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General / Re: Which games would you be willing to pay $100 to own?
« on: March 07, 2023, 11:00:34 am »
I honestly can't think of anything.

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 04, 2023, 11:03:28 am »
Looks like it worked. Now I just need to figure out why my PSN Profile Card isn't updating.

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 04, 2023, 09:32:12 am »
Thanks! Is there a URL so I can put it in my sig?

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: March 03, 2023, 02:36:01 pm »
Wellp, silly me deleted the collection signature thingy at the bottom of my profile. Anyone have a quick guide/link on how to add that?

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: March 03, 2023, 08:46:31 am »
17. Astria Ascending - platinum'd

This was the last new game that I received as part of Secret Santa last year. The final grind to get everything didn't take as long as expected. I never plan on playing J-Ster again, but that's an entirely different matter. Overall, a decent game that sadly wore out its welcome after the second half. Great visuals and music can only carry a game so far. There was a lot of potential here, but it looked like a lot of little things were either ignored or missed during development. There were also a lot of questionable design choices. Combat started off promising but I'm guessing it would have been nigh impossible to get through on harder difficulties since the game was so poorly balanced. And I can't advance spoken text? Come on!

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: February 24, 2023, 09:20:30 am »
I enjoyed reading that write-up, Vivi! Somewhat related:

16. Star Ocean: First Departure R

This was the perfect game to wash away the stank of Jeanne d'Arc, to remind me why my favorite RPGs are from the PlayStation era, to remind me of why I love RPGs so much, and to ready me for The Divine Force. My qualms with it were the same as they were back in 2000 when I first played The Second Story because, let's face it, the two are basically the same outside of characters/setting/other small features. These problems aren't dealbreakers, but they are annoying: easily missable characters, lots of backtracking, constantly starting a battle surrounded or with a back attack. I could go on. But, the important thing is that none of those really mattered because the quest itself is so damn fun. It's one of the better games in the series when it comes to the idea of capturing that space-age, sci-fi feeling. And combat is a button mashing good time. I usually played Roddick, but playing as Ashlay and Pericci had its highlights. The last person in my party was Erys because I wanted a magic user with healing abilities. Pericci had Healing Dance, but I couldn't ever get her to use it no matter what her AI was set to. At any rate - I'm rambling. I'll write a review for this later. I'm excited since I'll be able to talk more about it.

General / Re: Rarest Items in Game Collection?
« on: February 21, 2023, 11:09:14 am »
Probably my small collection of Saturn games.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: February 15, 2023, 04:10:01 pm »
Dropped: Jeanne d'Arc

I'm so over this game that they need to invent another word for "over." I'll admit, I went in with low expectations because Level 5 is one of my least favorite developers. But, I wanted to play a strategy-RPG, and I wanted to play something that I either never played or never finished. This seemed like the best choice. I made it to Chapter 4 before calling it quits.

I was able to put up with a fair amount of stuff. But, the straw that broke the camel's back was during an escort mission when the person I was trying to protect would kamikaze his way into enemy territory, invariably making him an easy target. Having only 75 HP AND pisspoor defense didn't help. I even boosted his defense with a defense tonic. It didn't matter. A stray arrow found his way towards his manflesh, poisoned him, and caused him to die the next turn. I couldn't heal him in time. That was enough for me. I'm removing this game from my backlog and my life.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: February 13, 2023, 04:01:46 pm »
15. Tormented Souls

The good, the bad, and the ugly of classic survival-horror all in a somewhat modern package. There were a lot of great ideas. Not all of them landed. But, I give a lot of kudos for the efforts. I'm glad that I played this because it reminded me why I enjoy this genre: creepy atmosphere, a frightening journey, and some bizarre monsters. The ending was predictable within the first five minutes but that's what you get when you play enough video games.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: February 07, 2023, 03:08:49 pm »
14. Kirby's Dream Buffet

Oh, Kirby. How? How is it possible that your cuteness continues to enrapture me so after all these years? This game feels like Monkey Ball meets Kirby's Tilt n' Tumble. I won't be writing a review for it but I'd give it like a 7/10. Also, there's no chance I'll be going for all 135 achievements. I'm currently around 20 or so. But! I can see myself picking this up every now and again when I need to kill time or just want to take a break from a story focused RPG. The timing of me playing this game couldn't have been better, either. Kirby's Return to Dream Land on Switch is just a couple weeks away. This game really got me pumped for it.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: February 05, 2023, 04:30:08 pm »
13. Doki Doki Literature Club

Neat game. The twists and turns near the beginning were more impactful than the ones near the end. I guess I've played so many games that nothing surprises me anymore, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the effort. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes to read and likes the unexpected. Getting 100% completion, however, was a real chore. VN's shouldn't require so much random chance to get everything. It makes me think the creators were more pretentious than anything else.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: February 05, 2023, 01:46:00 pm »
Avalon Code - Dropped

If there was ever a posterchild for a Nintendo DS RPG, then it's this. This is a good and bad thing as indicated by my adding it to the dropped pile. It's a tedious game filled with busy work and repetitive combat. As always, there was a ton of potential for something great but it was masked by the above (and other) issues.

The Caligula Effect: Overdose - Dropped

Yeah...this game is not the one. It's not the two or the three, either. I admired the ambition, but I was just straight up not having any fun. The interface was a lot to tolerate, too. It's really disorganized from every vantage point. I feel like my teenage self would have eaten this right up. Today? Not so much.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: February 04, 2023, 03:09:19 pm »
Oh, I didn't think to add abandoned/dropped games to the topic. I have a few that I'll post about later.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2023!!!
« on: February 02, 2023, 08:14:56 pm »
12. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion

The beginning portions are rough. Zack is great, but he's got the maneuverability of a Buick. It takes a fair amount of time before you're able to fully utilize him. He's always by himself and options are limited. But, once Materia fusion opens up and you're able to actually survive the more difficult side-missions, things ended up being a lot more fun. It's still a flawed game but at least the flaws work in your favor instead of against. And the ending is hard to watch for all the right reasons.

General / Re: Buying games for a system you don't own
« on: February 01, 2023, 10:52:08 am »
I used to do that. I haven't done it in recent memory.

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