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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: April 18, 2018, 12:44:34 PM »
I've decided I'm going to sell my PC and get a PS4. I thought I wanted to be a PC guy, but it turns out, I don't.... For the record, I've never cared about PC vs. console fanboy bullshit nonsense. I simply enjoy playing good video games. I grew up playing games on Commodore and Apple computers, so it was a close-to-home kind of decision at the time.
...I'm just tired of the variation in performance from one game to another, regardless of how good the PC's hardware may be. A newer game with apparently high requirements flows like water. A 5+ year old game with comparatively low requirements stutters like Porky Pig because of some irritatingly dumb issue with various hardware. Having to fruitlessly follow specific guides on tweaking annoyingly hidden settings to try to get games to run at an acceptable level takes time away from what I'm trying to do: play some galdurn vidya games. I've honestly been finding myself playing my PS3 much more often lately, even though I've already beaten almost all of the games I have for it.
I'm not knocking PC gaming. I see the appeal. I've had some seriously great times. I'm just saying it doesn't work for me at this point in my life. If I were single and not a parent (had abundant free time), I probably wouldn't care about this too much. However, my gaming sessions are erratic; and can vary greatly in length. I just want to be able to sit down and play some damn games.
I'll miss modding, but honestly, it's never made any game awesome enough for me to care for more than a few hours at the most. Plus, it can be time consuming to get that shit working right... IF it ends up working right.

Anyway, gonna start with Horizon Zero Dawn and Lego City Undercover (the latter for my little buddy ........and me, too).

tl;dr - Selling my PC and getting a PS4. No hate for PCs. Just not currently working out for me.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:47:27 PM »
What are you playing on, Frosty?  I played on PSP and it was just so darn tiny I could barely appreciate the beautiful sprites and animation work.

On my trusty PS3, same as when I played Suikoden 2. Both games look great, given their age, and the platform they are on.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 14, 2018, 11:59:45 PM »
Breath of Fire IV - My exposure to this series is minimal, at best. I can say this is my second time playing a BoF game. The first one I played was II, but only brielfy, as a rental back when it was new. I barely remember it...
Anyway, I just started IV today. I'm now arriving at the sandflier valley.  I like the game so far. I'm very impressed with the character/monster sprites and animation. Battles flow nicely (but I am sorely missing the 'Auto' command, coming off of Suikoden II), but enemy variety in this game is almost nonexistent thus far. That's a bit of a drawback. I hope it increases as the game goes. The overworld/"World Map" is... interesting. Not sure if I'm into it yet. Haven't gotten far enough to judge characters and their development, but a few of them are already intriguing. I know that I don't like Ryu's silence, though.

Been watching the Super Mario Bros Super Show! with my son. Just the animated parts though, not the live-action stuff. I thought the latter was unwatchable even when I was a kid.
Said cartoony parts are so low budget and nonsensical, it's hilarious. For one thing, there are so many instances of voices not matching the characters on screen. Like, you'll see Luigi's mouth moving, but it's Peach's voice actress talking. I don't even know how that's possible. I love it. Also, I like, totally dig Link's gnarly surfer accent in the Zelda segments, bra.
I will give props to the guy who did the music for the Mario 'toons, though. There are some pretty cool remixes of traditional Mario music throughout.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 02, 2018, 08:26:13 AM »
^ I've played and beaten the first one... twenty years before playing this one (now feeling old), so it wasn't exactly fresh in my mind. Yeah, the localization here sputtered in some places, but having just played through Wild Arms 2, it seemed masterfully done in comparison. I also agree about Suiko 2 climaxing too early (heh). Everything after the night raid feels sort of like an epilogue...
Still, fantastic game overall. I actually did restart it with a guide, but I'm keeping that on the back burner until I get other games done.

So guys... next, should I stay in the PS1 era, and play BoF IV, or jump on Tales o' Berseria? Haven't played either before.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 01, 2018, 01:49:47 PM »
^ Now I don't feel so bad about never seeing Eliza again.

I ended up going for the home stretch after looking around towns one more time (got P. F. Chang or whatever his name is, who I used for the final battle) .
I love the game, but I kind of wanted it to end at this point. Anyway, the final dungeon was easy enough, but I had to take on the Beast Rune guy a second time to get 'er dun.
Great game.

