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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:21:34 PM »
I'll never understand the apparent disdain a lot of people seem to have for the 360. I bought mine new, and it lasted me roughly 10 years, with absolutely zero issues. I personally liked the controller much better than the DS3, and the fact that you could copy entire games and play them straight from the HD was awesome at the time. It was still working like a charm when I sold it to a lady in Kentucky a few months ago. I was actually a bit sad to let it go, but it was time for someone else to enjoy it.

Agreed on ToV, though. Finally played it for the first time last year myself, and loved it.

As for me:

1) Wild Arms 2
2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
3) Mario Galaxy 2
4) Suikoden 2
5) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Butt Crack in Time
6)Horizon Zero Dawn

7) Lego City: Undercover - Fun GTA-style Lego game. My son and I had a blast playing through. We finished the story missions a week or so ago, but we are still happily working on unlocking as much stuff as we can.
I want other open world game designers to take a lesson from how this game was designed. LCU's game world itself is rather small, compared to certain behemoths of the genre, but they did it right in packing that smaller world with content. A lot of said "behemoths" will have large, empty spaces in their worlds, apparently for the sake of the respective developers being able to say the game world is "however many times larger than whatever". ...Don't mean shit if it's half empty.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 19, 2018, 03:03:59 PM »
I think you struck a nerve, Jimmy. You just got sales-pitched, son.

I hope the main female in this one is just completely naked (save for just a cape).

Day 1 purchase for me.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 19, 2018, 11:32:00 AM »
^ I feel you. I also prefer the better-organized format of the boards. It's the perfect venue for weirdo asocial people like me who like their human communication to be limited, less direct, and somewhat more thought out.
It saddens me a bit the boards are so quiet these days, but I have no interest in Discord. I recognize that live chat formats are a natural evolution for people who like to talk to each other online regularly, but I've never liked chat room stuff (to the relief of some here, I'm sure). It's like being on one of those group phone calls where everyone is talking over each other. Bah!
It is what it is. I'll creep until the boards go quiet (which of course, I hope never happens).

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 11, 2018, 08:49:44 PM »
Lego City Undercover - Just started chapter 7. Having fun. Love the lighthearted sense of humor. It's a great 'escape' game.

Dragon Age: Inquisition - Just a short bit past the beginning portion of the game. When you first start exploring maps. Everyone is level 3.
Playing as a female elf, who is a dual-wielding rogue. I must have created and started a character 3 times now, because I'd end up dissatisfied with their look cut-scenes. On that note, I've already come across several graphical glitches that have been hilarious. Nothing game breaking, though. Coming from HZD, movement feels a bit clunky, but not bad. Love the western RPG aspects. Good stuff overall.

Yeah, was hoping to wait until the official announcement before getting excited, but it would be quite the treat if true. And Bamco doesn't find a way to screw it up.

They don't even need to. Its so antiquated by now that going back to this after Graces F or Berseria will be quite the culture shock to some.

Only in that they will be playing a much better game. I finally played Vesperia for the first time last year, almost right after playing Graces f and Xillia 1. The only thing that was difficult to adjust to was how clunky battle felt in comparison. Otherwise, Vesperia is a superior title to either, in my opinion. There's a ...'hollowness' to the newer Tales games. ...Like they are a re-manufactured formula. Vesperia feels much 'richer', and has a certain charm lacking in recent titles. You're given reason to care about what happens to the characters.
I'm glad to hear that people who never owned a 360 may finally get the chance to play what I believe is one of the best Tales games of all.

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:06:37 AM »
1) Wild Arms 2
2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
3) Mario Galaxy 2
4) Suikoden 2
5) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Butt Crack in Time

6) Horizon Zero Dawn - Cleared out the remaining bandit camps, and made a bee line for the end of the story. Got 'er done, and the credits have rolled. Roughly 40 hours played, finished at exactly level 40. I didn't bother with the Frozen Wilds quests/expansion (I bought the gotY version). I'll probably do that when I come back to this for a NG+ sometimes in the future.
Great game. Suffers from a bit of open world sameness and ridiculousness, but that's really a small gripe. In fact, it's the only gripe I really have about the game. Well that, and I would have liked to have seen more Behemoths and the underground diggy robots (obviously I forgot their name) out in the wild...
Anyway, I was very impressed with how beautifully designed the world is. I would find myself stopping for a few moments now and then, just to take in the scenery. I haven't been that impressed with a game world's design since Just Cause 2. I think the game play is great. Stalking and hunting machines while sometimes turning them on each other is just the best. The tables can turn quickly though, and some of the larger/faster machines can literally make you run for the hills. I love it.
Also gotta give big props to the story. For its actual content, and the way it's revealed to the player over the course of the game. Consider me anxious for a sequel.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 24, 2018, 10:31:14 AM »
BoF IV is best BoF, stick with it.  The payoff is one of the most gut wrenching scenes in the history of JRPGs. I literal teared up. 

I do want to keep at it, because I've had a good time up until this point.
...I'm currently still stuck at that dungeon. Kind of losing interest, because I've tried a bunch of times, and it's just really stupid.
I think I'm going to watch a youtube video of someone playing through that part (if one exists), so I can just get on with it.

Resonance of Fate - Encountered a difficulty drop in Chapter 13 where I simply had to give presents to children, but it shot straight back up even more in Chapter 14, where even normal encounters in the next story dungeon are kicking my butt. I am slightly racking up breakable items and to a lesser extent levels, and when I get enough hexes of a certain color I might link them to the arena and try it again (I'm stuck on a battle with four ailment-inflicting ogres).

