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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 13, 2014, 05:02:44 PM
Beat Trails in the Sky First Chapter this afternoon. Sort of jumped the shark given the drawn-out final boss fights without save opportunities in between (I live in a place where blackouts and brownouts aren't uncommon) and the game leaving me wondering where the hell to go in town after the last battles, but I don't regret playing.

Was getting constantly OHKO'd by enemies in Wild Arms 5 until I figured out that assigning graph points or whatever to upper-level skills reduced my characters' HP. I'm also having a bit of trouble with the boss of the gobs' hideout ("Boss Olivier"...really), and am trying to conserve my healing items such as Revive Fruits until I find a tree on the overworld where they grow (I really love how the in-game world map doesn't freaking show where the trees are when you find them, unless I'm mistaken) or get more, while doing a bit of grinding as well.

Pretty much enjoying the hell out of Valkyria Chronicles III and haven't had any major problems.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A slime draws near! Command? DQ VIII hits iOS today on: September 10, 2014, 06:26:34 PM
I've seen from some English screenshots on the web that the iOS DQ1 still has Ye Olde Butchered English, but I do hope the translation has been somewhat modernized.
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 10, 2014, 03:50:27 PM
I would advise saving all stat and experience-increasing items for the absolute final boss fight of the main storyline (when you can access the menus), since Alicia's level goes down then and can't be increased by other means.
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2014, 06:21:13 PM
Shining Force is definitely one of my more favorite strategy RPG series, despite the potential for unbalanced leveling.

As for what I'm working on, I'm in the last dungeon of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky First Chapter Steam, just starting the fan translation of Valkyria Chronicles 3 (I thought the first game was somewhat flawed but liked the sequel much better), which is just as good as the second game thus far, and I'm working on Wild Arms 5, in the dungeon after the television studio and its puzzles, close to the dungeon's (hillariously-named) Sol Niger.
50  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2014, 11:07:09 AM
Personally, I feel all the original .hack games could have been one title, and I didn't like how the game merely tells players what happens outside the gaming world rather than showing what happens.
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: kotaku article on what FFXV means to the future of JRPGs... on: September 08, 2014, 09:24:12 PM
Personally, I prefer FF13's story to the gameplay, and fail utterly to comprehend criticisms of its narrative.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 07, 2014, 09:17:19 PM
I found the sailing and forced repetition of dungeon/puzzle-solving in Phantom Hourglass to be uncompelling, personally.
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: kotaku article on what FFXV means to the future of JRPGs... on: September 07, 2014, 05:50:15 PM
Final Fantasy just isn't a gold standard of RPGs anymore.
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 04, 2014, 03:52:44 PM
Saga Frontier 2 was definitely aural and visual porn, but the gameplay could have certainly been better, and I hated the points of no return towards the end. I got stuck having to fight the final boss with only about one life point per character, having expended them all during fights against previous bosses in the final dungeon. I did manage to beat the game twice in two different playthroughs despite having made that particular mistake.
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 03, 2014, 10:18:53 PM
Lucked out and beat Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon this evening. Not a fan, though as I've said before I may look into Awakening since it makes permadeath optional.

Also playing The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky and am in the final chapter during the tournament, and working on Wild Arms 5, where I'm towards the end of the Wayward Path, having defeated the second set of bosses after a bit of grinding due to the fact that they were OHKO'ing my characters.
56  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 25, 2014, 10:46:45 PM
Beat Suikoden Tactics and was generally satisfied in spite of spending about four hours in the last battles with no saving in between.

Still working on The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky and have

rescued the airship hostages.

Will soon start Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, now armed with the strategy guide.
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2014, 05:46:07 PM
Started The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC, and it's pretty decent thus far, completed the first mission and have to go to the tower.

Still working on Suikoden Tactics, and took me a few tries to beat the battle where Simeon is stranded and has to be kept alive. Don't really like missions such as that but I'm still enjoying the game.
58  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 14, 2014, 07:51:08 PM
FINALLY beat Bravely Default.  Had to fight the final boss three or four times, because my higher-risk quick-kill strategy (two Ninjas, one Thief, one Performer, Hasten World) was getting annihilated by the final form.  Eventually decided **** it and went for 3 dual-shield Knights with Blood Shields and Super Charge backed by a Spiritmaster.  Ultimate defense.  Man, that was a fun game once you get through the, uh, more repetitive parts. 

Definitely agreed on the repetition towards the end. I myself adopted a strategy against the last few bosses to lower their Magic Attack with the Pirate's special skills since it was mostly magic that got me in the tougher boss fights.

I myself am currently playing Suikoden Tactics (making this my second time). Definitely a good entry level strategy RPG with plenty of anti-frustration features such as the bubbles that appear above enemies indicating if they can move and attack you based on where you want to move one of your characters, and if you can kill an enemy with one blow. I'm actually not bothered by the potential of permadeath by non-story characters since, if you die, you can restart with retained experience, consumed items restored, and permadead characters revived.

Trails in the Sky FC via Steam will likely be my next game, and I'm thinking of going through Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon again with the official player's guide since I was definitely more in need of visual aid in the tougher battles rather than verbal aid, the latter not really helping me during my initial playthrough. Whether I enjoy the game or dislike it as I did before, I'll still likely play the 3DS Fire Emblem since it makes permadeath optional.
59  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 14, 2014, 07:46:40 PM
When he delivers his classic line at the end of the movie, it's pretty badass.

Ah, yes, the first cinematic burn ^^

I finished rereading Dan Brown's Robert Langdon thrillers. Kind of hard to place Brown's view on religion, since The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol are somewhat polar opposites in terms of theme. I'd rate the books Angels & Demons>Inferno>The Lost Symbol>The Da Vinci Code.

Also read the first two Outlander books and am hooked. I plan on rereading the Sword of Truth books as well now that a new one has recently come out.
60  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 10, 2014, 05:19:10 PM
Finished the Dead Red Mystery series by R.P. Dahlke about an ag pilot who solves mysteries, and they were decent reads.

I also have the Outlander / Lord John books by Diana Gabaldon and the Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown which I'll read (in the latter case reread).
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