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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: August 25, 2016, 05:35:21 PM
1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2
2.) History Legends of War: Patton (Platinum)
3.) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Platinum)
4.) Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Platinum)
5.) Stranger of Sword City (Platinum)
6.) Trails in the Sky SC
7.) Stella Glow
8.) Adventures of Mana (Platinum)
9.) Trails of Cold Steel (Platinum)
10.) Ys: Memories of Celceta (ongoing Platinum run)

Wrapped up Memores of Celceta last night. By the time I picked up the last chest, I was sweating bullets when the trophy for all chests collected didn't pop. Ran around frantically for an hour or so until I found the one I'd missed in the final dungeon. I ended up enjoying the game a lot more than I thought I would, considering I wasn't Ys Seven's biggest fan. Still on the fence about how I feel about multiple characters in a Ys game, since I just prefer to run around as Adol.

Anyways, going for the Platinum trophy for this game seems doable, though Nightmare mode so far matches up to what it claims to be. Very solid game with good pacing, and frantic combat which is fun, though I wish it didn't force you to spend 'time' play as other characters for trophies, but whatever.

I also got platinum in Danganronpa 2, Adventures of Mana, and Ys Celceta. FWIW, I think that the grind to level 99 and the handful of missables in Adventures of Mana was more nerve-wracking than any of the trophies for Celceta. But yeah, that "time spent as a character" thing was dumb.

If you haven't played it and want a challenging-but-fun platinum for Vita, I stand by Gravity Rush for just being ... different. And interesting.

I need to get my "Trails" games on one of these days.

ALSO -- Ultra Despair Girls platinum is surprisingly challenging! Fortunately, you can revisit by chapter, so that cuts out a lot of potential back-tracking. I liked Ultra Despair girls quite a bit -- at first for its villains, then I got over the villains and I was just happy to be meeting the siblings of the Dangan1 cast. :)

I wholeheartedly agree about the Mana trophies. As simple as the game is, if you aren't on your toes it can really hurt haha. I missed buying one of the spells somewhere in the middle of the game thinking I'd already gotten one from a mob drop, but turns out I didn't. Spent a couple hours backtracking through shops etc to find it. That level 99 grind though - you could really screw that up if started distributing stats haphazardly. Thankfully I found out pretty early on so that minimized the grind since it certainly could have been far worse.

I remember looking at the Gravity Rush trophies and deciding against it for some reason. As fun as the game was, I only wanted to play through it once. UDG is also on my list to play, but maybe next year as I seem to only do 1 Danganronpa per year.

@Klutz - I agree - I wasn't always like this - needing to platinum games. But after a certain point, I figured why not? Sure it's an arbitrary bar that's been set by the developers of the game as to what constitutes 100% completion, but I've grown to like it. I'm of the mind that there's a lot to do, see, read and play, but as a gamer there is something very satisfying about popping that Platinum trophy. I'm the type of guy that refuses to re-read books (but will re-watch certain movies) on the basis that I'd rather have new experiences, so it's kind of weird that I do indeed go back and sometimes play through a 2nd time just to get that trophy. Even some games that I enjoyed very much (Lightning Returns) I stopped short of getting the Platinum for some reason.

That being said, I don't go for every Platinum trophy I come across - just the ones that I feel are reasonably attainable. Plus, when you sync your trophies with psnprofiles or another trophy tracking service, it only adds fuel to the fire. I think I have some innate desire to rise in the leader boards of gamers world wide. For example, I'll never go back to get La Mulana EX's platinum as even the base game is super tough, but Day of the Tentacle was a gimmie considering the number of times I'd beat that on PC back in the day. In some ways I guess you could look at it as controlled madness, as I more or less pour myself into the game until it's done.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: August 25, 2016, 12:45:12 PM
1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2
2.) History Legends of War: Patton (Platinum)
3.) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Platinum)
4.) Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Platinum)
5.) Stranger of Sword City (Platinum)
6.) Trails in the Sky SC
7.) Stella Glow
8.) Adventures of Mana (Platinum)
9.) Trails of Cold Steel (Platinum)
10.) Ys: Memories of Celceta (ongoing Platinum run)

Wrapped up Memores of Celceta last night. By the time I picked up the last chest, I was sweating bullets when the trophy for all chests collected didn't pop. Ran around frantically for an hour or so until I found the one I'd missed in the final dungeon. I ended up enjoying the game a lot more than I thought I would, considering I wasn't Ys Seven's biggest fan. Still on the fence about how I feel about multiple characters in a Ys game, since I just prefer to run around as Adol.

Anyways, going for the Platinum trophy for this game seems doable, though Nightmare mode so far matches up to what it claims to be. Very solid game with good pacing, and frantic combat which is fun, though I wish it didn't force you to spend 'time' play as other characters for trophies, but whatever.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 17, 2016, 01:34:16 PM
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Anyway I also played around with Bandit Kings of Ancient China since sleep deprivation + doing nothing but coding project stuff for like two weeks gave me that weird Koei obsessions. this one actually seems really good/a lot more interesting than RotK11.

re coding project, I should probably beta that/maybe do a let's play of the beta.

