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226  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 17, 2014, 12:09:07 PM
The new-ish (2011) Mortal Kombat game is definitely better than I thought it was.  Story incorporates the first three games, uses around half the cast; combat is extremely competent, with evident depth that I'm not capable of exploiting yet; the character designs are hit/miss but the variety between fighters is pretty strong overall. 

Still, I've never been a Mortal Kombat guy (except for sleepover birthday parties 20 years ago, etc.), and I feel about it now the same way I did decades ago: this is a game for 8-year-old boys.  The hyper-violence, sexualized female characters, and preponderance of ninjas are all extremely appealing to little boys that would find such things THE BEST THING EVER.  I'm enjoying the character designs and violent action somewhat, but much less so at 28 than I would at 8.  I'm continuing to play it to see how the story ends (story's been way above expectations) and because the combat is actually pretty solid - I'm going to mess around in Arcade a little bit after I'm done with the story to try out the non-hero characters and mess around with arcade tags. 
227  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Your Most Favourite Movie Moments on: March 16, 2014, 09:04:57 PM
Best part of Bill & Ted is the mall scene with all of the historical figures going nuts while Beethoven is piano-ing along to Extreme's "Do You Want to Play?"  I mean, come on. 
228  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: March 16, 2014, 08:18:07 PM
Listened to all of them except for the final movement, and have enjoyed them all quite a bit.  Well done, fellas. 

Also have to say: of all the RPGFan staff and guests who had picks for the show, my favorites were John's.  Now I really want to DL a copy of The Raven. 
229  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hardest game you ever beat. on: March 13, 2014, 05:23:15 PM
Eesh.  I've tried 7th Saga a couple of times, as it's the all-time favorite RPG of one of my close friends (for real...).  The farthest I ever got was using the alien, up to a betrayal by one of the other main characters.  I think I had three runes?  Whatever.  Brutal game. 
230  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hardest game you ever beat. on: March 12, 2014, 05:25:26 PM
Castlevania on NES, Castlevania Dracula X on SNES, Rondo of Blood, Super Castlevania 4 -> Pick one, they are all extremely difficult.
I've beaten all four of those except for TG Rondo (only beat PSP version), and I thought that Dracula X was the hardest by FAR.  It's also the worst of those four, although I'm mostly giving a pass to OG Castlevania 1 for being the first in the series. 

TG Rondo and PSP Rondo are the same game with different graphics, bit by bit they are exactly the same level wise.
Dracula X has somewhat cheap and unfair level designs at times, I agree that it's the weakest of the four but I still think it's massively awesome.

Massively awesome!?  I think it's the worst Castlevania game I've ever played.  By a significant margin.  Rondo and Super IV are massively awesome.  Castlevania 1 is a classic that has aged okay, and Dracula X isn't very good at all.  But whatever.  For awhile there I tried to beat basically every Cv I possibly could.  And I sure played a bunch. 
231  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hardest game you ever beat. on: March 12, 2014, 05:09:58 PM
Castlevania on NES, Castlevania Dracula X on SNES, Rondo of Blood, Super Castlevania 4 -> Pick one, they are all extremely difficult.
I've beaten all four of those except for TG Rondo (only beat PSP version), and I thought that Dracula X was the hardest by FAR.  It's also the worst of those four, although I'm mostly giving a pass to OG Castlevania 1 for being the first in the series. 
232  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 11, 2014, 09:58:48 PM
starting up Persona 2: Innocent Sin and WOW, it doesn't waste time.  I was expecting a more drawn-out beginning.  Now to get to the grind....
233  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 10, 2014, 05:31:23 PM
Wanted to watch a sports anime since I am enjoying Kuroko sooo much, watched 2 episodes of Prince of Tennis....and then realized it's 178 episodes!!! WTF!!!
If you haven't seen Slam Dunk yet then I don't even know, man.

BTW, the Kuroko manga is really good, but I'm worried it's about to end.  The only suitable opponent after the current game is probably... America. 
234  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 10, 2014, 05:17:46 PM
Guys.
Guys.
Guys.


Costume Quest 2.


You're going to Upfield?
I don't get it.
Everybody get on the hype train.  WOO WOO!
235  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: March 10, 2014, 05:05:49 PM
Frog Fractions 2 KS is now live

If you haven't played the original, you're welcome. A full playthrough takes maybe an hour.  It'll be the best hour of your ****ing day. 
236  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 08, 2014, 11:53:21 AM
I saw the word about Frog Fractions 2, so I fired up the original for the second time.  First time was around a year ago.  Still the best browser-based game of all time.  OF. ALL. TIME.

http://twinbeard.com/frog-fractions
237  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2014 Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight, etc. thread. What's piqued your interest? on: March 08, 2014, 11:08:35 AM
The only 2014 KickStarter that matters.
238  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: March 06, 2014, 05:04:33 PM
1. Ys Seven
2. Rayman Origins
3. Assassin's Creed II
4. Dust: An Elysian Tail
5. The Walking Dead: Season One

Currently very early in Vagrant Story, midway through Mark of the Ninja, near the end of Persona 3 Portable (late November).  Don't know if that second one is going to happen at all. 
239  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hardest game you ever beat. on: March 06, 2014, 11:15:43 AM
Probably Dracula X for the SNES? Don't play that, guys. It's not great and unnecessarily hard. Play Rondo of Blood or Super Castlevania IV instead.
240  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 04, 2014, 11:22:56 PM
Played the first hour or so of Vagrant Story today.  I'm really enjoying the super-cinematic presentation coupled with aged-poorly PSX graphics - it's funky looking, but I mostly dig it.  Still getting used to the switching in and out of normal mode and battle mode; still think combat is weird, but not bad-weird.  Need to play more to get a feel for this game. 
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