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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: January 23, 2015, 12:55:57 AM
1. Ys Seven
2. Rayman Origins
3. Assassin's Creed II
4. Dust: An Elysian Tail
5. The Walking Dead (season one)
6. Frog Fractions
7. Mortal Kombat (2011)
8. Digital Devil Saga
9. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
10. Persona 3: Portable (FeMC)
11. Sonny
12. Sonny 2
13. Dragon Age: Origins
14. Dragon Age: Origins: Awakening
15. Retro Game Challenge
16. Batman: Arkham City
17. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
18. Bravely Default
19. Persona 2: Innocent Sin
20. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
21. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
22. Dragon Age: Inquisition

I got too busy at the end of the year to do much else, so Inquisition was my game for most of December and I got right to the end of XenoBlade and Persona Q, but didn't beat either of them before January 1st.  XenoBlade's done, and Persona Q is near done.  They should be two of the first games on my 2015 list. 
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: January 21, 2015, 06:39:11 AM
Yeah, that music video is pretty boring compared to the song.  It sounds like a J-rock'd up version of a Black Keys song or something.  I dig it. 
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 20, 2015, 05:54:27 PM
More Fire Emblem: Awakening.  Just finished Chapter 16, but I'm taking a break to raise my kids.  I'm using SpotPass battles to completely nuke the balance of this game and create super-powerful children characters.  So far I've recruited Lucina, Cynthia, Kjelle, Severa, Gerome, and Laurent, and they're six of my eight best characters.  Other two are Donnel (who has nearly every stat maxed as a Hero) and Chrom (who is a Paladin with almost every stat above 30).  Hell, Chrom might be the weakest of those eight.  Currently developing supports for my MC (who is probably going to marry either Lucina or Olivia) and Tharja (who's gonna marry Gaius).  
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 18, 2015, 07:39:17 PM
I just finished Chapter 15 in Fire Emblem: Awakening.  Using SpotPass to grind and **** around with leveling and pairing up my units.  So far Chrom's married to Sumia and Kellam's married to Sully, but I can't access the quest to meet Sumia's daughter and I want to have Kellam and Sully learn more skills before I do the paralogue for their daughter.  Heh, this game doesn't exactly nail the intense, strategic side of Fire Emblem, thanks to this wrecked level curve, but it does a fine job of team-building and I love the changes to the Support system, even if the writing doesn't seem quite as strong.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem If on: January 18, 2015, 07:33:09 PM
I just hope it actually changes in how terrain is being handled instead of all of the environments to be just a flat surface. Similar to how Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre does terrain.
Doesn't look like it, man.  There was plenty of gameplay in that initial trailer, and the environments looked quite nice, but also quite flat. 

And hey, I'm playing Awakening for the first time right now and enjoying it quite a bit.  Already pretty jazzed about a second Fire Emblem game similar to it. 
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 08, 2015, 12:05:28 AM
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 07, 2015, 09:22:46 PM
Beat XenoBlade Chronicles a few days ago.  ***ing fantastic.  New favorite Wii game.  Sorry, Donkey Kong Country Returns. 

Currently early on in Fire Emblem: Awakening.  I'm only on the fourth chapter, but DAMN the fights are already a little tricky (playing on Classic + Hard).  I sort of hope there are grinding opportunities a little later; does that make me a wimp? 
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 04, 2015, 07:53:05 PM
I think I'm near the end of XenoBlade.  The final boss and his disciples revealed themselves and I have the path in front of me.  Now the question is... how much of this endgame content do I really want to do....
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obligatory 2014 Thread: Your Year on: December 30, 2014, 01:46:32 AM
Favorite game I played this year: XenoBlade Chronicles
Runner-up: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

I fuckin' adore XenoBlade Chronicles.  This is a clear merger of Japanese and western RPG traditions, with great characters, story, and action-packed combat.  By far the most beautiful game on the Wii, in both audio and visuals.  I haven't finished XenoBlade yet (taking a break from playing it right now, actually), but I want to try and beat it in the next few days.  I'm about to fight Egil.  

