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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 14, 2014, 10:20:10 PM
My boss sent me a note today that we would "talk about my performance last week" tomorrow.

I worked two days, both had absolutely shitty weather, so the store was full of short-tempered imbeciles who don't want to be out but decided to go out anyway. So excuse me if I decided not to ask the passive-aggressive assholes if they would like to spend more time in the store to sign up for a membership.
17  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F on: December 14, 2014, 10:15:28 PM
I never touch Extreme Mode, I just don't have that kind of talent. I'm still trying to work out my favorite tracks in this one, there's so many good ones to choose from. I think my top three right now are Close and Open, SPiCa, and (as much as I hate to pick all Miku songs) Sakura Rain.

Will definitely be playing for a long time to come since I dropped the $100 on the DLC
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 08:22:02 PM
I think I play my Vita more than I do any other console or handheld I own. 
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 07:44:48 PM
Poor Vita can't catch a break.  People are always complaining about the lack of exclusives but when an exclusive is announced they complain that it's not on system X.  There's no way to win...

Do people really complain about that? Not counting the backlog, I think I can count the number of NON-exclusives on the Vita on my fingers.
20  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 14, 2014, 07:37:06 PM
KINGDOM HEARTS: CHAIN OF MEMORIES

I finished it for the second time! (Well Sora's story, which is the one that is a massive struggle) and I am NEVER playing it again. Doing a long-form post akin to some of Dice's, but this one is just me bitching about how awful this game is, and what a pox it is on the Kingdom Hearts series. I'll try to keep the colorful language to a minimum

- The battle system is obviously the worst part of the game. The thing is designed to be 80% luck based. Luck that you get a good collection of high-powered cards, luck that the enemy doesn't screw you over with a well-times zero card, luck that you get the right friend cards to help battles go faster, etc etc.

- To expand on my post in the frustrating battle thread, the second half of this game throws about a gazillion bosses at you, and each one is exactly the same fight with a different coat of paint: attack with high-number attack cards, cancel sleights with zero cards, and keep your health up with a healthy number of cure cards. But in the end, each fight needs a stroke of luck that you don't get stun-locked or lose a crucial card in a card break.

- To take a break from complaining, ^this^ doesn't apply to the final battle which is piss-easy and I'll argue that "Lord of the Castle" is still the best battle theme in the entire series. And it was certainly fun to see the non-sprite version of Mega Marluxia. (Aside: Really? "Mar-loo-sha"!? So everyone else gets to pronounce their 'X' except him?)

- HOWEVER, to get to the final battle you must make it through the 13th floor which is HORRIBLE. The fights go on forever, and the Neo-Shadows are basically like "Oh, you weren't blessed with a deck completely full of 9-cards!? Well then I guess this is going to get annoying fast!" Thank God for Trinity Limit and Mega-Flare or I may have considered quitting that close to the end.

- One of the things that helped me through the gauntlet of boss battles the first time I played was lost after playing the game knowing all about KH2. When playing before KH2 you end up bored of playing through the worlds of the previous game, then all of a sudden you get to Twilight town and it's like "Wow! What's this place?" but the game just kind of teases you with it before moving right along. And then you get to Castle Oblivion and again, it's new and exciting and suddenly you're fighting the heartless from the Deep Drive cinematic (Yes, I know they're also in the original Final Mix). After KH2, that's all just par for course with everything else.

- Reverse/Rebirth is just the game taunting the player. "Now that you made it through that mess, here's how less frustrating the game COULD HAVE been if attack strength wasn't solely linked to card types."

As much as I do remember Reverse/Rebirth being a lot easier than the main game, I still think I need something to cleanse my gaming palette before I tackle more of CoM
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most horseshit battles you've suffered through, an RPG retrospective on: December 14, 2014, 04:21:47 PM
I'm going to go on a huge tirade about the game as a whole in the game jounral later tonight, but the entire second half worth of boss battles in Chain of Memories' main game is all down to luck thanks to the horrible zero rule.

I never played Legend of Legaia extensively, but that game is said to have merciless bosses. 

