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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2015, 01:44:38 PM
I beat Undertale start to finish in one sitting yesterday, on an Extra Life stream.  Man, the final sequences of that game we a major struggle, because I was only level 8.  After (perhaps stupidly) killing some enemies in the first two areas, I did the rest of the game (from the Snowedin boss through to the end) on a zero-EXP run.  And that game seriously f**ks with you in its last phase.  I might do a pacifist run in the future to see everything the game's ending(s) have to offer. 

Also, continuing to feed my ongoing addictions to Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm.  I can solo-clear G-Rift 51 in Diablo III comfortably, and in HotS I mostly play with friends to clear daily quests.  In Hots I've spent $20 of real money in total, but using gold I've bought 27 characters.  In sheer playtime I've definitely got my money's worth, heh. 
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The GameFAQs Best Game Ever competition on: October 29, 2015, 05:48:14 PM
I used to follow all the GameFAQs brackets quite enthusiastically when I regularly posted there.  Haven't in awhile.  Still a good concept, though, and I don't begrudge anyone that is into it.  I've been there, heh. 
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 20, 2015, 08:21:05 PM
Playing a bit of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, which is Sly 4.  It's... competent?  Like, definitely not a bad game, and consistent with the other games in the series, but it's not really lighting my world on fire.  If you're curious about the Sly games, you should probably just play Sly 2 and call it a day.  Maybe I'm starting to get jaded with cartoony animal platformers. 

After I wrap that up, I need to get back into Digital Devil Saga.  I want to do a NG+ of the first one and start up the second one before the end of 2015.  I also need to start up, uh, a certain RPG on PC for Retro Encounter's November shenanigans. 
49  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: October 12, 2015, 01:51:52 AM
My Witch Doctor's clearing ability plateaued a little bit, so I'm taking a break from using her; I need a Restraint ring and some better-rolled Helltooth stuff before I can reasonably challenge higher rifts than I'm currently at.  I started up a Hardcore character for the first time since, uh, probably 2005 or 2006.  I tried to beat Diablo II with Hardcore characters multiple times, but never made it very far.  I have very angry memories of losing HC characters against Duriel twice in one summer.  Not a good time.  Hopefully it works out a little better for me in 2015.  The goal is get to level 70 and most of the HC achievements. 
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: October 10, 2015, 03:34:18 PM
Probably unpopular opinion: people shouldn't be excited about a new Star Fox game.  There is one Star Fox title that's any good, and it came out 19 years ago.  Every non-64 Star Fox game is a disappointment, so there shouldn't be any reason to feel excited about this new one coming out, beyond a misguided hope for a return to form that goes against recent evidence. 

(I almost included a dig about furries in this post, but that's unfair and probably offensive so I backed off; there are definitely non-furries that enjoy more recent Star Fox games that just have different gaming tastes than I)
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project Setsuna (or 'Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna') on: October 08, 2015, 08:26:11 AM
Square-Enix Japan just filed a few Setsuna-related trademarks, notably "I AM SETSUNA" straight-up in English.  I hope this means an officially English-language branding that results in a localization, but it's not a guarantee. 
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Indivisble: first combat prototype footage on: October 05, 2015, 08:26:19 PM
Ajna's battle sprite is fly as hell.  Love the movement, love the idle animation, and love how meaty those strikes look.  I am gonna keep an eye on this one, but I dunno if I want to give to the IndieGogo page. 
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2015, 10:09:51 PM
Replaying DQ5 in anticipation of DQ Heroes coming soon. I understand anyone who has any qualms with the series, it certainly suffers from clinging to long-abandoned design choices and being particularly grindy, but I love the simplicity and polish the games offer. Bringing a lot of the games to the DS was such a brilliant move, as their the perfect game to play on a commute or before bed.

Anyway, favorite part of DQ5 is how much you can break most of the game with the casino so early on.

Between that and the fact that Slime Knights are just so goo'd, you basically set until the endgame where you can pick up a Golden Dragon and then laugh at the final boss, and you'll never need to bother grinding outside of shaming the bonus boss with a King Cure Slime in tow (unless you for some reason decided to never use Perry and why would you ever do that?).

Though the best part was and will always be the second time skip.
Slime Knights are the bibbity bomb.  I've always recruited a Heal Slime in each run of Dragon Quest V I've played, but their chances are something like 1/32 or 1/64, so they might not be worth it.  Also, Golems are mid-game monsters that have great stats and are super-easy to recruit (like 1/4 or 1/8).  Those three and your Sabrecat are more than enough for backup monsters until the endgame if you really want.  Great Dragons are one of the best monsters in the game, and I'm IRRATIONALLY ANGRY that DQ V is the only game they appear in (other than the DQ Monsters subseries).  I really wanted one for my team in Dragon Quest VIII!!! 

The only reason why I can accept the fact that they didn't include a Great Dragon in that game was because you only had enough space for two teams, which essentially meant that you could only afford one team because the other was busy forming Golem Voltron (and if there had been Great Dragons, you could bet the farm on there being a team of S-ranked assholes carting three of them around, and welp).

Also, I can't believe that DQVIII is a decade old now.
If they add a Great Dragon to the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VIII it will be much more easier for me to justify the purchase.  V and VIII are my two favorite DQ games, but I've only beaten VIII once.  It's a given that they'll add more monsters to recruit and more features to the Monster Arena, right?  Morrie joins your team after you beat him, right? 
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2015, 12:04:25 AM
Replaying DQ5 in anticipation of DQ Heroes coming soon. I understand anyone who has any qualms with the series, it certainly suffers from clinging to long-abandoned design choices and being particularly grindy, but I love the simplicity and polish the games offer. Bringing a lot of the games to the DS was such a brilliant move, as their the perfect game to play on a commute or before bed.

