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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 15, 2014, 09:09:38 PM
I will not delete your post in the SMT thread.

I want everyone to know you dun goofed as retribution for not having me in it. T_T

*cries and eats a gallon of ice cream*

But you are in it...... you were on one of the first lists I posted two days ago. Your a male healer. I shortened the name to "Mongoose" so maybe you missed it.

And on that note, I think the coolest part about post game Disgaea was naming everyone. I feel like this totally pointless....

POST GAME DISGAEA= Endlessly spend hours upon hours acquiring Managers and Statisticians to endlessly spend hours to brutally over-power one map. Then do it again, endlessly, for hours. The thing is there is NO real strategy involved at all. The strategy factor post game is more of a matter it seems, of strategizing as to how to level up with the greatest efficacy. That is, tactically speaking, combat and gameplay itself feels like a snooze fest to me.

I'm beginning to think my whole intention of trying to go a full month without an RPG to be ready for Xillia 2 is stupid. I've only made it a week and I'm already feeling bat-shit-crazy. So crazy I almost just tried to do post game Disgaea. The Breath of Fire itch is getting more intense as I type- LoL

Believe it or not, I never played through Breath of Fire 4..... its another one of those games from my adolescence I always wanted to because I love the franchise but never did.

DRAKENGARD 3= If there was more to it I could just play this. But this hardly qualifies as "JRPG" in my book. Action platformer is more appropriate. Loving it none the less, but it just doesn't fill the void.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 15, 2014, 06:34:01 PM
So this WHOLE post is also appearing over in the SMT thread in single player because I am a moron.

It was SUPPOSED to pop up here at about 6 AM this morning, but Klyde was tired and made a boo-boo.

So to the powers that be, I am sorry. Either delete my other post or keep it up as a testament to both my idiocy and in the interest of the replies making sense. LoL


Alright this will be the last photo update of my post-game disgaea endeavor... photobucket/ my computer is driving me nuts.



Annubis you are the thief. Now, before you go off about how the choice was not fitting let me explain myself. While most of my naming was random, I chose SPECIFICALLY to make you the thief on account of it being one of my favorite disgaea classes which I will use excessively post game. In other words, this is supposed to be a compliment and thank you for making me shadow... please don't leave me on the continent... I only came to try and (finally) be a good guy and save the day! Sorry I sucked and totally botched it.

Also there is better pic for ya Aeolus. You are Purple Power ranger (of sorts).

And now for some more additions...



Had to take your advice Tomara. I totally forgot about Dice being the resident "Estelle". I had to amend that after you brought it to my attention.

More additions will be made but I will not be prudent with picture updates guys. Just rest easy knowing we are all venturing forth post-game in my little realm TOGETHER!!! The netherworld shall shake in the wake of the power of (internet) friendship, I assure all of you.

Also ignore the "Zak" character name (the only non-RPGFan name on the lists). There is "Zak" and/or "Zurina" in every game that gives me the ability to make it happen. I've made it so since I was a kid. Just the way it is.

@MESH/ I'm sorry your not loving Vesperia. I feel bad because I totally advised that you give it a go and feel like a jerk now.

48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 15, 2014, 06:29:53 PM
Ohhhhh nooooo! What have I done!!

Ummmm can the powers that be fix this? I guess I'll re-post over in the game journal... I was switching back and forth from Disgaea to PC mode and checking the threads for names and spelling and whatnot. Guess when I finally went to reply I did so using the wrong window/tab.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 14, 2014, 09:57:26 PM
Please don't be offended if you are not in the list, or now a prinny.

I made you Shadow in my FF6 and this is how you repay me?
Pffff I ain't waiting for nobody comes floating continent!

Don't get upset just yet my friend! Many more characters are on the way.... Actually I'll do u one better..... I need to make alot of of the monster class characters, u can pick yours! If work gets done on schedule tonite I should be crafting a netherworld annubis incarnation at about 5am (northeast netherworld of America time)

EDIT: Just so everyone knows.. the reason this is so random is this is my post game team. Hence a renaming of my original team. Thus no one was "made" per se....  Trying to fit appropriate peeps with characters in this case would be maddening. In fact I have a few more to rename that WILL NOT be gender appropriate.

In other words. DO NOT TAKE OFFENSE!!! I need names folks, and I want yours in my post game madness dammit!

Don't fret, we will all most likely take a back seat to the necessity to use the story characters anyhow.




50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 14, 2014, 07:44:55 PM
DRAKENGARD 3/ I can't believe I'm following through with this game considering how turned off by it I was initially. Almost at Chapter 6 and totally hooked. The gameplay really does prove addictive in spite of the repetition once you get the hang of which weapons you like to use in combo with one another. Narratively speaking, I just have never really played anything like this. The script of this game is so blatantly offensive, leaving no room for sympathy yet I've somehow ended up caring about and appreciating Zero a great deal. In a shallow sense, I've found other members of the cast to just be cool or weird enough to prove memorable. I like the way the game sort of drives home just how wicked and disgusting just about EVERYONE is! I feel like ultimately it really pokes fun at human nature in a satirical way. I'm probably reading too much into it though.

