Hailinel's 5000+ Post Count Blog Spectacular!

Huh.  It seems I have over five thousand posts.  I guess this calls for the obligatory blog post in celebration of an ultimately meaningless milestone.  Four thousand more, and I can legitimately reference the following meme and actually have it mean something:
 
  

  
But enough of that.  Let's talk about some of the games I've been playing as of late.
 

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

 Despite not using laced shoes, he'll believe you if you tell him they're untied.
I'm a pretty big Kingdom Hearts fan.  I've played most, but not all of the games in the series (I have yet to start Chain of Memories).  358/2 Days was my favorite game of last year.  The latest game, Birth by Sleep, has been a blast so far.  I've cleared two of the three primary storylines and have approximately half of the third to go.  It's great seeing all of this backstory unfold, and it finally clarifies what the heck was going on in that secret movie included in Kingdom Hearts II:  Final Mix.  That all being said, Terra, one of the three protagonists, is the most trusting, naive, gullible fool I have ever seen.  He's an adult, and yet falls for ploys that wouldn't bamboozle a five-year-old.  Granted, Kingdom Hearts is a series that has always been known for chowderheaded protagonists, but the level of dopiness put on display by Sora and Roxas is an endearing trait.  In Terra's case, it makes me want to break out the Picard Facepalm.jpg.
 

DAAAAAAAARKNEEEEESS!!

On the subject of Kingdom Hearts, I'd like to address a point that has always baffled me.  There's a contingent of fans of the first game that like to complain about how Kingdom Hearts II ruined the series by making everything dark and taking the story away from being a fun jaunt through various Disney worlds.  To these people, I'd like to ask the following question:
 
Were you guys seriously paying attention when you were playing the first game?  Because the first Kingdom Hearts is filled with some incredibly dark material.  And it certainly wasn't a happy jaunt filled with sugar and rainbows, let me tell you.  Worlds have been destroyed and torn apart.  Traverse Town is filled with refugees of such worlds.  There are nasty people doing nasty things.  And then there's Ansem, who can't stop talking about the "DAAAAAAAAAARKNEEEESS!!!!"
 
Yes, the game has a sense of humor and plenty of light elements.  But to suggest that Kingdom Hearts II ruined the series when the first game was arguably darker than the sequel is just a teensy bit bizarre.
 

Killin' Lots O' Dudes!

Seeing as I'm probably one of maybe three people in the entire Giant Bomb community that actually bought and is playing Samurai Warriors 3, I think I should talk about it at the great risk of this section being summarily ignored.  Samurai Warriors 3 is a game I've been waiting to for for quite some time.  Samurai Warriors 2 has long been my favorite entry in the Warriors franchise as a whole, stretching across the many and numerous Dynasty, Samurai, Gundam, and soon Fist of the North Star games.  My forum avatar is a character from said game.  Or to put this in a different context that might be more effective on some of you, I picked up both Samurai Warriors 3 and Dead Rising 2 the first day that each was available in the same week.  I have yet to even insert Dead Rising 2 into my PS3.
 
But why, oh why do I waste my time with these shitty ass Warriors games, you ask?  Well first of all, they aren't "shitty ass."  Secondly, if you're going to use that adjective, hyphenate.  ("shitty-ass.")  And thirdly, because I enjoy them.  Simple?  Sure.  A little mindless?  Maybe.  Fun?  Oh hell yeah.  I was first introduced to the Warriors games with Dynasty Warriors 3 back in college, and I've been a devotee of them ever since.  This isn't to say that I gobble up ever entry with mindless abandon.  I was not fond of some of the tweaks made in Dynasty Warriors:  Gundam 2, for example, and while the renbu system in Dynasty Warriors 6 is crazy fun, I prefer the battle system of the Samurai Warriors series.
 
And seriously, sometimes after a long day at work, there's nothing better than firing one of these games up and taking the stress and frustration out on hundreds of dudes by chopping them in the face with a serrated-edged sword.  Ouchies.
 

