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  1. Shining Resonance Refrain Shining Resonance Refrain Obtained all trophies. A "shining" example of mediocrity. I think half my motivation for platinuming this game was so that I could make that awful pun. Did I need to platinum it to do that? No, but I just hate myself, I guess. I wanted to like Shining Resonance, but there's too much dragging it down; not even the 11/10 voice cast (that's probably where much of the budget went) could save it. That made it far more bearable, though. Mizuki Nana is not only in my top five seiyuu, but also one of my favorite singers. When I finally got Excella's ending, it made it all feel worth it… kind of. The worst part of Shining Resonance is probably the combat system. It's slow, boring, and simply a mess of unbalanced bullshit. Unlike Tales, there is no cool down after using an item. Skills seem to barely do more damage than regular attacks — making them basically worthless. Aspects were a good idea, but are mostly unhelpful. For example, raising attack by 10% doesn't make much of a difference. Most of the good aspects aren't available until late in the game, and will likely require rare drops to make. It doesn't help that the drop rates in this game are ass. All of this is only the beginning; I didn't mention the dumb as rocks AI, cheap boss fights, and inactive party members get 0 exp. And of course, there's a part that requires two specific party members. Didn't level those two guys? You're fucked. Have fun grinding, which of course, is also shit. Now I feel like I'm reliving some of it by writing this, so I'll stop. I don't really care to say more; I'm done with Shining Resonance, I've shelved it, and I'm glad it's over. The platinum screenshot is just a black screen, so instead, here's the most beautiful thing that can be seen in the game(Excella's smile):
  2. I don't care much for spotify, but I got three months for 99 cents so I might as well make the most of it. I've mostly been listening to these two albums for the past week; they've helped me get through the awfully boring grind in Shining Resonance.
  3. I sold the PS3 version (one of them, anyway) and bought this: I think this is the first time I've imported solely due to the cover being better. How the other one ever got approved is a mystery to me.
  4. One day, two completely different albums: Without paying extra for shipping, these both arrived only a day after the release date. Even for amazon (JP) that's really fast.
  5. I said Nurse Love Syndrome was less fucked up than Nurse Love Addiction, but I guess I lied... What is the "the type to put cinnamon on pizza" anyway? A psychopath? I can only imagine how "triggered" some might get by this route, which of course makes me love it even more (Mayuki ending spoilers): Just looking at this picture heals me(Ami ending spoilers): And this(Sayuri ending spoilers):
  6. Nurse Love Syndrome Nurse Love Syndrome Perfection Unlocked all other trophies. I'm glad I read this after Nurse Love Addiction; going in the reverse order would have felt disappointing. Nurse Love Syndrome is so much better that I'm not even sure where to begin. It is a lot longer, and not at all in a bad way. For reference, Nurse Love Addiction is listed as being 10-30 hours on VNDB, while Nurse Love Syndrome is 30-50. It starts out kind of slow, but only gets better from there. I actually got less sleep a few times because I told myself to "quit after this scene" only to go through four or five more. I never thought I'd say this, but I think Sayuri's route is my favorite. It was between her, Nagisa, (even though she has a few screws loose, to say the least) and Mayuki (mostly because of Sakura Ayane). Sayuri was completely unlikable at first; at the time I never thought I'd end up caring about her so much. While none of the bad endings are quite as fucked up as Nurse Love Addiction, The localization has its problems, but it doesn't ruin the game or anything extreme like that. The biggest problem is the text spacing. Seriously, how the fuck did someone look at this and think there were no errors? There are so many text boxes that look like this sentence. How hard is it to hit the goddamn backspace key? Another thing that drives me nuts is the inconsistency. So many localizations have this problem that "localization" and "inconsistent" are practically synonyms in my eyes. Let's look at this scene: If they're going to insist on translating "manga" to "comics", then just fucking do it; don't half-ass it. This is the kind of shit most people won't notice nor care about, but it makes me want to bang my head against a wall. Another thing that pisses me off is how Kaori refers to Nagisa in the text (this isn't something that can be demonstrated with a screenshot). While she actually calls her "Nagisa senpai", the subtitles simply have Kaori calling her "senpai". Isn't this the exact opposite of how localization should be done!? Leaving Japanese in the subtitles instead of making it how people actually talk to each other in English; it's fucking brilliant, really. While I'm complaining, I'd like to add one more thing: first name/last name order stupidity. For fuck's sake, just leave it the way it is said. For example, hearing "Sawai Kaori" and reading "Kaori Sawai" is dumb. I didn't mean for this to turn into a rant, but it's so annoying to see this shit over and over again. Where are all the competent editors? They don't hire them for localization work, that's for sure.
  7. 悪魔城ドラキュラコレクション 新たなる決意、シモン=ベルモンド Castlevania Ⅱ Simon's Quest (北米版)をクリアする "Appaer? Appaer? Does anybody proofread this shit? It only goes to show how much effort they spent on the game when they can't even get the fucking text right." Wow, this game really was just as bad as I remembered — maybe even worse. The most challenging part of Castlevania II is staying awake; it's that fucking boring. I'm glad to be done with it.
  8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Sekiro All trophies have been unlocked. It's a bit early to say, but so far Sekiro is my favorite game released this year. I liked it so much that I played through it every time for the different endings. That said, I don't have anything against backing up a save to get the other endings. In fact, I did that for one of the endings in Bloodborne. The difference being that Sekiro is worth playing that many times (Bloodborne isn't :p). The hardest part of NG+ was fighting the final boss every time. I eventually got decent at it; on NG+3 it took me about four or five tries, which is better than NG+ where it took 40 minutes, and my first run that took several hours of dying. While there are some similarities, Sekiro is most certainly not a Souls game. Even though I was well aware of this, it was hard to adapt at first. I never liked blocking or parrying in Souls games, and always just relied on dodging. I quickly learned how that doesn't work at all in Sekiro. Lady Butterfly and Genichiro are the two bosses that forced me to learn the game. I think I finally "got it" after dying dozens of times to those two. That doesn't mean the rest was easy, though. As for the rest, I'm going to hide it because of spoilers:
  9. Note to self: Do not drop phones on the tennis court...

