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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2014, 08:44:00 AM
My favorite part of .Hack//SIGN is how most characters' arcs climax with a reveal of the player behind the character. It's such a minor detail, but the effect it has is huge.

@Dice:

My favorite part about Layton vs. Wright so far is how integrated Layton's puzzles are into the story and world. I never feel like characters are asking me to solve some random puzzle they made up for no real reason.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 08, 2014, 08:46:54 PM
Fuck it, I'm finally going to slog through all 7.hack games... I've owned them for years and it's about time I got them all out of the way. Dragon Warrior VII can wait another few months.

I actually had a scare over the weekend when I found out my copy of Outbreak had a scratch and froze at a part near the beginning. Thankfully, I have a super nifty device that works wonders on scratched discs.  So now I'm back in the game.

It's kind of funny too, because while everything else .Hack related I have is in pretty good condition, the only other thing that's seen better days is my copy of ".Hack//Another Birth Vol. 3_Outbreak"

Are any of the anime series worth tracking down?  should I watch SIGN before playing the original games?  Does Roots help you understand what the hell is going on in G.U??  I'm a librarian so locating either of those and having them delivered to my branch would take me all of 5 minutes.

I'm going to try and answer that question logically as opposed to as the .Hack fanatic that I am.

- All you really have to know about .Hack//SIGN to understand the games is that the series ends with Skeith pursuing Aura, the rest of the info from the series is repeated with more detail in the games. That being said, .Hack//SIGN is easily the best part of the franchise.

- .Hack//Roots is a direct prequel to .Hack//GU I recommend at least watching the first three volumes (up to the incident with Shino) The rest is filler until the ending (which you see in the game) that is occasionally referenced in the games, but not to a degree that will leave you scratching your head.

If you find yourself really into the story of the first set of games, I recommend .Hack//Another Birth. They're a set of novellas that retell the story from BlackRose's perspective. Not the best written literature, but some of the extra information makes it a nice compliment to the games.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 08, 2014, 08:39:52 AM
Fuck it, I'm finally going to slog through all 7.hack games... I've owned them for years and it's about time I got them all out of the way. Dragon Warrior VII can wait another few months.

I actually had a scare over the weekend when I found out my copy of Outbreak had a scratch and froze at a part near the beginning. Thankfully, I have a super nifty device that works wonders on scratched discs.  So now I'm back in the game.

It's kind of funny too, because while everything else .Hack related I have is in pretty good condition, the only other thing that's seen better days is my copy of ".Hack//Another Birth Vol. 3_Outbreak"
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: kotaku article on what FFXV means to the future of JRPGs... on: September 07, 2014, 09:53:06 PM
At the risk of being seen more of a Tales-fan than I already probably seem to be, Vesperia NAILS the sexiest atmosphere in the series.  The brightest colours, the prettiest environments, the nicest world map....  What the flying fuck happened, Xillia?  WHERE DID YOU TWO DISAGREE?

Ever since replacing my 360 and losing my 100% save of that game, I've been debating playing through again. It's my favorite game in the series, and my favorite game on the system, but getting that 100% took *so* much effort, I don't know if I want to do it again.

Still, every time someone mentions Vesperia I get that itch again.
I mean, my life could always use more Rita...
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 07, 2014, 06:24:58 PM
I can confirm after only 30 minutes that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth is a million times better than the first one. Better localization (in both writing and voice acting), better battle system, better UI, better graphics (and animations--characters no longer look like they're ice skating through areas), everything is just vastle improved. Super excited to play more.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 07, 2014, 09:15:28 AM
I kind of wish we had a "Recommend me a game" thread, but since we don't I'll ask on here.

Since it is clear that we outside of Asia will never ever get another Phantasy Star Online game, I was wondering if anyone knew of an active MMO that was at least similar. I'm looking for something with very little story, or at least an ignorable one, with hub areas to gather a party for clearing dungeons and other areas without any "quests" per se.

Getting back into the .Hack series has me craving that PSO style of MMO.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 06, 2014, 04:49:58 PM
Started SAO Hollow Fragment last night, it was pretty late so I didn't play much, but from what I did, I enjoyed it. Seems to have quite a bit of depth, so I will look foward to hitting it hard today when I get home.

ARGH! There are way too many RPG's I want to play on my Vita, I don't have nearly enough time or money to play them all.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 06, 2014, 12:05:44 PM
^ You realize that it was revealed that all that Zoe Quinn stuff was an elaborate lie, right? Like literally just a couple of people trying to give her a bad reputation.

Source?

I don't have an exact source, but my twitter feed was pretty abuzz about it, and like I said people who were completely against Zoe are being rather apologetic, so whatever the source is must be pretty convincing.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 06, 2014, 09:29:52 AM
Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised to see it in August to line up with the releases of Xillia and Xillia 2.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 06, 2014, 09:26:06 AM
^ You realize that it was revealed that all that Zoe Quinn stuff was an elaborate lie, right? Like literally just a couple of people trying to give her a bad reputation.

I'm happy to see most of the "Gamergate" folks are being rather apologetic about the whole thing. Gives me hope that there may be hope for us all yet.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 05, 2014, 10:15:51 PM
I just have to shake my head because all these conspiracy theorists can't see the forest for the trees.

I mean, what are the consequences if a game journalist gives an indie game (or hell, let's say it goes all the way... a triple A game) a better score than it deserves because they like the person? A game sells a little bit better than it might otherwise have?

IT'S THE END OF THE INDUSTRY AS WE KNOW IT!!!
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: kotaku article on what FFXV means to the future of JRPGs... on: September 05, 2014, 05:10:20 PM
That's not really fair. Japan has it's fair share of homogenization problems, and the Final Fantasy franchise hasn't exactly been fighting against that lately.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 04, 2014, 12:56:28 PM
Finishing up the extra stuff in .Hack//Mutation before moving on to Outbreak

- I forgot how absolutely infuriating the Flag Races can be. Took me 35 tries to take first place, Even though I'd constantly get 20.2 - 20.5 seconds. And that was just the Theta server.

- I did actually notice something I somewhat missed the first few times I played through these games. The quotes the game takes out of .Hack//SIGN for the Memory items all seem to be quotes that foreshadow the events of the games, so that's a kind of neat little tie-in.

- I've always hated that the game is designed so that the harder the bosses get the longer the dungeons are leading up to them. And with no alternative save points besides the one in town, it makes for a really annoying death penalty. Thankfully, with the game's economy death is a matter of making a really stupid mistake or being *severely* underequipped.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 03, 2014, 03:25:13 PM
Almost finished with .Hack//Mutation. Every time I play through these games I think I'm going to find something I missed the last time I played, and every time I'm disappointed with the realization that I didn't miss anything. The plot really is just that broken. I mean, it's a fine enough story on it's own but it feels very much separated from it's own predecessor let alone the rest of the franchise.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 03, 2014, 10:58:30 AM
I have to go with Alexandria from FFIX as well. Not only for the design, but because it makes such a wonderful "first town" section of the game. Often times I'll replay the game right until the Evil Forest and be happy to leave it at that.
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