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16  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 09, 2014, 09:17:50 PM
I finished up Ranger's Apprentice #11. Decided I'd just as well finish off the series and read #12, so I started it today. So far I'm liking it. It takes place probably just under 20 years after #10, and I really like what the author has done with all the characters. Should finish it off this week.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS3/4/Vita SRPG Natural Doctrine on: April 09, 2014, 09:09:43 PM
Ouch, this game flopped hard in Japan.  Out of the PS3, PS4, and Vita versions the Vita was the only one to even list in the top-20, with a meager 6000 copies sold.  In its opening week.  There's just no way to put a positive spin on this.  I haven't seen a game flop this badly in a while.

Which is a shame because it's actually supposed to be a pretty decent SRPG.

That's a shame. It looks very promising, but with sales like that right out of the gate I wonder how likely it is that we'll see it localized.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 07, 2014, 03:56:11 PM
Started Fire Emblem Awakening last night. First hour impressions: very good. Never have been big into the SRPG genre so we'll see how this goes.

It is the most accessible Fire Emblem game since the series came stateside. The mechanics have always been simple to grasp, and Awakening threw in some nice surprises with the pairing system and the ability to customize unit classes. The previous games in the series tended to be very rigid in that regard.

I finished Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I was glad to find the final boss was at least somewhat challenging considering the lack of difficulty throughout the rest of the game. The climax was kind of abrupt, and of course there is the hint of a sequel. That kind of made the ending feel a little less than satisfying as there was no real closure to many of the plot threads introduced at the beginning of the game. Hopefully something new will be coming before long.

I don't think I'm going to do any of the post-game content at this time. Maybe when/if news of the next game comes around then I'll revisit it, but I'm done for now.

Next up will either be Xenoblade Chronicles, or Chrono Trigger DS. Just need to catch up on some reading before I start those though.

I hate to say it, but if you remove the Dark Dawn part of your Golden Sun review, you could easily use it for the original game wholesale.

Haha! Sadly too true. I remember being all WTF when I finished the first game, and the ending for TLS was kind pretty disappointing as well even if it actually brought closure. The difference between those games, and Dark Dawn is the fact that it actually seemed like something was at stake in the GBA games. Where the world is at risk right from the get-go of the GBA games, Dark Dawn sends you off on an adventure to find a feather, and things just sort of happen along the way. It hints at more, but without the sequel all those hints amount to are a bunch of loose plot threads.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: April 06, 2014, 10:11:21 PM
Yay! I finished one!

1. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn

Haha!...Yeah...
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 06, 2014, 10:10:14 PM
Xenoblade set my standards pretty high for what the WiiU can do.

I think, of all things, Mario Kart 8 is really delivering what the system is capable of as well, it's *gorgeous*
http://youtu.be/__qp9iPKeNs

I got a hell of a retro kick out of seeing classic stages like Donut Plains 2 rendered in that gorgeous HD, plus Rainbow Road is still an incredible theme.

Also Toad's Turnpike again. Ugh.

Also also, Boomerang, or Boo-merang? What's next, a Hookshot?

IIRC, wasn't one of the updates last night that you can now customize what items are in play??  Thank the lord...

I want an all blue shell match.

But seriously, I hate half of the items, it's why I barely played Mario Kart Wii more than a week.

I agree. Mario Kart has been a blah for a long time now. They lure us all in with the cool stages, new mechanics, and all that when the series' gameplay has just become one big, chaotic item rush.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 06, 2014, 10:06:17 PM
Started Fire Emblem Awakening last night. First hour impressions: very good. Never have been big into the SRPG genre so we'll see how this goes.

It is the most accessible Fire Emblem game since the series came stateside. The mechanics have always been simple to grasp, and Awakening threw in some nice surprises with the pairing system and the ability to customize unit classes. The previous games in the series tended to be very rigid in that regard.

I finished Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I was glad to find the final boss was at least somewhat challenging considering the lack of difficulty throughout the rest of the game. The climax was kind of abrupt, and of course there is the hint of a sequel. That kind of made the ending feel a little less than satisfying as there was no real closure to many of the plot threads introduced at the beginning of the game. Hopefully something new will be coming before long.

I don't think I'm going to do any of the post-game content at this time. Maybe when/if news of the next game comes around then I'll revisit it, but I'm done for now.

Next up will either be Xenoblade Chronicles, or Chrono Trigger DS. Just need to catch up on some reading before I start those though.
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 06, 2014, 09:59:14 PM
Watched Baz Luhrman's Great Gatsby today. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it in spite of all the criticism I remember it received when it was initially released. I've never been tremendously fond of the novel, but I was glad to see that this movie, even with its anachronistic soundtrack, stayed pretty true to the source material. The cinematography and visual effects were a nice touch. At times, the visuals and the American imitation of Victorian English society made me think the movie was somewhat steam punkish. I don't know that I'd ever consider owning it, but it was a good movie nonetheless.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 06, 2014, 06:06:56 AM
Alright, I rounded up the last few djinn and summons that I could get in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, and I've used Obaba at Champa to forge some my raw materials into cool stuff. I permanently missed two djinn and two summons. Oh well. I did go to the Endless Wall, and to the Apollo Sanctum where I picked up the Sol Sword. I then used it to go back and get the last two summons. The Ancient Devil in Otka Island was a pretty tricky little jerk. He kept stealing healers that I would then have to kill so they'd stop healing him. Good thing he never stole Matthew since his Revive psynergy was a godsend. There was one turn where he summoned Haures twice and I only survived by the skin of my teeth, but I made it. The Guardian Trolls in the Lava Island Cave were nowhere near as challenging and I wiped them out pretty quickly with Rief's psynergy and the Azul summon.