Another Obligatory 5000th Post Spectacular Celebratory Youtube Video


  
  
Glorious.
 

Halloween Gaming

The annual day of ghosts, goblins, and Tootsie Rolls is only a few short weeks away.  And it's on a Sunday, meaning that I'll have all day to celebrate as I see fit.  And what better way to celebrate than to have a mini-marathon of horror?  So far, I have three Wii titles that have been sitting on my shelf, in my backlog for months.  I'm sorry that this fate happened to Silent Hill:  Shattered Memories of all games; I bought it months ago and have yet to even start on it.  But I'll finally be giving the game its due on October 31st, along with a couple of lesser known (and possibly just lesser in general) Wii horror games.  Cursed Mountain and Calling.  I'm thinking of slipping a fourth game in there.  Maybe I can find a cheap copy of Ju-On:  The Grudge for cheap.  (No, I can't believe that they made a game out of that film, either.)
 
In one way or another, Halloween will prove to be entertaining this year.  Or, depending on the quality of some of the games I have lined up, excruciating.  I can't wait to find out.
 

My Third Cup of Tea in the Past Hour

I'm drinking it right now.  Yes, it's caffeinated.  Why do you ask?
 

A Nod to a Villain Most of You Don't Care About

Ah, Lavos.  The big bad of Chrono Trigger.  The cause of so much pain and suffering.  An evil entity that lives only to annihilate.  Well, Lavos, I say to you, fuck off.  This section of the blog isn't about you.
 
No, I want to stop and give a nod to Queen Zeal.  The often overlooked monarch your influence drove batshit insane.  The creator of one of the most sadistic dungeons I have ever played through.  A woman that wouldn't give a second thought to murdering her own children if the result would bring her REAL.  ULTIMATE.  POWER.  Also, she looks better in an orange dress than you ever will, you moon-sized space porcupine.
 

This woman is goddamn insane, and I love her for that.  And that hair.  She is the embodiment of style in the nation of Zeal circa 12,000 B.C.  Also, 1980s America.

Teal Deer

Because I know some of you are thinking that right now.  Giant Bomb's community is awesome, and here's to sticking around for another 5,000+ posts.
 

P.S.

Your shoe is untied.
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Posted by Hailinel

Huh.  It seems I have over five thousand posts.  I guess this calls for the obligatory blog post in celebration of an ultimately meaningless milestone.  Four thousand more, and I can legitimately reference the following meme and actually have it mean something:
 
  

  
But enough of that.  Let's talk about some of the games I've been playing as of late.
 

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

 Despite not using laced shoes, he'll believe you if you tell him they're untied.
I'm a pretty big Kingdom Hearts fan.  I've played most, but not all of the games in the series (I have yet to start Chain of Memories).  358/2 Days was my favorite game of last year.  The latest game, Birth by Sleep, has been a blast so far.  I've cleared two of the three primary storylines and have approximately half of the third to go.  It's great seeing all of this backstory unfold, and it finally clarifies what the heck was going on in that secret movie included in Kingdom Hearts II:  Final Mix.  That all being said, Terra, one of the three protagonists, is the most trusting, naive, gullible fool I have ever seen.  He's an adult, and yet falls for ploys that wouldn't bamboozle a five-year-old.  Granted, Kingdom Hearts is a series that has always been known for chowderheaded protagonists, but the level of dopiness put on display by Sora and Roxas is an endearing trait.  In Terra's case, it makes me want to break out the Picard Facepalm.jpg.
 

DAAAAAAAARKNEEEEESS!!

