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691  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 02, 2014, 06:12:22 PM
Well three days of replaying and comparing segments of Vesperia's beginning and FFXIII-2 has led me to the conclusion that while I will indeed enjoy Vesperia more, I can't do it without getting through XIII-2.

I just had in my head for too long that I was gonna play it before XIII-3 came out. My madness has compelled me to see it through.

I feel like after the XIII trilogy I can move onto my X-box library with a clear head. Right now my head is filled with thoughts of time paradoxes, false gods and getting to dress up hollow empty heroes that look real pretty.

EDIT: I do want to reiterate my thanks to this community for getting me to choose Vesperia as my first X-box title, which was a whole seperate issue I was having I feel very resolved about now. To those ends I am grateful.

692  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 02, 2014, 06:08:37 PM
Klyde - I tried FFXIII and I did not like it.  I couldn't force myself to finish and I have no interest in the other games.  If I needed to know what happened I'd just look it up on the Internet. 

I really appreciate your taking the time to respond to my madness, Clueless. Your advice is sound. I envy your ability to not force yourself to completion. I feel waist deep in FFXIII and fear the only way out is through at this point...


My mind does shit like that too :( This is partially why I hardly complete games ever, why I'm prone to just *collecting* games and impulse buying stuff (I'm not a fan of the Nomura flavor either, but I bought TLS for some reason), and why I get these caffeine induced mood swings so much (Caffeine: I CAN FOCUS. Caffeine Crash: I HATE EVERYTHING).

In other news, where the hell are they getting the money for these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/My-Little-Pony-FIM-WhiteDove-Creations-Flutterbat-plushie-/201013103350

In other news, my parents keep making references to Duck Dynasty that I don't get because I haven't had cable television since 2010.

Also what's with these ads I'm seeing lately where they have someone drawing on a real/fake white board, and delivering some lengthy narrative about whatever they're selling? Why has this formula become popular?

Yes sir Mesh. Secretly now, for quite awhile, I have suspected (based on your posts) that you and I have similar "quirks" in a manner of speaking.

I feel very comforted in some sense that you "get" what I am talking about though... makes me feel like I'm not alone in my madness.

Finally my conclusion on the matter? I need to play FFXIII-2. I did all but align the stars in the sky to see this trilogy through and after the hell I went through in XIII to finish that, and then the amount of material I poured over to really undertstand it I just cannot abandon it now. Good or bad, hate it or otherwise, I think I need to play it.  Ultimately NOT playing it will devalue any enjoyment I can get out of Vesperia at this point.

I have however learned a valuable lesson about myself through all this, and vow to never craft or schedule gaming agenda's based on anything other what I like. I should have learned my lesson with Kingdom Hearts. And while I ended up appreciating it in the end, I had to torture myself to do so.
693  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 01, 2014, 05:43:07 PM
Happy new years friends! And nice to meet ya, Chronopower!

Rough years end for me. Dumb as it sounds, I've been so screwed up deciding whether or not to play tales of vesperia or ffxiii-2 I legitimately wasted my whole night last night.... back and forth, sampling and reading and deliberating... it took like 4 hours for me to figure out that I simply have a strong distaste for the "Nomura flavor" in a manner of speaking.

Seriously,  every game that felt like a chore for me to play Mr. Nomura has worked on (or at the very lest been responsible for the visuals). I don't know how I missed this correlation in the past given what a rough time I had trying to "make myself" enjoy the latter FF's and Kingdom Hearts. Something about his work is just too slick for me. Like current western mainstream rock music to me.... it may sound good but it is just too "something" for me to actually like it (I really love early 90's rock personally).

Funny thing is, after all that deliberating, deciding on Tales and pretty much identifying the fact that no matter how hard I try, I just don't like the FFXIII franchise I'm still screwy and somewhat unresolved.

Good God am I messed up. LoL
694  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 31, 2013, 03:51:28 PM
Oh boy lots to say... here goes

@ Aeolus, Mesh, Clueless and Klutz/  I genuinely thank you for your advice. I am resolved on Vesperia as far as the X Box titles are concerned.  You guys cinched that one for me!

I am however still torn on whether or not I should move onto Tales or muddle my way through XIII-2..... I feel like if I don't get through XIII-2 first, I'm going to feel as though I am making an ill decision that can distract me from Tales. Although I gotta say, playing XIII-2 will feel as though I'm getting it out of the way just to move on to Tales.

