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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: February 03, 2015, 04:01:42 AM
I only experienced one crash so far on the 3DS version, so that version seems to run the cleanest.  It still has some bugs (like passing-through-locked doors type bugs) but nothing I couldn't circumvent with some ingenuity. 

But, yeah, the tl;dr version of my upcoming review will pretty much be one of my dating analogies- a girl who makes a fantastic first impression, but once you start dating her for a while, she proves to be more of a nuisance than anything. 
Yeah not gonna lie, the game loses steam faster than a church sermon after a wet fart. I'm not fond of how the minigames are all just battles basically either, like the gambling minigame and the car race game too. This would have been acceptable 10 years ago, but now it's a bit pathetic. The game offers a very limited gameplay dynamic and tries to sell itself entirely on its quirky humor and nostalgic references. It's cute for sure, but I cam't understand why more wasn't added. Free games I've played had more to offer than this.

Oh and the insane crash rate is ludicrous.

Two excellent analogies in row, kudos gentlemen.

But D, wet fart? Really!? Ewwww...

Anyhow, moving on, it sure does nail the charm part. I am pretty certain before I launch the game it will end with me being disgusted and pissed off. Yet the colors, quirky music, and sense of "who I am gonna recruit next" keeps me turning it back on anyhow. With each crash I feel like I've somehow been duped yet again. Already resolved myself to not liking this in spite of its more endearing qualities yet it somehow tricks me into continuing. I need to localize play of this game to the weekend, maybe treat it like an extended saturday morning cartoon of sorts.

On the positive, I'm still of the persuasion that the cast is all sorts of cool. Albeit shallow, their one-shot-a-citizen gimmicks have proven amusing. All the more fun in that I've had the ability to re-name each one as something horribly off color and offensive. It isn't often an RPG comes along that feels more appropriately enjoyed the less serious or committed you are to it but in every aspect (down to the mechanics) it seems that is the ideal way for me to savor this one.

I'll be damned if I approach this crap as a completionist though. The tedium is just too much to stand. I tip my hat to anyone who really feels like 100 percent-ing this one.

BIGGEST GRIPE/ I still can't sit comfortably with the difficulty at all. I switch it waaaaay tooo much to tailor it to my team and it just never seems right. Always too easy or too long and never actually challenging/engaging. I would honestly have enjoyed this game quite a bit more at a static difficulty but the mechanic is necessary to the design in a number of ways. It is sort of like a catch 22. I guess that is why classical-non-linear-quasi-open-world-JRPGs aren't really a common thing (conflicting gameplay elements??). Or maybe I'm over evaluating a bit and it just doesn't work here.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 02, 2015, 05:28:13 AM


A few Eminem tracks would be good for a jog....hm.



Sometimes you find use for, or utility, in the most unlikely of places. Now I do more of an "old man shuffle" than a "run" per se' and I find myself listening to some of the strangest things. Madonna's Ray of Light Era music with some contemporary Courtney Love mixed up with top 100 vocaloid tunes was the list for today.

Mind you, I don't listen to much of this stuff when I'm tattooing and doing other things (or at least I will never admit to it).

That is all beside the point though, I just wanted to say thanks for prompt input on Life is Strange. That came out of left field to really peak my interest and I was curious to hear some trusted opinions on the title.
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 02, 2015, 01:35:39 AM
@ Mickeymac and Mesh/ Ok I see your point. My Shephard is very Eminem. While that wasn't my aim that is still within the correct decade and far enough removed from "meat-head marine" to bode well with me. In truth Eminem always did come across as a bit bitchey, whiney and angsty to me (even if those impressions are inaccurate) so it fits the male form of the RPG protag nicely in some sense for me. This is of course because I myself am bitchey, whiney and angsty whilst hiding behind a false sense of security (while I can maintain the facade).

I can't rap though. Can't even pretend I can rap. So, if my Shephard starts that shit it may really break immersion for me.

FUN KLYDE CHROMA FACT/GUILTY PLEASURE- Long ago in a galaxy far far away I used to do my daily run/jog to Eminem. Can't say I was ever a true "fan" but golly was his first few albums condusive to a good tempo run. LOL

Now, in other news.