On the subject of Kingdom Hearts, I'd like to address a point that has always baffled me.  There's a contingent of fans of the first game that like to complain about how Kingdom Hearts II ruined the series by making everything dark and taking the story away from being a fun jaunt through various Disney worlds.  To these people, I'd like to ask the following question:
 
Were you guys seriously paying attention when you were playing the first game?  Because the first Kingdom Hearts is filled with some incredibly dark material.  And it certainly wasn't a happy jaunt filled with sugar and rainbows, let me tell you.  Worlds have been destroyed and torn apart.  Traverse Town is filled with refugees of such worlds.  There are nasty people doing nasty things.  And then there's Ansem, who can't stop talking about the "DAAAAAAAAAARKNEEEESS!!!!"
 
Yes, the game has a sense of humor and plenty of light elements.  But to suggest that Kingdom Hearts II ruined the series when the first game was arguably darker than the sequel is just a teensy bit bizarre.
 

Killin' Lots O' Dudes!

Seeing as I'm probably one of maybe three people in the entire Giant Bomb community that actually bought and is playing Samurai Warriors 3, I think I should talk about it at the great risk of this section being summarily ignored.  Samurai Warriors 3 is a game I've been waiting to for for quite some time.  Samurai Warriors 2 has long been my favorite entry in the Warriors franchise as a whole, stretching across the many and numerous Dynasty, Samurai, Gundam, and soon Fist of the North Star games.  My forum avatar is a character from said game.  Or to put this in a different context that might be more effective on some of you, I picked up both Samurai Warriors 3 and Dead Rising 2 the first day that each was available in the same week.  I have yet to even insert Dead Rising 2 into my PS3.
 
But why, oh why do I waste my time with these shitty ass Warriors games, you ask?  Well first of all, they aren't "shitty ass."  Secondly, if you're going to use that adjective, hyphenate.  ("shitty-ass.")  And thirdly, because I enjoy them.  Simple?  Sure.  A little mindless?  Maybe.  Fun?  Oh hell yeah.  I was first introduced to the Warriors games with Dynasty Warriors 3 back in college, and I've been a devotee of them ever since.  This isn't to say that I gobble up ever entry with mindless abandon.  I was not fond of some of the tweaks made in Dynasty Warriors:  Gundam 2, for example, and while the renbu system in Dynasty Warriors 6 is crazy fun, I prefer the battle system of the Samurai Warriors series.
 
And seriously, sometimes after a long day at work, there's nothing better than firing one of these games up and taking the stress and frustration out on hundreds of dudes by chopping them in the face with a serrated-edged sword.  Ouchies.
 

Another Obligatory 5000th Post Spectacular Celebratory Youtube Video


  
  
Glorious.
 

Halloween Gaming

The annual day of ghosts, goblins, and Tootsie Rolls is only a few short weeks away.  And it's on a Sunday, meaning that I'll have all day to celebrate as I see fit.  And what better way to celebrate than to have a mini-marathon of horror?  So far, I have three Wii titles that have been sitting on my shelf, in my backlog for months.  I'm sorry that this fate happened to Silent Hill:  Shattered Memories of all games; I bought it months ago and have yet to even start on it.  But I'll finally be giving the game its due on October 31st, along with a couple of lesser known (and possibly just lesser in general) Wii horror games.  Cursed Mountain and Calling.  I'm thinking of slipping a fourth game in there.  Maybe I can find a cheap copy of Ju-On:  The Grudge for cheap.  (No, I can't believe that they made a game out of that film, either.)
 
In one way or another, Halloween will prove to be entertaining this year.  Or, depending on the quality of some of the games I have lined up, excruciating.  I can't wait to find out.
 

My Third Cup of Tea in the Past Hour

I'm drinking it right now.  Yes, it's caffeinated.  Why do you ask?
 

A Nod to a Villain Most of You Don't Care About

Ah, Lavos.  The big bad of Chrono Trigger.  The cause of so much pain and suffering.  An evil entity that lives only to annihilate.  Well, Lavos, I say to you, fuck off.  This section of the blog isn't about you.
 
