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736  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.  
737  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. 
738  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. 
739  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! 
740  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.
741  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Okami HD on: November 01, 2012, 12:30:53 AM
Not sure if this was mentioned yet, but the game is out on PSN right now.  $19.99.  Downloading now. 
742  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII coming to 3DS (Japan) in Feb. on: October 30, 2012, 11:44:00 PM
DQ VII is the only main-series DQ game I haven't beaten (other than X, I suppose), and I've never gotten past the 6th or 7th hour of the game.  It's a shame, too, because I count DQ IV, V, and VIII among my all-time favorite games.  Maybe this is when I give DQ VII a second chance?  It totally happened with VI on the DS. 
743  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 30, 2012, 03:57:50 PM
Living in Virginia, we saw a lot of heavy rains and winds going up to around 45 mph, but nothing quite so bad as New Jersey or parts of New York and Delaware.  Remarkably, my place hasn't lost power or had water come in the basement. 
744  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 30, 2012, 03:56:23 PM
Atelier Iris is ... okay so far.  No beef with the old-school combat or the wide variety of field actions (whack everything with your staff!), but the basic plot, characters, and dialog are a little weak at best.  Synthesizing mana items, weapon crystals, shop items, and special healing for Lita is pretty dope.  I'll definitely see this one through to the end, especially if it's under 30 hours like I heard. 
745  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 28, 2012, 08:53:51 PM
Yeah, it is. Local store had a copy of SSS though; might have to go back and get it.

Reviews made Partners in Time sound considerably less interesting.

Not sure why I went on a Mario kick lately, but it's paid off.
Partners in Time is the weakest of the three; slightly unusual, because "the dark middle chapter" is more often than not the best part of any given trilogy.  It's far from bad, though, just not as good as the 1st or 3rd.  Best part is every time Mario yells "Bayyyybies!"
746  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 28, 2012, 07:57:45 PM
Is BIS the first Mario & Luigi game you've played?  Because Superstar Saga made me into such a Luigi fan that it's a little bit ridiculous. 
747  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 27, 2012, 08:24:51 PM
Beat Rogue Galaxy earlier. Final set of bosses was... interesting, and kinda out of left field.  Still all kinds of silly plot holes and zero details about the lore in-game.  They refer to your whole party as "humans" quite often when it's five humans, a robot, a blue thing, and an anthropomorphic heavily-muscled Boxer dog.  I won't defend its plot or characters (although I think the designs themselves are appealing in general), but the combat was above-average, the skill, equipment, and loot implementation was excellent, and the variety and depth of sidequests is also excellent.  Not sure if I'm going to continue with optional crap, but it's a possibility.  Fun game, no regrets in playing it. 

Up next, not sure.  Valkyria Chronicles, Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, Persona 4.  Those three rose to the top of my head first.  If none of my friends are up to anything by 9:30 or so, I'll spend my Saturday night starting up one of those.
748  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward on: October 24, 2012, 06:52:22 AM
You won't have to replay it like 999 - you can jump between spots on the timeline at will once you've beaten the game once, and skip over whole dialog sections instead of just fast-forwarding.
749  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 22, 2012, 11:40:03 AM
Three movies in three days. Because I hate money.

Saw Looper on Friday. Time travel shenanigans, action sometimes a little predictable, but certainly entertaining start to finish. Favorite film of the weekend.

Saw Argo Ssturday night on a date. Great movie. Tense and exciting during its final scenes, and the parts with the Hollywood guys are hilarious. Bryan Cranston was also great. Good performances all around.

Last night I saw Pitch Perfect with some friends. It's the basic plot framework of a subpar sports movie, but with college a capella groups. A group from my alma mater had a cameo! Plenty of funny lines (Rebel Wilson and the two Asian girls regularly stole scenes) and Anna Kendrick was totally adorable, but as a movie it was only okay overall. Music performances were good, but definitely aimed at Top-40 radio fans.
750  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 21, 2012, 04:14:35 PM
Totally disagree. RG has way more dungeon corridors and FFXII has more open areas. I'm one of those Monstrr Hunter guys, so I like open areas for combat and thought FFXII's open battlefields were pretty nice most of the time.
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