     

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    2. Undead Wolf

      Undead Wolf

      I've had my phone for almost four years now and no accidents yet thankfully. *knocks on wood* I don't whip it out in public very often though (:awesome:) so I don't get many chances to drop it like what happened with yours. A case definitely sounds like a wise investment for your new phone if that's something you do a lot, even if it does kind of mess with the form factor a bit.

       

      Haha, even without the cracks, she still doesn't look like the happiest individual, does she? :giggle: I know that's kind of her thing, though. Angel Beats was a great anime. I should rewatch it sometime.

    3. Hemiak

      Hemiak

      I've dropped my phone dozens of times and never had it Crack. Knock on wood I guess. 

    4. Cave_Johnson_

      Cave_Johnson_

      @Undead Wolf I should probably clarify that it fell out of my pocket while I was backing up quickly. Either way, it was still a careless mistake. I've dropped phones before, but this is the first time I've cracked a screen. 

       

      I think there's like one brief moment in the last episode where she smiles, and that's it. I of course had a screenshot, (before my hard drive died) but I think this is it: oLE8Vkf.jpg

       

      Angel Beats is one of my favorites; I wouldn't mind rewatching it. Aside from Sakura Trick I never rewatch anime for some reason. I re-read manga all the time, though.

       

      @Hemiak The trick is not to let the screen hit the ground. Then again, it's never planned, so that doesn't work. Mine fell screen first on the ground hard, making the outcome hardly surprising.

  10. 悪魔城ドラキュラコレクション 血を受け継ぐ者、シモン=ベルモンド 悪魔城ドラキュラをクリアする Now that I've finished the only Castlevania game I'm good at, it's time to die a million times in Castlevania III.
  11. What do these three things have in common? I have no space on my CD shelf for the soundtrack, no space to put the game on any of my game shelves, and no where to put the LE box...
  12. I first heard about Release Hallucination about two weeks ago. I quickly became a fan and bought everything they had on Amazon. From their website: "We are Japanese metal unit “Release Hallucination” A female vocal with Progressive Heavy Metal sound.Hope you enjoy it." I can't even begin to describe how great they are, so for anyone interested, I highly recommend checking out Chronostasis:
  13. Two CGs were slightly altered in the PS4 version. Sure, it's a small change, but that doesn't make it any less stupid or unnecessary. At least you can look up how they're supposed to look online. I'm strongly against censorship, but I bought it anyway because I'm a hypocrite like that. Then again, I got it for about $20 used, so I don't really feel "cheated". There is some occasional lag, but it's nothing game breaking. I never ran in to any bugs, either. Unless it was worse when it launched, then it just sounds like the typical exaggeration you hear online.
  14. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-06/hitoma-iruma-adachi-to-shimamura-yuri-novels-get-tv-anime/.146465 I can't believe it... an anime adaptation of Adachi to Shimamura! I've only read four chapters of the translated LN, but it's really good so far. I think it has the potential to become one of my favorite yuri series.
  15. God Eater 2: Rage Burst Paragon God Eater Collect all trophies. I'm glad that's over. I started this right after Resurrection, which was not a good idea. As much as I liked the first game, it was just too many hours of the same thing in a row. The gameplay is basically the same; the main difference being blood arts, which do change things quite a bit. It also didn't help that I greatly prefer the story and characters of the first game. I liked Livie a lot, at least (partially due to Kanemoto Hisako). She doesn't show up until late in the story, though. The trophies are more or less the same as Resurrection. Soloing a survival mission on the hardest difficulty was laughably easy this time thanks to blood rage. It also made killing the Crimson Orochi a joke. Without any special setup I could usually kill it in under five minutes. I somehow had enough tickets, so obtaining 400 articles of clothing wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I don't really care to say anymore; I just want to move on from this game. I'll get God Eater 3 eventually, but first, I need a break. Platinum screenshot:
  16. Have I unlocked the "No Life" trophy yet?

