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976  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long do you play games a day? on: June 18, 2012, 05:04:17 PM
Well.... this is certainly an odd thread to see revived after so long..... is this a joke? Any-hoo, I'll play devils advocate and assist in madness of its revival simply because I have been a good gamer as of late :)

That is, for the last few years I couldn't manage more then an hour a day for games... until recently when I reviewed my daily routines and amended them to a-lot some gaming upon waking each day. Now I'm totally managing more like 2-3 hours a day and it kicks ass. It may not sound like much of an accomplishment to anyone else, but I'm a hyper-busy-body type... Gaming is akin to therapy for me as it really assists in focusing my brain in singular activities and helps me avoid falling prey to what I deem "adult onset ADHD" or more accurately "insanely hyper preoccupation with multi-tasking career and life stuff".... So TO ME this managing some extra gaming has been a big step...

... and yes, that is correct... you read that right... I just proceeded to justify gaming every morning by way of deeming it healthy cognitive exercise... and if ever I need contrive a better reason then that, you bet I will!!
977  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: June 18, 2012, 04:50:53 PM
I can't wait to experience the Totori and Meruru music in game... everyone here has convinced me to play totori first... thus to keep myself sane I must polish off rorona which I am currently trekking through.... rorona however itself comes at the cost of some sanity.... I for one won't miss the bag pipes... I've heard this town theme ENOUGH!!.... but I do concur on the note the I will NEVER forget it.... completed 3 assignments in like 24 hours this weekend... funny thing was I loved this game when I started... then I realized how deleterious it can be to ones grey matter, if said individual is as obsessive compulsive as I am.....  but enough bitching... I'm 10 assignments in baby!! Totori here I come!!!
978  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 17, 2012, 05:04:54 PM
When I type it I automatically put an ' in there... I don't know why.... but as for how it is pronounced, that is not really debatable... it is "ees" without a doubt... english dubbed anime proves it!-LoL
979  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 16, 2012, 08:49:47 PM
As someone who was staying pretty current with anime releases I gotta say... nothing has peaked my interest in awhile... I've no grounds to stand on and nothing to contribute to the discussion of the currently running seasons or those most recently passed.... The last new thing that came along that really tripped my trigger was Gosick to be honest.... any-hoo

On the Legend of Legendary Heroes.... let me just say after finishing it up that it is a absolute tragedy that there is not more to this.... I feel like I've been left hanging like I was at the end of Berserk only the cruel part about this is... THERE IS NO ENGLISH TRANSLATED MANGA (or in this case light novel...) TO CONTINUE TO FEED MY DESIRE TO SEE THIS NARRATIVE THROUGH!!! I say this is a tragedy because this was definately one of the way cooler fantasy series I've seen come to light in a long time... albeit unorignal, yes, but truly what hasn't been done already?

Currently now watching Gai-Rei-Zero... Really liking it so far about 8 episodes in... then again maybe my standards are just dropping a little after having been starved of watching anything that has proven worth writing home about in some time.... I'll report my final verdict in a day or two :)
980  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 16, 2012, 06:10:35 PM
I think I'm near-ish the end of Persona 3 (gearing up for December full moon), but I dunno what I want to play next.  Leading candidates are Persona 4, Final Fantasy XII, and Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana.  Never played any of them before. 

Just to throw you my two cents on the matter..... I totally vote Atelier Iris.... old school goodness that totally scratched the RPG itch like no other in a long time for me..... playing through it is what sold me on the rest of the series actually.... just to warn though, this one is was all about the gameplay for me as the story is certainly nothing to write home about.... and on the note of games that leave something to be desired....

Despite my urge to jump right into Atelier Meruru, I'm fighting the good fight and trying to meander my way through Rorona.... Not near as fun as Iris was for me.... no sir... not that the two are even really comparable in any sense.... Alas though, I've too much time invested now... I'm on assigment 8 and plugging away...

