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871  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 08, 2013, 02:24:20 PM
Well animating my retro-gaming weekend routine went well. Last week I stated I was torn between Dragon Quest VI and Mother 3, though leaning toward Dragon Quest..... I sampled both and quickly changed my mind. The weirdness of Mother totally sucked me in. Made my way through chapter 1. While I love it thus far I'm having a really rough time with the multi-hit mechanic in battle.

Returned to Atelier Ayesha last night/this morning. I just won the second treasure trove contest! Yipee!! I was REAL bothered that I lost the first.... I didn't notice the little meter in the corner that predicts the outcome while selecting items for the contest damnit...

872  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: July 08, 2013, 02:16:00 PM

See Klyde attend his 10 year high school reunion with an incredible single digit turn-out!

NOTE TO SELF: I look like a goof with my hair tied back.... well I look like a goof with it down too... *sigh*
873  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 08, 2013, 02:09:29 PM
So my old man was at a local (2 miles away?) Gamestop and checked in about a preorder for ps4, which I'm sure a few of you recall being mentioned that gamestop was taking unlimited preorders a couple weeks back. Skip ahead to today where my local failstop tells my dad they sold out 3 days after it was announced...unlimited right?

Checked online and sure enough gamestop stopped doing it apparently today...god I'm pissed now.

That is grim news indeed.... I guess I'll be calling around too seeing as how I erroneously put bucks on the side to pre-order it and pay it off but didn't get around to actually going to the store to do it yet.

Non-gaming news (in Klydes realm)... I just attended my 10-year high school reunion. I was stoked about getting invited seeing as how I dropped out a few weeks before graduation and really was not expecting to be included. Getting to be a "part of" aside, I love anything with nostalgic value (even though high school was excruciating for me). A whopping total of 8 people showed up. See the blurry and terrible awesome pics in the photo thread!
874  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: July 06, 2013, 02:06:10 PM
ar tonelico is more enjoyable than the atelier series if the player hates alchemy, but! > the alchemy is in fact so good that it could inspire a player to get into an entire series focused on this crafting system they were just exposed to.

Is this accurate?

That is more or less what proved to be true for me although I would be hesitant to suggest superiority of the AT games to the Altelier franchise, AT is however a distinctly different "flavor" if you will. A flavor you may have a greater taste for if more traditional JRPGs (particularly in regard to plot and characters) is what you are used to/seeking.

 In my case however it was Ar Tonelico NOT Ar Tonelico 2 that converted me. I state this specifically because I thoroughly enjoyed AT more than its sequel. I will say AT 2 did have a cool and addicting battle system... however even that got stale in the wake of how easily broken the game became as I progressed.

875  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 06, 2013, 01:14:45 PM

The cuteness is too much.... these must be on my shelf....maybe two sets, one for shelf at home and one for the tattoo room-LoL
876  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy 4th of July!!! on: July 04, 2013, 03:24:24 PM
Something about this holiday makes me feel funny... I can't explain it... but it has never felt like a legitimate holiday to me really. It has always somehow left me some generic or cheesy impression of some stupid american excuse to drink beer and watch fireworks, long before it becomes an iconic day to celebrate patriotism in any sense.

 All the same though, tis a fine opportunity to wish you all a lovely day :)
877  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 04, 2013, 02:31:52 PM

 I have to chime in with the "I am bad at Street Fighter" crew; so am I.

Sign me up to the club... fighting games in general are not my forte. Although I erroneously get sucked into to trying them out a few times a year only to frustrate myself to no end.

Atelier Ayesha- I am addicted to crafting to the point where it has taken precedence over advancing the story for me. The ease with which you can finish little tasks and goals makes this title feel like every sit-down with it is a highly rewarding for me. Loving it.

I will however be animating my "retro gaming weekend" routine starting this week. Deliberating between "Mother 3" and "Dragon Quest 6". I have no experience with either. The draw of Mother 3 for me is the fact that I loved earthbound. Dragon Quest 6, on the other hand, would be my first experience with the dragon quest franchise (something I've been meaning to get to for years). Leaning toward Dragon Quest right now on account of being in the mood for some classic Akira Toriyama crafted characters and whatnot.
878  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 04, 2013, 02:19:23 PM
So I called a mulligan for my birthday this year. Considering I started traveling to work yesterday at 7:30am and got home after 12:00am this morning, my day was a bust. Everyone gets a mulligan for their birthday one time, right?

