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826  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 20, 2014, 05:14:14 PM
FFX marks for me the end of the 2014 new releases I wanted to care about but couldn't... It started back with Lightning Returns and now finally begins the release of stuff I really care about playing.

FFX was the beginning of the end of my love affair with FF, even though I played through it twice (don't hate me for hating Tidus, I'm jealous of his hair).... Symphonia was my least favorite Tales (albeit good, I would just rather embark on eternia or xilia 2 next)... Lightning Returns would have been cool for me if not for the horrible motion sickness issues with XIII-2 I experienced, coupled with the fact that LR was NOTHING like I wanted or hoped for.

Long story short, I've been enduring a terrible sense of false desire to play stuff I really don't want to play for awhile now due to new release clamor and whatnot.

Atelier E&L marks the beginning of the new releases I'm genuinely stoked for..... Now if I can just get through end game FF TaY (hell) so I could play it! LoL
827  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 19, 2014, 06:29:16 PM
Well I've done it now.... TOTALLY screwed myself in FF 4 TaY.

This is game tricked me into a false sense of security... It was sooooo mind-numbingly easy plodding along through all the chapters that I just flew through em to see the story. Never did I consider the end game would be so.... unfair...

The difficulty spike in the last chapter, after how easy the rest of the game is, coupled with the fact that you are locked out from damn near everything you may have missed = absolutely terrible design IMO.

It is way to easy to screw yourself and be completely stuck (as I am) in a seemingly endless end-game grindfest. The appeal at this point is the ability to construct a party out of the whole cast.... or at least that WOULD be the appeal if any other characters aside from a select 4 or 5 could even survive a random encounter.

What I appreciated about this game is really becoming an afterthought in light of the lazy and terrible design of this title. This game dripped with potential in my eyes, but in execution proved a major fail. While I recognize I essentially "played it wrong", the game itself sort of coaxes you into "playing it wrong". I feel mechanically, this entire game was a bad joke.

Thank goodness for awesome characters, art and music or I would chalk this one up to a waste of my time.
828  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 17, 2014, 06:07:49 PM
OOOOOOoooops on the Boa confusion... between that and my repetition of calling "Logy", "Dodgy" lately I'm just all sorts of mistaken. LoL

Its ok though. I just wouldn't be me if I got these things right... Maybe I should switch my Ava back to my Photon "idiot" one...??? ( sarcasm here in case it was not detected. I do not in fact intend to come across as a debbie downer. thanks for the correction folks. friends don't let friends continue to be wrong)

Soul Eater: Finished its run on Adult Swim/Toonami/whatever. Not bad by Shonen standards. Not great, but not bad. Anyways, the most important thing is that Black Lagoon is taking over its slot, which will be a vast improvement (even if neutered) over everything Adult Swim is showing now that doesn't involve some Dandy in Space.

Soul eater didn't completely grab me but I did really appreciate Death the Kid. He proved a memorable character to me for some reason I can't recall...
829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: March 17, 2014, 05:56:04 PM
Atelier Escha and Dodgy

Why do you keep calling it that?

Because I keep screwing up and have been saying "Dodgy" in my head instead of "Logy"... I actually believed that was the title for so long, I'm not even catching myself when I do it! Sorry about that :)
830  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: March 17, 2014, 03:14:42 PM
thanks for the advice folks!

I tried it (Nier) awhile back very briefly and was turned off for some silly reason I can't recall involving the MC.... I think it was something terribly dumb and superficial... In any event I still own it and always intended on getting to it, but like so many others the epic quantity of all those "still need to get to" titles is bewildering.

My primary concern was that Drakengard 3, if played first, may in some sense spoil my experience with Nier. I really want to get to it in all honesty, but I feel like I need to get to a few other titles first if you catch my meaning.

 Atelier Escha and Dodgy being one of them, Tales of Eternia, Hyperdimension Nep. Victory, Lost Odyssey, and Romancing Saga 3 (oddly enough) are all presently vying for the position of "my next game". I posed this question now though because I can wait on those titles and play Nier in the interest of setting myself up nicely for Drakengard if I'm mindful and make the call now.

I'm weird. Once I resolve myself to a title its pretty much "on" until I'm through with it for the most part, so I figured I best discern whether Nier should be priority before Drakengard now so I'm not aggrivated at the end of May that I'm "behind". I am gonna do the pre-order deal for Drakengard and I HATE getting a game in the mail I can't play because I'm an installment behind-LoL!
831  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 16, 2014, 09:07:06 PM
Fairy Tail is returning next month (PV here) and BoA is doing the theme song!

BoA's song Duvet (Lain theme) has been on my work/tattoo playlist for like 6 years now... I freakin' love that song.

