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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 19, 2015, 05:11:32 AM
Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker [PSVita] - Progressed a bit further in the game. Just finished a fight with the Chrysalis. Singing robots for the win.

I am still surprised how deep this game is. And to be honest,
the fact you can build your own Metal Gear is a dream come true!

Loving it.

Also started playing Half-Life 2 [PC] - I still think it's highly overrated. But whatever, it's a good game when you want to kill time and shoot things. Which I wanted to do.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2015, 02:20:14 AM
Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater [PSVita] - Completed ! Such a brilliant game ! I must say that Volgin and The Boss (especially The Boss) managed to get me multiple times. While Volgin was more run and gun (literally), I had to sneak quite a bit in the Boss fight. Needless to say, it was epic when I finally took her down. Man, the aftermath of the battle was dramatic.

After completing the game, I noticed I had only gotten 51% of the trophies and I am almost considering playing it again. Such a great game. Not to mention that there were so many things I practically never used (since I was focusing on stealth run).

Maybe in the future.

Shortly after completing it I decided to go for Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker [PSVita]. The first 30 min or so I wasn't impressed with it. The controls were strange and I was being an elitist prick. "Oh my god, the graphics are so jaggy. The controls aren't so good. Whine whine". After about an hour of playing it I fell in love. And now, I've reached story mission 10 (a boss fight with Pupa).

Wow, Peace Walker is pretty damn good. Shockingly so. I was not expecting the gameplay to be this deep nor was I expecting the story to interest me so.

In fact, looking at the structure of Peace Walker it IS the logical progression of the franchise in my opinion. While one might think that the mission-based structure of it would do the opposite, it doesn't feel so. Quite the opposite, it feels more liberating. Do a story mission, progress the story then start tinkering with Mother Base and redoing old mission with Snake or even other characters while researching things and improving your Mother Base. It's a great cycle and it's easy to see why MGS V:TPP goes in this direction.

Playing Peace Walker has made me even more hyped for MGSV:TPP. Can't wait to do this in an open world and just mess around.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 31, 2015, 10:27:17 PM
Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater [PSVita] - Progressed a bit further, got into Groznyj Grad then got tortured by Volgin. That scene is brutal. Just woke up in the prison cell. Still a great game.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 27, 2015, 12:28:44 AM
To be honest, I didn't even know about his instant fatality attack. I started firing at him, managed to kill him before he escaped. I started to snipe the guards when I was hit by something which threw me into the previous area but I survived. I just presumed some of the guards had fired upon me.

Metal Gear Solid 3 : Snake Eater HD [PSVita] - Since I am completely hyped up for MGSV Phantom Pain I decided that playing Boss's story would be fitting before buying MGSV.
And man, MGS3 is so damn good! This is the first time I have played it with the improved camera controls which makes the game infinitely better. The old camera system was so bad it crippled the experience since you were incapable of seeing more then a couple of meters ahead of you.

Also, the camouflage system is shockingly good for the enemies. It's happened to me multiple times that I am sneaking through an area only to realize I am lying NEXT TO a guard. They sometimes blend too perfectly into the environment .

I just killed the Pain and am now on my way to the facility where Sokolov is being held. Also I managed to shoot and kill The End before actually fighting him!
I had read it was possible but this was the first time I was capable of doing it.


I'm assuming you dodged the instantly fatal homing rocket wheelchair counter then.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 25, 2015, 05:10:55 PM
Metal Gear Solid 3 : Snake Eater HD [PSVita] - Since I am completely hyped up for MGSV Phantom Pain I decided that playing Boss's story would be fitting before buying MGSV.
And man, MGS3 is so damn good! This is the first time I have played it with the improved camera controls which makes the game infinitely better. The old camera system was so bad it crippled the experience since you were incapable of seeing more then a couple of meters ahead of you.

Also, the camouflage system is shockingly good for the enemies. It's happened to me multiple times that I am sneaking through an area only to realize I am lying NEXT TO a guard. They sometimes blend too perfectly into the environment .

I just killed the Pain and am now on my way to the facility where Sokolov is being held. Also I managed to shoot and kill The End before actually fighting him!
I had read it was possible but this was the first time I was capable of doing it.

6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 20, 2015, 10:30:04 PM
Ys Memories of Celceta [PSVITA] - After running aimlessly through the forest, slaughtering every animal/beast/plant on my way I finally reached the village in the tree in the beginning and finally the story started picking up. At this point I am starting to like the whole amnesia subplot especially since Adol seems to have explored a lot of the forest. Also, it's just cool to be walking around and "finding" parts of your memories.

I have also gotten better at the combat, experimenting with different skills and dodging properly, not to mention that the enemies have finally gotten a bit stronger so it's not such a walk in the park.

We will see how it goes but I like it so far.
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 28, 2015, 04:37:25 AM
Cvilization 5 [PC] - So that just happened. I went back to playing as Germany taking over the world through military aggression. Currently I was obliterating the Aztecs, seizing three of their cities in succession and razing all of them down. So I decide to go for their capital and align my artillery forces in position to bombard the city. Since my military power is considerably more powerful than anything they have I bring the defenses of the city down, ripe for occupational forces to go in. However, my land forces aren't capable of reaching the city within the turn so I decide to just wait for one turn.

