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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 07, 2015, 09:16:28 PM
Civilization Beyond Earth [PC] -  Last time I was invaded by Brazilia because I had begun work on the Signal (a building that allows contact with an alien intelligent race). I managed to stop them from taking my Capital but they destroyed various parts of my infrastructure and also destroyed the Signal building itself.

In revenge, I decided to bring the war to them while trying to fix my economy (in game it's called energy). I brought my forces close to his borders in the North but it took a while to bring them there due to mountains and forests that separate us. When I finally arrived, I was offered a Peace treaty by him. I am guessing he knew I was on my way so he argued for peace. Normally in those circumstances I wouldn't accept it and be on my way but I had absolutely no idea how big his remaining army was (or in fact, he had any remaining army) and my economy was quite bad due to the size of my army.

I accepted his peace offer, intending to use to further bolster up my forces on his borders as well as to fix my economy in the mean time.

At this point, my colony had three cities,  the capital in the middle, a city along the coast to the West and one close to the coast to the East.

After fixing my economy I decided to restart building the Signal and I decided it would be too dangerous to invade him with the majority of my army while I was constructing it. As such I relocated my army to the Capital while leaving a couple of units behind to protect the city to the East.

Long story short, before I finished construction on the Signal, I went to war with the PAC. This war would be the longest running war I have ever gone to in a Civ game. The Signal was getting close to being completed, I saw nothing moving or happening on the borders of Brazilia so feeling ambitious I started moving my armies to their territory, planning to invade them.

I got my army to their borders, fully intending to take at least one city (which was conveniently located to take either the Capital of the Kavithan  Protectorate or continue taking the PACs cities.

My invasion completely failed due to my arrogance and the landscape. My political relationships were in ruin, in part due to the construction of the Signal and also because of the wars that had happened up until now. This is important because the Capital of the KP were close to the borders of the PAC and since my political relationships were so bad I couldn't go into their territory to attack the PAC.

This meant that the only way for me to go was through a small passageway in between two cities (who had an airforce) and the ocean. In addition, the city I was planning to take was being covered by mountains AND the borders between those two colonies. In effect, this meant that my forces were getting slaughtered before I could even reach into the PACs' territory. But due to pride and arrogance, I marched on.

After losing multiple units and realizing I was being torn apart, I withdrew my forces and relocated them back to the Capital. Feeling defeated and humiliated I split up my forces between my three cities and decided to focus on my research to increase my Affinity level (which in turn allows me to upgrade my armies).

Unfortunately, after this everything went to hell.

My failed invasion inspired the PAC since they would deny all negotiations with me as well as other colonies. And then finally, Brazilia started moving their forces over their borders to my city to the East. I relocated the majority of my army to the East to discourage them or at least get the first attack.

Meanwhile, a pretty big naval force from the PAC approached from the West. At this point, realizing I probably wouldn't be able to survive being invaded by two colonies at the same time at different locations, I started the Signal (which takes up all surplus energy  you get until the completion of it) and changed the production of all my cities for creating military units.

Then I preemptively announced war on Brazilia as the naval forces of PAC approached from the West. I started attacking their forces but they had significantly stronger forces (and higher Affinity level) and a huge number of units  resulting in a lot of my forces being killed. Meanwhile the PAC started attacking my coastal city.

At this point, my strategy was just to survive for long enough to complete activating the Signal.

And that's when the Kavithan Protectorate announced war on my colony and started pushing their forces unto my Capital.

Then I won a Contact Victory because the Signal was completed.

2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 02, 2015, 02:45:35 AM
Lately my days have been consumed with Civilization Beyond Earth [PC]. Coming from Civ 5, it was quite easy getting into the game, functionality wise. But Beyond Earth is a sneaky little bastard. Turns out that the interface, trade routes, diplomacy, military are all very similar on a surface level but the tech tree and the victory conditions are so completely different that it distorts the rest of the functions in a completely different manner.

In short, it kicked my ass and I finally realized that in turn 300 or so that I was getting my ass kicked by the AI and I had no clue what I was actually doing. I was nowhere near the victory conditions at all, despite heavy research (in the wrong direction(s)), my military was exceptionally weak, a single enemy unit could obliterate multiple of my own forces, the health of my cities was in the dumps and as such everything else was lagging behind. Hell, even the size of my colony was tiny in comparison to the rest.

