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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 31, 2015, 11:33:13 PM

I call this creepy creation "Generation Yesteryear".

Steampunk/clockpunk sculpt made from an antique Geisha doll, a Playstation 2, a clock, a Playstation 2 controller, a watch, JB Weld, some sea shells and other odds and ends.

What the hell is my problem??

62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2015, 11:53:50 PM

New Years Resolutions:
- Either hone or get over persistent feeling of alienation.
- Either hone or get over emotionally self-destructive tendencies.
- 1080p
- Stop doing Satanic rituals with chickens.
- Start doing more Lutheran rituals with chickens.
- Stop buying so many plastic horses
- Use wacom tablet for something I mean maybe not necessarily drawing maybe just beat dead chickens to death with it.
- Vacuum.
- Put out another patch for LD95.
- Get mangosteens that aren't fucked.

* syke!

Best resolutions I've ever heard/read. No contest. I love this ^^. I am gonna borrow your format for this post, Mesh. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say.

My gift to myself this year is extra sleep.
My second gift to myself is extra coffee upon waking.
My third gift to myself was playing Journey (this was a brutal mistake, thank goodness it was only two hour of my holiday)
My final gift to myself is some extra fuck off time to post on here and putz around instead of trying to maximize my productivity like a freak (every day for the last like 6 months).

Oh yea.... BONUS GIFT TO MYSELF --- Not picking up my phone for anyone. The end.


--I gave up driving to walk/run everywhere.
--I started working privately as a tattoo artist and maintaining my own business of sorts after working in street shops for over a decade. This successfully killed a ton of my game/internet time, as well as the hope of EVER having a day off. A worthy sacrifice for certain, but a personal demand and responsibility level I could have never have foreseen.
--My kidney/liver/intestinal health demanded a return to a plant based diet (used to be a plant based eater many moons ago). After a few months of craving things I can safely say I am satiated with brown rice protein, spinach and coffee (all a ninja really needs)
-- I played the Mass Effect trilogy (highlight)
-- I lived played Bloodborne and Dark Souls 2 and if my estimate is accurate I will probably continue to play these two for the next calendar year.

Yup that is the nice neat little package that was/is 2015 for me. All that is left now is to tend to my "completed games" list over in yonder thread and thats a wrap. Life is good.

63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 25, 2015, 11:16:46 PM
For whatever reason, I tend to see Cloud, Tifa, and Barret as the "default" party for this game.  You know, a guy, his girl, and his best bro.  Not that their relationships are anything like that simple, that's just the way I like to see it.

This is the "default" (re: only possible) party of like 60% of JRPGs that have parties, and their configuration is almost entirely Balanced/Mage/Fighter, Fighter/Healer/Mage or Fighter/Thief/Mage.

Luckily most JRPGs (final fantasy in particular) tend to be easy enough for you to take a tactical hit to use whomever you favor. That is, with the exception of some titles/instances, utilizing characters and parties with less that max potential won't really damn your chances at victory.

I always used Yuffie and Vincent in FF7. Setzer, Shadow and Relm in FF6. Plenty o' Ninja units in Tactics (its been awhile but I actually remember this being pretty effective). But the ultimate example of this is Suikoden 1 and 2. You could literally use whomever you want and totally trump just about everything in either game, which was AWESOME because I would NEVER have a party without Stallion in it!!

JOURNEY (PS4) --- This has to be the most over-rated game I have ever played. I am offended that I paid for this. Nice soundtack though.

OKAMI HD-- What a lovely and original title. Went into it not sure I wanted to "stick with it" or just try it out but I'll certainly run with this. Not gonna lie though, the visual style gets on my nerves a bit. It is pretty enough to look at stills but the blur effect and stylistically what they tried to achieve sort of hurts my eyes with graphical chaos to a point.
64  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 23, 2015, 11:44:29 PM
DARK SOULS 2/ Beat two bosses and lit primal bonfires then things went nuts. Feel like I'm approaching (false) endgame. I say its not really endgame because its entirely clear this title will have me playing it for quite a bit longer before I polish it off. There is just too much to do and, having become so invested in my character, I just can't turn a blind eye to it.

Typically at this point I would just polish this game off because I really want to play some other titles. With Souls in particular however, I'd actually rather just put it down for a breather than rush anything. These games are such unique experiences in and of themselves in contrast to other games.

Toying around with the idea of starting Okami HD (never played it) or maybe finally doing a run of Journey (never played that either), as a holiday treat to myself. Don't know. Either way, continuing to stroke my dark souls obsession through the holiday here seems... wrong or depressing even though I am indeed OBSESSED!!!

