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1411  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 08, 2012, 03:13:00 PM
In the department of spin-offs how did anyone feel about "Dirge of Cerberus"? I have to tell on myself, I never really gave it a chance...... I know its not fair but I loathe shooters.... I loathe anything that even feels like a shooter.... I played DoC for roughly 20 minutes when it was first released and never looked its way again...... Have I been missing out??
1412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: January 08, 2012, 03:03:51 PM
If I didn't like Knights or Yggdra, then there is no reason to try this one, am I right? Its not that I don't like strategy RPGs but those two just didn't work out for me. I liked Tactics, Ogre Battle (March of the Black Queen) and even Disgaea more.

Yea, Disgaea is waaay more my style.... Love disgaea Klyde does... indeed....

However I will say the art style of these titles entices me enough alone to pour in some hours.. Some of coolest looking concept art I've beheld in sometime....
1413  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde's Steam and Clock Punk Thread on: January 08, 2012, 12:25:28 PM
I avoided this thread because I thought it was a Steam thread ( ) but this is all very sweet stuff.

I enjoy 3dimensional art

Well thanks for taking a looks Yoda!! Appreciate it!.... But..... and do forgive my ignorance.... what is a steam thread?

Anyhoo.... here is the post for today. Enjoy :)


I call this one "Gunner"
1414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 08, 2012, 06:20:05 AM
I'm not gonna take the time to go through each title... I will however hit my least favorites and contrast them with my most beloved

XIII- This is an easy call for me as, while I feel many of the FF's didn't live up to expectations of the franchise, this is the only title of the  lot that I feel failed me utterly as a JRPG altogeather..... In other words I would hate this game the same, and would find it just as disapointing a title no matter what the name..... Alot of my gripes with the other titles are a result of my "Final Fantasy" standards, where-as with 13 its as though the whole game is in stark contrast to the aspects of RPG's I really covet..... I don't need to go into the brutal details, everyone here is familiar enough with this title and has already touched upon everything I couldn't stand in this thread........ I will however add one bit of subjective complaining to the pile of FF13 disdain.... SUMMONS IN NO WAY SHOULD REMIND ME OF TRANSFORMERS!! I FREAKIN' HATE TRANSFORMERS!!!..... Truthfully, I'd rather replay Crystal Chronicles twice then muddle my way through this game again.

IX- My distaste for 9 doesn't even hold a candle to that which I have for 13.... But none-the-less it still ranks #2 for my least favorite. Nothing I would consider gamebreaking in 9 but it was up until this point in the series that something always hooked me.... be it gameplay or plot/story/characters, each installment up until nine kept me motoring until the end.... Might just have been a matter of personal taste, but nothing about this one felt stellar in the least to me.... My biggest complaint was the visual direction of the whole thing.... While a return to a more traditional fantasy setting was welcome to me, this was pulled off in a way that made me feel more like I was instead playing some weird pseudo Disney/JRPG hybrid that wasn't name Kindgom Hearts..... I didn't find myself caring about any of the character here and just didn't find any aspect of this game to be memorable....

While I am not a huge fan of I or II either, I would take them over the above-mentioned any day... Crazy as that might sound

VI Without a doubt my absolute favorite, 6 to me was not just groundbreaking back in the day, it still to me completely rocks! I adored the class and cast diversity, always finding myself torn between which favorites to add to the party.... I loved the setting, the plot, the music, the concept art, and just about every other aspect of this title. I'll never forget when this title came out and I was but a mere lad just getting his feet wet with RPG's.... Arriving at the floating continent with hopes of beating the game only to discover the longest leg of my adventure was still to come!!! A WHOLE NEW WORLD TO EXPLORE!!! This blew my mind at the time...... Additionally we have Shadow.... My personal favorite character of the whole FF universe.. Why you ask? Well aside from him just being downright bad-ass.... I can think of no other character I cared for more with about as much dialogue as FF13 had towns.... The real kicker for me though was the fact that this was the first RPG I can remember that dealt with death within the realm of the main cast... Shadow being able to literally die and no longer be playable.... And General Leo's death sparked the first widespread "they could be brought back" rumors I can really recall as well.... Through all these elements into a industrial-steam-punk-esque setting and its like I swear they made the game tailored to all my personal tastes and then took it a step beyond by making it exceptional as far as RPG's go in general.... Might I add this title is not scoring all these points with me based on nostalgia, as I have a playthrough going right now and still I enjoy it just as much as I did in my youth.

V Most fun I had with the job classes out of any FF.

IV So I'm a sucker for dark knights and I'm a sucker for paladins... sue me.

