August 29, 2014

Vacation time + 3DS

Posted in life at 8:34 am by riulyn

TLDR I’m away from home for the next few weeks. I’ll have my 3DS with me but be playing DS games/game remakes. Even if I had money for 3DS games, there really aren’t as many RPGs on it as there should be.

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August 10, 2014

A Gaming Update, Basically

Posted in video games tagged , , , , , , , , , at 9:02 pm by riulyn

I’m too lazy to do thorough reviews of music or games, but the gaming is still going and I’m still playing a bunch of games at the same time. Because I feel like it. So here’s a summary of what’s happened recently in my gaming life.

RECENTLY FINISHED

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance – I borrowed my brother’s copy which he somehow got used at some point for $19.99 (what a steal!) and did an Easy playthrough. I play Fire Emblem games more for the character recruiting than for the tactics, after all. Of the three FE games I have played, this is by far the best in terms of cast, story, and story background. Wishing Radiant Dawn wasn’t so expensive, or I’d be starting that one right now.

Breath of Death VII – I didn’t actually realize I had this game on my Steam account until I decided to pick another Steam game to polish off. It’s a parody RPG so leaps in logic and randomness is expected and fine, but of course it loses out on the appeal of characters that are really lovable. Of course, that could have been remedied a bit if the game was longer and had more depth. However it was perfectly fine the way it is, and is definitely worth the $0.50 I paid for it. Actually, there was a bit of branching/customization when it came to character leveling, so that was nice and fresh.

RECENTLY STARTED

Resonance of Fate – I’m playing along with a few others on the RPGamer board as this is the One-hit Wonder for August. Certainly getting myself used to the game. Consulting a YouTube video and a FAQ have definitely helped, and I have remedied my leveling up issues among other things. I think the game should be rather smooth sailing now (I know I’ll still mess up certain things as I’m just not careful enough to be perfect in these types of games). What I like about the game is the main trio and how they interact. I roll my eyes at the “JRPG-style” slow-poke unveiling of the plot; it doesn’t bother me but it just feels like it was done to make the story seem more “elite” or something when it really just makes the game feel a bit too mission-ish.

Skies of Arcadia Legends – Just started this one today, actually, and got about 2 hours in. I feel the late 90s/early 00s of this game. So far so good. The whole “but we’re good pirates” is such a JRPG thing though.

RECENTLY PUT ON HOLD

Ar Tonelico 3 – I rather not juggle 2 PS3 games even if switching discs isn’t that hard. I”m not too worried about temporarily suspending my AT3 playthrough since there is the objective system. It was starting to get better, though, in my opinion, which makes it a bit of a pity that I’m stalling it. It’s probably because I don’t feel as many urges to punch Aoto as I did before.

Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward – I’m actually bad at being “mean” or a “traitor”. So even though VLR is the better game in design, I just sometimes don’t want to go through certain parts of it. I guess I technically don’t have to go through all the paths, but I think I have to do most of them in order to get the true ending. Besides, my Japanese vocab deck was getting a bit low on the new cards, so…

RECENTLY STARTED PLAYING AGAIN

Breath of Fire – I already referenced this in the last post, but basically I have moved from having one character to having 3. I’m playing the GBA version so maybe it is easier, but I just find this game to be too grindy. And it’s not like I”m trying to grind, but the encounter rate feels high. Just like an old-school RPG, I guess. Also, the party feels pretty bland.

Tales of Hearts R – My Japanese vocab deck was getting low, and I’m not playing Drakengard or Ar tonelico 3 whose battle controls kind of conflict with that of ToH R. While I don’t think too highly of the overall plot, the characters are certainly better in ToH R (in my opinion) than in Tales of Innocence R, Tales of Phantasia, Tales of Destiny, and Tales of Legendia. I’d probably like them a bit more if the voice acting wasn’t so stilted. Or if I understood a bit more Japanese. Oh well…

Wild ARMs 2 – I still just don’t care that much for this game, but I kind of want to see it through. Some of the blah attitude comes from me not gelling with the cast, as I have mentioned before (I think I have, at least?), and some comes from battles being not that exciting either. Maybe because I’m playing the series backwards, but I think I had more fun with the hex battle systems than the more classic turn-based system. It just feels slow and static. At least in WA3 there seemed to be notable elemental and spell stuff, but I haven’t seen much in WA2 to support elemental attributes really mattering.

RECENTLY BOUGHT

There was this lovely humble bundle recently, so I had to get it and get Ys Origin. Now I’m only missing Ys 5 and Ys 6 from my personal Ys collection. I do hope for a Ys 5 remake to come West someday. Ys 6 can be remade too if Falcom wants to, but it’s not as necessary as there are PS2 and PSP versions in English.

OTHER STUFF

I’m going to be going on vacation/out of my apartment for three weeks starting August 31, so I’m pretty much not prioritizing a Tales of Xillia replay since I won’t be able to play all of ToX2 before I would leave.  I also should figure out what games I’ll take along with me. My 3DS with FE: Awakening and SMT Devil Survivor Overclocked will probably be enough, though that means tactical game mania!

I’ve also got a certain surprise thing almost ready for Suikoden Day, which is August 19 this year. There’s been Konami streaming Suikoden on twitch and a tumblr buddy of mine streaming Suikoden on twitch as well. I even have a Suikoden-themed T-shirt now! So yeah, I’m pretty pumped that Suikoden Day is only 9 days away…wow!