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466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: March 17, 2014, 03:14:42 PM
thanks for the advice folks!

I tried it (Nier) awhile back very briefly and was turned off for some silly reason I can't recall involving the MC.... I think it was something terribly dumb and superficial... In any event I still own it and always intended on getting to it, but like so many others the epic quantity of all those "still need to get to" titles is bewildering.

My primary concern was that Drakengard 3, if played first, may in some sense spoil my experience with Nier. I really want to get to it in all honesty, but I feel like I need to get to a few other titles first if you catch my meaning.

 Atelier Escha and Dodgy being one of them, Tales of Eternia, Hyperdimension Nep. Victory, Lost Odyssey, and Romancing Saga 3 (oddly enough) are all presently vying for the position of "my next game". I posed this question now though because I can wait on those titles and play Nier in the interest of setting myself up nicely for Drakengard if I'm mindful and make the call now.

I'm weird. Once I resolve myself to a title its pretty much "on" until I'm through with it for the most part, so I figured I best discern whether Nier should be priority before Drakengard now so I'm not aggrivated at the end of May that I'm "behind". I am gonna do the pre-order deal for Drakengard and I HATE getting a game in the mail I can't play because I'm an installment behind-LoL!
467  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 16, 2014, 09:07:06 PM
Fairy Tail is returning next month (PV here) and BoA is doing the theme song!

BoA's song Duvet (Lain theme) has been on my work/tattoo playlist for like 6 years now... I freakin' love that song.

Many moons ago when I played in a band, I tried to get the guys I played with on board to cover it. My idea never did come to fruition....(bummer)

In terms of anime, I have nothing new to report and haven't in ages. Why???? Well because since last August the only thing I have watched has been Dragon Ball related crap... I watched all of Dragon Ball Z, then all of GT and now I'm about 75 eps in on Dragon Ball.

I think I'm finally gonna take a toriyama break and re-watch Chronicles of the Heroic Knight.

468  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: March 16, 2014, 08:56:32 PM
Ok folks, time for the obligatory question you always know someone will pose before a franchise gets a new installment....

I never got around to Nier. Should I do so before Drakengard 3 comes out or can I hold off for a rainy day sometime in the future?

I ask because I foresee the end of my current RPG focus in the not so distant future and I really want to get to Escha and Dodgy next, but I also totally want my ducks in order for Drakengard's release at the end of may.

I hate new releases.... they conflict my "wants" with my "shoulds" in terms of my gaming agenda. LoL
469  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Project 16 Announced on: March 16, 2014, 06:04:23 PM
I swear last year they started talking about Escha and Dodgy within weeks of Ayesha's release in the US. I'm seeing a trend here.

In any event I really like her color scheme. It seems very befitting of the "Dusk" trilogy. Or at least far more so then Ayesha's was.

I was surprised no one was talking about Escha and Logy, seeing as it just came out like 6 days ago. I happened to pick it up, and as my first Atelier game, I'm going to say it was money well spent. Words can not describe how much I freaking love this game right now. Synthesizing is buckets of fun, and the character models are just fantastic. Hopefully the next one hops to PS4 though. Doubt it seeing as its the final entry in the Dusk trilogy.

Also any word on if Ayesha Plus is heading to America?

I was gonna start a topic myself. Escha and Dodgy was the first release this year I really couldn't wait to get to but I am too involved with FF TaY to begin it yet. All the positive remarks within the community are making me even more excited about it. I actually haven't read anything terribly negative about Escha and Dodgy here or elsewhere at all for that matter. I have a funny feeling I'm gonna look back at this generation someday and see nothing but Atelier, Tales and a sprinkle of Disgaea no Kuni (???) in terms of the PS3.
470  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yggdra Union help! Maxed-out cards? on: March 16, 2014, 05:55:39 PM
Yggdra Union was one of those games that looked soooo appealing to me until I gave it a try to see if I actually wanted to play it. The game was so freakin' unintuitive it turned me off completely within a few hours and I never went back.

I had the same experience with each Dept. Heaven title. Every time I saw one pop up for the PSP I said "wow, right up my alley!!" until I played it. Even Gungnir, which I bought day 1 because I'm a sucker for tactics-esque SRPG's didn't hold my attention.

I think I may need to someday re-assess em with a more open mind.

In any event (and completely off topic)... @Greg/ The site linked to your signature is AWESOME buddy! Welcome to RPGFan (yes I know this message would have been more appropriate elsewhere or as a PM but I wanted everyone else to see my exclamatory reaction for Greg's love of yesteryear's lost import games and check it out)
471  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for the Sega Saturn on: March 14, 2014, 09:14:52 PM
Sort of want Dragon Force maybe?

I think... an RPG that had traditional PD rail shooter bits instead of dungeons/boss fights might've been more interesting.

Just in case CJ_Iwakura didn't drive the point home, or you missed it, I will intentionally echo the Dragon Force love he expressed.

