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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 02, 2014, 06:12:27 PM


I am hoping I don't come to feel the same as Mesh. I have yet to encounter anything that would make me dislike the game, but then, I've only clocked about 2 hours of game time so far. Anything can happen, heh.

Anyway, I'm at a save point in Quoi [sp] Woods. Took my time getting there, obviously. Spent a fair amount of said time grinding in the field (sounds dirty) to raise a few levels (and get a better feel for battles), and exploring every nook & cranny. English muffin style, yo.
Estellise..Estele... Estelelelslislel whatever her name is, initially seemed excessively naive and ignorant. Got on my nerves a bit. I was thinking . o O(This tool comes in this early in the game?). However, either it has toned down, or I got used to it, or both, as she doesn't seem quite as douche-y now.
I'm still diggin the graphics and music. Some tracks do seem a little cookie cutter JRPG-style , but it's still very well done.
I'm not sure I'm down with the whole learning skills from weapons thing, as it seems to have potential to force you to use a crappy weapon for a desirable skill. Although, I suppose that would be viewed as a challenge/handicap to some...




For what its worth it took me well beyond the 10 hour mark to fall in love with Vesperia. While my intitial impressions of the game were not bad, it took quite a chunk of time for the gameplay to open up in terms of "faster paced and slick" combat. As time went on, it becomes the combo-tacular-rpg-fighter-hybrid you expect (hope for) out of the franchise but it starts out STIFF.

Likewise I didn't find the plot all too endearing until the end of the first chapter/story arc. It was at that point I found the cast really beginning to qualify as "memorable".

What I really enjoyed about Vesperia was how well it rewards a thorough player. Just simply exploring and re-exploring opens up so much that would otherwise be missed if you blitzed through the linear narrative. The title really managed to lend a sense of mystery and discovery with ample pay-off to he whom invests stupid amounts of time talking to NPCs and re-visiting locals.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 02, 2014, 05:20:44 PM
I don't know what was discussed about it in this thread already, so forgive me if I'm echoing some exhausted topic here, but was anyone else disturbed by the Xillia 2 bad ending? Not so much by the content but the fact that it was in a Tales game? That was not what I was expecting out of any ending (good or bad) for a Tales title.

NOTE: I have been dodging ending discussion because I had not beaten it yet. I still have not beaten it in any other manner, so if coded spoiler-tastic replies ensue (talking about other endings and whatnot) please forgive my lack of response.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 02, 2014, 05:14:59 PM
Started Tales of Vesperia for the first time ever yesterday. Man, it felt like stepping into some old shoes, in that I haven't played a solid JRPG in years. 'Twas all I played in the 90s.
I'm loving the graphics/designs, and the music is fantastic. I didn't get very far, as I had limited time to play. I'm only at the point right after you meet El.. Elissessseese(whatever her name is), and fight that nutty rust/blonde haired dude (ain't I great with names?).  I like Yuri so far. Seems to be a sensible fellow. LOVE Repede. I read that Flynn is unplayable in this (Xbox) version. Hopefully I'm not missing out on an awesome fighter.
The game's opening looks like the game contains plenty of typical anime characters.. I guess time will tell on that one. As with most Tales games, combat is a blast. I'm looking forward to sinking hours into this one.
Had to get reacquainted with the static camera and save points. I've gotten so used to (spoiled by) the "freedom" of western RPGs.

That was also my initial response to Vesperia!

... After about ten hours I gave up and it's pretty solidly in my bottom five JRPGs, and also damn near killed my interest in the genre.

It's also the reason why I went with a 360 over a PS3, so I was pretty miffed for a bit, until I discovered Qute and Cave.

I was one of the jerks that totally suggested Vesperia to Mesh here (I still feel bad about that by the way, Mesh).

Different strokes as they say. I loved Vesperia and placed it easily within my top pics of the last gen.

In my Tales related news, I'm beginning to feel like I can endlessly pursue content in Xillia 2. I've been ready to beat it for two weeks now but keep plugging away at optional content. Finally got the "bad ending" before going for the gusto in a manner of speaking. Happened completely on accident, as I was just curious what the convo choices would lead to at the end of chapter 15.

Without becoming spoiler-ific, all I want to say is the Xilla 2 "bad ending" I got (I don't know if there are more) was waaaaaaaaaay outside the realm of anything I expected in a Tales title. Almost qualified as "twisted" in some sense. The power of friendship certainly was absent in that one.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: September 28, 2014, 07:24:23 PM
^^See I just can't help the promoting... Hire me as a PR guy for your band and I'll quit tattooing :)

That or start a tattoo PR firm.

