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286  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 23, 2014, 08:19:51 PM
GODDAMN A Link Between Worlds is good.  I want Ravio in every Zelda ever.  Selling something.  Anything.  Let him sell sandwiches.  The dude's great. 
287  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2014, 10:01:57 PM
I caved in and bought a 3DS yesterday afternoon.  The library had gotten too strong; I could name more than ten games I wanted to play, which is plenty.  Found a weekend Best Buy deal for This model 3DS, which comes with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team automatically downloaded.  It has a 30th Anniversary - Year of Luigi emblem on the bottom, heh.  I also took advantage of a buy-1-get-1-free deal to pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Kirby Triple Deluxe.  They were most definitely trying to clear out 2013 inventory with this sale, and I was happy to take advantage.  THEN, apparently I wasn't done because I ordered a copy of Bravely Default for $30 online that same afternoon.  

Total haul: silver M&L 3DS XL + four games = $245.  Not bad.  I can keep eating well most nights with that.  Mario & Luigi is pretty solid so far.  The dream-platforming is silly/fun and the combat is just as good as the first three games.  I *love* the Luiginary moves.  Dreamy Luigi is the best.  
288  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: July 20, 2014, 03:08:22 PM
Question / prompt: What are some RPGs that are just okay or maybe average, because they're missing something?  Like, C+ RPGs that would become A- RPGs if they made one small-to-medium-sized adjustment or corrected one flaw.  I would love to hear each regular panelist provide an answer. 
289  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 19, 2014, 05:50:47 PM
More XenoBlade, with LOTS of ****ing around in Sartorl Marsh.  Level 29, and dying repeatedly against the Reckless Godwin unique mob.  Gonna try to explore the rest of the swamp and maybe find the endpoint before going back to beat him and complete the Nopon rescue quest.  I'm not savvy enough at this game to beat him slightly underleveled. 

Also: Dunban's the man.  I like how his arts chain together and I find him more entertaining to use as the point character than Shulk or Reyn.  Just sayin'. 
290  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 16, 2014, 04:33:43 PM
To be fair, there doesn't seem to be a single mage in the Dragon Age universe who doesn't resort to blood magic at the drop of a hat.  Guess the templars were actually right all along...
It's like you forgot all about Wynne and Irving (I kid, I kid).  My favorite characters in DA2 were Varric and Aveline.  I like how they deliberately didn't make Aveline cute, sexy, or vulnerable.  She was a soldier who believed in law and order, and was maybe the toughest sonofabitch on your team.  But hey, her husband died and she's sad, so her sidequest is to hook a girl up.  I liked that.  Varric is great; no arguments here.  I thought that DA2 ruined Anders.  He was a sarcastic, fun Templar-hater in Awakening that turned into a whining, tormented martyr.  I was disappointed in how they handled his character. 

And honestly?  I like DA2, but I think it has some serious problems.  I *get* what it was trying to do in build up Hawke's legend in Kirkwall, but I still feel that such blatant reuse of maps over the course of the game is a disappointment.  Part of the fun of RPGs is traveling to new areas, and DA2 was seriously lacking on that front.  I also think that the endgame is a little screwed up. 

