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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:49:40 AM »
1) Wild Arms 2
2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2

3) Mario Galaxy 2 Done! Well, pretty much done. The credits rolled, and I consider that a beaten game. I still have yet to check out World S, though. Looking forward to it, because it looks like there are some very interesting galaxies there. I ended up powering through World 6 yesterday. I had 72 power stars and 15(-ish) comet medals when said credits appeared.
All in all, a great Mario game. Lots of fun. The level designs are fantastic. I love that regular levels have an approachable, fun difficulty, but extra (prankster comet) levels can be annoyingly tough.

*I really wish I could play Mario 3D World. It looks so awesome, but Im not going to drop money on a Wii U for it. They really need to port it to the Switch.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 4 - PS4, Xbox, Switch
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:42:37 AM »
^ Perhaps the relative success of Japanese titles on PC (which I am very thankful for) has swayed their minds... Still, it is rather surprising.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:50:36 AM »
Mario Galaxy 2 I had initially been playing through this over about 7 years. One of the slowest progressions Ive ever made in a video game. Its just one of those that stayed on the back burner for a long time. Not sure why, its a great game.
Anyway, now that my son is getting old enough to play more complex games, he has shown great interest in this one. So, we started a new game, and have been playing through it together (taking turns). We just got to World 6, which is being depicted as the final world.  Cant be, right? (Dont actually tell me. I dont want to know.)

Shadow Warrior (2013 reboot) Crazy gory game. Crazy fun, too. Hacking limbs and bodies is the shiz-nizzy. The characters are interesting so far. They did a good job at making Lo Wang equal parts bad ass and cheesy.
This game lets me know that I need a better controller for my PC. The X360 one I use (made for PC, apparently) just feels a bit too lacking in quality (which is bullshit, cuz my OG X360 controller is solid).
Anyway, just started Chapter 3.

Suikoden 2 Just escaped the assault on the mercenary fort/HQ. Currently looking for a way to get into Muse. Glad Shiro is still in my battle party. That guys a beast (literally).
Man, L. Blight is one evil sumbitch. Ive read in various articles over the years that he is not very nice, and indeed, he is not.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: February 12, 2018, 01:03:22 PM »
There are other RPGs with visible encounters that do them somewhat poorly, like Grandia

I had tried to play Grandia for the first time this past year, and ended up quitting about halfway through, because I couldn't stand that the bullshit camera angle makes it so that enemies can see you well before you see them.
Nothing like getting jumped regularly in just about any given dungeon...


How about games where they have  visible encounters, but the enemies are so fast that you practically have to be near the end of the area to escape them.

I immediately thought of those damn flies in the White Dragon's Cave in the Lunar Remake. Why even make enemy encounters visible if they came move like that?

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:31:04 AM »
Personally, I don't see using the D-pad for such a game as a negative. I can't stand using thumb sticks in 2(.5?)D games.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:11:34 AM »
^
I'm playing it on my TV through my PS3 (downloaded from PSN), and honestly for a PS1 game being (dis)played in that manner, it looks great. Granted, I play console games on my smaller bedroom TV, which I think is like 37" or so. Might look worse on a larger TV.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 06, 2018, 05:58:49 PM »
Suikoden 2 - First time playing it. I played through the first one back when it was new. Still got the disc somewhere...
Anyway, this game is great. Really enjoying it. I can see why it receives high praise. Good game play, good music, great graphics for the time, and a plot that gets interesting almost right out of the gate.
I'm just getting back to the mercenary base, after being rescued by them. Now starting to recruit locals.
Also, Rina. Damn, girl.

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: February 06, 2018, 05:47:06 PM »
1)Wild Arms 2

2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 - A shameless and easy rip off of the Mario Galaxy games. Still, it's fun enough. Bought it for my son to play, but I ended up playing through it myself.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII
« on: January 31, 2018, 08:32:01 AM »
^ Sensationalism.


