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826  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2013: New Years REVOLUTION!! on: December 31, 2012, 12:51:28 PM
I will spend tonite drawing up two dragon ball z tattoos I've got coming up and I will polish off Asura's Wrath. I started AW on saturday, beat it sunday and now I am QTE'ing my way through the DLC episodes.... short game to say the least.... despite that, I've already had my fill...

I am pretty stoked to work on the DBZ pieces.... Always wanted to see what I could do with a "Goku" on skin.... not a huge DBZ fan personally, though I once was in my youth, so this cool to me :)

So yea.... new years.... pretty much like most other days/nights for me... which is perfectly fine, as by my estimate "art+game=the ideal way klyde would like to allocate most of his time".....

No real resolutions... I have the standard bases covered...

A.I already run to a point that exceeds what most would probably consider a solid exercise routine (between 8-12 miles a day, and I have for years.... funny thing is I do it purely for the cognitive benefit)....

B.Due to the running and my diet (diet is void of all dairy, grain, refined sugar or fructose, corn, red meat and a host of other things due to gut issues) I certainly don't need to lose weight (full grown male here who comes in at a whopping 125 lbs.).....

But I do have a goal of sorts this year.... I want to get my tattoo work published in a gaming magazine. Getting it published in a tattoo mag or seen within tattoo communities is one thing.... I want to break the barrier and transcend damnit!!

Oh yea.... and I want to completely demolish my backlog... I've got it down to 4 games, Agarest 2 (halfway throuh) Wild Arms Alter Code F (halfway though) Hyperdimension MK2 (don't know where I'm at... its sort of hard to tell-LoL) and Growlanser WoT.... From what I have come to understand this is the path to gaming enlightenment.... Complete freedom to game in the moment without the shelf beckoning and demanding my attention-LOL

Gonna try to get off the cigs. Again. Off to a good start though, only 1 in the last 2 days. Besides that I need to start lifting weights again just to build a bit more strength.

I should try to consider that too.... I'm a 2-3 pack a day kind of guy... on top of that I constantly chew nicorette.... but I figure I'd best save some goals for 2014 :)
827  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 30, 2012, 02:01:48 PM

Playing FF9.  Um, I have a nasty habit of leaving the system on, and I have clocked over 100 hours, when the clock only goes to 99:59:59.  I love what happens after.  It kinda creeped me out too, the it starts back at 00:00:00, but the letters change colour and it looks like: 00:00:00.  Maybe a warning that you've been playing too long.

I am notorious for leaving my systems on and maxing clocks out as well... it always frustrates me because I like knowing how long I've been playing.... additionally useful when getting back into a backlogged title with a bunch of different save files to sift through.... but it is so nice and comforting to walk into my house and hear the bubbly background tune of some jRPG-town-music..... I love it.... 

I have always wondered if this was a bad habit or not... I mean, logically it should shorten the system's lifespan right??? but both my 60gb ps3's get left on for days and still work great now after quite a few years without any servicing or refurbishing..... to be honest I completely expect at least one of them to die soon... I don't think I've ever had systems survive this long..... My psp gets left on for weeks at a time without any problem either... Could stopping them and starting them back up be of greater detriment to the consoles than just leaving them on? I always wondered....
828  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" for PS3, 2013 on: December 30, 2012, 01:48:25 PM
Etna's brother was already done. They called him Adell. ;-P

I jest on the claim; but technically if you look at their designs they pretty much look like they were taken from a similar genetic stock.

Agreed... but the thing of it is, once you get past the visual similarity, there is no correlation between Etna and Adell.... they don't have similar roles, dispositions, attitudes, et cetera..... Now with Laharl's sister being present, it is quite possible that a new role has opened up so to speak... that is, filling the shoes of Laharl's sister's vassals to ensure there is characters to reinforce her megalomaniac-like personality (which I'm sure she will be sporting, as a subservient sister who followed Laharl's every order wouldn't add much to the narrative).... and that is what scares me about that red-haired fellow.... he looks to me to be dressed to fit the role of a good/bad-guy protector type.... a shoe in victory for a supporting cast member should the new megalomaniac-sister be taking center stage in the future..... thus if they do in fact make him related to Etna in any way beyond a spiritual sense (fulfilling the same role....) I will puke...... It is my hopes that he just some new villain with a strikingly-etna-like palette.

I know I am reading too much into this.... way too early to make such predictions.... and predicting I am not.... I am simply worried that my favorite franchise (for its very entertaining original narrative) is slipping into the realm of predictable cliche' regurgitated crap... As I feared it had been over the last 2 installments (not that they were bad, or that I didn't enjoy them)......
829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: December 29, 2012, 04:35:39 PM
Got the game for Christmas and even with it's huge, glaring flaws it's a lot of fun. So long as you can deal with a fairly weak, barebones story and some of the really annoying rough edges it's absolutely worth getting, especially with Dark Arisen on the horizon (I'm expecting that to be a downloadable expansion for us, even if it has a disc release in Japan).

