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46  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? 
47  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.... 
48  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.
49  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.
50  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. 
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 13, 2015, 11:39:52 AM
It was mostly Monster Factory students with some outside talent from other parts of the country peppered in there.  

I only really follow WWE, WWE NXT, Lucha Underground, and New Japan stuff, so I'm not really aware of Monster Factory.  But it's cool that you checked out the show and had a good time! 
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best Thread Ever! (Dec. 12: Best Holiday Movie) on: December 12, 2015, 06:19:01 PM
The Nightmare Before Christmas and Tokyo Godfathers.  I adore both of those movies, but I really only watch them in December.  Also, RIP Satoshi Kon :*(
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstaion Experience 2015 on: December 05, 2015, 03:00:50 PM
I really liked the first Ni no Kuni's soundtrack, but I never played it.  I might give it a try down the line, I'm not opposed to Level-5's brand of whimsy most of the time (<3 Layton). 

But really, that FF VII trailer, damn.  Looks slick. 
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: December 05, 2015, 12:53:47 AM
Is there any game that Rob likes?
Dark Souls.  It's the Dark Souls of video games.
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 04, 2015, 11:50:52 PM
Playing Pokemon Red.  Used the glitch to catch a Mew.  Taught it Ice Beam and Thunderbolt.  Caught one of the sleeping Snorlaxes.  Taught it Rock Slide, will teach it Earthquake later.  Got some backup Pokemon for HM use. 

Game over. 
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: December 03, 2015, 06:32:13 PM
My Vita is being held hostage; I lent it to a friend right before Trails SC got its date announced, then they left for a long vacation :*(.  It's a trustworthy friend, only bad luck and distance have prevented me getting my Vita back promptly.  I'll be able to start SC and CS right around the same time.  They'll be worth the wait. 
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: November 25, 2015, 11:29:58 PM
I don't get all up in arms about TEH CENSORZ in recent Nintendo games, but I do find this one to be rather curious. Ah, well.

I sympathize with not having the main white party not-wear "injun" clothes... but to replace with the job of the culture that ...y'know, did the historical harm to Natives in the first place seems bizarre.
I really hope they're not called "Cowboys" in this case.  Calling it a more general "hunting" class would be way better. :V

Oh, also, I wouldn't really call this a "recent" thing.  Nintendo has been editing titles for a while.
I really hope they don't change it to a Cowboy class, because Tomahawk focused on guns (a new weapon) and axes, and cowboys specializing in axe skills doesn't really jive, I think.  I would have gone with the class name of "Brave," but the word brave already has meaning in the Bravely series, heh. 

I would go with Gunslinger or Bounty Hunter for a class title if it ends up being the cowboy visual. 
58  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: November 23, 2015, 08:07:13 PM
A good 6 or 7 of mine aren't updating regularly, but... yeah.  Bill Simmons and Marc Maron alone are like 8 hours per week.  I'm never going to catch up :(
59  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: November 23, 2015, 05:30:04 PM
I subscribe to 29 podcasts and my backlog is around 100 episodes.  Send help.  Or more RPGs where I can grind and listen to podcasts at the same time. 
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: November 23, 2015, 01:47:23 AM
I really, really dug the first one, but I understand the frustration with the recycled environments, bosses, and story segments.  I feel that it was mitigated a bit by the ability to turn encounters on and off, but... yeah I'm not going to try and defend Bravely Default's, uh, repetitive elements.  I'm really pumped for Bravely Second and when I preorded like five ****ing games over the weekend (Fire Emblem Fates special edition, Mario & Luigi Paper Jam, Dragon Quest VII 3DS, Bravely Second, and Trails of Cold Steel).  Jayzus, 2016 is going to be expensive....
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