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571  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: January 04, 2016, 10:53:21 PM
Who's everyone's favorite character?
A. Sara
B. Sara
C. Some other answer that is wrong.

(Note: I may or may not be loopy from lack of sleep)
572  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 04, 2016, 05:11:16 PM

My problem right now is I have no idea where my talents, abilities OR interests lie, so I have no idea how to refine my job search
573  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 03, 2016, 04:12:02 PM
This is the most aughts thing:

Are those being worn by a person or a butternut squash?
574  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 03, 2016, 04:09:46 PM
Spent most of the day on that there Hero Cave in Oracle of Ages. HOOOOOLY Crap whoever designed this thing is some kind of sadist. Like the floor tile puzzle that was LITERALLY TROLLING THE PLAYER. Anyway, I finally put two and two together and made it to the lava room with the colored cube and holy shit is this room incredibly annoying. It's not even so bad that you have to completely start over when you mess up, it's much more frustrating that you have to watch Link warp out of and back into the room each time you mess up.
575  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 03, 2016, 04:04:34 PM

576  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 03, 2016, 09:07:14 AM
Beat Tales of Zesty last night. The game was fine, but there was something off about it. Even after thinking about it for half a day, I still can't figure out what it was about the game that I disliked. I liked the characters. I liked the set up of the main character essentially forming pacts with elemental spirits that serve as party members. I was meh on the battle system, but that wasn't the problem. The small town sizes combined with the small number of towns bugged me, but that is fairly standard for a Tales of game.

Really wish I could put my finger on what it was that I disliked. Until I can figure out what it was that I disliked, I think it is going to be stuck in the bottom half of my rankings of the Tales of games.

I've found that starting with Xillia, Tales games have just felt kind of lifeless. Like the Tales team is just squirting them out instead of putting any kind of passion into their creation. The end results are decent games but they just feel dead on arrival.
577  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 02, 2016, 03:46:01 PM
Don't use logic with Lard, apparently it invalidates his reasons.

Wow, someone's got their panties in a twist over this game.

...  ...  ...  ...  ...WHAT?

Okay, can we just burn this thread with fire and agree not to talk about FF7: Remake, like... ever again?
578  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 02, 2016, 12:22:24 AM
Xenoblade Chronicles X

Finally managed to sit down with this one for a bit today. For three hours that just VANISHED. I just did a few sidequests and then finished Chapter 3, but I also just messed around for a bit because this game makes that an activity instead of just something you do when you can't decide what to do next or get stuck on something. I think my favorite thing about the game so far, though, is how responsive the controls are and how fluid everything feels. The jumping particularly feels like genuine action game jumping instead of the sad RPG jump that can be found in a lot of the genre. I'd almost say with some cliff hanging and rock climbing, we'd have a glorious parkour element in a true RPG for once.

LoH: Trails of Cold Steel

Only played the prologue so far, but I'm really loving everything about the game already. I can already tell that this game is going to feel like the game I had hoped FFVIII would be after the opening bits. Probably one of the few impulsive purchases over the last year that I'm quite happy with.

It actually kind of makes me want to give Trails in the Sky another attempt, but after the horror stories on these boards of transferring saves I wonder if it's simpler just to buy both the first and second chapter on Steam?

Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Just finished the 7th dungeon which was super fun because what everyone really wanted was another water dungeon with switches to change water depth, right? It actually wasn't too bad after I stopped accidentally sending myself back to the start of the dungeon, forcing myself to go all the way around a massive circle three times. The bosses in this game are SO wimpy compared to Seasons though. Anyway, now I'm STILL looking for the character to swap the Stink Bag with, which is frustrating because I know I stumbled across them near the early part of the game but now can't find them anywhere. I refuse to do the last dungeon until I've found them!

Speaking of the oracle games, though, they have found their way to a list of FIVE games on FIVE systems that I plan to finish in 2016 as part of a backlog resolution.