65  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 22, 2015, 12:03:21 AM
DARK SOULS 2 -- Nearing end game I think. Or at least the last few bosses. Finally discovered infusing and THANK GOD!! Saved my "Magic Assassin" build via magic claws damage output not being somewhat suitable. I've made this game so hard in the interest of light weaponry, fancy fashion souls ninja attire and a Bi-Polar build but by golly, the struggle was worth it. Its finally starting to gel into some type of coheesive character that works and that feels good.

RAYMAN LEGENDS -- I thought I put this down but  when I want a platformer I can't think of anything better to pick back up. Only a few stages to go and I've trumped the main game!

NOTE: I blame getting re-addicted to Rayman on you guys for talking about DK Country the other day. After reading I just couldn't help myself.
66  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 17, 2015, 07:43:47 PM
DARK SOULS 2 -- DaRk IdEnTit-eeeee CRISIS!!! Decided to take my Spellsword build and shift to a "quality"/ intelligence build instead once I realized I could indeed piece together a suitable outfit for... KULEYED THE SORCERER ASSASSIN NINJA OF DRANGLEIC!!

Models and armor sets in this game look terrible to me. I'm sort of amazed I was able to piece together something I like that doesn't look like an awkward hulking brute. I clearly have cranked up the difficulty a hair (for the time being) prioritizing my leveling around this goal whilst having seriously wasted some crafting resources and this has me questioning my logic. I just couldn't feel comfy looking at my character before.

If all goes wrong in the end, my stat goals will still make for a hell of a black knight/spellsword bastard build which bodes well enough with me.

I will say this. I have NEVER felt I had such precise control to really "create" my very own "class" if you will. The combos of weapons and armor you can string together for off the wall approaches to character builds that are effective is staggering and may in fact be the coolest part of this title for me. Its too bad 90% of them look ugly as sin! LoL
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 07, 2015, 10:19:06 PM
DARKSOULS 2 -- Hit a major difficulty wall in the Iron Keep. I was all "smooth sailing" until I hit here and now I'm getting F'ed up proper. But I did just upgrade the Bone Robe armor from the blood covenant shop and look good dying so theres that (fashion souls for what it is worth)

MAGICKA 2-- Charming little adventure. Solo run is complete. For a game seemingly designed for multiplayer, I found single player much more enjoyable. Not a life changing title but sure is a great little aside that really respects your time.
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced! on: December 07, 2015, 10:10:30 PM
Why is Kindaichi dressed as an alchemist? XD

Anyway, I agree, the battlesystem needs some work.
I hope the gameplay is less awful.  I loved everything about this game but the battle system kept me from beating it... 

I feel like it it was more the AI itself that needed help.  It is sad when to be good at a game you need to work to exploit a broken system. In Ni No's case it was maximizing the support characters as damage sponges and whoring out my controlled characters as pure offensive beasts because ANY OTHER formula that relied on my team doing ANYTHING USEFUL was a complete wasted effort.

That said, I cast my vote on this being the absolute best news of the past weekend for me. I loved Ni No Kuni and this was not expected so soon. I've been off the JRPG train for some time but I'll be back on for this one, rest assured.
69  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 01, 2015, 08:15:48 PM
MORTAL KOMBAT X----Let it be known on this fine day Kkyde has achieved his first victory in an online Mortal Kombat match ever!!! Ermac may not be Shadow by any measure but he is still a hell of Ninja in my book :)

Beat the story mode in MKX as well. It was brilliantly cinematic and awesome but not nearly as riveting as the MK9 story last gen, nor as challenging.

Kudos to MKX for getting me to still turn it on and play routinely after owning it since release. No other fighting game has ever held my attention that long. Come to think of it, not many fighting games hold my attention at all.

DARK SOULS 2 ----- I was almost beginning to think I had this game knocked. Dare I say it felt somewhat easy at points.... Then you hit something like the chariot boss and realize that was all a clever deceit as you incur a dozen deaths in a row before you stop counting.

Dragon's Crown - Picked this up as part of the co-op sale on PSN. Never played it before, and I must say I love it. Great mix of RPG & beat 'em up. There are too many inventory/dialogue screens for my son's tiny attention span, so I'm going it alone, but still having a great time.
I really like the art, and on that note, it's no secret that this game panders to lovers of big boobs (which includes me, so I'm happy!). Looking forward to the adventure.

