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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 04:06:39 PM
Battlefield Valkyria 3 - Third chapter done. I think I met the cool bad guy. Headshot him with a tank twice and he ran away. Also met lots of cameos from VC 1 and also one from VC II, which was more nice than I expected. The bad thing is still that I don't see how this is actually a significant improvement in any way over the 2nd game other than doing away with the credits. It pretty much just plays the same with some more or less bad nerfs.

iM@S SP - Met Hibiki who had lost her snake. Too bad I can't produce her. Got enough points for rank up, though I might need to do a rival audition or something else special. I'm well ahead in weeks. Still not sure about reporters, but the boosts may be temporary in case I lose it even after winning audition? I tried losing one and it had notably worse results. Also it seems I'm only getting interesting story scenes with Iori if I pick promotions, but I don't really need that many memory appeals and there is hardly time for those over more important stuff.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 29, 2015, 10:07:23 AM
VC 3 - It seems there are still some grind mechanics left from the 2nd game. It's kind of shame, since the first game worked so well with its exp. Also there is now a gigaton of potentials to unlock for everyone, since all class potentials are hidden, though at least they're the same. I think the success rate is higher than in 2, which is great, but the increased options with classes might make picking favorites more difficult and it seems it may still be hard to bring less used members up to speed. Also will probably mean that I won't bother trying to unlock everybodys missions. The outside mission interface also actually seems worse than in 2nd game, like how gaining access to extra missions and your hub requires exiting and entering different map screens.

Idolm@ster SP: Wandering Star - Iori is rank E with some extra weeks left. I think I have a pretty good flow with things, auditions and lessons are no problem, also I have a good chunk of memory appeals, but I don't understand the mechanics involving reporters. I've made sure to go to the interviews and picked the right choices, but still some of them came back and lowered my level. Am I supposed to follow things with an audition, when and what audition? I really have no idea.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 28, 2015, 06:59:32 PM
Early South Park is by far the worst. I think there are maybe two or so miss episodes in each new seasons, but it still retains its satirical smart over the very early profanity and tasteless stunts, like murdering kenny in every ep. I think overall the best seasons are somewhere along the middle, the same where my fav eps are i.e. Losing Edge or the one with the orca whale. Still very much watchable.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 27, 2015, 05:46:41 PM
Okay, I think I'm set with some new things now.

Valkyria Chronicles 3 - A second attempt, played the first chapter. I can see myself sticking with the game this time around, mostly I just had an overload from playing VC II too much a few months back. It seems everyone can change classes for free this time around, but I'm not seeing any tiers. I'm going to be sad if there's no fencers around, they were a load of fun. I also don't think I have any snipers, wchih would be weird. Also there is something wrong with the obviously-not-valkyrur girls hair. There seems to be a few level rehashes from the 2nd game too, but generally this is some rather competent rpg-gaming here. Good stuff.

IDOLMASTER SP WANDERING STAR - Because I can. This is really... really adorable. Actually this doesn't have my most favorite girls, but whatever. I went for Iori, though there seems to be something wrong in how the game seems to only reward me if I suck up to her as much as possible. It would be nice to have some kind of guide, since I have no idea what I'm doing. Any hints would be appreciated.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 25, 2015, 06:43:52 PM
Tomino wasn't even involved in most modern Gundam series. As for G-reco, it certainly doesn't seem to resemble any of the current fads with the medium. It might be bad, but definitely not because it was adapted to suit what the fans want. It's just another weird Tomino anime, that only got a hot topic because it got its name changed into Gundam at some point of the production.

This is not really even a defence to Tomino, I know very well what **** he can make. It's just that I really question if there is actually some kind of significant difference in the style or direction to his past ideals. Things might also be "bad" because they didn't change. I bet people would be chanting praises if he made a gritty-subdued-military-drama-mecha series, with an adult-badass-caucasian-male lead character sporting more quotes than GitS:Innocence and would simply not care even if that went against everything he has done in the past.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 25, 2015, 05:08:09 PM
You can still use No-encounters and there are ways to one shot lv 100 Ruby Dragons and T-Rexaurs, like Initiave+Degenerator on low hp Quistis (plus the occasional Odin). There's escaping too. It doesn't work on bosses, but then again is it that necessary to really cheese bosses? I don't really recall hearing VIII's scaling mechanics became an obstacle worth complaining about until recently. Not saying power gaming is the way to go, just that I don't think you're really screwing yourself over even if you play at max level. Ofc at max level you'd never fight a random battle again other than to mess around.

Unfortunately I never thought FF IX's battles were anything above average. Trance sucked, damage cap and no multi-hit attacks sucked, stat mechanics sucked, everything being slow sucked and it made summon mechanics less interesting again. Also when I talk about slow, I don't mean the enemy hp totals, but battle pace resulting from animations and load times. It's not actually as broken as VIII, but also not much fun in terms of doing stupid things and very easy outside something ridiculous like Ozma.

