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61  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 24, 2016, 09:48:04 PM
If Dynasty Warriors ends up not being your cup of tea, you may want to try Samurai Warriors before completely giving up on the franchise. Dynasty Warriors missions are much less straightforward than SW, with objectives being fairly obtuse and often feeling impossible to complete because you're missing valuable information. I like the characters, weapons, and skills in SW more as well, and while there is still bullshit full-game expansion nonsense it's not nearly as prevalent as in DW.

For what it's worth, I can't stand Dynasty Warriors but I absolutely love Samurai Warriors. Basically, SW is a much more stylized and streamlined version of DW.

Was gonna go the SW route but I already own DW Empires 7. Got er' on sale awhile ago so I figured before making another investment I'd start there.
62  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 24, 2016, 01:08:06 PM
FALLOUT 4/ Holy cripes almighty! I tried so hard to give this another fair shot and ended up rage quitting over a glitch that may not have been a glitch but I couldn't tell because there are so many glitches.

Mind you, I've never once identified a "rage quit" before. In fact, I thought the notion silly. I played through Bloodborne and Dark Souls 2 back to back last year and never "raged". Silly term. But I get it now and anything that makes me feel that bad has crossed a line with me that no media should. I am officially not giving this title another second of my time.

NOTE: Fallout 4 is the only game I can think of I've ever put down after playing for over 30 hours. That type of investment time usually demands I see it through to the end. Guess there is a first for everything. Buh' bye Boston. I won't miss you.

WARFRAME/ Tried it. Cool game and great feeling gameplay for hack and slash-ee. Unfortunately this is waaaay too tech-tastic to appeal to me. Maybe sometime in the distant future my tastes may dictate otherwise, but the trek is strong with this one. Too strong for this guy thats for sure.

On deck now for my next "lets keep trying new things" effort, Dynasty Warriors Empires 7 which I've wanted to give a shot for a year or two now. Believe it or not, I've zero experience with these games. I'll return with the report tomorrow.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 24, 2016, 01:02:42 PM
This is a cool idea for a topic... I may have to steal it from you and credit you! :D
Also, hate is a bit of a strong word; I don't think I actively 'hate' anything that's meant to entertain.

Zelda Skyward Sword.  So many good ideas.  Wasted by wagging controller for 20 hours, empty sky, silly design choices, and repetitive boss fights and enemies.

Atelier/Disgaea/Gust/Nippon Ichi/etc music.  Their chipper sounds and lovely instruments (picking only the good ones!)...and a surprisingly low song count of tracks I actually like.  It's not all bad of course and I still have songs from these developers/series' in my game playlist, but definitely a case where I love everything about it on the surface and walk away really unimpressed.


No need to credit me. Credit Bethesda for releasing a game that insults me as a player constantly (albeit my fault, not the games) and makes me realize that you can in fact play open world-ee Fallout the "wrong way".

Your skyward sword point hits home with me. Amend and add a slew of other titles ruined by motion controls and tack that on my list.

Nippon music. Yup... Can't stand it. Sold every soundtrack from their LE's I owned actually.

Emotional intimacy.

Myself, in some capacity.

Anyone who's ever tried flirting at me.


I don't care if those were in jest or not. I'll take em. Totally not kidding when I say those are for real additions to my list. Maybe not for the same reasons as the next guy or gal, but I feel like anyone who can't identify a bit with those is not being honest with themselves. My personally spin on the flirting note--- "ANYONE WHOM IS A CLIENT OR PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP WHO FLIRTS WITH ME"
64  The Rest / General Discussions / The "I WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU" Thread on: February 22, 2016, 12:06:04 AM
I recently saw the DLC/Season Pass pricing fiasco with Fallout 4 and was about to jump on it before the cost increased. I figured I'd better **MAKE SURE** I wanted to play the game since I already dropped it once.  This led me to one of the worst scenario's I encounter with some media (and the point of this thread).

In short, I wanna love Fallout 4 BUT I FREAKIN' HATE IT!! The game doesn't respect my time AT ALL. Everything takes forever in a day to do. In the time I could manage a somewhat rewarding play session with another title, I've MAYBE managed my inventory and reached the threshold of frustration here.

FO4 is a superb game (clearly) but in no way does it prove enjoyable for me personally. This bums me out because I love the idea of it. I want to be enthralled with the time I spend playing it, immersed in my wasteland exploits and not completely frustrated.

So onto the whole point of the post....

What games/movie/media do you WISH you could love, or like the idea of, that become a complete let-down when you actually try to experience them? Here a few of mine real quick.

FALLOUT 4/ (See above)

FINAL FANTASY XIII/ Not only did following the plot jar me, but XIII-2 proved causation for the only case of severe motion sickness I've ever experienced.

