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736  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 30, 2014, 04:38:29 AM
Just checked out the first 5 eps of The Future Diary this weekend.

Thought it was gonna suck at first when I saw the cliche tool of a main character... Boy was I wrong. It only took the first five episodes to safely say I'm hooked.

Finished Mushi-shi Season 2, good but not quite as good as first season, Yowapeda is simply amazing! Unrealistic but amazing none the less. On a whim I started The iDOLM@STER and Bodacious Space Pirates, so far pirates are winning....

Mushishi was funny for me. While my memories of the series specifics faded in the years after I saw it, the feeling and mood it conveyed remained fresh in my mind. I was really fond of how watching that made me feel. Intrigued with the supernatural and psychological nature of the series but completely hooked and drawn into the episodic mysteries by the tranquil nature it consistently  portrayed. It was like the perfect blend of what would happen if you mixed the twilight zone with some chinese folklore or something.
737  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: June 28, 2014, 04:17:12 PM
Personally, I'd take Ar noSurge any day over Xillia 2 and Fairy Fencer F...and I'm still not entirely sold on it...

Blasphemy... LoL

Tales (particularly this generation) is why I remained on board as an enthusiastic fan of JRPGs. Xillia was a weak entry but I sort of expect Xillia 2 to be more of a narrative sequel (hopefully) proving more akin in design and appeal to other entries in the franchise.

Truthfully though, I haven't followed much on Ar Nosurge so I really have no frame of reference here. Outside of knowing aesthetically the game looks right in line with my personal tastes I'm more or less in the dark.
738  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: June 28, 2014, 04:06:15 PM
So bump, anyone actually looking forward to Fairy Fencer F? The world concept sounds interesting.....but Compile Hearts so I'm leaning towards not getting it. Any reason I should give it a second look?

I'm interested. Looks like Hyperdimension Nep with a few extra layers of "interesting" and "narrative" tacked on which is fine by me. There is enough coming in the fall where I imagine I'll most certainly be playing something else (Xillia 2) when FFF is released, providing ample time to see how well it is received before taking the plunge.

From a quick perusal of GameFUQs, I couldn't really find anything about BPofA beyond warnings about freezes and bugs, and that the game felt like a poor man's Dragon's Crown.

Then again, the game kinda dropped off my radar since its release, and not for lack of searching.

I picked this up this past week. I feel like calling it a poor mans odin sphere is more accurate. Which is SAD considering OS is an PS2 title. On the positive however, it does look pretty and OS was  awesome so anything that reminds me of it in any sense has to have some redeeming quality. The big departure (and what it does wrong) comes by way of the mechanics for me. Hacking and slashing just does not feel fluid and satisfying. It simply doesn't feel good to hit things in this title.

It is worth noting as well, I have not had any freezes or bugs for what thats worth.
739  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: June 27, 2014, 07:10:49 PM

Really wondering with this European release in such close proximity to Fairy Fencer F in the US, if in fact the US release will be held off. No matter what the case its good news. This years releases were not terribly appealing to me as of yet, but come August with Xillia 2 then Fairy Fencer in september and now this I'm getting pretty freakin' excited. Tough choices will have to be made this fall.... tough choices indeed.
740  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 27, 2014, 06:42:44 PM
Klyde -  Jumping into AC:BF without playing the other games seems to be no problem.  Most of the time is spent pirating.  The scenes that take place in the modern world sometimes allude to previous games, but those scenes are so few and far between it doesn't matter.  I just concentrate on the pirating and have fun.

Got hooked and beat Bloodmasque, the ios game from Square Enix.  It was actually really fun.  You can beat the game without paying real money.  I highly recommend it since it is free at the moment.

Thank you for the advice! It will be a moment before I get to it but that info will be kept in my back pocket for when I get antsy and want to try some new games out.

And on that note, gaming ADHD hit hard this week and I decided to try some more titles.

Gave Red Dead Redemption a shot first.... Awesome game but clearly not for Klyde. This falls into the same category as Dark Souls for me, which is something I can clearly see the appeal of but simply does not appeal to me. Both  RDD and DS both evoke a mood for me I just don't care for.

