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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 14, 2018, 10:32:46 PM »
I sort of wish Square-Enix would more look to the original SaGa games (the remakes, specifically, 3 being my favorite of the series) for inspiration as to how to continue the series instead of having obtuse mechanics and having potential unwinnable situations with points of no return (specifically in the Frontier games). I haven't played any of the Romancing games, but will eventually get to them someday.

I'm still working on Resonance of Fate, and am in Chapter 9. I gained a shitload of levels in an optional dungeon a few chapters earlier, but many of the bosses just pwn me, although I've beaten them after a few tries.

I have five hearts and two stamina upgrades in Breath of the Wild, and am at the tower surrounded by a bog where I have to stack metal crates in the mud to cross to the tower itself.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: May 14, 2018, 04:36:59 PM »
I'm watching Rurouni Kenshin on Netflix. Definitely digging it, love the political / historical aspects and occasional humor that shows it doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:59:30 PM »
Beat Etrian Odyssey V a few days back. Definitely had a good time, and the final boss was manageable with skills such as that increasing HP and items such as that which cancels enemy buffs.

Dicking around in Breath of the Wild, searching for shrines before I go to Karikiro Village or whatever it's called, and I've activated a few towers along the way.

The arena's still kicking my ass in Resonance of Fate, so I'm working on other sidequests, think I'm in Chapter 9.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 28, 2018, 10:11:59 PM »
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth - Working my way through the Fifth Stratum, completing bar missions as they come.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - I've somewhat gotten past the early-game hell, and have completed all four shrines on the Great Plateau, and I think I have a good idea of where to go next.

Resonance of Fate - Working on getting coins and my rank up at the battle arena. Those scopes for my guns definitely make a world of difference.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 26, 2018, 04:24:28 PM »
Etrian Odyssey V - Starting to explore the Fifth Stratum.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Wow, this game has already jumped the shark for me, since I'm not far and already I've had to look at guides, which haven't helped much, and there's absolutely no memorable music. I always get suspicious when review sites give near-perfect scores to games, and I was right to suspect them of bullshit. The combat is okay, but this game is on track to becoming one of the most overrated piles of shit I've ever played, and makes me lose even further trust in the mainstream game media.

Resonance of Fate - I've got scopes for all my guns and have had an easier time.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 24, 2018, 07:58:45 PM »
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth - I've reached the Fifth Stratum, and have largely been smoothly sailing through the bar quests.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - I don't like the lack of music, but this has otherwise started out good

Resonance of Fate - Trying to scrounge up some money so I can buy weapon parts like the scope that gives my guns long-range capability.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:42:18 PM »
Beyond the Beyond also had memorable character designs, but not in a good way, all the characters looking as though they had Down syndrome, and I didn't care for Final Fantasy Tactics' noseless designs, which really clashed with the serious nature of the game. Typically, I'm not a stickler for character art, but things like those really stuck out for me. So on the whole, memorable character designs for me tend to be far more negative than positive.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:11:36 AM »
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth - Beat the Second Stratum boss, got access to master classes, and am in the third now. The guild hall music is freaking amazing.

Resonance of Fate - Farming for green hexes so I can link terminals to the next story area and hopefully stand a chance against its boss.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 02, 2018, 01:24:25 PM »
I gave up posting on message boards for Lent.

Anyway, I beat Salt and Sanctuary during that time, and despite dying more often due to falls and regular enemies than to bosses (most of which, including the last, I beat on my first try), not to mention the minimalist music and narrative presentation, I definitely found it more enjoyable than the Souls games.

Slowly making my way through Etrian Odyssey V, and I've put Resonance of Fate on hold for a while.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: February 11, 2018, 05:30:13 PM »
There are other RPGs with visible encounters that do them somewhat poorly, like Grandia and the SaGa games, where enemies charge you regardless of strength.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn
« on: February 10, 2018, 10:39:47 PM »
The soundtrack felt somewhat phoned-in, as for me has been the case with most Western RPGs, but it was definitely my favorite title of the last year.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:48:55 PM »
I beat Super Mario Odyssey. Got it instead of Breath of a Wild when ordering a Switch over the phone (since GameStop's site was giving me trouble) due to a fuck-up on their part, but I'm definitely glad I got to play it, and Zelda will be my next Switch game.

I also finally got through Chapter 4 in Resonance of Fate, and only needed to recover the statue's health once with 50,000 Rubies, barely scraping through the boss battle at the end of the Forest of Idols.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: February 09, 2018, 03:15:17 PM »
I think any text should be skippable as well, particularly for players such as I who would rather read the dialogue than listen to every voiced line completely.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 09, 2018, 12:04:36 PM »
Well, for me, analog stick if you can move diagonally, but for just four directions, the d-pad is fine.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: February 07, 2018, 06:17:41 PM »
Unnatural battle dialogue. Even popular RPGs have it. Like, who the hell shouts "No good!" when defending an attack? (Vexen in the Kingdom Hearts games)

One of the biggest offenders in my mind is Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete where they shout things like "Ferocious wind!" and "Mega magic flame!" That's actually *worse* than shouting the names of attacks.

The shouting of attack names in Tales of Symphonia was at least bearable since characters tended to preface it with something like "Are you okay?" and "Don't overdo it."

One of few games that did battle dialogue right in my mind was Final Fantasy X, which was very subdued in that regard, and they said things before defeating foes like "See ya!", "It's over." or "Farewell!" before offing foes.

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