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Hathen

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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #30 on: April 23, 2016, 01:39:49 PM »
Less time to play other games between some real life stuff and doing that FFXI journal of mine, but I finally finished one- naturally, it was on a handheld console.

1. Bravely Default

Like a lot of people I trailed off playing the game after Chapter 5 and never actually finished it completely. I'm kind of wondering if anybody actually waited until all the clues were revealed in Chapters 5/6 before getting the early ending for the game- since JRPGs usually make choices fairly obvious it was already kind of fishy to me right from the first time it asked you to take variable control in a story event. But I guess that's a problem with being genre-savvy in any medium. Had some fun trying to piece out the plot from all the crazy stuff the plot threw at you, though I'm pretty sure there's some things that were unresolved (intentionally, perhaps).

After actually playing through the rest of the game, I honestly don't think Chapters 5-8 are as bad as people say (though I doubt I'd be saying this if I played the original version rather than the one which lets you turn encounters to 0)- but maybe that's all the years of MMOs and open world games rotting my brain! Pretty much every Chapter had something important being revealed, and if you wanted to you could actually blow through Chapter 4-8 very, very quickly with the airship able to take you directly to where you need to go.

Still, I opted to fight just about every single boss that came up, because that's a big chunk of the reason I got interested in the game to begin with. The boss fights were really varied and challenging, and I had a lot of fun playing with all kinds of job combinations (provided you avoid reading guides like me until after you beat the game so you don't use popular cheese strategies like the Stillness loop).

Definitely going to pick up Bravely Second...assuming I come across a US copy somehow. Otherwise I gotta wait a couple months. Stupid region locking.

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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2016, 10:00:22 AM »
Darksiders
Wild Arms
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Saint's Row IV - Good times. As usual in Saints games, there's a great sense of humor throughout. Compared to SR3, the only real differences are the addition of superhero powers; alien enemies and weaponry; and some activities being different as a result. Most side missions consist of simply completing said activities across the map. There really aren't enough original missions in the game. In that regard, it's obvious this was an expansion turned full game, and I honestly think I would have been a bit pissed if I had paid full price. I didn't pay anything close to full price though, for the game and all of its DLC, so I enjoyed the shit out of it.

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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #32 on: April 25, 2016, 11:27:53 AM »
1. Trails in the Sky SC
2. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
3. Legend of Legacy
4. Stella Glow
5. Nights of Azure.
6. We Know the Devil

7. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
8. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest

I didn't expect it, but Conquest was actually difficult. Nice variety of objectives as well. However, the plot seems rather... wobbly. Lots of characters doing dumb things. Birthright was entertaining enough, but very same-y.



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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #33 on: May 26, 2016, 11:59:17 AM »
1. Radiant Historia
2. Xenoblade Chronicles X

3. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
Really enjoyed this one!  Absolutely loved the re-worked game mechanics, so much so that I will have a very hard time going back to Awakening or any of the older games.  The way you unlock Skills and customize characters in this one was addictive as well, and finding OP skill combinations was unbelievably gratifying.  Unfortunately, there really isn't a lot for you do with those powerful characters once you've built them.  I completely and utterly slaughtered the final stage, and all of the story DLC doesn't allow you to use your own custom characters (and is, therefore, completely worthless).  Castle battles aren't a good recourse, either, because they're populated with cheaters.  So, now that I have my lovingly-crafted army of powerful units... I guess the game is over.  Although I enjoyed my time with the game (about 130 hours), I can't help but come away from it with a small sense of regret over spending all that time on it, since there wasn't much payoff.
4/5 though, for the battle and growth mechanics and likable characters.  I really fell in love with the cast here, they're all really great, even if there are a few that are a bit forgettable.

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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #34 on: May 26, 2016, 01:06:31 PM »
1. Persona 2: Innocent Sin
2. Final Fantasy III
3. Half-Minute Hero
4. Zero Escape: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
5. Strikers 1945 (at the arcade bar with a friend)
6. Star Ocean: First Departure
7. Shining Force III

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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #35 on: May 27, 2016, 02:38:30 PM »
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)

Went from DOTT -> Fire Emblem Fates -> Stranger of Sword City. FE lost steam for me around Chapter 23,  will probably pick it up again, but I still need to beat Stella Glow as well. As it was, I wasn't really feeling the whole SRPG thing at the moment, and so I snagged Stranger of Sword City. This game is what I had hoped Operation Abyss would have been (as a follow up to Demon Gaze), but was not due to the older system of that game.

