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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finishing What is Left Undone on: August 27, 2014, 02:14:42 PM
Just pretend this one does not exist. You'll be happier. Tempted to say the same for Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, but its loli-stalker ending does not compare with the horror that is DotNW.

Interesting. I did manage to beat stuff like vanilla Neptunia though, so I think I'll at least try it. Not sure about VP, but my tastes have changed since the time I bought it. I think I might be able to appreciate it now from a game design and aesthetic standpoint. Tri-ace (and sometimes SEGA) games give me this good vibe that I can't quite explain.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finishing What is Left Undone on: August 26, 2014, 04:19:03 PM
I've got some stuffs that I will likely never beat. Like Armored Core games or Gundam Crossfire, because unfortunately I was not blessed with the skills of being able to play mecha sims, no matter how much I wanted to. The other is fighting games (sorry blazblue). I've got some (physical) RPG backlog that I'd like to clear though:

Atelier Rorona Plus
Fallout Collection
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Grandia
Persona 3 FES
Tales of Symphonia: DotNW (Chronicles version)
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria

Unfortunately I hit a huge RPG block after beating 9 RPGs earlier this year and still haven't recuperated. I have an annual goal of 10 RPGs and I guess I overdid it a little. I'm quite happy if I can clear even one of these this year and maybe 2 during the next. After all, I'd have played them ages ago already if I really wanted to.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 18, 2014, 05:46:41 AM
I feel like I've done nothing in a while, mostly because I've been focusing exclusively on my backlog stuff, including manga, LN and animu stuff. Anyway, I finally cleared True Dynasty Warriors Gundam in DWG: Reborn, which had a total bs artificial difficulty spike. I had to cheese it with a max level Heero in a GM, which is sort of anticlimatic. Oh well, whatever. I have a chance to platinum the game, but I don't know anymore. It's not worth it just grinding kills, though I feel bad for not trying out some good suits like the Kshatriya. Also the upgrade system in this game.... I still don't understand it and I have 90+ hours in it. Whoever made it up deserves a colony dropped on him. It is actually worse than in DWG 3. Time to get back to playing Rorona plus.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 07, 2014, 02:39:22 PM
I don't remember clearly, but there might be tricky moments like that. The thing is, Toal's wind magic IS NOT his jump booster. His fire magic is. The wind magic is for evasion.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 05, 2014, 07:12:41 AM
I'm still behind my A-gaming mood, due to stalling my life for three weeks of vacations, but I'm getting back slowly. Just continuing Rorona+ and DW Gundam Reborn. I got through the first year of Rorona+, not much problems but my equipment is starting to be crap and I somehow feel that I can't rely on the Tera Bomb like I could in the vanilla version. I don't like making equipment, especially when it tends to be so overpriced even when it's me making the materials. Some friendships are also dragging behind even though I do pretty much every quest unless they ask for unreasonable things. Not sure if giving them A or S level stuff would help, but I can't really make those yet anyway.

As for Gundam, I gave in and got the Wing Zero Custom DLC. It is a glorious suit as expected and is a joy to play with all my Wing BGMs, but overall I still feel like it's better to switch suits around anyway. Playing Kira now with Freedom, but it feels like it didn't get good treatment and feels about as crap as playing with either versions of Justice. Think I'll switch to Strike and the SF, which seem to be better thought out once I unlock this one for all pilots.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 02, 2014, 11:00:33 AM
Anyone have a tip for getting Yojimbo to do Zanmotto against dark valefor?

I can't get him to do it no matter how much money I give him.

When you get Yojimbo, you should choose the "defeat the mightiest of foes" (or something to that extent) option. After that, you should just keep using him. The more you use him, the likelier it gets.  Having Yuna do her overdrive summon should boost the chances too. If that is your first time trying to perfom Zanmato, then it'll likely have terrible odds. It's been a while since I played, but I had pretty much 90% rate of Zanmato in my game. Gil never seemed that important unless you give it in the millions.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 12, 2014, 06:49:44 AM
I'm playing some DWG Reborn too. To put it short, this game is basically a slightly improved version of DWG3. So far I like it, but it still lacks a good original story mode like the first game had. Unlocking suits is a bit grindy, especially with pilots like Char since he has like a billion robots. I kind of feel the game is forcing me to play pilots I don't really want to. Not that Char isn't amazing, but I've already played the shit out most suits and want to get something amazing like Susanowo to main. The custom ost feature is totally amazing, though.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 03, 2014, 01:11:06 PM
People here say Nier's gameplay ain't anything special, but I would like to remind that it had quite a few things to spice it up. Sometimes the game goes 2D, sometimes to overhead view and it sometimes even transforms into a VN, with absolutely nothing but text and music.