Otherwise, in my efforts to occupy my time from now til Xillia 2 and clear some "gaming Kharma" I finally arrived at a lovely foil to my action-ee time with Drakengard. This is BIG for me guys, as I never have had the patience/drive to move into post game anything really. Well its finally time to give it a go I think, as I've been CRAVING some strategy... Post game Disgaea here I come! LoL

To kick it off I re-made/re-named my team.



Please don't be offended if you are not in the list, or now a prinny.

Truly, the naming was pretty random. I already had Klyde, Tomara was obvious and then everyone else was pretty much just a matter of going down the list and re-naming. Although for some reason I felt it very fitting to make Dice the Archer and Dincrest the Monk.....

I figure I'm just gonna dibble and dabble in post game Disgaea and maybe X-Com Enemy Within until Xillia 2 comes out instead of trying to squeeze in a play-through of something else. There is certainly enough content in either to comfortably fill the void I believe.
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: July 09, 2014, 08:58:05 PM
Excellent review Din!

I feel like this game got WAY too much credit in other reviews. While it is super original in terms of the mechanics and how it feels, that doesn't translate to "good". I saw this got 4 out of 5's elsewhere and whatnot... it simply is too flawed to deserve that, but to make matters worse quite a few reviews made NO MENTION of some of the harsh barriers this game presents the player (such as the immediate need to grind your ass off to get anywhere).

That being said, I can't put my finger on quite why it feels enjoyable, refreshing and somewhat addictive to me. I am admittingly enjoying a somewhat frustrating experience with the title if for no other reason than the challenge and soundtrack, odd as that might be.

I think the big key to finding Arcadia pleasurable is acceptance. Acceptance that you don't in fact know what is happening in terms of the narrative. Acceptance that the cast, nor any other aspect, is intended as deep or meaningful. I felt your review prepares people ahead of time to the necessity of that perspective when considering picking this up.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 09, 2014, 05:00:01 AM
I was in the mood for an old school rpg on the weekend so I started playing Phantasy Star IV.

Having never played any of them before, I was (and am) pretty impressed with it.



I was a SNES kid myself so that is totally on my retro list as well.

I LOVE going back and discovering 16 bit classics I missed. Terranigma has been my flavor for a bit now (finally got me a boat!!) with Treasure Hunter G, Rudra No Hidra, Romancing Saga 3 and Phantasy Star all waiting on deck. Also want to get to Vay. I don't care if it was sega CD. It was still part of that era for me, and I missed it dammit!

All I gotta say otherwise is Drakengard 3 may be a technical mess, but has proven terribly addictive. I am really enjoying it finally and looking past the utter trainwreck that is camera, lighting and other random bugginess.

Pretty stuck in Princess of Arcadia. Looks like I need to do me some leveling. Sadly, I am not terribly far but the brigade battles are HARD!! LoL. I can't really say I remember many games of this nature, if any, that proved so challenging.

Lastly I have an odd desire to check out Persona 3 portable even though I beat P3Fes years ago.... I may do that for shits and giggles.. Ok, I'll admit it, I'm really just doing it for the soundtrack.
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2014, 04:45:53 AM

I've only read the manga of that. Let me just say that, assuming the anime follows the manga completely, that series is going to get messed up...well that implies it was at some point not messed up. It will get more messed up in the future.

Sir, you were NOT lying. This series gets more twisted the further it goes for sure. I'm only 14 eps in but I sure hope it keeps up this pace. AWESOME series thus far.

After Sailor Moon left me with a luke warm meh

Although I totally hopped on the hype train (i love me my sailor moon) "luke warm" sums it up for me too. Oddly enough though I actually really appreciate how much they made it look like the manga (which was ugly as sin IMO) yet very contemporary and, dare I say, "pretty". Soundtrack was the biggest aspect of the let down for me.

54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 07, 2014, 05:35:07 PM


I'm sad to say I've played enough to be "good" with obtaining said ending.  The game's problem is more that it's completely "Beginner UNfriendly" than anything.  The game explains next to freaking nothing.

You gonna play Shadow Hearts 2??  It helps explain things for ending one (and I must ask Klyde, I love you, and let me know if you're selling games again any time soon! :DDD )

Yep, I bought all three at the same time so 2 is just sitting there waiting for me. I would probably jump right into it if the judgement ring didn't start to get on my nerves by the end. In truth though I'm "saving" myself for Tales of Xillia 2 at the moment. I know Shadow hearts 2 is far longer than the first and I don't see me finishing it by the time Xillia 2 comes out. That being the case, I KNOW I would just rush it to see it through.

