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301  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'. 
302  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. 
303  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. 
304  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.  
305  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. 
306  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. 
307  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. 
308  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. 
309  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. 
310  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.
311  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. 
312  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. 
313  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: BEST game you bought on a WHIM and LOVED <3 on: July 06, 2014, 10:44:17 PM
I wanted to get a third game at $20 or under to get a buy two get one free deal at a GameStop when I was in high school, and almost at random I picked up Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.  My thoughts were "oh, Prince of Persia.  I played that ages ago.  A new one could be pretty good."  Yeah.  One of my absolute favorite PS2 titles.  Better than the other two games I was getting in the deal.  (One was Castlevania: Lament of Innocence and I don't remember the second). 

The second time was a LONG time ago; I'm thinking around 1996-1997 when I was 10 or 11.  It was very early in summer vacation and I had done a bunch of chores and yardwork at home and for a few neighbors - my parents told me I could go and get any SNES game I wanted at the nearby used game store after I did all of that work (LOTS of mowing, weeding, mulching, and trimming).  I really wanted to get Mega Man X2 or X3, as I adored MMX and had rented the sequels, but never bought them.  I went to the store and they didn't have *anything* that I specifically wanted or didn't already own.  I was crestfallen.  But I was determined to get something for all that work I had done, so I looked at the backs of various boxes and through some gaming magazines they had in front.  My dad started to get impatient, so I panicked a bit and picked out a game that had a sort of mysterious name: Illusion of Gaia.  I won't defend Illusion of Gaia as the best or deepest RPG on the SNES, but goddamn if I wasn't super into it for awhile.  Really weird, interesting game.  Never did get all the red jewels, though....
314  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 06, 2014, 06:04:04 PM
Yeah I could never do that.  I need to see them in story segments, use them in battle, and compare them side by side to other characters.  I often do some prior research and sometimes it informs my decisions (especially for Fire Emblem games), but I need to see characters in action before I can decide if they're worth using or not.  For example, I was pretty set on using Argilla, Serph, and Heat for the entirety of Digital Devil Saga, but I liked using Gale and Cielo during the cruise ship dungeon so much that I stuck with them for the entire rest of the game.  I went from being anti-Cielo in the early game (before you can use him in battle) to using him almost all the time. 

So yeah, Inquisition.  I have no idea.  I'm not even sure what race, sex, or class my Inquisitor is going to be.  That'll be at least three hours at the character creation screen(s). 
315  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 05, 2014, 09:34:03 AM
Well, I think it's waaaay too early to judge.  I won't get a feel for how much I like or dislike these characters until I actually hear some party banter and camp dialog.  Or whatever the equivalent of camp dialog is.  Way to early to determine what my final party is, heh. 

And I do appreciate that they made a gay male character in a potential romantic role for DAI.  I probably won't romance him in my first playthrough (presuming I enjoy the game enough to run it multiple times, like Origins, Awakening, and 2), but it's cool that BioWare had the balls to include a character like him. 
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