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76  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 02, 2014, 08:51:43 PM
How's NIER, anyway? Looks interesting to me, and I've heard some people say it plays really poorly, but the reviews here made it sound like it plays fine, it's just nothing particularly original or mindblowing?

Did I mention that I made a Japanese XBox Live account for the hell of it, and got the name BearishPilot69 assigned to me? Yeeeeah.

It's nothing particularly mindblowing or original, it's not a bad game by any means from a gameplay standpoint, the combat is perfectly functional and it's generally fun if a little repetitive at times, the boss fights are excellent though. However where it lacks in gameplay originality it makes up for it in using the video game medium to tell it's story. Not to mention witty dialogue, likable, nuanced characters, great story and terrific music.
The RPGFan review(Kyle's) is pretty accurate imo.
77  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 02, 2014, 08:21:26 AM
Well I actually enjoy the gameplay in Drakengard 3 more than Nier. When the multiple weapons start kicking in, the combat gets more varied by being able to switch between them on the fly and do cool combos. Dice my advice would be do not waste too much money on upgrading weapons because you'll want that money to buy weapons instead in order to unlock branch D.

Read the novellas on each character on the game's website, unfortunately the game doesn't make some of the intoners justice as far as characterization goes, they are short stories and very fun to read. Maybe read them as you go, as you meet the characters. Like read the intoner and the corresponding disciple of each chapter. Avoid Mikhail and One's until you finish Branch A.

And furthermore you are not really replaying the game after Branch A, the levels are recycled yes but they have different enemies and all new dialogue and story situations. Much more so than Ending B in Nier, no repeated story content whatsoever, furthermore they are only about 1-3 hours each, Branch B C and D that is.

I finished it yesterday, thought it was a pretty worthwhile game to play even if only for the characters, story, music and boss fights. It's not as good as Nier but it's very different too and it has a lot of unique and interesting qualities, immediate problems aside.
78  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 30, 2014, 07:18:15 AM
Got through Ace Attorney Investigations 2 since the fan translation was recently released fully. At first I was thinking this game was a bit overhyped until I got through case 5 and my mind was shattered to pieces. It has that edge that the best Ace Attorney games have with the intricate story and unforeseen twists It picks up right after Investigations 1 which is incidentally one of my least favourite games in the series.

Now I'm playing Drakengard 3 and loving every minute of it. Got the first ending and the plot is just getting started. The characters are insane and the dialogue is wacky and funny. Love the characters, they really nailed that aspect. Played for 10 hours yesterday :P. Finals are done after all. The gameplay is surprisingly fun, even with all the technical jankyness it's not as unplayable as some people made it out to be. It's actually perfectly functional and I'm having so much fun with it that I'm willing to forgive it's shortcomings. it feels like a PS2 Action RPG and in a good way, the combat is actually somewhat satisfying and with the weapon switching on the fly you can make some great combos. The worst aspect would be the camera and not actually the framerate cuz although it dips more than your usual game, it's not a roadblock by any means. The dragon sections are super fun as well and help bring some more variety to the table. The few platforming sections that this game has are fun and not frustrating at all. It's a flawed game but it's one of those games that grabbed me and I am having a great time with it.
79  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 20, 2014, 03:13:54 PM
Don't let antiquated cultural perceptions get to ya Tomara. I know it's hard to judge just from forum posts but you seem to be a kind and good natured person.
I know it's disappointing when family is a dick to you.. I get harassed constantly because I'm not "normal". Thankfully I stopped caring about what they think and my snark/sarcasm has been pretty effective in shielding me against further pressure.

80  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 19, 2014, 06:24:18 AM
Mesh. Why buy everything. Problem solved.
I think this is the problem he's trying to avoid...
wtf I wanted to say. Just buy everything. and instead I wrote a why????!!!
Fuck my brain.
81  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 18, 2014, 05:00:39 PM
Well the game is pretty challenging on normal and there is a lot of strategy involved in the bosses.

In the prior games, the "gods" weren't really gods, they were Fal'cie who were trying to communicate with the "real gods" aka as Etro, Bhunivelze and Lindzei who created them(This was present in the original XIII lore btw and the main bad motivation was to open up the path to the realm of god so he could communicate with him). God aka Bhunivelze didn't interfere in the previous games, he simply created the universe and now that his universe is fucked by chaos because Etro died in XIII-2(goddess of death who kept the chaos at bay) he wants to create a new one where people can live normally again.

There are also reasons for Lightning's emotions thing that will be explained in due time.
It's the weakest story in the series but it's not alien to the previous plot lines I'd say.
82  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 18, 2014, 04:14:22 PM
Mesh. Why buy everything. Problem solved.
83  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: June 14, 2014, 05:08:42 PM
84  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: June 14, 2014, 09:19:23 AM
I will say one thing, for all the xeno talk, this game bears no resemblance to xenosaga for me. I mean, I played xenogears and all 3 xenosagas, and this has a very different feel compared to them. I think that's a benefit though, given the bad rep xenosaga tends to get.

Did you watch the story trailer?
85  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: June 13, 2014, 09:22:40 AM
This game is driving me nuts. It has so many shades of Xenogears and Xenosaga. All time favourites of mine. I can't fucking wait.
The landscapes, the exploration + amazing music +crazy Takahashi story + Mechs + Sci-fi. SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIET
86  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on: June 11, 2014, 09:35:23 AM
Even as a vita owner I would still only buy the PS4 version, Peace Walker HD was glorious compared to vomit looking 20 fps Peace Walker on PSP. I'm sure the vita version would be better than the original but still.
87  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 11, 2014, 09:32:45 AM
I second that.
88  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: June 11, 2014, 08:51:04 AM
I am immensely pleased with the story trailer. It's definitely Xeno!!!
89  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: June 06, 2014, 12:35:42 PM
Sad news indeed.. RIP.
90  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: June 06, 2014, 12:26:56 PM
FF XV won't be at E3

"- But seriously, information on Final Fantasy XV will be at E3, right?

Hashimoto: Well, first I’d like to say that development for FFXV is going well. Internally, we try to ascertain the best timing for revealing new information about FFXV to the fans. So when we were going over our promotion plans, we judged that this year’s E3 would not be the best time to exhibit information about FFXV. Instead we are currently planning to exhibit new information at events after E3 2014. I am extremely grateful to all the fans who excitedly anticipate FFXV, and I’m looking forward to share new information when the timing is right. I would appreciate if fans hold out until then."

Source - Famitsu interview translation

I am disappoint

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