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631  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 14, 2014, 10:57:15 AM
I couldn't help but retire my PS2 once I discovered the 60GB PS3. I feel like I will own 1, if not 2, 60GB PS3s forever. It is, without a doubt, my favorite console.

On an entirely different note, I think something is wrong with me lately. I've never been one to sleep much but in the last week I have been finding it difficult to sleep less than 10 hours in a clip. In fact, one night/day I slept 15 hours straight. My schedule is all f***ed up as a result. I am presently now trying to compensate by staying up round the clock to fall asleep at a normal hour, catch up on missed work (and gaming), and hopefully reset my schedule. This is probably a terrible plan but at the very least I'm getting stuff done.
632  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 14, 2014, 10:49:26 AM
Polished off Child of Light.

What a freakin' lovely experience that game proved to be.

Everything about it seemed appropriate to me. Even the evidently rushed final climax fit. I actually sort of wish more games shot you directly into end-game madness such as CoL does, without becoming spoiler-ific about it.

Thing is, I've been conditioned to expect long-winded finale's involving dungeons the require me to pack a lunch in a manner of speaking.

Child of Light's end-game may simply be the result of a rushed effort but the pace of it was something I really appreciated.

I only missed 1 trophy. I think I may go back and get it today just to FINALLY have a single 100% under my belt.... even if I don't get a platinum for it :-(

FINAL THOUGHTS

* I hope there are more games like this in the future
* I feel like the battle systems of yesteryear met with Zelda 2 and had a love child (hehe, see what I did there)
* I can't help but think of David the Gnome anytime I saw Finn. The resemblance is vague if not non-existent. I don't know why I couldn't help but make the correlation....
633  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 09, 2014, 08:23:16 PM
Just got to Act/Chapter 9 in Child of Light. Too hooked to stop.

I see another abreviated retro-gaming-weekend agenda. Sorry Terranigma.
634  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 09, 2014, 08:19:31 PM
I just spent a half hour carefully thinking on the "The one that got away" thread. This proved dually motivating and discouraging all at once. Enough so that I felt the need to express it here.

I feel like I want to quit working and all life endeavors until I can shorten my list now! LoL
635  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The one that got away... on: May 09, 2014, 08:15:45 PM
This is an awesome topic I have been wanting to make myself forever!

Games I don't make it through really stick in my mind... This doesn't generally occur if it is a game I willingly quit or give up on purposely. For me "the ones that got away" are those that in fact have "gotten away" as opposed to having been "thrown away/ discarded". These particular games really linger in my recollection all the way back to childhood.

THOSE THAT GOT AWAY!!

Earthbound bothered me since gradeschool... I finally exorcised that demon two years ago and it felt grrrrrreaaaaat!!!

Last year I did the same with Breath of Fire 3. BoF3 didn't prove as rewarding an accomplishment as Earthbound but brought me closure none the less.

Those that still haunt me to this day are mostly the result of corrupt third party memory cards from the PS1 era.

Xenogears/ I too am in the "didn't finish Xeno club". Loss of data during Disc 2.

Breath of Fire 4/ Loss of data very early on. Never got to restarting.

FF IX/ Loss of data in the final dungeon. Finally, the utter disgust of having made it to the very end only to lose all that effort to faulty tech prompted me to forever and on make back up saves however and whenever possible.

Vay/ This Sega CD gem is high on my priority list. The working designs title proved a difficult and grindy endeavor for a young Klyde whom eventually lost his Sega CD system and copy of vay to the enth dimension. NOTE: The enth dimension is the place that lost things go when you can't remember how, when, or where you lost them. Vay will most likely be the next one I knock off this list.

Devil Summoner/ I simply tried this along with way too many others at the time. I liked it a great deal but never got back to it.

Romancing Saga 3/ Too difficult to muddle my way through this one as a child. I WILL get to this one. Really freakin' irks me.

THOSE I THREW AWAY!!!

FFXIII-2 and Lightning Returns/ Motion sickness inducing. Only games that ever did it to me.

