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61  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 09, 2015, 05:12:12 PM
Final dungeon of Ys: Memories of Celceta.  Contemplating looking up weapon-refining strategies, grinding for materials, hunting down, every resource I missed, and defeating the game's superboss vs. just beating the final dungeon and calling it a day. 

Got the first two treasures in Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines.  Nueko is a game-changing character / mechanic / thing that I'm not sure if I like.  She's fun in that she's capable of some crazy shit, but I'd also sort of prefer to build my own clan of generic characters.  Not totally sold on her yet, especially since she's necessary to kill Abe no Seimei's guardians. 
62  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 07, 2015, 10:57:53 PM
Season finale of Better Call Saul aired last night, and wow.  Really strong stuff.  Same level of quality as 4th or 5th season of Breaking Bad.  Ready for season 2 (which, amusingly, was ordered before Better Call Saul began airing). 
63  Media / The Soundroom / Re: I wrote music for a high school percussion ensemble (performance video inside) on: April 03, 2015, 11:28:18 AM
As someone who was in a highschool percussion ensemble for 4 years, that was delightful to watch. Thanks for posting it here.
64  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: March 31, 2015, 03:15:12 PM
It was before the recent Persona 5 stuff as well. Otherwise we would have had a LOT to say about the music in the P5 gameplay trailer.
65  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 30, 2015, 12:21:47 AM
Thanks for the PW vs PL debrief, Dice.  I love both series, had heard mixed reactions to that game, and was a little leery about buying it.  It sounds like something I want to play, but I probably don't need to leap out of my chair to go buy it full price.  My backlog numbers in the dozens and possibly hundreds so... yeah.  I totally didn't need to buy this Vita, but here I am. 

Persona 4 Golden is amazing and the changes are a mixed bag of "neat, but maybe not necessary" and "this is so much better holy crap."  Some details are unfortunate, like changing of a few voice performers (Teddie's good, Chie isn't very good, and a few peripheral ones like Namatame are distractingly bad).  I love the new costumes and most of the changes to the character movesets.  I will probably want to replay this game for a max S.Link file as soon as I finish - I'm currently in early February in the story and haven't used any guides except for some informative details (i.e. how does I catch the bugs?).  Love love love this game.  Love Persona 4.  I'm a little biased in this matter.  Or a lot. 

Ys: Memories of Celceta is arright so far.  I like the basics to gameplay (flash guards + flash moves are AWESOME) but I wish it was a little more challenging.  Also, I've barely started the game (just got to the second village) and the map is already 29% completed.  What gives?  This game feels smaller than it ought to be, and it's quite deep in some areas (customizing weapons and crafting items) but sorta lacking in others (mostly how many maps or dungeons there are).  Whatever.  This is a very early judgment.  I'll definitely see this one through to the end. 

Also, weird observation, but nearly EVERY major female character in every Ys game has a name that ends in a -a or -ah.  Only exceptions I could think of were Cruxie from Ys Seven, Nell from Ys: The Oath in Felghana, and Bammy from Ys: Memories of Celceta.  Kinda weird. 
66  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 28, 2015, 10:19:11 PM
I've played roughly 55 hours of Persona 4 Golden in 10 or 11 days.  Send help. 
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 16, 2015, 06:12:15 PM
So my PlayStation Vita came in the mail today, and I'm using it to play... PSP games.  Started a New Game Plus of Persona 3 Portable.  Will get into Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together in the near future. 
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 16, 2015, 12:28:45 PM
My alma mater, UVA, also made the NCAAs. Unfortunately, 67 of the 68 teams are in the same bracket as Kentucky....
69  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 08, 2015, 01:49:37 AM
I'm replaying The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, but on Hero Mode this time.  Enemies are a little faster (not a huge difference) but damage taken is quadrupled (...kind of a big difference).  Two hits from anything will kill you in the first dungeon, when you can't have more than 4 hearts total.  I'm dying a lot for super-dumb reasons.  We're talking rats and Keese.  Don't even want to think about those Death Mountain lion things....
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: February 22, 2015, 12:34:06 AM
Should this topic (and I guess the 2014 topic as well) be in the Game Journals section?  I dunno, ultimately not very important.  Here's what I have on the year so far: 