D-GRAY MAN (anime)/ Seemed to really be something I would be into. Or at least something I could have been really into 15 years ago. I burned myself out on anime and wish I discovered this series long before that happened.

DISCWORLD (Terry Pratchet Novels)/ What I know of the Disc and Pratchett's writing I loved. But I tried too many times to indulge this media at the worst junctures of my life and just find the thought of it too bitter by association to really enjoy.

SUBTITLES (general)/ I have always been hard pressed to enjoy any movie/show with subtitles. I tend to be a hardcore multi-task sort of dude when it comes to tv watching and movies and you sort of have to pay attention to the screen for subs to be effective. This character flaw of mine has really barred me from seeing and indulging quite a few things that looked otherwise enticing.


Mmmmmkay thats my list to get her rolling. Curious to hear what you guys wanna love but can't.
65  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Rocky and Bullwinkle / Fractured Fairy Tales on: February 14, 2016, 03:27:38 PM
This has truly been eye opening. I think I need to re-assess just how much standard-classic-cartoon exposure I've had. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am aware of quite a few "classics" but nothing really caught my interest aside from the Rocky and Bullwinkle here.

EDIT: Worth noting I also really like Mr. Magoo (recently discovered it on Hulu)
66  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Rocky and Bullwinkle / Fractured Fairy Tales on: February 13, 2016, 11:36:56 AM
As someone who never really had typical exposure in terms of cartoons, I just discovered Rocky and Bullwinkle.

This is brief and to the point. I need express mondo appreciation for the "Fractured Fairy Tales" segment of the cartoon.

Also worth noting that I am NOT a ninja who generally likes anything comedic but for some reason these things have me rolling.

A quick youtube search yields  a few fractured playlists for anyone wondering what I am talking about. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE288392E5B0D41DD

67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 13, 2016, 11:31:54 AM


Don't know what it is about Kemco RPG's that ALWAYS tempt me. I know they are not exactly the most substantial packages, in a manner of speaking, but every time I see one I'm tempted. Thank god they aren't on PSN or I'd probably have impulse-purchased away quite a bit of coin by now.

Probably because their anime artists aren't half bad most of the time (especially if you have an affinity to anime). Unfortunately, they're the best things about those garbage games (unless they got a bad artist, in which case lolol).

Thats the nail on the head right there.

Truth is, I'm a sucker for a pretty face. Aesthetics can be a real make it or break it for me. The whole reason I even got into FPS titles was the presentation and art in borderlands. I wanted to love it so much because of "peeerrrty!!" I ended up a fan of the genre entirely as a result.

FAT PRINCESS ADVENTURES: Onto chapter 3. I can safely say I love this Diablo-Light title. This is what I always imagined would happen if Diablo and Secret of Mana had a baby that was adopted and raised by a Double Fine writer. In short, the game is charming, enchanting, child-like in presentation yet oddly gross in its violence and the package comes off as a wonderful blend.

Combat itself feels good and the single player experience thus far is just challenging enough to make it "stategy oriented button mashing". Running smooth as butter with quick pick up and play action, this title makes for top-down arcade-ey pleasure with loot around every bend.

This game may not win any awards but I can safely say I will thoroughly enjoy it through to the end. IMO this beats the original FP title (although nothing like it) hands down.
68  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 13, 2016, 08:46:52 AM
Don't know what it is about Kemco RPG's that ALWAYS tempt me. I know they are not exactly the most substantial packages, in a manner of speaking, but every time I see one I'm tempted. Thank god they aren't on PSN or I'd probably have impulse-purchased away quite a bit of coin by now.

Speaking of impulse purchasing. The V-Day flash sale on PSN has Divinity OS up. I know it is a good game. I know I want to play it. REALITY --- I DO NOT HAVE TIME IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE and I would shoot my X-COM and Borderlands time straight to hell if I started something like Divinity now. I gotta be a strong Ninja here and say "NO"

69  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 12, 2016, 06:27:39 PM
About to finish Persona 2: Innocent Sin and I'm worried that jumping directly into Eternal Punishment will cause me to lose interest the same way that playing 100 hours of Digital Devil Saga did.

maybe I'll just to go back and finish DDS2.

I took the plunge and did both back to back. Funny enough the second was very refreshing in a number of ways (I distinctly found battles MUCH easier to digest and the overall presentation was better IMO). Not saying I wasn't ready be done with it by the time I reached the finale' of EP but the two flowed together too nicely as one cohesive experience for me to suggest going about it any other way. I say DO IT!! Though I HAVE been known to be somewhat self punishing so maybe it is not wise to listen to me.
70  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 05, 2016, 09:59:24 PM
Don't know how I got this or when, but it appears I've had "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" sitting on my PS3 forever. Gave it a whirl expecting to not be too moved. Pleasantly surprised here.

