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451  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 16, 2014, 04:58:39 PM
I finally finished Bastion after nickel and diming it 1 shard and core at time for the last few weeks. Unfortunately I did so the other day while retarded tired (post 30 some hours without food or sleep). So while I enjoyed the ending, I think I may have been too delirious to understand the choices I was making.

Bastion was another example of short-winded and easy to digest bliss. The pick up and play ease of this game was just awesome. I would strongly to suggest this title to anyone with a busy schedule. There were days I literally couldn't find the time to play more than 20 minutes and still felt accomplished.

The other neat part of this beautiful little package was that I really could find no blaring fault with it. Music, Art direction, Gameplay and even the light story elements were all awesome and a perfect fit.

Bastion may not have been epic but very rarely can I say I feel a title did   everything right. In Bastion's case however, I can at the very least, say it did nothing wrong.

I need to discover more games like this.

FINAL THOUGHTS
*Dualing Pistols + War Machete = best gameplay/fun factor (for me)
* Bastion wins my newly created, BEST NARRATION IN A GAME EVER award.
*Never one to replay games, I am HIGHLY tempted to have another go at Bastion. If for no other reason than to see the effect alternate choices could have made on the ending. Couple the appeal of replay with the length of the journey and I can easily see myself going back and giving this another run. A true rarity for this Klyde.

Between finishing this and Child of Light this week, I feel ready for Drakengard 3! This will be my very first Drakengard experience. I am pumped to have at something with a bit more serious a tone then what I've been indulging for quite a while.

Started up Child of Light last night. Beautiful game, as expected. Music is great, too. It's been a LONG time since I've played a turn-based rpg so it's going to take a little time to get back in the groove.

What is real cool about Child of Light is how variable the difficulty and pace of battles can be. I got my feet wet with Normal setting/battle speed 3 and the second I found myself daydreaming and spamming attack I went and upped it to hard and battle speed 4. Totally kept me engaged and on my toes right up on through the finale!

I know you always mention how you have a hard time finding opportunities for long gaming sessions Grim, I sympathize with you. In that respect I think you'll find CoL very pleasing. Its another fine example (like Bastion) where I was able to feel accomplished with an hour or two of game time.

Now I suppose it is back to some atelier E&L before RETRO GAMING WEEKEND COMMENCES!!! Tee-hee... Terranigma here I come!
452  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New "FROM SOFTWARE" and "SONY JAPAN" game for ps4 on: May 16, 2014, 03:11:58 PM
I appreciate all the wonderful info.

It sounds like a mixed bag of things I really like, and things I really hate to be honest. Could go either way.

In any event, I'm sold on giving Souls 1 a shot considering the price of it at this point.

The no music thing has me a bit put off. It really got on my nerves that there was no music for Dragons Dogma. I keep an open mind however that, perhaps I will feel differently about it with Souls.

I honestly think I would have been singing the praise of Demon's to this day had it not been for having to pull a re-start. I literally could not progress due to my character coupled with where I saved. As I said, I like "difficult" when I know that (with enough effort) I can succeed. That WAS NOT the case with my demons save file I had to abandon.  On that note...



I wouldnt be afraid of screwing up the progression in Dark however, the game is super flexible and allows for all kinds of playstyles. Upgrading equipment is much more crucial than placing points on stats and it's very clear cut which stats will be better for your chosen playstyle.

^^ That was my primary concern/turn off. So I greatly appreciate hearing that holy! Thanks for the advice.
453  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New "FROM SOFTWARE" and "SONY JAPAN" game for ps4 on: May 15, 2014, 10:42:43 PM
Thanks for the Soul advice. It actually sounds as though 1 maybe more up my alley even though I was a kings field fan.

Last question.

I did play Demon's. Quite a bit actually... and it frustrated me to no end. That is why I never really looked into Souls. Is Souls a bit more forgiving? I know the games draw is the intentionally brutal difficulty however there is a large difference between brutal difficulty and frustratingly unfair. Ys games are hard but I can level up be A' Ok. That did not seem to be the case with Demon's.... in fact I screwed up my character and file in Souls to a point that demanded I restart entirely <----- not cool in Klyde's book.

