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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 23, 2015, 06:53:48 PM
Finished everyone's story in Birth By Sleep Final Mix (including the final episode and secret episode). I have myself some questions I was hoping people could answer seeing as I'm in catch up mode for KH3 and this is the first time I've played through it. I'll use spoilers just in case. I also haven't played KH2 since it came out so I'm rusty on what happened in that game.

So, first question (or I guess remark). Sora basically got his powers from Ventus through their connection? Ventus is potentially inside of Sora somehow? Ansem (who is also DiZ from KH2) takes in Xehanort who has lost his memories? That scene we see with him talking to Aqua trapped in the darkness with her was actually in the future right? They don't explain that very well. Also, Xehanort still has control of Terra's body, so his armor is where? I forgot. I haven't played Chain of Memories yet so If I'm breaching questions they will explain let me know. I also read somewhere that Kairi is originally from Radiant Garden which was in this game, but I never saw her outside of Destiny Islands.

I'm sure I had more questions last night, but that is good for now.

1. I don't remember this entirely accurately, but I believe it was Aqua who did that poetic ritual to give Sora the ability to wield a keyblade. Or perhaps it was Ventus and I'm misremembering. Either way, yes. Most of Sora's power comes from Ventus finding his way into Sora's Heart. That part is actually explained better in Re:Coded. 2. Yes, near the end of KH2, Ansem is banished to the realm of darkness by Xemnas. We are to assume that Ansem met Aqua there and told her of Sora's exploits (I found that scene so touching).

Unfortunately, the rest I can't answer all that accurately since I haven't played Dream Drop Distance yet.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: January 22, 2015, 07:05:53 PM
My problem with the opening of FFIX is that it's *TOO* good. After playing through the game once, any other playthrough results in getting to The Evil Forest and just going "UUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!! Do I HAVE TOOOOOOOOO"

Not that the rest of the game is bad (Although the stretch to Dali after the opening is a bit too dull to follow the exciting opening) it's just that almost none of the rest of the game reaches the quality of that opening.

I like that you're going to point out all the references you notice. It's one of my favorite parts of the game. Actually, I played the orignial Final Fantasy after playing Final Fantasy IX and kind of got super giddy when I realized the shrine guardians in IX were the same as the crystal guardians in the original game.

SOOO many thoughts I can't wait to share when you get to those points in the game. This makes me happy because now I can reminisce about FFIX without devoting the time to actually replaying it.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 21, 2015, 08:24:07 PM
Tried out the new songs on Project Diva F 2nd. While both are okay songs, they don't really do anything interesting to warrant being in a rhythm game and I feel like they take up two slots that could be used for much more exciting songs. That said, I do mean it when I say they're decent songs. Never heard Ai Kotoba, and it's a good listen so there was that. The other one that I can never spell I'd heard before and didn't think much of it but it's started to grow on me. Still wish they had done something like Just be Friends in honor of Luka's birthday. Three Extra Tracks so far and all of them are Miku songs.

Some smaller blurbs about stuff I'm also playing albeit a bit more casually:

Persona 4 Golden: I never really noticed because battles kind of keep the focus on the enemy, but the battle backgrounds in this game are actually pretty cool, even if at first they just seem like a bunch of random visual noise. The boss battle backgrounds are especially eerie.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5: One thing I really love about 2.5 over it's predecessor is the improvements to the music are a lot easier to pick up on. Maybe that's because there have been plenty of places where the origina Kingdom Heart's music had already been tweaked and improved on whereas a lot of the stuff in Kingdom Hearts 2 doesn't really show up in many other titles.

Wolf Among Us: Finished episode 4 this evening. While I still have an assortment of problems with Telltale's new-style adventure games, I think I'm at least finally starting to "get" their appeal to most people.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 21, 2015, 12:38:07 PM
^We have a similar joke here, but it involves a flood and several more offers of rescue.

Windows 10 just revealed as a free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8. The paranoid skeptic in me does not know how to feel about this.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 20, 2015, 06:50:00 PM
I wish I had HALF that amount of stuff to say about the games I play, Dice.

