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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 12, 2014, 07:09:57 PM
For the record I love retro game hunting, playing, buying, selling and (in my case) decorating.

Finding a cool retro game I want to physically own, put on my shelf and relish having in my possession gives rise to an excitement in my heart and gut akin to that which I experienced on christmas eve as a child. It is the only way to I know how to access that feeling.

I never feel bad buying a retro game because its like money in the bank. The re-sale via ebay is quick and nearly certain, albeit sometimes a hassle (e-bay's present day policies make selling agrivating for me).

When it comes to playing retro RPG's I have found each era offers a unique experience. That is, while other genre's have changed as games evolved, I don't feel ANY genre has changed generation to generation so much as the RPG. The 16-bit JRPG experience is a completely different animal than that of the present day JRPG to me. I can easily get my fix in other genres without having to go retro, but when I want Secret of Mana or Suikoden II simply cannot accept any substitutes.

Thats all I have to say about retro games/retro rpgs. In short, my life and gaming world would be far less enthralling without them. Maybe that is sad and pathetic but it is, none the less, how I feel.

This discussion and post made me want to re-animate my retro-gaming-weekend routine... I tried changing it up to a "Non-RPG-Weekend" routine, and it just isn't as satisfying. I don't make enough room for 16-bit goodness without scheduling it damnit!! LoL

In other news.....

Escha and Logy: I'm off to some ruins to investigate some slag activity. Riveting to say the least..... I am considering the wilbell dlc that came out this week but I don't know if I care enough.

Bastion: Sampled it, loved it, never got to it because Ni No Kuni came out and effectively ended my interest in everything else at the time. Well I decided to finally get back to it this weekend instead of going for the DmC Virgil DLC. This game is all sorts of good. The narration is stellar.

@ Mesh.... your really making jealous with your Suiko 3 playthrough. I remember really loving Chris and Geddoe when I played it many moons ago.

EDIT: there were like, 7 posts while I typed this. Sorry if anything I posted now is out of context as a result.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Child of Light on: April 12, 2014, 05:35:55 PM
I was gonna do the pre-order deal but I still can't decide what console to go for. I just am yet unaware of any differences and thus have nothing to go on yet. Day 1 for sure for me here though.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys fans- I need your help on: April 11, 2014, 04:51:49 PM
Epic Ys summary ^^^ Nice post Reta, thanks. Though I may not be the OP of this thread, I only played Ys 1 and 2 and was a bit shaky in terms of my knowledge of what came thereafter. That was one hell of thorough breakdown!
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: April 09, 2014, 09:12:19 PM
I know people who are nuts about prison break movies.  I feel like people into that genre of film would dig that game.  I can honestly say that I'm not big into prison break movies. 


That is sort of what I was getting at. I acknowledge a demographic exists that enjoys an adrenaline filled script within a jail house setting. I just feel that demographic and fans of 16bit retro JRPGs (which the kickstarter mentioned the game was visually influenced by) are opposite ends of the spectrum.

Then again I must admit my bias here. I was quite the delinquent when I was younger. I spent time in jail. It was the absolute worst experience of my life. I won't watch a prison movie. I don't even like driving by a jail. I think the whole event traumatized me in some sense to be honest.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 09, 2014, 07:04:01 PM
Finished DmC reboot. Good stuff. I don't care what anyone says, this game was all sorts of fun. I hate Devil May Cry. I always hated Dante. There is ton about the tone, style and utter degree of "slick" in this game that was stomach turning to me. But the gameplay and combat was addicting enough to outweigh all of it. It was a good enough time, that I may in the future consider dropping 9 bucks on the Virgil DLC.

Getting back to Atelier after about a week long hiatus to polish off DmC and tend to some real life deadlines. Happy to see the difficulty turned up a notch by the middle of the 2nd year... or maybe I'm just playing worse? LoL

Escha and Logy is another case where the gameplay is far outweighing most everything else for me. Its quite fun for the OCD completionist personality in me to meet deadlines and constantly see 100% pop up every time I do something. However, the writing is just not grabbing me. Its not endearing at all. The game is not terribly humorous, nor is it all the charming. As expected, it is not epic or very serious in tone. Thus far, I am feeling a little disapointed in the plot department.

As I play Escha and Logy, I can't help but romance the idea of playing Lost Odyssey now.... I'm starting to wonder if I should be more relaxed about dropping games that don't grab me. Part of me just keeps wondering if it will get better (Escha and Logy that is). While another part of me says "its atelier you know what to expect you freakin' idget!!"
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: April 09, 2014, 06:41:21 PM


Prisonscape - an RPG / adventure game where you take on the role of a new inmate in prison. 

