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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 29, 2015, 09:55:06 PM
I'm running my leveling party for some needed skills. Lezard has some nice smug battle quotes here. Damn I've missed many important runes and had to hunt those forever (how could I miss red weakness?). I also realized I probably should get a few weapons for them from the Palace of the Venerated Dragon, but I can't deal with that bs today. Also restored the Lifeforce Blessing sealstone, but for leveling it might have not been the best choice. This prepwork is more bothersome than the actual leveling.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 27, 2015, 09:30:43 AM
Ehh. I think I'll hold to my mage for now. I know there will be some attractive options later on to replace the mage, a certain story character light warrior to be precise, but I like having lightning mage around for now. I recall it can break things even in Valhalla with some crit bonuses. Also I rolled Zunde who might be a keeper in the long term. Alicia (might replace?) + Rufus + Zunde + that light warrior is probably what it'll look like in the end.

Anyway, off to kill the hydra and then some levels (and maybe a few skills for Lezard + crystals for lifeforce blessing sealstone).
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 26, 2015, 11:54:51 AM
Well, you probably want a chemist and a dark knight or two. That'll take care of almost anything. Some grinding with everyone as lady luck can also be a good idea especially on NG+. Overall it probably doesn't matter who is what, but it would likely be a good idea to have whoever goes first in the battle as a Gunner in the super dungeon.

Also thanks for the tips for VP2. This isn't the first time I'm playing it, though. I just never finished the last dungeon for some insane reason. I'm probably going to do the leveling stuff (possibly with the bonus dungeon in mind since I actually enjoy doing stuff in this game), but for einherjar I'll just take who comes by. I'm keeping Alicia and Rufus around with a heavy warrior and a mage for now.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 25, 2015, 02:23:48 PM
Meh, can't get into the pace of Persona 3. I guess it is time for me to accept that it is a more realistic thought that I'll some day finish Chrono Cross more likely than this one.

Instead I fired up Valkyrie Profile 2. I still have no idea what is going on in this game, but I decided to not care since it is absolutely gorgeous and overall I'm progressing rather nicely. Already made it to Villnore in one sitting. It shows though, the enemies are not being complete pushovers since this time over I haven't grinded like a madman. The one problem I still have is that I already have 10 characters 5 hours in and I'm not really sure who to use. I'm more particular to plot characters, but some of the einherjar are just too good.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 16, 2015, 06:17:24 AM
I probably should give Layton a shot one of these days as well. Just beat Apollo Justice and I have to see what I can do about Dual Destinies. Also beat New Super Mario Bros Wii (well, without all Star Coins) and got my platinum in Atelier Ayesha.

I did my annual attempt at getting into Persona 3 once again, but I screwed up some stuff and Tartarus isn't really that fun (random layouts, getting tired and trying to net persona through the shuffle makes for a lot of savescumming early on). I'm not even aiming for a max social link run, but the sim elements still need a lot of work regardless. Maybe I'll give it one more try after a couple of weeks, but for now I think I like Mana Khemia more. And since my PS2 is hooked up, I also got Valkyrie Profile 2 around so that's an option too.
6  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: July 08, 2015, 03:34:12 AM
Maybe I'd read them if it weren't for the off-putting snark that the site thinks is a good click-bait.
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 05, 2015, 05:56:54 AM
I've been playing some Mana Khemia and New Super Mario Bros Wii mostly. I'm still kind of getting my ass kicked in Mario, especially if I get greedy with the Star Coins. Now I've mostly been content with just progressing through the worlds and getting what I feel is safe. It is somewhat more exhausting than playing Galaxy, could be that the 2D creates some tighter situations and to be fair the power bar really helped in Galaxy (and 64?) since you could take up to six hits with power mushroom and even replenish health simply by picking up coins. I really can't afford to get hit by anything in 2D Mario.

