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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 10, 2014, 10:02:51 PM
In absolute mental anguish right now. I really want to give Silent Hill 3 one more try in honor of the season, but I keep thinking about that mirror room in the hospital that made me quit last time and I absolutely can not work up the courage to start again. Everyone says Silent Hill 2 is the scariest game in the series, but I got through that game just fine and yet always hit a moment of terror in SH3 that makes me want to stop playing for good.
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 10, 2014, 09:01:01 AM
I don't understand why trackballs are getting harder and harder to find, they're 100 times better than using a standard mouse. They don't require as much room, they're more precise, they're easier to keep clean and repair, and they're a lot more comfortable.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 09, 2014, 11:07:06 PM
Gave Mistwalker's Terra Battle a quick sampling today, and it's interesting if not potentially kind of boring. The battle system is a neat idea, but the presentation promises something more interesting than what's actually offered. I could be wrong since I haven't played more than a little bit, but the "strategy" of the battles feels like it's just going to be repeating the same tactics over and over again, offering little variety in options. This would make for a very boring use of what is otherwise a clever idea.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 09, 2014, 01:58:01 PM
^ To be fair, The Fourth Kind is best watched as a "found footage" horror movie about aliens instead of ghosts or monsters rather than any kind of pseudo documentary.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 09, 2014, 09:40:31 AM
Oh man, after four shitty days of work in a row, I finally wake up to some fantastic news.

My Witch and the Hundred Knight statue, that I had reserved back in April and had basically given up on confirmed payment this morning and sounds like it will be arriving just in time for Halloween. Yay!
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 08, 2014, 09:59:26 PM
Now I kind of want to try Vagrant Story again. I stopped the first two times because I feel like that intro dungeon (is there more than one dungeon?) goes on FOREVER with the same boring brown and drab environment.
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 08, 2014, 10:26:40 AM
^ After falling in love with "The Fourth Kind" I've been wanting to see Dark Skies, and I'm not really sure what's been stopping me. Maybe I'll put it on my queue to get in time for Halloween.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 08, 2014, 09:26:37 AM
Been super stressed lately, so I figured my next 3/DS game would be Harvest Moon. Decided on Sunshine Islands since I like there's more focus on exploration and experimentation in that one than other Harvest Moons. In fact, my only problem with it (besides some bullshit controls, which doesn't count because every modern Harvest Moon has at least one annoying thing about the controls) is that it also has my absolute favorite set of bachelorettes and I can never decide on one to pursue.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: October 06, 2014, 10:51:52 PM
At work, we recently acquired a copy of Ninety-Nine Nights.

I remember being vaguely interested in the game way back when I was seeking out RPGs for the 360. Does anyone have any experience with it? What was it like, was it any good?
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 06, 2014, 09:24:43 AM
I finished Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright last night, and I had to reflect upon it before I could give my final opinion on the game. The reason for that is because the ending is pretty terrible and puts a huge damper on what is otherwise a fantastic game.

The problem with the ending is that all the mysteries are summed up in a classic Layton "Everything has a logical explanation" twist, but it's done in the guise of witness testimony during a trial. Unfortunately there really isn't any gameplay at this point and the "testimonies" just end up being 3 hours(!!!) of long-winded exposition dumps that make a point about the plot and then spends 30 minutes leading the other characters to spell that point out.

PLUS this whole mundane exercise begins after the game finally puts the long-awaited "VS." in the title "Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright"

PLUS the plot twist isn't even that good, especially for a Professor Layton game. Normally, PL satisfies all my questions with it's final reveal. In this game, I was left with questions I didn't originally have (despite, again, giving an explanation so detailed it took 3 hours to reveal)

In the end, I ended up disappointed in an otherwise great game. And while that disappointment does skew my opinion of the game as a whole, I would still have to recommend it to any fan of either series.
How'd you even get an idolized SR, anyway?  Just dumb luck?  Seems to me the odds of getting two of the same SR are way too small...

I have one UR (not idolized) and I got her to 80 but it took a while.  Actually I think even that is worse than an idolized SR because the gap between levels is bigger (or at least it felt bigger...).

Odds can't be *that* bad. Love Live! has 206 cards total. Now Valkyrie Crusade, my iOS addiction, has over 2,500 cards. Now that is a game where it's impossible to get 2 non-event SR cards.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 03, 2014, 04:45:03 PM
^ And that demo was how I was introduced to the Tales series. Glad I didn't let it dissuade me from eventually getting the game, because I'd be missing out on one helluva series.

So I've still barely scratched the surface on the amount of content in Hyrule Warriors, but so far my favorite Character/Weapon combo is Lana with her Deku Spear. For her weakness finisher, she summons three Deku Tree sprouts to shoot a barrage of seeds at the enemy. There's a lot I like about Hyrule Warriors over Dynasty Warriors, but the variety of attacks is at the top of that list.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 02, 2014, 09:26:57 AM
Happy fucking October. The best month of the damn year.
28  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: October 01, 2014, 10:08:35 PM

Found the version of Maya's Theme from Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright I mentioned in the Game Journal!
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 01, 2014, 01:23:16 PM
I wish I had waited a bit to post about Layton vs. Wright else I would spare you all from this dinky little post, but after starting chapter 5 there is one thing I just have to say:

The Music Box remix of Maya's Theme that plays near the start of Chapter 5 is absolutely gorgeous.
And makes the events at the end of Chapter 4 even more heartbreaking
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 30, 2014, 09:31:07 AM
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright

I just finished chapter 4 last night. Holy shit.

I thought this game was dark for Professor Layton, now I think it's dark even for PHOENIX WRIGHT. Like, I'd be weary of recommending the game to little kids for fear of it giving them nightmares. The end of chapter 4 was really INTENSE. I got choked up, I held my breath, I got choked up again, and then I kind of wanted to scream at the game. It was certainly a wild ride.

It's actually made me realize why I've stopped putting story above gameplay this year. It's because I had given up. It has been SO long since I've played a game with a truly great story, but PL vs. PW really nails it on story.

I also want to echo Dice about how great the music is. Not only is the music excellent, but there's a huge amount of it. Especially in the trials.
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