Wow, I haven't updated in almost a year. :O Sorry everybody. I still like Gamespot and writing little thingers. So I'm going to continue.
This is just a little post for me to keep track of what I should write reviews on and what games I should finish. But it might be worth reading to waste time, as I've included little notes. :D
Lumines Plus - I don't have a PSP yet (and probably wouldn't get one for a few years. Because I'm cheap. :p And I have a rule that I don't buy any gaming device unless it has 10 Must Have Or Die games on it. And PSP only has about 3-5 at the moment.) otherwise I would've gotten Lumines for that and it would've been worth it because LUMINES IS MY NEW FAVORITE THING. It's obscene how addictive this game is. It is hard to explain.. it is similar to Tetris, yet totally different. It's like the creator(s?) had taken Tetris, alchemized it, and pulled some invisible property of awesome newness out of it and wallah, here is Lumines. Old parts combined and creatively worked into something new and unbelievably addictive. Lumines has taken over my life and I'm happy. XD 10 10 10. Note- the ecstaticness of my Lumines experience might dull with time once I become more accustomed to it. Still, it would get top marks.
The Sims 2 - For PC. Maxis had the great foresight to allow for immense user customization of this game. The result? A GAME WITH EVERY POSSIBILITY IN THE WORLD. But only aesthetically- there are some awesome modifications (literally, called mods) that can enhance gameplay but the most real freedom is in designing your characters and environments. And therein lies unbelievable possibilities that I'd never even imagined. D: Hint- check out ModTheSims2 to see what I'm talking about. The only problem is that I'm more addicted to downloading clothes and hair and cats and couches (the list goes on and on forever) for my characters than I am to actually playing the game. So where is all the fun in tinkering with what your characters look like? Well, you can make some incredibly realistic characters if you have the right mods. Maybe even somebody who looks significantly like you. Also The Sims is a life simulation and some people have taken advantage of the myriad of poses and environments to set up scenes- illustrations really- for their own stories. (Since you can take pictures in the game.) Great if you're like me and can only draw stick figures. :p Someday I'll write up a review but really, GameSpot's review sums it up well enough.
Dragon Quest VIII - Nice game. A really great game, actually, it's just that I'm bored to tears with the old-school battle system. DQ8 has every right to stick with what they (it? them?) wish to though, since they were- what- the first JRPG ever? Anyway I'm around the last boss. I ship Hero X Princess/Horse.
Atelier Iris - OMG I BEAT THE GOLDEN PIGS OF DOOM. I've heard that you should be at level 99 before even attempting, but I had no problem with them around level 75 or so. One thing that peeved me- The golden pigs of doom and co. are too well-hidden. Most gamers won't even know they exist. It's a rather long and worthwhile extra.
Thousand Arms - Re-write review. I long ago abandoned this game (not because I disliked it! Just because I had other important things to attend to. Like watching jpop videos.) and when I fired it up again I thought I had at least 5-10 hours of gameplay left to complete.. turns out I had 18 MINUTES. O_O Pretty big miscalculation on my part.
.Hack//Quarantine - Write reviews for the preceeding two games I liked the first game. It was pretty good, a little too repetitive though. Then pop goes the second game and WHAT ON EARTH?! It is the exact same game as the first! With maybe 2 new things. I don't like the series much (in fact I have MAJOR BONES to pick with it!) But it can be oddly addictive and I play anyway because of that. :p
Suikoden II - I was going to speculate (READ AS: theorize unfoundedly) here that Luca did unsavory "things" to Jowy to screw him up. Because when we see Jowy again in the late game, he is VERY EXTREMELY SCREWED UP. The ultra angst-bearer extraordinaire. I was gonna cry. T-T What happened to him? WHAT DID YOU DO, LUCA?!?! I know it's Luca. I saw how his roving eye and destruction was sizing up poor, pure, innocent Jowy. *babbles incoherantly in silly fangirl manner* Oh yeah, I already wrote a Suikoden II review. But it's.. really really long. I plan on cutting it down once I summon up enough energy to dive into its longness.