<---Catastrophic

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: January 28, 2018, 12:08:21 AM »
1) Wild Arms 2  - Bout 40 hours. Average character level: 45-ish. Overall, not bad. Definitely better, and more "epic" than the first game. However, the second half felt like a bit of a slog for me, with the 4 Diablo pillars, 4 ray points, and everything in between. Started to feel somewhat tedious towards the end.
Plot is decent... Interesting enough. A few interesting twists along the way. The inconsistent translation makes dialogue seem unclear and pretentious at times, though. Like the first game, the music is excellent.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 27, 2018, 04:32:06 PM »
Wild Arms 2  - Took care of the remaining 3 ray points. Admittedly, I used a guide to figure out how to get to Raypoint Muse, cuz I totally forgot about the bridge opener switch from earlier in the game. I used the same guide to get through Trapezohedron, cuz I hated that place real quick. Multiple teleporter dungeons are the worst.
I just beat the first boss in the Spiral Tower. I wanted to see the game through during this last play session, but some of the recent puzzles were annoying. Needed a break.

EDIT: DONE! I had to retry the unexpected gauntlet of last bosses a few times, cuz Tim sucks on his own, and I had forgotten to use any of Marivel's personal skill points (so she was a bit weaker than the others). Finally got it done, though. Honestly, I can't imagine doing it without a surplus of big berries. Glad to be finished.

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General Discussions / Re: What's your Favourite Garbage Food?
« on: January 25, 2018, 02:46:28 PM »
^ Your face is gross!  =P

Pizza flavor is OK, but doesn't hold a candle to the Combo magnificence that is 7 layer. I actually hadn't eaten Combos of any flavor in years before my wife brought home a bag of said magnificence. Love at first bite.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 24, 2018, 01:35:10 PM »
Wild Arms 2  - Defeated Grauswein. Went to the volcano, and got the dragon Gundam ship. Cleared one of the Ray points (the fire one), but decided to go exploring and hit up all the green blips on the map/radar. Stumbled upon Crimson Castle and got the eccentric vampire girl in the party. I have yet to see her value in battle, but she did help me find the black market when I went to go change her name again. I then bought 99 big berries, and promptly kicked Tim out of the battle party.
I'm too stupid to figure out the deal with the werewolf's Den...
Currently checking out (what I assume are) other optional places.

EDIT: Came to find out that Vampire girl learns enemy skills. Neat.

Marivel is the main reason why you want to hold off on grinding Tim's GFs too much since it takes some time to track down the enemies she can learn her abilities from (and since you're fighting random mooks anyways, you can take out two birds with one stone; three if you want to get randy and have Kanon come along to try to proc her own abilities). Incidentally, beyond Lilika and the endless supply of Big Berries, Marivel is the other reason why Tim has such a hard time standing out since she's a better Mage as well as requiring less of a grind (if you're using a guide since a lot of her shit is hidden) to get going. Although really, the game really wasn't designed to have three goddamn magic users running around in it, so they all kinda come off as samey in the end.

As for the Werewolf's Den, it requires using Earthquake in a specific location to open up. Ashley gets a neat, if not a particularly useful toy for his Knight Blazer for your efforts.

Tim's usefulness in battle is over for now, no doubt. However, his Pooka tool/friend has been repeatedly useful for getting some out-of-reach chests the game doesn't expect you to use it/him for. Anyway, I'm wondering if I want to take the time to go around and try to collect Marivel's skills (only gained 3 at this point), or if I should just say "fuck it", keep Ashley; Brad; and Lilika in the main battle party, and gun for the end.
Side quests are cool and everything, but I'm kind of starting to feel burnt out on the game at this point. Kind of just want it to be over. Not exactly sure why. It's a (mostly) solid 90s JRPG, but it feels like it's over-staying its welcome a bit. In Marivel's particular case, it doesn't help that her skill learning ability seems to "miss" more than half of the time, making it feel more tedious than it should (IMO).
Been trying to not use a guide... Only if I get stuck. Thanks for the W'sD tip, my good man.

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General Discussions / Re: What's your Favourite Garbage Food?
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:25:55 PM »
7 layer dip flavored Combos. Can't get enough of the damn things.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 23, 2018, 01:52:09 PM »
Wild Arms 2  - Defeated Grauswein. Went to the volcano, and got the dragon Gundam ship. Cleared one of the Ray points (the fire one), but decided to go exploring and hit up all the green blips on the map/radar. Stumbled upon Crimson Castle and got the eccentric vampire girl in the party. I have yet to see her value in battle, but she did help me find the black market when I went to go change her name again. I then bought 99 big berries, and promptly kicked Tim out of the battle party.
I'm too stupid to figure out the deal with the werewolf's Den...
Currently checking out (what I assume are) other optional places.

EDIT: Came to find out that Vampire girl learns enemy skills. Neat.

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