It might look the same but so far it doesn't play the same at all. Like a seductress with the face of your lover but then she stabs you in the back and burns you alive.

And I love it.

Realizing that I was (hyper) losing I abandoned the Brazilian "military" colony to try and carve a new world with the ARC. This time though I focusing solely on the victory conditions, specifically Contact victory, I raced to research the conditions that would allow me to win. Without getting into too much detail, I finally had completed the research necessary to begin working on "The Signal" which would allow me to contact that alien race. As I started working on it though, my diplomatic relations immediately went sour, I became involved in a war that I had no interest in (due to my Ally going to war with another colony) and after turns and turns of waiting for the completion of the Signal I got invaded by Brazilia.

Oh the irony.

Since I had been focusing on research above my military protection I was heavily outnumbered, forcing me to outright buy my soldiers rather then train them. This had the effect that I went from being one of the richest colonies into being one of the poorest. They started pillaging my countryside, farms, reactors and the like before attacking my capital and the signal structure. When I finally managed to destroy them, they had been successful in destroying the Signal structure as well as a vast amount of my infrastructure.

A huge setback for me.

Beyond all the destruction, my economy was wrecked trying to support the sudden military buildup and nearly all of my trade routes/workers had either been captured or killed by my enemies.

So now I march my forces to the Brazilian colony to bring the war to them.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 05, 2015, 01:10:52 AM
Hmm, I have only encountered one crash so far in Skyrim - PC but aside from that, the game has been running perfectly. Finished the murder quest in Winterhelm, found a strange amulet that is apparently a Quest item since I can't remove it. After that, I finished the preparations to become a Stormcloak but I am waiting to take the Oath since .. well .. they are a bit rascist jerks. You know, the whole Nords > everyone attitude. Not to mention I haven't even seen all the cities yet so I'll be exploring a bit more.

Also tried out some mods, specifically SkyUI (makes the interface way better) and Wet and Cold Mod which I just installed. Looks nice so far. Still love the freedom of the game. A great game.

I also really want to try Dragon Age Inquisition but my computer isn't powerful enough for it. A shame. Oh well, I'll be buying PS4 next year anyways so I'll just check it out then (and Witcher 3, and FFXV (hopefully)).
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 02, 2015, 02:51:16 AM
Skyrim -[PC] - I mentioned earlier that I wasn't that impressed by the game because of how much fictional story/character names they throw at you in the beginning but I decided to stick with it.

Damn, I am glad I did. I've become completely hooked on it. The level of freedom and how beautiful the game looks is just extraordinary. And I haven't even installed all those graphical mods either. It's so brilliant to just walk in any one direction and then finding something on that path.

So far, I'm a female Nord at level 16. I have been focusing mostly on Stealth/Archery build (due to Sneaking around being my preferred playing method when I can). To be honest, I am surprised how much better the combat is in this game in comparison to Oblivion so far. Also, being a stealthy archer creates these situations that sometimes make me feel bad. Like I am such an evil bastard even if I am attacking bandits.

Like I will sneak into a bandit cave and find two bandits in a room inside. One is sleeping and the other is sitting on a chair facing the opposite way. I take up my bow, take aim at the sitting bandit, fire the arrow and hit him in the upper part of the body. He makes a dying sound which wakes the other bandit. Before the other one can stand up I fire another arrow which hits him in the chest instantly killing him. I proceed to loot the second bandit and take my arrow back, the go to loot the sitting one.

Turns out I hit him in the back of the neck and he is still sitting in the chair (albeit slumped over) with the damn arrow sticking out of his neck.

Made my feel surprisingly bad. I left him like that and left.

Now I have arrived at Winterhelm for the first time and am exploring that city. Listening to the Stormcloak leader talking about the war is very interesting.  I have been playing this game very relaxed, not rushing anything. In fact, I have only just defeated my first dragon a short while back (so far killed three). And even more then that I have only been to three cities. Solitude, Winterhelm and Whiterun. It's great fun just walking around experiencing things.

So far it's great fun. Damnit, now I want to go back and continue my exploration of Winterhelm (and figure out who is behind those murders..)
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 19, 2015, 05:27:55 AM
So I've decided to play a lot of games lately just because I can.