Sword City felt more like a continuation from Demon Gaze, and I was hooked in by that great art style from the get go before it was announced for NA. There were about two frustrating difficulty spikes in the game, but it is nowhere near as grindy as Demon Gaze was. The Perma-death isn't really an issue as long as you've got some decent characters on the benches waiting for their turn. Currently about 45 hours in, and just a few more trophies left, none of which should be very difficult. Overall a very solid DRPG experience. If you enjoyed Demon Gaze, this improves on it in everyway.

Edit - Stranger of Sword City, Platinum Get!

Merlin Dolls were literal life savers in the final fight. Honestly not sure how your tank is supposed to survive those multi-hit KOs. My tank was dying 3 times per turn lol. Honestly, this game was head over heels better than DG, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Spent time grinding in the end looking for that last lineage, but it never turned up, and just went through the final boss gauntlet - which was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. Total game time clocked in at 51:56.
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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #36 on: May 28, 2016, 03:32:24 AM »
1. Trails in the Sky SC
2. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
3. Legend of Legacy
4. Stella Glow
5. Nights of Azure.
6. We Know the Devil
7. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
8. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest

9. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation

Finished this one a while ago, but whatever. It's Fire Emblem. I Love Fire Emblem and will always love Fire Emblem. Well, as long as they don't up the waifu/husbando bullshit beyond this point. Actually, they should just tone it done. The baby making thing too. I'm sure there are ways for characters to bond that aren't an insult to good storytelling and common sense.

10. Stranger of Sword City

I wanted to love it more than I did. I like the genre, but I'm getting tired of outdated design choices that solely exist to eat up the player's time. The difficulty spikes didn't help either. Great artstyle and atmosphere, though.

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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #37 on: June 05, 2016, 04:41:16 PM »
1. Lost
2. Bulletstorm
3. Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day
4. Red Faction: Armageddon
5. Persona 4 Golden
6. Ico
7. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
8. Atelier Escha & Logy

9. Etrian Odyssey Untold
I really enjoyed it. The bosses seemed easier than I remember but that is probably from just being more familiar with the series.

10. Tomb Raider (PS4)
The game was a lot of fun. Seeing Lara wounded repeatedly, not so much. I preferred the first half of the story although it is a Tomb Raider game so the way it went wasn't totally unexpected.

11. Sleeping Dogs
The game had charm. I had more fun with it than I expected. 

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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #38 on: June 14, 2016, 06:56:34 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

Finally, finally, finally beat Trails SC. After playing it on and off over the past few months since it's release, I decided there was no better time than now to finish it. Had about 1/3 of the game left I think, and the finale was well paced. Overall a fitting end for the duology and a satisfying experience. Kind of wish I'd beaten it sooner now.

I suppose either Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or Stella Glow will be next, as I am part way through both though I'm not sure which I want to play. Maybe I'll just say forget it and play DQ4 or start Trails of Cold Steel.

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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #39 on: June 14, 2016, 03:06:34 PM »
1. Radiant Historia
2. Xenoblade Chronicles X
3. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

4. Banished
This was a really fun and sweet little resource management RTS type game.  A nice and peaceful fusion of Harvest Moon with Age of Empires: keep your village alive and eventually make it thrive.  No magic.  No war.  No crime.  Just a peaceful agrarian society.  You'll smile in relaxation when a rain storm starts and the sound of distant thunder echoes through your headphones.  Your heart will swell when you zoom all the way in and watch workers and children walk through the streets you built on the way to the Market, passing by beautiful shade trees or the town well.  You'll brim with anticipation when a promising young child reaches adulthood and you know it's time to build another house and expand your town further. 

That being said, the base game definitely has some problems.  First of all, even though time passes in seasons and the game tracks the number of years your town has existed, your Villagers do not age 1 year for every year that goes by.  They age faster.  This was probably done to speed up the pace of the game, but it shatters immersion, which is a key element to any game like this one.  You don't want to see that your town has existed for 15 years and you have Villagers who are pushing 80.
Second, there is precious little available in the base game, too.  You've got more than your usual "food and resources" things; stuff like Schools and even the convenient Town Hall.  But really, it's kind of sparse.  Once you've set up a few resource-producing buildings and have your Food production coming in regularly, there's nothing further to do except do all of that again in a different part of the map.  There's a challenge to expanding while keeping production and population stable, of course, but it loses its luster quickly.  And there are some obvious things missing that make you scratch your head; you work hard to get your hands on a pair of Cattle and they don't even produce milk.  No dairy at all.  Just Beef and Leather.  What the heck?  What pre-Medieval agricultural society didn't have Milk?