The games are:

- Legend of Zelda oracle duo
- Legend of Zelda Minish Cap
- Lord of Magna (I plan on talking about this game eventually. It's surprisingly modest and adorable despite it wearing its harem anime trappings on its sleeve)
- Okamiden
- Radiant Historia
(Also possibly: Bravely Default, Project X Zone, FE Awakening, Lufia)

- Dungeon Travelers 2
- Demon Gaze
- Hyperdevotion Noire
- Valkyria Chronicles 2
- Grandia
(Also possibly: Parasite Eve 2, Hyperdimension Neptunia U, Muramasa Rebirth, Yggdra Union)

- Atelier Rorona
- Atelier Totori
- Atelier Meruru
- Atelier Ayesha
- Atelier Escha & Logy (Yep, project Atelier Backlog is still in full swing)
(Also possibly: Atelier Shallie, Fairy Fencer F, Legasista, Guided Fate Paradox New Game+)

- Xenoblade Chronicles
- Super Paper Mario 100% run
- Paper Mario 2
- Lost Kingdoms
- Tales of Symphonia

- Ys I & II
- Borderlands 2
- Dreamfall Chapters
- Dust: An Elysian Tale
- The Talos Principle
(Also possibly: TT's Walking Dead S1&2, Reccetear, Bastion, Valdis Story)
579  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 11:29:33 PM
The battle system is not anything yet. Calling it anything is purely specualting on what you saw, which was an unfinished (more like unstarted) battle scene for a wow factor at a huge game show to get the audience excited, which it did. It will be changed, and regardless of if it's turn based, action based, or fucking sudoku based, we all know nothing about it. So again, bitching now is beyond ridiculous. Let the fucking system be created before calling it a train wreck.

I do find it kind of funny people taking the trailer as something set in stone, when Square did the EXACT same thing when they were teasing FFXIII with Lightning's Guards/Behemoth battle.
580  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 05:11:05 PM
That's kind of the thing, though. No matter how close to the original FF7 Remake was, I'd still be looking forward to it and it would still fit my criteria. They're not going to make it without voice acting or completely redesigned character models, both of which I'd consider content I haven't experienced before.

/pointless rambling
581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 04:50:01 PM
FFX/X-2 gave us the international versions of both games. FFXII would probably give us the Zodiac Job version. I actually *do* make it a point to ignore HD remakes unless I haven't played the game at all before or if the game contains new content I haven't experienced before.
582  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 31, 2015, 03:36:07 PM
Mistwalker would be okay if you're in the camp that wants the remake to be stuck in the past (which sounds way more dismissive than I mean it to, I'm fine if that's what you're after), but I personally am looking forward to the fresh spin on FF7.
583  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: When being a good film/book/game/etc may not be good enough. on: December 30, 2015, 08:02:31 PM
I say this a lot, but this is my major problem with most of the primary complaints with the Zelda series. People like to say the games don't deviate enough from each other, are all the same game and whatnot. Like Final Fantasy, it's just the curse of being a "genre-definer." I mean, looking at the details it's easy to see huge differences between each Zelda game, and just because each one follows the same formula it doesn't mean that there's no uniqueness to each experience. I just have to wonder what the naysayers are expecting, because there's a difference between redefining a genre and crossing over into another genre altogether.

The same people looking for Final Fantasy to redefine the RPG genre stick their noses up at Final Fantasy XIII for doing just that. FFXIII showed the world how beautifully one can combine an RPG with the structure of a fairly linear FPS (for example), but people only saw it as a bad RPG because it deviated from their expectations.

So, yes. I think people often hold up these huge franchises to a double standard: expecting them to change gaming in big ways but also staying in the realm of the familiar and comfortable. It's a shame, too, because I think people are missing the forest for the trees (to completely mangle that saying) by doing that. Actually, I guess that doesn't really answer your question specifically.

I guess in a way I sort of both agree and disagree. I think if you're holding the IP that has been labeled the defining game series of a genre (i.e. Square and Final Fantasy, Microsoft and Halo, Nintendo with Zelda and Mario) you do somewhat have a responsibility to keep that genre fresh and interesting, lest someone else does for you and steals your series' thunder. On the other hand, I also don't think there's anything wrong with releasing a couple games in a series that are just really good examples of the current trends.
584  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 30, 2015, 05:19:29 PM
Hate wasting time, like the last ten hours I've wasted trying to get in to Hearthstone, which I thought was a neat concept, but turns out over the years has become an overrated bit of pay-to-win nonsense.
585  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 28, 2015, 06:38:03 PM
The only game with an excessive amount of playable characters where I felt compelled to collect them all was Radiata Stories, but that was for the challenge of learning how to get each one.
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