If you are at all considering Dragon Force,  JUST DO IT!! It was, in my honest opinion, one Working Designs finest achievements. Whats more, I still can't say any game to this day really reminds of it... Quite a unique experience it was.

I'm still upset we didn't get the sequel stateside! LoL

As far as Panzer Dragoon goes, I totally agree with your statements Mesh. I will be so bold as to say I didn't enjoy my time with it at all. Its been a LONG time so I can't recall precisely why, but it was the only Saturn JRPG I dropped. Hell, to be honest I enjoyed Albert Odyssey more then PDS. Albert Odyssey wasn't exactly stellar by any means but at least it had charm... Panzer Dragoon had... ummmm.. yea, I'm at a loss... dragons I guess...?
472  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for the Sega Saturn on: March 14, 2014, 06:20:46 PM
Expensive as hell is putting it mildly.... The prices of Saturn RPG's in decent shape could be considered justifiably as robbery.

I spend a fortune on games and even I haven't embarked on securing as Saturn library.

Although I can't say I'm not tempted. I have very fond recollections of Dragon Force and Shining Wisdom from my youth. Always wanted to play Magic Knight Rayearth as well.

Shining Wisdom actually looks to be a wee bit more modestly priced than most....

Damn, I'm foreseeing an itch I may need to scratch eventually. By eventually, I of course mean in the year 2029 when I have finally polished off some of my backlog.
473  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 14, 2014, 04:34:10 PM
^^^ oops on my part... I thought Europe got it a few days after the US. As the cool kids would say "my bad".
474  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 14, 2014, 04:05:24 PM
Good God! You guys DEVOURED Escha and Dodgy!! I didn't even start it yet (jealous)... gotta finish FF TaY first...

Thought I would blitz through TaY final chapter. I'm happy to report however, that is NOT the case. The final chapter REALLY opens up boy. There is hope for the gameplay yet... maybe...
475  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 13, 2014, 05:48:05 PM
Final Fantasy IV The After the Years is officially (in my book) a straight up mechanical mess.

I just finished the Lunarian chapter today. To reiterate what I've said all along, it had some AWESOME writing coupled with such troubling gameplay I don't know even know where to begin complaining about it.

Not to say it doesn't have its high points... The bosses in the lunarian chapter were fabulous. Challenging and engaging enough to hardly leave an opportunity to ash my cigarette!!

I can't say I'm altogether dissapointed though. Truly I have to say I'm still enjoying my time with the game. It is just so hard to ignore the faults present in it because they slap you in the face with them every time the dialogue stops and you need to go to a new (old) dungeon (again).

@ Klutz: don't be discouraged with how much TaY bashing I have been doing. I still deem it a worthwhile experience for anyone who is a IV fan. Also I completely disagree with the popular opinion that it is akin to lackluster fan-fiction. Plot-wise, this is the most solid FF sequel to date IMO.

476  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 12, 2014, 07:51:24 PM
Haven't been playing much lately. Guess that's what happens when there's less than a week until a game is released you've been waiting two and a half years to play. So I've just been dabbling in some FFXII, Bravely Default, FFIV: The After Years, and some Kingdom Rush on Steam. Obviously haven't made a lot of progress on any of those, though I did finish Ceodore's chapter in TAY this morning.

Your in for it now buddy... Prepare yourself a trying leg of the FF TaY journey (provided you do the chapters in the order they are presented.)

To summarize... Insane Difficulty spike followed by awsome plot followed by awesome plot followed by the same awesome plot with boring gameplay followed by.... wait isn't this the same story development I just saw..followed by "Dammit!! This IS the same plot development I just witness and THIS IS THE UMPTEENTH TIME I HAVE BEEN IN THIS DUNGEON!!!! I JUST OPENED THIS TREASURE CHEST 1 HOUR AND FIVE MINUTES AGO!!!!!! ARRRRRGHHHHH!!!!!"

But there is light at the end of the tunnel my friend, Kain's chapter has new offerings (finally). There is some interesting character development amidst the other chapters on the way to Kain but it will prove a test of your patience my friend... I advise you blitz through them before your new game drops so you never have to look at em again-LoL

477  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 12, 2014, 05:40:42 PM
starting up Persona 2: Innocent Sin and WOW, it doesn't waste time.  I was expecting a more drawn-out beginning.  Now to get to the grind....

I played that this time last year. Best SMT ride I ever had. Freakin' loved that one boy...

@Yggdrasil/ Thanks for informing me about Godhand! I never really look into much besides RPG's, so I am uneducated and always open to suggestion.

ON THE DMC NOTE/ I think it is the dramatic character alteration of Dante that I appreciate. I hated the original Dante, which is why I could never get into the original Devil May Cry games no matter how decent they were.

Another irony here is how I typically don't prefer/appreciate western titles. I didn't even know this DMC reboot was a western made game until reading it in this thread.

TALES OF XILIA/ Happy to hear someone else was just as baffled with the mid-game plot as I was. As easy as it was to follow, it sure seemed "trip me up" quite a bit. I still can't say I'm fully at peace with my understanding (or lack there-of) of it.

