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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 31, 2015, 10:48:57 PM
I thought I was done with Nayuta, but this seems to have one last chapter with a clear file. Oh well, better than having to play the whole game again just for that I suppose (though seems you do have to do that to get season four available to all islands, but I'm not gonna bother just for some collectibles). The game got a lot more enjoyable once I got the Gear Drive, which is a little bit like the Spinner from Twilight Princess.
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Asian Drama Thread on: August 31, 2015, 02:44:06 PM
I've only ever finished the 2010 version of Three Kingdoms, which I did actually like enough to consider it one of my favorite live-action shows. Also it really got me into the RoTK lore more than all the Dynasty Warriors games I played. The show itself has some excellent casting, most notable with Cao Cao. The one thing is though, that it tends to be fairly over the top at times, but I don't think I need to explain that to anyone who watches asian drama.

I've tried to look bit into other stuff, but I'm not really interested in any contemporary setting stuff other than maybe trying out some kamen rider some day. I've heard there are some decent historical korean shows and japanese samurai drama, but in general I don't really know much what goes on with them.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 28, 2015, 02:14:24 PM
Nayuta: So this game is Oracle of Seasons? Actually I never finished that one for some reason. It's nice playing something that I have like zero info about once in a while. Think I'll try out Xanadu Next as well. I seem to have some problem confusing jump and roll around 1/4th of the time. It would probably be best if one of those was at the shoulder buttons.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 28, 2015, 11:00:42 AM
Also, fuck you Billy Bat. You shouldn't have gone there.

You mean the H-word? I just got there myself like yesterday. I enjoy this somewhat, but this is really more in the lines of 20th CB and I tend to prefer the less "everything goes" Monster/Pluto.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 27, 2015, 05:55:15 PM
Nayuta no Kiseki - I think I've settled with this for now. Somewhat of a poorer version of Ys with crappy platforming levels and poor draw distance, but still playable.

I also tried Valkyrie Profile 1 and Idolm@ster Shiny Festa, but I don't think I have the brain power for the systems in these games right now. Just looking at Shiny Festa makes a bit happy, though (also Miki is back, hurrah!)
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 26, 2015, 09:42:40 PM
On the topic of outdated battle system, there is also one for WRPGs. That isometric pseudo-real time one with the dice rolls. Awful. I don't think I have ever played one I enjoyed.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 26, 2015, 04:57:37 PM
I used to live in the countryside all of my childhood and teens. Now I live in the city and want out. Suburbs seems like a nice compromise. You could kind of have people things without the need to live next to bears. A concrete box in a city is more meant as a temporary habitat, or for people who spend most of their time outside their home. It's not good for unemployed gamers.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 25, 2015, 05:49:54 PM
I already read Alternative a long time ago and that is actually the subject of my criticism more than the completely banal, yet somewhat entertaining in itself - Extra. I'm of the opinion that Alternative didn't actually escape any of that. Any story it has is through the exact same VN template filter, which imo results in something that is both banal and way too tryhard at the same time.

Generally I don't read VNs for the stories, but for the visual aspect, since it says "visual novel" after all. The feel is everything and I was most certainly disappointed when I came to the realization of just how limited this medium is with the basic template. JRPGs do their stuff with the fantasy worlds (in which every other "anime medium" sucks hard) and anime/manga have their own perks with the core genres. VNs and LNs barely have anything for me, the odd Ace Attorney (if you even count that) and porn. Not to say, I can enjoy even a school setting depending on things like pacing and the degree of self-awareness it has both in terms of writing and art. Just that I mostly won't even bother.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 25, 2015, 02:12:52 PM
Oh god yes. I once read this so called epitome of VNs known as MuvLuv trilogy and thought that it was indeed the epitome of everything I think is wrong with the medium. The school setting with harem, broken girls (EVENTUALLY LIKE 10 OF THEM), tons of unending food convos, hero with "gamer" traits, that day to day narrative (from the point of view of an egotistic jerkbag with "gamer skills") and the plot twist which is actually the exact same as in like 10 other popular VNs.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you tell me about Suikoden II? on: August 24, 2015, 10:33:57 PM
I'd say the best part was seeing the returning characters, such as my boy Luc and the MANGOD Viktor and his excellent speech in the return of Dracula. Other than that I'm not really sure if I could say it really excels at any kind of dramatic narrative. Also it got a lot more of those obnoxious sidequests that involve grinding enemies for rare drops that were mandatory even to recruit characters. In addition the dueling still sucks and the map battles are 95% tutorials/glorified cutscenes.

