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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 03, 2016, 06:19:25 PM
Star Ocean: First Departure

Just Roleplaying with a random NPC.


FF2

The Emperor finally got tired of my shit and decided to pay me a visit.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 01, 2016, 04:23:06 PM
Someday I really want to play the perty PSP incarnations of FF1 and 2 for the PSP if for no other reason than to oogle at the gorgeously oversized sprites. I will of course play this full screen on a 40 inch samsung to make the "awseome" completely fill my field of view.

SO:FD for me was such a mixed bag. I enjoyed it well enough to finish it but couldn't shake the feeling of "this is like a demo for Star Ocean 2" the whole time I played. I said it before, but every time this is brought up it reminds me how much I still want to give the SF (super famicom) original a chance. The first SO on the SF was the 3rd ever import title I bought as a kid (Seiken 3, Romancing Saga 3 were the first 2) and I was so lost but still recall adoring how that game looked/sounded at the time.

I still really hope we eventually get the ps4 port of SO2 even though they stated "no plans to do so". I hold out hope its gonna come outta left field like Adventure of Mana did and just drop one week.

I never played Star Ocean 2 so I don't really know what I am missing out on. I intend to play both so it is probably a good thing I am playing the two in order. There is too much of a difference between First Departure and SO3 and onward for me to feel like something is missing.

Sounds like somebody didn't learn the magic of Matoya "Tceles B Husp".


Also, switching PS2s has made my Xenosaga 3 experience a little easier. The load times are noticeably faster (though still longer than they were at earlier parts of the game).
As for FF2, ditch your armor and go all in on weapon+shield, all the time.



Damn, I am an idiot. It works for FF2 as well which is great. At least I did not do what I did during my GBA playthrough and attack my own team mates for more HP. That did not help me for long.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 01, 2016, 12:24:09 PM
Final Fantasy 1

The difficulty completely collapsed once I stopped trying to attack with my Red and Black mages during boss fights and just buffed my Warrior. I had no idea that the same buff stacked. The last boss fell quick enough. I tried the bonus PSP dungeon but it didn't seem that fun. I don't think I will bother fully exploring it.

I knew roughly where to go throughout the story but it could have really used a world map.

Final Fantasy 2

Just boarded the Dreadnought. The game is pretty fun if you just ignore how stats are raised and just go with the flow.

Star Ocean: The First Departure

I just got to the first port town. This is my first playthrough of the game. So far it seems really fun but it is early days yet.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: July 26, 2016, 04:40:55 PM
1. Lost
2. Bulletstorm
3. Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day
4. Red Faction: Armageddon
5. Persona 4 Golden
6. Ico
7. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
8. Atelier Escha & Logy
9. Etrian Odyssey Untold
10. Tomb Raider (PS4)
11. Sleeping Dogs
12. Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies
13. Adventure Bar Story.
14. Parascientific Escape: Cruise on the Distant Seas

15. The Walking Dead: Michonne
It does not live up to the first two seasons but it was fun enough. No real surprises but if you liked Telltales other stuff, you will probably like this.

16. Atelier Sophie
I thought they handled the no time limit better in Sophie than they had in Shallie. The game was packed with events where Shallie felt kind of barren in comparison. Most of them were fluff but it is an Atelier game. I thought the dungeons could have been handled a bit better. The designs were fine but they popped up so much I didn't really feel like visiting most more than once.

17. Zero Time Dilema.
It was fine. I had fun with it. Not going to go into any detail to avoid spoilers but I was happy with it.

18. Hyper Devotion Noire
It was alright. It wouldn't rank high on my list of favourite srpgs but I did enjoy it. I thought the secretary was really cringy though. I also didn't like how enemies could walk over traps without activating them.

19. Persona 4: Dancing All Night
I was kind of disappointed with it. It was decent but I expected more. I think if I get an urge to play a rhythm game, I would choose another.

20. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

I thought the reviews were a bit harsh on it. It does have all the flaws they mentioned but I think it would have been better received if it didn't have to live up to the previous titles. It starts off good but I don't think it really built up to anything. It was decent but not great.

21. Infamous: Second Son
It was a lot of fun. It was also kind of short but didn't outstay it's welcome. Story was not spectacular but the gameplay was really fun.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 14, 2016, 07:34:49 AM

FF1

I am about to head into the Cavern of Earth. I had to use my only Phoenix Down in the fight against Astos. I could have beaten him easily without reviving the party member but I like having the party have the same exp needed to reach the next level.

Star Ocean V

Double Slash. All day, every day. I temporarily lost access to fast travel so I think I will just avoid quests until I regain access.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 11, 2016, 04:33:24 PM
Juggling a few games at the moment.