The chocobo's were cool though, much better than that whistle thing in VIII, not to mention all you get is some lousy stone to refine into magic. Or so I think, I only ever bothered to do it once.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 25, 2015, 02:59:09 PM
Say, did anyone wanna give me those "tips" to breaking FF8 that everyone talsk about?  I really wanna take a stab at it, and may do a journal on her one day...maybe. :/

A friend of mine who beat the steam version a while ago simply said "don't fight". Apparently, enemies scale with your level (even the big bad bosses) so if you avoid random encounters and just beef up your stats with junctions etc. you'll steamroll through most of the game. My memory is a little hazy on both the game mechanics and what he actually told me so take it with a grain of salt.

Also always use Squall's trigger attack. I'm not sure how common it is to miss, but for some reason I played the game first time through without using it once. Not that I actually see the point in breaking this game, as you can steamroll everything at level 100 with Meltdown, Aura, Lionheart, transmuting cards for 100 MEGALIXIRS and holy wars and w/e you want.

Generally I do like this game myself, a bit more than IX. I think both games had sort of sluggish battles, whatever tier plots with a few moments here, some obscure sidequests and annoying me by closing out places at the last disc... but FF VIII HAD THE BETTER CARD GAME SO IT WINS!
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 24, 2015, 03:43:08 PM
Finally got my platinum on Atelier E&L. I'll likely need at least a half a year break from the series. I also got 96% of cards in DW Gundam Reborn, so it's not too much of a stretch for platting that too. Anyway, I'm going to need a new project soon unless I backlog even more. I kind of like playing my ps3 atm, but I don't know. Maybe another attempt at Valkyria Chronicles 3 or smt else SEGAish.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 23, 2015, 07:09:55 AM
Xanadu (1980), because I CAN.

This was completely hokey, yet also delightful, though the highlight is undoubtly the mass roller skates culminating in Xanadu at the end. It's not quite as crazy as "We Go Together" from Grease, but Olivia Newton John delivers a lovely performance. There is an unfortunate lack of young Travolta, though.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Their early stuff was better" discussion on: March 21, 2015, 05:55:44 AM
I think people tend to forget that Tomino made as least as much illogical weird junk like Dunbine or Brain Powerd, as classics like MSG or Zeta. He's always been hit or miss.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 20, 2015, 11:14:18 AM
DIGIMON MOTHATRUCKARS!

Hey, at least it's going to have Butterfly and Brave Heart.

Maybe I'll pick up Vivid and Gintama. I'm up to par with Souma manga and it's fun enough, but I'm not sure if I actually feel hyped watching the adaption right now. Well, two or three ongoings is already more than enough to keep my busy and the last time in the past 6 years when I actually wanted to watch something was Mushishi s2.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bloodborne on: March 14, 2015, 04:23:46 AM
I usually choose to have positive feelings over negative ones. In the past I watched all sorts of "art films", but all I learned was that I don't enjoy spending most of my free time in fictional bloodpaths, especially when my real life already has enough negativity so I don't have the need to artificially make myself feel like crap. I could not feel anything, but I find that committing a spiritual suicide is ultimately not very self-serving when you can't enjoy anything anymore.

Or maybe I just got old, I don't know.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 14, 2015, 02:55:07 AM
Okay, I'm done with Escha's route in Atelier E&L, with every trophy but Logy's story scenes and the true end. So I guess I have to blitz through again just for that. Hopefully it will be faster, since I don't really need to worry about anything item creation related outside what is needed for assignments and then just sleep or something since I can one shot everything anyway. The final year was actually rather decent overall (or the 3rd of it, which was needed to level up to 99, finish the story and get über gear), but dear lord did it take long to get there.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: February 26, 2015, 06:21:55 AM
Is SE trying to appeal to the edgemaster audience now? I mean, this and reading about the importance of gore in FF XV.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 26, 2015, 05:28:56 AM
ICO is done. I can't quite say that I connected with the game on emotional level as much as I wanted to, but at least I found a couple of songs/tunes to add to my playlist. In terms of gameplay, I'd mostly complain about a few bad camera angles, partner AI (climb the ladder, damn you!) and the combat (mostly because the enemies dodge like crazy and you don't exactly have any fance moves to counter them). Now I guess all there is left to do is to join the poor souls waiting for Last Guardian.

I also got ZoE 1 from PSN. It feels nice to play a robot game suited for non-newtype players. Jehuty doesn't feel quite as awesome as in 2nd runner, but it's still a blast and I like fighting titan sized bosses. Also the soundtrack in the first game still has some cool offerings.
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