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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: Today at 11:57:22 AM
Thanks for the responses guys!

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I guess replaying Kingdom Hearts 2 will clear up some of this for me. I really don't remember what happened in that game much since it was what 9 years ago? lol

I was referring to Terra's armor because his lingering will latched onto it when he became Xehanort's vessel.

Did they show when Sora was born that it saved Ventus from having a breakdown? I don't remember that happening. Or maybe it was just explained in some reports I haven't gotten to yet.

Now that you mention that Kairi wasn't in Destiny Islands, I for some idiotic reason didn't really make the connection of which character was her when I was playing through Aqua's story. Makes sense now. Kudos to you!

So this might not have happened yet and could be breaching Kingdom Hearts 3 territory, but has Ventus woken up from his slumber in Castle Oblivion yet? Or will he ever? And if he does or did does it affect Sora's ability to wield the keyblade or anything? This shit is deep. I never expected after playing the first one that this series would get so in-depth.


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Yeah KH2 probably would have helped a little, but oh well.

Lingering Will remains in the Keyblade Graveyard in order to endlessly mistake people for Xehanort and then kill them in cold blood.

It is literally the first or second event shown in the game (context for the scene in some of the reports) although you need to put some pieces together to understand the full implications. At the very beginning of the game, Xehanort is shown dropping Ventus off at the tilted tree on Destiny Islands, intending to let him die there. The game then switches over to Ventus's Station of the Heart where the place is crumbling as he looses himself to Vanitas (as explained by Xehanort to Terra and in some of his reports). Ventus then hears a voice that explains that it is a newly born heart that came to see him because it could tell he was in trouble (or something). The newly born heart then helps Ventus to stabilize his heart so that Vanitas can't take anything more from Ventus. Fast forward to the ending to the final episode where Sora goes to his Station of the Heart based on Riku's advice. When he talks to Ventus, Ventus comments that he knows Sora. The implication being that Sora was the newborn heart that helped Ventus back when Ventus was dying as Ventus never meets Sora in game and Ventus was dying on Sora's home world of Destiny Islands. Might be a good idea to rewatch these specific scenes in the trinity archive.

We have currently not been shown him waking up, and based off what master Eraqus said it should be impossible for anyone but Aqua (who is lost in the realm of darkness) to reach him. If I recall correctly KH3D's ending sequence implies.....something happened to him, but no real indication of what (I assume you haven't played it yet, but I can give spoilers if you want). As for will he ever awaken? Saving the BBS trio is the main goal of Sora and crew post KH2 (well at least until 3D when it becomes more of a step towards their main goal). So yes eventually he should be saved and given his birth by sleep as Ansem puts it.....no freaking clue what that means though. x_x

As for whether Ventus awaking would affect Sora's ability to wield a keyblade, probably not. Sora's keyblade came to him due to Ventus's heart (and the fact that Riku peaced out before it arrived), but Sora is the one who has been wielding it. I mean Ventus's ability was completely unrelated to when Sora reclaimed his Keyblade from Riku in Hollow Bastion as an example. When Ventus awakens, Sora may possibly lose access to his second keyblade since that is Ventus's keyblade.....but at the same time there are at least two instances where Sora/Xion/Roxas have had three keyblades out and active at the same time, so it is possible that Sora somehow has access to a third keyblade different than the one he got on Destiny Islands and Ventus's keyblade, which would allow him to dual wield still once he loses Ventus's keyblade.....no freaking clue where that one comes from though.

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Yeah when I was playing the Ventus storyline I had no idea what was going on with Sora and whatnot until after the final episode so going back and watching those scenes is a good idea. I probably should have watched the Re:coded scenes before asking some of these questions. Having Yen Sid tell Riku and Sora they need to complete the Mark of Mastery to combat a revived Xehanort made that 3 hours of mind numbing garbage worth it haha. I'm so glad I didn't have to play that game, it was boring for a majority of it until the end when stuff actually starting happening.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 24, 2015, 01:37:24 PM
Thanks for the responses guys!

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I guess replaying Kingdom Hearts 2 will clear up some of this for me. I really don't remember what happened in that game much since it was what 9 years ago? lol

I was referring to Terra's armor because his lingering will latched onto it when he became Xehanort's vessel.