CITIZENS OF EARTH/ I feel like an idiot for speaking so highly of this game based on my first 5 hours with it. Not that it is bad, but I have become frustrated to pieces over the constant crashing (which didn't happen once for the first few days I played) and how uninspiring and unbalanced combat becomes the longer I play it. I fear the redeeming qualities this game has, while exceptional for what they are, will not be enough to save this title for me personally.

@ MESH (again)/ I see you post about Saints Row games here and there my friend. Give me the good word on Saints Row IV if you can find the time. I never played any others and impulse bought the game based on... uhm... OK, SO I DON'T KNOW WHY I DID IT!!! Word on the street was the character editor was good and I am sucker for a good create-a-character mechanic. Sort of interested on whether this game is a commitment or something I can pick-up-and-play alongside my time with Mass Effect.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: February 01, 2015, 09:45:11 PM
Alrightee I'm double posting on account of I am speaking on a completely different note now coupled with the fact that it has been days since my last post.

I return to this thread to hang my head in shame. I am seriously considering dropping this title, at least for the time being, and feel like a fool for signing off on the initial splendor and awesome-ness of it.

I stand by what I said in my initial impressions but as the game went on it became too tiring for me to enjoy beyond its aesthetic and writing which just is not enough of a draw for me to continue with it. The 2 biggest problems for me have proven to be the self imposed difficulty factor and crashing. This is hella-sad because while these problems cripple the experience for me, they really SHOULD NOT exist. The constant crashing I am experiencing makes it impossible to enjoy but being that others are not having the problem, I can't really condemn the title for it.

Now the self imposed difficulty is something I am surprised I am not seeing more bitching about. Essentially the only challenge in terms of battle has to be one of which I actively choose to subject myself to with damn near NO REWARD FOR DOING SO. I say "no reward" because the stat gains/experience inflation seems completely worthless given the rest of the games mechanics. Inducing any challenge in the interest of making battles anything more than a "spam attack-a-thon" does not in fact make anything more interesting, it simply makes things grindier and bars a greater number of my citizens from being useful in any sense.

This game started off great for me and its a shame it's banes have prevented me from fostering more joy from what it does right.  I am certain there is a ton of content I can love beyond what I have experienced here, but hours of frustration and mechanical wonki-ness  is simply not worth it for me.
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 30, 2015, 07:51:40 AM


I love hearing your Mass Effect reactions and kinda tracking the points.  Keep it up!  Let me know more cool moments! :D



Thanks Dice! I love coming on here and reading peeps personal interpretations of what their playing. Glad to know I'm not the only one, and even happier to know someone is reading my own :)

And since you asked...

MY 90's-BLEACH-BLONDE-LAYNE STALEY'ish-LOOKING SHEPHARD (you don't know how long it took me to make a dude I was pleased with playing as for what I presume to be 3 games)



MASS EFFECT/ It seems I am naturally choosing quite a few Renegade choices as I move forward. I am not trying to, the narrative just sort of justifies that extremity in reaction from Shephard to me. Thus far from what I gather humans are black sheep who get pretty much sized up and looked down upon by every ugly thing in the galaxy and Shephard is in the position to do the dirty work of the galactic underdogs at the games onset. In other words he has every right to be a bit of prick if you ask me.

Moving on, the game is getting GOOD.

Still early on, but I just went through the council stuff and got "inducted". The game seems to be opening up more and they do a great job of getting you excited for this by framing the universe as pretty vast. Heck, even the Citadel local Presiden was pretty darn vast to be honest.

What has really impressed me so far is how epic they make everything feel right from the door here. Each session I sit down to play feels as though I'm moving closer to climax in plot as opposed to just uncovering more or progressing a script. Needless to say, I am totally enthralled.

ALIENS???/ With the array of intelligent life introduced in ME, I can't help but take particular note of the Elcor. Something about their mono-tone speech and complete lack of involvement in contrast to all the other races make them somewhat adorable. I want a big Elcor for a pet. More props go to Wrex for somehow reminding me a washed up 80's rocker for some reason I can't identify. My least favorite character thus far is Garrus on account of reminding me of some over-zealous police officer type. Clearly given Garrus' stats he would be extremely helpful to me team but if I'm playing favorites, he will not be much a part of.

Aliens in general are one of the things that turn me off about Sci-Fi. I just don't dig em unless they are little, grey/green and being chased by Fox Mulder. That is, until now. I love seeing the creative efforts in this title in terms of the alien species ripe with interesting history.

