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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 20, 2015, 06:04:04 PM
I'm not going to say *all* of my unpopular game opinions, because some of them I am 100% sure will get me kicked off staff, hahahaha.  But with that said...

Kingdom Hearts is completely incomprehensible to me.  I've only played parts of the first two, but didn't like either of them.  I really, REALLY hesitate to try any of them since my initial experience with the "good" ones was so wack. 

Metal Gear is the most overrated series of all time.  Metal Gear Solid isn't a good action game or a good stealth game.  The best parts about Metal Gear are when the writers deliberately troll the player (i.e. Raiden in MGS2, Mantis in MGS1), but the gameplay and story are both subpar. 

Tales of Symphonia is an average JRPG that is only beloved because the GameCube is completely devoid of good RPGs other than Skies of Arcadia and Paper Mario (I don't count Zelda as an RPG, for the record).  Symphonia isn't even one of the five best games in its own series. 

The N64 is a weak gaming system with only five or six good titles on it.  The PlayStation's library is so much better that it's practically an embarrassment. 

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an okay Zelda game at best.  Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Link to the Past, Link Between Worlds, Link's Awakening, the two Oracle games, and Skyward Sword are all better than Ocarina.  I haven't played Majora's Mask or Spirit Tracks, so I can't fairly judge those two. 

Ape Escape is a better platformer than Banjo Kazooie, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, or Donkey Kong 64.  The only PS1/N64 platformer that is on par with Ape Escape is Super Mario 64, which is a great game that had a justifiable impact.  I know I come across as anti-N64 sometimes, but I can't hate on Mario 64. 

I love Mega Man, but there hasn't been a good Mega Man game made since 1997. 

Persona 4 is awesome.  Persona 3 is nearly as awesome as Persona 4.  The Persona 2 games are very good, but a little hamstrung by their old, weird negotiation and card collection mechanics; I still enjoyed them.  Persona 1 is a tire fire of an RPG and one of my least-favorite PS1 games.  Don't play Persona 1.  Read some wiki articles or the manga instead. 
62  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: August 11, 2015, 07:36:47 AM
Well, here's my profile, spotlighting the season 3 Monk I started last week: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/Monsoon-1996/hero/64659020

I'm not thrilled about her gear, so I'm running low-level Rifts until I can increase the Torment level I'm comfortable with.  Really want a 2H weapon with either a bonus to fire skills or at least more attack speed than the giant axe I have her wielding.  My current goal is to get 400 seasonal achievement points before the end of season 3 on August 23rd, so I can get the exclusive portrait frame.  Right now I think I'm at 180. 
63  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 08, 2015, 01:14:04 PM
I beat Digital Devil Saga 2 late yesterday, making this the first SMT I've finished on Hard.  Compared to Meganada, Brahman was practically a pushover. Om Mani Padme Hm.

Overall, this was a really good game.  The plot and characterization were both improved from DDS1, but the star of this game is the battle system, which is right up there with the best of SMT. 

Here, have some battle music.

<PS2 backlog clear>
<Backlog games remaining:
Arguably the best main battle theme in any game ever.


You hear that theme like 10,000 times due to the ridiculous grind and high encounter that game puts you through... and yes I never got sick of it.
I played DDS1 last year and really, really liked it.  I already own DDS2 and want to play it... soonish, after I finish a NG+ of DDS1, heh.  Can't wait to hear that song a zillion times. 
64  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: August 07, 2015, 05:24:36 PM
I've owned Diablo III for about a year, and only bought RoS a month ago.  I haven't touched Seasonal play at all, so I'm thinking about powerleveling a new character to 70 just to get whatever rewards they're setting up. 
65  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: August 07, 2015, 05:02:12 PM
Season 3 ends on August 23rd, and Season 4 begins on August 28th.  Anyone here planning to roll a new Nephalem at the end of the month? 
66  Media / The Soundroom / Re: AUG/5: Favourite VGM Song (Title Screens!! Pg1) on: August 05, 2015, 08:44:33 PM
FF Tactics and Katamari Damacy are both all-time classics for title screen menu music.  Here are a few of my other favorites:

Secret of Mana
XenoBlade Chronicles
Battle Toads & Double Dragon
Street Fighter II
Toe Jam & Earl: Panic on Funkotron - not NEARLY as good as the first game, but the opening theme is a bit funkier

...I really like early 90s WOMPWOMPWOMP electric guitar samples, okay!?
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: August 05, 2015, 08:04:46 PM
We're gonna record the first episode of our The Last Story set in a few days.  If you want to suggest discussion topics, ask questions, or what have you, then please post here or send us an email!  retro@rpgfan.com

