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451  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.
452  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.
453  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).
454  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).
455  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.
456  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.


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.

457  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.
458  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.
459  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

460  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.

461  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: January 20, 2015, 08:12:36 PM
Well since I cleared some room on my agenda by beating the Monohime story in Muramasa this week, I felt like giving Citizens a whirl today after all.

I am thoroughly enthralled. Charming for sure, but being that I just started it I can't sign off on much yet other than the following.

Initial Impressions:
-Gorgeous Palette and art.
-Wonderfully intuitive and simplistic menu system.
-Very responsive movement and navigation (controls)
-UBER-EARTHBOUND-EE!!!!! (awesome)
-Excellent voicework.
-Vice Prez (main character) actually made me chuckle a bit. This is huge. Comedy is not my thing. For me to find something genuinely entertaining on a "funny" level is pretty freakin' rare.

I feel distinctly like this is just a uniquely "feel good" game. I really hope the rest of the title comes off as stylish and interesting as it kicks off.

EDIT: I decided to read some of the other initial impressions and release reviews. I swear, people bought this blindfolded or something. Twice I read about how the characters were shallow and one dimensional and even caught some whining about how the game was comedic. If anyone out there plays this expecting High Fantasy or something deep and thought provoking they deserve to be disappointed. I've not  enough time with it, to pass judgement on this game myself, but it is ridiculous how people bash a game like this because it isn't subjectively in line with "their" taste in an RPG. If a title achieves its aim whilst doing so with some individuality (rare these days) doesn't that deserve at least some recognition??

The two most stellar complaints I caught thus far:
-I don't like this game because I play as a politician and I don't like politicians.
---This complaint is only rivaled by the following----
-The menus are way to bright and look like plastic.
(Surely these two complaints are enough to warrant 2-3 point drops in review scores, right?)

^^^ This is essentially me getting sick of reading the same complaint over and over a million times elsewhere on the internet. The complaint mind you is as follows, "This game isn't exactly like my favorite game, so it sucks, the developers suck,  my vocabulary sucks, and if you question me, you suck. Oh yea, here is few reasons to support my claim I articulated after deciding everything sucks. The end".
462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: January 17, 2015, 10:10:57 PM
Wow, good to know Grim gets approval from some trusted community peeps here! I already have it pre-ordered for the theme. Sort of a "compulsive click and buy" so I'm stoked to learn I didn't make a poor call with that.

As always, I really didn't want to look up any Grim info because I want it to be a surprised and additionally I didn't want to risk anything spoiler-ific. Really intrigued by it though, klyde is!!! LoL

If I can curb my enthusiasm for Citizens I may actually try to hold off the week and play Grim first, as curiosity is really getting to me with that one. Hyped as I am for citizens, I feel like I sort of know what to expect to some extent. Grim on the other hand looks like something I am completely yet unfamiliar with. Newish (to me) genres/titles have really been proving rewarding media risks for me in recent history and Dincrest's review there totally confirms I haven't touched anything like this yet (never played any graphic adventure games before).
463  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 16, 2015, 08:33:08 PM
Decided to stop grinding Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn for plat for now and went back to playing Escha & Logy. I think I'm identifying some problems I have with this game more. First, the alchemy system, while greatly enchanced with elements, slows down synth a lot too, which slows the game down even more than the extended time limit. Second, talking about paperwork. It is not moe, it does not make the characters more symphatetic, nor is it funny. It's just boring. I prefer stories with no plots, but they certainly don't all hit the right notes. Anyway, I'm at assignment five and making bursts of progress.

I still haven't played a single Dynasty Warriors game nor have I got a platinum trophy. I should/want to tend to both of those things in the not so distant future.

I commend your efforts with Escha and Logy though. Seriously, the problems I was able to identify (or more accurately, was unable to ignore) actually left me completely un-pumped for the 3rd installment of the trilogy. That game, for as much as liked Ayesha, was a TOTAL chore to play through. The writing was so boring for me, I actually found myself skipping dialogue. Thank goodness it was pretty with an awesome battle system because save those aspects and the alchemy it sure as hell was not wowing me with much else.

MURAMASA Rebirth/ Momohime's chapter in hell was awesome. Kudus to vanillaware for untilizing all the colors of the rainbow on the pallet for hell without making it look like a cave of fiery skittles. Not like the art direction in a vanillaware game being amazing is a surprise, but i found hell to be a cut above here even for them. 
464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: January 16, 2015, 08:21:54 PM
Nice!! 3 editors and Mickeymac!!!! My hypo-o-meter is rising knowing I will not be the only one! I brought it up a few times with clients at work who game and at gamestop and no one even knew it was coming. I felt alone! LoL
465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Citizens of Earth on: January 15, 2015, 09:44:20 PM
Anyone else looking forward to the Earth-boundish release of this next week? I have hardly heard a peep about it.

A minor buzz over the last few days at some preview stuff dropped by atlus and the surprisingly low release price reveal but still it sort of shocks me there isn't more expressed interest.

The idea of a proclaimed "comedy" RPG is a bit off putting for me, but after seeing a bit previewed and feeling as though this is more a direct love-letter to Earthbound before a mere "influenced by" offering has me enticed. I am probably gonna grab this immediately when I finish something else if not day 1.


^^That is the link for the sale price but I can't help but think there are some typo's amuk in that article. Regardless the PS Plus price listed at 11.99 makes this all the more tempting for me.

The only problem is it comes out sort of head to head with Grim Fandago and thus creates a split decision for me as to what to get to first. While I admit to knowing nothing at all about Grim, the names and publishers involved make me pretty interested in that as well.

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