Bottom line thus far I stand horribly corrected, as I can clearly really enjoy Sci-Fi. Much like shooters it just took the right title to prove it to me (borderlands 2) and ME is certainly making me reconsider my bias toward space and interstellar stuff.

The End (for now)
36  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 29, 2015, 10:52:04 PM
CITIZENS OF EARTH/ Crash error CE-XXXXXX. Launch application. Crash. Error CE-XXXXXXX. Launch application... I'm seeing a pattern here.

MASS EFFECT/ Spent 4 hours alone in the citadel talking and reading codex entries before moving on. I'm enjoying every minute of this so far.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: January 29, 2015, 10:47:49 PM
Well i officially screwed myself.

I wasn't paying attention to Yoga chickee requirements. This was folly on my part considering D already brought it up days ago. Went around recruiting. Now I am in the process of leveling twice as many citizens to get her. Suck.

As for the moonbucks special blend I missed it too. HINT: determine enemy that drops it with conspiracy dude. use VR arena... thats my plan at least (haven't tried it yet).
Won't work, Klyde. I don't wanna spoil it, but i'll just say that if you recruit the architect, you can still get the special blend. If you really need to know how (believe me, it took me a while to figure it out) I'll message it to you, but my only hint is you can't kill a SPECIFIC enemy in one shot.

Thanks for the tip D. I'm pretty certain you just saved me quite a bit of frustration. All I need to know is that there is a way and I'm certain I'll find it. The biggest challenge with things like this for me is wondering if I'm completely wasting my time with my efforts (scarred from a childhood spent trying to revive general leo).

Speaking of frustration, I take back what I said last week about not having glitches. This game crashed on me so many times while grinding for Yoga chick I almost don't feel like playing it for a little while now. I am happy to report I did get her, however it left me so uber-powerred at this point in the game (early chapter 2) that I feel compromised on how to proceed. Should I just keep the difficulty cranked up? Anybody else run into heavy balance issues like this? I mean my characters are all now clearly waaaay ahead of where they should be but I'm wondering if it wouldn't be wise to keep over-powering my team so I can run through with difficulty cranked for the bonus item drops and whatnot.

I'm curious to know how other folks are choosing to manage the difficulty as they progress.
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 27, 2015, 07:02:21 PM
MASS EFFECT/ Ok. I have expressed many times in the past that I don't dig sci-fi. Mass Effect may change that stance for me. I got a few hours in on the first and I can safely say I am mega impressed. It took me longer than I care to admit to make a character that was both male and not a meat-head-marine looking tough guy nor oooooogly. Ok so Shepherd is still a tough guy no matter what you do but at least they give ya enough flexibility to take him from army-man-looks to strung-out-seatle-rocker with bleached hair.

All I can say from initial impressions is I can clearly understand where all the fandom comes from. 3 hours in and it already feels epic as can be. Loving the narrative. Best of all its sci-fi spoken in enough english to comprehend for me. I REALLY get lost with sci-jargon. 

NOTE: I loved the female character model and options but her voice acting comes across as TOO intense for me. I can see where people like it, as she sounds more emotional and lively than male Shep but its just too over the top for me when she is being GI Jane (tough and bitchy).
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: January 27, 2015, 06:53:25 PM
Well i officially screwed myself.

I wasn't paying attention to Yoga chickee requirements. This was folly on my part considering D already brought it up days ago. Went around recruiting. Now I am in the process of leveling twice as many citizens to get her. Suck.

As for the moonbucks special blend I missed it too. HINT: determine enemy that drops it with conspiracy dude. use VR arena... thats my plan at least (haven't tried it yet).
40  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: PSPGO with PR Warranty at Gamestop til 2016 and more! on: January 26, 2015, 11:48:50 PM
Double posting to report this is a done deal folks. PSPGo has gone.
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 26, 2015, 07:56:26 AM
I've been playing some Child of Light, since I couldn't really think of anything else to spend my PSN credit on. It is a beauty for sure, but maybe not really as charming as I hoped. There's a lot of empty in it. I realized I've just been killing monsters for exp and despite being in chapter 7, I have yet to use a single item I found (other than stat boosting ones). The simplicity does keep me going, but I always think there is something wrong when I don't have things like shops or gear options in my RPGs.

