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Someone's cruisin' for a bruisin' and its name is my patience [Case 4: Scout's Honor]

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(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
20 (U)
  10 Unplayed  
50% of Unfinished
1% of Total
2.1%
461 (B)
47.6%
488 (C)
50.4%
Wishlist  13 ?         Top-Rated  96 ?????         Master Runs  4 (M)
PC BEAT 13 (B) 108 (C) 122 Total
Steam 6 (U) 107 (B) 90 (C) 209 Total
PlayStation 4 7 (U) 81 (B) 71 (C) 161 Total
Nintendo Switch 5 (U) 15 (B) 5 (C) 29 Total
Nintendo 3DS 2 (U) 17 (B) 17 (C) 36 Total
PlayStation Vita BEAT 9 (B) 13 (C) 23 Total
PlayStation 3 BEAT 53 (B) 16 (C) 70 Total
Xbox 360 BEAT 10 (B) 1 (C) 12 Total
Wii BEAT 16 (B) 7 (C) 25 Total
PSOne Classics BEAT 2 (B) 3 (C) 5 Total
Virtual Console (3DS) BEAT 2 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Nintendo DS BEAT 19 (B) 23 (C) 42 Total
PlayStation Portable BEAT 14 (B) 10 (C) 25 Total
PlayStation 2 BEAT 59 (B) 38 (C) 97 Total
GameCube BEAT 4 (B) 3 (C) 7 Total
Game Boy Advance BEAT 13 (B) 17 (C) 30 Total
PlayStation BEAT 20 (B) 16 (C) 36 Total
Nintendo 64 BEAT 2 (B) 4 (C) 6 Total
SNES BEAT 3 (B) 4 (C) 7 Total
iOS BEAT 2 (B) 18 (C) 20 Total
Game Boy/Color C O M P L E T E ! 8 Total
Game Boy C O M P L E T E ! 3 Total
NES C O M P L E T E ! 7 Total
Browser C O M P L E T E ! 2 Total
PC Downloads C O M P L E T E ! 4 Total
All Games 988 Total
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about 3 days ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
Personally, I'm thrilled Miles Morales is a mere expansion considering Insomniac has always been quality-over-quantity with short form games. Spider-Man's story structure did feel all over the place as a full product and some stretches were padded, so hopefully they ditch those lulls and let Miles be a nonstop thrill ride. Doesn't look like that'll be a concern with Rift Apart though.

I always avoided Mass Effect since the post-ME3 atmosphere was so vile that I was convinced it ruined everything. But I spent so much time with KotOR back in the day that I can't ignore its successor, and now that they're all on Steam I hardly have an excuse to not go for it. ME1 has been engaging enough so far, but the problem is that I keep getting distracted by shorter games that offer more gratification in less time. Three ME titles plus three Tales of titles quickly stacked up to a tall order, and now I'm more intimidated by such a small number of s than I would normally be if they weren't RPGs.

What's your take on Last of Us? The only things people can seem to agree on are that the art is godly while the pacing is... not. If anything the whole product comes off like a huge hate-baiting troll fic, for better or worse!
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
I figure frequent updates are all Animal Crossing needed to have even-longer-lasting appeal, and Nintendo didn't specialize in that practice until recently. Then with being on Switch it's a perfect recipe altogether.

The real issue with P5D's soundtrack is that it doesn't have much to work with. Scramble, Q2, and Royal all have plenty of new great tracks, but it got ahead of them and is left to remix vanilla P5 to hell and back. And this may just be personal preference, but aren't its social events kinda boring? It feels like since the cast has already grown, they don't have much left to work on, whereas in P3D everyone still has their quirks and hilarity ensues. It's hard for me to say fairly since I prefer P3's atmosphere in general, although I will admit exploring S.E.E.S.' rooms is more samey since they're all from the same dorm. I still enjoyed both games enough to go back for 100% for whatever that's worth!

You know, the fact that FF writing is usually godawful set my expectations so low that I was simply thrilled the FF7R script wasn't terrible, let alone actually pretty good. Same with overall structure and the battle system: Usually there's some huge issue with both, but here there were just little things I could overlook. I'd be a lot more critical if it wasn't miraculously rising from such a recently-mediocre legacy. Basically the same effect the Sonic movie had.

On reflection, I'll admit the party AI could be smarter (I'm all for encouraging switching characters but c'mon guys, help me out once in a while) and attack cancellation is extremely player-unfavorable, which will definitely become increasingly annoying on the platinum run. Still and all, no matter where we go from here, Wall Market in Ch.9 will forever be one of my favorite video game levels now... and that final boss was unforgettable.

I'll have to get used to the PS5's conspicuous design, but whoa, that library. Insomniac certainly showed up most of all—Miles Morales was inevitable, but it's cool to know for sure he'll be at center stage, and the "Be Yourself" tagline is promising considering that was a major theme in Into the Spider-Verse. Oh and apparently also RATCHET & CLANK THIS IS HAPPENING HHHHHHNNNNGGGGG
about 2 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Thanks! I love the music in Covenant and the battle system is better but I prefer the dark tone of the original. Koudelka was even darker than SH though, it's one of the darkest games I've played (literally and figuratively), and not in a bad way. Its battle system itself is very average but it has a neat chess mechanic that goes underutilized. It was originally supposed to be a real-time SRPG so it explains why the battle system feels a tad stiff. I love how it handles stat distribution though. It's an ambitious game and you get invested in its small cast. There's really nothing else like it.
about 2 months ago (edited)

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Overall it's a bit short and it has some unnecessary backtracking but it has some really brilliant moments. Aside from maybe when Alice sacrifices herself to save Yuri, I never got the same emotional depth and connection from the Shadow Hearts characters. Koudelka also does a great job homaging the period, with references to Lord Byron and Shakespeare throughout. Overall it's a stellar game and better than most of Final Fantasy primarily due to its voice acting and character development. The gameplay is also good and affords a lot of freedom (you can freely assign stats and level-ups are common) but the battles can be slow at times. It's a great game, but it's definitely not perfect, and it's not for everyone. I think the games that have mass appeal and are for "everyone" I find quite boring, aside from Mario, that is. (Granted, this is coming from someone who thought FFVII was average at best so YMMV.)
about 2 months ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Hard to say at this point but so far I'm actually liking Koudelka more than Shadow Hearts! Koudelka feels more like a cult film while SH is the blockbuster. It's got less going on, but as it only builds on three characters, its minimalism becomes its strength. Plus its atmosphere and acting are sooooo good that I am always looking forward to every cutscene. I don't want to talk about it anymore until after I finish it though.
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