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I remember I watched my neighbor friend play Nox at his house one time when I was a wee lad. I always kinda wanted to check it out, since I’ve never heard it referenced or talked about ever until right now.

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I'm glad you went through the DLC at the start of this one, since having only put a few hours into the tutorial so far, I was definitely intimidated by how much DLC there was and trying to figure out what I did and didn't have.

Anyway, nice blog! I really want to play more of this; it definitely seems like there's a lot to chew on.

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At the risk of talking about more Kingdom Hearts, I decided I was going to embark on my own “play all the Kingdom Hearts” journey earlier this year, since I loved 1 and 2 as a kid but completely stopped paying attention to the series after that. That project ended up fizzling out after I replayed 2, and I feel like part of the reason is that 2 actually wraps up fairly well?

(Spoilers I guess, but) you beat the new bad guy, you find Mickey Mouse, you find Riku, the stuff with Roxas and Namine seems sorted out, and it is ends on just a “There could probably be more adventures, maybe!” note. On top of not really liking them as much as I remembered (I found 2 to still be fun, but straight-up did not enjoy 1 at all), I didn’t feel especially compelled to keep going. I’ve also never been able to get a good read on the quality of the other games, like BBS and Dream Drop Distance. I’ve seen everything from “they suck” to “they’re good,” so I dunno.

Whoops, I talked about Kingdom Hearts! Anyway, nice list.

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Cool list! Dusk is awesome; it’s a shame it didn’t resonate with the site staff, since “retro FPS that’s like Quake” seems like something they would be way into.

System Shock 2 is also cool. I need to play Danganronpa 2 and 3 at some point.

My only experience with Total War is Shogun 2. I remember liking the top-level strategy and government stuff, but not really ‘getting’ the actual combat parts (by which I mean I was bad at it). Based off your description of it, I’d be willing to give Warhammer 2 a shot. Nice list!

(Also Trails in the Sky is dope and you should totally play it)

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I feel like Octopath Traveler is the kind of game where you can really burn out on it depending on how you approach it, since I felt it starting to happen to me. I started out wanting to do everyone’s chapter 1, then everyone’s chapter 2, and so on, but I felt myself losing a lot of motivation since it was basically 10 hours of introductions, then another 10-12 hours of rising actions without a ton happening. I’m at the point now where I figure I’ll just mainline the stories of my ‘main’ party, since it seems like that’ll be more interesting.

Other than the problems you (and everyone else, it seems) touched on, it’s been really great so far. It looks amazing, the music’s great, and the combat and job system stuff is really fun. It’s made me realize I really oughta play FFV at some point, considering how much I like the job system.

Which character(s) ended up being your favorite? I think Primrose’s story is the one I’m most interested in at this point, along with Olberic’s. I’d be interested to see who other people gravitated toward.

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I just bought Tales of Symphonia on the Steam sale, so I after I play that, I could theoretically play this if my interest is piqued enough... that probably won’t happen though.

I’ve never done much of the “deliberately playing bad/questionable games” thing, although it’s always interested me a little. I always get to thinking of the million other actually good games I could play and lose interest in that idea, though I imagine you gain more of an appreciation for the really good stuff when you go out of your way to see the not-so-good stuff.

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I started going down the Tales hole myself over the past year, having played Xillia and Berseria and generally liking both. Xillia felt pretty... straightforward, I guess I would say, but it worked well enough as a first Tales game for me.

Speaking of good casts, I found Berseria’s to be pretty great: they all have really great chemistry, and I found some of their skits and interactions to be genuinely pretty funny at points. It was far and away my favorite part of that game, and honestly one of the better casts I’ve seen in a JRPG (not like I’ve played a ton or anything).

My biggest bone to pick with the combat in both games is that it felt like the combat arena just needed to be bigger, or something. I never felt like I had a ton of room to maneuver or anything, and it made the combat feel kinda mash-y and messy at times. Maybe I’m just a crazy person who likes turn-based combat.

Still, I’d be down for more Tales games; I’d like to play Symphonia or Vesperia at some point and find out how ‘top-tier’ Tales compares to my experience, especially after reading this.