Don't worry my friend, I used my token "mulligan" this year too... I was sick, and my back was still broke so I spent my b-day laid up til 9pm when I decided it was too depressing to be so idle. So (painfully) at that point I went out to the only store I could find open and played scratch off lottery tickets to celebrate until I was broke...

Birthday RE-DO! (A few weeks later)... New tattoo over my entire stomach to cover something that REALLY bothered me badly... Followed by the purchase or some old Bandai Model Kits that were dripping with nostalgia for me... followed by a week off of work to heal my stomach without a hitch.

Using my "mulligan" kicked ass! I wish you the best! Use your "re-do" wisely sir... and I say if it still doesn't work out... DO IT AGAIN!!!! LoL (hey, if we don't give ourselves special treatment here and there who the hell else is gonna do it?)

I just quoted Eusis on Neogaf. It makes me wonder who else has the same username there.
I've seen Eusis and cj_iwakura up to now.

I'm signed up damn-near everywhere as either Klyde Chroma, Klyded, or Triscal Goddess (don't ask...). But I only post here. I lurk everywhere else.

At Anime Expo.  Day 0 just ended and I'm already exhausted just from running around doing unofficial events.  Is that a good or bad sign...


Never been to an anime convention/show of any nature... tis a life goal of mine. I always plan on vacations or trips but I am booked up for tattoos for months in advance and typically, by the time I learn of an event taking place I wish to attend, my time is already accounted for.

I wanna go cosplay as some little anime chick. My hairdresser always tells me I'd make an attractive little anime girl-LoL
879  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: July 03, 2013, 02:23:01 PM
Its funny that harboring disdain for item creation was brought up. I thought I was the only JRPG-Fan with a longstanding aversion to all things alchemy.

Or, you could try something like Mana Khemia or Ar tonelico 1/2.  Their systems are a bit older, but they're focused on something other than Alchemy and you can still get to learn if you find the system appealing.

It was actually Ar Tonelico that broke me of the prejudice toward such game mechanics.

I will contend though that, for me personally, a fine line exists between monotony and addiction when it comes to item crafting.  If I can quickly and compulsively sail through menus and throw crap togeather like I am spamming an "attack" option, I tend to enjoy it a wee bit more than say if I really must scour lists and carefully choose ingredients and wait through lengthy "craft" animations.

That said, while I loved Odin Sphere for other reasons, certain gameplay elements of that title got under my skin. Plant growing to pad out my inventory being one my grievances with the title.

Ayesha allows crafting at warp-9 if you so choose although conversely it seems being thoughtful and "picky" is also sometimes necessary (or beneficial) when crafting. The result for me is a craft system that can easily chew up chunks of my time without regret as I watch my alchemy level go up, up and away! LoL
880  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: July 02, 2013, 07:50:18 PM

I'm playing Ayesha myself (a little break to play The Last of Us) but I'll get back to it. I'm liking it but so far I feel both Totori and Meruru are better so Klyde, I would try to get back at them when you think about giving them another shot.

Now, changing topics a little, since we're talking about Ayesha, am I the only one that got a little confused about the new syntheses system in Ayesha compared to the Arland games?

That first statement makes me happy. I knew it was common knowledge that Totori and Meruru were leagues beyond Rorona but to hear that, as a fan of the franchise, you appreciate them as being a cut above Ayesha... well that gets me all sorts of excited!

As for the synthesis, I have only Rorona to compare it to. Thus far, I am finding it much more enjoyable. It just feels so much more streamlined and accessible here. My problem with Rorona was that the actual synthesizing felt somehow like a menu-driven chore... and unfortunately that was in fact the vast majority of the gameplay.  Characters, art and atmosphere in all the Atelier titles I have seen are pretty much the main "draw" for me. With Ayesha here the gameplay being as enjoyable as it is makes for a home-run in my book.
881  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: July 02, 2013, 07:41:48 PM
I can't really explain why exactly, but I am sucker for all this outfit DLC stuff! In fact I always am... I REALLY loved the alternate outfits in Alice Madness Returns and bought every one of the DLC costumes for Tales of Graces F (even though I don't think I even used some of them...).

