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61  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 09, 2016, 12:11:29 PM
@Aeolus - I don't know who Bleu is...but I do have Spar and Jean, on top of the obligatory Ryu and Sten. I honestly knew they wouldn't be helpful if it was a dungeon, but I simply assumed I would be able to leave if that was the case, so I gambled on the idea that it might just be another town and I could check out the latest gear. Spar is still rolling with the default armor because of that...

If devil shaman fused Katt isn't in your party, you're playing BoF2 wrong.

I tried, but I don't have enough Shamans. Am I supposed to have more than just the Fire and Water Shamans by this point?
62  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 09, 2016, 12:03:02 PM
About the same reaction on Divine Gate.
It could be good. I'll give it 2 more episodes at the very least.

The other GATE anime:
The pacing of episode 13 was much better than everything from last season.
I'm hoping it means they understood that you can't just vomit events from a checklist without doing anything with each scene.

I hope so, too. I thought I quit after the second episode, but it turned out that I had only watched episode 1, it just felt like two episodes...it seems like there's some interesting stuff behind it, and I'd like to see where it goes. Let me know if they keep it up, I might skim the first season so I can jump in at some point.
63  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 09, 2016, 10:56:08 AM
Watched Myriad Colors Phantom World because hey, it's KyoAni.  Animation is great as expected.  But the plot is...bleargh.  The cliches...make them stop...dear god make them stop...so many cliches...

I saw about 5 minutes of that, and I thought the initial set-up was kinda neat, but I got annoyed any time a female character opened their mouth (in other words, any character besides the walking exposition dump that is supposedly our protagonist). I'm not too picky about cliches for a series like this, but if I don't like the cast, there's just not much left to keep me going.

Speaking of new season stuff, I watched the first episode of Divine Gate, which I didn't know what to make of going in. And after watching the first episode, I still don't know what to make of it. It spent most of the episode centered around a single character, while vaguely setting up plot points without straying too far from their main point of view. I actually like that it felt focused...it's just too bad that focus was on a wet blanket. I mean, that could've been interesting, until the last 5 minutes, where they finally stopped beating around the bush and gave us a clear view of his back story, and basically made him out to be a Gary Stu.

I'll still watch more at some point, since I really like the style and direction this episode presented, I'm just not exactly sold on the story yet.
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Summon Night 5 on: January 08, 2016, 11:40:27 PM
I forgot this came out. Guess I can wait for that review, seeing as my wallet's still recovering from the holidays.
65  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 08, 2016, 11:35:41 PM
The really huge problem with BoF2 is that anything besides attacks and healing are basically hardcoded to fail. So you can't play it intelligently.

Ergo grindwalls.

I've noticed this, at least on boss fights. De-buffs have worked for all the random encounters I've used them on, but usually if you have to use those on a random encounter, you're probably in a bad spot and/or underlevelled, so it's really only helpful for not dying on your way back to safety. Buffs don't seem very helpful most of the time, either, at least spells. Like, I could use an attack-up spell on Ryu, and he'd be a little stronger, but not noticeably so. Unless you mean they only work if you're at a certain level, in which screw that...de-buffs are pretty much all my current team has at their disposal...

But if I use a Medicate, all of a sudden he's hitting 500+ on a boss with high defense, that he was hitting ~70 before.
TL;DR - I need more medication...
66  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 08, 2016, 10:15:41 PM
I got nostalgic the other day and decided to restart Breath of Fire II. I remember it being decent, albeit rough around the edges, with some frustrating parts causing me to quit.

And it turns out that was a perfectly accurate description. It's competant and charming, but the translation quickly becomes a trainwreck, and eventually even makes progression difficult (i.e. I'm told to go to a cave on the western shore, so I spend 10 minutes searching the entire western coast until I just randomly decide to try a cave on the eastern part of the world I had visited earlier, and of course that was the cave). It's made even worse by just how obscure it can be. At least a third of my play time was spent going between towns, or looking through every inch of an area trying to figure out what I'm supposed to do to progress. I'll admit sometimes it's me just forgetting the basics, the worst example being the fact that I got stuck stuck 3 times in SimaFort only for it to turn out that I simply hadn't talked to the right person who would drop a clear hint as to what I'm supposed to do next (although at least one time a switch wouldn't activate until I talked to somebody, so I simply assumed it wasn't actually a switch).

