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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS Vita worth it for JRPGs? on: December 19, 2014, 04:59:47 PM
I've gotten pretty decent value out of my Vita, even if most of the games I played have been ports, such as Disgaea 3 & 4, Persona 4 Golden, and so on.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 18, 2014, 07:17:51 PM
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix (KH 2.5) - An hour into Roxas's story, and I feel they could have certainly shortened the prologue.

Persona Q - I finally started playing with the volume muted. Haven't done that with a game since EarthBound, though its music has since grown on me somewhat.

SaGa 2 DS - Beat it since I got lucky against the last boss with a Muse coming in to fully restore my party, but it's still better than the Frontier games.

Ys: Memories of Celceta - Still having a blast with this, and have crossed the big river.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 18, 2014, 05:30:12 PM
I beat Saga 2 DS today, sort of getting lucky on the final boss when one of the goddesses fully restored my party. Definitely better than the Frontier games in that it keeps points of no return to a minimum, although I had to grind/do sidequests such as the arena for 10-15 hours before I could beat the game.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth on: December 18, 2014, 05:01:43 PM
I've started playing this with the volume muted, since some idiot at Atlus thought it would be cute to not completely silence the voices when they're officially turned "Off". I don't need some moron telling me that their attack missed, that they leveled up, that someone's dead, and so on. I know some people can tolerate that crap, but I can't.
5  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 17, 2014, 05:20:29 PM
Reread The Hobbit in anticipation of the new movie in the trilogy, and definitely enjoyed it, though given my reading time of between one and two hours, they could have easily gotten away with just one film adaptation of the book, though they do use the appendices from the end of Return of the King to expand the prequel novel, so I've heard. I'm somewhat disappointed that The Hobbit received expanded film adaptation while major things were cut out of the film adaptations of the main LotR books, especially most of the second half of the book version of Return of the King, and changes such as the encounter with Shelob the spider occurring at the start of the RotK adaptation when in the books it happened towards the end of The Two Towers. Still somewhat prefer The Hobbit to the main LotR books, but the main trilogy definitely has its high points.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 14, 2014, 09:19:23 PM
I definitely prefer Reverse/Rebirth to the main story of CoM.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 10:45:33 AM
I don't care much for the SaGa games although I enjoyed the WonderSwan Color remake of the first game and have been liking the DS remake of SaGa 2, although I've had to do a fair bit of grinding for the final battles.
8  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 14, 2014, 10:44:41 AM
I'm more than halfway through the Redwall series, having finished the final prequel, Lord Brocktree, and I'm enjoying it aside from the author's stereotyping of specific species as completely good or completely bad.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 11, 2014, 09:56:47 PM
I don't really equate easy with boring, and more associate difficulty with frustration and pain and suffering. I have heard Bayonetta has mid-boss checkpoints, definitely a good anti-frustration feature.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 11, 2014, 12:28:50 AM
I didn't care much for Chrono Cross's battle theme, unfortunately the most common track in the game, but the rest is enjoyable.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 10, 2014, 05:40:03 PM
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - My progress has been somewhat sluggish, and I'm at floor three of the Group Date Cafe. It would have really, really helped if the translators didn't have characters address the chosen protagonist as "leader," maybe something else such as "sensei" would have sounded better. Thumbs down, for certain, but the game's not a total write-off, since the gameplay is reasonably engaging and strategic.

Saga 2 Hihou Densetsu: Goddess of Destiny - I'm still doing a fair amount of grinding for the final boss, and have messed around with different forms for my monster, and I did get somewhat far at one point against the last boss with my human protagonist as a healer, since I've gotten his spirit stat high.

Ys: Memories of Celceta - I'm only an hour in and have defeated the boss of the first dungeon. More than one of my top five RPGs are in this particular series, and so far I'm enjoying the hell out of it.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 09, 2014, 06:44:16 PM
Beat Milla's side of Tales of Xillia and will write a review this evening, having finished Jude's side as well. Definitely impressed with the game aside from some parts with occasional vague direction on how to advance (I had to Google to find the "girl in red" in one of the towns, having spent between half and a full hour looking for her) and a frustrating fight on Milla's side.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth on: December 05, 2014, 09:54:44 PM
I don't really care much for Japanese seiyuu butchering English words, and would rather they use actual Japanese names for skills/spells in their own voicework. So yeah...
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 05, 2014, 02:05:15 PM
I recall reading that QoS was being written as it was shot, which is almost always not a good idea.
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 04, 2014, 06:05:48 PM
Saw Mockingjay Part I with my folks today. They could've just done one movie out of the book since it only took me two and a half hours to read, even with a slowed pace, but it's all about money, dear boys and girls.
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