

Yeah SH:C is as good as it gets to fixing up the little "suck" found in the first game.  Convenant is *extremely* polished.
Only a few things:
= I actually think this title is a lot more cheesier.  It's still knows how to hit a serious tone, but I guess since this one is much better voiced and actually uses mo-cap you get more 'fleshed-out' cutscenes... for better, and worse.  The VA/script isn't really too good either (but it's definitely better than the hack-grade script of the first game)
= The "new Graveyard" sucks.  Its got 6 more doors than it really needs to have.

47  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 16, 2014, 01:21:32 AM

What the what is going on here?
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 15, 2014, 07:30:39 PM
Getting nude pictures of people for blackmail works too.

Yeeeeah about that

I'm not planning on blackmailing you Yoda, so you can stop sending me those kthx :(

...*sniff*.  Um
wanna forward those

49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 14, 2014, 02:05:26 AM
Shadow Hearts

= Did Halley say his mother abandoned him to make him an orphan?  Wtf.  She was kidnapped.  And he saw it happen.  AND he tried to break her out.  NOT ABANDONMENT. >:(

= Jesus H.  I'm not sure what game is worse or more arbitrary for missed sidequests/endgame stuff, this or Valkyrie Profile.  Honest to god, it feels like every place you visit needs to be search head to toe and with each NPC chatted up at LEAST once, twice for sure.

= On that note, town design is somewhat uninspiring.  It's like they didn't want to do the research and show off too much?  Developers just took like the most random street of known towns and said 'fuck it' and just made an old-looking town.  It's sort of disappointing given the "real world" setting the game has.... Ho hum.  
I *do* however love the "music of London", it's truly making me question what I otherwise would have thought the big UK city might have sounded like (whereas other games/movies go the easy route with like Middle Eastern places by throwing a sitar, flutes, or other 'exotic instruments').

= I'm went for the Good Ending even though the bad one is canon.... which reminds me...

= I love that they did that, and...

= Holy FUCK.  It was late at night when I did it, but Atman seriously scared the shit out of me.
Yeah, that'd haunt me more than any 'Grim Reaper'.  I especially loved the OHKO hit it can pull.  But ALL the enemies/bosses are simply works of artistic horror.  The upside-down shooter, some sort of freaky-white baby, and many other horrific embodiments (yes, the Penis Demon and its particular 'phallis' among them).

= But seriously, I *adore* the title if for no other reason than its incredible atmosphere.  I forget the faults.  The music is divine, the art/world direction knew what it was doing, and I think the weak/shallow story is made up with its unique setting.  Loved it.

= I'm actually pretty sure the graphics for SH:C are better than the FMVs in the first game.  Which I guess isn't saying that much given how 'rustic' the first title's graphics were; but seriously --- what an improvement between the two games.
50  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: P.T. on: August 13, 2014, 11:28:10 PM
Mind as well call it Silent Hills.

BUT YES.  Very impressive "playable trailer".  I took a nice lil' screenshot during IGN's playthrough

Killer smile. ;)
51  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: August 13, 2014, 01:20:07 PM
Blech. I think that 3ds looks really gaudy, honestly.

I think the 3DS is one of those systems that looks way better in action than in a screenshot.  Most things do.  But I agree.

Seeing the difficulty slider made me think of some other type of design habits Team Sakurai has.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2014, 10:06:54 PM
P.T. revealed as new Silent Hill from Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro starring Norman Reedus -- Gematsu

This could be either the beginning of something great or another embarrassing blunder for Silent Hill.

....I'm sorry, what? That sounds like one of those over-the-top rumors you'd read on seedy blogs before E3. This...will definitely be something to see. But, as you said, whether or not it'll be glorious or gloriously tragic only time will tell.

As is, if there was *any* visionary I'd have to pick to go from TV>Games it'd be Guillermo del Toro.  That man is a true visionary and a breath of fresh air.

I'd like to have faith in the team...cuz, I mean, what the hell? 
I hate the phrase "that's so random", but....that's pretty fucking random [and awesome].
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 12, 2014, 10:02:12 PM

Some final thoughts on Terranigma.

- This was, without a doubt, one of the most original SNES era offerings I have yet to experience.

I remember after some (emphasis on 'some' because the game throws quite a few at you) of the plot twists, I just kinda sat there with my mouth open while it was happening.

Plot-wise, it's hard to find something so unique even today.  Too often I feel we're in "the plot's been done before but they way it's told is good" as a positive spin.

Trails in the Sky


I raise you Team Rocket from Pokemo--- oh wait, dammit Ash, stop using them attacks that 'blow them away'.

If you mean the Capua's, you can't catch them!  They're lovable!
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2014, 05:43:08 PM
Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past...

The first half: I almost feel just fessing up to an obvious truth would have about 1,000% less bullshit than this.
The second half: That just sounds stupid
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 12, 2014, 05:20:56 PM
I thought PS4 was winning the sales-war then. 
56  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: August 12, 2014, 05:19:02 PM

Hellow Dragon's Crown Elf.  Thanks for auditioning!
57  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: August 12, 2014, 04:33:08 PM
^I just hope the latter half of the season isn't a sign of the show's future and it's going to have the problem the later seasons of Scrubs did with the story getting in the way of the humor.

Eugh.  That's what drives me nuts.  The "romance" between Boyle and Rosa works because at least it usually IS played up for giggles.  The romance in Parks and Rec works because they also throw in humor while it's happening (most of the time, and when it's not it's very brief).  The Office made it work because that show knew went to be sentimental and made a point of having its "secrets" outted.  I agree, when it's just Peralta and Santiago, the show just STOPS for them two.  No one cares.  I'm rooting for Boyle and Rosa.  :P
58  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: August 12, 2014, 09:57:46 AM
I always make the joke about BrBa that a lot of episodes are split with "WE'RE NEVER COOKING AGAIN!!!!" and "Jesse... let's cook...!" between shots of Jesse being both a good guy and a complete twat and Skyler's blowup doll face.

Brooklyn Nine Nine[/u]

= Catchy ass opening

= Rosa, Gina, the Captain and Terry are the best... Actually I like them all most of the time except for Samberg's and Fumero's (Peralta and Santiago) characters.  Amy can be funny, when she isn't trying so hard to be it; a "running gag" that has her being too caring and over-the-top wasn't really funny the first time but it keeps happening.  Honestly, despite being the (more or less) titular characters, they have trouble acting their parts well at all.  Andy Samberg loves being obnoxious, which is fine, but he likes going out of the way for it and calling himself on it too much (i.e. being a little shit for the sake of being a little shit) --- which in effect makes it way less fun.

I almost found the Adam Sandler cameo funny since he and Samberg have a similar style of humor... y'know, where they enter the room and it's like: "HEY I'M ANDY SAMBERG, AND I'M BEING FUNNY".

= Andre Baugher as Captain Holt is *perfect*.  It must be fun to work as emotionless as possible, of course.  He's a perfect blend of matter-of-fact and no-nonsense.

= I love the teaming up of different characters in whatever situations; a lot of characters work super well together using quirk+quirk = comedy.  Basically there's no bad combination.
59  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 11, 2014, 10:11:35 PM
I fully admit I think The Rock is awesome.  But Sean Connery does bump things up 50 points... Oh, and that FFVIII song that mighta been ripped off from it *grumble grumble*
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 11, 2014, 08:47:07 PM
RIP, Robin Williams.

What Dreams May Come was a great flick and you contributed to a big and wonderful filmography for many film lovers.

In honour, I will listen to Cobra Starship's "You Make Me Feel" which has a cameo by him and Zelda for some reason. 

PS: Robin Williams --- LoZ fan.
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