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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: January 26, 2016, 12:13:18 PM
1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2
2.) History Legends of War: Patton (Platinum)

Trundled my way through Patton on Vita as it was the free offering from PS+. Easy enough game, just didn't get through it as quick as I'd hoped due to time constraints. It's a low budget strategy game that has some strange mechanics such as if you increase your available shots per turn, it also increases the enemies...so while it does give you a boost, the game without it would be far too easy I suppose. You can basically win 18/21 maps or something in this game just by using Snipers and Bazooka units.

I'll now turn my attention to Danganronpa 2. Haven't wanted to play this one after beating the first installment last year due to a fear of burning out. However, the time feels right, and what better way to bookend my 1st platinum, DR1, with my 10th platinum in DR2!
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Completion List 2016 on: January 02, 2016, 02:58:01 PM
Let's kick off 2016 the right way....by gaming!

1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2

Pleasantly surprised at how good the first episode was. It was exactly what I would expect KQ to be like if it were developed today. I think they really got the feel down, though it is considerably less dark in parts compared to it's predecessors than I remember. Still, very, very well done. Episode 2 on the other hand, is much shorter and far less fleshed out than episode 1. Here's hoping Episode 3 is a step up!
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: December 24, 2015, 02:36:40 AM
1.) Brandish - The Dark Revenant
2.) The Legend of Zelda -  A Link Between Worlds
3.) Danganronpa - Trigger Happy Havoc (Platinum)
4.) Muramasa Rebirth
5.) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Platinum)
6.) Ar Nosurge - Ode to an Unborn Star (Platinum)
7.) The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky
8.) Demon Gaze
9.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;1 (Platinum)
10.) Steins; Gate (Platinum)
11.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;2 (Platinum)
12.) La Mulana EX
13.) Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Platinum)
14.) Dragon Age: Inquisition
15.) Dengenki Bunko Fighting Climax
16.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;3: V Generation (Platinum)

Snagged Neptunia 3 on sale which was fine considering I was going to buy it anyways. Just got all endings for Neptunia 3, and working my way through the platinum (read:grinding). Overall I'd say this is the easiest Neptunia game, with 1 being the hardest, and 2 being the grindiest/RNG (looking at you Stella). Once I platinum this one, that'll be all plats for the 'mainline' games on the Vita. I don' really have plans to play HD Noire, or Producing Perfection at the moment as I have tons of other stuff I need to play including: Stella Glow (about half done) and Trails SC + Cold Steel.

Bioshock Infinite fell by the wayside but oh well. It felt somewhat clunky in comparison to other games I've played recently. I doubt I'll beat another game before the end of year - Stella Glow might be a stretch if I can finish the platinum for Neptunia 3 this week.

Edit: Got the platinum for Neptunia 3 in something like 33 hours or so of gameplay, by far the easiest one of the three. Decided to go with Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy instead of Trails, as I needed a cleanser before jumping headlong into a story heavy RPG. Played a bit more of Stella Glow, but need to level secondary characters which made me start Operation Abyss. I prefer the new character art, so am going with the 'basic' mode over the classic paper doll mode.

Played about an hour and so far it seems a bit more complex than Demon Gaze, so I'll have to work out the systems on it.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: December 15, 2015, 12:47:07 PM
Haven't listened to the full episode yet, but just a couple thoughts on the Character of Aya Brea.

1. Considering the time in which the game was made, do we have to consider the ripple effects of Lara Croft having some bearing on Aya?

2. Also her age, she is 25(!) in the game. Even Lightning is only 21 or so in FFXIII. Is 25 not considered 'old' in terms of game characters who are protagonists, especially considering the demographics of the time? Additionally, she is half-Japanese to account for the events of the novel which I think acts as a prequel to the events of PE?

3. Aya's hair in her character art is very reminiscent of "The Rachel".


5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: November 24, 2015, 03:01:38 AM
1.) Brandish - The Dark Revenant
2.) The Legend of Zelda -  A Link Between Worlds
3.) Danganronpa - Trigger Happy Havoc (Platinum)
4.) Muramasa Rebirth
5.) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Platinum)
6.) Ar Nosurge - Ode to an Unborn Star (Platinum)
7.) The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky
8.) Demon Gaze
9.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;1 (Platinum)
10.) Steins; Gate (Platinum)
11.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;2 (Platinum)
12.) La Mulana EX
13.) Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Platinum)
14.) Dragon Age: Inquisition

Beat DA:I in about 69 hours and change over the last week or so. Wasn't really intent on going for the platinum for this one but just wanted to focus experience it. What a great game despite the jank on the PS3. The last boss was an absolute cake walk on hard mode. I feel the fight prior to him (in the ruins) was much more difficult.

Either way it was very enjoyable, and now I will turn my attention to Bioshock Infinite which has been sitting in my backlog for ages due to PS+. Hopefully I can polish that off by Thursday evening.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: November 20, 2015, 11:04:28 PM
Good episode, good insights and I still say Random Encounter is the most intelligent RPG discussion out there.

On that note, Xenoblade Chronicles/Cross/X for the new N-Cross system? Anyone? No?

