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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 04, 2015, 06:45:48 AM
I'm just glad I'm not in school anymore. Getting up in the dark, seeing the sun rise around 8:30 while sitting in a (cold) classroom, then head home when it's setting. Blah. And that's just the Netherlands. Can't imagine how bad it is higher up. Though I have to admit I prefer short days over long ones. Four or five hours of night sucks when you intend to sleep for eight.

Wait, I'm confused.  Are you saying that you spent more hours at school than you do at work?  Because I'm pretty sure for most people in the working world it's the other way around...

Forget about heading home when the sun is setting, in the winter it's already pitch black out by the time I head home from work...

Winters screw me because I work at night. All night. This leaves me waking up in the dark and going to sleep around sunrise. I've done this for years but I don't think I will ever get used to it.

Hahaha wow.

Had a package that was marked as delivered on Oct. 28. Didn't get it. It was marked as delivered again on Oct. 30. STILL didn't get it.

1. I tried calling my local post office. They're just outright not responding to calls, and the number they have listed online appears to be some mobile phone number.

2. Trying to contact USPS customer service but /no matter when I call them I'm being told there are no customer service representatives available/.

Who do I escalate this to :D

That happened to me once.

Best service I got was the result of waiting and finding a local post-man on route and throwing a hissy fit. Those dudes are not equipped to deal with public freak-out cases whilst en route and can easily both discern info you need about your package and get in touch with higher ups so they can get you off their back.

PLAN B. Go straight to post office and complain in person. They can't hang up OR put you on hold!!
47  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 04, 2015, 06:38:45 AM
I didn't really care much for Demon's Souls and am thus wary to try the Dark Souls games and Bloodborne, which kind of makes me wish the glowing reviews critics give them would do things such as give helpful gameplay hints instead of mindlessly gushing over the titles that they tend to do so that average gamers can enjoy them as much as they did.

Sorry I missed that. The most helpful tips I think anyone could offer as far as bloodborne is concerned come by way of starting out.

1. Run past enemies to get to first boss.

2. Die at first boss to legit START the game.

3. Either grind a bit to beat the second boss or summon a (reliable) buddy/ally to help beat the second boss.

^^ These 3 tips can turn your first experience into a smooth few hours. Ignore these and you could be easily looking at a very frustrating or downright grueling 6 or 7 hours that can totally turn you off to the title (it almost did me).
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 02, 2015, 07:03:04 PM
You know that thing where it's the day after daylight savings and your sleep schedule is fucked up and your eating schedule's ALSO fucked up so around 2PM you crash and people are talking to you but your mind just ain't processing language AT ALL?

This happens every year how am I not used to it.

Also it's really hot in my apartment, because November.

It is SO strange here in Pennsyl'tucky the armpit of America. It was 30 degrees on Halloween and today it nearly hit 70.

I feel old cause I have nothing to report aside from "interesting weather" and as we know once the weather becomes interesting, you MAY in fact be getting old :)

In other news, I have been eating a completely plant based diet now and wondering how long I can continue to exist off of hemp. I swear it accounts for like 3/4 of all my nutrient intake for the last few months and I JUST CAN'T STOP. Ongoing guts problems of mine have been the least problematic they have been in nearly half a decade and I'm scared to eat anything else-- LoL
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 01, 2015, 06:54:36 PM
Borrowed Bloodborne from a friend to give it a try. I honestly don't know how I feel about this one. The short version is that I finally "get" the appeal of these games, but I don't know if it's the game for me. I spent my first three hours with it unable to get anywhere beyond the first lamp. Then when I finally made it back around to the first lamp, I spent another two hours getting lost. I finally found my way to the Cleric Beast and after another hour finally managed to kill the thing. The entire experience was extremely frustrating, and parts of it made me want to quit gaming forever. However, when I did finally kill the Cleric Beast I kind of felt like the whole ordeal was worth it for sheer pride. So yeah, I do finally understand the appeal everyone always argues about, but I do also feel like there are many more productive ways to spend the amount of stress and energy the game requires.

EDIT: Nope. Fuck these games. Finally made it to Father Whatsit, made it to him about 6 times out of 20 tries and hit him a grand total of twice out of all those attempts. Pretty serious about what I said in the above paragraph too. Game kind of highlights what a waste of time games in general can be and now I don't feel like playing anything for a while.

For what its worth, should the "urge" ever rise in you to entertain it again, know that progression past the point of the good father is much smoother. In fact, the difficulty falls away drastically once you hit your stride in terms of weapon selection/gameplay and leveling.

