2016-07-17 07:16 pm

Star Ocean and Tales of Zestiria Overall Thoughts

Within the past week I beat both Star Ocean V and Tales of Zestiria, so my head's swimming a bit. I hurt my thumb a bit playing Zestiria towards the end during my marathon. At least I got past an annoying last boss and finished the game (dropped to Simple difficulty, but I don't even care).

Anyway, let's start with Star Ocean V.

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Now onto Tales of Zestiria.

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Summary of thoughts: Both Star Ocean V and Tales of Zestiria are relatively short compared to prior entries in their series. Both have fun gameplay but Star Ocean V is really bare-bones everywhere while Tales of Zestiria at least has some meat to it.

I'd recommend Tales of Zestiria to those who aren't who didn't mind Graces f's combat (I read some people hated it so I figured it was worth warning) and enjoy a more character growth-focused story.

I don't know who to recommend Star Ocean V to except people who don't care about plots but enjoy character customization (and don't mind grinding to get some of the good stuff) and Star Ocean-type battles (I personally prefer Tales combat over Star ocean combat, though they are similar-ish). My favorite parts are the little things that call back to previous Star Ocean games, but there's really not enough substance to it.
2016-07-07 09:11 pm

Some more SO5 thoughts

I'm about 6 hours in now, and the game has a nice reference to a certain thing that happens and is relevant to all the games. However, the storyline feels rushed and underdeveloped so far, and it's really hurting the characters as they feel kind of bland. Also there is backtracking which would've been improved with some skip-travel or some more character dialogues while traversing the field.

I guess thankfully my expectations were dampened prior to playing the game due to what I read of Japanese reactions (not direct sources though). Right now the game is at least more fun to play than SO4 for me, so I guess that's one improvement...
2016-07-06 08:42 pm

July 2016 means Star Ocean V

I'm not sure why I'm "torturing" myself with another "mediocre" Star Ocean game, if reviews tell the truth. I kind of just want Tri-Ace to keep existing and so far the characters don't make me want to claw my face off, so in that sense it improves on Star Ocean IV. However, I'm worried about how Infinite Undiscovery this game feels instead of Star Ocean 2/3. If I wasn't so tired (for some reason) after returning from France I would probably have more than the 2.5 hours of gameplay time so far. Still, for that little play time it's a bit ridiculous that I'm already level 17... Is the max level like 200 or something?

So far Miki seems fine though she has the annoying "well besides I know you will protect me" line she throws at Fidel to "convince" him that she should go along with him. Fidel himself seems at least to not be as impulsive as most Star Ocean and tri-Ace male leads and acts more like Kanata (main character of Exist Archive). Still a "must protect things and help people" type of person but not rushing off to fight without thinking, thankfully. Victor seems competent. Fiore's outfit is still ridiculous and she's only said a few words so far. Relia just woke up so who knows about her, except she fits the young girl with mysterious powers character build. I'm hoping for some more humor and wackiness to get injected into these otherwise stale character dialogues, though I'm not holding too high of hopes...

Maybe I should have picked up Tokyo Mirage Sessions instead but it reminds me I still haven't gotten the true ending of Persona 4, and I still have P4Arena as well. Also, story-heavy-wise I still need to finish up Sora no kiseki SC this month since the Third will be out later this month.

In other news, Sorey/Mikleo is still canon in Tales of Zestiria, and Rose is awesome. I'll write more about ToZ later.
2016-06-11 08:46 pm

Odin Sphere so far - Valkyrie

Today I finished the Valkyrie storyline, or Gwendolyn's path, and started on the Pooka Prince storyline. I have a few things to say about the game so far.

Gameplay-wise, it's what I expected after playing Muramasa. The battle system I think is a bit better because there are more skills you can play around with during battle instead of being limited to three swords with three skills. Gwendolyn is a pretty good combo-master compared to Cornelius so far.

Spoilers below.

