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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: August 13, 2016, 04:41:51 PM
@ aeolus -- I feel like your only partially kidding. YOU JUMPED WHEN YA PLAYED DIDN'T YA!!!????

TRUE STORY: Very first time I played when the title came out (I was 7 or 8 years old) my nerves couldn't take it and I jumped. When I found out the impact of my hasty decision I cried and carried on so bad my parents didn't want to let me rent the game again ^__^

THE RESULT: I "lost" the game *ahem* and an even angrier set up parents had to cough up 60 bucks to the video store. I played that until the battery back-up died and saving on more then one slot caused them all to erase.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 13, 2016, 04:16:12 PM
I finished up the Hero route in inFamous Second Son. It was a fun game even if it didn't hold my attention as much as the original two games. I also was slightly disappointed by the fact that Sucker Punch didn't fix up the "busy work" side missions. All the story missions were great and fun and all, but the side missions just seemed tacked on to increase play time and give players a 100% opportunity. Despite the complaints, I got 100%.

I started again to go the inFamous route. More busy work.

Man I always wanted to get into Infamous for the gameplay but the fact that I am cast instead of getting to edit a character/ avatar, such as in Saints Row, always put me off. Granted I didn't give em a shot and I'm sure that an obvious reason for the design choice exists but it doesn't change the fact that the character's you are cast as just don't appeal to me from the "outside looking in" (could potentially change if I actually gave em a chance).

So No Man's Sky just came out!

There ya go, bringing up some left-field import title no one ever heard of before

 I really need to give Trails in the Sky another shot sometime, for that matter.

Me too. Series like that sometimes intimidate me. Playing the first demands playing the second which gently suggest the COLD STEEL title, et cetera..... That is ALOT of JRPG universe with story continuity. I played through the first, but it was too long ago and I know picking it back up will end in a year long gaming commitment I'm just not anywhere near being ready for (fear of commitment).

That having been stated, when I do find my way back to trails, I think I may go right to the CS title. I enoyed Trails in the Sky enough but by the end I was ready to be done with it.

Now on the Falcom note, Ys is series that is all sorts of appealing for me to get back to.

33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 12, 2016, 05:42:12 PM
I've been in a Berserk mood lately, playing Berserk the Game 3 Dark Souls 3 and just feeling generally pissed off at life (another topic/story entirely), so I checked the new episodes that seem to be getting absolutely horrendous reception.

Now, it is totally worth noting that I AM a huge Berserk fan to begin with. Love the original series, the movies and read the Manga up to volume 50 something years ago. I don't know whether it is simply a matter of my fandom or not, but I think the new eps are fantastic.

Maybe I am bringing my sensibility into question here but I thought it worth posting about anyhow.

NOTE: I have only watched 1 so far.

SAILOR MOON/ The mere mention of this show makes me want to watch it. I only ever saw up to in and around episode 50-60 and still think about it. I don't care who the target audience was/is, I adore SM.
34  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 12, 2016, 05:29:55 PM
Tried out P4 ARENA ULTIMAX today.

I don't know what the hell made me think I'd like this title. It's great and all but I have already established I hate visual novels and fighting games. That aside, I also more or less felt as though I had enough of the P3/P4 universe ages ago. In short, I won't be adding this to my agenda.

Personal and subjective taste aside, it sure does look pretty and has Akahiko in it so there is that. You can apparently auto-fight/watch the entire story mode so maybe one day I'll indulge it. Mind you, that is a very remote "maybe".
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: World of Final Fantasy on: August 11, 2016, 05:30:17 PM

A) You know how sometimes you might come across something that looks like its trying to look like an Anime made in Japan, but clearly isn't. This is that, but in reverse.

Cripes Almighty... That is brilliant insight right there. You are 110 percent correct and I feel like an idiot for not having made that observation myself sooner.
36  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: August 11, 2016, 05:26:08 PM
Ohhhhhhhh boy, things are getting interesting now!!!
37  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 11, 2016, 04:01:44 PM
Am I still lost? Any chance of me ever being found?

Sorry my friend, totally forgot to include in the report that you returned!

DARKEST DUNGEON/ I don't have news as I didn't have a chance to play this morning. However there is something I want to say about this game. I think this game truly has some of the best turn based party/group combat I've ever come across.

When I think on turn based combat that has bored me in some sense it always comes down to same thing. That is, one or two simple "routines" that carry you through most every encounter. "Strategy" dissolves altogether with turn-based combat when it becomes lather rinse repeat.

In the most simplistic of ways, DD completely negates this ^^ even being possible. With the inability to utilize the same team members consistently, keep them in static position/ranges and with gameplay that is completely hinged on it's unique brand of ailments and buffs each and every battle is something that NEEDS to be thought about. And it is something that needs to be thought about carefully to dodge penalty of death.