I don't remember Legaia's bosses being particularly challenging. Though really the only thing I remember about that game is that it was the shortest JRPG I ever played. I think I beat it in under 10 hours.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 14, 2014, 08:45:10 AM
Went to the mall today with my fiancée so she could spoil me in celebration of my birthday that just passed this Thursday. I gots me a vest, a nice plaid longsleeve shirt, and a very tacky--but much wanted :)--longsleeve shirt that kind of reminds me of gob from Arrested Development. I'm slowly building a collection of these kinds of clothing so when I reach a certain age I can change my entire wardrobe overnight.

So far I'm going for a Mix of GOB and Victor Sullivan (mostly just Sully). ;)



Also, I organized a bit of my music collection because it was frustrating being surrounded by stacks of soundtracks. I must have order in my room O_O. It's actually a pain to deal with this ocd (everything in order), because if my room isn't clean and the moons and planets aligned, I get very distracted and can't work (thankfully it doesnt affect my music listening). Any y'all suffer with that kind of thing?

I have a pretty terrible case of OCD. I tend to organize things at stores I don't work at just because it bugs me they aren't properly organized. My room is a bit messy, but that's because my sense of order is a bit chaotic, and other aspects of my OCD prevent me from keeping it clean. For instance, I can't even start my day until I have a list (either mental or physical) of everything I want to do that day, how long each thing is going to take, and what time I want to move on from one thing to the next.

Oh, and I'm constantly calculating percentages of everything. That one's a bit odd I realize, and it's tough to explain exactly what I mean.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 08:37:44 AM
My only experience with the series is FF Legend 3. I remember enjoying it though.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on: December 12, 2014, 11:22:43 PM
That's a good way to avoid giving a game a fair shot. I will approach both games with an open mind.

Besides, for all you know this game selling well could simply tell Square Enix that they can coast by with HD remakes of all their last-gen games. As much as I'd go for an FF12-HD, I'd rather them continue working on moving into the future then reminding everyone of the past.
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 12, 2014, 09:49:20 AM
Just found out there are actually 8 chapters in Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth, so being on Chapter 5 means I'm only a little over halfway done. Which is annoying because my characters are around level 55 and I just found out the hard way I need to do a little more level grinding for the next dungeon. I decided to look up some battle strategies to see if I'm maybe completely overlooking something, but it just seems to be that straightforward of a leveling system (The recommended level for the final boss is 80-90)
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: December 11, 2014, 11:41:25 AM
Try to get your hands on the PSP remake of the first Star Ocean. The exploration is extremely straight-forward, and the combat system boils down to "hack away at the enemy until it dies" and is very forgiving.

EDIT: Also, I try to tell this to everyone introducing someone to video games: Don't over-explain things, and don't offer advice when none was asked for. If they get frustrated at a part, encourage them MAYBE offer a tip or two, but don't offer to get them through the part unless they ask.

Basically, just let them keep experimenting themselves to get a better feel for the game.

EDIT 2: And don't force your personal tastes on her. Introduce her to genres besides RPG's and let her decide what she likes to play.
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: Complete: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: December 10, 2014, 07:45:15 PM
The combination of 'World Crisis' and those freaky tornadoes and lightning made the FF7 ending one of my favorite "Catastrophe" scenes in a video game. In fact one of the few things I liked about Dirge of Cerberus was the intro where you got to see the more intimate chaos that was going on in the city during that madness.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 10, 2014, 10:56:14 AM
This day has already been so strange so far in-so-far as it has gone entirely according to plan. Like, when I get up I set up times to do everything I need or want to do, and of course it never goes exactly as I set aside time for, but my OCD demands I continue to structure my day rigidly. And so far today I've gotten everything done at exactly the time I wanted to get it done. It's a strange, euphoric sensation being this on top of my day.

Anyway, just finished my part of my grad school application. Just waiting on one more letter of recommendation and my transcripts, the latter I just verified have been printed out and will be sent out in plenty of time. It's out of my hands now.

And I'm pretty nervous about the whole thing.

EDIT: Getting upset that I still can't download my Miku DLC, getting the wonderfully generic "An Error Has Occurred" every time I try to download something (Tested a game demo to verify it's not just the Hatsune Miku stuff)
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 10, 2014, 09:04:32 AM
Might be a PSN problem, last night it wouldn't let me download any of the Hatsune Miku DLC.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 09, 2014, 10:40:36 PM
I love the Dragon Quest games, but I can tell you without a shadow of doubt it's not 'cause of the music.

It's not bad stuff, but it's hardly memorable. Except the level up jingle, which has been my phone's notification sound for about 5 years now.
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