Games Beaten: 2014 Edition

1. XenoBlade Chronicles
2. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
3. Ys: The Ark of Napishtim

XenoBlade Chronicles was incredible, if maybe a *little* too drawn-out.  Wouldn't mind if the level scaling made it 60 hours instead of 70+.  Whatever.  I'm finding it hard to justify playing a single game for weeks and weeks nowadays as I'm getting older and slightly more responsible.  Phoenix Wright was pretty excellent; the visual upgrade was huge, and I liked how they brought together all the important gameplay mechanisms from the whole series into the final few cases.  The late-game and mid-game cases were also very entertaining.  It's probably my second- or third-favorite game in the Ace Attorney series.  Ys 6 was... fine.  Mechanically it's a downgrade from Oath in Felghana or Origin, but I liked the different spells and combos afforded by the different swords, and the dungeons and bosses were mostly okay.  Too much backtracking, awful voice acting, and a sorta small world (five dungeons, two or three field areas) were the only negatives. 

Up next: either Fire Emblem: Awakening or We <3 Katamari.  Keeping it eclectic.  Around midway through Fire Emblem: Awakening, spending time grinding just to recruit all the children.  Not the "right" way to play according to a lot of people, but **** all those people.  I want all the characters.  We Love Katamari is... adorable.  It's been at least eight or nine years since I played the first Katamari, so playing the sequel is almost as fresh and fun as my first time playing the original back in college. 
71  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 21, 2015, 02:52:32 PM
I've had $30 sitting in my PSN wallet for over a year now, expecting to have already used it on Trail in the Sky Second Chapter....  Oh well, should drop later this year.  Right?  RIGHT!?

...anyhow I'm still playing Ys: The Ark of Napishtim.  Adol's level 40.  I found got the third mirror fragment and I'm trying to figure out where to go next. 
72  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The movie was better than the book. wut? on: February 17, 2015, 08:32:10 PM
I think that the film version of The Wizard of Oz makes it a much cooler experience than the book, which is fun and interesting satire but not as good as the movie.  "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and the rest of the music was created for the film, and it's hard to beat the brilliant visual choice of going from gray Kansas to Technicolor Oz.

The Godfather is almost equally good as a book and a movie (Mario Puzo wrote the novel and co-wrote the screenplay), but the performances of Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, John Cazale, and Robert De Niro (in Part II) are so awesome that they are a key part of The Godfather to me.  I saw the movie first, but when I read the book I couldn't imagine the characters outside their roles. 

With all due respect to Neil Gaiman, I think the film version of Stardust was slightly better.  A few of the characters original to the movie were really awesome (mostly thinking of Captain Shakespeare and the expanded roles of Dunstan and Una) and the movie succeeds on its own as a fantasy adventure / romance.  Gaiman wrote a forward on the special edition I own expressing his appreciation for the film, saying that the two stories share a setting but exist happily in parallel universes, heh. 
73  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Persona 2: Eternal Punishment OST (PSP 5-disc release) on: February 16, 2015, 08:42:19 PM
I had fun listening to this.  The transition from the original versions to the modern versions gives you a feel for the musical sensibilities of the two eras, and makes me even more intrigued by the work that Konishi, Kitajoh, et al. do for Atlus Sound Team.  I general think the Persona 2:EP Sound Selection is a better listen, but this is a really great, thorough collection of tunes. 
74  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 16, 2015, 08:27:47 PM
I really want to try Apotheon.  That game looks gorgeous.  Whacking dudes in such a cool aesthetic for five hours sounds just dandy. 

Anyhow, I played Ys: The Ark of Napishtim a bunch this weekend.  Got the second sword, and I'm early on in the Ruins of Amnesia.  Really, really similar to Oath in Felghana and Origin in the basics of movement and gameplay, but... not as good as either of them in variety or setting.  Makes sense, since it's the oldest of the three.  Still very much enjoying it. 
75  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: February 16, 2015, 02:57:07 PM

Maya's Theme -Atsushi Kitajoh Rearrange Ver-
I love that version of Maya's Theme.  I found it after reading Patrick Gann's review of the Eternal Punishment Sound Selection album and it's been in my rotation ever since.  Great song. 
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