I don't know what even say about this. For me personally, RPG's are really about immersing myself in a story/role I WANT to be involved in. Sometimes it is because I want to be the hero, sometimes the villain, occasionally an angsty teen with cool hair who gets to simultaneously save the world while looking all the cooler slaying everything from aliens to monsters.... heck, occasionally I may even want to get my hands dirty with some political matters and overthrow an empire or two while I'm at. Other days, I want to frolic through an enchanted forest with a fairy or two. Though seldom in my case, I have been known to fancy hopping in a giant robot or ship doing some interplanetary exploration when the mood strikes.

Never can I say, have I relished the idea of assuming the role of an inmate. I'm not saying this game doesn't have potential. I will certainly give it points for trying something I have not quite seen before.... But this is the type of thing I could see working as an action title or some AAA Rockstar game. As a retro 16bit styled RPG I think this would just make me feel real depressed.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 09, 2014, 04:43:40 PM

I love Origins I just feel like, even though that may be the case, I am somehow lying to people if I say I do because of what it conveys. In truth, western fantasy outside of DA Origins and Tolkien stuff is foreign to me.


I'm curious , but have you tried the older Bioware games, like Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire...? Mass Effect is the odd man out in Bioware RPGs. The rest have much more in common with Dragon Age.

DA2 is not a bad game, just not a stellar one. I recommend pacing yourself with that one, or the repetition in the fights and dungeons will get to you.

Nope can't say I tried any of em. WRPG's, for the most part, just don't entice me. Dragon Age Origins was an exception basically because it reminded me of something Tolkien esque (my "token" western fantasy affinity if you will, ahahahahaha). After playing the hell out of DAO, I can say it really no longer seems akin to Middle Earth shtuffff in any sense save the genre, but certainly became something I appreciated.

I've looked into bioware's other games, both older and newer, and while I'm sure they are great they just don't call to me enough to play em. Mainly its simply the settings/universes I don't care for enough... EXAMPLE: KotOR- I can't stand star wars. There, I said it. Don't shoot please :)
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 08, 2014, 06:14:55 PM
Dragon Age origins

Nothing to be ashamed there.
If you had said DA2 though...

Yea, ashamed is not the right word for it... I don't know how to describe it really.

I love Origins I just feel like, even though that may be the case, I am somehow lying to people if I say I do because of what it conveys. In truth, western fantasy outside of DA Origins and Tolkien stuff is foreign to me.

I actually want to play DA2 someday. I sampled it. Loved the gameplay. Can't speak on anything else. I do occasionally end up loving some games that are typically regarded as terrible by most standards.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 08, 2014, 05:31:19 PM
Well I'm late to the party here but as they say "better late than never".

The only games I am remotely bashful about saying I love are the Final Fantasy installments I am a fan of and Dragon Age origins.

My reasoning is simple, it is completely misleading in terms of revealing anything about my personal tastes outside of the fact that I do enjoy RPGs.

I love Lunar, Tales, Persona, SMT, Breath of Fire, Secret of Mana and SD3, Hyperdimension Nep, Disgaea, Suikoden, Earthbound, Growlanser, Ni No Kuni and quite a few others I am neglecting to name... all of which accurately reflect my various tastes in terms of style and content. These games paint a clear picture for someone who doesn't know me as to what it is I appreciate. I have no problem expressing (with conviction) my love for these games because they are accurate reflections of me in some sense.

However, conversely if I say I love FF4, FF5, FF6, FF7 and Dragon Age Origins to a gamer who does not know me the wrong impression is conveyed. When this happens, I am more often then not assumed to be a fan of Kingdom Hearts, Elder Scrolls titles or various other WRPGS and occasionally Mass Effect. Those games are ALWAYS the common ground people try to reach with me when they discover my love of gaming and in truth those titles (while not bad) are REALLY not my cup of tea. For that matter, neither are latter entries in FF universe.

So while not actually an issue of shame, I prefer to keep my affinity for FF and Dragon Age under lock and key simply because it is terribly misleading.

The only media I really do not like to admit to appreciating, across the board, is that which I feel provides an erroneous sense of what I really in fact have a taste for.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 07, 2014, 06:44:57 PM
I actually gave in and moved on from FFIV:TAY back to Trails in the Sky. I have a question for those who have played it: How's the difficulty curve? I get the feeling it's going to be one of those RPG's where the monsters get stronger at a much slower pace than your characters.