As for Mana Khemia, I'm not really too sure what I think of it. I like the Grow Book, but on the other hand battling feels so redundant and also somehow the Burst mode, which was great fun in Iris 3, got nerfed down (along with skills that do pathetic damage and cost way too much SP). Time limits don't seem to be a problem, but that's also weird since it kind of sometimes exists and sometimes doesn't, meaning I can do whatever I want however much I want, but the grow book pretty much puts a cap on leveling so it just doesn't feel very rewarding to do much else than to go loot some chests I missed. Not to mention that day/night system which makes it impossible to do anything at dungeons during the night. In the end this leaves alchemy the main thing, which ofc is the series staple, but it's a bit of a shame since I actually liked the battles in Iris 3.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: July 02, 2015, 12:28:32 AM
I think SO4 is one of the few RPGs I actually had FUN playing past (current?) gen. At least in terms of gameplay design and providing you're playing the PS3 version. It's stupid yes, so not recommended for the "I-play-for-the-story" -type people.

I guess borrowing from above "at least its a Star Ocean game" is somewhat accurate.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 01, 2015, 11:48:07 PM
If they ever make a female Link, they better not shy out and make her a child and keep all those mustache guys leering at her.

edit: A more serious response. I agree that the PR was rather stupid. Then again, I also think that stupid questions deserve stupid answers. Basically the whole deal is just a why/why not type of problem, not about rights or wrongs. It's not like Nintendo owes anyone anything.

Also lore/canon has never meant anything when it comes to business. Even Hyrule Historia was just a cash-in and while it's cool, it's not some word of God(dess).
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 30, 2015, 04:46:39 AM
I gave a somewhat quick run at Star Ocean: First Departure and ended up beating it too. I don't really dig the first two games that much due to outdated arpg systems and repetitive mazes, but they do have their charms (PAs) and are fun to break. The party selection here does seem to make changes to a lot of dialogues and a bunch of event sequences, which is interesting, but not interesting enough for me to actually replay the game. End party was Ratix, Welch, Ashlay and Erys (as the mandatory healer/fireball symbologist, fireball because anything else offensive stops the battle and is shit). I shamelessly stomped all over game with overleveled characters and super equips.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game Changers: The accessories that matter on: June 21, 2015, 02:26:46 PM
edit: link broken so nuked
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game Changers: The accessories that matter on: June 19, 2015, 05:12:24 PM
The only thing I like having is an extra chair for my legs. Headsets make me feel dizzy and I sort of like being aware of my surroundings. Also I actually have trouble with small controllers with my long slender fingers, namely the gamecube one. It was really tough playing Wind Waker with it.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: June 17, 2015, 04:14:50 AM
And I do sympathize.  I played the game on easy just to kinda get through the tedious bits. =/
I definitely stuck around for the story, and not what it "offered" in gameplay.

The "tedious bits" in the game all involve sidequests with some bad drop rates (or changing system date to grow flowers) and I don't think the difficulty really has much impact on that one. Certainly it should not be a difficulty issue with the amount of healing items available and how easy it is to dodge/block stuff.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 16, 2015, 02:45:51 PM
Cloud cross dressing in glorious HD, now there's a sight. They better not cut any content like that.

You mean Palmer getting hit by a glorious HD truck? Now that would be a sight to behold.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII for PS4 (updates in the 1st post) on: June 16, 2015, 12:35:53 AM
Not to be a dick here, but what exactly in the original FFVII is actually contradicted by the content in AC CC DC? I can acknowledge that CC places a bunch of new actors in the ring that one would expect to appear in FFVII proper, but don't. That kind of retconning doesn't really require "fixes" though. So what am I missing?

That's one way of thinking, a very nice way. I'm probably the negative dick myself here, but it's not because it needs to be "fixed" due to some higher justice to please the god of canon. It needs to be "fixed" since the complilation is newer than the original, meaning the stuff in them is more relevant NOW, especially to the team and the game is probably not meant to be marketed to old beat up RPG-horses. That is my assumption anyway. Not that I actually wish for it to be so.
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