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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 31, 2014, 05:41:02 PM
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Replaying an old favorite because it's the end of October.  Messing around in the second castle, got two of Dracula's pieces, but I'm going to grind for a Crissaegrim, a Yasutsuna, and a Mablung just for fun.  Love this game. 
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 28, 2014, 01:01:20 AM
OK, now I have all seven XenoBlade characters, and of course I made a list ranking how much I like them.  Currently rolling through Mechonis Field and occasionally using a guide to help me find NPCs and items for sidequests. 

XenoBlade Chronicles Characters, Ranked by How Much Monsoon Enjoys Controlling Them

7.  Sharla

Sharla has some useful break-topple-daze arts and even some ether stuff, but really she's a support character with less offense than anyone else and that's not much fun.  Whenever I use her, it's always as the third character so she can heal in the background and occasionally pick off enemies with Head Shot. 

6.  Shulk

Only eight arts.  Dude.  That's not enough.  He at least has some ability to help in a stun-lock scenario and some okay positional attacks, but he can't do anything other than straight damage (with his one crappy healing art sprinkled in) and Monado tricks.  I sometimes *need* to switch to him to handle a difficult mob or a story boss, and that feels like a chore.  Yeesh. 

5.  Reyn

Like Shulk or Dunban, but with more Aura arts, more aggro, and a little less versatility and speed.  I like most of Reyn's toolset and he's great for daze-locking and soaking up damage.  Still, if I use Reyn, he'll be the second or third character for tank 'n spank. 

4.  Riki

I'm shocked at how much I like Riki - I generally don't enjoy using mascot characters, but Riki's fun and really useful!  Those DOT Ether spells are really effective, and his physical arts are serviceable enough that you can keep one or two around if you favor pink or red Chain Attacks.  He also has a decent backup healing art, some party gauge stuff, and the ability to steal items and EXP.  His survivability is incredible, but he's not as well-suited for tanking as Reyn or Dunban.  All of that is great.  I am using Riki way more often than I thought I would originally. 

3.  SPOILER

SPOILER is a rock-solid offensive character that probably has some hidden tanking strategies that I haven't discovered yet.  Lots of potential for links in a stun-locking chain, big positional and situation-specific damage, and a lot of tricky ether and anti-Mechon stuff.  SPOILER sometimes feels like playing Shulk with a little more variety in art selection.  I'll be using SPOILER in almost every party for awhile to build up affinity, and hopefully I'll have a better feel for strategies soon; I'm a big fan so far. 

2.  Melia

Really neat concept of trading off between offense and defense.  I have a harder time building Melia's moveset than any other character's, because she needs summons to keep her offense up, her Ether status spells are solid, the Spear-Kick combination is an easy Topple that your other party members can capitalize on, and Burst End and Mind Blast are so powerful it's crazy.  I want to equip something like twelve arts when I only get eight.  I like using Melia, but I'm not great at figuring out that offense-defense balance yet so I die a lot.  Doesn't stop me. 

1.  Dunban

Incredibly effective at evasion-tanking, quick physical offense, or stun-locking, and his moveset has a ton of interesting ways to do it.  Good selection of Aura arts, lots of synergy between his skills (aura > Tempest > Thunder, Gale Slash > Gutbuster > Steel Strike, Worldly Slash > anything).  I like using him so much that I am basically forcing myself to use other characters unless I need Dunban for a boss. 
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 26, 2014, 08:06:11 PM
Played Shantae (GBC) from beginning to end last week. Fun rimes. Glad I was playing the VC version, though. Game's kinda hard. Now I'm playing Risky's Revenge, and it's easier, but kinda feels less impressive since it's a DSi game. At least it controls way smoother, which is mainly why its so much easier. Definitely seems short, though...I'm halfway done already. :/
I've never played any of the Shantae games, but I was really intrigued by the video from last year's KickStarter and I'm a little keen to try them now.  I might download one or both of those games on my 3DS in the near future. 

In the present: more XenoBlade.  I made it through Sword Valley and did some more sidequests.  Lots and lots of sidequests.  Colony 9 and Colony 6 are at rank 3, Middle Bionis and Upper Bionis are at rank 2.  Furthest Landmark is right in front of Galahad Fortress, and I'll move onward through the Mechonis once I get sick of doing all these sidequests.  Might be soon.  Favorite character to control is still Dunban by two or three longshots. 

Also... now it's the week before Halloween I'm playing some themed games.  Going to replay Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the first time in almost a decade, and then I'm going to finally get through The Walking Dead: 400 Days.  Messed around in SotN until getting to the Library.  Haven't started 400 Days yet.  Looking forward to both. 
34  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2014, 01:36:06 PM
XenoBlade - More Valak Mountain stuff.  Still enjoying this game.  Still doing do much sidequest content, which is overwhelming in breadth and depth.  If this game continues being good to the end, it'll be my favorite Wii game, period. 

Torchlight II - why not?  Messing around with my old level 80 glaive/summons Outlander.  Gonna try and get her up to level 100 with some friends.  Goddamn I love me some TL2. 
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation TV (formerly known as Vita TV) on: October 16, 2014, 04:47:41 PM
I'm definitely curious about it, but... I'm probably more interested in a Vita.  I like portable systems, and one of my top reasons for buying a Vita, Ys: Memories of Celceta, isn't on the compatibility list.  If that game gets added in the next 6 months... then we can talk. 
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 15, 2014, 05:34:53 PM
We getting a new straw poll soon?  I've sobered up since the weekend and I'm curious to see what's up next. 
37  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 15, 2014, 05:21:18 PM
Nah, that party's too good to be the worst.  Black Curse and Lise's stat downs are redundant, but you have Carlie's MT Heal Light and mediocre offense from Hawk and Lise.  Wanderer has some okay trucks, but (obviously) not as many good ones as Rogue.  I'd say that replacing Carlie with Duran as a Lord or Duelist would be worse.  

