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571  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 08, 2014, 05:32:36 PM

After 5 hours of endless struggle. I FINALLY KILLED YOU. WHO IS YOUR GOD NOW BITCH. The ending was great, a very satysfing conclusion to the trilogy, the story has the typical JRPG "nonsense" that is still really likeable. What I mean by nonsense is the typical "Power of humanity and love", that type of discourse. It brings a smile to my face when well done. 90% of fantasy works end up having that type of the discourse when the big baddy is being fought. Even in western works like Harry Potter. Im surprised that XIII and XIII-2 didnt fall into that trap for the most part, I wouldnt have it any other way though, it's the logic followup. LR delivered a good conclusion to the trilogy.

Final Thoughts - Great music, some really good characterization behind some characters with strong motivations driving their actions. One of the most rewarding battle systems I played in a long time, That's Lightning Returns in a nutshell, a great JRPG. The dialogue behind the trilogy was always kind of weak(I guess that's what you would call "writing"?) but the actual plots are great, it has good world building with a generally self consistent and rich mythos and really good characters, the characters are battle systems are the highlights of these FF games.

Congrats! Took me 4 or 5 tries myself, and I ended up using everything I had to finally take him down. That boss is.... *stupid* amounts of hard. I agree, I liked the ending, it had everything I was looking for. Some people have mentioned wanting an epilogue, but I would have liked it even better without even the small epilogue we got (which was kind of dumb, really)

I didn't like this one as much as FFXIII-2, due mostly to the unconventional character development which didn't work for me. Normal battles felt mostly pointless until you grinded your way to the Last One, and then most of those can just be dealt with by waiting until the Ultimate Lair opens.
572  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 08, 2014, 10:15:49 AM
Lightning Returns -

WOOT! The two side quests I finished up on Day 12 pushed me over the edge and unlocked the Extra Day. Not only that, but I managed to defeat Erishkigal and obtained the Ultimatus garb. Mind, after getting the Level 3 stagger I abused the hell out of Overclock and the generous amount of Ether the Canvas of Prayers gives you, thus obtaining only a single star battle rating, but I really don't care about those ratings.

Now on to the Final Day.
573  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 07, 2014, 09:15:43 PM
Jeff Who Lives At Home -

I watched this movie simply because I was running out of recent movies I'm interested in on Netflix, and I was pleasantly surprised. The movie kind of hit close to home for me (no pun intended) not necessarily because I'm nearly 30 and living at home, but because I'm a die-hard fatalist. Believing that everything, bad or good, happens for a reason and that there's a such thing as karma gets me through each day. So to have a movie about someone who takes that to an extreme, and not just as an instrument of comedy, was kind of heartwarming. It's also just a solid movie. I often miss the days when comedy could be comedy without needing the obligatory handful of melodrama, but this wasn't one of those times.
574  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 07, 2014, 08:54:23 PM
I think I may beat Lightning Returns sooner than expected. As I said earlier, I started Day 12 with still a handful of Canvas quests unfinished. I actually decided to try and finish them and it's turning out to be really exciting trying to plan this day so I can do them all in the precious few hours I have left. I've finished Yusnaan and The Dead Dunes, and finishing The Wildlands is simply a matter of praying I planted a vegetable seed in the Moogle Village way back when I did those quests. That just leaves Luxerion, in which I have to kill some Gaunts, Dreadnaughts, and... two other things I can't remember the names of.

I really wish there was a way to "bank" recovery items, what with all the Ethers you start earning for the 3-star Canvas quests.
575  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 07, 2014, 02:24:11 PM
On Day 12 of Lightning Returns. Doesn't look like I'll be able to get the 14th Day, but I did complete 60 of the 65 quests (technically 64, since in one case you have to decide between two quests) and all but a small handful of the Canvas of Prayer quests. I think there are 2-4 of those I won't have time (or motivation) to complete, but we'll see.
576  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 07, 2014, 10:40:38 AM
Man, I got that game on Launch day and think I might be able to beat it by this coming Tuesday. Not a personal attack against you, I just keep looking at my backlog wondering how I'll ever get through it all and the answer is clearly "I won't." It's pretty depressing, especially since I don't have a whole lot going on with my life right now to get in the way.
577  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hardest game you ever beat. on: March 06, 2014, 09:56:46 AM
I have no confidence in myself whatsoever, so if I beat it, I don't really consider it hard.
578  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 05, 2014, 06:26:19 PM
9 AM on Day 11 in Lightning Returns. Stumbled upon Aeronite while hunting Lizards in the desert, and took him on for shits and giggles. It... did not go well. Probably not going to bother with him unless I do a second playthrough. So back to hunting lizards. Glad I didn't kill too many Cactuars early on since they're dropping 10,000gil each now.
579  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 05, 2014, 10:07:35 AM
First: Daaaamn nice avatar!

It's so fantastic that I changed my Twitter avatar as well.
580  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 05, 2014, 10:05:11 AM
The Howl one made me laugh harder than it probably should have.
581  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 04, 2014, 11:16:16 PM
I'm at an impasse, I have a sudden desire to replay FFXII, but I have a feeling that just like FFX, as soon as I start it, FFX HD is going to have a successful launch and Square Enix is going to announce FFXII HD.

That, and I don't know if I'd really commit to the whole thing. The only thing I don't like about FFXII is the entire middle of the game is extremely grindy and boring. Everything from after you rescue Leia Ashe from the Galactic Archadian Empire up to infiltrating Archadia itself is a total slog
582  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 04, 2014, 05:10:43 PM
^ Man, I wish I had that kind of time to dedicate to gaming. Not that it matters, since every so often when I do have that kind of time I end up playing for an hour or two before deciding I've had enough.
583  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: March 04, 2014, 10:32:26 AM
Oh my Gawd, Dice, you are amazing and wonderful! Seriously, thank you so much! It's positively beautiful!
584  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: March 03, 2014, 09:58:34 PM
*sigh* Kind of want to change my avatar here to Pirate Edea, but I can't find a decent image anywhere.

Anyway, progress is still slow. Just picked up the Praline side quest before heading to the mine. Probably going to grind a bit though since the Automatons took me a few tries (though once I started throwing heals every turn whether I was damaged at the start or not it was wicked easy).

585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: March 03, 2014, 09:34:15 PM
Big Spoiler: It was a Paradox Ending all along!

Not really. Not really close to beating it, still on Day 10.

And that probably would've been funnier if half the people in this thread hadn't already spoiled the ending for themselves.
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