26 May 2014

Mel, Matador, and Miscellaneous Things: Another May Update

Once the semester ended, I nose-dived into playing games I promised myself for ages I would beat. Eight Megami Tensei games and several others have demanded me to complete them, and I had to light a fire under my bum to get them done. I could list all the games that have been demanding my attention, but I'll be here all day.

But let me announce that I beat the most infamous and insidious wake-up call boss in the history of gaming ever in my first try.

Not on my grave, buddy!
I won't be fully cured from my status of being "that one delusional Shinji fangirl and 10/4 denier who plays video games on EASY MODO", but some were still impressed. Kind of. The battle took over thirty minutes of poor me weeping, screaming, and shaking in utter terror. The feelings that consumed me afterwards were the very similar to when I went to my favorite band's concert four years ago. My throat was sore for twelve hours.

Ignoring the fact I'm scaring readers, I did not have the best preparations for the fight. My level was fine; I had the right bare minimum skills. Yet my party wasn't that great. High Pixie had the weakest healing spell and consumed all the Medicine and Chakra Drops I earned through hard work and grinding. Hua Po is my new best friend thanks to boosting my party's defense. And Jack Frost... kept missing every single punch I ordered him to serve. My demons could have been better.


Yeah. My backlog is kinda big...
Playing console games is now a higher priority until I go back to school in the fall. Pretty much all my handheld games are on hold or on the back burner. It's kinda a shame, especially when I am almost done Gravity Rush and Etrian Odyssey Untold. Add in me being halfway done Corpse Party and Persona 2: Innocent Sin, being early in Persona 1 and Strange Journey, and not even starting Shin Megami Tensei 1 and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment... I am very busy, and my wish list keeps growing (Persona Q is coming in a few months and Devil Survivor 2: Break Record might still be a thing). Console games are just as bad (Persona 4 Arena, Catherine, Valkyria Chronicles, Saints Row IV, and Sonic Generations expect me to pour more hours in sometime soon before I die).

And I have a life outside of video games I have to remind myself of. Having a time turner would be nice to amend this problem.

The good news is that my chronic apathy/disenchantment for anime has not plagued my enjoyment of video games much. The last thing that made me rage at levels rivaling Madoka Magicka was Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. While Madoka Magicka had good intentions and ideas that fell flat on its face due to the ludicrous stupidity of every character except Madoka, Danganronpa embodied lots of issues I have about anime and video games. Then drew dicks on itself with sharpies, set itself on fire, leapt off the top of the Empire State building, and landed in a pool of liquefied lizard intestines.

I don't give a damn if this is a spoiler.
To preserve my health and sanity, I dropped Danganronpa after Chapter 2.

Meanwhile my review of Shin Megami Tensei IV is still in the drafts. The greatest issue I'm running into is finding decent videos and images to help make the post look nice. Sadly, Nintendo and its 3DS seem to like making life a bit difficult for some people. Either the company adopted a hobby in swinging ban hammers, capturing images and video are even harder than for the PSVita, or both. There's not much diversity in what kinds of images are shown for SMT4. Most videos tend to be of boss fights or let's plays (with annoying commentary). Sadly, I can barely back up some of my statements without the risk of spoiling certain places, times, and characters. I will do my best with the few resources laying around.

Furthermore I have taken the extra time to word two sections in Part 2 carefully. Playing other Megami Tensei games have helped me with one topic. The other may have more traces of ignorance sprinkled in. I've chatted with some other fans to double-confirm my knowledge. And finding the pictures and videos will be... fun.

I just wanted you guys to know what I've been up to. It's been kinda quiet because of my focusing on other things. If any drama started anywhere, I may be aware of it. If so, I don't wish to get involved. Adding fuel to the fire is unnecessary and one more voice will just drown out intelligent, clear conversation. This is the internet; this has never been a safe haven for composed, respectful debates.

Besides I have more productive things to do... like overcome my seventh plague of writer's block on my fan fiction. It's longer than four or five Harry Potter books. Superior being(s) help us all.

Now, back to Nocturne. 20 hours down, 50 to 60 left to go at this rate. I'm really enjoying it so far. It's a nice break from other games I played lately that left me unhappy, stressed, or inconsolably depressed.

And thus the Grant George curse continues... I hate my -


*slaps self*


I'm eternally thankful Nocturne has no voice acting.


Voltech said...

Hmmm. That's a pretty interesting reaction to Danganronpa. I haven't played it for myself, but I did read/watch an LP of it about a year ago. And based on what the LP said (more or less), that's the optimal state to enjoy the game; some of the mechanics are...less successful than others.

Also? You've successfully reminded me that I need to play/finish/restart Valkyria Chronicles. I don't know about you, but I think it's nice to be able to play a war game that's not just brown and gray and full of dudebro action.

I know that's a stereotype, but cripes is it an apt one. VK feels like one of those games that was in that "sweet spot" this console generation before a boatload of developers crapped themselves and forgot how to make games good. Or games, period.

Well, this is getting unpleasant. Let's switch gears.

Matador...can't say I've ever had the "pleasure" of fighting him, but I don't have any problems believing he's a tough skull to crack. I just watched a video of what he can do (like cancel out all debuffs in one go), and I'm pretty sure I would ram my head through a wall if that happened. Also, at least in action games like Metal Gear Rising you can (usually) try to compensate with the most cowardly tactics you can muster, but in an RPG like that? Believe in the stats that believe in you...and rage as you take a critical hit.

It's a recipe for joy! <3

Side note: CinemaSins put up a video on "Everything Wrong with Oblivion". If you haven't seen it yet, well, here you go.


Ah, CinemaSins. The instrument of our revenge.

Melanie~Light said...

Thank link was wonderful. I'm glad someone else noticed the recorder plothole too! Makes me feel more sane. Just damn, Oblivion was such a badly executed movie. Really bad. Can't believe X-Men: Days of Future Past is more entertaining, and it has just as much - if not even more - serious flaws than Oblivion. But oh well. I could turn off my brain for X-Men, something Oblivion failed at. So one point for Hugh Jackman's naked ass.


Valkyria Chronicles was a fun game from what I played. Since I beat Fire Emblem Awakening a few times, I think I am more confident in strategizing combatants in a battlefield. Both have the anyone can die minus the protagonist feature too, so I think I'm prepared.

Still, Valkyria Chronicles is indeed a good game. I kinda wish more games were as creative as it.

If you ever play Nocturne, know you'll feel more confident once you beat him. My ego hasn't inflated, but I feel I can handle more SMT enemies than before. Matador is a dick, but he's predictable. I managed to manipulate the turn press system well in my fight. It's just it dragged on and I was running out of items to keep me and my party alive.

As for Danganronpa... the less I say about it, the better. I shed my tears over Leon (damn you, Grant George! Y U DO DIS 2 ME?????) and I dropped the game before I snapped my Vita in half.

BTW, fuck Monokuma. I'm shocked how Teddie sounds so much like him, but he is more charming, hilarious, and fascinating than that... abomination.

Y'know, I should think happy thoughts. Maybe I can see if the Persona 3 movie can be watched/streamed online...

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