Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A wonderful birthday gift~

So first of all, Happy 4 Month Anniversary, Artie ^_^
Second, it's not my birthday yet. It's December 2nd, a week from now, but I got this in the mail today and decided to open it anyways. After much debating in my head xD As long as it was okay with the person who sent it to me. And it was. Couldn't resist opening it early~

So yeah, anyone who knows me should guess I am extremely happy about this gift. It's Luca! My favorite reyvateil! And something I wanted for a long time but couldn't get it myself. And the person who got this for me is the person I love more than anything in the world. Thank you, Artie. Really and truly you have given me more than I could have ever imagined in so many ways. I'm glad to do the same for you. Here's to the best and most wonderful life together. I love you~

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Star Ocean: First Departure~

Finally getting back to this game. I mean I had a playthrough but started another one cuz I forgot what happened xD That's a naturally occurring thing for me. Anyways, I gained a huge interest in the series after playing Star Ocean 3. Which I loved to death. Unfortunately there was no way to play SO1 till they finally remade it for the PSP. Released on the SNES only in Japan way back when. So glad we got this game too. I was even more amazed when they released a remake of SO2 for the PSP not long afterwards. I mean I could have gotten SO2 but it would have been more of a hassle. Since it's a PS1 game originally. But I has all 4 Star Ocean games now. Star Ocean: Blue Sphere for the GBA I'm not really that concerned about. Another Japanese only game and I doubt they'd ever remake it. Not a main game anyways. I'll just look up information about it if I really want to know.

The really fun thing about these games is the battle system. There are some story elements that span across the games. I remember hearing some stuff in SO3 that referred back to the other games. Mainly in the dictionary in the game which has some really cool stuff in it. But basically all these games are set in a futuristic earth setting. I mean earth exists in these games though in 3 you never visit it. I don't think you do in the other games either. You're mainly on other planets. And there are a bunch of different races too. You do however find yourself on Moonbase in SO3 which is basically the earth's moon that they've turned into a base. So yeah, the story is mankind had to find a way to live in the stars after wars and stuff pretty much wrecked earth. All the games are set in the same universe but by time line it goes like this: SO4, SO1, SO2, SO3. And SO3 freakin' turns the whole series upside down with something but yeah. Spoilers. I always find it funny when the newest game is set before the others. SO4 tells the story of mankind's journey into space from the beginning. I guess they felt they needed to flesh that out. Fun games are fun though. Seriously, SO3 had the most fun action based battle system I've ever played. It was incredibly deep. SO4's from what I've played shows the same promise. But I shall see. SO1 and 2 are good too but obviously not as advanced.

Now that I've made a long as heck opening to this it's time for screenies. Which are not mine btw. I can't take screenshots of my PSP either.

The hero! Roddick... yeah I don't like the localized name either. Should have been left Ratix~ He has a tail btw.

The towns and stuff really do look beautiful in this game. At least I think so~

The hero's friends! Who kinda fight sometimes xD They have tails too. Well they're all Fellpools. The name of their race.

Yeah, let's kill stuff!

Okay, there you go. Another gaming related post. With MK2 and Etrian Odyssey still on my playlist too. So um yeah. There you go.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Eureka 7 Complete Collections~

Arrived yesterday actually. 2 volumes each with 4 dvd's. 50 episodes. 25 on both collections. Man I love this anime so much. I've been waiting for a while for this to be put into a collection. I don't wanna buy a bunch of volumes. And $65 for both. Tis awesomeness right there. Imma enjoy watching this again. This anime has awesome opening and ending songs I know that much. And there be full versions of them on here. Course I already have 'em downloaded and on my PSP xD

There be a movie too but I haven't seen it yet. Don't think it was translated so I need subs. Gotta look into that at some point.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More DKC2 randomness and EO update~

Don't think I ever mentioned what I was doing with DKC2 specifically but anyways I be doing a 102% playthrough. I don't know why it's 102%. It just means finding all the bonus games and DK coins in the levels. Oh and finishing the Lost World. So basically doing everything possible in the game. Finished 3 areas so far. Haven't started on the Lost World yet xD Ahem, so screenies~

This be the first level of the 4th area. I'm actually not afraid of Squitter the spider xD I think he's the cutest dang spider ever.

A look at the 4th area. Like a carnival type deal. lol Krem Land though

This is like the most fun level xD There at least 2 others like it too~

Don't be throwing stuff at me!

But these right here are my favorite levels. Bramble Blast and this is Bramble Scramble. Freakin' love these. Awesome music during these levels.

So I haven't finished the 4th area yet. I still love this game after all these years. I always will though. So much fun. But I screwed up so much today xD

So um, Etrian Odyssey update. Arcadia the Alchemist be level 70 and Aika my Medic be level 47. 3 more characters at level 1 to relevel to 70. And my Land Shark is 60 something but hasn't been retired yet. No screenies for this game. Since I can't take screenies of my DS. At least not efficiently. I haven't had too much time to play this game. I'd be finished doing this by now otherwise. Alright my randomness is over. Have a great day to whoever reads this~

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Etrian Odyssey!