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Anyway, I'll be continuing to enjoy the game for battling at the least. I'm not far enough to judge the story/world as a whole but so far it's more serviceable and less compelling.
2016-06-05 11:37 pm
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Gaming Plans - June

Odin Sphere will be the main focus, once it comes in. Otherwise I am in the middle of a few things including

Tales of Zestiria. About 10 hours in. Like all the characters so far. Not that into the plot, though.

Trails in the Sky SC. Playing the Evo version and currently in Chapter 8. I plan to beat it before the 3rd Evo makes it here. Really good addition to FC, unbalanced as a standalone though.

Project X Zone 2. I'm on Chapter 34 right now? Exactly what I expected. I'll be continuing to play through slowly.

On Fridays I've been playing Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. I just keep dying in Binding Blade Chapter 14. I miss having an easy mode. Thus, Shadow Dragon for now...

I'm also going to give a few hours for replaying games. I just got into Phase 2 of Ar tonelico (Misha's path again, I can't help it, though I never got her 2nd ending) and I started Chapter 2 of Tokyo Xanadu. Also, a tree just burned in Suikoden.
2016-06-05 11:07 pm

I keep forgetting about this place

I know I haven't written here in a long time. I will get back into the habit I think as I just want to rant away about characters. Like Sorey/Mikleo (Tales of Zestiria). I will be making my way through that game, though Odin Sphere is going to distract me very soon.
2015-12-21 09:30 pm

Some Shining Force Feather Thoughts

Gameplay is quite fun. I really like the strategic positioning with the strategic button pressing battle mechanic. Magic is also pretty good in this game.

Game's main story is short which is nice. The challenge isn't always there as enemy AI is pretty stupid. Actually the plot is pretty unoriginal. There's lots of unnecessary dialogue that shows off the 3 character traits given to each character, even in the main story. It feels silly but I think it is purposefully humorous.

I would maybe bite into the newest Shining game if it had a battle system like this. Just maybe, though.
2015-12-11 06:21 pm

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Well, I finished White Knight Chronicles. If the battle system wasn't so boring I would say the game was alright. The plot did get better as the game went on though the execution of it was still kind of bad. The dialogue was especially horrible for some reason. Cesar was my favorite of the characters because he actually had a personality. Kara had more potential but... Anyway, I would not recommend anyone to go out of their way to play this game.

Maybe Level-5 games and I just don't get along? Dark Cloud 2's battle system wasn't bad, though. It also had the best plot of the level-5 games I've played so far (Dark Cloud 2, Ni No Kuni, White Knight Chronicles) but more for actually moving and doing something from start to finish, not because I particularly enjoyed the growing-up story.
2015-11-26 02:45 pm
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Gaming Plans - December

This year I went to Japan in September and really gave myself a backlog because I bought 21 games... So December will hopefully be the month of making a dent into my backlog so it doesn't seem ridiculous. I might as well list what I might potentially finish instead of a set list, because the set list will probably not stick.

Tales of Phantasia Narikiri Dungeon X. I just need to get my PSP working again and I can finish this game in like 5 or 10 hours. I'm at the third to last dungeon I think.

White Knight Chronicles. I have just the last dungeon to do. I actually don't really like the battle system in the game but what makes it more annoying is how there are just so many monsters on the screen that you have to deal with getting from plot point to plot point. I put on some Spanish subtitles and it was good Spanish practice.

Operation Abyss New Tokyo Legacy. I've gotten to 8-star missions so I should be getting close to the end. However the game has gotten more and more dungeon crawling with little direction and plot points less close together, so I can't really estimate how long it will take to finish.

Shadow Hearts: From the New World. Story-wise I believe I have two dungeons left, but the game is being annoying right now about status effects. Plus I still haven't decided if I'm going to go after the true ending here or not. I might do some grinding for souls & money while listening to podcasts or something before making the final push.

Fire Emblem: Binding Blade. I'm at Chapter 12 Gaiden so I am just under halfway through the game. I'm following a guide so I can get the true ending. Like it so far; Lilina with Roy as her support is pretty awesome.

Sora no Kiseki FC Evolution aka the vita enhanced version of Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky First Chapter. I've made it to Chapter 2 now. I know what to do, mostly, but I also want to get all the bonuses from Bracer Ranks I can to import into SC.

