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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 11, 2016, 12:02:21 PM
Thanks for the Machina coverage. Oddly enough this is yet another that was already in my steam library I'd forgotten about.

I must have collected more indie JRPG styled titles than I realized ^_^

Glad it wasn't a bust because that one definitely looked a cut above others in it's category. Also nice to know it isn't a MAJOR time sink. Sometimes the bite-sized portion of these RPGmaker games is just right!
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2016, 10:42:27 AM
You are correct sir, no one will argue Persona 4 is quality. Subjectively speaking however, I sort of have a love/hate relationship with it in the sense that it really abandons the darker nature of the franchise's prior installments.

I felt Persona 3 did a fantastic job of staying dark, while "brightening" the presentation. Simply put, they polished the hell out of "Persona" but still kept things macabre enough to satisfy me. I am also partial to P3's soundtrack.

That isn't to say P4 is void of the intelligence and maturity I've come to expect from SMT in general but they just took the "lets make a shonen anime" effort a few notches too far for my taste.

NOTE: It sounds like I am bashing P4 which probably has something to do with how much I couldn't stand Arena Ultimax most recently but I really did enjoy the game. I just grossly miss the Twilight Zone vibe I got from the earlier titles is all (P2 IS and EP especially nailed it)

On Kanji -- I really liked Kanji's character. He was amongst my favorites of the P4 cast hands down. But he also illustrates my subjective tastes in the sense that I adored Mitsuru, Akahiko and Aigis much more in P3. For that matter, the entirety of the P2 cast comes out a cut above for me personally. The rest of the P4 cast is quite literally "forgettable" to me which is the biggest offense of the title altogether in my mind.

On the flip side, I LOVED what P4 did in terms of the gameplay. While I sum that point up in one short sentence, it accounts for a grandiose amount of the favor I do hold for the game and what it accomplished.

TLDR -- P4 evolved presentation and the gameplay of the Persona franchise at the expense of everything else in my mind which is a bitter trade off for me.  
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 09, 2016, 09:43:39 AM
I'm gonna throw out another unpopular opinion that dawned on me after the ARPG talk yesterday.

Well, maybe it is popular. In truth I don't really know.

Dark Souls (thanks to the environments inherent design and sense of exploration and discovery) feels the most "Zelda" to me of anything really. To be honest, the reason I fell in love with Souls franchise was when it dawned on me how perfectly married great combat and exploration was.

In short, I've joked around since discovering my appreciation for the series by saying "Souls is like Zelda for gamers in their thirties who have had questionable childhoods." Upon seriously musing over it, I actually think I mean most of that statement.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 09, 2016, 09:34:09 AM
Find a sport/physical activity that you enjoy doing.  That way, working out becomes something you WANT to do rather than something you HAVE to do

Still waiting for Dice to move 2000 miles closer to me so I have someone to play tennis with.

She is SUPPOSED to move closer to me so I can teach her how to tattoo.

However, I am a reasonable ninja thus propose a compromise.

Both you and I can just move closer to her then we can tattoo AND play tennis!! I'm sick of jogging anyhow!
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 08, 2016, 12:03:33 PM
Since I'm playing this now, I can't help but throw this out there!


Ys series wins it for me BTW.

I haven't played all of either franchise but my experience with Ys has left me wanting more Ys. Thing is, not much else can really scratch that itch. Plain and simple.

On the other hand, I can think of quite a few titles that do "Zelda" just as well if not better than "Zelda" for me.

EDIT: Let me re-phrase, nothing does "Zelda" better than "Zelda" per se' but Zelda itself re-does itself. Cripes, I don't even know if that made any sense but my point still stands that I'd rather get my Zelda fix elsewhere at this point.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2016, 11:49:37 AM
3 years of gym abuse...I can lift a shitload, but the only thing I've got so show for it aesthtically is toned shoulders and triceps and some chest tone. I still weigh about the same and look pretty much the same for it.

I've studied/been involved in/ somewhat obsessed with/ sports science, sports nutrition and body modification for almost 20 years now. I've helped people (for a fee) go from slobs to looking like Michealangelo chiseled them from stone.

And in all that experience my friend, it comes down one simple fact no one likes to hear nor believe. Aesthetics in terms of your physique and re-shaping your body is marginally MORE a result of your diet than your fitness. You can workout like a mad-man, be strong as an ox with lung capacity to match but poor decisions in the kitchen will still ruin the physique.