Something about that game still tempts me to re-download to my PS3 and turn it back on. I already beat it twice to have a fleshed out Wizard and Elf for post game and never moved on but all this time after it still calls to me. Likewise, Muramasa and Odin Sphere appeal still lingered for me long after the credits rolled. I can only chalk it up to "Vanillaware Sorcery".

The Odin Sphere remake in the spring is without a doubt something I am looking forward to. I would have to say that it ranks with Dark Souls 3 as my "most anticipated" in the coming year to be honest.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: November 24, 2015, 07:58:16 PM

Anyone else see a strong resemblance to the Hensen puppet heroes from the movie Dark Crystal??

Now I like Dark Crystal, but this is NOT a compliment.

EDIT/ I feel like this is so obvious it may have already been brought up (unbeknownst to me). So if I am echoing something already expressed please forgive me.
71  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 24, 2015, 07:50:53 PM
I heard rumblings that it might be getting cancelled, but I can't find where I heard that now. Hope it's not true!

That would be HORRIBLY disappointing. I was looking forward to that.
72  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 22, 2015, 08:48:18 PM
More realistic would be the inclusion of trophy support from a selection out of a "PS2 Classics" library only available digitally. Because, ya know, a trophy or two would TOTALLY justify repurchasing a game for the second time right?? LoL
Lol....oh wait I've actually done that before. >.>

Don't feel bad, friend. While my statement was in jest, I too have purchased remasters for flimsy reasons and trophies. In truth, trophy support is about the only thing that could make this appealing to me. Otherwise I can't see it as anything other than just another way to play games from yesteryear and to me (showing my age) the ps2 era still seems somewhat modern and accessible.

If I want to play a retro hit I want something rare or, at the very least somewhat inaccessible now.

You wanna talk coooooool???? How about a partnership with Sega for CD, 32x, Saturn and Dreamcast Emu. Now that is something I would get behind. Imagine a "Working Designs" flash sale on the PSN network for Sega CD and Saturn titles priced 1-5 bucks a pop!! Playing something like Shining Wisdom, Albert Odyssey or Dragon Force on my PS4 would be pretty neat and is actually something I've had a hankering for.
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 21, 2015, 02:38:56 AM
Finally made to Diamond City at level 14. Had to turn a blind eye to a few things on the way. Are any quests missable if I progress like that?

EXAMPLE: right before diamond city I picked up a distress signal from a tower and chose to go to the city first. Will doing things like this cost me the chance to say, go back now and tend to that distress signal? I couldn't take it anymore. I had to move on!!! LoL
74  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: November 20, 2015, 07:51:28 PM
Looks like Sony has developed a PS2 emulator for the PS4.  It's currently unclear if we'll eventually be able to play our old PS2 discs, or if it's just going to be used to sell PS2 classics digitally.

I would be MEGA surprised if they made it so we could play from disc. In fact, I can't look at that as anything other than Sony obviously and willingly choosing to cost themselves profits whilst undermining the model of the digital game and the playstation store. Its nice to dream and all but disc support just seems too far fetched to me.

More realistic would be the inclusion of trophy support from a selection out of a "PS2 Classics" library only available digitally. Because, ya know, a trophy or two would TOTALLY justify repurchasing a game for the second time right?? LoL
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 20, 2015, 07:37:51 PM
@ ZeronH and D -- Thanks for getting back to me about the inventory inquiry the other day. Sorry I wasn't more prudent with my response (working like a demon this week, klyde is). And double thanks for the tips and making me feel more comfy with my approach/experience not being ass-nine. On that note, I will say that with a combo of all info offered herein by you guys there has been a real dent struck in how frustrating the menu surfing is. I hope there is a way to expand the shared inventory of workbenches as in Sanctuary, to other locals.

A shared workbench inventory that extended beyond sanctuary would make tons of sense here.

I was figuring this more like an ultimate vault hunter mode from borderlands style of enemy levels, where they are your level and simply go up when you level up.

I hate when enemy level scales with my own. Really takes the air out of the whole character progression for me to some extent. The worst case of this is when it actually makes things more difficult and unbalanced when you become too leveled.

(OPINION INCOMING)--Difficulty should scale with progress but NOT with progression of my level. It simply undermines leveling up to a greater or lesser degree depending. Now there are exceptions to this rule for me. A GOOD game will have other elements/mechanics inherent with leveling that still yield a distinct sense of strength/advantage over lesser enemies but this being pulled off right has proven to be the exception and not the rule (Borderlands 2 was a prime example of level scaling done right by my measure)
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