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16  Media / Game Journals / Klutz64 Stumbles Through Persona 3 FES on: May 20, 2015, 04:56:04 PM
So the fate of my Star Ocean 4 thread has been pretty much sealed at this point. I stopped playing for a few weeks and now I just can't get myself invensted in it again. However, I can always allow for some Persona in my life, so I decided to start journaling (it's a word now) my current run in Persona 3. I'll start taking notes from now on, but here's a few thoughts from what I've played so far:

Welcome to the Velvet Room

> The opening is good for some laughs. The other characters can call him "special" all they want, the main character's basically a sociopath for having such a mild reaction to his first experience of the Dark Hour: Sky is green, coffins everywhere, nobody to be found, Protag: "Huh. Peculiar."

> I love how good both this game and Persona 4 are at setting a mood that first day that makes you feel out of your element alongside the protagonist.  Makes me wonder if people who don't get as nervous as I do when traveling have the same feeling.

> God I hate Mitsuru. Definitely one of those "Love to Hate" situations, though. She's an excellent character, just one that annoys the hell out of me. Come to think of it, Yukari is kind of a snob, too. Guess that's what you get for making the setting "Rich kids' school"

> Ah, yes. The Stamina system. At least the game makes it more convenient to visit the dungeons frequently than P4 but it's still kind of frustrating. It was a godsend in my first playthrough when I discovered how useful the restrooms are.

> Minor note: I love that Elizabeth uses the 'proper' pronunciation of "Karaoke," not that I'm some kind of nutty Japanophile that screams at folks for using the 'American' pronunciation, but it was still a nice touch.

> Did anyone else play through most of the game without splitting up their party in Tartarus? The idea just makes me so apprehensive. I know you get more done and better exp, but it just feels safer to take it slow.

> I much prefer the music style in P4 than P3, I don't hate the music here, but it just feels "weightier" (That, and thanks to a friend I can no longer listen to the Spring Outside School theme without hearing inappropriate lyrics)

That's all for now! Like I said, for May I'll take some notes and maybe even spruce things up with screenshots and gifs, but that depends on how lazy I'm feeling.

EDIT: Gonna have a little more fun with this and have the community here help me make some decisions. So first poll: Do I focus on Charm, Academics, or Courage?
17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 19, 2015, 09:20:13 PM
I also got Witcher 1 waiting. Played a whole hour of it. I also got Summoner and a bunch of King's Bounty, but here I am, playing KH.

Both Terra's and Aqua's story are finished and I just started on Ventus. I haven't pretty much done any optional stuff, except loot the worlds before moving on to new character. Maybe after Ventus I get some time to do that or something, I don't know. The fun curve in this game is bollocks.

As Terra you should have done at least a few of the Arena battles until you get the Xehanort Report, since you need to collect all of them to unlock the extra episode.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 19, 2015, 07:39:39 PM
Played Chapter Zero of Hyperdimension Neptunia U today. Or as it might also be known: Bounce around between UPS and Amazon to get the shipping address corrected.

You can also just say "I played Not Witcher 3 today"

(I have no interest in that series. Just don't like the idea of a sandbox RPG where you're given a specific character to play.)
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 19, 2015, 08:09:50 AM
Hey, Criminal Girls may be a bit creepy (Even creepier after they censored it, go figure) but the battle system is legit. I've been having fun playing it now and then.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 19, 2015, 08:05:58 AM
Replace those raindrops with snowflakes and you get midwinter weather in New England.

My first year here when snow was accompanied by lightning I thought maybe the world was ending.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 18, 2015, 07:28:09 PM
Taylor Swift: Very pretty face, but way too toothpick-y to be attractive imo. I'm in to slender, petite women and even I think she needs some meat on her bones.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 18, 2015, 12:38:14 PM
I think I'm staying away from the Internet for the rest of the day. I've already made myself look like an idiot three times so far today. As someone who gets extremely self-conscious, that level of embarrassment is extremely painful.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 18, 2015, 08:48:41 AM
I'd say cool it with the 3 hours of daily exercise? That seems a bit excessive to me. But then I'm a lazy slob so take my athletic advice with a grain of salt.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: May 17, 2015, 07:54:00 PM
Not really a recommend me a game issue, quite the contrary in fact.

Having a really hard time keeping my wallet closed with the most recent PSN flash sale. The two temptations being Okami HD and Mass Effect Trilogy, as the sale implies both are under $5.

Okami HD is the harder of the two to say no to. I love that game, and the argument I have against getting it is do I really want to take time away from my backlog to play through a game I've already completed with 100% of everything.