Ohhhhh nelly, now were THINKEN'!!! Maybe I can start auctioning off party of my own body for ads. People actually do that believe it or not.

(Yes I am aware my shenanigans have drifted completely off topic. I am done. Sorry)
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: September 28, 2014, 07:10:53 PM
No, I mostly get it.  But what you said was that you were hoping that Borderlands wouldn't affect your enjoyment of more niche games and... I found that a little confusing.  Liking one game doesn't change who you are.  It means you liked a game.  I guess I don't think about that kind of thing too often; for the most part, I know what I like. 

Sadly I think Borderlands already did leave me with a bias that I can't quite identify. When I tried Resident Evil 6 I simply couldn't judge it based on its own merits and really found myself thinking about how much better it would feel to shoot at creatures in Borderlands instead. It took a good few hours before I was able to really identify that I just didn't like a # of things about RE6 and it wasn't a case of "compare and contrast two unlike objects" for me.

I guess all in all, any game I come to adore will make that which follows somewhat dull by comparison. After posting all this yesterday and today I realized that just about any RPG I played after a Tales game has been a big dissapointment to me.

I think this ^^ is something I need become more aware of in the future. LoL
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: September 28, 2014, 07:02:41 PM
I'm playing through Fairy Fencer F to review for the site, so if you actually give a damn about what I have to say, please be patient. 

You know I give a damn man! Your my quintessential go-to reviewer whom I shamelessly promote (as any groupie with some integrity would) at any and all given opportunities. LoL

But all kidding aside, I truly am happy to hear you are reviewing it.

DINCREST
has come to be a name I know I can trust when it comes to JRPGs!

^^See I just can't help the promoting... Hire me as a PR guy for your band and I'll quit tattooing :)
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 28, 2014, 06:49:33 PM


  The only exception is PSN where I use the handle DustRagger, and I wish I had used Dincrest.


I feel your pain buddy. The name Triscal_Goddess was a play on words of sorts based on a Nirvana lyric and my signature that I dreampt up on whim back in 2008. I figured "hey, I can always just change it when something more appropriate strikes me!"

I at least wish I picked something more gender appropriate.

(WARNING, INCOMING FOOLISH OPTIMISM WITH A THIN LAYER OF NAIVE HOPE)
I still believe there will come a day when changing your PSN name is possible...
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: September 28, 2014, 04:04:05 PM

I... dunno if I jive with that.  I seek out good games, and I don't care if it's a AAA title or a weird-ass Japan-only RPG or an indie title that got some positive attention over Twitter.  When anyone disdains a certain development class (?) of game for being indie or AAA I think it's just denying one some good experiences. 



What I meant was I fear being spoiled by the production value and inherent "bells and whistles" of AAA titles and newer games. I don't hold bias toward production class at all, but I certainly find going back to (or starting) certain titles after others can prove jarring depending on the circumstances. This tends to prove true for me, more often then not, within the ps2/ps3 era. In other words, if I go back and play an SNES game I rarely feel it is difficult to appreciate.

CASE AND POINT: I had a real love affair with NISA releases for quite awhile. Compile Hearts and Idea factory were not names that scared me one bit. Played hyperdimension and loved it, played agarest war 2 and loved a lot about it but put it down.  Then I played Alice Madness Returns, a wee bit of Mortal Kombat, Tales of Graces F and finally X-Com. When I tried to get back to Agarest 2 I simply could not appreciate it like I did at first. Never finished it (sadly), nor did I find the thought of getting to Hyperdimension V all that appealing.

CASE AND POINT 2: Suikoden 2 is a magnificent title by my standards. However, last year when I played it post The Wind Waker HD I found it tough to to enjoy initially for all the wrong reasons.

In short, what I should have said (in the first place) was that I love that the age of or the production value of a title does not generally impact my criticisms of what I am playing. My fear however is that with enough time spent playing higher budget titles, I will become one of "those guys" who's sensibility and taste really is impacted more than I care for it to be by issues like "frame rate" and whatnot. Hence the "shame" enters the picture.

^^^^This does in fact severely cripple (or at the very least, compromises) my ability to have a good experience with some games. You are entirely correct good sir.

