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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 28, 2014, 06:57:46 PM
Got to Lvl 15 as an Arcanist in FF14 and just did the guild quest. Took me 3 tries to do that quest because my allies are not the meat shields I thought they were, so actually had to do a lot of healing that fight...anyways, I think soon I can change areas and try out some other class. I also want to take on a crafting class...I got a crapload of stuff...

Ah yes, and I made progress in Suikoden. Finally kicked that stupid vampire's butt, right when I was out of magic and herbs. I'll check a guide to see who I have left to get, then I'll head out west to recruit the dragon guys to my cause I guess...then it's on the end-game?
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 28, 2014, 05:02:48 PM
Any horror fans in the house? I have a few questions since I'm gonna try to play a bunch of Halloween-themed games this coming month:

  • Is Yume Nikki more flat out scary? Or is it more creepy/weird/disturbing? I'd actually prefer the latter...
  • Anybody know of any good point 'n' click games with dark atmosphere and themes? I know of a few, like Uninvited, 7th Guest, and Alone in the Dark (the old, old one), but I don't know if they've aged well...
  • And has Master Reboot gotten any better? I remember it getting some iffy reviews...

Re: Yume Nikki, definitely the latter. Although, even then it leans more towards surreal/trippy more than anything else.
Re: Good Point 'n' Click, I'm pretty sure 7th Guest has aged horribly and Uninvited is probably okay due to Sudden Adventure Game Death Syndrome, no idea on AitD.
Re: Master Reboot? Never heard of it.

Honestly, I wouldn't have known about Master Reboot without a review from site I used to go to. Sadly, I left that site because I don't agree with any of their reviews nor their news practices, so I was hoping someone else had an opinion on it...

But thanks for the other two. Trippy actually sounds neat. I'll look a little more into alone in the dark. It's had so many versions I'm not sure where to start, but hopefully at least one of them are good...

EDIT:
Also, someone gave me more info on Book of Memories and iot doesn't sound that appealing, so I'll just take it off my list...

Aaand I looked into Alone in the Dark and even the most recent version looks and sounds like a dinosaur...
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 28, 2014, 01:31:00 PM
Any horror fans in the house? I have a few questions since I'm gonna try to play a bunch of Halloween-themed games this coming month:

  • Is Silent Hill: Book of Memories any good? I'm intrigued by the thought of horror RPGs, and I want to see if this one is intreresting to play
  • Is Yume Nikki more flat out scary? Or is it more creepy/weird/disturbing? I'd actually prefer the latter...
  • Anybody know of any good point 'n' click games with dark atmosphere and themes? I know of a few, like Uninvited, 7th Guest, and Alone in the Dark (the old, old one), but I don't know if they've aged well...
  • And has Master Reboot gotten any better? I remember it getting some iffy reviews...
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 27, 2014, 06:12:24 PM
I refuse to play anything Holloween related until it's actually October. Not sure, but I think I'll take a crack at Disgaea and Parasite Eve this year. Or maybe the SNES Clock tower...oh, and Gargoyle's Quest II if it would ever fucking come out in NA. Seriously,what's the hold up? It's on Wii U VC in Europe for almost a month now...
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 27, 2014, 01:53:47 PM
I'm pretty sure you have to grind when Princess Moonbrook is level 1 and getting one-shotted by everything around her since you're in an area where you're level 9 or 10...
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 27, 2014, 10:02:06 AM
I'm saving DQII for last unless we never get DQ7 3D....
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 26, 2014, 10:07:02 PM
Anyways, Final Fantasy 14! I'm a level 5 Arcanist. I love this class so far. I got a little furry thing beating up enemies for me while I poison them, ruin them, and occasionally smack 'em with a book. Been doing lots of menial chores for quests right now. Not that bad, though. Since I picked the arcanist, I'm in the swashbuckling pirate city now (I swear if they don't add a pirate job somewhere down the line...), so the dialogue is colorful at least. I have the whole weekend off, so I guess I'll be playing this for a while.

BTW, I'm playing the PS3 version on an SD TV, so the game kinda looks like crap and I've even noticed quite a bit of pop-in and slow down. I'm not too bothered by graphics (I've been though FFXI, it doesn't get much worse than that), but when I get a PS4 I'm definitely transfering to that version one day.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 26, 2014, 06:14:25 PM
I thought he was just a pervert, but I suppose wanting to make a really long-lasting creature makes more sense...
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 26, 2014, 10:00:35 AM
All that Final Fantasy talk earlier made me want to play an FF game, especially since I've only finished 3 of the main games (though I've gotten far in a few others). So what do I choose to play? The MMO that's been sitting on my desk since last august. After over an hour and a half of deleting, installing, registering, restarting, and restoring (damn launcher glitched...), I'm finally to the point where I get to download and install the patches for 5 hours. Thankfully I gotta leave for work in 30 minutes. It'll hopefully be ready by the time I get home...hopefully...

Damnit I just want to get ready to play as a Ninja! Well, first I'd have to be a rogue, which is cool, too....and I guess Arcanist, since I want to be within range of the Rogue guild after I hit level 10...
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2014, 08:42:41 AM
Has anyone heard if the iOS 8 battery problem affects gen 2 iPads?

