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466  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2014, 10:37:01 PM
and stated playing FFXIII.


At first I felt the same way. Now I feel like it may in fact be more FF IV-2 or dare I say even FF VI-2!!!

And then there is the music.


- THIS MUSIC IS DOING IT FOR ME.


I may have already gushed over this a bit but I will take this opportunity to gush yet again. This soundtrack is simply epic.

Now hopefully you won't die at the first two bosses like I did, foolishly assuming they were gonna be like any other first bosses. That is, they actually require slight amounts of t-h-i-n-k-i-n-g. I was very surprised.
467  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 08, 2014, 07:24:56 PM
Golly, trying to compile the necessary games/data for backloggery is driving me batty. I am only trying to compile all my current games/gaming shtuff from adulthood and this is still a longwinded effort.

At least this is possible, whereas trying to get my raptr account up-to-date was merely a pipe dream. I hate making lists and compiling data. Nothing fits neatly enough in place!! (OCD RAGING INSIDE)

I need to breathe and take this on in a reasonable "console or two" a day.
468  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 08, 2014, 06:12:01 PM
Klyde you MIGHT like http://www.warsow.net/

Mesh your damn near encyclopedic knowledge of left field awesome titles never ceases to amaze me. And yes, you hit the nail on the head in terms of the type of aesthetic that appeals to me. Although models and environments look a bit bland, considering it IS a freebie the offering is quite impressive IMO.

The trailer presented with Techno-tastic audio made me feel like I was viewing a gem from the dreamcast-era for some strange reason. That is good thing. Thanks for the heads up.

469  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2014, 05:55:47 PM
I really wish I had the means to play Lost Odyssey.

That was the case with me. I kept hoping against hope to find the means to justify buying an Xbox 360 for the grand total of 2 (possibly 3) exclusives I really wanted to play. Lo and behold eventually someone who owed me coin for tattoo work payed me by way of a 250GB slim. Considering holidays are around the bend though I'm certain you can manage to get both console and game for under 3 figures if you couldn't borrow one for the play-through.

And on the Lost Odyssey note...

DISC 1 COMPLETE

Wow. That was, uhm. EmOtIoNAl to say the very least. Between the onslaught of tear-jerking dreams recovered in the final stretch and the "Ghost Town" events that followed I think I need to go play borderlands for a few hours because I feel soul-hurt. Been a long time since I found any narrative as moving as this and I haven't even hit the 15 hour mark yet.

Cooke and Mack are the coolest contemporary Polom and Poroms ever BTW. Yesterday I complimented the fact that Seth was an awesome lead chick'ee but today I need to tip my hat to the two youngsters for being amongst the few RPG adolescents who, like Seth, both strike me as genuine and not annoying in the least. Best of all, they made no attempt to utilize the youths as comic relief.
470  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: November 08, 2014, 05:38:46 PM
Kudos to you Dice, your attention to detail is noteworthy.

I can't believe I never noticed the color relevance and possible materia inclusion in the logo. I guess I just took it at face value without giving it much thought.

But really, how do we know Cloud and Tifa "boned" per se'. I'd venture to guess Cloud would have preferred some cuddling and not given a thought to how hot and bothered it would leave poor Tifa.
471  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 07, 2014, 09:47:29 PM
Outside of BioShock, I couldn't get into First-person shooters this past generation at all for many, many reasons. But Overwatch might be FPS I've been waiting for. I've really enjoyed what Blizz has shown and I'm looking forward to it.

After falling in love with Borderlands, I remain fairly certain that was pretty much the ONLY flavor of shooter for me last gen. Thing of it is, inherently the atmosphere and mood FPS titles never really fits the bill for me.

This Overwatch looks promising though. If for no other reason than appearing more "cartoon" than "military" the aesthetic is somewhat appealing to me.
472  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 07, 2014, 07:30:28 PM
You can come play legos with me and my stuff toys Klyde :D

Hold on I gotta call Mama Klyde and get permission to cross the ocean first.

I'll bring my stuffed Griffith from berserk for play-time. This is gonna kick ass :)

I secretly always wished I had a reason to buy dolls as a kid. I secretly wish I had a reason to buy dolls now. Action figures and dolls have no entertainment value nor purpose in my life and yet I can't help but peruse toy aisles in awe to this day. Lego play-sets also tempt/fascinate me.

At times I feel like physically I am aged well beyond 30. Mentally, I can't deny the toll the years and self-abuse has taken on me. Emotionally however, and at heart, I don't think I have yet to even hit puberty and I doubt I ever will.

Toys rock. The end. 

I secretly imagine that's why parents don't mind play time with kids.... a chance to play again brings the inner kid out in all of us (my brother and his wifey are expecting and he can't wait to be buying Lego again in a few years).



I have honestly thought about the window back into childhood accessed via parenting as the greatest appeal of procreating IMO. When I someday adopt (no intention of having kids of my own) I fully intend to ensure my children live in the next best thing to toys R' us. This is of course a selfish act as much as it is a measure for the kids and I have no problem admitting that.