So with the aforementioned conflict, I guess the answer is blitz through XIII-2 to clear my mind of any doubt or distraction.

I'm sorry to be such a weirdo about this. XIII REALLY felt like the biggest "chore of a game" I played through this past gen. I didn't really particularly like any aspect of it aside from the character of lightning. In particular, the setting, cast, and generally "sci-fi" of it all was really a turn off for me. So I suppose my desire and curiosity to move onto XIII-2, strictly because I may want to play XIII-3 is sort of illogical in a sense.

In all honestly even though I am fan of lighting, love costume changes and am really excited to experience the gameplay of XIII-3, I have a real problem with constant changing of the attire during battles whilst switching between classes.

Taking all these "negatives" into account, with the ultimate fact that I always enjoy fantasy settings a great deal more than sci-fi, maybe I really should abandon the XIII franchise all together for Tales.

Ugh.... still torn.... at least I've narrowed it Tales vs. XIII-2 & XIII-3. That is some sort of progress I guess.

Moving on...

Suikoden 2 and Aeolus (a spoiler-free report and message)


First I must say upon completing Suikoden 2 I see it now as a most beautiful and broken masterpiece. Beautiful in its story telling. Amazingly intriguing atmosphere created by a marvelous plot and soundtrack with a cast that kept me emotionally evolved. These aspects form the foundation of a great game. Suikoden 2 has a STRONG foundation indeed.

Now to the broken.... The biggest problem I had with Suikoden 2 was the complete lack of challenge via gameplay. Not one single battle, be it boss, war or duel presented ANY challenge. I did not grind. Half the time I didn't even sharpen my weapons.... Yet the challenge of this game was solely tied to the grand (and game-long) puzzle of finding 108 stars, and NOT the combat.

To keep it brief, this game makes it into my top 10 ever for narrative alone. BUT, it would have made it higher on my list if the game required some sort of strategy (even if it were superficial to just keep me interested).

And finally... My gratitude to Aeolus.... a message to the bearer of the true rune of great gaming insight and advice.

Sir, I am happy to report that due to your fine advice and tips I completed with 108 stars and lovely save file to move into Suiko 3 when the time comes. I COULD NOT have done this without you (or at least not without tearing my hair out). Your select but key advice was crucial to me and the operation was a success. To these ends I honestly thank you.

I am shamed to report however that despite my efforts I did need to use a faq to get the best ending. I knew I screwed something up due to various hints you (aeolus) dropped to me in previous posts. And thank goodness I checked because I would have NEVER figured out exactly what need to be done to get the "best" ending (I tried, beat it 3 times last night before become exceedingly frustrated that my efforts continued yielding the erroneous ending).

And finally, I would like to say something about the ending itself. I wish more games would take a cue from Suikoden 2. Even the "bad endings" are conclusive without being longwinded. Very seldom do I EVER feel endings are suitable or conclusive and yet Suikoden 2 accomplished it not once but twice for me (both endings "work" IMO).

695  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 30, 2013, 08:28:53 PM
Ohhh boy I am about to finish Suikoden 2.... I'll be back when I'm through with it for the full report!!!

ADVICE DESIRED, PLEASE READ
This leaves me at a cross-roads of sorts... I know I have enough time to play FFXIII-2 and be all ready and set for XIII-3. This was my initial plan.

However...

I have had an Xbox 360, sitting idly, for over a year now. I own all the exclusive JRPG's for it I want. This includes Blue Dragon, Tales of Vesperia, Lost Odyssey, Magna Carta, Infinite Undiscovery and The Last Remnant.

I always move onto the next thing I think I "should" play. Often times neglecting what I want to play or think will provide the most enjoyment (I hope that makes sense...). The result is I have yet to touch even one of those X-Box games. And while I feel I should play XIII-2 so I can move on to XIII-3 upon release because I am terribly curious about it, part of me is very tempted to move on to an X-Box titles. More then likely Vesperia.

Now I tried XIII-2 briefly, and while it didn't seem bad I just can't decide.

I also know within myself that if I don't play XIII-2 now I doubt I ever will. Admittingly, it is the hype of XIII-3 and prospect of playing as lighting with a new combat system that has me tempted.

