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601  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.
602  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.
603  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.

604  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 23, 2014, 05:02:23 PM
God I played Xenoblade so wrong!

I totally relied on Sharla for healing, controlled Dunban more then half the time because I'm way more a "Dunban" than I am a "Shulk", didn't figure out the finer points of crafting until late game and did damn near every sidequest I could as soon as they opened up. No wonder it took me 150 hours to complete.

Looking back, I'm sort of amazed I finished it at all like that to be honest. The last dungeon areas and bosses took me FOREVER!! LoL

XILLIA 2 POST GAME/ Grinding away. 2 elite monsters left, got enough to pay off my debt and making run after run through the EX dungeon. I really need to be done with this soon.

PSN SALE OF THE DEAD/ Bought Dante's inferno bundle for 5.99 because that is too cheap to not buy. I feel like an idiot when I do this. The game really doesn't look too much like anything I'd normally appreciate  but it may be the closest thing I can ever experience to God of War (and enjoy). Something about Kratos always made me feel a strong distaste for God of War. Then again I try to keep an open mind. I ended up with Borderlands 2 on whim thinking I'd hate it and fell head over heels so I try to remain optimistic with impulse purchases anymore.
605  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 21, 2014, 11:25:20 PM
Square and consequently Square Enix is like that uber-popular band you loved since the first album, but their second album had a crazy popular top 40's tune and now you don't even want to count yourself amongst the fanbase openly because of what it could falsely indicate about your taste and sensibility. And of course you hate that top 40's song and really only now appreciate the band for helping mainstream a sound that once resonated with you.

^^ That is how I feel about Square at least.

If I said I loved Square, what I would truly be saying is that I loved SoM, and what they managed to get on the shelf of my local blockbuster back in the early 90's. I respect the fact that were it not for them I would not have discovered my primary love in terms of media, across the board, until much later in life.

Sadly, if I do indeed say I love Square amongst most anyone at present its immediately assumed I am Kingdom Hearts/FF7/FF10 fan. It is like saying I love early nineties rock so people just assume I'm a pearl jam fan. These assumptions fall a fair distance from the truth in my case.

This soliloquy has forced me to adjust my question from the dice thread: is there any Square or Square Enix game you don't actively hate on at every opportunity? You don't seem to miss a beat around here.

Maybe I'm totally off base, but I sort of developed the impression that Aeolus is hyper-critical of every game he writes about. I'm positive I've seen his posts pick apart the technical aspects of games he has openly admitted loving, with a pretty remarkable recall for detail. I think I love reading Aeolus' posts for that very reason. LoL
606  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 20, 2014, 07:15:50 PM
Finally gave up on Xenoblade (for now, maybe), I'm 18 hours in and absolutely nothing of interest has happened yet.  When's it supposed to get interesting??? Fetch quests were trite like 15 year ago and it seems like this game has been almost nothing but so far.  I also keep waiting for the part when everyone's horrible accents start to shift from annoying to endearing and I'm beginning to doubt that will ever come.  It's a shame because I'm a fan of the Terry Pratchett Discworld series, so the idea of a game set on the body of a massive celestial being really appealed to me. It kinda saddens me that, other than FFXIII (which everyone else seems to hate), the most recent (ie. the newest) JRPG that really sucked me in was Persona 3 and I played that 6 years ago.

On a positive note (and to that same end), I started FFIV: The complete collection last night (after finally recovering from Saturday's hangover) and it's a 100 times better than I remembered it being.  Granted, I last played the thing in 1994 (I was 10) and I had almost no idea what was going on, but Jesus Christ this is a good game.

When you decide to pick up Xenoblade again just stop doing the quests. That is when it starts getting interesting.

+1 for being a discworld fan my friend. Many hours of my youth were spent in Ankh Morpork and various locals (played the discworld MUD from the ages of like 12-17 off and on) after discovering the lovely franchise in my high school library.

+1 to anyone else who wasted vast amounts of there life with text based multi-user domain games.

And as a final note on FFIV complete collection splendor, I want to echo my rant from earlier this year whilst playing and just say this port had the most beautiful SNES-sprite-rework EVER by this ninja's estimate.

XILLIA 2/ Got my debt 3/4 paid off and got through the EX dungeon far enough to start claiming bell rewards. I think I over-prepared before entering though, having already taken out all but a few elite monsters. Final endings are fast approaching.