Then out of the blue comes a  f*cking city state whose name I don't remember and occupies the city.


Didn't even know that was possible. So now, a city state holds a capital city.

Well, the good thing is that I think I skipped the warmonger penalty since it wasn't my country that took the city.

8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 26, 2015, 07:47:04 PM
Killzone:Mercenary[PSVita] - I just finished it right now. A great game but the damn flamethrower guys kept kicking (burning) my ass off. I must da I really like the Killzone Universe, they really manage to drive home the point how war destroys everything and how horrifying both sides get when they are in conflict.

I want to play FF XV :(
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 15, 2015, 07:15:56 AM
Just like Ranadiel said, it's not so much a fix as it is merely patching up the plot holes (well some of them) to try and "fix" it. The only good thing was the Refusal ending like I mentioned.

In gaming news, I have almost finished Killzone Mercenary[PS Vita] again. I'm always so impressed by how beautiful that game looks. Though the AI isn't exactly the greatest thing ever seen, they seem to like rushing you (which is a pain to deal with) but other than that a great game.

Other than that, I just started playing FFX HD Remaster [PS Vita] in Japanese!!?. Needless to say, I don't understand everything which is sad to be honest. Considering I have been "studying" Japanese for over 3 years I should be WAAYY better then I am. But whatever, I pretty much know what's happening. If I could just read those damn kanjis....

Just met up with Sin in the beginning, fought the monster under the sea. Typical early stuff. Maybe I will actually finish this game now (or well, in these next two years).

Also, related news. Doom!Finally, the true Space Marine comes back.
Also, Fallout 4. My body is ready!
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 12, 2015, 03:15:22 AM
Firaxis ! You bastards!~

Civilization Beyond Earth [PC] - Started a new Huge Map with the intention of playing it for a long time regardless of who wins. My plan was to build an Great Colony and then as our military and tech was high-quality go to war and "unite" them under my colonial rule.

So after 550 turns of peacetime, war and colonial expanse (especially the cities of the African Union) the game starts crashing. A lot. It takes my awhile to figure it out but eventually I realize that the reason for this is that the damn AI is pumping out satellites which is probably overloading the amount of objects the game can tackle, thus resulting in a crash. I've read around the Internet for a fix but nothing seems to work except for a better computer (which is out of the question).

It's quite frustrating so if anyone has heard of this problem and knows a fix then please let me know.

After that I wasn't in the mood to start another map in Beyond Earth so I went to the next logical conclusion:

Civilization 5 [PC] - Started a new map as Germany again focusing on Conquest victory. To be honest, I don't care if I win or not but I will do the same thing and "unite" all of them under the German Flag regardless of who wins. I started with a big war against the Ottomans since they were being pricks and took over most of their cities, razing most of them down. They went from being the biggest country to small country with two cities and no army. After that I started a war with the Aztecs and am now obliterating their cities one by one.

However for some reason, Japan isn't liking my at all right now even though we were allies for a very long time. As far as I know they had no connections to the Ottomans or the Aztecs. Now their borders are next to mine to the East and unfortunately, their military force is technologically superior to mine. I had considered invading them but their forces are just too powerful for me right now. So I went for the Aztecs instead.

Right now, I am trying to speed up my research to upgrade my military units and hopefully close that gap. I have a feeling Japan might go to war with me soon, given their attitude towards me.

After a lot of Civ I decided to take a break from this kind of strategy and went with something I've wanted to play for a while. Which was

Mass Effect 3 [PC] Even though the endings of this game are atrociously bad the game itself is brilliant. The gameplay is smooth and fun to play. The weapons are way more responsive then ever before in a Mass Effect game but most importantly the atmosphere is absolutely extraordinary. It is the only game I know of where you are fighting a losing war and it really feels like it. When you are hearing about casualties in the millions and entire systems going dark, not to mention the atrocities happening back on Earth, it feels horrifying. As it should.

This is ultimately why the endings are all bad. You are losing the war throughout the entire game and then suddenly
space magic and you win the war. Just one button press and voilá. All the enemies dead, all the fighting over universe wide!
. It's nonsense.  There is one exception to this and the only ending I think is truly satisfying which is the Refusal ending. For those who don't know (or don't care) it's where
Shepard and co. do not launch the Crucible (space magic weapon) and actually lose the war with the Reapers. However due to the efforts of building this super weapon and Liara's records (which were hidden prior to the last battle) the next cycle of life is seemingly capable of creating this weapon and winning the war.
To me this ending is not only consistent with the tone (and feeling) of the game but it would "bypass" the
space magic
nonsense of the other endings by not showing it. Of course, it's really a band-aid on bad endings but it's at least consistent.

Finally, I started playing Killzone Mercenary [PSVita] again. I must admit I really like the Killzone series. Almost shockingly so. The Vita game is also quite beautiful with good gameplay. The story isn't amazing but it's fine for what it is. It's a good game to play and relax.

11  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.

12  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.
13  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)).
14  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..)
15  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.
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