Next up, I tried Ragnarok Odyssey Ace. The combat is INSANELY satisfying if you want to play out a generic battle anime with tight and fast controls. This game by itself holds no water with me but could potentially be the perfect aside to something else. Its shallow, mindless and you can accomplish quite a bit in short time frame. By no means could this game alone prove satisfying but I think it might very well be the perfect compliment to something far more involving when you need a breather. Another plus is the character customization. If having an obscene amount of control over the visual appearance of your character in a generic Bastard!! meets Slayers sort of setting sounds appealing you may (as I do) find this game to be a unique brand of awesome. I DO NOT like the fact that you set out for missions that are timed as opposed actually venturing out into a field. I also do not like that the ONLY thing you can do is run around and fight. No climbing, no swimming, no exploring. So while this game is seriously weak and faulted, I just can't deny the shallow satisfaction of the combat and aesthetic.

Last up (I just couldn't help myself) was Battle Princess Arcadia. As expected, a cute and lush vanilla-ware esque side-scrolling action title. It does however have some unique mechanics up its sleeve although the clunky controls REALLY hurt the experience for me. I didn't play enough to say any more about it really but first impressions are a mix of precisely what I expected coupled with slight disapointment.

As for my current play-throughs.

SHADOW HEARTS: Made it to Rouen. This game is still all sorts of cool and I really love Keith although I haven't had him in the party too long.

DRAKENGARD 3: Seems less glitchy to me now. I don't know if it is in fact less glitchy after the first chapter or I got used to it. I've decided that the narrative is certainly good enough to keep me invested though.

TERRANIGMA: Took a major backseat to Shadow Hearts this week, but I did make it as far as completing the Mermaids Tower. I love the soundtrack for Freedom ALOT. Its the type of track I want to pause on and leave play endlessly in the background at my house to exponentially increase my happiness/comfort.
741  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 24, 2014, 09:30:54 PM
naps are the devil.... a cunning temptation producing crippling fatigue and anxiety thereafter. I hate it, but am personally notorious for a mid afternoon snooze against my will (pass out briefly sitting up while drawing or gaming).

I find the best defense against the appeal of napping is not eating. No blood sugar fluctuation= no temptation to nap.
742  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: June 23, 2014, 03:28:42 PM
If I achieve nothing else in life, I WILL become the biggest Pool of Thorns fan in Northeastern Pennsyl-tucky!!! LoL
743  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 23, 2014, 03:25:42 PM
I have absolutely nothing impressive to share here lately. I work, I play some video games, and sometimes I weight lift.

Sounds like a damn near perfect day to me. The days that go ART-RUN-GAMES for me without anything else are the most rewarding and productive. No dramatics or shenanigans. Just a little coin in the pocket, a measure taken for my health (to ensure I can play more games in my lifetime... I mean, why else??), and some Klyde time. Tis' the way I wish each day would play out.

I quit giving a shit about anything and ordered a 360 from Gamestop.

*Thumbs Up*

In my realm I got cold feet when it came to letting my mother move in temporarily. It went from a strict restriction of space I was imposing to a timeframe in which she had to find a place of her own... and finally I sort just laid down a flat out "this isn't such a good idea and won't work, you can crash in the garage a few nights if you must" .... I feel like a jerk but I just can't shake the feeling that it would be an unhealthy move. I wish I was saying no to someone other than my own mother in this case. I would feel far less like a prick.

My mother is an awesome lady who really dealt with hell from me earlier in my life. i just want to keep my perception of her as such and not turn our relationship into something wicked is all.
744  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tears to Tiara II is being localized on: June 22, 2014, 02:49:52 PM
I assume this is tied to the lore of the anime bearing the same name?? If so count me in. Even if it isn't the best, it is FAR too in line with my personal tastes to ignore.
745  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8: Steamy Gameshark Edition on: June 22, 2014, 02:53:54 AM
I thought they added Pocket Chocobo to this.