It gets worse. As I've mentioned: It's the only game I've ever permanently rage-quit while in the final dungeon. The difficulty spikes (even between battles in the same dungeon) are straight up ridiculous. Good luck.

My own journal: HZD - Level 29. Roughly 35 hours. I've unlocked all cores, and have overridden all of the tall necks. Just kind of farting around, taking out bandit camps and corruption zones at this point. I'm starting to feel a bit burned out though, so I think I'm going to beeline the main quest line for a bit so that I feel like true progress is being made. Well..., I'll do that after I get myself a Bellowback heart so that I can get the best stealth outfit. It's proving to be a bit annoying through, because those fuckers never seem to drop any...
I'm not going to bother with the hunting grounds, or tedious gathering quests (metal flowers and the like).

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:32:55 AM »
BoF IV : That dungeon where you have to put apples on stumps to lure out the elephant/apteryx creature to chase it around narrow trap-filled ramps while constantly being attacked by the same 3 annoying enemy types?
... REALLY don't like that dungeon.

Enjoying the game otherwise.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 17, 2018, 10:07:56 AM »
HZD - Level 20-ish. Recently arrived at Meridian. Currently helping Erend look for his sister.
I haven't bothered with the tripcaster, or sling, or the shotgun-style thingee much. The three different bows have proven to be all I need. Then again, I prefer to play this game super sneaky sniper style. Especially now that I have (what I believe to be one of) the best Sharpshot bow(s), and can shoot components off with ease (reminds me, I should take up some of the hunting quests now).

Minecraft - Finished building my glass sky house. Now trying to mine deeper then I have dared to before. Got lost on the last excursion. Didn't know if I was going to be able to dig back to the surface alive... Thankfully, I did. Brought back a lot of gold with me, too.
Good times.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 13, 2018, 04:18:41 PM »
I got Minecraft on PSN for my son because he had a great year in Kindergarten.

This morning was the first time I had ever played Minecraft myself, ever.

...I fear I may have a problem.

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: May 10, 2018, 10:20:08 AM »
Didn't mean to condescend, but I can definitely see how my post came off that way.  My bad.  Too much time on GFAQs, it would seem.

As a one-time experience it holds up despite the on-rails nature, because its setting and music are superlative and battles flow smoothly.  The characters are interesting enough at first, too.  It's just harder to go back to than its peers, is all.

I mean, this is all my own opinion, of course, but even on that level we're talking tiny tiny margins, here.  That's why I can look at SNES IV and see a "subpar" FF, and yet with the few tweaks to it in the CC version I'm looking at one of my favorites.  That said, The After Years is probably 51% of the reason Complete Collection is one of my favorite FFs.

Sever the ties to GFAQs, brother. Pripyat has a more hospitable atmosphere than that place.

I completely get what you are saying about the game. While VI is much more varied in its game play, and I initially played it only a few years after IV, I just find myself going back to IV more often. I'll openly admit it's mainly for the story and characters (same reason I love Sega CD Silver Star). I just haven't cared about characters in RPGs as much as I do those games.  Well, aside from Vesperia. I was blind sided with how interesting the characters and story are after playing the infinitely more shallow Graces f and Xillia.
...It's like re-reading a favorite book. You already know exactly what's going to happen, but it's just so well done in relaying it's story, you want to read and experience it again.

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: May 10, 2018, 10:01:19 AM »
IV is my favorite FF. I get that it's restrictive gameplay-wise, but that honestly never really bothered me as much as it does most people, it would seem. The rest of the package is indeed great, and no, I'm not looking at it through rose-tinted glasses. If that were the case, I'd claim that Adventure is the greatest console RPG of all time. I'd box your ears for your condescending attitude if I could, @Arvis . =P
I'd love the chance to play the "complete" version, but I haven't been interested in portable game systems since the original Game Boy...

The Soundroom / Re: Good musicians in meh bands
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:20:39 AM »
Oh, and I may have to put drummer Ray Luzier in there.  I became an instant fan of Luzier's complex and technically proficient drumming after hearing the Hideous Sun Demons: his jazz-fusion project with bassist James LoMenzo and guitarist Toshi Hiketa.  Luzier now plays for KoRn.  I stopped paying attention to KoRn after their third album and think their material since then hasn't been as inspired. 

Agreed on Luzier. I've been very impressed with his drumming on the KXM albums. Korn is a waste of such talent. I think it's hilarious that Ray dons emo eye makeup to play with them. Obviously not his regular look.
Hell, David Silveria was also too good for Korn (probably something he eventually figured out).

I also have to mention Chad Sexton, drummer of 311. One can tell dude can really whale on their early albums. One would never know these days.
The rest of the band is so meh. ...I guess P-nut is an alright bassist, though. I'm a sucker for slap bass (unless it's done poorly... looking at you again, Korn).

Also, Sahaj Ticotin from Ra. Damn, that guy has a voice. The rest of the band isn't (wasn't.. are they still a band?) necessarily meh, but Sahaj definitely stands out.

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:59:55 AM »
1) Wild Arms 2
2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
3) Mario Galaxy 2
4) Suikoden 2

5) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Butt Crack in Time - Roughly 15 hours. First R&C game I've ever played. Lots of fun. Great sense of humor. I can see the series' appeal.
However, I feel the game is a bit too short, and some of the many weapons were almost useless compared to others. I buzz-bladed my way through the last 3 boss fights alone. Pretty sure I'll be picking up R&C on PS4 soon.

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