Okage - Beat it. I really have to re-write my review. I don't know what I was smoking when I typed that the graphics are average. They aren't! They're not only good for a launch game, they're still really good now. And I have to put more emphasis on how utterly painful the battle system is. Painful, ya'll. But I like the weirdo story. I'd like to copy and paste it into another game,
Saiyuki - Haha, I thought this was related to the starving angsty bishounen manga Saiyuki. Despite that description, it is purely an action/adventure manga. Not much wuv at all. D: Still good though. Anyway it's not related to this here tactical rpg- this one is a bit more lighthearted, and some of the characters look a little like animals and have totally different (non-angsty) personalities. The game is very simple. Breezy. I should play more of it for relaxation after the PAIN of Okage's encounter rate and battle system. Anyway, why are the manga and game both named Saiyuki? Because they are inspired by (re-writes, really) the ancient Chinese legend of Sanzo. Saiyuki. Yeah. (*Is terribly ignorant to all things ancient China*) Which is a shame, since I'm half Chinese.
Harvest Moon : More Friends Of Mineral Town
Harvest Moon : Magical Melody
Harvest Moon : Save The Homeland
Harvest Moon : A Wonderful Life
- Jeez look at all those Harvest Moons I've gotta review. 0_0 I already reviewed Magical Melody but I feel the need to edit it, if only to lower the rating a little and whine and moan about the lack of character interactions. No, it's not on-par with HM64. It has a lot of great things, but it's not quite there yet.
Katamari Damacy - I think I already spoke of how great this game is. It still is. It never dulls, ever. Or maybe I've just be put into a trance by the all-too-catchy theme song. You cannot hear the theme song without humming it forever.
Shin Megami Tensei : Digital Devil Saga - I have this terrible habit of burning out RIGHT BEFORE THE LAST BOSS of a game and totally shelving the game to later be picked up again months or years later. That was the case with this one. It's very good by the way, especially if you like more challenging rpgs.
Board Game Top Shop - In this one you play a greedy yellow cat who plays a variation of Monopoly (a MUCH more colorful Monopoly!) where a plate of Teriyaki costs the same as a trip to Hawaii. Might not win any prizes for realism, but it can be fun for some multiplayer. There is a story mode, but it is the most repetitive thing in the universe. And of all the odd things in the world, I have the urge to play it now and then. :p
Shadow Hearts - I need to replay it to get the perfect ending. Actually, I cheated and searched for the perfect ending on Youtube. :p Turns out there is only- wait for it- a 4 second difference between the two endings. The difference is clever, but EVIL. No, developers, you are not allowed to make such a short change and call it an optional ending. I'm sure everyone agrees with me on that. But I'm going to eventually replay the game anyway because it's wonderful overall.
Jade Cocoon 2 - After you beat the game, it goes on with many more new events and goals. Very extensive ones that really put the value of this one through the roof. Unfortunately, the battle system- while dazzling at first- cannot quite survive 100 hours of play unless you spread it out very well over a long time. JC2 might not be eternally addictive, but it's still one of the most underrated games I've played.
Radiata Stories - I should edit this review. There is a rather nice optional dungeon with extra bosses. And.. you can get VALKYRIE of Valkyrie Profile fame to join your party. The very final of all final bosses (Ethereal Queen) is a pain in the neck. I beat her at quite low levels though. Yay! And to think it was only a few years ago when I was having trouble with FFX. Now FFX is the landmark for all easy of the easiest rpgs (sans the bonus dungeon.)
So that's.. somewhere from 12-14 games to review. Get to it, me! D:
Plan on getting/playing.. Odin Sphere, Dawn Of Mana, Ar Tonelico, Riviera, Steambot Chronicles, Summoner 2, Grandia 3, Tales Of The Abyss, Disgaea, Rogue Galaxy, Growlanser 2.