I've nothing to sell at the moment I'm afraid, but should that change I'll PM you immediately. A client/friend of mine made me swear I'd sell em SH1 when I was through with it. If he doesn't take it off my hands though I'll be sure to let you know ASAP.
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: BEST game you bought on a WHIM and LOVED <3 on: July 06, 2014, 11:04:31 PM
Shadow Hearts which I just completed was totally an impulse purchase last year, which I didn't get to until a suggestion in the SMT thread peaked my interest. Just finished it last night and loved it for the most part.

DMC in recent history was something I just grabbed off PS+ not thinking I'd ever appreciate it. I didn't love it to death but it had entertaining enough combat to keep me going til the end. And surprisingly I didn't hate Dante.

In not so recent history, the local rental store in the days of SNES shaped my tastes in gaming. Naturally as a kid I rented and played Zelda, Mario, Pilotwings, Donkey Kong et cetera.... then I rented Secret of Mana and my world was never the same. Were it not for the rental store, I wouldn't have discovered JRPGs until much later in life. You might say, the whole genre was a real "happy accident" for me as a kid.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: July 06, 2014, 10:54:54 PM
I have a review of Battle Princess of Arcadias forthcoming. 

That is awesome! I actually thought of you when I started playing it because it reminded me of my time with Sorcerer Hunters last summer (which you you turned my attention to).... Don't ask why it reminds me of SH. There is really no resemblance barring the anime aesthetic.



I bought it, but I haven't played too much of it because I find it incredibly difficult.

Defend... Defend a lot. In fact just get used to defending THEN attacking. That approach has changed this from "tear my hair out" to "oh, I get it now!"- LoL

That is what I meant by totally not how I would typically approach gameplay in a title like this. I expected to just mash out flashy sword combos that tore stuff up at warp nine with the fluidity of chinese monk doing water sports. NOT the case here. Defensive methodical play is a must. I actually have to tip my hat to NIS for making a title like this play and feel like this.

Then again, I too am not far. I may change my tune. Time will tell.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: July 06, 2014, 08:12:41 PM
I'm double posting because my last post was well over a week ago and thus an "edit" seems improper.

I gave some more time to Battle Princess and I feel a bit warmer toward the title. In a mindless "90's fantasy anime" sort of way, the tone is very satisfying if your in the mood for that.

As for the mechanics, they are growing on me too. You really can't approach this game like you would a typical side-scrolling rpg-lite hack and slash. Once I figured that out, things began to feel MUCH better.

Is anyone else playing/enjoying (or even hating) this by chance or am I the lone princess here?
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2014, 08:06:30 PM
If you mean SH1, the bad ending's the canonical one.

Yep that is why I phrased it like I did. I hope the REAL ending (even if it is coined as the "bad" ending) is better than the one I got.... I'm surprised I got it to be honest. I wasn't trying and didn't read any guides or faqs, but it just seemed intuitive as to when there were missables and optional efforts could be made to see different outcomes. I wish more games made the "secrets" and optional stuff more accessible in this way. Some games damn near require you to read/spoil stuff to achieve things.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2014, 06:54:26 PM
Beat Shadow Hearts last night!!!

For such an amazing narrative, the ending was TERRIBLE! Apparaently, I got the "good ending" so its my hopes that the "bad ending" was actually interesting... gonna check it out sometime tonight.

After seeing everyone's mistwalker advice I'm beginning to think such an undertaking really is a fools errand right now. Gaming like its my job to get through something that isn't a must play after my recent playthroughs may prove too much. I just played FFIV, Child of Light, Atelier E&L and Shadow Hearts back to back. Thinking I could squeeze in Lost Odyssey before Tales of Xillia 2 comes out next month MIGHT be a bad move.... I just never really considered not having a big RPG going but I do have Drakengard 3, the rest of Terranigma and Battle Princess of Arcadia I could devote my time to before Xillia next month.

Jeese as I typed that I began to really feel foolish.... I always over-fill my plate in a manner of speaking, and I really don't want to feel inundated when Tales comes out.

Regardless though, thanks to the communities fine advice Lost Odyssey is certainly going on the "to play" list even if I don't get to it immediately.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 04, 2014, 10:26:54 PM
Vesperia's battle system was one of best gameplay progressions I have ever experienced in an RPG. Or at least in a Tales game...

It truly goes from outright clunky to combo-tastically-slick by the end. This made me truly feel there was a far greater relevance to becoming stronger than simply seeing bigger numbers. Most Tales games pull this off, but Vesperia nailed it for me.

After pouring over your suggestions and seeing (for years) all this talk of the "dream segments" it appears LO is probably gonna be my next move. BD deinately looks to be more up my alley, but I sort of feel like I know exactly what to expect from BD (which by no means seems bad) but LO certainly has me far more curious. Playing and enjoying BD won't quell my curiosity in any way really and in truth either title looks like I can't go wrong.

But I'm getting ahead of myself...

Presently enjoying end-game Shadow Hearts. Now THIS is some wonky narrative folks. I really like the explanation of what "God" is, discussed with the inclusion of his precise distance from earth! LoL
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