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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 17, 2014, 10:19:23 PM
Actually I thought The Longest Journey had some issues with tone.

A random note, but I think the genre could benefit in general from being less self-ironic and snarky, as delicious as it may be sometimes. Sierra and Lucasarts influences still run deep. I've always felt there is a lot of untapped potential in point&click games when it comes to the kind of stories they can produce.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: November 11, 2014, 06:15:09 AM
I'm not sure how entirely relevant this is, but seems you are/were undergoing some kind RPG identity crisis.

I have certainly had some similar feelings, especially when I went to the ps3/360/wii gen. Mostly I was looking for a certain type of fullfillment of awesome RPG of awesomeness, like I experienced from past FFs, but it just doesn't work to the same effect anymore. However, this lead me to discover some new franchises and different types of RPG experiences and I was able to some degree re-innovate myself. For example in the past few years I've become a rather big fan of the action oriented Ys series and the light-hearted Atelier series. I also play some ARPGs like Torchlight online from time to time.

The ever increasing awesome level of the RPG was only a pipe dream. I love my old RPGs very much still, but that novelty of the past isn't going to come back no matter how much it gets one upped. Now my ideals are different, though not necessarily "better". I play a game and spend that 30-60 hours on it, but I don't need it to be a life changing experience.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2014, 03:14:29 PM
I really wish I had the means to play Lost Odyssey. It's very tempting when I see copies sold at bargain bin prices. I'd just need to borrow a console from someone. It'd also be cool to do some kind of playthrough here. Not just sure if it'd be interesting, because I'd probably not make it very snarky and would probably choose something I can do with legal means, like an Ys Origin/Oath Nighmare Run playing via steam (probably Oath, since I don't want to fight those superpowered sand monsters). Then again, I'm not sure if I can do it and people would find out about my horrible playstyles.

I actually haven't made any progress with games, so I realized I wrote a bunch of useless stuff. Thinking of picking up something parallel to Atelier, but I don't think it's going to be a recorded journal title just yet. I got Witcher 1 from the halloween sales a while back. Maybe I'll consider giving it a go.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 04, 2014, 04:27:31 AM
I've been playing some more Atelier, because why not? Actually two games, Eschalogy and Iris 2.

I already finished Iris 2, since I thought it is about time to finish the last game I had left in this trilogy. A very broken game with no real amazing qualities, but for some reason addictive given its simplicity in making progress. The dual scenario thing is also kind of interesting, at least for as long as it lasts. As for this saga I'd say the games rank at 3>2>1, unless someone really values the exploration aspects of the first two games.

As for Eshca, I've done 3 assignments. There tends to be a lot of free time in this game, which is kind of bad since I have little interest in doing advanced early/midgame alchemy. I've got some good drops from enemies that together with bombs are more than enough to handle everything. Also, I think the two alchemist thing might just be influenced by Iris 2.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 21, 2014, 10:19:50 PM
Okay, I stopped being a HONKAPOTAMUS and crafted the needed items to get my platinum trophy in Rorona+. I mostly just crafted accessories (Speed Belt and Warrior Mask) and then broke down the gear from Esty to upgrade them a bit. I took down Kaizer with just the gear and an auto-elixir, but had to craft a good bomb for Demon Lord. I knew it wouldn't be exactly hard, but it took some effort to go with homebrewed stuff, given the lack of detailed guides on the subject.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 14, 2014, 03:29:33 AM
Slayed the Wyvern in Rorona+ and got my "A.Dragon Horn", so I suppose I could finish the story now. I guess I could try Ocean Kaizer and Demon Lord with some half good equips, since after all it's only two bosses for platinum. I wonder at what point I turned into trophy whoring, but all in all I don't think it's necessarily bad if it gives that extra push to get more hours out of a game or possibly a replay.
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 12, 2014, 02:22:38 PM
I made it to overtime in Rorona+ and managed to get all endings in the main game. Very nice to have my all alchemist party back, but it did suck that I had nothing to do in the first month of overtime, other than making a good elixir. Pretty dumb design to not open up any new areas to explore and making me lose valuable time in post game. The bosses are rather brutal, but I can take some of them down, albeit slowly. I think I'll try to finish the story, but I'm not sure if I'm going for platinum. I love this series, but high level item creation is the one thing that conflitcs my desire to have simple, easy and straightforward fun. Maybe I'm just playing the wrong genre. I guess I should find a VN or something, but most of them just are not very "fun" or "relaxing" in appeal.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 07, 2014, 02:29:13 PM
Lazy gaming as always. I'm kind of in a good spot in Rorona+, meaning I have lots of time till overtime to get pretty much everything done. I just always get this block when I start to need making gear and I will need to do that unless there is some way to cheese Iron Giant and Demon. It doesn't help when I think I will likely need to make another set of gear in the extra scenario.

