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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Rocky and Bullwinkle / Fractured Fairy Tales on: Today at 11:36:56 AM
As someone who never really had typical exposure in terms of cartoons, I just discovered Rocky and Bullwinkle.

This is brief and to the point. I need express mondo appreciation for the "Fractured Fairy Tales" segment of the cartoon.

Also worth noting that I am NOT a ninja who generally likes anything comedic but for some reason these things have me rolling.

A quick youtube search yields  a few fractured playlists for anyone wondering what I am talking about. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE288392E5B0D41DD

2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 11:31:54 AM

Don't know what it is about Kemco RPG's that ALWAYS tempt me. I know they are not exactly the most substantial packages, in a manner of speaking, but every time I see one I'm tempted. Thank god they aren't on PSN or I'd probably have impulse-purchased away quite a bit of coin by now.

Probably because their anime artists aren't half bad most of the time (especially if you have an affinity to anime). Unfortunately, they're the best things about those garbage games (unless they got a bad artist, in which case lolol).

Thats the nail on the head right there.

Truth is, I'm a sucker for a pretty face. Aesthetics can be a real make it or break it for me. The whole reason I even got into FPS titles was the presentation and art in borderlands. I wanted to love it so much because of "peeerrrty!!" I ended up a fan of the genre entirely as a result.

FAT PRINCESS ADVENTURES: Onto chapter 3. I can safely say I love this Diablo-Light title. This is what I always imagined would happen if Diablo and Secret of Mana had a baby that was adopted and raised by a Double Fine writer. In short, the game is charming, enchanting, child-like in presentation yet oddly gross in its violence and the package comes off as a wonderful blend.

Combat itself feels good and the single player experience thus far is just challenging enough to make it "stategy oriented button mashing". Running smooth as butter with quick pick up and play action, this title makes for top-down arcade-ey pleasure with loot around every bend.

This game may not win any awards but I can safely say I will thoroughly enjoy it through to the end. IMO this beats the original FP title (although nothing like it) hands down.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 08:46:52 AM
Don't know what it is about Kemco RPG's that ALWAYS tempt me. I know they are not exactly the most substantial packages, in a manner of speaking, but every time I see one I'm tempted. Thank god they aren't on PSN or I'd probably have impulse-purchased away quite a bit of coin by now.

Speaking of impulse purchasing. The V-Day flash sale on PSN has Divinity OS up. I know it is a good game. I know I want to play it. REALITY --- I DO NOT HAVE TIME IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE and I would shoot my X-COM and Borderlands time straight to hell if I started something like Divinity now. I gotta be a strong Ninja here and say "NO"

4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 12, 2016, 06:27:39 PM
About to finish Persona 2: Innocent Sin and I'm worried that jumping directly into Eternal Punishment will cause me to lose interest the same way that playing 100 hours of Digital Devil Saga did.

maybe I'll just to go back and finish DDS2.

I took the plunge and did both back to back. Funny enough the second was very refreshing in a number of ways (I distinctly found battles MUCH easier to digest and the overall presentation was better IMO). Not saying I wasn't ready be done with it by the time I reached the finale' of EP but the two flowed together too nicely as one cohesive experience for me to suggest going about it any other way. I say DO IT!! Though I HAVE been known to be somewhat self punishing so maybe it is not wise to listen to me.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 05, 2016, 09:59:24 PM
Don't know how I got this or when, but it appears I've had "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" sitting on my PS3 forever. Gave it a whirl expecting to not be too moved. Pleasantly surprised here.

Tried "Helldivers" because it is the PS+ sony offering this month. Gave it a whirl expecting to like it as much as "Magicka 2". Totally NOT digging this as much as Magicka AT ALL. Cool part of Magicka was it made single player viable albeit difficult. Helldivers does not provide you this luxury. It is multiplayer or bust here. Gameplay wise I am impressed but that is about where the awesome ends for me. Not indulging this one any longer.

