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    I mean, I do get it to an extent, but then again Takahashi has gone on record he never makes the same game twice, and X looked pretty different pretty much from word go. But whatever, I still really like the story. The writing could use some work since many main story segments just keep reminding me that yes, we are some of Earth’s last survivors and we crash landed here, but it’s good regardless. And while I miss Takahashi’s trademark religious overtones, I do like the harder sci-fi approach we get here, honestly.

    Yeah, I heard those games make you connect the dots a lot and I’d definitely want to experience that because of it since it’s another thing that I seee rarely done in games. I guess Morrowind was like that, with the main narrative being pretty basic, but then in order to get the game’s lore you need to read tons of in game books. And I don’t think that’s a good approach. I don’t care how deep the world building goes - if it’s all in the in-game supplementary materials and not really woven into the game’s narrative itself, that’s not a gripping story. I still liked Morrowind though and would play more if it didn’t make me literally sick. But I have heard the Soulsborne games do it still differently so I’m definitely curious.

    So, X-Files! We’ve reached Season 8 and I’m honestly surprised with how much I’m enjoying it! I miss Mulder, but Doggett is an actually cool character and his dynamic with Scully is totally different, and that really makes the season refreshing so far, especially with the search for Mulder theme being somewhere in the background at all times, even in MotW episodes. Not to mention it brought back some much needed suspense and horror, and the episodes so far are about on the level of season four’s when it comes to darkness. They reminded me that it’s been really a long time since the series gave me chills, and now it’s happening again. We’ll see how this keeps going! For now, I think seasons three through six were the main highlight of the show. 1 and 2 were okay but didn’t grip me, aside from some brilliant Darrin Morgan episodes. Season 3 has really great standouts, such as my still all-time favorite Jose Chung’s, but I don’t think I hold it in such high regard as the rest of the fan base (the fan favorite “Pusher” was kinda dumb imo). Then season four marked the time when I got 100% on board this giant mess of a show with incredible darkness and tension - definitely the heaviest and hardest hitting season, what witb it’s smurfed up MotW episodes and Scully’s cancer. Season five had probably the best myth arc episodes, and some great uses of post-modernism. Season six may have been the lightest but I still loved it to bits with how played up Mulder and Scully’s chemistry was. Then season seven, even though it had a couple neat episodes (I actually loved the controversial Gillian Anderson-written and directed episode, and I think Duchovny might be my second favorite writer on the show, maybe tied with Vince Gilligan) it had like, what, two mythology episodes and it did start to feel like the show was losing steam. But now season eight is really exciting so yay!


    Ugh sorry to ramble but you’re pretty much the only person who listens to my X-files commentary anymore Literally nobody else here has watched the show to such a degree here! Imagine that!
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    And honestly, I don’t think the silent protagonist is handled any worse than in SMT, tbh.
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    It’s not even just the battle system that’s improved. The whole thing is much more open, it looks like, with tons of characters that you can choose for your party, most of them completely optional, but they all get their special little missions so they have their own stories. The downside of this and the class system is that they’re not as varied as the party members from the original, and you don’t feel as inclined to switch leaders (since you have access to all classes anyway), but they’re still cool. They’ve also kinda done the Persona 3 thing in that you can’t access all the party members from one menu and have to go around town and find them as they go about their daily lives. Cumbersome, but really makes it feel like they’re people.

    But yeah, the world is the main draw and it’s accessible pretty much totally from very early on. I’m also quite impressed with the story, and this was a surprise since many people complained about it. Of course, I have no idea where it will go yet, but I love how different it feels from a typical JRPG - the setting is t just there to form a backdrop for a shonen manga story, the themes of survival, cooperation, coexistence, and all of their flaws and drawbacks seem to be explored in every quest, from the most minuscule to the story missions. And it’s very refreshing. And I’d argue it makes the silent protagonist work, actually - this isn’t your story, you aren’t special on your own, but your contribution to rebuilding society is incredibly important since there aren’t a lot of humans left and everyone needs to make their contribution. So in a way, humanity itself - or at least what’s left of it on Mira - is the main protagonist. And that’s very clever.

