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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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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:53:22 AM »
I almost bought Tekken 7 during Steam's Christmas sale, but I opted for Tales of Berseria instead. Ended up being a tough decision. Didn't want to spend the money on both....

Unfortunately, I was 7 when it came out and I had to throw a shitfit to even get my parents to buy me a SNES.  Then by the time I was old enough to afford a Sega CD it was already too expensive.

I'm sure my experience is not unique.

My Sega CD broke in 9 months. Which is I think about the median life of the 1st gen Sega CDs.

I had a 1st gen that worked for years... Although sometimes it would randomly stop spinning, and thus my game would freeze at the next load. Happened almost every time I fought Ghaleon the first time at the end of Lunar (because the battle song was like 10 seconds long). Sometimes opening and closing it again before the next load would help.
...Yeah, it wasn't very well made.
*EDIT: I was wrong. Turns out I had the 2nd model, which I guess explains how long it lasted.


As for my own journaling, I've been re-playing through Red Faction: Guerilla (just liberated the Badlands, starting in Oasis area), as part of the games I've been playing after resurrecting my 360 for Vesperia. ...I'm gonna sell the ol 'Box and all of the games after I'm done with this one... It's time someone else enjoys them.
Anyway, RF:G is a decent open world game, but being "open world", it suffers from too much sameness. However, battling enemies and destroying things (the main selling point of the game) is fun as heck, though.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Fan Decides My Next Game
« on: January 16, 2018, 02:28:52 PM »
Star Ocean IV? Are you just checking to see if anyone here hates you?

I voted for it.
I mean, if he wants to play it, he should do it before anything else on that list because it will seem even shittier after playing a good game.

Can't argue with that.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Fan Decides My Next Game
« on: January 16, 2018, 12:15:33 PM »
Star Ocean IV? Are you just checking to see if anyone here hates you?

I'll say Trails of Cold Steel, since you're still fresh off those hefty TitS...      games.
Unless you feel you need a break from the universe. Then Undertale, because it'd be a bit of a departure.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 16, 2018, 10:17:47 AM »
^ I still have my OG Sega CD copies of those games. Only SCD games I kept, actually... I regret not keeping Popful Mail. 

I wish the Silver Star Story kept the darker vibes of the Sega CD version. I was disappointed with the increased cuteness, ...as well as the shittier music.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 12, 2018, 12:03:06 PM »
- TES IV: Oblivion

I played Oblivion for the first time this past summer. I enjoyed my time completing the Thieves' Guild and Dark Brotherhood quest lines (the latter requires you to do much "darker" things than the DB quest line in Skyrim). After that, I did a bit of the main quest (to the point where the gates/portals start popping up everywhere). After completing a few of those, I got bored with the game almost immediately. Like you said: There's just too much sameness throughout it all. I would rather it be a smaller world, filled with more varied things.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:56:43 AM »
I dont have heat in my car :D
Real shit son

Stupid question, but did you check your coolant/antifreeze level? My wife's car stopped blowing hot air recently, and I read that one of the most common causes is coolant issues. I checked, and sure enough, it was almost bottomed out. I filled it up, and then there was plenty of hot air to go with hers.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: January 10, 2018, 12:30:46 PM »
^ I've been thinking about learning bass, because I am planning on giving my son a drum set in the next year or two (he has a fantastic sense of rhythm), and I think it would be fun to jam together.

Haps: I've started "lifting" (resistance bands + bodyweight) again, after taking about 4-5 weeks off to let my elbow recover. Could only do about 2/3 of the reps/sets that I could normally do. The first few times after a break always suck (when it comes to confidence in your ability), but of course it's better than continuously aggravating an apparent injury...

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:22:45 PM »
Wild Arms 2  - I have to admit I had to consult a FAQ to finish the Millennium Puzzle. My issue was that I wasn't aware you could freeze the moving blocks. No sweat after I learned that.
I then paid a visit to the Grotto of Lourdes, and subsequently went to the Sacrificial Altar (which took me longer to find than I would like to admit) . I just finished up at The Lost Garden, and am currently preparing for/awaiting the landing of the nuclear weapon: Guswein, or whatever its called.

Gotta say, it might be one of the "lost in translation" issues this game has, but it's weird how Ashley returned to almost zero fanfare.... It was like another day, heh.
Also, monsters in the last few dungeons have been way easier than the enemies in the pillars, and the former all seem to be packing Mega Berries. This game seriously hands you free passes throughout.

I dunno. Having one of the last surviving villains from the first half threaten to Bury Ashley's Everything to the point of commissioning a Tombstone that reads "Here lies your Everything." is a pretty warm welcome.