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For whatever reason, I, too, went down the anime hole and watched a bunch more anime this year and last year than I ever did before. However, I went one step further down the Japanese pop culture/weeb hold and started reading a bunch of manga, which I'm pretty sure condemns me to an even deeper circle of hell. I figure I might as well vent here, as well, if that's cool!

I completed some sort of rite of passage and watched Neon Genesis Evangelion this year, and after years of "it's so crazy and weird, bro," I have to say I found it... surprisingly straightforward? I'd say it actually harmed my enjoyment, since I spent a lot of it wondering, "Alright, when does it get crazy?" when I'd say it only really gets 'out there' in the last few episodes. Still, I enjoyed its "this is probably what would actually happen if you put a 14-year-old in a robot and made them fight weird aliens" business, the psychological examination of the various anime character tropes, and the general misery and horrible-ness of it. I still haven't watched End of Evangelion. I should probably do that.

Konosuba is pretty funny. I've seen is described as anime Always Sunny, which, after actually having watched all of that this year, is pretty accurate.

I skipped the BS and just watched Fate/Zero and the 2014 Unlimited Blade Works anime, and I have to say I enjoyed both. I also read the prologue of the VN on LP Archive and didn't read farther than that, so... yeah.

Samurai Champloo, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd Gig, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Made in Abyss: Not a ton to say, other than I thought all those were pretty good.

I watched the first season of My Hero Academia and enjoyed it, although I'm now torn between continuing the anime and starting the manga.

I'm currently about halfway through Revolutionary Girl Utena. It took me a while to warm up to it, but at this point, I'm all in for its crazy melodramatic rock opera business - it helps that a lot of said rock opera music isprettyawesome.

To speak to manga: I read all of Berserk last year (as in, 2016), and I have to say: Berserk is pretty fuckin' awesome. The art is amazing, from horrible monsters to beautiful natural settings to insane violence. What surprised me is that the writing is actually pretty great: the characters have a lot of really interesting development, and there's actually a good amount of depth underneath what could very easily be seen as some over-the-top edgy shit if one were to just glance at it.

I also read all of Monster (which is pretty great), Fullmetal Alchemist (which is also pretty awesome; I also never finished Brotherhood, so it was my first time seeing the 'original' story), xxxHolic (which I thought was good, but kinda got a lot less interesting by the end), and am currently reading Fist of the North Star (which is awesome in terms of over-the-top violence, but I find kind of lacking in the character department, especially compared to something like Berserk), Kengan Asura (which is a super brutal martial arts manga), and Eyeshield 21 (which is about football and I find to be pretty good, despite my negative interest in football; it helps that the art is good, apparently it's the One Punch Man artist?)

I hope this wasn't absurdly long (it probably is)! Happy New Year!

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Nice list!

Persona 5 is pretty great. I think some parts of it are kinda weak, looking back (there's definitely some stuff in the plot I could point to) but I think it's still pretty fantastic on the whole.

I played the first Nier (Nier Replicant, I guess) for the first time right before Automata, and... I think I liked the first one more? It's entirely possible that it's just because I played it first, but looking back, I can't help but feel that a lot of stuff from Nier - the characters, the music, the story - stuck with me more than Automata. I still like Automata a lot, and I want to give it a replay at some point with some distance, but... yeah. I just thought that was kinda odd.

I really wish I played Nioh. It sounds pretty fantastic, and I'm definitely looking forward to grabbing the complete edition at some point.

Merry Christmas! Also I'd totally read an anime blog.

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@marokai: If I may continue shilling shamelessly, I would say to grab the PC version of Cold Steel. It's got the usual better visuals/frame rate/load times and junk, but it also has a turbo mode that speeds everything up. That game (and the series in general, really) is something of a slow burn, so being able to speed through some of the longer dungeons and battles would maybe help power through some of the slower bits.

If your PC can run it (and since it's also on the fuckin' Vita, where I played it, it probably can), it definitely seemed like the way to play that game.

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