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1  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.
2  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!
3  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.
4  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.
5  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.
6  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.
7  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.
8  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.
9  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
10  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.
11  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.
12  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.
13  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).
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.
14  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 :
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..)
15  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.

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').
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