I know EXACTLY what you mean though. I tried Demon souls and swore to myself "never again". I tried Dark Souls 1 and swore to myself "NEVER AGAIN, FOR REEEEALLLLS!!!". I tried Dark Souls 2 and well, you get the idea. Then wtih Bloodborne I finally reached a point where I saw consistent progress without constant death and something clicked. Now I am playing Dark Souls 2 again as well and in all honesty I've a hard even entertaining the idea of playing anything else.

I feel like the Souls series is an acquired taste in the same vein as drinking booze. First few bouts of it leave you sick and puking with no desire to ever open another bottle. Drink it enough though, find the flavor you like, and it becomes a novelty with potential for withdrawal symptoms.-- LoL
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 31, 2015, 08:56:44 PM
I have made an important life decision.  

After greeting trick-or-treaters today in my Gambit costume, I have decided that for Free Comic Book Day 2016, I will go to a bunch of comic shops dressed as Gambit.  FCBD is the first Saturday in May.  My birthday is May 8.  An uncle I was fairly tight with passed away on May 8.  So I like to celebrate my birthday on FCBD.  

I can't wait to do FCBD as Gambit.  You don't see too many people out there in Gambit costumes, and today seeing kids excitedly proclaim "YOU'RE GAMBIT!!!!" was too freaking cool.  

I get a LOT of trick-or-treaters in my development and I've damn near run out of candy.  

So what costumes did you like this year?

The coolest costume I saw today was this girl with a homemade golden robot costume made with a cardboard box with plunger arms, plastic cup antennae, and all kinds of cool stuff.  Kinda like a dalek from Dr. Who.

A lot of the kids at the high school I work at went all out for Halloween and I saw some neat costumes, like this one girl totally decked out as Flo from the Progressive ads or this one boy rocking a Timmy Turner (Fairly Oddparents) costume. There was even a boy dressed up as a French maid wearing high-heels and everything. Boys dressing up as girls is always a hoot on Halloween, but wearing the high heels too- that's commitment.

The most popular costume I saw among trick-or-treaters this year was "Ghostface" from the Scream movies and at work, I saw more Minnie Mouse costumes than anything else.

And normally you see the older "pillowcase kids" with no costumes, but this year everyone who came to the door had a costume, old, young, even several parents chaperoning kids had costumes.

It is almost 9pm and not one Trick or Treater have I seen. Consequently  not one costume either. I feel like the local temp being like 30 degrees with wind a'blowin may have something to do with that. In any event its a bummer.

As an adult who feels as though I haven't got my fill of Halloween yet I think I'm gonna celebrate each holiday as another halloween for 1 year. I mean, I am 30, live by myself, and am my own boss so I figure at this stage in my life I feel I've earned the right to swap out a years worth of holidays for some extra halloweens.

So HAPPY HALLOWEEN RPGFANs.... and in a month when Thanks-o-ween rolls in and I wish you all a happy ghouls day yet again you'll all know why. There is just TOO MUCH good media for halloween to only celebrate this once a year.
51  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 31, 2015, 08:47:49 PM
Finished Catherine for the second time, got the True Catherine ending which was absolutely worth the second play through of the game. I also managed to get a gold prize on Stage 7 of all things, so that was a nice bonus.

To Dice's point, I may not start randomly climbing blocks now, but I swear for the next month every time I make a mistake in everyday life, my left thumb is naturally going to twitch towards where the Select (Undo) button should be.

Actually, I learned a nifty cheat with the undo button. If the combo timer is about to expire, you can just make a move, undo it, and the combo timer will be reset to maximum.

Nice job buddy!

I liked Catherine but it drove me mad. I'd never have it in me to finish that one twice. Actually it was one of the few I gave up on due to the stress/frustration it caused me even though I liked everything about the title.

Skulls of the Shogun BONAFIDE Edition --- For bite-sized strategy I rate this game 4 out of 5 pumpkins (halloween reference in case you didn't catch that). It feels as fast and fluid as I can imagine for turn based gameplay. My only gripe is that there is not more in the way of customizing. None the less this is way more enjoyable than I could have predicted for a gamer with little time on their hands with which to game.

Don't Starve -- Started playing this a year ago and dropped it fast when I felt like I just couldn't get anywhere with it. I feel a bit differently about it now (less intimidated) and giving it another whirl. If anyone here has experience with this one and can offer tips to someone starting out it would be appreciated as I really don't know what the hell I am doing.
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 29, 2015, 08:48:04 PM

Costume Quest 2 -- Total dud here.... I will echo all the reviews and state that it is indeed more of the same material from the first. The folly of CQ2 is it actually is worse in execution by way of pimping out the longer-winded more boring mechanics of the title. Turn based battles last way too long for their own good and by my measure there are at least twice as many houses to trick or treat at than I have patience for. Clever writing and atmosphere did NOT save this experience for me.

