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661  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 11, 2014, 09:11:10 PM
Whydja quit on MMX :V

No good reason really... Same reason I gave up on Mega Man as a kid I think. It basically amounts to this...

In my mind I love Mega Man. Then I play a game, beat a boss get a weapon and feel like I've seen it all. I get my "fix" real quick I guess you might say.

I'm strange in the sense that while I complete almost every RPG I start whether they are 30 hours or 100+, I hardly ever follow through with quick 10 hour action titles. I need to work on that... Maybe it should be a goal this year or something...

Ya know, as I type this I think I need to re-evaluate my position... life (gaming) needn't be so absolute I suppose... I guess I am just "not making any progress" with X at the moment.

I think too much in terms of either "on or off" when it comes to my games. I'm either playing through or their dropped. This needs to change as it a highly restricting mindset.
662  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 11, 2014, 05:42:09 PM
Sooooo, Final Fantasy IV The After Years (psp complete collection)...

In the last week or two I have managed my way through all the characters seperate chapters with the exception of the final on the list (Kain).

My experience thus far has been a bumpy one, full of peaks and valleys.

What I like so far, I happen to REALLY LIKE... But what makes this game stale is far too abundant in these episodic chapters. To put it bluntly, its a freakin' bore gameplay wise as you progress through the individual character scenarios. Walk a damn near straight path, start to finish, whilst spamming attack. That is it. Save Rydia's chapter, these scenarios have offered zero challenge. The lack of enticing gameplay has given me NO incentive to try out the optional content available post completion of each chapter. Skipping out on these optional areas may be a mistake on my part but I could care less to be honest.

The plot, while terribly predictable in each scenario has proven compelling enough to keep me hooked. The silver lining of the title thus far has been the development of some of the more one-dimensional cast members returning from the original game. Both Polom and Porom have never stood out in my mind as particularly memorable in the past, but seeing what they grew to become has given them new life in my eyes. These two characters were handled particularly well (even if playing through there scenarios was boring). Likewise, the rest of the characters and cast are top notch and without a doubt proving memorable in their own respects for me. It really is cool seeing more personality fleshed out in these familiar faces (sprites).

FF TaY is not all bad thus far however. The writing is good enough to keep it interesting in spite of seeing the same places and event re-unfold time and again. The music and visuals are a spendid over-haul of 16-bit goodness modernized in a way I wish we saw more often.

I hold out hope yet though that things will improve. I can't justify judgement yet because I feel these chapters are merely setting the stage for the main scenario, which I hope and fully expect to "open up" gameplay wise. What I can say with confidence is this.... THEY TAKE WAY TOO LONG TO "SET THE STAGE"!!!! (in a manner of speaking)

In other news..... I think I quit on Mega Man X. I love the idea of mega man. I love the recollection of lots of things from my childhood and some things from my early youth prove awesome to re-experience. Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Chrono Trigger, Lunar amongst many many others I have had a ball watching/playing as an adult. Mega Man is one of those things however that falls into my "Ronin Warriors" category. That category is "cool when I was a kid, but not so endearing nowadays".

On a final note, I am way torn today... I REALLY want to get to Atelier Escha and Dodgy and put FF TaY on the side for now, but after the episodic slog I tortured myself with I really feel I'm on the precipice of it becoming truly entertaining. I think I am gonna have to suck it up and exercise some discipline here... if I put down TaY now, and lose what interest I have in the plot I may not feel terribly enclined to get back to it.

EDIT: I figured I needed something to replace Megaman X and to counter balance FF TaY it had to be action-ee, so I decided to blindly try something I never thought I could possibly like.... The DMC reboot. I got it free off the PSN+ network so I figured "why not".

As someone who HATED the older Devil May Cry games, this feels surprisingly enjoyable. Then again, I'm pretty starved for action titles and would probably eat up just about any that came my way.  But seriously, with how much criticism I heard about this game I expected MUCH worse.

On a final note, for anyone still reading, I want to apologize for the editorial-size-length of this post. See what happens when I don't come on the journal for a week???
663  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 06, 2014, 05:09:28 PM
When I posted earlier today in an effort to help Bytor I didn't read "the haps". On that note I feel like a total jerk for overlooking a serious topic presently on the table...

@ Alisha/ Though I don't know you and you don't know me suffering and pain is universal. The pain and confusion you are experiencing is not something foreign to me at present as I just lost my Grandfather a 2 weeks ago. Things like this are particularly difficult when you simply don't know how to emotionally react to it. I wish I had words to ease your suffering but the fact is nothing I, nor anyone else can say, can take that pain away. At best, all I can offer is the comfort that you are not alone in your experience of such sufferance and have my sincere well wishing for what that is worth.