In other news....I am proud to announce earlier this week I finished my 108 star playthrough of suikoden 1 finally!! I chipped away each sunday for the last little while and finally polished it off!! Now I can move onto suikoden two after getting some more backlogging out the way.... speaking of backlogging...

I also stuck it to my playthrough of the first leg of Final Fantasy IV anthology..... had it backlogged since this time last year.... I feel its completion has brought closure to me in some sense... now I can move on to the post FF4 installments finally.

Last but certainly not least in my backlog that I hope to finish off before Agarest 2 comes out in a mere 13 days, I've got Earthbound! I hadn't played it since its release when I was quite young and thus didn't remember a blessed thing.... Its proving really fun for me in a number of sense but most inspiring of all is the soundtrack.... damn this may very well be my favorite soundtrack in sometime....

Oh yea... and one major-fail this week to report.... I started Y's Oath of Felgahna... erroneously in thinking Y's games are critically difficult I decided to play on easy instead of normal.... Big freakin' mistake..... WAAAAY too easy.... I thought it would get harder and pounded through the first half dozen bosses and few dungeons only to reach the point where I'll be damned if I start it over but am really not deriving a drop of pleasure from it.... Y's without the difficulty factor=really unrewarding...... So it looks like this is going to be a start-over somewhere way down the road.....

I've been a busy-little-gamer this week :)
981  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: trading in used games on: June 15, 2012, 03:58:30 PM
I am retarded about trading in games... I always think its a good deal when gamestop offers me all these bonus-bucks for 2 of this and three of that.....and I trade the games that I believe  "I'll never look at that again...." then two days later I feel like I MUST play them and utterly regret trading em.... Then I will re-buy them often to trade em again in the future.... its a vicious cycle I tell ya....

Just traded Dragon's Dogma cause I convinced myself I hated it, then while I was tattooing a client who is also a gamer we got to talking about it.... that was it... now I gotta go re-purchase....

....yes I do realize my pre-occupation and compulsion when it comes to gaming is rather twisted and sick... however I've kicked enough vices in my life to be happy with this one :)
982  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Gungnir on: June 14, 2012, 04:47:00 PM
Well I got the game on release... and as a quick aside.... you know the state of JRPG's is in critical condition when the ONLY copy at your local gamestore is the one you pre-orderred.... literally not one shelf copy or one other pre-order aside from mine... quite sad.... anyhow... onto my brief first impressions...

I was quite skeptical going into this one for a number of reasons but, to my surprise, Gungnir has proven satisfying in a number of ways. The writing and plot (although I am not far in at all) is really decent. Not exactly original by any stretch, but well done. The mood and tone is very FFTactics to me which is a good thing. The art style is simply awesome if you like the sprite-based fare..... absolutely pays homage to the visual sprite based style of yesteryear whilst being polished enough to feel very modern. But these are all things everyone knew already/expected I am sure... What I really want to touch upon is the gameplay....

Because of how "out there" the dept. heaven games are known to be and how complex some people were making this sound in reviews I really thought I was going to be overwhelmed with a very "difficult to balance and play-but really pretty to look at" game. This is not the case. While yes there is quite a bit going on in terms of how to manage the various gameplay elements, I didn't find it in any sense overwhelming once you get your feet wet. Characters and new recruits are far more balanced than I expected, and ultimately the experience is a very familiar one gameplay-wise to your standard  SRPG with enough "sting-pizazz" to feel very refreshing. One thing I do not like however is how I sort of feel "forced" to play a certain way due to the games strange time-flow/ restrictions.

Lastly, my biggest concern was the lack of any other gameplay interface aside from battles. I like being about to travel, grind, et cetera.... in my SRPGs and there is none of that here. However the narrative and degree of attention micromanagement requires in between battles feels plenty satisfying enough to be all but more then happy and satisfied to move on to the next new confrontation.

