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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 20, 2015, 08:31:39 AM
Man, I'm absent for a few weeks and I miss a new "top RPG list" thread.  Lists are a guilty pleasure of mine. Late the party is better than not showing up at all though so here goes!

1. Secret of Mana
2. Mass Effect
3. Persona 3 (even though I only gave it one playthrough and my recall is fuzzy)
4. Chrono Trigger
5. Seiken Densetsu 3 (Secret of Mana 3)
5. Final Fantasy 6
6. Tales of Vesperia
7. Bloodborne
8. Persona 2 EP/IS *counting as a single game
9. Lunar Silver Star Story Complete
10. Borderlands 2

Yea, in the land of Klyde these are all RPGs although some are without a doubt heavily action. Dispute this and it shall rain shurikens of pointless subjective debate and I've stocked 99 "opinions" to dispense on the matter. In short, my definition of RPG is looser than most, I am certain.

Now moving on.


11. Breath of Fire 3
12. Suikoden 2
13. Tales of Graces F
14. Disgaea
15. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
16. Earthbound
17. Terranigma
18. Shadow Hearts
19. Dragon Age Origins
20. X-Com Enemy Within/Unknown

- Wilds Arms Alter Code F
- Disgaea D2
-Legend of Mana
-Star Ocean 2
-Final Fantasy 4 *PSP remake with uber-pretty spritework
-Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky
-Growlanser 3

NOTE: I haven't gotten to Mass Effect 2 and 3 but I would imagine they would/will fall in with Mass Effect 1. Also, I have not yet finished Bloodborne but would honestly be an utter liar if I didn't include it on the list with the potential to move on up the ranks.
62  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 20, 2015, 08:02:13 AM
Played Chapter Zero of Hyperdimension Neptunia U today. Or as it might also be known: Bounce around between UPS and Amazon to get the shipping address corrected.

You can also just say "I played Not Witcher 3 today"

(I have no interest in that series. Just don't like the idea of a sandbox RPG where you're given a specific character to play.)

God, I'm glad someone else said it!

I am TOTALLY of the same camp on the "character" thing. This strikes me as odd considering I was essentially raised on games where your cast in the shoes of another but for some reason it just turns me off completely with certain titles (the witcher series being one).

I feel like one of the cornerstones of the sandboxy-western-RPG for me is in the extra degree of immersion character creation provides. Consequently, character creation itself provides enough "comfort" for me to enjoy something that is otherwise totally outside the realm of anything I thought I'd like. Case and point, Mass Effect. I LOVED ME1 and am dying to get to ME2 primarily because of the freedom to break the mold with MC so much.
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 19, 2015, 07:52:24 AM
Stan Andrews - Did a woozie moo mission. Photographed a ball. Park.

Yakuza 2 - Got up to chapter 3, then I wandered around stealing locker keys. Need to do more claw game stuff.

I've wanted to get to the Yakuza games since Shen in the ye' old days of lost sega consoles.

Mesh, I swear, your remarkable talent for playing games I long to get to beyond my own current agenda is matched here only by Dice.

Anyhow. Moving on. I feel like I finally am not sucking at playing games again after the last month.

BLOODBORNE/ This game is incredible in so many subtle ways. Most notable to me ATM is how quickly I was able to pick up after my gaming hiatus and still feel so connected to the world. Its been a long time since stage design and layout had such a large impact on my experience. To expand on my praise of environments, its cool how they made such a dark and punishing atmosphere so colorful and beautiful. Not once yet have I felt bored with a lack of variety or oppressed by the style. This really is as regal and dare I say "pretty" as "dark and gothic" can get by my estimate.

As I lay down to go to bed last night, I couldn't help but think "Man, Bloodborne is like what Zelda would be if they made it for folks in their late 20's/early 30's with screwed up childhoods." 
64  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 15, 2015, 04:39:07 AM
Finally tried to get back to the gaming agenda after weeks of absence to take care of "life" and "career" stuff.

I managed 2 levels in bloodborne. I'm doing GREAT :/

Seriously need to find the 25th hour of the 8th day of the week for my sanity at this point.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 05, 2015, 02:05:14 PM
Well I've been absent for a moment. Why, you ask? Well folks, I'm somewhat proud to report I got struck by some odd compulsion to tend to professional life for a minute. This became quasi-nutso' motivation to pull off some big things professionally.

For the last few weeks I've done nothing but work. Literally the sum of my game time only equated to about a 5 or 6 level jump in bloodborne.

I am posting and telling on myself because this is normalcy. This community is part of what I love. And if I don't take measure to reanimate this now, these last 3-4 weeks of "all work and no play" could get too comfortable for me. There has been stretches of my life where I have found no time for anything but art for periods of months at a time and while productive, totally rob me of my ability to "smell the roses" in a manner of speaking.

In short, a life without games and a life without RPGFan (even if it is chalk full of art) is no life for Klyde. But I'd be a terrible liar if I pretended for a moment that I don't have an extremely unhealthy tendency towards filling my entire waking life with what I think I "should" do and none of what I "want". Anyone with a shred of wisdom knows success only comes to he who can balance those factors. I seem to royally suck in the balance department sometimes.