Saints Row Gat outta Hell -- This was my first Saints experience and I think I'm sold on the rest of the series. Flawed for certain, but fun as hell with a wonderful pacing for bite sized gaming sessions. Genuine originality in respect to the humor fetches this a bonus point or two along with TONS of mission variety. As for halloween, the material couldn't be more appropriate.

Abyss Odyssey -- Terrible. What makes it more terrible is how it hooked me into procedural generated clunky-ness til I finished the title (or at least saw the credits roll). The art style makes it halloween-ee enough but that is about all the good I can say about this game. It plays like a poorly aged castlevania stage that you just keep playing over and over and over again.

Metro 2033 Redux -- This title is literally frightening. It isn't exactly halloween appropriate by any measure but it seriously delivers the horror in spades. Interesting little amendments to the standard FPS gameplay add a legit element of suspense and I couldn't be enjoying scaring the daylights out of myself any more so. Big win here. Environments, narration, music, presentation, gameplay all deliver an experience I can't imagine any horror fan not appreciating to some extent.

Extreme Exorcism -- Great concept for a single player arena fighter experience. However, as you can imagine, a single player arena fighter experience can get old fast and that is sadly the case here. It saves itself to some extent with tons of challenges but that can only go so far. Fitting for the season with a short half life that does not warrant the price of admission for me.

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare -- I've played this off and on for a year and halloween sticker packs lulled back to the wonderfully lighthearted shoot-out. The variety of modes and unlockables keep it fresh but with wonderful connectivity to the match ups and brilliantly addictive gameplay its just too hard to ever really put this down for good. I may play this forever.

Binding of Isaac Rebirth --- If a streamlined classic Zelda dungeon with a perverse and horrific vibe sounds like your idea of fun (and it certainly is mine) this title could be as awesome for you as it is for me. Granted, the unforgiving rogue-like (lack of) progression may have you tearing your hair out a bit but I'm hard pressed to feel as though I can deny the drive to try my luck at another dungeon run over and over.

Bloodborne -- Did they make this game for halloween? I think they made this game for halloween. Yeeeeeeeaaaa pretty sure this is the PERFECT game in terms of what I think of as an adult experiencing the season. Nuf' said. Oh yea, doesn't hurt that it has the best feeling third person combat "strike impact" feels EVER (just feels GOOD to slice, smash and hit things) as well as a truly inspired metroidvania progression that never gets too big or bloated for its own good. Been playing since last April and still loving it.

53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Witch and the Hundred Knight coming to PS4 March 1st - $40 on: October 25, 2015, 07:22:10 PM

I know you aren't really into sexualized games, but since you mentioned liking attacks feeling like the impact enemies.
Plus with the camera zoomed out a bit and all the crazy stuff happening onscreen at times, the sexualization is hard to notice, coupled with being able to customize characters so they're fully clothed.
And if you're turned off ultraviolence, the color of blood can be changed too.

I actually want to play that BAD!!

Looks like a lovely blend of Lollipop chainsaw meets Senran Kagura to me. And that is an enticing blend indeed.

I can overlook the sexual nature of things. I'm not into it and admit, it can prove to be somewhat off-putting for me personally but not so much so that it damns the experience.

I cannot justify paying full price for this when I know it will probably only set me back 20 bucks in a month or two so I'm being patient. Thank you for placing this one back on my radar as I'd almost totally forgot about it since it released.
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Horror RPGs on: October 21, 2015, 06:50:48 PM
Great list. I wish a lot of these were available for play on a console (for little ol' entitled "me").

I'm really only in disagreement when it comes to SMT. Some of the Shin Megami/Persona franchise qualifies in spades IMO. Persona 1 and 2 (both parts) and Soul Hackers I just played within the last few years and are fresh in my mind so I feel confidant in saying I can't identify them as anything other than horror. But that is aside from the point. I don't want to incite a debate here as to what qualifies. I simply want to applaud the list and throw in my 2 cents on the matter.

My 2 cents include the first "Corpse Party" as well.

I'm not speaking on the rest of the corpse party franchise or Digitial Devil Saga because I lack the experience but I highly suspect I'd feel they fit the bill as well.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Most rivetting or moving single player experience EVER thread on: October 19, 2015, 02:08:14 AM
Casting my votes for:

To The Moon
Final Fantasy X
I'm gonna say The Last of Us, I think.  I definitely got my blood pumping; but a big hand in that is the game's great script and ability to create excellent scripted events.

