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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 11, 2014, 10:50:39 PM
I did that last time I played, Mesh, which is partly why I'm starting over. =P This time I'm putting emphasis on the mages. Tao is actually my highest-leveled character right now. Even her staff does major damage against weaker monster now, like the bats or archers.

I'll be playing more Shining Force soon, but I decided to try my hand at Ys IV: Dawn of Ys and Dragon Quest VIII, both of which I've been putting off for way too long, and both of them really impressed me. I find it hard to believe Dawn of Ys wasn't made by Falcom. It definitely has the feel of an Ys game to me thus far. Heck, the beginning of Mask of the Sun seemed far more phoned in, yet that was considered canon for a while...

Also, the music's great. I wish I understood the dialogue, though. Guess I'll have to follow a translation on my iPad next time I play.

Not as much to say about DQ8 other than it also feels just as great as the other DQ games despite being made mostly by Level 5. Only got through the first dungeon, but I think I'll stick around for a while longer.

BTW, I love how you can get the boomerang early on! Makes those early battles a breeze.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 10, 2014, 11:14:19 PM
Shining Force is longer than I remember it being, but I still like it. I'm halfway through Chapter 2 now. I don't remember half these fights. I do remember everything being harder than this, but then again, I played it back when concepts of "equipment" and "levels" were foreign to me. Also, enemies are smarter than I forst thought. They don't just rush you, they try to trap you and get you in a position where they can hurt you and then their buddies can come in for the kill. Definitely more intelligent than I thought they were doing at first.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shadowrun Returns on: September 10, 2014, 07:35:19 PM
Thankfully the Director's cut is a free update. I paid full price for this game too many times already only to wait for them to fix it...
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 10, 2014, 11:26:37 AM
I was up until 1:30 in the morning last night trying to find a decent PC-Engine emulator (just to have, don't really have anything in particular I want to play right now). The best one I could find doesn't even have a freakin' full screen mode...

Then I spent 3 hours this morning trying to get games to work. Turns out they were in the wrong format, so I signed up to some french website to get them in the right format because like hell am I fiddling with converters again.

So with that said...Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire is haaaard. It's almost like a bullet hell even in the first level. Spriggan was much cooler (and more manageable), though. Ys IV seems pretty neat, too.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2014, 05:30:25 PM
I played a bit of Gun-Nac on an emulator to test out my Saturn USB controller I got a few weeks ago (it worked great). I like how I accumulated 7 lives in the first level, didn't die once and barely got hit on the boss...and then I gameover a third of the way into the second level. God I'm out of practice with shooters. Was fun, though. If I ever feel up to the challenge, I'll definitely have to play it again. I wish it would come to VC, though. :/

Also, I decided to restart Shining Force from the beginning, and I just cleared the fourth level. I forget how intensely charming this game is. Like, I don't think I've ever played another SRPG that's filled with so many little jokes and random things. Not even Disgaea. The combat is basic, but it makes it easy to get into, especially when you haven't been playing any sort of strategy game for over a year. Definitely glad I went back to this.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 09, 2014, 05:08:22 PM
They redid the translation? Maybe it'll be worth playing Waru of ze Rions after all. I found the translation in the original so bad that I could barely follow what was going on at times.

I can't play Shining Force because of Shining Force 2.
It's just better in every way.

I never played the second game because I always wanted to finish the first...which I never did. I think I'm motivated to do that now. Thanks!
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 09, 2014, 10:42:47 AM
Yeah, Sword Craft story's my go-to game when I want some lighthearted story with some decent combat and crafting.

I was gonna list some games that I recall not liking before, but want to give a second chance to. However, I think I'll just buckle down and give FFT Scuffle of the kittens a second chance. I mean, I like the Advance games now, so why not?

Edit: or...maybe I should play Shining Force instead...now I'm confused! @_@
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 08, 2014, 10:28:15 PM
I know someone who has been following Kenichi nonstop (got caught up in under a year). I guess I'll be hearing about how that one ends.
54  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Destiny on: September 08, 2014, 10:58:05 AM
Thanks for the input, D. That's definitely the version I want to pick up, then. Might have to wait a few months since I spent a fortune last month and I two preorders for the end of September...
55  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow? on: September 08, 2014, 10:47:55 AM
I loved Y's premise, but I couldn't get into the comic itself. I really need to read my issues of Saga that I got from a Humble book bundle, though.

And for some reason I always thought Sandman was about the Spiderman character...didn't realize it was DC/Vertigo. I'm definitely much more interested in it now.

Also, I got Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1. Still got to read it, but I'm definitely looking forward to it.
56  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Destiny on: September 07, 2014, 11:38:38 PM
Thanks for the reminder. I wanna keep on the lookout to see if the PS3 version runs good enough. I'm not paying for online.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 07, 2014, 10:56:46 PM
Well, I guess with Zelda it's more that I enjoy the exploration of a Zelda game the most. The original Zelda was the only one with dungeons I really enjoyed because they felt like a part of the exploration, instead of just tasks that you had to do. There were hidden paths you could find, alternate entrances to rooms and stuff. Sometimes you could find out about things that were actually hidden in the overworld. It made them rewarding instead of just a chore, you know? I mean, I think A Link to the Past and Twilight princess had interesting things you could do in the dungeons, but they still felt like there was too much of a set path - just trying to do what someone's telling you to do instead of forging your own path. That's what I want out of an adventure. Sadly, even most Zelda clones seem to miss this part, let alone the rest of the Zelda games.

Not to say most RPGs do that either, but I don't look for it in an RPG, because I play RPGs to accomplish set tasks, so it doesn't feel out of place or against the grind like it does in an adventure game like Zelda. I suppose if I were to compare the dungeons from Zelda on the same scale, my attitude might be different, but I just can't. The context is just as important as the structure when comparing things.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 07, 2014, 07:48:04 PM
Am I the only one who finds the dungeons in Zelda games one of the least compelling aspects of Zelda? Like, I can think of a lot of dungeons I like, but most of them aren't from Zelda...
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 07, 2014, 07:40:21 PM
Not hard, since the first one sounded like a sequel to Carrier...

Guys! Shut up and read this Misc. Gaming News post. They announced who the Final Five 4 Smash Bros are, its....

AKB48!

I'm laughing and crying at the same time.

Er, you guys do realize that they're just examples of the Mii Fighter and not new characters, right?

That's what I figured, but it's still hilarious. I can't wait to fight Mario with random J-pop idols! And Mr. T. And a T-rex. And Jesus.
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why would I buy a ps4? on: September 06, 2014, 07:04:40 PM
The thing is, PS+ free games broaden my horizans in a manner of speaking. I try and often enjoy a great deal I would overlook simply because they are available and free.

Just feel like bringing up that I kinda know what he's talking about, in that I went through a period where playing free/rental games helped me try new genres and whatnot that I never would've gotten into otherwise, including RPGs.

However, I hit that phase years ago, and now I'm to the point where I'm content with my tastes and simply don't want to spend time with games I'm not already interested in.
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