Favorite 2014 game I played this year: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Runner-up: Bravely Default

Dragon Age: Inquisition seemed too big.  Its environments were vast and richly detailed, and I didn't even step into one of them (the Hissing Wastes), but the ten or eleven I did check out in detail were awesome.  The dialog, scenarios, and character interactions were awesome.  One mid-game plot point still haunts me, and it kinda makes me want to create a new world state and a new Inquisitor just to try going the other way on it.  It's my favorite BioWare game since Mass Effect 2, and maybe my favorite BioWare game ever.  

Most disappointing game I played this year: Batman: Arkham City
Runner-up: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Yeah, I played a lot of checklisty action RPGs and open-world games this year.  Arkham City was really pretty, and sometimes it was really cool, but several basics of gameplay (brawling, checking walls for clues, gliding) didn't really do it for me.  Arkham City didn't wow me with its scale like the environments of XenoBlade or Dragon Age, and the smaller details didn't impress me much either.  When Arkham City is good, it's great (the boss fight in the police station, predator scenarios, scenes with Harley and Joker).  But the game seems small and short compared to its peers, and its highs don't match the highs of Arkham Asylum.  
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 28, 2014, 10:44:28 PM
Beat Dragon Age: Inquisition a short time ago.  The ending was satisfying, but that tease after the credits, wow.  I really don't know what to make of that.  We might have our main villain for Dragon Age IV, or at least a chunk of Dragon Age DLC.  I appreciate how Inquisition made mythology a major focus of the game.  The politics of the Chantry, the unclear nature of the Maker and Andraste, and bringing Elven gods into the story forefront.  Great stuff.  They also bring in some Tevinter / Grey Warden / Blight stuff into the mix without it taking over the entire narrative like it was a second coming of Dragon Age: Origins.  Really interested to see how DLC shakes out for Inquisition - I assume they'll add a new zone or two.  This is probably my game of the year.

Nah, just kidding.  My game of the year is listening to podcasts while playing this: Hi!
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 21, 2014, 09:03:45 PM
Making big progress in both Dragon Age: Inquisition and Persona Q.  In the former I'm right about to start the "What Pride Had Wrought" quest.  I've been racking up Power in the Exalted Plains and the Western Approach to fund all this.  Also killed two High Dragons (Ferelden Frostback and Northern Hunter) and have Influence at level 10.  This game is awesome.  I'll probably buy it again on PS4 a few years down the line when I want to replay it.  I have a male human Mage Inquisitor, who is struggling with his feelings for both Dorian and Jospehine.  Yup. 

In Persona Q I'm at the 4th floor of the 4th Labyrinth, the floor arranged in a compass rose.  It's a little slow-going, not for combat reasons but because, well, these fire-carrying puzzles get a little tricky.  My party is all at level 55-56 and I recently did the request that unlocks when both MCs reach level 55.  My team is P3MC, P4MC, Koromaru, Mitsuru, and Aigis.  I deliberately avoided using Naoto, because I heard she's the best character in the game and I didn't want to lean on her too hard. 
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 21, 2014, 06:00:33 PM
WHoops!  Wrong topic, my bad.  Have fun playing CC!  It's great!
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 14, 2014, 09:05:38 AM
I find him really overrated.  : /
At least, as far as Summer Wars and Wold Children go.
I only saw Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, but I enjoyed both of them.  At least enough to eventually check out a third movie of his with some optimism. 
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 13, 2014, 11:12:35 PM
Oh, the guy who did Summer Wars and Wolf Children has a new film announced:
http://youtu.be/pGJivemaHuM
Bakemono no Ko....  It's about a fuzzy beast.... I think director-sama is a furry ...fur sure.
I've only seen two of Hosoda's films, but I generally like the cut of his jib.  It helps fill the hole in my heart from Satoshi Kon's death.... 
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: December 12, 2014, 10:10:21 PM
Does anyone sleeve their cards? Thinking about buying some sleeves but not sure what brand to get.

Any recommendations and reasons? I've only had fantasy flight sleeves before and felt it was too spiky on the corners and the cards slide around too much. I'm currently looking at dragon or KMC sleeves.
Depends on the game.  If it's a traditional CCG I would always sleeve my cards.  If it's a pre-set card game without randomization or rare individual cards I never do it.  Buying a new boxed game is usually cheaper than sleeving every card within.  My sets of Dominion, Legendary, and the DC Comics Deck-Building game aren't sleeved. 
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