I think as far as less bug budgeted games, Radiant Historia got me pretty hooked. *shrug*

And not a good/respectable answer, but just about anything I play stoned on my migraine pills increases the fun factor

The Last of Us and Ico are both titles I needed to be reminded I haven't gotten to yet! LoL.

Truly though, been meaning to play both of those longer than I care to admit.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Witch and the Hundred Knight coming to PS4 March 1st - $40 on: October 19, 2015, 02:06:22 AM
Honestly, it was probably the narrative that kept me going through it. Yeah, near the end there does start to become an element of trying to collect all the best loot but ultimately there isn't really anything satisfying about the gameplay. Quite the opposite, really, as most of the time it starts to just turn into annoyingly trying to hurry up and take down a bunch of damage sponges so you can move on to the next group of damage sponges. Some of the bosses were kind of fun, but again the second half of the game just does everything it can to wear you down. My strategy for the final boss ended up being getting to a level where it's first form couldn't really hurt me and then just filling my inventory with healing items for the second form and wailing on it until it died, with no regard for trying to avoid counter attacks.

Probably not the answer you were hoping for, I realize, but I did want to be honest despite my love for the game as a whole.

Nah, perfect answer really.

I'll still likely play it, now I just have a better idea of where to squeeze it into my agenda. I appreciate the input immensely. Picking this up for a top-down slayer fix would have a proved a let down. Now I know what I am in for. Often times its not that games aren't bad per se, I just play them hoping for one thing and end up with another experience entirely. Thanks man.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Witch and the Hundred Knight coming to PS4 March 1st - $40 on: October 18, 2015, 07:04:44 PM
I love Metallia as a character, but I really don't know if I want to play through this game again. It was okay for the most part, but a lot of it dragged on for too long and I don't feel like there's a lot of replay value.

Will still probably get this, and probably the LE no less, because my love of Metallia is just that great.

Your love of Metallia may have secretly sold me on this. I didn't play the first release but if they iron out the things I read about that scared me away I may be on bored based purely on your reverence of the Witch herself Klutz.

Silly question but, does it feel good to move and hit things? I love how "smooth" a game like diablo feels but Diablo III lacks that satisfying feeling of hits IMPACTING enemies. I know this is a strange inquiry but I can't get an idea of how responsive it feels based on video.

Also, how story heavy would you say this is? Can I enjoy it without paying uber close attention? Something like this I think would be more enjoyable with a less demanding narrative for me.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 18, 2015, 06:57:23 PM
Ok, this is a first for me. Never look into titles I think I'm gonna play but I knew I wasn't gonna get to this for awhile.

I really hope I don't end up disliking the cast half as much as I truly believe I will. The game saver here looks like the gameplay to me (not surprised) but I am truly disturbed with how much I can't stand all the I've seen/confirmed about the MC. I may count tales amongst my all time favorite franchises but it really seems like I may indefinitely throw this in the "I'll get to it someday" pile. I'm just honestly not enticed by anything other than Dice's report on the Menus/UI, the gameplay, and the fashion.
59  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2015, 06:47:29 PM
SAINTS ROW GAT OUT of HELL!!! ---- This is my very first Saints Row experience. Oddly enough, I chose to start with this expansion because it was on flash sale and looked halloween-ee. This game is an absolute blast. I think post Halloween I'm finally gonna play the others.
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 11, 2015, 06:59:51 PM

Don't buy in to the nonsense, dude! I'm so against this series monotizing what was originally a fun side quest reward that I haven't boght a single piece of Tales DLC and don't plan to no matter how tempting the costumes are.

I'd love to say I had the conviction to boycot the Tales of Financial Tyranny DLC as a whole but I'd be a complete liar to make such a claim. Fact is that I have been, and always will be, a complete sucker for costumes and cosmetics. I can control my urge to hit "buy" when it comes to sports and beach attire but the second I see Yuri costumes, alternate hair accessories and anything else I see that could lend to a more fashion-Tales experience I'm a weakling.

In Xillia 2, I turned it into a "thing" by having my active party "get changed" and dawn new costumes each time I would visit a village.

My real gripe is the price point. Its just way too expensive for what it is by my measure. They should at least offer a costume pass at a discounted rate or something :-]

@ MESH--- Ya know, as jovial as your post may be, seeing some of that realized to an extent seems, sadly, possible. Not to the outright extreme you present it in your post, but they can easily implement your DLC strategies in a less obvious roundabout way to bleed the gamer for a few more buck and it really wouldn't surprise me in the least.

The DLC model in and of itself is a quick and easy means to cash in on little effort and has been established as such. Suckers like me perpetuate the problem for buying. I disgust myself. LOL
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