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736  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. 
737  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. 
738  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. 
739  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.)
740  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 03, 2013, 08:32:22 PM
Still rolling through Psychonauts, navigating through Neon Pamplona.  I'm not enjoying this stage as much as Napoleon or the Phantom, but it's still interesting.  I think I must be past the halfway point. 
741  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 03, 2013, 08:31:24 PM
Most of the present company is excluded, but when I went onto several forums essentially saying "hey I really liked Persona 3 and 4; what other SMT games are worth trying?" I got laughed out of the room.  It made me less inclined to try Nocturne or Innocent Sin (the ones I was looking at hardest) and I ended up just doing a New Game+ of Persona 4 instead.  And I promise I'm not a "waifu" kind of person.  
742  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 03, 2013, 07:52:53 PM
I find the notion that SMT fans "welcome newcomers" kind of hilarious.  They're as elitist as it gets. 
743  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 29, 2013, 11:23:02 PM
Persona 4 NG+ - I maxed all of the Social Links in late November except for the three story links, and then completed those three not long after.  Currently doing some grinding in the December dungeon for Reaper weapons. 

Psychonauts - I finally, after taking a month-long break, beat the Milkman Conspiracy.  That was one crazy boss.  Now to see what this insane asylum is all about....

EDIT: made a mistake.  I don't have all the P4 S.Links finished.  I thought I had, so I was confused when Margaret wasn't giving me any special prizes.  Turns out Judgement is still only Rank 8. 
744  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 27, 2013, 05:38:55 PM
hell, I am so caught up with SMT I am going to play P4:Arena the moment I finish innocent sin and I can't stand fighting games.....
Don't worry about P4: Arena.  If you just want to play Story Mode, the difficulty is low enough that you can beat every enemy by using the auto-combo.  Mashing the square button doles out an automatic light-hard-special or light-hard-super combo, depending on if you have enough SP to use the super or not.  Play the tutorial, get used to running/jumping/dashing, and then rely on that auto.  Good to go. 

And honestly, if it weren't for all this milking and intense promotion, I never would have gotten into Persona games.  Now I own multiple versions of them and have played through 3 and 4 twice each.  Gonna try out Nocturne or Innocent Sin in a few weeks once I get un-burned-out. 
745  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 24, 2013, 07:01:34 PM
I was so glad when I played through DW I through III on my GBC a few years ago.  I had only finished III before, but playing them all back to back was really fulfilling, if frustrating at times. 

So... I'm still playing my NG+ of Persona 4.  With a little Persona 4 Arena online on the side.  It's been a Persona kind of year. 
746  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 24, 2013, 06:57:29 PM
I'd be careful about those comics, Taelus.  They can be a little spoiler-y or at least too-much-foreshadowing-y when it comes to certain parts of the plot.  They're funny, but I'd recommend you finish the game first. 

Also, the comics stop right after the 3rd big dungeon in the game.  It's too bad. 
747  Media / General Games / Re: THEY'RE BRINGING BACK DUCKTALES (WOO-OO) on: March 23, 2013, 07:40:50 AM
Fantastic news. Hopefully they do DuckTales 2 next!
748  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 21, 2013, 05:23:46 PM
The story in Persona 3 always felt weird and disjointed.  The Social Links and the story segments (basically monthly set-pieces in dungeons that take about 10 minutes apiece to run through) are totally separate and those monthly set-pieces seem totally separate from Tartarus until January.  Hell, Tartarus is basically optional until January, even though the game encourages you to hit those checkpoints before each full moon. 

In Persona 4 the narrative is more closely tied into the dungeon crawl, and the rescue deadlines add a great deal more urgency to it all.  Social Links and basic plot serve each other a little better because there are more plot-important S.Links to be found (namely the Dojimas and your party members).  I think that preferences about the plot and characters of P3 and P4 are totally subjective, but P4 is absolutely the better game because of its more interconnected narrative framework, dungeons, and Social Links. 

And to chime in on the earlier conversation, I don't care if Persona 5's story is darker or not.  I don't think a story's "darkness" is as important as interesting character struggles, good dialog, and a pace that serves the gameplay.  I'm *extremely* pumped for Persona 5 and it will be a day-one purchase if it comes out for a system I own (*crossing fingers for PS3 & Vita cross-play*), but I could care less about it having a darker tone. 
749  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 21, 2013, 02:25:34 PM
You can get FES for $10 PSN. The small additions like taking your dog for a walk are great, but The Answer is brutal. Some neat story stuff, but it's just an ugly grind. I' e only played it for two hours and I'm not sure I'll ever finish.
750  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Transistor-The latest from the people who brought you Bastion on: March 20, 2013, 12:09:57 AM
I was glad to hear about this one.  Bastion had a lot going for it, and I'll definitely pick this one up as soon as it's on PC. 
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