I re-bought this game for myself for christmas as well.... I gave up on it and traded it in over the summer.... but one of my clients kept yapping to me while I was tattooing them about how incredible it was and that, coupled with the siliconera news of the dark arisen, rekindled my interest.....  it also stands as one of my last four backlogged titles.... and I WILL no longer have a backlog in 2013.... no matter how annoying it proves to get through something like this without fast-travel-LoL

I will say one positive thing though... the gameplay here is addicting as all hell.... its been 6 months since I played it (give or take)... returned it... and I still think about how it would be nice to pop in and slay a foul creature or two..... with that said I'm happy to have it back in my library :)

EDIT: I also want to note that despite the bland environments, I really like the character models and customization... See everybody...... I can appreciate a western rpg..... who woulda' thunk it??...... Now if they would just give some concrete details about these pahns maybe I can get a little more immersed in this.... the hardest chunk of the non-existant story to swallow, to me, is these guys.....
830  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" for PS3, 2013 on: December 28, 2012, 03:55:06 PM
Disgaea D2 Debut Trailer

I swear all of this games look the same to me...

Visual progression of these games is never profound.... I think visually you either gotta appreciate the evolution of hand drawn sprites... or just accept that the "meat and potatos" of these games have very little to do with being graphically  amazing.

Now, all I have to say is this.... if we find out that the red haired etna-looking dude is in any way related to etna, I'm gonna be pissed... laharl's sister I suppose I can handle... it was bound to happen.... but next thing you know there is etna's brother.... then two years from now we are playing D3 with laharl's sister and etna's brother as MC's with a (not so clever) gender reversal mirror of the former heroes....
831  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: December 28, 2012, 03:43:33 PM
Got no idea about the DLC.  I'd say it's worth moving on past the first world... but like we've all said, it's definitely a game that suffers from overcomplicating itself.

Gave it some thought and time and.... strange as it maybe.... its absolutely horrid mechanics and systems are somehow becoming "comfortable" to me.... I'd go so far as to say "addicting".... in every objective way I can look at this game its just downright bad.... but I'm really starting to like it-LoL

None the less, I think I'm gonna polish off Hyperdimension MK2 before pouring my time into this... I don't want to burn myself out on compile hearts before I finish that and agarest 2....

Thank you for the advice took!
832  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: December 27, 2012, 04:57:35 PM
Sorry to revive this thread but I finally got around to this game..... Those who have seen my posts know.... I typically LOVE this type of stuff (over the top, cliche anime esque, make your toes curl with lame creepy joke kinda crap...)..... that aside I have a high tolerance for strange mechanics and can forgive ridiculous and obtuse gameplay in light of other things.... but this game requires an entirely new level of tolerance I don't know that I have...

I'm only a few hours in, but I feel as though I've really got a taste of what this has to offer.... And I don't know if I really enjoy the flavor (especially considering I gotta polish off Hyperdimension neptunia 2 before the next one comes out in 2 short months!).....

So I'm hoping someone can offer some insight who has played through a bit of this.... I mean I love a ton about this game visually.... is it worth sticking with it past the first "world" or if I am questioning it already before even conquering that, should I take it to gamestop while I can still get 50 percent extra store credit (LoL)?

Also.... quick question on the DLC... The big appeal of this for me is getting to craft my own custom peons.... If I do decide to keep with it, which DLC would help me with that without breaking the game.... I am sort of confused on all these different "sets" and what they are.... and if I get the point packs, how much will that help or hurt keeping this interesting?

Please advise.... I am lost in a mugen-quagmire right now......
833  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Games for the holidays possibly.... on: December 24, 2012, 11:24:58 AM
I say go with Xenoblade Chronicles.... The game is not going to become easier to come across with the wii stock being replaced by the wii u and it is arguably the best thing to happen as far as JRPG's are concerned in a loooong time. You can play it with a classic controller BTW.

As far as Zelda bundles go, I'm assuming you are referring to the skyward sword bundle with the gold wii remote and soundtrack.... good luck finding it in stores.... it is really area specific though.... I mean I'm sure there is a retailer somewhere with one lying around on a shelf since august... but none in my neck of the woods... I bet you could probably get one on e-bay pretty cheap post-christmas though (well, cheap in respect to what they are going for now) if you keep checking thoroughly and snipe-bid a few without reserves.

Screw the tires... who needs to go anywhere when you've got a couple good video games-LoL
834  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 23, 2012, 03:04:35 PM
Been working on my PSP/Vita backlog (I have backlogs for every system...).  Mostly been focusing on Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time lately.  I think I've mentioned this before but this is my first Growlanser game so I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  Thus far I've found it both quite addictive and incredibly frustrating.  The addictiveness stems from the combat system, upgrade system, and occasionally the story (though sometimes it advances at such a breakneck pace I don't know what's what).  The frustration, on the other hand, stems from poorly explained bullshit mission objectives/parameters combined with a lack of goddamn save points.