Anyhow, started playing Fallout 3[PC] and it is great! I remember playing it when it first came out and while it was impressive (especially when you step out of the Vault) I sort of didn't care much for it. But lately, I have been craving to play a open world and just .. exist there. It's great fun, especially using a baseball bat to kick ass wherever I go.

Also started on Skyrim[PC] for a while. Only for an couple of hours. It's a bit too much for my humble computer resulting in low fps but the world is gorgeous. So far, I am more enthralled with Fallout 3 for some reason. Maybe it's because that world makes more sense to me now. It feels like I have to read a fictional history book or two when I play Skyrim.

Also started Disgaea 4 A Promise Revisited[PSV] -  Just did the training sessions. I like the graphics so far. It will be great to see how deep this game is over the coming months. Also Sardines.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 09, 2014, 02:08:19 AM
Civilization V - Brave New World [PC] - After 40 hours (according to the Steam clock anyway) I won my first match as America on a huge map normal speed. Holy #$%&, these games take long. Also, it made me hyper hooked, like unbelievable hooked. All those tactical and political strategy was brilliant, made one feel great.
In addition, I was always fantasizing about my world as an actual world, like when I announced a war with someone I would imagine all the people in my empire talking about the war effort and news papers writing stories about it and such. Maybe I am just strange. Anyway, it felt great.

I have also realized that I just don't have the time for a new round of this especially now. This game cripples all my other responsibilities at school. The next round will have to wait for a couple of months. Maybe next time I will go with the Germans.

Far Cry 3 [PC] - After a million hours of Civ 5 (read above), I needed completely different game and I went with Far Cry 3. I had bought it years ago but this was the first time I had really played it. It was surprisingly good. I half-expected it to just be a an Ubisoft style open world game (climb tower, unlock map, kill dudes) and trust me it is.

And yet due to the randomness of it and the weight of the main character, I am really enjoying it. Just yesterday, I was planning to take down a camp of pirates. As usual, I wanted to do it silently without no one seeing me (for the bonus xp). I crouched into the bushes and get my way around to the back of the base and as I am about to enter I hear a sudden growl behind me and holy sh*t, it's a f*cking tiger, what the f*ck ?! So with a gazillion pirates in front of me and a tiger behind me I hurry into the base borderline in plain sight. Turns out the AI thinks that the tiger is more of a threat so I managed to sneak into a corner and watch them fight.

Less then a minute later, everyone's dead, the tiger has vanished and I get bonus XP for taking over a camp without no one seeing me.

Like seriously, it's great!
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 14, 2014, 09:44:33 PM
TLO - I got the chilluns.

For some reason I always used to get The Last Remnant, Lost Odyssey, Resonance of Fate, and Infinite Undiscovery mixed up.

This is relevant because I wanted to avoid the this:

Sometimes I feel like the only person on Earth that actually enjoyed Infinite Undiscovery. Yes, the title is infinitely unstupid but the gameplay is super solid and fun if memory serves. The are a couple of super cringe worthy moments but the world was well done I thought.

A flawed product no doubt but I had great fun with it. Definitely not as hyper horrible as people say in my opinion.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 30, 2014, 01:17:59 AM
Man, it's been a long time since I posted here (actually I just don't remember what I wrote last time so .... yeeaah).

Anyway, started playing SMT - Strange Journey DS and just reached Carina dungeon. I wanted to try something different and damn, this game is soo great! I was a bit surprised by the amount of characterization in the game, usually in dungeon crawlers, there isn't too much character interactions (if any) so I was pleasantly surprised. I also really like the atmosphere of the game, really .. deranged (despite the DS hardware).

Also began Mass Effect 2 on the PC. Was going to replay the third one but since my original saves were on the X360 not the PC I figured "eh what the hell" and restarted from the second one. Don't know why but I am not particularly interested in starting from the first one.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 24, 2013, 12:16:14 AM
In order to brush up my Japanese reading skill (which is pretty much at 0 right now) I've started to play Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP) and Dangan Ronpa (PSVITA) in Japanese whenever I have the time.

This takes me a huuge amount of time, within an hour I don't progress that much because there are so many kanji I have to translate. But it's a good practice (I hope), not to mention it's fun exploring games in another language. Reminds me of when I first started playing Final Fantasy VII all those years ago (and then I didn't even speak English).

