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481  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 25, 2014, 04:48:24 PM
Well guys it FINALLY happened.. The final dungeon in FF4TaY ENDED!!! Only took about a week and a half, 30 boss fights and 2/3's of soul to beat it.

I gotta say two things... ONE) I haven't been this proud of beating a game in a long time. TWO) The plot development at the end is so far removed from what I feel is "Final Fantasy 4" I don't know whether to call it shocking or a disapointment.

To expand on my second point. *SPOILERS*
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Final Fantasy 4 had an appeal to me in that there was little to no Sci-Fi elements in the 4 universe save a little trip to the moon. It was ALL magic and crystal shenanigans. They throw that out the window here in the last 20 minutes of the game. I feel like the end game writing essentially rewrites everything you've come to know and love about FF4 lore, turning it on its head in the interest of a cop-out-omnipotent-alien-race sci fi plot "twist" that is better forgotten in the interest of salvaging your fond nostalgic recollection of eidolons, mages, sages and knights.

If that came across as a harsh criticism, then I have achieved my aim. I'm outright saying that the end-game SUCKED and DID NOT jive with the FF 4 universe at all.

Another oddity I cannot understand... why the final boss battle was so simple and easy after the brutal difficulty of the last bosses prior. The last 3 to 4 bosses in the final dungeon had my palms sweaty while any difficulty in the final battle is utterly stripped away with the use a simple "slow" spell (yes the final boss was vulnerable to "slow"...)

All in all, while seeing more life and development given to the returning cast was cool, FF4 TaY was a total failure in my book. I love the graphics, music and what they did with Kain, Polom and Porm and that is where the appeal ends for me.

Now on to something entirely different.... For my next game I did decide to go for Atelier E&L instead of Blue Dragon. Too early to say much yet aside from I'm pretty happy with my decision.
482  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 23, 2014, 06:25:59 PM
Damn its been like a decade and I still remember hating the Kimahri fight....

Just checked out some sceens of Blue Dragon. Holy heck does that SCREAM Akira Toriyama. Way more visually "Akira" in my eyes then most of his work (Chrono Trigger and Dragon Quest).

Just looking at the screens, I feel like if you told me this was an RPG set in Dragon Ball universe I'd believe you.

My decision is becoming somewhat easier.

Something about Toriyama's style captivates me boy... it isn't good per se in terms of "art" by my standards, albeit very unique and signature of him... Can't explain it for the life of me but I love it.
483  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 23, 2014, 05:55:44 PM
6 more bosses down in FF TAY. Still no end in sight. Found it strange that there was a "Bartz" reference at the end of a battle considering this part of 4 universe and 5 came after 4 (I don't know why that disturbed me)

In other news gaming ADHD is kicking in as I muse over what to play next. I was pretty sure it was gonna be Atelier E&L but now I'm realizing winter is ending and the place in my house where my XBOX is becomes ungodly hot (can't move systems, very intricate set-up coupled with laziness) in the summer...

 Long story short, my mind is beginning to gravitate toward Blue Dragon. I know it is not the most well regarded but I have been on an Akira Toriyama kick since last august and only have about 50 episodes left of Dragon Ball (I already re-watched all of Z and GT, its been quite the marathon) and I feel like Blue Dragon is just appropriate now. I think it is also tempting because I pretty much know what to expect from Atelier and most of everything else on my shelf but I have yet to touch a Mistwalker game.

EDIT: Gamecube is also in the "winter room" in my house.... Skies of Arcadia is also a possibility but it doesn't have the Toriyama appeal to me. Hmmmmmm decisions.... Hell, by the time I finally get through FF4TaY 3 more games will probably come out I want to play!-LoL

484  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 22, 2014, 05:55:06 PM
I think the last dungeon in FF TAY is a bad joke that doesn't ever end.

Seriously, I've been in it for a week now. I beat like two dozen bosses so far.... This is becoming absurd.

I thought the last dungeon in Persona 2 IS was pretty epic in volume but in contrast to TAY it was small taters'. The primary difference being I felt/knew the P2 IS dungeon would eventually end because I felt I was making progress.... I'm beginning to have my doubts about TAY's.



Dragon Force - Played this for like an hour.

*INSERT JEALOUSY HERE*
485  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: True Facts on: March 22, 2014, 05:52:29 PM
That owl video was stellar. I like it enough to share it on facebook. I don't ever share anything on facebook....

Thanks for enlightening me to these. I want to watch em all now.
486  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: March 22, 2014, 03:37:40 PM
In a bizarre coincidence, I actually bought Ayesha off of Amazon earlier today. o_O

The only one I own is the DS one. Annie? Never cracked it open. Been meaning to someday as I clear my backlog.