Of course this is all very silly and superficial, as I know a quick play-through of Secret of Mana for the 101st time cleanses my palette and sensibility nicely :)
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: September 27, 2014, 05:57:46 PM
While I really don't agree with it being coined an RPG at all (though people have made the argument to me and I SEE the point I just don't FEEL it) I find myself a bit ashamed for my new found love of Borderlands 2.

The game is just so far out in left field in terms of what I typically enjoy. The shame factor is a result of foolishly fearing I may start falling in love with AAA titles and not appreciating the niche JRPG as much as I have in the past. I sort of always liked that I like bad games as it has led to some awesome discoveries/treasures I don't think I would have naturally stumbled upon.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The one (rather popular) RPG series i havent tried.... on: September 27, 2014, 05:47:45 PM
I certainly can't add to already comprehensive remarks made about the series here. Everything that need be covered has been said. My experience, much like many others, can be summed up as longwinded but rewarding.

I will however join the ranks of those who didn't finish the trilogy shamefully. It was not for lack of interest but rather I missed a ton of games from the ps2 era and essentially realized if I kept playing "catch up" I would never get to the ps3 era! LoL


On the note of the topic title (rather popular RPG's we haven't tried) more often than not, when I reach back into JRPG history to grab a gem I missed, I tend to gravitate toward the 16-32bit era. I've a slew of super famicom, saturn and a few PS1 games I'm looking for a good chance to play. Bahamut Lagoon, Live a Live, Albert Odyssey, Dragon Force, Rudra No Hidra, and Treasure Hunter G are all on my list. Breath of Fire 5, Shadow Hearts 2 and 3 and Digital Devil Saga are the final frontiers in terms of the PS2 for me.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 27, 2014, 05:30:03 PM
SEASONAL GAMING/ Well I am getting my halloween-ee fix in now folks.

Shamed as I am to admit it, I arrived at lolli-pop chainsaw and love it.

This game is a total guilty pleasure that is proving enjoyable enough to alleviate any and all guilt. I really can't believe the caliber of mindless fun to be had with this one. As someone who was pretty unimpressed by the wave of zombie titles in recent years I was sort of expecting another dud here. After trying out a few more "serious" horror titles I'm beginning to think the horror genre is just stale to me whereas lollipop is too much of a joke to even look at as horror (thus very refreshing).

The art, atmosphere, soundtrack, hack and slash gameplay, score system and simplicity make this feel like the ultimate evolution of zombies ate my neighbors in a far larger more single player campaign kinda way. The gameplay in particular, while very limited to start, has already opened up with the inclusion of purchasable combos by stage 3 to a point of "highly addictive".

Finally I would like to mention that I LOVE the fact that aesthetic perks (costumes) are only unlockable and not purchasable via the network. Gives me a reason to feel as though my performance is earning me more than a leaderboard spot.

Between Lollipop Chainsaw, Costume Quest, Borderlands 2 DLC and (possibly) All Zombies must Die I can safely say I now have seasonal gaming covered.

XILLIA 2/ I lied last week. I wasn't "almost finished". There was plenty of content for me to stretch another weeks worth of solid gameplay. All characters allium orb levels are maxed and I am compulsively paying off the tail end of all my debt before I finish it off.

^^^ Xillia 2 is the first game since I was a kid to turn me into a real completionist again for a moment. I am eternally grateful for this experience.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 23, 2014, 05:46:45 PM
I will only chime in to say one thing about FFXIII.

XIII-2 and Lighting Returns did something NO other game has done in my 2 and a half decades of playing video games. That is, it caused hard-core "miss work quality" motion sickness in me. Never before those titles have I experienced this. I can play FPS games for 5 hours straight without a break and be completely fine. If I turn on XIII-2 or lighting returns I'm ruined within 45 minutes.

I feel as though this was an innate biological response to the crumbling of all things held sacred within my DNA from childhood, cross reacting with the psychological stutter the narrative induced. My body nor my brain could handle it.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2014, 06:20:44 PM
@Klyde Chroma: Thanks for replying, Klyde. :)

I was really curious to hear your point of view more clearly. And we do understand, see and feel Third-person action differently, mostly because our affinities to this types of games is very different.

The closest a Third-person shooter has gotten to be perfect for me is, like I mentioned before, with Vanquish; It has an Arcade feeling, Sam is very flexible in terms of the movement you are able to do with him, the game actively wants you to be moving and using cover to recharge rather than to hide, QTEs are short and intense in the context they are presented, and lastly the gunplay feels great.

It's an awesome game that I can play over and over again. If had to give a quick example of how the game feels overall it would like this: RE4 + Bullet Hell + a bit of Gears and Halo.

