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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 01, 2016, 07:43:14 PM
I've been sick since Friday, so I've mostly been playing Diablo III and watching weird Japanese children's television for the past several days.  It's... not really making me feel better. 
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: January 09, 2016, 04:27:14 PM
So who's bright idea was it to make the year's Games of the Year discussion into a bunch of Podcasts!?

I don't have time for that. I just want to open a link, see which Bioware/Persona title swept the competition, and move on to debating the hell out of that, then realize just how badly the year sucked in terms of RPG releases beyond the initial months.
Read the actual post:
The fun will continue for a total of four days, with our editors' individual Top Five lists tomorrow, a GotY episode of Random Encounter on Sunday, and ending with the site's official awards (including the Reader's Choice winners) on Monday. Make sure to check back each day for all the awardy goodness!
The full written awards should come out on the 11th. 
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: January 09, 2016, 12:01:01 PM
It was a variety of issues.  Whenever I opened a crate/chest or changed targets in combat, my character couldn't move or perform actions that required re-targeting.  I could solve it by saving and resetting, but that was REALLY annoying to do multiple times each combat and with every loot.  I tried to resolve it using VSynch and a few other things recommended on the Steam forums, but never got it working.  Ended up giving up. 
34  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: January 09, 2016, 12:17:56 AM
Kotor and Kotor 2 are available on steam. They were on sale for ~ $3.5 earlier because of the movies but they're normally around 10.99. Obviously, since they are on steam they will auto-synch to your computer and run fine. I was playing it until my house was broken into and my laptop broken.
I think I mentioned this earlier in the thread, but there are a lot of problems with the Steam version of KOTOR 1.  My computer can't play it because it has a 2011-era video card. 
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: January 05, 2016, 12:26:48 AM
Is the cast going to do anything special for pokemon? Are any of you familiar with Nuzlocke challenges?
I've done a Nuzlocke before, but it was stressful and time-consuming.  I'm going to be playing Pokemon just to re-experience it and have it as a fresh in my brain as possible for when we discuss it.  No special playthrough. 
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: January 04, 2016, 12:08:45 AM
Here's my final list:
1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
2. Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
3. Fire Emblem: Awakening
4. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
5. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (NG+)
6. Persona 4 Golden
7. Ys: Memories of Celceta
8. Her Story
9. Final Fantasy X HD Remaster
10. Persona 4 Golden (Platinum)
11. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
12. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
13. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
14. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
15. Mega Man V
16. Far Cry 3
17. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
18. Kirby Triple Deluxe
19. Undertale
20. Gone Home
21. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
22. Paper Mario

I played some pretty good shit this year, even if the number was a little on the low side compared to past years for me.  Also played DISGUSTING amounts of Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm, which cut into my game time significantly. 
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 26, 2015, 01:49:31 PM
I agree the plot and characters are butt. Even 14 year old me was rolling his eyes at the orphanage amnesia plot
 But... those cities!
Persona 2 did the childhood-trauma-shared-amnesia-now-reunited plot twist better. 
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 26, 2015, 12:24:52 PM
I too am surprised you thought you were in the minority, Mike. FF8 was one of the most divisive entries in the series pre-Fabula Nova Crystalis. I always thought I was in the minority for feeling the same way Neal does about it. In fact, it's possibly my favorite 32-bit FF title. Its systems are clunky to learn and need to be kept on top of, but it's satisfying to use them to break the game. Some of its characters and plot beats can be very frustrating, but I loved the 20th Century Europe-style cities. Dollet, Galbadia and Timber all look really fantastic.
It's weird, in the kinda-elitist fan circles I used to run in, FF VIII was disliked and I definitely wasn't in the minority there.  It did have a good critical reception when it launched, and it's allegedly the 3rd-bestselling game in the series (but you could easily attribute that to being the follow-up to FF VII).  More recently, I've seen an outpouring of love for FF VIII that puzzled me a bit.  My perception is that it has the reputation of being an undeservingly-maligned game instead of a disappointing one. 

