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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 21, 2014, 10:26:35 PM
Honestly, I feel like if I get ten solid hours out of a game I got my moneys worth. ... As I said, I'm bad at finishing games, though.

@ Klyde, I want to mention this as like a... sort-of complaint against LO but it's not really a complaint because I dig it but it's sort of wonky.

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I noticed a few points where the game has some pronounced leaps of logic. Which admittedly aren't worse than any other JRPG but like... That scene in Numara on Disc 1 where Kaim and Seth are like 'Gongara stole our memories CLEARLY HE WANTS TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD' seemed kind of abrupt to me.

Exceeeeeeeeeeeept I'm wondering if that's actually intentional. The abruptness and leaps. Because there's a huge theme of /dreams/ in the game and those kind of free associative jumps are typical of dream logic. The way cutscenes are framed, the way the story sometimes bounces around between different places, etc. It all feels really dream-like. It's surreal in a way I've not been able to pin down beyond that.

idk i haven't gamed prpoerly in day.s

You make an excellent point Mesh. Actually, until you pointed it out, I don't think I even realized precisely why I have found the plot and writing so appropriate.

That is, the plot mechanic of immortals whom have lost their memory is a damn near perfect fail-safe for the writers to reach into left field and make it believable. I think that was why it was  so easy for me to suspend any disbelief and easily digest things early on. They sort of make it clear the characters "know" more than they even they themselves are aware of.

As the game has progressed now and revealed more about their pasts I have found pretty much everything that had me raising an eye-brow to be very appropriate. I don't know if the writers were actually this clever or if it was just dumb luck but in short I find the brand of this fiction manages to make the narrative very believable. At the very least I find it far more believable and realistic than most JRPG's in recent memory.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Members: PS3 IDs / 360 Gamertags / Wii Friend Codes / Steam IDs on: November 21, 2014, 07:37:13 PM
I'm looking for people to play hard mode on destiny and Diablo on ps4

Syz9000 psn

Hey buddy! I'm not grabbing diablo for the ps4 until I finish Lost Odyssey (another week or two I imagine) but I'll add you none the less and hope you are still looking in a few weeks. Likewise, contemplating Destiny when the need arises for another shooter in my life.

EDIT: Yoda aside I think I need to browse back some pages and add some of you fine folks on PSN.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 21, 2014, 07:32:17 PM


Oh, and I remember when Mortal Kombat first came out in arcades.  There was a massive controversy about all the blood and brutal finishing moves in that game.  I think that was the first domino that signaled that mainstream gaming was growing up.  That gamers weren't just young kids any more.

I will never forget that either. Being a young gamer myself at the time, I was totally captivated by the hype/buzz created by the advent of MK-Gore. I still remember when it hit consoles and other kids at school were not allowed to play it by parents because of media attention the 16-bit gobs of red fostered. Good times.


The very first time you walk around in Mario 64 (HOLY CRAP THIS IS THE 3D FUTURE)


That was a real good one Monsoon, kudos.

When the local rental store set up the N64 with Mario to sample-play it was awe inspiring. Most definately another "I'll never forget it moments". But more then that, I think that marked one of the greatest evolutions to witness in terms of gaming. That was a time I am very grateful to have experienced first-hand in my youth. Pure magic.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2014 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: November 21, 2014, 07:18:37 PM
Decent playstation network sale for North America this week folks.

Mass effect (all 3 games) and DLC is discounted substantially. I never played em but couldn't help but scoop em up for somewhere down the road. You can nab all 3 games plus most DLC for less than the trilogy costs without any DLC whatsoever.

Alice Madness Returns is only 2.99

There are quite a few other deals but those are what caught my eye.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 21, 2014, 07:11:52 PM
Alrighty, I'm officially blown away with Lost Odyssey. I'm not gonna be so bold as to make any final conclusions since I'm not done, but I certainly feel comfortable in saying this has been 35 hours VERY well spent.

The writing and soundtrack are still super strong well into disc 3. The narrative hasn't bored me for so much as a moment. Disc 3 itself has been a mile a minute since I popped it in.

Big plus for LO on these accounts (in my book)
- Difficulty has not subsided. Disc 3 is still very challenging and offered me 2 game overs thus far. This is a good thing.
-Dungeon design is remarkable here. I have a strong appreciation for the integration of puzzles as they appear as more organic hurtles of progression within the dungeon design than in most titles. That is, your not plodding along on the rails until you hit a room with a brain twister in this game. I love when the dungeons themselves prove puzzles of progression as opposed to being presented with things clearly and strictly "puzzles".

^^ Hope that puzzle talk made sense to someone.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 21, 2014, 07:00:43 PM

If you swapped the mayo for greek yogurt or kefir and the cheese for non fat variety that would be a pretty healthy dip/spread.

7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 19, 2014, 06:37:23 PM
In no particular order.

1. Ni No Kuni/ Skull Mountain- Not so much a "gaming moment" but the whole dungeon and skull mountain sequence was just awesome to me in terms of atmosphere. Few things nail creepy, cute and cool as harmoniously for me as that dungeon.

