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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2014, 04:31:36 PM
I was surprised myself, and I didn't completely skip over the sidequests or Social Links. My playthrough with the PS2 version did take me 60-80 hours, though, but again, I don't know.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2014, 04:04:22 PM
@Blace I beat Persona 4 Golden in around 25 hours so I'm not sure how longer you have and don't remember the specifics on when the game ends.

Bravely Default - I'm pretty much ready for this game to be over, having reached the final area, although the first boss slaughters me by making my party weak to all elements and massacring my party with Zeta Flare. I'll try to counter it by keeping the boss's Magic Attack power down with the Pirate's skills, and I've buffed up my party's magic defenses, got all the asterisks, explored the extra dungeon a little, and done most of the extra sidequests.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (iOS) - I'm an hour into Rydia's story, and I'm somewhat struggling due to a lack of healing magic, although two of the characters can randomly heal when they use their Band, and I have a few other helpful Bands as well that I've been leveling alongside my character's experience levels.

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (Tales of Symphonia Chronicles) - I'm near the end of Chapter 7 and I beat one of the bosses of the basement area of Altamira. Haven't needed to use my monsters often since I get characters from the first game in my party at most points.
3  The Rest / The Bazaar / eBay Auction for Pokemon White on: July 18, 2014, 09:01:24 PM
I had to put it on eBay since the item's resale is restricted on Amazon:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pokemon-White-Version-Nintendo-DS-2011-/231286418004?
4  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 16, 2014, 02:10:25 PM
Finished all the Dirk Pitt novels, both by Clive Cussler only and by him and his son Dirk, most of them were hit-or-miss for me, and I think the best one was probably Dragon.

Now I'm working on the NUMA Files books.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 13, 2014, 07:19:38 PM
I know Dragon Quest does the same with revival magic failing and it generally being difficult and expensive to revive deceased characters. Pretty much creates artificial difficulty, which I really don't like.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 12, 2014, 05:40:56 PM
Started Phantasy Star III. God that game aged atrociously...
IV seems to be the first PS to not look atrocious from the look of III (only ever played IV up to now).

I'm following a walkthrough because otherwise, I have zero idea what I need to do.
I do like that the dungeons up to now are fairly short. So it's not that bad to navigate them even with no map.

I found the in-game overworld maps in PSIII to be horribly inaccurate, although I did like the family generation system.
7  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 12, 2014, 03:19:23 PM
Finished The Wrong Girl, a Victorian paranormal fantasy novel about a girl locked in her home's attic by her earl father until Jack, a fire-conjurer, breaks her out and takes her to a place called the Freak House. Enjoyable, and I tend to prefer books written in the first person.

Still working on the Dirk Pitt novels by Clive Cussler as well, and am on the tenth one.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 11, 2014, 05:54:08 PM
Bravely Default - In Chapter 8 and have had to fight the same bosses before the four crystals over and over during the past few chapters. Thumbs down, for certain, but I'll still beat the game.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (iOS) - On Ceodore's Tale, after the airship crashes. The graphics could use some work and the music is recycled or nonexistent, but I'm otherwise having a decent time, and Auto-Battle is definitely a godsend.

Riviera: The Promised Land (PSP) - Beat this this afternoon and had a decent time with the game.

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (PS3) - I'm on Chapter 4 I think, and have Regal in my party. Some of the bosses have been tough but I'm having a decent time.
9  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 10, 2014, 04:26:09 PM
Read The Silla Project by John C. Brewer, a fairly engaging book about an American scientist wrongfully convicted and imprisoned but broken out by North Koreans and brought to their homeland to make nuclear weapons. I'm also working on the Dirt Pitt novels by Clive Cussler and have fairly enjoyed them.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 09, 2014, 07:07:25 PM
Saw the latest Transformers film today. Pretty much on par with its predecessors.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: July 09, 2014, 01:23:45 PM
The repeated boss fights towards the end are certainly off-putting, for certain, and it's at that point that the game has somewhat jumped the shark for me, but I'll still finish it.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: July 07, 2014, 08:08:16 PM
I'm definitely having a blast with this game, and have done well with a party of two physical attackers and two magicians. Definitely a good spiritual successor to Final Fantasy V.
13  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 06, 2014, 07:52:50 PM
Finished reading the Space Odyssey series by Arthur C. Clarke. I somewhat enjoyed the novelization of 2001 and 2010, but 2061 and 3001 didn't stick well with me.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 05, 2014, 11:44:38 PM
Watched the film pilot to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, which I found on par with the other films in the series, then again I don't think any of the Star Wars films are masterpieces, original or prequel trilogy, since I find all the films to be full of plot holes (for instance, in Empire Strikes Back, "We are fleeing into outer space with literally infinite directions to flee, however, we have decided we'll fly directly towards the fleet of Star Destroyers"), and shitty decision-making (like the Empire's refusal to shoot at the supposedly-empty escape pod with Artoo and Threepio in A New Hope, which would have prevented all events in the original trilogy). Lucas has a great imagination but isn't a very good writer, even with the help of people like Lawrence Kasdan.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 04, 2014, 11:50:45 PM
The thing that bothered me with Lost Odyssey was that battles were both long and horribly frequent.

At least with Persona 2 you could just spam fusion spells and have the battle over in at most 2 turns.

Too bad you have to use a guide to actually find fusion spells. Sorry, to me that's a sign of shitty game design.
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