As someone who liked "Iris" a lot but didn't care enough for "Arland" to move beyond Rorona, I really loved Ayesha. I have no MK or Annie experience so no frame of reference in that regard.

Same as always for me though, its typically a matter of characters, worlds, environments and superficial things. Ayesha was a joy for me to play-through thanks to the cast (Loved Keithgriff, Willbel, Harry and Marion although I probably just spelled them all wrong) and the soundtrack. Additional love for the uber-fast menu surfing and selecting for synthesis.

Ayesha was also the first game where I felt the time limit was actually motivating as opposed to a hindrance. I loved pursuing the plot events in such a loosely guided fashion with town requests taking a back-seat in terms of necessity.

As for my year 4 and 5 dilemma... I think I decided against re-purchase to see it through. I don't know what I missed, but felt like everything concluded nicely by the time I achieved whatever ending I did. In the future however I need to start paying more attention to available content once the credits are through-LoL

487  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: March 22, 2014, 01:15:56 AM
So I umm... screwed up :/

I turned off Ayesha last year once the credits were done rolling and didn't realize my clear data at the start of year 4 was actually the start of 2 additional years.

I then proceeded to trade Ayesha in at Gamestop for some magic beans and power up rewards points.

Now I was ready to move on to E&L but don't want to skip out on anything signifigant. So give it to me straight guys.... Should I re-buy Ayesha and play year 4 and 5 before I touch E&L? Or was it essentially just more time to explore the world/characters a bit?

Remember guys, I'm a ninja. I can take the (brutal) truth if I must...
488  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 20, 2014, 05:14:14 PM
FFX marks for me the end of the 2014 new releases I wanted to care about but couldn't... It started back with Lightning Returns and now finally begins the release of stuff I really care about playing.

FFX was the beginning of the end of my love affair with FF, even though I played through it twice (don't hate me for hating Tidus, I'm jealous of his hair).... Symphonia was my least favorite Tales (albeit good, I would just rather embark on eternia or xilia 2 next)... Lightning Returns would have been cool for me if not for the horrible motion sickness issues with XIII-2 I experienced, coupled with the fact that LR was NOTHING like I wanted or hoped for.

Long story short, I've been enduring a terrible sense of false desire to play stuff I really don't want to play for awhile now due to new release clamor and whatnot.

Atelier E&L marks the beginning of the new releases I'm genuinely stoked for..... Now if I can just get through end game FF TaY (hell) so I could play it! LoL
489  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 19, 2014, 06:29:16 PM
Well I've done it now.... TOTALLY screwed myself in FF 4 TaY.

This is game tricked me into a false sense of security... It was sooooo mind-numbingly easy plodding along through all the chapters that I just flew through em to see the story. Never did I consider the end game would be so.... unfair...

The difficulty spike in the last chapter, after how easy the rest of the game is, coupled with the fact that you are locked out from damn near everything you may have missed = absolutely terrible design IMO.

It is way to easy to screw yourself and be completely stuck (as I am) in a seemingly endless end-game grindfest. The appeal at this point is the ability to construct a party out of the whole cast.... or at least that WOULD be the appeal if any other characters aside from a select 4 or 5 could even survive a random encounter.

What I appreciated about this game is really becoming an afterthought in light of the lazy and terrible design of this title. This game dripped with potential in my eyes, but in execution proved a major fail. While I recognize I essentially "played it wrong", the game itself sort of coaxes you into "playing it wrong". I feel mechanically, this entire game was a bad joke.

Thank goodness for awesome characters, art and music or I would chalk this one up to a waste of my time.
490  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 17, 2014, 06:07:49 PM
OOOOOOoooops on the Boa confusion... between that and my repetition of calling "Logy", "Dodgy" lately I'm just all sorts of mistaken. LoL

Its ok though. I just wouldn't be me if I got these things right... Maybe I should switch my Ava back to my Photon "idiot" one...??? ( sarcasm here in case it was not detected. I do not in fact intend to come across as a debbie downer. thanks for the correction folks. friends don't let friends continue to be wrong)



Soul Eater: Finished its run on Adult Swim/Toonami/whatever. Not bad by Shonen standards. Not great, but not bad. Anyways, the most important thing is that Black Lagoon is taking over its slot, which will be a vast improvement (even if neutered) over everything Adult Swim is showing now that doesn't involve some Dandy in Space.



Soul eater didn't completely grab me but I did really appreciate Death the Kid. He proved a memorable character to me for some reason I can't recall...
491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: March 17, 2014, 05:56:04 PM
Atelier Escha and Dodgy

Why do you keep calling it that?

Because I keep screwing up and have been saying "Dodgy" in my head instead of "Logy"... I actually believed that was the title for so long, I'm not even catching myself when I do it! Sorry about that :)
492  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!
493  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.

494  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
495  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.
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