30 Days of Gaming: Day 30

Day 30: Your favorite game of all time.

Well, we made it. 30 days, 30 blog posts, 30 gaming-related questions answered. “Favorite game” is always one of those tough questions to answer, having to rate on enjoyment at the time you played it, but also taking into consideration the want to replay the game, or graphics and music, or characters and story…Anyway, I have 31 top rated games on my Backloggery, and picking just one of those is pretty tough. So, after some deliberation (read: 5 minutes) here’s what I think is my favorite game of all time.

Suikoden V! Barely edging out Suikoden II, mainly because of plot pacing and number of characters I liked. Even though I’ve only been through the game 1.5 times, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time spent on the game. I’m not one to replay games much anyway.

I’ll give some shout outs to other games, though.
-Star Fox 64 is a very good adventure/railshooter, and very much a game I’ll always come back to for a run through.
-Knights in the Nightmare still wins for strangest mechanics and gameplay
-Ever 17 is the best mindfuck
-Growlanser II is the most breakable RPG I’ve played
-Earthbound definitely has its charm as a quirky RPG. Not many go the real-world route, after all.
-And for all it has popped up in this list, it’d be a shame not to put Valkyria Chronicles here for having awesome graphics and story

Thanks all for reading! We’ll be back to no blog posts for a while -3-


30 Days of Gaming: Day 29

Day 29: A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.

Y’know, I hated the Sakura Wars franchise for…oh, 7 years all because of the horrid TV anime. So when SLML was announced, I had a very lukewarm reaction. I knew the history of the series, how no games had crossed the pond yet there was a little fanbase crying out for it. As with many NISA or Atlus releases, it came with swag, and I planned to get it for the swag and maybe to resell when it got rare.

I didn’t really expect to fall in love with the franchise, eventually watching the rest of the anime OVAs (which ranged from good to utter trash) and importing the PSP ports of the first two games. I’m not as hardcore as other new fans, but I do like the series now.

30 Days of Gaming: Day 26

Day 26: Best voice acting.

JRPGs have the problem of pulling from the same pool of voice actors, which makes you hear the same people over and over, and sometimes those VAs end up “phoning in” the role. Despite this, Persona 4 has some of the best voice work that I’ve heard, even with a few new faces in the game. Obviously the voice direction was well done and much improved from Persona 3 (and a bit better than The Answer).

30 Days of Gaming: Day 25

Day 25: A game you plan on playing.

Gods I can’t just pick one. I’ve got whole wishlist of stuff I want to buy and a whole ‘nother list of stuff I haven’t finished or started. But a definite “plan on playing”…let’s go with the lulz option.

Oh I totally plan on playing Radiata Stories someday, it’s just a matter of when. I’ve owned it for 4.5 years. It’s going to be my last PS2 game that I’ll start and finish 😀

30 Days of Gaming: Day 13

Day 13: A game you’ve played more than five times.

Second time this has popped up in this, I think. I’ve played Growlanser II probably 7 times in total: my first run (which was done after an incomplete run where I didn’t get Imperial Knight), another run to get Brett and Sereb’s endings, a couple NG+ runs for speed and game breakage, and the Let’s Play I did over on Something Awful. I’ve also done half a run on the Japanese version 😀

30 Days of Gaming: Day 11

Day 11: Gaming system of choice

Kinda obvious from my backloggery stats. I own a combined total of 85 PS1 and PS2 games, a bit under twice the amount of my next highest (DS and GBA combined at 54). I counted both cause they’re backwards compatible and all.
Plus the PS2 has somehow held on for 10 years. It’s not getting as many new games, but every time someone said “this is its swan song”, it got a new game. Using RPGs as an example, Persona 3 came out and was praised as that, and then Persona 4 was made on the same system. Ar tonelico 2, as crappy as the localization was, was also praised, and Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love snuck out at the beginning of 2010.
So yeah, if I was stranded on an island with one system and a portal to get any games that it could play, I’d stick with a PS2.

Early Opinions on Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love

-I like the OP and I like that it has subtitles
-Epic instrumental of Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan in the opening scenes :3
-Sorry, but Gemini can go DIAF. The accent doesn’t help this
-I like Subaru and all, but Ratchet is better. Shame I can’t get her ending on the first playthrough
-Thank god the battles aren’t real-time, I get the controls mixed up
-It feels like I’m playing an anime…

Early Opinions on Mana Khemia

-Oh god dammit they reused sound effects and sprites from Atelier Iris 3. I’m sick of that enemy and sound set.
-Hooray they reused the Atelier Iris 3 battle system and “random” encounter system!
-Still running around to synth items. Buy something from the store to synth an item in the workshop to synth a weapon in the…weapon-synth-place.
-Grow Book reminds me of the Sphere Grid from FF10. Interesting system.
-I thought Vayne would be less of a pussy. At least he can JUMP.
-Vayne is also mysterious. I’M SURE THIS WON’T COME INTO PLAY LATER.