DRRR!! Relay - This is the vita-exclusive sequel to DRRR!! Alley, text adventure games based on the DRRR!! series. I can't tell how long this second game is but I am enjoying it so far.

Atelier Eilie - Atelier games are addictive and in this game you can really eat up days. Like one place I've unlocked so far takes 20 days just to get to! In one sitting I went almost an entire year and the game is about 4 years unless I manage to be good enough to get an extension. In a review I read there are 13 possible endings! I guess that's a good tradeoff for a game that has short time limits but too many possible ways to get around.

Speaking of Atelier, I'm probably going to make a decent dent into Atelier Ayesha Plus which I just got on a sale recently, since I have Escha & Logy Plus on preorder. I just started the Atelier craze this year and for some reason I'm not sick of them at all. Rorona Plus was amazingly fun for me, while Lise was a mixed bag mostly due to the battle mechanics.

The only new game I plan to play in December is Xenoblade Chronicles X. I heard the story isn't as good in this game as the previous and the characters not as charming either, but I still want to pilot around New Los Angeles (or whatever) in a giant robot. I'm sure there will still be some classic Xeno moments in the game. It's too bad it can't be as good as Xenoblade Chronicles or Xenosaga, but it was probably someone trying to play the story too safe...
2015-11-24 09:01 pm

In terms of the combo of character stereotypes, Tokyo Xanadu is interesting.

Tokyo Xanadu does not shy away from anime and light novel stereotypes at all. All of these characters could be slot into another game without changing much backstory. The combination is interesting, though.

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2015-11-23 07:40 pm

Whoops I haven't been here in over a year

I guess the good thing is that I have a job that I like and now I can buy games faster than I can play them again. Of course this is because I've fallen for PSN flash sales and the like... But I've also started preordering and importing games again too.

I'm not sure what to talk about right now. I guess I've really upped my Japanese studies and I just beat Tokyo Xanadu and I'm working on Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky First Chapter in Japanese. Actually I reread my thoughts on the game from a few years ago and I have to say that particular introduction scene to Olivier came off as less homophobic to me this time around. It could be something about not understanding the language, but it seemed like Shera calls Olivier a hedonist and Estelle just calls him a weirdo and wonders if all people in Erebonia are like that in which Joshua is like...um no... And Joshua sounded like he was saying he wasn't interested in a homosexual relationship but that one was definitely the hardest to really figure out. Either way Olivier for some reason comes off as way more flashy and I think it is fair for someone to think he is "weird".

I guess I can go back to Tokyo Xanadu and it may be the first game where I only want platonic ships. I can see ship potential for basically anyone and the main character but I just prefer friendship between all of them, especially the main duo. I'm kinda curious what types of fic will come out when the English-speaking fandom begins, though it's hard for me to gauge if there will be a big enough one or not. There's more characters and an easier world to work with in Tokyo Xanadu than in Ys games, and it's a one-off so there's no issues with slow buildup or people just holding off like with the Trails series... Speaking of Ys, I wrote a ficlet for Ys I earlier this year that I should revise and post somewhere, just so there is more fic for the first game than like Adol/Dogi porn...

I'm not sure what else to write for now, just because there are too many things I could write about. I guess that means I need to start writing here again so I don't have that problem :D
2014-10-09 07:41 pm

I'm finally playing Tales of Xillia 2

Let's not talk about life/careers/crap for now, since I only seem to reluctantly care. Let's talk about the beginning of Tales of Xillia 2. Namely, how it really doesn't start off like any other Tales game. How it has a strange chapter system. How you have the dialogue select system. How you have the debt system.

But it is plenty Tales in the skits, the design. Jude is so freakin' Jude it's silly. He has a way of having awkward first meeting with people... And I am already headcanoning Ludger to be relatively shy, even though reticence /= shyness. I find him cuter that way. With a little bit of a stubborn/rebellious streak. That's how I plan to play him.

Still, it's only been like 2 hours of gameplay at the most, and I'm dying to play as Gaius.
2014-09-24 09:15 pm

Xillia goodness!

