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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2019
« on: April 05, 2019, 09:20:31 AM »
1) Megadimension Neptunia VII – FINALLY took out the brainwashed CPUs, after grinding about 10 levels or so (after I said doing exactly so wouldn’t work). I was still lucky, in the sense that they didn’t use too many specials. They probably still would have wiped me out had they spammed them. I went on to finish the game, which was a cakewalk in comparison to that battle.
Overall, a decent, but repetitive RPG. Almost too much micromanaging. The battles are well animated, and can be fun. I don’t know anything about the series itself, so I assume I would have enjoyed the story more had that been the case...

2) Infamous: Second Son – The best Infamous yet, even if the main character is near-insufferable. The controls feel a bit wonky, but it was easy enough to become acclimated. Neon power is my favorite. I had fun.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 22, 2019, 10:19:40 AM »
Recently started DQ XI. Just got back into Heliodor With Erik.
I'm enjoying the game so far. It's very easy on the eyes. I can see why some people got out of control with screen shots. Yeah, the synth music is a bit of a letdown, especially after the symphonic opening. However, the prior kind of fits, with this game being such a huge nod to the earlier games in the series...
On that note, I can see why newcomers to the series have been let down by this game's... 'simplicity'. To us who have played the older titles (I've played almost all since the very first, which came free with my Nintendo Power subscription), it's a large part of this game's charm.
Also, as with DQ VIII, I love the European accents. However, the silent protagonist is honestly weird in this day and age. I'd even take Mario-style outbursts over absolutely nothing.
Looking forward to the journey ahead.


Infamous: Second Son
- About 45% done. A solid upgrade to the series in general. It's nice to have a protagonist who has some personality, even if he is a bit of a douche. Having multiple powers is pretty bad ass. Some of said powers remind me of Saint's Row IV quite a bit, which is a very good thing.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 29, 2019, 01:19:50 PM »
Megadimension Neptunia VII - You know that battle later in the game; against the main 4 CPUs? The battle in which your success is almost completely determined by the RNG, no matter how strong you are? Yeah..., that battle is horse shit.
It's a big-ass sucker punch of a fight. Might even be enough to make me quit the game, because losing 2-3 characters before you can even act is garbage. Meanwhile, the CPUs' HP are through the roof.
Nothing before this even came close, in terms of difficulty. I can't see beating this, even if I grinded another 5-10 levels... Bah.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:02:10 PM »
Megadimension Neptunia VII - This game is weird (bear in mind I know Jack shit about the series itself), and I kind of feel like a creep for playing it.... However. I'm having fun, and it runs at a refreshingly quick pace. Plus, I don't hate the characters... Yet, anyway.
Just got to the Hyperdimension portion of the game. Starting with Noire's chapter. So much pointless content. Bring it on.

Haven't been playing much else lately. Mainly Minecraft with my son. Been on and off sick the last few weeks. Great way to spend the holidays.

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: December 25, 2018, 02:19:17 PM »
1) Wild Arms 2
2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
3) Mario Galaxy 2
4) Suikoden 2
5) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Butt Crack in Time
6) Horizon Zero Dawn
7) Lego City: Undercover
8) DoA 5: Last Round
9) Dragon Age: Inquisition
10) Tales o' Berseria
11) Ratchet & Clank [PS4]


12) Shadow of Mordor - GOTY Edition - I'd like to call it Middle Earth's Creed, but that doest take away from the fact that it's a fun game. Like most open-world style games, it starts to feel monotonous after a while... After about 15 hours of fooling around, I beelined for the end of the story. That's not a complaint, though. I had a great time playing. Love the unapologetic gore. Takes me back to Moonstone.

Sweet. Got my game/month average for the year.

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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: November 30, 2018, 09:24:16 AM »
1) Wild Arms 2
2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
3) Mario Galaxy 2
4) Suikoden 2
5) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Butt Crack in Time
6) Horizon Zero Dawn
7) Lego City: Undercover
8) DoA 5: Last Round
9) Dragon Age: Inquisition

10) Tales o' Berseria - Finished at roughly 65 hours. Completed most of the sidequests and minigames (I still have no idea how Character Cards works, but I beat all of the players).. Played on Moderate difficulty almost the whole time.
I enjoyed the dark twist on the story, but Velvet's angst felt a bit forced at times. Especially early in the game (although that may be because I got used to it over time). The mid-game lull where you are looking for earthpulse points felt a bit dragged out, and fetchy/backtracky. However, things really picked up upon the return to Velvet's hometown. The characters are likeable enough. None of them really stood out, but none of them annoyed me, either. I enjoyed the camaraderie.
I liked the battle system for most of the game. Very fluid, but Graces f is still my hero in that department. I say "most of the game", because I honestly got a bit tired of Braseria's battling after a certain point. I'll admit for the last 15% of the game or so, I let the AI handle most non-boss fights. It seemed to do a much better job that my button-mashing ass ever could anyway. Fun to watch.
In the end, I feel it's a good Tales game. I enjoyed it, but it felt a little too long to me. Mainly because of said mid-game lull. I don't consider it a landmark entry, but I enjoyed it more than Xillia and Graces f (aside from the latter's battle system, of course).