66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bloodborne on: April 05, 2015, 09:15:40 AM
Ok, this game is officially fantastic in my book. Like, I can really see myself being one of those loser fanboy types that tout this as the greatest thing that ever came into being- quality good (I harbor a strong disdain for that type on unquestioning sentiment and fandom, mind you).

This has me so wrapped up I forgot I have other games to play. So far I think only borderlands 2 briefly achieved that with me, but while this is mesmerizing, borderlands was more of a loot addiction.

All I can say that has not been said a hundred and one times in reviews is by no stretch do I find this game hard in a frustrating or off-putting sense. Beyond that crucial point (the game being fun) the pace of progress is rapid compared to most I've played. My fear of agonizing repeats of things infinitely to "get it" is unfounded. What i am getting at is you dont have to die here and lather rinse repeat if you play smart which makes this all the more rewarding. The balance between potential death and failure (which is always a real possibility) and the ability to endure, survive and triumph is damn near perfectly executed in what I've played this far.

Demon souls made me want to smash things whereas bloodborne just makes me want to get out of work and turn on my ps4 because who the hell knows what I may slay or discover next. And of course I'm going to doing all my hunting in uber-classy attire in a style that hasn't been done to death already.

If these comments come off strong or over the top in their capacity to sing praise it is indeed my aim.

Edit: at mrchoppy: if you like using the gun for stuns I suggest the blunderbuss. I just switched to it and makes stuns way easier to achieve. My motto thus far is "one enemy at a time= minimal dying". Draw enemies aggression to you one by one and kill patiently to minimize needless deaths here, at least so far in early areas.
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bloodborne on: April 02, 2015, 11:47:36 PM
Well after finishing type 0 yesterday I decided to give bloodborne a shot to see if it was even something I wanted to indulge. In less than a full 24 hours I've easily played for 8. I got the game, played for 3 hours took a nap and then played for something in the realm of 5 or more (basically right until I had to work). This game hooks you fast.

Mind you, this is coming from a guy who was not enticed by demon souls or dark souls. Whatever those games lacked in terms of holding my interest, bloodborne clearly has corrected from my vantage point. I honestly expected to not really like this game at all and was more curious than anything else, but paint this Klyde surprised and totally engrossed upon initial impressions.

Doesn't hurt that the character creation is freakin' great to boot.
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: April 02, 2015, 02:23:19 AM
Ok it's official, one run is enough for me. After the last chapter and ending I don't even know what to say or think. That's probably because I am apparently not supposed to get it yet. And that my friends is bullshit.

Happy as I am that I experienced this, I will not be returning for sometime to fill in the blanks. An experience I will not forget that will sort of hurt to remember in some senses.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: April 01, 2015, 10:23:47 AM
Happy to see my sentiments are shared.

@dice/ I totally keep playing despite any gripes. The addictive qualities of what works are strong with this one boy. Something about the pace of the gameplay and battles just feels good in spite of everything else. I also wish for some better integration of magic and while we are at it how abouts a better way to toggle my equipped item whilst fighting!!

As for chapter 8, I'll totally sign up on the "WTF" going around. I know I'm not seeing everything but they seriously could have fleshed some this out a bit better.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: March 31, 2015, 09:40:42 AM
The amount of content you are barred from in this game without power leveling or doing things on consecutive plays is nuts. And by nuts I mean slightly discouraging. It is like they dangle in front of you the fact you are really only in the preliminaries from chapter 5 on.

Just got to chapter 8 and don't feel like I've seen nor completed a fraction of this game. I don't know whether to consider such a demand on the player to do more playthroughs a design flaw or clever bait.

If nothing else I can safely say the structure of all this coupled with the mechanics has made this one of the most unique final fantasy experiences to date for me.
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bloodborne on: March 24, 2015, 04:39:03 AM
but like with Souls is for the best to focus on it as much as you can to get the most out of it (I said that from my personal experience with the series).

I decided to heed your words buddy, thanks for the advice. This would make an awesome halloween/fall game judging from what I've seen of the aesthetic... Not a far fetched notion for me considering all the crap I have/want to play ATM.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bloodborne on: March 23, 2015, 03:04:55 PM

Is it madness to consider getting/playing this while I am playing type-0?? I am having fun with Type-0 and all but my curiosity with Bloodborne is a seperate entity entirely. Don't know if I should wait until I have literally nothing else on the plate in terms of gaming or grab her to quell my interest.

My experience with Dark Souls is very limited but it leads me to believe that this game would be more enjoyable alongside other less stressful and dark titles. Hence, it may prove a nice foil to other stuff I'm playing without the strict desire to play it through (Bloodborne that is) start to finish. Another part of me fears totally shooting myself in the foot with "overwhelming gaming agenda" by having this, Type-0 going, and Mass Effect 2 on deck in the not so distant future.

