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751  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.
752  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.
753  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
754  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.
755  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.
756  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!!
757  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
758  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.

759  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.
760  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....
761  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.
762  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2014, 06:21:34 AM

Think I might get this. Same price as getting a 250GB console loose, but I could pawn all the games it comes with for... a couple of bucks at least and offset the S&H/tax. Not that I need it but I have that GOOD OL' FASHION OCD flaring up again and dropping 200 bux on a 360 would be adequate to vent that an stop me from spending like 1.5k on a new desktop that I don't really need.

I COULD wait till closer to Christmas since there's probably gonna be a zillion BLACK FRIDAY deals going on but it looks like XBox 360Es are taking over and IDK if Es are better than the S or what.

I'd sort of prefer to buy new though, honestly, given the overheating problems for which 360s have in certain circles famous become for.

I don't know if there is any validity to this, but I'll pass the info on as it seems logical enough... I was told by a gamestop employee (whom probably didn't know his ass from his elbows) that when it comes to the XBOX models that notoriously red-ringed it was way better to buy pre-owned instead of refurbed. He said the refurbed models all had the some problems re-occur eventually.

Once again, I don't know if there is any truth to this at all but it does make sense. And for what it is worth, my pre-owned is still going strong after two years.
763  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 16, 2014, 06:16:31 AM

And contingent on me arsing myself into getting a 360... Vesperia.

My advice is not to think about it. Just do it. I got a 360 solely for Vesperia and don't regret it at all. Not only are there a few other gems but Vesperia is easily within my top 3 of this last gen.

As for my current progress....

ESCHA AND LOGY IS DONE!!!! The last year of the game was good. Not great enough to save it as a whole for me, as by that point I just wanted it to end but far more enjoyable than the first 3 years.

TERRANIGMA... Aeolus wasn't lying when he said I was about to incur tough times.... Norforest wasn't exactly hard itself but getting into the dungeon in the first place was sort of tricky. It was then onto spain. Bloody Marry was quite challenging to say the least. After dying numerous times, I'm ashamed to admit I pulled "spam the hell out of electric ring" to finally prove victorious. Awesome boss fight.

On the Terranigma note... I still am really excited to move forward with this game. Although I hate the MC, they really did a fine job of keeping each new area fresh enough to avoid a stale "lather rinse repeat" vibe. The puzzle aspect is still keeping me cognitively on my toes. I've really no objective complaints about the title thus far with the exception of the fixed attack angle of N-S-E-W getting on my nerves at times. A wide ranged hit box to accomodate a "swinging" type attack of some nature would have helped gameplay immensely IMO.

SHADOW HEARTS. Just started. About 10 hours in. Totally in love. The writing here is so unique. Very compelling albeit longwinded at points. But with everything as pertinent/entertaining as this title is proving to be I can deal with 20-30 minute intervals of mostly all reading. Too early to say much more but first impressions are strong with this one. I just finished up all the events with Li Li and am on my way to Shanghai where it appears I am walking into one (if not more then one) trap/set up/baaaaaad situation.

764  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 15, 2014, 02:58:12 AM
Whats the haps!? THE HAPS??? Well, after becoming substantially bummed out I don't have the bucks to move into the next gen of gaming yet after all the lovely news this week I dyed my hair finished a cool tattoo.

Say hello to SIGMA!!!

This was a REAL long time in the making. Very happy to have finished it.... Scythe will added in coming sessions. Vile is next. This dude loves him some Megaman X.
765  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 15, 2014, 02:48:14 AM

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.

I had to return to this thread to re-quote you, Sir Zen, from a little over a month ago to appropriately (and publicly) thank you (as well as the community members who chimed in) SOOO much for the suggestion of Shadow Hearts.

I got to it finally last week and put in a solid 10 hours or so and I freakin' adore it.

The reason I found it appropriate to bring up here is because I am pretty floored by how much it reminds of an SMT game. I can't honestly say I've never played anything that felt so similar to Persona/SMT without it actually being a part of the franchise.

That is all. Carry on.
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