FF TaY: I FINALLY had to heal and use something other then attack in Kain's chapter. WOO-HOO!!! Its getting good folks.



478  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 11, 2014, 09:11:10 PM
Whydja quit on MMX :V

No good reason really... Same reason I gave up on Mega Man as a kid I think. It basically amounts to this...

In my mind I love Mega Man. Then I play a game, beat a boss get a weapon and feel like I've seen it all. I get my "fix" real quick I guess you might say.

I'm strange in the sense that while I complete almost every RPG I start whether they are 30 hours or 100+, I hardly ever follow through with quick 10 hour action titles. I need to work on that... Maybe it should be a goal this year or something...

Ya know, as I type this I think I need to re-evaluate my position... life (gaming) needn't be so absolute I suppose... I guess I am just "not making any progress" with X at the moment.

I think too much in terms of either "on or off" when it comes to my games. I'm either playing through or their dropped. This needs to change as it a highly restricting mindset.
479  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 11, 2014, 05:42:09 PM
Sooooo, Final Fantasy IV The After Years (psp complete collection)...

In the last week or two I have managed my way through all the characters seperate chapters with the exception of the final on the list (Kain).

My experience thus far has been a bumpy one, full of peaks and valleys.

What I like so far, I happen to REALLY LIKE... But what makes this game stale is far too abundant in these episodic chapters. To put it bluntly, its a freakin' bore gameplay wise as you progress through the individual character scenarios. Walk a damn near straight path, start to finish, whilst spamming attack. That is it. Save Rydia's chapter, these scenarios have offered zero challenge. The lack of enticing gameplay has given me NO incentive to try out the optional content available post completion of each chapter. Skipping out on these optional areas may be a mistake on my part but I could care less to be honest.

The plot, while terribly predictable in each scenario has proven compelling enough to keep me hooked. The silver lining of the title thus far has been the development of some of the more one-dimensional cast members returning from the original game. Both Polom and Porom have never stood out in my mind as particularly memorable in the past, but seeing what they grew to become has given them new life in my eyes. These two characters were handled particularly well (even if playing through there scenarios was boring). Likewise, the rest of the characters and cast are top notch and without a doubt proving memorable in their own respects for me. It really is cool seeing more personality fleshed out in these familiar faces (sprites).

FF TaY is not all bad thus far however. The writing is good enough to keep it interesting in spite of seeing the same places and event re-unfold time and again. The music and visuals are a spendid over-haul of 16-bit goodness modernized in a way I wish we saw more often.

I hold out hope yet though that things will improve. I can't justify judgement yet because I feel these chapters are merely setting the stage for the main scenario, which I hope and fully expect to "open up" gameplay wise. What I can say with confidence is this.... THEY TAKE WAY TOO LONG TO "SET THE STAGE"!!!! (in a manner of speaking)

In other news..... I think I quit on Mega Man X. I love the idea of mega man. I love the recollection of lots of things from my childhood and some things from my early youth prove awesome to re-experience. Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Chrono Trigger, Lunar amongst many many others I have had a ball watching/playing as an adult. Mega Man is one of those things however that falls into my "Ronin Warriors" category. That category is "cool when I was a kid, but not so endearing nowadays".

On a final note, I am way torn today... I REALLY want to get to Atelier Escha and Dodgy and put FF TaY on the side for now, but after the episodic slog I tortured myself with I really feel I'm on the precipice of it becoming truly entertaining. I think I am gonna have to suck it up and exercise some discipline here... if I put down TaY now, and lose what interest I have in the plot I may not feel terribly enclined to get back to it.

EDIT: I figured I needed something to replace Megaman X and to counter balance FF TaY it had to be action-ee, so I decided to blindly try something I never thought I could possibly like.... The DMC reboot. I got it free off the PSN+ network so I figured "why not".

As someone who HATED the older Devil May Cry games, this feels surprisingly enjoyable. Then again, I'm pretty starved for action titles and would probably eat up just about any that came my way.  But seriously, with how much criticism I heard about this game I expected MUCH worse.

On a final note, for anyone still reading, I want to apologize for the editorial-size-length of this post. See what happens when I don't come on the journal for a week???
480  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 06, 2014, 05:09:28 PM
When I posted earlier today in an effort to help Bytor I didn't read "the haps". On that note I feel like a total jerk for overlooking a serious topic presently on the table...

@ Alisha/ Though I don't know you and you don't know me suffering and pain is universal. The pain and confusion you are experiencing is not something foreign to me at present as I just lost my Grandfather a 2 weeks ago. Things like this are particularly difficult when you simply don't know how to emotionally react to it. I wish I had words to ease your suffering but the fact is nothing I, nor anyone else can say, can take that pain away. At best, all I can offer is the comfort that you are not alone in your experience of such sufferance and have my sincere well wishing for what that is worth.

Sorry again I missed this topic earlier.
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