Live-A-Live Part Five

December 29, 2011: Live-A-Live! It’s been too long, old friend.

Previously on L-A-L, we got fed up with Akira’s oddly tedious chapter.

I found a… Shower Cap.

Maybe this chapter isn’t that bad, but it’s not very intuitive. You’d think that having a telepathic protagonist would avert that, but no. Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Five

Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Two: Cille Season/Fighting Evil by Moonlight, Winning Love by Daylight

August 18, 2010: Special thanks to Phantasy-Star.net ‘s strategies page for helping me over the hump.

Now that we’ve got Lyle in the party, I think the overworld music has changed.

Lyle joins Rhys’ party in exchange for help repairing the weather control system in Aridia, the desert region.


August 19, 2010: Ugh. After a tough dungeon, Lyle inexplicably leaves the party, only to challenge Rhys in combat in Shusoran. He’s easily dispatched, despite his spe- excuse me, TECHS

Then, you reunite with Lena, who was the one that set Rhys free at the outset of the game. She tells you that you must insert the Moon Stone and Moon Tear into Aridia’s satellite control system to realign the moons.

Lena joins you along with Lyle. She has no techs and little HP, so she’s bringing up the rear.

Continue reading Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Two: Cille Season/Fighting Evil by Moonlight, Winning Love by Daylight

Final Fantasy XIII Part 10

October 18, 2010: Three months. That’s how long it took for me to get back in the saddle again.

Well, two and half, technically.

Allow me to describe Barthandelus’ basics. He has 3.3 million HP, nasty lasers, debuffs, and two particular moves you’ll come to hate: Thanatosion Laughter and Apotosis. The former is just a brutal laser barrage. The latter neutralizes all of your buffs and cures his debuffs.

Continue reading Final Fantasy XIII Part 10

For the Ages: Dragon Age: Origins – December 21st-22nd, 2009: Introduction/The Harrowing 

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Dragon Age: Origins

Released: November 3rd, 2009

Purchased: December 18th, 2009

Platform: Xbox 360

Publisher: EA

Developer: BioWare

I wasn’t terribly excited for this game at first. But that was only because certain magazines had slightly disparaging previews of the game. Whether or not it was the very prevalent broadcast ad, or the eventually glowing reviews, I found myself counting on it to be a bright spot for games in 2009.

I started this journal because I really wanted to chart my relationship with a BioWare game from the beginning.

Continue reading For the Ages: Dragon Age: Origins – December 21st-22nd, 2009: Introduction/The Harrowing 

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – November 30th -December 13th, 2009

November 30th 2009: The title screen has a visual filter that looks different from any other part of the game so far.

After Snake slew the FROGs, Laughing Octopus cried out. “What a riot… People suffering… People dying… It’s all so fucking hysterical! Laugh! Laugh with me!” Continue reading Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – November 30th -December 13th, 2009

The Last Remnant: May 29th, 2009 – September 22nd, 2010

MAY 29TH, 2009: I found the second Godstone. It was a reward from the quest “The Silent Soul”. If the “Scaredy-cat Magus” that gave us the task had any idea how important the godstones are, she wouldn’t have given it up so easily. Continue reading The Last Remnant: May 29th, 2009 – September 22nd, 2010