I finally started my Tales of Xillia replay, Milla route, in earnest. For some reason it feels like the Milla and Alvin route, though, since I don't remember seeing as many close-ups of Alvin's face last time? Whatever. Focusing on the main plot so I can get to Xillia 2. It's definitely been worth the replay so far. Even though I played this game only a year ago, I feel like I should know the plot better. It definitely feels like a slow starter, but Rowen is with me now so all is good :D

Speaking of Xillia 2, I have tried my best to not look at all the shiny Xillia 2. I do let myself see some gifs sometimes. I just feel like there will be more skits that I will enjoy in Xillia 2. I don't even care if the plot isn't as good. I just want silly character stuff. Also I can totally deal with more of everyone in love with Milla and/or Jude. My ship for ToX1 was Jude/Milla though it was nowhere close to OTP. Just a rare time when I prefer a m/f ship in a Tales game. From screenshots and stuff, I see ToX2 contributes material for all the main Jude ships, or what I assume are the Jude ships - Jude/Milla, Jude/Alvin, Jude/Gaius. And also Jude/Ludger?

I also need to get to Xillia 2 because the outfits are better. A very legitimate reason to play a game XD
2014-08-28 03:38 pm
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Gaming and Life Stuff - September

So a few weeks ago I was pretty excited about going back to Michigan to see my parents and my aunts who will be visiting for two of the three weeks I am there. Then about 2 weeks ago over Skype my parents were not only worried that this video game testing job was a scam (even after I visited their office and saw legit news postings on them) but that I should move back to Michigan where I would be working like I would magically have a job there or something that I couldn't find here in Seattle. Then they yelled at my sister during the same phone call when she told them she finally got a job. I just don't understand. Also I'm very worried that the last week with my parents might turn ugly. I'm pretty much not telling them anything about this video game testing job now and focusing on my failure to get into the pharmaceutical industry. Somehow that makes them happier though they rather I started med school right now, like I could turn back time and have figured this all out by now. They do not understand that I would have had to apply for med school last fall to enroll this fall...

But yeah, since I'm away from my apartment for 3 weeks, I'll be gaming on portables and on my phone. I found some free otome & BL games to play and figured out which ones I can actually play for free and which ones only have a free intro. Playing them in Japanese since I should keep working on them. I also started up Bravely Default in German to up my German vocab lists, but it's pretty ugh to play it again after only a few months. New Game+ makes it a lot more bearable though, so I can just pump up my word lists instead of caring about tactics.

I haven't decided if I'm taking my Vita (leaning towards no), so my other 3DS/DS games I'll take include SMT Devil Survivor Overclocked, where I'm at Day 5, 7th Dragon, Tokimeki Girls Side, and Chrono Trigger. Taking SD card-sized games is not a heavy burden after all. Someone on Suikoden Day found that if she got the main character of Tokimeki GS1 to join the brass band, they play a Suikoden song during the culture festival. I pretty much need to replay the game for that. I mean, I guess I could try harder to date the boys, but after learning I needed to touch the screen a lot with my stylus to get hearts, I'm kind of weirded out to be honest...

At least Tales of Xillia 2 has come in (finally), so I will have a Tales of Xillia-filled future to look forward to.
2014-08-01 07:15 am
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Gaming Plans - August

I'm not sure why I continue to wake up around 6:30 AM but it gives me time for gaming in the morning. That means I should have a pretty productive gaming month which is hopefully dampened a bit because I get a job and not for any other reason. If I'm honest I could always wait another month before working, except eventually I will run out of money. But mostly, I just hate my parents being on my case still and well, the longer I am unemployed the worse it looks.

Anyway, the focus game of August is Resonance of Fate. I'll be starting that game later today. I plan to finish it sooner than later because I have yet to replay Tales of Xillia and I also want to do that before Tales of Xillia 2 comes. Which will probably be September for me since I am using free shipping off Amazon.

That means Ar tonelico 3 is on hold for now. Aoto at least has moved past his awful statements about Mute and appears to fully recognize Mute with female pronouns. Thank god. It's still not a game with a good cast, though.