I'm not saying this is "the best game ever" but I would certainly argue it a contender for some of the finest battle mechanics of it's kind. At the very least the game is built for someone just like me who, after decades of turns and menus, is just completely bored of spamming "attack" and "X-spell" over and over. 

EDIT: I think I just inadvertently wrote something for a steam review! **copying and pasting now**
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 10, 2016, 05:57:52 PM
Wow.  I need to make sure I use "Klyde" and "Shadow" in any forthcoming RPGs that allow me to rename characters.

Makes my day!!


DARKEST DUNGEON -- KLYDE the bounty hunter joins the team from the stage coach and AEOLUS leads a group of DICE, ARVIS and TOMARA back into the ruins on the boss quest that DINCREST's team retreated from yesterday. AEOLUS easily carved a path to the boss room 1-shotting like a paladin possessed, but the boss (Necromancer thingy) was a different story. It would have been curtains for the team had it not been for TOMARA's ability to blight the baddie from a distance and nickle and dime him down to death. Whole team survived!

KLYDE, MICKEY, KLUTZ and STAR went on a trek into the cove and didn't see so much success. Without a doubt, closest I've come to losing characters here. Every member's sanity became compromised, KLUTZ became abusive and with the whole team "on death's door" they retreated back to the hamlet.

Final note, MESH has been cured of rabies. We can all relax.

I need give this a breather. Double DD sessions the last two days has left me feeling stressed! LoL
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: World of Final Fantasy on: August 10, 2016, 04:42:31 PM
For what it's worth Klutz, even though I'm not gonna be grabbing it, I do see where this would appeal to many folks a great deal more than XV.

Honestly, if it was more its own entity (no cross universe character cameo's) and just didn't blend the styles (as we discussed) I'd be right behind ya. Everything else aside from those two gripes, which are totally elements I personally can't look past, actually looks really decent to me.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: World of Final Fantasy on: August 10, 2016, 04:11:57 PM
God, if I don't look at anything but the smile on the right hand side of Aeolus' bottom photo it is horrorfic. Now that I've seen that, I can't see anything else.

If this coffin needed an 8th nail Aeolus just delivered and did the honor of hammering. Thanks. I think..?

@DICE -- Nice job pulling out the Street Fighter SD/Chibi material!! I liked those so much that I was once tempted to use one as a PSN avatar and I hate Street Fighter.

In game context discussion/preference aside, speaking PURELY from the position of "art" and/or "art critic" it is extremely hard for me to deny the appeal of the adorable.

So, once again (not to echo my other post), ultimately the whole kit n' kaboodle falls back to the use or misuse of the style in game for me. I would never wanna see chibi Ken square off against SFV Ryu.

Even Kingdom Hearts using that oddball style for Sora and crew is not my favorite thing. Just a personal opinion really.

Glad someone else aside from me referenced this specifically. Sometimes I feel like I'm the lone Ninja harboring this very same sentiment.
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 10, 2016, 03:15:49 AM

You're making me wanna play this game Klyde :P

Just make sure it is what you want to be playing before you take the plunge. What I mean is, the game is great for the same reasons it can potentially suck. If uber-unfair-level intelligent AI in a strategy grindfest with a bit of "RNG" against a horror backdrop is what you want, the title delivers. That being said, I love having it next to a game in my agenda that demands reflexes (berserk the game 3 dark souls 3) however if it were the only thing I was playing it could potentially drive me bonkers.

In short it scratches the strategy "itch" in spades with some of the most thought provoking turn based combat I've come across in awhile. Beyond that though, it doesn't offer much (sometimes I don't want anything more).

@Mickeymac -- Yup, I'd be lying if your backloggery didn't influence my decision in making you the antiquarian. Kudos on picking up on that :)

@Dincrest -- It is actually somewhat creepy just how much your character mirrors your persona in my mind. All the stranger that so much of it is entirely random. It is synchronicity such as this that REALLY gets me into my characters and lets me begin actually caring about em. To this day I will forever see Cyan from FF6 as my best friend growing up and that was largely a contributing factor as to why I enjoyed the game so much.
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 09, 2016, 05:13:08 PM

I want to stress how honored I am to make it into somebody else's RPG campaign.

Actually I know EXACTLY what you mean. I think it is all sorts of cool when someone includes me in their game by way of a unit or character. Knowing I am an element in, and potentially making a difference in, someone else's digital world is somehow flattering to me in a unique way.

Given the fact that I am aware you are somewhat of the same pursuasion, consider yourself totally included forever and on in my games where character creation is viable, buddy!