Wow Bandit Kings of Ancient China. That's going back a ways.
For me the Quintessential Koei experience was RTK2 (for PC) and Uncharted Waters 1/2. Man those were great.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: August 05, 2016, 11:55:07 AM
1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2
2.) History Legends of War: Patton (Platinum)
3.) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Platinum)
4.) Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Platinum)
5.) Stranger of Sword City (Platinum)
6.) Trails in the Sky SC
7.) Stella Glow
8.) Adventures of Mana (Platinum)
9.) Trails of Cold Steel (Platinum)

Wrapped up Cold Steel last night, and was a bit choked I screwed up on three trophies during my initial run. I thought I was being extra careful and getting everything but I clearly missed 3 small things! At least the game requires two play throughs to be able to get the platinum, so I'll have to be extra careful in grabbing those books, chests and notes for everyone. Single run game time was 64 hours and change with little idle time.

Really liked this one, maybe I'm immune to it, but even some of the stereotypical characters didn't really bother me. Game play, I'm grateful we are able to skip battle animations - though I do wish there was a way to skip cut scenes instead of merely fast-forwarding them. I like that the game forces you to use different characters instead of getting too comfortable with the same set of 4.

Maybe in some ways I'm glad I didn't get a near perfect run of trophies the first time as it gives me more incentive to unlock them in the 2nd go around.

While it isn't as deep as say FC/SC, I still think Cold Steel has a lot to offer - and with the way the game ended, I am really looking forward to Cold Steel II.

Edit: August 15 - Finally got the platinum for Cold Steel, certainly a bit of a grind, and it may be the longest I've spent on a game in quite some time. Would gotten the Platinum in about 85-90 hours or so, but the requirement for 100 hours had me idling the game all day today on my Vita. I was worried about burn in, but I seem to have managed to avoid that.

Not sure what I want to move on to next. I've had my eye on Ys Memories of Celceta for a while, so I'll download that and start next. Cold Steel has got me hankering for more Falcom.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: July 18, 2016, 05:51:16 PM

- Man, you guys were talking about a dungeon crawler that sounded somewhat interesting (about fighting dragons?), but I missed the name of it.  Always a danger with podcasts.



I think it was 7th Dragon III Code VFD that they talked about in the latest episode.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 11, 2016, 03:58:13 PM
Finally starting to make some headway into Trails of Cold Steel. Just finished the first field trip section of the game, so I'm kind of kicking it around town building up social links for now, but I feel like the pacing in this game is more fluid that Trails in the Sky, even if it seems a bit more straight forward. Skipping combat animations is a fantastic feature! The game says I've logged 7 hours or so, but it certainly doesn't feel like it.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix' best surprise EVER!! (Adv. of Mana) on: July 11, 2016, 03:55:13 PM
Went back and got the platinum this weekend for AoM. Wasn't overly difficult or time consuming so that's nice. Perhaps the most frustrating thing was getting that "collect all items" trophy, as I was missing just one of the attack items.

The game was basically what I wanted and expected, and I may have slaughtered thousands of elephants grinding for those final few trophies.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix' best surprise EVER!! (Adv. of Mana) on: July 05, 2016, 12:07:46 PM
Wrapped this game up the other day after buying it on release day. Super short adventure, probably took me about 8 hours and change to beat. Was super surprised that this came out on Vita as I'd basically given up hope!

Did not play the original version too much back in the day as I didn't have a Game Boy for the longest time, and by the time I did, that ship had sailed. So any exposure I had to this game was from playing snippets on my friend's Game Boy. I did play a bit of Sword of Mana on GBA, but that game lacked any real charm to keep me coming back.

The music is absolutely fantastic, especially when those violins hit. Hits you right in the gut. The game does have one glitch though where the game timer keeps running when in sleep mode, so if you care about that, save and quit the game before putting the Vita to sleep. I probably won't go for the platinum as it feels super grindy, and I'll have to save scum to get a couple of the trophies since I selected Monk/Sage upon level up a couple times (pro-tip, alternate Warrior/Mage only and evenly). Maybe someday I'll go back for it, but not right now.

Just have to wait for Romancing SaGa 2...and maybe I am Setsuna....
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: July 04, 2016, 08:13:23 PM
1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2
2.) History Legends of War: Patton (Platinum)
3.) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Platinum)
4.) Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Platinum)
5.) Stranger of Sword City (Platinum)
6.) Trails in the Sky SC
7.) Stella Glow
8.) Adventures of Mana (Platinum)

Beat Adventures of Mana today, was hoping to go for the platinum, but I just have no idea what item I'm missing for the item collector's trophy, and I really don't want to grind to 99, so I'll skip that one. Was working on Trails of Cold Steel, but got side tracked for about 8 hours or so with Mana. What a great game. That main theme really hits hard, and gets the feels going with that violin intro. Nice of Square to get this out with a stealth release. Noticed there were a few cameo's by some DQ monsters (Green Slime(?), used to be called Babble when it was Dragon Warrior, and those Mole men).