I plan to finish Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance in the next few days. Doing a battle or two a day will take me to the finish early next week. I'm obsessed with keeping everyone alive, so sometimes a chapter takes like half a day. I'm still not the most careful person...

This is what will be loaded in the rest of my systems, though I am not sure just how much progress I'll make in any of them this month.

GBA - Breath of Fire
DS - Suikoden Tierkreis Spanish. I really should just finish this playthrough and move on to 7th Dragon or Chrono Trigger
3DS - SMT: Devil Survivor Overclocked
PSP - Frontier Gate. Pretty bare-minimum plot from what I can see. Good for late night relaxing.
Vita - Tales of Hearts R. Putting VLR back on hold. I do like VLR except I don't like making Ambidex Game choices that I don't want to make, except it's necessary in order to get the full story. Plus, I need to add more words to my Japanese flashcard deck.
Xbox360 - Magna Carta 2
Emulators - Wild ARMs 2 and Xenosaga
PC - Breath of Death VII and Cthulu Saves the World

According to my backloggery, I have beaten 107 games and have 62 in my backlog. I'm feeling pretty good about being able to reduce the size of my backlog. Of course, it's a lot larger if I started to count games I want to play and still do not own. But the next goal of <50 games in my owned backlog is getting closer, one beaten game at a time :)
2014-07-31 10:00 pm

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance - Ike Ships

Path of Radiance is my third Fire Emblem game after Sacred Stones and Awakening and I'm just impressed by the story and especially the characters and Tellius. And maybe a good reason why this game is so much better than the others is because I like the main cast a lot. I came into the game pretty much only knowing about the Ike/Soren ship popularity but it's hard to tell from the outside whether it was a popular ship due to Lord/Tactician shipping that happens in other FE games or if it was something special. I found that, so far through Chapter 23, Ike/Soren have a lovely dynamic. Also I think I'm incredibly in love with Soren. I just love the way he talks and presents himself, even if it is super blunt and rude. It doesn't hurt that he seems to be super overpowered in my playthrough. He could probably solo a map if I wanted him to. Of course, I'm also taking advantage of Easy Mode to play around with a bunch of characters. It's rather forgiving thankfully.

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2014-07-06 09:28 pm
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Gaming Plans - July

Well, I'm still unemployed so I wish that meant more gaming/day, but I'm still pretty stressed about this job stuff and potential career changing. At least I should be better this month with sports distractions mostly done (like World Cup).

Hopefully this month I get back to some things that have sort of been pushed aside, like the Xenosaga replay, Wild ARMs 2, and Pandora's Tower. I also want to replay Tales of Xillia with Milla's path this month in preparation for Tales of Xillia 2 which comes out next month! I haven't really picked up new games this year and I am REALLY EXCITED about that one.

Anyway, I bought my first game off of PSN on Friday - The Legend of Dragoon (PSOne Classic). I spent at least an hour trying to download it from my PS3 to my PSP with no luck. Well, it's okay for the big screen but with PS1 animations battles end up taking their time. I'll probably want to load up on podcasts or things to do while playing it. I plan to finish this game this month, while the others I'm not sure about.

I've gotten back into Virtue's Last Reward so I might actually go for all the endings in a timely manner. Or I might get sidetracked. I got a second ending a few days ago. Working on the middle branches at the moment.

On my 3DS I am playing SMT Devil Survivor Overclocked. I'm enjoying it so far. Definitely playing through it because of the story/mystery. The battle system is decent. I probably still prefer Persona 3/4 over it though I am early on in the game still. I certainly think the balance is way better than what I got from SMT IV. So yeah, definitely enjoying it more than that.

On my PSP I finished off Shining Ark so now I started Frontier Gate. I picked this one up for 500 Yen so I'm not worried about wasting my money. So far I have only designed my character (purple-haired female because I could and because green wasn't looking right with the face/skin I chose) and done the first quest. I think the game is supposed to be fulfilling quests and eventually "carving out a future" or something. Nothing special about it so far so I'll probably take it slow.