So um, at the moment, besides walking down memory lane with DKC2, I'm still playing MK2. Which I kinda set aside for a little while. Will find time for it later. But mainly I be playing Etrian Odyssey for the DS. Interesting little game from Atlus. And it's hard just like alot of Atlus games are. It's not a new game or anything. I've already beaten the main game but I'll give a run down of how this game works~

First off, when you start the game you create a guild and name it. My guild name is ironically and easily guessable: Arcadia. The Arcadia Guild! The most awesome dang guild there ever was. Ahem, alright enough of that. So anyways, after you do that then you need to create your characters. You can only have a team of 5 so yeah you need to plan out how your team is gonna work. You can position them in battle with 3 in the front and two in the back or 2 in front and 3 in back. Since only 3 can be standing anywhere at one time. So what kinda classes we got? Be patient I'm getting there~

Landsknecht~ Or as I like to call it "Land Shark" for easier saying. Don't ask why. The name looks German. Actually it is. I just Babelfish'd it and got "Land farmhand". ...Yeah I'm sticking with Land Shark. It sound way cooler. So after I've wasted precious seconds of your time with randomness instead of getting to the point let me tell you in one word what this class is: Swordie. The end. The class specializes in swords and axes and is extremely powerful. A very useful class. Can work beautifully with an Alchemist to follow up their elemental magic with their own elemental weapon skills.

Survivalist~ Once again, in one word I'll tell you what this class is: Archer. Extremely fast and agile class. The very useful thing about this class is a skill called First Turn. Why? It can be used on any party member and allows them to go first regardless of speed in battle. Why is this important? Let me put it this way. Imagine you're fighting a boss that can smash your entire front line easily if their defense isn't buffed. Uh huh. See where I'm going with this? Give priority to your buffer so they can get it off first. It'll save your butt. But this class is also powerful. Multihit strikes more than once and Apollon is awesome.

Protector~ Do I need to say what this class does? Yeah, it's your defensive man. The whole nine yards here. Physical and elemental defensive skills to protect your party. Now this class is powerful anyways. The only attacking skill you need is Smite. And it's strong none the less.

Dark Hunter~ I don't know if they meant to make this class perverted but... my mind went in the gutter looking at the skill names and just thinking about the weapon it uses. Yes, this class likes whips. Though it can also use swords. Now why did my mind go in the gutter? Two skills: Ecstasy and Climax. *hits self* None of that. Anyways, this class likes to cause status effects like Poison, Bind, and Petrification. Bind is extremely useful to use against bosses. So that's really where this class shines for you.

Medic~ Yep, the healer. And actually your main source of defensive buffness. Immunize is your miracle in this game. Buffs your physical and elemental defense all at once. And when I safe buff I mean buff. You take incredibly less damage with this skill. But this class can also attack too with Caduceus. Got some good stuff all around.

Alchemist~ Your elemental damager. Fire, Ice, and Electricity. The main 3 elements in this game. That's really all you use this class for. But it's powerful so it gets the job done. Almost necessary for post game where enemies are so strong in physical defense and hardly take any other damage. This is why I made one. And as I said earlier with the Land Shark, they work well together.

Troubadour~ Does all the other buffing in the game such as attack and speed. And Divinity increases EXP earned after battle. Well it does have a skill for buffing defense but it doesn't stack with Immunize. No use using it. Can also imbue a party member's weapon with an element.

Ronin~ Okay so this class uses katanas as you would expect. They're faster than Land Sharks and have two different styles of attacking. This class is really powerful though. Not even available at the start of the game. You get it later on.

Hexer~ If I made one of these, I'd name her Chloe. Status effects galore. This class has it all. Can majorly cripple a party of enemies. This class has a skill that causes a terrified enemy to take it's own life. That's dang scary. Can turn enemies on each other too. You get the point of this class. Also good at binding like the Dark Hunter so yeah. Good for bosses.

You don't start with Alchemist, Dark Hunter, or Hexer being available to make right away. Gotta progress a bit first. When you choose a class you pick what you want them to look like out of the choices and name them. You can customize their skills any way you want but you only have so many Skill Points. Level 70 is the max level. You can get more Skill Points by retiring them once they reach level 70. That brings a character back to level 1 but you can create any other character from it. Doesn't have to be the same class as the one you retired. Nets you higher stats too. Anyways, so here's how the game works. It's a dungeon crawler. You're exploring the crazy roots of this giant tree. No joke. There are 5 stratums in the main game each with 5 floors to traverse. With a boss on the 5th floor of every statrum. For a total of 25 floors. As you travel these floors you map out the dungeon. Lemme get a screenie as an example~

So there you go. The tiles come up on their own as you walk but you can label stuff like treasure chests, events, shortcuts, pitfalls, etc, on the map too from the toolbar. Really neat. So you just journey around with your guild checking stuff out and beating bad guy tail. Though they do alot of beating your tail too. The enemies aren't slouches no matter where you go. So anyways, once you beat the game there be a post game in a 6th stratum with 5 more floors and another boss. So really there are 30 floors. Post game will kick your butt. This game will kick your butt if you're not prepared.
Save often and bring a Warp Wire every where you go! Warp Wires automatically teleport you out of a the dungeon. You need to do this because there are random freakishly powerful enemies called FOE's wandering around dungeons. Like no joke, if you run into one of these guys in a dungeon odds are you aren't powerful enough to beat it and will thus die horribly. Possibly run away after losing 4 party members. But you can see them on the field. While the rest of the battles are random, you can see FOE's.

