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781  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 14, 2014, 04:05:24 PM
Good God! You guys DEVOURED Escha and Dodgy!! I didn't even start it yet (jealous)... gotta finish FF TaY first...

Thought I would blitz through TaY final chapter. I'm happy to report however, that is NOT the case. The final chapter REALLY opens up boy. There is hope for the gameplay yet... maybe...
782  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 13, 2014, 05:48:05 PM
Final Fantasy IV The After the Years is officially (in my book) a straight up mechanical mess.

I just finished the Lunarian chapter today. To reiterate what I've said all along, it had some AWESOME writing coupled with such troubling gameplay I don't know even know where to begin complaining about it.

Not to say it doesn't have its high points... The bosses in the lunarian chapter were fabulous. Challenging and engaging enough to hardly leave an opportunity to ash my cigarette!!

I can't say I'm altogether dissapointed though. Truly I have to say I'm still enjoying my time with the game. It is just so hard to ignore the faults present in it because they slap you in the face with them every time the dialogue stops and you need to go to a new (old) dungeon (again).

@ Klutz: don't be discouraged with how much TaY bashing I have been doing. I still deem it a worthwhile experience for anyone who is a IV fan. Also I completely disagree with the popular opinion that it is akin to lackluster fan-fiction. Plot-wise, this is the most solid FF sequel to date IMO.

783  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 12, 2014, 07:51:24 PM
Haven't been playing much lately. Guess that's what happens when there's less than a week until a game is released you've been waiting two and a half years to play. So I've just been dabbling in some FFXII, Bravely Default, FFIV: The After Years, and some Kingdom Rush on Steam. Obviously haven't made a lot of progress on any of those, though I did finish Ceodore's chapter in TAY this morning.

Your in for it now buddy... Prepare yourself a trying leg of the FF TaY journey (provided you do the chapters in the order they are presented.)

To summarize... Insane Difficulty spike followed by awsome plot followed by awesome plot followed by the same awesome plot with boring gameplay followed by.... wait isn't this the same story development I just saw..followed by "Dammit!! This IS the same plot development I just witness and THIS IS THE UMPTEENTH TIME I HAVE BEEN IN THIS DUNGEON!!!! I JUST OPENED THIS TREASURE CHEST 1 HOUR AND FIVE MINUTES AGO!!!!!! ARRRRRGHHHHH!!!!!"

But there is light at the end of the tunnel my friend, Kain's chapter has new offerings (finally). There is some interesting character development amidst the other chapters on the way to Kain but it will prove a test of your patience my friend... I advise you blitz through them before your new game drops so you never have to look at em again-LoL

784  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 12, 2014, 05:40:42 PM
starting up Persona 2: Innocent Sin and WOW, it doesn't waste time.  I was expecting a more drawn-out beginning.  Now to get to the grind....

I played that this time last year. Best SMT ride I ever had. Freakin' loved that one boy...

@Yggdrasil/ Thanks for informing me about Godhand! I never really look into much besides RPG's, so I am uneducated and always open to suggestion.

ON THE DMC NOTE/ I think it is the dramatic character alteration of Dante that I appreciate. I hated the original Dante, which is why I could never get into the original Devil May Cry games no matter how decent they were.

Another irony here is how I typically don't prefer/appreciate western titles. I didn't even know this DMC reboot was a western made game until reading it in this thread.

TALES OF XILIA/ Happy to hear someone else was just as baffled with the mid-game plot as I was. As easy as it was to follow, it sure seemed "trip me up" quite a bit. I still can't say I'm fully at peace with my understanding (or lack there-of) of it.

FF TaY: I FINALLY had to heal and use something other then attack in Kain's chapter. WOO-HOO!!! Its getting good folks.

785  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 11, 2014, 09:11:10 PM
Whydja quit on MMX :V

No good reason really... Same reason I gave up on Mega Man as a kid I think. It basically amounts to this...

In my mind I love Mega Man. Then I play a game, beat a boss get a weapon and feel like I've seen it all. I get my "fix" real quick I guess you might say.

I'm strange in the sense that while I complete almost every RPG I start whether they are 30 hours or 100+, I hardly ever follow through with quick 10 hour action titles. I need to work on that... Maybe it should be a goal this year or something...

Ya know, as I type this I think I need to re-evaluate my position... life (gaming) needn't be so absolute I suppose... I guess I am just "not making any progress" with X at the moment.