I'm still somewhat playing Ar Tonelico 3 even though Aoto likes to say offensive things and the battle system is kinda of lame since I still love Cosmosphere stuff. I don't know if I'm overlooking stuff because it's from Japanese video game developers and I don't think they are trying to be particularly malicious with the transphobia and heavy gender stereotyping of Aoto, but it makes me wary of the next Ar game. Also I don't know if this crap gets into the Atelier series too but I really hope it doesn't since the games otherwise look good to me.

Finally I just restarted my playthrough of Magna Carta 2. Well, I barely got anywhere the first time so I decided that I could replay 2 hours of stuff. It's supposed to be way better than Magna Carta 1 and I like the characters so far. The annoyances I had with MC1 took a while to really feel them, so I hope to not have the same experience this time. Battle system being faster/more involved is a good start at least.

Wow, long post is long. When I stop being lazy, I'll write something more than gaming updates.
2014-06-12 06:45 pm

I'm glad to see my JRPGs still have lots of playable females

The E3 press conferences happened a few days ago and expectedly the JRPG showings were very small. However, the confirmed JRPGs that are coming to the west soon, like Tales of Xillia 2, Tales of Hearts R, FF Type-0, Xenoblade Chronicles X, etc., all have a good number of playable or important females. Of course I can go into many reasons why Japanese RPGs love putting female party members in their casts and many of those reasons aren't because they view women as equally awesome as men (or else we'd have more female MCs), but at least they don't pull out the Assassin's Creen 4 excuse. Seriously, that was bad.

Anyway, I think of a series like Tales which has really brought some playable female characters that not only kick ass but are hella fun to play as. The healers and mages tend to be female in Tales games, but these types of characters have become more fun to use with each iteration. A magic user used to just stand around a cast spells but now he or she might shoot magical enemy out of the staff or throw knives at people or use a mechanical doll to EAT FACES. The games are also pretty fond of the female healing brawler, started by Tales of Eternia's Farah. They also have no problems giving ladies swords or heavy-hitting weapons like Tokunaga (Anise's weapon in Tales of the Abyss) or Ines' hammer (Tales of Hearts R).

Xeno games always have females who kick ass and take names, so I don't need to explain there. I'm intrigued that I can create my MC. Usually they throw a little romance of the MC with someone, so I wonder if the MC of XCX will be more detached? I hope not? I don't care if they decide the romance part could be tricky, but I still want them to be fully involved.

I have yet to reach Type-0 in my backlog, but I remember from screenshots that the protagonists are all in some sort of academy and they there seem to be equal-ish numbers of males and females judging by the number of skirts vs. pants. I'm intrigued by this PS4 remake. I certainly think character models can be upgraded. I just wonder if they'll put effort into the other problems the game supposedly had. Also, will they make Agito more than a pay your way to actually get through game?

Of course I also just played an interesting main female character in Drakengard 3. Actually all the characters are interesting in a "perverted" way, as in they are intentionally not mainstream/weird/squick-inducing. They also represent traits that real people have that aren't necessarily unhealthy. I feel like giving the game all the applause for doing that, even if the base game isn't actually that good.

I did play an hour's worth of Ar tonelico Qoga and I was not prepared for that. I'm just not in the mood for that kind of gameplay right now so I'm shelving it. Maybe because it's not accompanied by equivalent male stripping. Maybe because the voice acting so far has been absolutely atrocious. Maybe because I had more fun playing Dynasty Warriors lite with Zero in Drakengard 3, and that's not even a great system. Also the whole thing with Mute felt really transphobic and I just don't want to. Just no. Maybe the MC will pull an Estelle and I can forgive him, but right now he needs to just shut up. Tatsumi can take over, seriously.

And now I'm done with this somewhat disorganized post. I'll return hopefully soon with a post of some substance.
2014-05-31 09:47 am
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Gaming Plans - June

I keep saying that I'll post on something like character designs or game impressions or something, but instead I keep doing that somewhere else and instead just give you monthly updates on what I'm playing. I guess that's better than forgetting to post altogether...