I think I'm pretty set on XIII-2 but taking that road will pretty much decide the next two months of my gaming agenda, so before I make that move I would love to hear any opinions that may get me to re-think things.
ADVICE DESIRED: END: THANK YOU FOR READING

NOTE: I apologize to anyone who gets pissed off by the redundant "help me decide" what to play questions. In truth, I really trust your guys advice ever since my "Rorona" incident a few years back (for those who remember). Secondly, let me just state that yes I do indeed have mental problems and these decisions weigh far more heavily on my brain than they should, I am indeed aware of this (in case anyone was speculating).

EDIT: my alternative plan is to play XIII-2 on the weekdays and X-box on the weekends as a "best of both worlds" agenda but I don't know if that would prove to much narrative to focus on at once... Maybe XIII-2 as a main and bastion and some XBLA titles as weekend alternates? I have been dying to get to bastion ever since I tried it out like 14 months ago....
696  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 26, 2013, 06:07:03 PM
Suikoden 2: Something undead is brewing near tinto.... things are getting INTENSE!!
697  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays? - 2013 Edition on: December 26, 2013, 06:05:17 PM
You guys made out like bandits!!

I'm not even going to make a list..... I love givings gifts personally. I give them to damn near everyone I know. Hell, even the guy I like down at convenient got gifts from me. Others don't seem to share the sentiment.... and I don't have any close family, friends or relatives so while I looooove to give, the return for me leaves a bit to be desired.

Don't misread me though. I am not bitching. I give myself gifts and the week off from work. That is plenty-good-enough for this Klyde.

I did however get a nice plaque with my name on it and some clock parts for my sculptures. Both made me exceedingly happy :)

698  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 26, 2013, 05:55:48 PM
Klyde! That is ingenious! I spent a lovely Christmas day in bed with a 101 fever, feel a little better today but still pretty yucky. On the flip side Little Lady got me a 3DS XL and SMT Devil Summoner so hopefully today I shall christen it!

Thanks Bytor! Appreciate your compliments on that note... I really was proud for having come up with that. I was excited on a "still a kid" level tearing that crap open yesterday. I will make that a yearly tradition for myself I think.

Congrats on the 3ds!

In other news, I took celebrating too far... For the first time since august/september I decided to try and eat something other than fish and organic spinach. I opted to make, what I considered to be, "safe" (for my gut) christmas cookies with minimal ingredients (used only almonds, peanuts and coconut)..... BIG MISTAKE... they tasted awesome but I'm really paying for it today. Back to flounder and greens for me.

699  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 25, 2013, 03:12:34 PM
Getting to visit the Toran Republic from Suikoden 1 in part 2 is soooooo cool! It added a layer of nostalgia to an already nostalgic experience for me.

On a whim I chose Kasumi over Valeria to join me. Valeria is one of my favorite sword-weilding-chick-ee's ever, but I made an impulse decision based on character portrait aesthetics... I hope I made a good call.

I was gonna play me some Mario 3d World for christmas, amongst sampling some other games I've been meaning to try but I highly doubt I will be able to turn off Suikoden at this point.

Make sure to visit the hidden Ninja village on the way out. It's Kasumi's biggest perk over Valeria (her other perk involves a scene involving the protagonist of the first game).

Dammit.... I missed that hidden village apparently. Can I go back and find it?

Yep. Just go back down the path to the Toren Republic but after you climb back up the ladders make sure to hug the southern edge of the forest until you start walking into trees (make sure to have Kasumi in your party as well).

Found it!! Thank god you told me about that Aeolus.... If I do manage 108 it is thanks to you because I blew right by that hidden path. That would have effectively proven two missed stars. That was an awesome christmas gift Aeolus, thank you :)
700  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2013, 03:09:24 PM
Where do you guys find restaurants that are open for Christmas? There's NOTHING opened around here except for maybe, like, 7/11.

In other news, compiling huge projects is grinding my computer to a halt. Whee.

I think 24 hr pharmacies are the only thing that is open on christmas... I found a walgreens open for cigarettes I needed and some almonds... I was happy...

Merry Christmas folks!

And now for HOW KLYDE DOES CHRISTMAS otherwise known as "how to do christmas when there is no one in your life and you must buy yourself presents..."

Through a clever auto-bid/auto-pay system I set up (ok so it isn't terribly clever, but I was proud to have figured it out) I bought myself a bunch of junk without knowing what it is through ebay. I only know generally would these packages could contain.... and now I shall go open all my "presents"

Best part of all, I didn't have to wrap a thing for myself!!!
701  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 25, 2013, 02:51:54 PM
I recall in EP (and I think in IS) you could turn off battle animations to speed things along.  I kept the animations on, because I felt like without the animations, the mojo was missing from the battles. 