I think too much in terms of either "on or off" when it comes to my games. I'm either playing through or their dropped. This needs to change as it a highly restricting mindset.
786  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 11, 2014, 05:42:09 PM
Sooooo, Final Fantasy IV The After Years (psp complete collection)...

In the last week or two I have managed my way through all the characters seperate chapters with the exception of the final on the list (Kain).

My experience thus far has been a bumpy one, full of peaks and valleys.

What I like so far, I happen to REALLY LIKE... But what makes this game stale is far too abundant in these episodic chapters. To put it bluntly, its a freakin' bore gameplay wise as you progress through the individual character scenarios. Walk a damn near straight path, start to finish, whilst spamming attack. That is it. Save Rydia's chapter, these scenarios have offered zero challenge. The lack of enticing gameplay has given me NO incentive to try out the optional content available post completion of each chapter. Skipping out on these optional areas may be a mistake on my part but I could care less to be honest.

The plot, while terribly predictable in each scenario has proven compelling enough to keep me hooked. The silver lining of the title thus far has been the development of some of the more one-dimensional cast members returning from the original game. Both Polom and Porom have never stood out in my mind as particularly memorable in the past, but seeing what they grew to become has given them new life in my eyes. These two characters were handled particularly well (even if playing through there scenarios was boring). Likewise, the rest of the characters and cast are top notch and without a doubt proving memorable in their own respects for me. It really is cool seeing more personality fleshed out in these familiar faces (sprites).

FF TaY is not all bad thus far however. The writing is good enough to keep it interesting in spite of seeing the same places and event re-unfold time and again. The music and visuals are a spendid over-haul of 16-bit goodness modernized in a way I wish we saw more often.

I hold out hope yet though that things will improve. I can't justify judgement yet because I feel these chapters are merely setting the stage for the main scenario, which I hope and fully expect to "open up" gameplay wise. What I can say with confidence is this.... THEY TAKE WAY TOO LONG TO "SET THE STAGE"!!!! (in a manner of speaking)

In other news..... I think I quit on Mega Man X. I love the idea of mega man. I love the recollection of lots of things from my childhood and some things from my early youth prove awesome to re-experience. Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Chrono Trigger, Lunar amongst many many others I have had a ball watching/playing as an adult. Mega Man is one of those things however that falls into my "Ronin Warriors" category. That category is "cool when I was a kid, but not so endearing nowadays".

On a final note, I am way torn today... I REALLY want to get to Atelier Escha and Dodgy and put FF TaY on the side for now, but after the episodic slog I tortured myself with I really feel I'm on the precipice of it becoming truly entertaining. I think I am gonna have to suck it up and exercise some discipline here... if I put down TaY now, and lose what interest I have in the plot I may not feel terribly enclined to get back to it.

EDIT: I figured I needed something to replace Megaman X and to counter balance FF TaY it had to be action-ee, so I decided to blindly try something I never thought I could possibly like.... The DMC reboot. I got it free off the PSN+ network so I figured "why not".

As someone who HATED the older Devil May Cry games, this feels surprisingly enjoyable. Then again, I'm pretty starved for action titles and would probably eat up just about any that came my way.  But seriously, with how much criticism I heard about this game I expected MUCH worse.

On a final note, for anyone still reading, I want to apologize for the editorial-size-length of this post. See what happens when I don't come on the journal for a week???
787  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 06, 2014, 05:09:28 PM
When I posted earlier today in an effort to help Bytor I didn't read "the haps". On that note I feel like a total jerk for overlooking a serious topic presently on the table...

@ Alisha/ Though I don't know you and you don't know me suffering and pain is universal. The pain and confusion you are experiencing is not something foreign to me at present as I just lost my Grandfather a 2 weeks ago. Things like this are particularly difficult when you simply don't know how to emotionally react to it. I wish I had words to ease your suffering but the fact is nothing I, nor anyone else can say, can take that pain away. At best, all I can offer is the comfort that you are not alone in your experience of such sufferance and have my sincere well wishing for what that is worth.

Sorry again I missed this topic earlier.
788  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: BYTOR NEEDS HELP!! on: March 06, 2014, 05:00:27 PM
Glad to see all is well! Thank you Prism and the powers that be. Congrats on both your return and Odyssey marathon Bytor :)
789  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 06, 2014, 03:18:34 PM
Shameless cross promotion of another thread in interest of helping a fellow RPGFan member post haste.... please forgive me.

