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736  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 04, 2014, 06:20:52 PM
Just got to mission 13 or 14 in the DmC reboot. I am still coming to terms with the fact that I like this game. It is so "not me" in so many respects but I can't dismiss the fact that it really is addicting. The battle system is pure fluid-button-mashy-goodness and the game itself is proving challenging whilst not annoyingly hard for someone who sucks at games such as this (as I do!).

In other news, Atelier Escha and Logy is a lovely foil to my time with DmC. I am still not far (year 2) and the story has done very little by way of gripping me yet. I think I just got through the primary cast introduction and expect some plot development in the not-so-distant future. I don't expect a gripping narrative with Atelier titles, but this has been quite the bore fest thus far. The cast is sort of weak here as well. I love logy. I love to hate Escha (enough to make her memorable) but I really don't see me writing home about anyone else... the most intriguing of the cast are those returning from Ayesha and sadly not the immediate playable characters (at least IMO). It is however early on, and I remain hopeful my view might change.

The main problem with Atelier Escha and Logy for me is simply that it is NOT scratching my RPG itch. It feels pleasant enough, but I just can't seem to become invested or care enough to feel wrapped up in it yet.

Playing Tales of Vesperia a few months ago has really made me hyper critical of what I have played since..... That one upped the bar for me in a major way it seems...
737  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wild Arms For PS4 still possible on: April 03, 2014, 05:35:17 PM
Gee golly, a new wild arms would be reason enough for me to break down and buy a PS4 to be honest. Sadly though I venture to guess, as mentioned, something like this would be a vita deal.

Where is western Vita TV, huh!!!???
738  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Child of Light on: April 03, 2014, 05:26:42 PM
If this game is even a touch as good as it looks to be visually this will be a real treat this month. Anybody aware of any differences between platforms? It would be nice to have a reason to turn on my Wii U but typically I go for the PS3 incarnation of most all multi-platform titles.. i feel insecure about my trophy level, LOL
739  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The official waifu thread on: April 02, 2014, 09:31:41 PM
Pretty sure I mentioned it before in another like thread long ago but here it is once more.

WAIFU/ Rei Ayanami or Kos-Mos. My reasoning is simple. I feel either one would have little to no interest in sex and neither do I. On that note I suppose Aigis or some Persona 4 android chick would work but I feel I would get along better with Rei or Kos Mos.

If I ever did get my labido working again maybe Velvet (Odin Sphere), Angela (Seiken Densetsu 3) or Misturu (Persona 3)

And now for some new material... the HUSBANDO!!!

Well, since I'm a fairly girly-guy I want a REAL MAN to take care of me. While my fav male game characters are Yuri (Tales), Tatsuya (P2), Shadow (FF6) with Logy currently making some headway on the list, I like them all because they remind me of me in some sense. As for the HUSBANDO I think I would go with one of the following...

Barret (FF7), Rand (BoF2, since D took Garr),  Akahiko (Persona 3), Garrek (Sp?) (Record of Lodoss), Cyan (FF6) or Goku (DBZ).
740  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 01, 2014, 09:55:13 PM

I'd rather butter my bread my whole life, enjoy each day and die at 55 than deprive myself of it until I die, miserable, at 85.

Well in my case I won't be buttering my bread again for awhile like I did last night! For me, that type of indulgence is counter-productive to daily happiness. But for this one brief instance it was fun and sobering in some respect.

The last vice left for a ninja like me is cigarettes. I have quit way too many other things in my life that are bad for me. The smokes are my "butter" if you please.

Just sounds so selfish if you ask me. :P

My boyfriend had to start watching his blood pressure, so I had to tell him to cut down on cholesterol. I make sure he doesn't eat too much of the foods he shouldn't. If he said something like that to me I'd probably slap him (not really, say no to violence) and make an ultimatum.

I love him too much to lose him over something like butter.

EDIT: Also relevant, I just lost my grandmother who was only 61. She smoked, despite having lung problems like COPD. She was too young to go, and she had nothing but regrets at the end over it.

I agree on the butter note. When it comes to food you have options. You can learn to love eating and living off of very healthy nourishment.

But as I said, smoking is my vice as well so I sympathize with your Grandmother. I can't say, even if a doctor assured me it would end in my death if I continued puffing away, I would even consider quitting.

