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331  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 26, 2015, 05:47:45 PM
Really finding my groove with .Hack again! Finished all the Virus core hunting to unlock the last four data bug areas, and only have two of those left to go before the giant final dungeon. I'm even thinking of possibly doing the item collection at the end of the game--no idea why, just a way to truly be finished with these games.

Speaking of, something interesting I learned the first time I played through these games is that FFXII's "Battle for Freedom" lines up perfectly with the final cutscene before the battle with Corbenik.
332  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 25, 2015, 06:02:06 PM
So, uh...

Apparently my stepdad's father went crazy and tried to kill his wife before killing himself. This was my afternoon today.


Though let this be a lesson. Plenty of people could have seen this coming but chose not to. I've met the man multiple times and it was super apparent he was losing his marbles. I don't care how close you are to your elders, dementia is not something to be taken lightly. If you see the signs, get them help.
333  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 25, 2015, 08:46:56 AM
Already trying to think of names for my character and farm in Story of Seasons. Tired of falling back on the same ones with each iteration.

Per tradition of me and my sis naming stuff, our farm will be called Jason Frank XXXIII, and every nameable animal after that the next in line.

Also, I totally want to name my character Garfield. ;)

I might keep my animal naming tradition. I name them like tropical storms... first has an A name, second has a B name, etc.
334  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 24, 2015, 11:25:01 PM
Already trying to think of names for my character and farm in Story of Seasons. Tired of falling back on the same ones with each iteration.
335  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: March 23, 2015, 04:18:39 PM
See, I always like playing the tough nut bruisers, so my favorite character in Type-0 is Cinque. She can take quite a few hits and takes down most scrubs in a single hit.
336  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 23, 2015, 04:09:53 PM
Very happy this afternoon!

Today was the day we all came in to help pack up the store, but I had a completely different mission in mind. There's this girl who started working as a regular associate over the holidays. I've really liked the few times I ended up working with her. So today I was hoping to find a way to stay in touch and get to know her some more without straight up asking her out.

Anyway, was talking with a fellow keyholder about Anime Boston since we're both going when she interjects to tell us she's also going. So I asked her if she wanted to meet up at the convention, she agreed and we exchanged phone numbers.

Not sure if anything will come of it--after all I've been purposely avoiding relationships for the past 4 years--but at least the opportunity is there now.
337  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 23, 2015, 04:03:18 PM


To be fair, it was Square that decided Noctis was going to have the gait of a crippled chimpanzee.
338  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 23, 2015, 03:59:11 PM
As Above, So Below

Just don't bother. It's borderline terrible, and just a bore to watch. The main problem is the pacing. The movie is 90 minutes long, but the first 60 minutes is spent setting up the backstory for the "scary part." And so the last 30 minutes just seems like a checklist of "X scary thing happens and Y character dies" one after another, then it all culminates in the main character heading back through everything they already made it through, basically like a first person view of someone working their way through an amusement park haunted house. Naturally, the most haunting part of the movie was the one scene that didn't rely on a jumpscare, but it was over quickly and never revisited.

It sucks, because the whole "Modern day Dante's Inferno" was a neat idea.
339  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 21, 2015, 04:11:30 PM
Thing is, it's tough as a studio to make that happen. Start off making crummy games, and you probably won't have the money to make good ones. Did Blizzard make anything but really good in the beginning? Our maybe Bungie or Bioware?

Maybe it's not by leaps and bounds, but we've discussed in several places on this site that Compile Hearts is a good example of a company who is slowly improving the quality of their games.
340  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: March 21, 2015, 03:33:53 PM
The structure of this game is very similar to how I thought the structure of FF8 would be when I first started playing it. I like that the military academy actually IS a hub this time around and grants the characters a bit of social interaction, even if it is very minor.

Also, SO's can go to hell. Like, it's such a neat idea to add an extra layer of challenge to missions and encounters, but the way they're executed is pathetic. Opening the SO doesn't pause the action so good luck reading the details of each SO, sometimes they don't arrive until the battle you're in is almost over anyway so you lose your chance to complete half of them, and finally if you do miss reading the objectives I don't think there's a way to confirm them.

Again, fantastic idea, but couldn't have been executed more poorly.
341  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2015 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: March 21, 2015, 03:22:49 PM
Pretty amazing Flash Sale on PSN this weekend with a bunch of games for less than a dollar, including things like Breath of Fire, Wild Arms, Katamari, and Tokyo Jungle.
342  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: March 21, 2015, 03:20:02 PM
Chicago on St. Paddy's day is nothing compared to Boston, I'm sure. Boston folks are horrible 365 days of the year, and everyone here has to celebrate their "Irish pride" whether they're Irish or not.
343  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 20, 2015, 12:34:06 PM
So I was really intimidated by Type--0 (if that wasn't apparent) when you get back to the academy and they introduce the time mechanic. But I finally got up the nerve to play some more and learned about being able to grind random battles before a mission with no consequence and feel much better. I also feel better now that I've had a chance to experiment and learn some of the less obvious mechanics of the game, like powering up magic and altering normal attacks.

Still very disappointed in Awakened Fate Ultimatum, but I'm still playing through it and enjoying it for the most part. I especially like the Ultimate Choice mechanic, as the writers seem to have gone with the tone of "No matter what you choose, everything's going to go to shit." I'm hoping it's a short game so I can play through a few times experimenting with different choices.

Also playing the Toukiden: Kiwami demo. I knew this was known as a Monster Hunter clone but I had no idea that it was so BLATANT about it. I feel like I'm just playing a reskinned and watered down version of MH when I'm playing this. Still fun, but I think I'll be a bit shameless and make my second PS4 game Omega Quintet instead.
344  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: March 19, 2015, 11:09:29 PM
Forgive the double post, but I wanted to share that even though it's relevant to the plot, the names for Class Zero still really bug me. Mostly Seven, Eight and Nine--because it's lazy (they couldn't have made Nine female and named her Nona?)--as well as Jack, Queen and King because they're associated with the wrong numbers.
345  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 19, 2015, 12:03:51 PM
Kojima is basically Konami's life support. He needs to leave the company so that they can pass away in peace.
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