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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 21, 2015, 08:28:04 PM
Resonance of Fate has a rather elaborate tutorial, though.

Still playing Valkyria 3. I'm clocking over 50 hours and seems there is still a quarter of the main game left. It definitely feels to be even longer than the 2nd game and I'm not even grinding any missions (replayed only like one to get a medal). I think I'm going to go all the way with this, since it seems there are some more meaningful end game bonuses with extra story scenarios and such than in VC 2.

Also, despite all this time none of my Fencers or Gunners have upgraded even to 2nd tier. Seems ridiculous that these classes would sport high upgrade requirements given their limited use. Techs are also somewhat slow, though at least you can always find something to do with them in case there is extra CP available (disarm mines, fix sandbags, destroy the sandbags and fix them again). The rest are rather manageable, though engineers tend to require extra attention despite being fast to upgrade.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 16, 2015, 03:33:54 PM
VC reuses the same discrimination elements in all three games and I think it has only got worse as it's gone on. The first is racism (Darcsen are persecuted, Valkyrur are used and isolated), where you are told how your enemy, the Empire, are racist scum. In reality though, you see your own side being the scum much more often, while the bad guys mostly just look cool with their charismatic leaders. The 2nd element is discrimination against the player, done by corrupt power with much less than Rufus tier villains.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 15, 2015, 10:35:03 PM
Ugh... the racism in VC 3 is getting rather annoying. I get it, no need to use it as a drama device more than half dozen times.

In im@ster, Harurun is at rank D. She has some rather nice reactions that were missing from the anime. The natural laugh is rather adorable. Hibiki is very haughty as rival though, much more so than Takane was.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 11:36:40 AM
Yikes. This may turn out to be a good reason to get a new sony console after all. Don't really care how dumb it is (since I'm not delusional enough to expect a serious scifi story to happen with this franchise), as long as it's as much fun to play as the past titles. Well, I guess they could not half-ass the archetypes (screaming random shit is not good slapstick, you know) like in the last game and try to make them more like SO 2 characters were. With the gameplay intact and good character chemistry that could easily be one of the generation tops for me.
5  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dragon Warriors on: April 11, 2015, 05:20:56 AM
I might get this, since it seems that this is the closest follow up to DQ VIII the series will ever have. Not that I dislike the "classic" DQ, but I used to hold some expectations that things would move on from the simple 2D games given what a big series DQ is.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 11, 2015, 12:37:08 AM
One of the coolest things was how different it looked when I upped the contrast on my TV. Instant enjoyment boost.
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 09, 2015, 07:21:15 PM
Walkthrougless chronicles 3 - Dahau crashed my beach party and started to ramble something about founding Israel. Troops are upgrading slooooow, but I'm getting a truckload of character missions so hopefully some potentials are coming my way? It seems doing all the character missions isn't that long of a stretch in this game.

Some more im@s - I ran into trouble with missing moon, so I started working on Haruka in perfect sun, since she is nice and obedient. The urge to troll her is strong though, but that would make me a terrible person. The costumes carried over like I hoped so I don't have to make her look too ridiculous for bonus appeal.

King's Bounty: The Legend - Got a few of these from steam, just one of those games I thought I should try. The game seems to have even more RPG elements than HoM&M, which puts it in the position where I have no idea what I'm even playing. It has turn based combat similar to Heroes, but with unlimited movement in the map and seemingly limited resources, which puts pressure not to half-ass things too much. I think I already ran out of swordsmen to hire and need to replace them with whatever random troops. Also strong units really are strong, only one unit can easily kill half my army, even if I think I'm being careful.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 07, 2015, 03:38:03 PM
I'm not sure if whether I'd look at someone with respect or pity if they said they grinded to like level 35 in DQ II without a code. Besides, cheats used to be awesome. You could unlock awesome stuff and mess around with the game mechanics. I see they added to the game experience, not took away from it. Now it's all like DLC and shit.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: April 07, 2015, 08:33:07 AM
Vanilla Rorona is easier, though. Mainly because it's much more broken. You can easily combat every enemy on the map even at the beginning, popularity gain is higher, you get access to wholesale earlier and money is a non-issue and most important of all you can make a tera bomb that can one or two shot every single enemy/boss in the game and wholesale it, so you don't need to even bother with its synth mechanics beyond that if you don't want to. Otherwise I don't recommend this version, just that it is broken and bugged. The extra scenario in Rorona + is a non-issue, since it can be skipped and played later since it only unlocks with complete data anyway.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 06, 2015, 08:52:48 AM
I wonder why it is that some people manage to burn their house down with a cigarette, but I can hardly manage to lit a fireplace. Hopefully the weather gets warmer during the next few days, because I'm running out of trash to start a fire. No matter what ancient fire starting techniques I try to apply (other than loads of fuel), I've always been terrible at this.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: April 06, 2015, 06:49:12 AM
I would argue that having a certain famous voice actor do the character was more than enough to give the spoiler away. I don't think the game actually handles this stuff all that good, nor do I think it was even supposed to.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 05, 2015, 02:31:50 PM
Iorin story mode is done. Now I'm pretty sure the rival is rigged, Takane was a total pushover at the final round of Idol Ultimate. I finished with rank A, not sure if going for S would have had any merits, but it seemed grindy and my stats weren't going up anymore. Not sure why the visual appeal stat was stuck at like halfway and didn't go up no matter what I did when dance and vocals were almost at the peak, but whatever... as long as I can win.

I'm sort of interested in trying out Yukiho, but since the rival won't change, I think I'll go for Chihaya vs Miki in Missing Moon to change things up more. Hibiki and Takane seem to me as the oddballs, so more Miki AND Chihaya should prove to be a bit more interesting. Not that I disliked this scenario, I got to learn more about why Iori is a Rie-tsundere and also learned that Takane is from the moon. Also I should apparently be able to use my save data from Wandering Star with Missing Moon to carry over some stuff. The unlocked costume selection should help early on.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 02, 2015, 08:04:26 AM
Somewhere at chapter 5 in VC 3, got some extra missions so I'm focusing those. Did Riela scenario, but it didn't seem to change her crappy Angel of Death potential. Got one for my most used shock too, hopefully that'll yield something useful. Also Riela is the only one who has got a class up for some reason. I think Kurt is behind, since I tend to think he gets a lot of action due to being in every map, but in reality he just sits at the base for the extra CP. Also his neurosis is moe.

Deko-chan is at rank C. Still ahead, but rival auditions are tough. Not sure if it is possible to do better than 2nd place against Takane. I also met Miki, who went to instant honey-mode... too bad I can't produce her either. Probably will choose either Haruka or Chihaya after this. Makoto could be nice, but she looks weird in imas SP.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 31, 2015, 10:34:43 AM
Too bad I already played Ark and it's not very high on replay list, though the no-item mode does sound good, since seriously those items totally broke Ark and Seven (along with the über charged magic swords). Not a bad game otherwise, I generally dig its area design over Origin at least.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 30, 2015, 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.
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