2.Breath of Fire 2/ Finding a certain Naga Cameo Sorceress in hometown- Hidden cameo characters always get me. Being able to recruit them as playable characters makes it all the cooler.

3. Secret of Mana/ Got a few....
 
A. Gaia's Naval, Tropicillo and recruiting the sprite.
B. First encounter with Thanatos at Pandora.
C. Truffle King Flamie rescue.

4.Xenoblade/ Ending- Shulks dialogue coupled with the fact that you know damn well you are the brink of completing something epic culminated in "memorable" for me.

5. Earthbound/ Opening and Onet- Once again another on the list purely for atmosphere. If I had to single out a particular part it would be the arcade.

6. Final Fantasy 6/ Yep here come the predictable entries to my list....

A. Leo at Thamasa event.
B. Shadow and the Floating Continent
C. Daryl's Tomb
D. Terra's first transformation post the Narshe battle.

7. Lunar/ Ghaleon's assault on a certain dragon blew my mind when I was a little kid. I'll never forget that.

8. Tales of Vesperia/ Yuri going criminal at the end of the first act.

9. Chrono Trigger/ Zeal, Prophet events (isn't this on everyones list?)

10. Mega Man X/ Zero to the rescue

Now for a 2 that recently blew me away...

11. Tales of Xillia 2
A. The "good" ending
B. The return of
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12. Lost Odyssey/ I need to give em time to sink in but....
A. End of Disc 2
B. Cecil and Rosa heading off to rescue Polom and Porom on the phantom ice train. (I got those names right didn't I???)

8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 19, 2014, 05:59:36 PM
I made fake bacon in the microwave last night and put hot sauce on it. Then I washed it down with black coffee. Yum Yum.

BTW I'm convinced that no imitation low fat variety of bacon can even remotely imitate the real deal. Thing is I eat one modest meal a day and by the time I get to that single meal I'm hungry enough to make salted card-board palatable.

Well I'm off for todays run. 27 degrees outside. At least that is substantially warmer than yesterday. I have a funny feeling I am going to regret this.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 18, 2014, 09:47:24 PM
I just went for my daily run. A few miles in I said to myself "gee its a wee bit chillier than I'm used to". At the end I said to myself "good lord I hope I don't have frost bite".

It took my 40 minutes to defrost and type that.

I am an idiot. It is 9 degress out where I am. That was a foolish move.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 16, 2014, 07:26:38 PM


I also started drinking caffeine again because being sober isn't very fun.

I know caffeine is addicting and all but I can't ever consider drinking caffeine as anything that disqualifies sobriety. This stems from my own tendency to drink 2 pots of cheap black french vanilla coffee daily. I have maintained a daily habbit of black coffee since I was very young. Pretty much as soon as I started getting up to go to school I was partaking of the stuff so kindergarden/grade school (6 or 7????). At present, I would NEVER consider even trying to go without the stuff after all these years.

FYI don't let anyone ever tell you coffee is not hydrating. It is the only liquid I drink. I don't drink juice, I don't drink water, and I gave up milk, almond milk and any dairy about a year or two ago. So in short, if coffee couldn't sustain you I would indeed be dead at this point.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 16, 2014, 07:11:43 PM
LOST ODYSSEY/ Got totally stuck on a puzzle at the end of Disc 2. Took me hours upon hours last night. The worst part is they REALLY spell out quite plainly what you need to do. I however, didn't take script as literally as I should have and couldn't figure it out for the life of me. I really felt let a moron for a moment until the crazy-intense narrative sequences made me forget about anything else!

BORDERLANDS 2/ While I find here voice acting/tone to be annoying as all hell I see why Tiny Tina is regarded as being so entertaining by fans. She is certainly one of the more memorable characters I've come across in my journeys on Pandora thus far. The thing I dislike about the voice acting in Borderlands 2 is how often it is intended to sound like crazy farmer/trailer park dialect in the interest of humor. It fits the setting and all, I just feel like it dances too close to toilet humor as opposed to be legitimately clever at points. Thing is, the game IS clever enough at points to forgive.

Please ALWAYS disregard how hyper-critical I am of games to be comical. I actually hate comedy in general and have very dry taste in terms of what I find "funny". Slap-stick or toilet humor is extremely off-putting for me for some reason, with rare exceptions.

12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 16, 2014, 06:58:07 PM
I think I actually mentioned it earlier in this thread but my repede/vesperia love spawned my naming a beta fish "Repede". This was my second game inspired pet-dubbing. The first being Interceptor, a little terrier I had from the age of about 8 or 9 all the way up til I was 23. I got interceptor the summer I discovered Final Fantasy 3 (a new release at the local rental store at the time).

On the cosplay note, I would really love Alvin's Xillia 1 jacket. That would suit me nicely.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 16, 2014, 12:52:26 AM
I figured ToX2 for some serious drama with BS "sci fi" dimension travelling that occupies its own rules and waves the "magical fiction wand" to tell whatever story it wants.