Runners up for most beloved are 7 for all the optional stuff (couldn't get enough of that snowboard mini-game at the gold saucer) and 8...... 8 actually would beat 4 for my top picks if A) Squall wasn't such a brat of a main character most of the time, B) I liked any of the other cast members, C) Zell wasn't in the game and D) The plot was a little more coherent.... ok, now that I spell it out maybe 8 was more flawed in my eyes than I initially though.... Seifer was such a generic tool of a bad guy in my oppinion as well... what a joke.... But hey, that card game was addicting as all hell :)

As for Advent Children, while were on the subject.... I felt the most redeeming quality of the whole flick was the fight in the church with Tifa..... That alone was enough to make it watchable in my book... maybe not a winner.... but certainly watchable....
1415  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lunar 2 Eternal Blue on: January 05, 2012, 04:17:27 PM
I am a freakin' HUGE fan of Lunar... I even imported Magic School way back in the day...

Anyhow, I gotta disagree with mosts sentiment about Eternal Blue.... I thought the story, while admittingly somewhat simple and predictable, built upon the foundation layed in Silver Star beautifully.... Now I can see where if you didn't experience or appreciate Silver Star than Eternal Blue's story may fall a bit flat....

I've played through both the Sega CD and the PSX versions of the two titles, and while I maybe alone on this one too, I enjoyed the PSX versions more.... Don't get me wrong, I love a challenge, but the difficulty of some of the Sega CD Eternal Blue bosses was downright stupid....

Maybe by today's standards Lunar is classic-rpg gaming mediocrity, but when they came out on the Sega Cd ages ago it was groundbreaking... I mean we are talking about voice acting and Anime/fmv that predated FF7!!

Also might I add, the soundtracks to those games were amazing too... Especially the opening theme to the original Silver Star....

...but then again what the hell do I know... I also love the Altar Code F remake of wild arms and think that the "Return to Oz" was way better than the "Wizard".... clearly my tastes place me in the minority group........ while I'm on that point I also think Breath of Fire 2 was waaaay better than any other in the series..... I think Final Fantasy VI trumped VII, hands down... I actually didn't care that much for SMT Nocturne..... So I guess if none of those preferences sound anything like your own maybe you should ignore my love of lunar.....
1416  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde's Steam and Clock Punk Thread on: January 05, 2012, 03:54:35 PM
Well as for today I thought I would mix it up with two creations outisde the realm of creepy little miniatures.



This is little wall-mount piece I created for my hair-dresser entitled "Cosmetic Hero", which is what it reads behind the mess of gears and scissors (though its difficult to discern in picture)



.... And featured above here was my first effort at a clock-work heart-piece. I'm not completely thrilled with this one though.... expect the next heart to be a bit more pleasing to look at....
1417  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 05, 2012, 03:47:24 PM
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Altar Code F is blast for me so far BTW.... Re-make done right if you ask me....

 the main addition was a few new characters, none of which you can use consistently until the final dungeon.

That is a real bummer.... I sort of wish I didn't know that....

  It's nice to see that WA4 & 5 eventually turned out some of the better PS2 graphics you could find.... mostly at the cost of a palatable story (which turned into platitudinous dross.



So on that note, would you suggest skipped out on playing through 2 and 3 and hopping straight into 4 or 5.... I was gonna go chronologically and squeeze XF in there somewhere, but maybe I'll reconsider... Also any oppinions on XF?
1418  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 04, 2012, 03:13:00 PM

For the same reason as Legend of Mana, Twilight Princess is my favorite game in the series, especially aesthetically-speaking (I'm an art student, it matters, so sue me).  I found the game very creative in it's dungeons as well, much more than Skyward Sword for reasons I just said in the SSword thread.

Aesthetics, being an artist myself, sway me more then anything else in a game to be honest.... heck, I even tried playing through Agarest Wars Zero just for the character art....

TP is totally a title that slipped by me... well to be honest most the Zelda franchise did after A Link to the Past.... not that I wasn't a fan of the 2-d stuff enough to keep me on-board with the titles, I just always have found myself prioritizing other games over Zelda throughout the years... and I'm not proud of it.... Based on all the TP and Skyward sword praise though, I think I should consider catching up on those...

For the time being though as of late, I am way occupied with Xenoblade (speaking of beautiful) and finally getting to the Wild Arms Series.... Altar Code F is blast for me so far BTW.... Re-make done right if you ask me....

And as for all the "Mana" comments, well, all I can say is as far as re-makes, aesthetics and everything else is concerned... Seiken Densetsu 3 was like a wet dream to me... If that ever got re-done and re-released over-seas I would actually become a qualified square-enix fan again...
1419  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde's Steam and Clock Punk Thread on: January 04, 2012, 05:14:13 AM
So are you selling these or giving them away ;) or just as a hobby?