No, I want to stop and give a nod to Queen Zeal.  The often overlooked monarch your influence drove batshit insane.  The creator of one of the most sadistic dungeons I have ever played through.  A woman that wouldn't give a second thought to murdering her own children if the result would bring her REAL.  ULTIMATE.  POWER.  Also, she looks better in an orange dress than you ever will, you moon-sized space porcupine.
 

This woman is goddamn insane, and I love her for that.  And that hair.  She is the embodiment of style in the nation of Zeal circa 12,000 B.C.  Also, 1980s America.

Teal Deer

Because I know some of you are thinking that right now.  Giant Bomb's community is awesome, and here's to sticking around for another 5,000+ posts.
 

P.S.

Your shoe is untied.
Posted by FluxWaveZ

No Costume Quest for your Halloween gaming?  It fits so perfectly with the theme (and could also prove to be fun)!

Posted by Hailinel
@FluxWaveZ:   Hmm.  Very true.  I should consider that.
Posted by FluxWaveZ

I've never played a Dynasty Warriors game, but they do intrigue me.  Of course, the general opinion is that they're crap.  I'd also be interested in playing a Way of the Samurai game eventually.

Posted by Hailinel
@FluxWaveZ said:
" I've never played a Dynasty Warriors game, but they do intrigue me.  Of course, the general opinion is that they're crap.  I'd also be interested in playing a Way of the Samurai game eventually. "
Way of the Samurai 3 is actually pretty entertaining.  It took me a while to really get the flow of it, but it's a fun game to screw around in.
Posted by Video_Game_King

Fuck! Birth by Sleep stuff! *ignores all that* Wait, there are people out there who hate Kingdom Hearts II? That game ruled! It certainly kicks the ass of the original, even if it is a bit easier (KH2 Sephiroth is WAY too easy, at least compared to the first one). I thought I was confused about Metroid fan opinion; what the hell's going on with Kingdom Hearts fandom that makes them hate the second (third, technically) game?

Posted by LiquidPrince

Dynasty Warriors is probably one of my more disliked series.

Posted by Hailinel
@Video_Game_King said:
" Fuck! Birth by Sleep stuff! *ignores all that* Wait, there are people out there who hate Kingdom Hearts II? That game ruled! It certainly kicks the ass of the original, even if it is a bit easier (KH2 Sephiroth is WAY too easy, at least compared to the first one). I thought I was confused about Metroid fan opinion; what the hell's going on with Kingdom Hearts fandom that makes them hate the second (third, technically) game? "
They didn't like the direction of the story and how it became more its own thing and less a Final Fantasy/Disney crossover celebration, really.
Posted by Godwind

I don't know why everyone hates Dynasty Warriors.  I like them, their just rehashes.  But at least a rehash of a working formula.  Better to play a decent game that you already played than play a new game that is bad.

Posted by The_Laughing_Man

I just noticed I have trumped you in posting. 

Posted by Crono11

I hope that your playing Birth By Sleep on Proud, the secret movie at the end is pretty cool and it's a lot easier to unlock on that difficulty.

Posted by Video_Game_King
@Hailinel: 
 
What the hell are they talking about? Cloud fought alongside you, along with half the Final Fantasy cast, and you could play as MICKEY MOUSE.
Posted by Hailinel
@Godwind said:
" I don't know why everyone hates Dynasty Warriors.  I like them, their just rehashes.  But at least a rehash of a working formula.  Better to play a decent game that you already played than play a new game that is bad. "
Let's not get started on that.  I enjoyed that game more than any other this year so far.
 
@crono11 said:
" I hope that your playing Birth By Sleep on Proud, the secret movie at the end is pretty cool and it's a lot easier to unlock on that difficulty. "

Standard, actually.  I'm not really concerned with unlocking the secret movies at this point.  I'm more concerned with finding the secret reports and unlocking the final chapter.
Posted by Hailinel
@Video_Game_King said:
" @Hailinel:   What the hell are they talking about? Cloud fought alongside you, along with half the Final Fantasy cast, and you could play as MICKEY MOUSE. "
Yes, but then there was Organization XIII, and Xemnas, and Ansem the Wise, and Roxas, and the Twilight Town kids, and...
 