Star Ocean 5

I am actually enjoying this at the moment. I am not that far yet so I might still hit the issues the reviewers had. Fiore looks ridiculous but other than that, things are grand. I am at the stage where I recruited the final two party members.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Not really feeling this. I thought the story was pretty lame although I might be missing some things as I am not that familiar with how Idols are in Japan. The rhythm game itself was alright although I thought Elite Beat Agents, Theatrhythm and Project Diva F were a lot better.

Final Fantasy 1 (PSP)

I got the urge to play this after remembering the lets play someone did a few years ago. I can't remember who wrote it but I remember the party members were Parn, Agent D, Eusis and Dice.

I am at the Elf Kingdom at the moment. I preferred the limited spells over MP. It made the game seem more unique. My memory is hazy but I have a fair idea of where I am supposed to go. I should be able to avoid all the aimless wandering I did in my first playthrough.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: June 27, 2016, 07:06:31 AM
1. Lost
2. Bulletstorm
3. Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day
4. Red Faction: Armageddon
5. Persona 4 Golden
6. Ico
7. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
8. Atelier Escha & Logy
9. Etrian Odyssey Untold
10. Tomb Raider (PS4)
11. Sleeping Dogs


12. Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies
The game was fun but it seemed to lack something the older games had. I am not really sure what. It seemed easier too although that may just be the evidence being less bullshitty.

13. Adventure Bar Story
I wasn't expecting much from this but I was pleasantly surprised. It is nothing spectacular but I did have fun with it.

14. Parascientific Escape: Cruise on the Distant Seas
I mainly got this to be able to play a room escape type game before Zero escape comes out. The puzzles were pretty easy overall but the game was short enough that it didn't overstay it's welcome. I will probably get part 2 if it comes out. 

8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The State of the Atelier Series (and Stuff) on: June 07, 2016, 05:36:06 PM
Will a plus version even come out for Vita? The original is coming out release day on Vita and outside of Rorona, Plus versions tend to just be the game and all of the DLC. Wouldn't it be easier to just have a season pass? I could see a plus version going to the next handheld generation if Sony creates one though.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: June 05, 2016, 04:41:16 PM
1. Lost
2. Bulletstorm
3. Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day
4. Red Faction: Armageddon
5. Persona 4 Golden
6. Ico
7. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
8. Atelier Escha & Logy

9. Etrian Odyssey Untold
I really enjoyed it. The bosses seemed easier than I remember but that is probably from just being more familiar with the series.

10. Tomb Raider (PS4)
The game was a lot of fun. Seeing Lara wounded repeatedly, not so much. I preferred the first half of the story although it is a Tomb Raider game so the way it went wasn't totally unexpected.

11. Sleeping Dogs
The game had charm. I had more fun with it than I expected. 
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ace Attorney 6! on: May 24, 2016, 04:57:42 AM
not trying to be a dick geuinely curious. are ace attourney games rpg's or do they just fit into the visual novel category wich i believe is acceptable for this forum?

They are Visual Novels.
11  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: May 23, 2016, 05:30:39 AM
I absolutely loathed the game Mana Khemia (including the soundtrack), especially this piece of music that has become a nuisance ear worm for me.  The song is "Future of Dreams" (whistle version).  At least it's better than the Chorus version.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLD8fySAj6Q

The only thing I liked about Mana Khemia was Pamela's theme:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTPZvAwwCho


I really enjoyed the game myself. The music is not as good outside of the game but I still liked it. I thought the boss music was decent. I can see how disliking that song could drag the game down for you. It pops up everywhere you go around the academy in some form or another.
12  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 13, 2016, 06:35:50 AM
Monster Hunter Generations just got a release date for July 15th.

https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/730774539739758592

13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: April 01, 2016, 06:37:44 AM
1. Lost
2. Bulletstorm
3. Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day
4. Red Faction: Armageddon
5. Persona 4 Golden
6. Ico
7. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

8. Atelier Escha & Logy
I felt the time limit was a bit too lenient. I was left with nothing to do at the end of most assignments after clearing all the optional tasks. I did enjoy the game though. Looking forward to Atelier Sophie.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 08, 2016, 06:36:41 AM
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth on: March 08, 2016, 06:10:42 AM
I would say hold off until a sale if money is an issue. The beginning of the game was great but I thought it became less so, in the last quarter. The collection aspect was really fun but the dungeons and puzzles were kind of disappointing. I did enjoy it but a decent part of the enjoyment came from the nostalgia of seeing Digimon I remember from the past.
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