In June I plan to finally tackle Radiant Historia. As in play the actual game myself. I think it's been long enough since I watched an LP of it that I can not get distracted so early on, though I will still know spoilers. I've learned to trust in Atlus to rerelease rarer games now, so I don't plan to watch an LP because I don't think I can afford the game later anymore.

I just finished 999 yesterday (all endings!) so I'll be starting Virtue's Last Reward on my Vita probably later today. I'm putting Tales of Hearts R on hold since I'm still working on Drakengard 3 (why did I spend my money on upgrading weapons I didn't use instead of buying all the weapons? All that money I need to get before Branch D...) The controls are pretty much opposite from each other so I'm going to prioritize Drakengard 3 for now.

I finally restarted my playthrough of Wild ARMs 2. It's still not bad but not good. I just don't care for the main cast. It's probably among some of my least favorite casts in JRPGs, since I usually find someone I like.

I took a small break from my Xenosaga replay but I'll be going back to it. I'm really loving the game though I forgot just how many cutscenes there are! It looks pretty good on my emulator too, and I get to take advantage of save states :)

On my PSP I have Shining Ark. I'm using it for Japanese practice and the game is so far really easy. It also has a lot of mindless quests/events to get through before actual stuff happens, which kind of reminds me of Atelier Iris 3 or Shining Hearts. Except the main plot points don't seem to have a point yet? I'm glad I only got this game for 500 yen because it looked way better on Siliconera articles than in reality.

I want to get back to Magna Carta 2 but I probably won't have too much time for it this month. Still, it's more interesting than Infinite Undiscovery, so it's my Xbox360 game of the moment.

Finally I was going to play Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance since I borrowed my brother's copy of it. However when he gave me the Wii he forgot to give me a GameCube memory card. Being the busy person he is I don't know when I'll next visit him, but I figured I should save that money and put it towards Child of Light when it comes out on Vita in July.
2014-05-03 04:01 pm
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May gaming plans

April went by pretty fast for me, considering I am unemployed and all. It's nice to not do a ton each day, but at the same time, I didn't do much. Therefore my backlog is still pretty big. I at least finished Bravely Default, including all the blue exclamation points. I'll leave talking about that game to another post.

Anyway I think my PS2 won't be reading anything soon, which really bums me out since I was really getting into Ar tonelico 2. That game has one active battle system and I was just getting better at the timing. By the time I get back to it, I'll probably have to retrain myself completely. Oh well... As for the other systems, I should get back to my other console games, but I've been watching too much anime instead. If I get back to the consoles I have:

PS3 - Ni No Kuni. Fighting the AI more than the enemies. The game isn't hard otherwise. As for the plot, it feels both unnecessarily chatty as well as kind of questy. I'm just really not into this game, so who knows how much I will get done this month.
Wii - I failed to replay The Last Story, so I really should get back to Pandora's Tower. Or I could use my Wii to play some Gamecube games like Skies of Arcadia. Hmm...
Xbox360 - I am supposed to get through Infinite Undiscovery at some point? But Magna Carta 2 looks more appealing. Hmm...

I'll probably be more successful gaming on my handhelds, where I am probably doing my best progressing through Sol Trigger. It looks like I moved on to part 2 of a game which would otherwise have been on the short side (20 hours for the first part for me, which would probably mean 10-15 without the dictionary). I also have

3DS - using the DS reading ability to play 999. My only non-beaten 3DS game is Devil Survivor Overclocked, which will come after I get the other 5 endings of 999.
DS - continuing my Spanish replay of Suikoden Tierkreis. I had totally forgotten about the snowy village of Tenoh which is on the way to the Porpos-kin. My memory of this game is worse than I thought.
Vita - slowly working through Tales of Hearts R. I feel like taking my time in it for some reason. Not because it's bad, but I have spent my 30'-hour Japanese gaming mostly on Sol Trigger. Once I beat Sol Trigger I'll probably concentrate on Tales of Hearts R. At least I have made it far enough to have 5 people in my party. I'm sure there will be more, as it feels too early in the game for recruiting to have stopped.

But yeah, I think I'm due for a post on character fashion again. Gotta discuss those outfits in Bravely Default and Sol Trigger!