No matter what you do or whom you support, the First Enchanter and Templar General end up losing their minds and transforming into monsters and the war begins the same way.  The end state of Dragon Age: Origins has a TON of possibilities for the end of the Fereldan Civil War and the state of the nation, but the end state of DA2 is mostly about the fate of its main characters.  That was disappointing to me. 
I'm not exactly down on DA2, but I think that DA: Origins and DA: Awakening are both better from a story, character, and environment perspective.  DA2's combat, skills, and systems are great, though, and I hope that DA: Inquisition is the result of BioWare understand what worked and didn't work about all three games and ends up as the best of both worlds. 
291  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 16, 2014, 12:54:36 AM
Very early on in XenoBlade Chronicles.  Spent a little too much time doing quests in the first village and accidentally getting WRECKED by some unique hunts.  Or at least what I assume was a unique hunt.  Big purple death bird on one of the anti-air batteries.  Yup. 
292  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 15, 2014, 06:19:20 PM
@Klyde Chroma: What character has my nickname there? I don't play Disgaea so I have no idea.
That's a female Samurai.  Depending on the game, it's called either a Ronin or an Exorcist in its first tier.  Here's a picture.  They're excellent sword users and decent with other weapons, depending on the game.  
293  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 15, 2014, 11:50:32 AM
I got no complaints.  'Says Prinny right there under my name. 
294  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 15, 2014, 07:39:07 AM
That class is usually called a Masked Hero and it's in D3, D4, and DD2.  They have good movement range and SPD, and usually equip fists or guns.  I use them for Item World running. 
295  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 14, 2014, 06:30:00 PM
I don't think it's changed.  My guess is that they were referring to an older demo build or the alpha, when they hadn't fully implemented bows yet.  There's no way they're going to stop having archer rogues. 
296  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Evolution 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 12:43:00 AM
Ahahaha Yipes vs. ChrisG with Yipes' girlfriend on commentary.  This is going to be pretty interesting, heh. 
297  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: July 12, 2014, 09:43:34 PM
Games Beaten: 2014 Edition
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 (SUBTITLES!)
15. Retro Game Challenge
16. Batman: Arkham City

I think beating 30 on the year is doable.  Mostly I want to cut into my RPG backlog a bit, though.  Next is probably Persona 2: Innocent Sin.  Probably.  Something else might distract me first. 
298  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 12, 2014, 07:37:06 PM
Finished Arkham City.  When Batman is doing cool Batman things, it's pretty all right.  Visuals are great and the audio is excellent.  Pretty much every predator encounter was really good.  Favorite parts of the game were the Mr. Freeze boss battle, the sidequests involving Bane and Zsasz, and the Riddler hostages.  Least-favorite parts of the game: collecting hundreds of Riddler trophies and environment clues to unlock those Riddler hostage rooms.  Overall I'm kinda lukewarm about it but I don't feel cheated out of my time investment.  Not bad.  Probably don't need any more Batman games until 2016 or later.
299  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Evolution 2014 on: July 12, 2014, 12:13:03 AM
There's a side Persona 4 Arena tournament sponsored by Atlus and MadCatz going on in this channel - http://www.twitch.tv/jyosua - it's not a main-stage tournament, but the action has been pretty good so far.  Lots of Chie players :/

And muh gawd, the Street Fighter IV top 16 has been incredible.  Snake Eyez vs. Xian (Zangief vs. Gen) was probably the best match I've seen all day.  Then Gamerbee vs. Fuudo (Adon vs. Fei Long) was almost as good.  ****in' EVO. 

Persona 4 Arena matches have moved to the official MadCatz stream - http://www.twitch.tv/madcatz - the Japanese Aigis player that won last year didn't show this year, unfortunately, but pretty much all of the American players I remember from last year are still around. 
300  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2014, 11:13:18 PM
Played some Batman: Arkham City earlier tonight.  Party like it's 2011.  Some thoughts:

-Production values are outstanding.  Game looks gorgeous, the voice work is tremendous, and there is incredible detail in the environment's nooks and crannies, visually, aurally, and in narrative. 

-The basics of combat, gadgets, and movement are basically the same as Asylum. That's... fine.  A little floaty and not as weighty-feeling or climb-tastic as some of its ilk, but they get the job done. 

-City is more open than Asylum, but the basic design of the quests feel less natural and more like following beacons on a map.  Because that's all you do in this game.  Go to the next beacon.  This game is rivaling the Assassin's Creed for open-world checklisting.  The sidequests are mostly fun (LOVE the new Riddler riddles and Zsasz, couldn't care less about political prisoners or Riddler trophies) but sweet Moses there are too many of them. 

-The basics of the storyline are... fine.  Most of the time it's Batman doing cool Batman things, and there is so much production and polish here that it's super impressive.  But I'm far from seized by whatever plot hooks Arkham City presents.  Mostly just playing to unlock more dots on the city map and new pieces of the checklist. 

I already know how this is going to go.  I'll move through the story slowly, do a bunch of the sidequests, get checklist fatigue, and then beat the game just to finish it.  That'll probably take around two weeks, I'm guessing. 
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