     

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    10,000 hours... damn. I wonder how accurate that even is.

    1. Undead Wolf

      Undead Wolf

      No life? Pfft, 10,000 hours of playing weeb games is time well spent. :awesome:

    2. Cave_Johnson_

      Cave_Johnson_

      Lol, true enough. I guess it's not surprising after all these 100+ hour platinums. I also tend to take my time, especially when it comes to RPGs.

    3. ihadalifeb4this

      ihadalifeb4this

      Meh, it's a long road ahead of you. 😇

  17. I really need to listen to the rest. I knew of Eric Johnson for a long time, but it wasn't until last year that I finally listened to one of his albums (Ah Via Musicom). He was going to play the whole album live, so I made sure to listen to it before the show. Thanks for taking the time to read it. I don't expect many to read it all, but that's fine. I think that music can certainly change lives, whether it inspires people to become musicians or otherwise. Because of my dad I started playing guitar, but it's music that made me want to keep playing. You can always add more albums later. I'll probably be coming back to this thread periodically as I discover new music/new favorite albums. I guess I never thought much about it, but I'm very lucky to live in a great area for live music. If a band tours the US they usually come to the San Diego area, and if not then they at least go to LA (about two hours away depending on traffic).
  18. I'm going to limit myself a bit so that my list doesn't get too long. I may cheat a few times, but I'm going to to keep it at one album per band/artist. I probably won't include every single band I like either. Another thing I'll try to do is put my favorite song from each album. I tried to write something about each album, but it quickly went downhill and just turned into me rambling about the band/artist in general — and sometimes the album... I'd also like to note that it's not in any order, (except for Rush, maybe). Hemispheres, Grace Under Pressure, Counterparts, Clockwork Angels - Rush There's no way I could pick just one, so I tried to pick one album per decade. Here is where I'd normally explain why I love the album. I'm sure I could write an essay on what makes these four albums great/why I love them. However, I don't really have the patience to do that right now, nor will anyone read it, anyway. Instead, I will just say this: Rush is my favorite band. I consider myself lucky to have seen them live three times while they were still touring. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that their music has changed my life. For example, attempting to learn Rush songs on guitar drove me to become better at playing it. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd Favorite Song: N/A An obvious answer, I know. It was between this, Meddle, Wish You Were Here, or The Division Bell (blasphemy to some, probably). I kind of forgot that "the" was actually part of the album title. Most everyone I've talked to has just called it "Dark Side of the Moon". To me, this is not just an album, but an experience. Sure, the songs are good individually, but I feel that it must be listened to from to start to finish. That's the only way to get the full effect. Ride the Lightning - Metallica Favorite song: Fade to Black... or Call of Ktulu, no wait, Fight Fire With Fire... I'm not sure why I put a "favorite song" section when I can't even use it properly. As much as I like Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning seems like an improvement in almost every way. Master of Puppets is great too, but I've always preferred Ride the Lightning. Fight Fire With Fire, Ride the Lightning, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Fade to Black, and Trapped Under Ice are all in a row, one after the other. That just can't be beat. Much like with Rush, trying to play these songs on guitar forced me to get better. Even though I don't listen to much metal, when I sit down with my guitar and play whatever comes to my head, it often ends up sounding like thrash metal — and that is mostly due to Ride the Lightning. Blue Avenue - Kana Hanazawa Favorite song: Trace After two great albums, claire and 25, they managed to create something even better, Blue Avenue. By "they" I'm of course including the producer and studio musicians. They don't get enough credit for what they do. I often say that Hanazawa Kana has the most beautiful voice in the world, and I absolutely mean it. However, her music wouldn't be the same without the talented people behind her. From slower, somber sounding songs like "Trace" to incredibly catchy and upbeat songs like "I Love New Day" and the title track, Blue Avenue has it all. I'm not at all a music expert, but there seems to be a lot of jazz influence. I'm not really a fan of jazz, but