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1066  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 15, 2013, 03:08:27 PM
Played a lot of Xenoblade today!

I have no idea what I'm doing.

To be honest Dice, I really didn't understand a great deal of the mechanics fully and still managed my way through just fine.

While I grasped things like gem crafting and whatnot, I more or less just picked characters based on their affinity rating and combined crap to start with percentages that ensured I was gonna create what I was aiming for. In other words, I ignored the fact that you are selecting a shooter (controlling bonus) and engineer (controlling flame).

This, and other such mechanics were a wee bit too complex for my taste. The brilliance of Xenoblade is whether you mico-manage like a champion and tend to every quest there is OR you simply keep moving and enjoy the narrative you can still meander your way through things and enjoy the story.

I spent the first 10-15 hours I played bogged down with doing quests and trying to grasp everything before deciding to just move on and throw caution to the wind.

Ultimately that is my advice. Do the convenient quests to start, DO NOT FEEL THE COMPULSIVE NEED TO BE A COMPLETIONIST (as I did) and as you move along things will make a great deal more sense and prove less intimidating through just simply playing.

The folly of Xenoblade is the content. There is so much you can get lost/caught up in with very little relevance that you cam easily play certain areas for many many hours without advancing the story an inch.
1067  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 15, 2013, 03:00:31 AM
Klyde let us do a FF13 sleepover.

No smoking.

No smo... What!!!?? Blasphemy.... *takes a puff*

NOTE: I truly am smoking as I type this

FF13/ I want to add to my aforementioned advice. I can't recall how I did it, but I totally screwed myself in how I built my party. By the end of the game I had to essentially restrict myself to a particular three person team to survive. In other words, be careful how you level and evolve your team or you'll end stuck potentially forced to use characters you may or may not be fond of. In my case I had to always use Fang, Hope and Lightning even though I favored Sazh and Vanille.
1068  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 14, 2013, 08:20:42 PM
Tearaway and 3D Land are big fun.

FF13... certain parts drag on but I love the story, music, cutscenes, and combat.

Ahh good to know I'm not the only one playing FF-Catch Up! LoL

I myself plan on trying to knock out FF13-2 before lighting returns comes out even though I am doing a Suikoden 2 playthrough before I get to that.

As for 13-1, my only advice is NOT to get lazy with the plot. This game demands your focus and a wee bit of study to really enjoy the narrative. To take it in as the game erroneously presents it to you will cost you a fair amount of understanding what has the potential of being a really decent story. Read the data logs and if dialogue starts to sound like a foreign language take the time to read up online on what you don't get until all the convoluted terminology makes sense.

I DID NOT do that and missed out on a ton. In all honesty I didn't grasp what the hell was going on by the end of the game and it really damaged the "fun factor" for me.

1069  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: No e-mail notifications anymore? on: December 14, 2013, 06:01:34 PM
Well no luck so far... tried an alternate hotmail address. Still no notification.... Just set up a gmail address and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Sorry to double post BTW, it just seemed inappropriate to make this an EDIT of my last post.

EDIT: Success!!!! Screw you hotmail!!!!! GMAIL FTW!!!!!
1070  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2013 on: December 14, 2013, 05:51:53 PM
Well, I suppose it is time to drop my meager list. Here goes...

The List

Ni No Kuni
Hyperdimension Mk2
Atelier Ayesha
Persona 2 Innocent Sin
Persona 2 Eternal Punishment
Wild Arms Alter Code F
Seiken Densetsu 3
Tales of Xilia
Secret of Mana
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix 1.5 HD (no chain of memories yet)
Asura's Wrath
Chrono Trigger
Zelda Wind Waker HD
Disgaea D2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
Persona 4 Arena
Dragons Crown (no post game stuff)

Biggest Personal Accomplishments/ Playing Eternal Punishment and Innocent Sin back to back. Loved the narrative enough to string me through the intensely grueling gameplay. Also, making my way through Kingdom Hearts HD in spite of distaste for disney.

Evolving as a Gamer this year/ I have had a real problem in the past with games... I love em... but I was never able to play more then one RPG at a time. Call it compulsion.... this lead me to always being torn between playing something "new" and entertaining my constant urge to go back and experience things I missed or re-experience things I liked.

And then it happened... enter RETRO GAMING WEEKEND!!!! Crafting a simple routine of playing past gen titles on the weekend and current gen games on weekdays has made my gaming all the more enjoyable. I find this schedule not only has somehow enabled me to play more games, but enjoy them more effectively. When I would do one game at a time it would eventually grow stale and I would find myself almost always pounding through the latter leg of a title just to start a new one. The Retro-Weekend routine keeps it nice and fresh for me.
1071  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 14, 2013, 05:15:44 PM

Actually, that sequence break is well known as a notorious power leveling trick that makes the majority of the game a cakewalk (not that the game is that hard to begin with; tactical battles aside), and makes actually completing Clive's sidequest a hell of a lot easier since getting a gameover allows you to keep your levels and experience and nothing else (especially the time elapsed from the point you died at to your last save).