BORDERLANDS 2 TPS/ Loving it for being Borderlands yet resenting it for the inclusion of the gravity and space mechanics. At first I thought "oh cool new gameplay elements!" but before long it felt more like "Argh gameplay elements that I should not have to struggle with in an FPS-RPG". Mind you, the space mechanics aren't a horribly large gripe of mine, but certainly enough to aggravate me here and there.

In other news....

Helldivers gave me a serious itch for X-Com (again)

Dice talking about buying a 360 controller and Undertale made me wanna buy a 360 controller and Undertale. This somehow made me think of how I never played Phantasy Star and makes me wonder how much of a pain it would be to make a JP PSN account and buy the collection from the JP PSN.

^^^ This is a mute point because I know I don't have the time at the moment to indulge such desires but I'd be lying if I said I didn't romance the thought.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 30, 2016, 08:37:05 PM
Earfbound: Finishing up Tuscon Twoson, now to help The Blues Brothers Runaway Five on their mission from god and peel away to Threed in their Crazy Dodge Bus. At least with Paula on my team, my TPK rate has gone down dramatically. Party members. The necessity of oldskool JRPGs.

You are smack dab in the midst of my favorite leg of that game. Something about right where you are at up to the end of the Threed events are just "oh so memorable" to me.

BIG week for Klyde. Ninja everywhere are celebrating my triumph over RAYMAN LEGENDS (beat) and TOMB RAIDER GUARDIAN OF LIGHT (beat). Two games with serious fun-factors that respected my time proper. Can't say I can really think of any games that yielded such enjoyable "1/2 hour or under" play-sessions.

DARK SOULS 2/ While I beat the game last week, post game was calling me. Thing is, it was more calling to my "Souls Addiction" than anything else. I'm gonna place this down and keep post game DLC stuff in my back-pocket for a rainy day. Something about playing Bloodborne twice than Dark Souls 2 has worn me down. The addiction is strong, but it feels more like a "punishing-habbit" than "gaming" at this point. I've never felt like putting down a title/franchise was such a matter of self control and discipline as it is with these games.

(Started) BORDERLANDS 2 THE PRE-SEQUEL/ Loving the characters thus far. Tried a few to start. The Jack double was gonna be my pick but its just way more fun to play as Nisha. This game is just what I needed after so long with Souls. Talk about refreshing.

Considering possibly hopping into another less demanding title for shits and giggles. Maybe hard-mode Dragons Crown, Monster World IV or something equally as mindless and "pick-up and play".
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 23, 2016, 04:37:51 PM

I can't have cheese nor bread for that matter.

It has been well over a decade without a grilled cheese which, by my measure, is longer than anyone should have to endure. I still recall the last grilled sandwich I made was a grilled peanut butter and fluff morsel for an (EX) girlfriend long ago. The aroma still lingers.... of the sandwich that is.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 21, 2016, 04:42:39 PM
@Klyde_Chroma - Almost didn't see the "2" part, thought you beat the first one again. =P
Good on ya. Were you playing the "Sins of the Scholar" portions, too?

Playing "SotFS" on PS4 but being that I didn't play the vanilla title, I'm not sure what is "new" or "different". Jumped into some post game/ stuff I didn't get to, during my main game. Wowee does the difficulty of some areas ramp up. I think I need to put this down for now and come back to it at a later date when I'm ready. I've been playing somewhat steadily since september and while I'm still addicted, I've had my fill for the time being.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 20, 2016, 04:56:03 PM
Cars and cold weather. The 2 topics seriously go hand in hand for me at present. It is a bitter week in the armpit of America here (single digit temps) and Klyde decided to give up driving months ago. I erroneously believed traversing everywhere on foot would be a healthy way to approach life. That is, I thought that until this week. ***COLD***

The other night I got in after traveling on foot from roughly 3pm til 10pm. I arrived to a blown furnace. ****COLDER****

4 HRs later, covered in oil I had to get a midnight-call heating dude to come out and fix the issue. Big bill. ****HEAT ON and yet STILL COLD***

NOTE: The aforementioned log chronicles a lousy night (for anyone speculating)
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: January 20, 2016, 04:39:29 PM
DARK SOULS 2 has been "Klyded"

The end

Numero uno of 2016 and not a journey I will soon forget (Nor put down for awhile given the post game content)
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: January 20, 2016, 04:37:25 PM
Bloodborne and Souls, for me, qualify as regular JRPGs because of their absurd amount of stats and numbers.

