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« Reply #60 on: August 30, 2016, 09:54:21 AM »

1. Radiant Historia
2. Xenoblade Chronicles X
3. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
4. Banished

5. Stardew Valley
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Wow.  What a game.  Once I finally called it quits, my game clock was pushing 140 hours.  And I still hadn't done everything I wanted to, although I have basically "finished" the game.  The game offers two tangible "endpoints": the end of Year 2, when your farm and impact on the town is evaluated, and the rebuilding of the Pelican Town Community Center.  I not only completed the Community Center, but got the highest evaluation at the end of Year 2, being awarded the Statue of Perfection.
However, there's plenty more to continue doing beyond this.  Of the 5 Character Skills you can level up (Farming, Mining, Foraging, Fishing, Combat) I had only maxed three of them, meaning I got them to Level 10.  Mining and Combat were still at 9.  Also, Stardew Valley allows you to get married and have children.  You can have two children, but I only have the one, a son named Abraham because my wife's name is Penny.  Get it?  Heh heh.  I'm not clever.  Either way, the game offers endless things to do.  Not only that, but the developer, ConcernedApe, will be releasing a massive free content patch this Fall, which is just the excuse for me to play it again, and for newcomers to purchase it and dive into this magnificent world.
From start to finish, Stardew Valley offered me a peaceful, but addictive, gaming experience, with charming visuals and music, likable characters, and simple but extremely satisfying game mechanics.  I honestly can't even think of anything to criticize right now.  Best $12 I've spent in a good long while.
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« Reply #61 on: September 05, 2016, 12:08:54 AM »

1.) King's Quest Ep.1/2
2.) History Legends of War: Patton (Platinum)
3.) Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Platinum)
4.) Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Platinum)
5.) Stranger of Sword City (Platinum)
6.) Trails in the Sky SC
7.) Stella Glow
8.) Adventures of Mana (Platinum)
9.) Trails of Cold Steel (Platinum)
10.) Ys: Memories of Celceta (Platinum)
11.) Final Fantasy X HD

Finished off FFX after a one year hiatus (well, short of 1 year by about 2 weeks). Would have finished a few days ago, except I kept trying for that stupid 0.0.0 race. Must have spent about 4 hours on it without any success. Closest I got was about 0.1.7 or some rubbish. Went into the final battle sans celestial weapons as I just wanted the game done.

Got the aeon to the second stage and those stupid stones kept reactivating while the aeon was sitting around 80% health. In something of a desperate move, I grand summoned Yojimbo and paid him 10,000 gil. He then used Zamato (sp?) and ended the fight. I thought'd he do Washiziki or something but no, he just ended it right there.

I lol'd, because I'd never used Yojimbo before this. Got to be near the easiest way to end a fight. Though I last played FFX when it first came out on PS2, it is by far from my favourite FF title.

 I might start FFX-2, as I enjoyed that more than FFX back in the day. There's just something about X that doesn't sit right, and I think it's accentuated by the long drawn out process of arenas and weird mini games you need to play in order to get the Celestial weapons. Granted they aren't mandatory, but in FF games I always approach it with the idea that they are mandatory. For me, FFX just doesn't click on the grand scale that it does with a lot of people, then again the same could be said for XIII and it's sequals - which I absolutely love (not that they aren't flawed), so go figure.

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« Reply #62 on: September 06, 2016, 02:52:04 PM »

You should DEFINITELY replay X-2, Ultra.  It's one of the greatest video games ever made.
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« Reply #63 on: September 06, 2016, 10:26:38 PM »

You should DEFINITELY replay X-2, Ultra.  It's one of the greatest video games ever made.

Replaying it right now actually, and it's an absolute blast. I guess it had been about 12 years since I last played this (came out 2004 right?) and I remember a bunch of negative press about it at the time because "Final Fantasy doesn't have direct sequels." Whatever. I know that type of thinking didn't colour my perspective at the time, but in the last dozen years or so I'd completely forgotten how much fun it is, and how much I enjoy that theme song.


Combat is so fluid (once you turn off the transformations), and the freedom you get is completely the opposite of X's path - basically it fixed whatever I thought was wrong about X in a lot of ways, a sentiment a lot of people have said about XIII to XIII-2 if I recall correctly.