DARKEST DUNGEON -- DINCREST lead, MESH, STAR and KLUTZ on a long venture into the ruins with their sights set on a boss. The team was a powerhouse, slaughtering and one-shotting ghouls and skeletons one after the next. That is until MESH got rabies, they ran out of food and torches, DINCREST was bleeding out and STAR's sanity became compromised. KLUTZ has insane healing capability that kept the team from perishing and in a final battle before the boss STAR went all heroic and kicked ass. I decided the team was more important than the quest and cut my losses at that point so everyone escaped with their lives and a ton of loot but the quest is yet unfinished. This team is gonna be out of commission to recover for a minute, save DINCREST who seems to never really get all that stressed.

Back at the hamlet ARVIS and CHROMA came back, DICE has recovered from yesterdays horror and RANADIEL is still missing in action. New from the stagecoach MICKEY the antiquarian and D the man at arms joins the team.

BERSERK THE GAME 3 -- Couldn't stand being zombified so I wasted some souls and effort to reverse the hollowing. Killed some seriously mondo-big enemies and further explored farron's keep. LVL 50
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: World of Final Fantasy on: August 08, 2016, 04:25:10 PM
Throwing in my two zenny on the CHIBI debate because it is something that really disturbs me.

I am of the camp that just about ANY art style is viable and can come across as acceptable/appealing presentation in the correct context. I loved Windwaker, Mass Effect, Lost Odyssey, Tales of 16-bit on up and through contempary gen. They all looked good in their own right.

Now here is the cardinal rule for me personally. DON'T BLEND THE STYLES!! It kills immersion and I end up hating something as ugly or out of place by contrast. I had a terribly jarring experience with Kingdom Hearts for that reason and generally can't stand cross-over anything unless its pulled off coherently in a visual respect. (And in truth, Kingdom Hearts wasn't even that large an offender)

Imagine if Mass Effect had a character that looked like Jr. from Xenosaga, a moogle from FFXIII and a robot from the Mega Man PSP reboot ("Powered Up" or whatever it was called). Give me that package visually and all of the sudden "I HATE CHIBI" even though some of what I listed doesn't even qualify as such, landing somewhere in the realm of Super-Deformed.

Having expressed all the aforementioned, you can imagine I'm not setting my sights on WoFF. In fact, I'd venture to guess its gonna be one of those corners of the FF universe I prefer to pretend altogether does not even exist so it doesn't compromise my ability to appreciate the franchise.
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 08, 2016, 02:19:21 PM
I'm a hellion?  Excellent!


EDIT: Apparently the hellion is a large, muscular, violently aggressive barbarian woman.  Death by snu-snu!

Your pick actually wasn't as random as everyone else. As soon as I saw the Hellion I said "Ahhh, a female lead/type!" and immediately thought of your appreciation for Shantae titles and Maya from P2.

Unless they rebalanced the game again, Occultists are very versatile support characters - really good to have. A speedy Occultist works especially well in teams with a Houndmaster, Bounty Hunter and/or Arbalest. As in: Mark the enemy and watch things die very fast.

The Occultist is totally proving versatile just as you state Tomara. The big draw early on for me is how they are effective just about anywhere in my party line-up and assist with blighting things to death whilst still having a melee attack. In short, they are hella useful fresh off the stage coach.

Also, you will be well protected as my Grave Robber. Your back row and sure to be paired with healers for in-and-out loot runs so I'd venture to guess your survival probability is high.

Meanwhile it sounds like I'm already out of the party...I didn't think I was that bigoted (but then, Paladins are generally the first to cast stones due to the combination of their constant besticked ass status as well as their black and white mentality, so I guess it was only a matter of time).

Nope your in the party. You just won't go on missions with the abomination CHROMA. Supposedly it is your holy alignment but I think secretly you just refuse to be in an entourage with a character that vomits toxin as an offensive ability (smells bad).

DD -- Today's brief excursion was to the Cove since Tomara brought it up. Party was lead in by DINCREST followed by AEOLUS, TOMARA and DICE. Went off without a hitch until a single brutal battle with fishy-demon-casters cost Tomara her sanity after pummeling the team with curses. Tomara became "abusive" and the team completed the quest and high-tailed it back to the hamlet.

Upon returning it appears CHROMA has disappeared to go meditate or some such thing, RANADIEL went on a gambling spree and got lost and ARVIS appears to simply "be missing". On a positive note, STAR the Arbalest (sp?... sniper looking crossbow character) joined the party.
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 07, 2016, 06:47:22 PM
I can't wait to see how I die.

Tell ya what. Just cause you said that I'll give you an extra life. That is, I'll make a "Star" character and a "Mongoose". In fact, I'm gonna make a KLYDE and GEARFOX too. If I do this and recycle some folks maybe I won't need to dip into tattoo clients after all...

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