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451  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 30, 2012, 01:00:15 AM
Illusion of Gaia

...I got nothin'.
452  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 29, 2012, 05:12:22 PM
I really enjoyed Jade Empire, except that I didn't like only having two characters in your party at one time (I like a party size of at least 3, preferably 4 or 5) and thought that a few specific styles shattered the game's balance in the second half (looking at you, Jade Golem).  Even with those setbacks it's a fun little RPG with decent characters and great dialog.  Final sequence of good/evil decisions are pretty cool for what they are, but EXTREMELY black/white.  My favorite party members were Silk Fox and Black Whirlwind. 

Also, Jade Empire has at least two plot twists that are "so he was his brother the whole time!"  Not a joke.  I wanna say there are three, but I only remember two....
453  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 28, 2012, 11:21:47 AM
I liked using Aht, mostly because of her absurdly high Speed, good healing, and fun traps. Speed hat a lot to do with it, as Marco's lack of Speed was crippling. Marco and Rosch were the two character I used the least. I probably used Aht the most in the game other than Stocke.

Okami had a really neat final boss encounter and endgame, but oh man my final results were embarrassing. Zero deaths, lots of yen and enemies killed (all cherry tree rankings). Praise was a green tree ranking, but Demon Fangs was only a sapling :(. Might replay for trophies one day down the line; Okami was a great time.
454  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Remorse for things you did or failed to do in games on: November 25, 2012, 11:30:28 PM
Count me among the people who failed to save Lucca's mother and failed to wait for Shadow on the Floating Continent.  And felt AWFUL. 

I'm also a (sort of notorious amongst my gamer friends) theorycrafter, who writes detailed builds for characters in RPGs like Diablo or Torchlight (esp. Diablo II) and then maybe quits after I get to level 50.  Or, you know, level 5.  If I'm having second thoughts about where I spent my first few points, then I panic and start anew.  I'm finicky. 
455  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 24, 2012, 12:00:00 AM
Trying to beat Torchlight 2 with all four classes by the end of November.  Should be doable.  Already beaten with Engineer and Berserker, Embermage is in the middle of Act 3, and Outlander is near the end of Act 1.  Mage is on Normal and Outlander is on Veteran, and I sort of wish it was the other way around.  My poor summoner-outie is struggling a bit. 

Also made headway into Okami.  Just arrived in Kamui after doing sidequest stuff in Sei-An City.  For the life of me I cannot draw a heart pattern.  At all. 
456  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 18, 2012, 08:06:29 PM
Throwing down a little bit of Torchlight 2 recently.  Gonna try and get my dual-wield Berserker up to level 100 since she's the quickest killer in my stable of builds.  Currently early in Act II of New Game+. 
457  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 15, 2012, 06:58:22 PM
More Okami.  Ran around Ryoshima Coast and Sei-An city for awhile, but couldn't quite find the next plot point.  Stupidly blew all my yen on a new sword that I probably don't need.  Ah well, gotta explore-grind some more. 
458  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPG (or otherwise interesting) shirts on: November 13, 2012, 06:46:59 AM
I own this shirt and this shirt, both of which I bought from a vendor at a con.  I wear the Tiger Uppercut one quite often, the second one less often.  Brothers and sisters, I am a nerd. 
459  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 13, 2012, 06:41:29 AM
Okami is fantastic.  Embarrassed not to have played it sooner.  Wrapping up things in Taka Pass (wanted list, hidden treasure) before I head back to Kamiki Village for the festival.
460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: If Namco wants my money... on: November 07, 2012, 06:40:43 PM
I played Tales of Innocence on the DS using the Absolute Zero patch in the first half of 2011 - http://a0t.co/.  I thought it was pretty good, but the dungeons were really dragging and the mandatory grind got a little rough.  I really liked how all the characters played, with the possible exception of Hermana (crappy magic selection, paper-thin defenses, and only redeeming value in combat was speedy combos). 

What I want from Namco we won't ever get - English-language versions of the PSP/PS2 Tales of Destiny Director's Cut and the PSP Full Voice edition of Tales of Phantasia.  I would buy Tales of Hearts R in a hot second, but I'm less certain of Innocence R. 
461  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 06, 2012, 01:59:29 PM
Finished Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana Sunday night.  Final boss was surprisingly tricky, 85% because of his instant-kill attack that I never seemed to break.  Took me my third try to take him down.  Otherwise, I thought this was a so-so RPG that thrived on cuteness, familiarity, and item synthesis without being transcendentally good in any of those fields.  Its dungeons and overall playtime were mercifully short (good thing in general, but bad in that I consider it such a strength) and the English-language version had a lot of nice production value, but I don't think I need to delve deeper into the Atelier series.  

Up next, Okami HD!  Definitely pumped for this one.  Gonna go to an election party for most of tonight, but I'll fire up The Legend of Zelda: Gorgeous Painted Wolf Goddess Edition either late tonight or tomorrow afternoon.  
462  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Backlog Thread on: November 05, 2012, 11:22:05 AM
Brand new update + threadcromancy

Current Backlog
Radiant Historia
Mass Effect
Grandia II
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Red Dead Redemption
Star Ocean: Second Evolution
Persona 3 FES
Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue
Final Fantasy XII
Super Mario Galaxy
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi
Rogue Galaxy
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

Valkyria Chronicles
Okami (HD)

I liked Rogue Galaxy well enough, but Atelier Iris had fewer strengths and seemed pretty by-the-numbers.  Okami is technically a backlogged game (I own it on PS2), but I bought the HD version for looks, no disc, wireless controller, and trophies.  That and Valkyria will probably close out my 2012. 
463  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 03, 2012, 12:49:03 PM
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana has the most awkward plot arrangement I've seen in years.  It is literally people telling you "hey we should go here next" in succession, without any organic sort of flow.  Add the rampant backtracking and I'm starting to get quite annoyed.  The combat is fine and the multiple types of item synthesis are quite nice, but I'm starting to doubt that this game is worth 30 hours of my time. 
464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zeboyd's made it big: Penny Arcade Episode 3 on: November 02, 2012, 07:56:42 PM
I apologize for updating such an old topic, but I feel it's justified.  Call me a tool if I'm wrong. 

First, of all, Rain-Slick 3 was recently made available on iOS, Mac, and Android platforms.  Coinciding with that mini-launch was a new wave of DLC Source here

Secondly, that free DLC brings up Rain-Slick's total suite of post-launch content to three optional costume palette swaps (furry, gender-swapped, and undead) and a new post-game dungeon called Lair of the Seamstress.  I thought the LofS was kind of easy, mostly because the tricky enemies leading up to the boss are easily wiped out with item attacks.  The boss battle was fun and the class you get is pretty dope, though. 

Thirdly, Rain-Slick 4 is coming out "early next year" according to one of Robert Boyd's tweets.  There has been talk of world maps, refinements to the class system, and the usual sequel adjustments.  Here's the pretty bitchin' battle theme for Rain-Slick 4, revealed earlier today.  Zeboyd is my favorite indie developer, so I'm feeling some hype! 
465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" for PS3, 2013 on: November 01, 2012, 11:15:32 PM
Quote from: News Article
You can see her silhouette in the screens linked below and apparently she refers to Laharl as 'big brother.'

...*facepalm* Did I seriously call this?
You motherfucking sorcerer.
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