XCOM BUREAU DE-CLASSIFIED/ I can't understand for the life of me why this game got shit on so bad by fans and reviewers. It isn't perfect but it sure as hell isn't bad. I actually really love it. I feel like if X-files and the original twilight zone had a baby it would be this. Perfect fit to tend to my rare desire for something a bit spooky and extra-terrestrial. I really wish RE6 felt a little more like this. Then again I also wish RE6 had a totally different plot, breed of "zombie", and atmosphere as well.

An observation of mine about my personal taste in Zombies after qualifying as a self proclaimed veteran undead hunter this season. I don't like plague zombies at all. I like my zombies to be night of the living dead style. The end. 
607  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Mana series retrospective. on: October 19, 2014, 12:02:28 AM
This is one of the most epic posts by a new member ever.

Kudos to you for being thorough sir. Ironically Mana has been a topic over in the game journal as well. Maybe this all means something????

Either way Aesir, nice to see the Mana love buddy. Flawed as the series is in damn near every installment, the magic of it all cannot easily be denied. I count the franchise amongst my favorites.

608  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2014, 04:43:54 PM
Instead of mixing up my Xillia 2 post game time with starting Lost Odyssey just yet, I am thinking of squeezing in a little more halloween gaming. Even though I've completed 3 halloween games already and some seasonally appropriate DLC I've one more desire to entertain. X-Com Bureau declassified is now on the table.

I've played quite a bit of X-Com and just really want to putz around with this for a bit to quell my curiosity even if it sucks. The fact that its got grey aliens and a twilight zone-50's setting make it spook-tacular enough for the season for me. Something about "twilight zone" feeling stuff  reminds me of halloween even though it isn't REALLY appropriate. I think have already killed enough zombies for 2 seasons to be honest, my alien count pales in comparison.
609  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 18, 2014, 04:35:10 PM
Instead of tattooing tonite, I am doing "professional" face painting/make up for some girls who are going to a halloween party and want to be real done up. If I have the dexterity to tattoo, I should be able to manage this right??? LoL

This is going to be interesting.

I am thankful every day for finally leaving my parent's house, I visit on the weekends and that's it ever since I went to university, never again am I going to live there.. My father is the very definition of getting furious over the most inconsequential details of all fucking time all the time.

Your a better person than me, friend. The only way my family sees me is the come visit at my home which is a rarity. I just can't EVER go back to living with family, the thought paralyzes me to be honest. I've said it before whilst discussing fAmIly MaTtErs on here and I'll say it again, family is most easily loved and appreciated AT A DISTANCE.

Then again I am strangely set in my ways for being only 3 decades old. I can't imagine living with anyone to be honest. I don't play well with others.
610  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 17, 2014, 06:19:43 PM

EDIT: I spoke too soon. Its only been a few hours and I'm already obsessing over Xillia 2 again. Looks like I can't get to lost odyssey with peace of mind just yet, as I'm fairly certain I'll be turning tales back on the second I'm through with work tonite. I'm gonna have to go to rehab for Xillia 2. The withdrawals when I finally get the last 2 endings and put this down are gonna be hard to suffer.

Hell I loved it too, a definite vast improvement and good way to make the characters feel more like "Tales characters" and less generally irritating like they were in Xill1.  I feel it's still tough to review given the amount of recycling, because it really is bad and the world of Elympios and Rieze Maxia aren't terribly fun to explore (at all), and the gameplay (while extremely concise and to the point and void of padding) only redeems so much.

Argh.  I don't know.  WHAT TO THINK>>>>??

Xillia 2 does have the uncanny ability to hook you with what it does soooooo freakin' right, only to punish you in its tedium and poor world design. Not like this bitter sweet flavor is unfamiliar in the land of the JRPG but Xillia 2 lays it on THICK. Worse yet is not the re-use of old environments (that sucked to begin with) but the demand on the player to return to each so many times.

And yet the cast, battle gameplay, intuitive U.I and charm of title keep me in love. The good outweighs the bad by a landslide for me. The only thing I cannot forgive really is the lack of new environments. Picking this up I had the appetite for some real Tales quality dungeons and puzzles. By my count there was only 1 single satisfying dungeon design in the whole game (mind you I didn't venture through the post game dungeon yet) and its ironically one of the only environments you never return to.

After a serious 2 sessions of post game shenanigans I think I'm gonna have to start Lost Odyssey while making Xillia 2 post game a weekend thing. I can see myself really burning out on it and hating it pretty fast at this point if I don't curb my enthusiasm to see it through to its final ends.

611  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 17, 2014, 06:04:16 PM
First the window gets smashed, then the stereo gets ripped out, and now they just went ahead and took the whole truck. Fucking cocksockers.  I never drive it since I just ride my bike everywhere, but I really think I need to move to a better neighborhood. This shit is happening way too often.

