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Subject: 999 (Nintendo DS)
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1  The Rest / General Discussions / 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.
2  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.
3  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.
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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.
4  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.
5  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.
6  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
7  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.
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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.
8  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
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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.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 21, 2013, 06:00:24 AM
So lately, I have been spending all of my gaming time into playing Persona 4 Golden (PSVita). It is awesome and it's brainwashing me. Hell, I've had the boss battle theme on my mind for days now. I've just finished the midterms exams so I'm fairly early in the game but it's a lot of fun. I love being capable of taking it with me wherever I go which helps since I moved to Japan as an exchange student. Can't wait to get back to it.

A couple of weeks ago I was playing 999  (DS) quite a lot. I managed to get two endings before I was swamped with studying so I haven't touched for some time now. And wow, those endings were so shocking. God, I loved it. Once I've finished P4G I'll probably get all the endings.

Lastly, I finished Bioshock Infinite which had quite the brainfuck ending. But since I'm a sucker for that I loved it. The gameplay itself was ok but it was really the setting and the ending that made that game good. Personally I didn't really care for Elizabeth.
10  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Spec Ops: The Line on: July 14, 2012, 06:27:03 PM
I just finished it earlier today and I loved it. Well, "loved" it would a weird word to use because of how extreme the game becomes. Let's just say it's a very powerful experience and often times downright disturbing.

In terms of gameplay it's actually quite good but there are two major faults. First the lack of weight to the guns, meaning it feels so easy and simple to fire and kill everything on your path. This flaw also stands out since the characters themselves feel heavy and realistic (which I liked). Secondly, this game is a bit too gameplay-oriented. Meaning you fight a lot of guys over the course of this game, luckily it is scaled back in comparison to other games but since this is trying to show a somewhat realistic view of the horrors of war it stands out.

Regardless I definitely recommend it. There were multiple moments that made me stunned and shocked with what was happening. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll put it in spoiler tags (nothing story/character related, just a description of a early gameplay feeling).
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Like when you start killing U.S soldiers without knowing if they are your enemies or not. Especially when you can hear people scream "friendly fire" from both sides yet no one stops.
I agree with people commenting on the narrative and atmosphere. It's really, really well done.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 20, 2012, 05:33:23 PM
Radiant Historia (DS) - Brilliant game. At the beginning of ch.3 when the game cranks up the difficulty somewhat. Fighting some boss who just kicks my ass to hell and back. I've figured out a strategy to take him down but I'm not doing enough damage for that plan to work so I might have to grind somewhat. For those who have played the game :
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It's the Alistel commander when Alistel is preparing to invade Celestia. He's surrounded with 4 self-destructing douchebags that annihilate me.
Shadow of Destiny (PSP) - Got ending E. Short game. Only took me about 2 and half hours but I liked it. Plenty of silly things in it but it kept me interested. Now I only have to find the remaining endings.

Lastly, if I didn't have an exam in two weeks I would start Valkyrie Profile Lenneth. It keeps teasing me, sitting there in it's case next to my bed. (or I'm hallucinating..)
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games you've basically "Memorized" on: May 16, 2012, 08:51:52 AM
For me, there is really only one game that I've practically memorized. There are other games that have a huge impact on me when I'm playing them but I don't know the secrets nor the location of items or something like that. More sentimental impact I suppose.

Anyhow,
Deus Ex(PC). God I've played this game so many times I've started to despise Liberty Island. With the exception of Liberty Island I still love playing through it with made-up challenges (like, no-kill runs or only use a baton w/e).
FFVI to the point where I can even get General Leo in my party without resorting to external means (with the fun side effect of getting Terra to make lesbian love to her own mom and even redefine the meaning of the phrase 'the circle of life').
Epic!
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 21, 2012, 02:41:19 PM
I bought myself a PsVita. Aside from a two annoying nitpicks I love it. It's super fast, very responsive and just "feels" great to use.
Also it came with Uncharted Golden Abyss, Modnation Racer and Reality Fighters. I'll probably never play Reality Fighters or Modnation but I've been playing Uncharted for a couple of hours. It's been good so far. The touch-screen commands don't really add anything but they are well implemented and don't detract from playing the game so I don't mind. Also the graphics are extraordinary (especially for a launch title). Nathan is still the extreme-sociopath-mass-murderer like in his previous games (just killed hundreds of people - better have a casual conversation about ancient symbols on rocks).

I also went and bought Persona 3 Portable (the 3rd time I bought that game...) and Corpse Party from Psn. I haven't tested P3P yet but I've been playing Corpse Party for a couple of hours. Wow, it's great! And oddly scary. Aside from the occasional bizarre dialogue ("buttering up my pooper" - Yes, that's an actual line from the game) it's been great.

*The annoying nitpicks: Playing Uncharted turns off the internet on Vita and the computer automatically goes into sleepmode which turns off your download (even when plugged in)*
14  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Binary Domain - The spiritual successor to Snatcher? on: February 26, 2012, 02:00:32 PM
I've gotten to ch.03 and I'm really enjoying it. The shooting mechanics are solid but what makes combat huge amounts of fun is the feedback from shooting the enemies .... well to quote Eurogamer.
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but the shearing metal and scattering components of Binary Domain's opponents is intensely satisfying
And that's true!

Now this game is definitely trying to imitate Western shooters but it's quite obviously Japanese made. You'll have the borderline angry black guy who uses "aight" repeatedly and you have to wonder what the fuck these guys were thinking. But on the other hand some of the set-pieces and bosses are amazing. The combat is hugely satisfying and the dialogue of the characters are interesting and fun (and since you can answer differently the dialogues changes).

At set intersections you can choose which characters you want with you and the dialogue changes depending on your choice. In addition, the routes you take during the mission are supposed to change but I haven't seen that happen so far. (Also, I don't know if the game has different endings, I haven't checked).  So far I've experienced a couple of short cutscenes and one that was genuinely shocking (due to how brutal it was) so the story has some interesting things to say for itself.

If you're interested in a "odd" game then go for it. That's why I bought it.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 18, 2011, 02:23:41 PM
Still trying to get into The Last Remnant, but nothing is grabbing me about it other than the music, which seems wasted on this game. The battle system is sort of entertaining but somewhat confusing - I pick some options and stuff happens, it seems I don't have that much control over it. Like every other game made by the SaGa team it has that half-finished feel to it, I tried to like those games too but I never could.
Well, personally I really like The Last Remnant. But it is definitely a game where you need to take the time to learn it, especially the skill system and combat system. There are a lot of behind the scenes calculations you can do to influence the flow of combat but the game won't really teach you any of it. Note that it's been a while since I played it but if I remember correctly the formations, the skills/weapons/stats of the characters can affect the flow of combat (amongst others). You don't need to check guides or FAQS but it would help (especially later on, when you encounter these super difficult bosses).

Either way, the game focuses more on combat/skills/equipment/obtaining characters then story and character development (there are a couple of cool characters to find though but I wouldn't expect a ME type of character development from them).

On topic: I'm currently with my family so I don't have access to most of my computers so I just restarted Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS). According to my first save, I had finished 93% of it and was close to the top of the castle but it's been such a long time I figured, why not just restart it?
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