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61  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 22, 2014, 01:41:09 PM
Cross-posting something I put somewhere else because you guys might be interested too.

Everlasting Summer
692 positive reviews / 60 negative reviews

What is this?
A free Russian VN that popped up on Steam through Greenlight this week.
With the latest patch from yesterday, the game features in-game achievements and Steam achievements.

Everlasting Summer resembles Katawa Shoujo in the sense that it was made by people who originate from the defunct Russian 2-chan.
Also similar to Katawa Shoujo, the game is free and of very good quality.
There are meme and anime/internet related jokes that are hidden well enough to not break the game's world while still being visible enough that anime/internet connoisseurs will pick up on them.

It is considered mature (which puzzles the entire Steam community on how it was accepted) but the option is OFF by default.
Adult content needs to be activated in the options menu (DON'T DO IT KIDS!)
As far as the adult content goes, it does show nude male and females although there are no visible genitalia (convenient censorship).
It does depict sexually suggestive images.

Don't judge me ;_;

Overall good (Miku path is the exception)
Central theme reminds me of Ever17

There's a strong fluctuation in the graphics. I think there were different artists involved and their level of skill varied. Some of the CGs look wonderful while some other look pretty bad. Still a pretty big game when you consider that there are 140 CG & 115 BG.

The music is very good. That's pretty surprising given that usually free games cut cost/effort on the audio.
While the songs are good (there are 66 of them !) I think the ambiance noise is also very good (though I think most of it is from freesounds.com).

Anyone who plays VN should play this one.
Quality-wise, it's better than most of the 10$ ones on Steam.

I heavily suggest this guide if you can't find the special paths (main reason why my game time is ludicrous):
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 21, 2014, 02:56:03 PM
Oh oh oh!
The battle against Nyx avatar in Persona 3.


I love the arcana quotes whenever he shifts.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 21, 2014, 01:52:53 PM
The obvious ones I can remember easily are:

Castle Fantasia (+Renewal)
If you follow the path for freedom, you end up doing a chain of onslaught missions where the country's military is trying to kill your group before you desert and fleet by sea.
The difficulty goes way up (hardest in the whole game) and a special background song starts playing. It's the first and only voiced song in the game.
It's a really incredible experience as you fight the kingdom's oppression against terrible odds.
I've never felt as 'engaged' in a game's moment as this one

The song (if you consider ever playing the game, don't listen - keep the magic for that moment): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7xqCWy-EW8

Ar Tonelico 2
Using Replekia and then harmonic chain. POWER OVERWHELMING !!!

The ending

The ending screen
I stood there for MINUTES just looking at it.

Final Fantasy V
Gilgamesh turning traitor
I'm sad that now Gilgamesh is just a gag extra boss in recent FFs =(

Chrono Trigger
Opening the path to Magus' castle (the Masamune)

Star Ocean 3
The fight against Crossel.
I like the build-up to it, the fact that he is enormous and the awesome song

Almost forgot!!!

Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner
By far one of the best level out of any game.
+ boss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tjr2pvus6A
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 21, 2014, 09:55:49 AM
this game does have a good storyline so its worth following, unlike skyrim. lol

I have played over 300 hours of Skyrim on 4 characters and I have never done more than half of the main storyline =P
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 20, 2014, 08:14:42 AM
I've played some Nexon games and they are terrible at microtransactions.
First of all, it's not really micro.
Second, they make their shit so random, you pay money on the unknown.
There is no way to get want you want specifically, you have to gamble eternally until one day you get lucky enough to get want you wanted.
(The term used almost everywhere is 'gachapon' system)
66  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 18, 2014, 09:07:48 AM
since I now have a mouse with several dpi settings

You need to start playing LoL and Sion

I'ts been a while since I played LoL. I'm going to assume Sion isn't supposed to turn like that when he's rushing with his ult?

Nope, you're only supposed to be able to do minor corrections because the game lowers your mouse dpi incredibly... but people with high dpi mouse can just do whatever they want.
I'm still amazed that they haven't coded a maximum turn rate. I coded one of those in college for a homework game... shouldn't be that hard for a team of paid programmers.


Also, I hate the new orb system in Xillia 2.
I have no idea what element gives what or when. Maybe I should check a guide.
I still don't have a single resurrection spell and I'd really like one.
Bosses on hard are pretty... well... hard.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 18, 2014, 08:33:31 AM
Had a cold, might have been the flue but I barely even acknowledge that I was sick so I'm sticking to the "it was just the common clod" option. I am NOT a fan of winter :/

Yeah. We got a shitload of snow yesterday and I've been working remote for two days now.
I don't want to go outside...
68  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 18, 2014, 08:28:06 AM
since I now have a mouse with several dpi settings

You need to start playing LoL and Sion
69  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 17, 2014, 06:51:45 PM
Man... there's too many characters in Xillia 2.

I don't see how you could swap out Ludger given his special ability of free damage with no bad side.
Then, you have 9 (I'm at 8 and I'm pretty sure I'm getting one more) characters for the 3 slots left.

Trophies are going to take a while...
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: November 17, 2014, 10:08:41 AM
When's your birthday Rob? Should be pretty close to mine (4th).
71  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 16, 2014, 01:27:13 PM
I just burned 7000 FP myself and all I got out of it was 1 N I still needed to idolize.
72  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 16, 2014, 04:14:07 AM
The last few episodes of SAO have been pretty good.
I think the show is much better with its sub plots than its main plots.

The gun one right? Because the fairy one just kept getting progressively worse as it dragged on.

Well, yes, the gun season, but they are back in the fairy game now.
They are just kind of dicking around and that's fine; much better than GGO.
73  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 15, 2014, 10:09:49 PM
People can shit on FF8 all they like, and while I've forgotten like 90% of the plot details, I will always remember these guys!!!!!!!

Huh? Clearly

That's the Nordiques de Québec... at least we remember you guys =(
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 15, 2014, 09:04:09 PM
I just broke a knife cutting cheese.

It was an old knife, but still... cheese...
75  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 15, 2014, 05:58:03 PM
I'm guessing it's deliberate that the very beginning of Xillia 2 makes no sense.

All I got from it is that I'm a failure and I have a fugly cat.
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