Tried "Helldivers" because it is the PS+ sony offering this month. Gave it a whirl expecting to like it as much as "Magicka 2". Totally NOT digging this as much as Magicka AT ALL. Cool part of Magicka was it made single player viable albeit difficult. Helldivers does not provide you this luxury. It is multiplayer or bust here. Gameplay wise I am impressed but that is about where the awesome ends for me. Not indulging this one any longer.

BORDERLANDS 2 TPS/ Loving it for being Borderlands yet resenting it for the inclusion of the gravity and space mechanics. At first I thought "oh cool new gameplay elements!" but before long it felt more like "Argh gameplay elements that I should not have to struggle with in an FPS-RPG". Mind you, the space mechanics aren't a horribly large gripe of mine, but certainly enough to aggravate me here and there.

In other news....

Helldivers gave me a serious itch for X-Com (again)

Dice talking about buying a 360 controller and Undertale made me wanna buy a 360 controller and Undertale. This somehow made me think of how I never played Phantasy Star and makes me wonder how much of a pain it would be to make a JP PSN account and buy the collection from the JP PSN.

^^^ This is a mute point because I know I don't have the time at the moment to indulge such desires but I'd be lying if I said I didn't romance the thought.
71  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 30, 2016, 08:37:05 PM
Earfbound: Finishing up Tuscon Twoson, now to help The Blues Brothers Runaway Five on their mission from god and peel away to Threed in their Crazy Dodge Bus. At least with Paula on my team, my TPK rate has gone down dramatically. Party members. The necessity of oldskool JRPGs.


You are smack dab in the midst of my favorite leg of that game. Something about right where you are at up to the end of the Threed events are just "oh so memorable" to me.

BIG week for Klyde. Ninja everywhere are celebrating my triumph over RAYMAN LEGENDS (beat) and TOMB RAIDER GUARDIAN OF LIGHT (beat). Two games with serious fun-factors that respected my time proper. Can't say I can really think of any games that yielded such enjoyable "1/2 hour or under" play-sessions.

DARK SOULS 2/ While I beat the game last week, post game was calling me. Thing is, it was more calling to my "Souls Addiction" than anything else. I'm gonna place this down and keep post game DLC stuff in my back-pocket for a rainy day. Something about playing Bloodborne twice than Dark Souls 2 has worn me down. The addiction is strong, but it feels more like a "punishing-habbit" than "gaming" at this point. I've never felt like putting down a title/franchise was such a matter of self control and discipline as it is with these games.

(Started) BORDERLANDS 2 THE PRE-SEQUEL/ Loving the characters thus far. Tried a few to start. The Jack double was gonna be my pick but its just way more fun to play as Nisha. This game is just what I needed after so long with Souls. Talk about refreshing.

Considering possibly hopping into another less demanding title for shits and giggles. Maybe hard-mode Dragons Crown, Monster World IV or something equally as mindless and "pick-up and play".
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 23, 2016, 04:37:51 PM
MY KINGDOM FOR A GRILLED CHEESE!!!!

I can't have cheese nor bread for that matter.

It has been well over a decade without a grilled cheese which, by my measure, is longer than anyone should have to endure. I still recall the last grilled sandwich I made was a grilled peanut butter and fluff morsel for an (EX) girlfriend long ago. The aroma still lingers.... of the sandwich that is.
73  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 21, 2016, 04:42:39 PM
@Klyde_Chroma - Almost didn't see the "2" part, thought you beat the first one again. =P
Good on ya. Were you playing the "Sins of the Scholar" portions, too?



Playing "SotFS" on PS4 but being that I didn't play the vanilla title, I'm not sure what is "new" or "different". Jumped into some post game/ stuff I didn't get to, during my main game. Wowee does the difficulty of some areas ramp up. I think I need to put this down for now and come back to it at a later date when I'm ready. I've been playing somewhat steadily since september and while I'm still addicted, I've had my fill for the time being.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 20, 2016, 04:56:03 PM
Cars and cold weather. The 2 topics seriously go hand in hand for me at present. It is a bitter week in the armpit of America here (single digit temps) and Klyde decided to give up driving months ago. I erroneously believed traversing everywhere on foot would be a healthy way to approach life. That is, I thought that until this week. ***COLD***

The other night I got in after traveling on foot from roughly 3pm til 10pm. I arrived to a blown furnace. ****COLDER****

4 HRs later, covered in oil I had to get a midnight-call heating dude to come out and fix the issue. Big bill. ****HEAT ON and yet STILL COLD***

NOTE: The aforementioned log chronicles a lousy night (for anyone speculating)
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: January 20, 2016, 04:39:29 PM
DARK SOULS 2 has been "Klyded"

The end

Numero uno of 2016 and not a journey I will soon forget (Nor put down for awhile given the post game content)
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