Then again, I played those games long ago (IS on import) so I don't know how the remake handled things.

Man, I can't ever turn off animations.... Even in disgaea, when I watch a terra summon/spell for the zillion-th time and want to tear my hair out over it the animations stay on. Mojo is most certainly lost sir, you are indeed correct. I would like all "skip animation" options to be replaced by "fast forward".
702  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 24, 2013, 07:51:42 PM
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We may disagree about breath of fire Mesh

Debuffs and status attacks don't work on bosses in BoF1 or 2, and neither do the undead-targetting spells. This isn't a matter of opinion and it's not something debatable -- this is how the games are programmed. Your only options in boss fights are attacking, using element-appropriate attack magic, or healing. BoF1 has I think four buffs. BoF2 has three, but one of these doesn't work due to a glitch.

I can't see any way that you could approach these games strategically -- you don't have the tools for it.

My original post (days ago) was actually in reference to Breath of Fire 3 (being the most fresh in my mind). Strategic use of formations, character selection and Masters enabled me to breeze through without grinding once.

My recollection of BoF1 and 2 is far too dated to debate anything about those titles. I haven't played either in 10 -15 years or so.

That is why I did not debate your reply to my post in the first place... my fault for not putting a "3" after breath of fire in my original post as I was listing the games I felt illustrated clever mechanics that made gameplay a wee bit more interesting when approached strategically.

Let me also add, I WAS TRYING TO PAY YOU COMPLIMENT (in my last post) MESH!! LoL

Again, that's why I love Megami Tensei games, because buffs, debuffs, status effects, and defending are useful and necessary aspects of battles. 


Having just played persona 2 IS and EP this last year I couldn't agree more. Both titles sport grueling turn-based gameplay that can REALLY be a grind if you don't play methodically. Conversely, exploiting what the game offers in terms of that which can aid you in combat can be really fun. I loved how many options you had as far as battles were concerned and the various ways you could built a killer team via the persona equipped (particularly in EP). Best of all was the demon negotiation which added a whole new layer to the experience with completely different risks and incentives (once again, waaaay better in EP) allowing a player burnt out on combat to progress a bit via an entirely different avenue of gameplay.

The problem with IS and EP to me was that, in spite of the wonderful versatility in combat, things were still very longwinded and "slow" feeling. Not to mention the encounter rate was a wee bit on the high side...
703  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 24, 2013, 05:33:27 PM

Here's the thing -- I don't think you need human-like AI to have an interesting game. You need an opponent that's difficult enough to make you /fully exploit the game mechanics available to you/ in order to win.


The greatest truth expressed yet in this thread (or at least out of what I have read).

That really IS the long and the short of what makes battles enjoyable in an RPG for me.

We may disagree about breath of fire Mesh, but I couldn't agree more on this point. Well put, sir.
704  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 24, 2013, 05:20:33 PM
Getting to visit the Toran Republic from Suikoden 1 in part 2 is soooooo cool! It added a layer of nostalgia to an already nostalgic experience for me.

On a whim I chose Kasumi over Valeria to join me. Valeria is one of my favorite sword-weilding-chick-ee's ever, but I made an impulse decision based on character portrait aesthetics... I hope I made a good call.

I was gonna play me some Mario 3d World for christmas, amongst sampling some other games I've been meaning to try but I highly doubt I will be able to turn off Suikoden at this point.

Make sure to visit the hidden Ninja village on the way out. It's Kasumi's biggest perk over Valeria (her other perk involves a scene involving the protagonist of the first game).

Dammit.... I missed that hidden village apparently. Can I go back and find it?
705  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 24, 2013, 04:14:16 PM
Getting to visit the Toran Republic from Suikoden 1 in part 2 is soooooo cool! It added a layer of nostalgia to an already nostalgic experience for me.

On a whim I chose Kasumi over Valeria to join me. Valeria is one of my favorite sword-weilding-chick-ee's ever, but I made an impulse decision based on character portrait aesthetics... I hope I made a good call.

I was gonna play me some Mario 3d World for christmas, amongst sampling some other games I've been meaning to try but I highly doubt I will be able to turn off Suikoden at this point.
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