Sorry again I missed this topic earlier.
664  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: BYTOR NEEDS HELP!! on: March 06, 2014, 05:00:27 PM
Glad to see all is well! Thank you Prism and the powers that be. Congrats on both your return and Odyssey marathon Bytor :)
665  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 06, 2014, 03:18:34 PM
Shameless cross promotion of another thread in interest of helping a fellow RPGFan member post haste.... please forgive me.

@ the admins/ Our good buddy bytor needs some help. I don't know who specifically to message about this so I made a post in the helper monkey. http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=13670.msg324743#new

He seems pretty bummed he can't sign in on his account so I'm simply cross promoting the message here in general to hopefully foster the attention of someone who can help him a wee bit quicker.
666  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / BYTOR NEEDS HELP!! on: March 06, 2014, 03:13:59 PM
I recieved an e-mail from our good buddy Bytor here on RPGFan. Seems he had HDD failure and is having trouble procuring his password to sign in because he now no longer has access to the e-mail tied to his account here.

Although my word doesn't mean much (seeing as how I am just another Ninja in the crowd) I can confirm the e-mail address he used to contact me, and is now attempting to use here, is in fact his own. He has used this same e-mail address to correspond with me to buy sculpts and goodies now for a long time(as such I know its him).

Anyhow, this is clearly a matter to be handled by the powers that be here on RPGFan (admins). The e-mail address he need be contacted through is [REMOVED]

Now hopefully someone sees this and Bytor doesn't get mad I posted his e-mail address.... LoL

667  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 05, 2014, 05:39:28 PM
Having a strangely mixed experience with FF IV The After Years.

Started out strong. Great (difficult) and engaging gameplay. Ceodores chapter got me into things FAST.

Then Rydia's chapter.... Tough as nails. Loved it. Great cliffhanger at the end.

Yangs Chapter.... I was pretty excited to get to Yang. I appreciate his character, albeit simple and one dimensional. He is fleshed out nicely as both father and Monk Monarch, but that is about all the good I can say about his chapter.... I don't think I did an ounce of thinking the whole time. Spammed attack for 4 hours and muddled my way through an uninspiring new dungeon at the end. Utterly boring.

Now, halfway through Paloms chapter I feel like the difficulty is non-existent....

I know this has to get harder again, and I really can't wait. The last few hours have been a SNORE FEST in contrast to the strong start.
668  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 04, 2014, 07:25:37 PM
I loved Xenosaga 1 when I finally played it 2 years ago but have yet to get to episode II because last year I played Xenoblade and this year my Xeno fix looks like its coming by way of the WII U "X" title.... don't want to "Xeno" myself out (a distinct possibility)

The amount of hate generated by episode 2 sort of has me intrigued to be honest... I am sort of ready for a longwinded experience that tries my patience a bit based on episode 1. While I know ep II is a far cry from its predecessor, episode 1 certainly has some aspects that demanded a wee bit more time and effort than most titles. I distinctly remember dungeons being quite long and involving.... In fact I feared I was gonna be stuck in a mall inside a Gnosis FOREVER!!! LoL

Truly though, I feel like EVERY Xeno game comes with something to test the gamers resolve in spite of its awesomeness. That is, each game has the inclusion of some form of gaming brutality that makes each a bitter sweet accomplishment.

I am also gonna throw out there, since we are ATM completely off the Tales topic, that Xeno  and Star Ocean are my token sci-fi (albeit the latter is far more sci-fantasy for those who care to be accurate in categorizing...). Something about those games captivates me even though I normally have an aversion to all things futuristic and spacey.
669  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: March 04, 2014, 03:42:44 PM
Well they got me because I'm a freak about alternate outfit DLC... guess I got a month left to pre-order now...


670  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: South Park: The RPG on: March 04, 2014, 03:33:49 PM
The reviews I read say the game is fun despite being very short (10 hours) and being another buggy Obsidian game. I'll most likely wait for a price drop.

A 10-20 hour RPG being purchased by a vast fanbase consisting of a ton of people who probably never play RPGs and trade in all their games at gamestop..... I predict 35.99 within months.

Maybe I'm being optimistic...?

Regardless I would have this bought today because it is tempting and then I realized Atelier comes out next week (already!!). Atelier is day 1 for me, on account of having loved Ayesha/Dusk. South Park can wait.
671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 03, 2014, 02:00:52 PM
Good God this thread, in the last few days, has left me wanting to play Star Ocean 2 (again), Star Ocean 4 (for the first time), Rogue Galaxy, Shadow Hearts, Tales of Eternia, Tales of Xilia and Arc the Lad.... I feel like I have gaming-ADD now.