I can still hold out hope for Sestsuna on Vita can't I?

Edit: Got that stupid item trophy, turns out I didn't buy the one thunder spell usage item in the magic shop...maybe i will go back and grind to 99 on my lunch breaks. I feel sort of bad leaving it incomplete.

Edit 2: I take it back. I just got the platinum for AoM. Relatively easy, fairly grindy, but not the worst. Certainly a lot less grind than any of the Neptunia games I've platinum'd. Took just under 14 hours, so about 5.5 hours of grinding in total to get those last few trophies.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: June 20, 2016, 12:19:11 PM
1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2
2.) History Legends of War: Patton (Platinum)
3.) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Platinum)
4.) Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Platinum)
5.) Stranger of Sword City (Platinum)
6.) Trails in the Sky SC
7.) Stella Glow

Finished up Stella Glow late last night with the True Ending route. The game itself is filled with a lot of tropes, and the super power of friendship, but I still really enjoyed it overall. Solid SRPG that took about 46 hours or so according to my 3DS. Now that it is out of the way, I can turn my gaming focus to Trails of Cold Steel.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: June 14, 2016, 06:56:34 AM
1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2
2.) History Legends of War: Patton (Platinum)
3.) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Platinum)
4.) Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Platinum)
5.) Stranger of Sword City (Platinum)
6.) Trails in the Sky SC

Finally, finally, finally beat Trails SC. After playing it on and off over the past few months since it's release, I decided there was no better time than now to finish it. Had about 1/3 of the game left I think, and the finale was well paced. Overall a fitting end for the duology and a satisfying experience. Kind of wish I'd beaten it sooner now.

I suppose either Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or Stella Glow will be next, as I am part way through both though I'm not sure which I want to play. Maybe I'll just say forget it and play DQ4 or start Trails of Cold Steel.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is) on: June 06, 2016, 12:11:06 PM
and...no Vita version...

Argh, had a little bit of hope that it would make it to Vita, but I guess not.

That is unfortunate.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 02, 2016, 11:55:20 AM
So having beat Stranger of Sword City i figured I'd better wrap up Trails SC. Sometimes that game has too much text for it's own good. I don't know if it's just age at this point, or the desire for games to move along but man, so much text! XSeed wasn't kidding when they said there was tons to translate.

That being said, just like FC, it has a lot of heart. Just started chapter 8 (which I presume to be the final chapter) so I'll just try and power through it this week. Maybe i'll look into completing Stella Glow next. Really enjoyed my time with that game until I got side tracked with other stuff.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: May 27, 2016, 02:38:30 PM
1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2
2.) History Legends of War: Patton (Platinum)
3.) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Platinum)
4.) Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Platinum)
5.) Stranger of Sword City (Platinum)

Went from DOTT -> Fire Emblem Fates -> Stranger of Sword City. FE lost steam for me around Chapter 23,  will probably pick it up again, but I still need to beat Stella Glow as well. As it was, I wasn't really feeling the whole SRPG thing at the moment, and so I snagged Stranger of Sword City. This game is what I had hoped Operation Abyss would have been (as a follow up to Demon Gaze), but was not due to the older system of that game.

Sword City felt more like a continuation from Demon Gaze, and I was hooked in by that great art style from the get go before it was announced for NA. There were about two frustrating difficulty spikes in the game, but it is nowhere near as grindy as Demon Gaze was. The Perma-death isn't really an issue as long as you've got some decent characters on the benches waiting for their turn. Currently about 45 hours in, and just a few more trophies left, none of which should be very difficult. Overall a very solid DRPG experience. If you enjoyed Demon Gaze, this improves on it in everyway.

Edit - Stranger of Sword City, Platinum Get!

Merlin Dolls were literal life savers in the final fight. Honestly not sure how your tank is supposed to survive those multi-hit KOs. My tank was dying 3 times per turn lol. Honestly, this game was head over heels better than DG, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Spent time grinding in the end looking for that last lineage, but it never turned up, and just went through the final boss gauntlet - which was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. Total game time clocked in at 51:56.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 21, 2016, 05:21:55 AM
Currently trundling through Stranger of Sword City on Vita. Such a great DRPG. It's a nice step up from Demon Gaze, and it's what I had hoped Operation Abyss would have been.

At about 36 hours played, I feel I am nearing the end. This one might actually be easier to get the platinum than Demon Gaze, so I might aim for that. Hopefully the RNG is kind to me, but I doubt it.
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