Seriously, can we just combine or cut some of these?

Also grinding. Lots of grinding. (Or maybe I'm just not very good :) )

Edit: Also, the story. It makes about as much sense as many JRPGs.

You make some strong points here. Without a doubt, IMO your "edit" is actually the quintessential element that totally makes me rethink my stance on the situation. Having just finished Dark Souls 2, I can safely say the bat shit crazy narrative is totally in line with JRPG flavor. I will now admit defeat on the matter. I suppose souls just wears a rather convincing western attire for a JRPG in a manner of speaking.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 20, 2016, 04:27:03 PM
I really like Chrono Cross.  It doesn't always make sense and the wrap up is ok... but I do think it's still an excellent follow up to one of the best games.

Din! You should do an editorial on it! :D

In my gaming news: Started Undertale!  I already feel it's a little special.

Been a real long time since I indulged a classic title but Chrono Cross is one I missed out on that ALWAYS tempts me. Someday when I get back in the mood for a turn based gem from yesteryear that I have yet to get around to, I'm venturing to guess CC will be/should be the one. Truly, given my love of Trigger, I feel as though it is damn near silly I haven't played Cross yet.

And in an epic start to 2016, I have seen my first roll of the credits for this calendar year. That is, I BEAT DARK SOULS 2!!
The end came rather abruptly. I had quite a bit more to do and sort of waltzed into the ending I got whilst tying up what I thought was just loose ends and extra stuff. This entire game has been a strange beast and its execution and progression of an "Ending" if you can call it that, is no exception. I fell compelled to jump right into post game here.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: January 17, 2016, 03:51:54 PM
Bloodborne is an RPG from Japan, so technically...

And yes indeed, I stand corrected on technicality and the age old debate of "what qualifies" enters the arena. To this ninja however, Bloodborne character models do not sport large enough eyes to pass. Large eyes can of course be compensated for with deliriously happy music, offensively bright and lush color palettes amongst various other things but in this instance that is just not the case.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Old RPG games on: January 16, 2016, 01:19:08 AM
This thread touches upon something that excites me.

That is, I don't want to re-experience old RPG's so much as I want NEW experiences more akin to what I grew up loving.

There has been WAY too much emphasis on paying homage to or recreating the titles of yesteryear instead of fostering anything new by my measure. It got me to the point of being sick of damn near anything I held sacred from my childhood.

Now, the idea of taking inspiration from these old titans of the genre (SNES final fantasy, Mana, Chrono, Suikoden and the like) and creating something entirely new and original is a far more stimulating prospect to me these days that we really are seeing come to fruition. Moreover, the ability for these titles to make it to wider audiences is far more probable than it has ever been.

There is no real point I am trying to make, other than its a great time to be a gamer and a fan of what most of us here appreciate. There are already some real exciting titles on the horizon and, I predict, plenty more to come in the not so distant future. I'd be so bold as to say a resurgence of popularity and new era of the JRPG should not be dismissed as a real possibility.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: January 16, 2016, 01:05:14 AM
Well as they say "better late than never". Gotta admit to you fine folk, I feel like I am always late and I really can't tell if it is better or not.

- Borderlands 2

-Binding of Isaac Rebirth

-Shadow of Mordor


-DBZ Xenoverse

-Mass Effect


-Tomb Raider Re-boot

- FF Type 0

- Mortal Kombat X


-Mass Effect 2

-Mass Effect 3

-Skullgirls Encore


-Abyss Odyssey

-Metro 2033

-Magicka 2

-Saints Row GOoH

-Fat Princess

- Journey

A modest list this year but one I am really proud of. This is the first year of my whole gaming career I played outside the realm of JRPGs. Having finished and loved Borderlands 2, the Mass Effect trilogy and Bloodborne, I can honestly say this year contained some of the most memorable titles I have played in my adult life.
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