Oh cool! Good to know for the future if I ever feel the need to re-play.

On the Clive note, I don't need to complete his time restricted sidequest to recruit him, correct? I just got to Muse (2nd trip) and made sure to see him both in the alley and then at the front gate with Elza and acquired the sound setting. I scoured the town to ensure there was no more events to trigger, talking to every NPC top to bottom. It IS safe to move on now right?
1072  Media / General Games / Re: Super Mario: 3D World on: December 14, 2013, 05:08:34 PM
I totally forgot to make my way here to rant (briefly) about this game until I saw the GOTY thread over in general...

Picked 3D world up two weeks ago. As someone who was not a Mario fan before, I sure am now. Let me also say I typically hate platformers. This is one of those games I can't imagine anyone not enjoying to some extent.

I love the blend of uber-modern visual coupled with so many elements of the Mario I recall from my youth. From the soundtrack to the characters and level design, everything gels and culminates in an experience on par with the Mario games I played as a kid. The difference here is, this is far more accessible and (especially early on) a great deal less rage-inducing for someone who sucks at platformers, as I most certainly do.

I feel like this should be called Mario Brothers 3 Part 2. LoL

1073  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Member's Game of the Year - 2013 Edition! on: December 14, 2013, 04:25:50 PM
GOTY2013/ Ni No Kuni

Yea, so I may be jumping on a bandwagon here... Ni No was not downright AMAZING, but the competition for GOTY this year just is not that fierce IMO. I played the game with a hard copy of the spell book which really added a neat immersive angle to my whole experience. The big fail here was the fact that the spell book should have been included with the game and NOT a under-produced and consequently over-priced collectors edition.  

2013 was interesting in that a great deal of great games came out. None proved exceptionally stellar to me though.

CLOSE BUT NO SEEEEEEGAR (as they say)/ Zelda Wind Waker HD and Mario 3d World

I came into 2013 neither a Zelda nor a Mario fan.... I am entering 2014, having been proven totally wrong in my assumption that neither franchise could do anything that excites me. These 2 games, coupled with the Wii U hardware itself, got me back on board with Nintendo. In all honesty, it is the happiest I have been with the big "N" since super nintendo.


Ok. I love disgaea. And this title did a lot of things right for me. It, unfortunately, did just as many things wrong. Seeing Laharl, Etna and Flonne take center stage again was awesome.... but that truly is where the awesomeness of the narrative ends. While Flonne and Etna see a wee bit of humorous development, Laharl is about as singular and static as a character can get. My other narrative gripe is the lack of cameo's. If you are going to do a direct sequel to Disgaea, I want to see the defender of earth dammit.

Gameplay took too many sharp turns and fell pray to the problem I have had in the last 3 disgaea games. By the end of the game I was able to wipe out full story maps with one caster. Yet, in D2, couldn't even touch the final boss. I feel like a fool for arguing the game felt more balanced to me that other disgaea's because by the last chapter I was CLEARLY mistaken.


 Just replayed this and it really is one of those games that lives up to all the praise it receives. From comforting and cute Toriyama visuals to the greatest soundtrack I ever experienced in my youth, Chrono has it all for me.


Some may argue the gameplay and mechanics took a step down from the first SNES SoM (Secret of Mana 2) but I personally felt the class system (I am sucker for palette swaps) ability to select an MC and companions and difficulty make it an overall improvement. Once again (like Chrono Trigger) a spendid soundtrack and graphical masterpiece (from its era) makes this title drip with a bit more Mana magic for me than its predecessor. The biggest flaw???? A padded second half of the game that demands you revisit and run through all the dungeons again with zero plot development was a real drag...


Xilia was not bad. What Xilia was, was VERY dull in contrast to my expectations of a Tales game. A bitter sweet experience considering I loved the cast. All in all I would take Xilia over quite a few other games but it was weak in nearly every respect that other tales games shine.

1074  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 14, 2013, 01:57:23 AM

Wait. I think I remember what you're talking about now. As long as you didn't complete their quest, Futch and Humphrey will still be waiting for you at the foot of the mountain (this is of course, the reason why I told you to not worry about collecting the 108 SoD until after you hit N.Window). Although, if you did complete their quest before getting your headquarters then that's beyond what I did in my two runs of the game.

Yes sir you hit the nail on head. That was exactly what I was talking about. I really wasn't trying to not heed your advice... my tendency toward exploration just bested me really... the world Suikoden 2 is soooo vast in contrast to 1. I simply couldn't help myself. Next thing I knew I was indeed involved in the Humphrey/Futch quest and getting my ass handed to me. Enemy level aside, NPC dialogue lead me to believe I had screwed up the proper "order or operation".

And no sir. I did not complete their quest. In spite of all of Humphrey's import-data-might I failed.