Precisely. That is what I like about it.

The more in depth a narrative gets with dimension-bending-time-warp-tastic-talk the less I care (or understand). Being a self-admitted Sci-Fantasy fan long before I am a Science Fiction dude, I have a much easier time accepting the "magic wand" approach in interest of setting the stage for drama.

I think the ultimate example of this for me is Xillia 2 vs. XIII-2. Neither makes any real sense of things but one title makes it much easier for me to focus on character interactions and events. Can you guess which narrative I favor for it's simplicity and cast-focus?? Tee-hee.

I feel like Sci-Trekky scenarios never really make sense to me though, so I largely chalk up problems with the narratives to "its me not the game".
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 15, 2014, 07:05:01 PM
I'm guessing it's deliberate that the very beginning of Xillia 2 makes no sense.

All I got from it is that I'm a failure and I have a fugly cat.

I actually had to rewatch some of the first 90 minutes or so on youtube to confirm that I didn't miss anything because I was sure I overlooked stuff based on how confused I was. I didn't miss anything. It really doesn't make much sense at all.  They slowly unravel the "mystery" for you though, don't sweat it.

What is unfortunate about Xillia 2's narrative is that, even upon explanation, you sort have to swallow things at face value in terms of the science-fictionee' premises. Don't expect very fleshed out or thought provoking sci-theory here. Although I will say it is LEAGUES more comprehensible than Xillia 1.

In a guilty pleasure sort of way I actually enjoy the shallow sci-fantasy of the Xillia/Xillia2 story. It reminds me of how certain games like chrono trigger had time travel without getting all star trek about it.

LOST ODYSSEY/ Narrative getting too good after the spooky town/sea events to put this down or think about anything else. Dream sequences seem to be mounting in their capacity to be tear-jerking at this point. Particular favorites thus far were "The Butcher" "Motto (I think) the bread-maker" and "The Shoemaker". <----- I screwed those dream titles up by the way.

Muramasa/ The gameplay in this game is amazing. I foresee this title truly competing for my personal favorite metroidvania ever. I only played it for two days in brief sessions and already caught myself wondering why other action platformers and beat em ups don't feel nearly as satisfying. The combat speed and variety is perfectly addictive without feeling muddling, confusing, or hyper.

My only complaint, and I am shamed to admit it, is the lack of a dub. I hate to be one of those gamers who complains about dub/no dub issues and typically it doesn't bother me. Can't quite explain why but that lack of a dub in this title is a bit jarring. This is peculiar if only for the fact that I have no qualms about playing through a full length JRPG with japanese audio and subtitles at all.

Minor gripes aside, I feel like I have a little slice of gaming bliss on my plate with these two ATM ^^

15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 14, 2014, 07:05:29 PM
I'm finally beginning to understand the necessity of variety when it comes to gaming. Playing awesome anime-tastic RPG's all the time makes them seem less awesome and anime-tastic as time goes on. Turn based combat seems boring or slow instead of relaxing and thought provoking if you plow through a 100 hour game like lost odyssey no matter how rewarding the dream sequences and narrative prove to be.

This brings me to MORTAL KOMBAT/ Ninja's and gameplay excluded I hate most everything about this game. I only ever beat it as the DLC freddy krueger because, well it was freddy krueger. I want to see story mode through now and am sort of forcing myself through the abysmal atmosphere of this game to do it. The pay off here is not some silly sense of completion or closure like I had initially thought but rather the distinct upgrade in enjoyment of Lost Odyssey, Muramasa and Borderlerands for me.

Todays combat confirmed me that I do indeed suck at Mortal Kombat. It also confirmed for me that I find muscle-bound brutes who have no other purpose than to break each others bones hard to look past.

MURAMASA REBIRTH (first Vita TV experience)/ This game is all sorts of awesome. I expected no less, but was totally blown away. Really only sampled it to be honest but good golly am I excited about digging in to this one.

VITA TV/ I don't know why the net is ripe with people complaining about this device. I've played around with just about every hand-held upscaling toy, 3rd part or otherwise, ever released and this thing is freakin' great. Does exactly as advertised but the quality of the upscale is AMAZING!! Seriously, this is the first time I've ever seen handheld titles run this good on the big screen. (Only tried Muramasa and Tales of Hearts R so far so maybe I'm missing something)


EDIT: MORTAL KOMBAT (UPDATE)/ Well thats it. I'm officially done with this. As good as the gameplay feels I just hate it too much. In fact, I might go so far as to say this is the polar opposite of what I like to some extent in terms of atmosphere and art direction.

I still want to get my feet wet with more fighting games but good lord, NO MORTAL KOMBAT FOR KLYDE!!! LoL

At least it only took one afternoon to come to this conclusion and I didn't waste more time with this. Now the only mystery is why the the hell I even turned this on when I could have been playing Lost Odyssey or Muramasa.
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