You peaked my interest so I decided to just take a quick look at vanquish. I gotta admit, the gameplay there looks awesome to me. Without even touching it I can tell the pace of that is far more in line with what I deem "fun" in terms of my action and shooting. And although the atmosphere and setting couldn't be further from what typically attracts me, it appears like this title could prove aesthetically pleasing to me in some surprising senses.

I am happy I bitched about RE6. If not I may not have have ever taken notice of Vanquish. Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep this one in my back pocket.

IN OTHER NEWS:

XILLIA 2/ Finally at the end. This is the first Tales game I feel I played thoroughly enough to escape the distinct sense I missed a ton of content. That is a GOOD thing, as catching missables in other Tales titles has proven to be something I'm not very good at!!!! I'm still pissed I missed the coolest costume for Yuri in Vesperia :(

I have only one area left to complete all my cat searches. The compulsion to be a completionist because I love a game this much is something I haven't felt in awhile. Now at the end, I can safely say Xillia 2 was supremely right in a strong way for me. Really loved every drop of my time with this game.

59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2014, 05:07:02 PM
Thats the thing, I was hoping for either more action oriented gameplay or some genuine fright. I don't feel it was delivering on EITHER front. I can think of quite a few games I would place well ahead of RE6 to quench my thirst for action.

What...?

Can you be more specific in your point of RE6 not being a good action game, please? We clearly didn't play the same game, that or understand action differently.

As a Third-person shooter RE6 is close to stuff like the Gears series and Uncharted 2. Is not touching Vanquish, but there are elements from Vanquish on RE6, like sliding for example, and the game (purely from a fun factor) is better for it.

I think I have an aversion to most third person shooters to be honest. If I were to make a list of the titles I sampled and didn't like on account of the gameplay most people who coin me crazy.

That point out of the way, RE6 just simply feels innaccurate and non-deliberate to me. POINT A) Three zombies in front me, I hit a single melee action button in effort to swing at one and instead I stomp and get bit by another.  POINT B) I am in an area I want to run around and explore for items and whatnot but my character is in "walk mode" without a run button, creepy back and forth. POINT C) I felt too often my character obscured way too much of my field of vision to get a decent sense of what was happening around me. FINAL SUBJECTIVE GRIPE) The physics/gravity aspect of the gameplay feels odd to me in that "I'm stuck in a water stage" kind of way.  This last point is something I've noticed to be a particular complaint of mine with both high budget blockbuster titles and TONS of really attractive indie games.

I'm not saying these complaints are gamebreaking. In fact they are nit-picky. I can certainly cope with them if I felt the game offered me something to keep me enthusiastic about the experience but RE6 did not. Hence why I am saying it failed on all fronts for me.

Honestly though I need to re-assess what I do define as action and realize that 3rd person shooters don't feel like Bayonetta, Devil May Cry or even action/platform/shooter types like Ratchet and Clank. Ratchet and Clank a Crack in Time would be my definition of spot on action oriented gameplay with shooting elements. Now please don't jump down my throat here. I know I'm talking about games that are not comparable to RE6 in any way. I am simply explaining what satisfies my tastes when I say "I WANT ACTION" because you asked me to flesh out my stance on what I don't like about RE6.

Ultimately, I wish RE6 felt more like Asuras Wrath given the departure and bold direction they took with it. I found Asuras Wrath to be an extremely satisfying blend of QTE's and action that really worked. RE6 sits somewhere in the land between Asura's Wrath and the 3rd person shooter-types I've never really gotten into which is simply unsatisfying for me.

THE END

NOTE: It is not my aim to have anyone agree with me on these points, nor do I expect anyone too. My tastes, affinities and aversions are acute and odd. The reasons I love and hate certain games are often out in "left field" and this is a fact I am aware of. I apologize if I came off a little strong with my distaste for RE6 but I really didn't enjoy it/was angry I chose that of all the things to buy on sale this past weekend.
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: September 21, 2014, 06:25:54 PM
Sadly I never got to Khemia. With the exception of Persona, I've always had a bias against school/academy settings in games and anime. I think I missed some cooooooool stuff as a result of that bias. Khemia is certainly one I keep in my back pocket for a rainy day though.

NOTE: My bias is purely based on a jealousy factor. I always wanted to go back to school/college and never found the opportunity whilst trying to foster a career. Thinking about  how much I would enjoy an academic environment sort of bums me out. LoL
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