I am sorry to hear about your Grandmother though. It is indeed a tragic end when brought to fruition faster as a result of your own vices, against your better judgement. I don't wish that scenario for anyone. I know all too well what it is to be a victim of your own design despite how illogical and insane it may seem. Worst of all, in such a instance you KNOW within yourself how selfish the decisions you make appear which leads to all sorts of internal grief.

Your Grandmother will be in my prayers this night and you have my sympathies on that note Goose.

NOTE: I survived the 12 mile (give or take) run!!! That had to burn up a cookie or two... I feel a bit better.
741  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 01, 2014, 06:46:48 PM
Thanks D! I really did need to hear someone condone my completely unjustifiable move. In all honesty, the best I could come up with in my head  was "well at least its not heroin" as swallowed each sugar-laden morsel... That wasn't really cutting it in terms of making me feel less foolish! LoL

Anyways, I'm off to go run like 12 miles and try to expedite getting some of this out of my system. Mind you, this too may very well be against medical advice while in the midst of a severe allergic reaction but my logic is running that much HAS TO speed things up right....? Can't say I've ever tried running while my body is having a histamine response of this magnitude, should be fun :)

I'll post again and let you all know I'm still alive when I get back.
742  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 01, 2014, 06:18:45 PM
Klyde: I can't imagine life without bread or cake. So I don't blame you in the least for breaking. But be careful, no one wants to see you get hurt in the process.

yea I know it was REALLY stupid gamble with my health, I actually almost died from eating soy products and peanut butter once (spent a week in the hospital).

But I'm not getting any younger and my body can only take so many "hits" like this.... i just needed to get one in!!! LoL

If for some reason I randomly just stop posting here after tonight you'll know I didn't survive the carrot cake cocoa combo of doom (with sprinkles) and the side of brutality cookie bites washed down with a cup of pure and utter caramel foolishness.

next time I feel frisky I'm just gonna go gamble at the casino. I did that last week when I was feeling antsy at 4am and it worked out nicely for me.... far safer option. its back to spinach for this ninja....
743  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ragnarok Odyssey on: April 01, 2014, 06:05:44 PM
I didn't follow any news about this game or check it out at all til today (ACE that is).

I don't know why it is tempting me but it is....

How is the gameplay? That is, if I HATED how clunky monster hunter 3 felt how does this compare?

Also, is this strictly enjoyable as a multi-player or can I indulge a single player campaign and still get enough out of it/complete it?

I know nothing at all about Ragnarock Odyssey, but am always enticed with that which is new and unfamiliar to me.
744  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 01, 2014, 05:57:26 PM
well i've really done it this time... i make some bad decisions but this one "took the cake".

so I have dietary restrictions. I've bitched about em occasionally to you guys before. Well last night I tattooed until about 5 am. Finished a big piece I was working on for a long time. Feeling all sorts of victorious I decided it was too late to cook the routine white fish and spinach meal I have eaten every day for longer than I care to admit.

So what was a accomplished Klyde to do? Well treat myself, of course!

I indulged in every cake, candy, cookie and pastry my heart could desire.

Its been a long time coming. I haven't eating bread of any nature in YEARS let alone a desert.... Cheating on my diet usually involves broccoli and yogurt...

As a result, today I feel bad on a level I could not have fathomed. In fact, I don't even know how to appropriately convey just how terrible I feel.

You may ask "was that peanut cup, donut, cookie and cake worth the risk of of a hospital worthy allergic reaction???"

I would answer, even now in the midst of my suffering with a soaring  heart rate and the inability to breath properly, "yes".... after going over a half a decade without real cake it was worth it... best of all, I can safely say it will be well over half a decade before I ever consider doing this again.

@ Agent D- If some ass hole was dumb enough to start problems with you he deserves a good slap... or in this case a thunderous pummel i suppose. I've seen pics of you. I'm not a proponent of physical violence, but dumb/ignorant folk need a good knock on the nah'gun!

745  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS3/4/Vita SRPG Natural Doctrine on: March 31, 2014, 05:37:46 PM
Dear Japan,

Stop making everything a fucking card game.

