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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 28, 2014, 12:21:19 AM
I'm really enjoying A Link Between Worlds. It has such a classic feel to it, but with modern gaming innovations to make it that much better. I like just wandering around the land, exploring. I'm about to start up the Tower of Hera.
I ended up just renting every single item Ravio has. makes sense, right? It annoyed me when I had to leave the wind dungeon to go rent another item, so that won't be a problem anymore.

My son decided to call it quits on Mario 3D Land. He claims it was too hard, and not fun anymore. I hate seeing him not finish a game that he was enjoying because of overly challenging platforming. Anyone else find the game to be difficult?
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 27, 2014, 08:51:31 PM
As of today, Nan and I have been married for 15 years. Damn. Time flies. I got her some Swarovski Crystal purple earrings, and a necklace. I felt proud for looking up what the 15th anniversary meant. Crystal, apparently.
We take the day off work every year, and had hoped to go to the arboretum and do some snowshoeing. Unfortunately, it's BuFu cold out, and we had to settle for a kick ass BBQ lunch(best Brisket EVAR!) and a movie. I took tomorrow off, too, just for the heck of it, which just means the pile of work will be that much bigger on Monday. One day at a time, though.
48  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 27, 2014, 08:17:28 PM
I've only seen the 3 Craig ones, and maybe a couple of the Brosnan movies. I might have seen some others, but they are long forgotten.
I was tired when I wrote my Skyfall "review" which is why it's so short. I would normally explain myself better.
I was confused for a while as to why they were acting like Bond is a geezer now when it's only been a few years since he started. Or so I thought. They never really explain how much time passes between each movie, so I assumed they were pretty much back-to-back adventures.
The character Javier Bardem play, while amusing, just felt like something out of a sketch comedy show. I just wasn't buying it.
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Then we have the eye rolling "He planned this all from the start!" which drives me bonkers. yes, he knew that everything would happen exactly the way it does so his ridiculous plan would work. Riiiiiight. And he somehow doesn't end up shot up while in the courtroom. And, of course, his guys are always there to pick him up at the exact moment he needs them. It all drives me nuts.
And what is with all these presumably smart women disrobing the second they meet Bond? I thought the female agent lady might be an exception, but no. I swear he got busy with three women in the span of 3 days. Eww.
Thing is, I still liked it, and that was mostly due to the relationship between Bond and M. Judi Dench is awesome.
49  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 26, 2014, 09:43:13 PM
Skyfall -

It felt like the other Daniel Craig Bond movies, except much better than Quantum, and maybe a tad better than Casino. Still full of ridiculous action scenes that have me rolling my eyes. This one had some great drama. Especially between Bond and M. Entertaining, but I still had issues. Maybe the Bond movies just aren't my thing?
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 25, 2014, 09:23:54 AM
A Link Between Worlds is fantastic so far. The game is beautiful and has amazing depth with the 3D on. I'm in the Wind Palace/Dungeon right now, and it's just so darn clever. Between finding gems on the walls and using the depth of the screen as a dungeon device, I am very impressed.
I'm kind of wondering about the music, though. I hope they don't use the same theme for every dungeon, as I hate that. It takes away from the unique feel of each area to have the same music playing.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Twitch Channel on: February 24, 2014, 09:14:40 PM
So what is this whole twitch thing? You watch other people play video games? That has the potential to be either colossally boring, or...I don't know what. I suppose depending upon the game it could be entertaining. Or if you can get a whole bunch of people streaming together. Still not something I would do. Time is already at a premium.
52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 23, 2014, 11:34:54 PM
Considering how hard it is to make a decent monster movie, Pacific Rim knocked it out of the park. Of course, they couldn't just do 2 hours of monster battles, as the budget would have tripled. As is, the characters were all genre cliches, except for Mako, and that was pretty much what I expected. Del Toro is a huge old monster movie fan, and simply wanted to make his version, but with modern tech. I feel he succeeded, but understand why some people may have a problem with what he made.
I liked the music, too, Din, and bought the ST. It fit the movie perfectly.
The sword moment was amazing, and had me geeking out big time! Loved it.
This was a total bonding movie between me and my son.

The Place Beyond the Pines -

I found this movie very strange. It started out rather interesting, with Ryan Gosling in a pretty good role. Then about halfway through it switches gears and becomes something else. It was an odd transition that took me a while to get into. Like I was suddenly watching another movie. Eventually, the two parts come together, but only because of ridiculous only-in-the-movies coincidences. I couldn't stand either of the two main children, so all their scenes really bothered.me. It seemed to me that the director thought he was making some important interconnected masterpiece, when in reality it's totally disjointed, and full of horrible contrivances, which resulted in me caring about none of these characters.

I watched Skyfall tonight. Review forthcoming.

53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 22, 2014, 05:41:54 PM
Pacific Rim

If there was anything to gain from it, it's proof that giant robots and monsters can be boring.
Heretic!