Alright.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: November 12, 2015, 11:54:17 AM
1.) Brandish - The Dark Revenant
2.) The Legend of Zelda -  A Link Between Worlds
3.) Danganronpa - Trigger Happy Havoc (Platinum)
4.) Muramasa Rebirth
5.) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Platinum)
6.) Ar Nosurge - Ode to an Unborn Star (Platinum)
7.) The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky
8.) Demon Gaze
9.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;1 (Platinum)
10.) Steins; Gate (Platinum)
11.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;2 (Platinum)
12.) La Mulana EX
13.) Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Platinum)

Snagged the platinum for Hyperdimension Neptunia U. That last one was quite grindy, and the fan service got tiresome (thankfully the worst of it can be turned off once you get the tougher clothes). Overall this game had some really solid gameplay, keeping it short and sweet for the most part making it perfect for picking up and playing on the go. The frame rate is super smooth as I don't think I noticed any lag/slowdowns through my 30 hour playthrough.

Currently playing Dragon Age Inquisition....on PS3. Man some of the textures and lag in this game...just ouch. Nevertheless, still very fun!
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: October 25, 2015, 01:20:44 PM
Keep getting side tracked from FFX, but I may get back to it sooner or later. Just beat La Mulana EX. What a game. Will not be going for the platinum on this one though.

1.) Brandish - The Dark Revenant
2.) The Legend of Zelda -  A Link Between Worlds
3.) Danganronpa - Trigger Happy Havoc (Platinum)
4.) Muramasa Rebirth
5.) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Platinum)
6.) Ar Nosurge - Ode to an Unborn Star (Platinum)
7.) The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky
8.) Demon Gaze
9.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;1 (Platinum)
10.) Steins; Gate (Platinum)
11.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;2 (Platinum)
12.) La Mulana EX

Going to kill some time playing FFX until Trails SC comes out next week.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 19, 2015, 05:42:25 PM
Princess Maker.

What on earth did you just make me Google?

Spent many an hour Princess Maker 2 (korean version) as a young kid. Looking back on it now, you could send your adoptive daughter to some pretty seedy places...

Basically you train up your princess ala Long Live the Queen. Micro manage everything from diet, work, studies, vacations/adventures with the hope that she will become a princess. From what I remember, it was pretty tough to do in PM2. The easy route is to send her to a farm to work for 18 hours a day, sleep, repeat (pays the most) and build up her physical strength. Make her a warrior and have her compete in tournaments. You'd really have to screw up to kill her, as she'd mostly just run away and become rebellious if you mismanaged her.

I can't recall if I ever made her a princess. I think there might be an english fan translation floating around somewhere on the internet.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 19, 2015, 01:43:38 PM
So, I finished the To The Moon miniisodes... I don't even know what to think about the twist ending...  I wish I had someone I could talk to about it.  Steam is down atm, too, so I can't go on those forums and ask around.  But it was a really crazy twist and I have no idea what it could mean...

Anyways, I finally got around to playing Long Live The Queen.  Please tell me somebody here has played it.  Odd little game, but addictive.  Sort of a... kind of Oregon Trail for weeaboos?  Is that an offensive term?
Anyways, I didn't really know what direction to go in, playing it, so I decided to just make the main character a reflection of my wife. I must have done a good job, because she died from eating a poisoned chocolate. That was always going to be the way my wife was assassinated, if she were a princess...

Played this game back when. It's like a lite version of Princess Maker. Enjoyable enough. So many ways to end up in the ground it's sort of amusing.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2015, 06:13:35 PM
Still kicking away at La Mulana EX - Hoping to beat it...perhaps by the end of the month?

Tried the Legend of Legacy demo. I think it has a lot of charm. Will have to play a little more to see if I want to keep my copy that came in. So far I've seen a lot of mixed reviews, but I remember really loving SaGa Frontier back in the day, despite repeatedly bashing my head against the wall with that game.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 16, 2015, 06:06:55 PM
Just got my copy. Haven't had a chance to spend much time with it yet, but I'm very pleased to see the Graces-style battle system return.

YESSSS. My biggest complaint about Xillia was that the battle system wasn't Graces. Guess I'll have to snag this in November.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 13, 2015, 05:55:07 PM
There's a really cool optional super dungeon at the end of Wild Arms. It's a gauntlet of puzzles and battles. Part of the fun is figuring out how to access it in the first place. Those were the days, back when games were filled with obscure secrets that weren't spilled all over a wiki.

Speaking of which, currently playing La Mulana EX. Not sure how I'd be able to play this without a wiki. Having immense amounts of fun playing it, but I think I'd be bashing my head into the wall (or Vita) repeatedly if I had to play without a guide.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: August 03, 2015, 11:52:20 PM
1.) Brandish - The Dark Revenant
2.) The Legend of Zelda -  A Link Between Worlds
3.) Danganronpa - Trigger Happy Havoc (Platinum)
4.) Muramasa Rebirth
5.) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (Platinum)
6.) Ar Nosurge - Ode to an Unborn Star (Platinum)
7.) The Legend of Heroes - Trails in the Sky
8.) Demon Gaze
9.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;1 (Platinum)
10.) Steins; Gate (Platinum)
11.) Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;2 (Platinum)

Just watched what may be the most depressing ending I've ever seen in a game in Rebirth;2. Currently working on getting that platinum for it, but in the event I don't, I could leave it at that. So much grinding, but since I enjoy the combat system, I guess I'll endure it.

Edit 8/10/15 - Just need to get the Stella Dungeon trophy, and watch the true ending and this will be another Platinum'd game. Hopefully sooner than later, but Stella's dungeon is just a drag.

Edit 8/17/15 - Got the final trophy for Rebirth 2 last night, and now on to FF X HD.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 31, 2015, 06:16:49 PM
Working my way through Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth;2 right now, it's somewhat less enjoyable than the first, but having 4 party members rather than 3 makes up for it I guess. Also spending downtime playing Tetris Ultimate. I don't recall Tetris being this fun but time seems to fly by when I'm playing it.
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