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1  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.
2  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".
3  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.
4  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.
5  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)
6  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)
7  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.
8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 16, 2016, 12:55:34 AM
First night I've had off since roundabouts Christmas. Lots of coffee, brutal amounts of cardio exercise and...

...DARKS SOULS 2/ Beat Shrine of Amana and now talking-flaming-tree-root demon delivers some vague message pertaining to a narrative that is left up to the imagination. My magic assassin could care less what is going on as his concern lies in only two arenas, Sorcery and Blades. +5 Blue Flame Caster Sword magic infused, +10 blacksteel Katana flame infused, A claw and fist for dual wielding fun and +5 staff of wisdom. YIPEE!!!

Now I should hop over to the game completion thread since I'm like 16 days late with my intentions to post for 2015.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 31, 2015, 11:33:13 PM

I call this creepy creation "Generation Yesteryear".

Steampunk/clockpunk sculpt made from an antique Geisha doll, a Playstation 2, a clock, a Playstation 2 controller, a watch, JB Weld, some sea shells and other odds and ends.

What the hell is my problem??

14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2015, 11:53:50 PM

New Years Resolutions:
- Either hone or get over persistent feeling of alienation.
- Either hone or get over emotionally self-destructive tendencies.
- 1080p
- Stop doing Satanic rituals with chickens.
- Start doing more Lutheran rituals with chickens.
- Stop buying so many plastic horses
- Use wacom tablet for something I mean maybe not necessarily drawing maybe just beat dead chickens to death with it.
- Vacuum.
- Put out another patch for LD95.
- Get mangosteens that aren't fucked.

* syke!

Best resolutions I've ever heard/read. No contest. I love this ^^. I am gonna borrow your format for this post, Mesh. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say.

My gift to myself this year is extra sleep.
My second gift to myself is extra coffee upon waking.
My third gift to myself was playing Journey (this was a brutal mistake, thank goodness it was only two hour of my holiday)
My final gift to myself is some extra fuck off time to post on here and putz around instead of trying to maximize my productivity like a freak (every day for the last like 6 months).

Oh yea.... BONUS GIFT TO MYSELF --- Not picking up my phone for anyone. The end.


--I gave up driving to walk/run everywhere.
--I started working privately as a tattoo artist and maintaining my own business of sorts after working in street shops for over a decade. This successfully killed a ton of my game/internet time, as well as the hope of EVER having a day off. A worthy sacrifice for certain, but a personal demand and responsibility level I could have never have foreseen.
--My kidney/liver/intestinal health demanded a return to a plant based diet (used to be a plant based eater many moons ago). After a few months of craving things I can safely say I am satiated with brown rice protein, spinach and coffee (all a ninja really needs)
-- I played the Mass Effect trilogy (highlight)
-- I lived played Bloodborne and Dark Souls 2 and if my estimate is accurate I will probably continue to play these two for the next calendar year.

Yup that is the nice neat little package that was/is 2015 for me. All that is left now is to tend to my "completed games" list over in yonder thread and thats a wrap. Life is good.

15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 25, 2015, 11:16:46 PM
For whatever reason, I tend to see Cloud, Tifa, and Barret as the "default" party for this game.  You know, a guy, his girl, and his best bro.  Not that their relationships are anything like that simple, that's just the way I like to see it.

This is the "default" (re: only possible) party of like 60% of JRPGs that have parties, and their configuration is almost entirely Balanced/Mage/Fighter, Fighter/Healer/Mage or Fighter/Thief/Mage.

Luckily most JRPGs (final fantasy in particular) tend to be easy enough for you to take a tactical hit to use whomever you favor. That is, with the exception of some titles/instances, utilizing characters and parties with less that max potential won't really damn your chances at victory.

I always used Yuffie and Vincent in FF7. Setzer, Shadow and Relm in FF6. Plenty o' Ninja units in Tactics (its been awhile but I actually remember this being pretty effective). But the ultimate example of this is Suikoden 1 and 2. You could literally use whomever you want and totally trump just about everything in either game, which was AWESOME because I would NEVER have a party without Stallion in it!!

JOURNEY (PS4) --- This has to be the most over-rated game I have ever played. I am offended that I paid for this. Nice soundtack though.

OKAMI HD-- What a lovely and original title. Went into it not sure I wanted to "stick with it" or just try it out but I'll certainly run with this. Not gonna lie though, the visual style gets on my nerves a bit. It is pretty enough to look at stills but the blur effect and stylistically what they tried to achieve sort of hurts my eyes with graphical chaos to a point.
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