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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 20, 2016, 12:37:43 PM
Currently putting FFX-2 on hold for a bit, sitting somewhere around the 42% completion range in chapter 3, but DQ VII just came, and I've been hankering to play this for so long. Never did beat the PSX version back in the day as I got side tracked.

I was on media blackout for this, and am pleasantly surprised at the changes they made to make the game feel more modern.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: September 07, 2016, 12:32:26 PM
X-2 was not made with Trophies in mind, so I guess that's why they feel.... off?

Also, XIII-2 ruined both the gameplay and story of its predecessor, while X-2 only "ruined" the story (it actually didn't, but you can't tell the haters that).  So... I actually tend to take umbrage at anyone comparing X-2 to XIII-2, since X-2 is one of the greatest games ever made and XIII-2 is the worst Roman-numeraled Final Fantasy ever made.

To be fair, FFX was not made with trophies in mind either, but it had a better progression than X-2, not that it really matters as I don't equate trophy progression to fun factor. As it stands X-2 seem like it gives you a couple at the beginning (6 hours in and 2 bronze trophies) and then dumps them on you at the end. Cold Steel felt like this too. I prefer them spaced out over time.

Re: X-2/XIII-2 - I rather enjoyed XIII-2, both the combat and the story, and enjoyed Lightning Returns even more than the previous two. While story points are up in the air, I can't agree with you on the XIII-2 ruining the game play part, I think it improved the combat system in it's speediness with paradigm shifts - which from my stand point are two things in common with XIII-2 and X-2. By comparison, XIII's combat felt slow when you went back to it, and X feels slow after coming from X-2. Additionally, I only made comparisons about the game's structure, not story - X/XIII locks you in a linear path, whereas their immediate sequels gives you non-linerarty for the most part.

I dislike monster collecting in most games, but I tolerated it with XIII-2 because the gameplay felt improved over XIII, and enjoyed it (well, both titles) more than I originally thought I would. I will likely tolerate it again in some form or another with it's addition in the remaster of X-2.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: September 06, 2016, 10:26:38 PM
You should DEFINITELY replay X-2, Ultra.  It's one of the greatest video games ever made.

Replaying it right now actually, and it's an absolute blast. I guess it had been about 12 years since I last played this (came out 2004 right?) and I remember a bunch of negative press about it at the time because "Final Fantasy doesn't have direct sequels." Whatever. I know that type of thinking didn't colour my perspective at the time, but in the last dozen years or so I'd completely forgotten how much fun it is, and how much I enjoy that theme song.


Combat is so fluid (once you turn off the transformations), and the freedom you get is completely the opposite of X's path - basically it fixed whatever I thought was wrong about X in a lot of ways, a sentiment a lot of people have said about XIII to XIII-2 if I recall correctly.

What I'm not a fan of: the trophy progression. Seems like a lot of bare bones type of trophies and not very well spread out. That being said, I might attempt the platinum - as I recall there is no 0.0.0 racing to be done. Either way, I've only sunk about 4 hours or so into this, but what a blast it's been. Now I only need to refrain from booting up Cold Steel II until I beat this.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: September 05, 2016, 12:08:54 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)
10.) Ys: Memories of Celceta (Platinum)
11.) Final Fantasy X HD

Finished off FFX after a one year hiatus (well, short of 1 year by about 2 weeks). Would have finished a few days ago, except I kept trying for that stupid 0.0.0 race. Must have spent about 4 hours on it without any success. Closest I got was about 0.1.7 or some rubbish. Went into the final battle sans celestial weapons as I just wanted the game done.

Got the aeon to the second stage and those stupid stones kept reactivating while the aeon was sitting around 80% health. In something of a desperate move, I grand summoned Yojimbo and paid him 10,000 gil. He then used Zamato (sp?) and ended the fight. I thought'd he do Washiziki or something but no, he just ended it right there.

I lol'd, because I'd never used Yojimbo before this. Got to be near the easiest way to end a fight. Though I last played FFX when it first came out on PS2, it is by far from my favourite FF title.

 I might start FFX-2, as I enjoyed that more than FFX back in the day. There's just something about X that doesn't sit right, and I think it's accentuated by the long drawn out process of arenas and weird mini games you need to play in order to get the Celestial weapons. Granted they aren't mandatory, but in FF games I always approach it with the idea that they are mandatory. For me, FFX just doesn't click on the grand scale that it does with a lot of people, then again the same could be said for XIII and it's sequals - which I absolutely love (not that they aren't flawed), so go figure.

5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 02, 2016, 02:46:40 AM
I'm convinced that the Chocobo 0 second race in FFX is the worst mini game in existence.

It's just terrible. Terrible controls, terrible RNG, terrible everything.

LOL

No sooner did I write this...with a time of 0:2.7 LOL...I hate this mini game.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 29, 2016, 04:02:08 PM
Finished up Ys: Memories of Celceta on the weekend, took a bit of a spell from RPGs with Soldner X-2 (for like a day), and then now going to go back and beat FFX.

I haven't played FFX in a year since I put it down, but man does it feel slow. Typically I'm not bothered by this, but maybe coming from something as fast paced as Ys makes everything feel like it's moving in molasses. Maybe I'm just used to Adol and co running around the field in a more fluid fashion.

Currently sitting on Mt.Gagazet, and have to re-do the Khimari vs Yenke and Biran fight. Wasn't paying attention yesterday and got wiped by some random encounter in the field.
Also, what's with the encounter rate? Was it always this high, or am I just remembering things wrong?
7  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.
8  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 (Platinum)

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.

Edit August 28 - Got the Platinum trophy for Memories of Celceta. Total game time was just shy of 42 hours - though I wonder if I could have had the Platinum in about 40 as I stepped away to let time accumulate in getting one of the character trophies. I beat the base game in about 28 or so, so about 50% more game time in getting the platinum. Of course, this assumes you get the majority of trophies in the first run. Some grandness to it since you have to spend x amount of hours playing as x character (not a fan of these trophies) and maxing all their skills (also not a fan). If it weren't for those trophies this would be a great trophy list in my opinion.

Seeing as to how Cold Steel II is nearly upon us, I think I might take a bit of a breather from RPGs and play some Soldner X-2  or something.
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  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.
13  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.
14  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....
15  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.
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