Look, I don't mind a challenge.  In fact I like a challenge.  I just want to know what is going to make me fail a mission ahead of time instead of having to figure that out by trail and error.  And if I do fail because of that then I want the opportunity to retry a mission without having to go back and trek through a forest fighting minor battles for half an hour first.  I guess I could deal with the first problem if it wasn't for the second, but the combination of the two is a killer.  Withholding save points is unforgivable this day and age.  Or at least have a retry mission option or something.

Heck, there was one time when I was supposed to escort a merchant back to my little town to setup shop and immediately when the mission started I accidentally took a step back and went to the previous screen.  Instant game over.  For walking off a fucking screen (f you're going to give a game over for something like that why even let the player do it?).  Of course there was no save point before this mission, so I had to work my way back there and do it again.  Then somehow (don't ask me how...) I accidentally walked the screen a second time...I was about ready to chuck my Vita at a wall or something.

I completely sympathize with you on two accounts.... A. having such a large backlog that it could arguably warrant therapy..... and B. finding growlanser WoT to be a bittersweet experience..... It is one of my backlogs now as well..... I really didn't expect to put it down, seeing as how all the other growlanser titles proved to be SRPG favorites of mine and I LOVED this one when I started it.... fast forward 20 hours or so into the title and I needed a break due to precisely what you have described.....

As for my gaming excursions.... I BEAT X-COM TODAY...... I think this is the first game in a looooooong time I started and finished within a month.... not that it is long, but I typically juggle a few titles and am in no particular rush to finish.... This one just demanded all the attention I could give it from the door! Didn't get bored with it once... I think I'm gonna give it a break now though, before starting a new campaign to see the DLC package that came out this week.

Now its onto Mugen Souls!! Which is sooooo cool because I bought the LE, wrapped it, and placed it under a little charlie-brown christmas tree in my living room to gift to myself for christmas....gee golly I love synchronicity!
835  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 23, 2012, 02:53:07 PM
Why would you want to skip out on them though? It adds play time, makes the game last longer. I mean, who wouldn't want to play VI for a longer period of time? It's fuckwin.


Meandering around the WOR looking for and doing optional stuff was the coolest part of VI IMO.... But to answer your initial question, I don't think it necessary to really "cross your T's and dot your i's" so to speak to beat it.... I would definately take the time to get a few choice members back in my party before attempting to polish it off.... Just taking the time to get get Terra, Cyan, Gogo and Sabin would be well worth it... none of which require major time-sinks... additionally I would get Shadow as well so long as you saved his hide in the WOB... why? Because shadow is the coolest character to grace a Final Fantasy (what other character, silent protagonists aside, in any RPG is as developed and dimensional as shadow without him ever speaking more then a handful of dialogue and not even being playable for a good half of the game.... genius I tell ya.... genius....)
836  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" for PS3, 2013 on: December 20, 2012, 03:51:21 PM
I don't know how I feel about this sister business....
837  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The world is ending. Last thoughts? on: December 20, 2012, 03:45:51 PM
upon realizing I was experiencing my last moments I'm quite certain I'd lament having not yet achieved a platinum trophy.... and I'd probably wish that I at least tried to have sex once in the last few years in spite of not having any labido to speak of (hormonal imbalance left me motivated to be about as sexually active as a plant.....).......

.....wait.... scrap all that....

I'm certain at present I would just think about how I didn't stop the alien invasion in X-Com and probably wonder what the new sailor moon is going to be like (its been on my mind lately).
838  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPG (or otherwise interesting) shirts on: December 20, 2012, 03:39:44 PM
damn.... i haven't bought any new clothes in ages.... but I'm totally sold an a lot of the designs on this "woot".... some of these designs simply rock... I can't say I ever really felt like sporting gaming t-shirts before but some of these are just too cool, thanks for enlightening me.
839  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 20, 2012, 03:31:43 PM
What the fuck is going on?

man, i ask myself that all the time.... and i never seem to get an conclusive or straight answer....
840  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 20, 2012, 12:30:15 PM
Klyde, have you played Rayman Origins? It'll probably be on sale on Steam soon if you haven't.

If you like platformers, you should play Rayman Origins.

Advice heeded! Game is on the shelf and just begging to get its turn..... it does unfortunately have to wait in line until A Crack in Time and Nights HD is complete though.....

Speaking of Nights.... I just downloaded and played it for awhile last night.... I don't know what to make of it.... I loved it when I was a kid.... It proves addicting now... but these controls and courses leave a bit to be desired..... that, and if I play it too long I think I may vomit from motion sickness.... cool in a nostalgic way though
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