Did they show when Sora was born that it saved Ventus from having a breakdown? I don't remember that happening. Or maybe it was just explained in some reports I haven't gotten to yet.

Now that you mention that Kairi wasn't in Destiny Islands, I for some idiotic reason didn't really make the connection of which character was her when I was playing through Aqua's story. Makes sense now. Kudos to you!

So this might not have happened yet and could be breaching Kingdom Hearts 3 territory, but has Ventus woken up from his slumber in Castle Oblivion yet? Or will he ever? And if he does or did does it affect Sora's ability to wield the keyblade or anything? This shit is deep. I never expected after playing the first one that this series would get so in-depth.

3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 23, 2015, 04:26:06 PM
Finished everyone's story in Birth By Sleep Final Mix (including the final episode and secret episode). I have myself some questions I was hoping people could answer seeing as I'm in catch up mode for KH3 and this is the first time I've played through it. I'll use spoilers just in case. I also haven't played KH2 since it came out so I'm rusty on what happened in that game.

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So, first question (or I guess remark). Sora basically got his powers from Ventus through their connection? Ventus is potentially inside of Sora somehow? Ansem (who is also DiZ from KH2) takes in Xehanort who has lost his memories? That scene we see with him talking to Aqua trapped in the darkness with her was actually in the future right? They don't explain that very well. Also, Xehanort still has control of Terra's body, so his armor is where? I forgot. I haven't played Chain of Memories yet so If I'm breaching questions they will explain let me know. I also read somewhere that Kairi is originally from Radiant Garden which was in this game, but I never saw her outside of Destiny Islands.

I'm sure I had more questions last night, but that is good for now.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 07, 2015, 03:16:30 PM
Thanks for the responses everyone. Ventus it is then.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 06, 2015, 10:28:42 PM
Finished Terra's story last night. I was completely taken by surprise how short it was. It only took 12 hours. I was really enjoying it and then it just ended. I don't know who to use next. I guess Ventus? I'm really intrigued to see their side of the story.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: January 03, 2015, 09:24:41 PM
Yeah I was using Blackwall the whole game so I knew something was fishy. Still was annoyed by it though. Changed my entire perception of him.
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 02, 2015, 05:24:14 PM
Been going back and forth between 3 games lately. Still playing Tales of Hearts R (at about 7 hours) and it might be my least favorite one I've played recently. Just has no spark and the characters and story are too childish for me. I'll keep going, but other games get higher priority. Especially Birth by Sleep HD. Loving this game, having never played it before. Reminds me of why I loved the first two. Also bought an iPad Air 2 64 GB the other day and downloaded Final Fantasy V and VI since they are the only games in the main series I haven't played through and I managed to lose both of my GBA cartridges. Love the new updates to the art and whatnot. Started with V instead of VI because I love the job system. I also downloaded Dragon Quest II (already had I on my phone).
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 01, 2015, 11:45:08 AM
I slightly preferred Rise over Dawn, but the series itself has been a pleasant surprise. I was never into Planet of the Apes and these films have me looking forward to each new installment. Curious Case of Benjamin Button is one of my favorite films. I just love the journey that character goes through and how the film shows us how every little decision can end up affecting so many different people.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 28, 2014, 05:27:06 PM
Unfortunately, some of the lore just got me more confused because I haven't played Birth by Sleep or Chain of Memories. I think I'm going to play Birth by Sleep HD next to understand Dix and Xemnas a little better, followed by Chain of Memories. Saving that one for last because I still am not looking forward to the card crap. Probably will just play it on easy. Everyone let me know if this is a bad idea or if I should play Chain of Memories first.
If you have lore questions feel free to ask here or in PM. I know KHs lore inside and out for the most part, and I would love to help you make sense of the lore.

As for order, I would say that you should play CoM before KH2 and I would probably put BBS after KH2. If you aren't planning on replaying KH2, then I'm not sure there is a need to play CoM as I don't recall there being much new in terms of overall lore. CoM is mostly there to explain why Sora was missing for the 358 days between KH1 and KH2. Meanwhile, the Reverse Rebirth portion is primarily there to advance Riku's storyline, which then got ignored in KH2 as they decided to change where they wanted him to be or something (which is slightly disappointing since I love where he ends up in Reverse Rebirth). I mean there are some mysteries introduced, but if you have played KH2 you should know the answers to all of them already. If you do end up skipping CoM, I would recommend looking up what the exterior of Castle Oblivion looks like, as Castle Oblivion does come up again in the lore (although it is not named during that appearance).