@ the admins/ Our good buddy bytor needs some help. I don't know who specifically to message about this so I made a post in the helper monkey. http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=13670.msg324743#new

He seems pretty bummed he can't sign in on his account so I'm simply cross promoting the message here in general to hopefully foster the attention of someone who can help him a wee bit quicker.
790  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / BYTOR NEEDS HELP!! on: March 06, 2014, 03:13:59 PM
I recieved an e-mail from our good buddy Bytor here on RPGFan. Seems he had HDD failure and is having trouble procuring his password to sign in because he now no longer has access to the e-mail tied to his account here.

Although my word doesn't mean much (seeing as how I am just another Ninja in the crowd) I can confirm the e-mail address he used to contact me, and is now attempting to use here, is in fact his own. He has used this same e-mail address to correspond with me to buy sculpts and goodies now for a long time(as such I know its him).

Anyhow, this is clearly a matter to be handled by the powers that be here on RPGFan (admins). The e-mail address he need be contacted through is [REMOVED]

Now hopefully someone sees this and Bytor doesn't get mad I posted his e-mail address.... LoL

791  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 05, 2014, 05:39:28 PM
Having a strangely mixed experience with FF IV The After Years.

Started out strong. Great (difficult) and engaging gameplay. Ceodores chapter got me into things FAST.

Then Rydia's chapter.... Tough as nails. Loved it. Great cliffhanger at the end.

Yangs Chapter.... I was pretty excited to get to Yang. I appreciate his character, albeit simple and one dimensional. He is fleshed out nicely as both father and Monk Monarch, but that is about all the good I can say about his chapter.... I don't think I did an ounce of thinking the whole time. Spammed attack for 4 hours and muddled my way through an uninspiring new dungeon at the end. Utterly boring.

Now, halfway through Paloms chapter I feel like the difficulty is non-existent....

I know this has to get harder again, and I really can't wait. The last few hours have been a SNORE FEST in contrast to the strong start.
792  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 04, 2014, 07:25:37 PM
I loved Xenosaga 1 when I finally played it 2 years ago but have yet to get to episode II because last year I played Xenoblade and this year my Xeno fix looks like its coming by way of the WII U "X" title.... don't want to "Xeno" myself out (a distinct possibility)

The amount of hate generated by episode 2 sort of has me intrigued to be honest... I am sort of ready for a longwinded experience that tries my patience a bit based on episode 1. While I know ep II is a far cry from its predecessor, episode 1 certainly has some aspects that demanded a wee bit more time and effort than most titles. I distinctly remember dungeons being quite long and involving.... In fact I feared I was gonna be stuck in a mall inside a Gnosis FOREVER!!! LoL

Truly though, I feel like EVERY Xeno game comes with something to test the gamers resolve in spite of its awesomeness. That is, each game has the inclusion of some form of gaming brutality that makes each a bitter sweet accomplishment.

I am also gonna throw out there, since we are ATM completely off the Tales topic, that Xeno  and Star Ocean are my token sci-fi (albeit the latter is far more sci-fantasy for those who care to be accurate in categorizing...). Something about those games captivates me even though I normally have an aversion to all things futuristic and spacey.
793  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: March 04, 2014, 03:42:44 PM
Well they got me because I'm a freak about alternate outfit DLC... guess I got a month left to pre-order now...


794  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: South Park: The RPG on: March 04, 2014, 03:33:49 PM
The reviews I read say the game is fun despite being very short (10 hours) and being another buggy Obsidian game. I'll most likely wait for a price drop.

A 10-20 hour RPG being purchased by a vast fanbase consisting of a ton of people who probably never play RPGs and trade in all their games at gamestop..... I predict 35.99 within months.

Maybe I'm being optimistic...?

Regardless I would have this bought today because it is tempting and then I realized Atelier comes out next week (already!!). Atelier is day 1 for me, on account of having loved Ayesha/Dusk. South Park can wait.
795  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 03, 2014, 02:00:52 PM
Good God this thread, in the last few days, has left me wanting to play Star Ocean 2 (again), Star Ocean 4 (for the first time), Rogue Galaxy, Shadow Hearts, Tales of Eternia, Tales of Xilia and Arc the Lad.... I feel like I have gaming-ADD now.

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