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16  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.
17  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.
18  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.
19  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"
20  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.
21  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 10, 2015, 10:10:37 PM
Good to see RPGFan Forums 2015 is starting off full of love...

Responding to snark with more snark just results in a deluge of snark.

Oddly enough, Deluge of Snark is my [insert band name here] cover band.
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 10, 2015, 12:40:14 PM
Life is mildly back to normal, so I'm playing Star Ocean 4 on the weekends again. Will update my progress journal some time tomorrow.

I decided to use my Christmas PSN money on Mugen Souls Z after Dincrest has mentioned multiple times that it was a pretty good game and him and I seem to have similar tastes. I'm not very far in the game, but it is very entertaining. The only problem is I usually play it late at night and the fact that it's so dialogue heavy tends to put me to sleep before I can make much progress.

I'm also almost up to 300 stars in Ultimate NES Remix on 3DS. Trying to plow through the Excitebike challenges because I'm really not enjoying them at all.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: January 09, 2015, 08:31:04 PM
I haven't played much of it beyond the tutorials, but I like the ideas behind it. I do find the combat really obtuse. Like, the game tells you about tons of tools and nuances in combat, but not really how all the details fit into combat as a whole, leaving you to flail about until something happens. Like for instance one of the most basic of basics is the ability to switch between ranged and melee, but the game provides you with no guidance--direct or indirect--on what situations to use one or the other, leaving it up to experimentation. But combat is so chaotic that any experimentation is lost in a whirlwind of action.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 07, 2015, 09:58:09 PM
Played a couple hours of Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 to get a taste of the original second game before Re:Birth 2 comes out later this month. There are a lot of things I hope they change: Like massive plot holes that come from them adding the Birth of the Candidates to the plot of Re:Birth 1, pointless areas on the map you can't visit, and minor inconveniences.

But there are also a few ideas I'd love them to keep, like the way resource management in battle is handled, or the more hands-off approach to the plot. At the very least, I hope Re:Birth 2 isn't just Re:Birth 1 with a different plot and cast.
25  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F on: January 07, 2015, 04:28:05 PM

I've yet to get a perfect on any song in Normal mode, but I was farming Melt in Hard Mode for the final unlockable, and on my second try I suddenly noticed my chain was past 300 and I knew the rest of the song was fairly easy, so I went for it and totally got it!

Whee! On cloud nine right now, even if Melt is an extremely easy song.
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: January 06, 2015, 10:11:31 PM
Did anyone else find Agent Carter to just be... kind of boring? I spent most of the time watching it staring at my iPad because it felt like it was 90% drawn out nonsense.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 06, 2015, 02:40:06 PM
Into The Woods -
My wife wanted to see this.  It's a very hard movie to rate. I've made it plain that I don't like singing movies. I don't mind stuff like The Lion King, but this is beyond my ability to accept. Heck, I hardly even consider it a real movie. More like recorded theater.

Well it *is* a Broadway play...
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 06, 2015, 02:37:49 PM

I played even more Neptunia Re:Birth 1 to unlock Nepgear and try out some more Coliseum fights. It was that way that I learned most of the missing trophies were for getting all the characters to lvl 99. I had one left and looked it up, and it was a trophy for collecting 100,000,000 Credits. Yeah... no. Not even going to try unless I decide to come back to the game during a gaming slump.

But at least I unlocked all the Candidates so that the beginning of the second one will be a little smoother and less "Wait, what?"
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 05, 2015, 09:27:34 AM
Got the True Ending in Neptunia Re:Birth last night. I had also managed to unlock Uni as well as Ram and Rom. Not sure if there were any more characters to unlock, but considering I messed around with the Shares for a while, I'm pretty sure there weren't any more to unlock through that method.

Despite all that there's still a ton of stuff I left undone, and will probably leave undone because there's just too much to that game. If I so chose, I could search out and complete all the remaining plans, finish fighting the game's Dangerous/Tough monsters, empty out the game's shop (for at least 50,000,000 credits), Max out character levels and lily ranks, play through the game yet again to unlock Super Tough enemies (and defeat them), and unlock all the coliseum fights and complete those. Basically, after 85 hours of gameplay, my trophy collection for the game is at 50%

I'd try to do some of that, but with Re:Birth 2 coming out in just a couple of weeks, I need to get away from the series for a bit to recharge.
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 03, 2015, 04:15:38 PM
Finished Kingdom Hearts 1.5 finally. I thought I'd be disappointed with just the cutscenes from 358/2 Days--An entry I consider to be harshly underrated--but it was fun all the same, plus I still own the original if I get the itch to actually play through it again.
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