In some ways, I'm on the opinion that the first game had better pace, better army battles (despite the simplicity) and the better True Rune. Also no schools that I can recall.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2015, 07:53:40 PM
I've been thinking of moving in with some friends into A HOUSE (with a fire heated sauna, carage and all the sh*t). For no other reason than that this place I've lived for the past 3-4 years is having a bad effect on my psyche and maybe it would help me connect with reality once again (+ it would save some money). Then again it is an effin huge hassle, so I'm probably going to go over and see how the available room/space is first.
Anyway, this is probably going to be somewhat of a gamble, but I could really use some time living in A HOUSE.

Also yes, I used to live in A HOUSE for maybe half of my life.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 24, 2015, 06:16:01 PM
There's nothing really more wrong with OWA than there is with Dancing Mad. The battle themes and THE BIG BAD ONE are going to come first. People sitting around at some bonfire is going to come last. Only the crazy ones are going to bother hunting down the bgm and listen to some JRPG village theme while sipping hot coffee.

Related unpopular opinion: FF XII soundtrack was actually very fit for the game style. Sure it's stylistically not like Uematsu at all, but the game really isn't that kind of semi-sorrowful quest of semi-sorrowful super humans like the "good" FFs to begin with. At least I don't see the game get credit for that, or really for anything.  Or maybe it's my extensive exposure to Valkyria Chronicles that made me appreciate Sakimoto's quirks retrospectively.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 24, 2015, 05:36:13 PM
Skyrim (PC) - Since I'm temporarily crippled, I've had PLENTY of time to sit down with this the last few days or so. Think I burned myself out on the game world a bit... Just all of a sudden found myself not caring what happens in game so much.

Yeah, this tends to happen to me these days with the super long runners (80+ hours), which is why I try to do the more meaningful stuff out of the way before the tiresome kicks in. I'm still planning on the DLC on sales to see if I could maybe squeeze some extra hours out of it, but on a second thought going back to the place which was already a Morrowind expansion doesn't quite seem as interesting to me as it first sounded like.

As for my business, I just finished Mana Khemia. The event flags seem to be somewhat too far from the last boss for me to bother with the ending instead of just going to youtube for them. No way I'm playing like 2 hours per ending. The end game wore me down a bit, since there are a lot of gear options and the grow book system demands the player to just upgrade tier to next without any leeway... pretty much for all characters. That really pissed me off in E&L too. In normal RPGs you buy the stuff so it's not a big deal, but in Atelier it's probably a good idea to not make completely random garbage if you plan to use the items. The battle system thankfully did get a lot better after some time and the events were good dumb fun, though for some reason I found the dungeons to be consistently broken and the enemies often hard to avoid, which serves no purpose other than to annoy the player. Somehow I do not recall having these problems with Iris 3, which has very similar systems.

Now... I have no idea what to play. Maybe I'll just play nothing.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 21, 2015, 07:33:16 AM
The skill system and gameplay in Diablo 3 vastly beat the prior entries. Sorry, but preparing a good build in D2 is obnoxious, time-consuming and antithesis of fun. Also even D2 didn't live up to the authencity and feel of the lore. D1 still did that the best. Also the entire franchise is mediocre among lootfests to begin with.

I don't think Bethesda has significantly improved the combat in TES-series. You now hit the enemy no matter what, but if it doesn't actually do anything then what's the difference? Actually it has become even worse. A constant uphill battle, where a f*cking bear, a common enemy since the beginning of the game, becomes a formidable meattank taking 20 hits to kill even though you leveled up 30 times. What kind of RPG-logic is this?

FF IX... I do think this is a fairly playable game with some nice aesthetics, but imo it doesn't feel anything like the less than 32-bit FF games. Instead it feels like those weird furry spinoffs like Chrystal Chronicles.

Anything other than regular battles in Suikoden II blows HARD. SaGa Frontier 2 did everything it attempted a lot better.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 20, 2015, 05:33:04 PM
I don't think having some japanese high school/urban setting in a JRPG is a great innovation, just because Persona games happen to be JRPGs. I watch a lot of anime so I just can't bring myself to see it that way at all.
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