672  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 02, 2014, 05:21:53 PM
Let me just make a brief statement in case anyone mis-read me. I have no argument against Symphonia (or Lloyd). My bias in this case is purely a matter of subjective and personal taste. After giving it a shot, I can't even say it aged THAT badly. It just doesn't change the fact Symphonia is not my preferred Tales flavor.

Ironically though, it was Destiny that was part of my teens and high school career, introducing me to the series. And now that a few of you have brought up that Symphonia was "the one" for all of you, it makes me wonder how much of an impact that has on my/our experience of the titles in question.

One thing is for certain the nostalgia factor runs DEEP within us perceptually. I see that more clearly than ever in the last year having replayed Chrono Trigger, FFIV, Secret of Mana, Breath of Fire 3 and Seiken Densetsu 3. Aged or not, those games grant an unrivaled experience for me. Eternia/Destiny can  (and soon will) be added to the list. If that is Symphonia for other Tales' fans than I have no question as from where the "love" stems.

The moral of the story is this, Nostalgia+Great Game=Gaming Bliss. The end.

673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 01, 2014, 06:28:22 PM
Good!  It'd be awful if you had to deal with it.  It's not a big deal, just stinky.

I still love Symphonia, but I played it in the height of my high school life and get those "those were the days" feels.  It's definitely aged badly though.  The glitz I remembered isn't there or it's more of a...dull...glisten?  Anyways.

I think I'm gonna attack Tales of Graces again this Summer.  That game is everything I'd want from a gameplay-oriented title. 

I totally understand that "those were the days" type of feelings. Actually that is precisely what I feel when I play older ps1 and SNES titles. Eternia drips with that type of nostalgia in my case. Symphonia on the other hand was post high school for me during a period of time when I was trying to escape the realities of adulthood through screwing off and ingesting chemicals while doing a bunch of other unsavory things. I learned A LOT of lessons and had a great deal of good times post high school/pre-adult-hood but it is NOT a time I care to revisit emotionally or in any other sense.

Now as for Graces F, I couldn't agree more. I might be so bold as to say it was the most enjoyable battle system of the last gen that I have yet to experience. Gameplay aside I adored the cast. Pascal, Hubert and Richard in particular. I would like to give it another run-through sometime in the distant future but summer tales for me will  probably be a Jude play-through of Xilia prior to Xilia 2 if I find the time since I only did Milla.

Its funny how when I play a Tales game that I like as much as I did Vesperia or Graces I almost "forget" that other franchises and games exist that I also want to get to eventually.
674  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: the ULTIMATE PSP EXPERIENCE!! on: March 01, 2014, 05:31:24 PM
Can the Dualshock 3 sync allow the right stick to be used as a replacement for the PSP's D-Pad? If so, I REALLY might consider this.

I've never played any game that replaces the D-Pad with the right stick. The left stick seems to work in place of the D Pad on everything I play. For some odd reason though it doesn't work on the main PSP menu, only the games, when I use my gold dualshock (pictured). Yet when I sync my other Dualshock (black) the analog function seems to work both in game AND on the main menu.... I have no freakin' clue as to why this is.
675  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 01, 2014, 04:23:51 PM
Well I landed myself a CE of Symphonia and curiosity bested me... Had to give both Symphonia and Eternia a test run to decide which I wanted to play next (after Dice's kind help in narrowing down to the two).

Now the entire matter is silly on my end given the fact that I'm not ready to start either yet, but it was something I needed to lay to rest for my own peace of mind.

Anyhow, Eternia is the winner for me by a long shot.

As I mentioned, I played Symphonia through almost a decade ago and I claimed to have all but forgotten it. Well a few hours of gameplay was plenty to jog my memory... Not that I think its bad, nor do I hate it or anything but its just an uncomfortable bridge between the old tales that I loved as a kid (2d hand drawn) and the newer tales (ps3/xbox). In particular (being the shallow fool that I am) the character models really bother me. If this were say the only Tales game available, I'd probably be really into it. However, with other options on the table I am going to heed Dice's advice and just keep this one in my back pocket for a future re-play-through someday.

Ultimately, Tales games really come down to the casts for me. And I suppose I'm gonna be the odd man out when I say I just didn't care for the cast in Symphonia. Lloyd in particular I remember bugging me the whole game.

My reasoning is silly and superficial I know.... But none-the-less, all it took with Eternia was a brief beginning hour and a "volt glitch check" to see plain as day that I will utterly LOVE this game. And for the record (Dice), I am happy to report that I am indeed VOLT GLITCH FREE!! LoL

Thank you again Dice for leading me to a solid decision on the matter.
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