it just works somehow. This also sets it apart from most other J-pop I've heard. Alive & Kicking - Nana Mizuki Favorite song: Innocent Starter or Take a Shot J-pop tends to be all over the place genre-wise, and this album is no exception. Some may call it inconsistent, but that's what I love about it. It also helps that Mizuki Nana can sing just about any style. I have no idea how I'd order it, but she would certainly be in my top ten singers. While her first three albums were good, Alive & Kicking is on a completely different level of excellence. Not a single song sounds at all like filler; it's just one great song after the next for a whole hour. Aside from the two I already mentioned, my other favorites off the album are Fake Angel, Tears' Night, Panorama, Cherish, and Abilities. Dirt - Alice in Chains Favorite song: Down in a Hole Obligatory "grunge is a made up genre" statement. Dirt is Alice in Chains at their best. If I had to describe this album with one word, it would be "dark". It is very dark, both lyrically and musically. The lesser known songs like Sickman and Hate to Feel are some of the best, though I also like Them Bones, Would, and of course Down in a Hole. My least favorite is probably Rooster, but that might be due to hearing it so many damn times on the radio. Recipe for Hate - Bad Religion Favorite song: American Jesus, Portrait of Authority, or Skyscraper This was a very difficult choice. It was between Suffer, No Control, Against the Grain, Generator, and Recipe for Hate. After their comeback, Bad Religion was absolutely killing it with their late 80s/early 90s albums. Recipe for Hate was the peak of that. Don't get me wrong; all their albums are worth listening to, these are just my favorites. True North is great and I'm very excited for their new album. The Sufferer and the Witness - Rise Against Favorite song: Survive This is one of the few bands where I can say I saw their music videos on MTV when they aired. "Ready to Fall" and "Prayer of the Refugee" were my introduction to Rise Against. Both songs also happen to be on this album. The first time I saw them live is probably one of the best concerts I've been to. They played a lot of this album, and of course the highlight of that was seeing Survive played live. After Eden - Kalafina Favorite song: Magia or Destination Unknown When I first heard Magia, I was blown away. After hearing it a few times, I knew I had to hear more from Kalafina. I quickly became a fan after listening to After Eden many, many times. It's not only my favorite Kalafina album, but one of my favorite albums by any band, ever. I've probably listened to the whole album over 100 times, and I never get tired of it. Pax Vesania - Yousei Teikoku Favorite song: Astral Dogma With each album they released, Yousei Teikoku noticeably sounded more and more "metal". The end result is Pax Vesania, (and the two following albums) which are the culmination of that. The first song, not counting the intro is Astral Dogma, and it's a hell of a way to start an album. The album never really slows down after that; it just kicks ass non-stop for about 50 minutes. While I like Hades: The Other World and Shadow Corps(e), I feel like they're not quite as good as Pax Vesania. Shadow Corps(e) is really close though. Love Metal - HIM Favorite song: The Funeral of Hearts or Soul on Fire HIM is a band I have a weird history with. I knew a few of their songs/knew about them for a long time, but it wasn't until much later that I became a fan. A few years ago, my sister was going to see them live. It was about two hours away, and it happened to be near the Blackcraft storefront. I decided to tag along, mostly because I wanted to see the Blackcraft storefront in person. In preparation for the concert I started listening to some of their albums. Given that HIM is on this list, I think what happened after that is obvious. az you like - Yuka Iguchi Favorite song: Hey World or Little Charm Fang After an okay first album, I can't say I was expecting much from the second. Iguchi Yuka is one of my favorite seiyuu, so I would've listened to it regardless. However, az you like completely shattered my expectations and turned out to be really good. Green Road through Little Charm Fang is a near perfect string of songs. Of course, the rest are good too. I can't wait for her third full album, if/when it happens. Shift - Travis Larson Band Favorite song: Double Tap I discovered this band purely by chance years ago at a local music festival. Since then I've bought all their albums, seen them live seven (eight? lost count at this point) times, and spoken with them quite a few times. They're a three-piece instrumental band, and damn are they good. I'm not sure exactly how to describe their sound; it's certainly rock-oriented, but there's a lot more to it than that. For