In theory, PC version of FFVIII should be more moddable than the PSX version so... No, honestly, I've tried FFVIII fanpatches, the game still falls apart on disc 2.

I tried so hard to get the fan patches to work for VII.... epic fail. I would have been out of midgar by the time I figured out how to finally do it. And all I really wanted to do was swap the cloud and sephy character models dammit!!
746  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 22, 2014, 02:48:41 AM
I think the biggest area where this game -- like so many indie platformers -- falls apart for me is the movement physics.

this. ^^ for me too.

In particular its the jumping. Its gotten to the point where I am not even tempted by cool platformer-ee titles because everytime I find one that looks cool and is well recieved it feels "strange" to an extent of un-fun.

(Not so) recently tried Braid because of how beautiful the art direction looked.  I just could not enjoy it in the least due to the very floatiness you referenced mesh. I hate seeing what I need to do in a game but not being able to succeed due to control issues or glitchiness. Dying numerous times in Megaman doesn't bother me because its my fault. Dying because it feels as though I'm jumping in moon gravity is just a pain in my ass.

It doesn't help that I totally suck at platformers.-LoL
747  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 21, 2014, 07:43:42 PM
From personal experience I can say that things become a lot easier after everyone's out of the house.
Just some family dinner here and there.


And if your like me you can simply skip dinner. Less frequent dealings with family whom I've not had the best relationships with, only lead to a greater appreciation and tolerance for one another in my experience.

Odd we are talking family ATM. I have lived by myself, with little communication with any family, for quite some time (years). But the truth of things is that while I enjoy my solitude of my house, it is a bit much for just me.

My mother lives in what would be considered by most to be a pretty abysmal environment that does not provide her even basic comforts such as heat. She has expressed in our brief communications many times that she wanted out but has not had the means to leave. I'm considering allowing/helping her to move into half my house now to make things a bit more financially managable for me, and far more pleasant for her. While my house and garage make this completely doable without being in each others space, the prospect of it still scares the daylights out of me.

748  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2014, 04:59:35 PM
Shadow Hearts/Finished what seems to have been the first major story arc. I love how the MC looks like such a weirdo. I am also appreciating the fact that he seems more of a reckless jerk with a personal agenda than sympathetic in any sense or a do-gooder. They really do a fine job of breaking the mold a bit and leaving mountains of room for narrative development in terms of the characters thus far. I really hope this game keeps being as awesome as it has been in the first stretch.

Just beat Bastion.  Chose to save a certain somebody and move forward.  Liked the game.  Loved the music.
Also am playing Assassian's Creed:  Black Flag.  It is my first AC game but probably won't be my last.  I love pirate games. 

I adored Bastion but tackled the ending post 24-hours without sleep... I had no idea what I was doing or choosing. Sort of regret that.

I also have a real affinity for Pirate stuff. How is it jumping into AC: Black Flag with no creed experience? I never played any others myself either.
749  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: June 21, 2014, 04:49:33 PM
You look so cool Klyde!

Like a JRPG character. :D

A girl I know always tells me I watched so much anime I turned into a character. LoL

Thanks Star, you sure know just what to say to make a Klyde smile :)

Wait I thought Klyde was like morbidly obese and bald.

Fuck how did I get THAT idea.


Two things Klyde will never have is a large belly or a bald head!!!!

It is worth noting however, that I was a very large little kid. I actually weighed considerably more at age 12 than I do now. I don't know what to make of that.

A final word.. I shaved my head once....never... EVER... again

some serious ashin' going on there.

Yes sir Yoda. That Ash you see is the result of over a decade of serious training. It was quite awhile before I was able to sport an ash of that caliber whilst puffing away and going about my business. Many blankets and shirts have been ruined in my years of Smoke-Fu training, but as you can see the results are astounding....
750  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: June 16, 2014, 06:27:57 AM

I was feeling kinda wonky last week for my birthday so I dyed my hair.

I actually thought it looked horrible but other people seem to like it. Go figure.

NOTE: These are action shots of me hard at work. I never draw, or do much of anything for that matter, without a cigarette. Please ignore.
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