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: April 01, 2018, 01:43:03 PM »
1) Wild Arms 2
2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
3) Mario Galaxy 2

4) Suikoden 2 - 55-ish hours. Right around level 60. Around 85 stars.
Great game all around. Totally deserves all of the praise it gets. Glad I finally got the chance to play it.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 01, 2018, 07:46:36 AM »
^ I do have Clive. Got him a while back. Never again came across the lady he was tracking after he joined up though...
Thank you for the tips, sir. I do feel a bit behind. The armorer and Jeanne are the two merchants I do have.
Anyway, update-wise, right now I'm handling the flag business at Rockaxe.

EDIT: OK, now I feel kinda bad picking on Nanami.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 31, 2018, 09:18:52 AM »
Thanks for the replies guys. It's true Nanami has good speed, which I have taken advantage of when it comes to healing, as Star mentioned.

@Klyde Chroma I seriously just now recruited a bunch of people (Maximillion; Killey; Gantetsu; Hoi; Templeton)  just by revisiting old towns, before returning home with Sierra. Thanks for the notion.

How close are you to having 108 Stars?

I didn't know if there was any other way to tell other than manually counting with Luc... Fun. I currently have 81 peeps on my crew, so..., still missing quite a bunch. I noticed the castle got bigger with the last batch, though.
I actually got a little mad at the game last night, because it froze while on the victory screen after I beat Lucia in the Greenhill woods... and she was no walk in the park.
I decided to take the opportunity to really scour around for other characters before heading back in, and I got a few more (ending up with 81). Notably Wakaba, who has pretty sweet stats.

EDIT: Honestly, the only thing that annoys me about missing that many people, is that I've only found two merchants (besides the inn/item shop) for my castle. So many unopened stores... Looks terrible. =P

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 30, 2018, 09:35:23 PM »
Thanks for the replies guys. It's true Nanami has good speed, which I have taken advantage of when it comes to healing, as Star mentioned.

@Klyde Chroma I seriously just now recruited a bunch of people (Maximillion; Killey; Gantetsu; Hoi; Templeton)  just by revisiting old towns, before returning home with Sierra. Thanks for the notion.

^ I was not aware of their ending, either... 4 decades is plenty long enough. Thanks, guys.
While I've personally never been able to get into anything out of the Hemispheres -> Signals period, their musicianship is indeed legendary.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:13:00 AM »
Regarding certain crazy bad guy from Suikoden Zwei, I beat him after grinding a bunch of characters and equipping them with the best armor at the time. Fitting magic users in each party with the water rune also played a huge role.

So anyway, as far as updates to the Suikoden 2 journal go, I met and kicked Sierra's overconfident ass. I then took out Necrolord, who was surprisingly much easier than the Stone Golem minion that preceded him. The mine you have to pass through to get to them is crap, though. Maze dungeon because maze! I personally can't stand maze dungeons. Still..., the mine wasn't terrible. Just annoying. Anyway, now getting ready to head back to home base.
My battle party mainstays during this part of the game have been Oulan; Gadget; the magical slut Rina; and of course the hero and Nanami. The 6th space is just random peeps at this point. For the record, I like Nanami as a character, but it kind of irks me that she is forced to go with you a lot of the time. Plot-wise, it makes total sense, but she is unremarkable in battle (though the one of the possible animations for the siblings' Unite attack is quite amusing). Unless she has some hidden potential I haven't yet figured out, she basically just takes up space in the battle party.
There are so many recruit-able people I have met that give little or no indication as to how to recruit them. Iím sure there are plenty I donít even know exist at this point. I REALLY want to go back at this game with a guide after I finish this first ever play through... I have so many other games in the ol' back log, but I know if I don't replay this now, I may never do so.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:18:08 AM »
Suikoden 2 - Was not at all prepared for the multi-party battle with a certain crazy bad guy. Had to go back and grind for both money and experience. I did so by taking various groups through the Banner Village pass to Gregminster. Had the training montage song from Rocky IV in my head the whole time.
Anyway, just escaped Muse after meeting with Jowy. Currently on the way to Tinto with new guy Koyu.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:35:39 PM »
^ I completely agree with your guide usage logic, sir. I did end up using guides the first times I played both Wild Arms 1 & 2 (only this past year or so), because sometimes story progress triggers are really off the wall stupid.

Loving the shit out of Sevendust's new single, "Dirty".
Nothing profound or groundbreaking about it.  It's just straight-up good old Sevendust, who still has it after 20 years.

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