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256  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2014, 05:58:18 PM
I have a digital copy of TO that's been sitting around unplayed for at least four or five months.  Once I get a Vita (this fall, probably) that'll be one of the first things that breaks it in.  After Persona 4G and Ys Celceta.  

Right now I'm in the final chapter of The Walking Dead.  This one seems faster-paced and more direct than earlier chapters, so there's slightly more urgency in every scene, but... I dunno.  I miss the lost characters.  My final group is four people (including Lee) but I wish there were a few more for banter.  Still love this **** to death - it's making me re-examine Telltale's entire catalog and consider blowing money on Season 2.  
257  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 27, 2014, 07:26:53 AM
I ACC referring to Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, but I think my point stands - the GC's RPG selection was seriously lacking compared to that of the PS2.
258  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 27, 2014, 12:15:11 AM
In case I didn't make it clear, Phantasia is my favorite game in the series.  Second is Vesperia, third is either Eternia, Abyss, or Xillia.  Those are my top five.  Those five games are why I'm a Tales Of fan, pretty much (although I haven't quite finished Xillia).  Symphonia and Legendia are... okay.  They each have their strengths and weaknesses.  I liked Legendia's characters and their development in the second half of the game, but JAYZUS having to replay so many dungeons and having such unforgiving event flagging.... that's rough. 

Symphonia does a lot of things very well, but oh man is it rote.  Everything in it seemed like a recycled part from Eternia or Phantasia, and none of the characters really did it for me.  Maybe I was in a weird zeitgeist, but I always felt that it was so popular because the GameCube was starved for RPGs.  I don't even think it was the best RPG for the GameCube that came out in 2004. 

Tales of Destiny for the PS1 is my least-favorite game in the series.  The characters don't seem that bad, but the combat was so slow and the dungeon crawls so unimpressive that I couldn't even finish it.  I've heard that the PS2, PSP, and second PS2 remakes are good, but I haven't had the opportunity to play them.  All I know is the crappy PS1 game. 

Tales of Innocence.  Man.  That game sure loves item hunts.  I'll go back to that game eventually, when I have thirty hours and feel like doing random battles in soulless dungeons for hours and hours. 
259  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 27, 2014, 12:08:09 AM
Gat Damn, chapter 4 of Telltale's The Walking Dead.  Wow.  Hell of a setup.  I'm glad I've been spoiled in a way (I saw a few gaming news headlines when they revealed the main character of Season 2).  That spoiler is comforting.  THAT character survives to the next part. 
260  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 26, 2014, 09:27:12 PM
Phantasia was my first, and might still be my favorite.  Dice's commentary on it is 100% right.  Lady knows her Tales Of. 
261  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 26, 2014, 05:37:40 PM
I liked ToS well enough, but when am I going to want to replay it, when my backlog is already ABSURD and there are new games I want coming out every month?  I'm guessing either never or not for a few more years.  I can wait awhile to pick this up.  It will still be around. 
262  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: February 25, 2014, 10:35:34 PM
Earlier tonight I played some Adventure Time Card Wars and DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Heroes Unite.  Heroes Unite is probably better than the original - card types are more balanced, Supervillains are stronger, and there are fewer Batman and Justice League cards with more Green Lantern, Birds of Prey, and Teen Titans.  Card Wars is decent, with a lineage closer to Magic or YuGiOh than most CCGs.  Cornfields deck is baller. 
263  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 24, 2014, 10:11:11 AM
Right when you think a horse is going to be with you forever, it abandons you. 

Exhibit A
Exhibit B (this one is unfair, and kind of a spoiler)
Exhibit C

Moral of the story: don't trust a horse. 
264  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: February 23, 2014, 11:41:00 PM
One of my favorite VGM pieces of all time has received a very nifty remix.  Stickerbrush Symphony, originally in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest; new version is from the recent Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.  Here it is, four ways:

DKC2 original
Tropical Freeze remix
SSBB remix
Smooth McGroove version
265  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 23, 2014, 11:29:47 PM
Vagrant Story, simply because after Xenosaga Episode I you're going to want to go straight to II and III, and DDS2 after DDS1.
Um, is that because DDS1 ends on a cliffhanger, or because it's so good?  I've heard that both are excellent, but I next to no idea about the plot of either game or how the first transitions into the second. 
266  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 22, 2014, 10:32:04 AM
Telltale's The Walking Dead - near the end of Chapter 4.  The stranger = hell of a great villain gimmick.  I'm on the edge of my fuckin' seat.  Probably will beat this game in the next few days. 

Mark of the Ninja - this game is pretty good.  I'm not blown away or thinking about this game when I'm not playing (which is the biggest indicator of whether I'm really hooked or not), but it is totally all right.

I'm already trying to figure out what game to play next, and I'm leaning towards hitting up my PS1/PS2 backlog.  Maybe the first Digital Devil Saga, maybe the first Xenosaga, maybe Vagrant Story.  Any suggestions between those three?
267  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: South Park: The RPG on: February 18, 2014, 06:22:41 PM
I would love to play this game, but I'm trying to keep purchases to a minimum for the next several months, so I can afford a 3DS or a Vita later this year. 

...but if I had the dough to spare, I'd totally get it.  I love South Park, and this game looks like a hoot. 
268  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 16, 2014, 10:39:27 PM
I finished Dust: An Elysian Tail yesterday and Assassin's Creed 2 four or five nights ago, so I'm moving on.  Somewhere near the end of Episode of Tell-Tale's The Walking Dead (obvious twist in episode 2, but pulled off really well) and messing around in a third (!?) playthrough of Persona 3.  P3P, female MC, mid-September.  Shinjiro's quite the charmer in his Social Link. 
269  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: February 16, 2014, 12:03:11 AM
Well, D3 really rocked the boat with how you handle learning new skills, passing around skills between characters, equipping new Mabilities, and increasing character stats.  Disgaea 4 makes this a little simpler, with a system similar to the classroom thing but a little more freestyle.  They also make the Magichange system a lot more useful and powerful, having it last longer and adding the Monster Fusion system, making monster classes just as useful as humanoid ones for maybe the first time ever.  There are (I think?) slightly fewer classes in D4 compared to D3, but they're more unique and interesting.  Fewer male/female versions of the same class and more variety and effectiveness. 

The story stuff between D3 and D4 is totally subjective, but I preferred D4's.  It closes each of its character arcs in consecutive chapters, using a narrative device that's delightfully wacky (and very fitting for Disgaea, but I won't spoil it).  I really like the D4 cast - maybe even more than that of D1.  I mean, Lord Val is my avatar.  Sure, the plot gets weird and melodramatic towards the end, and one or two of the character turns didn't really feel earned, but I was on board with almost the entire cast from the beginning.  And I think that the main characters are one of the most important pieces to what makes a quality RPG - Disgaea 4 has a really entertaining cast. 

So yeah, refined mechanics that feel less time-intensive than D3's (but not as hilariously exploitative as DD2's), a few fun new mechanics to play around with, and a really entertaining selection of classes and characters.  Oh, and for the first time you can edit your base's layout in major ways, including turning ANY MAP IN THE GAME into your base.  So many customization options.  It's a blast. 
270  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: February 15, 2014, 08:33:44 PM
I really enjoyed Disgaea 4 (WAY better than 3 or D2) and I wouldn't mind buying it again to play on a handheld and have the console DLC included.  I'll definitely get it digitally... once I get a Vita.  Maybe later this year. 
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