anyone interested I'd highly recommend checking out the title track off Shift: The Seed - Narumi Favorite song: Red Rabbit or Lunar Eclipse I had know idea who Narumi was, nor did I know anything about the bands she was in until recently. She released a solo EP (The Seed) somewhat recently which caught my attention. Put simply, it's instrumental metal, but there is definitely some progressive influence in there. Red Rabbit is a great example of this, and also my favorite song... or Lunar Eclipse, I can't decide between the two. Oh yeah, and since I like to make everything about myself, I will say this: This EP is what inspired me to record my own stuff. There's a lot more to it than that; I've been thinking about doing it for a long time. The Seed is what finally convinced me, though. It really made me think, "Why don't I do this?". Obviously I'm not nearly as good as Narumi, but I'm trying. If I ever manage to finish some songs, I'll be sure to shill them here. Here are some albums from bands/artists I haven't really listened to enough to pick a favorite album. I'm either going through their discography currently, or will get back to it eventually. Even so, I think these at least deserve a mention here: Images and Words (and Awake) - Dream Theater Colors of Life - Lia A Whisper in the Thunder - Tom Griesgraber Disintegration - The Cure Tyranny & Mutation - Blue Oyster Cult Ah Via Musicom - Eric Johnson
  19. I can't seem to find anything about this coming out in English. Based on the trophy list, I would assume that it is happening. However, when I google it all I get is the trophy list on here. I doubt it, but if anyone knows anything I'd love to hear about it.
  20. It is only about $25 more than the regular edition. That's how I justified buying it to myself, at least. I can see why others might not want to pay that much though.
  21. Nice. I woke up early to pre order this only to find that it wasn't really necessary. Even now, the collector's edition is still in stock. The regular edition sold out very quickly from what I heard, however.
  22. 勇者ネプテューヌ 世界よ宇宙よ刮目せよ!! アルティメットRPG宣言!! 真の勇者 勇者ネプテューヌを遊び尽くした証。君が真の勇者だ! Yes, that is actually the title. To shorten things a bit, I will be referring to this game simply as "Brave Neptune". It was only $20 on Amazon, so I figured I'd just import. Not even a week later it was announced that the western release would be delayed... I guess it should've been obvious; there's no way Idea Factory Intl. could ever localize a game that quickly. At first, I thought it was odd that a developer I've never heard of from Canada was going to make this game. Wait, Canada? You're telling me Canada makes games? (Insert lame joke here about maple syrup, Rush, etc.) Joking aside, I'd rather have just about anything over yet another Tamsoft action game. I don't know if my expectations were just really low or what, but I found this game to be quite enjoyable — except for the combat, but I'll get to that in a minute. Exploring the various areas/dungeons, jumping around, and collecting (mostly) pointless orbs is all good. The combat kind of drags down the whole experience, though. I'm not even sure what to compare it to... it just sucks. It's very simple, and not in a good way. The most complicated part takes place outside of battle; 95% of the battle is won before it even starts by having the right set up. There are very few options when in battle, meaning that you'd have to see the future/use a guide to have the right skills equipped. Later on, all it comes down to is spamming the right spell with Noire and healing when necessary. I had to lose on purpose to get the trophy for getting a game over, that's how easy this game is. I don't want to spoil anything about the story, but I will say this: It feels very much like a Nep game, and I mean that in the best way possible. Story wise, it's one of the best out of the spin-offs (imo, of course). It was interesting to see "Chrome" have a completely different role in the story than usual. On to VIIR next. Once I platinum that I'll have at least one platinum for every game in this series, I think. Just once is good enough for me; I'm not quite that crazy
  23. I got this on Record Store day after waiting in line for about two hours. I'm a bit disappointed that I missed out on the Hemispheres picture disc; though I do already have the original, so I guess I didn't really need it.
  24. Damn, that's 10 years ago (depending on the month) by now. I really don't think these people would miss their accounts if they were gone. I guess it's possible that they just didn't connect to the internet for 8-10 years, but that seems highly unlikely. It would be nice if inactive accounts had their names taken out of the system somehow — allowing others to use them. Then, if/when they come back they'd have to pick a new name.