Now, the good news is this: every single one of these complaints can be fixed with Mods.  Free mods.  In fact, there's a MegaMod called Colonial Charter that basically gets close to TRIPLING the amount of content in the game, so that solves the problem of content.  I myself used the Cows Produce Milk mod, which adds a new building called a Creamery, as well as the One Year Is One Year mod which made the Villager aging make sense.  Really improved the game a lot.  However, mods do not give this game a perfect score.  Why?
1) Because even with all the added content, there's still not really a defined end goal that you're working towards.  You just build your town until you get tired of it.  This isn't necessarily BAD, but it's not optimal for my tastes, so of course YMMV.
2) Achievements are disabled if you're using mods, so that takes away from some of the incentive to play as well.  And working to unlock those achievements in the sparse base game can be a chore.

So overall, it's a good game, but with some issues I couldn't ignore.  Still, it gave me happy feels for a couple weeks and I ultimately put about 40 hours into it.
Base Game: 7/10
With Mods: 8.5/10


I'll take a short break from gaming for now and read another old Star Trek TNG novel.
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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #40 on: June 20, 2016, 12:19:11 PM »
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

Finished up Stella Glow late last night with the True Ending route. The game itself is filled with a lot of tropes, and the super power of friendship, but I still really enjoyed it overall. Solid SRPG that took about 46 hours or so according to my 3DS. Now that it is out of the way, I can turn my gaming focus to Trails of Cold Steel.

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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #41 on: June 20, 2016, 12:35:43 PM »
1. Persona 2: Innocent Sin
2. Final Fantasy III
3. Half-Minute Hero
4. Zero Escape: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
5. Strikers 1945 (at the arcade bar with a friend)
6. Star Ocean: First Departure
7. Shining Force III
8. The Last Story

I could actually take down 15 games this year.  At this pace I might be able finish my backlog by the time I'm 40...
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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #42 on: June 21, 2016, 11:17:45 AM »
Ugh finally I beat the Return to PopoloCrois. I think the only other game I beat this year was the Division.

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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #43 on: June 27, 2016, 07:06:31 AM »
1. Lost
2. Bulletstorm
3. Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day
4. Red Faction: Armageddon
5. Persona 4 Golden
6. Ico
7. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
8. Atelier Escha & Logy
9. Etrian Odyssey Untold
10. Tomb Raider (PS4)
11. Sleeping Dogs


12. Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies
The game was fun but it seemed to lack something the older games had. I am not really sure what. It seemed easier too although that may just be the evidence being less bullshitty.

13. Adventure Bar Story
I wasn't expecting much from this but I was pleasantly surprised. It is nothing spectacular but I did have fun with it.

14. Parascientific Escape: Cruise on the Distant Seas
I mainly got this to be able to play a room escape type game before Zero escape comes out. The puzzles were pretty easy overall but the game was short enough that it didn't overstay it's welcome. I will probably get part 2 if it comes out. 


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Re: Completion List 2016
« Reply #44 on: July 03, 2016, 01:29:59 PM »
Darksiders
Wild Arms
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
Saint's Row IV

Chrono Cross - Finally finished this bad boy. My first time ever playing. I got the "bad" ending the first time around, as I had forgotten about the whole Chrono Cross thing. I felt cheated by the bad ending, and had remembered the game had multiple endings, so I looked up how to get the good ending. It was definitely a longer ending, but pretty much nonsensical. I dont know if I'm gonna mess with the whole NG+ thing. After restarting halfway through, and seeing both main game endings, I feel like I've had enough.
I had to look up the solution to gaining access to Terra Tower, and it was just as obscure and random as people had said. Dumb, really. Had trouble with the Time Devourer, mainly cuz I didnt have an Ultranova trap, so I went all the way back to Marbule to get one. Took care of business after that.

All in all, I enjoyed the game. The battle system is cool, and there is a nice difficulty balance. The story is a bit nonsensical overall. Thankfully, someone suggested I just go with it piece by piece, and that helps.
The dual universe aspect is cool, but due to there being almost no functional differences between the two, there is a big feeling of backtracking throughout. Especially if you want to get all of the treasures in the game.
My bigggest gripe is that the solutions to gaining characters, and solving some story-driven puzzles, are way out of left field. Too much guesswork for me. Not a deal killer, though.

The music? Fucking amazing. Fantastic. One of the best video game soundtracks I've heard in a very long time. Probably ever.