Gave some away for Christmas.... selling the rest, though that is not to say I wouldn't do favors and exchanges for various items.... I do so love video game merchandise, my house in fact looks like a walk-through anime/jrpg museum exhibit..... I shudder to think at the fortune I've infested in it all... quit sad really.... well over 1500 us dollars invested in Final Fantasy merch alone... hell, I once spent like 150 on a freakin' FF6 keychain set.... art is my hobby, my recreation and my job. To merely be a tattoo artist, or a portrait artist simply is not enough to pay the bills.... especially when you have a bad habbit of living way beyond your means, such as i do.....

My talents do not lie in that artistic direction.  I am merely able to appreciate the efforts of others. :)

I appreciate that you take the time to look, Took!

By the way, sorry I posted the time keys twice, I'll make up for it with two new creations in the next post!
1420  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde's Steam and Clock Punk Thread on: January 03, 2012, 04:10:43 PM
Come on guys, no one else with ANY art to post...? I just know a bunch of you are of the compulsively-creative sort... don't be bashful, JOIN ME IN THE MADNESS!!! HAHAHAHA!!!........ *Ahem*.... uh.... anyhow.... Onto todays post...



Before I decided to craft little miniatures, I tried my hand at a few grungy-clock-punk creations I call "time keys".

The symbolism to me is that time is essentially the most valuable currency we have and realizing this is key to a fruitful or satisfying existance..... Management of time and how we utilize is the key to everything really.....

None-the-less, these proved to be quite tricky for me and far less rewarding than the miniatures... Fun regardless though, as I never worked with any epoxies, solders, or rotary tools before these :)
1421  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: January 02, 2012, 05:25:36 PM
Well back on the Gungnir topic... well somewhat back on the Gungnir topic that is.... Do I need to playthrough Yggdra to appreciate  Kights before thinking about Gungnir?

I tried Yggdra and although I liked it, it just isnt something I care to (or have the time to) get back into, and Knights is still sitting on my shelf just waiting.....

So I'm wonderring are these games all within the same universe or correlated as sequels and prequels in any sense, or are they just stylistically akin to one another?
1422  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde's Steam and Clock Punk Thread on: January 02, 2012, 04:20:58 PM
Hello all and happy new year!!! Well... happy new year a day late.....

Today I have two pieces to post... my typical weird little miniature for one..... and a steampunk-outiftted original character I drafted up, ala anime style!



I have dubbed this creation, featured above, as "Joy"



Her name is Trynn. Her vessel, an inheritance from her late well-to-do gambling parents, is the "Lucky 7". A treasure hunter by trade, she traverses the dark post-apocolyptic earth is search of relics from the past with her companion Braike. However what Trynn and Braike are about to learn about their future, as a lesson taught from the past, will shatter the very foundation of this already broken world.....

....So what is the revelation? What is that pendant she is holding in the illustration? These are answers we may never know because as much as I wish being a author/illustrator was part of my job description, it is not..... That fact aside there simply is not 8 days in a week nor 25 hours in a day.... So for now the mystery dies with the illustration sadly....

Anyhow, Trynn was rendered completely with Derwent Graphite pencils and strathmoore 400 series paper. Photographed with a Nikon cool-pix camera and only thrown in photoshop to add the sig.
1423  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (Feb 22, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: December 31, 2011, 04:16:20 PM
Does anyone know if we are able to hook this lovely new toy to the TV via component cables like the PSP? Thats the best part of the PSP hardware for me..... I do way too much "close" work to stare at a little screen.... Klyde's eyes just can't handle it.....

Nope, but the screen's one of the biggest yet for a portable system. It's 5 inches, so see if you can find a Galaxy Tab 5 in a store and if that size is agreeable for you.

God does that suck..... even if the most stellar installment of my favorite franchise is on a handheld, I can't stand it..... Never could, and I have been gaming for 2 freakin' decades..... I had to pass up all the lovely J-RPGS of the gameboy incarnations for this very reason..... I can't draw and tattoo 8-12 hours a day and stare at those screens without suffering from what feels like severe head trauma...
1424  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (Feb 22, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: December 31, 2011, 01:27:53 PM
Does anyone know if we are able to hook this lovely new toy to the TV via component cables like the PSP? Thats the best part of the PSP hardware for me..... I do way too much "close" work to stare at a little screen.... Klyde's eyes just can't handle it.....
1425  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Games You'd Like To Give Another Chance And Why? on: December 31, 2011, 01:19:16 PM
Legend of Dragoon is one of those oddball games where the first two disks are meh but disks 3 and 4 are good.  Why the game waited until disk 3 to finally get good is beyond me, because most gamers would have lost their patience with the game by then. 

I must admit I did..... I can't recall now because I played it ages ago, but I am quite certain I never made it to disk 3.... It wasn't your typically loss of interest though.... It was the "I don't care to ever see this through" variety..... very rare for me....
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