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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 11, 2016, 12:38:29 PM
Playing some Suikoden III. I'm almost done with the first chapter for everyone and despite everything being... goofy, I still find myself pretty into it. Maybe it's because I just played like seven Assassin's Creed games so I can find more traditional type JRPGs enjoyable again. Really the only thing that is kind of getting to me is this trinity system, since it basically wants me to get a new party running right after I got my previous up to speed, which is a very backwards type philosophy in an RPG. A similar problem that I had with Birth By Sleep.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 06, 2016, 07:53:45 AM
It would be lovely if the effect of materia depended on who equipped it (e.g., Fire gives Cloud a flaming sword, Barret's weapon becomes a flamethrower, and Yuffie goes all 火遁 ninjutsu*), but that's a bit much to ask for.

Use elemental materia and you get that. You can even do something obscure and pair elemental with Alexander to give you a holy element attack (which is useless, but something like Bolt+Elemental is good in Shinra HQ at the beginning). Unless you talk about aesthetics.

I'm pretty sure all the advanced experimental materia combos will be gone in the remake, though.

As for me, I'm just playing around with AssCreed Rogue, DMC HD collection and Suikoden III (this time for reals, maybe). Probably will try getting plat on Rogue since it doesn't require any weird online and uplay stuff. As expected, I'm terrible at DMC, but the series appeal is good so I try to push on regardless.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 21, 2015, 11:13:38 AM
You can do better than that...

This guy here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dsuke_Fujishima
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 21, 2015, 10:53:11 AM
I mean, heck, I'm playing Radiant Historia right now.  It's like.... the antithesis of this issue.  And then you have the Etrian Odyssey games.  They have a lot of tropey-ness in the artwork and writing, but it's still not "moe".

Or maybe it is? Moe isn't some homogenous thing and it isn't supposed to be a word with negative meaning. And even if you've got two things of the same type, that doesn't mean that they're actually 100% identical and people would like them just the same. I like idolm@ster, but I don't like Love Live too much for reasons that someone with superficial understanding of the two won't get. Reasons that might very well be present in more games like TitS, Tales, Star Ocean etc.

Also, I think the mainstay Tales artist is the same who was responsible for the ultra long running love comedy, Ah My Goddess. Is definitely moe.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 21, 2015, 05:48:50 AM
Toriyama has a trademark style, which almost exclusively exists in Dragon Ball and Dragon Quest (the identity of DQ pretty much rides with tradition). Something like Atelier though has always changed artists and styles across decades. Either approach is just fine with me.

Also the so called west threw Toriyama's cover art into the garbage bin and tried to sell the games as D&D fantasy. That's how "western appealing" they thought it was.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 21, 2015, 02:23:52 AM
I think Suiko and CT are pretty terrible examples. 16-bit JRPGs didn't even have writing and Suikoden's characterization exists in its wiki pages. Both Ar and Atelier have more things going on to them, though I'd personally rank them CT>Atelier>Suiko>Ar, partially on nostalgia reasons. The biggest heavy weighters in the entire genre in terms of raw amount of plot are FF VII and Xenogears/Xenosaga and pretty much nothing ever came close before or after. Which is fine, I don't want every game to be them.

Besides, unlike anime/manga, JRPGs never really had the badass/serious business thing going on in them, even in small scale. They're closer to VNs with a fantasy edge to them. Maybe some other japanese games do, but never JRPGs.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 21, 2015, 12:48:43 AM
I came across some as well, though I have to double check it isn't something caused by the chemical factory at the coast.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 19, 2015, 09:40:16 AM
About to give up again on Donkey Kong. I'm up to world 4 boss, the mole train. Not hard exactly, but going through two tedious chase phases only to just die on the actual boss with one heart left without Diddy is very frustrating. The world was full of carts and rockets too and I died like 40 times to get to the boss level. The game is too brutal for me. Maybe I should play something less taxing on my nerves, like Dark Souls or something.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: December 19, 2015, 01:47:56 AM
I grinded to 99...
Game was hard.

If you don't have Doomtrain, most encounters are a total bitch.

I grinded to 100. Stomped everything with Aura, Meltdown, Doomtrain and limit breaks (not just lionheart, ap ammo is pretty good as well and degenerator murders). I also got 100 megalixirs, dozen Holy Wars and whatnot. Only Omega I never beat.

Random encounters? What are those? I have no-encounters. Also level 100 ruby dragons and t-rexaurs are instakilled with degenerator if I felt like it.

Maybe this isn't "ideal" or the best optimization, but it certainly was not hard.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 18, 2015, 11:47:58 AM
I'm getting my ass kicked in DK Country Returns. The game doesn't seem hard, but every so often there is little margin for error. Not bothering with collectibles at the moment. Might consider getting 100% in New Super Mario Bros Wii, though.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 16, 2015, 11:19:41 PM
I think I'm done with Black Flag, at over 90% synch. I guess the game suddenly kind of became pointless. I tried battling the legendary ships, but was only able to beat the ghost ship and I don't feel like grinding iron for my last two cannon upgrades. Still, it was fun for as long as it lasted.

Not sure what next. I lost some progress on stuff I was doing prior due to technical disaster so maybe I'll mess around with some forgotten discs I have laying around. Maybe even continue Donkey Kong Country Returns, since I abandoned it for some reason.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 12, 2015, 06:38:29 AM
Black Flag (aka. Wind Waker, the AssCreed version)

Other than the horrible main missions that ubi likes doing, the game certainly is both attractive and fairly playable for hours on end. I'd say it feels about as good as AssCreed II. Still missing proper assassin tombs, though. Seems everything is on a fairly reasonable curve here, from collectibles to upgrades. Much fun. Not as fun as Wind Waker, but yeah.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 09, 2015, 11:33:26 PM
I recall it is some kind of special ability of "masters of the living force". Like Liam Neeson and Yoda. Not an ability of every jedi, like force lightning isn't.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 07, 2015, 11:24:56 PM
iirc, the less interesting and sadly more useful upgrade system (the frog) basically boils to combining two of your best weapons and it always yields a better one. There aren't any tricks beyond that I think (the main character's special swords might have had something more special going on with them). I think it's safe to go crazy with them.
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 06, 2015, 01:47:57 PM
Started watching Sailor Moon R, since my desktop decided to self-destruct and I got nothing better to do.

For some reason I seem to enjoy watching this more than I did with first season some years back. I'm sure it is not actually better, but maybe it has been a while since I watched something that has identity this strong. Or maybe I got used to the genre from all the precure and magical idol shows I've been viewing.
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