True dat. Definitely one of the most poignant moments in the game... that I could understand.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 08, 2018, 01:31:49 PM »
Wild Arms 2  - I have to admit I had to consult a FAQ to finish the Millennium Puzzle. My issue was that I wasn't aware you could freeze the moving blocks. No sweat after I learned that.
I then paid a visit to the Grotto of Lourdes, and subsequently went to the Sacrificial Altar (which took me longer to find than I would like to admit) . I just finished up at The Lost Garden, and am currently preparing for/awaiting the landing of the nuclear weapon: Guswein, or whatever its called.

Gotta say, it might be one of the "lost in translation" issues this game has, but it's weird how Ashley returned to almost zero fanfare.... It was like another day, heh.
Also, monsters in the last few dungeons have been way easier than the enemies in the pillars, and the former all seem to be packing Mega Berries. This game seriously hands you free passes throughout.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 05, 2018, 04:28:32 PM »
Its not really explained in game. Your biggest clue is to pay attention to his Status Screen and notice that the numbers next to his spells are going down after battle (also, its not even fighting battles but by killing enemies himself that does the trick).

That said, Tim's other problem is that there really isn't that much difference between him and Lilika. Lilika's the best simply due to requiring far less grinding than the other two and by having the best stats and Force Abilities to make use of her spellcasting abilities. Tim is an okay-ish alternative, but between his massive grind and enemies eventually developing elemental resistances making his AoE spells less attractive, his use wanes by the endgame.

I actually have to give Tim props for First Aid alone, although I suppose it's more the skill itself than him that's useful. Either way, comes in very handy in boss fights.
The great thing is that since battle party members can be swapped in and out at the beginning of any turn without penalty, you don't have to be committed to any of them.

Anyway, finished up the last Demon Pillar; took care of Heimdall Gazzo (rather enjoyed the Lost Vikings style escape puzzle); got through the stupid memory dungeon sequence with Anastasia; and now working my way through the Millennium Puzzle. 

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:32:45 AM »
^ I've been using the main three characters for pretty much the whole game. Speaking of Tim, I never understood why I should even use him, beyond the Combine ability....
*I just got curious and looked at a FAQ, and saw that he can learn abilities from attacking enemies with mediums equipped. I did not know that.  I'm not sure if it wasn't explained well, or I just wasn't paying attention. Given the bad translation, I'm going to assume the former. I was wondering where the hell a group healing spell was...
I don't have any desire to stay in the pillars any longer than I need to. Some of the enemies in them are annoying as hell, with their spamming of status attacks.

Anyway, I've gotten three of said pillars done at this point. Caina's was the toughest so far. Gonna hit up the 4th today.
I managed to stumble onto the quest for 2nd level magic, and got 'er dun, but most of the spells cost too much FP.



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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 02, 2018, 11:23:58 AM »
Wild Arms 2 - Both the Alchemic Plant & Emulator Zone were among the worst dungeons yet. More tedious than fun. I hope this isn't a sign of dungeons to come...
The music for Guild Galad is pretty great, though.


EDIT: Kanon has joined the party. She seems OK in battle. Very little personality outside of battle, though. Also, Brad has (un)surprisingly returned to the party. Aw yeah.
Just got done at The Coffin of 100 eyes. Currently heading out to look for some Demon Pillars, or some such. Happy to report the last few dungeons were much better than the few preceding them.

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2017
« on: December 30, 2017, 01:05:35 PM »
1) Lego Marvel Super Heroes
2) Tales o Graces f
3) Tales o' Xillia
4) Infamous 2
5) Tales o' Vesperia
6) Magna Carta 2
7) Modnation Racers
8) Singularity

9) Dark Sector - Finished just in time for the new year. I've actually beaten it before, but that was several years ago.
Overall, it's a decent 3rd person shooter, with the addition of the "glaive" weapon/mechanic, which itself is what makes the game worth playing.
The story is cliche,  and the character models in cutscenes are strangely stiff,  but the game play is solid.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:38:24 AM »
Also started Resonance of Fate on my PS3. Has a hell of a learning curve, as I spent the first hour messing with tutorials, but it definitely shows promise.

I hate that fucking game so much. Good luck.

I loved it and still hated it, if that makes sense.  Frustrating lack of narrative and stupid difficulty spikes makes finishing the game a chore.  And yet the cast is awesome and the customization and battles are oddly addictive.  Also: what else out there is ANYTHING like this?  Just its uniqueness alone makes it worth a try.

It makes sense, as I agree with your points. It is indeed unique. Battles are (mostly) fun, once you learn how to make the right movements, and put out large amounts of damage.
The difficulty spikes killed it for me, though. ...Putting so much in-game money and real time into maximizing your customizations and skills to get past a certain battle, only to have enemies in the very next room/battle shake off your attacks like they are an itch. This game carries the distinction of being the only RPG I've ever rage-quit while in the final dungeon.

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