Good call moving on from TaY. As someone who just suffered through it to the end, I can confirm for you that you are not missing much. In fact, I would go so far as to say that whatever has been to your imagination is probably far better than the experience you would have in finishing that freakin' game.  Now that some time has passed since I finished it, I can also say TaY sort of poisoned the nostalgic love I had for Cecil and the crew in some sense....

Now, I AM an OCD freak and it would have bothered the hell out of me if I didn't see it through. So on that note, I am happy that I did. But seriously man, I found it more inspiring to make soup out of red peppers in my kitchen then tend to the end-game dungeon.

If you are really concerned with seeing all the best it has to offer someday just play the Kain chapter and the Lunarian chapter. If your still enticed/curious, wiki the rest.

Now as for Trails.... GREAT GAME!!! And that is in no small way due to the wonderful balance in difficulty and gameplay. I found it pleasantly challenging, albeit not impossible, to move through without grinding. Thorough exploration of dungeons was sufficient, in terms of growth for my characters, to proceed without the need to level and never proved to unwittingly over-power my characters. This type of balance is a hall-mark of an exceptional title for me. I hate too easy. I can cope with, but don't appreciate, too hard. Trails in the Sky was totally in the "just right" zone for me.

26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 05, 2014, 06:21:10 PM
If the big guys are "bears" what does that make the little guys? "Squirrels"...?

I feel sort of Squirrel-ee sometimes...
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 04, 2014, 09:18:10 PM


Anyway, I'm with the skinny guys here. I'm 6' and weigh about 145. I used to weigh more, but lost almost twenty pounds due to chronic illness issues. No matter what I do I can't gain it back. It's weird. I had to buy all new clothes because of it.



^^^^ This is exactly what happened to me in my early 20's after abusing the hell out of my body/gut in my late teens.

Now, fast forward (almost 30) and I too never put the weight back on. But I suppose its to be expected since my gut doesn't really absorb or assimilate nutrients correctly (so I'm told).

I went from 160-170 down to 125-130 and have stayed there ever since.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 04, 2014, 06:28:27 PM
This talk about weight has made me feel little. Well, I always feel little.... but particularly so now. I too will join the club of weighing roughly 1/3  of D's bench press. The difference being I am a guy. LoL

For the record though, I too wear clothes I've had FOREVER and fear gaining weight and needing to buy new ones. All of my jeans have their own "character" as the result of the ink stains they now sport from years of tattooing. I would hate to give em up.



I work from home so it's very tempting to go for sweatpants as well, but always make a point of wearing 'proper' clothes even if it's just for what I consider work hours that day. It kind of makes me feel more productive, but it also makes it easier to notice when I should watch out for weight gain. Plus, I have plenty of nice clothes I really like and it'd be a shame not to wear them.



Strange as it is, I know exactly what you mean. Lots of days, I spend hours in my own house working on art when I'm not tattooing. Sometimes its my full work-day.... yet none the less I feel it necessary to wear proper attire. I feel like the day never starts if I don't suit up in my proper black get-up adorned appropriately with cigarette burns and ink-LoL
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 04, 2014, 06:20:52 PM
Just got to mission 13 or 14 in the DmC reboot. I am still coming to terms with the fact that I like this game. It is so "not me" in so many respects but I can't dismiss the fact that it really is addicting. The battle system is pure fluid-button-mashy-goodness and the game itself is proving challenging whilst not annoyingly hard for someone who sucks at games such as this (as I do!).

In other news, Atelier Escha and Logy is a lovely foil to my time with DmC. I am still not far (year 2) and the story has done very little by way of gripping me yet. I think I just got through the primary cast introduction and expect some plot development in the not-so-distant future. I don't expect a gripping narrative with Atelier titles, but this has been quite the bore fest thus far. The cast is sort of weak here as well. I love logy. I love to hate Escha (enough to make her memorable) but I really don't see me writing home about anyone else... the most intriguing of the cast are those returning from Ayesha and sadly not the immediate playable characters (at least IMO). It is however early on, and I remain hopeful my view might change.

The main problem with Atelier Escha and Logy for me is simply that it is NOT scratching my RPG itch. It feels pleasant enough, but I just can't seem to become invested or care enough to feel wrapped up in it yet.

Playing Tales of Vesperia a few months ago has really made me hyper critical of what I have played since..... That one upped the bar for me in a major way it seems...
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wild Arms For PS4 still possible on: April 03, 2014, 05:35:17 PM
Gee golly, a new wild arms would be reason enough for me to break down and buy a PS4 to be honest. Sadly though I venture to guess, as mentioned, something like this would be a vita deal.

Where is western Vita TV, huh!!!???
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