And anyway... got back into Xenoblade over the past few days.  Exploring Valak Mountain and trying to build up affinity in the four big cities.  HOLY **** there is a lot of optional mindless content in this game.  It's great.  
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 11, 2014, 10:55:42 AM
If you think that a strategy RPG in the vein of FF Tactics is going to change how people think of JRPGs, well, yeah.  Good luck. 

And the best way to gain attention and attract potential teammates for making a game?  Make a game.  Then make a better game.  Then make a game better than that one.  That's a much better venue for attracting "like-minded people" than rambling on forums in incomplete sentences.  Show others you mean business by actually putting in the work. 
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 10, 2014, 10:47:08 PM
I DONT CSRE WHST QUIZ IMMA FUCK YALL UP sorry beers.
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 08, 2014, 08:06:18 AM
Best Sports Anime
Baby Steps
Ugly character designs, low (and occasionally abysmal) production values, and yet it's one of the most in-depth and engaging sports animes I've ever seen.  This isn't just my favorite of the season, I think it might be my favorite of all time.  Part of what makes it so strong is the uncompromising realism.  This couldn't be further from that other tennis anime.  Here is a show where even the training sequences are fun to watch because they're based on solid principles and have actual thought put into them.  It's not just yelling and powering up.  It pays attention to mental condition and psychological discipline in addition to physical training.  It has a main character who (as these things often go) possesses some talent for the sport but gets into it late and has to work incredibly hard to catch up.  But so much detail is put into that 'working hard' aspect and he doesn't instantly become super powered up (it's called Baby Steps for a reason) that his rise actually feels plausible.  Seriously, if you like sports anime at all then watch this show.
The Baby Steps manga is pretty good, but it's at a major breakpoint in the story.  Really not sure where it's going after Ei-chan's match in the semis against Kanda. 
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 08, 2014, 07:35:58 AM
Finished Persona 2.  HELL of an ending.  Really great story payoff on all of the major characters.  Makes me want to go and read up on additional lore.  And play Eternal Punishment immediately; good thing I've owned it for something like ten years, heh (without playing it). 
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 05, 2014, 12:01:06 PM
Weirdly I own the original Valkyrie Profile AND the PSP Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth... but have played neither one.  I might have a problem.
43  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2014, 05:42:12 PM
I picked up Ultimax, too. It's a fun game, but damn, the boss in Arcade mode was nuts. I mean, that's par for the course in Fighting games, but Arc System Works tends to be better in making the bosses at least kinda fair. Even in GGXX, the boss on normal was only cheap with a single (albeit devestating) move that 2/3rds of the time is avoidable once you learn its pattern. Maybe I'm just too new, but it was next to impossible for me to beat that boss until I was so frustrated I started mashing the buttons like a madman...and that was the only way I could figure out how to win - give it no space whatsoever. If it gets in even a few hits, you could easily wind up in a string of difficult/possibly impossible to counter combos that can can take out a good chunk of your life. I feel like I'm fighting a KOF boss...and there's a reason I just shut the game off every time I hit a boss in KOF without even trying anymore. :/
I'm... not sure which arcade boss you mean.  There are 3 or 4 possible final bosses in Arcade mode.  And yeah, they're tricky, but ABSOLUTELY NOT King of Fighters hard.  Much easier than Score Attack from P4A.  Even at the highest setting Tsukiyomi Sho is nowhere near the level of old school Rugal or Goenitz.  Not even the same ballpark. 
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2014, 02:43:53 PM
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax - still haven't tried Golden Arena mode, but I finished the P4 story mode and started the Episode of Adachi.  I think the story mode's basic structure was WAY better in Ultimax, but I liked the story mode in P4A a little more.  HOWEVER, I haven't done the P3 route yet, so I might be judging too early.  But hey, this game is awesome.  It's exactly what I wanted.  I'm going to be playing the **** out of it on occasional weekends for at least six months. 

P4:AU is like the Smash Bros. of Persona. Amirite?
If Nintendo has a Smash single-player where Peach, Rosalina, and Zelda all engage in girl talk and how they're such big fans of one another after defeating one of their evil clones, I'm all for it.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 04, 2014, 02:11:35 PM
What is this? Is no tradition sacred? Friday quizzes, strawpolls. What's next? New quiz takers, no more countdown clock?

This is Madness!
I think this was Glassjawsh's first quiz, so you're halfway to your madness hypothesis. 

And I would play the **** out of basically any quiz, but Persona 3+4 are specific to my skillset.  I would probably get annihilated if the quiz was for Breath of Fire or Star Ocean, even though I have played a few games in those series. 

And thanks for the congrats, everybody!  My prize is going straight to the PSN, where it shall stay until I can use it to buy and download Legend of Heroes:  Trails in the Sky Second Chapter.  Let's do this again!  I'm probably not winning anything ever again until we get to a Skies of Arcadia or Dragon Quest VIII quiz. 
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