*digs around looking for his Wii component cables*
68  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 04, 2015, 07:29:04 AM
Been reading Karakuri Circus.  The manga starts out as secret organizations trying to kill the heir of a large fortune, using deadly puppets.  Then it suddenly becomes a manga about trying to revive a struggling circus troupe.  Now I think they're using VLR-style quantum mechanics to go back to murder puppets, only this time with more martial arts.  This is nuts.  I'm going to read all of it that's in English. 
69  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Shadow Hearts question on: August 03, 2015, 02:05:54 AM
Thanks, everyone!  I'm going to give the original Shadow Hearts another shot, and if I don't like it then I'll switch to Covenant.  If I still don't like THAT, I'm giving up.  Probably gonna do that sometime in the fall. 
70  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 03, 2015, 01:55:33 AM
I've been trying to get every conversation achievement in this Diablo III run, and I MISSED ONE right at the start of Act III.  Major bummer.  Might have to do another character to get that. 

I don't remember if you have to beat the game first, but you can go back to previous chapters just by picking it. In fact, some of the conversation achievements can only be gotten by talking to characters at points in the game you shouldn't normally have access to them.
Yeah, you were right.  You do have to beat the game first, but you can go back in the mode select menu.  I found that out and did some Achievements cleanup today, then ran Grifts for a few hours. 
71  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Shadow Hearts question on: August 01, 2015, 02:44:16 AM
I own all three Shadow Hearts games, but haven't made it past the 4-hour mark in any of them (or even the 0-hour mark in From the New World).  I'm not the most fiscally responsible guy when it comes to video games.  I plan on getting into at least one of them later this year.  My question is: do I really need to play the first one?  I remember the second one made a lot of gameplay improvements, and most Shadow Hearts fans say Covenant is the best one in the series.  So is it okay to skip over the first one and jump into Covenant, or will I miss out on major story payoffs if I do that? 
72  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 01, 2015, 02:17:10 AM
I've been trying to get every conversation achievement in this Diablo III run, and I MISSED ONE right at the start of Act III.  Major bummer.  Might have to do another character to get that. 
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 28, 2015, 08:14:11 AM
I'm really curious as to the major differences between the two versions.  Weren't the DS and PS3 versions of Ni no Kuni two very different games?  I'm not very knowledgeable about Ni no Kuni DS....

But really I hope that North America gets both versions.  Along with the 3DS versions of VII and VIII.  I hope Square-Enix makes good on Horii's accidental announcement, heh. 
74  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 27, 2015, 10:33:27 AM
Finished Danganronpa this morning.  It was... pretty good.  The premise is equally fascinating and gruesome, the over-the-top anime nonsense is amusing, and it has some genuinely suspenseful and intense moments.  The writing... is subpar compared to other high-profile mystery visual novels like Virtue's Last Reward or Ace Attorney, and the courtroom case / shooting gallery / rhythm game mechanics basically get the job done, but are a little much.  Danganronpa's mystery writing seems so directed, while in Phoenix Wright games the mystery writing feels more earned and the player makes more decisions to influence the case.  I would have liked it better if Danganronpa didn't solve so much of the mystery for you and maybe had FEWER active gameplay mechanics.  

And the weirdest part to me is that most of the culprits don't seem like criminals.  With the exceptions of case 3 and the final boss, the murderers are teenagers that that are pushed into a corner and then act rashly.  The developers make an effort to make the murderers seem more sympathetic, and that's a little strange even though one of the game's motifs is that of despair forcing good people to do bad things.  I dunno, I'm probably alone in thinking this, but it seemed like Danganronpa was making too many excuses for murder.  The final boss was delightfully insane though, and I wish more of the cases had that level of payoff.  

But that doesn't mean I didn't like the game!  When Danganronpa's cases are good, they're awesome; cases 3, 4, and 6 are really solid.  I'm interested in picking up the sequel, but maybe not until it goes down in price a little (papa needs to save up for Persona 5 a pair of Trails games).  It was a fun handheld visual novel / mystery game and I'm going to try like hell to avoid spoilers for the rest of the series.  
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: July 26, 2015, 01:43:23 PM
Games Beaten: 2014 Edition

1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
2. Ys: The Ark of Napishtim
3. Fire Emblem: Awakening
4. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
5. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (NG+)
6. Persona 4 Golden
7. Ys: Memories of Celceta
8. Her Story
9. Final Fantasy X HD Remaster
10. Persona 4 Golden (Platinum)
11. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
12. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
13. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

I'm a little behind.  I was hoping to get at least 25 on the year, and I'm not sure I'll be able to reach that goal.  I didn't help myself by playing Persona 4 Golden twice, either....  Up next is either Danganronpa or Paper Mario, with The Last Story on deck. 
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