Plain and simple DIET>EXERCISE in regard to impacting your physical appearance. That being said, exercise can be an extraordinary boon to assist in the process by changing things metabolically and hormonally in your favor but at the end of the day no amount of working out can essentially "undue" dietetic damage.

In short here is the grandiose fallacy in practice. "I ate pizza and drank beer, no worries, I'll work out an extra hour at the gym tomorrow". Now when the next day comes people somehow believe their body kept those specific "beer and pizza" calories on deck just to be used for the workout. Not the case. That is not science or biology, that is false hope.

I'm not saying all this to sound negative or harsh. I'm saying it all because it is truly something an alarming number of folks don't realize. Much worse, the volume of misinformation in terms of nutrition generally leaves most who are at least aware still totally oblivious to what comprises a good diet in regard to their specific goals.

But if we want to talk goal specific dieting than we should start our own "Health and Fitness Journal" thread cause that can become.... involving.

@TOMARA -- Stoked to hear your computer is in good shape again. I feared for ongoing "steam game" thread you got going!! It's somewhat of a highlight for me. LoL
37  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 07, 2016, 10:13:53 AM
Between giveaway's, gifts, trades, bundles, sales and freebie offers it is SO easy to accumulate a large steam library for pocket change. I have 132 games on steam and maybe actually spent 40-50 bucks total. So many of the RPGMaker games I had on my wishlist eventually hit a 50 cent pricepoint and at that how the hell can you say no?

Anyhow, my next numbers/picks are 7 followed by 20. 7 is a good number for *reasons*
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 07, 2016, 09:33:54 AM
Wowee, awesome mentions since yesterday. That is, both Last Dream AND Reccettear being brought up. Both sitting on my computer demanding my attention **some day**

. This is probably the best game I've played that I absolutely hated!! LoL



-- Everything here is quality in terms of the presentation. And not just "decent" but "exceptional". The caliber of the art direction, music (albeit recycled), animations and everything even down to the menu's are dazzling.

--Everything is tight and responsive in terms of gameplay. It feels much "smoother" than a lot of 2d fighters I've picked up with a ton of unique qualities that certainly give the title it's own identity as a fighter. The tacked on golden arena single player mode is nice bonus and reason to pick up the controller as well. However, the potential depth of this gameplay is drastically compromised by a large CON which I will get to soon enough.


-- Terribly non-interactive story mode with padded dialogue of no consequence, in volumes that rival Ar Tonelico 2. AT2 at least gave me some game to play in between silly-longwinded-boring-stabs at trying to be "entertaining" if I remember correctly.

-- It seems pretty much "Persona 4" but in my opinion destroys the value of characters that I once appreciated. The cast is all very much "themselves" but sport nothing other than their cliche' lather rinse repeat gimmicks. This is sort of the OBVIOUS result of not having anything more they can do with these characters after umpteenth games but it really de-values some of them for me. Yu in particular gets hit hard in my mind.

--New villain Sho could have been a plot device for something interesting and instead turns out to be a plot device for a bratty one dimensional enemy. No matter how many personality this guy gets, he will not be remembered as anything other than annoying to me.

--Battles play themselves. As long as you can pull off a Ryu Hadoken you've mastered the title well enough to see all it has to offer via single player. (OBVIOUSLY THIS DOESN'T APPLY TO ONLINE). And just in case you can't do a Ryu Hadoken, you can LITERALLY set the game to play the battle for you. This undermines the gameplay to me, hardcore. As a player, I felt zero motivation to play this knowing full well there was virtually nothing to accomplish or actually get good at.

I am done with this. I am done with the Persona 4 universe. I loved P3 and P4 when I first experienced them but this reminded me why I just don't care to return to that fiction. After having consumed enough p3/p4 to vomit I think this world and it's characters are something better left "fondly remembered" for me personally.
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 06, 2016, 09:49:46 AM
Great CQ coverage. As I predicted the other day, it is officially going on the ol' wishlist. If no one else picks numbers I'll happily double dip with another digit or 2 to keep this going, just say the word.
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 06, 2016, 09:46:14 AM
DARK SOULS 3/ Level 77 and counting! Changed up my character's loadout to feature the Curved Sword of Carthus as my main weapon. This seems stupid because I'm running a strength build but trust me when I say, with a heavy gem, this is anything but stupid. The STR scaling still is a step down from the Dark Sword so it is weaker in terms of raw damage but the moveset more then makes up for it without even thinking of/taking advantage of the bleed effect.

Between this sword, my Greataxe and the Demon Fist I am terribly surprised with how varied the gameplay feels whilst sticking stictly melee. Have yet to see an instance where not having a ranged advantage has hurt me too bad.