I am totally giving this title the time of day for a full play-through, though not immediately as my backlog coupled with the fact that Agarest 2 is coming out demands my attention... but I'll tell you what, I'm really fighting a strong desire to say "screw the other playthroughs" I've got going on and pour my time into this one, which is saying something...... But something tells me if I turn this back on and then agarest 2 comes out, the resolve I've found to pick up atelier rorona and move on with the arland trilogy will fizzle out entirely.....
983  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: June 13, 2012, 05:42:08 PM
The plug and play connectivity with the television sported by the PSP should simply be a standard for handhelds... I can't imagine for the life of me why it isn't... whether or not I can play on a television is a real deal-breaker for me even with some of the best titles....
984  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: June 13, 2012, 02:44:33 PM
Well, if it wasn't obvious from my preview from the E3 floor, Mugen Souls is getting localized.  To be honest, I had my misgivings about the game like everyone else, especially since I'm not the biggest Compile Heart/Idea Factory fan, Hakuoki notwithstanding (that game was great.)  But when I saw it hidden away in a corner of the Tecmo-Koei booth (next to Pokeymans Conquest), I figured, "Ehh, why not?"  And guess what?  I happened to enjoy it quite a bit more than expected, perhaps more than I should have, when I demo'd it at E3.  Sure, a lot of text was still in Japanese but I thought the game was fun and funny.  

Oh, and like I said in my preview, NISA kept mum when asked about the naughty onsen stuff addressed earlier in the thread, but did say that the game's virtually unchanged, especially the dialogue and Japanese voices.   http://www.rpgfan.com/previews/Mugen_Souls/index.html

Klyde- if I have a bead on your gaming tastes as well as I think I do, you'll adore this game.  

And this got me thinking.  It's almost like dating outside your type in a way.  Even if your preferred type is the dark-haired, edgy, punk/metal chick, and someone sets you up with a blonde, breezy, pop-princess cheerleader (basically, not your type) but you decide, "Ehh, why not?  I'll give this girl a chance" then end up having a good time with her in spite of yourself and you think, "You know, maybe I just might go out with her again."  

To be honest Mr. Dincrest not only do you have a fair idea of the games I appreciate but you were the source of the only news from E3 that really sparked my interest. On both accounts, I thank you :)

 I had my suspicions that Mugen Souls was gonna be my favorite or, at least, most anticipated release this year. Now I'm sure of it!! Thank you for the ray of console hope amidst the sea of first-person-shooters in which my JRPG vessel was floundering.

I know these titles don't exactly fetch top dollar or have the biggest following but seriously.... if it were not for you I wouldn't have heard another word about it since the announcement that they planned to localize it! The guys at my gamestop weren't even aware the title existed as I ranted about it whilst picking up my copy of Dragons Dogma. So one last time, kudos on the excellent report :)
985  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A MM/ALttP Remake!? on: June 13, 2012, 02:32:20 PM
Personally I would love to see a re-imagined LttP...... really upgraded and adorned with whatever current-gen bells and whistles they could manage.... that however will not happen.... MM will be out WAY before anything happens with LttP and when something does happen with LttP, I am will to bet, it will be a simple re-release with some additional connectivity function we can't yet wrap our heads around... Hoping for a truly re-built LttP is like waiting for a re-make of FF6... everyone knows it could kick some serious ass but will probably never happen for many of the reasons already mentioned..
986  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Gungnir on: June 11, 2012, 02:30:24 PM

i pre-ordered and was very excited but I'm sort of on the fence now.... I did myself the injustice of reading a bit too much about the title and can't say I'm near as excited as I was...... I'm starting to think Agarest Wars 2 is gonna fill the role of "tide me over", in place of gungnir, til Growlanser IV. Chances are I'll probably pick it up anyhow though.
987  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 10, 2012, 04:01:31 PM
I've been watching mad amounts of anime lately..... Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Ancient Books of Y's, High School of the Dead and The Legend of Legendary Heroes have all proved enjoyable to me in recent weeks....  I'll keep this brief as I have a few to report on here....

