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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 26, 2015, 07:25:33 AM
IT IS 4 AM.  I JUST FINISHED "HER STORY" ON STEAM.  I FINISHED THE GAME AND UNLOCKED ABOUT 80% OF THE SCENES BUT I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS. 

YEAH LOTS OF BUZZ SURROUNDING THE MYSTERIES IN THIS ONE.  WORTH CHECKING OUT?
I would say so, especially since it's at a low price point.  It's a cool mystery and a really unique way of experiencing it.  I stumbled on to one of the game's twists early on by using a pretty innocuous search term, got super surprised, and ended up experiencing the rest of the game looking for clues and evidence leading to the twist.  It's crazy.  I would play ten murder mystery games in this format. 
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 25, 2015, 04:11:37 AM
IT IS 4 AM.  I JUST FINISHED "HER STORY" ON STEAM.  I FINISHED THE GAME AND UNLOCKED ABOUT 80% OF THE SCENES BUT I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS. 
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2015 Topic of Potentially High Hype and Crushed Dreams for that Game You Want on: June 16, 2015, 03:08:48 AM
Yeah, holy shit, Sony dropped some bombs.  I would have been impressed by one out of three of those.  And Ratchet, Uncharted, and Horizon Zero Dawn all look really good!  

Lost in the shuffle of yesterday's announcements, Capcom announced two returning Street Fighter V characters with a pretty dope trailer: Cammy (who looks awesome, natch) and FUCKING BIRDIE!?  Birdie was one of the SF1 characters that returned for Alpha (alongside Adon and Gen) but hasn't been in a non-remake since 1997 or 1998.  What the fuck.  And now he has more chain techs and can breathe fire!?  Dammit Capcom, you're making me actually want to buy one of your games again.  

Here's the trailer.  Whatever.  I'm intimidated by how highly technical the new V-System stuff works.  
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 15, 2015, 01:51:39 AM
Jupiter Sigil appeared as a prize in Blitzball!  It was a league prize, so I have to play a full 10-game season to get it; I just did a few, so now it's 7 more games but holy shit it's almost 2 AM.  After I get that, I'll have fully-powered weapons for four characters (Wakka, Auron, Yuna, and Rikku) and start messing around in the Arena more.  I've been using guides, but MAN Final Fantasy X opens up in some interesting ways once you get to the endgame.  I just wish that this content was accessible earlier, easier to find, and a little more transparently advertised.  I'll chat plenty about it at the next Retro Encounter recording.  

BLITZBALL TEAM

Forwards: Tidus, Datto
Midfielder: Kiyuri
Defenders: Naida, Ropp
Goalkeeper: Nimrook
Bench: Brother, Zalitz
Players I had earlier and eventually dropped: all the Aurochs except Datto, Zev Ronso, Wedge, Linna, Miyu
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Earthbound! EDIT: First game on VC on: June 14, 2015, 06:08:01 PM
Earthbound is a great game.  Mother 3 is a great game.  Mother 1 is actually kinda bad.  A few of the mid-game and endgame dungeons are broke.  It's a game with a few neat story ideas that ultimately isn't very good.  Reading a wiki synopsis is more fun than actually playing the game. 
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2015 Topic of Potentially High Hype and Crushed Dreams for that Game You Want on: June 14, 2015, 01:59:35 PM
I'll take anything from Atlus and Falcom regarding release dates on their RPGs, plus some more gameplay from that SEXY Ratchet & Clank reboot.  I'm such a R&C fanboy it's kinda hilarious.  I might have to get a PS4 for more Ratchet (and for Bloodbourne and RPG stuff, natch). 
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 11, 2015, 08:53:13 PM
More FFX.  Saved halfway through (maybe near the top?) of Mt. Gagazet.  I'm holding off on Blitzball until I have the airship, so I can poach certain players with some more travel freedom (looking at you, Nimrook).  Once that's done, though, it'll be monster arena hunting (for the Mars Sigil) and lots and lots of blitzball (for the Jupiter Sigil). 
8  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: When a game ruins good music on: June 08, 2015, 06:25:11 PM
...no, not exactly.  I never feel that a game ruins the music, but MANY MANY times has a game not lived up to its incredible soundtrack.  One of my favorite examples is the killer battle music in Grandia Xtreme*:

Combat 3
Combat 4

GX's combat system is actually solid, but MAN is it a letdown overall as an RPG.  Especially since the first two Grandia games are really, really good. 

*shoutout to Wild Armor, who's a Grandia superfan who knows these OSTs backwards and forwards.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 07, 2015, 11:34:44 PM
Playing the bejeezus out of Final Fantasy X.  Just reached the second save point in Macalania Woods.  Also played two tournaments and one full regular season of Blitzball.  I am a little shocked at how much I'm enjoying Blitzball.  No joke.  Vilucha and Ropp are total bosses. 
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: June 05, 2015, 06:17:15 PM
All of this news is fantastic!  They 100% have my money for TITS 2nd Chapter and Cold Steel 1, and will have my money for Cold Steel 2 if I enjoy the first one well enough (a strong possibility).  

And hell, I know this is optimistic, but there's a chance that 2016 gives us Cold Steel 2, Tokyo Xanadu, AND Ys 8 all in English in the same year!  That's insane!  I hope it happens!  It probably won't but don't bring me down just yet!  (Tokyo Xanadu comes out this September in Japan, and Ys 8 has an unspecified 2015 Japanese release date that may yet get pushed back)
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: June 01, 2015, 11:21:33 PM
Also, I'm betting that July's edition will be a Secret
We have already chosen episode 3's game, and we'll probably say exactly what it is on episode 2-3 (which hasn't been recorded yet).  We took several of the suggestions from earlier in this thread, then did an internal vote among the RPGFan staff on the Retro Encounter staff page.  Please look forward to hearing about it! 

And my quick thoughts on how to say "Olivier" - I always pronounced it the same as Sir Laurence Olivier's name: "oh-liv-ee-ey."  The French way. 
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 21, 2015, 02:44:30 AM
Here's my ten:

Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy VI
Seiken Densetsu III
Final Fantasy Tactics
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Skies of Arcadia
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Persona 4
Diablo Dos
Dragon Age: Oranges

If Castlevania doesn't count, then replace it with Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. 
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 15, 2015, 01:25:17 AM
Played Heroes of the Storm quite a bit tonight.  Did some AI matches to get comfortable with rotation heroes I hadn't tried yet (Jaina, Sgt. Hammer) then a few Quick Match games before it got irresponsibly late.  Got annihilated in one match, then won in a back-and-forth that lasted almost 35 minutes.  Crazy stuff.  Mostly favoring tanky Warrior characters, like ETC and Muradin.  I really like Sonya, Jaina, and Thrall, but I haven't put a ton of time into them yet. 
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 11, 2015, 06:10:35 PM
Carnelia is interesting to complete with a guide (I'd be shocked if anyone got all ten without a guide), but the only difference is having a 120-attack weapon for the final dungeon instead of a 130-attack weapon for the final dungeon.  And on only one character.  Ultimately not worth it. 
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bloodstained Ritual of the Night on: May 11, 2015, 03:46:03 PM
This is a game that I 100% want to play and couldn't give $28 to the KickStarter fast enough. 
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