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  • My jumbled thoughts on Star Ocean 4 vs Star Ocean 5.

    Spoiler I feel like most people's memories of 4 are jaded by the poor English only dub of the 360 version "Kay?"
    But if you actually go back and look at it, it's just overall a better, more complete product. It starts with an opening cinematic of the Earth being devastated by a nuclear war, followed up by all of the countries coming together to work on finding a new home. It's a fairly tropey concept, to be sure, but it's there, and it sets up the premise of the game. It gives you a sense of purpose.

    SpoilerIn 5, the only cinematic is the pre main menu cinematic of a nondescript ship flying around for a little bit before entering warp. Then when you begin the game, you're unceremoniously dropped into a battle tutorial with no context as to who you are, or why you're doing what you're doing. After a little bit, you realize that you and your friends are a sort of town patrol (Star Ocean 1 did this setup better).

    SpoilerIn 4, the cutscenes are actually cutscenes, and not just people standing around talking, sometime even over each other to the point where you're unable to process what's being said due to trying to listen to both separate conversations at once. The gameplay concept of seemless battle transitions and large parties, while seemingly a good idea at first, feels worse as time goes on, due to there being so many characters and enemies on the map that you can't even see what you're doing.

    SpoilerI could go on and on, but to sum it up, there aren't really any annoying characters like there are in 4, but that's only because they don't even have enough personality to be offensive. They're plainer than white bread. Nothing happens to make you care about them or what you're doing. The private actions just feel awkward most of the time, so that doesn't help in developing them either.

    SpoilerThere are also a ton of points in the story, where you are presented with one goal, only to reach it, have the point of getting there ignored, and be directed somewhere completely different.

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    Just started XCom Unknown Enemy Plus for Vita.
    Despite long load times and a lack of cinematic camera angles, it is a surprisingly good port to a handheld.

  • @El-Shmiablo Oh, that's good to hear. I might pick it up if it goes on sale again so.

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    @tokeeffe9 Yeah I definitely wouldn't get ot full price but for the 10 bux I got it for I'm pleasantly surprised with the quality of the port. Those loading times really are killer though.

  • I usually have a bigger weekdays and a weekend game, right now on weedays I play The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel on PS3 which I only started this week, and on weekends I spend most of my time with Fallout 4 on XB1, 100+ into it and haven't been to Diamond City once, lol, I'm near it now though, I explored the entire north of the map.
    On handheld I play Project X Zone on 3DS and Ys: Memories of Celceta on Vita.

  • I am currently playing through, The Walking Dead Season 1 and am ln the final episode. This is my first time playing and, although I know that the game gives you more of an illusion of choice versus genuine, game changing choices, I love it. Lots of emotional moments and difficult situations abound.

  • @Musou-Tensei You might be able to finish Project X Zone in a year or two...It's way too long, lol.

  • @Minamik Yeah I'm only halfway through, lol.

  • Zero Time Dilemma and Pokemon X

  • Grand Kingdom and loving it so far๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • I got back into Destiny after renting it on release for a month. Was starting to think maybe I should have invested my 30 bucks elsewhere. But after switching back to my Titan build (from trying Hunter), and upgrading the defender powers. I'm in love with Destiny.

    There's so much content and fun to be had. I loved the Crucible in the past, and its just as fun. Even if my Defender build doesn't help me take top score (compared to the striker), the shield has proven invaluable to helping the team win and holding crucial positions. Actually used the shield to shut down a probe in salvage to win the game, while two enemies tried to kill me. But the shield was placed just in the right spot, that they were hitting it instead of me.

    PvE was always fun too. And the loot system is massively better than the release version. The additional content was much needed, and now I'm going to look into the Rise of Iron expansion.

  • Started playing some Uncharted 4 multiplayer recently.. I'm having a lot of fun with it

  • Bought Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario, working on PM first.

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    I believe its now time for me to start with Uncharted 2! as people may know I recently finished the first one in Nathan drake collection (as I posten in the forum). Will write a post with my thoughts once I finish it

  • Just finished replaying Nights into Dreams since it turned 20 years old today. Love that game so much, could not recommend it enough.

    For something more recent I picked up Furi since it's free on PS+ and it's pretty rad. I think it's the good kinda hard, where it encourages you to become good and not just some late 80's arcade tier "we're going to murderize you nonstop until you run out of quarters" hard.

  • Mother 2 (in Japanese) - New 3DS LL
    Evil Within - PS4

    The former is an absolute delight and playing it on my commute has been great compared to playing it at home. Just got out of Brickroad as Jeff.

    The Evil Within on the other hand is slowly crushing my will to live with its awful final chapter.

    I thought the mass brawl in the eyeball area was bad, but the two box guys are ridiculous. There just isn't enough ammo (playing on Normal), even utilising the explosive traps and their own leg traps. Best I can do is kill one before inevitably running out of ammo and getting murdered. Half considering just YouTubing the ending and then getting the DLC.

  • Mafia 2 and Hearts of Iron IV!

  • Currently playing Heavy Rain

  • I just bought and stared Fire Emblem: Awakening per @Hero-of-Lime's suggestion from another thread. Loving everything about it so far, was just what I was looking for on the 3DS. Great suggestion!

  • NG+ in Ratchet & Clank and trying my best not to drop FFXIII