Many moons ago when I played in a band, I tried to get the guys I played with on board to cover it. My idea never did come to fruition....(bummer)

In terms of anime, I have nothing new to report and haven't in ages. Why???? Well because since last August the only thing I have watched has been Dragon Ball related crap... I watched all of Dragon Ball Z, then all of GT and now I'm about 75 eps in on Dragon Ball.

I think I'm finally gonna take a toriyama break and re-watch Chronicles of the Heroic Knight.

832  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: March 16, 2014, 08:56:32 PM
Ok folks, time for the obligatory question you always know someone will pose before a franchise gets a new installment....

I never got around to Nier. Should I do so before Drakengard 3 comes out or can I hold off for a rainy day sometime in the future?

I ask because I foresee the end of my current RPG focus in the not so distant future and I really want to get to Escha and Dodgy next, but I also totally want my ducks in order for Drakengard's release at the end of may.

I hate new releases.... they conflict my "wants" with my "shoulds" in terms of my gaming agenda. LoL
833  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Project 16 Announced on: March 16, 2014, 06:04:23 PM
I swear last year they started talking about Escha and Dodgy within weeks of Ayesha's release in the US. I'm seeing a trend here.

In any event I really like her color scheme. It seems very befitting of the "Dusk" trilogy. Or at least far more so then Ayesha's was.

I was surprised no one was talking about Escha and Logy, seeing as it just came out like 6 days ago. I happened to pick it up, and as my first Atelier game, I'm going to say it was money well spent. Words can not describe how much I freaking love this game right now. Synthesizing is buckets of fun, and the character models are just fantastic. Hopefully the next one hops to PS4 though. Doubt it seeing as its the final entry in the Dusk trilogy.

Also any word on if Ayesha Plus is heading to America?

I was gonna start a topic myself. Escha and Dodgy was the first release this year I really couldn't wait to get to but I am too involved with FF TaY to begin it yet. All the positive remarks within the community are making me even more excited about it. I actually haven't read anything terribly negative about Escha and Dodgy here or elsewhere at all for that matter. I have a funny feeling I'm gonna look back at this generation someday and see nothing but Atelier, Tales and a sprinkle of Disgaea no Kuni (???) in terms of the PS3.
834  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yggdra Union help! Maxed-out cards? on: March 16, 2014, 05:55:39 PM
Yggdra Union was one of those games that looked soooo appealing to me until I gave it a try to see if I actually wanted to play it. The game was so freakin' unintuitive it turned me off completely within a few hours and I never went back.

I had the same experience with each Dept. Heaven title. Every time I saw one pop up for the PSP I said "wow, right up my alley!!" until I played it. Even Gungnir, which I bought day 1 because I'm a sucker for tactics-esque SRPG's didn't hold my attention.

I think I may need to someday re-assess em with a more open mind.

In any event (and completely off topic)... @Greg/ The site linked to your signature is AWESOME buddy! Welcome to RPGFan (yes I know this message would have been more appropriate elsewhere or as a PM but I wanted everyone else to see my exclamatory reaction for Greg's love of yesteryear's lost import games and check it out)
835  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for the Sega Saturn on: March 14, 2014, 09:14:52 PM
Sort of want Dragon Force maybe?

I think... an RPG that had traditional PD rail shooter bits instead of dungeons/boss fights might've been more interesting.

Just in case CJ_Iwakura didn't drive the point home, or you missed it, I will intentionally echo the Dragon Force love he expressed.

If you are at all considering Dragon Force,  JUST DO IT!! It was, in my honest opinion, one Working Designs finest achievements. Whats more, I still can't say any game to this day really reminds of it... Quite a unique experience it was.

I'm still upset we didn't get the sequel stateside! LoL

As far as Panzer Dragoon goes, I totally agree with your statements Mesh. I will be so bold as to say I didn't enjoy my time with it at all. Its been a LONG time so I can't recall precisely why, but it was the only Saturn JRPG I dropped. Hell, to be honest I enjoyed Albert Odyssey more then PDS. Albert Odyssey wasn't exactly stellar by any means but at least it had charm... Panzer Dragoon had... ummmm.. yea, I'm at a loss... dragons I guess...?
836  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for the Sega Saturn on: March 14, 2014, 06:20:46 PM
Expensive as hell is putting it mildly.... The prices of Saturn RPG's in decent shape could be considered justifiably as robbery.

I spend a fortune on games and even I haven't embarked on securing as Saturn library.

Although I can't say I'm not tempted. I have very fond recollections of Dragon Force and Shining Wisdom from my youth. Always wanted to play Magic Knight Rayearth as well.

Shining Wisdom actually looks to be a wee bit more modestly priced than most....

Damn, I'm foreseeing an itch I may need to scratch eventually. By eventually, I of course mean in the year 2029 when I have finally polished off some of my backlog.
837  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 14, 2014, 04:34:10 PM
^^^ oops on my part... I thought Europe got it a few days after the US. As the cool kids would say "my bad".
838  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...
839  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.

840  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

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