Also spiced my gaming with a bit with collecting all trophies in Flower and replaying Journey too. Not something I'd usually do, but it works as an excuse to play them again.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 27, 2014, 02:38:48 AM
So I finished Dragon Quest II. I will say that I just put in the exp code, since the end game grind is probably even more ridiculous than in the first game. What an extreme example of a useless timesink. Next year I'll pick a somewhat more tolerable DQ project. Other than that, I like some stuff about this game. The games actually connect to each other, the world map is big and it's rather non-linear too. Still not something I'd ever recommend to anyone unless they want to complete all DQ or something.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks to RPGFan on: September 18, 2014, 05:28:12 PM
I've been on other RPG forums, but have abandoned them since they weren't really RPG forums at all. I like that people here have at least some level of interest and knowledge about this stuff instead of the usual dirt throwing.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2014, 05:08:50 PM
I've been slowly making recovery to play RPGs again, aiming to finish some unfinished business and hitting my annual quota. I decided to do some Dragon Quest II again. Collected 4 of the 5 crests and gathered some strong gear. Mostly I'm just lacking some levels, which is just fine since my inventory slots are full of keys and shit anyway.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 11, 2014, 05:25:19 AM
One of the GBA Summon Night: Swordcraft Story games. They play kinda like Tales of Phantasia or Destiny except you have only yourself to blame play as (no AI piloted allies for you, which is good for reasons mentioned below).

A bit late, but thanks for the rec. I think I remember seeing a friend of mine playing this once. I'll try to look into it.

*tries to bring some order back into the post*
I've been digging games like To the Moon, Gone Home, Dear Esrher, Brothers, TWD series, Wolf Among Us, Beyond: Two Souls, etc.
Story-based games with little to no "difficulty" to make me not enjoy myself. I like easy games. I like short games. I like a great story. Some killer tunes help as well.
I'm sure I'm missing other games out there like the above.
I played 999, and still need to pick up Virtue's last Reward, so there's that, but I'm not sure what else should be on my radar.
Any help? Thanks!

I think I sort of knkow what you mean, as I like those games a lot too. You could tyr out Journey, Shadow of the Colossus and Ico if you want something easy and don't mind artsy stuff.

For interactive adventure games, there is of course Ace Attorney, but there are also lesser known stuff such as Policenauts or Snatcher. The latter two might fall a bit short on the final step when it comes to plot, but they have decent settings and are not insanely long. I must warn though, that both have one or two very tricky shooter parts, so don't be afraid to use any means necessary to cheese through them. As for Ace Attorney, well I'm sure you already know what it is. It's self-aware and funny, with just a right amount of drama to make it a charming series.

You could also play the standard adventure games, mostly point&click types. I'd say at least try playing through Grim Fandango, as it often the most revered game of the type (though it didn't actually have mouse control). I also dig the early Broken Sword games, though arguably these have a problem with the final steps into the story as well, but the overall is a charming mystery with beautiful art. And if you like beautiful art, there are things such as Whispered World or Machinarium. Both are worth a try and Machinarium is like 8 hours tops with a simple minimalistic story. Classic Sierra stuff I'm not sure if I can recommend, as many used to be full of dead ends and sudden deaths, but there are a lot to choose from. Lucasarts has a lot of funny things such as Monkey Island. They also have things such as The Dig, which has a pretty good atmosphere, but the puzzles have a pretty bad reputation of making no sense and being borderline impossible.

As a final note, steam has a lot of indie puzzle stuff that might be worth trying out. The Swapper for example is definitely an atmospheric game with a somewhat obtuse, yet interesting story if you try to make sense of it. I still have a lot to try out myself, but I hope something catches your interest.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: September 09, 2014, 08:03:26 AM
If someone has ideas and preferably a similar interest about things with SoL, aesthetic focus over plot and more light theme, preferably such as coming-of-age, I could try it. It doesn't need to be mature or anything, but preferably not plain comedy or reference material game. Could do with one with a minimalistic approach too if something like that exists. Setting should be fantasy, scifi or historical, but I might give it some leeway since this isn't probably the most common type of RPG in general.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 04, 2014, 01:24:32 PM
I don't know about SaGa Frontier 1, but you probably won't "grind" your way through 2. That game hates grinding and don't count on given a surplus of opportunities to do so. This might or might not be a bad thing. I have a weird relationship with this game and to this day I'm not sure if I actually liked it or not.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 03, 2014, 12:51:16 PM
How about Balamb Garden? I mean, you can fly around with it, which is pretty cool.
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