Sorry for the double post today. I am at the lab for AC purposes and not for work purposes. I mean, I should be doing work but I can't get off my half-ass motivation. So, games...if only I had brought my DS with me...

Anyway, I have been playing lots of Tales of Graces f and I'm into the "f" part of the game (which wasn't included in the original Wii version) and the game's shipping dial has been turned up to 11. Well, not really that high but it is a dramatic increase and it feels like 75% of the conversations/skits deal with someone's romance or other.

But yeah, since I'll be talking about canon romances, this post will be full of spoilers. I have never been in a relationship so I may not understand exactly how they work, but there's a reason some canon romances work better than others, right?

Significant spoilers for Final Fantasy 8, Tales of the Abyss, Tales of Graces f )

So to wrap up, canon romances need to establish that there is an interest in both sides of the party before declaring a happy ending between them. Character development prior to a realization can also work too if the development of interest is purposely delayed for storyline purposes. Otherwise a sudden "this is the canon romance" declaration will be looked upon with disbelieving eyes.
Warning - slightly spoilerish for Tales of Graces f.

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Anyway, so far the gameplay has been a lot of fun. It's quite different from Vesperia with no TP anymore but CC that is used for skills that also recharges during battle. It's hard to explain and better to just figure out as the game goes. Boss battles are harder than in previous games in my opinion but they allow you to retry boss battles instead of redoing cutscenes so that's a major plus. Also there is adjustable difficulty but I haven't messed with that yet.
This game...why do I have such completionist goals for it? Obviously I can't unlock all the supports in one run, but I am still addicted to getting as many as I can...

Main plot...what main plot? XD

I think Tharja might be my favorite character. The characters in this game seemed to be defined by a few major character traits that end up showing up in most of their supports, and Tharja is no exception. Some characters' supports suffer because of that (Kellam's invisible skills are severely overused), but for Tharja she puts on some fun hexes on everyone. Also she openly stalks me which is great :) [Only in a game context, of course.]

Other favorite characters include Miriel, Henry, Maribelle, Lissa, Gaius, and Lon'qu.

I put a list of all the people I've paired up under the cut and how much I actually ship them.
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I haven't stepped into Awakening fandom yet since I've yet to beat the game, but are there certain ships that I should be championing? Shipping wars? Also, I'm kind of annoyed that it's always the guy asking the girl in these supports. If there is one where the opposite happens, let me know that too.

I actually don't think it's necessarily a bad thing to be spending all this time playing Fire Emblem: Awakening since I have the purdy 3DS associated with it, but it's more that I want to finish some other games too. I can't get off my butt to play Okami, because the TV is so far away from my bed...
Wild Arms 5 is the first game I've played that has a party member with my name, so of course I paid more attention to her. Nah, actually I would have paid attention to her anyway. But I'm glad she isn't some horrible character :)

Anyway, Wild Arms 5 is basically a story about a boy growing up as he acts like himself, gets into other people's business, and eventually saves the world. Well, I think so. I'm only 13 hours in.
Possible spoilers ahead )
Rebecca was clearly intended to be a love interest. But at least for Rebecca, we get a chance to see into her head via little snippets of her diary entries that the game shows you every once in a while. Instead of Rebecca just being the childhood friend who tags along and is there to fall in love with Dean, we get to actually see how she deals and struggles with her emotions and desires. Sure it's nothing original, but the whole game is not aiming to be original. It's aiming to be a feel-good adventure.

And with the rest of the game, while told in a 3rd-person POV, still centers on Dean. Dean, being dense, isn't going to focus or pick up on all the things Rebecca does. Maybe we can figure out everything about Rebecca from just the general POV, but the confirmation and perhaps the moments of focus on Rebecca highlight the fact that the developers want us to not see Rebecca as the love interest that happened to tag along, but a character worth empathizing with.
Okay, lame post title, but I managed to get quite a bit farther in Lost Odyssey over this weekend and yesterday, and a huge load of plot was dumped on me. I am rushing to finish this game because my brother wants to exchange the XBOX360 I have with his Wii in November, so I need to finish this and Nier before then.

Spoilers ahead for Disc 3 )

I don't know what else to say. In summary, this game is so good because of its characters and how "real" they are. It may not be my favorite game in the end, but it's a damn good experience.
Suddenly a bit of "I want to talk about the games I've played" has hit me and thus some more quick thoughts.

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minor spoilers for LoH:TitS )

In other news, I'm a little further in Lost Odyssey as well and the queen Ming has one weird outfit. I know JRPGs try to put the sexy and the colorful together, but seriously she's in a leotard with a higher upper cape that stops waist-level and this low cape thing that starts around her buttcrack area and then armor-plate leg wear that is super thick around her thighs then skin-tight at her lower body. Like a dress with some midriff cutouts would make hella more sense and be just as "sexy". The sad thing is this outfit makes her so ridiculous that I can't take her seriously. I've only gotten so far as to meet her so I don't know her character well at all, but the distraction...
I decided since I wanted to post but I couldn't think of a specific topic I would just jot down some quick thoughts on characters I thought of. A-Z with the first character I think of.
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I actually finished playing FFVII: Crisis Core on Thursday and cried a bit because of the ending. Let me tell you about the game.

MAJOR SPOILERS )

In the end, I recommend the game to any main game FFVII fan but probably not to someone who hasn't played the main game first. The story has much more impact if you know the main game's story and you will want to explore the world more to get the finer details. Otherwise this game is really short and the battle system is wonky. Also I think the faster pacing and compactness of this game might make the main game seem clunky and aimless at times, which could down the main game experience if the main game is played afterwards.

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