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751  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.
752  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.
753  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.

754  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.
755  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.
756  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 03, 2014, 10:56:38 PM
I was in the mood for something different anyway.

Seems to be the air good sir.

NOTE: See my aforementioned ramblings above ^^

Actually I've had the taste for something different for a few months now... The last few years of NIS titles wore me down.LoL
757  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 03, 2014, 09:14:00 PM
Man, I wasn't close to beating Escha and Logy at all. I put in 3 solid nights in a row and it looks like I've still got a bit more to do. I even skipped my retro gaming weekend in an effort to beat E and L. The last year/assignment threw my guesstimation of game length off. I feel like what I percieved to be the end of this game has lasted long enough to actually be more like final 1/3 or last 1/4 of the game. The upside is, at least the last year of Escha and Logy is leagues more fun than the rest of the title proved. Too little too late to save it in my book, but a wee bit refreshing none the less.

I am NOT beating myself up with the ending of this game on account of the fact that it is my birthday as of midnight tonite. As such I want a new game to sink my teeth into.

As mentioned, I tried Dark Souls last week but that did NOT fit the bill.

I was going to move on to Lost Odyssey after Escha and Logy but now I'm thinking Shadow Hearts might be a stronger option. Essentially I'm looking for something mature and just a bit different than I am used to. Although my knowledge of these titles extends only to what I've been told by the community here, I feel like Shadow Hearts may be a little less conventional a title than Lost Odyssey and more of what I'm hoping to find at the moment.

Additionally on the bithday gaming agenda I have Red Dead Redemption on deck. Suggested by Dice, I am fairly certain I'm gonna really love this one. My second favorite theme/timeframe/setting is the wild west due to a strange obsession I had with Doc Holiday when I was a kid.

EDIT: Mind you, in spite of my best intentions, I may still (as a creature of habbit and compulsion) feel the inherent need to polish off escha and logy before touching anything else anyhow. I hope I'm strong enough to do otherwise.... but if the past has taught me anything about myself it is that I am a victim of self-punishing tendencies that run deep enough to disrupt both personal desire and better judgement. LoL
758  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: [Fallout 1] Retrospective on: May 31, 2014, 04:15:18 PM
Ham Sandwich retrospective

I appreciate all of the sandwiches commonly offered by delis, but like a good number of sandwich fans I only knew about ham sandwiches from more complex offerings but when I discovered that there were other sandwiches I had to try them out, I did not know that I would embrace ham and turkey sandwiches and they became some of my favorite sandwiches of all time... This is a video on the basic ham sandwich.

And holy shit was that ever a run-on sentence.

No matter how I feel about pastrami on rye (I don't hate it...it's just my least favorite sandwich...that does not mean it's bad, though), I have to thank delis everywhere because if it were not for pastrami on rye I would never have discovered the basic ham sandwich.

Which is kind of weird when you think about it.

And reubens are friggin awesome.  Visit my youtube channel.

Ew, ham sandwiches.

Peanut Butter+Banana is clearly the best option in all situations.

You good sir are quite insane. The ham sandwich is the greatest sandwich in existence! Combining ham and swiss cheese is one the greatest inventions that mankind has ever made! To deny that is to deny the very essence of humanity! As such, you are clearly a lizard person as no one else would dare to deny their humanity to such an extent.

Paint me as crazy as Cyril... Peanut butter + (insert anything) = the best

However, I will say, in all my wisdom and experience on the matter... to truly level up your Peanut Butter sandwich, you must slice a donut in half instead of using bread.  Consider adding a scoop or two of ice cream to really kill it.

Fallout....???? Whats that?
759  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: May 30, 2014, 09:28:28 PM
I can't wait til I get some more screen time... *sigh*
760  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 30, 2014, 09:27:14 PM
I had roughly 18 hours of plane rides and 16 hours of train rides in my trip to Europe, and I brought Persona 2 and TWEWY, intending to give both of them second chances. 

...I ended up putting almost all of my game time into Persona 3: Portable. I've now beaten that game three times in two years. 

I actually never thought anything was gonna beat my experience with Persona 3 until I played P2... Being a sucker for characters, it was the cast of P2 that really won me over. While Akihiko will always and forever be a favorite of mine, nearly the whole cast of P2 resonated with me in a strange way.

Well since I've been finishing some stuff up, it is time to get some new games on deck!

I decided to run with some of the suggestions I got from the community here.

First up: Dark Souls/ Hearing over in the single player thread that this game harkens back to Kings Field caught my attention. I gave it a few hours but I am afraid I don't think I can give it anymore for the time being. I agree its very "king field" so I should have known what I was getting into... particularly considering I played Demon's... but at present I don't think this is the ticket for me. It did however prove very refreshing to pop in Atelier Escha and Logy afterward.LoL

Next Up: I am thinking about giving Lost Odyssey (suggested by Bytor) and Red Dead Redemption (suggested by Dice) a shot. It was a toss up between Lost Odyssey, Shadow Hearts and Blue Dragon for my next JRPG. Red Dead has interested me for years and sort of reflects a thematic of some art I have been working on for awhile so is very appropriate right now.
761  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 30, 2014, 04:57:15 PM
So the long and the short of what I'm saying is this. Atelier games, by my estimate, might be the perfect titles for some. I personally hate slice of life anime, enjoy epic stories and love high levels of difficulty in long dungeons with lots of puzzles.

