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Tara

Persona 4 Golden

January 28th, 2013 by Tara

Categories: PS2, Vita

Persona 4 Golden

This game is so, so, so addicting. I love how the RPG elements are combined with a dating/interaction simulator. Really, I thought Persona 3 Portable was fantastic, so I wasn’t expecting this one to be just as good despite all the rave reviews . . . well, I am wrong!

Funny. I have both Persona 3 and Persona 4 for the original PlayStation 2, but I never got around to them. Instead, I played their ports instead!

Anybody else tried this game?

Tara

Old School RPG Cravings

February 12th, 2011 by Tara

Categories: Genesis, PS2

Hoo boy, I’m in a mood to re-play (or at least BEAT) a Sega Genesis game called Phantasy Star IV. This particular game will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s pretty much the first RPG I was ever introduced to. I was in fourth grade (sometime before September 1995), and I was at my best friend’s house. Unlike me, she had a Sega Genesis system — back then, I only had the PC as my gaming device. Anyway, she had Phantasy Star IV, and she introduced it to me.

Honestly, I don’t remember much about the game . . . but I do remember seeing Rune and thinking he was HOT. My best friend then told me that Wren was even hotter for something non-human! Ah, even back then, I was attracted to the bishounen guys . . .

Anyway, I digress. Since then, I’ve played it, er, illegally, in my middle school days, but I think I stopped playing when I got to Dezolis. Then I got the Sega Genesis Collection for the PS2 several years back. I reacquainted myself with the game, got all the way to the final boss, and then stopped because that whole place, the boss, and the music was creeping me out. I should really dig it out and beat it, or at least re-play it again. I’m just in the mood to play something that’ll take me down the nostalgia lane! To me, Phantasy Star IV epitomises JRPGs; it’s like the grandfather of any modern JRPGs. It has good anime-style graphics (for its time), a pretty engaging storyline, great cast of characters and character development, and awesome music — which are all factors that make a good game for me.

Really, I adore this game. I’ll always credit Chrono Trigger as THE game that has got me into serious RPG gaming, but Phantasy Star IV is probably what really started it all for me.

What about you, readers and fellow bloggers? What is that one game that really holds a special place in your heart? (And any of you NokoNoko folks played this game before?)

Chris

My List of Fails

January 27th, 2011 by Chris

Categories: DS, PC, PS2, PS3, Wii

Well everyone has that List of Fail (Good games we buy but never get around to playing).
Here’s my list of fail:

DS: Dragon Quest IV– It’s kind of a sad story with Dragon Quest IV. I heard so much positive things about this game from all my friends. I even went to the launch event and got an autographed copy of the game from the series creator- Mr. Yuji Horii, but I never even got around to playing the game for more than 2 hours and the next DQ game is on its way.

Nintendo Wii
: I still haven’t even beaten Donkey Kong Country Returns or Super Mario Galaxy 2. I’m pretty sure I’m near the very end of DKC, and I’ve enjoyed ever minute of it-co-op and single player. For some reason I just can’t find the time to sit down and turn on my Wii and just finish this classic retro master piece. I blame my OCD in trying to 100% ever level in the game before I advance. This usually forces me to replay the same level for minutes until I find all the collectibles. I’m not sure why I never finished Galaxy 2. I just left Mario at World 6; poor Princess Peach…

Sony PS3: Yes, I picked up a PS3 over the winter break. I’ve mainly been playing GT5 on it. Though I think I’m about done with the game. I did as much as I feel like doing in A-Spec and Special Events. I purchased all the cars I wanted and fully tuned them. Most important, I got to do a comparison of my IRL toy to the virtual version in GT5. Physics needs a little work, sound of the engine is off, but it feels like the virtual version handles like the real world counterpart and for the most part, the details of the car are spot on accurate (probably due to the fact that it is a premium car).
I’ve still have to do a lot of catching up on the Sony titles like Uncharted 1 + 2, LittleBigPlanet1 +2, Infamous, which are all just sitting there waiting to be played.

PC: None steam games, I never finished the single player in StarCraft2. I’ve made it to Char but never stopped playing Multiplayer to finish the single player.
I’m still not all caught up from all the games I bought from the Winter Steam Sale. I got Half-Life 1 (I’ve own the Orange for a few years now, played HL2 and Ep1+2 countless times, but I never played HL1). I have the game all DL’d to my laptop so I can play it where ever I carry my laptop but I just can never find the time to play it even though I know its a must for all PC gamers.
In addition, I’ve picked up Amnesia: The Dark Descent which according to all my friends is a very scary game. I was going to play Resident Evil 5 over winter break with my buddy, but they decided that they didn’t want to finish RE5 so I never got around to completing the game. I’ve finally have all the Borderlands DLCs and nice new level cap and more rare loot to hunt thanks to the DLCs being on sale. In addition, I have Monday Night Combat to play with friends since it was finally released, though I did play a good amount of that game when it was still in Beta. MNC’s Blitz mode is tons of fun with 3 other friends.

Finally, on top of all of that, I still have around 10 custom L4D2 maps I still need to run through.
The reason I have so many backlogged PC games…TeamFortress2. Valve keeps updating the game and I keep going back to it each major update and play that game more than all the games on my list of PC fails combine. >_< And I don't even care for the new items in TF2 or the hats valve keeps adding =(

Cat

Gaming year in review

December 31st, 2010 by Cat

Categories: DS, PC, PS2, Wii, Xbox 360

It’s that time of the year again! I thought I’d list my favorite games of 2010.

Favorite single player: Mass Effect 2
I really liked the first Mass Effect, and I felt the 2nd was even better. I love the characters, the story, and how my decisions actually matter. I felt the combat was improved, and I like how it’s a mix of shooter and RPG. One of my favorite games, not just of this year, but ever!

Favorite multiplayer: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Buckley and I are always looking for good co-ops and were pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s the most cooperative game we’ve played, such that every level depends on both players working together. The achievements also added a nice challenge.

I had a LJ entry about all the games I played in 2010, but it seems to have magically disappeared. So… I’m writing it here again.

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