Anyway, I'm rested up in Tonfon and will head back to the Endless Wall/Apollo Sanctum later today to hopefully finish up the game.
24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 06, 2014, 05:54:57 AM
Epic fail on my part, but I watched My Neighbor Totoro for the first time this weekend. I know it has been out for years, and I love most of Miyazaki's other movies, I just hadn't gotten around to it until now.

Anyway, I really loved it. Funny, cute, and heartfelt. What more could you ask for after a rough week? Should be getting Kiki's Delivery Service next, and the Porco Rosso after that. Then my "Miyazaki directs" movie viewings will be complete.
25  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Amy Hennig Creative Director on EA Star Wars Game on: April 04, 2014, 04:58:02 PM
I'm all for a gritty, hard-boiled Star Wars detective game that takes place in the lower levels of Coruscant. Actually, yea, that sounds kind of awesome.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 04, 2014, 11:26:58 AM
Getting close to finished with Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I just need to get a couple more items of the Umbra Gear and round up some miscellaneous Djinn/summons that I either missed or haven't gotten yet. The story kind of fell apart after the Eclipse event, and the last two characters to join the party seem like they were just kind of thrown in to make it eight members. Not complaining though as I am still having a lot of fun playing it.

I generally disliked Tyrell, and was happy to sub in Eoleo even if for no better reason than his name is fun to say.
I didn't use the check with the fancy whatsit on her forehead though.  She felt a bit too little too late.

And if the part about the eclipse bothered you, the ending might frustrate further as to why there hasn't been a second Dark Dawn-era game announced.

Still, I found the game fun as hell for what it was.

And Blace, I say go for it, the game is cheap these days and its a fulfilling handheld experience, IMO.

I usually confuse Tyrell for Garret, who I liked in the original, but didn't use because I like Jenna's fire-based psynergy abilities better. Don't really have much choice in that department with Tyrell and Eoleo (what kind of name is that?). I've stuck with Tyrell for now and will probably continue to do so unless I want to muck around with the Djinn to change Eoleo's psynergy abilities.

And yeah, I had thought when this game came out that it was a standalone title, but I realize now that I was wrong about that. I'm already a little irritated, though I'm going to go ahead and finish.

I'm just using a guide to get the Djinn and Summons I don't have yet. Had a fun time fighting the Chaos Magician (I think that's what it was called) on the Lost Ship. The game hasn't been that challenging, and though this boss wasn't particularly challenging it marked the first time in my game so far that I actually had to revive a character. I'll be headed to the Endless Wall after that, so I'll hopefully be finished this weekend.

Finally, I agree with Dice, Blace, that it's worth your while. It's a bit verbose at times, and pretty easy, but an enjoyable game nonetheless.
27  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Amy Hennig Creative Director on EA Star Wars Game on: April 04, 2014, 11:16:55 AM
I thought this was pretty good news for a new SW game, but then I connected a few dots in my head and my excitement got slapped.
This game is being developed by Visceral with Amy Henning joining the team, sound good BUT it's under the EA banner being worked on around the same time as the new movie. I know it's a bit early to jump to conclusions, but this implies that fairly likely to be a movie tie-in game, and as such its hard to get excited about it despite Hennings pedigree.

I didn't really care for Uncharted though I know many people loved the series. Really, all I want are the classic Star Wars "flight sims" to come back. TIE Fighter, Rogue Squadron, Star Fighter. I loved those games and want to play more like them. Oh, and another good online multiplayer lightsaber game. MTIs, and anything else don't interest me all that much.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 03, 2014, 01:15:04 PM
Getting close to finished with Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I just need to get a couple more items of the Umbra Gear and round up some miscellaneous Djinn/summons that I either missed or haven't gotten yet. The story kind of fell apart after the Eclipse event, and the last two characters to join the party seem like they were just kind of thrown in to make it eight members. Not complaining though as I am still having a lot of fun playing it.
29  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 01, 2014, 04:39:34 PM
Watched season and show finale of How I Met Your Mother last night. I'm amazed the show ran as long as it did. There were some good seasons and some "ok" seasons. All in all, a good show. The whole final season focused on one long weekend leading up to Barney and Robin's wedding, meanwhile Ted is supposed to finally get introduced to the mother, so there were all these close calls to meeting the mother explained in the end. There were some surprises I won't spoil here, but sorta sad and happy the show is ending. It was the one show my wife and I DVR and watched together for years.

Also watched it. I thought it was just an even more disappointing end to the last few disappointing seasons. Oh well. Seems to happen a lot to good shows that have longer runs than they should.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: KINGDOM HEARTS 3 & FINAL FANTASY XV at E3 on: March 31, 2014, 04:37:19 PM
I am dieing for new media on the game. I neeed it in my veins now. Talking about FF XV

I still think FFXV is going to be the first numbered FF I skip. We barely know anything about it and I already hate Noctis and his pre-game super powers.

I'm the opposite. FFXV is the first game in the series that has made me pay attention since FFX was initially released. I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks. And of course, KHIII will be mine (finally!).
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