NOTE: I am well aware that Ys and Souls games should never really be brought up in the same breath but I was struggling for an example. Forgive me.
454  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New "FROM SOFTWARE" and "SONY JAPAN" game for ps4 on: May 15, 2014, 07:20:58 PM
It's mostly Dark Souls 2 that shares the structural similarities with King's Field, but Demon's and 1 do have minor similarities as well.  If you like the progression/exploration of King's Field you probably would like Souls, as the series is pretty much the spiritual successor to it.

Can I jump right in at 2 or is 1 necessary to the experience?
455  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New "FROM SOFTWARE" and "SONY JAPAN" game for ps4 on: May 14, 2014, 12:11:37 PM
Dark Souls 2 was basically a new King's Field game, but with a different name and a shiny coat of Souls paint.  The structure was almost entirely identical.

I have never been interested in the souls games until I read that.

I played the first Kings Field released on the Ps1 when I was but a wee lad.... changed my life.

456  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 14, 2014, 12:08:25 PM
That plan could easily backfire, you know? If you need that amount of sleep you'll have to catch up eventually and until you allow yourself the amount of rest you need, you'll feel like shit and be as productive as shit. Seriously, I went through something like that in highschool several times and made similar mistakes. The only thing that really works is to take a day or two off and get some rest. If that doesn't fix it, there might be something wrong with you and you'd better get yourself looked at.

I've pulled a "reset" off successfully in the past. Likewise, this strategy has indeed backfired. My fear of course is that you are indeed right, I simply NEED rest, in which case this "strategy" of mine will not help matters.

Ultimately though, it came down to this... I had to get stuff done and I've been sleeping too much to do it. So regardless, I sort of had to play catch up a bit.

I'm having the exact opposite problem, Klyde. The past three nights I've only slept for about 4 or 5 hours. And yet I wake up not feeling tired. Normally this would actually make me very happy as I've always had trouble sleeping soundly and would therefore require about 10 hours of sleep to feel normal, but to literally cut my normal sleep time in half and actually feel *better* when I wake up is a bit unsettling.

I have always been a 5-6 hour kind of guy. I suspect Tomara is right when she says I probably need the rest right now in all honesty.

Truth be told, I beat the piss out of my body the last few months. Working long hours, running way too much, smoking like a fiend, all coupled with some life stresses that really sucked. Bound to take its toll I suppose.
457  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 14, 2014, 10:57:15 AM
I couldn't help but retire my PS2 once I discovered the 60GB PS3. I feel like I will own 1, if not 2, 60GB PS3s forever. It is, without a doubt, my favorite console.

On an entirely different note, I think something is wrong with me lately. I've never been one to sleep much but in the last week I have been finding it difficult to sleep less than 10 hours in a clip. In fact, one night/day I slept 15 hours straight. My schedule is all f***ed up as a result. I am presently now trying to compensate by staying up round the clock to fall asleep at a normal hour, catch up on missed work (and gaming), and hopefully reset my schedule. This is probably a terrible plan but at the very least I'm getting stuff done.
458  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 14, 2014, 10:49:26 AM
Polished off Child of Light.

What a freakin' lovely experience that game proved to be.

Everything about it seemed appropriate to me. Even the evidently rushed final climax fit. I actually sort of wish more games shot you directly into end-game madness such as CoL does, without becoming spoiler-ific about it.

Thing is, I've been conditioned to expect long-winded finale's involving dungeons the require me to pack a lunch in a manner of speaking.

Child of Light's end-game may simply be the result of a rushed effort but the pace of it was something I really appreciated.

I only missed 1 trophy. I think I may go back and get it today just to FINALLY have a single 100% under my belt.... even if I don't get a platinum for it :-(

FINAL THOUGHTS

* I hope there are more games like this in the future
* I feel like the battle systems of yesteryear met with Zelda 2 and had a love child (hehe, see what I did there)
* I can't help but think of David the Gnome anytime I saw Finn. The resemblance is vague if not non-existent. I don't know why I couldn't help but make the correlation....
459  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 09, 2014, 08:23:16 PM
Just got to Act/Chapter 9 in Child of Light. Too hooked to stop.

I see another abreviated retro-gaming-weekend agenda. Sorry Terranigma.
460  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 09, 2014, 08:19:31 PM
I just spent a half hour carefully thinking on the "The one that got away" thread. This proved dually motivating and discouraging all at once. Enough so that I felt the need to express it here.