Indeed. I had a lot of fun with that movie. It has issues with the story, and some lame characters, but for overall fun, it can't be beat. But I grew up watching Godzilla and Gamera movies, so I might be bias.
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 19, 2014, 02:00:06 PM


I had the rare dream last night that I actually woke up remembering. It's the type I haven't had in a long time, and was kind of scary. I was being chased(more slowly pursued, really) around some(my?) neighborhood by this ever-growing blob thing. I kept running, and hiding, and came close to getting caught/squished/whatever, but never did.
The last time I had a dream like that was as a kid when I was pursued by giant 50' tall robots. Scared the crap out of me.
I actually do believe dreams mean something, and I have a good idea what this one could mean. I don't like it.



Remembering a GOOD dream gives me a good feeling for the whole day and I love it.
Fixed.
I don't quite get that happy feeling from scary dreams of bad things to come.
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 19, 2014, 09:37:02 AM
I had the rare dream last night that I actually woke up remembering. It's the type I haven't had in a long time, and was kind of scary. I was being chased(more slowly pursued, really) around some(my?) neighborhood by this ever-growing blob thing. I kept running, and hiding, and came close to getting caught/squished/whatever, but never did.
The last time I had a dream like that was as a kid when I was pursued by giant 50' tall robots. Scared the crap out of me.
I actually do believe dreams mean something, and I have a good idea what this one could mean. I don't like it.

56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 19, 2014, 09:31:29 AM

A Link Between Worlds - I haven't played much yet, as I just arrived at the Eastern Palace, but It's pretty great so far. Looks fantastic, and has an awesome depth to it with the 3D on. I only keep it about halfway, though, or it gets too trippy.

My son got Mario 3D Land and played it a bit. Looks like a lot of fun, but not really my kind of thing. I just don't do Mario anymore. Heck, I never really did. Super Mario RPG being the rare exception.

He also played through Mario and Luigi Dream Team, which came with the system. That game looked a bit more my style. What REALLY shocked me was how great the music was. He kept running up to me and sharing the music. Very impressive.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith on: February 18, 2014, 08:56:38 PM
I refuse to quote that mess above me.


I've never played a Pikmin game, so I can't say if I would enjoy one or not. Strategy type stuff isn't normally my thing nowadays, though.

I can't multi-task. At all. Heck, I don't even want to. When I watch a show or movie, that is all I do. Same with playing a game. same with pretty much ANYthing I do.
I can see maybe if you're grinding in an rpg like you guys mentioned, but I can't remember the last time I did that. Grind. In an rpg. ;-)

58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 18, 2014, 08:42:31 PM
Rage quit Last of Us today, for what I thought was supposed to be a survival horror game there sure are a lot of fucking battles, and seriously WTF is with the insta-death from clcikers, so damn cheap

Try to lower the difficulty to easy, you can do that and also be sure to use molotovs and fire weapons to deal with the clickers.

Definitely.  I don't find the game's upper difficulties worth it for how "intuitive" combat is.  You throw a bottle to get enemies to gather, then molotov their asses (on Easy you get more than enough supplies most of the time).

Clickers are tough, but they're blind and easy to stealth for the most part.

It IS worth it for the plot.  I have trouble with game plots these days because they don't have that "human factor" that the Last of Us has.

Yes, Bytor, Don't quit! If I, the worst gamer EVAR, can make it through, then you most assuredly can. Sure, I played it on easy mode, but it was still plenty challenging. Well, for me, anyway. I know some gamers have issues with playing games on easy. Like it hurts their pride or something. I gave up on that nonsense years ago. Easy mode allows me to actually enjoy games like The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite. or any game, really.
The story is great and totally worth it. Stealth those clickers like mad. I was very patient around them.



59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith on: February 17, 2014, 10:34:29 PM
The battle voices are. To the point that, after only 8 hours or so, I don't want to ever play the game again(a bit of hyperbole, but still...). And, no, muting it isn't the answer, as I want to hear everything else going on. I can't believe they didn't give an option to turn the voices off, or even down.

This X game looks great, but, as others have said, I really have no interest in buying a WiiU. Certainly not for only one game. Lets hope they port it.

Ehhhhh.....most of the battles are over so quickly that I didn't even notice it most of the (Reyn) time. I thought there was an option to turn the music up, but I can't honestly remember.

They're not going to port it. This is an old fashioned console exclusive. Between this, Smash Bros, Mario Kart and Bayonetta 2, it's enough for me to grab a Wii U in the future.
Doesn't matter how long the battles are. Still annoying. Plus, boss battles lasted a long time.

I didn't know(or forgot) about X being Nintendo published. Yeah, no port then. damn.
I have no interest in Smash brothers, Bayonetta 2(I grew bored of the first after a while), or Mario Kart 10,000,000.
It's a bummer, but I'm kind of ok with not owning every single console out there. I have too many games to play as it is.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 17, 2014, 07:30:05 PM
I just finished Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
A pretty simple game all the way to the end. Just how I like them nowadays.
The story was good, but definitely not a light-hearted happy tale. It goes dark, and stays there. I'm glad I played it, though.
Note: Trophies are not handed out easily. I only got two, and am not sure how I could have missed the rest. Oh, well.

I think I'll finally devote my time to A Link Between Worlds now.

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