So far, both of those games are interesting. I have only just gotten to the first village in Crisis Core in the very beginning. Personally, I like the battle system so far and the graphics are beautiful.  As for Dangan Ronpa, I am just reading through the introduction where the protagonist is explaining about the school where all the super (duper) amazing students go into. So far, it looks promising. Can't wait to continue that game since I have heard good things about it.  The art style might take a while to get into perhaps.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 28, 2013, 01:43:41 AM
Persona 4 Golden. Getting my ass kicked by the Void Quest boss. Well, I've just reached  level 43 so maybe I need to powerlevel somewhat to take him down.
I am 99% certain this dude is not the killer though.
I hope for some Final Fantasy summon earth-shattering plot twists from now on.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 14, 2013, 03:08:38 AM
Oh definitely a runner-up for a James Bond theme. And there isn't anything particularly wrong with that scene, I just never understood it except that it's a interactive loading screen.

Either way, a brilliant game especially since they fixed the camera. Also, this is the first and only game I remember where the enemies camoflage actually fooled me more then once or twice. In the sense that I didn't distinguish them from the environment.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 13, 2013, 08:07:15 PM
I have been playing MGS3 HD on the Vita and it's been fantastic. A brilliant game but looking at it in retrospect it's such a strange game. Specific moments feel just weird. Like when you're climbing that unholy long stairs and the theme song starts playing spouting lines like : "But you're so supreme!" I was rolling my eyes.

I have also been testing Growlanser Wot and the first boss fight in the First Ruins has been kicking my ass. Damn lvl 18 spell casters.

Finally, continuing with P4G. Just finished the Rise fight. No matter how good P4G is in the end I prefer darker games (like P3). Tl:dr More characters need to die or in the least make me interested again in this mystery. So far it's a feel good well-written Scoopy-Doo but I'm just not interested in the story. The characters are great but so far there have been no twists or virtually anything happening story-wise. Especially having finished Virtue's Last Reward a short while ago with all of the mysteries and mind-f*cks in that story it's easy to not feel impressed by P4G's story so far.
Granted they are completely different beasts. My point is that VLR kept me engrossed in the plot while P4G doesn't. But since everyone seems to adore it I'll continue in the hopes the story picks up again

Long rant is long.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So does anyone think the Vita will get better? on: October 13, 2013, 06:47:44 PM
Personally, I think the Vita is a brilliant system and with plenty of games (due in large due to Psn but still).
In addition, the feeling of the system (that is, the sleek design + the beautiful screen) is great. It just feels better in comparison to the 3DS imo.
Lastly, MGS HD + P4G + Virtues Last Reward + all dem Rpgs + Indies. Can't beat it
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 18, 2013, 10:29:39 PM
Just got a Platinum Trophy for the first time in my life. The Game: Virtue's Last Reward (PSVita).

Being a huge fan of 999, I couldn't wait to go into Virtue' Last Reward and wow, it was a good game. Still though, the ending was infuriating. Or perhaps, more specifically the lack of ending.
Yeah, there is mindfuck central towards the end but the single-most important thing in the entire damn story isn't even shown and yet the game has the audacity to tell you to save everything when you are physically incapable of doing so.
On one hand, it might be the most brilliant thing ever written but damn, it gives you mixed feelings.

Tl:dr, The game is clearly part 2 of three so significant story-related things aren't explained.

Either way, Kōtarō Uchikoshi has some pretty amazing ideas nonetheless.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 11, 2013, 09:50:25 AM
Lately, I've been playing Hotline Miami (PSVita) and 999 (DS) and I must say I like them both. I was quite surprised that I enjoyed Hotline Miami considering I merely bought it on an impulse. I had seen a couple of gameplay videos but wasn't that particularly interested. After reading a couple of reviews I though : "Ah f*ck it" and bought it. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story of it. It felt weird and sick but in a intoxicating way. I actually started to care about Jacket despite him being a borderline sociopathic mass murderer (well, towards the end anyways). I'll be buying the second one when it's released.

And oh my god, 999. Finished it and got all the endings. Wow, the true ending is such a mindfuck. I must admit that I didn't quite enjoy the absolute final thing
finding Alice in the desert. Like what the hell ?
but since I haven't played the sequel I suppose the answers will be found there. Either way, I loved it, it was amazing (despite having to solve the damn tutorial puzzle 6 times).

Once I'm done in the final exam nonsense I'll go play the Virtue's Last Reward on Vita.
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