I feel like I want to quit working and all life endeavors until I can shorten my list now! LoL
461  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The one that got away... on: May 09, 2014, 08:15:45 PM
This is an awesome topic I have been wanting to make myself forever!

Games I don't make it through really stick in my mind... This doesn't generally occur if it is a game I willingly quit or give up on purposely. For me "the ones that got away" are those that in fact have "gotten away" as opposed to having been "thrown away/ discarded". These particular games really linger in my recollection all the way back to childhood.

THOSE THAT GOT AWAY!!

Earthbound bothered me since gradeschool... I finally exorcised that demon two years ago and it felt grrrrrreaaaaat!!!

Last year I did the same with Breath of Fire 3. BoF3 didn't prove as rewarding an accomplishment as Earthbound but brought me closure none the less.

Those that still haunt me to this day are mostly the result of corrupt third party memory cards from the PS1 era.

Xenogears/ I too am in the "didn't finish Xeno club". Loss of data during Disc 2.

Breath of Fire 4/ Loss of data very early on. Never got to restarting.

FF IX/ Loss of data in the final dungeon. Finally, the utter disgust of having made it to the very end only to lose all that effort to faulty tech prompted me to forever and on make back up saves however and whenever possible.

Vay/ This Sega CD gem is high on my priority list. The working designs title proved a difficult and grindy endeavor for a young Klyde whom eventually lost his Sega CD system and copy of vay to the enth dimension. NOTE: The enth dimension is the place that lost things go when you can't remember how, when, or where you lost them. Vay will most likely be the next one I knock off this list.

Devil Summoner/ I simply tried this along with way too many others at the time. I liked it a great deal but never got back to it.

Romancing Saga 3/ Too difficult to muddle my way through this one as a child. I WILL get to this one. Really freakin' irks me.

THOSE I THREW AWAY!!!

FFXIII-2 and Lightning Returns/ Motion sickness inducing. Only games that ever did it to me.

Xenosaga Trilogy/ Episode 1 was good but just not quite good enough to get me to move  onto 2. I had planned to for awhile but there always seemed something more compelling on the shelf. Recently decided to cross this one off the agenda.

Ar Tonelico Quoga/ 1 was great. 2 was good. 3 was not worth shaking my controller over....

Tactics Ogre/ Got sick and almost died while playing. Looking at this game reminds me of that. Decided never to touch it again.

Valkyrie Chronicles/ Same scenario as Tactics Ogre ^^

Secret of Evermore/ Secret of Mana this title is not. I refuse to play as the older brother from the wonder years... I just can't do it.

Chrono Cross/ I purposely gave it up simply because it was not Chrono Trigger... I regret this. Of all my discarded titles, this is probably the only one I am going to take another crack at someday.

THOSE I HAVE YET TO GET TO!!!!

I don't know if these titles are appropriate for this thread but I'm listing them anyhow. These are titles I missed throughout the years that I am dying to get to and intend to throughout this year and the next.

Digital Devil Saga

Shadow Hearts

Okami

Treasure Hunter G

Rudras no Hidras (sp?)/ Treasure of Rudra





462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: May 08, 2014, 03:15:48 AM
Battle Princess of Arcadias has a release date: June 17 in the US and June 18 in Europe.  Digital-only.

highly doubt i'll be even close to finished with Drakengard by then but i suuuuure am interested. BPoA was certainly one of more exciting prospects of 2014 for me when first I saw it.
463  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 07, 2014, 06:29:26 PM
I think playing child of light on hard with the battle speed set to 4 is the perfect difficulty level for me. The spider boss fight I engaged in last night was awesome. Not palm-sweaty-lunar 2-borgan-quality (sega cd) but pulse pumping, it proved, none the less.

464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fruitbat Factory to Localize Eiyuu Senki for PS3 on: May 07, 2014, 06:19:29 PM
Man, if the last gen has taught me anything it is NOT to get my hopes up due to tantalizing bright anime aesthetics. Of the handful of niche' titles I got psyched for, so few actually proved decent that I can't even get wound up over things like this anymore.

I am happy titles such as this are getting localized but I simply can't care all that much until more is revealed.

Certainly looks like it has the potential to be something I could really love.... but then again so did Mugen Souls.
465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Trilogy coming to PS4 on: May 07, 2014, 04:46:59 PM
Seeing a Yoda post > (fake) VC news, hands down.
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