Still, I eventually got far further than I had before - last time I got stuck to the Witch Tower and ragequit. I almost did that again, too, but I finally got through it after buying a gajillion antidotes that ironically I still haven't completely used up despite the prevelance of poison-inducing enemies.

Problem is, that level of frustration hit me every other step of the way, and now I think I'm finally at the point where I have to give up again:

I'm in Highfort with a sorely underlevelled party, especially Sten, who I never liked using. I found out later on via a guide that the part where you had to fight Turbo or whatever his name is that I had to be a certain level, so that I wouldn't get slammed every time, and I could've done some easy grinding in the basement until I was at that level...but unfortunately that route had been blocked off earlier, so I assumed I couldn't access it until later. So I just bulled my way through the Tubor fight until I got lucky.

Long story short, I'm now stuck at the bottom of the castle with no items, and a party consisting of Ryu, Sten, and two support characters, both of whom are under level 20. In fact, Sten is only level 21, and that was after a lot of grinding and a few lucky encounters. I now have to do a lot of grinding, but I'm also going to be doing a LOT of dying, and I'm not sure I have it in me to bull through this one...

Oh well, at least I got further than before, but now I can't help but feel defeated, like I just wasted my time...and tbh, that pretty much sums up all of the games I played since early November...I think I sorely need a break from video games, but then what else am I gonna do with my spare time?
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 05, 2015, 06:48:40 PM
I always assumed it was from beating bosses without dying, and using certain items. I don't know if there's a certain perk at the beginning that gives you 5 extra humanities?

EDIT: Did you use a Fire Keeper Soul?
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Indivisble: first combat prototype footage on: November 05, 2015, 03:15:19 PM
Threw some $33 their way, since I wanted the wallpapers...and the game itself, of course.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: November 05, 2015, 10:36:48 AM
http://gematsu.com/2015/11/legend-heroes-trails-sky-sc-psp-launches-november-10-europe

Either way, our PAL pals will be able to determine for themselves as to how well this game holds up for them in 5 days. Get your Steam Wallets ready!

PC release was worldwide, according to that article you linked. It's the PSP version they had to wait for.

Also, November 10th is in 5 days?! Crap, that means Fallout 4 is coming out soon...Trails might have to wait...
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: October 31, 2015, 10:19:15 PM
Wow, so it's like using the Super Rod in Pokemon Black, where I kinda just gave up trying to figure out the timing and considered every successful catch an act of God?

Note to self: do not fish...
71  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 30, 2015, 08:37:46 PM

I hope it doesn't get delayed at all, or they may face false-advertisement claims...
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: October 30, 2015, 10:54:53 AM
I'm starting to get the feeling people really like Dice around here.


This game sure came at a convenient time. After barely playing anything for two whole months, now there are 5 games I want to play all at once...and I have no time to play them, as I will be busy all weekend...I might be able to bring Trails 1 with me on my way to my great uncle's funeral, though.
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 30, 2015, 10:47:38 AM
No joke, I've had English teachers who made that mistake on a frequent basis. I think Tomara can be forgiven for the occasional slip up here. There are far worse typos people frequently make that cause much more grammatical confusion, anyways...
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 30, 2015, 01:34:13 AM
So, I've recently been made aware of the change of seasons we've been having. Winter seems to be coming soon. Thank you my suddenly endlessly-unsatiated appitite for this very important news.

It has also been brought to my attention the fact that my great-grandfather was a woodland bear, which very well might explain why I didn't go a single waking hour yesterday without eating, although admittedly the number of hours spent sleeping were far greater...
75  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 29, 2015, 09:39:49 PM
Nier got. I wish I could've kept the levels I got during the prologue section. I earned those levels, damnit. All 27 of them.
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