All I can say about Child of Light is that it was a beautiful experience. Albeit brief and unambitious, I found the title terribly satisfying to both I and ear (as Dice expressed). It seriously would be something to write home about if they took that concept/engine to a more epic scale IMO. My only complaint really was the finale, in both onset and execution, sort of came off as too quick and anti-climactic for me. The journey there however was more than memorable.

SHADOW OF MORDOR HAS BEEN BEATEN FOLKS!!

This marks my first real commitment to an open-world esque sort of game. Tried em. Didn't dig em. Mordor hooked me.

I really wanted to come on here and do a DICE QUALITY rehash of my time with Mordor. But I haven't the talents (or time this morning) for that. So I'll be somewhat brief.

(PS4 copy, spoiler free)

WHAT MORDOR DID RIGHT/ Excellent play on Tolkien lore. Superb combat progression that takes you from feeling weak and overwhelmed to orc-slayer-awesome by end game. Great variety and pacing that really never let me feel as though there was one dull moment. Some beautiful visuals (although not top tier) and very franchise appropriate in terms of looks, feels and sounds. And of course, the coveted systems in place to manipulate the Mordor baddies was hella original.

WHAT MORDOR DID WRONG/ Made the MC ranger more "CONAN" than "ARAGORN" (personal opinion). Small and barren environments redeemed only by the interesting gameplay. Bit of a barrier upon starting up in terms of difficulty (seems pretty intimidating at first).

BOTTOM LINE/ Mordor didn't just keep me interested. I got 100% completion and nearly 80% of the trophies without trying. That is, I did it purely out of the joy of playing. Whats more, even after seeing the credits role I'm highly tempted to re-open my wallet and shell out 25 buck for the season pass. Any fan of great combat gameplay, Tolkien, or even (very loosely) the revenge-ish plots of vigilante flicks such as "The Crow" would be totally doing themselves a disservice not to play this.

In other news.

CITIZENS OF EARTH/ I have been grinding and recruiting my ass off in chapter 2. I am beginning to realize you weren't really intended to tackle all of that stuff as soon as it becomes available.

42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: January 24, 2015, 10:02:30 PM
Thanks for that heads up D. That is exactly where I am at and have been sort of it forgetting to manual save because of the auto. I'll be a bit more cognizant of that now.

On that note, exploring around the beginning of chapter 2 without moving forward with the story and I just found the artist. I love the "bob ross of a different ethnicity" take on him. In fact I can't really say there are any characters so far that come across as bland to me. The charm this game translated in the satire conveyed by way of the cast is awesome and I give it bonus points for the creative and comical enemy designs. I am echoing my earlier thoughts to a degree here but I'm just really impressed with the originality and intelligence of this title despite its simplicity each time I turn it on.

Appreciating all the conveniences the characters "Talents" offer as well. Between the teacher/school function, the VR arena, the mascot and FedUPS, grinding for levels couldn't be made any more convenient. The talents really seem to have a strong impact in terms of taking some of the more annoying aspects of standard turn based gameplay out of the equation for me.
43  The Rest / The Bazaar / PSPGO with PR Warranty at Gamestop til 2016 and more! on: January 24, 2015, 03:00:57 AM
Hey hey hey folks. Looking to move my piano black PSPGo here. I am selling it based on the fact that I don't need it. I bought two, don't use either any longer (don't laugh at me!!)

CONDITION/ Like NEW. I set her up and that was about it. I will go over the details via PM to interested parties, but the thing still has the original plastic of the screen even. In other words, hardly touched.

WARRANTY/ Yes that is correct. This PSPGo comes with a no questions asked product replacement plan via Gamestop. I bought the two year warranty which is still good for another year and will provide the receipt (pictured below) as evidence though you should not need it if ever you do in fact need to replace it. I don't know if the warranty works at Gamestop outside of US as this was purchased in Pennsyl'tucky, the armpit of America.

EXTRAS/ Comes with-CHARGE CABLE-AUDIO VIDEO OUT (for TV play) CABLE- CHARGE CRADLE (for hands free set up to utilize a dualshock 3 controller via bluetooth capabilities)

SUPER SECRET OPTIONAL BONUS FOR TRUSTED COMMUNITIES MEMBERS ONLY/ Yes folks, there is more to this package. However, the "more" is ONLY available to trusted members of the RPGFAN community. I will NOT discuss this in this thread. I will however go over everything with interested buyers so long as they are in fact trusted community members via PM'ing.