@The_Laughing_Man said:
" I just noticed I have trumped you in posting.  "

So you have.  My goodness.
Posted by Crono11
@Hailinel: The 5th secret report is the one I missed out on the first time through.  
 
I don't know what you consider spoilers so I won't say where it was but if you want to know just ask. 
Posted by Hailinel
@crono11 said:
" @Hailinel: The 5th secret report is the one I missed out on the first time through.   I don't know what you consider spoilers so I won't say where it was but if you want to know just ask.  "
I actually already got that one.  I'm just left with the ones in Ven's story to go.
Posted by Video_Game_King
@Hailinel: 
 
Organization XIII was badass, probably because they're just a rock band. (I'd include Luxord in that pic, but I can't pin my finger on who the hell he looks like.) Granted, Xemnas looks like he was plucked from Jersey Shore, but he's kind of a slightly more badass version of Darth Vader. In case you didn't pick up on it, I love Kingdom Hearts.
Posted by Hailinel
@Video_Game_King:   So I gathered.
Posted by mylifeforAiur

Congratulations on your post count, and your massive amount of wiki point ;)

Posted by JJWeatherman

I'm totally gonna use that Over 9000 video when I get there.

Posted by Diamond

I always imagined Queen Zeal like this :

  
Posted by Hailinel
@mylifeforAiur:   Thank you!
 
@JJWeatherman: It's perfect for post count celebrations, baptisms, and drunken frat parties.
 
@Diamond: At first, my mind was blown by the Power Rangers flashbacks.  And then I started to see a resemblance.  Wow.  Also, wow in general to that video.
Posted by C2C

I am one of the guys who didn't like the direction Kingdom Hearts went after Chain of memories.  This is isn't because of how "dark" the series became though.  Like you said the original game has its dark moments.  I just didn't like how serious the games get when they talk about nobodies.  To me KH1 never really got super serious the way the rest of the series got.
 
I actually ended up liking KH2, but I knew that it was going to be the last game in the series I would play, since the novelty of a Square/Disney hybrid game wore off on me.

Edited by Cornman89

Happy 5000th, duder. Woo!
 
I think I was a Kingdom Hearts fan until I read the His Dark Materials series, and I realized I could no longer show support for such sloppy multiverse fiction. But I heard BBS does some really interesting stuff, gameplay-wise at least. Commands. Shotlock. Styles. If I had a PSP I'd check it out.
 

Posted by Hailinel
@C2C:   KH1 has its dramatic moments, just as the rest of the series has its light moments.  I just don't see where this supposed tonal shift lies.  Certainly, the crossover concept that resulted in the series is no longer novel by itself, but to me, it's grown out of existence as a pure crossover into something that's able to stand on its own apart from the pieces that originally made it.
Posted by Hailinel
@Cornman89:   Birth by Sleep is well worth checking out for the gameplay.  There's a great mix of mechanics, and the three protagonists all play differently enough to make each playthrough feel unique.
 
As far as your concerns:
 
Posted by C2C
@Hailinel: I think the shift in tone happened with the introduction of Organization XIII.  Whereas the Ansem's motive was just "DAAAARKNESS" and came off as quite campy, Xemnas was more calculating and messed with Sora much more.  
Posted by Hailinel
@C2C:   That is certainly true.  Though from what I understand, Ansem wasn't originally intended to be in Kingdom Hearts and was only added in later in development, so perhaps that had an impact, but regardless of that, he comes off as very silly.  If one prefers the goofy bellowing of Ansem to Organization XIII, I can see why the rest of the series might not be to your liking, though I do believe that the story is still worth playing the games for, despite its flaws.
Edited by Cornman89
@Hailinel:  Terra is most certainly the most glaring offense BBS has to offer, the nasally-voiced twit that he is.