Xenosaga Trilogy/ Episode 1 was good but just not quite good enough to get me to move  onto 2. I had planned to for awhile but there always seemed something more compelling on the shelf. Recently decided to cross this one off the agenda.

Ar Tonelico Quoga/ 1 was great. 2 was good. 3 was not worth shaking my controller over....

Tactics Ogre/ Got sick and almost died while playing. Looking at this game reminds me of that. Decided never to touch it again.

Valkyrie Chronicles/ Same scenario as Tactics Ogre ^^

Secret of Evermore/ Secret of Mana this title is not. I refuse to play as the older brother from the wonder years... I just can't do it.

Chrono Cross/ I purposely gave it up simply because it was not Chrono Trigger... I regret this. Of all my discarded titles, this is probably the only one I am going to take another crack at someday.

THOSE I HAVE YET TO GET TO!!!!

I don't know if these titles are appropriate for this thread but I'm listing them anyhow. These are titles I missed throughout the years that I am dying to get to and intend to throughout this year and the next.

Digital Devil Saga

Shadow Hearts

Okami

Treasure Hunter G

Rudras no Hidras (sp?)/ Treasure of Rudra





636  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: May 08, 2014, 03:15:48 AM
Battle Princess of Arcadias has a release date: June 17 in the US and June 18 in Europe.  Digital-only.

highly doubt i'll be even close to finished with Drakengard by then but i suuuuure am interested. BPoA was certainly one of more exciting prospects of 2014 for me when first I saw it.
637  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 07, 2014, 06:29:26 PM
I think playing child of light on hard with the battle speed set to 4 is the perfect difficulty level for me. The spider boss fight I engaged in last night was awesome. Not palm-sweaty-lunar 2-borgan-quality (sega cd) but pulse pumping, it proved, none the less.

638  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fruitbat Factory to Localize Eiyuu Senki for PS3 on: May 07, 2014, 06:19:29 PM
Man, if the last gen has taught me anything it is NOT to get my hopes up due to tantalizing bright anime aesthetics. Of the handful of niche' titles I got psyched for, so few actually proved decent that I can't even get wound up over things like this anymore.

I am happy titles such as this are getting localized but I simply can't care all that much until more is revealed.

Certainly looks like it has the potential to be something I could really love.... but then again so did Mugen Souls.
639  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Trilogy coming to PS4 on: May 07, 2014, 04:46:59 PM
Seeing a Yoda post > (fake) VC news, hands down.
640  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 06, 2014, 11:08:34 PM
Shadow Hearts starts off almost dead serious and then it starts going insane when the possibly gay vampire is introduced in the second game (Shadow Hearts Covenant) and the third game is completely bonkers, while not getting rid of the dark elements. For example, two of the characters in Shadow Hearts: From the New World are a Brazilian ninja trained in a secret Japanese village that's inexplicably in the Amazon rainforest, and a vampire that feeds on fat.
DDS and Nocturne, on the other hand, are much more serious. With the exception of Cielo's out of place accent in DDS.

DDS and Nocturne have the Press Turn battle systems where you get extra moves for hitting weaknesses and passing turns. Persona 3 and 4 use a stripped down version of it. Shadow Hearts has the Judgement Ring where you need to hit certain points on a disc for any actions in battle to work. The first Shadow Hearts uses the Judgement Ring for a ton of things outside of battle as well. For some reason, the Spirit of the Judgement Ring is actually a character in Covenant and his daughter is a character in From the New World.

Essentially, DDS and Nocturne are straight cosmic horror done very well, while Shadow Hearts is a cosmic horror that eventually develops a bizarre and insane sense of humor. There's nothing else quite like it.

Whoooooaaaaa nelly!!! You just made Shadow Hearts sounds pretty appealing to me sir. In fact, without knowing better, I feel the level of bizarre you are describing could qualify as some of the best/most promising plot material I have yet to experience.

Not to speak outside the realm of SMT once again in this thread but I think you sold me on SH there.