Golly friend, that is just not something you should ever have to deal with. People never cease to amaze me with scummy behavior. This very same thing just happened to a friend of mine.

Ironically I had some vehicular haps myself. I was stuck in wal-mart parking lot last night for over 3 hours because my key got stuck in my ignition. 2 bottles of grease, 2 wicked finger blisters, innumerable amounts of swearing amidst bouts of sobbing whilst I jiggled, pushed and pulled and FINALLY the key came out. The night was a real bust as a result. Never even made it to work.
612  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 17, 2014, 05:57:25 PM
Cyril, that info is golden my friend. Can't thank you enough. Difficulty is certainly cranked up in post game. Got my affinity up for Leia and Jude already, beat 7 or 8 elite EX bosses and figured its time to head into the dungeon.

I will say this however, post game feels preeeeettttty grind-eeee! LoL

I actually don't think it unwise to start Lost Odyssey while tackling this on the side in the interest of my sanity.
613  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: October 16, 2014, 09:42:55 PM
Well I've said it a number of times already but Xillia 2 really has a hold on me guys. Usually when I finish a game, I put it down for awhile. Rarely do I consider taking on post game challenges and usually put it off for some time.

Well I was gonna start Lost Odyssey and get to post game Xillia 2 at a later date. But I simply can't get it out of my head. For the first time, in a long time, I have moved swiftly into post game only a week or two after getting the good and normal endings. I can't even think of the last game that coaxed me into post game content immediately like this.

So on that note, what do you guys suggest I move towards first. The arena or paying off my debt? Additionally am I shooting myself in the foot here in terms of commitment? I want to get the last two endings but I don't want to sign off on another months worth of this game (amazing as it has proved to be for me).
614  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 06:03:06 PM
Ouch. Not being able to change text speed is a silly but BIG pet peeve of mine. That is like on the level of an FF6 character without sprint shoes for me.

Anyhow, I moved onto post game Xillia 2 after completing the bad ending, good ending and normal ending. No one can argue post game Xillia 2 lacks content thats for sure. I don't think however, at the time being I can undertake it all. I really dedicated myself to my Xillia time and I just need a break/something new.
I've been nickel and diming Borderlands 2 but I need to feed my JRPG appetite and while borderlands is all sorts of awesome as an alternative game to play, I'm moving onto Lost Odyssey for now.

With the suspicion that I will be buying a PS4 sooner rather than later I want to get to lost odyssey so I can comfortably retire the Xbox360. Not to mention I've wanted to give lost odyssey ago since like, early june-ish maybe??

EDIT: I spoke too soon. Its only been a few hours and I'm already obsessing over Xillia 2 again. Looks like I can't get to lost odyssey with peace of mind just yet, as I'm fairly certain I'll be turning tales back on the second I'm through with work tonite. I'm gonna have to go to rehab for Xillia 2. The withdrawals when I finally get the last 2 endings and put this down are gonna be hard to suffer.
615  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation TV (formerly known as Vita TV) on: October 16, 2014, 04:25:44 PM
A)  I think this is a terrible sign for the viability of the vita and for sony's interest in handhelds as a whole.  They're all "well shit, no one is buying the vita, better figure out some other way to get them to buy it without actually buying it".

and 2) If someone owns a vita and a PS3 or PS4, shouldn't there already be a way to just magic the vita games onto the tv anyway? It would probably be super easy to just connect to wifi and get Zero Escape to appear up on the Big Screen (I mention Zero Escape specifically because of how terrible it plays without using the touchscreen, thus making playing it without an actual vita a bit ridiculous) I mean nintendo already did it with the GBA and the gamecube and that was like a bazillion (12) years ago.

Of course the whole thing is a gimmick to get consumers to spend more. But at least now I have the option to spend more and play the games the way I want. That aside, this TV option is actually the budget choice for me as I would never play hand-held anyhow (only on the TV) and Vita itself costs more.

Apparently they JUST removed a bunch of games from the compatibility list.

This^^^ is why I agree that a simple audio/video output function on the Vita itself would have been a better move in the first place. I would have bought a Vita full price ages ago if it had the functionality. So I totally have to agree with ya Glassjawsh, this seems like a somewhat illogical or overtly complex step technologically speaking.   

It is my hope that the little micro console does something independently cool or fancy to make the experience more suitable for play on the big screen in terms of audio/video. Then this whole new toy would begin to make a heck of a lot of sense to me.
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