See, they deceive you looking like little fuzzy balls. Don't be deceived! They be evil fuzzy balls of doom! Now as you level more you can take them on. Like you can't handle them the first time you see them in a stratum. But the further you go and the more levels you gain you'll be able to kill them. Just take them on as a boss. That's the way to win against them. Throw it all at them. Just stay away from them otherwise. They usually go in a set pattern not following you. Though some are aggressive and will come after you if they see you.

There be my gaming post for the day xD
The team I beat the main game with was: Landsknecht, Protector, Survivalist, Medic, and Troubadour. My favorite team really. The only thing I'm doing with post game is adding in an Alchemist. The random battles there call for it. So anyways, more on this when I actually get done grinding back to level 70 with my retired characters. I'll tell you the names of my party and what they look like at some point. Along with levels, stats, and skill sets. I hope I didn't bore you to tears with this.

Oh yeah, and there's a sequel which I will start on after finishing this one. With some new classes to boot. And you can carry over 2 things from the first game after you beat the main game and post game. So um, have a nice day~

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Feeling nostalgic~

In one of those moods right now. Mainly because I'm alone, bored, and have nothing else to do xD
So, went back to an awesome game on the SNES. That is part of an awesome trilogy at the same time. Yes. I am talking about Donkey Kong Country. More specifically Donkey Kong Country 2. Which is an awesome game for alot of reasons:

#1 Music~ Something about the music in this game. It's just amazing for its time. Love the soundtrack and if you're in the mood to hear something really freakin' awesome and calming listen to this:
I swear to you I could never tell you how much I love this music. It's probably my favorite music in any video game ever. The end. Even out of all the RPG's I've played. Brings me back to my childhood so easily.

#2 Pirates~ The dang first level is set on a pirate ship with peg legged enemies. I mean seriously. It don't get more awesome than that. And the pirate ship levels continue on. The game has a pirate theme to begin with since K. Rool decided to take on that role from the first game. Kaptain K. Rool now I should say. I mean you find a dang ransom note in the first level from him saying he's kidnapped Donkey Kong. He means serious business here. Just feeds my obsession for all things piratey.

#3 Scenery~ I mean sure the graphics aren't dang amazing but there's something about it at the same time. I've always liked how these games looked. From the forests, caves, temples, jungles, snow top mountains, the ocean, just all of it is pleasing to my eyes. It just appeals to me.

#4 Gameplay~ Obviously gameplay is important for any game. If it's not fun then what's the point. Well my point with this is this game is not only fun as heck but challenging. Especially if you're trying to get everything in the game and 101% it. But in general the levels do provide a challenge. Unless you've gone through it 10 thousand times like me. They still never get old though. In every level hides a DK coin. Well hidden I might add in the later levels. Trying to find all these suckers will require multiple visits to levels to do so. Looking around every nook and cranny for it. Ah but it's so much fun. DKC3 also had DK coins. First game didn't. All you had to do to 100% the first game was find all the bonus levels in a level. Gotta do that and find all the DK coins in the 2nd and 3rd games. So yeah, this is why I say good gameplay. Gives you something to work for while enjoying the amazing music and scenery.

And screenies! Didn't think you were getting all that text without something nice to look at right? And random commentary.

See, told you the first world was on a pirate ship. Look at the name of the first level xD

If you don't like throwing boxes at peg legged enemies then good heavens what's wrong with you!?

Alright, any questions?
Yeah, I have one. Who the heck let all these bugs on the ship!?

An enemy with two peg legs? Alright Kaptain K. Rool you need some better lackeys here. What good can this guy? Poor guy has to jump instead of walk. I almost hate to kill him~

Hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane. I know I did ^^
Some day I'll actually blog about my favorite RPG ever, Skies of Arcadia. For now it's all random! Like this fact: DKC2 and Super Mario World 2 are tied for my all time favorite platformers on the SNES. Have a wonderful day to anyone who reads this~

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Since someone else did it~

Yeah imma put my character sprites I made up too xD Since Artie and I both were messing with it yesterday.

Even though I made her long ago, this be me. Or Arcadia ^^
I'm such a goofball~

And Luca with her Stylishy costume~ I think it looks pretty good. For what I had to work with.

Infel sprite before~

Infel sprite after~ With Trass's help ^^

Ah, I feel like making more sprites too. For other characters I love. I think I will at some point~