OK, in all seriousness this just sounds like a way of restricting how many units people bring into multiplayer.  The 'card' metaphor is completely irrelevant...I think.  I mean, they talk about a 'deck' but that's just your total unit supply...you aren't randomly drawing cards from it...I think...

I couldn't agree more. Card systems are such a major turn-off for me in games.

I mean hell, cards are a gaming necessity where other forms of input and interface are absent. In other words with a screen, character models/sprites, a controller, menus, and et cetera present there is no freakin' need for cards!!!!

That is, unless you are in fact playing cards within your RPG. A certain (highly addictive) FF mini game comes to mind. Now THAT was video game card-work at its best!
746  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: March 31, 2014, 02:28:39 PM
  Atelier makes me feel like I get weak anime drones talking about their daily problems in a no more interesting way than it's been done before in slice of life shows.  The drama isn't particularly involving and stays light-hearted or tame with respect to how events seem to pan out.

tl;dr: I think what I'm saying is I just wish the games had stronger scenarios.


That is well put! And accurate to boot... I actually feel the same way about slice of life shows as I do Atelier games. I could generally care less until I turn em on and get sucked in. The advantage of the Atelier games over slice of life anime is addictive gameplay and that is pretty much it for me. Your general assessment of the plots and writing stands as pretty on point if you ask me.

And for the record, I do certainly feel that if Ar Tonelico were dubbed "Atelier Tonelico" no one would have questioned it.

I would.

They're very different games as far as I'm concerned.

My point wasn't so much that they are extremely similar games, but games with extremely similar flavors. When taken into consideration that the Atelier franchise reboots every few games with new gimmicks, gameplay et cetera.... I can easily swallow Ar Tonelico as a extension of that franchise.

I'm certainly not arguing that Ar Ton is "the same" but from my vantage point, if Tactics and Crystal Chronicles could acceptably bear the "Final Fantasy" name, Ar Ton could reasonably pass as an Atelier spin-off if marketed as such. And to someone whom was unfamiliar with Atelier games from the Ps2 era I could easily see how that forgivable misconception could be made.

I suppose what I am saying is, in the land of the JRPG, I think developers more or less agreed long ago you need not look like your brother, talk like your sister, smell like your dad or walk like your mother to be part of the family.... all you really need is to own a chocobo. Know what I mean?? LoL

747  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: March 30, 2014, 09:54:02 PM
I haven't played a lot of Atelier games, but I have a mixed relationship with the series.  I loved Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana.  Veola, the magic shop clerk, has one of my favorite JRPG character stories.  Killer soundtrack too.  I still play the Deceitful Wings guitar arranged album during my commute.  

The only others I've played are Atelier Annie (which I reviewed positively for the site), Mana Khemia (which I simply could not get into), and the first Ar Tonelico (excellent music, but I couldn't get into that game either.)

It is a series I'd like to return to someday.  Though, like my homegirl Dice, I prefer something more in line with Iris than Annie.  

And as an aside, Marie is one of the best looking JRPG heroines http://www.game-ost.com/static/covers_soundtracks/1/5/15537_840252.jpg

Mixed feelings about this franchise sums it up nicely for me as well. I too am on the "Iris" side of the coin.

Thing is, the Atelier series in very peculiar for me in a certain sense. That is, when I think about what the more traditional Atelier games concern themselves with and reflect on the mechanics they don't entice me. However, once I am actually playing them I couldn't be more engrossed. Even Rorona (which I couldn't stand for a lot of reasons) had a certain "hold" on me that kept me playing to the end and even caring a great deal about what ending I got.

This is usually the complete opposite for me... Typically I find myself being enticed with idea of a game, only to be let down with the actual experience.

One thing is for certain though, when it comes to art and soundtracks the whole Atelier universe and spin-offs are a cut above in my book. I really wish Gust would apply such talents to more Epic/Traditional games as an aside to the Atelier stuff to be honest.

And for the record, I do certainly feel that if Ar Tonelico were dubbed "Atelier Tonelico" no one would have questioned it.

Lastly (since you brought up shop keepers), I want to throw out a little "Pamela" love. Not only a fav shop-keeper, but a spectre to boot!
748  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: March 27, 2014, 09:15:20 PM
Was feeling vulnerable today, and vulnerability equals impulse buying for me. Thus I bought the new Atelier despite having not played through the other 4 Atelier games I have. Feeling really silly about that.