Anyway, favorite part of DQ5 is how much you can break most of the game with the casino so early on.

Between that and the fact that Slime Knights are just so goo'd, you basically set until the endgame where you can pick up a Golden Dragon and then laugh at the final boss, and you'll never need to bother grinding outside of shaming the bonus boss with a King Cure Slime in tow (unless you for some reason decided to never use Perry and why would you ever do that?).

Though the best part was and will always be the second time skip.
Slime Knights are the bibbity bomb.  I've always recruited a Heal Slime in each run of Dragon Quest V I've played, but their chances are something like 1/32 or 1/64, so they might not be worth it.  Also, Golems are mid-game monsters that have great stats and are super-easy to recruit (like 1/4 or 1/8).  Those three and your Sabrecat are more than enough for backup monsters until the endgame if you really want.  Great Dragons are one of the best monsters in the game, and I'm IRRATIONALLY ANGRY that DQ V is the only game they appear in (other than the DQ Monsters subseries).  I really wanted one for my team in Dragon Quest VIII!!! 
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: October 03, 2015, 04:32:01 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2015/10/02/persona-5-introduces-some-personas-with-captain-kidd-carmen-zorro-and-goemon/

Welp. So much for that idea. Why do I keep bothering to expect anything out of these clowns (especially when you have stuff like SMTIV's "Female Protagonist? We can't do that! That would break with tradition.", and anything to do with Performa Emblem)?

I uh...don't really see what the problem is here....
I think Aeolus was hoping that Anne's Persona was a reference to Carmen Sandiego instead of the opera Carmen.  Also, he's kinda disillusioned with Persona in general because it's not more like SMT proper and he doesn't like the look of SMTxFE ("Performa Emblem").  Sorry for being a dime store psychologist, but... yeah. 
56  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 03, 2015, 10:46:12 AM
Tales of Phantasia - I recently realized that I own Tales of: Phantasia, Destiny, Eternia (in Destiny II form), Symphonia, Legendia, The Abyss, Vesperia, Graces f and Xillia and I've only ever beaten the one (Eternia).  Worse off, I've never even opened Abyss, Graces f or Xillia. 

I've resolved to rectify this atrocity with the quickness.
Wait, do you own the GBA version?  If so, stop!  Phantasia is an awesome game but the GBA version is a garbage port! 
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 03, 2015, 02:07:50 AM
Been playing Danganronpa 2 all week, finishing 1 chapter a night. I just reached chapter 6 (which I'm 100% sure is the last one) and I CANNOT SLEEP UNTIL I HAVE FIGURED THIS SHIT OUT AND IT IS 2 AM. Ugh. Can't do it. I have obligations in the morning. My sleep tonight will be restless and my dreams will be, uh, strange.
58  Media / General Games / Re: Street Fighter V on: October 02, 2015, 12:31:32 PM
So.... the theme of SFV is: Boobs.

Seriously, that last image of laura, on the bottom right, her boob is like... completely out.

So I'm thinking Laura is connected to Dee Jay somehow?
i think she's definitely Brazillian, so I'd say she's more about samba than reggae. The movements she's doing make me think capoeira (hardly new for fighting games) and electricity suggestions a connection to Blanka.

And as to your boobs theory, well, I'm assuming you haven't played a Dead or Alive or Soul Calibur game in the past 10 years. It's an embarrassment, but there are impossibly-proportion women with boobies all over the place in... pretty much every 3D fighter. Capcom isn't any worse than the two I mentioned.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 26, 2015, 01:55:26 PM
Is it just me, or do Tales of Phantasia and Star Ocean 1 have almost the exact same plot?
Funny you say that, because both games had Tri-Ace founder Yoshiharu Gotanda as their lead programmer; not sure if he had any impact on Tales of Phantasia's story, but it's possible that he borrowed a lot from Phantasia when he made Star Ocean.  There are definitely a lot of similarities, but I personally feel that Tales of Phantasia's Dhaos has a much stronger story presence than Star Ocean's Asmodeus, to the point where I think of Dhaos as a key player in the story (and one of the most memorable parts of Tales of Phantasia), but I barely remember Asmodeus and had to do a "Star Ocean demon" Google search to remember his name.  And there's the whole pure fantasy vs. sci-fi/fantasy thing and how Star Ocean becomes a weird space politics thing.

Basically, I think that there are similarities, but it's too reductive to say they have almost the exact same plot.  Now, Tales of Symphonia and Final Fantasy X?  Those two are WAY more similar. 
60  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 22, 2015, 09:22:00 PM
Been playing a lot of Far Cry 3 since the weekend.  Some of the open world stuff is AWESOME (stealth/shooting segments to take over camps, hunting animals to craft new equipment, smart use of first-person perspective), and some of it is NOT AWESOME (an overabundance of Assassin's Creed-style collectibles and seizing territory, same-y nature of most of the story missions and sidequests). 

Character stuff is pretty interesting, with Jason's rescued friends acting (mostly) like real people, Dennis being an appealing mentor character, and Vaas, Citra, Buck, and Hoyt being delightfully over-the-top crazy.  So far I dig it.  If the "progress" menu is any indication, I'm right around the halfway point in terms of story missions, towers captured, and enemy bases cleared. 
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