    I really need to get into the Souls thing one day. It sounds very cool so I hope I get a chance some time in the future.
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    You know, now that I’ve got the hang of its systems more or less, I think I may actually be enjoying X more than the original
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    Hey just want to wish you a Happy New Year !

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    Oooh can’t wait to read it then!
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    Tell me about it. Gaming backlogs suck. And that’s very much a first world problem
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    It’s not that bad She’s got a bit of a cold but she got a doctor’s note anyway because she’s rather protect her health now for... reasons

    Man you keep bringing up Matsuno in your threads and I only keep getting reminded how much the Witcher reminded me of it when I played it. It looks like I may need to make a deal with Lucifuge and exchange my eye for your wanting to get into the series

    X is great so far, I just wish I had more time. The holiday break really spoiled me
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    I think I may have a solid idea for a story so if things go well, I might write it today. Then again, my wife got sick so that changes plans
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    I used to do that and had a good run for like a year, but then I stopped and I don’t really know why. Probably because my blog was visited by a whopping one person. Hope I can return to that, though.

    So far, I’m actually enjoying the silent avatar. I’m coming into it pretty much expecting this is going to be Elma’s story and I’m just a viewpoint character, and I really think that’s fine. I do kind of regret I’m going into this game after playing The Witcher 3. Mira may be a very imaginative world, and it’s a single map which is incredibly impressive, but after the Witcher’s meticulous attention to detail (including the fact that the game world was pretty much fantasy Poland and that gave me a very special feeling) as well as the very realistic character motions, it’s kind of a step back, but I’ll probably get used to it soon. TW3 was also amazing when it comes to side quests, while I heard X is much more the standard open world JRPG/MMORPG “bring 30 bear asses” quest structure, so I just hope this doesn’t bother me too much.

    Did I mention the Witcher has probably ruined gaming for me? Almost half a year has passed and I’m still comparing every open world game I play to it
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by Wolf Kanno on 03-27-2018 at 10:53 PM
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One of my all time favorite publishers in the 90s for video games was Working Designs. It was a company that actually tried to get a lot of cool JRPGs released in the West long before the actual JRPG boom in the last years of the decade. I've already spoken about their most high profile title they ever worked on, Lunar: The Silver Star Story,

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Final Fantasy III

by Wolf Kanno on 03-07-2018 at 08:10 PM
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Of the Classic series within Final Fantasy, FFIII was the last one for me to play, partly cause I didn't emulate very often and partly because I had hoped SE would come to their senses and re-release this title.

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: I am Setsuna

by Wolf Kanno on 02-23-2018 at 06:38 AM
So I did my Top 100 last year, and this year, I'm focusing on a few entries that didn't make the cut for one reason or another. I'll start off by saying that most of the games mentioned in this blog series are all worth playing, they simply just haven't enraptured me enough to place them on my List. I started with Demon's Souls, and i have about 24 more entries to go. I know I said it would be like four or five, but giving myself some time to think about it made me realize how many great games I

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My Top 100's Lost but not Forgotten: Demon's Souls

by Wolf Kanno on 01-22-2018 at 03:23 AM
So as many people know, last year I did my Top 100 Games list, but as usual, there were a lot of games I loved that just didn't make the mark for one reason or another. I didn't really want to make a thread about it though, and figured the Blog would suit it better because there is likely only five or six games I wish to highlight here. I also feel annoyed I never use the Blog feature as much since it feels like a better platform for these types of discussions. In addition to these blogs, I do plan

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A few days ago, I went to a midnight showing of Princess Mononoke at the Esquire Theater downtown. The very same theater I went to watch it the first time back in 1999 during it's initial release in the States. At that time, I was an avid anime fan who would consume whatever I could find as the medium was only in the beginning phases of it's explosive popularity in the 2000s, so the prospect of being able to watch an anime flick in an actual movie

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