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General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: January 30, 2023, 03:09:16 pm »
11. Sands of Destruction

Overall, I liked this a lot more than I thought I would - especially after taking passing glances of opinions from other websites, users, media, etc. The problems with it are real, but I overlooked them. Unlike Avalon Code, which I dropped, this one kept me coming back with a bit of eagerness to see what happened next, and to see just how brutally I could murder my enemies. Seriously, after a certain point, enemies with very little HP are dealt so much damage it feels like every attack is a Brutality from Mortal Kombat.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: January 29, 2023, 08:50:58 am »
I know that including Jackbox games on here might raise some eyebrows, but this is my gaming journey and I plan to keep on tracking new experiences. Last night, some friends and I played through four of the games in Party Pack 9.

7. Junktopia

This was my favorite of the bunch because it required some quick thinking and improv. You write backstories for weird objects and then get them appraised. The player with the most valuable items wins.

8. Quixort

Trivia! We split into teams of two and sorted falling answers into their proper order before they hit the floor.

9. Nonsenory

This one took the longest to grasp. You had to write or draw something with a crazy prompt. Other players had to rank it on the prompt's scale.

10. Roomerang

It was The Circle, but in Jackbox form. We had to respond to prompts and role-play to avoid being voted out. It was a lot of fun.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: January 26, 2023, 08:28:32 am »
6. Touken Ranbu Warriors

Take legendary swords from Japanese mythology and history, turn them into the prettiest boys you've ever seen, add in the Dynasty Warriors formula and you have this. But, let's sweeten the deal even more by adding time travel, relationship building, and mini-games. I have no idea where this game came from, but the world is a little sillier and better because of it.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: January 25, 2023, 09:54:39 pm »
Rule of Rose was cool. I almost dropped it during the fight with the mermaid because, let's be real, Jennifer is not a fighter. But, I'm glad I endured because the story was truly something else.

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: January 18, 2023, 10:38:27 am »
I published a guide for Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. It was a lot of fun to write this because it's a favorite game of mine and it should help others get through the game with the best results possible.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: January 18, 2023, 09:03:14 am »
5. Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits

Another classic PlayStation 2 RPG completed, this time with PSN trophies. Earning the platinum in this game was a lot of fun for two reasons. One is because it caused me to do things in the game I didn't do the first time I played it. Two is because I haven't played this game since it was launched in 2003. I forgot a lot of things, but surprisingly, I remembered a lot of things, too. The final boss wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered either, but that's probably because I had characters leveled between 40 and 52. My final party was Darc, Kharg, Volk, Maru, Choco and Diekbek.

General / Re: Strictly Limited Games is a %$@#ing JOKE!
« on: January 12, 2023, 11:52:41 am »

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: January 07, 2023, 04:28:19 pm »
4. Bloody Roar - Fox

Fun fact. Fox's real name is Hans Taubemann. It's not every day one gets to beat the snot, blood, and vomit out of someone as a cross dressing scoundrel. That aside, Bloody Roar has aged about as well as one would expect from a late 90s 3D fighter. There's a lot of soul here. But there's also a lot rust. Still, I had fun. It was nice to take a break from turn-based combat.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: January 07, 2023, 12:32:06 pm »
3. Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song Remastered - Hawke

I finally finished this game. That final boss was BRUTAL. For some reason, this iteration in the series has always caused me trouble when it came to completing it. I attempted it at least three or four times on the PlayStation 2. This remastered version has a few QoL features but it's still the same game, overall. I guess my determination finally paid off? Either way, super fun game in my favorite series. The character design is even more questionable in HD, and there's that overall learning curve that comes with the series. But there's just so much stuff to do, see, and learn. No two campaigns will ever be the same. Sadly, I doubt I'll jump right into another person's campaign because finishing Hawke's quest took over 20 hours whereas SaGa Frontier is usually over in seven or eight. Unlimited Saga can be completed once in as little as four or five if you know what you're doing.

That being said, I absolutely will take advantage of New Game Plus. I'll either start with Gray, or start as someone that has access to him early. He was in Hawke's final party and I'm anxious to see just how strong he'll be at the start of a new game.

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: January 03, 2023, 08:46:42 am »
Indeed, happy new year! Hope it's a great start to the year for everyone.

General / Re: Video Game Resolutions and Goals in 2023
« on: January 01, 2023, 09:33:16 pm »
The usual goal. Play as many fun games as possible.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: January 01, 2023, 06:16:37 pm »
2. Final Fantasy IV (DS Version)

I was playing this during November and December. I got up to the very, very end to play other things. I decided to beat it today to keep the momentum going. This was the first time I got Rydia up to level 80 so she could learn Meteor. Even with all of that leveling, Zeromus' Big Bang was still a lethal, bordering on cheap OHKO. Luckily, I had a guide with me this time and learned the best way to distribute Augments. Rosa was able to cast two spells in a row AND thanks Omnicast she could have them effect everyone. Kain had Cry and Phoenix. Edge had Bless and Reach. Cecil had Counter, Focus, and Draw Attack. Finally, Rydia had MP +50% and Fast Talker. As always, it was an enjoyable game. It's still my favorite FF of all time.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: January 01, 2023, 02:26:10 pm »
I finished 67 games last year. Let's see how things go this year!

On that note:

1. Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth

I'm starting this year off correct. My first platinum for 2023, I can't think of a better game for this feat. Valkyrie Profile has always been a top three game, so getting able to finish it at the start of the new year gives me good vibes for the upcoming months.

General / Re: Secret Santa 2022!
« on: December 31, 2022, 12:07:49 pm »
Closing the books on another year and another wonderful Secret Santa.

General / Re: What are you playing?
« on: December 28, 2022, 11:14:12 pm »
Since the PS4/5 now has Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, I've been playing that non-stop. As usual, I'm playing on Hard and en route towards the A Ending. Interestingly, there aren't any trophies available for getting that or any of the other endings. Either way, it's been a blast. I will never grow tired of this game. I've been using Grey, Jun, and Lyseria.

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