Ok that last sentence I typed made me pretty sure it is indeed madness to grab this off PSN tonite at midnight, but I would still like some community input on this if anyone would be so kind to offer it.

73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: March 22, 2015, 12:27:01 AM

Again, fantastic idea, but couldn't have been executed more poorly.

The more I play this the more my sentiment becomes this ^^.

I keep catching myself feeling like there is so much "awesome" here with "if only" attached to just about all of it.

I don't think I need to flesh that statement out as mostly everything was touched upon already and really don't wanna bitch too much cause in truth I am loving this so far (Chapter 4 currently).

So, on a positive note I LOVE the alternate outfits. Best of all they are wearing your attire of choice for in game story sequences and whatnot. Nothing breaks immersion worse for me than a costume change for a cut scene. Particular love for Seven and Trey's summer garments.

For anyone who got through chapter 3, who felt a wee bit of nostalgia traversing the map before the last chapter 3 mission???? Did anyone else feel that useless 2 minutes of map traversing was nothing more then a nod to a certain past titles opening?
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: March 18, 2015, 10:05:19 PM
Now lets imagine for a moment FFXIII was called "Lightning Strikes", do you really think the number of complaints as to the nature of games content would have been so great?

This has been brought up many times before. We all here know the answer and it doesn't matter.

It only matters in respect to our discussion in that it illustrates my point. That is, a name implies something and sets a standard of expectations be it right or wrong.  Type-0 delivers on the Final Fantasy name IMO.

SECRET MISSIONS/ In case anyone else couldn't figure it out either, I finally got it!! Leave the game on the title screen but don't play for a few hours, load your "Mid Training" data and you magically get experience. Haven't confirmed if it works with the system off yet.

DIFFICULTY/ Does anyone know if there is a content penalty for playing on Cadet?? I have been playing on Officer just in case, because I heard rumor that certain things can only be done/seen on officer and up but I haven't been able to confirm this. I ask because some of these side missions are seemingly impossible without turning down the difficulty, grinding my ass off or simply tackling them on New Game +
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: March 18, 2015, 06:49:12 PM
4-5 hours in and I can certainly say this game "feels" like a "Final Fantasy" in a way that XIII through XIII-3 did not.

Whatever does that mean anyway?

I've seen people arguing that FF hasn't feel like FF since between FFVII-XII. Though, IX was very much a tribute from everything that came before it. That said, anything after a certain point takes and builds from concepts of what is associated with the series rather than the definition that Sakaguchi give to FF years ago, but that same definition is completely different by how the series is understood by certain, if not most, fans and also how the projects are handled with getting bigger and bigger in production with each project.

It is obviously a perceptual and subjective matter. No one can be "right" in this discussion as what feels like an FF title to me may not to you. I imagine it comes down to your first and/or most defining experiences with the franchise.

My statement was broad in the sense that the FF franchise has always had a signature whimsy with a touch of intelligence presented with melodramatic storytelling art and music, all blanketed in Fantasy/Fantastic guises be it Sci-Fantasy or straight up sword and sorcery. With as many entries as the series has had certain things have come to be expected (as Dice appropriately expressed). The expected elements are present in abundance here. Those expected elements have either been completely void or included in a perverse fashion from what I had "come to expect" in recent (XIII) entries.

Mind you, I also am of the camp that XIII isn't bad by any means but Type-0 gracefully presents a ton of the XIII lore in a way that just comes across as Final Fantasy appropriate to me. They pad the fact with orchestral rehashes of the tunes I adored since childhood. Which helps.

Case and point, the L'Cie in Type 0 vs. L'Cie in XIII. The simple shift in making the L'Cie working with a charge given by the "Crystal" instead of "Fal Cie". To expand, here we seen terms like "Magicite" and "Magitek Armor" being thrown around right from the gate. This language, coupled with a wee bit less bat-shit-crazy-sci-fi art direction and an OST to die for culminates in "feeling like final fantasy" for me personally.

Finally though, I would like to reiterate that this is conversation and NOT debate. I would express my view similarly if we spoke about how jarring it felt to pick up Tactics when it first came out ages ago. The long and short of it is as follows, the whole franchise is a beautiful thing and I appreciate each entry for different reasons however some would have been easier to walk into had they been given entirely different titles altogether.

Parasite Eve is totally accepted as Parasite Eve but imagine had it been called "Final Fantasy Parasite". I would bet a testicle that people would have had unreasonable expectations in terms of content. Now lets imagine for a moment FFXIII was called "Lightning Strikes", do you really think the number of complaints as to the nature of games content would have been so great?

Just so you know, Dice. I wasn't talking in defense of the XIII series.

My initial statement was speaking with XIII in mind, which is probably why we are discussing this. I made sure to state that because I didn't want my meaning to be misunderstood.


QUESTION?? How the hell does secret training work when it saves my game with "Mid Training" tag and shoots me back to the title screen?

STATEMENT!! Trey, Sice and Seven, FOR THE WIN!! No Rem hate intended by way of exclusion (sorry D)
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