This Cloud-get-up bonus non-sense put me over the edge actually. They got me on board for the pre-order.
882  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 02, 2013, 02:52:29 PM

After today I SWEAR to you all, I will NOT ever put Agarest 2 back in my ps3!!! My obsessive compulsive nature bested me yet again this morning and I decided I would give it another crack.... hours I will never get back....

Seriously, I wish one of you guys could punch me in the face anytime I even so much as think of playing this again.

Agarest 2 is not a bad game and that is the problem for me.... there is too much about it I really like but it unfortunately just really does not outweigh how I much I grew to loathe the gameplay.

I think I am gonna go sell it to someone or trade it in to get it off the shelf and out of my mind-LoL

Back to Atelier Ayesha and a world where I know for what reasons and why I am pressing buttons again.
883  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best **Badass** Moments in games on: July 02, 2013, 01:02:16 AM
In the realm of Final Fantasy, for me it is Shadow in FFVI when...

He tries to save the day on the floating continent.

Although I can't believe no listed General Leo and...

his last stand in Thamasa.

And for the record, I happened to become really addicted to blitzball for awhile. Although admittingly, Tidus himself almost turns me off to the game entirely.
884  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 01, 2013, 03:16:17 PM
Well I officially cast Agarest 2 into the abyss of games I will never (or at least am not likely to ever) finish. After spending hours to pick up appropriately where I left off in Gen 2, I finally arrived at the conclusion that I CANNOT play this game...

Last year when I played it I was taken by the stellar soundtrack and lovely art. I still am. The plot and writing is without a doubt a cut above for a CH/IF title. But these points just do NOT justify (for me) the disjointed and unituitive mechanics of the gameplay and the inherent monotony of the aforementioned madness. Not with so many other awesome titles on the shelf.

Picking up Agarest again felt too much like work after forcing myself to complete Wild Arms Alter Code F.... gaming should not feel like an obligatory chore.

Moving on, I started Atelier Ayesha finally... a few months ago I blitzed Ni No Kuni in order to be ready to start Ayesha day 1 and got side tracked by persona 2 IS and consequently EP thereafter. I felt I owed to myself to not let the new Atelier trilogy slip into the realm of the "I'll get to it someday" games/ series (of which I have many).

and lastly.... to those playing FF6... you guys have gone and done me in.... I can't take it... As if this week I think I will be re-animating my "Retro-Weekend- gaming-regimen" where on weekends I only indulge 16-bit goodness (or earlier). I can't keep coming to this board and getting jealous of those playing something from that era and still enjoy any current gen stuff-LoL

^^ while I don't believe gaming should feel like an obligatory chore, I do believe in playing JRPGs like its a second job with schedules and whatnot. How else are you going to conquer these epics!!??? Harharharhar!
885  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: July 01, 2013, 02:58:08 PM
Sorry to revive this thread but I am doing so with purpose...

After Rorona left a bad taste in my mouth I found it difficult to return to Arland. As such Totori and Meruru (while I understand to be much better) still sit unopened on my shelf.

However, I HATE when a series I appreciate or am interested in gets annual releases and I am left in the dust.. Unable to ride the wave of enthusiasm over siliconera posts and updates because I have fallen behind on the franchise. Thus I decided to, somewhat reluctantly, begin Ayesha this past weekend.

On to the purpose...

For anyone who may have (like myself) appreciated the art style and charm of the atelier series but was on the fence about returning to the franchise until the franchise returned to something a wee bit more "iris" in nature... for me personally... I am shocked at how impressed I am with this game so far.

Explaining what I've found and appreciated about the title would only echo the RPGfan review and well circulated info about the title. All I am truly posting to say is if you have been looking at the new Atelier titles' previews and going "gee, but I never even got to ayesha.... guess I'll pass.." it may be worth rethinking or taking another look.

If nothing else, given its length, it should fit in nicely now right before I become tales-obsessed in August! LoL
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