Decided to err on the side of caution and leave it with iOS 7. So, uh... y'all can get back to your haps now.

Wait, Battery problems? Damnit, as if I didn't regret updating to iOS 8 enough already...
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 25, 2014, 07:37:49 AM
I don't actually remember encountering any interactive bits in FFXII's dungeons besides from the basically pointless security lasers on that one ship and I think like, one or two dungeons had elevator switches. Although I don't really remember much about FFXII in general. Even when I was actively playing it, back when it was new, I hit a point around Eruyt Village where I quit because I had no idea what the hell was going on.

Also I think it was more the outdoor areas that I found huge and empty and offputting. Like have the game was just these three deserts, two of which were unreasonably massive and just not at all visually interesting, and then I think another one had bird people and flooding and giant stones or something?

So maybe the dungeons were fine and it was just all the filler between them.

Did FFXII have fast travel?

(Other big possibility -- more than anything I just found FFXII's combat to be unengaging. Gambits were cool, but the actual assortment of skills you had access to were just super bland and utilitarian, and the menu design made it hard to control one character and put the others on gambit, which is what I WANTED to do. Also I didn't like how ATB worked -- Xenoblade's similar but you have a fairly quick and constant stream of auto attacks going on in addition to the, er, what are essentially atb-bound skills. You don't have that in FFXII. And from what I remember you COULD set the ATB bars to charge faster, but then it made it harder to manually control stuff because, again, menu design wasn't really suitable for that type of gameplay.

So the issue, maybe, isn't so much that I found the areas to be all that huge and empty in and of themselves, but rather I just kind of did not like the combat and that made what may have only been slightly- to moderately- big and empty areas seem WAY worse than they were.

Also I felt like enemies were really aggressive in FFXII, especially compared to Xenoblade).

Yeah, the enemies wouldn't leave you alone, even when you could one-shot them...

There was fast travel, though. I used it all the time, even when I was just going around in the same city. That starting city is big and confusing...and yeah, the overworld wasn't very interesting for most of the game. I was playing it recently and kept thinking "why the hell is this desert so big when there's nothing in it?" I think I might've increased the speed of the ATB a little bit, though. I was playing an old save, and IIRC, I used to hate how slow the ATB guages were in FF games...

Anyways, Teslagrad! Fun game, but I'm lost now and it's driving me up the wall. I may need to consult a video guide if I can find one...
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 24, 2014, 10:20:11 PM
Yeah, I honestly liked FFXII dungeons quite a bit. Even the early ones had stuff to do, puzzles to solve, places to explore, etc. Not a ton of course, but still nice. Also, I don't remember there being too many puzzles in Chrono Trigger's dungeons outside of the added dungeons in the DS version...and those were a pain...

Anyways, not sure if I mentioned it this morning (my memory's shot right now), but I beat A Link Between Worlds. I actually haven't beaten a Zelda game in many years, so it feels good to actually finish the fight for once. The game was simply amazing, too. I loved the dungeons, and how creative the puzzles were - for once I consistantly felt like I really had to think and explore every nook and cranny without the puzzle simply relying on lock 'n' key type stuff like requiring I just look for the one block that moves when I rub against it. In fact I NEVER PUSHED A BLOCK THE ENTIRE GAME! I simply cannot express how happy I am to say that. Most of all I loved just how focused it was on exploration. The new mechanic actually completely changed how you explore the world and allowed for a lot of creative placements of hidden chests and secrets. It also just made traversing parts of an admittedly partially-reused overworld so refreshing. And having most of the key items at your disposal at the beginning also encouraged a lot of exploration. My favorite part of Zelda is just traversing the overworld and seeing where I can go and what I can find, and I got to spend a loooooot of time in the overworld without ever feeling like I'm wasting my time.

I even liked the story. It's not exactly something to write home about, but I felt connected to the world and the end-game twist was something I never expected out of a Zelda game.

Only complaints I guess were that it was a bit on the easy side for a game that's going so retro, but "too easy" isn't much of a complaint with this time type of game. Also, I didn't like how many major items were tied to the minigames. I guess maybe they ran out of room to put stuff, but some of the minigames were part of that space, so really I just think they copped out there. I'm mostly saying "it could be better", though, since I liked most of the minigames.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 24, 2014, 07:00:44 PM
I'm not sure, but I don't think Fatal Frame was ever big on...gratuitous fanservice? I mean, yeah, horror tends to be very fanservice-y, but I still don't think it's necessary in a game. They can make it work, maybe, but I doubt it'll ever not seem unnecessary.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 24, 2014, 09:21:01 AM
I really enjoyed FF12, but I still felt it was quite flawed and is currently on the low end of my FF scale...

Anyways, the last 3 heart pieces were stupid mini-game prizes. It was annoying, especially rushing around Hyrule in the one foot race (which I turned into a bi-athalon). I kept missing it by milliseconds until I finally shaved off enough time. At least I got them all over with, though. There are still some mini-game prizes I can get, but I'm not gonna bother...on to Lorule Castle!
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 23, 2014, 11:47:31 PM
Aaand onto the Endgame in A Link Between Worlds...but not before I get the last 3 pieces of Hearts I'm missing.
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