As for KH itself, I just don't like how they play fast and loose with their own metaphysics... Maybe I expect too much from a game where teenagers slay the minions of darkness with giant keys...
 
@C2C: Ansem and Xemnas (and Master Xehanort, too) all want pretty much the same thing, though. X villain wants to use Y method (usually collecting Z number of hearts) to access Kingdom Hearts, but they always fuck it up in the end, and we never get to see the goods. Which means if there isn't something SUUUUPER CRAZY in there, the whole franchise is a bust.
Posted by Hailinel
@Cornman89 said:
" @Hailinel:  Terra is most certainly the most glaring offense BBS has to offer, the nasally-voiced twit that he is. As for KH itself, I just don't like how they play fast and loose with their own metaphysics... Maybe I expect too much from a game where teenagers slay the minions of darkness with giant keys... "
Well, it is a fantasy.  I don't take the question of metaphysics too deeply in the series and just let it ride my suspension of disbelief.
Posted by Godwind
@Hailinel said:
" @Godwind said:
" I don't know why everyone hates Dynasty Warriors.  I like them, their just rehashes.  But at least a rehash of a working formula.  Better to play a decent game that you already played than play a new game that is bad. "
Let's not get started on that.  I enjoyed that game more than any other this year so far. "

Really?  Because it was pretty bad.  I don't only think it was a weak game, I think it was really ruining the series.
Edited by luce
@Video_Game_King said:

"
Organization XIII was badass, probably because they're just a rock band. Xemnas looks like he was plucked from Jersey Shore, but he's kind of a slightly more badass version of Darth Vader. In case you didn't pick up on it, I love Kingdom Hearts. "

I'll kill you
 
I'll kill you so hard
Posted by Video_Game_King
Posted by NekuSakuraba
@Hailinel: A fellow Kingdom Hearts fan, eh? I salute you.  
 
I have played nearly every game in the series and I am at this very moment making my way up from the original Kingdom Hearts again. I wish I had a PSP to play Birth By sleep, but goddamit I can't justify paying that much money for one game. T__T 
 
What should I do?! :(
Posted by luce
@Video_Game_King said:
" @luce: 
 
* turns on battle music* You sure you wanna fuck with this? "

Boy you dun goofed
Posted by Video_Game_King
@luce: 
 
You think I'm not prepared? I've faced him many times before. BAM!
 
 
Posted by Hailinel
@Godwind said:
" @Hailinel said:
" @Godwind said:
" I don't know why everyone hates Dynasty Warriors.  I like them, their just rehashes.  But at least a rehash of a working formula.  Better to play a decent game that you already played than play a new game that is bad. "
Let's not get started on that.  I enjoyed that game more than any other this year so far. "
Really?  Because it was pretty bad.  I don't only think it was a weak game, I think it was really ruining the series. "
I disagree wholeheartedly with your assessment.
 
@NekuSakuraba: I wish I could help you out, but if you don't have the hardware to play the game on now, you should probably wait until there is more software you can justify a purchase with.
 
@luce: OH GOD.
 
@Video_Game_King: OH MY GOODNESS.
Posted by RenegadeSaint

Congrats on your milestone, whether it is an important one or not.
 
Kingdom Hearts has always been one of those series that I want to play, but never get around to it.  I will have to take some time and invest in the series at some point. Also, hell yeah Queen Zeal is mad.

Posted by Hailinel
@RenegadeSaint said:
" Congrats on your milestone, whether it is an important one or not.  Kingdom Hearts has always been one of those series that I want to play, but never get around to it.  I will have to take some time and invest in the series at some point. Also, hell yeah Queen Zeal is mad. "
If you can get into it, KH is definitely a fun series.  I recently completed Birth by Sleep this past Friday and found it to be one of the most entertaining games I've played this year, even with Terra's deficiencies I noted above.