MGLN..... To summarize quickly, season 1 was right on point with what you guys had warned me about.... slow as hell and boring, yet charming enough by the end to egg me into season 2....

Ancient Book of Y's.... The two Y's series anime were pretty freakin' cool if you ask me... while super short, they are indeed accurate to the games in ways I didn't expect.... game music (one of the best parts of the Y's games) is used for alot of the soundtrack which was really cool.... Plus if your into the very old 80's/early nineties fantasy anime this just bleeds that era... totally worth checking out if your an Y's fan, or if like me, your about to hop into Oath of Felgahna and a little synopsis of Y's 1 and 2...

High School of the Dead... what can I say, if you dig Zombies and Fan Service you'll love it.... I personally don't get too much into the Zombie Stuff and turned in early on this one... so I can't appropriately report much...

Now on to the meat and potatos of the situation..... The Legend of Legendary Heroes.... I had no expectations for this one.... I expected another shallow fantasy anime the likes of which I've seen far too many in recent years.... To my surprise this was not the case! TLoLH totally rocked... great dialogue, entertaining plot, well paced, a few moments that made me chuckle (a rarity for me) and some characters that were cool enough to write home about.... I didn't watch the last few eps yet (going to this evening though!) but I would safely say this is TOTALLY worth seeing.
988  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: June 09, 2012, 05:09:02 PM
E3 was not a big disappointment. People had just insane wishes that weren't that likely to happen.

If hoping for the announcement of a new or not known to be localized yet, console JRPG (not hand-held) was an insane wish I'm guilty as charged... I'm with the "this E3 sucks" crowd I'm afraid.... I don't dig Castelvania... I could care less if I ever saw another Mario.... I've seen enough coverage of Persona 4 crap to feel as though I've already played the damn fighter..... Thank goodness NIS had a playable Mugen Souls to hear a good report about or seriously I would not have felt a real drop of excitement over any console news... And to be honest there weren't even that many handheld announcement that peaked my interest aside from the few mentioned a post or two ago... Then again given the current popular trends in gaming I guess my wishes are a bit "insane"...... Oh well.....

*Klyde meanders back to his journey of procuring old Japanese SNES RPGs until Growlanser IV comes out.....ironically enough, on a handheld......*
989  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / And the #1 Magical Girl is.... on: June 07, 2012, 05:35:38 PM
A japanese poll was conducted to determine the most popular magical girl....

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/06/06-1/poll-what-is-the-best-magical-girl-anime-for-you

I've been digging the magical girl stuff lately (probably because I've been playing the hell out of Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2) so I thought I would throw this up here seeing as how the anime-related news and posts here are few and far between...

So how do you guys feel about it? I just finished season 1 of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (sp?) and while I gotta say its decent.... I can't accept her beating out Sailor Moon for number 1.... and I also need to admit that I feel the originality of Madoka Magica (I know I'm spelling this stuff wrong...) puts the Madoka series a hair ahead of Nanoha for me as well.....

So thats my feelings on the top three.... While admittingly I need more exposure to all the Magical girl stuff (just recently got into the genre)... so my opinion doesn't hold much water anyhow...

Anyone more experienced Magical Girl fans care to offer their feelings, input or favorite big-eyed-super-transforming-regurgitated yet oh so enjoyable-super-heroines?
990  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Seller Review thread on: June 07, 2012, 11:25:39 AM
I recently bought items from Klyde Chroma and Dice, and everything arrived in excellent condition right around when I expected.  Both were super classy and understanding when I asked for delays in sending due to a recent change of address and my bank being suspicious of PayPal.  A++ would buy from again. 

Thanks for the kind words Monsoon! Mucho-Gratitude is being transmit to you friend :)

***Holds up hand for virtual high five from Dice***
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