Total price is 50 US Dollars for the package plus 12 for shipping. That is, 62 US dollars total. I will ship out 1-2 days upon payment. Paypal only please (in the interest of instant and simple).

Don't hesitate to inquire. I will not be waiting long to sell this elsewhere at a higher price but I've had smooth, simple and good transaction history here with the community. This is far easier than e-bay for me, and I sort of really want to use the bucks toward bills at the end of the month.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: January 21, 2015, 10:44:04 PM
Really, Klyde?  I've read some negative reviews that are absolutely nothing like what you describe.  In fact they make what sound like pretty legitimate criticisms to me (I haven't actually played the game, though).  If you like the game that's great but it seems like you're being overly dismissive of differing opinions.

Yes I am indeed being overtly dismissive based on the fact that any relevant criticisms I read were unfounded in my playtime thus far (admittingly brief). The subjective opinions I was citing were more referenced from consumer/forum-review whining that I am also in utter disagreement with.

I will keep an open mind, because my experience is minimal thus far but ultimately what I am getting at is this game seems to be under heavier scrutiny for peoples opinions than I would have expected is all. This however, does make me a hypocrite in the sense that I am strictly arguing my opinion I suppose, but none the less I am of the pursuasion that the title is getting framed more negatively than it deserves. Worse yet, it is being framed negatively for being EXACTLY what it was intended to be.

In short, if I were on the fence and read some of the crap I did yesterday I wouldn't have picked this up. After playing it, I would go so far as to say some circulating release impressions are not just off base but completely misleading.

The big criticisms I've read are repititive gameplay and a lack of innovation. Reviewers are calling it cute for like the first few hours then it just gets massively grindy and bleh. To be fair, it's an indie game that is paying homage to earthbound, what did people expect, modified ATB or LMBS gameplay elements? It's understandable for people new to the style of game to be depressed by this but this game was obviously reaching out to the oldschool fans. That being said, I was impressed by the demo, though the constant loading screens going from one building to another can become....annoying.

The constant loading is my primary pet peeve as well. The load times are short and negligible but waaaay too frequent. My other (slight) annoyance, is in the battle speed. It isn't exactly slow, but some battles get a wee bit more drawn out that I would have liked.

I also wonder if the differences are negligible depending on platform.  Like I said, here at RPGFan we have someone playing the PC version, someone playing the Vita version, and I'm playing the 3DS version.  I've had no major issues so far with the 3DS version. 

No glitches or issues with the ps4 version whatsoever yet. I hope this remains so. I have a phobia of glitches. LoL

45  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 21, 2015, 08:43:31 AM
BIG Ol' CONGRATS TO DICE ON SH!! (I play some of these vicariously through you ya know!)

Shadow Hearts (the first) was an awesome experience for me, but giving up a huge chunk of my backlog in the interest of moving on sanity means I probably won't being seeing more firsthand any time soon. Somehow your victory Dice, has brought me some sense of closure. I love reading your mini-reviews by the way.

Shadow of Mordor/ Just about done. This game deserves the acclaim it got and then some. I say "then some" because as a Tolkien fan I'm really impressed now having seen most the game how NONE OF IT felt like a franchise cash grab. The story is straightforward alright, but it sure as hell paid homage to the Tolkien lore in almost a legitimate way. Maybe I'm off base, but this felt very much like a unwritten leg of the middle earth history to me in a very legitimate way. Of course the ending could change all that I suppose.

Muramasa Rebirth/ Monohime arc done as of this past week. I can't remember if I came on to express this already and talk about how much I love her as a character. If I did it is well worth saying again. Kisuke's tale sold me on the game, but I can honestly say I became a solid fan with Monohime. I will happily open my wallet for the DLC.

Citizens of Earth/ I only played one day, but I put in a solid 2 sessions (few hours) and this one shows promise. If for no other reason than the quirkey, feel good satirical humor and Earthbound-ee art/music styling it seems charming. What really gets me though is how original a simplistic turn based title like this can feel. It may have shown up looking like Earthbound, but Citizens is totally its own identity entirely from what I can initially see.

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