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586  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I need a Shadow Hearts game.... on: April 30, 2013, 02:57:40 PM
Why are you trying to track down copies of Shadow Hearts, Xenoblade, and Suikoden II when you are unemployed and have to return games shortly after buying them? Or has your situation changed?
587  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 30, 2013, 12:26:30 AM
I beat Guacamelee!, then was disappointed by the Bad Ending (it's... bad).  To get the Good Ending, you need to find the five mask pieces in the Guacamelee! world and then beat the final boss again.  So far, not so bad. 

I got three of the mask pieces, but the fourth one is so brutally tricky that I got discouraged.  Yes, I could probably get it with a few more hours of play, but no, I don't want to invest any more hours of play.  It's rough.  I'm not Super Meat Boy-level in platforming skill.  So I'll stick with the Bad Ending.  Regrettably. 

Next I'll play Skyrim.  At least that's easy and satisfying.  (I like watching meters grow and numbers increase). 
588  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Backlog Thread on: April 25, 2013, 07:41:50 PM
I ended up beating 16 backlogged games last year (ones from previous post).  Here's my current backlog status:

Current Backlog
Persona 4
Pokemon White Version 2
Hexyz Force
Tales of Vesperia

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I got *really* slowed down this year by replays of Persona 3: FES and Persona 4: Regular.  I beat Vesperia... around 90 minutes ago.  Next I'll (finally) try to beat an Elder Scrolls game for the first time, and after that I don't know.  Probably something for the Gamecube or Wii. 
589  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mario & Luigi 4: Dream Team on: April 25, 2013, 06:36:39 PM
Mario is one of the best RPG series of all time.  I say this without irony.  SMRPG, the three PM games (four if you count SPM, but that's basically a platformer), and the three M&L games.  All excellent.  No duds in the bunch except... maybe Sticker Star?  But even then I'm not sure. 

But anyhow, Klyde, Thousand-Year Door is on the meaty side (~30 hours) and Superstar Saga is a little lighter (~20 hours).  Both are excellent, but I would say that TTYD is heavier in dialog and world-building while SSS is heavier on crazy platforming trickiness.  Both games are excellent in their own right, so I guess in the long run I'd recommend them both. 

BTW, when I plan out what games I want to play and would like to know how long or short a game is, this is a pretty good resource: http://www.howlongtobeat.com/.  I'm weird and I plan out my backlog in advance.  HLTB helps. 
590  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ratchet and Clank Movie on: April 25, 2013, 01:02:56 PM
I'm excited for this, because I think Ratchet's silly humor and kinetic action is well-suited to an animated film and because I'm an unapologetic Ratchet fanboy.  Cautious Optimism. 
591  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Guacamelee, a new metroidvania beat-em-up on: April 23, 2013, 07:28:31 AM
I bought this and tried it out last night.  It's a blast.  Kinda simply-designed for a Metrovania (most if not all of the secret passages are visible on the stage map, with a color label depending on what special move is required to break through it), but the platforming and combat both have some neat tricks.  Definitely recommended. 
592  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: THEY'RE BRINGING BACK DUCKTALES (WOO-OO) on: April 23, 2013, 07:26:33 AM
There is also the Money Bin where you can dive and swim in the Money Bin.
593  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 18, 2013, 11:59:09 PM
Campus police officer shot in MIT.  Too much death.  Also, anniversary of Virginia Tech shooting was a few days ago.  I've had enough of this week. 
594  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 18, 2013, 05:19:32 PM
I've been playing Vesperia for the first time the past few weeks.  I was originally planning on playing it with a group, but we could never get the group together so I decided **** it.  I'll probably do the same for Graces F and Xillia over the next year or two.  Vesperia's fun.  The relationship between Yuri and Flynn *kind of* reminds me of Ramza and Delita, and the basic nuts and bolts of the combat and customization are very nice indeed.  The story hurtles along at a wacky pace, but so far I'm enjoying it.  Was surprised by two of the twists, not surprised by the other twenty-seven. 
595  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mario & Luigi 4: Dream Team on: April 18, 2013, 05:17:27 PM
I don't own a 3DS, but the M&L games were all entertaining.  Hard to pick a favorite between Superstar Saga and Bowser's Inside Story, though. 
596  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 15, 2013, 04:58:16 PM
I don't think I can trust anyone in Vesperia.  Pretty much every single character except for Repede has either performed a surprising turn, acted in a surprising manner, or has had backstory revealed as such to add a layer to the character.  Every time I say "that character will totally die or turn evil" it happens, but maybe not in the way I expected.  And then someone I *didn't* expect to die or turn evil did so.  Also: combat is fun, and I have zero problems grinding for materials, skills, and Altered Artes. 
597  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 11, 2013, 12:09:45 AM
Playing Tales of Vesperia.  I have said "my goodness, that escalated quickly" at least three times in the past two hours. 
598  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 08, 2013, 10:58:52 PM
Klyde - I get around the whole "what will I play next?" deal by organizing my backlog, planning which games to play months in advance, and then keeping an updated list in forum posts and my blog.  Sure, sometimes things come up and screw up my plans (hey there, Persona 4 second cycle!), but overall I'm really happy with it.  I haven't cut into my backlog this well in a decade. 

So with that said, earlier this weekend I finally beat Psychonauts.  **** the meat circus.  I couldn't get a group together for a Tales of Graces F run like I originally wanted to, because apparently I have less of a life than most of my friends.  Super.  Soon I'm going to re-pick-up a playthrough of Tales of Vesperia that I started in February.  Good times. 
599  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What's your criteria when choosing a starter Pokemon? on: April 06, 2013, 12:11:26 PM
I would say that analogy holds for the first few generations, but keep in mind that in Gen V it all got flipped.  Both Emboar and Samurott are sweeper/tanks with poor speed but above-average offensive stats and decent HP.  Serperior is a sweeper/tank with poor attack, possessing good speed but low offensive stats.  Let's just say that Gen V tried to turn starter stereotypes on its head and coincidentally is also the worst group of starters in Pokemon history. 
600  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 04, 2013, 10:32:46 PM
As for naming, while its not new, I did happen to notice that Awakening's localization of Narrave's name is, well Narrave instead of Shadow Dragon's localization choice of Nabral.
Isn't it Navarre and Nabarl? 

My roommate is going to New York this weekend for Wrestlemania, so I'm going to try and get a group together to no-life our way through Tales of Graces F.  Myself and one friend played the first few hours, but he and I want to find a third and fourth to play through some more once the party gets to a good size.  If we can't get four, it might just be the two of us rolling Abel and ____.  (when we last left off it was just Asbel and Cheria.)
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