And to those ends I will need both a boy AND a girl so I can have a well-rounded toy land with ample excuse to finally break into the pink aisle. Until then I will just have to continue to make effort to spoil my co-workers kids at holidays. LoL
473  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 07, 2014, 06:18:24 PM
Golly gee I wonder why there have not been more offerings in the vein of Lost Odyssey last gen. This game is all sorts of beautiful. Best of all, I actually died a few times already and had to think to win a few boss encounters.

I think every time I post about this game here I'm going to feel compelled to say it sports some of the most beautiful music I've heard in a long time.

This game really is what I always expected Final Fantasy to turn into. I never bought that when I heard and read it but now, a good leg into the journey. I can't deny it.

I also need to now second Dice's expressed appreciation of Seth. The lead female character in typical JRPGs is almost always the one that gets on my nerves the most for slipping into tried and true cliche'ness. So far so good with Seth as she has cleverly evaded seeming cliche' or typical to me. She has the lead gal persona down pat but has a "tough girl-loner" sort of feel behind it. Standing clearly on her own as a well rounded character who doesn't rely on her interactions with Keim to solidify her personality she gets  "two thumbs up" from me.

I'm still early on but my only gripe at this point is the fact that everything feels a bit slow. That is, there is almost TOO MUCH to look at, listen to, and enjoy to move along at a reasonable pace.  Case and point, yesterday I spent over an hour exploring Numara and doing the events (and dreams) available to me in the free ocean city before moving the narrative along.

All in all this game feels like the perfect swan song for last gen RPGs before I fire up a new gen console. Not that I am going to stop playing my last gen games as there are a ton I have yet to get to, but by all measures Lost Odyssey really feels pretty close to "the game I've been waiting to play" the whole last generation. I can't believe I put this one off as long as I have.
474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 07, 2014, 05:47:21 PM
I secretly always wished I had a reason to buy dolls as a kid. I secretly wish I had a reason to buy dolls now. Action figures and dolls have no entertainment value nor purpose in my life and yet I can't help but peruse toy aisles in awe to this day. Lego play-sets also tempt/fascinate me.

At times I feel like physically I am aged well beyond 30. Mentally, I can't deny the toll the years and self-abuse has taken on me. Emotionally however, and at heart, I don't think I have yet to even hit puberty and I doubt I ever will.

Toys rock. The end. 
475  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 04, 2014, 05:51:20 PM
going to vote for the next governor of Illinois to be put in jail

I wasn't sure what you meant so I googled it. Certainly is a peculiar streak/trend they've got going on there.
476  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 04, 2014, 04:05:22 PM
YESTERDAY

Went out with no intention of buying anything and ended up with a PS4 I refuse to hook up until I can retire my Xbox 360 (must play lost odyssey first). I had an opportunity to grab one brand new for about 185 buck less than current retail with a credit of an additional 60 something in change. In short, acting fast got me a PS4 for less than 200 buck.

It was a good shopping venture to say the least. I feel really good about waiting on buying one until I saw a deal I could take advantage of.

I am however having a hard time curbing my enthusiasm. I have a strong desire to screw up my current gaming agenda, hook this up and play the hell out of it. I will not give into the temptation. I love what I am playing now and don't want screw with media-harmony I've presently got going on.

Later, after some madness and shenanigans consumed the better part of my day I became consumed with creating custom audio-everything for my phone. Dissected songs, sound samples, and played with effects for more time than I care to admit. My phone sure sounds coooooool now. LoL

TODAY

I feel overtly excited post yesterday in conjunction with my daily two pots o' black coffee. Finally discovered "backloggery" and it triggered my OCD hardcore. I see now why so many sport the backloggery signatures as it quite the nifty tracker tool if I do say so.
477  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 04, 2014, 02:54:44 PM
That is a month of time well spent from where this Ninja sits buddy. I enjoyed Xeno a lot but I LOVED Lunar in every incarnation I played. Hell, I even went ahead and imported Magic School waaaaaaay back in the day.

Even Dragon Song?

Sorry my replies are a day late. Busy day yesterday kept me off the computer (for once)

Keywords in my post were "....every incarnation I played."

I hate can't do handheld gaming and as such never experienced Dragon Song. Though I was sort of mindful to turn a blind eye to that one. Wouldn't want to taint my extraordinarily fond impressions of the Lunar world.

LOST ODYSSEY (Finally)/ As the final frontier of my Xbox 360 gaming, this is epic for me. All I can say thus far is I am a little disturbed by the art direction, character design and atmosphere. I'll expand on that in my next post when I've developed the opinion some more.

I remember feeling weirded out by the art at first but really came around to it by the end.  I adored the really atypical heroine look of Seth.  Her high blue hair and yellow ensemble feel like nothing I've ever seen before, and Kaim felt like a clever blend of some mythical warrior and native.  Gongora looks like a magical steampunk German ruler. :P

It also has to have one of the most epic opening cinematic and game introduction seen in a looong time (that transition from FMV to gameplay is *beautiful*).

