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1  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.
2  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.
3  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.
4  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....
5  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.
6  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.
7  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.
8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 07, 2016, 05:42:53 AM
Made it part way through Fire Emblem Fates Birthright, but sort of lost interest around chapter 18?

Started playing Stranger of Sword City on the Vita, and it's what I had hoped Operation Abyss New Tokyo Legacy should have been. I guess it's like an upgraded Demon Gaze, but that makes sense since it isn't tied to any old game engine/mechanics like OA was.

13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: March 28, 2016, 02:40:33 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)

Just wrapped up DOTT. Haven't played this game since I had it on DOS back in the day (non-talkie version). Basically, everything was exactly how I remembered it, but just prettier. X-COM on Vita has got my interest, but not before I beat Fire Emblem Fates....Yes, I got side tracked from Trails SC again!
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 14, 2016, 09:09:52 PM
Wrapping up chapter 5 on Trails SC. Took a peek at how many chapters are in this game, and wow, it's pretty lengthy. Hoping to have this beat by the end of the month, but no guarantees!
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 18, 2016, 02:24:46 PM
Danganronpa 2 - Finally finished off that annoying Monomi mini game. Probably spent a good 3 hours collecting RNG item drops to get that trophy. Now I just have to grind out the Hope Fragments and complete Island Mode! I can see that Platinum on the near horizon!
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