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1051  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 23, 2014, 06:16:36 PM
No matter how you feel, no matter how dark life may seem, do not do anything drastic! D:

Pro-tip: play Final Fantasy XIII with a friend, have a good laugh and enjoy the endless bombardement of pretty pictures. Battlesystem is pretty cool too, once you get the hang of it.

I think this is a big reason why I actually enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII.

Also, Lightning Returns was terrible. It's main story was far and away an improvement, and it gave a lot of characters closure, but the combat was horrific, most of the side quests were phoned in and emotionless whereas their ideas could've easily have led to much more meaningful side content. (Seriously, if you're gonna copy Majora's Mask, make sure you actually get the point!) Most of the world was rather bland to explore. (although the dungeons were a bit more interesting than I expected) And even a lot of main story missions were heavily contrived. (What the heck was up with having to go all over the place to look for Fireworks, for instance?) I still have to finish it, but so far it feels more like a terrible game than any other FFXIII game.

And I actually really liked the second game. It tweaked and added a lot of mechanics that all worked well together to make a fun game. A lot of the worlds were reused, but they were reworked to make them more explorable. Most of the monsters were reworked since they had to be recruited and to me it felt like combat was a little more balanced. A lot of areas had their own gimmicks, but a lot of those gimmicks were used heavily enough and creatively enough to make each area feel fresh. The story was mostly crap, but it had some shining moments here and there that I really appreciated. Overall I'd say it was the best out of the trilogy. Not a great game, but one I thoroughly enjoyed playing and I would definitely play through it again.
1052  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gained in translation on: September 23, 2014, 12:12:19 AM

This game's opening in English was sung by...



http://youtu.be/ezkMLIdE-Kg

I gotta admit, I do like the voice and her singing is near perfect. It's just that it was a pretty cheesy pop song in the first place, so in english I can't help but be distracted by how stupid the lyrics are, but that wasn't a problem when the words were in Japanese. <_<
1053  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2014, 06:26:03 PM
I reeeeally don't want to restart Star Ocean 4 after getting so far, but you guys are tempting me to get the PS3 version just so I don't have to deal with the disk swapping.

Your're not the only one.
For years now I've debated about getting the PS3 version and replaying it while this time ignoring the story completely.
Maybe I could make peace with this game by doing so... but I don't because I don't want to pay any more money for it.

Oh but SO4 has handled their shitty cutscenes THE BEST.
A skip option followed by a one paragraph summary of what you "missed".

I KNOW. It's the best feature EVAR!!! Seriously, once the Hero boy goes all emo, it made that section sooo much more bearable.
1054  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2014, 12:47:01 PM
I reeeeally don't want to restart Star Ocean 4 after getting so far, but you guys are tempting me to get the PS3 version just so I don't have to deal with the disk swapping.

Anyways, I got the Tempered Sword now. Feels good.
1055  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2014, 11:37:21 PM
I actually beat 3 dungeons since writing that. I have the Sand Rod and the Titan's Mitt (damnit...) now, so I'll be rocking this game.
1056  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2014, 09:25:49 PM
Zelda 3DS - It took me forever to figure out which dungeon I should start with. I guess it really was the Swamp Palace, but I honestly thought I'd have, you know, choices. I didn't. The Swamp palace was the only one I could access without the Power Gloves (Giant's Gloves?). Which wouldn't be so bad, except I guess the Power/Giants? Gloves are in Death Mountain. Getting there was hell enough, but the place seems way too hard for me right now. Guess I'll try Thieve's Hideout next...I think I just need a password but I'm not too sure what that entails...
1057  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: September 21, 2014, 05:05:40 PM
I should hope we do, but you never know with Sega...I certainly hope we do, it really does look nice.
1058  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 21, 2014, 04:41:28 PM
I have a long, fast stride, too, but that's just how I've always walked. I don't do anything else for exercise.
1059  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 19, 2014, 11:22:59 PM
You would not believe how much stuff I've done in A Link Between Worlds...and I've only beaten two dungeons so far. :P
1060  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gained in translation on: September 19, 2014, 06:55:15 PM
I also loved the Orchestral music used in the Tales of Destiny and Symphonia openings. I like the Japanese songs well enough, but I feel the english songs actually went a lot better with the visuals, and work together to create a grand and adventurous atmosphere that the pop songs could never match.
1061  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wasteland 2 on: September 19, 2014, 12:51:31 AM
I'm waiting for a review...to tell me how many bugs there are so I can play the copy I just bought this evening.

...actually, this is the first Full-priced game I've gotten on Steam ever. I'm sure it'll be worth it.
1062  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 19, 2014, 12:41:14 AM
Still being scatterbrained and playing too many games. Now I picked up LoZ: A Link Between Worlds, and it's everything I could've asked for. Seriously, this is the Zelda I wanted to play since I was a kid.
1063  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2014, 03:51:18 PM
i've come to understand that i have an inner dominatrix and its ok if not everyone likes me. in other news i have 2 girlfriends now and they are both totally ok with it. though they like to think of themselves more as my pets. they have both helped me accept the dom within.
This is going to be awkward...
1064  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 18, 2014, 03:48:54 PM
I like it for one simple reason. It looks like it focuses on the characters, not on OMG FALCLIE MELODRAMA RAGNAORPHANCRADLEPRAETORIUS MANAVIN GOD REBIRTH WORLD LIGHTINGIUNGU.

Seriously, though. Think about how much humanity has been missing from FF casts in the XIII titles. The concept render for this game has them GRILLING, ffs. That's something people do. If nothing else, realize that this game has a tone and a thematic and is now actually FOCUSED on something. I couldn't be happier with that trailer. Also, look at early-game KH2 combat compared to late-game. It's like night and day, and I'd be shocked if this weren't similar.



Oh man, I've been getting the same impression, man. I love the character focus. I'm hoping the combat does get crazier like it did in KH2 as well, though I kinda actually like the...deliberate movements. Even if it makes it feel clunky, I'd appreciate the idea that my weapons have weight so I'd need to make the most of my movements. Kinda like how Monster Hunter works. It just makes the game feel visceral.
1065  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2014, 01:45:42 AM
Played more Dragon Quest 8 this morning, only to get distracted and spent way too much time with a F2P MOBA on the iPad in the evening. I have to say, I'm really liking Fates Forever. It feels just as good as League, but offers bots so new people like me have something to practice on. And the bots aren't half bad, either. Not great - I'm convinced they just buy basic armor and never upgrade, if they buy any items at all. But still, they do enough to keep things flowing. I played the game for 3 straight hours and only stopped because my battery was getting low. My only complaint is that it obviously doesn't offer as much content as League, instead hiding most of the characters behind a paywall. You can buy them with in-game money, though, and they offer sales every week. They only have a little over a dozen characters right now, so if you keep playing, it won't take long to unlock everyone, especially since they offer daily challenges to help things along. If anything, it forces people to learn their characters before moving on to someone else.
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