When I checked to see if I could leave and return to the quest later when I was supposed to, or if I indeed needed to reload an earlier save (i always play it safe) was when the dreaded spoiler was glimpsed.

As for major plottage, oh hell yeah. This is a numbered Suikoden game after all, even with 108 recruitable characters there's still plenty of death and destruction to go around. The one big thing that you can change (aside from the description you gave) depends on whether you run from Tinto or not, and if you decide to, then how far you run to.

And if you're really worried about Christmas, don't be. If Fox News' War on Christmas can't ruin the season, I highly doubt you'll be able to do anything to it on your own (and if something does happen, just remember: There's always X-mas).

THANK YOU!! That was exactly what I needed to hear to keep me motivated and not feel as though I was embarking on a chore of a play-through for my "holiday game".

I'll never forget going to gamestop and having everything about Richard spoiled on me for Tales of Graces F.... It seems to have left me with PTSS (post traumatic spoiler syndrome)... unfortunately there was NOT any other major plottage in that game and that spoiler really did dull my enjoyment of the title considerably.
1075  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 13, 2013, 06:46:52 PM
It isn't my first run. I played through each upon release. The first and second just happened to come out so long ago that I have vague recollections of them. I chose to aim for 108 for all the data import goodies from 1-3.

Reading that sure jogged my memory though...

So come on Aeolus.... tell me there is more major-plottage worth seeing aside from what I have just effectively spoiled...


And this is why you don't go playing for all 108 stars on your first run.

For what its worth, my best advice is to remember what happens when you do collect all 108 SoDs in other Suikoden games.

I see where you are going with that.... I think... Say no more.

EDIT: Most importantly tell me I didn't ruin christmas!!!
1076  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 13, 2013, 05:40:04 PM
Well I've done it now....

I screwed up and my ceaseless efforts for 108 stars in suikoden 2 caused me to trigger some sort of "glitch". I broke sequence and started something could not finish by apparently activating a quest I could not complete.

So I was forced to check a guide to see if the damage I did damned my chances at 108, forcing me to load from an earlier save..... and that is when IT happened.

Of all the terrible things my wandering eyes could have seen... I saw THIS!!!!

Nanami "dies"

That was all I saw. I did not read more. Someone please, for the love of God, tell me I didn't completely ruin this game on myself. That is, someone tell me there is more twists and turns and plot splendor to enjoy because I feel like I just TOTALLY ruined it.

On the bright side, I did need to re-load from an earlier save. If I had not looked that up I would have totally screwed my chances at 108.

But that is it, no more screwing around. Whether I do it or not (achieve 108), I'm playing through the rest of this thing without looking at ANYTHING save Aeolus lovely spoiler-free-spurts of wisdom.

EDIT: I feel like I've unwittingly done something on the scale of "spoiling christmas" or something like that.... someone fix my shattered existence and say it ain't so.... please

*tells myself over and over that ninjas don't cry... ninjas don't cry*.... *sob* *sob*
1077  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 13, 2013, 03:43:31 PM
That sounds like a fucking disaster.

Also.... 700 bux? What the hell did you get?

Static Arts LE statues of Sephiroth and Cloud. For the first few years after I sobered up and started tattooing full time I was just stupid when it came to spending and money. At that point anything I saw I wanted I just bought, justified with the mentality of "well its better than chemicals".

Then I got a house and bills and whatnot... greater responsibility with cash became a necessity at that point and while I have gotten better with it over the years I still "slip up" with gaming merchandise. I find easier to go without food than collectors edition copies of games... As soon as I eat I am satiated... but I am still pissed I missed out on the Hyperdimension MK2 Nisa exclusive CE.
1078  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 12, 2013, 05:50:01 PM
Ugh, man, I hate SE's site.  I ordered Drakengard 3 from there because it was the only chance for a physical copy, but why does their store have no account option?  Then I tried to look at my orders through my Email and my password, but it only shows one (LR). You need to put in the exact order number, because only the most recent purchase shows up if you go by EMail.

It's ridiculous and outdated.

The worst shipping experience I ever had was the result of ordering through SE's site/store. Almost 700 dollars worth of merchandise got stuck in customs and then lost altogeather.... took over five months to finally get delivered. The kicker? The packages ended up in a college apartment complex which was closed and locked up for the summer. I actually had to contact the owner of the complex to come and punch in a security code for me to get my packages.
1079  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 12, 2013, 05:45:28 PM
I feel like, although it is one of my favorite franchises, I will NEVER catch up on all the tales I wish to experience.

I have yet to touch Phantasia, Eternia or Vesperia (even though I have them all on the shelf)

With Symphonia Chronicles, Xilia 2 and now this new one I imagine I play Tales games exclusively for a heck of a long time if I were so enclined.

1080  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 12, 2013, 05:38:41 PM
Upgraded to 2 widescreen monitors at work. Yay~

I have a funny preoccupation with constantly thinking about/wanting larger monitors, TV's, screens et cetera.... Movin on up sir, good job.
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