I used to like epic stories in the past myself, but after some thousand stories, things started to fuse into this one generic mass of plot elements and I turned into search for aesthetics instead. Music, architecture, clothing, designs, culture, religion, study of character, stuff like that. I feel having these things is inspirational on a more profound level than bombarding me with plot fodder. Things just lost their meaning and I could no longer fantasize about adventures slaying dragons and demons. Sometimes I think if it was something else all along that drew me to these stories, but I just never recognized it or made some excuses that sound critically acceptable, as if entertainment should have justification outside of making me feel good.

Unfortunately these things are not plenty, especially in gaming which is more often considered an adrenaline action oriented medium. Not that I dislike action myself, but I'd rather just let it have my fun, like Ys or something. Which reminds me that I should get back to playing it. Just beat that annoying petrifying bird boss yesterday. Kind of sucks that it is pretty much mandatory to synth status preventing accessories, since I found the aoe petrify scream to be impossible to avoid.

You have described perfectly how I feel about the less plot-heavy titles. I feel as though this last generation has thrown 1001 JRPG-parody titles my way. All of which favor aesthetic over writing. Not that all these titles were bad per se, in fact some were exceptional experiences for me with quality writing and humor even if it was a bit playful for my tastes.

Atelier Escha and Logy is exactly the type of game I could have fallen head over heels for a few years ago. At this point however, short of the alchemy systems, it feels like an extremely redundant and hollow title to me..... Given the fact that I have already spent 100 of hours playing as either super cute or ultra attractive characters making items over the course of the last few years, I need a compelling script to grab me at this point. Even if not compelling, just a bit more serious was fit the bill I imagine.

In truth, the fault is my own. Playing damn near every NIS title released since the birth of the PS3 has left me jaded and longing for something a wee bit different I suppose.

I think the reason I feel so starved for epic JRPGs is because I missed most of the PS2 era. I got out of gaming post PS1 only to return to it in 2007-2008. I've been playing catch up here and there, but keeping and catching up are difficult to accomodate simultaneously-LOL
762  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 29, 2014, 06:08:35 PM
Ok, so every time an Atelier game comes out:
- I begin thinking I should buy/play it
- When it comes out, I wait, scared, that I may not like it
- I read stuff like the above that totally discourages me
- I pass on the game
- When the next one is about to come out, I watch the MasterLL playthrough of the previous one to know the story thinking this is the one I'll play.

It's like an eternal circle that's been going one for the longest time.

Guess I'm waiting for the next atelier *sight*

EDIT: Maybe this time I'll watch the anime instead. That'd be a change.

Don't let what I said frighten you Anubis.  A great deal of good could be said about Escha and Logy, and I could easily see what it does right even though I'm not enjoying it.

-Gorgeous Character models

-The most addicting craft system I've ever experienced.

-Very relaxing and charming tone.

-Awesome soundtrack

-Excellent and "fast" turn based combat.

However it misses the mark in the respects I deem pretty important.

-Extremely "slice of life" anime styled humor and interactions. (Dice actually worded it that way, and it is completely appropriate to describe the feeling you get from the dialogue)

- Terribly easy in terms of combat.

-Point and click maps and exploration, with uninspiring environments (open areas in which you sort of just run around and kill stuff bores the hell out of me)

-In spite of the beautiful cast, they prove highly forgettable. Ayesha had a few characters that kept me intrigued but Escha and Logy only has... well Logy... and even he has eventually gotten on my nerves.

So the long and the short of what I'm saying is this. Atelier games, by my estimate, might be the perfect titles for some. I personally hate slice of life anime, enjoy epic stories and love high levels of difficulty in long dungeons with lots of puzzles.

Now another personal note, I think I'm being a baby about not finishing the game. I checked my clock and I put 41 hours in and likely only have like 2 or 3 more to go.... So I'm probably going to go backsees on yesterdays backsees (that is, I'm going back on the decision I went back on you see....) and finish it anyhow.

763  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 28, 2014, 06:19:57 PM
I'm not going to let my issues ruin your day. 

May I have your permission to steal and over-use that excessively? LoL

That is quite possibly in the running for "Klydes favorite quote of 2014". At the very least, it is certainly "Klydes favorite quote for the month of may".
764  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 28, 2014, 06:16:58 PM
in a moment of weakness today, I attempted to sell atelier escha and logy to escape the responsibility of having to finish it even though I'm clearly near the end. LoL

my plan was foiled however when the dude gave me the game back and said to give it to him when I was through with it!!!

I've no excuse now! On to assignment 8 I suppose.

Is it ok to quote yourself??? I know not.. Anyhow, I change my stance on the matter. Yesterday's attempt by me to sell off Escha and Logy was not a moment of weakness but a moment of clarity.

I am done with this game. I might be at the end but I seriously am too freakin' bored with it to continue.

I can't say I remember ever dropping a game I was this far in but I am sick of finishing things I can't stand for the sake of it.

The story and dialogue here have just proved too mundane for me to even invest a drop of care at this point.

I hope Kevadu sees this and is proud of me for finally beginning to drop titles I am not enjoying. I DID IT TWICE SO FAR THIS CALENDER YEAR KEV!!! Thank you for your support. I feel like a healthier Klyde for being capable of liberating myself from compulsive tendencies here.
765  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A slime draws near! Command? DQ VIII hits iOS today on: May 28, 2014, 06:05:43 PM
Ahh another PS2 backlog of mine sees new life!

I missed a great deal of the PS2 era, as it was the only time in my life I wasn't really playing games.

This is another one I totally want to get to someday (after Shadow Hearts and Digital Devil Saga). Being a Toriyama fan coupled with how much this game was brought up by fans of Ni No Kuni got me all sorts of excited.

No phone version for me though. Original running on BC PS3 for me thanks. Though I am happy to see another title like this get new life/attention on any platform.
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