Problem is my short term memory is so f#%$ed up, I can barely remember any details of what happened the last session I played of a game before I even start the next.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 19, 2015, 10:39:29 PM
I much prefer Northern California to Southern California, but have fun all the same!
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: Klutz64's Quest "4" A Star Ocean Platinum on: January 18, 2015, 12:54:23 PM
Probably won't have an update ready this weekend. Had to work most of it and too upset with the world today to enjoy much of anything.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 16, 2015, 06:35:21 PM
One of the things I'm really loving about Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix is that the musical upgrades are a LOT more noticeable than in 1.5.
9  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Boards / Re: I'm getting redirected to weird ads when I try to edit posts. on: January 15, 2015, 09:44:22 AM
How's this investigation going? Because today the site is barely useable. Everytime I click on a new page, I have a 60% chance of being redirected by some shit magazine company to one of their sites 2 or 3 times before I can actually do anything else. At one point, I had to click back 6 times before it stopped redirecting me.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 14, 2015, 07:44:57 PM
On a less positive note, while Xenoblade X looks great, what I've seen of Xenoblade 3DS makes me wonder why they bothered. This is the power of the New 3DS? Just... ugh. Between this, the name, and the lack of a packed-in charger the whole thing seems really ill-conceived.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 14, 2015, 04:22:57 PM
Is anyone else falling victim to this Verizon banner that is clearly made to be bandwidth intensive on purpose in order to make you think your Internet is slow? If Verizon thinks I'd ever give them my business after pulling a stunt like that, they're insane. Bastards.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 14, 2015, 03:47:20 PM
You know, people keep complaining about the Kingdom Hearts 2 opening section with Roxas, but I found that a whole lot more entertaining than the entire first 'round of Disney worlds. Basically the first 20 hours of the game is going place to place with no plot development whatsoever.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 14, 2015, 12:27:42 PM
To be fair, they mentioned when Amiibo launched that they could only be used for one game at a time, but nobody paid any attention because it didn't matter at that point.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: Klutz64's Quest "4" A Star Ocean Platinum on: January 11, 2015, 11:41:21 AM
Main Entry #2: Edgie's a Klepto, 'Kay!?

So, Lemuris... the first real look at how the game plays. And your first incredibly annoying character. Well, perhaps annoying is the wrong word. Lymle is obnoxious simply because she's super creepy and weird. You have to wonder a lot in this game what the developers were thinking, but none moreso than Lymle with her dialogue and speech patterns. I just feel like the directors told her VA that the sound they were going for was "future sociopath." Though one thing that does make her slightly more bearable is taking a quick glance at her battle trophies to realize the developers hated her as much as the rest of us do. They're basically 30% "Get the shit kicked out of her."

-Brief aside: I find it odd that you can learn about the Eldarian's "Lemuria" legend RIGHT before learning the planet's name is Lemuris, and nobody even blinks when it's mentioned. It's a small problem I've always had with games that have optional side content that adds major details to the world-building and plot.

Not really much to say about the plot that happens on Lemuris. Just the first real dose of "*nudge nudge, wink wink* reference the first two Star Ocean games and pretend SO3 never happened" that the plot leans heavily on throughout the entire game. I feel like the game wouldn't have suffered from a bit of "Ha, ha. Can you believe how dense the citizens of this universe were for not realizing they were in a game?"

I do really like the dungeons, but maybe that's because this game takes place before lazy dungeon design was the norm for JRPG's, and I'm just thankful for a little bit of interaction in dungeons. They're also helped by Sakuraba's SO dungeon themes which I always felt make every dungeon feel like a final dungeon.

What wasn't fun was working on getting every monster's Bestiary entry to 100%. I managed to get most of the enemies on Lemuris, but I forgot the Lizardmen disappear after defeating Barachiel, so I didn't complete the Dragon Newts or Lizard Commanders.

Speaking of Barachiel, holy hell. I forgot how irritating most of the bosses can be, with their vaguely-defined weak points or otherwise taking barely any damage. I was drastically over-leveled due to the farming for bestiary entries, and I still almost got killed in that fight.

Lastly, as the title of this entry references, I want to talk about how much I love Pickpocket. It's a stupid, barely useful little addition that helps keep track of which NPC's you've interacted with and the fact that you can pickpocket major NPC's and even party members for the same worthless junk as everyone else makes it even more special. Anyway, onto Arcturus VIII!

Battle Trophy Progress

Not really much to update, until I get to the battle arena I'm mostly working on the grind-heavy trophies and the luck-based trophies. I'm mainly focusing on Faize right now for his "Leave the enemy with X hp" trophies. For that I'm still missing 9, 8, 6 and 5. You would think the smaller numbers would be the harder to get, but it really is just luck of the numbers.

A couple I've already been dreading trying to get, none more than Lymle's "Keep the Rush gauge at 100% for X minutes"
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 11, 2015, 11:07:12 AM
The problem is that Kingdom Hearts punishes you for being level 1 by locking away certain basic skills like dodging and blocking. I always felt the games had a bit of a backwards difficulty curve for that reason.
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