Plus, I'm pretty sure one of the game's bigger selling points, more than even its storyline, is the amazing novel sequences (I used a guide to actively seek them out).  The OST is quite something too.

Finally: This commercial.

I am sort coming to terms with the art. The characters aren't so much "ugly" as they are simply alien looking to me. Just not something I'm used to. Sort of a left field aesthetic I can't say is at all familiar to me. On a positive note, I will say its got its own "feel" in spades. In the very least, certainly the art direction is what I would call "original". I am  shocked by how unique it feels considering all impressions I had heard touted "typical JRPG" but I don't feel that applies in terms of atmosphere here at all.

I couldn't play at all yesterday because of some madness (that all ended happily, but that is entirely different subject), after just getting my first novel/dream segment sunday. Been DYING to get back to it today :)

Final note on the soundtrack. I feel like if there was "soundtrack" sequel to all that I heard and loved in SNES era this would be it. In short, I am floored.
478  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 02, 2014, 09:58:33 PM
Just finished rounding up the dragons in Lunar 2.  I've basically spent the last month playing SSH and now EBC straight through back to back (with a short lunch break to be thoroughly underwhelmed by Xenoblade and get a bit reacquainted with FFIV).



That is a month of time well spent from where this Ninja sits buddy. I enjoyed Xeno a lot but I LOVED Lunar in every incarnation I played. Hell, I even went ahead and imported Magic School waaaaaaay back in the day.

On that point, I think sometimes it is relevant to note what we love and how much we loved it when trying something new. What I am getting at is occasionally even good games are a let-down for me after I get wrapped up in something truly awe-inspiring. I would venture to guess Xeno, for as grand as I found it to be, would have really been less so had it followed a Lunar run for me.

I don't think this ^^ really is an issue with other folks, so much as it is with me. Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Tales of Vesperia, Suikoden 2, Earthbound and Ni No Kuni all were followed by things I found to be dull and underwhelming when in reality I think whatever followed those games would have sucked by comparison for me. 

EDIT: I distinctly remember HATING the lack of a world map and traditional exploration post each of the aforementioned titles. The worst case was my efforts to try FFXIII-2 after Suikoden 2 but a short year ago. I should have put some distance between those.
479  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 02, 2014, 06:32:38 PM


General - Got some proper DVD cases and transferred my caseless games to them (along with some 360 games with overly-aggressive spindles). In the process of doing this, I discovered that I have a copy of Wild Arms 3. Totes gon' play that in November -- I associate Wild Arms heavily with Thanksgiving. Probably cause I got WA1 a million years ago on a family vacation over Thanksgiving. Also my copy of WA2 is haunted by a turkey.

I am so freakin' nuts about cases. I went so far as to make bootleg cases for all my caseless games with custom box art. I pretend they are LE cases. It makes me feel complete.

Good gaming weekend here.

HALLOWEEN GAMES/ Finished All Zombies Must Die on friday in a marathon it type a session. Little did I know I was right at the end and could have beat it in under an hour but got carried away with character quests and crafting. Fall/Halloweeny gaming concludes with a total completion of 3 thematic games (AZMD, Lollipop Chainsaw, Costume Quest), 1 thematic DLC (borderlands 2), 1 dropped title (Resident evil), 1 backlogged or possibly dropped title (XCOM Bureau), and 1 non-thematic RPG (Xillia 2) which I find appropriate because last fall I played the first Xillia.

In short, I feel like I "got it in".

Moving on, I started:

LOST ODYSSEY (Finally)/ As the final frontier of my Xbox 360 gaming, this is epic for me. All I can say thus far is I am a little disturbed by the art direction, character design and atmosphere. I'll expand on that in my next post when I've developed the opinion some more.
480  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 02, 2014, 01:56:02 AM
Quick advice needed.

Totally gonna get to both SOUTH PARK STICK OF TRUTH and LOST ODYSSEY next now that I've cleared some gaming kharma. Really need a JRPG in my life but I know South Park is supposed to be short. So which do you guys suggest I do first out of the two??

Part me says get to LO.

Another part of me says do SP because LO may keep me away from the park til next year! LoL

EDIT: I suppose I sort of answered my own question there, but any input prior to my late-night game session would be welcome. High anxiety always accompanies starting new titles for me.


EDIT (AGAIN): You guys can ignore my plea for advice. I'm starting LO and gonna save south park for after I actually watch the show. In truth, I've only seen a few of the halloween specials and I was just informed by my buddy that it proves to be a far more enjoyable offering when you at least know the cast.

I feel like I'm probably the only person in America who bought the South Park RPG based on its merits as an RPG without knowing a damn thing about the cartoon. I see "editors choice" in the reviews here and feel like it just has to have a place on my shelf... LoL
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