Many thanks for the guidance friend :) I foresee a Shadow Hearts filled summer coupled with old black and white episodes of the twilight zone in my future.

Alrighty, I've been inappropriately off topic long enough to discern what I needed to.... So uh... Three cheers for Nocturne on PSN!! Hip-hip-hurraaaay!
641  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 06, 2014, 08:34:06 PM


Do it! DDS is excellent. It takes the gameplay of Nocturne, refines it a bit and is much more story focused.

agreed, while Nocturne is my first love DDS is my mistress.

More then likely I will be getting to it sooner rather than later. In terms of my PS2 backlog DDS and the Shadow Hearts series are the final frontiers if you will. My current play-throughs should carry me well into next month but I've been dying to get something a wee bit darker than I've been recently indulging and from what I can tell DDS or Shadow Hearts fits the bill nicely. I've purposely kept myself pretty ignorant to both so I really don't know what to expect from either.

I know this is the SMT thread, but in terms of plot and gameplay which is more of an oddball DDS or SH? I'm not only in the mood to have something more mature on the horizon but a bit more unconventional as well.
642  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 05, 2014, 09:32:47 PM
Even as early on as I am, the dungeons seem all over the place in terms of design.

I sort of like it in a way. That is, I really don't know what to expect. Boss battles have proven oddly non-uniform as well.

I honestly felt as though I was playing a completely different game in the mammal dungeon this weekend. A far easier game than the bird or plant dungeon led me to believe I was playing....

While strangely uneven in design, the brooding mood iced with 80's willow/legend quality fantasy feel is thick and consistent. I love it thus far.

Could have benefit from some weapon variety though, for certain. Wish I had me a sword or dagger or something... I've never been a spear dude.
643  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Holy Crud, Klyde's RPG goodies on E-Bay?? Act fast! on: May 05, 2014, 07:08:56 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/301174499731

Wii U Re-listed because the jerk who initially bought it didn't mean to.-LoL

Hmmm,, I might have been interested in some stuff, but looks like sold already, oh well, good for you!

What was it you were interested in Bytor? A few auctions went off without bidders thus some stuff is still available.
644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 05, 2014, 06:43:21 PM
Is a Persona 4 Golden anime necessary? Of COURSE it's not. Am I still going to watch it? Of COURSE I am. Also, considering the time that the livestream came on in Japan, I am willing to bet that those dudes were quite inebriated and/or pretty exhausted.

I can honestly say, even as a huge persona fan, I WILL NOT be watching P4 Golden The Anime. Since Persona 4 came out, I played P4, watched the anime, played enough P4 arena to get sufficiently sick of it, played P3, watched Trinity Souls, played P2 IS, played P2 EP, and have since moved into the SMT world I missed out on in past years... At this point I can't really say much of anything will peak my interest until there is some more P5 news. I feel like my apatite for existing persona material is beyond satiated at present.

I will say however, that a desire to finally get to Digital Devil Saga has been growing within me as of late. That is really the only leg of the SMT franchise left that I have zero experience with.

645  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 05, 2014, 06:32:03 PM
Couldn't pull myself away from Child of Light to entertain much Terranigma this past weekend. Although I DID manage to save me some mammals... pagan god boss was a total push over.

On the Child of Light note, not much to say I haven't already expressed. I love everything about it. Even the terrible rhyming has grown on me at this point. As an ill desired effect from playing however, I now want to rhyme whilst in every day conversation. It is as though when I finish verbally expressing a thought my mind continues to seek a way to "complete" the expression with a grade-school quality rhyme. So far, I've kept the urge under control...

As a DBZ whore, I had to buy battle of Z on the PSN sale... couldn't help myself. The game, while still another bad Dragon Ball-related console title, is actually pretty cool for someone who is TERRIBLE at fighting games. No crazy stringing of insane button sequences or ridiculous skill need be had to enjoy this one. Somewhat reminds me of DBZ Legends from the Saturn/PSX era. This may possibly be the only fighting game I possess the skills to play. I absolutely hate the liberties they took with the story though and the menus are horribly unintuitive.
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