PERSONA 4 ARENA ULTIMAX/ I was just finishing the story mode for the sake of finishing it because it does essentially play itself and even THAT feels like a chore. The story itself is interesting enough but this execution is the very definition of long-winded by my measure. I'm starting to think the only things I like about this game are Akahiko, Elizabeth, Aigis and the soundtrack.

Hugo's Bizarre Adventure: Chapter Supplemental. Jobbed Zava and am about to finish off my Hugo Nightmare run.

About 5 hours into Radiant Historia and I think I'm going to enjoy it. Was a little hesitant becasue of the all the Chrono Trigger comparisons (I didn't really enjoy CT - granted I played it 15 years too late and on the PS1). Battle system is fun, story and characters seem interesting, the MC talks.  I also think the graphics hold up pretty well.

Honestly, aside from both involving time travel of some kind, there's almost no real connection or point of comparison between the two games (and the almost only really comes from the fact that you can have up to seven party members, your battle party max is three, characters equip a weapon, armor, and three accessories (which was more of a CC thing), you fight enemies, level up with Exp and gain gold to buy stuff with; hell, there isn't even any ATB to worry about).

At least with RH there is some logic to why folks draw comparison. I feel like, for years now, all a game need have is 16-bit'ish assets to foster "inspired by Chrono Trigger!" press.

This is terribly widespread when it comes to RPGMaker titles and kickstarter RPGs and it disgusts me. Every other game is a "loveletter to CT and FFVI <3". This is particularly irritating to me because it exemplifies how quickly people forgot what actually made CT stand out as a cut above. The game introduced some progression freedom, player choice (with consequence), replay value and a narrative that took itself hell-a serious in spite of aesthetics during a time where light RPGs (that's right, I called them LRPGs not JRPGs) didn't exactly have those qualities in spades.

All that being said, I don't feel like ANYTHING contemporary (current gen/up and coming) really resembles Chrono Trigger for the reasons I remember and appreciate it. **NOTE I have to look into Setsuna, so I state this without knowing a blessed thing about that title**
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 04, 2016, 09:25:49 AM
Well that is totally another 1 for my wishlist. I'm absolutely thilled with your selections Tomara, please don't stop this thread!!
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 04, 2016, 09:12:43 AM
Ys AoN -- First boss went swell. I didn't realize I could equip items. Fought boss 6 times until I could manage to beat him (couldn't get hit more then 2-3 times). Proceeded through some story and a dungeon area to the Canaan islands when I finally realized I could equip items to heal.

Menu/status function tied to right analog stick.... I feel like a fool :(
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 04, 2016, 09:04:35 AM
What in God's name did I just watch. Props for the Evangelion poster reference hanging in the background of the psychological breakdown ending.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 02, 2016, 06:34:26 AM

Back in the early 90s, my family got the sweetest rottweiler. I had just finished FFVI for SNES for the first time and I had tried my hardest to convince the family to name her "Interceptor," after Shadow's dog. We ended up going with "Bear." That's probably because the name was only one syllable. Easier to pronounce when disciplining.

In truth I know my pooch believed her name was "Sep (cep)" because when she was good I would sing her praise by "What a good Sep Sep!". It was enough to get her to realize just as well whom I was yelling at with a bold "Interceptor get over here right now!".

That dog was with me through so much of my life. So many residences, ordeals, high school, post high school, addiction, getting sober, et cetera.... (from when I was about 8-9 til 25 ish'). Once she passed I just didn't want another pet after that and now I could never afford a companion animal, such as a dog or cat, the attention it needs.
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 02, 2016, 06:21:32 AM
ADDING A SOMETHING J-TASTIC TO THE MIX -- Whelp I gave Tales of Phantasia another shot and then after getting somewhat bored by the time I made it to Morrison's mansion post the sewer escape I decided to give Ys Ark of Napishtam one more whirl. I am adding Ys to my agenda.

The combat in Ys is just too good to deny, the spritework and aesthetic (PC/Steam version) is gorgeous in a way that reminds me of the Sega Saturn/Dreamcast era (Working Designs) and then there is the soundtrack (absolutely stellar).

I really feel like a loser saying it because I am NOT suggesting classic Tales titles haven't aged well but I'm just a much larger fan of contemporary Tales games. The long and the short of it is, while older Tales games are great they immediately feel like something I've already experienced 101 times (even though I haven't). I felt this way when I briefly picked up Destiny and Eternia as well. There will be a time this is exactly what I want and am in the mood for, but that time just is not right ATM.

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