What I'm not a fan of: the trophy progression. Seems like a lot of bare bones type of trophies and not very well spread out. That being said, I might attempt the platinum - as I recall there is no 0.0.0 racing to be done. Either way, I've only sunk about 4 hours or so into this, but what a blast it's been. Now I only need to refrain from booting up Cold Steel II until I beat this.
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« Reply #64 on: September 07, 2016, 09:40:07 AM »

X-2 was not made with Trophies in mind, so I guess that's why they feel.... off?

Also, XIII-2 ruined both the gameplay and story of its predecessor, while X-2 only "ruined" the story (it actually didn't, but you can't tell the haters that).  So... I actually tend to take umbrage at anyone comparing X-2 to XIII-2, since X-2 is one of the greatest games ever made and XIII-2 is the worst Roman-numeraled Final Fantasy ever made.
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« Reply #65 on: September 07, 2016, 12:32:26 PM »

X-2 was not made with Trophies in mind, so I guess that's why they feel.... off?

Also, XIII-2 ruined both the gameplay and story of its predecessor, while X-2 only "ruined" the story (it actually didn't, but you can't tell the haters that).  So... I actually tend to take umbrage at anyone comparing X-2 to XIII-2, since X-2 is one of the greatest games ever made and XIII-2 is the worst Roman-numeraled Final Fantasy ever made.

To be fair, FFX was not made with trophies in mind either, but it had a better progression than X-2, not that it really matters as I don't equate trophy progression to fun factor. As it stands X-2 seem like it gives you a couple at the beginning (6 hours in and 2 bronze trophies) and then dumps them on you at the end. Cold Steel felt like this too. I prefer them spaced out over time.

Re: X-2/XIII-2 - I rather enjoyed XIII-2, both the combat and the story, and enjoyed Lightning Returns even more than the previous two. While story points are up in the air, I can't agree with you on the XIII-2 ruining the game play part, I think it improved the combat system in it's speediness with paradigm shifts - which from my stand point are two things in common with XIII-2 and X-2. By comparison, XIII's combat felt slow when you went back to it, and X feels slow after coming from X-2. Additionally, I only made comparisons about the game's structure, not story - X/XIII locks you in a linear path, whereas their immediate sequels gives you non-linerarty for the most part.

I dislike monster collecting in most games, but I tolerated it with XIII-2 because the gameplay felt improved over XIII, and enjoyed it (well, both titles) more than I originally thought I would. I will likely tolerate it again in some form or another with it's addition in the remaster of X-2.
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« Reply #66 on: September 07, 2016, 02:27:32 PM »

Ah.  Yes, there are some quality-of-life improvements present in XIII-2's battle system, but my problem is that none of that matters since battles rarely last longer than a few seconds.  Just COM-COM-COM your way to easy victory in 90% of the game.  And even if you didn't use that Paradigm, very few enemies had any kind of survivability, so you could just mow them down with no strategy or planning.  People complained about XIII's battle system being "press X to win", when it wasn't like that at all.  But then they praised XIII-2's battle system, when it ACTUALLY WAS "press X to win!"  I never understood that phenomenon and, to this day, still don't.

XIII-2 is a bad game.

But I think I've gone totally off-topic at this point.
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« Reply #67 on: September 24, 2016, 05:52:21 PM »

Darksiders
Wild Arms
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
Saint's Row IV
Chrono Cross
Remember Me
Lego Batman 2

Kingdoms of Amalur - After almost 60 hours of playtime, I finished the main storyline at character level 36. Had a blast the whole way. There are still a ton of areas to explore, and quests to take on, but I'm done for now. Maybe I'll come back to it later as a different character build...

Rayman Legends - The credits have rolled, although there are still some levels yet to play. I am going to go for the extra "world" (only need 10 more Teensies to unlock it), but I'm not gonna worry about all of the Origins throwback levels, since I've already played through that game.
This right here is 2.5D gaming at its finest. It's an improvement over Origins in almost every way. Most levels are very well designed, and the production value is top notch. I'm even currently using one of the songs/tracks as my ring tone. This game reeks of personality, in a very good way. No doubt it shamelessly borrows certain elements from Mario, but it puts them to very good use. Feels more like homages than straight up forgery. This is an absolute must play for fans of the genre.
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