Side note, took me a while to realize you meant DiZ when you said Dix. You really won't learn anything about him in BBS. Everything you learn about DiZ occurs in the KH2 Ansem reports and KH2 itself.

Speaking of BBS, I beat it last night, secret episode and all. All that is left for me now is destroying the four post game bosses three times over.....oh god I just know in my gut that No Heart is going to make me cry many times today. I'm sure Unknown will make me cry several times as well. *sigh* the shit I go through for 100%.....oh fudge I forgot about that infernal hell spawned rhythm game I still need to address. Why did they need to attach a trophy to that hell spawn. >.>

I don't remember much of KH2 so I'll end up replaying it. I'll make sure to play Chain of Memories first this time.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 27, 2014, 08:31:16 PM
Finished up the story in Dragon Age Inquisition this morning (110 hours of playtime total) so my next goal is making sense of the Kingdom Hearts story since it has eluded me since I finished Kingdom Hearts II back in 2006 and I just got the second collection in HD. I never played Chain of Memories because the card based gameplay was a complete turnoff. I beat Kingdom Hearts HD last year and went through and watched all the cutscenes from 358/2 Days today. That story was actually pretty good and added alot to my understanding of the second game. I remember not liking the game itself and watching it today I was like "yeah, I'm so glad I don't have to actually play all these sections that are just pointless padding in the form of missions". Unfortunately, some of the lore just got me more confused because I haven't played Birth by Sleep or Chain of Memories. I think I'm going to play Birth by Sleep HD next to understand Dix and Xemnas a little better, followed by Chain of Memories. Saving that one for last because I still am not looking forward to the card crap. Probably will just play it on easy. Everyone let me know if this is a bad idea or if I should play Chain of Memories first.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 26, 2014, 04:41:08 PM
Got Tales of Hearts R for Christmas and since the PSN servers and the Dragon Age servers have been down for over a day now and I was about to beat the game I just went ahead and started Tales while I wait for those to fix. It's pretty solid so far. The Japanese only audio really throws me off because I'm not one of those people that plays with the original audio if it is available. I actually find it really lazy that they did not do English voice acting, but this is obviously better than not getting the game at all. Characters are pretty lame so far, but the combat is good and I like the soma system. This sound more negative than I intended. I really am having fun so far haha.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 26, 2014, 10:14:04 AM
Indy Public Library just gave all of their employees Christmas bonuses for the first time in it's history.

an even more curious development is that everyone gets the same $500, regardless of position. 

This would actually make me incredibly happy if it wasn't such a blatant attempt to obfuscate the fact that our management is currently in a labor dispute with our union...

The higher ups want everyone to get a 2% raise, and the union wants a dollar an hour. 2% would mean that the higher ups get about 3500 a year extra while the peons get around 750, but a dollar an hour means we all get about 1000 more.

You can all see where this is going...

MAKE A HUGE DEAL ABOUT EVERYONE GETTING THE SAME BONUS THEY DIDN'T ASK FOR (and will never get again), AND THEN USE THE GOODWILL TO MASK THEM QUIETLY PASSING A RESOLUTION TO GIVE THEMSELVES A HUGE RAISE AT THE COST OF THE REST OF US!

bunch of slimy fucks

Wait, you work at the Indianapolis Public Library!? I work about 30 minutes away at the Lebanon Public Library. I'm the manager of the Audio/Visual Department. Our management is going all over the place too trying to find a new director.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 24, 2014, 12:22:34 AM
The Crestwood Dragon is definitely the glitched one. I beat it twice and it never counted. Went ahead and did the Abyssal Dragon quests in the Western Approach to fight it since it was the next easiest after the Crestwood Dragon on my playthrough from 60 hours ago. Beat it and the trophy finally popped. FINALLY!
14  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: New Devil May Cry, bitches. on: December 23, 2014, 05:39:25 PM
I wouldn't mind replaying through Devil May Cry 4 with trophies this time. I really liked that game. I still have my collector's edition tin for PS3. As for DmC, as much as I loved it more than most, I can't say I will buy it again.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 23, 2014, 12:25:13 AM
Killed 11 dragons now and still no trophy... seriously Bioware fix this shit.
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