One thing I've remember to do in Star Ocean: The Last Hope is to talk to people. It's easy to talk to everyone once. But I'm finally remembering the lessonthat often in games like these you need to talk to everyone after every major story event. All of the sudden the person who was just rambling now has something they need or need done. And it may not be until the fourth time you chat them up, having heard a story that felt like it was leading somewhere. Of course, this is a tremendous time suck, but you do get a decent amount of xp, plus I just got the 'do 60% of side quests' achievement. I'm not worried about more since I know the 100% is out of reach.
Anyway, I've reachedthe very near end, where thankfully you're given a warp to go anywhere, though if you go back more than one planet you have to swap discs. And sadly, you still have to go back to your ship every time to make items. I'm also about to attempt beating the #1 ranked competitor at the solo battle tournament with Reimi. She's a good choice as her bow lets her stay out of harm's way for physical attacks and it's faster than symbology. With items making her immune to silence and voidand regenerating 5% HP and 2% MP every half-minute so so, she's pretty solid.Tack onthe auto-healing skill that gives back about 3% of her HP every few seconds, and she's golden. Sadly,the full tournamenttakes so long I don't think I'll bother with team.
Anyway, summer TV is really in full swing. I went from having nothing to having 6½ hours weekly within about 10 days. Big Brother is almost half of that, with Torchwood, Rizzoli & Isles, Breaking Bad, and Curb Your Enthusiam filling out the rest. Big Brother's been great so far, though it sucks Evel Dick had to bail. The second episode of Torchwood was clearly a money-saving 'bottle show' with few effects or locations, but had some very interesting moral and medical thoughts about what nobody dying would really do to us, especially when/if the sudden immortality gets fixed. Rizzoli & Isles honestly had a season premiere that was fair at best, falling into the category I've griped about before: when you have a 'shockwave' cliffhanger as a season finale, you're stuck dealing with it later, and it often means an episode way out of kilter from most. CYE is a slow start, and what circumstances will find the heavily publicized trip to NYC have yet to reveal themselves. As for Breaking Bad, it's just as amazing and jaw-droppingly good as ever; luckily for actors who aren't Bryan Cranston, they missed this year's Emmy eligibility period, so someone else will get a turn—and Giancarlo Esposito was crazy good last night.
That's all for today. Thanks for reading, everybody!