...but I don't agree.  I still don't like the GF-Junction system and feel that its plot is bonkers. Squall is an extremely unlikable main character, and Rinoa is one of the weakest female leads in the modern era of the series.  Probably won't change my mind about FF VIII anytime soon. 
39  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 19, 2015, 11:13:14 AM
About to give up again on Donkey Kong. I'm up to world 4 boss, the mole train. Not hard exactly, but going through two tedious chase phases only to just die on the actual boss with one heart left without Diddy is very frustrating. The world was full of carts and rockets too and I died like 40 times to get to the boss level. The game is too brutal for me. Maybe I should play something less taxing on my nerves, like Dark Souls or something.
Yeah, the bosses in DKCR can get pretty rough.  I don't remember which one I struggled with the most, probably because I'm still traumatized by the World 8 barrel riding stage.  I enjoyed DKCR quite a bit, but it's a tough platformer for sure. 
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 19, 2015, 11:10:49 AM
I want something that's basically like Africa, but pokemons. So openworld pokemon snap I guess.
So, Far Cry 2 + Pokemon - Malaria, and the evil smugglers and mercenaries are re-skinned to Team Rocket?  I dig it. 

And... yeah.  Not sure how unpopular this is, but I'm one of those FF fans that dislikes FF VIII.  I acknowledged how breakable and interesting the GF/Junction system could be, but that didn't mean I enjoyed messing with it.  FF IX's systems felt like a return to form, honestly.  Hm, maybe I should replay FF IX....
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 16, 2015, 10:28:17 PM
So... I finished Gone Home basically in two sittings.  First was over the weekend, wandering around the empty house until I got bored.  Second was earlier tonight, in which I found the first "clue" after searching for a few more minutes, kicking off a scavenger hunt leading straight to the end credits.  This is an adorable little game that is basically one main narrative and a bunch of small side stories, which are (mostly) inferred through materials spread across the big, empty house you're exploring.  I didn't hate it, but... I guess I prefer games with more action and mechanics? 
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 16, 2015, 07:50:34 PM
4 Dungeons in and I can say without a doubt that Oracle of Seasons has nothing on Oracle of Ages. Never played this one before (or so I think, but I recognized the Crescent Island events for some reason), but I'm digging it a lot more than Seasons. Everything is better, particularly the dungeons and bosses (except boss #2 where getting the timing down was a major pain in the ass)

And Skull Dungeon is my new favorite Zelda dungeon theme (Okay, maybe still second to Lorule Castle)

I thought overall the gimmicks behind the Oracle games was a complete slam dunk.
That said, while I appreciate Ages' emphasis on puzzle dungeons (and it's better for it), I think I prefer the Rod of Seasons over the Harp.
I found the harp kind of annoying on the field.  Basically if it's broke you go back/forward in time to fix it and that's sort of that.  Also, fuck that stupid Tower the queen built.  Definitely thought Sabrosia was funner/cooler (hotter?).
I adore the Oracle duo of Zelda games (my 3rd- and 4th-favorites in the series, after ALttP and ALBW) and these takes are 100% accurate.  The larger overworld and rod gimmicks in Seasons are better, but Ages has better dungeons top to bottom while the dungeons in Seasons don't really get good until the last two or three.  Damn, I should replay the Oracle games... it's been a decade or so.... 
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: December 16, 2015, 06:31:40 PM
Is dat some Dogi I see already?
dont think so. That solidly-built guy has green hair and has been seen wielding an axe in other media.
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: December 15, 2015, 01:27:48 AM
I have a (pseudo) question! Why didn't the crew pick up Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic to play seeing as how The Force Awakens is coming out within the week? Then you could have played KotoR2 next year when Rogue One comes out.

KOTOR would have been a good one to play! I think it was one of the options we considered but Deus Ex won the internal poll. There's always the next movie...
I think KOTOR was in our spreadsheet, but I gave it a low rank because my Steam version of KOTOR is janked up.  The PC KOTOR runs into a lot of problems when you try running it on more modern video cards.  It's one game that I'd *really* like to play, but I got disenchanted by the busted PC version.
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: December 14, 2015, 12:42:27 AM
I've never read or sought out the Parasite Eve novel or movie, but I'd be curious.  I mean, I played Parasite Eve (single run, no Chrysler Building) in the early 2000s, but proooobably didn't totally understand it.  I'd probably try to replay the game AND watch the movie within a week of each other.  Huh, maybe I should give that a try....

I should mention, we're going to record a special year-end episode of Retro Encounter this weekend, with six panelists on it.  We'll mostly talk about how the gaming year has gone for each person present, but if you have any questions at all for the podcast going forward, post them here and Josh will address them directly on the show. 
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