Don't feel bad Klutz. I totally do the same thing on occasion. In fact, upon seeing the costume DLC for Drakengard 3 I went ahead and pre-ordered then immediately paid it off in full without having any knowledge of the other titles.

Luckily, in your case, the Atelier games are pretty forgiving in regard to picking up anywhere and not really missing out on much. Gust does a decent job of writing direct continuations with strong standalone value. Its not like hopping into say, Lunar 2 without any knowledge of Lunar 1.

Seeing Ayesha's returning cast is cool, but they all are introduced in E&L in a manner that would not seem at all strange having no pre-existing knowledge of them. (Mind you, I am still early on and may be entirely wrong on this point.)

In fact, having prior experience with some of the returning cast has made it harder to accept them in E&L for me. They sort of took odd creative liberties with some...
749  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: March 26, 2014, 10:34:53 PM

I love Iris 1, too.  Despite being rather primitive, it hits a lot of good notes with me.  The music, the atmosphere, and the characters re all great.  The shopkeepers are some of Gust's best.

We are in agreement on that note my friend. Iris 1 rocked. Its the reason I became an Atelier fan, though oddly I never followed through with the trilogy (still on my shelf).

As to Escha and Logy...

I feel like Escha and Logy will be a regarded as a real "love it or hate it" amongst fans of the series for the very same subjective reasons that our opinions differ. I feel this way because we both came to the same conclusion that it is a hell of a departure for a direct sequel to Ayesha. Drastic changes in direct sequels make for die hard fans as well as hurt feelings-LoL

My opinions are still subject to change though considering I'm very early on in the title yet.

Oh yea. I also agree with the Escha hate. I eluded to the fact that her tail bothers me as a nice way of saying she bothers me (alot).
750  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: March 26, 2014, 07:53:38 PM
you beat me to it!!! I was actually coming on here to start an E&L thread.

Anyhow, I just started playing and am really surprised by it. I thought I knew what to expect after playing Ayesha but I was mistaken it seems.

My initial thoughts...

-I think Logy makes a great MC.
-Beautiful characters that somewhat escape cliche' archetypical roles more so then past titles. This is debatable but I really didn't feel Ayesha's cast too memorable outside a few whom I REALLY liked (namely Marion and Keithgriff)
-The world is much more "Dusk" appropriate if you ask me. The departure in tone and style from Ayesha to E&L fits the dying world description far better.
-The music is very much of a different "tune" in this title. More jazzy and energetic (so far). It is a subjective matter but I'm fond of it.
-Menu surfing/alchemy, though complex, is streamlined in a fashion thats makes it so hell-a-accessible and even better then Ayesha. I didn't think that was possible as, in Ayesha, I was able to craft at warp 9 with wild abandon by the end of the game but they pulled it off.
-Wilbell is back.... I like Wilbell.
-Smashing barrels with Logy in the fields feels good. LoL

-The freakin' camera SUCKS!! With a capital SUCK. It is simply too herky-jerky. I feel like this is a result of lazy production... I don't see why they couldn't smooth this out a bit. In fact in doesn't end with the camera... character movement feels a wee bit floaty and the general product just feels rough around the edges. I can't help but feel there was yet some much needed tweaking and polish before this was released.
-The characters are graphically TOO over the top for the simplicity of the environments. They are rendered complex and beautiful to a point that they look almost out of place at times.
- The tutorials make things seem far more complex then they actually are. I can see how the first 2 hours could really intimidate someone and make them feel there is a great deal to wrap there mind around when in practice it all proves far more simple.

- Why is Linca's personality so different?
- Does Marion come across as younger and less mature to anyone else...??
- A subjective matter but I can't stand Escha's tail.

That is all I can really say until I put more hours in.

Don't however misread my criticism as harsh. In truth I am really enticed thus far and appreciating E&L a great deal more then Ayesha which is really saying something because I thoroughly enjoyed Ayesha.

EDIT: I feel sort of like they could have called this game "Atelier and Wolf" or alternatively "Spice and Alchemy" for some reason....
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