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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 24, 2014, 06:36:37 PM
Been a while since I've had time to game since getting married (whirlwind of activities let me tell you), and am still trying to find time to do so.

That being said, I picked up Tales of Hearts R (about 40 minutes in), and I rather enjoy it so far. Sure they renamed the main character from Shing to Kor (any explanation for that?), but everything else considered the initial moments feel...well, fairly solid to me. Looks pretty good on the Vita, and is about what I would expect from a handheld Tales entry. About 40 minutes in, and I feel like I enjoy the combat more than I did in Xillia, as it feels like it has more flow. Of course, I haven't gotten a whole lot of artes or anything, but like I said, so far, so good.

Also grabbed FFVI for iOS when that sale was on last week. Was going to grab IV and V, but will wait for another sale to do so. Now I just need to find time to squeeze in some gaming. Will likely never, ever get around to the new Dragon Age, which saddens me somewhat.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A slime draws near! Command? DQ VIII hits iOS today on: September 10, 2014, 08:53:21 PM
Having an absolute grand old time with the mobile version of DQ VIII. The fades away after a point in time. 40 hours in, looking for pirate treasure, and while I do miss the voice acting, I think it's good as it stands. I'll be picking up the port for DQ I-III for sure, and then IV-VI when the latter two get released as well. DQ on my mobile? Too good not to have.

3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A slime draws near! Command? DQ VIII hits iOS today on: September 10, 2014, 04:01:01 PM
Dragon Quest I hits the app store today, should be around $3 to $4 based on the New Zealand App store, so for anyone that hasn't had a chance to play one of the grand daddy's of RPGs, here's your chance.

Temper your expectations accordingly, this is a 28 year old game hahah.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 06, 2014, 04:33:33 PM
Started SAO Hollow Fragment last night, it was pretty late so I didn't play much, but from what I did, I enjoyed it. Seems to have quite a bit of depth, so I will look foward to hitting it hard today when I get home.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: SONY BOSS promises great Games For TGS 2014 on: August 19, 2014, 06:28:02 PM
Dragon Warrior Sev....oh wait, never mind.

In all seriousness though, my PS4 is screaming for an RPG.
6  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 19, 2014, 05:57:05 PM
Reading Sanderson's Swordbreaker because I am told it connects with the new Words of Radiance. I actively avoided reading Swordbreaker years ago, but am capitulating to the insistence of my friend who says it's good.

And so far, I have to say that it is.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 19, 2014, 05:54:48 PM
I'm going to say the original Dragon Warrior, or maybe one of it's remakes (I haven't played any of them). I think it's a great introduction to RPGs and I recall my friends and I totally loving this game.

No feeling like beating the Dragon Lord and building your middle english vocabulary at the same time. Think of the head start the kid will have when it comes to studying Shakespeare in school.

Also, those spell names? Heal! Hurt? HURTMORE?!

I know if I had a kid they'd be playing Dragon Warrior as their introductory RPG.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2014, 05:23:43 PM
Did something this morning that I haven't done since I was a little kid.

I slammed my thumb on a door. This door happened to be my car door. I even heard a "semi-click" sound before the pain sent a signal to my brain.

Worst part wasn't the pain. The worst part was actually screaming in embarrassingly high pitch notes.

My wife unfortunately was there to witness all this humor in the passenger seat and make fun of me. I told her I was trying not to wake up the neighbors at 6:45 AM.

I have a nice black/blood stain over the nail as a friendly reminder to not rush leaving for work in the morning. Fortunately, I didn't break my finger and I can still bend it ok. Just had to ice it for 15 minutes to get the swelling down and 2 Ibuprofens.

I remember doing that as a kid as well. Once with the microwave oven door, and then with the car door.

Never again.

Hope it feels better soon.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2014, 12:55:30 PM
Been carless for about 16 months, just ended up taking transit to work. But, since I'm getting married next month, and when the wife comes over from Korea in November, I figured we'd need a car to get around and do stuff.

Besides, I wouldn't want to subject her to the transit system here (would be a massive downgrade compared to Seoul). After much searching, ended up finding a fully loaded 2004 Mazda 6 for $3500 in great shape so I jumped on that.

Can't wait to pick it up today after work...time is just not passing right now.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Braven arts on kickstarter on: August 08, 2014, 03:40:03 AM
Seems somewhat reminiscent of Radiant Historia. Not that big a fan of the art direction in this game, but if it's good I can probably look past it.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: August 01, 2014, 02:57:36 PM
Listening to the podcast right now, not sure if it's just me but the volume overall seems lower than normal, especially during some tracks. It was especially noticable during To a Strange World. Otherwise, I always enjoy an overworld themed podcast! Great job.

edit: Hurr-durr I checked all volume settings except iTunes...Never mind, the volume is fine!
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks to RPGFan on: August 01, 2014, 02:53:41 PM
Thank to RPGfan for adding to my backlist of RPGs that I would have been interested in when they came out but never knew about...Also thanks to Taelus and co for the Music podcast! A lot of the tracks rekindled many of my teenage summers spent playing RPGs.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: July 27, 2014, 03:21:06 AM
So i finally had some time to sit down and play this a couple weeks after buying it. Re-rolled my party twice because the portraits didn't match my character models, but that's besides the point. Ended up trundling my way to level 4, cleared the light house after cheesing it a bit by running away and resurrecting my party and then zerg rushing.The sneak animation or whatever you want to call it is great. It's Metal Gear-esque and I like how the game doesn't seem to take itself too seriously.

So far this reminds me so much of the whole experience of playing BGI/II for the first time all over again. So good.  Not really sure what to do next, but I'm sure I'll stumble across something.

edit: Actually, a lot of it reminds of me of playing Ultima 7 for the first time. I really do feel like I can do anything. I remember in Ultima 7 when I realized I could rob the mint and get away with it...That was a game changer.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: July 12, 2014, 09:31:00 PM
1. Final Fantasy XIII-2
2. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
3. Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
4. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
5. Final Fantasy II
6. Parasite Eve (forgot to add this in last year's thread)
7. Bravely Default
8. Lego Lord of the Rings
9. Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse
10. Long Live the Queen

Picked up Long Live the Queen as I saw a random article about it on Kotaku the other day. Totally reminiscent of Princess Maker, thought is is a bit more streamlined and simplified. A bit more emphasis on the story, and the game play is fairly short. It got me thinking if there were any more games like this, but none of the others ones on the developers site looked very good in terms of appealing art style to me. Overall, a pretty fun little game.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2014 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: July 11, 2014, 05:07:02 PM
PSN flash sale! Games for $0.99.

some RPgs of note:

Harvest Moon Return to Nature
Wild Arms
Wild Arms 2
Legend of Dragoon

Full list is on the Sony Site. https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-us/flash-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-9_FLASHSALE2014

I'm probably in for Dragoon and Wild Arms 1/2. For $3.00, that's a lot of game play on the Vita.
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