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541  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. 
542  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.
543  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 04, 2014, 04:05:22 PM

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


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.
544  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.
545  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.
546  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.
547  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
548  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: October 31, 2014, 04:18:51 PM
in many parts of the Netherlands St. Maarten, on the 11th of November, is the day for collecting candy. There's no dressing up, but children get to walk around with (hand-crafted) lanterns after the dark. They knock on doors, sing a song and get candy (or perhaps some small coins or a tangerine) as a reward. Most kids prefer the funny songs, but you actually get the best rewards with a good old begging song.

I never knew of that tradition. That sounds so pleasant.

Our singer never got to go Trick or Treating growing up, so one time the band took her out Trick or Treating.  The guys all wore masks and pretended to be costumed teenagers taking kid sister out trick or treating.  She wore a classic "bedsheet ghost" costume.  She's tiny and would say "trick or treat" in the cutest "little girl" voice, so no one suspected that the little girl in the ghost costume was, in fact, our singer. 

I was actually gonna do this ^^ for shits and giggles tonite with a buddy/client of mine because I am extraordinarily small and he large. We were planning to pull a father and son act. However I decided to be a loser and call it off on account of it being wicked cold lately.

I am also partially motivated to stay in due to the fact that I really want to beat "All Zombies Must Die" because I can't really see me touching it after halloween.

I normally don't dress up --- no money being one issue, but also not really wanted to spend on something I'd wear for one night (even though I'd want to of course if the money was less tight).

I usually just put on these fox ears I bought years ago and go "I'mafox".  And that's that.

I just went to a specialty shop. I'm all about spending it if ya got it, but how people can justify the price of looking like the best power ranger at the party for one night is beyond me. I have no problem blowing money irresponsibly, I love me my scratch off lottery tickets and gambling, but I'll be damned if I'm paying 100 bucks to be the green ranger for one night. I can go and buy a Playstation TV for what these glorified pajamas would run me.
549  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 31, 2014, 04:05:30 PM
We treasure Neal (Dincrest) because he's brave enough to go down the gaming roads many shy away from.  He knows that he can find hidden treasure there, and that he's hardcore enough to survive the garbage he's got to wade through to get to it.

One more Tears to Tiara II note - I bet about 0.1% of people will pick up on this, but the main characters are named for historical figures (and gods and places) from Carthage, a kingdom who fought against Rome.  The guys most famous for Hannibal and the elephants crossing the Alps.  I only know because I listen to a history podcast that happens to coincidentally be talking about Carthage now.  (That is, not because I'm some smarty pants history guy.)

Not a single copy of Tears to Tiara II have I seen yet on a shelf since release. Rarity is one thing, but that game is damn near hidden. 
550  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 31, 2014, 03:57:14 PM
Ganon's Castle
And.... DONE!

Fighting my way up the tower and then taking on Ganondorf was cake. With only half a magic meter I had to resort to a spin-attack to deflect his big energy attack thing, rather than use Light Arrows, but that's not very hard to time.

Escaping the castle wasn't too bad, but I made a few stupid mistakes against the Stalfos and died two times in total, sadly.

Ganon: I was really silly. So, my preferred strategy is usually to roll between his legs then attack. I stupidly decided this was too risky with only 3 hearts (1 hit kill), so I opted to instead go for the Light Arrow stun, followed by running around his back. That works perfectly fine, but I only have enough magic to do that about half the battle. I suffered a few humiliating deaths before discovering that DEKU NUTS ARE THE BEST ITEM EVER. They not only temporarily stun Ganon, but they actually deal damage to his tail! But then I died and had no Deku Nuts left...

Ultimately, I returned to my usual rolling strategy and beat him straight away. :P

3 Heart Challenge... COMPLETE!

I am late to the party, but want to throw my congrats anyhow. My recent endeavors with Xillia 2 made me realize just how epic certain gaming accomplishments, or even just finishing a title, can be/feel. Maybe it is just the sense of being focused and dedicated enough to set arbitrary goals and achieve them. Perhaps it is the confirmation that, in spite of challenge and difficulty, one can succeed. Regardless of the reason I have always felt stuff like this ^^ should be more celebrated than it is.

Fact is I always feel a certain degree of "anti-climactic" upon finishing a game. I want to actively do my part to start changing that. Even some simple forum well wishing can help. So congrats.
551  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 26, 2014, 06:46:40 PM
Xillia 2/ Affinity maxed for everyone. Decided to go ahead and get the debt ending today because I had more Gald than I knew what to do with. I read some nasty impressions of this particular ending but I found it pretty comical if for no other reason than being very "un-tales".

Upon reflection there was quite a bit about Xillia 2 I found "not so tales-eee". Whether that is good or bad, I think that is why I appreciated my time with it so much. It proved to be plenty in line with what I have come to expect from the franchise with enough narrative departure to somewhat shock me.

One more ending to go, and I will NOT be getting to it immediately. I am burnt. Gonna make getting the final ending a weekend endeavor from here on out.
552  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 26, 2014, 01:23:36 AM
Leo ranks amongst top bad-asses from my childhood. He may not be the top badass of yester-year for me but certainly amongst em. Ghaleon and Nall were both a cut above Leo for me in EB. I remember truly believing/searching for a means to get Nall to join as a playable character as a kid. Good times.

Ghaleon is probably one of my favorite sympathetic villains period. Or, at the very least, my favorite silver haired good-baddie. Thats right Sephy, move over, Ghaleon has the thrown sir.
553  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 25, 2014, 06:20:24 PM
I want to tear my hair out ATM.

Weeks of post game Xillia 2 and I could have easily have been done by now. I just found out there are 18 seperate bosses in the ex dungeon I have to beat to get the cameo bosses to appear. This is disheartening on account of the fact that I probably beat shadow Milla 2 dozen times already. Really wish I didn't overlook that, very relevant, bit of information.

The only advantage is I am now leveled to the point of being able to plow through the shadow boss battles with almost no effort.

XCOM BD/ Made myself and Mesh as my two agents to accompany Carter in some alien hunting last night. Why? Because I felt like hunting aLiEnzzzz with Mesh, thats why!!! Unfortunately both mesh and myself were wounded, bled out and died by about 5 AM this morning. In mine and Mesh's defense though, it really was NOT our fault. The AI in this game is one of its biggest pitfalls. That aside, my other gripe thus far is the lack of being able to recruit females. Pretty lazy design by my measure.
554  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 25, 2014, 06:10:24 PM
Another Mega Man X bot to add to the growing list of androids on one of my favorite clients!

This is healed work by the way. Any artist can make something look perty when it is fresh.

Can't wait to get a backdrop on this fella's arm.
555  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 23, 2014, 05:28:27 PM
I will needlessly express my adoration for the VI cast. Some of my favorite characters in JRPG history are part of that roster, believe it or not! LoL

But seriously, I feel like the 6 cast is by far my favorite FF group by a landslide. I could attribute my love of that game to the soundtrack and cast entirely. I also give it a nod for doing a "dark world" better than I had ever seen to date when I first played the title.

However, the biggest draw of 6 (for me personally) was the amount of content for a game at that point in time. The title created the illusion that endless amounts of optional and secret pay-offs await the adventurous and ambitious player. To play that game back in the day and accidently "discover" Gogo, in a time when you didn't have the internet and knew nothing of the optional character was one of the most exciting moments of my childhood. Than of course, long discussion with other young aspiring-nerds ensued questioning Gogo's identity at the lunch table for days.

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