Mass Effect Trilogy is a little easier to say no to, since I've never been a huge fan of Bioware games. HOWEVER, $5 for 3 games is a hard deal to say no to, and not playing through the Mass Effect games has left me out of the loop in a lot of situations within the gaming community. Still, again, that's a big time commitment for something I don't even particularly care for.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 17, 2015, 08:38:53 AM
That and while cellphones are getting more powerful by the second, their battery clearly isn't following the trend.


I was just saying this to a friend the other day. We were talking about how technology developers sometimes focus on the wrong thing, and I brought up how cell phone companies keep making their cell phones more and more powerful but you still can't use the thing for 5 minutes before you risk playing hot potato.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 17, 2015, 08:34:15 AM
Okay, okay, I'll give this one a go...

1. Valkyria Chronicles.
2. Persona 4
3. Xenoblade Chronicles
4. Tales of Vesperia
5. Super Paper Mario
6. Final Fantasy V
7. The Guided Fate Paradox
8. Kingdom Hearts 2
9. Shadow Hearts: Covenant
10. Dragon Quest VIII

Some reasons behind things this list is missing:

> Older RPGs: I actually grew up in the SNES era, but I didn't play a lot of RPG's back then and looking back at the ones I did, I enjoyed them back then but probably wouldn't appreciate them so much these days. Final Fantasy V gets a spot because it just feels so ahead of it's time in terms of open-ended mechanics.

> Western RPGs: Just not my style. I'm not a huge fan of sandbox RPGs and while I appreciate a good dungeon crawler, nothing I've played would quite fit on the list.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: May 16, 2015, 01:29:52 PM
1. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMix
2. Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix
3. Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance
4. Tappingo 2
5. The Guided Fate Paradox
6. Shantae: Risky's Revenge
7. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
8. Awakened Fate Ultimatum
9. Persona 4 Golden

Awakened Fate - Wrote a blog post about how much soul they tore out of the Guided Fate formula to make this game. While I appreciate them simplifying some of the more cumbersome micromanaging in Guided Fate, they simplified the idea a little too much. Dungeons were uninspired and boss fights were just boring contests of who could take more hits than the other. I have no idea what compelled me to spend so much time getting a platinum, but at least I have no reason to put it back in my system.

Persona 4 Golden - I already said a lot in the Game Journal thread, but I wanted to add one complaint: I hate the epilogue; it completely ruins the ending in my opinion. The simple ending at the train station is such a perfect send off for the game, and every time I watch it I say I'm not going to get emotional. At first I succeed, but then your friends all start running after the train shouting their goodbyes and I can't help but get teary eyed every single time. Then the credits roll with the beautiful "Never More" playing.

But no, instead we have to go on to that stupid epilogue with Kanji and Naoto ruining their own characters, and the MESSAGE OF THE ENTIRE GAME, by deciding to go all 'normal'. Followed immediately by a horrible remix of "Never More" that sounds like it was recorded on a cell phone during a live performance in the middle of a crowd.
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 16, 2015, 01:18:26 PM
Finally finished Persona 4 Golden. Was really impressed with all the additions. Hell, I didn't even discover that everyone had commentary for their costumes until the final dungeon. That is a lot of writing for something some people will probably never even notice. The Hollow Forest was a nice addition to flesh out the story some more, and I actually have the unpopular opinion of liking Marie as a character, but the dungeon itself suffered from a great idea poorly realized. I loved the concept, but like the rest of the game the developers seem to have been scared of providing too much of a challenge and offered far too many tools to make things easier.

Other than that, still a very solid game. All the added events (except for the Junes Concert *winces*) were welcome and I liked having the extra time to work on social links even during a first playthrough. I have two complaints, though. First, the addition of the beach RUINED the Fox social link because fishing at the beach is a major pain in the ass. My other complaint I'll save for the completion thread so I have at least something to write there.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 15, 2015, 02:43:01 PM
The only thing anyone should grind is metals, hopefully with both the axe critical for Yangus and spear critical for hero unlocked. Without those it can take a while. As for how far to grind... well, even to 99 shouldn't take over 100 hours with beating the final final bonus boss and getting extra ending, but that is overkill. It is doable with like hero at lv 63 iirc, when he gets the special skill. Anymore is just for skill points.

The one thing the game should do is reveal the skills, so players can plan a bit without a guide. Other than that it is fairly intuitive, especially the alchemy system, so I don't think it would be wise to mess with that too much.

As you kind of mentioned, that scenario is only if you look at a guide or somehow manage to spend your skill points PERFECTLY on accident. I know my first playthrough went for about 110 hours, and that only had me at about level 60-65
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 15, 2015, 02:40:00 PM
I realized today at the store that I eat like a stoner despite having no interest in recreational drugs. So I guess that means if I want to start losing weight, I have two options.
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