11) Ratchet & Clank [PS4] - Like every other Ratchet game I've played: Fun as hell; way too short. This is the closest they've gotten to the "like playing a Pixar movie" claim.


Gotta try for a 1 game/month average.

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Besides Korean dramas, I started watching The Good Doctor, an American medical drama based on a Korean drama.  It's a pretty formulaic American medical drama.

I haven't watched it, but the synopsis implies someone (presumably in Korea) figured mixing Doogie Howser and House would make for innovative TV.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 02, 2018, 01:24:59 PM »
^ You tryin' to say I don't know what I am doing??!!  ...You'd be right, most likely.

Really though, the Marsh Cave gets a shitload easier as soon as you get your hands on a Silver Sword (barring a stupid party comp like 4 Thieves),

Which is why i'd spend a lot of time grinding for cash on the sea/lake north of Elftown/burg/ville/whatever. 
The last time I played this game through was probably over 20 years ago... I don't remember the tedium of the Guruguru portion of the game, but that may be because I intentionally wiped the horror from my mind. I do remember the cakewalk you mentioned after class changes, though. Just having one of the Master Black Belts (or whatever they were called) could really turn the tide in your favor.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 02, 2018, 10:41:59 AM »
When I think of OG FF, I always think of barely making it through Marsh Cave (after a few tries) every time I played. Yeah, it's very early in the game, but that fucker is tough. Basically akin to running a gauntlet.

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It [2017] - I'm a huge fan of Curry's performance in the otherwise blah 90's miniseries version, so I was a bit skeptical about anyone else taking on the role of Pennywise... Skarsgard definitely made it his own, and his version of Pennywise is creepy as fuck. Consider me sold. Still, I prefer Curry's version, because his assault was more psychological; really messing with the kids' heads through nearly simultaneous silliness and scariness. While Bill's Pennywise is inherently more scary on the surface, the character is more streamlined, with the whole "I'm gonna getcha! Hee hee! I'm gonna getcha!" approach.
Anyway, as far as the movie itself goes, this was unsurprisingly miles above the original miniseries. The acting and and tone are great throughout. The beginning scene with Georgie really clues you in as to how much of a different beast than the original this is. However, I would have liked for Pennywise to have talked more (less CGI, please), and for there to have been a bit less reliance on jump scares. Still, a pretty good movie.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 29, 2018, 09:21:23 AM »
Tales o' Berseria - Roughly 40 hours in. Just re-visited the prison, and turned it into a hideout. Still enjoying the game overall. Dungeon design has been ho-hum throughout, but some of them still look great. The characters/story and battle system help keep things interesting. Plus, there are plenty of "fashion" items to make characters look ridiculous in cut scenes, which naturally adds to the appeal.
I'm wondering why money is even a thing. It's crazy easy to get rich in this game. Haven't worried about funds since the beginning. I suppose equipment enhancement materials would be considered the true currency, as I have to concern myself with stock at times, which is of course much more like real money.
All in all, good times. Solid Tales game.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:51:16 AM »
Especially because we have such a great group here (yes, even Frostillicus!)...



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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:09:17 PM »
As different as Rucksy, Frosty, and I are, we have the important things in common: coffee and RPGs.

Indeed. They are among the wonderful things that bring us together.


Coffee candy, though? Yes please.

I know I've mentioned this before, possibly even in response to Tomara mentioning coffee candy in the past, but I have to stay away from chocolate covered coffee beans, or I will eat them all in one sitting. Nothing like a combined sugar and caffeine rush to make you feel like your heart is going to explode.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 04, 2018, 10:25:32 AM »
I didn't like coffee until I was 31, when my son was born. It was pretty much necessary to make it through the first few weeks. I've actually met several people over the years since who also didn't like coffee, until they had kids.
Now, I love it. Nothing like a hot cup on a chilly Saturday morning.

On that note, @Rucks  will be pleased to know that I've already bulk-ordered some pumpkin spice coffee for the season, because it seems to be going quick. Cookie cutter as it is, it's damn delicious. ;)

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 02, 2018, 08:37:13 AM »
Mustard is great in coffee, D, you should try it

There's no way you're being serious... That sounds like a terrible waste of perfectly good coffee.



My haps: A month or so ago, I bought my family tickets for a special showing of My Neighbor Totoro. None of us had seen it yet.
The show was on Sunday. We all completely forgot about it.
Dammit.

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