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Messages - Der Jermeister

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is)
« on: July 21, 2017, 01:15:34 PM »
My party:

Vaan - Shikari / Foebreaker
Basch - Knight / Uhlan
Penelo - White Mage / Monk
Balthier - Machinist / Time Battlemage
Fran - Archer / Black Mage
Ashe - Bushi / Red Battlemage

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is)
« on: July 21, 2017, 12:13:32 AM »
I got stuck on the King Bomb boss, but then I found out it's optional, so I may come back when I have more powerful weapons and spells.

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Saw the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Sort of unnecessary, but decent nonetheless. I liked the direction it took with its casting and acting, with a combo of stereotypical-sounding French characters and neutral-sounding characters still indicative of its setting, something I wish Personas 3-5 did with their voicework so the acting didn't sound completely race-lifted (hey, this is an RPG site, so...).

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is)
« on: July 16, 2017, 09:16:49 PM »
FF12 is basically Star Wars not in space, so I definitely understand criticisms of its plot.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 14, 2017, 06:16:44 PM »
I don't mind challenge, as long as it doesn't feel artificial or cheap or involves endless repetition.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 14, 2017, 05:46:01 PM »
I pretty much abide by the philosophy that playing a game should never be a chore.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 14, 2017, 05:17:30 PM »
I beat Vesperia PS3 and was generally satisfied. I got to assign Basch a class in FF12:TZA and made him a knight, based on his starting gear. I got slaughtered by a dinosaur in the desert, but luckily, the game autosaved when I entered the same area, and the game thus got a bit more respect from me.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:40:28 PM »
Star Wars itself is a ripoff of works such as Dune and The Hidden Fortress, so saying FFXII is a ripoff would be basically saying it's a ripoff of a ripoff. Regardless of the quality of the plot, I think it's freaking beautifully told. Alexander O. Smith is an awesome game writer.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 13, 2017, 05:15:54 PM »
I love Penelo at the beginning, but like most characters that aren't Basch or Balthier, the game kind of forgets she's there as it goes on.
One of my main complaints with Final Fantasy Tactics' storyline, where characters like Cidolfas are basically put on a bus when they officially join your party.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is)
« on: July 13, 2017, 05:14:29 PM »
I'm at the subterranean prison or wherever three hours in, and I have a party with Vaan as a Shikari, Balthier as a Machinist, and Fran as an archer, with Basch tagging along. I made Penelo a White Mage when I had her in my party. The turbo mode is definitely a godsend.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:32:33 PM »
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age - An hour in. @Klutz64 I agree about the music, it definitely gives me goosebumps. Made Vaan a Shikari based on his starting equipment.

Tales of Vesperia PS3 - After the crystal dungeon. The gameplay is good, but I don't like how you can't continue to attack enemies knocked down, and have to press R3 to cancel ally item usage, which really breaks the flow of battle  (along with attacks missing against downed foes)  and causes me to cut my combo short to press the button. Item use cancellation assigned to L3, on the other hand, wouldn't be as problematic.

Ys Origin - Haven't made any progress lately, and am still in the final third of Yunica's path.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 10, 2017, 07:59:57 PM »
Transistor to me was sort of like Parasite Eve meets Final Fantasy XIII, and I liked how it's somewhat accommodating to people who prefer variable difficulty, what with the self-imposed restrictions you can place on the gameplay.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 10, 2017, 07:29:36 PM »
Just caught this post and totally need to comment. I hold the same sentiment as you and to be honest, really did not enjoy my time with Transistor considering the praise it gets.

I mean, it isn't just the storytelling itself that comes across as pretentious but even the way the voice acting was handled. It is was like they wanted to make every simple statement wrought with notes of cryptic "meaning" and weight when in fact I couldn't care less because it didn't make a bit of coherent sense to begin with.
I'm really glad to hear that I'm not alone in this boat.  Transistor is one of those games that seems to get universal praise.  I think I had barely heard a single negative thing about it before I bought it.  And yet...I'm really not enjoying it.
Another reason I don't trust mainstream game critics, since I've played a boatload of games that got universal praise that I just didn't like, namely the Souls games, and while there are games that got similar adulation that I did like, in some cases as with Persona 5 and Ocarina of Time, I think they're a tad overrated or not as perfect as people claim.

Back on topic, I'm at the Heracles ship or whatever in Vesperia PS3, and think I'm a little lost.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 07, 2017, 11:47:40 AM »
Yeah, I'm playing Vesperia import, and there's a translation guide online.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:51:35 PM »
Beat Persona 5. Wouldn't call it one of the greatest games of all time, but I definitely prefer it any day to Persona 1 or both halves of 2.

I'm at the desert in Tales of Vesperia PS3 and am midway through Yunica's storyline in Ys Origin Vita.

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