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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 19, 2014, 01:07:35 PM
So I'm supposed to have a pre-christmas party with my friends (which means sitting around doing nothing, while drinking beer). Everyone cancels at the last moment, including the person who even suggested it. And then they uncancel it... then I realize that this is how it is every time and I should have gotten used to it by now. I'm not even sure if I'm happy or angry. It's like in some silly movie where plans are always foiled, but in the end everything turns out allright.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 18, 2014, 08:31:31 PM
I bought Civ 4 from steam sales. I bet I'm going to suck at it, but I've always felt I need to give it a try. I also played more Titan Quest, I'm now assembling the Horadric Staff to enter the tomb of Ta... wait, I mean the Scepter of Eternity so I can continue on to the Valley of the Kings. Anyway, the game crashed once and managed to put me on a bad mood, but seems I didn't lose much progress.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 18, 2014, 04:16:02 AM
You can choose to play as protoman in Mega Man 10 (have to be careful with the roman numerals here). I think he takes more damage than megaman so I didn't bother myself. Also my skills have definitely rusted from playing RPGs, 9 and 10 were barely manageable, but you can cheat and buy some E-capsules if you suck.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 17, 2014, 07:06:23 PM
I say its infamy is the only reason that makes me interested in playing it. Then again, possibly my number one worst annoyance in RPGs are terrible systems so it might be better that I don't play it. Maybe there is a daring soul who'll make a journal out of it.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2014, 05:51:32 PM
Realistically speaking I could afford a new console, but.... I don't want one. I feel like I need to put in a lot of concious effort again to play games right now, which I don't have the energy to do, so instead I've just listened to classical music for a few days. Man, if only I could find a game that makes me feel the same way when I do on my music moods.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 16, 2014, 06:39:32 PM
Never had a retail job. The closest customer service job was probably when I sold beer at some biker festival. Without any contract ofc. I also only worked one month this year, again without a contract but also no pay. Didn't really feel like continuing although it would have been possible. I don't really like working for the sake of appearances and stopped giving a shit about "holes in CV" a long, long time ago.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 15, 2014, 09:24:39 PM
I view Hellsing Ultimate was about as fun to watch as Afro Samurai.

On a positive side, it seems I've got into reading Slam Dunk more seriously, about 2-3 vols a day with ease. The magical 90s feels still work. Yes, this is the kind of stuff why I ever stuck around with anime.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 13, 2014, 06:14:20 PM
I made it through the labyrinth of boredom in Titan Quest and now I'm onwards to Act II, which is... Egypt. I guess that means that Act II is desert. I mean, what else could it be? This is ARPG after all. Oh, the joy.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 12, 2014, 05:34:58 PM
I gave a shot at Valkyria Chronicles 3 fan translation, but I think I've had enough of Valkyria Chronicles for now. It kind of seemed not as big of an improvement as I had hoped. So I decided to just play more Titan Quest like a zombie. This game really is endless and I also noticed melee sucks, like reallly much. Enemies fall easily enough, but unfortunately so does my character. The only attacks I use for now are shield charge (with way too long cooldown) and onslaught (awesome... well in terms of dps). I have almost 12 hours on this according to steam and I'm still at act I, my gods.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: On the subject of sequels, follow ups, etc. on: December 12, 2014, 08:43:10 AM
IIRC, level ups happen with any boss fight.  It means that all 40+ character stay uniformly strong (barring whatever stats differences in individual strengths/weaknesses).

Actually that's not how it works at all. I said it doesn't make sense, but I do actually know how it works. The bosses give you star levels, which give you a window of opportunity to level your stats. These stat gains don't get shared with everyone, I'm pretty sure (might need to test this). Once you beat the next boss, the opportunity is lost. So if there are two bosses in quick succession, you should go back fighting some ~7-10 battles (per party) if you want the stats. The gains don't come from beating strong enemies in new areas like in normal games, but from how many battles you fight. Usually you gain stats after each battle, then not any in a few, then MAYBE a big stat gain again after not getting anything.

This system is an OCD nightmare and not very good if you wanted to do something like trying to get the max potential out of your unused characters in endgame. While this doesn't necessarily get in the way of the game, there isn't really anything I can praise about it either. It seems like some failed attempt to stop powerleveling. FF XIII did it much better.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: December 12, 2014, 08:22:04 AM
Maybe you should get her Kingdom Hearts or something else that doesn't have slowass tank battle systems.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: December 11, 2014, 05:17:35 PM
Yeah, too bad this won't ever land outside Japan. Like GalGun. I wish I could at least have Idolmaster.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: Complete: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: December 11, 2014, 08:12:51 AM
I know I bragged about saving Omnislash for last, but I got distracted IRL when the fight started, I didn't hit "Limit" fast enough, and got hit by Seph.... then it all ended with that really super lame counter....  I immediately youtubed "omnislash" to make up for it. x(
It was glorious.
I wanna go do battle arena to rectify this.

If you want to make it even more glorious, bring Cloud with his Buster Sword for great justice (or a Nail Bat).
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 10, 2014, 08:41:13 PM
I view that Suikoden II mostly added a lot of junk that I think is not that desirable in RPGs. Filler (they really managed a school life scenario?), sidequesting with rare drops etc. Its map battles are also just for show and dueling was not fixed (flaw in both games).  Saga Frontier II managed this three battle systems -thing much better. I'm not a diehard fan of this series, but the impression I strongly got is that these are not played for raw story exposition, but for lore bits that somehow trascend the series. Lore which is sometimes unfortunately hidden, like that spying thing in Suikoden II, which was so awfully done that I just read everything from some FAQ instead.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Complete: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: December 10, 2014, 07:31:28 PM
Good job. It has been a while since I replayed the game last time. I've been meaning to do either a complete assing run (get banished from Fort Condor, get red submarine, crash the train on corel etc.), or using an emulator and trying to see if I can break something and cheat in that RPS game in gold saucer. There are still things in this game that I do not know.

But yeah, the compilation kind of missed the point of the spirit and thematics of the original FF VII. It's nice to see people still remember the real ending, which is both majestic and ambigious (without being too convoluted like FF VIII). It really opened up a lot of theories on what ultimately was sacrificed in order to save the planet. You certainly don't see Cloud cruising with excite-bike wearing sunglasses, but Midgar in ruins and the only trace of humans being the laughter you hear at the end.

I also like the role of Rufus and Shinra in mid-to-late game. Especially how they set up their own projects to save the planet (and people) too, which probably are a lot more sensible than what your team heard over at a hippie bonfire. You'd have to be crazy to believe that as an outsider. I love how that is also part of FF VII's thematics in science vs magic (or environment vs progress) and just what did the path your party chose mean, given the open nature of the ending and the destiny of your characters. Actually so many things just tie in together much better than it should when I consider that the game's mood varies from slapstick to horror. I figure it would be hard to replicate in full 3D with voice acting. The game is a product of its age, for better or worse.
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