As for my RPG progress... well, I'm doing horribly. It seems I'm involuntarily in my VN and anime watching gear. I even ordered DWG Reborn when I have Rorona Plus unfinished. Such a shameful being I am. I did however beat Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons, which I got for like 2e from the summer sales. It was totally worth it and tears were shed.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 01, 2014, 04:50:50 AM
Is there any point to me overachieving with Sterk in Atelier Rorona?

I gave him a lot more Zettel than he asked for and  I don't see any forthcoming reward other than "You did good, kid".

Though there is no guide afaik, I think not. Seems that only the golden stars matter again (don't know if you played vanilla rorona or not) and you don't even need a maximum of those for endings. In vanilla you actually needed not to get too many of them or you were locked out of like half of the endings, but I've seen reports that you can apparently trigger them with much more ease this time around, meaning that you don't probably need to play bad on purpose. Still I'd suggest not wasting time on Assignments. There's probably more useful things to do, like making bombs or equipment, or something good to wholesale later. For reference in vanilla the ending triggers were set around +/- 92 golden stars (iirc), +/- 80 % popularity and of course the standard stuff involving friendship levels and triggering final events (or sometimes not triggering them).
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2014, 08:06:26 AM
I somehow ended up finishing Ace Attorney 3. Many tears were shed. I also got my copy of Atelier Rorona Plus. I'm not actually doing anything in it yet, except switching around bgms. I love having Atelier Iris 3 workshop theme in my Rorona.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 16, 2014, 05:35:42 AM
I've had a severe RPG burnout for a couple of weeks, so I'm not really playing anything. I did order Shin Rorona, though. Also I noticed DW Gundam Reborn actually looks like it fixed some things I've seen wrong with the series so I think I'll have throw my money at that too. Ah, the pleasures of being a fanboy. But for now, I'm trying to install Sacred 2 Gold, which is like 14 gb it seems. Might as well focus on ARPGs as long as they can keep me interested.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 02, 2014, 05:05:08 PM
I finished Ys Seven myself. A fun game, but somehow average Ys and longer than usual too. It is quite broken like Napishtim was, but the system is not wholly bad once you get used to it, the pace is enjoyable and the music still rocks. I gave up on end game grind for ultimate weapons. It was just redundant and there were no optional bosses left to fight when I reached the last boss. I wonder if they perfected this system in Celceta, but I'm likely not playing that one anyday soon.

I'm a bit torn again now. I tried out Crisis Core, but I don't really dig the battle system and the game just doesn't suit my mood now. Maybe I'll try Valkyria Chronicles II instead. I'm not really expecting it to trump the first game, but maybe I could enjoy the new classes and upgrades at least.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 30, 2014, 12:08:39 PM
So the long and the short of what I'm saying is this. Atelier games, by my estimate, might be the perfect titles for some. I personally hate slice of life anime, enjoy epic stories and love high levels of difficulty in long dungeons with lots of puzzles.

I used to like epic stories in the past myself, but after some thousand stories, things started to fuse into this one generic mass of plot elements and I turned into search for aesthetics instead. Music, architecture, clothing, designs, culture, religion, study of character, stuff like that. I feel having these things is inspirational on a more profound level than bombarding me with plot fodder. Things just lost their meaning and I could no longer fantasize about adventures slaying dragons and demons. Sometimes I think if it was something else all along that drew me to these stories, but I just never recognized it or made some excuses that sound critically acceptable, as if entertainment should have justification outside of making me feel good.

Unfortunately these things are not plenty, especially in gaming which is more often considered an adrenaline action oriented medium. Not that I dislike action myself, but I'd rather just let it have my fun, like Ys or something. Which reminds me that I should get back to playing it. Just beat that annoying petrifying bird boss yesterday. Kind of sucks that it is pretty much mandatory to synth status preventing accessories, since I found the aoe petrify scream to be impossible to avoid.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 27, 2014, 06:30:39 AM
Okay, this is a huge part of my problem with TES. In particular Morrowind.
Except that you can jump over half the map in Morrowind and it's not even hard to do. Train acrobatics or get Jump (or levitate, but it's kind of clunky imo) and you'll be leaping over mountains.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 25, 2014, 08:15:59 PM
I decided to fire up Ys Seven. No real reason. It's pretty much the only Ys game I have at hand that I can possibly play now and it somewhat fits my mood of a more simple JRPG. I say simple, but this does seem to have some expanded systems that I hope don't get in the way of the traditional Ys pace that I appreciate in the series. Too early to say much more, but the battle system doesn't feel quite as smooth as in Origin/Oath or even Napishtim. I liked Adol more when he was the lone hero, but the switch idea is not bad. It just seems that I have no feel what I'm hitting or not, not sure if it's due to game being clunky or me being bad at it.
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